An Elusive Classic
This Saturday’s Grade 3 Elusive Fort Cape Classic is named for a tremendous locally bred champion, whose first crop of yearlings really caught the eye last season.
Elusive Fort, one of 14 Grade One winners produced by champion sire Fort Wood, was an outstanding racehorse.
South Africa’s Equus Champion Male Stayer of 2010, Elusive Fort was a versatile horse, who won from 1300-2450m, having the speed to come back to win Gr1 at 1600 metres after his Derby win.
During his career, the horse won seven times and over R2 000 000 in prize money. His wins included the Gr1 SA Derby, Gr1 Horse Chestnut Stakes and the Gr1 Daily News 2200.
Elusive Fort, one of the leaders of his generation, defeated numerous stars during his career, including the Grade One winners African Appeal, Dunford, Equal Image, Eyeofthetiger, Hunting Tower, Jam Alley, Jamaica, Let’s Rock ‘n Roll, National Spirit, Ndabeni, Surveyor, Talahatchie, and Zebra Crossing.
He is from the devastating Sadler’s Wells male line – which has dominated major races in both Europe and North America in 2013. Outstanding sires from this male line include Montjeu, Galileo, Medaglia D’Oro and this year’s sensation (and current leader of the US general sires list) Kitten’s Joy.
Elusive Fort’s sire Fort Wood is a proven sire of sires, with his son, Dynasty, taking high ranking in the South African sire lists. A champion sire himself, Fort Wood has sired three sons named Horse of the Year (Celtic Grove, Dynasty, and Horse Chestnut), and more than 70 stakes winners to date.
Elusive Fort, a half-brother to top 2yo filly Easyjadeasy (herself dam of the very promising performer Eternal Jet), is from the famous “E” family, responsible for such champions as Ecurie, Escoleta Fitz, and the legendary Empress Club. This is also the family of successful sire Equal Stripes.
Elusive Fort was very well supported in his first season with owners breeders placing many in training and those from the sales going in to the stables of such top trainers as Sean Tarry and Glen Kotzen.
Despite being in the difficult third year at stud, the handsome Elusive Fort still managed to attract a good book of over 80 mares in 2012.He is siring a good looking, strong, and well balanced foal, which ensures his ongoing popularity.
Among his mates are Messila Rose, a beautifully bred daughter of the great Darshaan – whose daughters have built up such a great record with Sadler’s Wells and his sons. Another nicely bred mare to been to the court of Elusive Fort is a Jallad half-sister to former Gold Bowl winner, Eurovision.
While Elusive Fort is due to move to Klipdrif in January, he remains active at Arc-En-Ciel stud until the end of the current breeding season. A horse with a wonderful temperament, Elusive Fort has proven extremely fertile, and is a pleasure to work with.
The stallion, who is managed by Allan Bloodlines, stands for a 2013 fee of R5 000.