Mauritzfontein Stud’s in-form sire Ideal World was once again in the headlines this weekend, when Kingmambo’s blue blooded son had no fewer than three winners.
Ideal World’s tally included a pair of juvenile winners, in Ideal Lady and Studiolo, as well as a Derby winner in the form of talented sophomore Cape Speed.
The latter, a R550 000 buy from the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, made it three wins on the bounce when proving too strong for older rivals in Sunday’s G3 Track And Ball Derby at Scottsville.
Cape Speed, who was bred by Mauritzfontein Stud and who races for Khaya Stables, ran on too strongly in Sunday’s 2400m feature to best former G2 Supreme Cup winner Deputy Jud by a neck with outsider Three Balloons (like runner a son of Varsfontein Stud’s sire Judpot) two lengths away in third.
The winner, who stopped the clock in a time of 150.65, has now won , and Cape Speed maybe aimed next for the Gold Cup at the end of the season. Cape Speed is out of the Strike Smartly mare No More Screws, whose dam is the stakes winning Plugged Nickle mare Rawl Plug.
His sire Ideal World (Kingmambo –Banks Hill) has made a superb start to his stud career, with his first crop’s seven stakes horses headed by G1 J&B Met/G1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes winner Smart Call. Cape Speed and talented Listed Syringa Handicap heroine Persian Rug are members of Ideal World’s promising second crop (now 3), which also include classy stakes filly Free State –who has won or placed in all five of her career outings.
Ideal World’s 2yos have also made a great impression this season – and include this weekend’s promising winners Ideal Lady and Studiolo. Ideal World’s already remarkable pedigree received yet another boost when his close relative Forge ran a cracking third in last week’s G3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot. Forge, a son of Dubawi and G1 winner Heat Haze, has been entered in the G1 Qatar Sussex Stakes.