Father-and-son team excited about Winterbach draft

Father-and-son team excited about Winterbach draft

January 15, 2020 / 4 months ago

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Lot 135, Duke Of Marmalade filly from a speedy mare

The father and son team of Hendrik Winterbach sr. and jr. call Stellenbosch home – their stud is on a beautiful property between the wine farms and horses raised here have fetched double millions on a number of occasions.

Both have a deep passion for the thoroughbred and over 30 years of joint experience in stud management and breeding, which entitles Hendrik jr. to say that this, their biggest draft to a sale, is their most exciting thus far.

Winterbach jr. picked his three best colts and three best fillies from their 15-strong draft of good variety and said: “My top three colts would be a Querari colt (Lot 226), a What A Winter colt (Lot 224) and another Querari (Lot 53).

He rates Lot 226, New York New York, as “an amazing walker, an attractive colt with good muscle. He’s forward too.” This Querari son is from the Al Mufti mare Impress Me, a three-quarter sister to the dominant Captain Al.

His other Top 3 Querari is Amell (Lot 53), bred from champion broodmare sire Fort Wood’s daughter Pimpinella, a two-time winning half-sister to Jabulani Jive. “He’s very nice, very forward and walks beautifully,” Winterbch notes.

Lot 224 is Edge Of Winter, a chestnut by What A Winter out of Home Tree (Fort Wood), related to top handicappers Star Finder and Time Goes By. “He’s correct, strong-boned and walks well too. He’s a positive horse, has a good attitude.”

Among the fillies, the first one Winterbach picked was the stud’s Lot 135, Miss Quince, a daughter of Duke Of Marmalade and Zili, by Parade Leader. On the invariable stoutness of his damsire one would expect this one to be stayer, but Winterbach said: “Her dam won five over 1000m, and she’s produced an excellent speed runner in Ashley Fortune’s Invidia.

“To my mind Duke Of Marmalade is well suited to speed mares. This filly is well developed with a nice conformation and she walks like a dream. I think it’s a good nick we have here!”

Winterbach second choice for fillies is Lot 95, a daughter of Soft Falling Rain and Sleek Jet named Aerial View, from the in-demand broodmare sire, Jet Master. “She is an athletic, very attractive filly with a deep girth. She just ticks all the boxes, she has everything.”

Lot 217 is a What A Winter filly, Winterbach’s third pick.  She’s a daughter of the Judpot mare Guiding Light, and they’ve named her Winter Scout. “The dam is a half-sister to Hashtagyolo and the granddam is a half-sister to Master Of My Fate. The pedigree speaks for itself and the filly is very correct, well put together and beautiful,” concluded Winterbach.