Elusive Fort filly becomes SA’s latest millionaire!
A daughter of Klipdrif Stud’s promising young sire Elusive Fort joined the ranks of South African equine millionaires at Turffontein on Tuesday evening.
His lightly raced daughter Siren’s Call justified her status as 2-1 favourite when she prevailed in the inaugural running of the Cape Thoroughbred Sales Book 2 Graduates Race.
In lifting the spoils in the R2.5 million contest, Siren’s Call also provided trainer Sean Tarry with a 1-2 finish, with her stablemate, the Wilgerbosdrift bred Trophy Wife finishing second.
Bred and owned by Peter de Beyer, the lightly raced filly has now won three of her five outings and amassed over R1.4 million in stakes. Out of the deceased West Man mare Siren’s Cove, Siren’s Call has been entered in the Gr2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas, to be run at Turffontein on February 28th.
Siren’s Call is from the first crop of former Equus Champion Elusive Fort. One of the very best sons of the now deceased champion sire Fort Wood, Elusive Fort was a top class racehorse, who earned over R2 million in stakes. While best known for his classic success in the Gr1 SA Derby, Elusive Fort was a versatile champion who won from 1300m, and scored a memorable Grade 1 score when victorious in the 2007 Horse Chestnut Stakes, with his beaten opponents included four Grade 1 winners.
A half brother to former star Cape filly Easyjadeasy, Elusive Fort has made a really promising start to his stud career. From his small first crop, now three, Elusive Fort had 23 runners, of which 16 have won or finished in the money. Among his talented first runners are the above mentioned Siren’s Call and fellow classy filly Elusive Stars.
Elusive Fort has made an equally start with his juveniles this season. Two of his first three 2yo runners have won or placed, and they include the stakes placed colt Ernie, who finished third in the Listed The Sun International Summer Juvenile Stakes on J&B Met day.
Elusive Fort was fully booked this last breeding season when covered an exceptional book of mares at a fee of R10 000.