Mauritzfontein Stud’s exciting young sire Ideal World is from a truly exceptionally family.
His dam Banks Hill was an exceptional race mare, who won or placed in 12 of her 15 outings and amassed over £1.3 million in stakes.
Her three Gr1 triumphs included a five and a half length romp in the Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Filly And Mare Turf (over Cape bred champion Spook Express), and a one and a half length win in the Gr1 Coronation Stakes. Banks Hill also defeated subsequent G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile hero Domedriver in the 2002 Gr1 Prix Jacques Le Marois.
An own sister to champion sire Dansili as well as Gr1 Breeders’ Cup winner Intercontinental and Horse Of The Year Champs Elysees and multiple Gr1 winner and sire Cacique, Banks Hill has proven equally successful at stud.
Apart from the multiple stakes winning Ideal World (sire of the brilliant 2016 Gr1 J&B Met winner Smart Call), Banks Hill is also responsible for the top class filly Romantica (by Galileo). The latter won or placed in nine of 12 outings with her biggest victory coming in the Gr1 Prix Jean Romanet, where Romantica defeated G1 Prix de L’Opera heroine Dalkala.
Also victorious in the Gr3 Prix Allez France, Romantica produced arguably the finest performance of her career when second, beaten half a length, in the Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Filly And Mare Turf where she beat no fewer than seven Grade One winners.
The latest chapter in Banks Hill’s illustrious career will come when she is one of a star studded group of mares to visit Cartier Horse Of The Year Golden Horn in his first season at stud.
A son of Cape Cross (whose full brother Great Britain stands at Highlands), Golden Horn was an exceptional racehorse, who won seven of his nine outings.
Last year’s European superstar won four Gr1 races including the Investec Derby and Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe and was one of the finest turf performers seen out in 2015.
Golden Horn, who stands at the Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, has a first fee stud fee of £60 000.