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Exciting Times!

Madam Le Roi and grey filly Reigning Wave made it a weekend win double for King's Chapel.

Dear Breeder

For any breeder the breeding season is an exciting time, nothing like a smart new foal to make the long hours and sleepless nights seem worthwhile. The new foals no matter who they are always offer hope and promise. Invariably they are the products of hours of contemplation, planning and in most cases changed minds in selection of the sires and then the long wait of the pregnancy. No matter how many you have seen each foal is to us a thing of wonder and miracle of nature.

To us at Bush Hill the first weeks of the season have been particularly exciting for a number of reasons that we thought we would like to share. Firstly we have seen the arrival of the first foals of Redoute’s Promise and they have most certainly been something to be excited about. This young sire we all know to be bred in the purple, but having been unraced due to injury he gave some concerns, however his foals have come out with all of the great physical attributes of the sire, they are big, robust quality babies with loads of scope and have impressed all those who have seen them. They are good legged with good substance below the knee.

It is certainly worth revisiting this horse’s pedigree – he is the son of an undisputed champion sire and sire of sires in Redoute’s Choice, one of the “game changers” not only in Australasia but with a growing influence around the world. Redoutes Promise is from a female family that has been as influential as any South African family ever has on the international stage dare one say. His dam Perfect Promise went on from her local Gr 1 victory in the Cape Fillies Guineas to become the first and to date the only South African bred horse to win a Gr1 race in Australia, and has now produced foals winning in Australia and Japan.

Her full sister Irridescence was also responsible for a fair whack of “Aussie bashing” when she defeated their star filly Ouija Board in the Gr1 QE II Cup in Hong Kong, a race most South Africans will remember fondly as London News won it reassuring South Africans at the time that our horses were indeed good enough to compete on any stage anywhere in the world. Please feel free to give us a call to make arrangements to visit the stud and let us show you some of his foals – the indications are all there that, like the Australians have learnt, this is a family to respect and this is a horse who may just make an impact.

The excitement this season has continued to grow as we have welcomed the arrival of the second crop of foals for the Equus Horse Of The Year Irish Flame. They are everything that we saw in the first crop. The first son of local sire sensation Dynasty to go to stud in South Africa Irish Flame offers everything his father did at this stage and perhaps a bit more. Like Dynasty he was Equus Horse Of The Year at 3. Like Dynasty he was a multiple Gr 1 winner and multiple Gr1 placed over the same distances as his sire. He beat the best sprint milers in the country at the time over their distances and showed a tremendous turn of foot in his races. He has the X – factor and its not just us who believe this for he has enjoyed widespread support from the KZN Breeding fraternity.

Just about every race meeting that is staged in the country at the moment highlights how fortunate we are to have access in KZN to Toreador – undoubtedly the best value for money proven sire in the country at the moment. We have previously referred to him as “the banker” and he just continues to emphasise this. He has certainly set this season alight and has some very promising progeny in the pipeline, Lazer Star having once again proven that she has to be a leading contender for the title of best sprinting filly in the country right now, seven wins, including a Gr2, a Gr3 and a Listed plus a second in a Gr 3 from only nine starts.

She is supported by some very promising youngsters, not least of all the Zaki trained three year old Bull Valley who has won both of his starts in emphatic style. We can look forward to the exploits of the very talented Prospect Strike as the Highveld Summer season gets started if his outstanding second from an impossible draw in the Gr1 Premiers Champion Stakes to close off the last season is anything to go by. There are not many services left available to this horse for this season so don’t delay giving us a call should you wish to take advantage of having him on your doorstep. Please take a look at the attached article.

The first of Curved Ball’s progeny made their appearance at the sales this year, and it was clearly evident that the market sees the value in this the only son of current Australian Champion sire Fastnet Rock at stud here in South Africa, averaging an impressive R 120 000 for all progeny sold – a great return on his R 8 000 service fee! We have told you before how highly regarded he was by his trainer Charles Laird and it has been no surprise to see his name among those who signed for his progeny at the sales. Interestingly we are already receiving positive feedback from various quarters about these youngsters and another filly sold off the recent CTS Ready To Run Sale for R190 000.

Triple Gr 1 winning King’s Chapel has seen his first local progeny on the tracks this season and as expected they have shown plenty of promise with him having been represented in several Graded stakes races and having had winners on the Highveld, in KZN and in the Eastern Cape. All the while his progeny have continued to win on the international stage and if their history is anything to go by we will see a strong rally of his first crop here as they turn three, in fact just two weeks ago he had three seconds in two racemeetings, what a boost three *wins would have been!

As always we would welcome you to the stud to view the horses and their progeny or to discuss matings. Please just give us a call.

Best regards

Warwick & Karin Render

*since publishing King's Chapel achieved a double on the weekend with two winners at Greyville and Scottsville.

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