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SAf Breeder Wilfred Koster Dies
The South African thoroughbred industry "lost one of its most successful & respected members when Wilfred Koster succumbed to a decade-long battle with cancer," reported thoroughbredinternet.com. His father Ralph established Klavervlei farm in the Beaufort West district in the Karoo in the 1930s & with his 3 sons Peter, Werner & Wilfred (the youngest, born in 1941) bred a series of champions, including Jerez, Mazarin, Sword Dancer & Rosinante. In 1980, Wilfred & his wife Shirley moved to Ceres where they established Cheveley Stud & duly produced: National Emblem (15 wins including 3 Gr1s before retiring to Summerhill Stud in 1996 where he is the sire of 24 stakes-winners); London News (twice Horse-Of-The-Year & 5 Gr1 victories before retiring to Cheveley Stud in 1998 & finishing leading freshman sire in 2002 & then leading 2nd-crop sires in 2003); Goldmark (7-time group-winner before retiring to stud in Natal in 1992, then moving to Cheveley the following year & siring Gr1-winners Trademark & Sarabande); 2007's champion 2YO Argonaut; & multiple Gr1-winner Badger's Drift.