Drakenstein Stud’s exciting young stallion What A Winter’s great start to his stud career continued this weekend, with the former Equus Champion’s progeny impressing both on the track and at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
What A Winter, whose son Dutch Philip looks a huge runner in Saturday’s Listed Princess Charlene Of Monaco Foundation SA Summer Juvenile Stakes, had yet another eye catching first crop runner when daughter Magical Wonderland made a winning debut at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Bred by Maine Chance Farms, the two-year-old simply pulverized her opponents to win by 2.25 lengths first time out, with her beaten rivals including the very highly regarded Frankel daughter, Miss Frankel.
Magical Wonderland, whose part-owners Bryn Ressell and Marsh Shirtliff raced What A Winter himself, is held in high regard by trainer Candice Bass-Robinson. The latter commented after the win, “I rate her highly and I would have been very confident had it not been for all the hype about Miss Frankel.”
What AWinter has now been represented by eight runners, of which seven have either won or finished in the money and he looks a young sire of great promise.
A triple Equus Champion (who is from the same male line as red hot US sire Quality Road), What A Winter’s progeny were in keen demand at the past weekend’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
His nine yearlings to sell grossed R7.875 million, placing What A Winter above such top class sires as Rock Of Gibraltar and Scat Daddy.
China Horse Club paid the top price for a What A Winter yearling, going to R2 800 000 to acquire a son of the champion sprinter. Consigned by Maine Chance Farms, the What A Winter colt is out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Seeking and hails from the family of G1 Nassau Stakes winner Favorable Terms.
Trainer Charles Laird was also keen on the progeny of What A Winter, and he went to R2 200 000 to buy a colt out of the Var mare Enchanting Cathy.