24 July 2020


Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm, long one of the countrys leading breeders and vendors, will be offering a quality draft of yearlings at this years Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

The well balanced draft is made up of yearlings sired by all of Futura, Louis The King, Rafeef, Red Ray, Silvano, Soft Falling Rain, and What A Winter, as well as by Avontuurs inform resident stallions Oratorio and Var.

Oratorio, whose flag bearers this season include the graded stakes winners Capoeira, Divine Odyssey, Mardi Gras and Snapscan, has three lots in this draft, with the regally bred Ovation (Lot 276) a possible standout. A full-brother to the Hong Kong based G3 Godolphin Barb Stakes winner Cue The Music, Ovation is a half-brother to Equus Champion, and triple G1 winner, Val De Ra and three other stakes winners.

The sire is also responsible for a half-sister to the stakes placed Top Of The Class in the form of Gifted Gal (Lot 3), while State Your Case (Lot 264) is an Oratorio colt (bred on the same cross as multiple graded stakes winner Divine Odyssey) whose dam is a winning own sister to Horse Of The Year Legislate.

Fellow Avontuur resident Var, sire of recent G1 winners Rivarine and Vardy, has three yearlings in Avontuurs draft. Rowntree (Lot 63) is a full-brother to the smart G2 performer Vous Et Var, while Walker Bay (Lot 269) is a colt whose Sadlers Wells sired dam is a full-sister to Oaks/Dubai City Of Gold winner Front House (dam of promising two-year-old Concessions).

Last of the Var yearlings in this draft is Migration (Lot 298), a beautifully bred three-parts sister to G2 filly Varumba and a half-sister to 3 other black type horses notably G3 Byerley Turk winner Mambo Mime.

Champion sire Silvanos sole lot in this draft is Redmayne (Lot 186), a colt whose dam is very closely related to four time G1 winner, and now promising sire, Futura, while Alcazar (Lot 34) is a colt from the first crop of G1 Computaform Sprint winner Rafeef and he is out of G1 SA Fillies Classic winner Bambina Stripes.

What A Winter is another Computaform Sprint winner represented here, with his son Safari Blue (246) out of a half-sister to globetrotting dual G3 winner Nocturnal Affair.

The aforementioned Futura, currently one of the countrys leading first season sires, is the sire of Calluna (Lot 70), a colt bred on similar lines to multiple champion Beach Beauty (herself the dam of this seasons G2 WSB Guineas victor Wild Coast), while Cashing In (Lot 77) is a colt by Triple Crown winner Louis The King out of a four time winning half-sister to Mercury Sprint winner Disappear.

Last Clouds (Lot 122), bred on similar lines to the likes of Pray For Rain and Montreal Mist, is a Soft Falling Rain filly out of a stakes winning daughter of Var, while Mercury Sprint winner Red Ray is represented here by a colt (Lot 137) whose stakes winning dam is a half-sister to New Zealand G1 winner Arlingtonboulevard.