Fabulous four for Var!
Avontuur’s outstanding resident stallion, Var, had enjoyed tremendous success over this last weekend. No fewer than four of the sire’s progeny ended up in the winners box – a fantastic result for a fantastic stallion.
Var’s first weekend winner came in the shape of Maties Wildekat, who made an eyecatching winning debut for Ingrid and Markus Jooste at Kenilworth on Saturday. Bred by the Ambiance Stud, Maties Wildekat got the better of a field which included another well thought of Var filly – Vanity Affair. Highly rated by the Mike Bass stable, Maties Wildekat is beautifully bred, being out of a mare by Breeders Cup Mile winner, and outstanding broodmare sire, Royal Academy.
The second of Var’s foursome to win was the lightly raced Var’s Die Geld, who broke her maiden in good style for the red hot trainer Alec Laird. Var’s Die Geld won easily over 1200m, and she should go on to win her races. She is a nicely bred filly – Var’s Die Geld is out of a half-sister to Gold Cup winner Cereus.
The third leg of Var’s weekend winners came in the form of the talented Casual Var. The Justin Snaith trained gelding took his tally to six wins in just 11 outings, with a one and a quarter length win over the top-class Divine Jet in a pinnacle stakes over 1100m. A really smart looking sort, Casual Var looks to be a horse with feature race potential.
Another talented, and lightly raced son of Var, to win over the weekend is Happy Forever. A half-brother to last season’s Gr1 Allan Robertson Championship winner Happy Valentine, Happy Forever took his score to four wins in just seven outings, when too strong for his field in a pinnacle stakes over 1200m at Clairwood Park on Sunday. Bred by Maine Chance Farms, Happy Forever is a talented sort who looks more than capable of earning black type for his connections.
His red hot sire is well represented on the two upcoming Ready to Run Sales. In Germiston, Var’s draft includes a colt from the family of US Grade One winners Data Link and Hymn Book, as well as a filly from the family of champion Storm Bird (himself Var’s ancestor).
On the Cape Sale, Var has a smart draft of four youngsters, which include a colt out of the Grade 3 winner I’M Like Hello, as well as a colt from the family of former Champion 2YO Colt, Special Preview.
Fully booked in 2013, Var will cover an outstanding book of mares this season. His mates for this season includes the Grade One winners Covenant (Majorca Stakes), Field Flower (Cape Fillies Guineas) and Silver Arc (Allan Robertson Fillies Championship), as well as the outstanding broodmares Gypsy Queen (dam of US Gr1 winner Gypsy’s Warning), Carolina Cherry (dam of Equus Champion Cherry On The Top), Bump ‘N Grind (dam of Var’s superstar daughter Via Africa), Star Deputy (dam of G1W War Horse), and Sunshine Lover (dam of G1Ws Ebony Flyer and Captain’s Lover).
These are just a few of the select band of mares set to visit the court of Var this breeding season.
The son of Forest Wildcat has a 2013 fee of R120 000.