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Oratorio results heartening for his supporters

The most recent sire rankings came out on 6 May with Oratorio in number two just behind Var in the Leading Sires of 2yo’s by Stakes earnings with R1007 850 off 22 runners.  This is a positive result especially looking back at a tough year health-wise for this trooper, who has recovered fully. 

“He produces classic horses and with them now getting better as they mature, he is firmly established as a sire to watch, in the more mature categories.  However his results again this year in the two year old ratings are most encouraging,  considering his classic bloodlines, “ says Avontuur Estate GM Pippa Mickleburgh,  where he stands at stud.

“We are looking forward to his participation in the Stallion Parade at Highlands Stud in Robertson on Friday 25 May where he will be sharing the limelight with some of SA’s highest rated sires and will not in any way come off other than at the top of this game,” she says.

His win this past month with Cue the Music in the Group race at Scottsville and after an excellent feature win recently with Carlita,  is setting the scene for even better performances with strong support expected at the Scottsville race day on 26 May.

Oratorio is ready for a full season and his bookings are open with the service fee to be announced early June.

Avontuur Presents the fourth Cab Franc Carnival

The 2018 Cabernet Franc Carnival will once again bring one of the most interesting wine varietals to an adoring public. 

On Saturday, 19 May 2018 from 11-4, the Carnival takes place at scenic Avontuur Estate between Stellenbosch and Somerset West where 21 wineries will be on hand to show off their 100% Cabernet Francs,  Cab Franc-led blends and in some cases even Cab Franc Rosé’s. 

The participating wineries are: Avontuur Estate, Chamonix, Delaire Graff, Doolhof Estate, Druk My Niet Wine Estate, Hermanuspietersfontein Wines, Holden Manz Wines,  Kunjani Wines, Morgenster Wine and Olive Estate,  My Wyn, Onderkloof Wine Estate, Oldenburg Vineyards, Ormonde Vineyards, Raats Family Wines, Rainbow’s End Wine Estate, Snow Mountain Wines – James McKenzie,  Spookfontein Wines, The Garajeest,  Vrede en Lust, Whalehaven, Zevenwacht.

Visitors can taste and buy the wines directly from the wineries.

The interactive tutored tastings of the 2018 Cab Franc Challenge Top 6 wines is an integral part of the Carnival and is often the only place to taste these winning wines due to small volumes produced.  The tastings are presented by convenor of the judging panel and Cape Wine Master, Christine Rudman. Tickets cost R100 pp extra and a limited number of seats per session is available.  Sessions:  11h30, 13h00 and 14h30.

The very popular public “vote” to choose the favourite wine of the day, will again take place which gives an interesting perspective on the differences between expert and amateur palates.  

In addition to the wine-related activities, food trucks, lawn games, background music and a multitude of delicious dining options courtesy of the popular Avontuur Estate Restaurant, keeps the crowds entertained.  Relaxing in the beautiful setting of this family-owned Wine and Thorougbred Stud farm adds to the experience of a unique day out.

Tickets are R220 pp on-line and R250 at the gate, which includes the tastings, a R50 discount coupon to spend on food and a tasting glass.  Tickets from   www.plankton.mobi

Follow us on Facebook at Cabernet Franc Carnival or on Twitter at @Cabfrancarnival . 

 

Oratorio leads the charge for NYS18

With all our yearlings and the thoroughbred stud team safely ensconced  at the TBA Sales complex, we are happy to share them with buyers, trainers and owners for the next few days.  Pop in for a viewing, a glass of wine and snack – we look forward to seeing you.

For more info about the selection, have a look below or visit our sales page at http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/stud/sales2018/.

It’s always wonderful to be proven right and in the case of our highly rated international sire, Oratorio, our policy of “give them time”, seem to be paying off as his progeny make waves on race courses country-wide.

Recently Carlita showed her class in the Listed Eastern Cape Fillies Nursery and a few weeks ago it was the turn of the beautiful grey, Mardi Gras out of Sarabande who won in fine style. We therefore have high hopes for the four Oratorio yearlings, making up the bulk of our crop set for the National Yearling Sale in Gosforth Park at the end of April.

Oratorio yearlings looking good…

We start off with the two colts. First up is Lot 58, Cassimbo out of Torra Bay (AUS) who is a powerful, very attractive horse from an internationally successful female line.  Lot 69 – Vivant – out of Viva is a strong, robust brother to Live Life and Cold as Ice.  “Viva is one of our foundation mares and she hasn’t thrown a colt in a long time, which makes this boy a wonderful surprise,” says Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh.

The two fillies are Lot 310 called Before the Dawn and she is a high quality first foal out of  the Var mare, Varikate.  Lot 327 is out of Without Malice, herself by Jet Master, and according to Pippa you can clearly see the Jet Master looks in this filly called Ode.

Var holding the fort too…

Two fillies and a colt make up our champion sire Var’s contingent.  Lot 98, called Serenity out of Gr 1 winning mare Bambina Stripes (ARG) is a beautiful young lady, whose name suits her perfectly.  The second filly is Lot 210 called Beautiful Mind out of Model IQ.  “She is out of the stalwart line of Wise Dame who has done very well for Avontuur over the years and as Model IQ has mostly thrown colts, it’s wonderful to have this gorgeous Var filly out of her,” Pippa says.  The Var colt is Lot 512 called Big Bay out of Paradise Beach (IRE). He is a racy, athletic bay colt, who looks like a typical speedy VAR.

Captain Al’s legacy lives on…

We’re happy to present Lot 206 Gabreira who is from the last full crop of Champion Sire Captain Al  out of stakes winning mare Miss Ipanema.  He is a big, strong, strapping colt and a half-brother to the talented two year old Carioca, so should do well.

One Captain of All follows, a colt called Candyman out of Candy Vous (ARG).  He is is smart, strong, powerful and full of beans and from a lovely imported female line.

Leading first season sire represented….

Master of my Fate is the current leading first season sire, and it would be amiss not to show off our classy high-quality colt out of Sea of Calm (USA). This is a great family and Lot 26, Seascape should not disappoint.

Lot 418 is a tall, dark and handsome colt called Double the Fun by Twice Over (GB) and out of the imported mare Gaiety Girl (USA). 

Cape Sale Yearlings highlight Avontuur sires.

With six excellent yearlings set for the mid-April CTS sale in Durbanville, Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm is happy with their draft.  See the Breeding to Win video here to find out more… https://youtu.be/Mjf-Wv5IX5c

Comments Pippa Mickleburgh, Avontuur’s GM:  “Five fillies and one colt mostly featuring our own Oratorio and Var with a few exciting sires thrown in, should give us the edge at this local sale.”

Check out their details here:  http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/stud/sales2018/

Three Oratorio’s start off the list with Lot 134, a medium-sized filly called Rockachino out of Mochachino showing off a very good bloodline and a racy build.  Lot 224, a filly out of Varsity Queen called Curious Mind is a robust, easy moving and powerful horse, who is the picture of her sire. The only Oratorio colt on this sale is Duet, Lot 148 out of Oasis Song.  He is a correct, very nice horse and according to Pippa, could be the surprise in the pack!

When we get to the Var’s, we have two fillies on offer. Lot 213 is called In Good Time out of Timetogoby and she is a good mover and a strong, athletic sort.  The second filly is Lot 287, Eurovar.  “She is a speed machine and a very attractive race horse out of Europe to Africa, and should do well,” Pippa says.

The last yearling set for Durbanville is Lot 272, a filly called Hot Money by Master of my Fate –  a hot new sire from a well-related family.

All in all, a group of yearlings to be proud of!  Pippa and the team will arrive at Durbanville on 10 April and look forward to welcoming clients, supporters and fans soon thereafter. Visit our Stud page http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/stud/sales2018/   to find out more about the pedigree of each yearling and have a look at their action shots, kindly taken by Liesl King.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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