The Ceres based Lammerskraal Stud is a farm famed for consistently producing high-quality racehorses.

Renowned for its top-class broodmare band, Lammerskraal, originally a wheat-farm, was purchased by the late Mike Rattray in 1983 with the help of John Kramer. Greatly aided by then stud manager Sally Jourdan (now Bruss), the farm quickly become a powerhouse in the South African thoroughbred industry.

Much of Lammerskraal’s success was owed to their outstanding, late resident stallion Western Winter.  The latter was Champion Sire three times in South Africa, and left behind nearly 100 stakes winners headed by such champions as Argonaut, Bad Girl Runs, Winter Solstice, Yard-Arm and current top-class sire What A Winter. The farm currently stands G1 King’s Bishop Stakes winner Visionaire, whose progeny include champion Good Traveller and top-class fillies Heaps Of Fun and Takingthepeace.

The honour roll at Lammerskraal is a long and impressive one, and is headed by former South African Horse Of The Year champions Celtic Grove and Yard-Arm, with other equine luminaries to have graduated off the farm including Triple Crown winner Abashiri (a close relative of Yard-Arm), and fellow G1 winners Capetown Noir, Hinterland, Ice Cube, Kale, Nania, Rudra, Set Afire, Surveyor, and Viva Maria.

In recent years, notable alumni to have emerged from Lammerskraal include G1 winning sprinter Warrior’s Rest, G2 Cartier Sceptre Stakes winner Gimme Dat, and G2 Cape Merchants victor Vikram.

Since 2014, Lammerskraal Stud has been owned by Pieter Graaff. During that time, Pieter has endeavoured to purchase a number of very well performed broodmares to add to an already very impressive band of 60 mares.

The farm will be offering yearlings by a host of different stallions at this year’s National Sale, including Erupt, Gimmethegreenlight, Lancaster Bomber, Master Of My Fate, Querari, Var and resident sire Visionaire.

A few potential highlights here include an Erupt colt (Lot 245) out of Jet Master’s G1 winning daughter Viva Maria, a Visionaire half-brother (Lot 295) to the G1 Woolavington 2000 winning Viva Maria and fellow G1 winner Warrior’s Rest, a Var half-brother (Lot 392) to the G1 placed Ibhayi Stakes winner Fabian, and a Visionaire colt (Lot 428) out of a G1 winning daughter of Met winning champion Imperious Sue.

The draft can be viewed in Block F at the TBA Complex during the week prior to this year’s National Sale.