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Toreador And Kahal Represented In Scottsville Gr1 Sprints

Toreador pictured in January 2015. Photo: Candiese Marnewick

Bush Hill sires are represented by two horses on the big Gr1 Sprint Day at Scottsville on Saturday. Toreador has Prospect Strike in the Gr1 Gold Medallion Stakes over 1200m, whilst Kahal has Flyfirstclass in the Gr1 Tsogo Sun Sprint over 1200m. Toreador has had six winners in the month of May, including a double recently at the Vaal.

One of the most interestingly bred horses at Saturday’s Scottsville Racecourse Festival Of Speed racemeeting will be the Dominic Zaki-trained Prospect Strike, who displayed his class on debut when waltzing in by 12,75 lengths over 1200m on the Vaal turf. He recorded a fast time that day and could be a big threat in Saturday’s Gr 1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion over 1200m at Scottsville.

Zaki said, “His preparation has gone smoothly and he is as fit as a fiddle. I am very happy with him, he is top class.”

The bay gelding was bred by the Tawny Syndicate and is owned by two of this syndicate’s members, Larry Nestadt and Greg Blank, in partnership with Knut Haug.

Nestadt and Blank found his Mr Prospector dam, Prospect Fever, in Australia and brought her back to South Africa. Their reasoning was not only that Mr Prospector mares were hard to come by but that she would also likely be an excellent mating for their Danehill stallion Toreador. This was partly due to the famous Northern Dancer-Mr Prospector nick.

Toreador is from the Northern Dancer sire line and Prospect Fever herself has the Mr Prospector-Northern Dancer cross close up in her pedigree. Furthermore, Prospect Fever had already produced the Gr3-winning Danehill colt Way West, who became known as a speed influential sire at Summerhill Stud.

Way West won an Australian Gr3 over 1100m as a two-year-old in 2004, beating the now sort after sire Oratorio, so it is not surprising that his three parts brother Prospect Strike is also packed with precocious speed.

Prospect Strike is in fact the third Toreador foal that Prospect Fever has produced and this emphasises the vagaries of breeding as the other pair, Abstract and Portrait, have not amounted to much, having won just three minor races between them, all over 1200m.

Toreador’s only Gr1 winner to date was the Dennis Drier-trained Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion winner Link Man. This speedy grey was also bred by the Tawny Syndicate and part-owned by Nestadt and Blank.

Prospect Strike has an unfavourable high draw, by trends, but there is only a small field of ten runners so it shouldn’t be too much of a disadvantage. Craig Zackey keeps the ride.

Prospect Strike sold for R425 000 at the 2014 National Yearling Sale.

Flyfirstclass. Photo: Gold Circle Craig Eudey’s big five-year-old Kahal gelding Flyfirstclass is drawn well in barrier five for Saturday’s Gr1 Tsogo Sun Sprint over 1200m at Scottsville and is doing well at Summerveld.

Flyfirstclass has won three times over the Scottsville 1200m trip, but finished 8,5 lengths back from a high draw last time out over 1100m in the Listed In Full Flight Handicap. However, the stipendiary report revealed that he took a bump and jockey Athandiwe Mgudlwa also reported that he had felt something amiss. The veterinary surgeon later reported him to be not striding out on his off hind.

Eudey said Flyfirstclass had been freshened since then and had put up a good grass gallop on Monday. He added this race had been the sprinter’s long term aim and said, “We have got a ticket. We are hoping for rain but don’t think we are going to get it.”

- extract Gold Circle

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