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Ashaawes lands 4 wins in 5 days

Ashaawes lands 4 wins in 5 days including a super double at Kenilworth with Ashfahan and Saint Roch.

Looking forward to seeing his progeny Asstar and Omaha Tribe run on Sun Met day.

Asstar in the Gr1 Sprint and Omaha Tribe in the Gr1 Derby.

Royal Badge Annihilated the Opposition

Royal Badge annihilated the opposition in the Gr3 Cape Summer Stayers Handicap. Trying the distance of 2500m for the first time he showed no signs of stopping and won most impressively by 2.75 lengths.

This talented gelding has now won 4 out of 11 starts and was also 3rd behind Marinaresco in the Gr3 Winter Classic.

Royal Badge is by Go Deputy out of our brilliant mare So Royal.

Very well done to his owners Mike Baigel, Mr and Mrs Edward Bouwer and Basil Marcus, his trainer Adam Marcus and jockey Corne Orffer.

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More success for Deputy’s Go Direct

The classy Lammerskraal Stud bred Go Direct picked up his fourth win when scoring over 2000m at Turffontein on Saturday.​latest-news/​

Quality Premier Sale draft from Lammerskraal

Lammerskraal Stud has a top class draft of yearlings entered for next month’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale, which is set to take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, on January 21st and 22nd.

Lammerskraal will offer six quality yearlings at the sale namely:

Lot 177 –by last season’s Leading First Crop Sire Gimmethegreenlight, this colt’s dam is out of a G3 Elliodor half sister to G2 November Handicap hero Likeithot. His third dam is G1 SA Fillies Sprint runner up Hot Weather.

Lot 100 –a colt from the first crop of G2 Premier Trophy winner Master Of My Fate, he is out of a stakes placed Western Winter half sister to G2 winner Gay Regina. The latter is also granddam of last season’s Equus Champion and 2017 G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate/ Sun Met hope Marinaresco.

Lot 219 – a half brother to 2 smart winners, this well bred colt is a son of Gimmethegreenlight, whose first runners include G1 Premiers Champion Stakes winner Gunner. He is out G3 Prix du Cap runner up Vermilion –a full sister to the G1 winners Nania and Red Ray, as well as to the talented gallopers Bishop’s Bounty and Merchants hero Brutal Force. Second dam is Lammerskraal’s late, great mare Nacarat.

Lot 194 – by outstanding sire Dynasty (and bred like the top class Dynasty runners It’s My Turn, Solid Speed and Run For It), this colt is a half brother to 6 winners –notably dual Guineas winner Solo Traveller and the latter’s G2 Fillies Guineas runner up sister Strawberry Ice. The latter has since gone on to produce the top class Go Deputy filly Flying Ice.

Lot 220 –one of the best bred colts on sale, he is by the great sire Dynasty (sire of 3 sons named Horse Of The Year) out of Jet Master’s G1 winning daughter Viva Maria –herself a half sister to G2 Camellia Stakes winner Bichette and the lightning fast record breaker Blizzard Belle. His second dam is a stakes winning daughter of Badger Land- who is also broodmare sire of Dynasty’s top class 3yo Smiling Blue Eyes.

Lot 221 –from the first South African crop of Danehill’s Cartier Champion son, and proven classic sire Duke Of Marmalade, this colt is a half brother to 3 winners –notably G3 hero Super Storm and champion sprinter Eskimo Roll. He is out of a stakes placed Western Winter half sister to ten time G2 winning speedball Something Else and this is also the family of the brilliant, but ill-fated, G1 winner Sunera.

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IF the looks of these newly-turned Varsfontein-bred yearlings by Master Of My Fate are anything to go by, his future as a stallion looks assured!

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VARSFONTEIN’S young stallion Gimmethegreenlight bagged the freshman sire championship at the conclusion of a cracking first season which saw him sire 14 first crop winners. He joins Var and barn-mate Judpot as just one of three stallions to have sired both a first-crop Gr.1 and Gr.2 winner in his first season.
The only horse to have twice beaten the mighty Variety Club, he lacked a first crop stakes winner going into Gold Cup day, the final meeting of the 2015 season. He promptly set the record straight when Hack Green hacked up in the Gr.2 Umkhomazi Stakes and better still, Gunner followed up an hour later in the Gr.1 Premier’s Champion Stakes.
No wonder then that mare owners have been clamouring for his services and the ‘book full’ sign went up 24 hours after the Gold Cup day double.
The young stallion was quick out of the starting blocks at the start of the new racing season and is churning out the winners at a rate of knots. His prowess was underlined at the August 14 Scottsville meeting, where his progeny dominated both Million Rand sales races. He sired Million Mile winner Legend, as well as the first two past the post in the Million Sprint, where the proverbial piece of paper separated Hack Green and the gallant filly Green Pepper.
All three were bred at Varsfontein, Hack Green and Green Pepper under the stud’s banner, while Legend was bred by stud manager Carl and wife Amanda de Vos.


WHILE Gimmethegreenlight emerged as the leading local first season sire, an Australian-based son of More Than Ready is also off to a fine start in Australia and New Zealand, with eight first-crop winners to his name. We are of course referring to American-bred Pluck whose female line is as South African as boerewors and biltong.
Bred and raced by Barry Irwin’s Team Valor, Pluck’s finest moment came as a juvenile when he landed the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf, which immediately threw the spotlight on his dam, the Varsfontein-bred Secret Heart.
By Fort Wood out of Secret Pact, she is a half-sister to homebred champion Promisefrommyheart (Elliodor) and Gr.1 winner Covenant (Western Winter). The former is of course the dam of our exciting young homebred stallion Master Of My Fate (Jet Master).
A permanent resident at Vinery Australia, Pluck stands alongside his shuttling sire.


THE 2016 Equus Awards function proved a memorable evening for Varsfontein, the farm taking home the hardware for champion three-year-old filly.
The stud was represented by not one, but two finalists in this fiercely contested category: Varsfontein-owned Bela-Bela (Dynasty) and farm-bred Juxtapose, a daughter of Judpot. Much to our delight, Bela-Bela got the nod and deservedly so, having completed the notable Gr.1 Woolavington 2000/Gr.2 Daisy Guineas, in addition to finishing third in the Gr.1 Paddock Stakes and sixth in the Gr.1 Vodacom Durban July.
The half-sister to Champion Rabya is one of six stakes winners produced by broodmare extraordinaire, Mystic Spring, who likewise was honoured with an Outstanding Achievement Award.


VARSFONTEIN-bred Yorker (Jet Master) returned to action following an absence of 805 days and showed he had lost none of his ability.
Making his English debut for the William Haggas stable, the now seven-year-old contested the Gr.3 Strensall Stakes at York on August 21. Last as they turned for home, he rallied strongly up the inside rail to finish second, a length and a half behind Godolphin’s Scottish.
The country’s Champion Older Horse had not raced since finishing third behind King Of Pain in the 2014 Gr.1 Rising Gold Challenge at Clairwood.
Bred by Carl and Amanda de Vos out of the Al Mufti mare Little Indian, the big bay holds an entry in the Gr1 QIPCO Champion Stakes.
Hats off to the connections for persevering when many would have called it a day!

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The mystery begins to unfold

We begin a journey today which hopefully will lead you on an adventure through the wonderful world of the racehorse, specifically his pedigree.

During this process you will learn that the pedigree holds the clues which give evidence to the potential ability of the racehorse, that champion racehorses are not accidents and that careful study of the ingredients that make up your mare or stallions’ pedigree can lead to astounding results....

For starters we will do an analysis of a filly called Pawneese.

Pawneese had annihilated every top three year old in Europe and at the peak of her powers was regarded as the outstanding performer in Europe of both sexes and all age groups.

Timeform said, “she had won six races in a row at the start of the season and in an eight week period she had performed prodigious feats. In the space of eight weeks , she had won the Oaks, the Prix de Diane, and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, trouncing the best fillies in England in the Oaks, inflicting on the Prix Saint-Alary winner Riverqueen in the Diane the first defeat of her career, and accounting for four classic winners including the current French and Irish Sweeps Derby winners, in the King George, the last named the most important race open to three-year-olds and upwards run in England.”

They had this to say about her sire: “Pawneese’s sire Carvin has sired little else of note….”

Why could he do it in this instance?

To find the answer we need to look at the mating that produced her.

Published 2016-04-07

The Pedigree Detective