The smart Crusade colt Alfeo looks to have booked his berth at Greyville on 30 June for the richly endowed KZN Breeders Race Day after a facile victory in Saturday’s R150 000 Listed Dahlia Plate at Fairview.
Second on the KZN Breeders Series log behind stablemate and fellow Piemonte Stud-bred Carlita before he went into Saturday’s feature, the promising 2yo made it three wins from four starts when slamming a field that included his stablkemate and recent conqueror in the East Cape Nursery, Madame Speaker.
The race has been dominated by Alan Greeff and the Scribante family, as well as trainer Gavin Smith, and the top local yards and they filled the first four places again.
Aldo Domeyer had Alfeo in touch up the outside as Super Socks led Madame Speaker.
Alfeo started running at the leaders at the 300m and drew away to hold the fancied Madame Speaker to 1,25 lengths in a time of 71,1 secs.
Born A Bully was slightly slow away and lagged behind the early charge to be beaten into third, a further 2,25 lengths.
The pacy Super Socks faded out to fourth, with the previously consistent Say No More producing no finish and running 7 lengths off the winner.
Bred by KZN-based Piemonte Stud, Alfeo was bought back for R20 000 at the 2017 BSA KZN Yearling Sale and took his earnings to R211 850 with his third win and second place from five starts.
A son of Crusade (Mr Greeley), Alfeo is out of the one-time winner Singapura Cat (Black Minnaloushe),
His Gr1 winning sire Crusade is a half-brother to several Group Winners and performers, including multiple Gr1 winner Seventh Heaven and Cristoforo Columbo. He stands for R20 000 at the Scott Bros Highdown Stud.