Australian bred stallion Curved Ball will begin covering his first mares at Bush Hill Stud in South Africa next month.
The son of Fastnet Rock will be priced at an R8,000 service fee (AUD 928) at the Mooi River nursery in KwaZulu-Natal. Bush Hill owners Warwick and Karin Render will stand him in conjunction with Spring Valley and Klawervlei Studs.
Curved Ball (6h Fastnet Rock – Curvaceous by Zabeel) was bred by Bart Cummings in partnership with the late Bill Wyllie and sold for $200,000 at the 20008 Magic Millions National yearling sale. He is an older half-brother to Flemington stakes winner Isopach (Magic Albert).
Trained by Charles Laird for leading owner Marcus Jooste, he won three races topped by the G2 Dingaans Hcp (1600m) at Turffontein in which he scored a convincing victory over stablemate Galileo’s Galaxy (Galileo).
A big strong horse with loads of quality, Curved Ball bears a striking resemblance to Fastnet Rock who has just claimed his first Australia sires’ premiership.