Klipdrif Stud’s successful young stallion Elusive Fort enjoyed a notable double in South Africa this past weekend, with the former Equus Champion represented by both a G2 winner and an eye catching 2yo winner.
Elusive Fort’s top class daughter Fort Ember made it win number six, and second graded victory, when downing a star-studded field of fillies and mares in the G2 Prosport International Gold Bracelet at Greyville on Saturday.
One of two feature race winners on the weekend for trainer Paul Peter, the Arc-En-Ciel Stud bred Fort Ember was given a superb ride by Gavin Lerena, who timed his challenge to perfection and guided Fort Ember to account for favourite, and G1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes winner, Nightingale, by 1.75 lengths.
Former Oaks winner Witchcraft was back in third place, ahead of front running Persian Rug.
Four-year-old Fort Ember, whose win on Saturday pushed her earnings to R766 813, has now won or placed in 10 of 15 outings. Her first graded victory had come when landing the G3 Flamboyant Stakes earlier this year.
Out of the Kahal mare Glowing Ember, Fort Ember was a R60 000 buy from the 2014 CTS Ready To Run Sale Presented by Lanzerac Hotel & Spa.
She is one of four stakes horses to have emerged from Elusive Fort’s second crop, with others including G1 Thekwini Stakes winner Lauderdale and Listed Sophomore Sprint winner Ernie.
Elusive Fort also has a smart crop of 2yos this season and the Ronnie Sheehan trained Over Again became her sire’s fourth juvenile winner for the season when making all to win over 1200m at Kenilworth on Saturday.
A triple G1 winner and Equus Champion, Elusive Fort has 12 lots on the August National Two Year Old Sale.