Kahal was one of the best recent sires in KZN and, a week after his son Wynkelder was named KZN Champion Sprinter, Prince Of Kahal shared first prize in the first Graded race of the season, the Grade 3 Spring Spree Stakes over 1200m on Turffontein Inside, with Angel’s Power, who survived an objection.
The Mike Azzie-trained gelding Angel’s Power, at the age of seven, thus landed a race he had finished second in twice, in 2016 and 2017 respectively, and fourth in last year.
Five-year-old gelding Prince Of Kahal, trained by Roy Magner and ridden by Dennis Schwarz, loves the Turffontein Inside track and has now won four out of five starts there.
His early pace and ability to kick on suits the tight course perfectly.
He had a good draw of six and duly found the box seat behind the pacemaker Russian Prince.
He kicked for home coming off the elbow and hit the front at the 350m mark.
Angel’s Power, who is also by a KZN-based stallion, Miesque’s Approval, sat behind Prince Of Kahal in the running but was then outpaced in the first part of the straight.
However, he got going at the 350m mark and a furlong later, under a strong ride by S’Manga Khumalo, had made up the two length deficit.
Angel’s Power put his head in front but then in a stirring duel Prince Of Kahal fought back to share.
Angel’s Power gave Prince of Kahal a slight bump late in the race and Schwarz objected but the result stood.
It was a first stakes success for both Prince Of Kahal and Angel’s Power.
The latter became the fifth stakes winner for Miesque’s Approval.
Both Prince Of Kahal and Wynkelder are from the last crop of Kahal, who has now produced 42 stakes winners, including six Grade 1 winners.
It is interesting to note that both Prince Of Kahal and Wynkelder hail from mares who were out of Foveros mares.
Kahal, who passed away in 2014, was by Machiavellian, who also produced the mighty Street Cry, sire of the 2017/2018 Equus Horse Of The Year Oh Susanna.
Both Kahal and Street Cry’s female sire lines trace directly back to Polymelus, Kahal through the common line of Danzig and Nothern Dancer and Street Cry through the more unusual line of Fairway.
Polymelus was owned by Solly Joel of Kimberly diamond mining fame and this stallion had a significant impact on South African breeding through the like of his imported son Polystome, who was the ten times SA champion sire.
So the strength of Northern Dancer line sires like Kahal were always going to have plenty of blood to bolster them out here.
By David Thiselton