AVONTUUR’s prominent sire Var enjoyed international success this weekend, with his Boland Stud bred son Quicksilver saluting in Singapore. Trained by South African born Pat Shaw, Quicksilver was too speedy for his opponents when scoring by half a length over 1200m at Kranji on Friday.
The five-year-old, who was making his return to racing after an injury, has now won twice in Singapore, with both of his victories coming over 1200 metres.
Out of the Caesour mare Calpurnia, Quicksilver was a R280 000 buy from the 2013 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
Quicksilver’s sire Var also enjoyed a profitable weekend in South Africa, with the former sprint king being represented by a treble of winners in that period. Var’s treble began with the well bred A Woman’s Will scoring at Turffontein on Saturday. His blue blooded son Okavango Delta gave Var a quick double when breaking his maiden over 1800m on the same card, while a day later, Var’s speedy son, Percival, made it three wins on the bounce when scoring over 1200m at Durbanville.
The sire of Equus Champions Variety Club, Val De Ra and Via Africa, Var has an exceptional draft of nine lots on offer at this weekend’s CTS Ready To Run Sale at Durbanville racecourse:
Lot 12 – a half brother to 4 winners, including a stakes winner and G2P Dubai based The Journeyman, this colt is out of G3 The Debutante winner Rambo’s Love and is from the family of G1 winning sprinter King’s Apostle, star fillies Atlantic Jewel and Embassy, as well as the recent G3 winning Duke Of Marmalade daughter Duchess Andorra
Lot 17 – this colt is out of a stakes placed six time winning half sister to top sprinter National Flame and his three time winning second dam is a half sister to former G1 J&B Met winner Alastor –who, like the colt’s dam, was by former champion sire Al Mufti
Lot 22 – a half brother to a winner, this colt (inbred to the great mare Crimson Saint) is out of G3 winner Sharp Mistress –whose own stakes winning dam is a half sister to former Equus Champion and dual G1 winner Lady Windermere
Lot 76 – out of a three time winning full sister to G2 winner Weston Paint and half sister to classy stakes winning fillies Deputy Ryder and Winona, this colt’s second dam is also granddam of G2 Fillies Guineas winner Alexis
Lot 82 – this well bred colt is a half brother to 8 winners including ill-fated G1 SA Classic hero Divine Jury, top sprinter and young sire Divine Jet and 3 other stakes horses, as well as the dam of talented G3 winner Redcarpet Captain. Also the family of G1 J&B Met hero Martial Eagle
Lot 99 – a half sister to 3 winners, including stakes winning filly Milady ,this filly (whose second dam was fifth in the Epsom Oaks) is inbred to champion 2yo and top sire Storm Bird –as are the major winners Summer Bird, Birdatthewire, Oaks winner Faint Perfume and Kentucky Oaks winner Lovely Maria
Lot 116 –another impeccably bred lot, this colt is a half brother to 3 winners, notably G1 Champions Cup hero (and conqueror of the legendary Pocket Power) Ivory Trail. This is the great Best In Show responsible for the likes of Irish classic winners Covert Love and Grey Swallow, as well as outstanding sires El Gran Senor, Redoute’s Choice and Northern Guest
Lot 119 – a half sister to the useful Work Ethic (and bred like the G1 winner Contador), this filly is out of a winning daughter of Fort Wood and Oaks heroine Idle Fancy and hails from the family of US classic winner and hot young sire Union Rags, fellow Belmont Stakes winner Colonial Affair and 1000 Guineas winner Glad Rags II
Lot 136 – out of a winning half sister to 3 stakes horses, this filly is from the same family as champion and Epsom Derby winner Reference Point among others.