2 October 2022

Drakenstein Stud’s four time G1 winning stallion What A Winter enjoyed a sensational day on Saturday, with the former Equus Champion supplying Saturday’s G2 Topbet Joburg Spring F&M Challenge winner Humdinger and two impressive winners at Hollywoodbets Durbanville on the same day.

The Mike de Kock trained Humdinger claimed her biggest win to date when she won Saturday’s R300 000 Joburg Spring F&M Challenge in fine style.
Under a well judged ride from JP Van Der Merwe, Humdinger made all to score a front running win by a neck at the expense of stable mate, and multiple graded stakes winner, Desert Miracle.

Bred by Ridgemont Highlands, the classy Humdinger was winning her second black type race, with the four-year-old also victorious in the Listed Off To Stud Stakes last time out. The filly, a winner of her last three starts, has now won five times from 13 outings overall.

Out of the Fort Wood mare Himalayan Hill, Humdinger is bred on the same What A Winter/Fort Wood cross as fellow stakes winners Fort Winter and Glacier Gold.

She was a R180 000 buy from the 2020 National 2YO Sale.

What A Winter progeny also accounted for the first two races run at Hollywoodbets Durbanville on Saturday afternoon.

His son Georgie George romped home to a facile win when successful in the first race on the Durbanville card, with that Harold Crawford/Michelle Rix trained gelding running out a two and a quarter length winner of the Hollywoodbets Durbanville Welcomes You Maiden Special Weights on Saturday.

What A Winter is also the sire of the very exciting Love In Winter, who made it two wins from two starts when he claimed Saturday’s Follow Cape Racing On Social Media Middle Stakes. That Klawervlei Stud bred four-year-old powered home, under Sean Veale, to win impressively by a length and a half, and Love In Winter looks destined for bigger and better things.

Trained by Vaughan Marshall, Love In Winter, who is out of the Dark Angel mare Lost In Love, had won his only previous start when skating home to beat the aforementioned Georgie George by two and a quarter lengths last month.

Original article written by Cape Breeders Club