Former Equus Champion Elusive Fort had a memorable South African treble this past weekend.
The son of Fort Wood’s weekend kicked off when his Normandy Stud bred son Grape Vine justified favouritism to land a handicap over 1600m at Fairview.
Grape Vine, who is trained by the very much in-form Justin Snaith, has now won six times from 1400 to 1900m, with Friday’s win pushing his earnings to R359 950.
Out of the London News mare Arctic News, Grape Vine was a R140 000 purchase from the 2013 CTS Ready To Run Sale.
Elusive Fort’s good weekend continued when he enjoyed a notable double at Durbanville, with both Al Wahed and Over Again scoring at the “country course”.
The Mike Stewart trained Al Wahed, one of two winners on the day for apprentice Louis Burke, stayed on strongly to register a fifth career victory over 1000m, while the Ronnie Sheehan trained Over Again made it win number two from her last three starts when holding off favourite, and impressive debut winner, Honey Suite over 1000 metres.
The same day also saw Elusive Fort’s top-class daughter Fort Ember, winner of the G2 Gold Bracelet and G3 Flamboyant Stakes, finish a close second in a conditions plate over a mile at Turffontein-beating graded stakes winners Intergalactic, Wind Chill, Peggy Jay and Witchcraft.
A triple G1 winner, and sire of high class performers Siren’s Call, Lauderdale, and Safe Harbour, Elusive Fort has four lots on the 2017 CTS Ready To Run Sale.