Few, if any, locally bred and raced horses retired to stud with better credentials than those of What A Winter.
The triple Equus Award winner not only went to stud with the reputation of being one of the finest sprinters seen out in South Africa for many a year, but also is a smashing looking horse with a superb pedigree.
What A Winter, a dual champion sprinter, won 15 races and more than R3 million in prize money, with his four G1 wins coming in the Computaform Sprint, Mercury Sprint and Cape Flying Championship. The latter race he made his own –winning it twice and finishing second once in three attempts.
Among the champions/G1 winners beaten by What A Winter during his illustrious career were August Rush, Chocolicious, Copper Parade, Delago Deluxe (now a red-hot young sire in Australia), Earl Of Surrey, Ebony Flyer, J J The Jet Plane, Solo Traveller, Top Seller, Val De Ra and Via Africa.
From the powerful Gone West male line (responsible for the likes of Elusive Quality, Grand Slam, Munnings and Speightstown), What A Winter is a son of triple champion sire. A half brother to ill-fated champion What A Question, What A Winter shares his broodmare sire Ahonoora with two of Europe’s best and most popular stallions –Cape Cross and New Approach.
This is the family of breed shaping sires Hyperion, Mossborough, Sickle and Sir Tristram.
The champion has been well supported at stud and covered some top class mares. What A Winter’s much praised first crop will make their first appearance at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale, on January 21st and 22nd.
He has 11 lots on offer at the Cape sale –
Lot 9 – bred to be champion sprinter, this colt is by a champion sprinter out of a full sister to another –Mythical Flight. His second dam is by another outstanding speed horse in Harry Hotspur.
Lot 10 –a beautifully bred half brother to G2 Investec Dingaans hero Noah From Goa and five other winners, this colt is out of a five time stakes winning daughter of champion sire and broodmare sire Fort Wood.
Lot 16 –a filly with plenty of paddock value already, her five winning siblings including G3 winning speedster Magico. Her relatives include a champion filly in the ill-fated Warning Zone as well as G1 winning half brothers Golden Peak and Record Edge. Also family of recent Aus G3 winning filly Pittsburgh Flyer.
Lot 43 – out of a three time winning close relative of recent G3 Algoa Cup hero Stonehenge, this filly’s second dam is outstanding broodmare Pacific Sunrise.
Lot 48 – out of a smart stakes placed winner of six, this colt’s second dam is by leading sire Candy Stripes (who is also broodmare sire of champion and leading sire Candy Ride).
Lot 91 – a nicely bred half brother to four winners, including the Dubai based G3 Winter Derby hero Liquid Mercury and out of a stakes placed winner of three, this colt’s numerous high class relatives include champions Mark Of Esteem and Mashaallah.
Lot 99 – a half sister to a stakes winner and half sister to G3 filly Sublime Lady, this well related filly is out of a Fort Wood half sister to G1 filly Straight Set and G2 Dingaans hero Unparalleled (a three parts brother to the dam of this filly).
Lot 101 – a half brother to five winners, this is a three parts brother to G2 winner and conqueror of champion Majmu, Supreme Sunset as well as G3 Champagne Stakes heroine Northern Heritage. From the family of champions Dancing Duel and Olympic Duel.
Lot 137 –this superbly bred filly is a three parts sister to multiple G1 winner and Equus Champion Capetown Noir, who recently completed his first season at stud, and millionaire Across The Ice. Her dam Akinfeet, a former Broodmare Of The Year, ran third in the UAE 1000 Guineas. Second dam Dance Every Dance won the Cape Fillies Guineas.
Lot 157 – another beautifully bred colt, he is out of a G3 winning daughter of champion sire and leading broodmare sire Badger Land. A three parts brother to top filly Bichette as well as the stakes placed Blizzard Belle, this is the half brother to G1 Woolavington Stakes heroine Viva Maria.
Lot 173- a half sister to five winners, this filly is a three parts sister to a stakes winner and half sister to a 2yo stakes performer. From the family of 2yo G3 heroine Oochee Agent, this filly’s second dam is a juvenile stakes winning daughter of great sprinter and leading speed influence Harry Hotspur.
What A Winter has also got some quality lots on offer at February’s Val De Vie Yearling Sale:
Lot 6 –from one of the best families around, this colt is out of a half sister to stakes winners Brown Penny and Night Trip. This blue blooded colt’s other notable relatives include G1 Prix Ganay winner Planteur, G1 Melbourne Cup hero Protectionist and legendary French champions Pawneese and Peintre Celebre.
Lot 18- bred on the extremely successful Gone West/Sadler’s Wells cross, this colt is out of a Fort Wood half sister to a G3 winner from the family of high class G2 winning speedster Casino Queen.
Lot 107 – a half brother to 3 winners, this colt is out of a full sister to G2 Victory Moon winner Over Bearing and a half sister to G1 winners Alpha Omega and Final Claim. And this colt is closely related to the Western Winter sired star performers Fair Maiden and Braggadacio.
Lot 109 – a half sister to nine winners including G1 filly School Assembly, this filly is out of a winning half sister to G1 winner Fanciful, herself the dam of outstanding filly Cover Look.