Drakenstein’s draft set to shine at Val De Vie
Drakenstein Stud, breeders of this season’s outstanding filly Inara, are set to offer a high-class draft of six at Sunday’s Val De Vie Yearling Sale at Franschhoek.
The farm’s draft includes lots by their highly successful resident stallions Philanthropist and Trippi, as well as a really attractive colt from the first crop of Irish Champion Pathfork.
First of the Drakenstein sextet is a colt from the first crop of the highly successful North American stallion Philanthropist, last year’s Leading Synethic Sire in the USA. Catalogued as lot 3, this bay colt has been named Venice In May.
He is out of the stakes placed mare Broadway Lady – a half sister to the US millionaires Fourstardave and Fourstars Allstar, with the latter having captured the 1991 Irish 2000 Guineas. This outstanding family has also produced the inaugural KZN Yearling Sale Million hero Ace Antonius and former Irish Derby third Best Alibi. A truly classically bred colt!
Milden Spell, catalogued as lot 14, looks to be a potentially exceptional colt. He is by Drakenstein’s outstanding sire Trippi, whose offspring, which include the above mentioned Inara, have amassed in excess of $50 million – and counting! A full brother to eye catching recent winner Magic Trip and half brother to Gr3 filly Silver Apples, Milden Spell is also a half sister to the dam of Triple Crown and Summer Cup winner Louis The King. His dam was no mean race mare either – Milden Magic having won six including the Gr3 Poinsettia Stakes, and this colt is bred on the hugely successful Forty Niner/Danzig cross, responsible for numerous top horses including world leading sire Distorted Humor.
The classically bred colt, The Alchemist, is next into the ring, and is lot 22 in the Val De Vie catalogue. A son of Philanthropist, who was also the second top sire of 2yos in Canada last year, this colt is out of the classic mare Santiago, a half sister to talented stakes winning juvenile Berlusconi. The Alchemist is also a half brother to the more than useful filly, San Trip, and he looks something special in the making.
Philanthropist is also the sire of lot 32, a chestnut colt by the name of Wish To Land. A half brother to the useful performer Chester’s Wish, his dam, by world leading sire and broodmare sire Giant’s Causeway, is a half sister to French Group performer Sangreal, and this is the family of Australian Group 1 hero Golden Heights.
Few young sires have as much going for them as does Pathfork, a son of US Champion Sire Distorted Humor. An unbeaten champion at two, the Group 1 winning Pathfork hails from the same family as champion sires Redoute’s Choice and Northern Guest, as well as the hugely influential Try My Best. He is the sire of lot 41, a colt who has been named Impimpi. His dam, a half sister to 2 stakes horses, is a sister in blood to the great filly Bright Sky, a multiple Group 1 winner, whose victories included the French Oaks.
The only filly in the draft is lot 109, and this chestnut miss has been named Sixth Station. She is by leading young sire Philanthropist, whose numerous high class relatives include former stalwart South African sire National Assembly. Sixth Station is a half sister to three winners, and her dam is a Fort Wood own sister to a Gr3 winner. Her second dam, Ollies Last, is a former Broodmare Of The Year, with her offspring including the Gr1 winners Alpha Omega and Final Claim.
Drakenstein has a really attractive draft on offer at Val De Vie and serious buyers will no doubt flock to view their six lots on sale.