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Carlita – daughter of Oratorio shows her class!

The celebrations are ongoing at Avontuur Estate Thoroughbred Stud Farm between Stellenbosch and Somerset West as resident stallion Oratorio’s second year crop just keep on raking in the achievements.

Most recent was this weekend’s spectacular win by his daughter Carlita, ridden by Aldo Domeyer for trainer Alan Greeff, in the listed Eastern Cape Fillies Nursery  over 1200m.  This was his 50th individual black type winner and she looks capable of building on this triumph.

The Piemonte Stud-bred Carlita has now won three races from four starts for stakes of R214 375.

A bargain buy off the KZN Yearling Sale for R35 000, she is by the fast ascending Oratorio (Danehill) out of Auburn Annio (Point Given).

Oratorio has 15 lots on the CTS April Yearling Sale and a further 22 lots on the BSA National Yearling Sale. They should be in demand.

A sire imported to produce classic winners, and Met and July prospects, Oratorio’s 2yo’s have proven the cherry on top of expectations.

Media Release courtesy of Cape Breeders and Sporting Post.

Avontuur’s NYS draft – another Legal Eagle waiting?

Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm once again look to have an outstanding draft of yearlings on offer at the 2018 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale next month.

The farm, whose past National Sale graduates include dual Horse Of The Year Legal Eagle, will be represented 15 top class yearlings at the April sale.

A possible standout could well be Watershed (Lot 13) –with this bay colt being a son of the great sire Dynasty and out of champion Pocket Power’s G1 J&B Met winning own sister River Jetez. The latter has already left her mark at stud as the dam of G3 winner Rivarine.

Avontuur’s resident sire Var, SA’s Leading Sire Of 2YOs in 2016-2017, has four lots in the draft. Among them is Serenity (Lot 98) –a bay daughter of G1 SA Fillies Classic winner Bambina Stripes, and Beautiful Mind (Lot 210) –a full-sister to brilliant filly Schiffer.

Standing alongside Var at Avontuur is European champion and proven G1 sire Oratorio. The latter has five yearlings in the draft, headed by Cassimbo (Lot 58) a colt out of a stakes winning daughter of the outstanding sire Cape Cross, Valetorio (Lot 62) –a half-brother to 4 winners including G3 winner She’s A Giver, and Vivant (Lot 69) –a half-brother to five winners including the brilliant G2 winners Cold As Ice (also a winner in Britain) and Live Life. The latter has earned over R4.6 million in stakes thus far!

Oratorio also has fillies out of the smart race mares Varikate (winner of the G2 Merchants) and Without Malice, in the forms of Before The Dawn (Lot 310) and Ode (Lot 327) respectively.

Jet Master’s son Master Of My Fate has made a smashing start to his stud career and the big bay is the sire of Sea Scape(Lot 26) –a grandson of G2 Prix Robert Papin winner Ocean Ridge, while former champion sprinter Captain Of All has two in the Avontuur draft- including Aye Aye (Lot 498) –a beautifully bred half-sister to 7 winners, headed by G3 Byerley Turk hero, and big race contender, Mambo Mime.

Captain Of All’s late, champion sire Captain Al is the sire of Gabreira (Lot 206) –a colt out of G3 placed daughter of outstanding Australian sprinter and top class sire General Nediym.

Four time G1 winning European champion Twice Over has made an explosive start to his stud career and he is the sire of Double The Fun (Lot 418). The latter is a half-brother to four winners, headed by smart stakes winner Milady.

 

New wines released in Tasting Room

A few lucky bubbly fans have already tasted the new MCC Brut Rose but if you are a sparkling wine fan, make sure you pop in to taste and grab a few bottles to take home at only R165 per bottle, till 1 April when our prices go up to reflect the new duties and taxes announced earlier this year.

At the same time, we’re happy to announce that the Cabernet/Merlot 2015 was released in the tasting room last week. As this is our most popular red wine by far, and currently at the excellent price of R84 per bottle, make sure you add some to your collection before the price increases in April.

Watch this space for more wine news – we love sharing our new wines with you.

 

April yearling sales info now available.

Two very important sales are coming up for us in April, and we’re inviting all interested parties to have a look at our sales pages to find out more about the stunning yearlings available at those events.

First up is the Durbanville Sale which takes place on 13 & 14 April. We have five fillies and two colts on offer, made up of three Oratorio’s, two Var’s and one Philantropist and Master of my Fate respectively.

Later in April, Pippa and her team will once again take on the long road north with 15 yearlings set for the National Yearling Sale at the TBA complex in Gauteng, which takes place on 24, 25 and 26 April.  

Here we have five fillies and 10 colts with a nice crop from our own sires, Var and Oratorio as well as some stunning yearlings by top stallions Captain Al (See pic of Gabriera – Captain Al x Miss Ipanema as a foal) and Dynasty.  To make up the full group we have one Master of my Fate, one Twice Over and two Captains of All.

For a private viewing and more info, contact Pippa at stud@avontuurestate.co.za. 

 

 

Harvest time in the Boland

Whether the weather is hot or cool, dry or wet and normal or abnormal, there’s one thing that stands as a fact!  February is harvest time in the Boland!

And so it is at Avontuur where the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for our MCC started coming in in January already, and winemaker Jan van Rooyen and his team are now totally immersed in tonnes of grapes ranging from deep purple Pinotage and the first of the Sauvignon Blanc!

We wish our hard-working vineyard team as well as the crew in the cellar and our winemaker the best of luck with harvest 2018 and can’t wait to taste the fruit of their labours in about 8 months time.

 

 

Share the love this month

Here at Avontuur Estate, we love Valentine’s month and plan to share lots of love with all our visitors this February.

We’re planning a Macaron and MCC pairing during the week of Valentine’s from 12/2 to 16/2 which is available in the tasting room and will be the perfect start to a day of romance.

The Avontuur Estate Restaurant will be open on the 14th for a romantic brunch with bubbly,  a relaxed lunch or dinner overlooking the paddocks and vineyards as the sun sets over Table Mountain.  Bookings at openhand@polka.co.za or +27 21 855-3450.

Continuing the theme of love, our very popular Pinot Noir/Chardonnay is available as this month’s special in the tasting room. A 3-bottle pack costs only R180 (you save R42) and if you can’t get to us on the farm, contact Ella and her team in the tasting room at winery@avontuurestate.co.za and they can arrange a delivery anywhere in South Africa.

Winemaker heads to Jhb for Gourmet Dinner

Winemaker Jan van Rooyen is taking some time out of the busy harvest schedule to host the first Gourmet Dinner of 2018 at the upmarket Piccolo Mondo Restaurant at the Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton this Friday evening.

Executive Chef Trevor Boyd had a ball putting together an incredible 5-course dinner to pair with our award-winning Premiere range of wines.

The cost is R625 pp which includes the dinner and wines as well as mineral water.  Seats are still available by booking at michbanq1@legacyhotels.co.za or phoning +27 011 282-7463

Towards the end of February we’re presenting our wines at the NH Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West too – keep an eye out for that if you live in Cape Town.

 

 

Avontuur grateful for Sale support

The 2018 CTS Cape Premier Yearling Sale yielded an overall aggregate of R110,95-million after the completion of Day Two at CTICC in Cape Town. The average price was R506,621 and the median came to R300,000.

According to Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh, the Sale was solid and it was great to see the international support for our horses, for which we are very grateful.  Purchases of our fillies by other breeders were a huge boost and we can only thank everyone who showed their trust in our quality. “Let’s hope this is the beginning of a good 2018, and we believe it will improve as the year goes on,” she said.

While the turnover was markedly down on previous Premier Sales, the diversity of the buyers’ bench was impressive, featuring a host of newcomers. Owners and bloodstock consultants from the US, UK, Hong Kong, Ireland, Argentina, Australia and elsewhere came to support the sale and this was undoubtedly the most encouraging aspect to take forward.

There were critics who expected the sale to collapse, but there was an excellent general turnout over the weekend. “Our sale stood up very well despite the negatives and we can say with pride that we can look to the future positively. The Hong Kong Jockey Club, for example, bought from us for the first time, they were the third biggest buyer spending over R6-million.”

Team Valor’s Barry Irwin made a welcome return too, buying seven lots for R3,2-million, while Angus Gold of Shadwell invested R3,4-million buying three lots.

The Avontuur team is now starting to prepare for the National Yearling Sale in Gauteng in April and with a spectacular crop waiting to be presented to the buyers, we believe it will just continue to improve!

Editorial courtesy of Turf Talk

Legal Eagle swoops again!

Saturday was one of those outstanding days for any racing fan,  when Avontuur-bred Legal Eagle won the Gr1 Queen’s Plate for the third time in a row.  This has only been done once before by the legendary Pocket Power so the jubilation at Avontuur Estate on the farm,  and by the Avontuur crowd at the Kenilworth Race Course can be understood.

What an incredible athlete!  What a champion!  Legal Eagle rules!  Our thanks to Liesl King for the incredible photographs.

CPYS18 Curated Yearling Group Ready to Go!

With the 2018 Cape Premier Yearling Sale around the corner,  Avontuur is presenting a group of nine carefully selected yearlings to discerning buyers this year.   Five fillies and four colts will fly our flag at this prestigious event and we believe it’s a quality offering. 

“I selected a group by internationally renowned and proven sires as well as from trending families and outstanding blood lines.  Additionally the group had to be naturally precocious and in excellent physical condition to stand out amongst what is usually a high-quality selection for this Sale,” says Avontuur Estate GM Pippa Mickleburgh.

Avontuur’s proven international sire Oratorio ticks all these boxes and with three yearlings (two colts and one filly) in the line-up,  buyers should be keen to view these.  Lot 33 Snowdon (Oratorio x In Camera) is a half-brother to the talented Attenborough  and Lot 64 Mantra out of the female line of Front of House both fit the bill. The filly Lot 171 (Oratorio x Viva la Belle) Salvadora who is a half-sister to Gr 1 winner King of Pain, will also attract attention.

Silvano is a Champion Sire and needs no introduction and Lot 50 Honfleur is a half-sister to Gr 1 winner Normanz, which should make her worth a visit once the group arrives at the CTICC.  Captain Al (who passed away last year) is a SA Champion Sire and Lot 199, a colt called Baltic Mission from the female line of Nother Russia is a very impressive type.  The one Trippi in this selection is a stunning filly called Spring Break (Lot 72), who is out of multiple winner Miss October and the family of August Rush, which makes her a definite contender in the “trending family”category.

Two of the newer sires also feature in our crop, with a filly called White Lace (Lot 183) by recent USA import Flower Alley out of A Daughter’s Legacy, herself a Gr 2 winner in her day.  She is a half-sister to the talented Ancestry and is an attractive high-quality filly.  Lot 67 is by Champion local and international race horse Soft Falling Rain and this is his first crop.  This is a flashy filly called Seven Cape Winters out of Menorah,  from the female line of Cold As Ice and Live Life.  You can’t get “hotter” at the moment.

Avontuur’s offering would not be complete without at least one yearling by our own Champion sire Var, and Lot 95 Ground Control doesn’t disappoint.  He is out of Stakes winner Pan Am and shows the quality and athletic ability of his bloodline.

Pippa and her team welcomes visitors at the Avontuur Hospitality Lounge at the CTICC  from Wednesday, 17 January.  We hope to have the support of our loyal buyers once again this year as it’s a stunning selection!