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An Instagram post by Jessica Slack’s Mauritzfontein Stud confirms that wonder mare Nother Russia, fourth in Saturday’s Grade 1 Premier’s Champion Challenge, has been retired to stud.

A photo of Nother Russia with her chestnut head and striking white blaze over her stable door was accompanied by a message from her owner: “She has a heart of gold and has brought such happiness to so many of us. She retires a Champion of the highest order and the carrots en masse are waiting for her at Mauritzfontein. So excited to have her at home with us!”

The word “champion” is bandied about in racing, but in the case of Nother Russia it rings true.

Purchased for R550,000 by Mike de Kock Racing Stables, on behalf of Jessica Slack, at the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling, Nother Russia was bred at the Wilgerbosdrift Stud of Jessica’s mother, Mary Slack. She is a daughter of Tiger Ridge and the only foal born out of Windrush mare Mother Russia, the Equus Champion Older Filly/Mare of 2010 who amassed 13 wins in her illustrious career including the Grade 1 Empress Club Stakes, the Grade 1 Paddock Stakes, the Grade 1 Majorca Stakes and the Grade 1 Queen’s Plate.

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