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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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GIMME HOT ON TRACK AND IN SALES RING

Article courtesy of Cape Breeders Club website: The progeny of Varsfontein Stud’s exciting young sire Gimmethegreenlight enjoyed marked success over the past few days, with the son of More Than Ready’s stock proving successful both on the track and in the sales ring. Last season’s Champion First Crop Sire, Gimmethegreenlight is the sire of the […]

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GREEN PEPPER WINS LISTED GARDENIA

(Article courtesy of Sporting Post) The Varsfontein Stud-bred Gimmethgreenlight flyer Green Pepper continued her step up the ladder with a smooth first stakes success in the R150 000 Listed Gardenia Stakes at Turffontein on Saturday. The 1000m fillies and mares support feature to the Gr2 Victory Moon Stakes included some serious stakes performers in the eleven […]

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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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Varsfontein bred Need To Know entered for $855 000 race

The Varsfontein Stud bred Need To Know is one of 16 thoroughbreds entered in the inaugural Keeneland Korea Cup, which is set to be run at Seoul racetrack this Sunday. Read more in this “Cape Breeders Club” article  

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NEWS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST

Varsfontein-based Gimmethegreenlight has made a strong impact as last season’s leading freshman sire … Our magnificent filly Bela-Bela scooped a championship at the annual Equus Awards function … Varsfontein blood to the fore Down Under … and we showcase some of Master Of My Fate’s first crop foals, which have just turned yearlings. For all […]

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WIN FOR VARSFONTEIN IN FRANCE

It has been many moons since Varsfontein has raced a filly in the European realm. However, this was about to change when in 2014 John Kalmanson found a filly at the Tattersalls October Sale that ticked all the boxes. The flashy, white faced filly was impeccably bred being by Galileo (IRE) out of the stakes […]

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