Mary’s Miss wins East Cape Oaks

Australian bred mare Love Of Mary was represented by her first stakes winner when Miss Scaramanga made it five straight in the Listed East Cape Oaks (2000m) at Fairview on Friday.  

Miss Scaramanga (3f Second Empire – Love Of Mary by Zeditave) is the sixth winner for the mare and her second in South Africa.  The Oaks winner has never been out of a place in 9 starts for trainer Justin Snaith.

Second home Royal Wager (Victory Moon) finished three lengths in arrears and she was followed by Aussie bred fillies Giant Dreamer (Giant’s Causeway) and Grail Maiden (Galileo).

Love Of Mary was prepared by Lee Freedman and was the top filly of the 1994 Melbourne spring carnival stringing together wins in the LR Gibson Carmichael Stakes, LR Quezette Stakes, G2 Champagne Stakes and G2 Edward Manifold Stakes.

At stud, she foaled minor winners by Danzero, Flying Spur, King Of Kings and Real Quiet before selling to South African interests for $180,000 at the 2004 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale.  She was carrying a Fasliyev filly who raced successfully as Ninette De Valois in South Africa.

Miss Scaramanga is by Coolmore Group 1 winner Second Empire who arrived in South Africa a few months before Love Of Mary.  He had just finished a four year stint shuttling from Coolmore to Heytesbury Stud in WA and is now based at Lion River Stud in the Western Cape.

Love Of Mary’s pedigree kept improving after she left Australia.  Her sister Courtroom Sweetie is the dam of world champion sprinter Sacred Kingdom.

Coolmore has announced Brave Tin Soldier will stand at Summerhill Stud in South Africa this year.  He is by Storm Cat out of a sister to Fusaichi Pegasus.

Brave Tin Soldier was a 2YO Listed winner of the Blenheim Stakes at the Curragh.  He trained on to win the G3 Cliff Hanger Stakes in California and the CBD World Mastercard Plate in Dubai.  Former Ballydoyle horses Mullins Bay (Machiavellian) and Solskjaer (Danehill) are already based Summerhill Stud.