Royal Affair, South African Unbeaten Colt, U.S.-Bound, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-08


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Royal Affair, South African Unbeaten Colt, U.S.-Bound NEW YORK, May 7.— Royal Affair, unbeaten in his native South Africa and believed to be the first horse bred or trained in that country to be pointed for a racing campaign in the United States, will arrive here Tuesday aboard the Moore-McCor-mack Lines freighter Robin Sherwood. The colt will be trained in this country by Johnny Nerud and will be stabled at Belmont Park. Royal Affair is a three-year-old son of Royal Pardon Court Martial— Queens Pleasure out of Zoriha. He is is owned by South African publisher Julius D. Silbowitz and was bred at Bonnievale in the Cape of Good Hope fruit country. As a two-year-old, he set a South African record for five furlongs, racing the distance in slightly over 58 seconds on a heavy grass track. His great success in his native country caused handicappers to assign the colt tremendous weight burdens. Silbowitz, therefore, decided to ship him here. The day before the colt was placed aboard the freighter, lie was paraded before thousands of fans at Capetown and received a resounding .send-off.

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