THE breeding community of the Eastern Cape has been given a boost with the announcement that the established, successful Varsfontein stallion Judpot will be moving from the Western Cape to the Birch Brothers’ Vogel Vlei Stud in Dordrecht for the 2019 season.

Meanwhile breeders in KZN are said to be pleased with the news that Bush Hill Stud will stand multiple Graded stakes winner New Predator (headline photo), the first son of New Approach to go stud in South Africa.

Judpot, often called the sire with the “incomparable pedigree” will be moving as to obtain greater support for him than he has been getting in recent years and Carl de Vos of Varsfontein commented: “Both Varsfontein Stud and the Niarchos family have made this difficult decision in the best interests of Judpot.

“We are so very proud of what Judpot has achieved for us since arriving at Varsfontein in 2009. We are delighted that in his new home, he will have the support of a stud on the rise as well as being part of the historical breeding legacy of the Birch family. Varsfontein will continue to support Judpot while he is at Vogel Vlei.”

Few pedigrees in the stud book pack the punch that Judpot’s pedigree possesses. He is by multiple Champion Sire and Leading American sire of sires A.P. INDY, out of the multiple Champion Racemare (9 Championships), 10 G1 wins and Champion Broodmare, MIESQUE – the dam of KINGMAMBO (Mr Prospector).

This female line is incredibly dominant with MIESQUE’s descendants producing Champions and group & graded winners Worldwide – even in South Africa where AMANEE won the Thekwini S G1.

Judpot has been a very successful sire, producing 60% winners to runners and 10% stakes horses to runners. He received the Equus Outstanding Stallion Achievement Award in 2013. With his phenomenal genes, Judpot is set to make a formidable broodmare sire and contribute greatly to the South African stud book. Varsfontein have retained and purchased many of Judpot’s daughters for stud.


Colin Birch of Vogel Vlei said: “We are extremely grateful to Varsfontein and the Niarchos family for entrusting Judpot into our care – we will endeavour to support him with our growing band of select broodmares and are thrilled to have a stallion of his quality on our farm.”

JUDPOT is the sire of, among others, Gr1 Empress Club Stakes winner ALONG CAME POLLY, Gr1 Champions Challenge winner Coral Fever, Gr1 SA Fillies Classic winner JUXTAPOSE and GBr2 Post Merchant victor SNIPER SHOT .

New Predator, meanwhile, has been syndicated and already enjoys the committed support of the majority of the commercial breeders in Kwazulu-Natal. His service fee for his first season is R10 000.00.

Trained by Johan Janse Van Vuuren Africa and owned by Laurence Wernars, New Predator is a very handsome and imposing individual who will be easy to mate to South African mares with his outstanding pedigree and conformation.

His sire New Approach, a champion colt in the UK with a Timeform Rating of 132 in 2008, is a son of World super-sire Galileo and already has 39 Stakes Winners under his belt.

From the first crop of New Approach, conceived after Classic winners Dawn Approach and Talent, came 2018 Derby hero Masar and Gr2 winners Loxley, Ostilio and Waldie. New Approach has produced 44 Stakes Winners (7 of them Gr1 winners) to date, with a lifetime -winners to runners’ percentage of 63%.

New Predator is out of a winning Fastnet Rock mare, who is a half-sister to Australian 10-time winner (including three Listed races) Presently, as well as Gr3 horse Another Time.

A racehorse of the highest quality who defeated two Vodacom Durban July winners amongst his races, New Predator is a winner of the Gr2 Drill Hall Stakes and Gr2 Charity Mile, and has placed in three Gr1 races, including twice in the Horse Chestnut Stakes and the Gr1 Mercury Sprint. New Predator placed second in the Gr2 Dingaans and Hawaii Stakes respectively.

His Gr1 form line was exceptional having defeated in Graded Stakes races all of Vodacom Durban July winners The Conglomerate and Legislate, as well as Gr1 sprint masters Rafeef, Will Pays, Attenborough, Talktothestars and the likes of multiple Gr1 winners Abashiri, Rabada and Deo Juvente.