Klipdrif Stud’s promising young sire Elusive Fort was represented by a third career stakes winner when his second crop son Ernie landed Saturday’s The Fairview Wine Sophomore Sprint at Kenilworth.
From the in-form Bass yard, Ernie moved up at the 400m mark of Saturday’s race and ran on strongly to beat Illuminator and favourite Seventh Plain by three parts of a length and a short head.
Bred by part-owner Peter de Beyer, Ernie was an R80 000 buy from the 2014 March Yearling Sale. He has certainly proved a bargain buy at the price –with Ernie having already earned nearly R300 000.
A tilt at the CTS $1 000 000 is next on the cards for Ernie, where he will again meet Sophomore runner up Illuminator and champion and Sophomore third Seventh Plain.
Now a four time winner up to 1400m, Ernie is out of Betty Burke, a daughter of Klawervlei’s champion sire and rapidly emerging broodmare sire Captain Al.
His sire Elusive Fort has made a cracking start to his stud career, with his first crop including G1 SA Fillies Classic winner and R2.57 million earner Siren’s Call, and his second crop the above mentioned Ernie as well as G1 Thekwini Stakes winner Lauderdale.
Both Lauderdale and Ernie are high up on the log for this month’s CTS $1 000 000 –to be run at Kenilworth on January 23rd.
A former Equus Champion and triple G1 winning son of the great Fort Wood, Elusive Fort has 2 lots on offer at this month’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale –including a full sister to Ernie (Lot 160), and a filly whose eight wining siblings include the useful five time winner Spirit Of Hamilton (Lot 179).
The champion, who was fully booked last season, also has two on offer at the Val De Vie Yearling Sale in February –where his pair include a filly from the family of G1 Queen’s Plate winner Yardmaster (Lot 76), and a filly (bred on the hugely successful Sadler’s Wells/Gone West cross) from the family of G1 Allan Robertson winner Silver Arc (Lot 90).