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2021

First newsletter of 2021

Our resident stallions have enjoyed a good start to the year on the racetrack. Read about in in our first newsletter of 2021 here.  

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DECEMBER NEWS

December held more racetrack victories for our clients’ home-breds as well as our stallions. Read our December newsletter here.

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NOVEMBER NEWS

Erik The Red and Malmoos were responsible for a Varsfontein Gr.2 double at Kenilworth in the Cape Merchants and the Conorde Cup respectively.  Read about this and other news  in our November newsletter.

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HAIL OUR EQUUS CHAMPIONS

NOTWITHSTANDING the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, the 2019/20 racing season will forever be etched in our memories for the heights reached by our stallions and their progeny. Read all about it in our October Newsletter

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September Newsletter

Read about our successful Gold Cup day in our September newsletter: click here

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JULY WINNER BRED AND RAISED ON VARSFONTEIN

Regardless of who owns the horses bred and raised on Varsfontein Stud, all are subject to the same “winning recipe”. So our excitement is no less when our clients taste success on the race course as it adds “proof to the pudding”. This recipe of success has proven it’s worth time and time again as […]

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JULY 2ND FOR GOT THE GREENLIGHT

Sporting Post reports: The trainer of Vodacom Durban July runner-up Got The Greenlight says his 3yo was beaten fair and square in a very fair race by a horse that always looked the one to beat. He has only one gripe about a terrific day ‘that all involved can be very proud of’. Joey Soma […]

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GR 1 VICTORY AND PLACE FOR GIMME IN DAILY NEWS AND WOOLAVINGTON

Article from Cape Breeders: Varsfontein Stud’s prominent More Than Ready was responsible for a second G1 Daily News 2000 winner, in the last three years, when his champion son Got The Greenlight captured the 2020 Daily News 2000 at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Sunday. Gimmethegreenlight’s now Australia based son Surcharge became his sire’s first Daily News […]

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Newsletter for May

MUCH to our delight, trainer Geoff Woodruff is planning to return to Cape Town following a successful 20-year stint on the Highveld. Remarkably, Geoff’s relationship with Varsfontein stretches back to the late 80s when he ventured out on his own and we sent him the Mexico filly No Way Jose, which enabled him to have […]

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A TIME FOR REFLECTION

WHILE many of our readers will find themselves with extra time of their hands during the lockdown, it’s been pretty much business as usual here on the farm. For many though, this has been a time of reflection, even nostalgia. Others have been delving into racing history and reminiscing over the stars of yesteryear. We’ve […]

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BREEDER’S CUP WINNER PLUCK AND HIS SA CONNECTIONS

Article courtesy of Turf Talk: TEAM Valor International’s owner Barry Irwin threw up his hands in despair and exclaimed to his wife, “What else can happen?” He was watching the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf at Churchill Downs and his homebred colt Pluck had first pecked at the start and then had to veer left to […]

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March newsletter

Turffontein’s Classic meeting was all about Gimmethegreenlight, whose historical trifecta in the Gr.1 SA Classic capped a magnificent stakes treble. Read story here

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FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER

Our February newsletter includes racing news regarding Erik The Red’s win in the Gr 3 Cape Nursery, Team Valor owned Oleksandra who is being aimed for Dubai as well as successes for Master Of My Fate. There is also an update on our results at the recent Cape Yearling Sale. Read the full newsletter here.

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Erik The Red wins Grade 3 Cape Nursery

The R200 000 Kepu Gr3 Cape Of Good Hope Nursery produced a Captain Al exacta when two sons of the late champion sire entertained the Cape Town Prawn Festival crowd at Kenilworth on Saturday in a thrilling finish, that attracted the attention of the Stipes. Despite being in command for much of the 1200m contest, […]

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ERIK THE RED TOP JUVENILE COLT ON MET DAY

Article courtesy of Sporting Post: Justin Snaith and Richard Fourie launched their Sun Met day feature campaign in the way they know best when the Varsfontein owned and bred Erik The Red powered to victory under sunny skies at Kenilworth to win the R150 000 Wesgro Listed Summer Juvenile Stakes in impressive style. Described as […]

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