Western Cape’s Varsfontein Stud is showing great faith in the future of South African bloodstock, with a host of new additions to the broodmare band.
Notable are stakes winning stayer Justthewayyouare (Fort Wood x Promisefrommyheart by Elliodor), SA Oaks winner Arcola (Caesour x Star of Arcole by Foveros), and Gr2 Odessa Fillies Championship winner Townsend (Captain Al x Palace Gossip by Dominion Royale). Another newcomer is a Caesour granddaughter of the stud’s foundation mare Indira.
Daughters of Varsfontein’s resident sire Caesour continue to set the tracks alight.
In 2011 Gr1 winners Emerald Cove and Dancewiththedevil made headlines. Which is why the stud has retained five Caesour fillies to race, including daughters of Gr1 Duchess Daba and Gr1 Final Claim, as well as the last foal of Gr1 placed sprinter Secret Pact (half sister to London News, and dam of Gr1 winners Promisefrommyheart and Covenant).
Also to race in the Varsfontein silks are two 2011 yearling purchases – a half sister by Fort Wood to international Gr1 winner Gypsy’s Warning, and a half sister by Captain Al to Gr2 Golden Slipper winner Princess Sassi.
With Caesour now in his ‘ Twenties, the stud has its hopes firmly pinned on new stallion Judpot, half brother by A.P. Indy to successful sire Kingmambo, their dam Miesque a great champion and producer. Judpot’s half sister Moon Is Up (Woodman) is the dam of Sheikh Mohammed’s recent Gr1 Thekwini Stakes winner Amanee (Pivotal).
Bookings for Judpot in 2011 are strong, on the back of his stunning first crop, and all at Varsfontein are looking forward to the arrival of his second crop foals.