NDORO, NORMANDY OFFER QUALITY DRAFTS AT NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

Situated near the former highly successful Arc-En-Ciel Stud, the Ndoro Stud has quickly made its mark on the South African thoroughbred industry.

The Wellington farm has already enjoyed success both in the sales ring and on the racetrack, with Ndoro bred thoroughbreds regularly gracing the winners enclosure all over South Africa.

Among Ndoro’s notable sales ring success stories was consigning the top priced colt (Futura -Music Pass) to the 2019 Ready To Run Sale, where that colt was sold to EIB Bloodstock for R1 300 000.

On the racecourse, Ndoro Stud has bred a growing number of talented performers including classy graded stakes winning fillies Caya Coco and Heavens Girl. The former scored her biggest win when landing last year’s G2 East Coast Radio Tibouchina Stakes (beating subsequent G1 winner Zarina in the process), while Heavens Girl has won both the 2021 G2 4Racing SA Fillies Nursery (over the likes of Desert Miracle, Supreme Quest and Under Your Spell) and this year’s Listed Bauhinia Handicap. 

The Wellington farm’s National Sale draft this year includes siblings to the aforementioned pair of Caya Coco and Heavens Girl, with this string made up of yearlings by all of Fire Away, Gimmethegreenlight, Master Of My Fate, Rafeef, and champion sire elect Vercingetorix. Potential standouts here include the Fire Away half-sister (Lot 43) to Heavens Girl, and the Master Of My Fate half-brother (Lot 287) to the aforementioned Caya Coco.

Ndoro’s National Sale yearlings can be viewed in Block F at the TBA complex during the days leading up to this year’s auction.

Based just outside Ashton, the Foulkes’ Normandy Stud has long been established as one of the top thoroughbred farms in South Africa. The farm has been operating for around 50 years, and has built up a formidable track record. Purchased in 1971 by Tommy Foulkes, Normandy made the perfect start when the first foal ever born on the farm (fittingly named Normandy) won six races including the H.B Christian Memorial!

Subsequent stakes winners produced by the farm include the SA Derby hero Tribesman (the first Derby winner bred by the farm), Cape Derby winner Grande Jete, Cape Fillies Guineas winner In Camera, Cape Guineas winning filly Little Ballerina, champion stayer Aquanaut, and Equus Champion and multiple G1 winner Mother Russia. In more recent times, the farm has produced the likes of champion Rio Querari and fellow G1 winning sprinter Sergeant Hardy.

Perhaps most notable of the horses bred at the farm, however, was the Western Winter gelding Winter Solstice. The latter, South Africaโ€™s Horse Of The Year of 2005, won 12 times, with his victories including the G1 Queenโ€™s Plate (South Africaโ€™s top 1600m contest) in both 2005 and 2006

Normandy will be offering four lots, one as agent, at the 2022 National Yearling Sale, with their draft consisting of yearlings sired by Lancaster Bomber, Querari (sire of the Normandy bred champion Rio Querari), Silvano and Twice Over. A potential highlight includes a Querari three-parts sister to the stakes winning pair of Principessa and Pinnacle Peak, as well as the Silvano full-sister (Lot 118) to G1 Cape Derby runner up Sachdev.

This draft can be viewed in Block E at the TBA complex.