What has to be the most value for money sire in South Africa, Toreador notched up yet another Gr3 winner to add to his accolades, with Bull Valley galloping home to an almost two length victory in the Man ‘O War Sprint at Turffontein yesterday, over 1100m, from African Ruler (Trippi) and Isca (Var).
Out of Saumarez mare Star Of Liberty, the Sean Tarry-trained three year old gelding is owned in partnership by PCS (Pty) Ltd (Nom: Mr P Botha) & Messrs G L Blank, Z L Nassif, G Nichas & J Sarkis.
This was the third career victory for Bull Valley, and his first Graded Stakes win to date from five starts.
He has also placed once behind Noa From Goa over 1450m.
Toreador will be represented at the upcoming National Yearling Sale by seven progeny, two of them half-siblings each to Equus Horse Of The Year, Irish Flame – consigned by Bush Hill Stud who also stand Irish Flame, and Clifton Stud have a half-brother to Bezanova.
The son of Danehill continues to be in fine form, with his brilliantly fast daughter Lazer Star recently taking home yet another Gr2 victory, and placing two close seconds in two subsequent Gr2’s, the last chasing Talktothestars to the line by a head, and previously a nose off Captain Aldo.
Her incredible race record reads as 11 starts, seven wins and three seconds – only out of the money on one occasion.
Since 1 March this year, Toreador has produced 10 winners and 24 places from his runners and produces above average prices at sales. He stands for just R15 000 at Bush Hill Stud.