The fourth foal of the Western Winter mare, My Kazzie, will come under the hammer at the De Grendel Cape Premier Yearling Sale on 14 March, and will undoubtedly enjoy a share of buyers’ attention.
She’s Lot 125, an unnamed filly from Klipdrif Stud, sired by Querari, and hence a half-sister to Rock The Kazvar (VAR) who led from pillar to post to win his 1000m Maiden at the Vaal on his fifth attempt, Tuesday. Her other half-sister High Born Lady (Master Of My Fate), won emphatically on debut and followed that with a good fourth in a handicap when she had excuses.
My Kazzie, the mare herself, was an exceptional racer, twice Gr1-placed, and named as such following her owner Barry Irwin’s erstwhile phone calls to her trainer, Mike Azzie. “He always answered, what sounded like, “My-Kazzie,” explained Irwin, known for his dry sense of humour.
Irwin, representing Team Valor International, races Rock The Kazvar and High Born Lady with the Azzies, owned in partnership with Vanashree and Anant Singh, and Adam Azzie commented: “Barry and Anant have been patient with Rock The Kazvar through this period of low stakes, and we are thankful for that. He’s a horse that has had a number of issues. He needed gelding and that took some weight off him and helped a lot. He’s been consistent post-gelding and we’re hoping he can win again.”
He said of High Born Lady: “She needs some time to mature, she is smart. She won on debut by three lengths and then got caught in a pocket when they slowed the pace down, and ran fourth to Seeham. We think High Born Lady will develop into a good, late three-year-old and have a nice career as a four-year-old.”