Five-year-old High Seas Beauty was supposed to have been in foal with her first progeny, but just before a covering partner was finalised, her new owner Peter Blythe decided that she was good enough to continue racing. He plucked the fruits of his decision when she won the Gr3 Acacia Handicap over 1600m at Turffontein on Classic Day.
Blythe and his wife Jenny, seeking quality broodmares for their Clifton Stud in Mooi River, bought High Chaparral’s daughter High Seas Beauty for just R110,000 at Markus Jooste’s dispersal sale held in Durban last year.
High Seas Beauty, a R1-million purchase from the CTS Ready To Run Sale as a two-year-old, was known as a difficult filly with issues and the breeder said: “I knew she’d had her problems, but I studied her form, spoke to her former trainer Mathew de Kock and I felt that we should give her an overall check-up. She seemed to have more racing in her.
“I called on physiotherapist, Caty Greve, who learnt her skills from Beth Shaw, who teaches a course in horse physiotherapy in Howick. Beth of course, acquired her own knowledge from the equine physiotherapy pioneer Winks Greene, who died in 2010.
“Caty gave High Seas Beauty a thorough tip to toe, worked on her niggles and I decided to send the mare to a smaller yard. Diane Stenger trains Tern Unstoned, a horse we bred, and to calm her down we’ve used him as High Seas Beauty’s pony. He is stabled next to her, they are saddled together and they go to the track to train together.
“We are delighted with this win and I’m glad we made the right decision. Well done to Diane and her team. We haven’t had a horse win in our colours for some time.”
Jockey Richard Fourie, praised by Stenger for keeping High Seas Beauty “out of trouble”, said everything in the race fell in their favour: “I had a good position from a good draw. The pace was slow and then they turned it into a sprint. She ran right up to them and when I asked her she quickened well to win.”
Ironically, Fourie reported: “On the way to the start her pony kicked out at her and she kicked back!”
Fourie said he was pleased to boot home a winner for a small stable on a filly that is not an easy ride, in fact High Seas Beauty was described as “wicked” by a smiling Stenger, who has proved again that she can do the job given some decent runners to train.