Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm’s leading sire Var looks to have a really smart prospect on his hands in the form of La Roquette.
Owned by the Bouwers, and bred by Varsfontein Stud, the 3yo La Roquette simply demolished her rivals when racing to clear to win first time out at the Vaal on Thursday and she looks well above average.
La Roquette, who is out of the Western Winter mare Jodie, was the top lot sold at the 2015 National Two Year Old Sale, where she was knocked down for R1 100 000.
The filly is bred on the same Var/Western Winter cross as smart stakes winners Le Var and Winter Passion, as well as the smart sprinter Valberg.
Var has some cracking three-year-olds representing him this season and they include the above mentioned La Roquette, G1 SA Nursery runner up Rivarine, brilliant feature race winner Exquisite Touch and G2 The Debutante winner A Womens Way.
The lightning fast son of Forest Wildcat is also well represented on the upcoming CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale, with seven lots on offer:
Lot 23 – a half brother to 3 winners, including the highly rated filly Maria Theresa, this colt is out of a half brother to 2 overseas stakes winners, including G2 2yo Bannock. This is a top class family which has produced the likes of Horse Of The Year and G1 winner Never Retreat and champion US sire Distorted Humor
Lot 25 – this regally bred filly is out of a G3 full sister to ill-fated champion and G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner Mother Russia. The same family as Horse Of The Year Winter Solstice and G1 hero Bravura
Lot 87 – a half sister to the smart Brooklyn Brawler, this filly (bred on the successful Var/Western Winter cross) is out of a three parts sister to Equus Champion and young Summerhill Stud sire Capetown Noir (Western Winter), and her second dam is Cape Fillies Guineas winner Dance Every Dance
Lot 101 – inbred to the great mare Crimson Saint, this filly’s dam (by outstanding broodmare sire Royal Academy) is a winning half sister to a stakes winner and is also a three parts sister to the great mare Mystic Spring (Royal Academy) –dam of the Equus Champions Bela-Bela and Rabiya among others
Lot 113 – this colt, whose half brother recently won again in Singapore, is a half brother to five winners – including 2 stakes horses, and highly successful Singapore based galloper Mr Fantastic.
Bred on the same Var/Jallad cross as G1 performer Schiffer, this colt’s G3 winning dam is a full sister to the dam of dual Guineas winner Solo Traveller and this is also the family of current top class G2 winner Flying Ice –who was recently sold to Team Valor
Lot 146 – one of the best bred colts on sale, this colt is a half brother to ten winners, including Equus Champions Bela-Bela (a leading contender for more G1 action this season) and Rabiya, as well as to the very promising 3yo Secret Captain, and top sprinter Secret Of Victoria (dam of Equus Champion All Is Secret and the latter’s G1 winning full sister The Secret Is Out)
Lot 157 –this beautifully bred filly received a handsome boost when her half brother Gold Standard landed the Listed Racing Association Stakes recently. Her dam is a daughter of champion sire/broodmare sire Al Mufti and the remarkable former champion Olympic Duel (whose seven G1