Glen Kotzen’s chestnut Crusade filly impressed on debut at Kenilworth on the weekend to win her debut powerfully from Runaway Rebel by almost half a length over 1000m.
The daughter of Crusade dominated most of the running, with Runaway Rebel looking to be a threat but Wings Of Honor fought doggedly to the finish with plenty of determination.
The filly out of a Jet Master mare bred by Scott Bros, is owned by Chrigor Stud (Pty) Ltd (Nom: Mrs S Hattingh) and purchased for R250 000 at the 2016 KZN Yearling Sale. Wings Of Honor has an interesting pedigree in that her broodmares grandsire is the South African export and American sire Hawaii. The female line has produced amongst many, sire Doulab.
Crusade’s Galileo half-brother finished fourth yesterday in the Gr1 Curragh National Stakes. The full brother to dual Gr1 Oaks winner Seventh Heaven is a lightly raced juvenile named Coat Of Arms. He has placed four times from five starts for Aiden O’Brien.
Crusade is a winner of the Gr1 Middle Park Stakes and stands for a fee of R20 000 this season. To date all of his siblings are Group Winners and Group Placed.