Drakenstein Stud has an exceptional draft of yearlings on offer at the 2017 Cape Premier Yearling Sale next week.
The farm, which in a short space of time has already bred champion Jeppe’s Reef and fellow G1 winners Inara, Afrikaburn, and talented Dubai winner Liquid Mercury, will be represented by a top class draft of 16 lots (one as agent) at the two day sale next Saturday and Sunday.
Five of the lots in the Drakenstein Stud’s draft are either out of or half siblings to G1 winners, and the draft also includes yearlings by such outstanding sires as Captain Al, Duke Of Marmalade, Dynasty, Gimmethegreenlight, Trippi and Var.
Drakenstein’s resident champion sire Trippi (sire of recent G2 Cartier Sceptre Stakes winner Live Life) has four on offer in the draft.
Trippi, who is the sire of over 60 stakes winners including US G1 winner R Heat Lightning, five time G1 winner Inara and Equus Champion Hammie’s Hooker, has his first offering in the form of 30.
Already named Mark The Doorman, this colt is out of a Judpot half-sister to two multiple graded winners, including former Equus Champion and G1 Gold Cup winner Jeppe’s Reef. This beautifully bred bay’s second dam is none other than former Oaks winner Studio Fifty Four –a daughter of champion sire and prominent broodmare sire Badger Land.
Next of the Trippis on offer is lot 32, a colt by the name of Charles. He is out of G2 Ipi Tombe Challenge winner Demanding Lady, herself a daughter of outstanding sire Dynasty. This colt, who sports a real stallion’s pedigree, is from the same family as champion and Coolmore sire War Command (whose wins included the G1 Dewhurst Stakes) and former prominent sire and top class broodmare sire Silver Hawk.
Last season’s champion sire Trippi is also the sire of lot 139 –a three parts brother to multiple stakes winner Night Trip, who has earned over R850 000 to date. Also out of a half sister to smart stakes winner Brown Penny, the colt’s third dam is a full sister to the great champion Peintre Celebre and this is also the family of outstanding racemare Pawneese as well as former Melbourne Cup hero Protectionist. His first four dams are by Jet Master, Machiavellian, Nureyev and Alydar respectively.
Trippi also has a colt on offer out of former G1 SA Fillies Classic winner Spiced Gold, a daughter of former top sire Kahal. This is the same family as recent dual G1 winner Rabada –and this colt, named Chimichuri Run, is catalogued as lot 192.
Another exciting resident sire at Drakenstein Stud is five time G1 winner and Cartier Champion Duke Of Marmalade. “The Duke”, who is represented by his first South African yearlings in 2017, is a proven sire whose top offspring include such European classic winners as Simple Verse, Star Of Seville, Nutan and Sound Of Freedom. He has five lots in this draft including:
Lot 91 –bred on a similar cross to champion Simple Verse, this colt is out of a four time winning own sister to Horse Of The Year and sire Irish Flame
Lot 122 –this colt is out of a G1 performer at two, whose own dam was second in the G1 Scottsville Oaks
Lot 180 –out of an exceptionally fast G1 daughter of prominent speed sire Var (whose own brother is a winner in Dubai), this colt’s winning second dam is a Jallad half sister to 3 stakes winners
Lot 233 –this impeccably bred colt (bred on the same cross as the Duke’s G1 Derby winning son Nutan) is a half brother to 3 winners including G1 winning 2yo Afrikaburn and promising 3yo The Slade. His third dam is super fast French G1 winning Sigy
Lot 236 – a half brother to a stakes performer, this colt is out of a G1 Woolavington Stakes runner up and full sister to champion and G1 sire Victory Moon, from the family of champion Imperious Sue and recent G1 Cape Guineas winner William Longsword
Former champion sire, and eight times champion sire of 2yos, Captain Al was represented by an impressive five G1 winners in 2016. He has three lots in the Drakenstein draft:
Lot 41 –this superbly bred colt is out of Jet Master’s multiple G1 winning daughter Ebony Flyer –herself a half sister to the Captain Al sired G1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner and French G3 winner Captain’s Lover. Second dam is former Broodmare Of The Year Sunshine Lover –whose sire Badger Land is also damsire of Captain Al’s high class runners Disco Al and Pine Princess
Lot 79 –a colt with a stallion’s pedigree, he is out of multiple G1 winner Happy Archer, who in turn is by one of the world’s truly great sires in Dubawi
Lot 143 –this colt is out of stakes placed seven time winning half sister to four stakes horses –three of whom are graded winners, including current high class performer Stonehenge. The colt’s damsire Dynasty is a son of Fort Wood, whose daughters have done so well when mated to Captain Al
Another outstanding sire represented in the Drakenstein draft is former Horse Of The Year Dynasty, whose numerous top class runners include Drakenstein sires, and champions, Legislate and Futura, as well as recent G1 winning fillies Bela-Bela and Just Sensual. He has one here:
Lot 63 –out of a stakes placed Jet Master half sister to G1 winning 2yo Talahatchie and three parts sister to Singapore champion Lizarre, this colt is a three parts brother to G2 winner, and former G1 Vodacom Durban July favourite, Solid Speed (by Dynasty)
Prominent sire Var, responsible for dual Horse Of The Year Variety Club among others, is enjoying another good year thanks to the likes of top sprinter Rivarine and a number of really promising looking 2yos. The former sprint champ has one lot here –and what a lot he is!
Lot 9 –this colt, a half brother to a filly who cost R3.2 million at the 2014 CPYS, is out of former Equus Champion, and French G3 winner, Captain’s Lover –a half sister to the outstanding and multiple G1 winning Ebony Flyer
Former G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate hero Gimmethegreenlight (a son of outstanding and prolific shuttle sire More Than Ready) has made an outstanding start to his stud career and was South Africa’s Leading First Crop Sire last season. He has one here:
Lot 227 –a half sister to 2 winners, including G1 performer and KZN champion Dawn Calling, this filly is out of a Danehill Dancer half sister to French G1 winner and sire Dark Moondancer, and her second dam is a daughter of sire legend Sadler’s Wells and uber fast sprinting star Soba. Bred on the very successful More Than Ready/Danehill cross
Drakenstein Stud are also offering (as Agent) a colt by Danehill’s G1 son Toreador, sire of recent feature race winners Rikitikitana and Bull Valley. Catalogued as lot 124, the colt (a half brother to 2 winners) is an own brother to the very smart Trading Profit, and is out of an own sister to Oaks winner, and Dubai G3 winner, Front House. The family of champion and outstanding sire Blushing Groom –as well as Danehill Dancer’s G1 winning son Where Or When