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How Gimme’s sire More Than Ready is making an impact

[Sarah Whitelaw wrote this interesting article about More Than Ready, the sire of Gimmethegreenlight, and the impact he is having on the Thoroughbred breed globally.] The influence of Southern Halo son More Than Ready has been well and truly felt globally this year. In South Africa, the Gr1 King’s Bishop Stakes winner has a top […]

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“Little Legend” visits Varsfontein

Today (12 December) the Varsfontein team welcomed little legend, Emannuel Teunissen, to the farm for a special visit. The main goal of his visit was to see his favorite horse Bela-Bela. Emannuel followed Bela’s racing career with great interest and since then she has been his firm favorite, even after her retirement from racing. His […]

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31 Individual Stakes Horses for 2017/2018 Season

A winning recipe breeds success and Varsfontein Stud is very proud of our winning recipe when raising young thoroughbreds. During the past season the farm produced a total of 31 individual stakes horses, most bred by Varsfontein and some bred by our clients here on the farm. It is encouraging to see such a large […]

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GROUP 2 WIN FOR JUDPOT

Article courtesy of Sporting Post: Trainer Paul Lafferty pulled a feature ace out of the hat for the SA Champions Season host province when the Judpot 3yo Sniper Shot built on smart seconds in the Byerley Turk and Daisy Guineas to win the R400 000 Gr2 Post Merchants at Greyville on Friday evening. The subject of […]

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VARSFONTEIN GROOMS EXCEL IN EQASA

There are a number of the Varsfontein Stud grooms participating in the EQASA grooms training courses which are organised by Samantha Sharkey. The technical training (equine training) is headed up by Kate Hurst and she is assisted by Aneke Bennett and Kabelo Nkoane. The business skills training is presented by Samantha herself which is written […]

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NEWS FOR THE MONTH OF MAY

May was a busy month for Varsfontein with much success on the track for Varsfontein-breds as well as our stallions. Read our latest newsletter here    

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GIMME CURRENTLY TOP ACTIVE SIRE OF 3YOS

Gimmethegreenlight had a boost to his current position on the sires log after Surcharge’s Gr 1 victory this weekend. He is currently lying 2nd on the 3YO sires log behind Captain Al- separated by only R123 000 in stakes money. The young stallion is also lying 6th on the general sires log with only the […]

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BIG DAY FOR VARSFONTEIN

Article courtesy of Sporting Post: SA Triple Crown bridesmaid Surcharge has got to be the most deserving Gr1 winner all season and the Varsfontein-bred colt finally put a grand performance together as he overcame the odds to win the R2 million Daily News 2000 at Greyville on Saturday. Bedevilled by wide draws and late arrivals, […]

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VARSFONTEIN’S FRENCH CONNECTION

The 5 year old Galileo mare, Cosmica Sidera, has been confirmed in foal to Wootton Bassett by management at Haras Du Buff in France where she is boarding. She was purchased by John Kalmanson at the Tattersalls October Sale in 2014 and was trained by David Smaga in France. By the end of her racing […]

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VARSFONTEIN CHAMPION BREEDER IN THE HIGHVELD

Not only was it a succesful evening for Varsfontein Stud at the Highveld awards ceremony but it also was a prestigious moment for our resident sire, Judpot. The Judpot gelding, Coral Fever, walked away with the Highveld “Horse Of The Season” award as well as champion Older Horse and Champion Middle Distance horse. Varsfontein was […]

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VARSFONTEIN SETS NEW RECORD

Cape based Varsfontein Stud raised the bar again after setting a new sales record of R5 million in 2017, when their magnificent Dynasty colt Track Attack hit a new high of R5,2 million on the second day of the National Yearling Sale in Johannesburg.   It was just 12 months ago that the Varsfontein bred […]

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Master stretching ahead as leading Freshman Sire

Article from Cape Breeders Club website: Varsfontein Stud’s hot young stallion Master Of My Fate registered his fifth first crop winner on Sunday when his son Goliath Heron romped home at Greyville. Watch video of race Jockey Sean Veale barely had to ask his mount a serious question, with Goliath Heron sauntering home to win […]

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FAREWELL MARIE GALANTE- The Heart Of Varsfontein Stud

Varsfontein recently bid farewell to our very special mare Marie Galante. It was especially sad for Susan, John and Carl who hold very fond memories of this feisty little mare. Marie would have turned 30 years old this year as she was born in 1988 – the year that Carl joined Varsfontein. It was a […]

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Varsfontein breds 1st and 2nd in Secretariat Stakes

Article courtesy of Sporting Post: The Varsfontein Stud-bred Gimmethegreenlight colt Surcharge was the talking horse at Saturday’s day-night Turffontein meeting, and he duly delivered – registering his first stakes success with a well taken victory in the R150 000 Listed Secretariat Stakes, run on the standside 1400m. A wide draw in the Emperors Palace Ready To […]

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VARSFONTEIN BLOOD RETURNS TO SA

A close relative of Varsfontein Stud’s exciting young stallion Master Of My Fate made waves at the second session of the 2017 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale on Wednesday. Highlands Stud, part of Ridgemont, splashed out $650 000 to acquire G3 Red Carpet Handicap winner Three Hearts, a half-sister to G2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf hero […]

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