South African Star Has A Date With Galileo
Ebony Flyer, who beat Horse of the Year Igugu in the Classic Cape Fillies Guineas, has entered quarantine in Cape Town and will be shipped in May to Ireland for a Southern Hemisphere mating at Coolmore Stud with the world’s leading sire Galileo.
Co-owner and manager Barry Irwin finalized plans with Coolmore Stud's manager Christy Grassick.
Ebony Flyer (Jet Master) was as brilliant winner of three G1 races in South Africa despite having to undergo two throat operations for a wind problem.
At three she beat Igugu in the G1 Cape Fillies Guineas at Kenilworth and this year the 17-hands plus mare won the G1 South African Fillies Sprint at Scottsville and the G1 Majorca Stakes at Kenilworth.
Ebony Flyer retired with a record of eight wins and only 2 unplaced efforts in 13 starts.
She raced for Team Valor International, Mrs Gaynor Rupert of Drakenstein Stud and Anant and Vanashree Singh of Durban.
Barry Irwin Team Valor bought an older half-sister out of Sunshine Lover to Ebony Flyer for $27,000 as a yearling in South Africa named Captain’s Lover.
That filly became a G1 winner in South Africa and won in France and the US.
Sunshine Lover's first two foals to race both became classic winners by taking the G1 Cape Fillies Guineas.
As part of a business plan by the partnership that owns Sunshine Lover, Ebony Flyer was offered at the National Yearling Sale in South Africa, where Irwin bought her for his own account.
Irwin then formed a syndicate to race her and just before the Guineas sold a significant interest to Gaynor Rupert, who also now owns Captain’s Lover on an equal basis with Team Valor International.
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