Leading Cape stud farm Varsfontein will be offering a superb draft at this year’s National Yearling Sale, which takes place at the TBA complex in Germiston from April 22nd -24th.
Varsfontein will be offering 20 yearlings, and will also be acting as agent on four other lots.
The draft contains a balanced mix of youngsters by both proven and younger stallions, with sires represented in the Varsfontein draft including the likes of top SA sires Captain Al, Dynasty, Silvano, Var and Western Winter, as well as Varsfontein’s highly successful stallion Judpot.
Fellow Varsfontein Stud resident Gimmethegreenlight will have his first ever draft at the National Sale, and Varsfontein will be offering six by this well bred son of More Than Ready.
First of the Varsfontein draft on offer is lot 29, a chestnut half brother by former G1 Empress Club Stakes winner Al Nibari. A son of Judpot who has been named Al Jazeera, this well bred colt is from the hugely successful Miss Lindeman family which has done so well over the years.
Judpot is also the sire of lot 421, a chestnut half brother to smart feature race winner Sammy Jo, and a colt closely related to recent G2 Charity Mile winner Bezanova. The sire, an A P Indy half brother to Kingmambo, is more than living up to his illustrious bloodlines at stud, with his sophomores this year including the likes of Double Whammy and recent G1 SA Classic third Deputy Jud.
Judpot is also the sire of one yearling which Varsfontein are acting as agent for – this being lot 162. This lovely chestnut is an own sister to the top class G3 Diana Stakes winner Double Whammy, and from the family of top sprinters Something Else and Sunera.
Former L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner Gimmethegreenlight has plenty to recommend him as a prospective stallion and he should prove very popular at this sale. Varsfontein’s first lot by him is lot 31, a bay half brother to G1 Golden Horseshoe winner Forest Indigo by the name of Carbon Offset. This well bred bay is extremely well connected with his dam being a half sister to the G1 performers Alexandra Rose and Pavlovich.
Next of the draft’s Gimmethegreenlight is lot 133, a bay colt named Tourmaline. His dam is a half sister to G1 winner Amberpondo and the latter’s champion own sister Ethereal Lady. From a top class family, this well bred colt’s numerous top class relatives include multiple champion sprinter Flobayou.
Gimme Now, another by More Than Ready’s G1 winning son, is catalogued as lot 285. This nicely bred filly is a half sister to the stakes winning Comebackanddance, and hails from the family of top class female athletes Along Came Polly and Rock Opera.
Another attractive lot sired by Gimmethegreenlight in the Varsfontein draft is lot 289, a half sister to stakes placed filly Garibondy and from the same family as former Equus Champion Kochka, while another appealing yearling by the sire, lot 291, is a member of the famed Drohsky family with her immediate relatives including the likes of G1 winners Flight Alert, Majestic Crown and Senor Santa.
Wreath Nebula is the name of Gimmethegreenlight’s daughter, who has been catalogued as lot 297. Out of an own sister to G3 winner Nevvay, she is out of a half sister to former Equus Champion Laverna and from the wonderful Enchanting family.
The late great Western Winter is the sire of three lots in this draft- and Varsfontein are no strangers to selling the offspring of that champion son of Western Winter, with the farm having sold the R2.6 million Western Winter colt at last year’s National 2YO Sale. Their Western Winter draft this time round includes lot 32, a beautifully bred filly named Andermatt. She is out of a full sister to local G1 winner and US G3 winner Alexandra Rose and hails from the same family as former G1 Golden Horseshoe winner Forest Indigo.
Western Winter is also sire of the magnificent Polar Vortex, catalogued as lot 220. This blue blooded colt is out of the stakes winning Fort Wood mare Justthewayyouare, a half sister to Varsfontein’s exciting new sire Master Of My Fate. This well bred colt’s second dam is champion Promisefrommyheart and this is the superb Soho Secret family responsible, for among, others, US graded winners Pluck and Three Hearts.
Final of the Western Winter sired trio on sale is lot 337, a colt named Powder King, a half brother to three winners, amongst them G1 Champions Cup winner Master Plan and Listed Easter Handicap hero Great Rumpus.
Another top sire responsible for a trio of yearlings in the Varsfontein draft is Var. His first lot on offer is the beautifully bred colt Verdier, catalogued as lot 43. Out of former SA Oaks winner, this is a three parts brother to former Oaks winner Princess Of Light, also by Var, and second dam is Broodmare Of The Year Star Of Arcole.
Var is the sire of numerous top class fillies and he could have another to his credit in the form of La Roquette. Catalogued as lot 215, she is out of a full sister to champion Ice Cube and talented G1 performer Jagged Ice, and this filly is bred on the increasingly successful Var/Western Winter cross.
La Revere is the name of lot 292, a daughter of Var and the winning My Guiding Star. The latter is a daughter of champion sire Jallad and former Equus champion Promisefrommyheart, herself the dam of G2 winner and promising young sire Master Of My Fate.
Multiple champion sire Captain Al has three choicely bred lots in the Varsfontein draft and all three look exciting prospects. The former Guineas winner’s first lot up for auction is a bay colt named Captain At Sea, who is a full brother to the classy filly Captainofmysoul and a brother in blood to recent G1 H F Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes hero Captain America.
The classically bred Captain Von Trapp is the name of lot 364, a Captain Al sired half brother to G1 SA Derby hero Royal Bencher. This nicely bred youngster is bred on the same Captain Al/Caesour cross responsible for ill-fated G1 Paddock Stakes victress Emerald Cove.
Captain Al is also the sire of lot 491, a bay daughter of multiple G3 winner Sunsational. This filly is closely related to G1 President’s Champion Challenge winner Happy Landing, from the same family and a son of Captain Al’s sire Al Mufti.
Outstanding sire Dynasty has been in huge demand in the sales ring this year, and with good reason. The sire of such stars as Act Of War, Futura and Legislate is also responsible for lot 106, a bay colt named Dex Dexter. Intriguingly inbred to Sadler’s Wells, this colt hails from a superb female line, with close relatives including the G1 winners Count Dubois (himself a successful sire) and Indian Haven, as well as champions and influential stallions Diesis and Kris.
Ou Ryperd is the name of lot 56, a bay daughter of the beautifully bred and increasingly successful young sire Sail From Seattle (by Gone West). Cleverly bred, she is out of a half sister to a pair of G1 stars in Ice Cube and Jagged Cube, who are both by Western Winter (by Gone West).
Former champion sire Silvano is one of South Africa’s elite sires and he is the sire of lot 438, a bay filly named Cavalleria. Out of a G2 winning half sister to G1 President’s Champions Challenge hero Regal Ransom, this filly is bred on the same Silvano/Al Mufti line cross responsible for champions Bold Silvano and Kings Gambit.
Love To Boogie is the name of lot 210, a beautifully bred filly by Trippi, whose daughters include the likes of Inara, R Heat Lightning, For The Lads and Hammie’s Hooker. Out of the lightning fast G3 winner Jalberry, this is a full sister to top class feature race winner On This Rock and a half sister to classy G2 sprinter Count Express.