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Orion Quest Breaks Maiden By Eight Lengths

Bush Hill Stud’s impressive Trippi colt galloped to smashing eight length victory yesterday over 1200m at Kenilworth, descending from the immediate family of Bush Hill-bred Gr1 winners Zirconeum and Stellite. Trained by Brett Crawford, the three year old colt is owned in partnership by Mesdames Adam Gurney & D Nagle.

It was just the second start for Bush Hill-bred Orion Quest who sold at the 2014 National Yearling Sale for R300 000. Out of one of Bush Hill Stud’s best families headed up by Kenmare mare Sweet Sheila, her daughter Plutonium by Muhtafal is the dam of Orion Quest, a half-sister to the brilliant Zirconeum and Stellite.

Plutonium herself is an unraced dam of four winners – and has been no slouch at stud with her progeny including the speedy and consistent King Neptune, a 4-time winner including the Michaelmas Handicap Listed and placing in the Gr3 King’s Cup. This family continues at Warwick and Karin Render’s farm in Mooi River, where Plutonium’s Labeeb Gr3 placed daughter Stella Mia is a resident broodmare, her Kahal filly Kalani is in training with Charles Laird.

Make a note of Plutonium’s progeny coming through – she has a Kahal yearling colt (the last crop of Kahal) and a Toreador foal at foot, and she is currently back in foal to the in form son of Danehill, Toreador.

Plutonium’s brilliant half-sister Zirconeum (by Jallad) has also got herself off to a smashing start at stud with her first foal by Tiger Ridge, Wilgebosdrift-bred Nitrogen, winning a smashing debut for the yard of Alec Laird on 29 December – over 1160m at Turffontein.

Sweet Sheila has certainly left behind a regal legacy at Bush Hill Stud, a family not to be missed at the sales.

The year has started off a winning one after Bush Hill Stud had a winner with Mogok gelding Captain Quick on New Years Day at Fairview. The gelding trained by Justin Snaith and owned by Fred Crabbia has placed four times and won by half a length from Nabucco over 1600m. The horse is out of a Captain Al mare Captain's Gem.

Toreador has again collected three winners in the space of less than a week at three different racecourses - the Vaal, Kenilworth and Fairview.

Kirsten's Pride won for the stable of Paul Peter at the Vaal, by an incredible seven lengths after winning and placing twice from three starts - the second horse behind her Lady Torera is also by Toreador.

Four year old gelding Fashion Scout got up to get his third win at Fairview over 1200m for Yvette Bremner and owner Mr ME Gelb. Belle Of Croom finished it off from the stable of Mike Robinson at Kenilworth over 1600m, the three year old filly out of Captain Al mare Confidant breaking her maiden after placing four times from seven starts in total.

Well done to everyone concerned!

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