Avontuur’s leading sire Var has been in tremendous form over the past few weeks, with his juveniles in particular catching the eye.
The sprint king was at it again at Turffontein on Saturday, when his runners captured a pair of black type features. Var’s 2yos were particularly impressive last weekend, with daughter Exquisite Touch landing the Listed Betting World Limpopo Win A Car Draw Ruffian Stakes (with fourth place finisher, Star Burst Galaxy another daughter of Var) and son Rivarine finishing second in the Listed Betting World Mpumalanga Win A Car Draw Storm Bird Stakes.
The Waterford Stud bred Exquisite Touch stamped herself as a top class juvenile when making it two wins from as many outings when romping home to win the Ruffian Stakes by 1.3 lengths. One of six winners on the card for champion jockey S’Manga Khumalo, the filly had previously beaten winners when victorious on debut by over three lengths, and she looks an exceptional prospect.
Exquisite Touch accounted for the promising pair of Seattle Singer and Intriguing Lady in a time of 56.36 for the 1000m, and looks destined to take her place in some of South Africa’s bigger juvenile contests following this facile Listed win.
She is the second daughter of Var to win the Listed Ruffian Stakes –following Variometer (2011).
Exquisite Touch was the first of two Var daughters to win stakes races on Saturday, with the Wilgerbosdrift bred Easy Game landing the spoils in the day’s Listed Betting World Gauteng Win A Car Second Draw Bauhinia Handicap.
Easy Game, who was picking up her fifth career win, has now earned over R360 000 for her connections.
Daughters of Var have enjoyed a remarkable record in the Listed Bauhinia Handicap –with Var fillies having now won the race five times since 2010.
The sire of 34 stakes winners (and counting!), Var has 3 lots on offer at the March Yearling Sale, including a including a colt from the family of G1 performers Cover Look and Fanciful (Lot 14) and a full sister to the very useful Raconteur (118).
Var’s 28 strong draft on offer at next month’s National Yearling Sale includes a colt out of G1 Majorca Stakes heroine Covenant (Lot 53), a filly out of Silvano’s G1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Field Flower (Lot 87), a half brother to G1 Champions Cup hero Ivory Trail (Lot 138) and a colt out of the magnificent broodmare Mystic Spring (Lot 230).