South Africa’s reigning champion sire of 2yos Var enjoyed a quick-fire double on Turffontein’s inside track on Tuesday afternoon.
The former G1 Prix de l’Abbaye winner made it back to back successes when daughter Lily Theresa won the fifth race and gelded son William The Silent landed the sixth race at Turffontein respectively. Interestingly, both of Var’s Tuesday winners were produced by daughters of Captain Al.
Bred by the Klawervlei Stud, four-year-old Lily Theresa picked up her third win, and first at Turffontein, when running out a convincing winner of a FM handicap over 1000m.
The speedy Var daughter, who is trained by Joey Ramsden, was ridden to victory by S’Manga Khumalo. Out of the Captain Al mare Possible Dream, Lily Theresa was a R1 200 000 buy from the 2016 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
Var son William The Silent was one of the best 2yos of 2017-2018, winning two of four outings including the G2 SA Nursery. The gelding made a pleasing 3yo debut when landing an assessment plate over 1000m for trainer Robbie Sage and jockey Muzi Yeni. William The Silent, having his first racetrack outing since May, stayed on gamely to hold the late challenge of Now And Forever (who was receiving 3kgs from the winner) and win by a length.
Bred by Drakenstein Stud, and out of Captain Al’s smart daughter Tick Tock, William The Silent was a R600 000 purchase from the 2017 National Yearling Sale.
Now a winner of three of just five outings, William The Silent has already amassed earnings of R758 438.
The sire of 22 G1 horses (and counting!), dual champion 2yo sire Var is represented at both the 2018 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale and 2018 CTS Ready To Run Sale, with both auctions set to take place next month.
Var’s pair on the Germiston Ready To Run Sale are a colt (Lot 20) out of Gold Circle Oaks winner Sweetie Pie, and a full-sister (Lot 98) to the smart pair of Schiffer and Mastermind.
He has three lots on offer at Cape Thoroughbred Sales’ auction, with the Var trio being made up of a colt (Lot 40) from the family of champion and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Suave Dancer, a filly (Lot 56) whose winning dam is a Sebring half-sister to G1 winners Mustaaqeem and Rafeef, and a colt (Lot 59) whose third dam is Golden Slipper winning champion Burst.