Bruce le Roux’s well-established Spring Valley Stud will be offering nine quality lots at this week’s National Two-Year-Old Sale. The draft offers two-year-olds by such proven and popular sires as Crusade, Querari, Oratorio, Twice Over, Visionaire and What A Winter, as well as by the vastly underrated Just As Well.
First up is Al Jazeera (Lot 34), a colt by the promising G1 winning 2yo Crusade. This colt is out of the talented racemare Saltwater Girl, herself a half-sister to the G1 performers Admiral’s Eye and Shogunnar, who won seven and ran third in the G2 Gold Circle Oaks.
Former Leading First Crop Sire Visionaire, sire of, among others, last season’s star filly Takingthepeace, is the sire of Delusional (Lot 50) –a colt out of brilliant, nine time stakes winner Silver Nun.
European champion Oratorio, recently represented by his eighth G1 winner, has a pair in this draft. His pair feature Only In My Dreams (Lot 226) –a colt bred on very similar lines to Australian G2 winner Famous Roman, and Flame Up (Lot 258). The latter is a beautifully bred daughter of G3 Pretty Polly Stakes second Flame Up –a Tale Of The Cat half-sister to 14 time stakes winner Border Rebel.
Secret Palace (Lot 279) is a Potala Palace half-sister to G3 Graham Beck Stakes second Ideal Secret (a winner in Mauritius on the weekend), while Luna Wish (Lot 303) is a daughter of red hot sire Querari (whose daughters include G1 winner Querari Falcon) out of a winning own sister to Oaks Trial winner Inaninstant.
A P Indy sire Just As Well, sire of numerous decent winners, is the sire of Cersei (Lot 329), a filly whose dam is a winning half-sister to the dam of last season’s standout Eastern Cape 2yo Madame Speaker, while multiple Equus Champion, and Champion First Crop Sire, What A Winter, is represented in the Spring Valley Stud draft by a filly (Lot 411) whose dam ran third in the G3 Fillies Mile.
European Champion Twice Over, whose first crop includes July winner Do It Again and Gold Medallion hero Sand And Sea, is also represented in this impressive draft. He is sire of the cleverly named Repetitive (Lot 425), a colt out of G3 Strelitzia Stakes winner Passive Resistance. The beautifully bred Repetitive has stakes winners as each of his first three dams!
The 2018 National Two-Year-Old Sale is set to get underway this week at the TBA complex on Thursday when trading commences at 11 am sharp.