HE was once known as “the mighty Kahal” for being right up there with South Africa’s best stallions of the new millennium and his last five progeny are up for sale at the forthcoming CTS Emperors Palace Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale at Randjesfontein.
Kahal, who had to be euthanised in July 2014 following complications arising from abdominal tumours, had a huge influence on South African racing and was a flagbearer for Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell operation.
Kahal sired 54 individual stakes performers of 158 stakes races and 4 individual Gr1 winners including Love Struck, Chocolicious, Noble Heir, Spiced Gold, Desert Links and Bold Ellinore.
As recently as 2012, Kahal was the third leading sire by stakes behind Jet Master and Silvano. He stood at Summerhill Stud and later at Bush Hill Stud in Kwa-Zulu Natal and Warwick Render of Bush Hill commented on Monday: “Yes, these are the last Kahals you will find on a sale!”
Bush Hill has consigned one of the five, Lot 217 Celestina, the first foal of Jet Master’s daughter Sully’s Landing, from the family of Honour and Glory, Arabian Secret and many other top quality black-type performers. “Celestina is a cracking filly, big and strong for a first foal with lots of substance,” said Render.
Jane Thomas of Far End Stud and Nicola Coppez of Balmoral Stud have drafted in the other four Kahal foals, two apiece.
Thomas said of Lot 8, D’Arrivee: “This is a nice, well-grown colt from the family of Imbongi and Wild Cocktail. I’ve pre-trained him like my others on the auction. He will put up a good gallop, he is big and scopy.”
Lot 85 is Stock Broker, a colt by Kahal from Foreign Trade, by Announce. He hails from the accomplished family of horses like Buy and Sell and Count The Money and Thomas reckons he could give good returns on investment: “Stock Broker was a late foal, so he has much to come, but he’s already a nice individual with a big action.”
Nicola Coppez, who raised the recent Ready To Run Cup winner Chili Con Carne, has prepared a Kahal filly (Lot 77) and a colt (Lot 94) for the sale and she’s keen on both. “They’re quite forward, the colt Gilts perhaps a bit more than the filly Exclusive, he hails from a predominant family of top sprinters. They’re both nice and strong,” Coppez said.
The catalogue for the Emperors CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale, scheduled for 24 and 25 November, can be viewed online, here.