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South African Champion To Make Waves At Easter

Newhaven Park, whose previous graduates include Cheveley Stud’s promising young stallion Wylie Hall, will be offering a quality son of Snitzel and South African champion Via Africa at this year’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Consigned by Newhaven Park, as Agent, the chestnut colt (Lot 271) is the second foal out of the Var sired champion Via Africa, South Africa’s Champion Sprinter of 2013-2014.

Described by Newhaven Park’s Principal John Kelly as “an outstanding colt.”

“He has all the wonderful attributes that all the good Snitzel’s have. He has a lovely temperament, beautiful skin, he is correct and he is fast-looking”

Trained by Duncan Howells, the brilliant bay won 10 of just 18 starts, with Via Africa’s notable scores including back to back wins in the G1 South African Fillies Sprint as well as the 2014 G1 Betting World Cape Flying Championship –where Via Africa accounted for six graded stakes winners headed by G1 Mercury Sprint winner Red Ray and G1 Computaform Sprint hero Copper Parade.

Via Africa, who was also runner up twice in the G1 Computaform Sprint, won or placed in eight graded stakes races and she earned over R2.4 million in prize money.

The mare has already made her mark in the sales ring, with her Redoute’s Choice colt knocked down for $320 000 at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

One of ten G1 winners sired by Avontuur Thoroughbred Estate’s Forest Wildcat horse Var, Via Africa is one of eight winners produced by Qui Danzig mare Bump ‘N Grind –herself a 3 time winner over 1000m.

Bump ‘N Grind’s other progeny include Kwazulu-Natal Stakes runner up Elusivenchantment and Al Wahed –with the latter a six-time winner who has earned nearly R500 000 in prize money.

Via Africa’s dam, who currently resides at the Soetendal Estate near Wellington, is not in foal this season but she does have a superb William Longsword yearling filly and a striking weanling by What A Winter. Bump ‘N Grind is penciled in to visit Cape Guineas winner William Longsword once again this season.

Due to concerns over the coronavirus, the Easter Sale has been moved to the 5th and 6th of April, where attendance will be strictly limited.