Red Ransom star in South Africa

Red Ransom filly Rumya grabbed a second Group 1 at just her fourth start in South Africa on Saturday.

The Vinery legend’s daughter had won the G1 Golden Slipper at Greyville in July and doubled up at the elite level in the G1 Cape Fillies Guineas (1600m) at Kenilworth.

Rumya (3f Red Ransom – Sayuri San by Fuji Kiseki) settled on the pace and jockey Anthony Delpech got first run on his rivals to establish a winning break in the straight.  “There was plenty of merit in that win,” trainer Mike De Kock said.  “She didn’t have a straight-forward prep and will only get better over further.”

De Kock prepares the grey filly for owner-breeder Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa and confirmed she will head straight into the G1 Paddock Stakes (1800m) at Kenilworth on January 5.

The winner lined up as one of the least experienced fillies on Saturday.  She had cantered home on debut at Clairwood before the Golden Slipper and then won first-up at Turffontein prior to extending her unbeaten record in the Cape Guineas.

“Rumya is a very exciting prospect,” De Kock claimed.  “She’s a lovely filly, exceptionally well bred and a pleasure to work with.”

Red Ransom got her from a three-quarter sister to the dam of Raihana (Elusive Quality) who won the 2010 UAE Oaks for De Kock and Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa.  Her third dam Emancipation (Bletchingly) was Australia’s Horse of the Year in 1984.

Red Ransom (Roberto) shuttled to Vinery Australia for a decade until his death in November 2009.  Besides the South African star, his penultimate crop of fillies includes Kazanluk (G2 Moonee Valley Classic), Fuddle Dee Duddle (G3 WA Champion Fillies) and Malasun (LR Blue Diamond Preview).

– Karl Patterson

RUMYA
Unbeaten Group 1 filly by Red Ransom