In form stud’s cracking draft for 2yo sale
Varsfontein Stud, fresh off a superb season in 2013-2014, will be well represented at the 2014 Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale in Germiston next week.
The stud will offer 10 juveniles for sale, and are also acting as agent for four other lots.
First of the Varsfontein draft up for sale is lot 134, a beautifully bred colt by leading sire Trippi. Named Hip Hop Dancer, he is out of the Gr2 winning mare Dance Along – a half-sister to former champion 2yo filly Consensual.
Resident sire Judpot, who produced two Gr1 winners in his first crop, is the sire of lot 152. This filly, named Golden Pass, is out of the top-class mare Dreaming Gold and she is a half-sister to no fewer than 8 winners, including feature winner Dream Come True.
This royally bred filly’s dam is a full-sister to champion sprinter Goldmark – himself the sire of July winner Trademark.
Indzaba, lot 155, is the next of the draft to come under the hammer. Another choicely bred filly, she is by the exceptionally well bred young sire Judpot out of the top-class mare Duchess Daba. The latter, whose 8 wins included the Gr1 November Handicap, is herself out of 15 time stakes winner Izindaba.
Judpot, an A P Indy half-brother to Kingmambo, is also the sire of lot 282 – a colt by the name of Urban Myth. This well bred colt is a half-brother to 8 winners, including the stakes winning Lady Asrai, and his dam is a half-sister to the international Gr1 winners Perfect Promise and Irridescence. Urban Myth’s second dam, Meretricious, was South Africa’s Broodmare Of The Year in 2006.
Next of the draft up for sale is lot 290, a daughter of former champion South African sire Silvano. Few fillies on sale have stronger female lines than does this chestnut miss, who has been named Ladies First. A three parts sister to former Equus Champion Kings Gambit, this filly’s third dam is outstanding broodmare Soho Secret – the ancestress of champions Promisefrommyheart and London News as well as Varsfontein’s new sire Master Of My Fate.
Black Minnaloushe is the sire of the Varsfontein Stud bred Oaks winner Ash Cloud, and the son of Storm Cat is also responsible for lot 308. This bay colt is out of the well performed mare London Season, whose eight wins included the Gr3 Final Fling Stakes. He is also a half-brother to stakes winner My Lord Duke as well as four other winners.
Timber Hitch is the name of lot 346, a filly by the hugely influential champion sire Fort Wood. This bay is a three parts sister to the high-class performers Forest Path, winner of the Gr1 SA Classic, and Reef Road. This is also the family of July winner Spanish Galliard.
Lot 347 is a daughter of the now deceased champion sire Western Winter, whose daughters include the Gr1 winners Bad Girl Runs, Fair Maiden, Roxanne and Varsfontein Stud bred Covenant. A direct descendant of SA’s greatest broodmare Drohsky, this filly has been named Winter Rose.
Lot 349 is a Black Minnaloushe filly which has been named Puss In Boots. Bred on the same cross which produced champion Kochka, she is a half-sister to the stakes winners White Mischief and Miss Mischief and hails from a powerful US female line.
Successful young sire Judpot is the sire of lot 419, a bay colt named Royal Escape. Inbred to the great sire Nureyev, this colt’s dam is a half-sister to three stakes horses, including the dam of last season’s top class colt, Captain America. This colt traces back in female line to one of the greatest broodmares in the modern stud book – Queen Of Light.
One of the most exciting lots on sale is lot 481 – a son of the great, and sadly now deceased, sire Western Winter. This well bred colt is a half-brother to two Gr1 horses, including this season’s top 2yo MLJet –a leading classic hopeful for this season. This blue blooded colt, who has been named Bombardino, is out of stakes placed daughter of top broodmare sire Spectrum and hails from the same female line as former Irish Derby winner Law Society.
The stud also has four lots on offer as agent. The first of these is lot 11, a colt of promising young sire Jay Peg, sire of graded stakes winners in both of his first crops to race. This bay colt, named Public Hero, is out of a half-sister to Gr1 winner Exhilaration and hails from the same family as one of last season’s top 3yos, Power King.
Black Minnaloushe, sire of last season’s SASCOC Triple Crown winner Louis The King, is the sire of lot 117 – a bay filly named Malou. She is out of a winning half-sister to champion filly Consensual and her half Gr2 winning half-sister Dance Along. This is a great filly family!
Olympic Power is the name of lot 372 – a bay son of leading sire Trippi. He is an impeccably bred colt being a half-brother to top stayer Storm Warning and out of the high-class Gr3 Jacaranda Handicap winner Olympic Storm. The latter is a full-sister to Gr1 Gold Cup winner Thundering Star, while the colt’s third dam is legendary South African champion Olympic Duel.
Lot 472 is a filly who already has plenty of paddock value about her. A daughter of Maine Chance Farms’ successful sire Black Minnaloushe, she is out of the high-class racemare Star Deputy -winner of the Listed Queen Palm Handicap. The filly in question is a half-sister to ill-fated Gr1 War Horse, whose wins included the Golden Horseshoe. This is also the family of Melbourne Cup winner Gurner’s Lane.
Last season, Varsfontein (who finished fifth on the 2013-2014 breeders log) were represented by no fewer than 53 graduates who won or placed in graded or listed races.
Remarkably, Varsfontein Stud graduates were placed in no fewer than 19 Grade One races for the 2013-2014 season.
This list includes Yorker, winner of the Gr1 Steinhoff Summer Cup and two other Gr1 races, the now exported Along Came Polly – who won the Gr1 Empress Club Stakes, ill-fated Mister Cricket, runner up in the Gr1 SA Classic, and Gr1 SA Oaks heroine Ash Cloud.
Another Varsfontein graduate to excel last season was Master Of My Fate, who has now returned to the farm of his birth to stand his first season at stud.
Varsfontein also enjoyed success at the recent Cape Breeders Awards, where the farm picked up an award for Broodmare of the Year (with Star Of Arcole), while Varsfontein’s Carl and Amanda De Vos, were named Outstanding Breeders, following a season which saw them represented by 3 graded stakes winners from just 11 runners.
Judging by the quality of horse that Varsfontein are bringing to the 2YO Sale, their level of success is unlikely to end anytime soon!