A daughter of Crusade bred and owned by the Missing U Syndicate of National Park fame (represented by Rob Knuppe), the diminutive black filly flew home to register her 2nd career win from two race starts – 3 if you include her Barrier Trial.
Gavin Van Zyl’s face post race said it all – she isn’t the biggest filly about but she is the carbon copy of her late sire Crusade (winner of the Gr1 Middle Parks Stakes), and with the size of her heart, she looks to possibly be a feature prospect for Champions Season in 2020.
The current leading jockey on the national log, Warren Kennedy has ridden her in all three of her starts and she won by a length from Queen Of Alamo on Sunday at Hollywoodbets Scottsville. Queen Of Alamo, to put it into perspective is no slouch herself – a Merit Rated 90 4-time winner with 10 places behind her name and has placed behind Graded Stakes winner Neptune’s Rain in the past.
Her sire, the Late Crusade who stood at Clifton Stud after relocating from Scott Bros, has had 25 wins this season and was crowned KZN Breeders Stallion Of The Year on Saturday evening – with 4 Stakes Winners from his first crop, he finished on 44% winners to runners last season with over R5,5-million in stakes earned. His twice Listed winning daughter bred by Clifton Stud, Covered In Snow, has returned to her birth place to begin her stud career.
Whizz Of Odds is out of mare Against The Odds by Kings Apostle, in turn out of a Badgers Drift mare. This is the female line of Amberpondo and Engagement (who beat the likes of Igugu and The Apache, and is at stud at Hadlow for St John Gray’s Graystone Stud), as well as the likes of Monet and Ethereal Lady.
Gavin Van Zyl also purchased her Global View half-brother for R100 000 off the 2019 National 2YO Sale.
Well done to all concerned!