Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm’s perennially successful stallion Var was responsible for his tenth G1 winner when his brilliant son Vardy won the G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (1600m) at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Bred by the Tawny Syndicate, the four-year-old ran out a clear-cut, one and a quarter length winner of Saturday’s R1 500 000 race while accounting for five G1 winners notably South Africa’s reigning Horse Of The Year Do It Again and fellow Equus Champions Hawwaam and Soqrat.
In the process, the Adam Marcus trained Vardy gained an automatic berth for the 2020 G1 TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile.
A last-out winner of the G2 World Sports Betting Green Point Stakes, Vardy is now unbeaten in two starts as a four-year-old and is likely to run next in the G1 Sun Met.
Ridden to victory by Craig Zackey, Vardy has now won six of nine starts, with his earnings now standing at R2 302 200.
Vardy is out of the Jet Master mare Cupid and is thus bred on the same Var/Jet Master cross as G3 Lebelo Sprint winner Rivarine.
He is the second son of Var to win the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, with the sire’s outstanding son Variety Club having triumphed back in 2013.
South Africa’s Leading Sire of 2YOs in both 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, Var has eight lots on the upcoming Cape Premier Yearling Sale, and a further three yearlings on next month’s Cape Yearling Sale.