Klipdrif Stud’s top class young stallion Elusive Fort had a memorable double at Scottsville on Sunday.
Not only did the former Equus Champion’s second juvenile runner of the season score impressively, but Elusive Fort’s Shadow Catcher romped to a nine and a half length win over 1200m on the same day.
Two-year-old Good Buddy, bred by the Rex Stud, followed up a good barrier trial effort when powering home to score a 1.5 length win over 800m as 9-10 favourite.
The flashy grey colt, who also qualified for the BSA bonus of R40 000, was a R50 000 buy from the 2017 Cape Yearling Sale.
Trained by Dean Kannemeyer, Good Buddy impressed all with his striking action and he looks likely to build on this smart first win.
Elusive Fort’s only other 2yo runner this season, Elusive Kat, was a close up third on her only outing, and this strong start suggests Elusive Fort has an exciting season ahead of him with his two-year-olds.
The triple G1 winning son of Fort Wood was also responsible for impressive maiden winner Shadow Catcher, who won as he liked for trainer Dennis Bosch and breeders Daytona Stud, when romping home by nearly ten lengths over 1200 metres on Sunday.
Shadow Catcher was a R280 000 buy from the 2016 Sibaya KZN Yearling Sale.
Elusive Fort is a well established sire, whose top runners include G1 winners Siren’s Call and Lauderdale as well as recent G1 Sansui Summer Cup runner up Fort Ember.
He has eight lots on offer at the 2018 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, including a half-sister to G1 Sun Met hope Last Winter (Lot 4), and full siblings to high class performers Ernie and Elevated (Lot 57).