27 March 2018

Drakenstein Stud have enjoyed a magnificent season in 2017-2018 thus far.
According to statistics publishing in Sporting Post, horses bred by Drakenstein have earned an impressive R10 542 550 (at the time of writing) this season.

Heading the list is brilliant 3yo filly Oh Susanna, the devastating winner of both the G1 Sun Met and G1 Cartier Paddock Stakes, and a potential contender for the title of Horse Of The Year.

Other notable performers represented the stud this season include impressive feature race winners Raven Girl, Merysagos and Speedpoint.

Drakenstein have an exceptional draft of 23 yearlings (nine offered as agent) on offer at the 2018 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

 The draft includes yearlings by South African standouts such as Captain Al, Dynasty, Silvano, Trippi, Var and Drakenstein’s own What A Winter, as well as Newsells Park’s very exciting Galileo horse Nathaniel.
The latter, winner of both the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and G1 Coral-Eclipse, made a devastating start to his stud career with his first crop producing 2017 Cartier Horse Of The Year Enable and four other stakes winners.
Nathaniel’s only lot on the 2018 National Sale is Rain In England (Lot 171) –a grey colt whose winning dam is a half-sister to South African champion Dancer’s Daughter.

Drakenstein’s champion sire Trippi has four lots in the draft. They include an own brother to Winter Derby hero Liquid Mercury (Lot 37), a full-brother to G1 Golden Horseshoe hero Afrikaburn (Lot 91), a colt out of G1 SA Oaks winner Ash Cloud (Lot 95), and a colt whose four time winning dam is a sister to Horse Of The Year Irish Flame (Lot 174).

Another star sire standing at Drakenstein is four time G1 winner and current Leading Second Crop Sire What A Winter. The latter is sire of Winters Calling (Lot 117), a half-brother to the useful Cardinal Call, out of the smart, stakes placed winner of three Clarion Call.

Cartier Champion, and Drakenstein Stud resident, Duke Of Marmalade has seven smart yearlings in the draft. The proven classic sire’s lots include a colt out of a winning half-sister to Trippi sired G1 winner Deo Juvente (Lot 81), a filly out of a stakes placed Smarty Jones daughter of champion Circle Of Life (Lot 160), a half-brother to Cape Guineas second White River (Lot 175), and a colt out of a G3 daughter of Australian champion sire/broodmare sire Encosta De Lago (Lot 419).

Duke Of Marmalade also has a colt out of G3 winner Milden Magic (Lot 203), a colt out of Kahal’s millionaire daughter Mannequin (Lot 479),  and a half-brother to eight time stakes winner Silver Bluff (Lot451), who hails from an outstanding family.

Deceased champion sire Captain Al has a very smart colt on his hands in the form of Captain Zee (Lot 75). This colt is a full-brother to Irridescence Stakes winner Red Disa and G1 Cape Fillies Guineas runner up Tick Tock (dam of promising 2yo William The Silent).

Reigning champion sire Silvano is the sire of a colt out of Jet Master sired stakes winner Star Jet (Lot 47), while European champion Twice Over has a filly whose granddam won the Listed Ladies Mile and hails from the same family as European champion Indian Skimmer (Lot319).

Outstanding sire Dynasty is the sire of Oscar Wilde (Lot 189)-a half brother to 3 winners and out of the Western Winter sired Equus Champion and multiple G1 winner Lady Windermere.

In-form sire Visionaire has a smashing half-brother to Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes winner Miss Katalin in the form of Magic Vision. This bay colt is out of the Jet Master sired G1 Empress Club Stakes winner Little Miss Magic and hails from the wonderful Miss Lindeman family.

Other intriguing lots in this draft is the Twice Over colt bred on the same cross as Drakenstein Stud bred G1 winner Sand And Sea (Lot 487), the Gimmethegreenlight filly whose dam is a half-sister to multiple G1 winner Thunder Dance (Lot 56), and the Seventh Rock colt out of G3 performer Mary Stuart (Lot 481).