Two of the Western Cape’s most consistently successful thoroughbred nurseries, Oldlands Stud and Riverton Stud, will be bringing smart drafts to the 2022 National Yearling Sale.
Based in the Hemel En Aarde valley, just outside Hermanus, Oldlands Stud is a farm which has consistently produced high-class racehorses.
Situated on 200 hectares, the farm is in an ideal climate for producing high-class horses, as their results confirm.
Among the numerous high-class performers bred by Oldlands are G1 SA Classic winner English Garden, G2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas victress Go Indigo, and fellow graded stakes winners Astro News, Netta and Rocket Countdown.
The farm also bred the durable Sanshaawes, who won four times in Dubai, as well as Maktoum Challenge (Round 2) winner Lucky Find. Remarkably, both Lucky Find and Sanshaawes were good enough to compete in the G1 Dubai World Cup of their respective year.
Oldlands, who were crowned Equus Outstanding Breeders for 2020-2021, enjoyed some fantastic results last season. From 51 runners that season, Oldlands Stud produced a pair of G1 winners in Ambiorix (Gold Medallion) and Zarina (Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes), and the farm also bred the dam of 2021 G1 Vodacom Durban July winner Kommetdieding. The latter has subsequently gone on to land this season’s G1 World Sports Betting Cape Town Met.
Oldands will be offering five lots at the 2022 National Yearling Sale, headed by an Elusive Fort half-sister (Lot 350) to the aforementioned Ambiorix, and this string also includes yearlings sired by all of Lancaster Bomber, Oratorio, Silvano and the ever popular Var.
This draft can be found in Block A at the TBA Complex in Germiston.
Riverton Stud is a name synomous with high-class thoroughbreds. Established in 1918, the farm was originally a wine (as a member of the Robertson winery) and fruit farm, before George Barry added horses to the mix. The farm enjoyed plenty of success and was home to top stallion Jamaico. Duncan took over the farm after returning from a stint in Ireland, and Riverton soon acquired another successful grey stallion in the form of Russian Fox. Russian Fox went on to become Champion First Season Sire and it took 17 years for any stallion to beat his record for the most winners in a season!
Notable thoroughbreds bred by Riverton in more recent times include Champion Sprinter, and successful sire, Captain Of All, G1 Cape Guineas winner Domino Man, G1 Mercury Sprint winner Pearl Of Asia, and they also either bred or reared the winners of three G1 Gold Medallions from 2010-2013.
Riverton’s grooms also pulled off a notable accomplishment when they sold subsequent champion and current top sire Vercingetorix for R1 400 000 at the 2011 National Yearling Sale.
The Robertson farm will be offering three colts by Dubawi’s dual G1 winning son Erupt at this year’s National Sale namely a colt (Lot 74) out of a half-sister to champions Kelly and Victory Moon, a half-brother (Lot 159) to G3 Umkhomazi Stakes victor Al Mariachi, and a colt (Lot 162) whose three time winning dam is a half-sister to the dam of this season’s high-class three-year-old William Robertson.
Riverton’s three colts can be viewed in Block H at the TBA Complex in Germiston.