Variety Club, who was bred by the Beaumont Stud and raced by Markus and Ingrid Jooste, won 14 of his 19 local outings, finishing out of the frame just once in South Africa.
His victories included five at Grade 1 level, with his initial score at the highest level coming in the Cape Premier Yearling Sales Cape Guineas in 2011.
He would go on to land three more Gr1 races in South Africa, adding scores in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and two renewals of the Rising Sun Challenge.
Exported to Dubai, Variety Club won twice in three outings and ran second to Shuruq in the Gr3 Burj Nahaar.
He made the final start of his career in Hong Kong, where Variety Club became the first international runner to lift the HK G1 Champions Mile, defeating a world class field in the process.
Longines (ratings from January 1st to September 7th) currently rates Variety Club as the world’s second top rated horse. His rating of 126 places Variety Club as below only Just A Way (130) and equal to Irish 2000 Guineas winner Kingman, and brilliant Investec Derby winner Australia.
Among the top horses beaten by Variety Club during his star studded career were the international G1 winners Dan Excel (Singapore Cup), Flotilla (French 1000 Guineas) and Gordon Lord Byron (Prix de la Foret) as well as Equus Champions Beach Beauty, Heavy Metal, Princess Victoria, Soft Falling Rain and What A Winter.
A dual Horse Of The Year, Variety Club won no fewer than six Equus Awards.
The handsome chestnut retires having won 17 of his 23 outings and earned over $2, 086, 159 in stakes.
A son of leading sire Var, Variety Club is out of the Secret Prospector mare La Massine. A half brother to Mauritian champion Rhymically, Variety Club’s third dam is SA Oaks winner Novenna.
A stud fee will be announced at a later date.