The Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm based Var’s great season continued when his son Rivarine caused a 28-1 upset when scoring an off the pace win in Saturday’s G1 Computaform Sprint (1000m) at Turffontein this weekend.
In the process, Rivarine became his G1 winning sire’s 11th individual G1 winner, and second Computaform Sprint (Var’s Val De Ra winning the same race back in 2011).
Powering home under jockey Devin Haibb, the Michael and Adam Azzie trained Rivarine got up close home to land the 2020 Computaform Sprint by a length over G1 winners Russet Air and Chimichuri Run.
In landing his first G1 race in a time of 56.72, the Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm/Amm bred Rivarine took his tally of wins to 7 from 34 outings.
Rivarine, who has now earned over R1.2 million in stakes, has now three stakes wins to his name, with the gelding having also won the 2016 G3 Lebelo Sprint and 2018 Golden Loom Handicap.
Rivarine is a full-brother to this season’s G3 Capetown Noir Kenilworth Fillies Nursery winner Delta Queen.
He is the first G1 winner for his dam River Jetez, herself a full-sister to triple South African Horse of The Year Pocket Power, whose 11 South African victories included a triumph over her illustrious full-brother in the 2010 G1 J&B Met.
Rivarine is bred on the same Var/Jet Master cross as this season’s G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner Vardy.
Var, South Africa’s Leading Sire of 2Yos in both 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, has eight lots on offer at the 2020 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.