Cape sires Var and Visionaire both enjoyed notable success at last week’s CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale.
While Visionaire led the sires list by aggregate, it was a filly by Var who ended up topping the two day sale.
Var’s daughter Ice Queen (who was consigned by Balmoral Stud) was knocked down to Mayfair Speculators for R1 200 000. She is out of Listed Perfect Promise Sprint runner up Baltic Beauty –a full sister to former Equus Champion and G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner Mother Russia. This filly is bred on the same Var/Windrush cross as classy G2 The Debutante winner A Womens Way.
Var, whose offspring averaged an impressive R511 428 at the Joburg sale, also had a beautifully bred colt (out of Mystic Spring) fetch R750 000 to the bid of Mayfair Speculators. This regally bred colt (who certainly has a stallion’s pedigree) is a half brother to Equus Champions Bela-Bela and Rabiya, and four other stakes winners.
The sprint king also had a filly (out of a three parts sister to Mystic Spring) knock down to Mayfair Speculators for R475 000 and two other lots fetch R400 000 apiece.
New Cape sire Visionaire headed the sires list at Thursday and Friday’s sale, with the Grand Slam son’s 22 lots to sell grossing R5 160 000, and averaging R234 545. Visionaire’s top lot sold was a colt out of the Count Dubois mare Heliantha who was knocked down to Rainbow Beach Trading for R550 000. The colt’s dam is a half sister to G2 Majorca Stakes winner Wild Aster, dam of high class stakes winner Vauclair.
Second top lot by Visionaire was a colt out of the Russian Revival mare Simply Red, who was sold to Rainbow Beach Trading for R420 000. This colt, a descendant of mighty mare Mumtaz Mahal, hails from the same family as French 2000 Guineas winner and hugely influential sire Kalamoun.