Kahal Adds Another Gr 2 This Season

Kahal Adds Another Gr 2 This Season

Festival Of Fire, winning the Gr 2 KRA Fillies Guineas. Photo: Gold Circle

Kahal continues his Group race successes this season, with daughter Festival Of Fire taking home the Gr 2 KRA Fillies Guineas at Greyville on Saturday.

Festival Of Fire started as the 2-1 favourite, with jocky Bernard Fayd’herbe keeping her in midfield on the rail – she showed a fine turn of foot off a slow pace to catch and pass Jet Aglow, who had sat in second place behind her Glen Kotzen-trained stablemate The Which Doctor.

Festival Of Fire was 2,25 lengths clear at the line and Jet Aglow held on for second, a short-head in front of a running-on Justin Snaith-trained Jet Supreme. King’s Temptress and Izora were next best.

Festival Of Fire may well be aimed at races such as the Grade 2 Tibouchina over 1 450m and the Grade 1 Garden Province over 1 600m on Vodacom Durban July day.

Festival of Fire is owned and was bred by Chris Saunders and Lady O’Reilly. Her dam Fuel The Fire by Russian Revival is out of a half-sister to the legendary many-times Champion Stallion, KZN-bred Jet Master. Her other wins include the Gr 3 Fillies & Mares Challenge at Turffontein, as well as the Gr 3 Starling Stakes from Blueridge Mountain.

Kahal maintains his fourth position on the top South African Sires log – to date having a Gr 1 win in the South African Classic with Love Struck, Chechetti, a previous Gr 3 winner of the Jacaranda Handicap took home the Gr 2 Gerald Rosenberg Stakes at Turffontein while Eastern Greeting on the same day won the Gr 2 Camellia Stakes. Both Love Struck and Checchetti are bred by Summerhill Stud.

Bush Hill Stud-bred, The Mouseketeer, a versatile horse who specialises on sand is the previous winner of the Gr 2 Emerald Cup and Gr 3 August Stakes – recently taking home the Listed Highveld Sand Challenge as well as the Listed Vaal Riverside Handicap.

On the same day at the Vaal Summerhill-bred Rebel Queen, an half-sister to sire Rebel King, took home the Listed Nkosazana Stakes. Enchanted Kingdom, bred by Bellwood Stud, won the Gr 3 Yellowwood Handicap over 1800m at Turffontein at the beginning of the season last year.

Kahal is the sire of 446 progeny to race, an impressive 269 winners (60.0%), 29 Stakes Winners and 25 Stakes Placegetters.

Kahal stands at Warwick and Karin Renders’ Bush Hill Stud in Mooi River alongside Curved Ball(AUS), King’s Chapel(AUS) and newcomers for the next season Irish Flame – as well as the proven Toreador(IRE).

– extract goldcircle.co.za
– statistics arion.co.nz

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