Brilliant London Call Takes Marula Sprint For Second Time


London Call takes the Marula Sprint for the second year running. Image: Candiese Marnewick
London Call takes the Marula Sprint for the second year running. Image: Candiese Marnewick

The brilliant London Call won the Marula Sprint (Non Black Type) for the second year running yesterday, leaving the field of four (Doing It For Dan declared a non runner on the day) behind by one and a half lengths for trainer Mark Dixon.

The beautifully-bred son of Kahal out of the super Spring Valley broodmare Fancy Fantasy, took home his 11th career win and shouldered a top weight of 61.5kgs and continued to power away from the field with every stride – the second placed Shwanky carrying 50kgs.

London Call is Merit Rated at a very respectable MR 111, and its a shame that luck has not been on his side to secure a much deserved Graded Stakes win – he has defeated amongst many Gr1 winners Seventh Plain, Talktothestars, Sergeant Hardy and Kochka amongst others. Its no secret that London Call has had his fair share of issues but his conditioner needs to be applauded for the way he has handled the son of Kahal’s sterling racing career – with 11 wins from 19 runs and five places.

Seven year old London Call sold for R120 000 at the 2012 National Yearling Sale and has earned his owners Messrs C N Larsson, G N Cumming & R D Samuelson an amount of  R873,725 in stakes.

Fancy Fantasy pictured at Spring Valley Stud in 2011, as an aged broodmare. She was retired and has since passed on. Image: Candiese Marnewick
Fancy Fantasy pictured at Spring Valley Stud in 2011, as an aged broodmare. She was retired and has since passed on. Image: Candiese Marnewick

The same owner / breeder / trainer combination own Fantasy Lady – a three parts sister to London Call out of Silvano mare Silver Fantasy – herself a half-sister to London Call. Fantasy Lady finished two lengths off Wild Wicket in the Michael Roberts Handicap Listed, the consistent filly has won four times and placed in seven races.

Fancy Fantasy, one of Bruce’s foundation mares at Spring Valley Stud who passed on a few years ago, has been an outstanding broodmare and produced 10 winners from 11 foals – including Gr1 winner and Black Types’ Indiscreet Fantasy, Personal Fantacy, Malinga and Silver Fantasy amongst others.

A daughter of Rainbow Dream from the damline of Don The Stripe, Fancy Fantasy was a winner at three and placed only three times.

She has three daughters at stud that include Vasilisa, Silver Fantasy and Dreams And Fancies – and all three have produced winners with 12 victories between them.

Bruce Le Roux of Spring Valley Stud produced a phenomenal winners to runners percentage last season of 49.1% which earned him KZN Breeders Achievement Award in December last year, from 55 runners.

Keep a look out for Bruce Le Roux’s draft from the Spring Valley Stud at the upcoming National Yearling Sale in April.


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