37th stakes winner for Var

Avontuur Thoroughbred Farms’ top class sire Var totally dominated proceedings in Sunday’s Listed Highlands Stud Olympic Duel Stakes.


Not only was Var responsible for the victorious Hanabi, but another daughter of the sire, Miss Marker, ran third to give Forest Wildcat’s flying son a 1-3 finish in the R150 000 contest run over 1200m at Kenilworth. (Another Var filly, China Pearl, finished fifth).

Bred by the Oldlands Stud, the Eric Sands trained Hanabi took her tally of wins to five on Sunday, with her win in the Olympic Duel Stakes being the four-year-old’s third win on the trot.

She is the 37th individual stakes winner for champion sprinter Var, whose other notable performers this season include Exquisite Touch (G3 Man O’War Sprint) and Rivarine (G3 Lebelo Sprint).

Var was also represented by his 13th juvenile winner this season when the Anthony Peter bred Purple Diamond won for champion trainer Sean Tarry at Turffontein on Saturday. Just touched off at his previous outing, the well related Purple Diamond justified short-price favouritism to break his maiden smartly over 1450 metres on Saturday. Bred on the same Var/Jallad cross as G1 filly Schiffer, Purple Diamond was a R400 000 buy from last year’s CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale.


Var, also  sire of the recent R5 000 000 National Sales topping filly, is currently South Africa’s joint leading sire of 2yos by winners this season with his other notable 2yo winners this season including G1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion hope Varallo. Var will also be represented by runners in Saturday’s G1 South African Fillies Sprint (Miss Varlicious) and G1 Tsogo Sun Sprint (Isca).

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