Klipdrif Stud’s successful sire Elusive Fort had a memorable mid-week double, when represented by winners at both Durbanville and Turffontein on Tuesday.
Elusive Fort’s three-year-old daughter Elusive Run stormed home from off the pace to break her maiden over 2000m at Durbanville, while another Elusive Fort daughter, Dawn Flight, ran on to collect the fifth win of her career for champion trainer Sean Tarry at Turffontein on Tuesday. (Tarry having also handled Elusive Fort’s G1 daughters Siren’s Call and Safe Harbour).
Bred by Favour Stud, Elusive Run was scoring at the fourth time of asking for trainer Andre Nel, while the well bred Dawn Flight, bred by the Connemara Stud, pushed her earnings to over R340 000 with her latest victory.
The triple G1 winning Elusive Fort has enjoyed another fine season in 2017-2018 thus far.
His top representatives this season include G1 Sansui Summer Cup runner up Fort Ember, G3 Vasco Prix Du Cap winner Elusive Heart and the hugely promising filly Secret Potion.
The latter has won or placed in six of her seven outings and was a close up third in the G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic, beaten less than a length and a quarter, last time out. Secret Potion looks a huge contender for the Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks on Champions Day next month.
Elusive Fort, whose yearlings have already made up to R1 300 000 this year, is well represented at next week’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
The former Equus Champion has 11 lots on offer at the National Sale, including a filly out of the stakes placed Silvano mare Autumn Splendour (Lot 354), a filly from the same family as outstanding sprinter Shea Shea (Lot 425), and a filly whose dam is a half-sister to the dam of Equus Champion Hot Ticket (Lot 266).