Mauritzfontein’s successful sire Ideal World, whose champion dam Banks Hill won the G1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot back in 2001, gained yet a further boost to his already stellar female line when his close relative Sangarius captured the G3 Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday.
A three-year-old Kingman colt, Sangarius made it win number three from only five starts when he stayed on strongly to post a two and a quarter length win in Thursday’s one mile and two furlong contest for trainer Sir Michael Stoute.
The latter said after his Thursday win, “”He is a horse we have always liked. He did it well there, as he was tight for space and he couldn’t get into enough room to get into a rhythm. He has a turn of foot and is improving.
I think we knew that before Sandown (wanted a step up in trip), but there wasn’t a suitable mile and a quarter, so we went to Sandown (Heron Stakes over a mile) and he was a little under-cooked as he had a hold up in March. No, I wasn’t hoping to have him as a Guineas horse, as I don’t think he is a miler.”
One of four Royal Ascot winners on Thursday for jockey Frankie Dettori, Sangarius had shown plenty of promise at two when he won his first two starts including the Listed Weatherbys Global Stallions App Flying Scotsman Stakes and ran fourth in the G1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes.
Sangarius was produced by the Empire Maker mare Trojan Queen –who is a half-sister to both Ideal World and G1 Prix Jean Romanet winner Romantica.
His granddam is the aforementioned champion and G1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Banks Hill.
The sire of 36 stakes horses (and counting), including this season’s G1 winners Rainbow Bridge (Sun Met) and Samurai Warrior (SA Derby), Ideal World has five lots on offer at the upcoming KZN Yearling Sale.