Varsfontein bred strikes in Dubai
Varsfontein Stud have enjoyed a truly superb season in 2013-2014 thus far.
The farm, currently fourth on the national breeders log, have been represented for breeding leading J&B Met hopeful Master Of My Fate this season, while manager Carl De Vos and wife Amanda have be represented by Gr1 Summer Cup hero Yorker and Gr3 Victress Stakes winner Jet Aglow.
Varsfontein’s other graduates to impress this season include the promising, unbeaten 3yo Mister Cricket and Alexandra Palace.
The latter made a winning Dubai debut at Meydan on Thursday evening, when landing a handicap over 1600m on the all weather track.
In winning this $120 000 prize, Alexandra Palace took his record to three wins from just six outings. A former winner of the Listed Sea Cottage Stakes, Alexandra Palace was a R2 500 000 buy at the 2011 Cape Premier Yearling Sales, and is owned by Tmen Stables.
He is one of 63 stakes winners (according to Equineline) sired by six times champion sire Jet Master (also sire of Master Of My Fate and Yorker). Jet Master has a remarkable season with his offspring winning the Gr1 Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas (In The Fast Lane), Sansui Summer Cup (Yorker), and seven other features.
Jet Master has some no fewer than five runners (Yorker, Master Of My Fate, Jet Explorer, Lake Arthur, Master Sabina) in the 2014 J&B Met, while four daughters of the great sire (In The Fast Lane, Razzle Dazzle Rose, Jet Belle, and Jet Supreme) line up in the Gr1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes run on the same day. This great sire’s legacy just continues to grow and grow, and he could well land his seventh general sires title this season.
Thursday’s Dubai winner is out of the outstanding Darshaan mare, Alexandra Bi. The Irish bred mare is also the dam of top filly Alexandra Rose (who won the Gr2 Monrovia Hcp in North America), and the Gr1 placed gelding, Pavlovich. Alexandra Bi is also the dam of Equus Champion 2YO Colt nominee, and Gr1 winner, Forest Indigo.