Onamission in the National Yearling Sales ring, the daughter of Crusade. Image: Candiese Marnewick

Gr1 Middle Park Stakes winner Crusade has had his third winner at the Vaal yetersday, with Onamission, a juvenile filly out of Gr2 winner Tempted, finding victory over 1200m by almost two lengths. Owned in partnership by Matthew De Kock along with C Gordon, T Quigley, P E White, Brad & Brett Summers, Onamission sold for R120 000 at the 2016 National Yearling Sale.

Crusade has in addition had 21 places from his 23 runners to race, with many of them being unlucky to finish second. The son of Mr Greeley is a half-brother to Seventh Heaven (by Galileo) – a dual Gr1 Oaks winner who also placed second in the Gr1 Dubai Sheema Classic, and fourth in the Gr1 Breeders Cup. Crusade’s previous winners include Miss Millionaire (Greyville) and Brave Endeavour (Fairview).

Crusade has the following horses consigned at the upcoming National Yearling Sale, including siblings to Gr1 Gold Cup winner Wild One, Stakes winner Matador Man, a half-sister to recent winner Royal Agree, and a half-sister to recent impressive debut winner, Cat ‘n Mouse, half-sister to Gr3 placed Celestina amongst others.

Pagoda, by Mogok, is a Vodacom Durban July entry.

Last year at Nationals, Crusade impressed with 18 yearlings sold for an average of R160 000 each.

Eightfold Path also had his second cheque earner in a race yesterday.

After Noble Duke’s placing earlier in the week for sire Eightfold Path, Eight Cities ran very creditably against one of Tarry’s top rated juveniles, Wonderwall, who was runner up to Bold Respect in the Kuda R1 million race in Cape Town on Met Day. Bold Respect in turn is touted as Brett Crawford’s leading juvenile.

Naafer, Sheikh Hamdam’s highly rated $560 000 Aussie import finished in second place, some four lengths ahead of Eight Cities who ran on strongly in 4th place, the best placed finisher of those that raced on the less favoured inside part of the rain affected track. Eight Cities was bred by Scott Bros and is the fifth foal of the imported Thunder Gulch mare, Blue Eyed Queen (AUS). Bred for more ground, he should not be long in breaking his maiden for Paul Matchett.

Noble Duke as a yearling at the 2016 KZN Yearling Sale. He has become the first cheque earner for sire Eightfold Path, followed by Eight Cities at the Vaal yesterday. Image: Candiese Marnewick

Eightfold Path has a super yearling out of Tellittothestars, therefore a half to Talktothestars, on offer at the upcoming National Yearling Sale.

Our Black Type filly Pennington Sands (Mogok – Camina Court by Foveros) also captured her sixth career win yesterday at the Vaal, winning by a length from Judpot filly American Story.

The Vodacom Durban July entries opened yesterday and saw Pagoda, a Varsfontein-bred son of Mogok put forward for entry. Pagoda is out of former Scott Bros’ resident mare Pascha by Wolfhound. The three time winner trained by Geoff Woodruff secured the Listed Derby Trial over 2000m in his last start.

We have an outstanding draft of yearlings this year for the upcoming Nationals, including progeny by Mogok, Crusade, Eightfold Path and Irish Flame. They include siblings to Gr1 winners Wild One, Talktothestars, Listed winner Matador Man, a three parts brother to Gr2 winner Meadow Magic, a full brother to Ballito Boy, and half siblings to winners Brightnumberfive and Royal Agree. Keep a watch on our social media for the yearling photos to come.