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Link Man Second In Gr 3 Joburg Spring Challenge

Link Man. Image: sportingpost.co.za

Six year old talented son of Toreador, Link Man, finished just a length off Potala Palace in the Gr 3 Joburg Spring Challenge. The grey gelding bred by Tawny Syndicate and owned by Messrs G L Blank, G Z Burg & L M Nestadt is trained by Mike De Kock, out of Among Men mare Western Smoke.

A seven-time winner with an admirable record against recent international winning exports The Apache and Shea Shea, Link Man's wins include beating Shea Shea by over two lengths in the Gr 3 Tony Ruffel Stakes. Link Man took the Gr 1 Gold Medallion from Sports Coach and won this race (the Joburg Spring Challenge) last year by over a length from Zorba, as well as placing three quarters of a length behind The Apache in a Pinnacle Stakes.

Toreador is enjoying a great season on the tracks thus far, in just the first two weeks of this month he has recorded four individual winners, two seconds and three thirds. Interestingly Link Man is now entered for the Emperor’s Palace Charity Mile (Gr 2) on the 2 November. The results mean that to date this season Toreador has already had 16 wins this season and his earnings are just touching the R 1 million mark.

Toreador's percentage winners to runners is a very impressive 24% which is on a par with or better than leading stallions Jet Master, Silvano, Captain Al, and Trippi and well ahead of horses of the ilk of Western Winter, Var and Dynasty. It is therefore little wonder he is receiving the support he deserves from the breeders in KZN.

Warwick says of the son of Danehill: "So far this season Toreador has already covered 32 individual mares which have come from 15 different stud farms in KZN and have represented 22 different owners. I think this gives a very clear indication of the widespread appeal of the horse. As always he has attracted some top quality mares with Irish Flame’s dam Clock The Rock being one of the highlights, along with the winner of the Woolavington (Gr 1) Count The Money, who obviously also replicates the mating which produced Link Man as she like his dam is also by Among Men.

"There have been several others and for fear of omitting someone I will not go into much more detail, these are just two examples that sprung to mind. There have been several top quality imported mares, and mares from top local families too, such as that of Pocket Power - and we are probably only about a third of the way into the covering season."

Warwick goes onto say that they continue to receive calls on a steady basis of new bookings for the stallion. "We have already sent out well in excess of 50 contracts for the season, as always there will be the inevitable cancellations, but at the same time there are more coming all the time. As such we feel confident that he will cover a book close to the 70 mares that was indicated to us as a full book for him, giving him great representation while at the same time retaining a degree of exclusivity for his progeny when they reach sales age."

Toreador's other recent Group winners and performers include Jackadore (Gr 2 and Gr 3 winner), She's A Stunner, Straight Forward and Las Ramblas who has been nominated again this year in the KZN Breeders Awards for Outstanding Middle Distance Female.

Out of the mare Purchasepaperchase by Young Generation, Toreador stands for a fee of just R15 000 this season. He is the most successful son of Danehill to stand his career in South Africa.

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