Leading Vodacom Durban July hope Wylie Hall is set to retire to Cheveley Stud after competing in the 2015 July.
The horse, who will be managed by Freeman Stallions, will be one of the first sons of Champion Australian Sire Redoute’s Choice to stand at stud in the Western Cape, and Wylie Hall looks a really exciting addition to the local stallion band.
Wylie Hall, who was named Horse Of The Season at the 2015 Racing Association Highveld Racing Season Awards ceremony, is a top class performer who has won or placed in 15 of his 20 outings and earned over R3.6 million thus far.
First past the post in the 2014 Vodacom Durban July, Wylie Hall has won or placed in eight pattern races with his victories including a comprehensive score in the classic G1 SA Derby, and he was also victorious in this season’s G1 President’s Champion Challenge, where Wylie Hall’s beaten rivals included the likes of Majmu, Heavy Metal and Triple Crown winner Louis The King.
Wylie Hall also won the G2 Colorado King Stakes and Listed Derby Trial and placed in all of the G1 Vodacom Durban July, G1 Horse Chestnut Stakes, and G3 London News Stakes.
He is one of over 120 stakes winners for his sire Redoute’s Choice, who has been champion sire in Australia on three occasions.
Also the sire of South African champions Majmu and Musir, Redoute’s Choice is the sire of no fewer than 27 individual G1 winners and his successful sire sons include all of Snitzel, Stratum, and Not A Single Doubt, as well as the ill-fated Beneteau, the second leading first crop sire in Australia this season.
The well bred Wylie Hall, out of the Ideal Planet mare Beauty Belle, is a half brother to champion sprinter Absolute Champion, who won and finished second in the G1 Hong Kong Sprint. Another half brother to the Derby winning star is current Hong Kong performer Fantasticlife – a winner of two of his last three starts.
A three parts brother to G1 Australasian Oaks winner Anamato (who earned over $900 000 in stakes), Wylie Hall hails from the family of G1 winners Dealer Principal, Drum and champion Grand Armee. The latter, by Hennessy, won 13 races, including seven G1’s, in Australia and earned over AUS $5 million in stakes.
A introductory fee of R20 000 has been set for Wylie Hall.