A daughter of prominent sire Var made history at the TBA complex on Friday, the third and final day of the 2017 National Yearling Sale.
Consigned by Varsfontein, the bay named Goddess Var was knocked down to Shadwell South Africa, for R5 million, establishing herself the most expensive yearling ever sold off a Bloodstock South Africa auction in Germiston.
The bay filly is certainly bred to be good -not only is she a daughter of one of South Africa’s top stallions, but she is out of a winning daughter of champion sire Captain Al and former Equus Champion Promisefrommyheart.
Further back this is the extended family of champions Kings Gambit and London News, as well as the Breeders’ Cup winner Pluck, as well as Var’s talented 2yo son Varallo –himself a R2 million buy from last year’s National Sale.
Var is no stranger, however, to producing pricey yearlings –his son Moonrise Sensation was a R4 million purchase from the 2015 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, where he was the second top lot of the sale.
The son of Forest Wild cat ended the 2017 National Sale as the leading sire by aggregate, with his 24 lots to sell grossing R13.53 million, and averaging an impressive R536 750 –or nearly twice the average price.
Var has enjoyed another cracking season in 2016-2017, with his top runners including the graded winners Exquisite Touch and Rivarine, as well as Listed East Cape Sprint Cup winner Normanz. He has also been represented by 11 juvenile winners this season –which makes Var the second leading sire of 2yo winners for the season thus far.