Drakenstein Stud, a magnificent 130 hectare property beneath L’Ormarins Wine Estate, which nestles midway between Stellenbosch and Franschoek, is entrenched amongst the Top Ten breeders in South Africa.
The farm is currently ranked sixth on the Leading Breeders by Stakes table with recent Paddock Stakes heroine, Oh Susanna their major contributor thus far. She is attempting to emulate the sterling achievements of multiple Grade 1 winner, Inara, who did Drakenstein proud a few years ago.
As part of a consistently meticulous preparation, weanlings are taken to Camdeboo, a farm near Graaff-Reinet to toughen up in a rugged environment. Once they’ve benefitted from the unique Karoo soil, water and weather conditions they return “home” in preparation for prestigious auctions, such as CPYS.
This year, 11 youngsters are being sent to market at CTS’s unique inner-city gathering.
Stud manager Ross Fuller is up-beat about prospects. “Drakenstein is presenting a strong draft of good sized yearlings from a wide spread of stallions, so we’re looking forward to things and hope the international buyers will be out in force.”
Lot 201 is sure to provoke great interest: Wild Coast is a bay colt and the first foal of 17 time winner Beach Beauty, by resident champion sire of 2015/16, Trippi.
Lot 86 is another first foal with potent credentials: Pinkerton is a bay colt by ace sire, Dynasty, out of a well-performed daughter of Trippi, One Fine Day.
Drakenstein Stud is also offering progeny by Irish-bred stallion Duke of Marmalade, who was the Champion Older Male in Europe in 2008 – he’s sired 656 runners to date, including five European Group 1 victors and 35 Stakes winners. Golden Duke (Lot 145) and Duke of Cards (Lot 162) are his representatives at CPYS 2018.
Drakenstein is also acting as agent for five yearlings. One likely to pique buyer’s interest is Lot 23, Perfect Day, by Dynasty out of Happy Archer. The accomplished and versatile dam won a couple of Grade 1’s, with victories from 1000m up to 2000m, and given that Dynasty is a notable sire of classy winners, there could be some lively early action in the ring.
Lot 129, Namaqualand, by Trippi out of the speedball, Schiffer and Lot 34, Winter in Ireland, by exciting new stallion, What a Winter and from the family of 2009/10 Horse of the Year, Irish Flame are others liable to cause a stir.
Gaynor Rupert must have been buoyed by the recent successfully staged L’Ormarins Queens Plate Festival at Kenilworth. Together with Fuller and Kevin Sommerville (Racing Manager) a welcoming team will be in attendance to assist potential buyers at CPYS.
The fresh and constantly updated website www.drakensteinstud.com is an excellent on-line resource always worth consulting – in the build up to this Sale it features beautifully posed images for all the yearlings Drakenstein Stud will be offering.