Avontuur Thoroughbred Farms’ leading sire Var has been enjoying another good spell with his runners winning races galore around South Africa of late and the former sprint king made headlines once again when his sons Normanz and Tar Heel filled the first two placings in Friday’s Listed East Cape Sprint Cup.
It was the Avontuur bred Normanz, however, who prevailed at the expense of former Listed Somerset 1200 winner Tar Heel, with the latter finishing one and a half lengths adrift of his paternal half-brother Normanz.
Both the first and second are owned by Mayfair Speculators, who also raced Var’s champion son Variety Club.
A top class performer, Normanz’s victory in the East Cape Sprint Cup was the seventh of his career and the gelding has now banked more than R1 000 000 in stakes.
One of 18 G1 horses sired by Var, Normanz (who has won his last two on the bounce) has five feature race wins to his credit –most notably the 2014 G1 Golden Horse Casino Sprint, where he accounted for subsequent G1 winner and new sire Red Ray.
He was one of three weekend winners for his sire, whose daughter Cup Cake won on Friday and whose son Touch Wood scored at Greyville on Sunday.
Var’s other notable winners this season include feature race winners Rivarine and Exquisite Touch, while his five individual 2yo winners include the debut winners Bank On It, Namibia and Varallo.
The son of Forest Wildcat has an outstanding draft on offer at the 2017 National Yearling Sale with his draft including a colt out of Fillies Guineas runner up Tick Tock (Lot 224), a filly out of G1 winner Urabamba (Lot 235), a filly out of a half-sister to G1 winning sprinter O Caesour (Lot 278), a half-brother to G3 winner Jet Set Go (Lot 298), a colt out of Fillies Guineas winner Festival Of Fire (Lot 394), a colt out of G1 Summer Cup winner Flirtation (Lot 401) and a half-brother to graded winners Fragrant Al and Captain’s Flame (Lot 485).