Crusade(USA) Enthusiastically Received At Stallion Day
Crusade’s official introduction to the guests who numbered over 100 at Scott Bros’ Highdown Stud, on Friday afternoon, to meet one of KZN’s new Gr 1 winning stallions was an overwhelming success. Attended by breeders and trainers alike under unusually warm weather for winter in Nottingham Road, Crusade was enthusiastically received by all who attended the day.
Amongst the guests were trainers’ Glen Kotzen, Gavin Van Zyl, and Doug Campbell along with breeders both locally and nation-wide – including the Linington’s from Australia – the breeders of Princess Julietta.
Making a grand entrance, the impressive son of Mr Greeley walked boldly around the parade ring for the visitors to see while Robin Scott explained his enthusiasm for the young horse’s future stud career – Crusade is just four years old.
Crusade has been kept in training until recently and he will let down into a magnficent specimen in time to come, a big and impressive individual with a gleaming black coat and a big athletic walk. He also showed a great temperament and stood patiently while Robin gave his speech.
Robin pointed out that Crusade had won a ‘sire-making’ race in the Gr 1 Middle Park Stakes, a top race for two year olds in Europe, which has gone onto produce phenomenal stallions over the years including Diesis and Oasis Dream. Robin also went on to point out that Crusade is the first produce of two out of mare La Traviata that looks to have the makings of a great broodmare for the future – her second foal Cristoforo Columbo (by Henrythenavigator) is also a Gr 1 performer amongst his other achievements under the care of Aiden O’ Brien.
The Middle Park Stakes Group 1 is a prominent race in the pedigree of Crusade – his younger brother placed recently in the race and Crusade’s broodmare sire Johannesburg is also amongst the list of winners. Johannesburg’s dam Myth is a half-sister to Middle Stakes Park winner Minnadi.
Crusade had six starts in England, winning twice including the Gr 1 and placing once in a Group 3. Crusade also competed in the Breeders Cup Juvenile, but was badly interfered with and finished fifth as a result.
After the introduction to Crusade, the Scotts then presented their other resident sires for viewing including the great Mogok – sire of Gypsy’s Warning and The Apache, the athletic Miesque’s Approval who has produced Gr 1 placed Eton Square and Gr 3 winner Placido, Atso who gave an impressive display of strength and agility by rearing up and jumping on his hindlegs, the magnificent bay Overlord and the powerful son of Al Mufti, The Sheik.
A big thank you to Robin and Joyce Scott for hosting a magnficent day and lunch, enjoyed by all concerned! If you would like to find out more about purchasing shares in Crusade, contact Stuart Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org
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