Mauritzfontein Stud’s resident sire Ideal World and his family have once again been in the news of late.
Ideal World is responsible for champion Smart Call, who was named the Joint Top Rated South African bred thoroughbred of 2016 at Longines’ Monday night ceremony held at the Claridge Hotel in London.
Smart Call, who shares top billing with Horse Of The Year and Sun Met favourite Legal Eagle, was given a rating of 119. This places the brilliant mare equal to such outstanding international G1 winners as Jameka (Caulfield Cup), Melatonin (Santa Anita Handicap), Hawkbill (Coral- Eclipse Stakes), Seventh Heaven (Irish Oaks, Yorkshire Oaks), and brilliant US performer Stellar Wind. The latter, who was North America’s Champion 3YO Filly in 2015, is a triple G1 winner who has earned over $1.4 million in prize money.
Ideal World’s close relative and outstanding sire Dansili, a full brother to Ideal World’s champion dam Banks Hill, is the sire of now retired five time G1 winner Flintshire. The versatile entire, who stands his first season at Hill ‘N Dale Farm this season, was recently crowned Eclipse Champion Turf Male at an elaborate ceremony held at Gulfstream Park last Saturday. Flintshire ended his career having won eight races, including the G1 Grand Prix de Paris and the G1 Sword Dance Stakes twice, and banked over $9.5 million in stakes.
Another promising relative of Ideal World is undefeated Mirage Dancer, who made a stylish winning debut at Doncaster at the back end of last season. The Sir Michael Stoute trained three-year-old, whose G1 winning dam Heat Haze is out of Hasili –granddam of Ideal World, is held in high regard by connections and holds entries in the 2017 Investec Derby.
Ideal World, whose son Cape Speed is a runner in Saturday’s G1 Sun Met, had just two yearlings on offer at the past weekend’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale. His top lot was a colt of the Street Cry mare Street Wise who was knocked down to trainer Tony Rivalland for R800 000.