Mauritzfontein’s successful sire Ideal World has been enjoying a purple patch of success with his runners scoring notable wins in quick succession of late, and the blue blooded son of Kingmambo was back in the news on Friday.
This time, it was Ideal World’s 2yo son, Kimberley Star, who placed his sire in the news when landing the Listed Champion Juvenile Cup over 1400m.
Trained by Alan Greeff, the Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein bred colt (who has now won or been second in all five career outings) ran on smartly to deny the promising Sacred Oration victory by a length and a quarter.
Out of the Strike Smartly mare Advance Warning, Kimberley Star (a R120 000 buy from the 2016 National 2YO Sale) is bred on the same cross as Ideal World’s G3 Track And Ball Derby winner Cape Speed.
A third 2yo winner for Ideal World this season, Kimberley Star has now banked more than R200 000 in prize money.
Kimberley Star is the fourth stakes winner for Ideal World this season, with others including G3 Track And Ball Oaks winner Zante and Hermoso Mundo –winner of both the G3 Gold Bowl and last Saturday’s G3 SABC Gold Vase.
Ideal World, who hails from the same family as triple US champion sire Giant’s Causeway and dual 2017 G1 winner Decorated Knight, has red-hot family connections.
His sire, the triple G1 winner Kingmambo, was in the news as broodmare sire of Saturday’s G1 Coral-Eclipse winner Ulysses, while Ideal World’s champion dam Banks Hill is a full-sister to champion sire Dansili, whose previously unbeaten son Trais Fluors ran second in Sunday’s G1 Prix Jean Prat.
Ideal World’s champion daughter Smart Call holds entries in both the G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes and G1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks, while his close relative Mirage Dancer (by Frankel out of Heat Haze –a G1 winning ½ sister to Banks Hill) has been entered in the G2 Betway Great Voltigeur Stakes.
He will be represented by eight lots at next month’s National 2YO Sale.