Avontuur’s Future Stars

A nursery of champions!

There are few more scenic breeding establishments in the country than the magnificent Avontuur Estate and this week’s trifecta of future stars hails from the Somerset West farm, a veritable nursery of champions.

Gr1 winner Bambina Stripes and her One World filly (Pic – Jade MacDonald)

While the big news has been the arrival of champion VAR’s only son at stud, Talk Of The Town, Pippa Mickleburgh and her team have been hard at work ‘playing Mum’ as the new generation arrivals have touched down.

First up is Met winner One World’s daughter out of Gr1 winner Bambina Stripes – born on 6 September. She is the half sister to Legitimate.

Next up is a half-brother to Gr1 winner Tempting Fate by Vercingetorix. The son of the top-class Miss October colt was born on 4 September.

A full-brother to Sean Tarry’s Gr1 winner Thunderstruck, the handsome lad born on 26 August is by exciting Redoute’s Choice sire Rafeef out of VAR daughter, Varikate.

Gr1 winner Tempting Fate’s half-brother by Vercingetorix (Pic – Jade MacDonald)

The lightly raced Talk Of The Town made just five career starts, but he won his last three in a row, with the colt having finished third on debut before running multiple graded stakes winner, and millionaire, Doublemint, to a head over 1200 metres.

After breaking his maiden by nearly three lengths over 1400 metres, Talk Of The Town went on to score at Kenilworth over 1400m. The chestnut really caught the eye, however, when he romped home to a two and a quarter length win on Sceptre Stakes day in 2018. Jockey Anton Marcus compared Talk Of The Town favourably with Var’s champion son Variety Club, while connections had high hopes for their colt before a series of injuries ended his career.

Talk Of The Town is out of the blue blooded mare Street Wise – a daughter of Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner and outstanding sire/broodmare sire Street Cry. Sire of such champions as Winx, Zenyatta, Street Sense and South African Horse Of The Year Oh Susanna, Street Cry is also broodmare sire of more than 100 stakes winners including US champion, and Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, Vino Rosso.

A full brother to last season’s 2yo Gr1 winner Thunderstruck with Mom, Varikate (Pic – Jade MacDonald)

Street Wise is a granddaughter of outstanding broodmare Dancing Show (by Nijinsky II), ancestress of numerous top-class horses and granddam of outstanding sire, sire of sires, and broodmare sire Redoute’s Choice.

This is also the family of influential stallions El Gran Senor and Try My Best as well as former South African champion sire Northern Guest.

The very fertile Talk Of The Town stands for a fee of R12 000 in 2022. 

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