The Klipdrif Stud based triple G1 winner Elusive Fort has made a good start to the 2019-2020 racing season, and the son of Fort Wood was responsible for a trio of South African winners on Saturday.
Elusive Fort’s first success on Saturday came when his gelded son Pop Icon romped home at Turffontein to shed his maiden by four and a quarter lengths, when victorious over 1450 metres.
Bred by John and Liz Slade, Pop Icon was booted home by Piere Strydom and is trained by Fabian Habib.
Pop Icon was the first of two winners for Elusive Fort at Turffontein on Saturday, with the Cape sire also responsible for Now You See Me (also for the Habib yard) winning the day’s eight race under Piere Strydom.
Bred by Ambiance Stud, the filly picked up her second career score, when holding off the blue-blooded Jetorio to win by a long head.
Elusive Fort also had success at Durbanville on Saturday, when his beautifully bred three-year-old daughter Fynbos broke her maiden over 1600m for trainer Vaughan Marshall, jockey MJ Byleveld and breeder Peter de Beyer (who owns the filly in partnership with Andre Louw). The consistent Fynbos has now won or placed in each of her four starts, and was trying 1600m for a first time on Saturday.
Himself a former Equus Champion, Elusive Fort also went close to enjoying feature race success on Saturday, with his G3 Poinsettia Stakes/G3 Champagne Stakes winning daughter Freedom Charter running second in the G3 Diana Stakes at Durbanville.
Also sire of such high-class gallopers as Siren’s Call, Lauderdale, Fort Ember and Safe Harbour, Elusive Fort has three lots on the 2019 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, and 12 lots (including a full-brother (Lot 18) to Fynbos) at this year’s CTS Ready To Run Sale.