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Bedouin Legend

WELCOME TO MAURIZFONTEIN

A dynasty through the ages

Having operated previously as a remount station for the British Army during the Boer War, Mauritzfontein was bought by Harry and Bridget Oppenheimer in 1945. The couple got involved in horse racing shortly after the war in the 1940’s. Kimberley was both the headquarters of the DeBeers Mining Company of which Harry Oppenheimer was Chairman, and was also represented by Harry Oppenheimer in Parliament, a seat which he he held from 1948 to 1957. Mauritzfontein is only 15 minutes from the center of Kimberley, so it seemed a perfect place to build their home from home and begin their breeding operations.

Mauritzfontein imported their first stallion in 1951, Janus who was by Pharis and had been a top class racehorse in France. Janus was the sire of Tiger Fish (Durban July Handicap), Open Sea and Ellation. He also sired fillies Will-To-Win (Tankard Gr.1) and SA Oaks winner Tsessebe.

In 1959 Mauritzfontein imported Wilwyn, who incidentally was the first horse ever to be flown into South Africa. Four years later he was crowned South Africa’s Champion Sire, as a result of his top class progeny, King Willow, Smash And Grab and Unlce Ben. He became a fantastic broodmare sire and his daughters produced, amongst others, Sentinel, Hidden Magic, Faro and Canyon Creek. Wilwyns son, Col. Pickering is also the broodmare sire of the famous Horse Chestnut.

TIME LINE

Time line

  • 1945

    Harry and Bridget Oppenheimer
    purchase Mauritzfontein

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  • 1951

    JANUS
    Stands his first season at stud.

  • 1957

    TIGER FISH
    SA Nursery, Gr.1,
    Benoni Guineas, Gr.1,
    SA Derby, Gr.1

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  • 1958

    HENGIST
    SA Derby, Gr.1

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    1959

    HENGIST
    JHB Summer Handicap, Gr.1

    TIGER FISH
    Durban July Handicap, Gr.1

    WILWYN
    Is imported.

  • 1960

    WILL-TO-WIN
    6 wins including Castle Tankard Gr.1

  • 1961

    DAME DE COEUR
    SA Oaks, Gr.1

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  • 1963

    BACCARAT
    SA Oaks, Gr.1

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    1964

    KING WILLOW
    Champion Nursery Stakes, Gr.1

    WILWYN
    Champion Sire of South Africa.

    JULIE ANDREWS
    SA Oaks, Gr.1

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  • 1965-img

    1965

    KING WILLOW
    SA Derby, Gr.1,
    Durban July Handicap, Gr.1

    FREE RIDE
    Stands his first season at stud.

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    1966

    TSESSEBE
    SA Oaks, Gr.1

  • 1967

    LITTLE AUDREY
    SA Oaks, Gr.1

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  • 1969 oppenhiemer

    1969

    ANCHORAGE
    JHB Summer Handicap, Gr.1

    LIGHTENING PATH
    SA Derby, Gr.1

    UNCLE BEN
    Castrol National Sprint, Gr.1

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  • 1970

    ANGELINA
    SA Oaks, Gr.1

    PERGAMUM
    Benoni Guineas, Gr.1

    STALWART
    Hawaii S, Gr.1

    UNCLE BEN
    16 wins including
    Castrol National Sprint, Gr.1

    1970-crop
  • 1971-Angelina

    1971

    ANGELINA
    Garden Province S, Gr.1

    FREE STYLE
    SA Oaks, Gr.1

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    1972

    FREE STYLE
    Coachmans Oaks, Gr.1

    MURENA
    SA Oaks, Gr.1

    RUN FOR ROSES
    Garden Province S, Gr.1

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  • 1974

    MEDORA
    Garden Province S, Gr.1

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    1975

    PRINCIPAL BOY
    Rothmans July Handicap, Gr.1

    VICEREINE
    SA Oaks, Gr.1

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  • 1976

    COL PICKERING
    Hawaii S, Gr.1

    WITH PLEASURE
    Natal Oaks, Gr.1

  • 1978

    GREASE PAINT
    SA Oaks, Gr.1

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  • 1979

    TORPEDO BOAT
    SA Oaks, Gr.1

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  • 1984-img1

    1984

    BODRUM
    ARCSA Joint Champion 3yr old colt.
    Hawaii S, Gr.1,
    SA Guineas, Gr.1
    Gosforth Park Classic, Gr.1

  • 1985

    BODRUM
    Champion S, Gr.1

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  • 1992

    SPANISH GALLIARD
    ARCSA Champion Older Male.
    Rothmans July Handicap, Gr.1

  • 1994

    FORT WOOD
    Is imported.

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    1999

    DOG WOOD
    Cape Derby. Gr.1,
    Paddock Stakes, Gr.1

    FORT DEFIANCE
    Champion S, Gr.1

    HORSE CHESTNUT
    Equus Horse Of The Year,
    Champion 3 year old colt,
    Champion Male Stayer.
    J&B Met, Gr.1
    SA Derby, Gr.1
    The Classic, Gr.1
    Cape Argus Guineas, Gr.1

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  • 2000

    KIMBERLEY MINE
    Equus Champion Older Classic Female.
    Spring Challenge, Gr.1
    Gold Circle Oaks, Gr.2

  • 2001

    CAROLINA CHERRY
    Gold Circle Oaks, Gr.2

    IDLE FANCY
    SA Oaks, Gr.2

    2001-crop
  • 2002-Monyela

    2002

    MONYELA
    Equus Champion Older Female Stayer.
    SA Oaks, Gr.2
    Gold Circle Oaks, Gr.2

  • 2003

    STRIKE SMARTLY
    Is imported.

  • 2004-new

    2004

    GREY’S INN
    Equus Champion 3yr Old Classic Male.
    Vodacom Durban July, Gr.1,
    SA Derby, Gr.1,
    SA Classic, Gr.1

  • 2006

    HUNTING TOWER
    SA Classic, Gr.1.

  • 2007

    HUNTING TOWER
    Vodacom Durban July, Gr.1

    2007-new
  • 2008-crop

    2008

    FOREST PATH
    Golden Horseshoe, Gr.1

  • 2009 Mokaro

    2009

    BOUQET-GARNI
    SA Derby, Gr.1

    FOREST PATH
    SA Classic, Gr.1

    MOKARO
    Equus Champion Stayer.
    Canon Gold Cup, Gr.1

  • 2010-new

    2010

    IDEAL WORLD
    Is imported.

  • 2013-1-new

    2013

    CHERRY ON THE TOP
    Equus Champion 3yr Old Filly
    Winner of the Triple Tiara,
    SA Fillies Classic, Gr.1,
    SA Oaks, Gr.2

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  • Maybe Yes

    2014

    MAYBE YES
    Wins KZN Guineas, G.2

    BYWORD
    Arrives to stand at Mauritzfontein.

    14-new
  • 2015 Smart Call (Ideal World) wins Woolavington 2000, Gr.1

    2015

    Smart Call (Ideal World)
    wins Woolavington 2000, Gr.1

  • smartcpaddock2

    2016

    Smart Call (Ideal World)
    wins Paddock Stakes Gr.1
    and the J&B Met Gr.1

    SmartCallMet

  • marinaresco

    2016

    Marinaresco
    wins Champions Challenge, Gr.1.

     

  • marinaresco

    2017

    Marinaresco
    wins Vodacom Durban July 2200m, Gr.1.

     

Stallions
Fort wood 1990 – 2015
Ideal world
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Roll of Honour

1953
Demon King: 8 wins, at 2 to 6, incl. SA Nursery Gr.1, Benoni Guineas, Gr.1 and the East Rand Juvenile H, Gr.3.

1955
Hengist: 8 wins, at 2 to 6, inc. SA Derby, Gr.1, JHB Smmer H, Gr.1, SA ST. Leger, (L), Natal St. Leger, (L).

1958
Haidee: 9 wins, at 2 to 4, inc. The Dingaans Gr.2 and Grandstand H, (L).
Troutbeck: 7 wins, at 2 to 5, inc. Grandstand H, (L).

1960
Will-To-Win: 6 wins at 3 to 4, inc. Castle Tankard, Gr.1 and Dick King H. Gr.3.
KIMBERLEY KID: 8 wins, at 2 to 6, inc. Lion Export S, Gr.3, TVL Spring Champion S, Gr.3, Players Gold Leaf H, (L), Diamond Jubilee Festival H, (L).

Team
Mary Slack
Jessica Slack
Guy Murdoch
Manager
Nigel Page
Assistant Manager
David Knight
Agriculture Manager
Gail Page
Yearlings
Wylma Murdoch
Hospitality
Geraldine Green
Administration
Contact us

For enquiries contact Guy Murdoch
Mobile: +27 83 308 4002
Email: guy@mauritzfontein.co.za

Mauritzfontein (Pty) Ltd
PO Box 354
Kimberly, 8300

Tel. +27 53 833 7095
Fax +27 53 833 7096

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