Bruce Le Roux-bred Silent Crusade fought back courageously at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Sunday on the turf, after she had a fall at Scottsville in her previous start as she was beginning her run for the finish – she was favourite for the race.
She won on Sunday under jockey Keagen De Melo, who after his fall in Pietermaritzburg was sent to hospital for observation after it appeared the filly faltered at something she had seen and lost her footing.
Silent Crusade is owned by the team that raced and had enormous success with the special Mark Dixon trained London Call – closely related to Silent Crusade through her dam – owners Messrs G N Cumming, C N Larsson, & R D Samuelson, and breeder Bruce Le Roux retained a share.
The smart daughter of Crusade pushed her weight through the pack descending on the winning post to take the victory on Sunday by a length. She has now earned her connections R323,775 in stakes, and Gr2 placed behind Oh Susanna, where she finished just over a length off, beating Gr1 #kznbred winner Camporatus in the process. Silent Crusade is Merit Rated at 108.
Silent Crusade is a nominee at the upcoming KZN Breeders Awards, in the categories of Champion 3YO Filly and Champion Middle Distance Female.
She has had 4 wins and 2 places from 8 starts and there looks to be no stopping her! Silver Fantasy has a beautiful 2yo filly by Flower Alley coming through.
Well done to all concerned and to Bruce Le Roux – this family has served Spring Valley Stud very well.