IT'S official. Varsfontein-bred Alexandra Rose (Caesour), a globetrotting Gr.1-placed Gr.2 winner, has produced her first stakes winner. That honour belongs to five-year-old daughter Oleksandra, who stormed home in the Listed Smart N Fancy Stakes at historical Saratoga (pictured above).
Appropriately, she scored for the 5th time in the Team Valor silks her dam had carried with such distinction on three continents.
Bred by Team Valor in Australia, the daughter of Animal Kingdom was sent to California-based Neil Drysdale in 2017, before relocating to New York in April. She entered the Smart N Fancy off two victories at Belmont and a third in Woodbine's Gr.2 Royal North Stakes.
After breaking slowly from the gate, the mare found a timely split in the straight and accelerating smartly, she sped away to open her stakes account by a length under Joe Rosario, who has now ridden her 3 times for 3 wins.
According to Team Valor principal Barry Irwin, Oleksandra is on schedule to contest the Gr.3 Franklin County Stakes sprint at Keeneland on October 11.
Irwin also has news on Australian based Alexandra Rose. After producing a full brother to Oleksandra in 2018, she came up barren, but happily, is back in foal on a September 5 cover to Mendelssohn, a Gr.1 winning son of Scat Daddy.
Varsfontein are fortunate to have her Hussonet daughter Alice Springs, who won us 4 races. Her first foal is a juvenile colt by Master Of My Fate, her yearling and foal are fillies by Judpot, and she is already back in foal to Master Of My Fate.
BELGARION BREAKS STAKES DUCK
OUR long-standing clients Alec and Gillian Foster added to their tally of homebred stakes winners when Belgarion (above) captured the Listed Settlers Trophy at Durbanville.
The Dynasty four-year-old quickened from just off the pace and finished with a flourish to score by a half length from Gr.1 Cape Derby third Herodotus.
This was a 4th success from 6 starts for the gelding, who had run third to Master Of My Fate's standout son Twist Of Fate in last season's Gr.3 Politician Stakes.
Bred from German import Riva (Acatenango), Belgarion is an own brother to Gr.3 Victress Stakes third Qing, Ibhayi Stakes second Cock-A-Hoop (Western Winter) and East Cape Oaks third Searching (Jay Peg).
MAIDEN MARES IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Bushiri, a homebred Master Of My Fate half-sister to stakes winners Beat About The Bush and True Master, will travel to
WE have added some fine maiden mares to our broodmare band this season, amongst which a number of well-related imports.
Hazaragula (Tagula), an unraced filly we purchased as a yearling at the Goffs Orby Sale, arrived earlier this year and is due to visit What A Winter. From the family of Champion three-year-old Harzand, she is a half-sister to Swashbuckling, a Gr.2 winner and Gr.1-placed in Australia.
Another import is the Irish-bred Cuore Ardente (Arcano), who won in Italy and is a half-sister to a trio of smart Italian stakes performers, all by sons of Kingmambo. Gr.3 Premio Primi Passi winner You Better Run and stakes-placed Another Way are both by Thewayyouare, while twice stakes-placed juvenile half-brother Gerardino Jet is by Henrythenavigator. No surprise then that their half-sister will visit Ideal World!
A number of homebreds have also returned to the Varsfontein paddocks. Blush Scarlet (Master Of My Fate), a winning half-sister to the multiple stakes winner Yoshie, is in foal on an early cover to Dubawi's exciting son Erupt.
Whilst Judpot has relocated to the historical Vogel Vlei Stud, we will support him with homebreds Circle In The Sand, a Gimmethegreenlight half-sister to Gr.2-placed Ozymandias and multiple Gr.3-placed Captainofmysoul, as well as Master Of My Fate's daughter Polly's Destiny, a three-part sister in blood to Gr.1 winner Master Plan.
Ascot Stud for a liaison with Galileo's popular son Global View, while Hidden Power (Dynasty) and Tally-Ho (Oratorio) will also make the journey to Mauritzfontein. The former goes to Ideal World, while the latter, a daughter of Gr.1 winner State Coach, visits Japan-bred newcomer Danon Platina, a champion juvenile by the all-conquering Deep Impact.
Destined for the court of Gimmethegreenlight is Captive Lady, a Sail From Seattle own sister to Gr.1 Cape Guineas hero and dual Hong Kong winner Elusive Gold and the stakes winner Seattle Gold.
She will be joined by Imperious Bride (Dynasty), a daughter of Gr.1 Met winner Imperious Sue, Tamarina, an own sister to Gr.1 winner Forest Indigo; and Trippi's daughter Viking Princess, who is a half-sister to the Gr.1 winners Real Princess and William Longsword.
Speaking of William Longsword, the son of Captain Al has been selected for our dual winner Kawakami (Master Of My Fate), whose stakes winning half-sister The Merry Widow is also by Captain Al.
SEPTEMBER may rate as the unofficial off-season, yet racing continues unabated and it's been a good month on the tracks, with victories for Varsfontein-breds Master Of Masada (Master Of My Fate), the Gimmethegreenlight duo of Manaftermidnight and Youcanthurrylove, Roquebrune (Var) and Bellingham Bay and Baron Rodney, both by Sail From Seattle.
We were especially thrilled when our homebred American Princess started her career on a winning note at Greyville. The Glen Kotzen-trained daughter of Master Of My Fate justified favouritism to score over the 1400m turf track.
Out of stakes-placed Princess Tobin (Badger Land), she is a half-sister to Gr.2 winner Badger's Cove (Joshua Dancer) and the stakes winning Captain Al siblings Princess Alberta and Princess Peach.
Gimmethegreenlight's son Captain Tatters, a runner-up in last season's Somerset 1200, added another black type second to his tally when he chased home Three Two Charlie in the Listed Sophomore Sprint.
MORE NEW ARRIVALS ...
IT has been a busy month on the farm and at the time of writing, our 2019 crop has grown to more than 40 foals, some of which we are proud to showcase here.
This Gimmethegreenlight filly is the first foal of Scandola, a stakes-placed daughter of our Gr.1 winner Covenant.
A Master Of My Fate colt out of Doosra's Gr.3-placed half-sister Quick Single.
This bonny Silvano colt is out of Possibly Me, a half-sister to Gr.1 winner Talahatchie.
Stakes winner Secret Obsession, the dam of Gr.2 placed duo Silver Thursday and Bunker Hunt, pictured with her Gimmethegreenlight filly.