Leading sire Var had a day to remember at Kenilworth on Tuesday when his runners won three of the first four races carded.
The Var treble saw R4 000 000 buy Moonrise Sensation land the first race, before Arctic Blast (race three) and Variance (race four) completed their sire’s trio for the day.
Both Arctic Blast and Variance are trained by Vaughan Marshall, who also saddled Var’s G1 Gold Reef Resorts Medallion winner Villandry, as well as the Var sired graded winners Twitter and Valdivia –among others.
Moonrise Sensation, who is Var’s 11th juvenile winner for the season, was bred by Oldlands Stud, while Arctic Blast and Variance were bred by Dr Ian Heyns and Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm respectively.
The sire of 34 stakes winners to date, Var’s 17 individual G1 horses include dual Horse Of The Year Variety Club, champion fillies Val De Ra and Via Africa, and Contador and Normanz –both of whom won the G1 Golden Horse Sprint.
Winner of the 2004 G1 Prix de l’Abbaye, Var has seven yearlings on next week’s Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale, including a colt out of a G3 winning sister to champion Big City Life (Lot 19), and a three parts sister to champion and Hong Kong G1 winner Variety Club (Lot 88).
Var’s 28 strong draft at the National Yearling Sale (on April 27th-29th) include yearlings out of top class racemares Bedloe’s Island, Field Flower, Imperial Ice and Jalberry as well as a colt out of the great broodmare Mystic Spring and a half brother to recent G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic winner Juxtapose.