Mother Russia took her tally of Grade One wins to four, with a facile win in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate. This race, which must rank as South Africa’s premier weight-for-age race over 1600m, was won in 2005 and 2006 by fellow Normandy-bred Winter Solstice. She followed up with a second-place finish in the J&B Met, adding to her second in this race in 2010.

Both Mother Russia and Winter Solstice are out of daughters of our wonderful mare Terpsichore. Our Investec Cape Derby winner, Bravura, is out of a half-sister to Winter Solstice.

Depardieu takes the Betting World Cape Nursery

Depardieu outguns Gimmethegreenlight over 1400m

Mother Russia becomes Normandy’s second Queen’s Plate winner

Depardieu, also from the Terpsichore family, closed his two-year-old season with a promising win in the Betting World Cape Nursery. As an early three-year-old he took the Grade III Cape Classic, accounting for future L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner Gimmethegreenlight.

Bravura’s first run with blinkers saw him home in one of the Cape’s most important trials, the Green Point Stakes (Gr II). He saw off the late challenge of Tales of Bravery, who ran second to Mother Russia in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate when conceding 5 half-kilos.

Bravura returned to form with this win in the Grade II Green Point Stakes