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CPYS18 yearling pedigrees now available

We’re happy to announce that more info (Pedigrees and Lot no’s) are now available on this site at   http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/stud/sales2018/  for the excellent draft of 10 yearlings who are planned for the 2018 Cape Premier Yearling Sale at the Cape Town Convention Centre from 20 January to 21 January. 

Five fillies and five colts will be on show, ranging from proven sires like Silvano, our own VAR and Oratorio and Captain Al, but also including newer exciting sires like Flower Alley, Soft Falling Rain and Trippi.

Excellent mares delivered the goods with this sample of Avontuur’s best, which includes A Daughter’s Legacy, Baltic Beauty and Viva.

Pippa and her team will be on site and ready to receive visitors from Tuesday 18 January, so do make a point of a viewing, not to miss out!

 

 

 

Legal Eagle just keeps on winning!

What more can one say about Dual SA Horse of the Year,  Avontuur-bred Legal Eagle who once again stunned the punters on Saturday when he won the R400 000 Gr 2 Greenpoint Stakes at Kenilworth ahead of extremely competent competitors like Edict of Nantes and Captain America.

Is he set for a third consecutive win in the Queen’s Plate on 6 January?  That was the question on everyone’s lips. 

But the last word goes to Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh who said this morning:  “I will never breed another horse like him in my lifetime, and it’s an absolute privilege to be part of this magnificent athlete’s life and see him achieve these heights.  He is a true champion!”

Oratorio’s return to health a huge relief!

It was with a big sigh of relief that we announced the return to full health of our international stakes winner producing sire Oratorio recently.  He was given the green light  to commence full coverings after a bout of laminitis saw him out of action in September.

A pleased Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh said that she was very excited to have written to the Oratorio shareholders to inform them of the great news.

“It has been a trying time but the big boy showed that it will take more than a bit of laminitis to get him down. We are playing catch up now, but he is a true professional. I must again say a huge word of thanks to our Vet Martin Denkhaus, with the support of Baker McVeigh, and farrier Robbie Miller, who have been wonderful. I have already gone on record saying that their care and attention made all the difference to get O back to health so quickly.”

Pippa extended an invitation to all breeders who were still finalising the covering season and said Avontuur will be happy to accommodate mares and assist where possible as Oratorio has some free slots in his schedule.

With the KZN breeders stats featuring Oratorio 2nd from the top as reported on 15/11/17, it’s a good news story through and through.

Name rnrs rns AEPR wns wnrs Wnrs/rnrs BT Wnrs/rnrs plcs stks
WHAT A WINTER b.s 10y 2007 50 111 20173 11 11 22.0% 0.0% 60 1008625
ORATORIO (IRE) b.s 16y 2002 49 134 20478 12 12 24.5% 0.0% 55 1003400
TWICE OVER (GB) b. or br.s 13y 2005 40 97 21909 13 13 32.5% 0.0% 43 876350
CRUSADE (USA) b. or br.s 9y 2009 42 123 20845 11 11 26.2% 0.0% 56 875500

                                                                                                           

 

Platter’s 2018 ratings good news for Avontuur

With four 4-star ratings (up from last year’s two),  the cellar and vineyard team at Avontuur Estate were celebrating this week as the information contained in the new jalapeno red Platter’s 2018 became known.

The new additions were 4 stars for the 2015 Sarabande Sauvignon Blanc Reserve and the Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, adding to its previous awards,  with the Dominion Royale Shiraz Reserve and a new 10 year old pot-stilled brandy keeping their 4 star rating.  

In addition the Pinotage 2014 and Pinot Noir/Chardonnay 2016 improved on their results which brings the wines with higher scores than in the 2017 guide, up to four.

“We are happy with the results and especially the improvements, and look forward to seeing further increased scores as our work in the vineyards and cellar are translated into reality in the bottle,” says winemaker Jan van Rooyen.

“A big thank you to owners Michael and Philip Taberer as well as Pippa Mickleburgh and her vineyard team for all the support and hard work over the last few years.  Now we look forward to sharing these wines with all our fans out there.  We hope to see you in the tasting room at the Farm this summer,” he concluded.

The Big “O” returns to “business”

It’s been a stressful month for all at Avontuur as Oratorio was slowly but surely nursed back to health!  But he has now shown an encouraging recovery from a bout of laminitis diagnosed last month, and commenced covering mares recently.

A thrilled Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh said that ‘O’, as the triple Gr1 winning son of Danehill is affectionately known, was ‘back on the job’ and looking, and obviously feeling, a lot better.

“The shock of his illness is now behind us and we are all pleased that the big guy is on the road to recovery – although he is confined to his box when not working and on a restricted diet. He is also under Veterinary and Farrier care,” said the relieved stud manager.

Pippa confirmed that mares belonging to shareholders would be covered, and then only at the rate of one a day.

“We are not putting him under any pressure. He covered Minelli, Val De Ra’s Mom yesterday, and is due to visit A Daughter’s Legacy, dam of classic contender Ancestry, tomorrow. We are thrilled as we were prepared to write this season off initially. We are just so thankful for the chance to get through some mares,” she added.

Pippa said that Oratorio had shown the indomitable fighting spirit and heart of the top-class racehorse and sire that he is, in recovering  from an illness that can prove fatal. He had also received world-class medical attention. She said that she was thankful for  the support provided by their professionals.

“Our Vet Martin Denkhaus, with the support of Baker McVeigh, and farrier Robbie Miller have been wonderful. Their care and attention made all the difference to get O back on the road to recovery so quickly.”

Winemaker prepares for new Summer wine releases

Winemaker Jan van Rooyen is hard at work in the cellar to get the next vintages out for the summer season,  and the new wines are already either at the bottling stage or labelled and just waiting to be released.

After the successful recent release of the Luna de Miel Chardonnay Reserve 2016, the rich and full-bodied Dominion Royale Shiraz Reserve 2014, was next.  

Also waiting in the wings is the 2017 Pinot Noir/Chardonnay and the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, which will sport the next diamond-shaped label for the first time. Both of these are perfect for outdoor enjoyment on a sunny day!

Last but not least, we are so excited to share a brand-new, first-for-Avontuur natural sweet dessert wine with visitors. The 2017 Above Royalty this time is a Viognier and already a firm favourite with all of those lucky enough to get a taste.

 

Spring has sprung with foals galore

August and September are when most of our gorgeous foals are born, and Pippa and her team have been kept so busy with these arrivals, it’s hard to keep up!

We regularly update the new progeny  with pics on our Stud page – visit http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/blood-stock/foals-2017/ to see more. 

Pretty soon they will have grown enough to show off in the paddocks close to the winery, and equine lovers are then welcome to visit and enjoy!  For now they’re sticking close to their dams, and getting more independent and active daily.

 

“Nothing is going as quick as Miss Frankel”

This commentary at the race in Scottsville yesterday pretty much sums up our favourite girl’s performance when she ran away from the field in the 1000m under the capable management of Anton Marcus, who gave her free rein to show her stuff!

What a wonderful day for all of us at Avontuur, who believed in her throughout!  Can’t wait to see more of that stride!  Check the video here…

The replay of MISS FRANKEL's win in South Africa. She just made my day.BUT NOTHING IS GOING AS QUICK AS MISS FRANKEL

Posted by Jess Samy on Wednesday, 23 August 2017

And here’s some of the post-race interviews and discussions:

https://youtu.be/sFB4NdSrGWk

 

 

Legal Eagle soars at Equus Awards 2017

South Africa’s national racing and breeding awards were held at the Convention Centre at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg on Tuesday evening.

Champion Legal Eagle – top of the pops

The Equus Awards are dubbed Horseracings ‘Oscars’ and acknowledge excellence in a variety of equine and human categories.

Legal Eagle, the Avontuur-bred Greys Inn gelding was a popular choice as Horse Of The Year for the second consecutive season. The Sean Tarry trained 6yo gelding achieved back-to-back wins in the Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and Gr1 HF Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes. He also won the Gr2 Green Point Stakes and ran second in the Gr1 Sun Met and Gr1 Premier’s Champions Challenge. He also clinched the awards of Champion Miler and Champion Older Male.

To continue the “Avontuur” theme, one of our sponsored jockeys Lyle Hewitson was crowned Champion Apprentice Jockey of the Year – which was just the cherry on top!

EQUUS AWARDS 2016-2017

HORSE OF THE YEAR
Legal Eagle

CHAMPION 2YO COLT:
Mustaaqeem

CHAMPION 2YO FILLY:
Lady In Black

CHAMPION 3YO COLT:
Edict Of Nantes

CHAMPION 3YO FILLY:
Just Sensual

CHAMPION OLDER MALE:
Legal Eagle

CHAMPION OLDER FILLY/MARE:
Carry On Alice

CHAMPION SPRINTER (1000 – 1200m; age/gender immaterial):
Carry On Alice

CHAMPION MILER (1400 – 1600; age/gender immaterial):
Legal Eagle

CHAMPION MIDDLE DISTANCE (1800 – 2200; age/gender immaterial):
Whisky Baron

CHAMPION STAYER (2400m and up; age/gender immaterial):
Hermoso Mundo

Story courtesy of Sporting Post

Legal Eagle makes it a treble at Breeders Awards

Last night’s glamorous affair near Stellenbosch was a fantastic event for the Avontuur team as Avontuur-bred Legal Eagle was awarded three top spots in the awards list.

He was the Cape Breeders winner in the Middle Distance category, the Older Male category and the Horse of the Year category!

What an achievement for this fantastic athlete and congratulations to all involved, including our own Stud Farm team who bred him.