Treble for promising World
Mauritzfontein Stud’s beautifully bred young stallion Ideal World has made a superb start to his stud career.
The son of Kingmambo had a trio of impressive winners over the weekend, with Ideal World’s winners ranging over distances from 1100 to 1800m.
First of the Ideal Worlds to score was the lightly raced Garden Feature, who showed plenty of courage to break her maiden over 1200m at just the third time of asking.
Bred by Mauritzfontein Stud, Garden Feature is the 18th winner produced in Ideal World’s first crop.
This crop, now three-year-olds, also contains the very promising sprinter Amazing Strike. Trained by Alec Laird, the gelding provided Ideal World with a first crop feature race winner when he ran out a comfortable one and a quarter length winner of the Gold Rush Sprint (Non Black Type) at Turffontein on Saturday. Bred and owned by Mauritzfontein Stud, Amazing Strike is out of the stakes placed Strike Smartly mare Bayard Crown. It was a really smart win by Amazing Strike, whose beaten opponents included the very high class Grade 1 filly One Fine Day.
Amazing Strike was a well above average juvenile, who ran Equus Champion Harry’s Son to under three lengths in the Gr1 Premier’s Champion Stakes.
While Amazing Strike impressed at Turffontein, it was Cape filly Zante who was arguably most impressive of the Ideal World treble.
The Neil Bruss trained filly has done precious little wrong in her career to date, and Zante made it three wins from her last four outings when she hacked up (under top weight) in a fillies and mares handicap over 1800m at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Highly rated by her trainer (who describes her as a lovely filly with a tremendous future), Zante looks to be going places and she is likely to try her hand at some of the feature races during the KZN Winter Season. Bred by Nigel Page, Zante is out of the Western Winter mare Temperate Lady.
Her sire Ideal World has certainly caught the eye with his first crop – his initial runners also including the classic placed filly Smart Call and promising gelding Fah Fee, third in the Listed Secretariat Stakes.
The stakes winning and Group 2 placed Ideal World is certainly bred to be a top class stallion. He is a son of French 2000 Guineas winner and world leading sire Kingmambo, whose top class stallion sons include champion sires King Kamehameha and King’s Best, leading North American sire Lemon Drop Kid and highly promising younger sires Archipenko, Thewayyouare and Mambo In Seattle.
Ideal World is one of two stakes winners produced by multiple champion Banks Hill (by Danehill). The winner of over £1.3 million in stakes and a three time G1 winner, Banks Hill is also the dam of G1 Prix Jean Romanet winner Romantica (by Galileo).
Ideal World’s second dam is former Broodmare Of The Year Hasili, the dam of five G1 winners as well as one of the world’s leading sires – Dansili. The latter, an own brother to Ideal World’s dam, has sired more than 90 stakes winners to date, with Dansili’s tally of black type winners including no fewer than 19 G1 winners. Dansili’ best include world champion Harbinger, Arc de Triomphe winner and G1 sire Rail Link and champion filly The Fugue.
This is also the family of Horse Of The Year and multiple champion sire Giant’s Causeway.
One of the best bred and most exciting young stallions in the country, Ideal World is strongly represented at both the March and National Yearling Sales. His March draft of three includes a filly from the same family as G1 winning 2yo Guiness (Lot 70) and a colt whose dam is a daughter of Fort Wood and Equus Champion Escoleta Fitz (Lot 180).
Ideal World’s 12 strong National bound draft includes a beautifully bred half sister to feature race winner General Sherman (Lot 10), a filly whose Western Winter dam is a half sister to Met winning siblings Pocket Power and River Jetez (Lot 268), and a filly out of the beautifully bred Gr3 winner Queen’s Bay (348). The latter hails from the same family as one of history’s greatest sires Danehill – himself the broodmare sire of Ideal World!
Ideal World is also the sire of one of the potential top lots at the 2015 National Sale. His colt out of Scribblin’ The Cat (Lot 380) is a half brother to no less an equine celebrity than Futura, winner of this season’s G1J&B Met and G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.