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Capetown Noir (Candiese Lenferna Photography)

 

David Mollett (Business Day)

Heversham recently hit the racing headlines when revealing they will be standing one of the best performing horses in the country, Capetown Noir
One of the quotes from golf legend Gary Player looks relevant as Heversham Park Farm — situated in the south of Gauteng — bids to make the stud a serious player as a stallion station and broodmare facility.                      
Player said: “Simply by making the effort to start something, you will be miles ahead of almost everyone else.”
Run by advocate Nigel Riley and his wife Katerina, Heversham is in Daleside Valley near Walkerville in Gauteng and recently hit the racing headlines when revealing they will be standing one of the best performing horses in the country, Capetown Noir.
In an illustrious career, Capetown Noir won three grade 1 races with victories in the Cape Guineas, Cape Derby and Queen’s Plate. Interestingly, one of the horses he beat in the King’s Plate was Jackson, who also stands at Heversham.
When Capetown Noir, a son of Western Winter, joined Mick Goss’s Summerhill Stud in 2014, the many-times champion breeder said: “This is the best racehorse to set foot on the property since National Emblem.”
Speaking to Sporting Post last week about the horse’s new home, Goss said: “Nobody will tell you it’s easy to get a stallion ‘back on the map’, as it were, but if Capetown Noir gets mares of decent quality and substance, I don’t see any reason why he can’t sire more top-level winners.”

Katerina Riley commented: “We are excited to give Capetown Noir a fresh start to his career. He’s a loving and intelligent type and he is making friends on the farm.” His stud fee is R5,000 (live foal).

Capetown Noir’s best performers to date are the Gr 1 Pongracz Cape Flying Championship winner Bohica and the Gr 1 Allan Robertson Championship winner Under Your Spell, who also won the Gr 2 WSB Fillies Guineas, the Gr 2 Hawaii Stakes and has placed in a host of Graded races including a a second place finish in the Gr 1 HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes.