McGeek, a four year old Bush Hill-bred gelding got up to win his second race yesterday at Flamingo Park over 1400m for trainer Duncan MacKenzie, and owners Andy Williams and J Beekman.
The good looking son of Newton out of Spanish Miss by Jallad has placed eight times at Flamingo over 1400m - 1600m. A R20 000 graduate of the National 2YO Sale, he has earned almost R100 000 in stakes.
This is the immediate family of Gr1 SA Guineas winner Harmony Forever, The Dark Duke and Senor Jet. Spanish Miss has produced two winners from just three runners, including Danashee by Toreador who also placed twice from just four starts.
Bush Hill Stud also had a very close second at Greyville on Friday evening when three year old filly Chapel Queen gave Race Me Home a good challenge to the finish. The daughter of King's Chapel was part of a trio that placed on the weekend at Greyville and Scottsville, all in second position. They included Paul Lafferty's Shreya's Star and Lizzie's Chapel.
Chapel Queen is out of Rambo Dancer mare Come Dancing, trained by Dennis Bosch and owned in partnership with H C N Da Costa. The filly has only had three starts and yet to be out of the money, placing in all three over 1000m at both Scottsville and Greyville.
Warwick Render of Bush Hill Stud commented on King's Chapel's racing performance as a three year old and influence it has on his own progeny. "This [past] season has seen the first of the South African progeny on the track of King's Chapel, and we have to be pleased with the start they have made, especially when we consider that though he himself was a Stakes Winner at two he became an absolute champion only at three – he is after all a grandson of the mighty Sadler’s Wells."
A lovely second foal for the mare, a Toreador filly out of Luxurious Jet by Jet Master born this season. The second dam is Gr2 winner Daddy's Darling.
"Reports from many trainers who have his progeny have reiterated this fact and probably the best proof that they are happy with them is that many of these trainers have been back to buy his progeny at the sales again this year – always a very positive sign. 75% of these local runners to have had more than one start have earned cheques and has been represented in a four Stakes races already, including a Gr1. With King's Chapel having enjoyed such great support from all of the breeders every season, we believe his future is bright."
Toreador has been having an unbelievable year and it is reflected in the current statistics on the NHRA's website. Toreador is lying 11th on the National Sires Log by Stakes earned and ahead of the great Western Winter, but his winners to runners percentage at the current 19.3% is better than that of some of our leading South African stallions. Toreador had doubles in two consecutive race meetings in Johannesburg last week, which gave him an incredible five winners in only four days.
Whilst Gr1 placed Prospect Strike, Lazer Star and more recently Thrust continue to keep him highlighted, there almost isnt a race day where the progeny of Toreador are not in the top four past the post, and this is most evident with the above average prices his progeny fetch in the sales ring.
In total, Toreador has produced a lifetime statistic of 287 foals to race with 150 winners (52%) and 14 Stakes winners/placegetters to date. His first KZN crop are now yearlings, for sale in 2016.
Our former resident sire Kahal is currently topping the National Sires Log by Stakes earned, almost R300 000 ahead of Dynasty after Uncle Tommy finished second in the Gr2 Supreme Cup for a stake of R1million.
Uncle Tommy was Kahal's most expensive yearling ever sold at R2,4million, and the eight year old gelding has now won 12 times and placed 27, including several Stakes races and winning the Highveld Sand Challenge (Listed).
With more runners in the new racing season than any of the Top 10 National Sires, Kahal not only leads by Stakes Earned but also has an impressive winners to runners percentage of 23.6%, well ahead of some of former Champion National Leading Sires on the log behind him.
Kahal passed away last year and more recently his broodmare sire Green Desert at Shadwell Stud. Both have left an incredible dynasty and will be missed.
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