BRITISH SUCCESS FOR EBONY FLYERJanuary 17, 2022
Former star South African racemare Ebony Flyer came up with a smart-looking winner in Britain on Sunday.
Her three-year-old daughter Ducal Crown, making just the second start of her career, overcame a rough start to the running of the Watch Racing Free Online At Coral Fillies’ Novice Stakes, over seven furlongs, to break her maiden by a neck.
Despite being slow away, Ducal Crown, under a good ride from David Probert, made headway later on in Sunday’s contest and got up to win close home.
DUCAL CROWN (homebred from our champion South African mare EBONY FLYER) got her maiden win today in England. https://t.co/wzc7vJhRhD
— Team Valor (@TeamValor) January 16, 2022
A daughter of now-deceased Cartier Champion, and former Drakenstein Stud based sire, Duke Of Marmalade, the Andrew Balding-trained Ducal Crown had been fourth, of nine, on her only previous start last December.
Ducal Crown is a half-sister to former G3 Cape Classic third Cot Campbell (by Trippi), five-time winner Captain Of Tortuga (by Captain Al) and the useful Black Silver (by Silvano).
She is out of the Jet Master sired Ebony Flyer -a winner of 8 of her 13 starts including the G1 Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas, G1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes, and G1 SA Fillies Sprint.
A full-sister to the dam of Equus Champion, and now retired G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Vardy, Ebony Flyer is a half-sister to another Equus Champion in the form of Captain’s Lover – who, like Ebony Flyer, captured the G1 Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas.