Stud News

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). 

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. 

 

 

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

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!

 

Cape Yearling Sale – The Art of Winning

An exciting group of nine yearlings are on their way to the CTICC for the Premier Yearling Sale on 20 and 21 January.  With a mix of tried and tested sires, brand-new hot young sires and quality brood mares, Avontuur’s stables will once again be popular stops for buyers looking for future winners.  To see some casual pics, courtesy of Liesl King, click here  http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/stud/sales2018/ 

“The Art of Winning is a combination of science and creativity and over the decades we’ve tried to make this dream a reality for Avontuur’s many loyal supporters, owners, buyers and racing fans world-wide,” says GM Pippa Mickleburgh.

We’re happy to support two first-season sires with Lot 183, a filly called White Lace by Flower Alley out of A Daughter’s Legacy and Lot 67 (Seven Cape Winters),  a filly by Soft Falling Rain out of Menorah. 

“White Lace is a half-sister to the talented Ancestry and Gr 2 winner A Woman’s Way.  If you’re a speed freak, Seven Cape Winters is the answer to your prayers as she is from the female line of Cold as Ice and Live Life.  She is a flashy attractive filly and a credit to her sire,” Pippa comments.

On the proven sire spectrum we find Lot 199, a Captain Al colt called Baltic Mission out of Baltic Beauty, Lot 72 (Spring Break), a pretty Trippi filly out of Miss October,  and Lot 50, a big strong filly called Honfleur by Silvano out of la Normandie. 

Giving more background, Pippa explains:  “Honfleur is a half-sister to Gr 1 winner Normanz and Baltic Mission is from the female line of Nother Russia.  Both are really impressive and robust. Spring Break is from the family of August Rush and as such she is athletic,  classy and really good-looking.”

Three Oratorio’s make up a trio of quality yearlings with two colts, Lot 33 and 63 leading the pack.  Snowdon (33) is a half-brother to Attenborough and is a really classy specimen with Mantra, Lot 63,  from the female line of Front of House making up the male contingent.  The filly is Lot 171 who is a half-sister to Gr 1 winner King of Pain.  She is called Salvadora, out of Viva la Belle and is a strong rugged sort.

Last but not least we have Lot 95 by Var out of Stakes winner Pan Amm.  He is called Ground Control and is a high-quality athletic colt who should reward with typical Var results on track.

Pippa and the team will be on hand to show yearlings and entertain buyers from Thursday, 18 January and we hope to see lots of interested parties then.

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!

 

 

 

Cape Yearling Sale coming up in January

The first important 2018 Yearling event coming up for Avontuur is the Cape Premier Yearling Sale 2018 which takes place on 20 and 21 January at the  CTICC in Cape Town.

With five colts and five fillies lined up for the Sale, the Avontuur team is hopeful that this prestigious event will set the bar for the rest of 2018. More about each yearling in January!

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