Investec Dingaans and Grand Parade Cape Guineas winner Noah From Goa will likely never race in South Africa again. One of Mike de Kock’s chief owners Sheik Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum has bought a 50% share in him and he will be on the next shipment overseas.
Noah From Goa’s Cape Guineas win earned him a shot at winning the Triple Crown, as it forms one of two alternate first leg races. However, he will now miss this prestigious series in favour of arriving as quickly as possible for an overseas campaign.
The Wilgerbosdrift Stud-bred Tiger Ridge gelding is small but courageous and also finished an excellent second to the 120 merit-rated Legal Eagle in the Gr 1 L’Ormarin’s Queen’s Plate.
He will leave South African shores merit rated 116 and as current leader of the race to be named Equus Three-Year-Old Male of the Year.
The J&B Met winner Smart Call will be on the same shipment as Noah From Goa. She is being targeted at the Breeder’s Cup.
The two thoroughbred stars have not yet entered quarantine in Cape Town as they are still waiting for enough horses (other breeds will also be included) to make up a full shipment.
Unfortunately, at this stage it appears the arduous journey via Mauritius is the only feasible route for the shipment.