Scott Bros sire Crusade had a big weekend, producing two Stakes Winners with the second Listed win for Covered In Snow at Turffontein, and Butchie Boy in Zimbabwe taking the Gr3 Zimbabwean Guineas.
Covered In Snow, who recorded her fourth consecutive win on the trot, gave her sire his second Stakes Winner when taking the Bauhinia Handicap Listed over 1000m – adding to her previous victory in the Swallow Stakes Listed.
“She is such a decent little sprinting filly, she keeps upping her game and running her heart out,” says Randjesfontein-based Dianne Stenger. Covered In Snow will have one more outing at home before travelling to KZN for the Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint in May.
Covered In Snow, who enjoyed the distinction of being her sire’s first stakes winner when winning the Swallow Stakes in January, was a popular choice to win on Saturday and she duly delivered.
Relaxed a few lengths off the heat, Covered In Snow never looked in danger of losing as she turned it on at the 250m marker to hold the improved again Myfunnyvalentine by 1,25 lengths in a time of 58,7 secs.
Bred by Clifton Stud and racing in the familiar Peter White silks, Covered In Snow has won 4 races with 1 place from 5 starts for stakes of R315 125,
She is out of five-time winner Blue Nevada (Anytime) who hails from a genuine Clifton damline, descending from the same family as their Gr2 winner, Glenrossal.
Blue Nevada, out of Crystal De Roche mare Sierra Blue has produced three winners from three runners. Her 2016 foal is by Jackson, whilst her filly currently at foot is by Ideal World – she is in foal to Crusade.
Bush Hill born and raised Butchie Boy, bred by Richard Fitzgerald, collected his second win in a row when grabbing the Gr3 Zimbabwean Guineas on Sunday for trainer Bridget Stidolph.
The three year old Crusade gelding owned by the Sunmark Racing Syndicate, followed through and fought courageously to the finish after winning by 2 lengths in his previous start.
Butchie Boy is the first produce of his dam Reed Dance by Kahal. Butchie Boy sold for R90 000 at the 2016 National 2YO Sale, and his year younger half-brother has placed from both starts.
His fourth dam is Arcsa Champion Filly of 1992, Tempest Queen.
Crusade is represented by 12 yearlings at the upcoming BSA National Yearling Sale. Currently boasting a stat of 37.5% winners to runners for his 2 and 3yo crop, his Nationals crop include a half-brother to Matador Man, a filly out of a full sister to The Apache, a half-brother to twice Gr3 placed Angel’s Power, a half-sister to Irish Flame, a half-brother to Sapphire Ring, a half-brother to 8-time winner Cannes from the family of Star Watch, and a half-sister to 5-time winner and Stakes Placed Just As I Said.
Crusade is a half-brother to several Group Winners and performers, including multiple Gr1 winner Seventh Heaven and Cristoforo Columbo. He stands for R20 000 at the Scott Bros Highdown Stud, and is a Gr1 winner himself of the Middle Park Stakes.