Mauritzfontein’s blue blooded sire Ideal World made more headlines this past weekend, when yet another of his offspring found the winners box following the running of a feature race.
This time it was Ideal World’s son Irish Pride, who picked up his first black type win when victorious in the Listed Wolf Power 1600 at Turffontein on Saturday.
Trained by Johan Janse Van Vuuren, the four-year-old Mauritzfontein bred gelding powered home under jockey Gavin Lerena to a three parts of a length success, downing the regally bred Australian Rafeef by 0.8 of a length.
Further back in the field came recent G3 London News Stakes winner Romany Prince, former G2 Gauteng Guineas runner up Champagne Haze, and graded winners Off The Mark and Stonehenge.
Irish Pride, who had won inaugural The Grand Heritage last year, has now won or placed in 12 of his 17 outings and has banked more than R840 000 for Mr and Mrs Wernars.
Out of the Fort Wood mare Celtic Cross, Saturday’s Wolf Power 1600 winner was a R260 000 buy from the 2014 Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale.
His sire Ideal World is a proven sire whose other top performers include champion Smart Call (who will embark on a British campaign this year), Derby hero Cape Speed, G1 filly and feature race winner Persian Rug, classic winner Fig Jam and stakes winner Peep Show.
The son of champions Kingmambo and Banks Hill has five lots on offer at the 2017 Cape Yearling Sale including:
Lot 6 –a colt, out of a winning half-sister to July placed Eton Square, this colt is from the same family as champions London News, Kings Gambit and Promisefrommyheart, as well as impressive debut winner Varallo
Lot 68 – a half-sister to stakes filly Souk, this filly (bred on the same cross as Derby hero Cape Speed) is out of a sister to a Derby winner and from the family of sire greats Danehill, Machiavellian and Northern Dancer
Lot 86 –a colt out of a Fort Wood half-sister to G1 performer Mambo Mime –who, like the colt on sale, is by a son of Kingmambo, dam is bred on similar cross to sire legend Galileo
Lot 103 – this filly is out of a full sister to recent winner Excellent and bred on similar lines to Smart Call
Lot 129 – a half brother to 2 winners (one of whom won four), this colt is out of a half sister to champion and ill-fated sire Eyeofthetiger, as well as G2 winning 2yo Best Chris