Midnight Messenger, another winner from our special family of Zirconeum, Stellite and King Neptune. Image: Candiese Marnewick
The talented Oura has made it two wins in a row, as the smart daughter of Toreador won this afternoon at the Vaal under Keagan De Melo, carrying top weight of 61.5kgs. This is her first trip over 1200m and she won with ease by three quarters of a length.
Her dam Gold Lass is one of those mares every Thoroughbred breeders is grateful for, producing 100% winners from all of her runners - she is by leading broodmare sire Goldkeeper. Ouro has now won and placed from all four of her starts for trainer Paul Peter.
This is the damline of several successful Zimbabwean Bold Black Types including Battle Maiden, Canon Blast, Kushka, Bold Bidder etc.
Oura is a half-sister to five other winners, with 21 wins between them all - including Mauritian export Ruby King who also placed 20 times. Keep a watch for her 2015 half-sibling by King's Chapel, named Chapel Lass.
Sadly we lost Toreador early in December - he had produced dual Gr1 winner Bull Valley last season and is a significant loss to South African Thoroughbred breeding.
Bush Hill Stud also enjoyed a double at the end of December at Greyville, with Midnight Messenger and Hit And Run victorious. Midnight Messenger, trained by Sean Tarry for Mr Chris Van Niekerk had his first win after placing four times previously from seven starts.
Midnight Messenger is a Kahal half-brother to Crusado, who is a winner from two starts. Their dam Kenmare House is from our special Bush Hill family of Gr1 winners Zirconeum and Stellite - Kenmare House (by Victory Moon) is a half-sister to King Neptune and Stella Mia.
Hit And Run, trained by Robbie Hill tried his first distance over 1800m and succeeded to win by quarter of a length under Sean Veale. The son of Curved Ball out of Elation is owned by Messrs R A Hill, N S Naidoo & Y Naidu.
Congratulations to all concerned.
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