It is an impressive feat to train 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th place in a Gr1 race, a feat which Geoff Woodruff must be commended for in the Sansui Summer Cup on Saturday. However, most are unaware that both the winner, Yorker, and runner up, Master Sabina, were born and raised on Varsfontein.
Yorker, a son of Jet Master is out of the mare Little Indian (Al Mufti x Totem Queen) and is bred by Carl & Amanda De Vos. At birth he weighed a solid 63,5kg and his conformational notes read “Very big, very leggy colt with plenty of scope and rein. Good bone and frame. An attractive, exceptional foal.” He grew into a striking yearling which resulted in his buyers at the 2011 CTS Book I Sale having to part with R1.8m to secure ownership of him.
Master Sabina, also by Jet Master is out of Sabina Park (Sportsworld x Batimamselle). Sabina Park was herself bred on Varsfontein and was one of owner, Michael De Broglio’s, first racehorses. She was a brilliant race filly and was a duel Gr 2 winner in the SA Oaks and SA Fillies Nusery. Back at home, she now boards on Varsfontein and has produced yet another success story for her owner. Master Sabina was also a very nice foal and was strong with good bone and a deep girth. He never saw the sales ring and graced our paddocks until it was time to start training.
It seems a rivalry has begun between these two talented colts. Perhaps one that started in the paddocks of Varsfontein when they raced each other as youngsters!