Wysiwyg is proving to be a useful foundation mare for Bloomhill Stud (Candiese Lenferna).
Sandra and Lance Tretheway’s Bloomhill Stud was founded by chance and they are now thoroughly enjoying the fascinating game of thoroughbred breeding under the guidance of many-times champion breeder Mick Goss of Summerhill Stud fame.
Sandra has always loved horses and the family farm just outside of Wartburg in KZN has always had a riding horse or two for their use.
Hence she travelled to the Summerhill dispersal sale a few years ago intending to buy one or two riding horses.
Instead she returned with a number of broodmares.
Currently the Tretheways have eight broodmares of their own and keep another four for Mick Goss.
Furthermore, they stand the Summerhill Stud-owned stallion Rabada, whose progeny have been catching the eye lately.
Rabada, trained by Mike Azzie, was an impressive winner of the Grade 1 Daily News 2000 back in 2016 and Azzie believed he would have won the July had his racing manager allowed him to avoid the KZN Breeders Million Mile and gone straight for the July. As it happened the racing manager insisted he run in the latter race six days before the July. After he had finished second in the latter event the racing manager scratched Rabada from the July two days later and removed him from the Azzie yard.
Sandra describes Rabada as a big, tall horse with “a beautiful temperament.”
Her young son is even able to groom him.
Rabada moved to their farm in July last year, but received only ten mares in his first season.
Sandra is hoping for an improvement next season.
Two of the mares she bought at the Summerhill dispersal sale were in foal at the time to Rabada.
The colt born is now with Fanie Bronkhorst and he is “very happy” with him.
The filly born is with Lola Crawford, who is “blown away” by her.
Rabada has had seven individual winners from 18 runners this season and they have won eight races between them.
He had two winners last week and both were eyecatching.
Last Tuesday at Turffontein Inside the Weiho Marwing-trained Soldier’s Eye produced an impressive late surge from a handy position to get up by half-a-length under Wesley Marwing in a maiden over the probably too sharp 1450m. It was only her second start and she should go on to win more races because Wesley confirmed she was still immature and had been looking around a lot. Weiho had in fact not expected her to win as he felt she would still need one more run, so that augurs well too.
On Sunday over 1600m on the Hollywoodbets Greyville turf, the MJ Odendaal-trained Rabada gelding Addabar was a tad slowly away from a wide draw under Marco van Rensburg and then circled the field to get to the front, which would normally be an energy sapping manoeuvre. However, that did not stop him galloping away from the field to win in highly impressive fashion by five lengths. Van Rensburg said afterwards he had just been on top as the guide and the horse had done it all. Odendaal has apparently never hidden his high regard for the horse. It was just a maiden but was only his third start and his first start over the ground he needed.
Addabar could become the one to spark breeders’ interest in Rabada as he looks to have a bright future and is definitely one for the notebook.
Gavin Smith has a promising Rabada gelding called Zatara’s Magic, who ran third in the Listed Ibhayi Stakes over 1400m.
Paul Matchett also has a fair sort in the twice-winning Rabada gelding Arbitrator.
Meanwhile, Sandra was lucky to have picked Mullins bay mare Wysiwyg at the aforementioned dispersal sale.
Subsequent to the sale in 2020 her Mike and Adam Azzie-trained son Bohica won the Grade 1 Pongracz Cape Flying Championship and another Azzie-trained son, Bartholdi, finished a narrow second in the Grade 1 Golden Horse Sprint.
She was consequently named KZN Breeders broodmare of the year last season.
The five-time winner Aisling (Visionaire) from the Kumaran Naidoo yard is another progeny of Wysiwyg who is doing well at present.
Sandra said Wysiwyg’s current foal at foot was a most magnificently big filly by Rathmor’s new stallion Declarationofpeace (War Front).
Bloomhill Stud is ambitious and sent four of the 12 mares on the farm down to top Cape stallions last season, Trippi, Futura, Querari and Master Of My Fate.
The Tretheways are still learning the ropes and have a long way to go in a game where even the most experienced can never stop learning.
However, they are thoroughly enjoying it and their enthusiasm coupled with the vast knowledge of Mick Goss should see it turn into a successful venture.
Their farm’s main usage has been for cattle and flowers but this new venture has added an exciting new angle and the farm is also soon to be a wedding venue.