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National Yearling Sales 2021

After another successful Cape Yearling Sale, we’re heading to Johannesburg for the National Yearling Sales to be held on the 15-16 April.

Our draft can be viewed here.  Good luck to Pippa and her team!

CPYS – final draft

With the Cape Premier Yearling Sale on 14 March 2021 at De Grendel Wine Estate, herewith our final draft.

We wish Pippa and her team all the best with the sales!

Postponement of Cape Thoroughbred Yearling Sales 2021

Due to further Covid 19 restrictions, the Cape Thoroughbred Yearling Sales 2021 was postponed until Sunday 14 March 2021 at De Grendel Wine Estate in Durbanville.

To view the yearlings and pedigrees, please click here

Should you require any further information, please contact Pippa Mickleburgh on 0836584404 or

Looking forward to seeing all our wonderful supporters and visitors.



Avontuur honour rolls

Talk of the Town looking good and ready for action!


Avontuur welcomes Talk of the Town

Media Release: Partnership announces exciting new SA stud addition – Talk of the Town

30 June 2020

First Son Of Var At Stud Is The Talk Of Town!

Avontuur Estate’s Taberer family, in partnership with esteemed racing and breeding personalities, Ken and Jane Truter, is proud to announce the arrival of the first son of champion 2yo Sire Var (USA) at stud in South Africa.

Based at Winterbach Stud, just across the road from Avontuur’s internationally renowned wine and thoroughbred breeding property between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, the handsome Talk Of The Town is currently being readied for the 2020 breeding season, which commences on 1 September.

Talk Of The Town (Var x Street Wise by Street Cry) is an exceptionally good-looking individual. He is out of the unraced Street Cry mare Street Wise, whose granddam is the outstanding Nijinsky II mare Dancing Show. The latter is granddam of the great Redoute’s Choice – sire of Rafeef, Wylie Hall, Time Thief and Redoute’s Promise, amongst others.

The broodmare line has produced ten Gr1 winners to date. Street Cry is broodmare sire of the multiple Eclipse Award champion Zenyatta and World Horse of the decade, Winx, two of the greatest mares ever to set foot on a racetrack.

His sire Var is the acclaimed producer of the winners of 11 Gr1 races. His offspring include 2012 Equus Horse of the Year Variety Club, and Champion Sprinters Val de Ra and Via Afrika, amongst many other well-known equine athletes to have raced here and abroad.

Overall, Var is the sire of 95 stakes winners with his progeny earning more than R148 million to date.

Sold for R3 million at the CTS Emperor’s Palace Select Yearling Sale in 2017, Talk Of The Town was set for success and was sent into training with Cape Champion, Joey Ramsden, who was also responsible for the career of past SA Horse Of The Year Variety Club – probably Var’s best ever.

Talk Of The Town was retired for health reasons from racing after just 5 runs, from which he registered three wins on the trot from his last three starts. He was favourite for the 2018 CTS Million Mile, but was withdrawn and never raced again.

His new career as the only Var son at stud looks just the ticket for those speed fans who didn’t get to his smashing sire earlier!

Talk Of The Town’s pedigree includes the winners of 14 Gr 1 races – within the first three dams – and he is from one of the best families in the Australian Stud Book, with the first 3 generations containing ten individual sires.

Between them the family have produced 282 Stakes winners, led by 54 Gr1 winners.

Talk of the Town’s female line includes stallions, Redoute’s Choice – the Champion Sire in Australia, and Manhattan Rain – the sire in South Africa of Sun Met winner Whiskey Baron, as well as other leading sires like Al Maher and Rubick, to name a few.

The partnership is proud to entrust Talk Of The Town in the capable hands of father-and-son team, Hendrik Winterbach junior and Hendrik Winterbach senior at their professionally managed stud a few kilometers from Avontuur Estate.

The mood is upbeat about Talk Of The Town’s prospects, and the Taberer and Truter families are 100% behind this exciting young stallion and look forward to seeing his sire’s already illustrious record being further enhanced over time as he gets into his stride.

Get in now – before he lives up to his name!

To find out more, or to book Talk Of The Town for a cover, contact Pippa Mickleburgh at

Another Gr1 For Var

The beautifully-bred 6yo speedster Rivarine set up a potentially magic month for his evergreen sire Var and finally cracked his long overdue Gr1 credit when he put in the performance of his life to win Saturday’s R425 000 Computaform Sprint at long odds under Devin Habib.

The Mike and Adam Azzie trained gelding has had a few owners and Gr1 close-calls in his distinguished career, and sent a welcome omen for his 2yo full-sister Delta Queen for next Saturday’s Gr1 Allan Robertson Championship at Hollywoodbets Scottsville, when clinging on grimly to deny the flying Cape raider Russet Air by a quarter length in a time of 56,72 secs.

Known as a horse who doesn’t enjoy any give in the ground, Rivarine was given a chance early as his stablemate Down To Zero, the talented Mr Flood and Chimichuri Run set the tempo..

The race was wide open inside the final 300m, but with a  vigorous rein action, Devin Habib brought Rivarine forward down the outside at the 250m.

Putting in a big effort, the gelding ran all the way to the wire at 28-1 for a big win for owners Dr Melandie Taljaard and Sharon Azzie.

Piere Strydom was clearly on his Salusa 45 on the afternoon, and the legendary multiple champion almost made it a terrific day after three earlier wins, when he produced Cape Flying Championship winner Russet Air (7-1) with a late rattle down the inside.

Chimichuri Run (6-1) ran a typically game race in third, with the well backed Mr Flood (13-20) fading late into fourth.

The dual Gr1 placed Rivarine has now won 7 races with 11 places from 34 starts for stakes of R1 224 875.

He is his champion sire’s 24th individual Gr1 winner.

A R600 000 Cape Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 graduate, Rivarine was bred in partnership by Avontuur Stud and Mr & Mrs Cedric Amm.

The Amms raced the outstanding J&B Met winning River Jetez, a versatile daughter of Jet Master who won 11 races from 1400m to 2400m.



NYS 20 to be a very different Sale!

Although the exact format of the event  is still unclear due to the current Covid-19 lock down situation in South Africa, the National Yearling Sale is set to take place at the TBA Sales Complex in Germiston, Johannesburg on Thursday, 30 July (Lot 1-170), Friday 31 July (Lot 171-340) and Saturday, 1 August (Lot 341-479). (This may change).

Thirteen Avontuur yearlings (3 Fillies and 10 Colts) are being prepared for this most important sale on the annual Bloodstock calendar.  Visit the Sale page at to have a look at their pedigrees and see portraits of each yearling.

For more on each, see the comments below:


Lot 276 is called Ovation and he is out of our star mare Minelli and also her last foal.  She has left us a cracker!  He is the full brother to feature winner Cue the Music who has also gone on to win at the highest level in Hong Kong as well as the half-brother to speed queen Val de Ra.  He is a powerful, speedy type with great attitude and he looks so much like Cue the Music, it’s uncanny.

Lot 264, State your Case  –  is another Oratorio colt out of Madam Justice.  He is the first living produce of the full sister to Legislate and is a tough, hard-knocking sort with length and scope.

The only Oratorio filly this time round is Gifted Gal (Lot 3) out of Academia. She is powerful,  workmanlike and very correct, with excellent bone.  A tough one!


Lot 63 is a colt called Rowntree out of Candy Vous and as there aren’t many Var’s around he should be a shoo-in for attention.  He is a good walker,  medium-sized and looks like a possible early return on investment.

Flashy and athletic, Lot 269 is called Walker Bay out of Mantaray Bay. He looks a lot like his dad in so many ways and is an easy mover too.

The only filly in this bunch is Migration (Lot 298) out of Murmeration. She is a typical Var – precocious, powerful and very athletic. 


We have two Silvano colts and here the Silvano x River Jetez colt called Rivano (Lot 361) needs mentioning.  Since starting at stud,  champion race mare  River Jetez has done so well with the group winning Riverine(Var) as her first winner,  which was followed up by this season’s unbeaten 2 year old Delta Queen – also by Var.  Rivano is a special colt with substance and a wonderful  nature.  He is athletic and has that “x” factor in bunches.

Lot 186 is Redmayne (Silvano x Hannah Gorgeous) and he is simply gorgeous in every way.  He is high quality with a real “look of eagles”.


A colt we’re really excited about is called Litigation by Greys Inn out of Jeter.  (Lot 216). Avontuur has an excellent track record with Greys Inn and produced the talented galloper in Canterbury Tale and dual Horse of the Year and champion Legal Eagle.  This special cross has turned out incredibly well as he is an awesome, tough, big-boned smasher!

We like giving new sires a chance and Lot 137 (Red Ray x Europe to Africa) is called Manvir. This is the last produce of a tough race mare , he is a tall, racy colt who looks scopey and has a good head. Exciting prospect.

The last two colts are Alcazar (Lot 34) who is by Rafeef out of Bambina Stripes.  This Gr 1winning mare has given us an awesome, big, strong speed type here.   He is a super colt and  it will be very hard to find a better specimen on the sale.  Lot 70 is Calluna (Futura x Captured Time). He is an impressive, big and tall good walker who is very closely related to the champion race mare Beach Beauty.

Lot 122 has a very special place in our heart as this filly is by that incredible race champion Soft Falling Rain and she holds his name up high.  She is called Last Clouds and can legitimately be called a speed machine.  She is a first foal for the very fast Var mare Easy Game and can be summed up easily; “Born to be quick”.

For more information about the yearlings and to arrange a viewing, contact Pippa Mickleburgh at


National Yearling Sale postponed

Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation last Sunday and in line with taking a responsible approach to the Covid-19 virus, there are specific instructions on public gatherings which need to be adhered to.

As such Bloodstock South Africa has decided to postpone the NYS 2020 to 20, 21 and 22 May, although the dates remain provisional at the moment. We will be led by die government’s evaluation of the situation by mid-April and will communicate further in due course.

At Avontuur Estate we remain committed to supporting any and all measures put in place to contain the pandemic and await further information as and when it becomes available.


NYS 20 Sires List reads like Who’s Who of Breeding.

The group of Avontuur yearlings set for the National Yearling Sale in Gauteng in late April sport a list of sires which reads like the who’s who of South African thoroughbred breeding!  These obviously include our own Var and Oratorio and also two Silvano’s, a Soft Falling Rain, Rafeef and others.

Comments Avontuur owner, Michael Taberer; “We are very excited to present our NYS draft of Avontuur horses for 2020. There is no lack of quality, pedigree and physicality and with the majority of the selection being by leading stallions, we are so privileged to offer this group.  It has certainly been a serious effort to achieve and our dedicated team continue to put in the hard yards to ensure the best possible outcome for the Estate’s Thoroughbred Stud at this important auction.”


We kick off with three fillies;  Last Clouds by Soft Falling Rain out of a Var mare Easy Game.  This is Easy Game’s first foal and she is a very powerful,  speedy and precocious sor. The second filly is by Var and is the last foal from our grand mare Murmuration.  She is called Migration and is a correct, well-balanced, workmanlike individual  who should do her dam proud.  The last filly is Gifted Gal by Oratorio out of Academia. She is really strong for a filly and an imposing tough  sort.


Two colts by Silvano start off our list.  The first is called Rivano and he is out of champion race mare River Jetez.  With this exemplary pedigree the individual should deliver, and he has.  He is gorgeous and classic – a high quality horse in all ways.  

Redmayne is out of Hannah Gorgeous who is a ¾ sister to Horse of the Year Futura and he is a suberb high quality colt who is correct, well-balanced and of outstanding quality.

Oratorio features in the colts list with a double whammy. First up is Ovation out of our champion mare Minelli. This is her last foal and he is the full brother to SA Gr 3 winner Cue the Music who has also gone on to win in Hong Kong.  He is classy with scope and a really attractive boy!  Oratorio also has another nice sort with State your Case out of Madam Justice who is the first foal out of the full sister to Horse of the Year Legislate.  He is a rugged, good-boned, easy-moving colt.

Two Var’s fill up the basket with Rowntree out of Candy Vous looking like a speed merchant.  He is a ½ brother to 4 winners and is a typically correct type.  Walker Bay out of Mantaray Bay is from this well-related imported female line and is a typical Var – flashy!

Avontuur has high hopes for the next colt as they’ve only ever had 2 Greys Inn colts to sell; Grade winner Canterbury Tale and  double  Horse of the Year Legal Eagle.  This colt by Greys Inn and out of Jeter is a gem.  He is called Litigation and is gorgeous, brave and just fabulous!

Our one and only Futura is a tall lengthy colt called Calluna out of Captured Time. He is closely related to Champion filly Beach Beauty and is a tall easy-mover.  We love giving first time sires a chance and this next colt called Manvir is by talented sprinter Red Ray out of Europe to Africa.  He is athletic and a racy type but definitely late maturing.

Alcazar is from the first crop of champion sprinter Rafeef and out of a Group 1 winning dam called Bambina Stripes. “What an attractive elegant colt – he might be slightly immature, but ticks all the boxes and will reward a bit of patience.”

Avontuur is also presenting two Lots (Lot 77 and Lot 246) on account for Sorrento Stud.

“As always we want to express our gratitude to each and every supporter and buyer and look forward to seeing you all in Johannesburg in April as we host visitors in our lounge and show off the yearlings at the TBA complex with pride!” says Philip Taberer of Avontuur.