Prominent Cape stud farm, Drakenstein Stud, will be strongly represented on Sunday’s Val De Vie Yearling Sale, set to take place at the famed Val De Vie Estate from 14:30 onwards.
Drakenstein, who stand some of South Africa’s top stallions and sire prospects, will be offering six lots at the sale and will also be acting as agents on another two yearlings.
Multiple Equus Champion, and Drakenstein’s resident sire, What A Winter made a stunning sales’ debut earlier this year when his yearlings fetched up to R850 000. He is the sire of lot six, a chestnut colt whose winning dam is a half sister to stakes winners Brown Penny and Night Trip. This colt is from a magnificent female line with his outstanding relatives including great French champion Peintre Celebre, G1 Prix Ganay hero Planteur and G1 Melbourne Cup champ Protectionist. One for the notebook!
Outstanding resident sire Trippi, sire of more than 50 black type winners as well as R8 000 000 earner Illuminator, is currently South Africa’s leading sire by stakes. He has just one on sale here –lot 8, with this unnamed bay being one of the best bred colts on sale. Out of a three time winning half sister to G1 winner Grand Emporium, his dam, a three parts sister to Champion 2YO Colt Ice Cube, is out of former champion racemare Whistling Dixie.
Next of the farm’s draft on offer is lot 41, a lovely bay filly by resident sire Philanthropist. Philanthropist, a proven sire of champions, was North America’s Leading Sire on Synthetics in 2014 and his stock continue to catch the eye. This filly is a half sister to two winners including the smart feature race contender Star Contender. Her second dam is Gr3 Strelitzia Stakes heroine Happy Harriet, by Philanthropist’s close relative National Assembly –which makes this yearling inbred to legendary US broodmare Grey Flight.
Former G1 Travers Stakes second Mambo In Seattle (a three parts brother to US champion and top sire Lemon Drop Kid) has made a pleasing start to his stud career, with top class stakes winners hailing from his first two crops. He is the sire of lot 42, a half brother to recent winner Dolphin and out of Encosta De Lago’s G2 daughter Galaxy Gal. This well bred colt is from a superb US female line with his relatives including the G1 Alabama Stakes winner Pretty Discreet and the latter’s G1 winning sire sons Discreet Cat and Discreetly Mine. This is also the family of a War Front filly who fetched $2 000 000 at Keeneland last year.
European champion Twice Over is one of the best performed stallions ever to begin their stud careers in South Africa. The multiple champion and four time G1 winner won 12 races with his wins including back to back wins in the G1 Champion Stakes, and he was also victorious in the G1 Coral Eclipse and G1 Juddmonte International. Twice Over, whose first crop are now yearlings, is the sire of 63, an unnamed chestnut colt whose dam is a half sister to G1 performer Chave De Oura. This colt, inbred to the great milers and sires Blushing Groom and Irish River as well as former Broodmare Of The Year Kerala, is out of a daughter of G1 SA Fillies Sprint winner Wonderful World.
Former G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile runner up and leading first crop sire Antonius Pius is the sire lot 101, a bay colt whose dam, Spiced Gold, won the G1 SA Fillies Classic. This colt received a handsome boost when his half brother, Bombs Away, made a stunning, winning debut at Kenilworth on Wednesday and he looks a nice prospect himself.
Drakenstein are also acting as agent on two lots as agent – lot 21 is a daughter of champion sprinter Rebel King, whose runners include high class stakes winners Prince Of Thieves and Royal Dreamer. This is a filly with loads of paddock value, as she is a half sister to two stakes horses and out of G3 performer Champagne ‘N Roses. The same family as Horse Of The Year and exciting sire prospect Legislate.
What A Winter, one of the best sprinters ever seen in South Africa, is responsible for lot 107. This colt, named Inercia, is a half brother to 3 winners, and is out of a Fort Wood own sister to a G3 winner. His second dam was Broodmare Of The Year, and Inercia’s dam is a half sister to the G1 winners Alpha Omega and Final Claim. Bred on the same cross as champions Bad Girl Runs and Capetown Noir, to name but two.