THE foundations for Normandy Stud’s success were laid back in the 1970’s, then during the eighties the flag was flown by Classic winner, In Camera and that great stayer, Aquanaut, who criss-crossed South Africa toting heavy burdens to victory. Into the “noughties” this stud, in the heart of the BAR valley, bred Cape Derby winner Grand Jete, dual Queens Plate hero, Winter Solstice and champion race-mare, Mother Russia, writes MARK VAN DEVENTER.

Both Mother Russia and Winter Solstice are out of daughters of Terpsichore, with Grade 1 winner Bravura out of a half- sister to Winter Solstice. These powerful lineages are again represented in Normandy’s offering at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale coming up on the 20th and 21st January at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

The indefatigable, Veronica Foulkes and her son, pedigree guru, Oscar are drivers of this boutique operation with a reputation for producing high quality yearlings. They consign three to market from proven top stallions, Captain Al, Silvano and Querari. Normandy are also acting as agents for 11 other youngsters, by relatively new sires such as Master of my Fate, Wylie Hall, Twice Over, Pomodoro and Champion Freshman Sire of 2017, What a Winter.

Oscar’s pre auction comments were glowing, “The three yearlings represent a continuation of our renowned Mother Russia and Winter Solstice families. I expect they will be on many people’s short list – the Captain Al filly was graded 10/10, the Silvano 9.5 whilst Lot 106, the Querari colt, is really magnificent.”

Lot 114 is a bay colt by Silvano, champion sire in SA in 2012/13 and again in 2016/17. Going back a few generations and scanning the female side reveals a veritable who’s who of redoubtable Normandy producers in Terpsichore, French Muse and Musing.

The Captain Al filly comes towards the end of the sale, catalogued as Lot 247. The dam, Ekaterina is an unraced half- sister to Mother Russia, dam of Nother Russia, a Grade 1 winner of the Ipi Tombe Challenge. Given the filly’s great conformation and such potent bloodlines, bidding will be seriously competitive.

Prospective buyers are encouraged to approach either Veronica or Oscar during pre-viewing sessions on the 18th and 19th January at the venue, for more information. They will be tapping into decades of expertise from a stud farm with a proven track record stretching over nearly half a century of breeding outstanding thoroughbreds.

Photo: Oscar and Veronica Foulkes of Normandy Stud. (Sporting Post/Wayne Marks).

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