Golden Horseshoe glory for Var

Avontuur Thoroughbred Estate dominated the finish to the G2 Durban Golden Horseshoe at Greyville on Saturday, with their sires Var and Oratorio responsible for winner Purple Diamond and runner up Ancestry respectively.

Purple Diamond

Purple Diamond, bred by Anthony Peter, defied his long odds of 20-1 with a storming late run to land the R600 000 contest for 2yos over 1400m by a short head from Ancestry.

Another son of Var, Flying Free, ran fourth in the Golden Horseshoe, with Var’s G1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion runner up Varallo finishing fifth.

Trained by Sean Tarry, and ridden to victory by Singapore based hoop Nooresh Juglall, Purple Diamond has now won or placed in four of his five outings, with Saturday pushing his earnings to R447 625.

The colt, who is bred on the same Var/Jallad cross as G1 filly Schiffer, was a R400 000 buy from last year’s CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale.

Var enjoyed another superb weekend with three of his juveniles finding the winners enclosure, with his Maine Chance Farms bred So Var notching up his third win on the bounce and the Mayesh Chetty bred Hithimagainchuck breaking his maiden (over another Var son Henry Tudor) over 1000m at Kenilworth on Saturday.


Currently South Africa’s leading sire of 2yos, Var has been represented by no fewer than 20 two-year-old winners in 2016-2017, with his black type juveniles this season including the above mentioned Purple Diamond and Varallo, as well as G3 Cape Of Good Hope Nursery runner up Speedpoint.

He has also again proved hugely popular in the sales ring in 2017, where Var’s yearlings have fetched up to R5 000 000. A Var filly was the third top lot sold at the recent KZN Yearling Sale, when fetching R375 000.

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