Mauritzfontein, breeders of 2017 Vodacom Durban July winner Marinaresco and the season’s top stayer Hermoso Mundo, will be represented by 12 quality lots (five as agent) at the 2017 National Two Year Old Sale.
First of the Mauritzfontein draft to come into the ring is lot 20, a filly by G1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes winner Byword out of a five time winning own sister to G3 winner Sky Rise. Not only is the filly out of a sister in blood to champions Horse Chestnut and Monyela, she is in fact from the same female line as Byword himself!
Resident sire Byword has two other juveniles in the draft –a colt out of a winning sister to 2 graded winners including G1 SA Classic winner Forest Path (Lot 59), and a colt out of a G3 placed winning daughter of champion and highly successful broodmare sire Horse Chestnut (who himself is from the same family as Byword himself).
Fellow Mauritzfontein sire Ideal World (sire of recent graded winners Hermoso Mundo and Zante as well as champion Smart Call) has two in the draft –a filly out of a three time winning daughter of Var and champion Monyela (Lot 222) and a colt (bred like the sire’s stakes winners Cape Speed and Kimberley Star) out of a Strike Smartly half-sister to G1 winner Forest Path (Lot80).
The late, great Mauritzfontein sire Fort Wood has a colt from the same family as sire greats Danehill, Machiavellian and Northern Dancer on sale (Lot ), while Fort Wood’s outstanding son Dynasty has a colt out of a winning daughter of champion sire Danehill Dancer and G1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Igreja (Lot 145) on sale.
Sadly deceased sire Sail From Seattle, sire of recent G1 Champions Cup winner Sail South, is the sire of lot 260 –a half-sister to recent Listed Champion Juvenile Cup winner Kimberley Star, while recently crowned champion 2yo sire of 2016-2017, Var, is the sire of 314 –a colt whose G3 winning dam is a half-sister to Equus Champion and Triple Tiara winner Cherry On The Top (Lot 314).
Dual Guineas winner Noordhoek Flyer is the sire of a half-sister to nine winners including Listed Wolf Power 1600 hero General Sherman and G2 Merchants runner up Two Tone, this is the same family as champion Kimberley Mine and Flower Alley’s G1 winning daughter Lilacs And Lace (Lot 236).
World Champion Singspiel’s G1 winning sons Potala Palace and Lateral are both represented in the Mauritzfontein draft this year, with Potala Palace responsible for a colt out of a five time winning granddaughter of Oaks winner Spring Wonder (Lot 415) and Lateral sire of lot 447 –a filly whose second dam is a G3 daughter of prominent broodmare sire National Assembly (Lot 447).