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CPYS 2024: Ambiance Stud

Redoubtable vet Dr Marianne Thomson continues to work her breeding wizardry out of Ambiance Stud near Worcester. Full brothers, Al Nitak and The Sheik, G1 Summer Cup victor, Royal Victory, G1 sprinters, Alesian Chief and Cataloochee are some of the luminaries hailing from Ambiance – a true boutique stud with a low output in terms of volumes that nevertheless punches far above its weight.

Five of her yearlings will enter the ring on Thursday, 25th January 2024, at Cape Racing Sales’ CPYS. Dr Thomson presents two Rafeef’s (Lots 43 and 76), a One World filly (Lot 35), a Master of My Fate filly (Lot 23) and an Hawwaam colt which comes near the end of proceeding as Lot 122 and is a first foal of Sail from Seattle mare, Boeing City.

Likewise, Lot 23 is also a first foal – this daughter of Master of My Fate is out of Gypsy Rose. Second dam Gypsy Queen bred the exported-to-America star, Gypsy’s Warning, who won multiple G1s from sprints up to 1800m.

Lana Belle, the dam of Lot 35’s One World baby, is unproven at stud as this is only her second foal, the other being a juvenile. The second dam is the high-class Trojan Belle, so Lana’s World is worth closer inspection.

Rafeef has managed 13 stakes winners from just 160 to race in a tremendously encouraging start to his spell in the breeding sheds. Unnamed Lot 43’s 2nd dam, Russian Muse is the dam of Champion Older Female in SA in 2009/10, Mother Russia, who in turn produced Nother Russia. She emulated the feat by becoming the Champion Older SA Female seven years later. This is an incredibly potent female line, and buyers may be willing to take a speculative chance on 1st dam, Matushka’s bay colt.

King Redoute is the other Rafeef offered by Ambiance. Dam, the distance versatile, She’s a Pippa won four times between 1200 and 2000m, including Listed successes in the Eastern Cape and has already thrown sprinters, Keep the Lights On (3 wins) and Clifton Crusher (4 wins).

Given that Rafeef won the G1 Computaform dash over the fast Turffontein 1000m, this is an interesting mix of speed and a built-in middle-distance propensity – the second dam She’s on Fire won six up to 2000m.

Dr Thomson is more than willing to discuss the rationale behind these matings. Though she scrutinises pedigrees closely to avoid repeating past mistakes and doing something misguided, she breeds more on confirmation than on “nicks and tucks.” To the wise Doctor, the physical attributes of an athlete are of primary importance and are determined by their parents.

She is also keenly aware of hereditary temperament and factors that impact heavily when planning mating to avoid bad behavioural tendencies.

Following these principles ensures that the resultant progeny from Ambiance Stud are typically fine athletic specimens with good temperaments.

Call Marianne at 082 557 1442 or email to learn more.

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