On Her Toes, dead-heat winner at 2 of the Grade 1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship at the Scottsville race course in South Africa, has been retired from racing. She raced for the partnership of Team Valor International and Anant and Vanshree Singh.
The Western Winter mare retires as the winner of 5 of 14 outings, with 1 second and 1 third. She was a top juvenile, winning the Allan Robertson coming down the hill at Scottsville. She was equally adept at 3, winning the Grade 2 KZN Guineas in Durban.
Barry Irwin, who bought her at the National Yearling Sale from the Highlands Stud draft, said “She was a standout on looks as a yearling, and although she raced well in Gauteng, she had a particular fondness for KwaZulu Natal and was very difficult to peg back there.”
“I consider her one of the best broodmare prospects we’ve ever sent to stud, because not only could she run, but she is a real looker, she is the right size, she is perfectly balanced and she has a very good pedigree with lots of quality close up. She should continue to earn for her partners.”
On Her Toes has been sent to the Klipdrif Stud and will be bred in 2011 to Captain Al, a cross that has worked out splendidly for another Team Valor runner in the unbeaten stakes winner Sting Operation, a Listed winner in her 3 starts this year and last for Team Valor International and Markus Jooste.
Eventually, the mare will join most of Team Valor’s other broodmares at Summerhill Stud and produce yearlings for the market. Team Valor maintains a select band of mares that includes the likes of the dams of Grade 1 winners Ebony Flyer, Captain’s Lover and Cataloochee, as well as the top racemares She’s On Fire and Joshua’s Princess.
Extract from Team Valor International