Drakenstein Stud’s bang inform sire What A Winter, whose progeny dominated the recent Sun Met raceday at Kenilworth, had another good day on Saturday when his progeny won the sixth and seventh races respectively at Kenilworth.
What A Winter gelding Skidoo made it win number five when he claimed victory in Saturday’s sixth race for Liam Tarentaal and trainer Paul Reeves.
Skidoo, who has now won or placed in four of his last six starts, ran on gamely to hold off fellow What A Winter son Dragon Power and win by half a length, with yet another son of What A Winter, Apollo Ace, taking fourth spot in Saturday’s 1000m contest.
Bred by David Southey, the gelded four-year-old is out of the Jallad mare Rustic Magic, and is thus bred on the same What A Winter/Jallad cross as G1 Cape Flying Championship winner Russet Air.
Skidoo’s talented paternal half-sister Hildegarde gave What A Winter a Kenilworth double, when that Lammerskraal Stud bred and owned filly stayed on gamely to hold off Dark Crystal and win, as tote favourite, by three-parts of a length for trainer Adam Marcus and jockey Corne Orffer. It was a further three lengths back to G3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery winner Cousin Liz who took third.
Closely inbred to Chilly Hostess (the dam of What A Winter’s multiple champion sire Western Winter), Hildegarde has now won five of just 12 starts, with the consistent four-year-old having won or placed in each of her last eight starts.
South Africa’s Leading First Crop Sire of 2016-2017, What A Winter has nine lots on offer at this month’s Cape Yearling Sale.