The red hot Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm (breeders of recent graded winners Legal Eagle and Live Life) had more reason to celebrate this weekend when their top class resident sire Var had an eye catching juvenile winner.
Bred and owned by Drakenstein Stud, Var’s 2yo daughter Namibia made a scintillating winning debut when romping home to beat more experienced rival Romantic Crusade by two lengths over 1000m at Kenilworth on LQP day.
The regally bred filly, who holds an entry in the Listed Summer Juvenile Stakes on Sun Met day, was another win for the red hot trainer-jockey combination of Glen Kotzen and Richard Fourie and looks a nice sort in the making.
Her sire Var (who has no fewer than seven juveniles entered in the Listed Summer Juvenile Stakes) has made his customary good start to the season with his two-year-olds.
He is also sire of another impressive 2yo debut winner in the form of Bank On It, and, with a large number of well bred 2yos still waiting in the wings, Var looks on course for a potentially very lucrative season ahead.
The former sprint champ is well represented at the upcoming Cape Premier Yearling Sale, with Var’s draft including a filly out of G1 winner Bambina Stripes (Lot 1), a filly out of French G3 winner and G1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Captain’s Lover (Lot 9), a half brother to ill-fated G1 SA Classic hero Divine Jury (Lot 35), a colt out of G1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Shadow Dancing (Lot 184), and a colt out of the latter’s multiple G1 winning daughter Thunder Dance (Lot 207).