Sister Norma set for country cups

Buyers missed a bargain when Sister Norma failed to reach a $25,000 reserve at the 2008 Adelaide Magic Millions.

She was part of the Rangal Park consignment and owner-breeder Eric Buttler has never regretted the decision to take her back home to Euroa.  

Sister Norma (5m Superior Sateen – Nassi Angel by Nassipour) boosted her bank to $127,000 after winning the D’urban Hcp (1600m) at Sandown on Wednesday.  She has now won 5 times in 20 starts following priors at Wangaratta, Ballarat, Sandown and Moonee Valley.

Buttler and trainer Greg Eurell will look at the country cups circuit for the mare instead of sending her to stud this spring.

Sister Norma is by Superior Sateen, a brother to Redoute’s Choice, out of Nassi Angel.  The dam is a sister to the Bart Cummings trained stayer Shiva’s Revenge.  He was a G1 winner of the South Australian Derby and was runner-up to Bart’s champion mare Let’s Elope in the 1991 Melbourne Cup.

Nassi Angel has a 3yo half-brother by Rangal Park sire Danerich named Heaven’s Riches.  He’s with Robbie Laing at Cranbourne and was a dead-set certainty beaten by Always Dreamin’ last time out at Sale.

Nassi Angel’s latest Danerich colt was passed-in at the Inglis Great Southern weanling sale in May.

Rangal studmaster Tim Jackson reckons he could also come back to taunt the tyre-kickers who let him walk by at Oaklands Junction.  “He’s a nice horse and has developed into a big, strong animal,” Jackson said.  “They had the chance to buy him as a foal – he hasn’t been entered for the yearling sales.”

Nassi Angel is due to foal again to Danerich who has sired 4 winners and 9 placegetters in his first crop.  

Laing trained Danerich to victories in the G3 McNeil Stakes (1100m) and LR McKenzie Stakes (1100m) at Moonee Valley.  A son of Danehill, he stands at Rangal Park alongside Ne Coupez Pas (Nijinsky) and Keltrice (Kenmare).