Klipdrif Stud’s hot young sire Elusive Fort enjoyed yet another big pay day when his progressive daughter Fort Ember landed Sunday’s G3 Flamboyant Stakes at Greyville for trainer Paul Peter and red-hot rider Lyle Hewitson.
Downing a field which included former G2 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas winner Heaps Of Fun and last year’s Flamboyant winner Olma, Fort Ember ran on far too strongly for the Dean Kannemeyer trained Impala Lily to register a two length win and score the first graded win of her career.
Bred by the now defunct Arc-En-Ciel Stud, the consistent Fort Ember (who provided Lyle Hewitson with a quick feature race double, with Hewitson having scored in the G3 Lebelo Sprint one day earlier) has now won five (and placed in three others) of her nine outings, and Sunday’s victory pushed the four-year-old’s earnings to over R450 000.
Fort Ember, who had reeled off a hatrick of wins last year, is out of two time winning Kahal mare Glowing Ember –and she is the only stakes winner to have emerged from her first four dams!
She is also the latest top class performer to have emerged from her champion sire’s first two small crops of racing age.
These crops are also responsible for G1 SA Fillies Classic winner Siren’s Call, G1 Thekwini Stakes heroine Lauderdale and the high class, feature race winning sprinter Ernie.
Elusive Fort, whose G1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas runner up daughter Safe Harbour looks a leading contender for Saturday’s G1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes, has three lots on offer at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
Elusive Fort’s Premier draft includes a filly from the same family as Elusive Fort (Lot 54), a filly out of East Cape champion Haizi (Lot 78), and a filly, out of a four time stakes winner, who is bred on the same cross as Elusive Fort sired star Siren’s Call (Lot 204).