NYS 20 Sires List reads like Who’s Who of Breeding.

The group of Avontuur yearlings set for the National Yearling Sale in Gauteng in late April sport a list of sires which reads like the who’s who of South African thoroughbred breeding!  These obviously include our own Var and Oratorio and also two Silvano’s, a Soft Falling Rain, Rafeef and others. Comments Avontuur owner, Michael […]

NYS20 pedigrees now available.

We’re already looking forward to the next important yearling sale which takes place from 22-24 April at the TBA sales complex in Gosforth Park, Johannesburg. 15 Yearlings, used to the freedom of our paddocks,   will take their first steps onto the big stage and we wish them well and hope for a successful Sale. […]

Avontuur beats the odds at 1st 2020 yearling sale.

Avontuur’s “daughter of two champions”,  All that Jazz (Trippi x Val de Ra) was the top-selling filly at last week’s 2020 Cape Premier Yearling Sale and in another first, was also the first yearling to be bought for export to Australia via Mauritius and the UK.  Another filly who did extremely well for the farm […]

The full low down on each CPYS 2020 Yearling!

“Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm has horses for every buyer at the 2020 Cape Premier Yearling Sale,” said Avontuur’s Estate General Manager Pippa Mickleburgh. “Some time ago someone remarked to me that the so-called ‘small buyers’ don’t like to come to the major sales because the ‘big” buyers pick up all the best horses. But I’d like […]

Cape Premier Yearling Sale 2020 planning in full swing!

It’s the last few days before our group of 10 yearlings leave for the Cape Town International Convention Centre for the 2020 Cape Premier Yearling Sale which is set for Thursday,  16 January.  Pippa and her team plus the stars of the show – our elegant and athletic yearlings – will be on hand and […]

Stud Farm 2019: The year that was and future plans!

We’ve had a year filled with fantastic performances by offspring of our two sires Var and Oratorio,  experienced some very positive Yearling Sales support from loyal buyers and saw potential champions born on the farm.   Chatting to Avontuur GM, Pippa Mickleburgh she mentioned that the high point for her this past year was the […]

Breeding season 2019 done and dusted!

The Avontuur team delivered 25 foals in 2019 with most of the mares already in foal again to an impressive group of sires which will ensure that Avontuur’s next crop are winners too.  “I’m really happy with the Silvano filly out of champion race mare River Jetez as well as the outstanding filly by Oratorio […]

Oratorio tops the SA sires list!

We’re loving it that our globally proven sire Oratorio,  is top of the pops on the SA sire’s list!  What an achievement for this gentle giant who is lining up the stakes winners internationally and locally at the moment. He still has some space in his book for this year’s season, so get hold of […]

Son of Oratorio wins in Hong Kong!

The South African racing and breeding industry had reason to celebrate on Tuesday when the Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein bred Ezra saluted at Sha Tin racecourse for trainer Tony Millard, jockey Aldo Domeyer and owner William Mocatta. Sent off the 27-10 favourite, four-year-old Ezra picked up his first Hong Kong win when he captured the Nanning […]

An update on…. Oratorio

A lovely snippet about our sire Oratorio who’s progeny are now coming into their own!   https://youtu.be/bm_8QEg1LZA