2 May 2022

Drakenstein Stud’s red hot sire What A Winter enjoyed a tremendous spell over Saturday and Sunday.

Not only is the champion son of Western Winter sire of Saturday’s G2 Heineken SA Nursery winner (Miss Cool) and G2 Racing 240 Camellia Stakes queen (Winter Smoke), What A Winter’s son Isivunguvungu added to his sire’s fine tally when he captured Sunday’s Listed In Full Flight Handicap run at Hollywoodbets Scottsville.

Trained by Peter Muscutt, the three-year-old hit the front 150m from home, and powered away, under Keagan De Melo to claim his biggest win to date by an emphatic two and a half lengths, with Isivunguvungu’s beaten rivals including last season’s G1 winning two-year-old Ambiorix, and former G1 Golden Horse Medallion runner up Pray For Rain.

Bred by Narrow Creek Stud, the lightly raced Isivunguvungu, the first stakes winning graduate of Wind River Farm, has now won twice from just five starts, with the gelding having finished second to champion Good Traveller last time out.

Out of the Tiger Ridge mare Miss Tweedy, Isivunguvungu is the 19th stakes winner for his increasingly successful sire What A Winter.

The latter’s great run of success this past weekend also saw What A Winter’s promising two-year-old daughter Sabatini finish second in Sunday’s G3 Strelitzia Stakes.

From the same female line as outstanding sires Hyperion and Sir Tristram, What A Winter was South Africa’s Leading Sire of 2YOs, by stakes, in 2020-2021 and he is currently second on the same log for 2021-2022.

Original article by Cape Breeders Club