Drakenstein Stud’s exciting young sire What A Winter has made a great start to his stud career.
Not only did the multiple Equus Champion sire yearlings who fetched up to R850 000 at January’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale, but What A Winter was also the Leading First Crop Sire (by Aggregate) at Sunday’s Val De Vie Yearling Sale.
The son of triple champion sire Western Winter had just four yearlings catalogued at Val De Vie, but all four sold and the quartet grossed R1 060 000 –placing their sire ahead of such top stallions as Captain Al and Trippi on the sires List.
What A Winter’s top priced lot was a colt out of Night Jet, who was knocked down to Mayesh Chetty for R400 000.
The colt named Night In Winter, who was bred by Drakenstein Stud, was widely regarded as one of the nicest lots on sale and he duly proved as popular as expected beforehand.
One of the finest speedsters seen in South Africa, What A Winter won 15 races, his wins including four Grade One triumphs. The champion, who netted over R3 000 000 in stakes, won the G1 Mercury Sprint, G1 Computaform Sprint and was also twice successful in the G1 Cape Flying Championship.
What A Winter is also set to be well represented at next month’s March Yearling Sale, where the champ has 11 lots on offer.
His March Sale draft includes a colt out of G1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship runner up Up Front (Lot 53), a half brother to stakes performer Lord Jonathan (Lot 91), a filly whose dam is a daughter of G1 SA Classic winner and champion Kundalini (Lot 176) and a filly whose dam is a half sister to Nursery winner and globetrotter Nocturnal Affair (Lot 179).