Dubai success for Varsfontein
The Varsfontein Stud bred Need To Know, scored a breath taking win in Dubai on Friday.
The gelding, who is trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe, took his Dubai tally to three wins when taking top honours in a handicap over 1400m at Jebel Ali.
Need to Know produced a fine turn of foot to conjure up a victory in the final stages of the race, beating Enery by a nose, with third place finisher Dohasa another half length in third.
The victory was a well deserved one for the South African bred, who has now won or being placed in his last six outings.
Owned by Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Need To Know lacks nothing in pedigree. He was a R950 000 purchase at the 2010 Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale, where Need To Know was the sales’ second top lot (behind subsequent multiple G1 winner Jackson).
A son of triple champion sire Western Winter, the superbly bred Need To Know is out of former Equus Champion Promisefrommyheart. South Africa’s Equus Champion Classic 3YO Filly of 2003, Promisefrommyheart’s 6 victories included the Gr1 Triple Tiara 1600m, Gr1 SA Fillies Guineas and Gr2 Woolavington Stakes.
Promisefrommyheart has been a great mare for Varsfontein. Not only is the daughter of Elliodor dam of Need To Know, and the stakes winning Justthewayyouare, but she is also the dam of this season’s dual Gr2 winner, and Met favourite, Master Of My Fate.
This wonderful racemare and top producer has a Captain Al colt on offer at the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale – and this colt should hold plenty of appeal to both international and local buyers.
Varsfontein has a strong draft of 24 yearlings on offer at the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. They include a Judpot filly out of G1 winner Duchess Daba, a Western Winter full-sister to promising filly La Chouette, and a Captain Al full-sister to stakes winner Princess Alberta.
They are also acting as agent for 8 yearlings on sale – and this draft includes a Silvano half-brother to Gr1 Sansui Summer Cup winner Yorker, and a Judpot colt from the same family as French Derby and leading sire Hernando.