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A Toast To Sherry And Homely Girl

The fifth in our series at Kuda where we honour the fairer sex earning black type. Here we look at Homely Girl and her mother Sherry, after the running of the Grade 2 Tibouchina Stakes

Narrow Creek Stud produced their first Grade 1 winner with Red Saxon in the SA Classic in March and the dynamic farm, founded by John Everett in 2011, continues to churn out the winners all over the country.

This past weekend it was the turn of Homely Girl, a R40 000 yearling purchase at the 2020 Cape Yearling Sale, who earned black type with a classy win in the Grade 2 Tibouchina Stakes over 1400m at Greyville. This was the three-year-old filly’s third win in 12 career races and nudged her career earnings to just under the half-million rand mark.

Homely Girl’s father is Querari, who is the current leading sire of two-year-olds in South Africa, but whose progeny are tasting success across all age groups.

Her mother is the simply-named Sherry. Bred in partnership with Eenfontein Stud and foaled at Narrow Creek Stud in 2012, she sold as a yearling for R275 000, being a daughter of champion sire Silvano.

However, Sherry never lit the racetracks alight herself. She raced nine times, winning her maiden over 1300m at Fairview in 2016 before being retired in September of that year. She went to Narrow Creek and had her first covering, by Fort Wood, in October 2016.

The result was a colt called Mexico, bought for R15 000 at the 2019 Cape Yearling Sale, but he only had three starts for trainer Paul Peter, unplaced in all three over 1000 and 1200m.

Sherry’s next experience was with Querari in November 2017 and the result was another “cheapie buy” in Homely Girl, born on 13 October 2018 and who has proved a quite outstanding pick and who has repaid her purchase price more than 10 times over.

Image of horse Homely girl | Kuda

Then, in 2019 Sherry was covered by Elusive Fort – sire of dual July and Cape Town Met winner Kommetdieding – with the result a filly called Manic Monday. She was knocked down for a purchase price of R220 000 at the 2021 August Two-Year-Old Sale by Paul Lafferty Racing but has yet to race.

Sherry’s next covering was by Erupt, with a filly called Try Me being the result on 17 November 2020.

All Sherry’s progeny were foaled at Narrow Creek Stud, a relatively small establishment when compared to the bigger farms, but who are putting the town of Wolseley in the Breede River Valley region firmly on the breeding map.

Photos courtesy of Chase Liebenberg

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