Matador Man looking a picture in the Gr1 Champion Cup pre race parade. Image: Candiese Marnewick

Scott Bros’ Matador Man ran a phenomenal third in the Gr1 Champions Cup, after not jumping out the stalls on terms and trailing by four or five lengths. His Crusade half-brother Subtropical also caused a stir when the handsome colt won the second race of the day with First Crusade placing fourth – giving Gr1 Middle Park Stakes winner Crusade his seventh winner of the season (six in South Africa).

The day started off with Subtropical in Race 2 winning in the Burnard colours of the famous red, white and blue “V” silks, racing in partnership with breeder Robin Scott of Scott Bros. It is the first Crusade to have won that is raced by Scott Bros.The half-brother to Gr1 placed Matador Man flew up to the finish over 1600m, and First Crusade (by Crusade), under star jockey Anthony Delpech finishing fourth. The Byzantine in Green Street Bloodstock’s colours finished unplaced but only a length and half off the winner under Bernard Fay’d Herbe.

Brian Burnard and Robin Scott, leading in Subtropical by Crusade. Image: Candiese Marnewick

This is the seventh winner for dual Gr1 winning Seventh Heaven’s half-brother Crusade, (sixth in South Africa with Black Type Butchie Boy winning in Zimbabwe) for the season.

Subtropical’s dam Sahara (by Mogok) is proving herself to be a broodmare of note – producing three runners and three winners – Desert Fighter, his full brother Matador Man and Subtropical. A smashing full sister by Crusade to Subtropical sold to the Tawny Syndicate in May at the National Yearling Sale for R200 000 – who have links to Matador Man (by Toreador).

Crusade x Sahara filly that sold for R200 000 at the 2017 National Yearling Sale. Image: Candiese Marnewick

Sahara herself raced for Dennis Drier, a speedy four-time winner who placed second in multiple Gr2 and Gr3 races. Robin Scott has always been adamant that the impeccably bred Mogok, who has produced four Gr1 winners – two of those in America – will be a broodmare sire in future to be reckoned with. Sahara’s four yearlings that have sold at sales have averaged an impressive R202 500 each.

Slow out of the stalls when the gates crashed open, Secretariat Listed and Million Mile winner Matador Man lost approximately five lengths at the start, under a clever ride from S’manga Khumalo the Toreador gelding quickly caught up to the pack. Matador Man flew up to finish in third in front of multiple Gr1 winner Bela-Bela and just two lengths off the winner Sail South and Gr1 Gold Challenge winner Captain America, leaving the likes of Gr1 Vodacom Durban July winner Marinaresco and Gr2 winner Ten Gun Salute in his wake.

Matador Man has won three times, and placed five times – only out of the money on one occasion. He sold for R180 000 at the National 2YO Sale. Owned in partnership by Messrs G D Tooch, G L Blank, G J Nassif, J Nassif, Z L Nassif, J Sarkis & R M Scott, he has now earned over a R1-milllion in stakes.

We look foward to much more to come from this son of Toreador.