Maine Chance Farm’s promising first crop sire Querari had a weekend to remember.
The son of red-hot sire Oasis Dream enjoyed success both on the track and in the sales ring, and Querari continues to enhance his burgeoning reputation unabated.
First of the Querari sired runners to score this past weekend was Dragon Li, who broke his maiden convincingly over 1000m for trainer Roy Magner.
Bred by Maine Chance Farms, Dragon Li (who is out of the Mogok mare Desert Cat) was a R100 000 purchase from last year’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
Second of the Querari sired winners this weekend came in the form of High Game, who romped home in open company to score his first win by seven lengths.
Out of the Victory Moon mare Hollywood Dreams, High Game (whose trainer Mike Azzie is an avid fan of Querari), was a R275 000 buy from last year’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
Querari, who is currently South Africa’s second leading first crop sire by stakes, has currently seven winners from his first crop to date, with his top performers thus far including the classy stakes performers Champery and Dynamic Speed. Remarkably, ten of Querari’s first 13 runners have either won or finished in the money, with his other winners including the eye catching debut winner Cosmic Light.
Unsurprisingly, Querari’s first crop success has made his progeny in keen demand. A Querari filly was knocked down for R420 000 at Sunday’s Klawervlei Farm Sale to the bid of prominent owner Chris Van Niekerk.
Querari’s sire Oasis Dream has also been in sparkling form of late and recently had a Group 1 double at Royal Ascot last week when his sons Goldream and Muhaarar won the King’s Stand Stakes and Commonwealth Cup respectively. Himself a former champion sprinter, Oasis Dream is now the sire of 14 individual G1 winners – including Querari himself.
Querari will have one lot on offer at next month’s Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale – a colt from the famed Enchanting family, whose relatives include champions Enchantress, Harry’s Charm, and National Currency.