Capetown Noir wins the 2014 L'Ormarins Queen's Plate

Without doubt one of the finest milers seen in South Africa for many a year. He ran a nice race in the Merchants recently and I had intended to aim him at the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate double. But the injury sadly flared up again and after consultation with our Veterinary team and Jehan Malherbe, his owners have decided to do what is best for the horse and retire him.
— Dean Kannemeyer / Trainer

Last season's Grade 1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate champion, Capetown Noir has been retired from racing.

The magnificent son of Western Winter is described by trainer Dean Kannemeyer as “the best miler I have trained”, and is likely to stand next season at a stud farm in the Western Cape.

Capetown Noir suffered a recurrence of an injury, forcing his owner, Khaya Stables, to retire the horse.

Kannemeyer had the following to say about Capetown Noir, "Without doubt one of the finest milers seen in South Africa for many a year. He ran a nice race in the Merchants recently and I had intended to aim him at the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate double. But the injury sadly flared up again and after consultation with our Veterinary team and Jehan Malherbe, his owners have decided to do what is best for the horse and retire him. I support the decision fully and he should make for an outstanding stallion. He is a superbly bred, good looking horse, a magnificent mover with character and a terrific temperament. He has got to go down as the best miler I have trained. I am looking forward to seeing him go on and make his mark at stud.”

A R1 million buy from the 2011 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, Capetown Noir is a magnificent looking specimen - with the pedigree and race record to match.

One of 19 Grade 1 winners for triple Champion Sire Western Winter, Capetown Noir is out of Broodmare Of The Year, Akinfeet, a daughter of champion sire Fort Wood and Fillies Guineas winner Dance Every Dance (Northern Guest).

A horse of rare brilliance, Capetown Noir (who was South Africa’s Equus Champion Miler of 2014), won 8 times and earned in excess of R2.7 million in stakes.

Like champion sires Jet Master and Captain Al, Capetown Noir’s victories included the Grade 1 Cape Guineas, and, like Jet Master, he went on to win South Africa’s premier MWF 1600m race – the Grade 1 L'Ormarins Queen’s Plate. Capetown Noir, a triple Grade 1 winner, also emulated another outstanding sire, Dynasty, when he won the Grade 1 Investec Cape Derby.

A champion racehorse, by a champion sire out of a champion broodmare, Capetown Noir has everything required to make an outstanding stallion!

Extract from Action Racing Online

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