Var Sires His First Group 1 Winner

It was celebration time all around for the Avontuur team at Scottsville yesterday when son of VAR, Villandry silenced all his detractors with a stunning win over 1200 metres in the Gr 1 Gold Reef Resorts Medallion.  The two year old gelding by VAR out of Amazon Lily was ridden by Felix Coetzee and trained by Vaughan Marshall.

The celebrations continued when Avontuur-sponsored champion jockey, Greg Cheyne in his new Avontuur-branded gear, streaked across  the line on Lady Windermere in the Gr 1 SA Fillies Sprint over 1200 m.

“We’ve had a wonderful day’s racing, with three reasons to celebrate” said Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh.  “ The Villandry win ensures VAR’s place as the leading first season sire  and he’s now won 4 out of 6 starts which is fantastic news!  Another Avontuur-bred VAR filly, Valeta,  ran a great race to end up third in a toughly contested Gr 1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship over 1200 m – and to crown it all – Greg Cheyne showed off our brand in a fantastic race on Lady Windermere earlier today.  This is going to be hard to top!”

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