Drakenstein Stud’s four time G1 winning sire What A Winter has made a blistering start to the 2022-2023 South African racing season.
At the time of writing, the son of Western Winter heads the General Sires List, with his progeny having already banked nearly R1 000 000 in prize money.
What A Winter, South Africa’s Leading Sire of 2YOs in 2020-2021, struck again twice yesterday when the former Equus Champion came up with two more winners at Hollywoodbets Greyville. What A Winter
The Drakenstein sire struck first when his consistent daughter Forged In Ice ran out a comfortable winner of Wednesday’s first race, the Download The Race Card Online www.goldcircle.co.za Maiden Plate (1400m).
Under Rachel Venniker, the Michael Roberts trained filly was rewarded for consistency when she romped home to shed her maiden by nearly four lengths.
Bred by the Summerview Stud, Forged In Ice had finished second or third in each of her three previous starts.
What A Winter’s second success came when his Drakenstein Stud bred son Danilo Danilovitch ran out a commanding winner of Wednesday’s All To Come MR 97 Handicap (1000m). Under S’Manga Khumalo, the Paul Matchett trained four-year-old powered home in the closing stages to score by nearly a length and a half.
The race was a good one for What A Winter, whose son Winter Flight finished third behind his paternal half-brother Danilo Danilovitch.
Out of the Captain Al mare The Merry Widow, Danilo Danilovitch has now won five times, with the gelding having finished third in the Listed WSB Somerset 1200 at two.
Sire of 21 stakes winners thus far, What A Winter has six lots on offer at this week’s August Two Year Old Sale.