In a relatively short space of time, Drakenstein Stud has firmly established itself as one of leading thoroughbred stud farms in South Africa.
Among the ever growing list of stars bred by Drakenstein are such champions as Jeppe’s Reef, Jet Dark, Kasimir, Rain In Holland and Horse Of The Year Oh Susanna.
The farm, situated just outside of Franschoek, also pulled off a notable coup recently when the Drakenstein bred and owned pair of Rain In Holland and Safe Passage won the G2 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas and G2 World Sports Betting Gauteng Guineas on the same day! (The pair went on to subsequent win the G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic and finish second in the G1 World Sports Betting SA Classic respectively).
Remarkably, Drakenstein Stud’s record improved when Rain In Holland went on to capture the third leg of the Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara.
A daughter of Drakenstein’s late sire Duke Of Marmalade, Rain In Holland joined a select band of fillies, namely Igugu, Cherry On The Top, Summer Pudding and War Of Athena, to claim the Triple Tiara when she went on to score a historic win in the recent G2 Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks.
Drakenstein Stud is home to a fine line up of stallions, headed by veteran champion sire Trippi, the highly successful What A Winter, former Horse Of The Year Futura, popular Met winner One World and Trippi’s Selangor Cup winning son Gold Standard.
In 2016, Drakenstein, as Agent, consigned a colt by Twice Over out of the talented racemare Sweet Virginia to the National Yearling Sale.
Knocked down to bloodstock agent John Freeman for R1 000 000,the colt, subsequently named Do It Again has gone on to enjoy an illustrious career.
South Africa’s Horse Of The Year in 2018-2019, Do It Again has earned in excess of R9 000 000, with the charismatic gelding’s five graded wins headed by victories in the G1 Vodacom Durban July in both 2018 and 2019.
Drakenstein Stud will be offering a three-parts brother (Lot 205) to Do It Again at this year’s National Yearling Sale, with that Twice Over colt just one of a number of blue blooded yearlings to grace Drakenstein’s 2022 National Sale draft.
This imposing draft is made up of yearlings sired by all of Duke Of Marmalade, Gimmethegreenlight, Master Of My Fate, Querari, Silvano, Trippi, Twice Over, Vercingetorix and What A Winter. Drakenstein will also be offering a number of yearlings sired by their sadly deceased G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup winning War Front horse Lancaster Bomber. They include Gold Gunner (Lot 189), a half-brother to G1 Tsogo Sun Sprint winner Chimichuri Run, Landseer (Lot 283), a half-brother to champion Kasimir and fellow G1 winner Afrikaburn, and Land Of Heaven (Lot 303). The latter is a colt whose dam is a winning Bernardini half-sister to the Drakenstein bred champion Oh Susanna.
All the yearlings mentioned above can be viewed in blocks D, E and F.