Stud News

Miss Frankel leaves SA for exciting future!

From the day we heard that our star speedster and double Equus Sprinter of the Year Val de Ra was in foal to the mighty Frankel after visiting him during her UK sojourn, we couldn’t wait to meet this new addition to our Estate.

And Miss Frankel didn’t disappoint!  Her distinctive facial markings and beautiful chestnut colour immediately made her stand out amongst the rest of the foals of her year.  She spent her youth being visited by many local and international celebrities who made their way to meet her in her paddock.

Her extrovert personality matched her looks and her personal face book page grew organically to nearly 2000 fans who followed her every move avidly.  

When she hit the race tracks under the capable training regime of Dennis Drier (who also trained her mom Val de Ra), she made us proud with 3 wins (One of which was a black type Listed race!) and some outstanding performances in other races after a bit of a health scare which took her off track for more than a year.

Miss Frankel will be leaving South Africa soon for her new home in Europe where she will be exposed to some of the world’s leading sires and we believe that this is the best for her as it opens up opportunities, which she would not have had in South Africa.

Hamba Gahle and farewell Miss Frankel, we will miss you at Avontuur!  However, we look forward to following your fortunes and that of the outstanding progeny you will surely have on tracks around the world in future.

 

Breeding season 2019 done and dusted!

The Avontuur team delivered 25 foals in 2019 with most of the mares already in foal again to an impressive group of sires which will ensure that Avontuur’s next crop are winners too. 

“I’m really happy with the Silvano filly out of champion race mare River Jetez as well as the outstanding filly by Oratorio out of new addition to the brood mare group, Starburst Galaxy.  She is already in foal again to Silvano so it looks like she is going to be a really good addition to the farm’s breeding stock,” Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh comments.

Other good-looking foals include a smart-looking colt by new stallion Erupt out of race mare A Daughter’s Legacy and a stunning Silvano colt out of champion speed queen Val de Ra.

It’s a wrap for breeding season this year and now it’s full-steam ahead to get the Yearling crop of 2020 ready for the important Sales coming up next year.

Oratorio tops the SA sires list!

We’re loving it that our globally proven sire Oratorio,  is top of the pops on the SA sire’s list!  What an achievement for this gentle giant who is lining up the stakes winners internationally and locally at the moment.

He still has some space in his book for this year’s season, so get hold of Pippa Mickleburgh right now at stud@avontuurestate.co.za to book your mare for a cover.

Son of Oratorio wins in Hong Kong!

The South African racing and breeding industry had reason to celebrate on Tuesday when the Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein bred Ezra saluted at Sha Tin racecourse for trainer Tony Millard, jockey Aldo Domeyer and owner William Mocatta.


Sent off the 27-10 favourite, four-year-old Ezra picked up his first Hong Kong win when he captured the Nanning Handicap over seven furlongs in emphatic style.

The gelding romped home to score by three and a quarter lengths, while drawing comfortably in the final furlong. Second twice previously in his brief Hong Kong stint, Ezra looks set for more Hong Kong success judging by the ease of his win on Tuesday.

What made Tuesday’s win all the more satisfying is that not only is Ezra bred in South Africa, but both his trainer and jockey hail from this country as well.

A R2 200 000 buy from the 2017 National Yearling Sale, Ezra is a son of the Avontuur based triple G1 winner Oratorio and the top-class race mare Emerald Beauty.

The latter, a daughter of Equalize and from the same family as champions Elusive Fort and Empress Club, won three times in South Africa and the UAE, with Emerald Beauty’s wins including a triumph in the 2003 G1 Cape Fillies Guineas where she accounted for subsequent Horse Of The Year, and multiple G1 winner, Ilha Da Vitoria.

Bloodstock South Africa would like to wish all the connections all the best going forward and may there be many more victories to come!  (Editorial courtesy of BSA)

An update on…. Oratorio

A lovely snippet about our sire Oratorio who’s progeny are now coming into their own!

 

https://youtu.be/bm_8QEg1LZA

 

New foals ring in the start of Spring

At Avontuur we love this time of the year when the brand-new foals start arriving nearly daily. 

Watching those first few wobbly steps, which incredibly quickly turn into cantering and jumping around, is a wonderful experience for everyone involved.

The stud team is running on adrenalin continuously and it doesn’t really stop until early December as the cover season also kicks off soon.

Check https://www.avontuurestate.co.za/blood-stock/foals-2019/  as we add pics of each new arrival as they join us at Avontuur!

 

 

Avontuur signs champion apprentice jockey!

Avontuur Estate, the home of highly rated sires Var and Oratorio, is happy to announce a sponsorship deal with champion apprentice jockey Luke Ferraris, who is one of the up-and-coming stars of the SA Jockey Academy.

“He joins long-time Avontuur-sponsored jockey MJ Byleveld and will be sporting the various Avontuur brands on race tracks country-wide from mid-August,” says Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh.

“We’ve been incredibly lucky with our sponsored jockeys over the years. Starting off with MJ, Anthony Delpech and Greg Cheyne a decade ago,  followed by Callan Murray and most recently double SA Champ Lyle Hewitson, we have backed winners all the way.  People always joke that I seem to be able to see into the future as our jockeys have always performed incredibly well, which has obviously had positive spin-offs for our brand too,” Pippa explains.

Luke comes from a family with a long and illustrious history in South African racing.  His grandfather Ormond Ferraris (now retired) was the doyen of the Highveld racing scene, and it was a huge achievement when he chalked up two winners for his grandfather at the Vaal on Tuesday, 24 April 2018. 

His father David, has been based in Hong Kong as a trainer since the 2003/04 season, where he found early success with six-time Gr1 winner Vengeance Of Rain and has been plying his trade there ever since.  On Sunday, 10 June 2018 when three generations of the Ferraris family graced the winner’s enclosure in their separate capacities on the same day, it seemed as if it was the cherry on top for this blue-blood racing dynasty.

Looking at Luke’s family background, it seems inevitable that he would end up in the industry himself.  “I started having riding lessons in Hong Kong when I was three or four. Whenever the instructors gave me a break, I’d try and pull my irons up. When I was 5, we went on holiday to Zimbali and I remember galloping up the beach, not one bit of fear. That’s kind of when I knew it was what I really wanted to do,”he says.  Luke joined the SA Jockey Academy in 2017 and has loved the training, camaraderie and opportunities which has been coming his way ever since then.

“We have everything in place to kick off the sponsorship and look forward to seeing Luke representing Avontuur Estate.  From our side we hope to play a role in building and sustaining his career too,” Pippa concluded.

Yearlings safely in Joburg – viewings now on!

After a tiring trip to Gauteng everyone has arrived safely and seem to be settling in well.  Regular viewings and much socialising and catching up with old friends seem to be the order of the day.

 

Pop in to visit us at our stable lounge and stay for a glass of wine and snack, whilst having a look at our yearling selection.   Here is On a High Note, our goodlooking Oratorio colt out of talented race mare,  Pan Amm, who is attracting a lot of attention.

National Yearling Sale gives us a chance to shine!

Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm will be sending 17 yearlings up to Gauteng for the annual National Yearling Sale which takes place on 24, 25 and 26 April at Gosforth Park as usual. The yearlings and crew will leave on 14 April and should be properly installed in C-block and ready for visitors a few days later. 

Session 1:

In Session 1 we are proud to have two stand-out colts by recently deceased champion sire Dynasty which once again proves the point that this allocation of superior lots offers the best of the best! 

Broadway is a big, upstanding half-brother to Val de Ra and Cue the Music.  In the same session the Dynasty colt,  Legitimate is high quality attractive and racy, out of the Group one winning race mare Bambina Stripes.

Over and above the Dynasties, we have two Var’s – Testino, a half-brother to Gr 1 winner Attenborough who is a big, strong boy out of In Camera and an attractive filly called Sumida who is beautifully bred and really pretty!  Lastly in session 1 we also offer a stunning Oratorio colt called On A High Note, out of talented race mare Pan Amm.  He is flashy and good looking and an unusual grey colour.

For the rest of the Sale we have 6 impressive Oratorio’s on show: 

First up is Lot 250, a robust strong filly called Lucy Belle out of Viva la Belle (AUS) who is a half-sister to Gr 1 winner King of Pain.  Lot 377, a filly called Ahanah, is a high quality first foal out of Hannah Gorgeous and a 3-part sister to Futura.  This brand-new mom has done a great job with this first foal. The last Oratorio filly is Lot 445 called Caruso out of Var mare Menorah. She is from a wonderful female line which includes Viva, Live Life and Cold as Ice and looks like a speedy sort who should deliver on her promise early.

Two colts make up the rest of the Oratorio grouping starting off with Lot 289 out of Baltic Beauty from the female line of Mother Russia.  He is named Baltic Beat and as he matures he’s showing more and more potential and grows on you.  Manterio (Lot 442) is out of Manteray Bay (IRE) who is from an imported line by Sadler’s Wells. What a nice, strong, powerful colt he is! 

Var represented by a filly and a colt:

Two more Var’s follow later on in the Sale, starting off with Lot 408, first foal called On the Go out of good race mare Jet Set Go.  This Jetmaster/Var cross should be a good one!  Lot no 462 is a colt out of prolific brood mare Murmuration (USA).  He is called Winging It and his dam has already produced  many good winners, so we expect great things from this strong boy.

Some of SA’s best sire’s in the line-up:

We have already had great interest in a magnificent looking colt called Patronage (Lot 241) who is by Philantropist (USA) and proven race mare Varikate.  He has the Var good looks from his dam’s side with his sire’s beautiful physique.  Equally good looking, but feminine, high-spirited and precocious is Lot 310 a filly called All Sorts by Futura out of Candy Vous (ARG) 

For the rest of the Sale we have a very nice Master of my Fate filly (Lot 403) out of Jackie O called Merrywood who is from an excellent female line. She is attractive, dark and a smooth mover, so should impress.  Lot 260 is a filly named Mind Set by second crop sire Captain of All out of a good mare called Academia.  She is tall and athletic and the first time we have one of her progeny on open sale, so a chance to grab a potential winner!

Lot 397 is a filly by Kingsbarns (Ire) and dam Instante.  She is  medium-sized,  attractive and  has a lovely temperament.

To view the yearlings at Avontuur Estate before the long trip to Gauteng, contact Pippa Mickleburgh at stud@avontuurestate.co.za

Yearlings set for Joburg Sale – See pics here

With the deadline looming for our group of yearlings to leave for Gauteng and the National Yearling Sale which takes place from 24-26 April,  we’d like to share the formal portraits of each of the yearlings with you on our website.

 

With two Dynasty’s and some quality Var’s and Oratorio’s, we look forward to a successful sale.

Visit http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/stud/sales2019/ to see each one by Lot No and pedigree.