Cape Breeders Club day – a smash hit!

Cape Breeders Club day – a smash hit!
The Cape Breeders Club recently hosted their annual race-day at Kenilworth just prior to the running of the 2014 J&B Met.
The day, held at Kenilworth on January 25th, proved hugely popular, and was sold out. Numerous guests dressed up to nines, supporting the day’s theme – of Vintage style.

The Breeders Club have instituted a bonus for breeders of the day’s winners (providing the breeder was a paid up member and was in attendance on the day.). Three winning breeders on the day were awarded with the handsome incentive.

The following Cape breeders received the R10 000 bonus on the day:

Klawervlei Stud  – for Race 2 (Harlem Nocturne), and Race 6 (Als Bonanza)
Brian Finch (Ditro Bloodstock) – for Race 5 (Shelovesmeback)
Maine Chance Farms – Race 7 (Silver Salver)

The day also saw a promising debut from Sandown Stud’s recently leased filly, Fairy Maker. The 3yo daughter of Goldkeeper ran fourth on her first outing on the day, a great result for her enthusiastic syndicate. Leased from Sandown Stud, Fairy Maker is owned by a syndicate consisting of James and Joyce Armitage, Wendy Probert (in whose silks the filly races), Philip and Deon Joubert, Nik Spotswood and Bruce Philip. Each member has a 20% share in Fairy Maker, who was produced by the three time winning mare Divine Fairy.

The syndicate was formed by a group of friends, who got introduced through their children – and hopefully, this promising filly can go on to bigger and better things for this new partnership.

The partnership was also begun at a previous Breeders Club race day a few years ago, and is highlights one of the day’s main initiatives – to get new owners involved in racing, and for them to enjoy the social aspect to horse-racing, as well as the sport itself.

The day’s main race, the R1 000 000 Cape Flying Championship, was dominated by the offspring of Cape sires – Via Africa (by Avontuur’s resident sire Var) won from Red Ray (by Lammerskraal’s late, great sire Western Winter), with Tevez (by Varsfontein’s late sire Caesour) running third ahead of Var gelding, Happy Forever.

A more fitting result is hard to imagine!

While the Gr1 Cape Flying Championship (Cape Town’s only Grade One sprint) was the day’s principal feature, there was plenty of racing action on the course to match the fun had by guests upstairs.

Lucky guest, Sally Roux, won the wonderful “Win Your Weight in Wine” prize, which saw her collect a wonderful award from some of the country’s top wine farms. A number of fashion prizes were also awarded to the stylish and elegant Tessa Van Wyngaarden, while the best dressed couple prize was given to Hanno Joubert and his fiancée Ivana.

The party went on long after racing concluded, with guests enjoying a variety of the Cape’s best wines, and enjoying the hospitality of Kenilworth racecourse.

The Breeders race day has established itself as a major event on the Cape racing calendar, and the 2014 day will live long in the memories of all who attended it.

Thanks to Avontuur, Estate, Anthonij Rupert Wines, Graham Beck Wines and Morganoff for their generosity in supplying the day with some world-class wines and champagne – it made for a bubbly and joyous day out.

Thanks also to Janine Koster and Joyce Armitage whose flair in decor, with generous sponsorship from Moondrops, allowed the 2014 Cape Breeders Race Day to take place with a spectacular setting in place.

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