First Winner for Elusive Fort
Former Equus Champion Elusive Fort was represented by his first winner when Elusive Stars produced a memorable turn of foot to win at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Elusive Stars, who was making just her second start for Ronnie Sheehan, mowed down her rivals to win over 1400 metres in the style of a filly going places. After the race, her trainer described Elusive Stars as “something special”, and, judging by the style of her victory, Elusive Stars looks a filly to keep an eye on.
Out of the Special Preview mare Lingfield, Elusive Stars was bred by the Arc-en-Ciel Stud.
She is from the first crop of champion Elusive Fort, whose first runners are two this season. Elusive Fort has had just two runners to date and both have finished in the money.
Elusive Fort, is one of the best sons of champion sire Fort Wood (also the sire of leading sire Dynasty).
Himself a R750 000 buy at the 2004 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, Elusive Fort was an outstanding racehorse who earned over R2 million during his racing career.
Bred by Wilgerbosdrift, Elusive Fort was South Africa’s Equus Champion Male Stayer in 2006. His seven victories included the Gr1 Daily News 2000, Gr1 Horse Chestnut Stakes and Gr1 SA Derby.
From an outstanding female line, Elusive Fort is a half-brother to outstanding juvenile filly, Easyjadeasy. Like dual Horse of the Year Variety Club, Elusive Fort is out of a mare by Secret Prospector – in this case, the stakes placed mare Ever Seeking.
His granddam is multiple Gr1 winner Epoque – a half-sister to champions Ecurie and Empress Club, and Elusive Fort belongs to one of the most potent families in the stud book – the “E” family. This family has produced numerous champions all over the world, and is also responsible for successful Argentinian sire, Equal Stripes.
Elusive Fort is well represented at both the March Yearling Sale and Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. Elusive Fort’s March Sale string consists of 17 yearlings – including a half-brother to Guineas winner Kapil, a filly out of the smart filly Central Theme, and a beautifully bred half-brother to stakes winning filly, Atlantic Storm.
The champion also has four lots on offer at the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. Elusive Fort’s Jo’burg bound yearlings include a half-sister to champion Via Africa, and a colt whose dam is a sister in blood to former Horse of the Year, Yard-Arm.