The progeny of triple Equus Award winner What A Winter have been in huge demand this year.
Drakenstein Stud’s resident sire, who had a stud fee of R20 000 in 2015, has set sales rings all over South Africa alight with his first yearlings proving to be highly sought after in 2016.
At the year’s first major sale, the Cape Premier Yearling Sale, What A Winter had eight lots gross R4.125 million, and they averaged an impressive R515 625. His top lot at the CPYS was the regally bred colt out of Limerick who was knocked down to Mike Bass for R850 000.
What A Winter’s popularity continued at the next auction of 2016, the Val De Vie Yearling Sale in February.
The charismatic champion ended the sale as the leading first crop sire –What A Winter sired yearlings fetching R1.06 million, which made the champion the sales’ third leading top sire by aggregate.
The sire, who hails from the same family as sire legends Hyperion, Pharamond, Sickle and Sir Tristram, was even more in demand at the March Yearling Sale. What A Winter ended that sale as the top stallion by aggregate, with his 11 yearlings (who fetched up to R460 000) grossing R2.43 million.
Once again popular at the Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale (his yearlings fetched up to R500 000), What A Winter proved one of the most popular sires at the 2016 National Yearling Sale. All twenty of the What A Winter yearlings on offer at the National Sale sold, and fetched over R7 000 000.
Top price paid for a What A Winter yearling at the NYS was R525 000 for a filly out of Mina Salaam and six of his yearlings sold for over R300 000.
One of the finest sprinters to race in South Africa this century, What A Winter won 15 races and over R3 000 000. The champ (who is from the same male line as leading sires Elusive Quality, Zafonic (sire of Count Dubois), Grand Slam and Speightstown) won four G1 races and a total of eight stakes races overall.
What A Winter has 9 yearlings on offer at the upcoming Sibaya KZN Yearling Sale:
Lot 37 –a half sister to 3 winners, this filly is bred on a similar cross to Equus Champion and young sire Capetown Noir. Her Fort Wood sired dam is out of an Oaks winner and this is the mighty La Troienne family, with major members of this immediate branch including French Derby winner and champion sire Caerleon
Lot 48 –this filly is out of a half sister to G2 winner Grey Cossack, and this is the same family as outstanding US galloper Faireno and high class group winner Celestial Dancer
Lot 70 –a half sister to 4 winners, this filly (bred on the reverse cross as Met winner Past Master) is from the immediate family of Oaks winner Danseuse Classique and champion and dual G1 winner Aslan
Lot 81 –a half sister to 2 winners (one of whom won six), this filly is out of a G3 placed winner of four. Bred on the hugely successful Gone West/Sadler’s Wells cross, she is from the family of Queensland Oaks winner Aspalita,
Lot 149 –a half sister to 2 winners, this filly is out of a four time winning Jet Master half sister to 2 stakes horses, and her second and third dams were runner up in the G1 Oaks and G1 SA Oaks respectively
Lot 161 –out of a National Emblem to the smart stakes winning filly Sunset Tripp, this colt’s second dam is an own sister to a Winter Oaks winner and third dam is Champion and Met winner Imperious Sue, whose 6 winners include G1 winner Imperious Star (dam of this season’s very smart 2yo Double Appeal)
Lot 163 –a half brother to a four time winner, this colt is out of an own sister to G3 winner Pacific Charm, and his dam is also a half sister to G2 winner Pacific Warrior and current high class performer Stonehenge. The family of Australian G1 winner Dashing Eagle
Lot 176 – inbred to legendary sire Mr Prospector, this filly is out of a half sister to G3 performer and nine time winner S’il Vous Plait and is from the great Queen of Light family, responsible for the likes of Royal Palace, Fairy Footsteps, Greinton, Desert Prince, Esoterique, and Light Cavalry
Lot 228 –a half sister to a winner, this filly is out of a Sportsworld half sister to G1 filly Joshua’s Mistress (dam of current useful galloper Mr Bond). The family of Equus Champion and July hero Heavy Metal as well as G1 winning 2yo For The Lads