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It’s no secret that every breeder strives to produce a classic winner, hence we are thrilled and excited that a number of Varsfontein-breds look set to make their presence felt in this season’s classics. Read full story

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News for the month of August

The month started on a high when we were named the Outstanding Breeder at the prestigious Equus Awards ceremony. On the racetrack, an own sister to Judpot’s first crop Gr.1 winner Forest Indigo carried the Varsfontein silks to victory in a commanding debut win and looks an exciting prospect. It was tough going at the […]

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Latest Newsletter

The 2016/17 racing season has been consigned to the history books and what a momentous twelve months it has been for Varsfontein. Our latest newsletter recalls the highlights, both on the track and in the sales ring in a season capped with the accolade of Outstanding Breeders at the Cape Breeders Awards earlier this week! […]

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This past month, the farm has tasted Gr.1 success both as a breeder and owner. While Varsfontein-bred Captain America stormed to a facile victory in the Gold Challenge at Greyville, our champion Bela-Bela’s performance in the Garden Province Stakes was a definite highlight of the Durban July meeting. The grey was in a class of […]

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Captain America’s French connection

Flash On pictured as a broodmare   THAT the fostering of equine dynasties has served Varsfontein Stud well over the years was underlined at Greyville when Captain America stunned his rivals in the Gr.1 Gold Challenge, his second success at the top level. Captain America’s female family originates from the French-bred yearling Flash On, bought […]

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News for the month of May

Varsfontein’s rich haul of five individual stakes winners during the Gauteng season earned the farm a richly-deserved Breeder accolade at the recent Racing Association award ceremony … East Cape Derby hero Captain Splendid too good in the Gr.3 Lonsdale Stirrup Cup … Alexa another feather in the cap of our grand broodmare Alexandra Bi … […]

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Newsletter

This past month has been a momentous one for Varsfontein, both on the racetrack and in the sales ring. A Var filly from our celebrated female family of Promisefrommyheart and Master Of My Fate nudged the National Sales record to a new high of R5-million, while another trio of youngsters from our draft breached the […]

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News for the month of March

March was a month to remember for our stallions, with Gimmethegreenlight adding three new stakes winners to his growing tally and Judpot narrowly missing out on a second successive Gr.1 victory in the SA Fillies Classic. On the classic scene, Varsfontein-bred Pagoda boosted his Derby claims with a fluent victory in the Listed Trial. CLICK […]

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News for the month of February

The Cape Yearling Sale is just around the corner and with Varsfontein-bred graduates Gold Standard, Final Judgement, Maleficent, Hack Green, Doosra and Green Pepper having earned their spurs these past twelve months, we will be hoping to build on that success with a draft of 13 choicely-bred youngsters … speaking of Green Pepper, she notched […]

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News for the month of January

The countdown to the Gr.1 Sun Met has started and it is with great anticipation that we look forward to the 2017 renewal of the time-honored race, which this year features our champion Bela-Bela as well as Varsfontein-breds Captain America and Gold Standard. Adding to an exciting week, the first yearlings of our young stallion […]

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Excellence Revived

The Kalmansons of Varsfontein have nurtured some fine female families since the stud’s inception and it goes without saying that the exploits of Master Sabina and Green Pepper at the recent Sansui Summer Cup meeting, have single-handedly revived the fortunes of its foundation mare Kendal Green. Foaled in 1970, Kendal Green was by the standout […]

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News for the month of November

November proved a red-letter month for Varsfontein Stud. It started on a high when Doosra claimed a Gr.3 in just his third start; Gold Standard enhanced his Guineas prospects in the Gr.2 Selangor Cup and Green Pepper justified her reputation as a budding sprint queen with a smashing Gardenia/Magnolia double. Finally, the month ended on […]

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News for the month of October

In this month’s newsletter: Refreshed and raring to go, our champion Bela-Bela is primed for her four-year-old campaign … Master Sabina is on course for a defense of his Sansui Summer Cup crown … and we profile the class and versatility of resident stalwart Judpot, whose sophomore daughter Final Judgement made a splendid seasonal bow […]

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News for the month of September

Highlights in our September newsletter: A Varsfontein-bred champion dropped her first foal at the prominent Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky this spring … Gimmethegreenlight first-crop daughter yet to taste defeat … Varsfontein-bred Masterly’s preparation for next month’s Gr.3 Algoa Cup going smoothly… and we proudly show off some of our early babies. For all this […]

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Halo flame burning bright

There is no disputing the fact that for the past two decades, the Hail To Reason sire line has thrived in this country primarily through his admirable son Roberto, the sire of champion stallion Al Mufti and his equally prominent son Captain Al. Now, with the emergence of potent young sire Gimmethegreenlight, the spotlight has […]

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