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I hope you managed to see Breeding To Win on Tellytrack on Sunday night. Two of the stallions we manage were featured: Pathfork and What A Winter. We will share the YouTube clips with you, one at a time. Today, because he is newest, is Drakenstein Stud-based triple champ What A Winter who has made such a superb start to his stud career as current leading Freshman Sire, I wasn’t surprised that he set a new SA record R2.8m for a Freshman yearling at the CTS Premier sale this year. Trainers like them.

I hope the end of the February isn’t too taxing on you. Shareholders in some of the stallions we manage will be happy to see payments arrive in their bank accounts today.

It would be remiss of me not to use this opportunity to catch up on a few news items whilst writing – the main reason for sending this eNews to you is to share the YouTube link so I will be brief on the other subjects:

In this edition:

  • What A Winter - another first crop winner

  • Vasco’s superb Prawn Festival at Kenilworth

  • Dynasty’s brilliant Guineas winner scoops the Vasco.

  • Jay Peg – Feature winner at Scottsville and a feature exacta in Cape Town.

  • Prof Brian’s add to the CTS sales report

  • Gimmethegreenlight’s impressive 2yo winner – 2nd crop to the fore

  • Snitzel a contender for Australian Sires’ title – interesting news for Wylie Hall fans


Since the main object of this edition is to share What A Winter’s Youtube of the Breeding to Win clip with you it’s appropriate that we also share Cape Breeders report about Drakenstein Stud’s exciting young sire’s most recent first crop winning daughter; Nanna Anna, who won over 1000m at Kenilworth last Wednesday.

Cape Breeders report: “Trained by Paul Reeves, the filly flashed speed early on and made all the running to score by a convincing 1.75 lengths, downing well-bred first timer Believethisbeauty in the process.

Held in high regard by connections, Nanna Anna had previously contested the Listed Princess Charlene Of Monaco Foundation SA Summer Juvenile Stakes on Sun Met day –a race her trainer believes she was unlucky not to get closer in.

Nanna Anna’s sire What A Winter is currently South Africa’s Leading First Crop Sire, with seven of his ten runners to date having either won or finished in the money.

The triple Equus Champion’s previous winners include impressive debut winner Magical Wonderland (conqueror of the much vaunted Miss Frankel on debut) and the talented stakes performer Dutch Philip.

What A Winter, a son of triple Champion Sire Western Winter and from the same family as Sir Tristram, has also been in huge demand in the sales ring, with his 2017 yearlings fetching up to R2.8 million.

He has six yearlings on next month’s Cape Yearling Sale –including a filly out of a stakes placed half-sister to G1 Summer Cup winner Flirtation (Lot 25), a colt out of a stakes placed daughter of G2 winning sprinter Magic Filly (Lot 71), and a colt from the family of champion British sprinter and successful sire Cadeaux Genereux (Lot 133).

What A Winter also has 10 yearlings on the March Yearling Sale- notably a colt out of five time stakes winner Helena (Lot 4), a filly from the family of G1 winner and outstanding sire Cape Cross (Lot 25), a filly out of G3 Champagne Stakes winner Purple Orchid (Lot 93), and a filly from the same family as Epsom Derby winner Shirley Heights (Lot 95)”.



Sports that are supported by sponsors always do best. Events that have a dedicated passionate sponsor shine and I have to give a big pat on the back to Bryn Ressel and his Vasco team for the Prawn Festival at Kenilworth last Saturday. So good to see so many new people on course. No question that they actually enjoyed the races and weren’t there just for the prawns. There was a particularly enthusiastic crowd on the grandstand in front of our box who cheered home every race.

The Kaapse Klopse were there to add to the fun. You know my views on music at the races but this was good fun and they were very well controlled. The moment that the commentator spoke, they stopped playing. Now that’s the only way to mix racing and entertainment, and it made the crowd watch and enjoy the horses. Well done to management for getting this right at last.

I was also happy to see Richard Fourie wearing his Futura cap during his post win interviews, TWICE! Awful to see Greg Cheyne take such a bad tumble. I couldn’t make out how it happened. There we were watching the race and the next thing poor Greg hits the rail and he landed quite badly. Justin Snaith was standing alongside me when the accident happened, he didn’t even ask who had fallen, he leapt over the rail (the drop down off our balcony rail is at least 3 meters to the ground), he hurdled down the grandstand and was the first person to get to Greg. Once he was stabilised the ambulance brought him to the back of the stand. I chatted to him in the ambulance, tough chap. He was totally conscious and focused. What a relief. I was delighted to read online this afternoon that he has sustained no serious injuries and expects to be riding on Friday. Well done Greg!

Apart from Jay Peg’s sons perfecting a brilliant 1st and 2nd in the R150,000 feature, the main R250,000 Vasco Taverna Prix du Cap Gr3 was a superb quartet for FreemanStallions with Dynasty’s Gr1 Guineas winning daughter Just Sensual taking first, followed by Captain Al’s daughter Captain’s Flame in 2nd, Gimmethegreenlight’s daughter Gimme Six in third with another daughter of Dynasty A Time To Dream in fourth place.



Cape Breeders report: The great run of success that Dynasty daughters have enjoyed of late continued at Kenilworth on Saturday, when the Dynasty sired Just Sensual lifted the Gr3 Vasco Taverna Prix Du Cap over 1400m. The Prix Du Cap was a doubly good race for former Horse Of The Year Dynasty - also sire of the fast finishing fourth place finisher, and multiple stakes winner, A Time To Dream.

Bred by Klawervlei, the victorious Just Sensual made it win number four, from just six outings, when running out a comfortable 0.4 of a length winner of the R250 000 contest.

In the process, the filly took her earnings to over R880 000 with Just Sensual likely to aim for more feature race glory in KZN later in the season.

Winner of the G1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas earlier this season, Just Sensual was a R2 000 000 buy from the 2015 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

She is one of 19 G1 horses sired by former Horse Of The Year Dynasty, also responsible for Equus Champion fillies Beach Beauty and Bela-Bela. Other notable fillies sired by Dynasty include former Fillies Guineas winner Alexis, G2 winner Demanding Lady (dam of the R6 000 000 yearling Charles), and G1 Garden Province Stakes runner up Olma.

Dynasty has a very strong crop of 3yos this season, which not only include Just Sensual, but also G3 Politician Stakes winner Horizon (also likely be aimed at G1 races in KZN this season), G3 Fillies Mile winner Smiling Blue Eyes (a runner in Saturday’s G2 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas), and ill-fated feature race winner Miss Minver.

The champion proved very popular at the recent Cape Premier Yearling Sale, where Dynasty yearlings made up to R5.75 million and averaged an impressive R1 645 454.

His triple G1 winning son Jackson has also already made a splash with his first yearlings selling up to R2 000 000 at the 2017 Cape Premier Sale.



The progeny of SA’s International horse of the Year have been giving their sire’s supporters lots of winners to enjoy all over and he had a very good last weekend at the races; a feature exacta in Cape Town and a feature winner in Durban.

Cape Breeders report: Jay Peg sons Victorious Jay and Silicone Valley made it a race to remember for their sire when finishing first and second in Saturday’s Calulo Cape Mile at Kenilworth.

However, it was the Hemel ‘N Aarde bred Victorious Jay who prevailed in 1600m contest, scoring a three parts of a length win, at the expense of paternal half-brother Silicone Valley, for trainer Vaughan Marshall and owners Mr Ragoonath and Ms Ng in Saturday’s R150 000 race.

One of the better three-year-olds around last season when runner up in the G2 Selangor Cup and third in the CTS Million Dollar, Victorious Jay pushed his earnings to over R2.9 million with Saturday’s victory.

He was certainly a wonderful bargain buy – with Victorious Jay costing just R175 000 at the 2014 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

Just one day later, another of Jay Peg’s sons was in the winners enclose following the running of a feature race. This time, it was the Lezanne Forbes trained Royal Armour in the spotlight, with the latter scoring in a tight finish to Sunday’s Natal Carbineers/Fever Tree Stakes at Scottsville on Sunday. It was a seventh win for the Waterford Stud bred Royal Armour, who races for Mr and Mrs Pienaar, and the gelding has now banked over R420 000 in prize money.

A four time G1 winner, with his victories including the G1 Dubai Duty Free and G1 Singapore Airlines International Cup, Jay Peg is a well established sire, whose top offspring include such graded stars as Exit Here, Peggy Jay, Hot Affair, Flash Drive and Olympic Owen – among others!

He has six lots on offer at the upcoming March Yearling Sale- including a colt out of a winning sister to G3 winning 2yo Mzwilili (Lot 28), a colt from the family of international G1 winners Hernando, Palace Music and Johann Quatz (Lot 110) and a colt from the family of recent G3 winner Girl On The Run (Lot 187).

The four time G1 winner also has a lot on offer at the Cape Yearling Sale- this filly is an own sister to former Cape star and G3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery winner Hot Affair and from the family of East Cape champion La Rebel and Met hero La Fabulous (Lot 82).”



In my last eNews, I referred to the boom in Australian Yearling Sales that has also been recently reflected in South Africa and elsewhere in the horse world. After reading my report my dear friend Prof Brian Kantor sent me a note that is worth sharing: "The CTS sales averages were better than you appear to appreciate if you do the calculations in USD - that presumably is what the important foreign buyers do. The ZAR gained nearly 20% vs the USD since the last January sale."



Cape Breeders report: Varsfontein Stud’s exciting young stallion Gimmethegreenlight had an eye catching juvenile winner at Turffontein on Thursday.

Green Top, a Varsfontein bred daughter of the sire, produced a devastating finish to win going away by 2.4 lengths over 1200m for trainer Alec Laird in the style of a filly with a bright future ahead of her.

A half-sister to G2 Gauteng Guineas entrant Doosra, Green Top, a R225 000 buy from last year’s National Yearling Sale, provided jockey Muzi Yeni with his 1200th winner, and she looks destined for bigger and better things.

Her sire Gimmethegreenlight, last season’s Leading First Crop Sire, has made a fantastic start to his stud career, with his first crop having produced the graded winners Green Pepper, Gunner, and Hack Green, as well as Bloodstock SA Million Mile hero Legend.

The former G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate has also made a smart start with his 2yos this season – Gimmethegreenlight having been represented by nine juvenile runners thus far, with no fewer than seven having either won or finished in the money.

The son of More Than Ready has 7 lots on the March Yearling Sale including a filly from the family of champions Intikhab, Polish Precedent and Zilzal (Lot 43), a colt out of a winning ½ sister to G3 winner A Boy Named Sue (Lot 85), a colt out of a winning Exceed And Excel ½ sister to a Germany G3 winning 2yo (Lot 109) and a colt from the same family as Epsom Derby runner up Connaught (Lot 130).

Gimmethegreenlight also has a strong draft on offer at the Cape Yearling Sale, including a filly out of a half-sister to champion 2yo Laverna (Lot 33), a filly (from the famed Queen Of Light family) related to G1 winner Captain America (Lot 50), a colt from the family of recent G1 Betting World Cape Flying Championship winner Carry On Alice (Lot 107) and a colt out of G2 Gold Bracelet winner Cruise Collection (Lot 113).



I thought we should share an item we found about Snitzel because of his sire Redoute’s Choice’s connection to Wylie Hall. Snitzel accounted for the star of the opening session of the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale this week, selling for $620,000 to Hong Kong-based Little Kwok Hing Hung and Bahen Bloodstock Hung, assisted by bloodstock agent Justin Bahen. They also paid a sale-topping $700,000 at last year’s renewal for another by the sire.

ANZ Bloodstock News report: Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) colt Ducimus (2 c ex Beauty World by Danehill Dancer), a $700,000 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale purchase by Bahen Bloodstock and Little Kwok Hing Hung from the draft of Blue Gum Farm, maintained his unbeaten record with a victory in yesterday’s Talindert Stakes (Listed, 1100m) at Flemington yesterday. Trained by Team Hawkes, the debut Ballarat winner backed up with a strong victory in the Listed race yesterday and became Snitzel’s 50th individual stakes winner. Ducimus, who survived a protest after the race, beat Taking Aim (Choisir) by a head with another one and half lengths back to Sanadaat (Not A Single Doubt) in third. Winning rider Noel Callow was slapped with a ten meeting ban after it was deemed he caused interference to Sanadaat, meaning he will miss next week’s Blue Diamond meeting at Caulfield.

Snitzel retired to Arrowfield Stud, Scone, NSW in 2006 and is enjoying a banner season, at this point leading the Australian general sires’ list with earnings in excess of $7,660,000 and may well earn his first champion sire title when the season ends in late July. At this time Snitzel has also had more individual winners in Australia this season than any other sire and is the season’s leading sire of two-year-olds with a remarkable tally of 22 individual winners. Three of his progeny have accepted for Saturday’s Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m). Last season Snitzel was booked out at a fee of $110,000 (inc GST) but it would not surprise to see a price increase for 2017. Among his progeny are six Group One winners: males Shamus Award, Sizzling, Wandjina and the gelding Hot Snitzel as well as females Sweet Idea and Snitzerland. Shamus Award, Sizzling and Wandjina are all standing as stallions in NSW but their progeny are yet to race. Snitzel has eight Group Two winners, 16 Group Three winners including one in Japan from a shuttle season, and no fewer than 60 stakes placegetters to date. His stakes winnersto- runners percentage is high at 7.2 per cent while his winners-to-runners figure is above 69 per cent. Out of a daughter of the brilliant Snippets (Lunchtime), Snitzel is bred for short course speed and precocity and his racecourse performances reflected that as he came to hand early, winning seven races and placed in another four from 15 starts at two and three years. He captured the Breeders’ Plate (Listed, 1000m) at his first start then won another two stakes races in his first season of competition before coming back at three years to record his most important success in the Oakleigh Plate (Gr 1, 1100m). That season Snitzel won two other stakes races and among his placings was a second to Takeover Target (Celtic Swing) in the Newmarket Handicap (Gr 1, 1200m). Interestingly, another boom sire, I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit), also finished second to Takeover Target in another Group One sprint

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