When the blue blooded Rivarine landed Saturday’s G3 Lebelo Sprint at Turffontein, he became the 36th individual for his sire, and former sprint champion, Var.
The latter, who was also responsible for Lebelo fourth place finisher Dollar Dazzler, enjoyed another good weekend on the final days of 2016, with Var being represented by a trio of winners. (Var’s other winners on the weekend included the highly regarded Jabu as well as Juan Two Three –who picked up
Rivarine, who was a R600 000 buy from the 2015 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, was simply too classy for his eight rivals when steered home to victory by Avontuur sponsored rider Lyle Hewitson. Trained by Mike Azzie, the colt (the first foal out of former G1 J&B Met winner River Jetez) picked up the first graded win of his career when blasting home to post a two and a quarter length win in Saturday’s 1000m race.
He is the third stakes winner to have emerged from Var’s current crop of three-year-olds, with this crop having also produced G2 The Debutante winner A Womens Way and seven length Listed Ruffian Stakes winner Exquisite Touch.
Rivarine, who is the first Var sired runner to win the Lebelo Sprint, has now won or placed in nine of ten outings and has already banked more than R660 000 in stakes. The colt’s previous top efforts included a runner up finish, to subsequent Equus Champion Cloth Of Cloud, in last season’s G1 SA Nursery.
Var, whose 18 G1 horses include dual Horse Of The Year Variety Club as well as the champion fillies Val De Ra (dam of the much talked about Miss Frankel) and Via Africa, has an exceptional 24 strong draft on offer at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale this month. They include a filly out of G1 winner Bambina Stripes (Lot 1), a filly out of French G3 winner and G1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Captain’s Lover (Lot 9), a half brother to ill-fated G1 SA Classic hero Divine Jury (Lot 35), a colt out of G1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Shadow Dancing (Lot 184), and a colt out of the latter’s multiple G1 winning daughter Thunder Dance (Lot 207).