Champion sprinter’s smashing first foals
Former Equus Champion Sprinter What A Winter proved very popular in his first season at stud last year, where he covered a top-class book of mares.
What A Winter’s first crop of foals, now arriving, more than look the part, as these two youngsters show.
The classy, pretty filly out of Pacific Dynasty is out of a Gr2 placed half-sister to two stakes winners, while the flashy, strong colt out of Oriental Fashion is another really well connected baby. Orienal Fashion, by former champion National Emblem, is a granddaughter of former champion racemare, and Gr1 J&B Met winner, Imperious Sue and hails from the same family as former UAE champion Victory Moon.
Based at Drakenstein Stud, What A Winter was an outstanding racehorse, who picked up three Equus Awards in an outstanding career which saw him win 15 races and over R3 million in prize money.
Widely recognised as one of South Africa’s finest sprinters of the past two decades, What A Winter’s four Grade 1 victories included two wins in the Cape’s premier sprint, the Cape Flying Championship, as well as victories in both the Mercury and Computaform Sprints.
A son of triple champion sire Western Winter, and from the powerful Gone West male line, What A Winter has an equally impressive female line.
One of three stakes winners produced by his dam Waseela, What A Winter shares his broodmare sire Ahonoora with the outstanding stallions Cape Cross and New Approach.
A half-brother to ill-fated KZN champion What A Question, What A Winter traces back directly to the great mare Selene.
An outstanding racemare who won no fewer than 16 races, Selene made history by producing four leading sires, including six times British champion Hyperion.
She is also the fourth dam of legendary New Zealand sire Sir Tristram – the sire of another great stallion in the form of Zabeel. Selene’s influence does not end there, however, as she is also the second dam of Mossborough –Champion Sire in Britain in 1958.
This is also the family of Ectot, a Group 1 winning juvenile and a leading contender for the 2014 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
A true champion, who raced competitively for four seasons, What A Winter has a 2014 stud fee of R20 000.