More sales success for Var
Avontuur’s resident stallion Var has enjoyed another tremendous season in 2014.
Not only has Var been represented by 13 individual stakes winners this year (with Grade 1 winners in both Hong Kong and South Africa), but he has also been hugely successful in the sales ring.
Long regarded as one of the country’s elite stallions, Var’s popularity reached new heights in 2014.
The former sprint king proved hugely popular at South Africa’s first sale of 2014 – the Cape Premier Yearling Sale, where his yearlings fetched up to R2.5 million. At the sale, no fewer than three Var sired yearlings made upwards of R1 million.
Var’s popularity continued unabashed at the March Yearling Sale, where three more yearlings by him fetched R1 million apiece. “Var craze” continued throughout the country, as the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale saw a pair of Vars sell for over R1 million , while a Var colt topped the Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale this year, when knocked down for an even million.
Var once again made headlines this weekend, when his son Tar Heel topped Friday’s CTS Ready To Run Sale. The colt, who was consigned by Summerhill, was knocked down to Mayfair Speculators for a sales topping R1.6 million.
South Africa’s leading speed sire was also hugely popular at the Emperors Palace RTR Sale, held on Sunday. Var was represented by just three lots at Sunday’s sale, but they grossed a total of R1.555 million, with an impressive average of R518 333. Top priced of the Vars sold on Sunday was Sound Cloud, a full brother to Gr3 winner Twitter, who was snapped up by Misty Meadows Racing for R900 000.
These are impressive feats – even for a top stallion like Var, and he continues to prove himself as one of the most successful sires, in every arena, currently at stud in this country.
Var, the sire of Equus Champions Val De Ra, Variety Club and Via Africa, has been represented by no fewer than 13 horses to have broken the seven figure barrier mark in 2014.
A remarkable feat for a truly remarkable horse, whose great son Variety Club will stand his first season at stud in 2015.