Mauritzfontein Stud’s resident stallion Ideal World has made a superb start to his stud career and the Kingmambo son’s good form continued at the Vaal last Saturday.
Ideal World’s son Haddington was the subject of plenty of pre-race positive talk and the sophomore duly lived up to expectations in a maiden plate over 1000m.
Backed down to start an 11-10 favourite, the Maurtizfontein bred gelding skated home to win convincingly by a length and a quarter and he looks a smart sort.
Owned by Roland Pretorius, Haddington is a truly a Mauritzfontein bred, with his broodmare sire being none other than that farm’s great champion Horse Chestnut.
Out of the mare Crown Office, Haddington was a R210 000 buy from last year’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
His sire Ideal World (whose close relative Dansili is the sire of Saturday’s impressive G1 Sword Dancer Invitational winner Flintshire) has made the perfect start to his stud career, with both his first crops having produced G1 performers thus far.
Ideal World’s first crop, which includes 26 individual winners thus far, includes four black type performers including G1 Woolavington 2000 heroine Smart Call, while his second has unveiled the hugely promising, and desperately unlucky loser of the G1 Thekwini Stakes, Persian Rug.
A stakes winning son of the great sire Kingmambo and champion Banks Hill, Ideal World hails from an outstanding family also responsible for US Champion Leroidesanimaux (sire of Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom) and 2015 2000 Guineas hero Gleneagles, as well as triple US Champion sire Giant’s Causeway.