The Oldlands Stud bred Moonrise Sensation, a R4 000 000 purchase from last year’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale, got off the mark, at the second time of asking, at Kenilworth on Tuesday.
A son of Var (and his sire’s most expensive yearling to date), Moonrise Sensation narrowly prevailed in a three way finish which saw the Brett Crawford trained colt prevail by a short head from the well bred pair of Always In Charge (Captain Al –Polar Charge) and Gregorian Chant (Trippi-Candy Singer).
The Brett Crawford trained colt had been very green first time out, when beaten into seventh by paternal half brother Le Harve, but made no mistakes in Tuesday’s 1200m contest.
Described by many as the looker of the 2015 Premier Sale, Moonrise Sensation was bought by British bloodstock Amanda Skiffington for what proved the sales’ second top price.
His dam, Earn A Moon, has now bred two winners, including G3 Final Fling Stakes winner Cat And The Moon, a five time winner of over R500 000. She also had a Silvano filly fetch R1 000 000 at this year’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale and is back in foal to Var.
Moonrise Sensation, whose part owner Fiona Carmichael has also been involved with top European performers Havana Gold and Toronado, is one of 11 juvenile winners this season for Var, who currently heads South Africa’s leading sires of 2yos log.
Other notable 2yo winners for Var this season include Moonrise Sensation’s debut conqueror Le Harve (who runs at Kenilworth this Saturday), unbeaten Listed Ruffian Stakes winner Exquisite Touch, unbeaten feature prospect Wake Up Maggie, and Listed Storm Bird Stakes runner up Rivarine.
Var is no stranger to siring high class juveniles, with his past top class performers including two-year-old graded winners Villandry, Vacherin, Twitter, Valdivia, and Harry Lime –to name a few and this list looks sure to lengthen still further come the end of the season.