A large crowd of South African racing personalities and breeders braved the weather in force to view some of South Africa’s best sires and sire prospects at the Drakenstein Stud Stallion day, which took place on Wednesday.
The farm’s latest acquisition, 2018 G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup winner Lancaster Bomber, made a very positive impression, and the son of outstanding stallion War Front is set to cover a full book of high quality mares in his first season in South Africa this year.
Lancaster Bomber, a half-brother to triple G1 winner and G1 sire Excelebration, shares his sire War Front with not only 2019 G1 winners War Of Will (Preakness Stakes) and Omaha Beach (Arkansas Derby) but also with proven G1 sires Declaration Of War and The Factor. The striking looking bay met and beat some of the best horses of his generation, with Lancaster Bomber accounting for such outstanding performers as G1 winners Blue Point, Churchill, Defoe, Ribchester, Roly Poly (also by War Front), and Thunder Snow during his campaign which netted him in excess of £1 000 000.
Four time G1 winner, and triple Equus Champion, What A Winter is another who has a full book for 2019. The outstanding son of Western Winter had a superb season in 2018-2019, with What A Winter’s last season flag bearers including G1 Bidvest Majorca Stakes winner Clouds Unfold (a four time graded stakes winner), and high-class two-year-olds Armando (G3 Cape Of Good Hope Nursery, Somerset 1200) and Snow Report (Langerman).
Remarkably, What A Winter has produced Cape Of Good Hope Nursery winners in each of his first three crops to race!
Horse Of The Year, and four time G1 winner, Futura looked superb and the son of outstanding sire Dynasty is set to be represented by his first two-year-olds this season, while Duke Of Marmalade, whose impressive first South African crop has already yielded six individual stakes winners, was another who looked in fine fettle on Wednesday.
Drakenstein’s champion sire Trippi was both sire and broodmare sire of a G1 winner in South Africa last season, and the sire of 75 stakes winners continues to make his mark both as a sire of stakes winners, broodmare sire, and sire of very commercially attractive yearlings.
Trippi’s G2 Selangor Cup winning son Gold Standard, whose first foal arrived to impressive reviews, is another who has let down into a very handsome stallion, and he has a real look of Trippi about him.
Former Leading Sire on All Weather in North America, and sire of nearly 40 black type performers, the strapping Philanthropist looked in superb form on Wednesday, and the son of outstanding broodmare sire Kris S is also now showing signs of becoming a successful broodmare sire himself.