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Avontuur beats the odds at 1st 2020 yearling sale.

Avontuur’s “daughter of two champions”,  All that Jazz (Trippi x Val de Ra) was the top-selling filly at last week’s 2020 Cape Premier Yearling Sale and in another first, was also the first yearling to be bought for export to Australia via Mauritius and the UK. 

Another filly who did extremely well for the farm was Live My Life by Gimmethegreenlight out of Muamba.  She was sold for R1.1 million to European interests, but will be raced here first and do well we hope, before being exported.

Comments Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh, “Our horses looked amazing and I think the fact that they did, was our saving grace in a really hard market.  We had 10 different sires for all to choose from and due to that and our quality mares we had a good chance of doing well.”

The difficult economic situation was echoed by chief executive officer of Cape Thoroughbred Sales,  Wéhann Smith who said “Considering the economic climate, both macro and micro, we came into the sale with limited expectations. But all said and done, it’s still a significant amount of money (sales totalled R56,490,000) and we still see a R3-million colt and a R2.2-million colt and two fillies over R1 million, in trying times as positive. “

At this sale 232 lots were catalogued, after withdrawals 216 were offered and 173 were sold. The aggregate was R56,490,000, the average R326,531 and the median R250,000.  In Avontuur’s case, all 10 sold for an average of R585 000 which shows the quality of the group on offer.

Avontuur Estate would like to thank all buyers and trainers who supported us and we look forward to see them perform in future.  A special thanks to all the under bidders, without whom we would have fallen short.

The full low down on each CPYS 2020 Yearling!

“Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm has horses for every buyer at the 2020 Cape Premier Yearling Sale,” said Avontuur’s Estate General Manager Pippa Mickleburgh.

“Some time ago someone remarked to me that the so-called ‘small buyers’ don’t like to come to the major sales because the ‘big” buyers pick up all the best horses. But I’d like to counter that, because we always have yearlings in our draft that suits buyers of all budgets, and we value every client. Visit us at the Avontuur stand and see for yourself.”

The first Avontuur yearling to step into the ring at CPYS this year will be Lot 1, Master Of Law, a colt by Legislate from Jackie O. “He’s big strong and robust,” said Mickleburgh, who was happy to see a single Legislate runner in Gauteng finish second on debut just recently. Snooze and you lose!

Lot 16 is Mayenne, a filly by freshman stallion Rafeef from La Normandie, who has had four winners from four runners including Gr1 Golden Horse Casino Sprint winner Normanz. “She’s a big horse of high quality, if this is the type of filly Rafeef’s going to produce I’d be excited for his owners.”

Lot 29 is a filly sired by the well-performed Master Of Fate, named Call It Fate. She is from the family of Cold As Ice and Mickleburgh said: “She’s strong and correct, a good looking filly I’d place in the ‘smaller buyers’ league, she could be a value buy, well worth a look!”

Lot 32, Spielberg is a cleverly named colt, described as “hunky and good-looking”. He’s by Futura from the fast Gr3 winner Miss October, the sister to August Rush and dam of promising Spring Break. “We named him Spielberg after the famous movie director (of mostly futuristic films), and because in the Spielberg movie ‘Back To The Future’, they travelled to the month of October,” Mickleburgh explained. “Spielberg is an imposing third foal.”

Lot 37 is Live My Life, by Gimmethegreenlight from Muamba (Pure Prize), a five-time winning half-sister to 2016 Durban July runner Mambo Mime. “She’s a dark filly, athletic, highly attractive and from a winning Argentine pedigree. Our fillies are invariably excellent runners, and Gimmethegreenlight is a top stallion.”

Intrepid (Lot 46) is an eye-catching grey son of VAR and super broodmare sire Jet Master’s daughter Pan Amm, whose two foals so far are both stakes-placed. “He’s very pretty, a get-up-and-go type of horse who will run quick, he’s sound and precocious,” Mickleburgh said.

Lot 120 is the pride of Avontuur’s 2020 draft. Named All That Jazz, she is by Trippi from Champion sprinter Val De Ra, whose stakes-winning Frankel filly Miss Frankel was recently exported. “She’s big and scopy, she has her mother’s length, so to speak, and she’s no pushover. She’s big, with a nice barrel, and we all know how the Trippi fillies can run. We decided to put her on the sale, we believe we’ll get a good and deserving sales price for a yearling of this calibre, as we’ve done it successfully with similarly well-bred yearlings before.”

Quiz Master (Lot 123) is another likely to get the tongues wagging. He’s a son of the terrific Silvano and the VAR mare, Varsity Queen. Mickleburgh said this is “a proper horse”, one with the “wow” factor. “It’s hard to produce Silvano’s for the early sales. This one is medium-sized, his half-sister Operetta was bigger. But he ticks all the right boxes. He is strong and will develop into something special, a must-see!”

Stallion Captain Of All is doing the job, and his bay son Goodwill (Lot 131), like Lot 46, is from a Jet Master mare, this one Without Malice, who won eight races. “He’s an attractive, athletic colt with clean legs, another one I’d put in the ‘normal buyers’ league,” Mickleburgh said.

Lot 138 is the final Avontuur ‘baby’ through the ring. He’s West Point, an Oratorio full-brother to Gr1-placed Ancestry,  who was a first foal and Mickleburgh said: “He looks like Ancestry, but has more rib cage – a nice yearling from A Daughter’s Legacy, a good mare we expect to produce more good foals.”

Copy courtesy of Charl Pretorius.

Cape Premier Yearling Sale 2020 planning in full swing!

It’s the last few days before our group of 10 yearlings leave for the Cape Town International Convention Centre for the 2020 Cape Premier Yearling Sale which is set for Thursday,  16 January. 

Pippa and her team plus the stars of the show – our elegant and athletic yearlings – will be on hand and ready to receive visitors from around lunch time on Monday the 13th.  We look forward to welcoming buyers, trainers, owners and interested parties to our stand, not only to view this year’s crop, but also partake in quality wine and snacks, and just in general have a good time!

We’re happy to share our list of yearlings.  All the info you need to make a decision is available and we’ve also got some pics to enjoy on our Stud Sales pages.

Click here to have a look:  http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/stud/sales2020/

For more info or to arrange a private viewing at the Estate before the Sale,  contact Pippa at stud@avontuurestate.co.za

 

 

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.

Cape Premier Yearling Sale 2019 in full swing

All eyes are on the Cape Town Convention Centre this week where hundreds of yearlings are stabled and waiting to be viewed before the annual Cape Premier Yearling Sale which takes place on Wednesday this year.

 

Amongst them are our own eleven beautifully bred and quality group featuring our own sires Var and Oratorio as well as some of the top sires from around the country. We wish Pippa and her team everything of the best for the last few days and obviously the actual sale day itself.

 

Our hospitality lounge is open and we’d love all interested parties to pop in to view our yearlings and share a glass of wine and a snack with the team if you are in the market for a thoroughbred. 

 

For the full pedigrees and more info about this year’s draft, click here to see more. http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/stud/sales2019/

 

CPYS Yearling Sale official pics now featured!

With the build-up to the annual Cape Premier Yearling Sale 2019 starting, we’d like to invite all interested buyers and trainers to have a look at the full pedigrees and photographs of our yearling band on this site. 

Click on http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/stud/sales2019/ to see more.

 

You are welcome to visit our stud lounge and stables at the CTICC from Sunday, 20 January to view the crop – or if you want to arrange a private viewing feel free to contact Pippa earlier at stud@avontuurestate.co.za. 

 

 

 

 

Two trusted sires keep on delivering the winners!

Avontuur Estate is proud to be the home of two of South Africa’s highest-rated sires with the ever-green Var currently at the top of the sire’s list by stakes and  the leading sire of 3 yo’s,  as well as being the 2017/2018 reigning champion for 2 year olds.  Oratorio, who is a more recent addition to the Avontuur stud business has also proved his worth over the years and is holding his own on the current general sire’s lists after an excellent 2017/2018 performance.

Var had a brilliant win yesterday with Rivarine (Var x River Jetez) who came out fresh and fighting after a 44 week break to win the R150 000 listed Golden Loom Handicap at Turffontein.  The gelding has now won 6 races with 6 places from 20 starts and looks set for an excellent return to form. “We are thrilled to present his full sister Delta Queen at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale in January 2019,” says Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh. 

Earlier a stunning debut win by Vardy got the excitement going in the Marcus stable, and we hope for much more from this handsome son of Var.  He looks like a champ already!

Oratorio didn’t stand back either with two wins this weekend, Tubular Bells in PE over 2000 m on Friday and Supreme Orator, ridden by Anton Marcus over 1600 m at Greyville in KZN. 

“With both stallions back in fine form and doing well,  we’ve opened up a few more spots on the book for Var for this season and Oratorio has some space left too.  If you are looking for future winners, contact me at stud@avontuurestate.co.za to book asap,” Pippa said.

Var successes offer breeding opportunities

With the Grade 2 Western Cape Fillies Championship coming up this Saturday at Kenilworth Race Course in Cape Town,  all eyes are on brilliant debut winner Varsity Lover who is representing Var, the current SA Stakes leader as well as being the current 3yo Sire’s list leader, in this prestigious event.

According to Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh he is working well at the moment which has led to his book being opened for a few more mares this year.  “We were keeping his covers quite low initially,   only offering his services to stakeholders, but he is holding up so well that we are keen to add a few more visits,” she says. She can be contacted at stud@avontuurestate.co.za to book your mare.

His ongoing success was proven again by last weekend’s wins in three different countries.

Var’s treble was highlighted by his daughter Mia Finola’s impressive score in the ZRP Fillies Mile at Borrowdale on Sunday.  Trained by Bridget Stidolph, the 3 yo made it win number four from just eight outings when recording a length and a quarter win in Sunday’s Listed race.

Mia Finola, who has now reeled off three wins in a row, was bred by the Piemonte Stud. The filly, who is out of the Wolfhound mare Basilica, had previously tasted feature race success when landing the Champagne Stakes back in July and also finished third in last season’s Champion Juvenile Stakes.

She is one of a number of high class 3 yo’s representing Var this season, with others including SA Nursery winner William The Silent, G2 filly Ghaalla, Sophomore Sprint third Top Of The Class and Varsity Lover.

Var also enjoyed success in both South Africa and Mauritius over the weekend, with his son Lucius Fox shedding his maiden over 2000m at Greyville on Friday night, and another son, Varside, scoring at Champ de Mars on Saturday.

Info courtesy of Cape Breeders Club.

Var and Oratorio – 8 Gr 1’s each!

April yearling sales prove international support is growing

After a very busy April with two major yearling sales taking place, Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh takes a few minutes to reflect on the past month’s activities: “The industry is adjusting and re-aligning after the many changes recently and at Avontuur we are staying focussed and riding out the changes by being positive and doing what we do best – breed quality race horses!”

According to Pippa the CTS Sale was tough with too many sales close together but Avontuur sold the whole draft and wish all the buyers well with their new purchases.  The TBA sales showed a solid top end with an improved middle market but trading conditions were once again tough. “However there was plenty of international support which really bodes well for the future.  Once we improve our export protocol, which everyone is working hard on, our horses will be much sought-after, in the East in particular,” Pippa comments.

Once again Avontuur sold the whole draft with the top price of R1 000 000 achieved for Double the Fun, sold to Jack Mitchell and Nick Johnson, to be trained by Justin Snaith.   Two colts were also sold to overseas clients with one going to Singapore and another to France, which is good news for us.

As always, without our buyers, trainers and supporters,  we would not be able to run our business,  so once again we wish everyone well with their new purchases and hope to see fireworks on track soon!