Top-class National draft from Avontuur
Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm have a magnificent group of yearlings on offer at the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
The farm is set to consign 14 well-bred yearlings for the National Sale, which takes place in Germiston on April 27th and 28th.
Avontuur yearlings on sale are sired by some of South Africa’s best sires, and include youngsters by outstanding sires Dynasty, Silvano and the farm’s own stallion Var – whose offspring have been in such good form, and whose sons include the mighty Variety Club winner of the Gr2 Godolphin Mile recently.
The first Avontuur lot up for sale is lot 28, a superbly bred son of Horse Of the Year Dynasty and former Gr1 Majorca Stakes victress Sarabande. The colt named Amadeo is a three parts-brother to the July third Chesalon, and a half-brother to the stakes class fillies La Volta and Valeta. He could be anything!
Lot 34 is a filly by Var, whose daughters include outstanding sprinters Val De Ra, Via Africa and Schiffer. A full-sister to classy juvenile Varuna, this filly is out of a mare by world leading broodmare sire Quiet American (whose daughters have produced the likes of Bernardini and Saint Liam).
Matchmaker, catalogued as lot 68, is, without question, one of the best bred yearlings on sale. By Dynasty (sire of Jackson, Beach Beauty and Legislate), this colt is out of former Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Sport’s Chestnut. Avontuur’s Pippa Mickleburgh raves about this colt, and says of him, ”I think he is one of the best yearlings we’ve ever had and he should be very well received at JHB.”
Dynasty is also the sire of lot 112, a well bred colt who has been cleverly named. Out of the stakes winning mare Toga, this colt goes by the name of Roman Descent. Out of a mare by leading broodmare sire Caesour, Roman Descent’s second dam is the Grade One winner, Garb Of Guise.
Pippa is also very keen on the prospects of lot 153, a daughter of top sire Var and the high-class Gr3 winner, A Daughters Legacy. She says, “ We are excited to present the next chapter of A Daughters Legacy’s career, and her filly by Var is flashy and athletic.”
High-class stakes winner Alejate is the dam of lot 159, a bay filly by red-hot sire Var. This filly has been christened Alesnado, and traces back to the high-class Sir Tristram daughter, Frisky.
One of the most exciting lots on offer at this year’s sale is 198, a filly by the name of Elusivenchantment. A daughter of exciting first crop sire Elusive Fort, whose first three runners have all either won or finished in the money, this filly is a half-sister to sensational sprinter Via Africa. The latter, who recently won the Listed KZN Stakes for a second year in a row, has won over R1.5 million and her victories include this season’s Gr1 Cape Flying Championship.
Outstanding resident sire Var is the sire of lot 203, a colt named Vous Et Var. He is out of a winning half-sister to three international stakes winners, and this colt is out of a mare by the great Candy Stripes (also broodmare sire of sensational US stallion Candy Ride).
Charisma, lot 294, is one of the star picks of the National Sale draft. A daughter of champion sire Silvano (whose daughters include the G1 winners Do You Remember, Happy Valentine and Flirtation), this filly is a half-sister to Gr1 Golden Horse Casino Sprint winner Contador. Charisma looks something special, and is definitely a filly for any serious buyers’ shortlist. This filly is bred on the successful Silvano/Fort Wood cross –which has already produced a top-class filly in Mocachino.
The Silvano/Fort Wood cross is also seen in the pedigree of lot 310. A filly named Money Penny, she is a half-sister to three winners, and hails from the famous Saturna family. Her relatives include champions Kiss Of Peace, Rotterdam and leading sire Harry Hotspur. A truly blue blooded filly with plenty of paddock value already.
Variety Club’s sire Var is responsible for lot 341, a bay colt out of the high-class mare Hello Margarita. A half-brother to 2 winners, this colt is out of mare by red-hot broodmare sire Sportsworld (also damsire of this year’s J&B Met winner Hill Fifty Four).
Possibly the pick of all the Var colts on sale is lot 440, a son of the Elliodor mare Minelli. The colt (who has been named Severino) is an own brother to multiple Grade One winner and Equus Champion Val De Ra (now in foal to unbeaten legend Frankel). This superbly bred colt is also a half-brother to this season’s Gr2 Merchants winner Tevez, one of the Cape’s top sprinters. Pippa describes Severino as a “strong, workmanlike colt”, and there is bound to plenty of interest when he steps into the ring!
Former Equus Champion, and Gr1 Dubai Duty Free hero, Jay Peg has made a promising start to his stud career. His first crop has already produced two graded stakes winners, and Jay Peg is the sire of lot 447, a well named colt called Le Clos. He is out of a winning daughter of Fort Wood and former Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas heroine Sport’s Chestnut, and Le Clos’ relatives also include the legendary South African Triple Crown winner, Horse Chestnut.
Mambo Mine is the name of lot 465, who is a son of former Gr1 Travers Stakes runner up, and leading first crop sire, Mambo In Seattle. This well bred colt is a half-brother to five winners, including the stakes horses Captain’s Lullaby and Muamba. Mambo Mine’s second dam was a champion, and his broodmare sire is the great Miswaki – whose daughters have produced such legends as Galileo, Hernando and Sea The Stars.
Visitors are most welcome to come and visit Pippa and the team in Germiston, where they will receive a glass of wine and smacks – as well as view some of the finest yearlings on offer at the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.