Drakenstein Stud, breeders of G1 winners Afrikaburn, Inara and champion Jeppe’s Reef, are proud to offer eight yearlings at next Friday’s Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale.
Their draft will also include three yearlings that Drakenstein are offering as agent, with the Drakenstein draft including yearlings by such proven and promising stallions as Count Dubois, Horse Chestnut, Judpot, Philanthropist, Seventh Rock, Twice Over, Var and What A Winter.
First of the Drakenstein draft to go under the hammer is lot 19, a son of leading sire Var, currently the leading sire of 2yos in South Africa. This beautifully bred colt is out of G3 Final Fling Stakes winner Cash Register, a full sister to Equus Champion and four time G1 winner Big City Life. This is also the family of champion sprinter and former successful SA sire and broodmare sire Hard Up.
Next into the ring for the 2016 Select Sale is lot 58 –a son of Rock Of Gibraltar’s G1 winning and siring son Seventh Rock. This colt, bred on the same Seventh Rock/Strike Smartly cross as G1 Gold Medallion hero Guiness, is out of a winning half sister, by Strike Smartly, to US G3 winner Knockadoon and this is the high class US family of graded winners Bella Bella Bella and Midnight Cello.
Seventh Rock, whose dam is champion Ruby Clipper, is also sire of lot 149 –a half brother to the useful stakes placed winner of four, San Trip. His classic placed dam, by champion sire and broodmare sire Fort Wood, is a half sister to the stakes winning 2yo Berlusconi, who, like the colt on sale, is by a Danzig line stallion.
Former European Champion, and four time G1 winner, Twice Over has already met with success in the sales ring, with his first yearlings having fetched up to R1 000 000 in 2016. The charismatic champion is the sire of 3 yearlings in the Drakenstein Stud.
First of the Twice Over yearlings to go through the ring will be lot 108 –a half brothers to four winners, including the very promising filly Shatoosh, who looks a potential feature race candidate. This colt’s stakes placed dam is a half sister to none other than former G1 Summer Cup heroine Flirtation, and his second dam is the G1 performer French Treasure.
Twice Over, who earned more than £2 000 000 on the track, is also the sire of 133, a chestnut colt by the name of Double Gemini. Inbred to the great Blushing Groom (as is English classic winner and sire Footstepsinthesand), he is out of a winning Jallad half sister to champion and G1 Cape Guineas winner Pointing North and from the same family as top class G1 performers Blue Tiger, Rodoille and wonder filly Wainui, among others.
Mighty And Magic is the name of Twice Over’s third and last yearling in this draft. This bay colt is a half brother to talented G3 performer Arniston. Another inbred to French 2000 Guineas winner Blushing Groom, this colt is out of a Rainbow Quest (one of the world’s top broodmare sires) half sister to classic winner and champion Strategic Choice and from the same family as champions and G1 winners Aptitude, Spain, Coastal, Slew O’Gold, and Pleascach among many others.
Resident sire Philanthropist, a former US leading sire and proven sire of champions, has made a pleasing start with his first local 2yos including impressive debut winner Good To Give. The strapping son of Kris S is the sire of 113, a colt whose dam is a winning daughter of leading sire Trippi (damsire of Breeders’ Cup winner and Lane’s End sire Liam’s Map). Inbred to the great Mr Prospector, this colt is from the family of SA Derby winner Smuggler’s Den and ill-fated G1 performer Final Coast.
Another of Drakenstein Stud’s resident sires, multiple Equus Champion What A Winter, is another young sire who has been hugely popular, with his first crop faring well in sales rings throughout the country. His lovely grey colt, Grey Martini, is catalogued as lot 164, and is a half brother to four winners, including G3 Winter Derby and Dubai winner Liquid Mercury and stakes placed 2yo Trip Poker. His dam is a stakes placed half sister to a US G3 winner and this is the same family as European champions Mark Of Esteem and Mashaallah, as well as G1 Prix Jean Prat hero Local Talent.
Drakenstein will also be offering 3 lots at the Select Sale as agent. Their first lot is an unnamed colt by former Equus Outstanding Stallion Count Dubois, whose offspring include Equus Champions Asylum Seeker and French Navy, as well as this season’s top class 3yo Madame Dubois, now exported to further her career overseas. Inbred to the great Gone West, and out of a Xaar mare (like recent G1 winner Yankee Rose), this colt is from a top class Australasian family with his relatives including G1 Oaks winner Cologne, G1 Patinack Classic hero Swick and former SA stakes winner Star Attack.
The late, great Horse Chestnut has enjoyed great success with his daughters. Females sired by Horse Chestnut include G1 winners Chestnuts N Pearls and Lucifer’s Stone, as well as high class stakes winners Askbut I won’ttell, Banbury and Crystal Cavern. Also broodmare sire of Met winner Smart Call, Horse Chestnut is the sire of lot 92, a chestnut filly out of a stakes placed winner of four. This is the family of champion Mark Anthony and super filly Rose Bay.
Another top class sire of fillies is Judpot, with that son of A P Indy the sire of such as champion Along Came Polly and recent G1 SA Fillies Classic winner Juxtapose. A half brother to Kingmambo and East Of The Moon, Judpot is also the sire of 155, a chestnut filly whose dam, by champion sire Silvano, is a winning half sister to G1 winner August Rush and G3 winner Miss October. This well bred filly’s third dam is July winner and champion Devon Air.