Avontuur’s leading stallion Var had yet another big weekend on New Year, when the son of Forest Wildcat had no fewer than three winners.
Var’s tally of winners included Sea Cat, who picked up the third black type win of her career when she landed Friday’s Listed Lady’s Bracelet at Fairview.
One of the truly great bargain buys in recent history, Sea Cat (a R20 000 buy from the 2012 Cape Premier Yearling Sale Book 2) has now won or placed in 11 of her 21 outings and has earned just a shade under R470 000.
Unbeaten in three outings at Fairview, Sea Cat’s previous black type wins came in the Listed Breeders Guineas and Listed East Cape Guineas.
Bred by Collingwood Stud, the versatile Sea Cat (she has won from 1000-1600m) is out of the Hansel mare Hansea.
Var’s other winners included Regardstobroadway (who has now won or placed in six of her outings), and the beautifully bred Rivarine –who became her sire’s fourth juvenile winner from just five outings.
The first runner and winner for former G1 J&B Met winner River Jetez, the Avontuur/Amm bred Rivarine made a smart winning debut when getting up win a maiden juvenile plate over 1000m at Turffontein on Saturday.
Rivarine, whose dam is an own sister to triple Horse Of The Year Pocket Power, was a R600 000 buy from last year’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
His sire Var is once again strongly represented at the Cape sale –his 23 lots including yearlings out of such well known mares as Baltic Beauty, Divine Nymph, Frequent Flyer, Mocha Java, Muamba, Possible Dream (a half sister to Var sired G1 winner Contador), and Surabi.