Mauritzfontein Stud’s exciting young sire Ideal World really had a day of mixed fortunes on Saturday. Unfortunately, his champion, and triple G1 winning, daughter Smart Call was a late scratching from the G1 Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes, race connections were hoping to use as a possible prep for the G1 Breeders’ Cup F&M Turf.
While Smart Call was unable to represent her sire, however, Ideal World’s son, Irish Pride, made history when he became the first ever winner of the World Sports Betting Grand Heritage at the Vaal on Saturday.
Bred by Mauritzfontein, Irish Pride (one of four winners on the day for trainer Johan Janse Van Vuuren) was a R260 000 purchase from the 2014 Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale.
His 1.1 length win over Front Rank in Saturday’s R750 000 contest, took Irish Pride’s tally of wins to five and his earnings to over R650 000.
Irish Pride, who has won three of his last four outings, is out of the winning Fort Wood mare Celtic Cross and is thus bred on similar terms to the above mentioned Smart Call –with the latter having been produced from a daughter of Fort Wood’s great son, Horse Chestnut.
Irish Pride was one of two local winners on the weekend for his stakes winning sire, whose daughter Shirley Valentine justified favouritism to win a good race at Scottsville on Sunday.
Ideal World, whose dam Banks Hill won the 2001 G1 Breeders’ Cup F&M Turf by five and a half lengths from ill-fated South African champion Spook Express, has two lots on offer at the upcoming CTS Ready To Run Sale at Durbanville racecourse:
Lot 44 – bred on a similar cross to Met winner Smart Call, this colt is out of a winning daughter of champion sire and broodmare sire Fort Wood and he is from the same family as Hong Kong superstar Able Friend, G1 Golden Slipper hero Overreach and local G1 winning 2yo Global News
Lot 60 –a half brother to a winner, this colt is from the same family as ill-fated Cape Nursery hero La Mancha, top local speedster Thunder Cat and G1 Paddock Stakes winner Badger’s Gift