10 March 2023

Drakenstein Stud’s inform stallion What A Winter was responsible for not one but two debut winners at the Vaal on Thursday.

The champion son of Western Winter was responsible for the first two winners on the card, with What A Winter daughter Western Wishes winning the first race, and the sire’s two-year-old daughter Elegant Ice making an impressive debut when victorious in the second race.

Three-year-old Western Wishes was given a fine ride by Siyakholwa Myendeki to make a winning debut in the first race on Thursday.

The Paul Matchett trained filly flew up late to get up in the shadow of the post and score by a length and a quarter going away.

Bred by Willem Engelbrecht Jr, Western Wishes is out of the Elliodor mare Ellie’s Wish.

What A Winter has some very smart two-year-olds representing him this season and Elegant Ice joined that rank when she landed Tuesday’s Racing240 For Racing. For You Maiden Juvenile Plate (Fillies) (1000m).

The Lucky Houdalakis trained filly attracted plenty of pre-race support and Elegant Ice lived up to the hype when strolling home to score impressively by four and a quarter lengths.

Bred by Hemel ‘N Aarde Stud, Elegant Ice is out of the Danehill Dancer mare Elegantes.

Currently second on South Africa’s General Sires List for 2022-2023 by stakes, What A Winter sired runners have already earned more than R9.28 million for the current season, with his flagbearers including such graded stakes winners as Humdinger and Miss Cool as well as G3 City Of Cape Town Cape Of Good Hope Nursery winner Winter Cloud.

Original article written by Cape Breeders Club