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GR 3 WIN FOR CAPTAIN SPLENDID

Article courtesy of Sporting Post: Piere Strydom and Justin Snaith teamed up with the enigmatic Captain Splendid to grab top honours in the R300 000 Gr3 Lonsdale Stirrup Cup at Greyville on Saturday. The staying ranks are not littered with any standout stars and the 12 runners that lined up in the first of the three […]

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ALEXA WINS SYRINGA

Article courtesy of Sporting Post: Astute acquisition of the best of blood and the fostering of equine dynasties has served Varsfontein Stud admirably over the years. Their beautifully bred Caesour filly Alexa returns to her home paddocks in Paarl at the end of this season but not before grabbing her first stakes win with a […]

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GIMME AIMING HIGH

Gimmethegreenlight’s statistics are measuring up rather favorably at the moment as he is showing his mettle against the country’s top sires. With only two crops to race he has already produced 13 stakes horses. Below we review some of his strengths in the sires log, specifically his impressive percentage of black type winners to runners […]

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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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BEST OF VARSFONTEIN’S NYS DRAFT

  Varsfontein’s 2017 National Yearling Sale draft includes 3 siblings to GR 1 winners and all 3 are by resident sire Judpot. The aptly named Perfect Peter (lot 98), is a colt out of the Model Man mare Perfect Polly. He is a full brother to champion 2YO filly Along Came Polly. The second, the […]

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POLYPHONIC WINS JACARANDA

Article courtesy of Sporting Post: The Piere Strydom genius has been the catalyst to getting the talented Judpot filly Polyphonic back into the winner’s enclosure. The Varsfontein bred 4yo showed her class when registering a smart win in the R250 000 Listed Jacaranda Handicap at Turffontein on Saturday 1 April. No jockey can settle a horse […]

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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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GIMME’S 5TH FIRST CROP STAKES WINNER

Sporting Post article: The combination of Alan Greeff and jockey Andrew Fortune maintained their superb winning run with a hat-trick at Fairview on Friday. Most  impressive of their trio was the Gimmethegreenlight filly Beataboutthebush, who cruised in to win the R150 000 Listed Breeders Guineas. Young stallion Gimmethegreenlight has hit a purple patch and the smart […]

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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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MET- GALLOPS AND DRAWS

Article courtesy of Sporting Post: The public gallops for the R5 million Gr1 Sun Met were held under cloudy skies in cool conditions at Kenilworth on Thursday morning.   The barrier draws which followed the gallops will be of far more significance in the greater scheme of things, with many of the contestants just stretching […]

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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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ITBF Function on Varsfontein

This year it was the turn of South Africa to host the International Thoroughbred Breeders Federation Congress which was held in Cape Town from 6 – 12 January. “The ITBF is the representative body for thoroughbred breeders worldwide and provides a platform for member countries to reflect, solve problems, educate and create opportunities for mutual collaboration […]

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Paddock Princess – Bela-Bela

Dynasty’s magnificent grey daughter Bela-Bela galloped her way into our hearts and the history books when coming from a seemingly hopeless position to swoop for a scintillating victory in the R1 million Gr1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes at Kenilworth on Saturday. Grey horses have an unfair advantage – especially if they can run – […]

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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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