Drakenstein Stud’s exciting young stallion What A Winter had a memorable afternoon at Kenilworth on Wednesday when the erstwhile champion sprinter had a treble of winners.
What A Joker kicked started the What A Winter treble when the Candice Bass-Robinson trained 3yo broke his maiden in game fashion over 1400 metres.
In the process, the gelding accounted for High Chaparral’s regally bred son Doyles at just his third career outing.
Out of the Parade Leader mare Sharada, What A Joker was bred by Heather and Vivian Pratt.
What A Winter doubled up in the very next race when daughter Travel In Style got off the mark at just the third time of asking when accounting Anina by 0.4 length. Another daughter of What A Winter, the tote favourite, Snow Crystal was back in third place- and she will surely be in the winners enclosure before too much longer.
Travel In Style, who was bred by the Hemel ‘n Aarde Stud, was an R170 000 buy from the 2016 Sibaya KZN Yearling Sale.
What A Winter’s third winner on Wednesday came when his improving son What A Winner made it back to back wins when romping home over 1000m in the sixth race.
Bred by the Favour Stud, What A Winner had broken his maiden by 3.5 lengths last time out and this consistent 3yo has now won or placed in 7 of his ten starts.
Four time G1 winner and triple Equus Champion What A Winter has made a sensational start to his stud career and was South Africa’s Leading First Crop Sire last season.
His notable runners include G3 Cape Of Hope Nursery winner Dutch Philip, G1 performer Warrior’s Rest and recent G2 Western Cape Fillies Championship runner up and G1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas hope Magical Wonderland.
With some exceptionally well bred youngsters in his second crop (What A Winter 2yos this season include half or full siblings to high class performers White River, Brutal Force, Red Ray, Captain Chaos, and Maybe Yes), the future looks very bright for What A Winter!