Wood’s world wide influence

Wood’s world wide influence
Mauritzfontein Stud’s hugely successful resident sire Fort Wood truly had a weekend to remember.
The son of Sadler’s Wells featured as the grandsire of a pair of graded stakes winners in Cape Town, and the maternal grandsire of a US Grade 3 winner.

Ocho Ocho Ocho, winner of the 2014 Juvenile Turf Sprint Photo: Santa Anita/Benoit Photo

Ocho Ocho Ocho, winner of the 2014 Juvenile Turf Sprint
Photo: Santa Anita/Benoit Photo

Fort Wood’s greatest son, Horse Chestnut, also made the news when his maternal grandson Ocho Ocho Ocho maintained his unbeaten record with a gutsy victory in Saturday’s Gr3 Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes in North America. The Delta Downs, a $1 million race for 2yos, gave Ocho Ocho Ocho (by Street Sense) ten points which could help him to qualify for the 2015 Kentucky Derby. Now unbeaten in three outings, Ocho Ocho Ocho is one of seven black type performers produced by Horse Chestnut mares in 2015.

Dynasty, one of three Fort Wood sons named Horse Of The Year, was named Equus Outstanding Stallion Of The Year last season. If his current run of form is anything to go by, Dynasty could well be in line for another award come the end of this season.

Currently South Africa’s leading sire (by stakes), Dynasty was represented by an impressive pair of graded stakes winners at Kenilworth this past Saturday.

Legislate winning the Lanzerac Le General Green Point Stakes Gr2 Photo: Lizel King

Legislate winning the Lanzerac Le General Green Point Stakes Gr2
Photo: Lizel King

His champion son Legislate, last season’s Horse Of The Year, smashed a 19 year old track record when running out a facile, three and a half length winner of Saturday’s Gr2 Lanzerac Le General Green Point Stakes. Back in third was another Grade 1 winning son of Dynasty in the form of Futura. The latter was later named KZN’s Outstanding 3YO Colt for the 2013-2014 season at a ceremony on Saturday evening. Another of the progeny of the mighty Dynasty, the diminutive star Beach Beauty, was named KZN’s Horse Of The Year at the same ceremony.

Legislate, who could be campaigned overseas, has now won over R4.75 million for owners Drakenstein Stud, Jack Mitchell and Newbury Racing. The magnificent bay, who was bred by the Cheveley Stud, now looks hard to oppose in the Grade 1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and Gr1 J&B Met. Remarkably, of Legislate’s six career victories – five have come in graded stakes.

Act Of War winning the  Gr2 Selangor Cup Photo: Lizel King

Act Of War winning the Gr2 Selangor Cup
Photo: Lizel King

Second of the Dynasty sired graded stakes winners on Saturday came in the form of another exceptional looking athlete – Act Of War. The 3yo colt, who was bred by Arc-En-Ciel Stud, took his record to five wins from just six outings when demolishing a star studded field in the Gr2 Selangor Cup at Kenilworth. In the process, Act Of War provided jockey Piere Strydom with the 5,000th win of his remarkable career. Act Of War, the second consecutive Dynasty colt to win the Selangor, has now won over R600 000 in stakes, and looks mighty hard to oppose in next month’s Grade 1 Cape Guineas.

Dynasty is now well clear on South Africa’s general sires list, and could well capture his official sires title this season. The former Horse Of The Year also leads the 3yo sires log, and Dynasty’s offspring look on track for a tremendous season.

Three Hearts streaks to the win in the Red Carpet Handicap.  Photo: Benoit Photo

Three Hearts streaks to the win in the Red Carpet Handicap.
Photo: Benoit Photo

Fort Wood, however, was not content to let his sire sons take all the glory however. His maternal granddaughter Three Hearts (who is out of Fort Wood’s brilliant daughter Secret Heart) added countless value to her paddock value when picking up the first graded stakes win of her career at Del Mar on Saturday. Owned by Team Valor, Three Hearts (a half sister to former Breeders Cup winner Pluck), caused a 29-1 upset when victorious in the Gr3 Red Carpet Handicap on Saturday. Three Hearts, a daughter of Sunday Silence son Hat Trick, has now earned nearly $200 000 in stakes and looks to have a really exciting future of her.

Her broodmare sire Fort Wood is one of South Africa’s most successful stallions of the past two decades. The Sadler’s Wells horse has sired a stunning 45 individual Grade 1 winners, with his champions/Grade 1 winners including the above mentioned Dynasty and Horse Chestnut, as well as the likes of Celtic Grove, Dog Wood, Hunting Tower, Saddlewood, Fort Defiance, Athina and Urabamba.

Fort Wood, an exceptional stallion who has headed both the general and broodmare sires lists, stands at Mauritzfontein Stud alongside promising young stallions Byword (by Peintre Celebre) and Ideal World (by Kingmambo).

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