Flying start for champion sprinter!
Drakenstein Stud’s new stallion, What A Winter, has made a fantastic start to his stud career. The multiple champion sprinter has taken to his new life at stud very well, and his first mares have already tested in foal to charismatic young stallion.
What A Winter looks set to cover a full book of around 100 mares. He has been exceptionally popular during his first season at stud, and is set to cover a truly outstanding book of mares.
Among his mates for the 2013 breeding season are the likes of classy stakes winners Adobe Pink, Cape Badger, Cutey Lee, and champion sprinter Far De Vie.
The champion is also going to cover sisters, or half-sisters, to the likes of National Currency (Champion Sprinter), Private Reserve (Champion filly), Love Is In The Air (G1 Majorca Stakes), Angus (J&B Met), Happy Landing (G1President’s Challenge), Empress Club (Horse of the Year), African Appeal (G1 Champions Cup) and scintillating 2yo Red Ray, to name but a few.
What A Winter will also be bred to proven broodmares such as Sweetveldt (dam of G2 winner Vertical Takeoff), Evening Standard (dam of G2 heroine Captain’s Call), and Magical Miss (dam of classy sprinter Magico).
One of the most exciting mares to be covered by What A Winter this season is Equus Broodmare of the Year, Akinfeet. The latter, by champion broodmare sire Fort Wood, is the dam of dual classic winner, Capetown Noir. The latter is a son of the late, great Western Winter – sire of What A Winter himself.
What A Winter has plenty going for him as a stallion. Not only did the handsome bay win over R3 000 000 in prize money, he was named Equus Champion Sprinter twice – and also picked the Equus Awards as Champion Older Male in 2011-2012. What A Winter, who built up a tremendous following and fan base throughout South Africa, won 15 races, and had a particular good record in the Cape’s top sprint – the G1 Cape Flying Championship. Not only did he win the race twice, but he finished second to Val de Ra in the 2012 running of the race.
A son of the ill-fated Western Winter (one of the best sires ever to stand at stud in South Africa), What A Winter is a half-brother to champion What A Question. He shares his broodmare sire Ahonoora with two of Europe’s leading sires – Cape Cross and New Approach.
A descendant of the immortal Selene, What A Winter is from the same family as legendary sires Hyperion, Mossborough, Sickle, Pharamond II, and Sir Tristram.