Champ’s dam in fine fettle

Akinfeet, dam of the Cape’s reigning champion 3yo Capetown Noir, is one of the best bred and  performed  broodmares in the country. A smart racemare who was placed in the UAE 1000 Guineas, Akinfeet has produced two graded stakes winners, and three other winners at the time of writing.

As this picture shows, Akinfeet is really looking tremendous at the moment!

The daughter of Fort Wood has a world-class pedigree. Her sire is one of the best sires to stand in South Africa over the past two decades, and is also becoming an influential sire of sires, and broodmare sire. To date, Fort Wood mares have produced over 27 stakes winners, including Breeders Cup winner Pluck and G1 winners Mokaro, Thunder Dance, Capetown Noir and Royal Fantasy.

Akinfeet herself is out of former Cape Fillies Guineas winner Dance Every Dance, who sadly died prematurely.

Capetown Noir, winner of Saturday’s Gr1 Investec Cape Derby, is thus not only a wonderful racing prospect but also a fine future stud prospect.

He is also yet another feather in the cap of his sire, Western Winter, who has progeny include over 70 stakes winners. To date, Western Winter’s offspring have earned over R98 000 000 in prize money.

Well done to Lammerskraal for breeding this superb athlete, and congratulations to owner Lady Christine Laidlaw, who spent R1 000 000 at the 2011 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale to acquire the colt.

To date, Capetown Noir has won five of seven races, and over R1.1 million in prize money.

However, Capetown Noir is not his dam’s sole claim to fame. Akinfeet is also the dam of the high-class performer Across The Ice, who won the Gr3 August Stakes, and who has earned over R500 000 in prize money to date.

Sally Jourdan describes Akinfeet as a “big, lengthy, deep mare. She has lovely, big jowls, and is strong willed.”
Akinfeet has a lovely sister to Capetown Noir on the ground and is in foal to Met winning sire, Silvano.

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