Drakenstein Stud’s resident sire, What A Winter, whose first crop has made such a hugely favourable impression this season, was represented by his first stakes winner when his Eenfontein Stud bred son Fort Winter won the Listed East Cape Nursery at Fairview on Friday.
Fort Winter, a fourth first crop winner for his triple Equus Champion sire, had finished in the money in his first two outings and duly broke his maiden with a comprehensive three parts of a length win over the previously undefeated Sacred Oration.
The Yvette Bremner trained colt was a R325 000 buy from last year’s National Yearling Sale.
Fort Winter is the second stakes horse for What A Winter, whose son Dutch Philip, an impressive winner on debut, had finished a close up third in the Listed Princess Charlene Of Monaco Foundation SA Summer Juvenile Stakes.
What A Winter, also sire of smart winners Nanna Anna and debut scorer Magical Wonderland, has been represented by 8 first crop runners to have either won or finished in the money (another son, What A Summer, ran a close up fourth, beaten under two lengths, when making his debut at Kenilworth on Saturday).
A triple Equus Champion, and four time G1 winner, What A Winter is a son of triple Champion Sire Western Winter and is a half-brother to KZN Champion What A Question. He is from a truly great female line, with his relatives including breed shaping sires Pharamond, Sickle, Mossborough, Big Game, Sir Tristram and Hyperion.
The champion, whose yearlings have made up to R2.8 million this year, has four lots on the upcoming Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale, including a colt from the family of French G1 winner Mary Linoa (Lot 3), and a half-brother to recent G3 Man O’War Sprint winner Exquisite Touch (Lot 143).
What A Winter has 15 lots on the 2017 National Yearling Sale next month, including a three parts brother to G1 winners Nania and Red Ray (Lot 68), a half-sister to G3 performer and eight time winner S’il Vous Plait (Lot 167), a colt out of a half-sister to Horse Of The Year Yard-Arm (also by Western Winter) (Lot 265), and a half-brother to Fillies Guineas winner Maybe Yes (Lot 388).