The exchange rate is pretty tough, I think it’s 10 1/2 to 1 at the moment. But certainly, to get mares like this into the South African gene pool is a massive boost for South African racing.
— Grant Knowles / Klawervlei Marketing & Promotions Manager

Guard the Lines (War Front) will be heading to South Africa for a date with the country's multiple champion Variety Club (SAf) (Var) after selling for $400,000 during Thursday's third session of the Keeneland November Sale.

"We're standing Variety Club next year and she is one of the mares who has been bought to get covered by him," commented Klawervlei Stud's Grant Knowles. "The genetics obviously suit him and we want to give him every type of chance that we can as a freshman sire. He will be the peoples' horse in South Africa because of his antics overseas and the way he travelled the world. We are going to give him every sort of a chance by getting these type of mares to him to help him."

A two-time Horse of the Year in South Africa, Variety Club ventured abroad this year and came away with victories in the G2 Godolphin Mile at Meydan and the G1 Champions Mile in Hong Kong.

Guard the Lines, who sold in foal to Curlin, is a full- sister to Grade I winner Data Link. The 3-year-old was bred by Stuart Janney III, and made two starts for Janney last winter. She was consigned Thursday by Claiborne Farm, agent, as hip 624.

Guard the Lines will be left in Kentucky to foal and will be covered in the commonwealth before traveling to South Africa.

"We'll foal them down here and keep the foals here and then use the foals to pay for some of the transport costs and to offset the mare costs, as well," Knowles revealed. "The foal will stay here and will be sold here."

Guard the Lines was purchased under the name Mayfair Speculators. "The ones bought as Mayfair Speculators are basically for Variety Club," Knowles said.

Klawervlei has been shopping at Keeneland for the last three years. In 2013, the South African operation bought five broodmares, with Sea Glitter (Holy Bull) the most expensive at $240,000. This November, Klawervlei purchased Queenofalldiamonds (Kingmambo) for $180,000 and Marquesa Naranja (Ire) (Duke of Marmalade) for $55,000.

"The ones that have been bought in Klawervlei's name have been bought basically to get sold," Knowles said. "We re-cover the mares here on Southern Hemisphere time with some of the important stallions because we don't have shuttle stallions in South Africa. So it is a great opportunity to be able to get some of the stallions that are based here to sell the yearlings in South Africa."

Knowles acknowledged that the exchange rate wasn't in the operation's favor. "The exchange rate is pretty tough," he said. "I think it's 10 1/2 to 1 at the moment. But certainly, to get mares like this into the South African gene pool is a massive boost for South African racing."

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News/Keeneland (p)