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Avontuur Farm’s resident stallion Var had a remarkable past weekend reports the Sporting Post :
The Var syndicate’s own sponsored race, the R150,000 Gold Rush Sprint over 1100m at Turffontein, was won by 3-year-old gelding Timeofreckoning. Bred by Zenzele Stud out of the Fine Edge mare Thin Air, the 3-year-old scored his third win from five starts. He is trained by Charles Laird, and races in the colours of Ingrid and Markus Jooste. Timeofreckoning was a R350,000 National Sale yearling.
Half an hour earlier, the R135,000 Listed Ruffian Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, over 1000m at the same track, had fallen prey to Variometer. This chestnut daughter of Var races for a large syndicate of owners, and is trained by Louis Goosen. Bred by Backworth Stud, out of Australian-bred Hennesy mare Lady Electric, she’d been a R140,000 Natal Yearling Sale purchase. Variometer is Var’s sixth individual stakes winner.
Meanwhile, at Durbanville in the Cape, Var’s daughter Variety Club retained her unbeaten record when winning a Juvenile Plate, carrying top-weight. Another to race in the Jooste-colours, Variety Club is out of Secret Prospector mare La Massine, and is half sister to multiple Mauritian stakes winner Rhythmically. She had been a R425,000 Vintage Yearling Sale purchase.
Var is currently South Africa’s leading sire of 2-year-old by stakes and stands at Avontuur Farm.