Noble Tune’s Curlin half-sister sold for $600 000 at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. The half-sister to Gr1 winner Honor Code, Gr1 Breeders Cup placed Noble Tune, the handsome Declarationofpeace and Stakes horse Lady Serena, dam Serena’s Cat has been an outstanding broodmare and saw her Curlin filly achieve the third-highest price for a weanling during the Book 1 session as Hip 188.
A dark bay filly consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, the daughter of Curlin was bred in Kentucky by Dell Ridge Farm and Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings. The weanling filly sold to Meadow Oaks Racing Stables.
Serena’s Cat made the news in 2014 when her Tapit filly Serena’s Harmony sold for $3-million and a year later, Declarationofpeace as a weanling for $2,4-million. Their granddam is the phenomenal Gr1 racemare and producer, Serena’s Song.
Noble Tune’s 3yo grey gelding looks an exciting prospect – out of 8-time winning Black Type grey mare Thunderous Belinda, he has had one win and three places from four starts – two of those places were seconds, and on the weekend he ran third in the Listed KZN Guineas Trial.
Trained by Paul Lafferty, he is owned in a partnership of Messrs Marius Mostert, P Georgiou, D J Ramsay, S Singleton, G Tselentis, Mr & Mrs D J Steyn, P M Racing (Nom: Mr P J Maujean) & K & K Syndicate. The handsome grey born and raised at Rathmor Stud with winner Play Another Tune – who placed fourth in the Gr1 Premiers Champions Stakes during the season.
Two other prospects include I’m Free from the stable of Wayne Badenhorst. The Noble Tune filly placed a sharp 3rd on race debut over 1000m and will definitely be needing further, being out of a Silvano mare.
Trainer Gareth Van Zyl is having success with the Noble Tunes producing two winners recently – the first is Paths Of Victory, out of a mare specifically purchased for Noble Tune. He won by almost four lengths over 2000m, this is the family of Oracle News, Victory Moon and American winner Mahubo. The other is Noble Joshua, out of a Joshua Dancer mare. Another Noble Tune that has enjoyed the longer trip, he won by almost two lengths over 1800m.
Some of the foals from Noble Tune that Rathmor have welcomed this season include out of Winter Parade (filly – half sister to Le Var and Winter Passion), Golden Earings (colt – out of a Fort Wood half-sister to Gypsy’s Warning), Off Piste (filly – by Western Winter out of Gr1 winner Zirconeum), Rapid Flow (filly – dam has produced a winner and sibling to three other Black Type winners), Chiquita (filly – half sister to Victoria Lavelle), Mile High (filly – dam by Fastnet Rock, family of sire Barathea), Misty River (colt – half brother to One Cool Dude), Cotton Candy (colt – out of a Trippi mare, same cross as Gr1 winner and sire Liam’s Map and family of Villandry), Hidden Beauty (colt – out of Gr2 winner), Summer Angel (colt – half to Eventual Angel and Exit Here).
Noble Tune stands for a fee of R25 000 this season at Rathmor Stud.