Avontuur Farm’s resident stallion VAR (click here) had a remarkable weekend.
The Var syndicate’s own sponsored race, the R150k Gold Rush Sprint over 1100m at Turffontein, was won by 3yo gelding Timeofteckoning. Bred by Zenzele Stud out of the Fine Edge mare Thin Air, the 3yo scored his third win from five starts. He is trained by Charles Laird, and races in the colours of Ingrid & Markus Jooste’s. Timeofreckoning was a R350k National Sale yearling.
Half an hour earlier, the R135k Listed Ruffian Stakes for 2yo fillies, over 1000m at the same track, had fallen prey to Variometer. This chestnut daughter of Var races for a large syndicate of owners, and is trained by Louis Goosen. Bred by Backworth Stud, out of Australian-bred Hennesy mare Lady Electric, she’d been a R140k Natal Yearling Sale purchase. Variometer is Var’s sixth individual stakes winner.
Meanwhile, at Durbanville in the Cape, Var’s daughter Variety Club retained her unbeaten record when winning a Juvenile Plate, carrying top-weight. Another to race in the Jooste-colours, Variety Club is out of Secret Prospector mare La Massine, and is half sister to multiple Mauritian stakes winner Rhythmically. She had been a R425k Vintage yearling sale purchase.
Var is currently South Africa’s leading sire of 2yo’s by stakes.
He stands at Avontuur Farm in Somerset-West, Cape.