7 August 2017

Varsfontein Stud, who enjoyed such a magnificent season in 2016-2017, will be hoping that history repeats itself at the 2017 National Two Year Old Sale in Germiston.

Earlier in the year, Varsfontein, represented by no fewer than 10 stakes winners of 14 stakes races in 2016-2017, made history when consigning a Var filly to fetch R5 000 000 –the highest priced lot ever sold off a BSA auction –and the farm once again has a top-class at next week’s National Two Year Old Sale.

Recently crowned champion sire of 2yos, Var, could once again be a big factor in the Varsfontein draft. He has two exceptionally well related juveniles in this draft –a half-brother to Equus Champion and millionaire Hammie’s Hooker (Lot 404), and a colt out of Captain Al’s Listed Laisserfaire Stakes winner Victorian Secret, herself a sister in blood to G1 winners All Is Secret and The Secret Is Out (L223). This is the same family as recent G1 Garden Province Stakes winner and leading Equus Award contender Bela-Bela.

Captain Al, sadly now deceased, is another top sire represented in the Varsfontein draft. The former champion sire’s two lots include a half-brother to G2 Umkhomazi Stakes winner Hack Green, who is also a ¾ brother to Captain Al’s multiple graded stakes winning son Captain Splendid, (Lot 154), and a filly (bred on the increasingly successful Captain Al/Caesour cross) whose dam is an own sister to Golden Slipper winner Alexandra Rose and half-sister to last season’s G1 filly Bi Pot (Lot 266).

Varsfontein’s well bred young sire Master Of My Fate, himself a winner of six of eight outings, will be represented by seven first crop two-year-olds in the draft. They include a half-brother to 3 time stakes winner Secret Pleasure (Lot 9), a half-brother to 2yo stakes winner Queen Forever (Lot 119), a ¾ brother to dual G1 winner Thunder Dance (Lot 206), and a half-sister to stakes winner Maleficent and G1 SA Derby runner up Rocketball (Lot 474).

The farm is also home to top class sire Judpot, whose recent runners include graded stakes winners Coral Fever and Polyphonic, as well as Golden Slipper runner up Let It Flow. The son of A P Indy has six in this draft, including a three-parts brother to both Polyphonic and champion Along Came Polly (Lot 53), a half-sister to last season’s G1 SA Derby runner up Pagoda (Lot 93), a colt, from the same family as Northern Dancer and Danehill, whose 5 winning siblings include G2 winner River Crossing (Lot 137), and a half-brother to stakes winners Kiss Again and Top Jet (Lot 233).

Varsfontein are one of just a handful of vendors represented by a 2yo by champion sire Trippi. This Trippi colt, bred on the same cross as the exciting Cot Campbell, is out of a winning Jet Master daughter of G3 Diana Stakes winner Slinky Malinky (Lot 175) and is from one of the best families in the modern stud book.

Last season’s champion sire Silvano, whose stock have fetched up to R6 million, has 3 in the draft –a half-brother to G2 performer, from the family of Silvano champion Kings Gambit, (Lot 66), a half-sister to dual G1 Summer Cup winner Master Sabina (Lot 141) and a full-brother to exported G1 Woolavington 2000 winner Do You Remember, whose dam is Equus Champion Festive Occasion (Lot 383).

Sadly deceased sire Sail From Seattle is responsible for recent G1 Champions Cup winner Sail South, and he has one in this draft –a colt whose five winning siblings include G1 Summer Cup third Master Switch (Lot 10).