New Predator. Image: Candiese Lenferna
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New Predator First Foals Arrive

Bush Hill Stud’s smart young resident sire New Predator (AUS) has his first foals arriving this season, and there is an aura of excitement as the grandson of the world champion Galileo is passing on his substance and quality to his foals. 

This has also inspired Laurence Wernars to send his Gr1 winning chestnut mare, Temple Grafin, to his multiple Group winner New Predator this season for her first cover. The daughter of Duke Of Marmalade will provide the successful international cross of Galileo crossed to Danehill, which has produced a plethora of Group 1 winners, including sire Frankel and amongst Galileo’s additional four Gr1 winners this past weekend, Mogul.

Gr1 winner Temple Grafin, has already been covered by New Predator when this image was taken. Image: Candiese Lenferna

Temple Grafin will also inject precocity, being the only 2yo Group winner Duke Of Marmalade has ever produced. She took the Gr3 Debutante in her fourth start as a two year old and had five wins in total, placing to the likes of the brilliant multiple Gr1 fillies and Equus Award winning Celtic Sea and Clouds Unfold, only to defeat them both in her last start at Hollywoodbets Greyville. 

Temple Grafin turned the tables to win the Gr1 Garden Province where she was victorious amongst a strong field of the country’s best fillies, including Gr1 winner Ronnie’s Candy and the likes of Mill Queen, Pretty Young Thing and Driving Miss Daisy. Recently crowned Equus Champion Sprinter Celtic Sea finished second. 

Foals: Left to right – colt out of Culture Queen by High Chapparal, and colt out of African Goshawk by Tiger Ridge. Images: Candiese Lenferna

Temple Grafin – who possesses a very level headed temperament and is already letting down well and looking quite relaxed as she heads into her next chapter, has already paid a visit to Bush Hill’s son of New Approach this season. Other mares to have been covered this season include the dam of the talented Gr1 placed Neptune’s Rain – Water Is Gold. 

The beautifully bred Polzeath (Singspiel) is another early cover, the dam of Dean Kannemeyer trained Miss Minver who was to be a very exciting prospect for Champions Season in her year, was a winner of 4 races before her untimely passing. Winter Passion, a stakes winning daughter of Var and a full sister to Le Var has also paid a visit this year. 

A star studded line up of mares booked for this season include Gr2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas and Gr3 Three Troikas winner Go Indigo, already the dam of a winner with CK Racing. Cassie O’Malley, a 3-time winning daughter of Jet Master who also placed in the Gr3 Flamboyant is booked. This is the immediate female line of Successful Bidder and Gold Flier.

New Predator was supported in 2019 with a quality first book of mares, and has seen the arrival of a first foal for Cold Cash (Bankable), a Stakes Placed dam who has produced a very smart, good sized filly who is clearly stamped by her sire in looks and colour. 

Culture Queen (High Chapparal) has produced a quality colt inbred to Sadlers Wells – which is reminiscent by the mark on the colts forehead of his mighty great grand sire and has plenty of presence, size and bone at his young age.  

Foals left to right: Filly out of Cold Cash (Bankable) and a filly out of Faraway Island (IRE) by Exceed And Excel. Images: Candiese Lenferna

The flashy African Goshawk has produced a flashy chestnut colt, not forgetting that New Predator’s own sire is an imposing chestnut with two stockings. The daughter of Tiger Ridge is a half-sister to Halve The Deficit out of Gr3 winner National Banker, and her third dam is Lorehana, of Arabian Lass, Prairie Breeze and Princely Affair fame.  

Exceed And Excel imported Irish mare, Faraway Island, again is a pedigree that repeats the success of the Gr1 producing Galileo / Danehill nick, from the female line of the mighty Derby and Arc winning Generous.  

When Bush Hill Stud introduced New Predator in 2019, one of the many appeals to breeders was the versatility of his pedigree, which is proof of the scope of mares he has received in his first book.  

Described by his trainer Johan Janse Van Vuuren as having a fine turn of foot and plenty of speed, New Predator exhibited true Gr1 form as in his two Gr2 wins – the Drill Hall Stakes at Greyville and the Charity Mile at Turffontein, along with his Gr1 places in the Horse Chestnut Stakes (twice) and the Mercury Sprint he defeated the likes ofVodacom Durban July winners Legislate and The Conglomerate, as well as Gold Onyx and Mac De Lago, along with multiple Gr1 winners Abashiri, Rabada, Deo Juvente. Further to this his speed was reiterated by him defeating the Gr1 winning sprinters Rafeef, Will Pays, Attenborough and Talktothestars. 

His sire New Approach has a lifetime percentage of 68% winners to runners, with 55 Stakes Winners – five Group winners this year alone. A sire of sires, his sons at stud include the sharp racehorse Dawn Approach, a 4-time Gr1 winner and a Timeform Rating of 132. 

New Predator’s pedigree doesn’t come much stronger – with his broodmare sire, Fastnet Rock (Danehill), producing 39 Gr1 winners and seven of his sons at stud already producing their own individual Gr1 winners. As a broodmare sire he has a phenomenal stakes winning strike rate of 25% when crossed with Galileo.

New Predator wins the Gr2 Drill Hall Stakes. Image: Nkosi Hlope

New Predator represents a golden opportunity for breeders to access a stallion that has proved his courage, speed and class, is the only son of 5-time Gr1 winning New Approach at stud in South Africa and already evident through his foals that he is passing on his substance, strength and good looks, for a very accessible fee of R10 000. 

Bruce Le Roux of Spring Valley Stud is raving about his filly out of Stakes Winner of 7, The Angelus. Crest Of Pearls, a half-sister to Gr1 winner Chestnuts And Pearls has a smart filly on the ground, whilst the well bred Little Sparrow, out of Gr1 winner Bambina Stripes, has a colt first foal. Other mares due to foal are Scripture (Stakes Winner of 9), Raw Deal (a half-sister to Close The Gap, Hilti and Rawl Plug), Rhythmic Roxy (5 time winner with Black Type) and Fair Archer, a half-sister to Gr1 winne Happy Archer. 

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