Mauritzfontein Stud’s exciting young sire Ideal World was represented by his first Grade One winner last Saturday when daughter Smart Call got up to beat G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks winner Pine Princess into second place in the G1 Woolavington 2000 at Greyville. The Woolavington was certainly a great result for Ideal World, who is also the sire of the fourth placed filly Zante.
Trained by Alec Laid for Mauritzfontein Stud, Smart Call was bought wide around the outside by jockey Weichong Marwing with the pair running on strongly to collar the game Pine Princess and went on to score a neck victory in Saturday’s R1 million race. In the process, Smart Call took her tally to three wins from just ten outings and she has stakes of more than R900 000 to her credit.
Jockey Weichong Marwing said after the race, “We were concerned about the pace. But it was decent, and she (Smart Call) quickened well. I am pleased for the whole team and my sponsors.”
Her stakes winning sire Ideal World has made a superb start to his stud career, with his first crop, now three-year-olds, including not only Smart Call herself but also SA Oaks third Patchit Up Baby, and the stakes performers Fah Fee and My World. Remarkably, this crop also includes the feature race winning sprinter Amazing Strike, whose biggest win to date came in the Gold Rush Sprint over 1100 metres.
Ideal World, whose current two-year-olds include undefeated filly Persian Rug, is certainly bred for the job, however.
He is a son of French 2000 Guineas winner Kingmambo, whose sire sons include such successful stallions as Archipenko, King Kamehameha, King’s Best, Lemon Drop Kid and the promising local sire Mambo In Seattle.
A half brother to French Group One winner Romantica, Ideal World is out of champion and Breeders Cup F& M Turf winner Banks Hill-herself one of five G1 winners produced by former Broodmare Of The Year Hasili. The latter is also the dam of outstanding miler and sire Dansili – Champion Sire in France in 2006.
This is also the family of champion sire Giant’s Causeway and 2015’s dual Guineas winner Gleneagles.