Mauritzfontein’s in-form stallion Ideal World was responsible for a 22nd stakes winner when his talented daughter Vistula won the G2 Joburg Spring F&M Challenge at Turffontein on Saturday.
Bred by Riethuiskraal Stud, the four-year-old Vistula made it win number six, from only 12 starts, when powering home down the inside in Saturday’s 1450m feature to score by a neck from talented three-year-old Gin Fizz.
A winner of five of her last six starts, Vistula (who had to overcome a wide draw of 11) was ridden to victory by Warren Kennedy and is trained by Paul Peter.
The filly, fourth in the G3 Three Troikas Stakes last season, has now earned more than R660 000 in stakes money.
The 2019 G2 Joburg Spring F&M Challenge winner is out of Second Empire daughter Venus Rising and is thus bred on the same Ideal World/Second Empire cross as Kings Cup winner Dark Moon Rising.
Ideal World went close to enjoying a feature race double on Saturday, with his Sweet Chestnut Stakes/Stormsvlei Mile winning daughter Helen’s Ideal running third, behind 2018 G1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas winner Front And Centre, in the G3 Diana Stakes at Durbanville.
Ideal World, whose progeny also include Equus Champions Smart Call and Hermoso Mundo, and 2019 G1 Sun Met hero Rainbow Bridge, has a single lot on the 2019 CTS Ready To Run Sale –a colt (Lot 119), bred on the same cross as Smart Call, whose dam is a daughter of smart stakes performer Pasadora Fizz.