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Peter Blyth of Clifton Stud pats the diminutive champion he bred, Mrs Geriatrix (Candiese Lenferna Photography). 


Peter Blyth of Clifton Stud said the cover fee of R220,000 in total (R50,000 nom R170,000 live foal) was too high for him to consider sending Velvet Glove back to Vercingetorix next season.

She is currently in foal to Master Of My Fate.

Her Act Of War filly was sold at this year’s BSA National Yearling Sale for R280,000.

Mrs Geriatrix did not reach her reserve at the BSA National Yearling Sale last year and was later bought for R200,000 after Tarry had been approached.

Jenny Blyth admitted in Saturday’s post race interview, “We were glad when she was sold, but now we regret it!”

However, she went on to say how thrilled they were that she was doing so much for racing.

The enthusiastic syndicate who own her, the Magical Lady Syndicate, are doing a lot to attract women to the game.

Peter Blyth admitted he was continually “gobsmacked” by how good Mrs Geriatrix was. because Velvet Glove by Kahal was unplaced in six starts.

However, he spoke of the great blood behind her which he believed emanated from his Model Man mare Vogue.

Velvet Glove, who is by Kahal out of Vogue, is a full sister to Gr 2 winner Prince Of Kahal, a half-sister to Gr 2 winner Fort Vogue (Fort Wood) and a half-sister to Gr 3 winner Whatalady (Jet Master).

Vogue, who is out of Foveros mare Thousand Nights and who was a five times-winning Gr 1 runner up, was a half-sister to twice Gr 1 Gold Cup winner Highland Night (Badger Land) and to Gr 1 winning speedster Warm White Night (Western Winter), to Gr 2 winner Prince Asad and to Listed winner and Gr 1 Gold Challenge third-placed Night Watch.

The pedigree runs deep and it will be interesting to follow this family.