First stakes winner for Wylie Hall

Cheveley Stud’s multiple G1 winning stallion Wylie Hall has made a very promising start with his first two-year-olds this season, and the son of legendary sire Redoute’s Choice was represented by his first stakes winner on Saturday when his son Twilight Moon, a member of Wylie Hall’s first crop, scored a dead-heat for first place in the Listed Storm Bird Stakes at Turffontein.

From the in-form yard of Paul Matchett, Twilight Moon had been second on debut but got off the mark in courageous fashion when sharing the spoils in the R150 000 Storm Bird Stakes (a race won previously by the likes of champion Soft Falling Rain, and subsequent graded stakes winners Bold Eagle, Barrack Street, and) on Saturday.

Bred by the Daytona Stud, and ridden by apprentice Dennis Schwartz, Twilight Moon showed the benefit of his first run when staying on gamely to share first place with the New Zealand bred, and impressive debut winner, Frosted Gold in Saturday’s 1000m juvenile feature.

Twilight Moon was the only runner to represent Wylie Hall on Saturday, giving the Cheveley Stud resident a 100% strike rate at Turffontein on the day.

Out of the Qui Danzig mare Vanilla Twilight, the colt was a R20 000 buy from the 2018 KZN Yearling Sale, and Saturday’s win took his earnings to over R80 000 –with the promise of more to come.

His sire Wylie Hall made the perfect start to his stud career, with his very first runner, Wily Lass, making a winning debut over 800m.

From just six runners thus far, Wylie Hall has had three first crop juveniles either win or finish in the money, a promising start for a stallion who was unraced at two.

Winner of both the G1 President’s Champions Challenge and G1 SA Derby, Wylie Hall is from the same female line as Saturday’s New Zealand G1 winners Yourdeel (Sistema Stakes) and Melody Belle (Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes).

One of South Africa’s Leading First Crop Sires this season, Wylie Hall has three colts on Sunday’s Cape Yearling Sale, and a further six yearlings on offer at the 2019 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

– Cape Breeders Club

Watch the finish here – courtesy Racing Guru


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