Vinery legend Red Ransom sired a Group 1 winner from his penultimate crop of southern two year-olds in South Africa on Saturday.
Rumya stormed home for a breathtaking victory in the G1 Golden Slipper (1400m) for owner-breeder Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa. The Mike De Kock trained filly had cantered home on debut at Clairwood last month and she doubled up by three-quarters of a length at the Durban July meeting.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa and De Kock won the 2011 July with champion Galileo filly Igugu. They also won the 2010 Golden Slipper with Galileo filly Mahbooba and she went on to claim the UAE 1000 Guineas.
Rumya (2f Red Ransom – Sayuri San by Fuji Kiseki) is a long-striding grey and is bred to develop into classic filly. She is out of a three-quarter sister to the dam of Raihana (Elusive Quality) who won the 2010 UAE Oaks for the same connections.
“Rumya is a lovely filly, exceptionally well bred and a pleasure to work with,” De Kock said. “We will see the best of her from 1600m to 2000m. She missed the last plane to Dubai but we’re gonna get her on the next one!
“She’s a very exciting prospect. Still very green but she will get better and better like the rest of my juveniles.”
The Golden Slipper is generally won by progressive youngsters. Last year’s winner Princess Victoria went on to capture further G1 victories in the Garden Province Stakes, Cape Fillies Guineas and Allan Robertson Championship.
Red Ransom (Roberto) began stud duties at Vinery’s Kentucky headquarters in 1991 and arrived in Australia to become its Australian foundation sire in 1999. He died in November 2009.
Red Ransom’s accomplishments are too long do him justice here, apart from the bare facts of 1,011 individual winners of 2,658 races at a 67% strike-rate. And topping that total are 102 stakes winners of 218 black-type races.
Vinery maintains the Red Ransom sireline through Onemorenomore. The G1 AJC Champagne Stakes winner occupies the same barn as his illustrious sire.
Onemorenomore’s first foals dominated the Magic Millions National weanling sale last month. Three of his foals topped six-figures headed by a half-brother to Sydney stakes winner Run for Wilson at $200,000.
“Onemorenomore is a magnificent looking horse with a great pedigree,” Vinery manager Peter Orton said. “When Red Ransom died, we were very keen to secure a son to take his place and we identified Onemorenomore as the ideal replacement.”
Red Ransom filly wins G1 in South Africa