The Princess Royal

Andrew Bon walks us down a path of power

The outstanding Princess Calla (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

There is little doubt that Princess Calla is one of the finest racemares to have graced the South African turf in recent years.

Recently exported to the States, and South African Horse Of The Year for 2022-2023, Princess Calla won 12 races and earned more than R5,582 million in stakes during her local campaign.

A plane carrying 11 South African Thoroughbreds, among them current Equus Horse of the Year Princess Calla (SAf) (Flower Alley) and Breeders’ Cup qualifier Beach Bomb (SAf) (Lancaster Bomber), touched down at New York’s JFK Airport on Thursday 7 March, the Sporting Post reported.

November’s Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Del Mar are on the radar for several of the new arrivals, who will now spend two months in quarantine.

The first direct export flight from South Africa since 2003, the plane was chartered after champion owner/breeder Gaynor Rupert of Drakenstein Stud, her racing manager Kevin Sommerville, Robin Bruss of Northfields Bloodstock, Team Valor International’s Barry Irwin, CTB Forwarding Pty Ltd’s Gerard Connolly and Mersant International New York joined forces to facilitate the trip.

Originating in Johannesburg, the plane made a refueling stop in Barbados prior to touching down in the Empire State.

Enjoy Andrew Bon’s story of this outstanding mare:

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