Varsfontein Stud’s late sire Caesour more than left his mark on the South African thoroughbred.
The son of Nureyev, whose relatives included champions Arazi and Noverre, proved to be a highly successful sire and broodmare sire during a stud career which lasted from 1997-2011.
Caesour sired nearly 50 black type performers during that time, of which 12 were Gr1 performers.
Among his best performers were top sprinters O Caesour and Tobe or Nottobe (both winners of the G1 Cape Flying Championship), G1 SA Fillies Classic heroine Dane Julia (later a G1 winner in New Zealand), G2 Gold Bowl hero The Eiger Sanction, G1 SA Oaks winner Arcola, dual Merchants winner Tevez, and G2 (now G1) Golden Slipper winner Alexandra Rose. The latter went on to land the G3 Monrovia Handicap in North America.
Caesour is also broodmare sire of Equus Champion Dancewiththedevil, G2 Oaks winner Goat, millionaire Tales Of Bravery, and ill-fated G1 Paddock Stakes winner Emerald Cove.
However, it is as the sire of the outstanding full sisters Perfect Promise and Irridescence that Caesour will forever be remembered.
Both G1 winners in South Africa, Perfect Promise (who won Australia’s G1 C F Orr Stakes) and Irridescence (G1 QE II Cup in Hong Kong) went on to enjoy G1 success internationally.
Irridescence, in particular, was a true star. South Africa’s Equus Champion 3YO Filly of 2005, she won major races in Dubai, Hong Kong and South Africa, and was second in G1 races in both Britain and North America. Her eight victories included the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Hong Kong, where Irridescence’s victims included the great racemare and producer Ouija Board, and she was also second in both the G1 Falmouth Stakes and G1 Beverly D Stakes (Irridesence’s victims including Breeders Cup winning champion Lahudood).
Since retiring to stud, Irridescence has been represented by three registered foals. They include former Triple Crown nominee Exothermic (by Empire Maker), who has won three of seven outings and who won first time out.
His dam was once again in the news recently when her son Perfect D’Or (by Medaglia D’Oro) won Russia’s (RUS G2) Granit II Stakes by an impressive eight lengths. The three-year-old colt had previously won the (RUS G2) Sprinters S and been placed in two Russian G1 races as a juvenile.