Yearlings for Durbanville and Joburg Sales announced

Two fillies by Var and Pathfork will fly Avontuur’s flag at the Cape Thoroughbred Yearling Sale taking place at Durnbanville Racecourse on 19 & 20 March 2016.

On the 16th of April, five colts will show off their class at the 2016 Emperor’s Palace Yearling Sale.  Two Oratorio’s and a Var are making their way to the auction with Lot no 150 Mardi Gras (Oratorio x Sarabande) looking really exciting.  The rest of the string is made up of a Silvano and a colt out of Car Park Queen (Ire) by Golden Sword.

The group of 11 yearlings for the National Yearling Sales in JHB on the 27th, 28th and 29th of April has also been made available.

Cick on  Sales 2016 and then on the lot numbers to be directed to the pedigree pages.

Pictures to follow soon.

Please contact Pippa Mickleburgh on 083 658 4404 or for more information.


CPYS 2016 Yearling Portraits now available.

With the Cape Premier Yearling Sale taking place at the CTICC on 21 and 22 January, we’re presenting you the info needed to make up any buyer’s mind on this website.  You will find breeding info and formal portraits of most of the draft (Rest to follow) on the Stud pages as well as more casual pics too.

Click on the Sales 2016 icon to view the pictures.

Ice Queen CPYS 2016

Ice Queen CPYS 2016

Var Two-Year-Olds Star

Avontuur’s outstanding sire Var enjoyed a truly remarkable weekend of juvenile success.

The son of Forest Wildcat was represented by a pair of two-year-old feature race winners, and had no fewer than three impressive individual “baby winners”.

In the process, Var was represented by his 31st and 32nd stakes winners respectively.

Var’s feature race domination commenced in Saturday’s Listed Somerset 1200m at Kenilworth, where his sons, Tar Heel and Western Storm ran first and second in this R125 000.

The third consecutive winner of this race for trainer Joey Ramsden Tar Heel scored by one and three quarter lengths over paternal half brother Western Storm.

The latter was not disgraced, however, as was giving Tar Heel 2 kgs and finished less than two lengths off the winner.

Tar Heel, who was bred by Professor Ian Sanne, has now won two of four outings for owners Markus and Ingrid Jooste and he looks likely to contest a few graded features later this season.

Second of the Var feature race winners this weekend came in the form of the very impressive looking colt Juan Two Three.

The latter, bred by Haras Del Carmo Close Corporation, made it three wins in just four outings when bolting up to win Sunday’s Listed Epol Dahlia Plate by three and a quarter lengths over talented East Cape Nursery hero Captain Swarovski.

Juan Two Three, trained by Alan Greeff for the Scribante family, has now won three races by an aggregate of more than 11 lengths and he looks yet another exceptional juvenile sired by Var.

The latter is also the sire of the Fred Crabbia owned Cup Cake, who made a smart winning debut on the same card as the Dahlia Plate to give Var his 13th individual juvenile winner for the 2014-2015 season.

Var’s juveniles have truly been carrying all before them this season and they also include talented Listed Storm Bird Stakes hero Isca and classy filly Varumba, third in the G2 SA Fillies Nursery.

Story courtesy of Sarah Whitelaw @

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Cracker of a weekend for both Avontuur and VAR

We are proud to record that it was another cracking winning weekend for Avontuur and our superstar Var, with feature successes in the Cape at Kenilworth and at Fairview on East Cape Derby Day, as well as some sparkling performances at Greyville in KZN.

In the Listed Somerset 1200 at Kenilworth on Saturday, Var’s two progressive sons Tar Heel and Western Storm dominated the finish of the Listed Somerset 1200.

In the end it was the Joey Ramsden-trained Tar Heel, who got the better of Glen Puller’s two-time winner Western Storm. With ten smart 2yo’s trailing in their wake, both look to go on and win plenty of races.

At Fairview on Sunday, Var’s smashing good looker Juan Two Three made it three wins from four starts, when scoring a runaway win in the Listed Dahlia Stakes in the hands of Avontuur sponsored jockey Greg Cheyne, who is chasing the SA jockey championship title this term.

Tuned to the minute by trainer Alan Greeff, Juan Two Three looks well on track for a tilt at the Eastern Cape Champion Juvenile title.

It was a great Sunday for Avontuur- breds too with Dean Kannemeyer conditioned Mambo Mime (Mambo In Seattle – Murmuration) winning his second start for Fieldspring Racing in the first race at Greyville, and then Zavaroni (National Emblem – Lena) running a cracker after a tardy start to, fly up for second cheque in the third. She won’t be long in winning!

Congratulations to all of the connections, our loyal supporters, Var and the entire Avontuur team!

Tar Heel winning at Kenilworth

Tar Heel winning at Kenilworth

Hot off the press

According to the latest stats from the NHRA, Avontuur Estate is the leading breeder by AEPR of R94 284 and by percentage winners to 52.1% runners.

With only 48 runners these are exceptional results and statistics for Avontuur. Well done to all runners!!

To view more on these stats, please click on this link to be directed to the NHRA.

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Emma du Preez performs at May Music Evening

Join us for the last of our FREE live music events before Winter, when local Folk singer Emma du Preez takes to the stage on Friday, 8 May from 17h00-20h00 on the outdoor terrace in front of the tasting room.

Pop into the tasting room to buy a bottle of Avontuur’s award-winning wine to enjoy on the evening and a box or two to take home afterwards. A casual terrace menu with light meal options is available only on the Music Evenings, and can be ordered from the waitrons.

(Last food orders: 19h00)

With cooler weather coming up, our Bedouin tent, heaters and throws are ready for action, but remember that the event is outdoors, so dress warmly.

Reservations are essential and seating is limited.

Bookings:  Tasting room at or +27 21 855-3450 during opening hours.

Emma du Preez


Winery and Restaurant phone lines restored


Good day

Finally some good news!! All our telephone lines for both the Winery and the Restaurant have been restored.

The Winery can be contacted on 021-855 3450 and the Restaurant on 021-855 4296.

Thanks very much to all our patrons for your patience.

Avontuur Team

Oratorio’s son leads the ratings for the Hong Kong Cup for HK$22

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Hong Kong Cup: Military Attack to lead the local charge

Singapore Cup winner tops the ratings, the first time a Hong Kong-trained horse has done so since Viva Pataca in the 2008 Cup

A local horse has the honour of heading the invitations for Hong Kong’s richest race for the first time in five years, with Military Attack’s brilliant win in Singapore in May earning him the place atop the ratings for the HK$22 million Group One Longines Hong Kong Cup (2,000m) next month.

Not since Viva Pataca shared top billing with Eagle Mountain in 2008 has a local invitee been the highest-rated selection, although eventual winner California Memory did go to post as the top rater last year when French-trained Cirrus Des Aigles was withdrawn with injury two days prior.

Cirrus Des Aigles has headed the nominations for the past two years and, while his European form is arguably down from its peak, the rising eight-year-old star is scheduled to make his fifth consecutive trip to Sha Tin as the second-highest rated invitee.

He ran a cracking race without luck at Sha Tin in the Vase as a three-year-old and while his best has otherwise not been seen in his subsequent visits to Hong Kong, he comes off a last-start second to Farhh in the Champions Stakes at Ascot which was not too far off his very best form.

The Dale Romans-trained Little Mike will fly the flag for the United States, looking to become the first Hong Kong International winner from there since Val’s Prince in the 1997 Cup and only the second ever. Little Mike is a four-time Group One winner and 2012 Breeders’ Cup Turf hero who took the Joe Hirsch Classic over 2,400m at Belmont in September, before flopping in the Breeders’ Cup Turf last time when plenty of use was made of him early.

Andrew Balding has had success at Sha Tin with Phoenix Reach in the 2004 Vase and brings Side Glance, a recent winner of the Mackinnon Stakes during the Melbourne carnival, a path which earned Alcopop a placing last year in this race.

Peter Schiergen, the champion German handler who guided the career of Danedream in recent years, is another who has been to Hong Kong previously but is yet to taste success. He brings Group One winner Neatico, who is in the form of his life at home with four wins from his last five starts, albeit in lesser company.

The Jeremy Noseda-trained Grandeur has yet to win at the top level but was Group One placed at Hollywood Park earlier this campaign and ran creditably in the Arlington Million in the States, finishing just behind Little Mike and Side Glance, before winning a Listed event at home at Goodwood.

But the Japanese entry Tokei Halo is the most interesting foreign invitee. The first HKIR runner for trainer Hisashi Shimizu, Tokei Halo failed his initial Group One test when strongly fancied in the Tenno Sho in Tokyo three weeks ago but had strung together three easy wins prior in Group Two and Three company. Tokei Halo is unbeaten in his last four appearances racing right-handed, as he will be at Sha Tin.

The home town defence team bristles with quality behind Military Attack, even in the injury-enforced absence of the defending champion California Memory.

Richard Gibson’s Akeed Mofeed has struck form at the right time after his second in the Jockey Club Cup on Sunday and is looking to become the first Derby winner since Vengeance Of Rain to parlay his classic success into an international day trophy.

Gibson is doubled handed in the race with Mizani coming in as the lowest-rated of the 13 invitees, and the numbers are dominated by his four-year-old age group.

Derby runner-up Endowing, fourth-placed Rainbow Chic and Blazing Speed, who missed the Derby but has developed into a high class performer this season, also represent the 2013 classic crop.

Military Attack

Avontuur Estate Fillies Guineas 2013

We would like to remind our loyal supporters in wine and horses about our fabulous race day on the 7th of December at Kenilworth Racecourse.

Join us for a fun-filled exciting day. Contact Moerieda at the Estate on 021-8553450 or via email on for more information on our different packages we have available for the day.

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Avontuur Fillies Guineas Invitation