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Picture: The Tony Peter-trained Bavarian Beauty runs in the R7.5 million Gold Rush on WSB Met day and this Gr 1 Douglas Whyte Thekwini Stakes winner can bring another feather in the cap to Maine Chance Farms’ stalwart stallion Querari (Picture: Candiese Lenferna)

The Maine Chance Farms-based Oasis Dream stallion Querari has produced the most individual stakes winners this season in South Africa and he is in third position on the overall national log behind the reigning champion Gimmethegreenlight and the boom sire Vercingetorix.

Querari’s six individual stakes winners this season are the Robbie Sage-trained Quantum Theory, who won the Listed Spring Spree Stakes over 1200m, the Vaughan Marshall-trained Questioning, who won the Gr 3 Cape Classic over 1400m, the Justin Snaith-trained Maine Chance Farms homebred filly Baltic Secret, who won the Listed Laisserfaire Stakes over 1000m, the Brett Crawford-trained Zoomie, who won the Listed ROA Stakes, the Andre Nel-trained Master Redoute, who won the Gr 3 Ridgemont Peninsula Handicap over 1800m and the Peter Muscutt-trained Formagear, who won the Listed Christmas Handicap over 1600m.

Querari’s pedigree keeps on being boosted overseas as he comes from a fine family.

At Royal Ascot in 2022 the Gr 2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes runner up Thunder Beauty is out of Quiania, whose dam is a half-sister to the dam of Querari.

Quiana and Querari both share the multiple Group One and Group-winning mare Quebrada in their female lines.

They were both bred by Gestut Farhof, whose owner Dr Andreas Jacobs also owns Maine Chance Farms.

Then in December last year the Gr 1 Qatar Derby at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club in Doha was won by the former John and Thady Gosden-trained Frankel colt Jeff Koons, who is now trained by Hamad Al Jehani, and this relative of Querari’s was ridden to victory by Faleh Bughanaim.

Jeff Koons is out of dual Gr 2-winning Dubawi mare Quidura, who is a half-sister to Querari (Oasis Dream) and to Maine Chance’s other underrated stallion Quasillo (Sea The Stars).

Querari, Quidira and Quasillo are out of the superstar broodmare Quetana (Acatenango), who was bred by Andreas Jacobs at Gestut Fahrhofr.

Quetana has produced Gr 1 winner Querari, dual Gr 2 winner (among other Graded successes) Quidira, Gr 3 winner Quasillo and the Balmoral Handicap (£155,000 winner’s cheue) Sharja Bridge, who is a full brother to Querari and had an OR rating in the UK of 115.

Jeff Koons reached an OR of 90 in seven runs for the Gosdens, although he only won one race in the UK.

His cheque for winning the Qatar Derby was £64,479.64.

Querari has finished sixth on the national sires log in all of the last three completed South African seasons.
The like of Tony Peter-trained Gr 1 winner Bavarian Beauty, the hard-knocking Brett Crawford-trained Graded performer At My Command and the classy Questioning will be among the horses who can lift him into a higher position, while the Justin Snaith-trained Gr 1-winning former Equus Champion Sprinter Rio Querari might still have more to offer and the Snaith-trained juvenile Handsome Prince as well as the Mike Miller-trained juvenile Discerning are two precocious winners he has produced who could train on.

Querari has produced three Gr 1 winners to date and no fewer than 41 stakes winners.

He has nine lots at the forthcoming Cape Racing Sales Premier Yearling Sale and they will be sought after.

Lot 3 is a Maine Chance Farms-bred filly out of a four-time winning Dynasty mare who is a half-sister to stakes winners Chesalon, Mardi Gras and La Volta, the latter being the dam of Gr 1-winning sprinter and now sire Master Archie.

Lot 6 is a Maine Chance Farms-bred filly out of Gold Cup winner Dynasty’s Blossom.

Lot 41 is a Drakenstein-bred colt who is a half-brother to the promising two-time winner Trip To Maputo (Trippi).

Lot 81 is a Blue Sky Thoroughbreds-bred colt out of a six time-winning Silvano mare.

Lot 94 is a Millstream Farm-bred colt who is out of an unraced Jet Master mare who is a half-sister to Gr 1 runner up African Ruler.

Lot 99 is a Normandy Stud-bred filly out of an unraced Twice Over mare who is a half-sister to the dam of stakes winner Emerald Princess.

Lot 105 is a Winterbach Stud-bred colt out of a one time-winning Windrush mare who is a half-sister to Gr 2 winner and multiple Gr 1-placed Second Base.

Lot 115 is a filly who will attract a lot of attention being a full-sister to former Equus Champion Sprinter Rio Querari.

Lot 124 is a Lammerskraal Stud-bred colt out of an unraced Galileo mare, who is a half-sister to a Gr 3 and Listed winner in Ireland.

The Last lot mentioned will have multiple incidences of a phenomenal German stallion called Alchimist in his pedigree, which makes him interesting.

Alchimist, a German Derby winner, was a victim of World War II at the age of just 15 when killed by Russian soldiers.

However, he has left an indelible imprint on the thoroughbred breed.

He appears twice in the pedigree of Urban Sea, the dam of Galileo.

That means he is prominent in the pedigree of many of Europe’s top racehorses, considering the phenomenal success of Galileo.

However, a look through the history of Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winners shows Alchimist to have had an influence in a number of instances outside of the Galileo lines.

Alchimist is in the pedigree of Maine Chance Farms’ late superstar six times SA champion stallion Silvano and is also in the pedigree of Querari. He is in the pedigree of Quasillo three times as the latter is by Sea The Stars, who is also out of Urban Sea.