Among the numerous star studded yearlings destined for the epic September Keeneland Yearling Sale next month, one filly holds special interest for South African breeders
This filly, a first crop daughter of the A P Indy sired champion Honor Code, is out of the Saint Ballado mare Royal Irish Lass and is, as thus, a half-sister to Klawervlei Stud’s exciting new stallion Royal Mo.
The latter, one of the best of his generation in North America in 2017, won the Gr3 Robert B.Lewis Stakes (a race won by champions I’ll Have Another, Declan’s Moon, Artax and Ferdinand) and finished third, to multiple Gr1 winner Gormley and subsequent Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Battle Of Midway, in the 2017 G1 Santa Anita Derby.
Royal Mo, a half-brother to 2yo stakes winner Tara From The Cape, is out of a daughter of 2005 US champion sire Saint Ballado and the remarkable 19 time stakes winner Irish Linnet. Herself the dam of two black type winners, millionaire Irish Linnet (who shares her sire Seattle Song with the remarkable producer Cee’s Song) won the Yaddo Handicap five years running and also captured the prestigious Gr2 New York Handicap (a race won notably by such Breeders’ Cup champions as Perfect Sting and Soaring Softly).
Royal Mo’s Breeders’ Cup winning champion sire Uncle Mo enjoyed good success at the recent Fasig Tipton, where his yearlings made up to $600 000. Uncle Mo has enjoyed another memorable year in 2018 thus far, with his six graded stakes winners including Gr1 Apple Blossom Handicap heroine Unbridled Mo.
A big, but athletic and well balanced horse, Royal Mo offers breeders a complete outcross to Mr Prospector and he looks an exciting addition to the Cape stallion band.