Mauritzfontein’s resident sire Ideal World enjoyed a good day at Turffontein last Saturday, when his progeny did him proud on Champions Day-the biggest raceday on the Gauteng calender.
Ideal World son Hermoso Mundo stamped himself as a high class stayer in the making when romping home to a 5.25 length win in the G3 Gold Bowl and picking up his first stakes win in the process.
Bred by Mauritzfontein, Hermoso Mundo, now in the care of trainer Weiho Marwing and trying the 3200m trip for a first time, has now won 3 and placed nine times, with Saturday’s G3 victory pushing his earnings to R492 950. He looks destined to take his place in more of the country’s top staying races.
He is the first stakes winner produced by former Equus Champion Escoleta Fitz, also dam of three other winners.
Hermoso Mundo is one of five stakes winners to have emerged from his sire’s second crop, with this crop also producing Derby winner Cape Speed, R840 000 plus earner Irish Pride, G1 filly Persian Rug and recent feature race winner Louisiana.
Another by Ideal World Royal Utopia, put up an extremely game performance when trying to make all and finishing third in the same day’s G2 Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks. Despite making all, Royal Utopia stayed on well to claim the third spot – beating the likes of Orchid Island (G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic) and Smiling Blue Eyes (G2 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas) in the process.
Ideal World, whose champion dam is a full-sister to Dansili –sire of 20 G1 winners, also enjoyed notable success at last week’s National Yearling Sale.
His yearlings at the National Sale fetched up to R750 000, with the top lot, a bay filly out of Cuir De Russie, knocked down to prominent agent James Bester.
Another daughter of the sire, champion Smart Call, holds entries in three major British features –the G2 Betfred Middleton Stakes (May 18th), G2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (21 June) and the G1 Pretty Polly Stakes (2 July).