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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

                                                                                                           

 

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.”

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.

 

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.

Var is Champion sire for 2 year olds!

The first of August was an auspicious day for Avontuur Stud Farm as the great news arrived that Var is the SA Champion Sire of two year olds for the season 2016/17.

As GM Pippa Mickleburgh says:  “We have never ever had a stallion win this title on Avontuur before so it is a testament to everyone’s belief that our boy would eventually do it for us.” She also commented on the late owner, Tony Taberer’s confidence that the stallion would come through for the farm and SA, and that he had the foresight to purchase this incredible horse all those years ago.

The cherry on top is that Avontuur’s second stallion Oratorio finished up as the leading first season sire on % winners to runners, which is an awesome start to the big O’s South African career after  such an outstanding record overseas. 

Everyone was enjoying a glass or two of Avontuur’s own MCC earlier today and revelling in the good news with the Stud team.  But, as Pippa says wryly, “ We’re all absolutely thrilled with the news and it deserves a party but today also marks the start of the next racing season; all statistics begin again!”

We believe our two outstanding sires will keep on delivering the good stats and we wish everyone well for the next season.