Drakenstein Stud’s exciting young sire What A Winter was represented by his third first crop winner when daughter Nanna Anna won over 1000m at Kenilworth on Wednesday afternoon.
Trained by Paul Reeves, the filly flashed speed early on and made all the running to score by a convincing 1.75 lengths, downing well bred first timer Believethisbeauty in the process.
Held in high regard by connections, Nanna Anna had previously contested the Listed Princess Charlene Of Monaco Foundation SA Summer Juvenile Stakes on Sun Met day –a race her trainer believes she was unlucky not to get closer in.
Nanna Anna’s sire What A Winter is currently South Africa’s Leading First Crop Sire, with seven of his ten runners to date having either won or finished in the money.
The triple Equus Champion’s previous winners include impressive debut winner Magical Wonderland (conqueror of the much vaunted Miss Frankel on debut) and the talented stakes performer Dutch Philip.
What A Winter, a son of triple Champion Sire Western Winter and from the same family as Sir Tristram, has also been in huge demand in the sales ring, with his 2017 yearlings fetching up to R2.8 million.
He has six yearlings on next month’s Cape Yearling Sale –including a filly out of a stakes placed half-sister to G1 Summer Cup winner Flirtation (Lot 25), a colt out of a stakes placed daughter of G2 winning sprinter Magic Filly (Lot 71), and a colt from the family of champion British sprinter and successful sire Cadeaux Genereux (Lot 133).
What A Winter also has 10 yearlings on the March Yearling Sale- notably a colt out of five time stakes winner Helena (Lot 4), a filly from the family of G1 winner and outstanding sire Cape Cross (Lot 25), a filly out of G3 Champagne Stakes winner Purple Orchid (Lot 93), and a filly from the same family as Epsom Derby winner Shirley Heights (Lot 95).