Avontuur’s top class sire Var has made a bright start to the 2015-2016 racing season and Forest Wildcat’s champion son was back in the limelight at the Vaal on Thursday.
Var enjoyed a 100% strike rate at the Vaal –with all three of his runners ending up in the winners enclosure!
The sprint king kicked off proceedings in style, when his Hemel ‘n Aarde bred son Alpine Glacier won the first race on the card, a maiden plate over 1000m.
Bred on the successful Var/Western Winter cross, Alpine Glacier was making just his second racetrack appearance, having finished fifth on debut, and looks capable of building on this maiden success.
Var’s second winner on the day came in the form of the well named Speedy Gonvarlez, who scored an emphatic three and a quarter lengths victory in the day’s seventh race, a handicap for fillies and mares over 1000m. The blue blooded filly (her dam is a half sister to multiple Equus Champion Sprinter J J The Jet Plane) has now won three of seven outings, and has been unplaced just once.
Var opened and closed Thursday’s meeting, with his son Divar scoring a three parts of a length win in the day’s final event, a MR 72 handicap over 1450 metres.
A hugely commercial sire (his offspring have fetched up to R4 000 000), Var rates as one of South Africa’s elite stallions, with his 60 plus stakes winners including champions Variety Club, Val De Ra and Via Africa, as well as last season’s undefeated G2 The Debutante winner A Womens Way.
Other promising three-year-olds to represent Var this season include the R4 000 000 Moonrise Sensation (who accounted for subsequent Equus Champion Always In Charge), G1 SA Nursery runner up Rivarine, and brilliant Listed Ruffian Stakes winner Exquisite Touch.