Spring Valley Crusade Flies Home On Debut


A strapping Crusade filly bred by Bruce Le Roux flies home on debut on the Greyville turf. Image: Candiese Marnewick
A strapping Crusade filly bred by Bruce Le Roux flies home on debut on the Greyville turf. Image: Candiese Marnewick

Bruce Le Roux of Spring Valley Stud always breeds a consistently smart horse, and it seems he has another with impressive debut winner Silent Crusade, out of Silver Fantasy by Silvano.

Owned in partnership with Gary Cummings, Clint Larsson and Rex Samuelson – the latter partnership has had plenty of success with horses from Spring Valley, including the super smart London Call and his three part sister, She’s A Dream. The same partnership have raced Silent Crusade’s half-sister to success, with four wins and seven places and almost R400 000 in stakes.

A big imposing filly out of Bruce’s good family of Fancy Fantacy, who produced Gr1 winner Indiscreet Fantasy, Malinga and Personal Fantacy, dam Silver Fantasy is a half-sister to the aforementioned horses. She is a Stakes Winner and produced three winners at stud to date.

Trained by Mark Dixon who also trains London Call and She’s A Dream, the filly won over 1200m on the turf by almost two lengths.

By sire Crusade who relocated to Clifton Stud this season, has produced 10 wins this season and finished on a winners to runners percentage of 40% the previous season and 49 wins.

Crusade’s star triple Gr1 winning half-sister by Galileo, Seventh Heaven, has retired to stud and is due to visit super sire Dubawi this season.

Bruce Le Roux produced 38 wins last season from 60 runners, and a 45% winners to runners percentage.

Well done to all concerned, this filly is certainly one to watch!


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