Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm’s leading sire Var is enjoying another tremendous season in 2018-2019.
Currently South Africa’s second leading active sire, by stakes earned, for 2018-2019, Var’s offspring have been in fine fettle of late with his recent winners including the feature race winners Ghaalla (G3 Fillies Mile) and Schippers (G3 Epol Magnolia Handicap).
Ghaalla will bid to continue Var’s great run of form when she lines up in Saturday week’s G1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas.
Var’s good form continued at the Vaal on Thursday when the G1 winning son of Forest Wildcat enjoyed a quick double.
His lightly raced daughter Isovar, making the third start of her career, shed her maiden convincingly when romping home by two and a half lengths over 1450m at the Vaal.
Bred by Moutonshoek, the four-year-old Alec Laird trained filly had been second on debut back in June and Isovar looks capable of winning again judging by the ease of her Thursday victory.
Like G1 Gold Medallion runner up Varavallo and stakes winners Le Var and Winter Passion, Isovar is bred on the Var/Western Winter cross.
With Isovar winning Thursday’s second race, another of Var’s progeny, Polar Ice, claimed victory in the Vaal’s fourth race –an assessment plate over 1450 metres. The gelded four-year-old stayed on smartly to post a half length win at the expense of 11-10 favourite Greek Fire with the promising Saints Alive back in third place.
Out of the Jet Master mare Polar Jet, Polar Ice, now a three time winner, had contested both the Listed Secretariat and Sea Cottage Stakes last season. The son of Var was an R800 000 buy from the 2016 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
His dual Champion Sire of 2YOs sire Var has ten lots on offer at the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, including lots out of such high class racemares as Pure Power, Rain Gal, River Jetez, and Torra Bay.