Avontuur Estate’s outstanding sire Var had yet another superb weekend just past.
The lightning fast son of Forest Wildcat’s offspring shone both on the track and in the sales ring, with Var’s juveniles continuing to fire on all cylinders.
Var had his seventh juvenile winner of the season when his daughter Wake Up Maggie made a winning debut at Kenilworth over 1000m on Saturday.
Bred by Joey Ramsden, Wake Up Maggie was a R2 000 000 buy at the 2015 Cape Premier Yearling Sale and she races for Ingrid and Markus Jooste (who also raced Var’s greatest son, dual Horse Of The Year Variety Club).
Other juveniles sired by Var to catch the eye this season so far include impressive debut winners Exquisite Touch, He’s A Var, and Var Ahead.
As one of South Africa’s elite sires, Var’s offspring regularly fetch big prices in sales rings around the country. This trend continued at the Val De Vie Yearling Sale on Sunday, when a Var colt, named Varlocity, was knocked down to Adriaan Van Vuuren for R1.5 million.
This made the colt, who was consigned by Varsfontein Stud as Agent, the most expensive yearling yet sold at a Val De Vie Sale.
Varlocity also contributed to Var being the leading sire at the Val De Vie Yearling Sale by aggregate, with the sire’s two yearlings fetching R1 760 000 and averaging an impressive R880 000.
Var, whose 60 plus stakes performers include 17 Grade One horses, has three lots on offer at next month’s March Yearling Sale:
Lot 14 – a half brother to stakes performer Frederick Fox, this chestnut is from the same family as G1 winner Fanciful and the latter’s top class daughter Cover Look (herself dam of UK G3 winner Shipmaster)
Lot 118 – a full sister to the talented Raconteur, this filly is out of a half sister to a G2 performer and from the family of high class Storm Cat line performers Cat And The Moon and Kochka
Lot 234 – a half sister to a winner, this filly’s dam is a half sister to an eight G2 winner in Argentina and is bred on the potent Storm Cat/Mr Prospector cross