Irish Flame - Fancy Flutter
Last year I introduced this horse as one that you had to take note of, and many serious breeders did exactly that and to be honest it's not hard to see why. The only Equus Horse Of the Year to ever retire to stud in KwaZulu-Natal, this dual Grade 1 winner was also the first son of Dynasty to retire to stud in South Africa as was Dynasty the first son of his Champion Sire Fort Wood to retire to stud in South Africa.
Allow me to refresh your memories on just what a great racehorse Irish Flame was. He won seven races in total, two of them at Grade 1 level, beating some top horses in the process and earning himself three Equus Awards, including the most coveted of all, Horse of the Year, at the end of his three-year-old career ahead of horses of the ilk of Bold Silvano. In his victory of the Daily News he accounted for the likes of Bold Silvano, Noordhoek Flyer and Smanjemanje. While in the South African Derby he annihilated the much touted Pierre Jourdan by a massive 9.5 lengths. He went down by less than a length to Bold Silvano in the Vodacom Durban July after suffering bad luck in running.
His victories also included the Grade 2 Gold Circle Derby and the Politician Stakes. Importantly as we all know the biggest races in South Africa are run at the distances that this horse was at his best over, but to be a good racehorse and to win these types of races you must have some speed and he certainly had that. A fact highlighted by his victories over such top class sprint milers at their optimum distances. He possessed an incredible turn of foot which he put to devastating use in most of his races.
Finally a reminder of what pedigree guru, Karel Miedema, had to say about Irish Flame and I quote "The female family of Irish Flame, and its major winners, represents everything that has worked for generations in South Africa and as such the sires of the major winners provide important opportunities to return to Irish Flame."