EXCITING FIRST YEARLINGS FOR FORT
There has been plenty of positive comments surrounding the first crop of young Cape based sire Elusive Fort.
The champion sells his first crop this year, and the very first Elusive Fort colt is set to sell at the 2013 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
Catalogued as lot 113, the colt is out of a half-sister to the stakes winners Rushing Wind and Ice Wind, and hails from a prolific black type family.
Consigned by Normandy Stud the unnamed bay received a nine from the selectors. Keeneland’s Tom Thornbury liked what he saw of Elusive Fort’s first crop, describing the yearlings as “consistent in body type and even temperament, deep through the girth, scopey, leggy, correct and with a lovely racy profile.”
Elusive Fort was named Equus Champion in 2006.
He won 7 races from 1300-2450m, and landed three Gr1 contests – the Horse Chestnut Stakes, SA Derby and Daily News 2000. He met and defeated such notable performers as Hunting Tower, Jamaica, African Appeal, National Spirit and Dunford, and earned over R2 000 000 in prize money.
Like Horse of the Year and leading sire Dynasty, Elusive Fort is a son of champion sire Fort Wood. To date, Fort Wood has sired over 70 stakes winners – and his progeny have earned over R98 million. He is the only sire in living memory to have sired three horses named Horse of the Year.
Elusive Fort’s female line is equally illustrious. Like Horse of the Year Variety Club, Elusive Fort is out of a Secret Prospector mare – and his stakes placed dam has also produced the very classy, and speedy, Gr3 winner Easyjadeasy.
Elusive Fort’s second dam is the G1 winner Epoque – a half-sister to champion Ecurie as well as the legendary Horse of the Year, Empress Club. This is the world famous “E” family which has produced such G1 winners as Rio de La Plata, Escoleta Fitz, Espadana and Eventuail.
Elusive Fort’s close relation, Equal Stripes, is a highly successful sire in Argentina, and has sired such Gr1 winners as Bambina Stripes, Gamuza Fina and Foggy Stripes to name a few.
He stands at Arc-en-Ciel for a stud fee of R5,000.