Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum must have rued he would never see much of a return on the $160,000 he outlaid through agent Tim Stakemire to secure the Fuji Kiseki mare Sayuri San at the 2007 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale.
Sayuri San had already had two foals, a Beautiful Crown filly that sold as a yearling for $24,000 and a Charge Forward filly he would make $10,000 a year after Sayuri San's purchase. The Not a Single Doubt colt Sayuri San was carrying at the time wiped just $16,000 off the purchase price when he was sold at the 2009 Inglis Classic yearling sale.
The racing career of those first three foals also gave little hope for the future. The Beautiful Crown filly was unraced, the Charge Forward filly retired a maiden after 8 starts and the Not A Single Doubt colt beat just two of his 26 opponents home in his 3-start career.
After missing to Dubai Destination (USA), Sayuri San was put in foal to Red Ransom (USA) and sent to New Zealand where she foaled a filly.
Named Rumya (NZ), the grey filly won her first start a Greyville on June 13 before trainer Mike de Kock threw her in the deep end in Saturday's Group 1 Durban Golden Slipper over 1400m at Greyville.
The filly responded magnificently. Anthony Delpech had Rumya (NZ) buried midfield on the rails from her inside barrier. When she found some galloping room in the staright she dispalyed a rare brand of acceleration for such an inexperienced filly to win by three-quarters of a length from Straight Set with Jeff Lloyd in the saddle with Schiffer three and three-quarters of a length back in third.
The Australian-breds Dylan's Promise (Dylan Thomas) and Ilha Da Rock (Rock Of Gibraltar) both performed credibly finishing midfield.
There was every reason to believe that Sayuri San would make a mark as a broodmare. Her dam Felicitation is the product of arguably the most influential stallion to stand in these parts, Danehill, and a mare he would rank among the best race fillies of all time, Emancipation.
Felicitation did not race and her record as a broodmare could best be described as disappointing. Few of her five foals to reach the racetrack showed any great ability including Sayuri San whose lone win in 15 starts came in a fillies and mares maiden over 1210 metres at Yarra Glen.
Another of Emancipation's unraced daughters , La Suffragette is the dam of Caulfield Cup (G1) and Metropolitan Handicap (G1) winners railings (Zabeel) while another daughter, Virage (Kenmare), is the dam of the dual Group 1 winner Virage de Fortune and the flying filly Avenue a multiple Group 3 winner.
In 2010, Sayuri San foaled a filly by Perfectly Ready and she returned to Australia last year where she was covered by Al Maher.
Rumya (pictured left - photo courtesy www.sahracing.com) comes from the penultimate crop of Vinery Stud's international stud success Red Ransom (USA). The son of Roberto is playing an increasingly important role as a sire of sires with sons Charge Forward and Domesday leaving Group 1 winners from their first crop while the likes of the Group 1 winners all American and Onemorenomore and Red Element have proven popular with breeders.