Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm’s perennial leading sire Var (South Africa’s Leading Sire of 2Yos the past two seasons running) made headlines on Saturday his sons Eden Roc and Vardy won the G1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion and G3 Winter Classic respectively.
In the process, they became Var’s 46th and 47th stakes winners respectively, with Eden Roc the ninth individual G1 winner sired by Var. (The latter is currently responsible for 23 individual G1 performers in total).
Bred by the Varsfontein Stud, the promising two-year-old Eden Roc made it two wins from as many starts when recording a cozy 0.6 length victory at the expense of recent SA Nursery hero Frosted Gold.
An impressive winner on debut, the Sean Tarry trained colt is the second Var son to win the Gold Medallion –with Villandry having won the race back in 2009.
Out of the G2 winning Captain Al mare Townsend, Eden Roc is bred on the same Var/Captain Al cross as fellow graded stakes winners Ghaalla and William The Silent.
While Eden Roc scored his graded win at Scottsville, his year-older paternal half-brother Vardy showed his class with an authorative score in the G3 Winter Classic at Kenilworth on the same day.
Bred by the Tawny Syndicate, 3yo Vardy picked up his first graded win when romping home, clear of G2 Selangor Cup/G3 Winter Guineas hero One World, to land the 2019 Winter Classic by two and a quarter lengths.
Yet to finish out of the first three in seven starts, the progressive Vardy has now banked over R1.1 million in prize money.
Var, whose other notable performers this season include the graded stakes winners Schippers and Ghaalla, has two well related lots on offer at the 2019 KZN Yearling Sale –a half-brother (Lot 172) to G1 Allan Robertson Championship winner Brave Mary, and a daughter (Lot 231) of the Rock Of Gibraltar sired G3 winner Rich Girl.