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Oscar Foulkes of Normandy Stud has a wealth of information about the history of the family farm and the dozens of terrific racehorses they have bred over the years. Here are his comments about Normandy’s draft for the Cape Premier Yearling Sale at De Grendel Wine Estate on Sunday 6 February.

Lot 28 : Colt by Twice Over – Dancing Delight

“This is a big, strong, scopey colt. Twice Over has shown many times that he has the ability to produce top-class racehorses, and on looks, this colt can follow in those hoofprints.

The mare has had the most appalling luck in that several of her foals died before they could race. She is from the In Camera family, albeit a branch that had most of its success at Klawervlei and Avontuur.

Lot 28, Twice Over colt.

Our final three lots are from the same family (see more here): We have five mares from the family in the stud, and judging by the yearlings and foals on the ground, our confidence in family’s future has grown.

Lot 100 : Filly by Querari – Nordic Breeze

“There is so much to say about this magnificent filly, but I will begin by stating that this is the only yearling filly from the Nordic Vine family that we expect to offer for sale until at least 2024. There are not going to be many opportunities for breeders to get into this family.

Lot 100, Querari filly.

She is a full sister in blood to Champion Sprinter Rio Querari, and she just oozes class. She is tall, she is strong, and she is scopey. She moves particularly well. Her dam was the best of the race fillies out of Nordic Vine in that she won six races, including two Grade III stakes races – the Champagne Stakes and the Kenilworth Fillies Nursery.”

Lot 101 :  Colt by Twice Over – Nordic Light

“I like this colt a lot. He moves well and I would expect him to keep improving as he matures. In type, he is typical of the family (including the white blaze and socks). It will be interesting to see whether Twice Over can get a bit of extra stamina into the family.”

Lot 102 :  Colt by Vercingetorix – Nordic Wind

“This is a smashing colt – high quality, well put together, and particularly strong across the loin. He may end up being a sprinting type of Vercingetorix.

His dam was a short-head second in a listed race at two, and has already bred a winner, with a second foal on the verge of winning. She is a full sister to the dam of Rio Querari.

It is sure to be nerve-wracking, having these star lots follow each other. We clearly did not think it through when we named them all Nordic-something!”