Lammerskraal Stud enjoyed another big weekend recently, with homebreds and future broodmares all making their mark at Greyville.
Recent G3 Track And Ball Oaks winner Zante, who will visit Noble Tune this year, covered herself in glory when overcoming a wide draw of 17 to finish a close up second, to likely Equus Champion Hermoso Mundo, in the G3 eLan Gold Cup on Sunday.
Zante put up a magnificent performance, under a big weight of 57 kgs (she gave the winner 1kg and went down just a neck), and the daughter of Ideal World pushed her earnings to R858 000 with this great effort, and she should make up into a very exciting stud prospect.
Lammerskraal Stud sadly lost their great broodmare Nacarat in 2016, but the legacy of this wonderful producer continues to be felt all over South Africa.
Nacarat’s granddaughter Chamber Maid, picked up her second career win when scooting home to score an impressive victory over 1000m at Greyville on Champions Cup day last Saturday.
Owned by Messrs Bescoby and Armstrong, in partnership with Lammerskraal’s Sally Bruss, the Dennis Drier trained Chamber Maid, out of Nacarat daughter Chambre, did not enjoy Johannesburg when very hot and difficult. She has really turned the corner since relocating to KZN and could well improve on her current form which has seen the three-year-old having won or finish in the first three in each appearance.
Chamber Maid’s full-brother, G3 Godolphin Barb Stakes third Mr Roy, is also a smart performer and he was not disgraced in Saturday’s Listed Darley Arabian when apparently not seeing out the 1600m trip. The son of Western Winter has won four and placed six times to date, and has banked nearly R350 000 in stakes.
Mr Roy was not the only descendant of Nacarat to have competed in a feature this past weekend –debut winner Marsala, who is out of Nacarat’s G3 Prix du Cap runner up daughter Vermilion, is a lovely, athletic filly but will be better over more ground than the 1200metres of Sunday’s G3 Debutante.
Lammerskraal still have a number of Nacarat’s daughters in their paddocks and they are set to visit some of South Africa’s top stallions in 2017.
Chambre will visit champion and leading first crop sire What A Winter this season, while Vermilion is pencilled in to visit the stud’s hugely promising sire Visionaire. Vermilion’s smart daughter Ventura is booked to Oasis Dream’s top class son Querari, who will also cover Nacarat and Go Deputy’s multiple stakes winning daughter Adobe Pink.
With Nacarat’s son Red Ray booked to some top-class mares in his first season at Klawervlei Stud this season, Nacarat’s legacy seems sure to grow in the coming seasons.
Another of Lammerskraal’s top class producers, Bardot, was another in the news last week, with that stakes winning daughter of Badger Land yet again coming up with a top class performer in Warrior’s Rest.
Himself a R900 000 buy from the 2016 CTS Ready To Run Sale Presented by Lanzerac Hotel & Spa , Warrior’s Rest impressed when making all and finishing a close third in Sunday’s G1 Premiers Champion Stakes, and he could well make up into a classic contender this season.
His trainer Sean Tarry also handles Bardot’s smart son Pilou –who registered his second win, from his last three outings, when victorious over a mile at Turffontein just days earlier.
Bardot’s top class daughters Bichette and Blizzard Belle (both of whom are ¾ sisters to Warrior’s Rest) are expecting first foals this season by Silvano and Querari respectively, while their G1 Woolavington 2000 winning half-sister Viva Maria (by Jet Master) is set to visit Dynasty in 2017.