Dual G1 winning sprinter Van Halen, a R100 000 buy from the 2017 Cape Premier Yearling Sale is en-route from Mauritius to Abington Place in Newmarket, where he will be looked after by Jane Chapple-Hyam.
Van Halen has an invitation to the $1 million Gr1 Al Quoz Sprint and G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen at Meydan on March 27 – Dubai World Cup night.
Bred by Limpo Trading, Van Halen races for Freddie van Wyk, Alfie Pawson and Xander Spies in partnership with Corne Spies Racing. The gelding won seven of his 24 starts in South Africa, for earnings in excess of R1,3 million. He notched the G1 Mercury Sprint at Greyville in his most recent appearance on 29 August last year.
But that pales in comparison to his potential earnings in the big wide world.
Van Halen’s sire Oratorio has two well bred lots on this year’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale on March 14 -Tree Fairy (Lot 73) is a filly out of a winning half-sister to the stakes winning dam of G2 winner Montreal Mist, while Wolfram (Lot 148) is a half-brother to three winners, notably G1 SA Classic winner English Garden.
The sire of more than 100 black type horses, Oratorio had another fine season in 2019-2020, with the son of Danehill ending up sixth on the South African General Sires List.
This year’s Premier Sale is set to take at the De Grendel Wine Estate for the first time, and the catalogue can be viewed online at www.capethoroughbredsales.com