Cape star sires shine on Scottsville’s big day
Scottsville’s Day of Speed was dominated by three of South Africa’s top sires.
Two of the four features were won by Var’s offspring, while Captain Al was the sire of the 1-3 finishers in the Gr1 Tsogo Medallion.
The other Gr1 feature, the R600 000 Allan Robertson Championship, was won by the undefeated Silvano filly, Happy Valentine (bred by Maine Chance Farms). Silvano, currently South Africa’s leading sire by prize money, later enjoyed a remarkable weekend double when his talented German based son, Lucky Speed, won an important Classic trial in Germany – the G3 Bavarian Classic.
Lucky Speed now looks a leading contender for German’s premier classic contest, the G1 Deutsches Derby.
Silvano, whose local season has been highlighted by the Gr1 winners Happy Valentine, Heavy Metal (President’s Champion Challenge) and Martial Eagle (J&B Met), has been represented by no fewer than 20 black type horses this season.
The Maine Chance Farms flag bearer has now sired 11 individual Gr1 winners, and his offspring have won, worldwide, over $16 000 000.
Captain Al’s offspring have built up a formidable record at this prestigious meeting. His previous Gr1 winners include last year’s Gr1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship heroine All Is Secret, and 2010 SA Fillies Sprint.
His sons, Captain Of All (bred by Riverton Stud) and Captain’s Reserve (bred by Klawervlei Stud) ran 1-3 in the Gr1 Tsogo Medallion, confirming what an outstanding sire of juvenile talent that Captain Al truly is.
Captain Al’s current crop of 2yos include no fewer than six black type horses, including the first three home in the recent Gr3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery.
However, Saturday was really the day for Var’s many supporters to cheer. Avontuur’s magnificent stallion had two individual Gr1 winners on the day, taking his tally of top-flight winners to six.
Var’s daughter Via Africa is currently the fastest filly in South Africa, and the Andre Hauptfleisch bred 3yo won her first Gr1 race on Saturday, when she destroyed an outstanding field of fillies and mares to land the Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint.
The stallion’s second Gr1 winner on the day came with another 3yo, Contador. The latter accounted for a smart field of older horses in the R750 000 Golden Horse Casino Sprint.
Var’s current crop of 3yos have truly been superb. Containing 74 foals, they include 12 black type performers, including the exceptional filly Schiffer, who has unfortunately been sidelined due to injury. Schiffer, is, in fact, the only filly ever to beat Via Africa!