It is fitting that the Golden Slipper winning sprinting sensation She Will Reign will take Yu Long Investments’ slot in the ten million dollar Everest this spring and vie for the $5.8 million that is on offer to the winner. Yu Long has long shown faith in this daughter of Manhattan Rain and had attempted to buy into her after that emphatic debut victory when astounding all before her with a near record-breaking performance not seen before in a pre-Christmas 2YO, save perhaps for Vain back in 1968.
Speed horses like She Will Reign who possess great natural speed have failed more often than not under the gruelling 1200m conditions of the Slipper however the manner in which this $20,000 yearling purchase trained by Gary Portelli for a syndicate of owners from all walks of life, put away her rivals truly was the stuff of brilliance and a rags to riches story worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster.
Offered for sale at the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale is Kuching, a Tale of the Cat half-sister to She Will Reign’s dam Courgette. This is a rare opportunity to tap into such a precocious, early maturing Slipper family. Marscay, the dam sire of Kuching was himself a Slipper winner while Tale of the Cat has proven to be an outstanding broodmare sire with his daughters responsible for six individual Group 1 winners plus this season’s Group 2 winning 2YO Diamond Tathagata. Mares bred on the same Storm Cat/Marscay cross as Kuching have thus far produced two Group winners from just six runners.
100% free of Danehill and Danzig blood, Kuching (Lot 735) is offered for sale by Rothwell Park (as agent) and can be viewed at Stable I 26. She goes under the hammer on Tuesday, the 30th of May.
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