Klipdrif’s promising young stallion Elusive Fort was represented by his second Grade One winner, from as many crops, when daughter Lauderdale landed the spoils in Saturday’s Gr1 Thekwini Stakes at Greyville.
The Jim Antrobus bred filly ran on strongly to claim the 1600m race as the strongly fancied Persian Rug hung badly in the closing stages. Querari daughter Melliflora ran on nice for third, to give Cape bred horses a 1-2-3-4-4 finish in the 2015 Thekwini Stakes. The second filly Melliflora was bred by Maine Chance Farms, third home was the Mauritzfontein Stud bred Persian Rug, while Flying Ice and Chestnuts N Pearls, who dead-heated for fourth, were bred by Lammerskraal Stud and Nutfield Stud respectively.
Trained by Duncan Howells for owner Brian Burnard, Lauderdale, who had finished fourth last time out in the Gr1 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper, was sold for just R40 000 at last year’s March Yearling Sale and was later re-sold for R220 000 at the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.
Lauderdale, who has been nominated for an Equus Award as Champion 2YO Filly, has now won two of her seven outings and earned just under R500 000 in prize money.
She is one of a number of smart performers to have hailed from Elusive Fort’s second crop, which has also produced the stakes placed Ernie, and Fort Ember, who finished sixth in the Gr1 Thekwini Stakes.
Former Equus Champion Elusive Fort impressed when his small first crop produced the top class, Gr1 SA Fillies Classic winner Siren’s Call, who has already earned more than R2.5 million in stakes, and he looks a young sire of tremendous potential.
Elusive Fort has six lots on offer at this week’s CTS August 2YO Sale, with his draft including a filly bred on the same cross as Lauderdale (Lot 10), a colt out of a stakes placed winner of six (lot 59), and a half brother smart stakes winner Charming Lady (Lot 76).
Elusive Fort’s National 2YO Sale draft includes 8 juveniles. His draft includes a filly, inbred to Secret Prospector, from the family of G1 winner Buy And Sell (Lot 117), a filly closely related to legendary Triple Crown winner Horse Chestnut (Lot 137), and a colt out of a winning Silvano half sister to top sprinters August Rush and Miss October (Lot 220).
The son of Fort Wood is fully booked this season at a fee of R20 000.