The Gary Player Stud Farm based Noordhoek Flyer hails from one of the best families in the stud book.
Tracing back in female line to champion Mesopotamia, Noordhoek Flyer is from the same family as such major winners as Halling (G1 Juddmonte International-twice, a leading sire), Just The Judge (Irish 1000 Guineas, 4, 500,000 guineas buy), Mukhadram (G1 Eclipse Stakes, sire) and multiple G1 winner and leading young sire Rip Van Winkle.
This is also the same family as African Story, winner of last year’s G1 Dubai World Cup and winner of Saturday’s G1 Maktoum Challenge.
Only seventh last time out, African Story rebounded in style to take first place in Saturday’s $400 000 contest, when running out a ready neck winner of the 2000 metre race.
Ridden by James Doyle, the Godolphin colour bearer had a neck over his stable mate and runner up Prince Bishop, who had been victorious in the race a year earlier. It was three and a half lengths away to third place finisher Henry Clay, with the winner stopping the clock in 124.92. African Story’s win pushed his tally of scores to eight and he has now amassed over $7.634 million in stakes.
Winning jockey Doyle was enthused about his mount after the race, commenting, “”He has a lot of class and a great attitude,” Doyle said of African Story. “Those attributes have really come to the fore here as he had to dig deep. “There is more improvement to come from him I think and he is starting to get the hang of racing on dirt and was happier in the kickback this time than he was on his first start on the surface.”
Saturday’s winner will now attempt to repeat his win of last year in the World Cup at the end of the month.