The beautifully bred Mirage Dancer (Frankel –Heat Haze) put up a smart debut effort to win first time out at Doncaster on Friday –and provide a further boost to the pedigree of Mauritzfontein Stud’s exciting sire Ideal World in the process.
Mirage Dancer, who holds an entry for the 2017 Investec Derby, ran on strongly to score by half a length for owners Juddmonte Farms and trainer Sir Michael Stoute.
The 18th first crop winner for his outstanding sire Frankel, Mirage Dancer is a half brother to the useful three-year-old Forge (Dubawi) – who was third to subsequent G1 Prix Jacques le Marois winner Ribchester (Iffraaj) in this year’s G3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.
His dam, Heat Haze (Green Desert) was an outstanding racemare, whose wins included the G1 Beverly D Stakes and G1 Matriarch Stakes, and she is a half sister to four other G1 winners, notably champion and Breeders’ Cup F&M Turf winner Banks Hill –the dam of Ideal World (Kingmambo).
The latter has enjoyed a superb year in 2016 with his representatives including Equus Champion and G1 J&B Met winner Smart Call, G3 Track And Ball Derby winner Cape Speed and Listed Syringa Handicap heroine Persian Rug.
Understandably, Ideal World has also enjoyed further recognition in the sales ring. A filly by him fetched R600 000 at this year’s National Yearling Sale, while a pair of Ideal World colts fetched R550 000 apieace at the 2016 National Two Year Old Sale.
Smart Call’s sire has a single lot on offer at November’s CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale –
Lot 220 – a full sister to a winner, and half sister to a stakes placed winner of six, this filly (bred on a similar cross to Smart Call) is out of a half sister to the dam of G2 Emerald Cup hero Phunyuka and this is the same family as local legend Politician and European classic winning champion Ragusa