One of the Cape’s top thoroughbred nurseries, Normandy Stud, is no stranger to consigning top horses to the Cape Yearling Sale, with their past Cape Sale graduates headed by none other than four time G1 winner, and Equus Champion, Mother Russia.
The farm will be bringing another top-class string to this year’s Cape Yearling Sale, with this consignment made up of the progeny of such stallions as Erupt, Legislate, One World, Oratorio Potala Palace, Twice Over and William Longsword.
Normandy’s Oscar Foulkes is thrilled by the quality of his draft, and says, “With the exception of the weanlings that we sold in 2022, and the four fillies being retained for stud, this is our entire crop of 2021. We are not sending yearlings to any other sales.
Through various branches, all but one of our foundation families are represented, the exception being the In Camera-Tatler dam line that started with Entre Nous. “
Lot 7 c. Erupt (IRE) – Point Of Order
Long before we had any idea whether Erupt would get winners, we could see the extent to which he’s improving on his mares, and this colt is a cracking example. He’s a good size (especially for a first foal), he’s scopey, and there’s plenty of him.
He’s from the Cap Alright branch of the Terpsichore family.
Lot 13 c. Querari – Quetta
The half-brother to Sachdev, who came within an agonizingly close half-length of winning the Cape Derby. His dam is a half-sister to Bravura, who did win the Cape Derby, and it’s the family of multiple champions Mother Russia and Winter Solstice.
This colt oozes class – he moves like a dream, and as a 1 November foal he’s just going to get better and better as he matures.
Lot 23 f. Oratorio (IRE) – Sabrina Fair
The dam’s only runner is a winner, and Oratorio produces an impressive close on 60% winners from foals, so percentages are on your side. The dam is a half-sister to the dam of the top sprinting filly, Sarah, and it’s the Terpsichore family.
This filly moves extremely well. She is built a lot like her dam, whose racing career was just taking off when she did a tendon.
Lot 84 f. Potala Palace – Ashram
The dam has a 100% record, including Wind Water, who is looking like a handy sprinter.
This is a good-sized, scopey filly, and she moves extremely well.
Lot 85 c. Potala Palace – Azarenka
The only runner of this stakes-placed mare is a winner. It’s a family that has been prolific in producing winners for us, tracing to a smart sprinting filly by Royal Affair that we obtained in the early 80s.
This colt is bred on the same cross as the top-class Katak. He’s a high quality chap, and the very epitome of athleticism.
Lot 92 f. Erupt (IRE) – Blue Wonder
We couldn’t be happier to have this as the first foal of a new mare. She’s a super athletic Erupt filly that should show pace up the straight even though she’s out of a Silvano mare.
Lot 119 f. Erupt (IRE) – Fleeced
We often speak about the extent to which Erupt upgrades on his mares. This filly is out of a very attractive stakes-placed mare that didn’t need any upgrading, and it’s hard to imagine a better first foal. She stands over plenty of ground, she is powerfully built, and she has a high quality, refined head.
It’s the immediate family of Star Empire, Fabiani and GG’s Dynasty.
Lot 126 c. Erupt (IRE) – Good Cause
This is a neat, good-moving Erupt colt, out of a half-sister to the graded stakes-winner Crowd Pleaser, from the family of the Champion US filly, Smart Angle.
Lot 139 c. Twice Over (GB) – Joshua’s Princess
This colt has the Classics written all over him. He’s tall, scopey and high quality, with a good action. Of course, being by the Grade One sire Twice Over, out of the grand race filly Joshua’s Princess, that’s very much in his DNA. Apart from her own exploits on the racetrack, she’s a half-sister to the dam of the Cape Derby winner Grande Jete.
Lot 150 c. Potala Palace – Lady Of The Fleece
We’ve been big supporters of Potala Palace because of his proven ability to produce top horses out of the worst mares in the Stud Book (not that we’d put Lady of the Fleece into that category). This is a high quality, scopey colt with a great action. He’s a half-brother to a couple of winners, including a black type filly, from the close up family of Fabiani, Star Empire and GG’s Dynasty.
Lot 151 c. One World – Lady Wylie
We like the look of this three-parts brother to our Cape Flying Championship winner Sergeant Hardy. He has a sprinter’s way about him, and moves well.
There are a couple of firsts here, in that he’s from the first crop of One World, and he’s the mare’s first foal.
Lot 153 f. Erupt (IRE) – Live Aid
This filly is built like a tank – yet another example of how Erupt improves on his mares. She’s a great opportunity to get into the family of Bravura, Winter Solstice and Mother Russia.
Lot 161 c. William Longsword – Marie Antoinette
For a first foal he’s a really good size, and for a big guy he’s exceptionally light on his feet. Here’s another three-parts brother to Sergeant Hardy.
Lot 172 f. Potala Palace – Night On The Hill
This athletic, high quality filly is from the Cap Alright branch of the Terpsichore family.
Lot 174 c. Legislate – Nordic Light
Whenever we get asked about the perfect cat-like walk, we’ll pull out a video of this colt in action. He is just the most sensational mover. Of course, he’s by the stallion with the best percentages in the country, and his dam’s only runner is the uber-competitive Beerenberg, who has three wins and seven places from 11 starts.
His dam is a half-sister to the dam of Rio Querari, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see this cracking colt follow in those hoofprints.
Normandy Stud’s draft for this year’s Cape Sale can be viewed from Block A at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth racecourse.