Blue blooded yearlings abound in Drakenstein Stud’s 2016 National Yearling Sale draft.
The stud will be offering 14 top quality yearlings, and also offer three further lots as agent.
Drakenstein’s draft will include yearlings by such top sires as Dynasty, Judpot, Kahal, Trippi Var, and the late, great Western Winter, as well as their own resident sire Philanthropist. South African first crop sires represented in the Drakenstein draft include the farm’s hugely popular young sire What A Winter, as well as Oratorio and Twice Over.
Drakenstein are also able to offer buyers the chance to buy a yearling, by North America’s greatest sire of the past decade –Tapit. This world class sire, whose offspring include recent G1 Arkansas Derby hero Creator as well as a stunning five individual Breeders’ Cup winners, including champions Hansen, Stardom Bound and Untapable, currently stands for a stud fee of $300 000.
The charismatic grey Tapit, who has been champion sire in North America for the past two years running, is also the sire of lot 258, a colt who has been named Wheel Of Time. The beautifully bred Wheel Of Time is out of Pin Turn –a winning daughter of top sprinter and world leading sire Pivotal and champion Ipi Tombe. A globetrotting superstar, former July winner Ipi Tombe was beaten just twice in a 14 race career, which saw her win races in four different countries! Her big race wins included the G1 Vodacom Durban July, G1 Dubai Duty Free and G3 Locust Grove Handicap (in USA).
Resident sire Trippi has enjoyed another remarkable season in 2015-2016, with his numerous high class performers including R8 000 000 plus earner Illuminator and dual G1 winner Inara. Trippi, whose offspring have earned more than those of the great sire War Front, has three lots on offer in the Drakenstein draft.
First of the Trippis on offer is lot 94 –a colt, whose stakes placed dam is a half sister to G1 winning 2yo Talahatchie, as well as to the high class Trippi sired stakes winner Jane S Piddy. This makes the colt on offer a brother in blood to that high class 2yo. Also the family of Singapore champion Lizarre, and top sprinter Dance With Al.
Trippi is also sire of lot 129 –a blue blooded colt, whose dam is the top class Jet Master mare Hawker Hunter, winner of the G2 Gerald Rosenberg Stakes. This well bred colt’s first two dams are both stakes winners and he is bred to be anything.
Lot 224 is one of the best bred colts on offer. Out of the Shirley Heights mare Mountains Of Mist, this colt (whose G3 winning half sister produced a triple G1 Canadian International winning sire) is an own brother to four time Grade One winner Inara as well as to the highly promising stakes placed 3yo Inanna. From a truly great international family, this colt’s relatives include 2000 Guineas winner Dawn Approach and G1 winner and G1 sire Kitwood, while his second dam, by champion sire and broodmare sire Seattle Slew, won the G1 Coronation Stakes.
Sire sensation Dynasty has one lot in the Drakenstein draft –and this is a colt (Lot 352) out of National Assembly’s G2 Fillies Nursery winning daughter State Factor. Bred for the classics, the colt’s numerous stakes winning relatives include ill-fated G1 Cape Derby hero Corning Touch, and this is the same family as National Assembly’s Horse Of The Year National Colour –whose Redoute’s Choice colt made $1.75 million at the recent Inglis Easter Sale.
Former Equus Outstanding sire Judpot, sire of recent G1 winner Juxtapose, also has a single lot in this draft –a colt (Lot 424) out of G1 SA Fillies Sprint winner Wonderful World, whose other progeny include G3 Cape Classic hero Chave De Oura and six time winner and G3 placed Wonder Gold.
The ill-fated Kahal, sire of nearly 20 G1 horses, also has one yearling in this draft, and this beautifully bred colt is out of dual G1 winner Happy Archer, whose sire, Dubawi, is one of the world’s top stallions, with over 100 stakes winners to his credit –including more than 20 individual G1 winners.
Drakenstein’s own, resident sire Philanthropist, a former leading sire in North America, has made a pleasing start with his first runners including the impressive debut winner Good To Give. The son of Kris S, also sire of champions Pender Harbour and Phil’s Dream, has 3 in the draft:
Lot 211 –inbred to the wonderful broodmare Grey Flight, this colt is out of G3 Poinsettia Stakes winner Milden Magic, the granddam of none other than Triple Crown/Summer Cup hero Louis The King –who stands his first season at stud this year
Lot 233 – inbred to the mighty Mr Prospector, this colt is out of a G3 Champagne winning own sister to G2winner Supreme Sunset. This colt, whose third dam is multiple G1 winning champion Olympic Duel, has stakes winners for his first three dams!
Lot 37 –a half brother to 6 winners, including G2 winner and G1 Summer Cup 2nd Deo Juvente, this colt is out of the G1 winning champion Circle Of Life, herself a half sister to G1 winners African Lion and Zebra Crossing. His third dam won the July
Triple G1 winner and proven sire Oratorio recently made news when two of his first SA crop fetched R3.2 million. The champion son of Danehill has 2 lots on sale –
Lot 8 bred on a similar cross to classic winner Desert King, this colt is out of a five time winning half sister to 2 European stakes winners, as well as four time G1 winner Inara (successful in the recent G1 Empress Club Stakes) and the very promising filly Inanna
Lot 309 this colt is out of the top class G2 winner Sangria Girl, who won over R900 000, and his second dam won the Listed Victress Stakes
Oratorio’s stable mate Var, sire of champions Variety Club, Val De Ra and Via Africa, is also represented in the Drakenstein draft. His offering includes a half brother to G3 Umzimkhulu Stakes winner One Fine Day, who is from the family of champions Devil’s Bag, Glorious Song and Singspiel (Lot 250), and a colt out of a stakes placed daughter of US champion Smarty Jones and Equus Champion Circle Of Life (Lot 117).
Four time G1 winner and European Champion Twice Over’s first yearlings have already made an impact, having fetched up to R1 000 000 in 2016. He has a son (Lot 367), out of G3 Winter Derby winner Sweet Virginia, whose half brother, Strongman (now Horse Of Fortune), runs in Sunday’s G1 QE II Cup at Sha Tin. This well bred colt (another brother is Guineas contender Vilikazi) is from the same family as champion Dancewiththedevil.
The late great Western Winter and his champion sire What A Winter, who resides at Drakenstein, both have one lot in this draft.
Triple Champion Sire Western Winter, whose last yearlings sell in 2016, is the sire of 356 –a beautifully bred colt whose dam is Jet Master’s G1 winning daughter Stratos. The reverse cross of Jet Master on a Western Winter mare produced champion and G1 Met winner Past Master.
Triple Equus Champion What A Winter’s first yearlings have been all the rage this year, with his yearlings fetching high prices in sales rings around the country. He is the sire of lot 38 –a colt out of a G3 placed half sister to top sprinter Chant de Nuit (whose highly talented son African Ruler has been nominated for the G1 Computaform Sprint).