Drakenstein Stud’s exciting resident sire What A Winter recently enjoyed a feature race double, when his offspring captured the Listed Somerset 1200 and Listed Perfect Promise Sprint on the same day.
The triple Equus Champion had yet another first crop feature race double this past Saturday when son Dutch Philip won the G3 Cape Of Good Hope Nursery and daughter Magical Wonderland lifted the Listed Kenilworth Fillies Nursery.
In the process, Dutch Philip became What A Winter’s first graded winner as a sire when showing tons of heart to lift the spoils in Saturday’s G3 Cape Nursery. In landing the 1200m contest, the Rex Stud bred Dutch Philip took his tally to four wins from just five outings.
He has now two feature race wins to his name, with the colt having previously won the Listed Somerset 1200.
The very first winner for What A Winter, Dutch Philip was a R460 000 buy at last year’s March Yearling Sale.
What A Winter daughter Magical Wonderland made it three wins from as many outings when lifting the Kenilworth Fillies Nursery. (Another by What A Winter, Nanna Anna, finished fourth to give the sire a 1-4 finish in Saturday’s R200 000 contest).
She was a R450 000 purchase from last year’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale, where What A Winter yearlings fetched up to R850 000.
The four time G1 winning What A Winter has now been represented by 16 first crop runners to have won or placed, including G1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion runner Warrior’s Rest and stakes winner Fort Winter.
The champion son of Western Winter is covering sire on six lots at the upcoming Mares, Weanlings & Fillies For Stud Select Sale, with What A Winter represented by a filly from the family of champion Indian Skimmer (Lot 39) at next month’s Klawervlei Farm Sale.