January 19, 2022

Leading Cape nursery, Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm, will be offering a small but select draft at this year’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

Breeders of such champions as Legal Eagle (above) and Val De Ra, Avontuur will be offering yearlings by such successful popular stallions as Master Of My Fate, Oratorio, Querari and Vercingetorix, as well as by War Front’s G1 winning son Lancaster Bomber.

Lot 32: Bay Colt, Spelling Bee (Futura x Easy Game, Var)

By former Horse Of The Year, and emerging young stallion, Futura, this colt is out of Listed Bauhinia Handicap winner, and G3 Sycamore Sprint third place-getter, Easy Game -herself a daughter of Avontuur’s late, great sire Var. A half-sister to the stakes-placed Determination, Easy Game’s grand-dam is a half-sister to the G2 winning dam of G1 Golden Slipper winner Merlene, and this is also the family of fellow Golden Slipper winner, and now boom sire, Capitalist.

Lot 64: Bay Colt, Four Jacks (Master Of My Fate x Jackie O, by Western Winter)

Sired by the same sire as G1 winners Sentbydestiny, Tempting Fate and Zarina, Four Jacks is a half or full brother to four winners. His Western Winter sired dam is a full-sister to G3 Starling Stakes third Nova Zembla and half-sister to Listed winner Sir David Baird -and Jackie O also rates a three-parts sister to the Western Winter sired dual G1 winner, and champion, Argonaut, and the very smart dual stakes winner Simply Salmon.

Lot 92: Bay Filly, Copacabana (Querari x Miss Ipanema, by General Nediym)

By South Africa’s current leading sire of 2yos (and sire of G1 winning filly Querari Falcon), Copacabana is a half-sister to Listed East Cape Breeders Stakes winner Carioca. She is out of G3 Umzimkhulu Stakes runner up Miss Ipanema -a daughter of outstanding Australian sprinter, and successful sire, General Nediym, with Miss Ipanema’s granddam finishing second in the G1 New Zealand Oaks.

Lot 108: Bay Filly, Flying V (Vercingetorix x Pan Amm, by Jet Master)

By outstanding young sire Vercingetorix (whose progeny include this season’s G1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Chansonette and fellow G1 winning daughter Vernichey), Flying V is a half-sister to four winners, including G3 Pretty Polly Stakes third Cloud Break and stakes placed two-year-old Ground Control. This filly is out of a stakes winning daughter of multiple champion sire Jet Master and is from the same female line as Irish 2000 Guineas winner Roderic O’Connor.

Flying V is bred on the same Vercingetorix/Jet Master cross as G2 winner African Warrior and G1 Daily News 2000 runner up Padre Pio.

Lot 167: Grey Filly, Among The Clouds (Lancaster Bomber x Valeta, by Var)

From the first crop of War Front’s ill-fated G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup winning son Lancaster Bomber, Among The Clouds is a half-sister to seven winners including G3 Starling Stakes winner She’s A Giver. Her G1 placed dam Valeta is a Var own sister to Listed Bauhinia Handicap winner La Volta -dam of Sophomore Sprint third Purple Cloud and the very promising Master Archie. This filly’s granddam won the G1 Fancourt Majorca Stakes.

Lot 169: Bay Colt, Campaigner (Querari x Varsity Queen, by Var)

A colt by the same sire as reigning Equus Champion Sprinter Rio Querari, Campaigner is a half-brother to three winners. His dam Varsity Queen is a winning own sister to G1 placed Umngeni Handicap winner Schiffer and G2 Umkhomazi Stakes runner up Mastermind. His broodmare sire Var is already damsire of Equus Champion Tempting Fate and Australian G1 winner In The Congo.

Lot 183: Bay Filly, Musical Arts (Oratorio x Academia, by Western Winter)

Musical Arts shares her triple G1 winning sire with such G1 winning daughters as Banchee and Temida as well as dual Italian classic winner Cherry Collect. A full-sister to the useful Gifted Gal, this filly is a half-sister to four other winners including the stakes placed Top Of The Class, and her dam is a full-sister to twice G1 placed East Cape Paddock Stakes winner My Kazzie and half-sister to the graded stakes winners Mentor and Royal IQ.

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