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NYS17 – Introducing Avontuur’s draft: Video

When chatting to Pippa Mickleburgh a week or so ago, just before the yearlings left for Johannesburg, she had this to say about the nine horses on offer at Gosforth Park’s TBA Sales Complex:

The Oratorio’s are featuring well in this Sale and with recent wins by his progeny, should be exciting to see.  Lot 90, Cloud Break by Oratorio (IRE) is the first foal of talented race mare Pan Amm. She is powerful and very athletic – a neat filly.  Caesura (Lot 469) by Oratorio (IRE) out of Jeter is a lovely colt who looks like he’s got the X-factor! Making Waves (Lot 159) is one of those fillies who operate under the radar, a hidden gem so to speak!  She is a well-related classy filly out of Sea of Calm (USA).

Our stalwart Var once again puts on  a good showing.  The two Var fillies are Lot 324, Laduree out of Candy Vous (ARG) and Miss International (Lot 386) out of Europe to Africa (AUS).  Laduree is a big filly with typical Var moves where Miss International is a precocious speedball and should be a good return on investment.  Lot 298 is a colt called Jardin out of Azabu Park (AUS).  He is racy, tall and a good-looking youngster.

We end off with 2 colts and a filly and Pippa’s comments are:  “Ladies first and we start off with Lot 490, On the Double by Twice Over (GB) out of Kitco.  She is a first foal and will have great paddock value as she’s a strong, classy filly.  Lot 327 is a big, strong, imposing colt called Rags to Riches by Dynasty out of Captured Time. He is a full blood brother to champion race mare Beach Beauty and although he will take a bit of time, will be well worth the wait.  Lot 91, a colt called El Sereno is the first living foal out of a high quality mare called Paradise Square.  He is a good walker and seems to have lots of scope.”


Pippa Mickleburgh – Emperor’s Sale video

Pippa chatted about the yearlings for Friday’s Emperor’s Palace Select Sale.


The Emperor’s Palace Select Yearling Sale takes place on Friday, 21 April and we have three classy yearlings who will leave the farm on Sunday to take the long road north.

Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh is happy with the draft planned for this prestigious event.  “We have a half-brother to sprint queen Val de Ra called Cue the Music by Oratorio out of Minelli and a Var colt called Cizeron out of champion race mare Sarabande who’s spectacular colouring sets him apart, over and above his athletic ability.  We found a lovely pic of him and his dam which we’ve used with this story but today he’s obviously a fully grown handsome young man,” she says.

“Finally we are proud of a superb Oratorio colt called Dickens out of Classique Story,  who is a stakes producing- and winning mare.”

To see more of the yearlings have a look at our Stud Sales pages or click here:   Sales 2017

The yearlings will be available for viewing from the 18th and we hope to welcome our supporters at this important sale. 

Gauteng yearling sales set for April and May.

April and May will see lots of action on the yearling sale front with two important events coming up in April and early May respectively.  For more details on our yearlings, click through to our Sale pages.

Three colts set for Emperor’s Sale

Visit our sales page on this site to see more about the three colts (2 Oratorios and a Var) who are set for the first of the big Gauteng sales at Emperor’s Palace on 21 April.

An affordable Var is a possibility!

If you would love to acquire a Var for your racing stable, here is your chance!  See you this weekend in Durbanville!

Cape Yearling Sale video – Watch now

Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh chats about the 4 yearlings set for the Cape Sale this coming weekend.


Oratorio’s 6yo son wins Gr 1 in Saudi

Former Zimbabwean and South African-based trainer Neil Bruss won Saturday’s Gr 1 SR250,000 King Abdulaziz Racetrack Champion Cup over 2000m on sand with the six-year-old Oratorio colt Gods Speed, who was ridden by Luis Morales.

Jumping from gate 7 in a ten horse field, the Abdulelah Abdul Aziz Almousa-owned horse had cover throughout and travelled well.

Morales made his move around the final turn and entering the 400m straight just had to overtake the pacemaker on his inside.

The good looking bay then surged into the lead and managed to held on from the charging pair Smoking Sun (Smart Strike) and Ibn Alnafees (Premium Tap).

Bruss’ latest stint in Saudi Arabia began last September and in 100 runs he has had 14 winners.

The veteran trainer is an outstanding horseman and has successfully raided Dubai with his Saudi Arabian-trained horses before.

In 2009 he sent out former Port Elizabeth horse Paris Perfect and the Argentinian-bred Muller to run third and fourth respectively in the Dubai World Cup.

Oratorio currently stands at Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm in Stellenbosch.  “Winning this race at 6 years old once again just proves the longevity of his offspring and bodes well for his supporters in South Africa too,” says Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh.

Buy yourself a Var yearling this March!

If you’ve always been in the market for a Var (and who isn’t!), check out the yearling draft from Avontuur Estate for this year’s Cape Premier Sale at  Durbanville Race Course on 18 and 19 March.

Three Var’s feature in the group, including a physically imposing colt out of Oasis Song called Gallagher and two fillies,  Au Revoir out of Timetogoby and  Bouvier out of Jackie O. 

“Gallagher is one of the most amazing-looking yearlings we’ve ever produced,” says Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh.  “Not only is he gorgeous, he’s also the colt we’ve been waiting for from this well bred mare – and he’s a beauty!” 

According to Pippa Bouvier is a pretty pocket rocket and although a first foal, she looks like a quick return on investment whilst Au Revoir is the second foal from the proven cross of Stormcat on Damascus.  “She is classy with a lot of scope to boot,” she said.

Tundra is by What a Winter out of an Avontuur stalwart mare, Lena. What a Winter has had a promising start to his stud career with some good 2 yo’s coming to the fore.  This is Lena’s last foal and we believe he’ll add to the glory of his famous sire and highly rated dam over time.

Make sure to pop in beforehand at the farm to see the yearlings or visit us at the Sale.  We look forward to sharing our yearlings with you!  For an appointment, contact Pippa at


CPYS 17 Round-up

With this year’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale now behind us and our planning already in full swing for the next event in Durbanville,  we’d like to say a huge big thank you to our loyal supporters, trainers and owners who ensure that we finished up 6th on the vendor’s list this time.

Var once again did very well ending up 4th on the Sires list with an average of R670 000 and Oratorio, who still needs a few winners on SA soil, was at R275 000 on average.

According to Pippa Mickleburgh the top end of the Sale was buoyant with international buyers quite active.  “We sold all nine in a tough middle market which we’re extremely happy with,” she said.

Official records show that buyers came from 8 different countries, which is a reflection of how international racing is becoming in South Africa, despite continued export problems.  The auction showed results up just over 14% from 2015 which bodes well for the future.

“We’re looking forward to the next Sales for the year, and plan to present some excellent quality yearlings at those too,” Pippa commented.

First Frankel to run on SA soil this weekend.

As if the upcoming Cape Premier Yearling Sales isn’t enough excitement for one week, we’re also thrilled to announce that Miss Frankel (Frankel x Val de Ra) will be taking to the Kenilworth track on Saturday in her first race ever!

It’s also the first time a Frankel is participating in South Africa, so everyone is very keen to see her perform.  She is carded for the 1000m at 13h30 under jockey Sean Veale’s capable direction and we’re hoping for a wonderful performance!

Here’s a video of an interview with her trainer Dennis Drier this week, with the cheeky Miss stealing the show in the background as always!

Miss Frankel portrait January 2017