Crusado wins yesterday at Greyville by almost two lengths in only his second start. Image: Candiese Marnewick
Crusado was a reserve runner for the race and won his second start in facile fashion under Sean Veale for trainer Dennis Drier.
A graduate of the 2016 National Yearling Sale and a very typical stamp of his sire, Crusado sold for R140 000 from Bush Hill to owners Greg Bortz and Braam Van Huyssteen. The three year old gelding descends from our brilliant Bush Hill family of Sweet Sheila that produced Gr1 winners Zirconeum and Stellite.
His dam Kenmare House is by Victory Moon out of Plutonium - therefore a half-sister to multiple Stakes Winner King Neptune and Gr3 placed Stella Mia. Kenmare House will be visiting Toreador this year.
Former resident sire of Bush Hill Stud, Shadwell-owned Kahal enjoyed a brilliant day at Greyville with three winners for breeders Roy Meaker, Knut Haug and Bruce Le Roux. Kahal is a sad loss for breeding in KZN but his legacy will not be forgotten. As a broodmare sire, Kahal has produced a Gr3 winner in Australia this year from his grey speedy Gr1 winning daughter, Noble Heir. We look forward to seeing his Frankel grand-daughter debut for the Mike De Kock yard this season - who also happens to be owned by Shadwell Stud who purchased the daughter of Gr1 winner Chocolicious in Australia.
Based on the outstanding performance of Kahal, we look forward to standing another of Shadwell's sires for 2018 - Mustajeeb - whose three parts brother Tamayuz has produced a Gr1 winner this season in Canada with Blond Me, and a Gr3 second place in Australia.
An update for Flying The Flag's flying international sisters is that Rhododendron will line up in the Breeders Cup Fillies & Mare Turf Gr1 over 1800m.
Rhododendron (pictured winning her French Gr1 recently), crowned Irelands's Champion 2YO Filly and winner of two Gr1's - the Fillies Mile and the Prix De'L Opera, is a full sister to younger sibling Gr2 winner Magical. Magical was just a nose off securing her own Gr1 in the Moyglare Stakes and finished fourth in a French Gr1 at the same racemeeting that Rhododendron won the 'Opera'.
Flying The Flag stands for a fee of R20 000 this season and his foals are outstanding, with good size and plenty of quality.
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