Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm’s leading sire Var was responsible for the winners of the first two races at Kenilworth on Tuesday afternoon.
First to score was the blue blooded Avontuur bred Vice Versa, who won Tuesday’s first South African race.
Trained by Brett Crawford, the 3yo filly, a half-sister to Cold As Ice and Live Life, was having just her second career outing but proved far too speedy for her 10 rivals and romped home to score a 2.25 length maiden win over 1000m.
Var made it a quick double when his Candice Bass-Robinson trained son Hooves Of Thunder broke his maiden in emphatic style, when scoring by 2.75 lengths over 1200m in Kenilworth’s second race. Bred and owned by Patricia Devine, Hooves Of Thunder is out of the Qui Danzig mare Rollicking Romp and is thus bred on the same cross as Var’s champion daughter Via Africa.
Champion sire of 2yos in South Africa last season, Var (whose great son Variety Club won the Cape Guineas back in 2011) will be represented by his Golden Horseshoe winning son Purple Diamond in Saturday’s G1 Forus Cape Guineas.
The sprint star, whose yearlings have fetched up to R5 000 000 this year, has a stellar draft on offer at the 2018 Cape Premier Yearling Sale. Var’s 11 yearlings on the Premier Sale including a full-siste to stakes winner Sabadell (Lot 20), a colt out of Oratorio’s G3 winning daughter Orator’s Daughter (Lot 87), a half-sister to G1 winner Thunder Dance (Lot 135), a full-brother to R4 000 000 buy Moonrise Sensation (Lot 243).