Mauritzfontein’s successful sire Ideal World has been enjoying a purple patch of success this season.
The blue blooded Kingmambo son enjoyed a trio of winners the previous weekend, and he was back in the headlines on Friday when his daughter Luna Child won the Listed Breeders Guineas at Fairview.
Trained by Glen Kotzen, the Wilgerbosdrift& Mauritzfontein bred 3yo made it a hatrick of wins when she ran on strongly to defeat East Cape champion Queen Forever by half a length in the 1600m contest.
In the process, Luna Child registered her first black type win –and the fourth victory, from just 10 starts, of her career.
Luna Child’s formline was given yet another boost when her paternal half-sister Bridal Party (one of two South African weekend winners for Ideal World) scored her fourth career win over a mile at Durbanville on Saturday.
The Adam Marcus trained Bridal Party had previously second and third behind Luna Child at her two previous outings. Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, Bridal Party was a bargain R85 000 buy from the 2015 Val De Vie Yearling Sale.
Her sire is also responsible for smart stayer Arte, who ran third in Saturday’s Sun Chariot Handicap.
Luna Child is one of several notable performers produced from Ideal World’s current crop of 3yos. Others include G3 Graham Beck Stakes first and second place finishers Zen Arcade and Ideal Secret, as well as Listed Champion Juvenile Cup hero Kimberley Star (who was third in the recent Ibhyai Stakes).
A proven sire of champions in the form of Smart Call and Hermoso Mundo, Ideal World hails from the one of the best families in the stud book. His champion, and G1 Breeders’ Cup winning, dam Banks Hill is a full-sister to Canadian Horse Of The Year Champs Elysees, whose son Harlem won Saturday’s G1 TAB Australian Cup.
Ideal World has 20 yearlings on offer at the 2018 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, headed by a full-brother to G1 filly Persian Rug (Lot 3), a ½ sister to G1 Klawervlei Majorca winner Nightingale (Lot 5), a colt out of G3 winner Run Angel Run (Lot 20) and a ¾ sister to Met winning champion Smart Call (Lot 232).