The German ‘W’ family was initially developed by the Delius family of Gestut Ravensburg. The family has produced a stream of high class runners ever since the Acatenango mare Wurftaube became champion older mare in Germany in 1997.

The latest star ‘W’ is Wake Forest, a two year old Sir Percy colt who maintained his unbeaten record with a comfortable victory in Germany’s most valuable two year old race, the Ferdinand Leisten Memorial in Baden Baden on October 19. The Andreas Wohler trained colt has won both his starts for career earnings of 103,500 euros and will be given high ranking in the international two year old classification as both the second and third had already won at major French tracks.

Wake Forest is out of the Lomitas mare Wurfspiel, who is half sister to Wurftaube. The Haras de Saint Pair’s mare Waldjagd is a daughter of Wurftaube who was Group 2 placed as a three year old. Waldjagd is currently in foal for the first time to Dansili. Other major winners from the ‘W’ s include Waldlerche, the winner of the Group 3 Prix Penelope this spring who is out of Waldmark a half sister to Waldjagd, and then the Oasis Dream filly Waldtraut, out of another half sister,  who was placed in both the German 1,000 Guineas and Oaks in 2012.

Wurftaube has produced only four daughters to date, and the two eldest Waldbeere (1999) and Waldmark (2000) have now both produced two leading performers. Waldmark’s yearling filly by Manduro was sold to John Ferguson for 430,000 guineas at the October 1 sale in Newmarket. Waldblume (2002) is owned by Newsells Park and her first two foals by Tiger Hill are both winners, and then Waldjagd (2007) is the youngest daughter of Wurftaube