Avontuur’s prominent sire Var had another good weekend just past when his haul of winners included a pair of impressive juvenile debut scorers.
First of the Var sired two-year-olds to win first time out was the Pippa Mickleburgh bred Bank On It, who won first time out for owners Mayfair Speculators over 800m at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Trained by Dennis Drier (a noted fan of Var!), the filly ran on smartly to account for a well bred field of juveniles, and Bank On It looks a smart sort in the making.
Out of the Western Winter mare Count The Cash (and thus bred on the same cross as stakes winners Le Var and Winter Passion), Bank On It was a R600 000 buy at this year’s March Yearling Sale (she was the second top lot sold at that sale).
Just one day later, another Var filly made a winning debut. This time it was Trini’s Var Hyte who outclassed her male rivals to win by three and a half lengths at Scottsville. Out of a daughter of Miesque’s Approval, the impressive Trini’s Var Hyte was a bargain, R75 000 buy at this year’s National Yearling Sale.
Former sprint king Var (who was represented by three winners in all this past weekend) has an exceptional draft of 24 lots on offer at next month’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale. Var’s draft includes a filly out of G1 winner Bambina Stripes (Lot 1), a filly out of champion and French G3 winner Captain’s Lover (Lot 9), a half brother to G1 SA Classic hero Divine Jury (Lot 35), a full brother to G1 filly Schiffer (Lot 133), a half brother to G1 winner Thunder Dance out of a G1 winning half sister to Captain Al (Lot 184), and a colt out of G1 Paddock Stakes/G1 Empress Club Stakes winner Thunder Dance herself (Lot 207).