​Normandy expects more flag bearers at R2R

​Normandy expects more flag bearers at R2R

October 18, 2021 / 1 month ago

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Lot 44, La Mas Bella (Querari)

The CTS advertisements for the Ready to Run sale on 31 October are set up as an honour roll of graduates. So potent is the line-up, that when Normandy Stud’s Equus Award-winning sprinter Rio Querari was added, Grade I winner Sergeant Hardy dropped off the list.

The quality of RTR graduates, especially from Normandy, is of an exceptional standard. Other graded stakes-winners from their recent drafts include Nordic Breeze, Crowd Pleaser, Bishop’s Bounty and Wonderwall, supported by a cast of black-type horses and multiple winners.

Normandy’s graduates have also performed with distinction in previous ready to run races, with Sergeant Hardy, Rio Querari and Captainofthesea all getting onto the board. The 2021 race – once again - sees Normandy graduates in the running, with Homely Girl and Area Fifty One being the flag bearers.

While its 2021 draft is smaller than it has been in recent years, its quality continues the tradition.

Oscar Foulkes of Normandy Stud provided notes, below:

Lot 7 Tothemoonandback c. (Twice Over – Cat And The Moon) His dam was a five-time winner, including the Grade III Final Fling Stakes, and a few listed races. Classic distances will be well within his range.

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Lot 34: Russian Taiga.

Lot 34 Russian Taiga f. (Silvano – Matushka) This daughter of multiple champion sire Silvano is out of a full-sister to Mother Russia. She is from the only family to have produced two Queen’s Plate winners. This racy filly was born on 20 November, and she will just get better and better.

Lot 38 Unnamed c. (Legislate – Mink Coat) Legislate’s first crop has produced winners and black-type horses at a sensational strike rate. 18 of those 23 foals are winners, which includes 6 stakes performers. This colt’s stakes-placed dam is a half-sister to the Summer Cup winner Flirtation.

Lot 44 La Mas Bella f. (Querari – Pelaya) German breeding is in the news again, courtesy of yet another Arc winner. This well-grown, substantial filly is bred on the hugely successful Querari – Silvano cross, from a German family that has already produced two stakes-winners by Querari. We have loved her since she was a foal; she could be anything.

Lot 50 Unnamed f. (Flower Alley – Skipping Gal) Flower Alley fillies have been flying the flag for their internationally successful sire. This athletic filly is out of a Captain Al half-sister to Liquid Mercury, and there is a lot of her broodmare sire about her.

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Lot 50, Flower Alley filly.

Lot 62 Madam Longsword f. (William Longsword – Woosh) William Longsword is making a promising start to his stud career. This is a substantial filly, with plenty of speed in her pedigree.

Lot 65 Unnamed c. (Royal Mo – Alileo) From Royal Mo’s exciting first crop, out of a three-time winning Captain Al mare. His grandam was a stakes-winner by the sensational Galileo. This smart colt has a pedigree to match his looks!