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KZN First Sires Off The Mark!

Act Of War, Willow Magic and Flying The Flag are now well off the mark and getting their fair share of winners over the past week in particular.

Act Of War photographed recently at Summerhill Equestrian. Image: Candiese Lenferna

Act Of War, already an exciting prospect with three winners and two of his fillies already getting Black Type – a recent winner for Paul Matchett, War Of Athena ran a smart race in the beginning of July to finish third in the Gr1 Allan Robertson and will contest the Gr1 Thekweni Stakes at month end to close off a delayed Champions Season.

War Of Athena, sold as Odie Sansom at the 2019 BSA Ready To Run Sale for only R30 000, is yet another shrewd purchase by trainer Paul Matchett, who has trained the likes of Gr1 winner Brave Mary – an exported Summerhill bred and another cheap purchase for Paul.

Act Of War’s other daughter, trained by Glen Kotzen, the smart and aptly named Stella Act is also one to follow – a winner who has placed 3rd in the Devon Air Listed and 4th in the Gr3 Strelitzia at Hollywoodbets Scottsville.

Act Of War has let down into a quality sire with an outstanding temperament, a Gr1 winning son of Dynasty. His fees for 2020 are R12 000 (R3 000 Nomination + R9 000 LF) which is discounted to R10 000 if more than one mare is sent – (R2000 nomination + R8 000 LF).

Willow Magic, trained by Champion trainer Sean Tarry, has got his season off to a cracking start, currently with a 42% winners to runners percentage – with three winners from seven runners in just a matter of days!

A very handsome Willow Magic. Image: Candiese Lenferna

A Gr1 winning son of the superb sire Dubawi, Willow Magic and Act Of War are residents of Summerhill Equestrian in Mooi River, now the home of recent sales topper Celestial City for owner Henning Pretorius.

Willow Magic is also being offered at R12 000 for the season, his fee (R3000 nom + R9 000LF) will also be discounted if more than one mare is to be sent.

Bush Hill Stud’s Flying The Flag recently produced his first winner and in just a couple of days had his next winner – Marengo for owner and breeder Justus Van Wyk. It hasn’t stopped there, with Vaughan Marshall getting a second at Kenilworth today with Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein bred Fly Over, finishing second over 1400m in the colours of Ken and Jane Truter. Fly Over sold for R100 000 at the 2019 Nationals.

Flying The Flag at Bush Hill Stud in 2019. Image: Candiese Lenferna

Flying The Flag, a Group winning son of Galileo who is a full brother to the champion racemares of Coolmore and trainer Aiden O’Brien – Rhododendron (who was sent to Deep Impact to be covered before he passed away after a stellar international Gr1 career) and recent 6 time Gr1 winner, Magical, is bred in the purple from a speedy female line. The cross of Galileo onto Pivotal mares has also proved a highly successful nick internationally.

Flying The Flag puts in his imposing size, excellent bone, quality and good temperament into his babies.

Bush Hill Stud are accommodating breeders during the difficult COVID19 phase, and have halved Flying The Flag’s fee to R10 000 for the season with incentives for 20/20 matings and multiple mares. Contact Warwick Render for more information on bushhillstud@futurenet.co.za.

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