Avontuur’s outstanding sire Var dominated the juvenile action at Turffontein on Tuesday evening.
The sprint king’s two-year-olds won both juvenile plates, with He’s A Var and Exquisite Touch making impressive winning debuts for trainers Leon Erasmus and Sean Tarry respectively.
Remarkably, Var sired 2yos, He’s A Var, Rivarine and Ribovar, finished first, second and fourth in the first race over 1000m, while Var fillies Exquisite Touch, who won first time out by over three lengths –despite losing a shoe at the start, and Star Burst Galaxy ran 1-3 in the second juvenile plate on the card.
Both He’s A Var and Exquisite Touch look above average performers and both look capable of providing Var with yet more black type performers.
Var has made his customary sensational start with his juveniles this season –to date, the son of Forest Wildcat has had six individual 2yo winners thus far. From just 12 2yo runners this season, Var has been represented by nine winners/placed horses and he looks on for more juvenile success as the season progresses further.
A top class sire of such champions as Variety Club, Val De Ra and Via Africa, Var is currently fighting out the 2yo sires title with Captain Al.
He has two exceptionally well bred lots on offer at Sunday’s Val De Vie Yearling Sale –
Lot 4 –a full brother to classy G3 filly Garibondy, this colt is out of a Jallad G3 placed half sister to SA Fillies Nursery winner Dash For Gretna. This is the famed Let Kiss family, and this colt’s relatives include champion Kochka –who like the colt on offer is sired by a Storm Cat line horse.
Lot 9 – this colt has one of the hottest pedigrees on offer. Not only is he out of a stakes winning racemare, but he is a half brother to ill-fated G1 winning 2yo War Horse as well as this season’s G2 Supreme Cup winner Deputy Jud.