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Pink Moon in the yellow and black Mauritzfontein silks is seen running on for third in today’s first race over 1000m behind the winner, the Paul Reeves-trained Amethystic (William Longsword) and the Candice Bass-Robinson-trained Strata (Canford Cliffs) (Picture: Wayne Marks)

The Pedigree Obsessor

One fascinating aspect of this industry is how quietly quality arrives unheralded, usually from some of the industry’s breeding powerhouses. Here is another.

A filly PINK MOON (Sea The Moon x Banbury) silently slipped onto the race card in R1 at Durbanville on 19 September from the Yard of Brett Crawford, tellingly bred and owned by Mauritzfontein and Wilgerbosdrift. That she ran a very credible 3rd over a distance at least 4 to 5 furlongs short of that she was bred for may well be a good marker for what is to come.

She is from a bloodline not seen before but nevertheless rich in potential and of the sort that should cause the lenses of many, as it does this Professor, to steam up rather quickly.

By a son of the mighty SEA THE STARS, crossed to a MONSUN female line, out of a broodmare by M&W’s very own outstanding HORSE CHESTNUT makes this a very exciting prospect.

SEA THE MOON was an exciting prospect who in his short career, before being forced to retire through injury, achieved a race record of 5 runs 4 wins 1 second over distances of 10 to 12 furlongs. In his final race he ran 2nd in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe where after his prior injury was detected as having reappeared.

BANBURY, another M&W homebred, boasts a 5 run 2 win 1 second record over distances of 6 to 8 furlongs. PINK MOON is her 3rd foal and arguably the best of them by far.

In true family tradition it looks like another diamond might just have been discovered.