13 March 2017

Varsfontein Stud will offer 13 yearlings (and one as agent) at Thursday’s Cape Yearling Sale, due to get underway at Mistico Equestrian Centre at 13:00 pm.

The draft includes lots by prominent and popular young sires Gimmethegreenlight, Judpot, Master Of My Fate, Sail From Seattle and Var to name a few.

Sprint king, and consistently leading sire, Var is well established as a top class sire, with his best including champions Variety Club, Via Africa and Val De Ra. Also sire of impressive feature race winners Exquisite Touch and Rivarine, Var is the sire of lot 75 –a colt by the name of Vardo. He is out of Captain Al’s multiple stakes winning daughter Victorian Secret, who herself is a full-sister to impressive recent 2yo winner Snowdance and a three-parts sister to G1 winners All Is Secret and The Secret Is Out. This magnificent family is also responsible for champions Bela-Bela and Rabiya, as well as 2000 Guineas victor Mystiko.

The farm’s red hot sire Gimmethegreenlight, Leading First Crop Sire of 2015-2016, has been enjoying success all over South Africa, with his 3yos Gimme The Stars and Beataboutthebush both landing feature races on successive Fridays.

The son of More Than Ready, also sire of such promising juvenile winners this season as Green Top, Green Plains, Rose In Bloom as well as the stakes placed La Bella Mia, is responsible for lot 33 – a half-sister to 2 winners, whose winning Western Winter dam is an own-sister to G3 winner Nevvay and half-sister to champion 2yo Laverna.

Gimmethegreenlight, who shares his broodmare sire Canny Lad with Australian champion sire Redoute’s Choice, is also sire of lot 50 –a half-sister to 2 winners, this filly is out of a half-sister to stakes winning fillies Cruise Collection and Dacha, as well as to Listed Spook Express Handicap runner up Requista –dam of G3 winning filly Aquitaine and G1 winner of over R3.7 million, Captain America.

The above mentioned G2 Gold Bracelet winner Cruise Collection is dam of Gimmethegreenlight’s son Sulka (Lot 113), while the versatile G1 winning Gimmethegreenlight (whose first crop included the G1 winning Equus nominee Gunner) is also sire of High Key (Lot 141) –a colt out of Royal Academy’s stakes placed daughter Ki Magee, a close relative of champion Desejado Thunder.

Last of the Gimmethegreenlights in the Varsfontein draft (as agent) is lot 107, a colt named Youonlyliveonce, whose winning dam is a half-sister to SA Derby winner Kale, and this is also the family of current G1 winner Carry On Alice and Equus Champion Kildonan.

Varsfontein’s G2 Premier Trophy winning sire Master Of My Fate (a son of two champions) is represented by his first yearlings in 2017. His lots include lot 3, a bay colt named One Destiny. The latter is a half-brother to 7 winners, including stakes winner of six Admiral’s Daughter, and his dam is a half-sister to international G1 winning sisters Irridescence and Perfect Promise (with the latter’s offspring including promising Australian 3yo Hard Promise).

Jet Master’s son is also responsible for a filly (Lot 40) named Petipa, whose relatives include former successful Varsfontein sire Caesour, as well as international champions Ajdal, Arazi and Noverre-and ill-fated US sire success Exchange Rate.
Master Of My Fate’s final lot in this draft is 44, a colt named William Henley, whose Jallad sired dam is a half-sister to 3 graded winners including G1 Matriarch Stakes winner Gypsy’s Warning and recent G3 London News Stakes hero Romany Prince.

Ill-fated sire Sail From Seattle (responsible for 9 2yo winners this season thus far) is a proven sire, whose best include the G1 winners Elusive Gold and Gulf Storm. The son of Gone West is sire of lot 7, a colt named Baron Rodney, whose five winning siblings include G1 Summer Cup third Master Switch. Bred on the same cross as Cape Guineas winner Elusive Gold, Baron Rodney’s dam is a full-sister to G1 winner Lady Brompton, herself dam of champion Kings Gambit.


A former Equus Outstanding Sire, Judpot has well established himself as a proven sire of G1 talent and produces high class performers each and every season. A P Indy’s son is the sire of lot 39 –a half-sister to stakes performer, and recent winner, Pagoda, whose winning dam is a half-sister to Oaks winning champion Festive Occasion, herself dam of the now Australian based G1 winner Do You Remember.

Judpot, whose top male runners include G1 winner Forest Indigo and millionaire Deputy Jud, is also sire of lot 49, a colt by the name of Roman Gold. The latter is out of a winning Caesour  ½ sister to stakes winner State Coach, and to the dams of G1 winners Bilateral and Little Miss Magic, and his second dam is G1 Fillies Guineas winner State Treasure.

G1 Travers Stakes runner up Mambo In Seattle is out of a G1 own sister to influential champion sire A P Indy. Himself a proven G1 sire, Mambo is the sire of lot 55, a colt named Seattle Force, whose Caesour sired dam is a half-sister to stakes winner Admiral’s Daughter and a three part-sister to international G1 winners Irridescence and Perfect Promise (dam of current Australian G3 horse Hard Promise).

Former Equus Champion, and proven sire of graded winners, Jay Peg is the sire of lot 82, a filly named Wildly In Love (closely inbred both to Al Mufti and to Danzig). She is a full-sister to Cape champion and G3 Cape Fillies Nursery winner Hot Affair and her second dam is a full-sister to G1 Met winner La Fabulous.