Four time G1 winner and triple Equus Champion What A Winter made headlines at Kenilworth on Wednesday, when his progeny won both the first and last races.
The Candice Bass-Robinson trained Dragon Power, dispatched the 10-3 tote favourite, shed his maiden in convincing fashion when scoring a three-parts of a length victory over 1000m to kick start the Kenilworth mid-week meeting.
Bred by the Favour Stud, the 3yo gelded Dragon Power has been the soul of consistency with the son of What A Winter having now won or placed in each of his six starts to date.
Out of the Is It True mare Cutey Lee, Dragon Power was a R400 000 buy from the 2017 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
What A Winter made it a double when his daughter Celestial Storm stormed home to win the last race on Wednesday for trainers Carl Burger and Riaan Van Reenen. The 3yo proved too strong for her 12 opponents, with Celestial Storm putting a length and a half between herself and the well bred runner up Vodka Lime over the 1000m trip.
Also bred by Favour Stud, Celestial Storm, rated good enough to take her chance in the recent G2 Western Cape Fillies Championship, has now won or been placed in seven of her nine starts.
The former Leading First Crop Sire, whose daughter Chilly Winter won the first juvenile race of the 2018-2019 South African season recently, looks on course for more success over the weeks to come.
What A Winter’s brilliant daughter Clouds Unfold looks a big runner for Saturday week’s G1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas, with another daughter, Magical Wonderland, a contender for Saturday’s G2 Southern Cross Stakes, while both Celestial Storm and Dutch Philip have been nominated for the upcoming Listed Southeaster Sprint.
The champion has an exceptional draft on offer at the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, with What A Winter’s 12 strong Premier draft including a colt out of Jet Master’s stakes winning daughter Butterfly Girl (Lot 19), a half-sister to stakes winners Little Genie and Luna Child (Lot 24), a colt out of stakes winner Deputy Ryder (Lot 38), and a colt whose G3 placed dam is a half-sister to Equus Champion Hammie’s Hooker (Lot 216).