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When Alula’s Star captured the Gold Rush Sprint at Turffontein last Saturday, she again bought the spotlight onto her G1 Mercury Sprint winning sire Red Ray.

The latter, whose son Red Saxon captured the previous week’s G1 WSB SA Classic, enjoyed a 100% strike rate at Turffontein when Alula’s Star was his sole runner on the day.

Red Ray had also enjoyed success two days prior to the Gold Rush Sprint, when his son Black Burner broke his maiden over 1000m at the Vaal.

The son of Western Winter, who is now the third Leading Second Season Sire in South Africa for the current season, has now been responsible for nine first crop winners, from 25 starters, with a further six of Red Ray’s first crop having finished in the money.

Alula’s Star, who was knocked down for R80 000 at the 2020 CTS Ready To Run Sale, is out of the durable racemare Solar Voyager, who made 52 starts during her career, won six times from 1000m to 1200m (Solar Voyager was placed a further 19 times), and she is already dam of three winners, with Alula’s Star her most successful to date.

A full-sister to Listed Thukela Handicap runner up Space Captain, Solar Voyager is out of the useful Solar Express, a daughter of Sportsworld who won four and who ran second in the Listed Spook Express Handicap.

Alula’s Star’s pedigree is an interesting mix of speed and stamina -she is a daughter of a G1 winning sprinter but her relatives include G1 New Zealand Derby winner Cavallieri and AJC Derby victor Summer Fiesta. – Sarah Whitelaw.