Drakenstein Stud’s exciting young sire What A Winter’s first crop of widely anticipated yearlings made their sales’ debut at last week’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale –and they caused quite a stir.
What A Winter’s eight yearlings to sell grossed a total of R4.125 million, and averaged a stunning R515, 625.
This made for a magnificent return on the champ’s modest stud fee of just R20 000.
Favour Stud consigned the top priced What A Winter lot –a beautifully bred colt, out of Limerick, who was knocked down to Mike Bass (who conditioned What A Winter himself) for R850 000.
Other yearlings sired by What A Winter made R800,000, R650,000 and R575,000 respectively –and it seems safe to say, that the triple Equus Champion has made the perfect start to his stud career. Remarkably, just a single What A Winter yearling was sold for under R300 000, and the son of Western Winter is clearly as popular a sire as he was a champion on the track.
From the wonderfully potent Gone West male line, What A Winter traces back directly in female line to Gondolette –also ancestress of the breed shaping stallions Hyperion, Mossborough, Sickle and Sir Tristram, to name a few.
A four time G1 winner and R3 000 000 earner, What A Winter won 15 races from 1000 to 1600m and ranked among the finest sprinters ever to race in South Africa.
Well supported by the country’s top breeders, What A Winter appears poised to make his mark on the South African stud book.
The champion has four lots on offer at next month’s Val De Vie Yearling Sale –
Lot 6 –from one of the best families around, this colt is out of a half sister to stakes winners Brown Penny and Night Trip. This blue blooded colt’s other notable relatives include G1 Prix Ganay winner Planteur, G1 Melbourne Cup hero Protectionist and legendary French champion Peintre Celebre.
Lot 18- bred on the extremely successful Gone West/Sadler’s Wells cross, this colt is out of a Fort Wood half sister to a G3 winner from the family of high class G2 winners Casino Queen and Jungle Earl.
Lot 107 – a half brother to 3 winners, this colt is out of a full sister to G2 Victory Moon winner Over Bearing and a half sister to G1 winners Alpha Omega and Final Claim. His second dam was Broodmare Of The Year and this colt is closely related to the Western Winter sired star performers Fair Maiden and Braggadacio.
Lot 109 – a half sister to nine winners including G1 filly School Assembly, this filly is out of a winning half sister to G1 winner Fanciful, herself the dam of outstanding filly Cover Look. This filly is closely related to Western Winter stakes winner Winter Fever.