Spring Valley National Yearling Sales Draft – 48% Winners To Runners!

London Call. Image: Candiese Marnewick

Bruce le Roux of Spring Valley Stud is currently sitting on an outstanding percentage of 48% winners to runners – with 34 winners from 51 runners for the current season.

London Call gave the crowds at Scottsville a jaw dropping performance in the Pinnacle Stakes at Scottsville on Sunday which had a quality field of competitors that could have equalled a Group One race.

The son of Kahal out of one of Spring Valley’s founding broodmares Fancy Fantasy – absolutely adores the 1200m at Scottsville and beat a quality Group One field by almost two lengths for elated owners Messrs Clint Larsson, G N Cumming & R D Samuelson.

The Mark Dixon-trained KZN-bred defeated the likes of Gr1 winners Guiness and Seventh Plain, and Graded Stakes performers Hack Green, Barbosa, Saratoga Dancer and Ten Gun Salute (both having warm up runs for the Vodacom Durban July), Search Party, Cosmic Light and Natal. Sargeant Hardy and Seventh Plain placed behind him.

London Call sold at the 2012 National Yearling Sale for R120 000. London Call has won eight races from 13 starts and placed three times, with a Merit Rating of 108 he has earned almost R600 000 in stakes.

Just As Well at the Bush Hill Stud Stallion Day three years ago. Image: Candiese Marnewick

His dam, now sadly deceased, was a liver chestnut daughter of Rainbow Dream out of a French Tutor / St Cuthbert mare. She was an outstanding mare, producing 11 runners and 10 winners and becoming somewhat of a dynasty at Spring Valley with two daughters producing winners at stud.

Bruce Le Roux leads in Gr2 winner A Woman’s Way, owned in partnership with Tinus Gericke. The Var filly is destined as a future broodmare for Spring Valley Stud. Image: Candiese Marnewick

Fancy Fantasy’s progeny included the likes of Indiscreet Fantasy (Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner), 10-time winning Malinga (mulitiple Group placed), Personal Fantacy (6 wins, Gr1 placed) and Silver Fantasy (6-time winner and Stakes Placed) – the latter a resident Spring Valley Stud broodmare and the dam of two winners – along with her 2-time winner half-sister Vasilisa – also the dam of two winners.

Her last foal is the Kom Naidoo-trained Roy’s Taxi, owned by Roy Moodley, the 4-time winner by Fort Beluga currently heads up the log of the KZN Breeders Series to be run at the end of June.

Spring Valley has bred the likes of Gr1 Vodacom Durban July winner Dunford, Buy And Sell and Count The Money amongst others.

Spring Valley resident sire Just As Well, first across the line in the Gr1 Northern Dancer Stakes, is currently sitting on an outstanding winners to runners percentage of 43%.

From very small books each year, the son of AP Indy from the family of Raven’s Pass and E Dubai, has produced CTS Ready To Run Cup winner Chilli Con Carne, Black Types and Gr1 performers Just As I Said, Just Africa and Well In Flight and the never-out-of-the-money Just Vogue. Just As Well descends from a blue blooded family – his sire, dam and broodmare sire as well as his half-brother Rainbow View, are all Gr1 winners.

The Le Roux’s always breed and turn out a handsome horse at sales – look out for Spring Valley’s draft at the upcoming National Yearling Sale where you will be guaranteed a winner.

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