Var’s tally was topped by a pair of two feature race winners – on two different continents!
On Saturday Var’s dual Horse Of The Year Variety Club confirmed himself as a world-class performer with a scintillating all the way win in the $1 000 000 Gr2 Godolphin Mile on Dubai World Cup night at Meydan racecourse.
Variety Club, who has now won 16 of his 22 outings, is likely to be aimed at the Gr1 Champions Mile in Hong Kong later this year. Variety Club, who suffered a shock defeat in the Burj Nahaar last time out, has now won two of his three outings in Dubai – having scored an impressive Dubai debut victory in the Gr3 Firebreak Stakes previously.
Variety Club has now won 12 stakes races – with four of his wins coming at Gr1 level. A true champion, the Beaumont Stud bred Variety Club has become South Africa’s horse.
Owned by Markus and Ingrid Jooste, Variety Club is one of 14 Gr1 horses sired by Var to date.
Another of Var’s stars is the outstanding filly Via Africa, who took her record to nine wins from just 14 outings when she won Sunday’s Listed Kwa-Zulu Natal Stakes in a canter. Via Africa, who made all the running to score a repeat win in the 1000m race, easily accounted for champion All Is Secret to score a 2.5 length win. Via Africa, who was coming into Sunday’s race off a win in the Gr1 Cape Flying Championship, has now won four feature races – and won’t stop here! Out of the Qui Danzig mare Bump ‘n Grind, Via Africa (who has an Elusive Fort half-sister on offer at the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale), has now won over R1.8 million in prize money.
Var, whose son Dollar Dazzler ran third in Saturday’s Gr3 Man O’War Stakes, has been represented by no fewer than 10 stakes horses this season – including recent feature winners Vauclair, Winter Passion and Sea Cat.