Avontuur’s top class resident sire Var had yet another eye catching first timer at Scottsville on Wednesday.
This time it was Var’s daughter Sommerlied (bred and owned by Maine Chance Farms) who obliged.
Trained by Dennis Drier (who is no stranger to training top class offspring of Var), Sommerlied was all the rage and jumped a well backed 13-10 shot for a maiden plate for fillies and mares over 1000m. The 3yo duly obliged and stayed on strongly to hold off a late challenge from the blue blooded Bernardini filly Biblical Susan and win by half a length.
Her sire Var has enjoyed a cracking start to the 2016-2017 racing season and recently enjoyed a treble of winners at the Vaal.
Var also has some very exciting three-year-olds to his credit this season, headed by the undefeated G2 The Debutante winner A Womens Way, as well as Listed Ruffian Stakes winner Exquisite Touch (a winner of two of just three starts), and G1 SA Nursery runner up Rivarine.
The sire of more than 70 black type performers (of which 18 are G1 performers), Var has nine lots on offer at next month’s CTS Ready To Run Sale Presented by Lanzerac Hotel & Spa. They include:
Lot 12 –a colt out of G2 Debutante winner Rambo’s Love, from the family of Australian champion Atlantic Jewel and G1 winning sprinter King’s Apostle
Lot 22 –a colt out of G3 Three Troikas Stakes winner Sharp Mistress
Lot 82 –a half brother to nine winners including ill-fated G1 SA Classic hero Divine Jury and top sprinter and young sire Divine Jet
Lot 116 –a half brother to G1 winner Ivory Trail