Stud News – Page 4

27 Yearlings set for 2017 Sales

An excellent crop of yearlings are featured on our Stud Farm pages, all set for the various Sales next year.

We have 9 Oratorio’s, 14 Var’s and then a Dynasty, What a Winter, Twice Over and a Philanthropist featuring in the selection.

According to Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh, she is particularly excited by Montego Bay by Var out of talented race mare Torra Bay who is big and strong and full of scope.  Barista is a strong racy colt out of tough race mare Mochachino and Rags to Riches, a robust colt by Dynasty is the 3/4 brother to champion race mare Beach Beauty.

And don’t forget an outstanding colt called Dickens by Var out of Classique Story as well as Cue the Music by Oratorio, who is a half brother to Val de Ra, our own retired speed queen.

Yearling sales coming up for Avontuur next year, include the Cape Premiere Yearling Sale in January and then Book 2 at Durbanville in March.  In Joburg our yearlings will feature at both of the big April sales namely the one at Emperor’s Palace as well as the National Yearling Sale at the  TBA Complex in Germiston.

“Obviously the yearlings still have to be inspected and allocated to each sale, but we are impressed with the 2017 crop, and look forward to showing them off at the Sales,” says Pippa.


Foaling season in full swing!

With thirteen foals born safely by the 31st and another 18 to go, the Avontuur Thoroughbred Stud team and GM Pippa Mickleburgh is on full alert as the mares get ready to drop their precious cargo.   The rest of the Avontuur crew and public who visit the farm can just enjoy the the gorgeous foals and their moms, who add to the already spectacular scenery of this Helderberg Estate between Stellenbosch and Somerset West.

“I’m particularly excited that we’ve had a safe delivery of a Dynasty colt out of world-class race mare River Jetez and with another foal by this champion sire expected from Val de Ra in late November,  we are looking forward to some quality additions to the stud this year,” says Pippa.

Avontuur’s sire Oratorio had some top class foals delivered with an outstanding half-sister to Gr 1 winning King of Pain and a strong, athletic half-brother to top race filly Cold as Ice already enjoying life by mom’s side in the paddocks.   Multiple winner and imported mare Torra Bay gave birth to a top class flashy colt to round off the Oratorio’s to date.

Gr 1 winning mare Bambina Stripes delivered a tall, high quality Var filly and 2016 Champion sire Trippi has a daughter out of stakes winning mare Miss October.

“With mares still carrying to Silvano, Philanthropist, Master of My Fate and Flower Alley, we’ve still got a way to go, but we look forward to the new additions to the farm, and it’s all hands on deck as we keep up with this exciting period of the year,” Pippa comments.

A beautiful Oratorio filly was produced by Varsity Queen - Aug 2016

A beautiful Oratorio filly was produced by Varsity Queen – Aug 2016

Visit our Stud Page on this website, and have a look at the 2016 foals as they arrive.  Regular updates will be posted.


Avontuur-bred Legal Eagle sweeps the boards!

The Sean Tarry trained Greys Inn gelding Legal Eagle swept the boards and was crowned 2015/16 SA Horse Of The Year at the Emperors Palace Casino in Johannesburg on Tuesday evening.

Legal Eagle wins LQP

The 5yo son of Greys Inn was bred by Avontuur Stud and races in the silks of SA Champion owners, Ingrid and Markus Jooste of Mayfair Speculators (Pty) Ltd.

Legal Eagle won three Gr1 races during the season, and was runner-up in the Gr1 J&B Met behind the high-class Breeders Cup bound filly, Smart Call. The daughter of Ideal World was the recipient of two awards and was fancied in many quarters for the Horse Of The Year title.

Legal Eagle impressed when winning South Africa’s premier weight-for-age mile, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate during the Cape Summer Of Champions, and then followed that with two scintillating victories in April – the HF Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes and then ending his campaign with another facile victory in the Premier’s Champions Challenge.

With Racing Manager Derek Brugman away at the Arqana Sale in France, Markus Jooste was on hand to collect the trophy, together with SA Champion Trainer Sean Tarry, top jockey Anton Marcus and an elated Pippa Mckleburgh, GM of Avontuur Estate.

Legal Eagle also won the Champion Older Male and the Champion Miler Awards.

(Story courtesy of Sporting Post)

Avontuur tops Ave Earnings Charts

Avontuur Estate, the Thoroughbred Stud Farm and Winery between Stellenbosch and Somerset West in the Western Cape is over the moon to be top of the Breeders log on Average Earnings per Runner for the year just ended on 31 July 2016.

“With only 35 mares on the farm and 53 runners which form part of the stats for the past year, our average earnings of R158 979 gives a percentage of 56.6% which is truly a feather in the cap of our team as well as the Taberer family, who owns Avontuur Estate.  But in the end it’s the loyal support of the owners and trainers who made this dream come true for us, “says Avontuur Estate GM Pippa Mickleburgh.

This is the second year running that Avontuur is on top in this category, and it is a testament to good management, planning and a vision to be all about quality not quantity.  “With our sires Var and Oratorio continuing to deliver the goods and a band of quality brood mares, we look forward to another competitive and successful year, “she says.

Legal Eagle in action!

Legal Eagle in action!

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Oratorio keeps up the good work

With the nomination last week of 8yo son of Oratorio, Military Attack, for the Hong Kong Jockey Club Champion Awards, the list of four fillies and one colt by Oratorio at this week’s Sibaya KZN Yearling sale should draw quite a bit of attention.

An excited Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh was elated at the news that Oratorio’s progeny continued to perform internationally.

She said that breeders may not have realised that there are still a limited number of services available to Oratorio.

“They will have to move quickly but I can accommodate a few more mares and if anybody wants to breed a hardy classical horse that can go on and win the Met and the July, then why look further than the big O?” she laughed.

Phone Pippa now to lay the foundation of your dream.

This champion son of Danehill, whose first SA yearlings have fetched up to R3.2 million this season, can be proud of the high quality lots on offer at the Durban Sale.


Oratorio in action in the paddock

Oratorio in action in the paddock

The four fillies are:  Lot 30 – Chica Musica, Lot 126 – Love Theme, Lot 180 – The Fugue and Lot 198 – Unnamed. The only colt is Lot 268 called Victor Victorio who hails from the family of Gypsy’s Warning and is inbred to Danehill.

With Oratorio’s book now open for covers, we look forward to a good result at the Sale, and more exciting foals and yearlings to come.


She’s a Giver delivers on promise

Philanthropist  had an eye catching winner at Greyville on Friday evening when his 2yo daughter She’s A Giver became the latest juvenile by Philanthropist to catch the eye. Bred by Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm, She’s A Giver (a R550 000 buy from last year’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale), pulled clear to win a juvenile plate over 1200m by 1.25 lengths.

This blue blooded filly, who had finished second on her only other racetrack outing, looks well above average and holds an entry in the G2 Golden Slipper on Vodacom Durban July day.

(Thanks to Cape Breeders Club for the editorial)

She's a giver

Avontuur-bred Rivarine kept up his sterling performance with another win at the same event!  What a weekend we had in KZN!

Avontuur sponsors leading young jockey!

Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh announced today that nineteen year-old Callan Murray from Johannesburg will be sporting Avontuur branding from tomorrow when he participates in the Vaal race day, becoming the fourth jockey to be sponsored by the Western Cape based Stud farm and Wine Estate.

Callan currently leads the National Champion Apprentice log by 20 winners with six weeks left of the new season. He comes out of his time at the end of 2016. In April he rode his biggest winner to date when steering Fursa home for Mike de Kock in the Gr2 SA Fillies Nursery. He rode 16 winners in May and is looking to ride an average of 16 winners per month to crack the magical 100 winner mark this season.

Callan Murray June 2016 4

“I love my career although my whole family has no background or previous experience with the sport,” says Callan.  “A family friend recommended that I investigate this as a future prospect and in Grade 10 I went off to the Jockey Academy for training. Once I sat on a horse the first time, I knew this was for me!”

When asked about his family’s reaction to his new direction, he laughs and says his mom can’t watch the racing live, but records it and then watches later.  “They always attend my big races though and are a huge support,” he says.

Avontuur’s branding, as well as that of their two highly rated stallions Var and Oratorio, is now worn proudly by Antony Delpech, Grey Cheyne, MJ Byleveld and Callan Murray, which gives the stud operation great exposure on race courses country wide.


Avontuur sires on top in breeders lists.

With the latest breeders lists out now, we are thrilled that our stud operation is doing so well!  Thanks for all the support.  Without the loyal buyers, owners, trainers and jockeys we wouldn’t be celebrating like we are!

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3 Avontuur-bred runners in KZN Gr1

With 3 Avontuur-bred runners in Saturday’s Sprint extravaganza at Scottsville in Durban, it’s no wonder we’re totally confused about who to cheer for in the exciting R600 000 Gr 1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion.

First up is Rivarine, who is flush with success after being awarded champion 2 yo colt at the recent Highveld Future Season Awards.

Good friend Dennis Drier has high hopes for 2015 Durbanville Yearling Sales purchase, Horse Guards and he is an expert on this race,so not many will be betting against him and his team bringing home the accolades again.


Stunning son of Var Paper Writer is the last Avontuur-bred entrant and with his speedster genes, should be a worthy contender for first place.

What a day’s racing it will be for us and we wish all participants and their connections the best of luck.