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by Sarah Whitelaw


When durable eight-year-old Rouge Allure won Saturday’s Listed Jacaranda Handicap, she joined a lengthy list of stakes winners descended in female line from influential taproot mare Enchanted Eve.

The latter made considerably fewer starts than the 2022 Jacaranda Handicap winner has already made. She ran 29 times for four wins and a runner up finish in the now G1 Alabama Stakes.

The dam of Tempted (Champion Older Mare in USA in 1959), Enchanted Eve was the founder of a dynasty.

Among the numerous high-class horses descended in female line from Enchanted Eve (a daughter of the 16 time winning stallion Lovely Night) are English classic winner Wince and her G1 winning daughter Quiff, dual G1 Pacific Classic hero Skimming, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner up Eltish, Malibu Stakes victor King Of The Heap, and top US racemare Lazy Slusan. The latter is not only dam of a G1 winner, but Lazy Slusan’s G1 Madison Stakes winning daughter Last Full Measure (by Empire Maker) is responsible for G1 Spinster Stakes heroine Valiance.

Enchanted Eve was also third dam of End Sweep -famed in South Africa as the sire of champion South African sire Trippi.

Rouge Allure is also, in all likelihood, the last stakes winner for deceased Machiavellian horse, and G2 Challenge Stakes winner, Kahal.

The latter, who shared his sire with such standout stallions as Street Cry and Medicean, proved a versatile and consistent stallion. He leaves behind more than 40 stakes winners and has sired G1 winners over trips ranging from 1000m (Noble Heir Computaform Sprint) to 3200m (Desert Links Gold Cup).

Kahal, like his paternal half-brother Street Cry, is also making his mark as a broodmare sire, with his broodmare daughters having already produced the likes of Chimichuri Run (G1 Tsogo Sun Sprint), Fort Ember (Gold Bracelet, Flamboyant Stakes) and Australian G3 winner Crown Witness.

A R300 000 buy from the 2015 Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale, Rouge Allure was produced by the placed mare Mekyaas, a daughter of top sire and leading broodmare sire Pivotal.

The latter, who died at the end of last year, left behind 32 G1 winners while Pivotal mares have already produced such star performers as Cracksman, Hermosa, Hydrangea, Rhododendron, Magical, and Love.

The sire of G2 winning SA based sire Wings Of Desire, and broodmare sire of South African based sires Flying The Flag and The United States, Pivotal also made his mark in South Africa as the sire of dual Guineas winner Noordhoek Flyer and G1 Thekwini Stakes queen Amanee.

Picture: Rouge Allure as a three-year-old (The Citizen).