Lot 413 D’Arrivee Kahal – We Have Lift Off by Jet Master, from the immediate family of Victory Moon, Kelly and Wild Cocktail. Image: Candiese Marnewick

The big and handsome D’Arrivee, by Kahal out of a Jet Master mare We Have Lift Off, looks a promising prospect after winning, previously placing second on two occasions at Turffontein. Owned by Ralphs Racing, the 3yo gelding
went on to win over by almost four lengths at the Vaal, this time over 1400m.

Selling for R200 000 at the 2016 National Yearling Sale, D’Arrivee has earned R99,750. His Crusade half-brother, Lynty’s Legacy, sold for R360 000 at the recent National Yearling Sale to Mr S Habib.This is the exceptional family of Victory Moon, William Longsword, Kelly, Real Princess and globe-trotters Mahubo and Imbongi.

The smart Crusade colt Alfeo looks to have booked his berth at Greyville on 30 June for the richly endowed KZN Breeders Race Day after a facile victory in Saturday’s R150 000 Listed Dahlia Plate at Fairview. Aldo Domeyer had Alfeo in touch up the outside as Super Socks led Madame Speaker.

Alfeo started running at the leaders at the 300m and drew away to hold the fancied Madame Speaker to 1,25 lengths in a time of 71,1 secs. Born A Bully by Eightfold Path was slightly slow away and lagged behind the early charge to be beaten into third place.

Alfeo, a graduate of the 2017 BSA KZN Yearling Sale of only R20 000, took his earnings to R211 850 with his third win and second place from five starts.

Crusade. Image: Candiese Marnewick
Crusade. Image: Candiese Marnewick

A son of Crusade (Mr Greeley), Alfeo is out of the one-time winner Singapura Cat (Black Minnaloushe). This is the exceptional family of Scented Royal (his third dam), which has produced the likes of Franny and more recently, Dubai Gr2 winner Janoobi.

His Gr1 winning sire Crusade is a half-brother to several Group Winners and performers, including multiple Gr1 winner Seventh Heaven and Cristoforo Columbo, and this is his fourth Stakes Win this season – the previous coming from Covered In Snow (with 2 Listed Wins) and Butchie Boy in Zimbabwe.

Crusade held his own at the recent Nationals, averaging R280 000 in Session 1 and R150 000 in Session 2, for a combined total of 12 yearlings sold.

He stands for R20 000 at the Scott Bros Highdown Stud.

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