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PROMINENT SOUTH AFRICAN SIRE FORT WOOD DIES

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Fort Wood, one of South Africa’s most successful sires of the past two decades, has died. The son of Sadler’s Wells was 25 and had been active at Mauritzfontein Stud until his death.

A superbly bred horse, Fort Wood was one of four G1 winners produced by the great broodmare Fall Aspen, a G1 winner who was also the dam of 1995 Preakness Stakes (G1) winner and sire Timber Country.

She also produced the French group winner Colorado Dancer who is the dam of 2000 Dubai World Cup winner and sire, Dubai Millennium

Bred in Kentucky by Hullin Co. NV, Fort Wood lived up to his pedigree on the racetrack, winning three of his six outings in Europe when racing for Sheikh Mohammed. Fort Wood’s victories included a memorable score in the 1993 Grand Prix de Paris, in which the vanquished included multiple G1 winner Bigstone and Siam, who is a full brother to US, French and English champion, Miesque.

BloodHorse Daily
By Sarah Whitelaw
24 January 2015

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A TRUE SOUTH AFRICAN LEGEND

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The recent passing of Mauritzfontein’s outstanding sire, Fort Wood, marked the end of an era. Fort Wood, whose first foals were born in 1995, was 25 at the time of his death, and he built a reputation as an outstanding classic sire, top-class sire of sires and champion broodmare sire.

By far the most successful son of 14 times GB/Ire champion sire, Sadler’s Wells, ever to stand at stud in South Africa, Fort Wood was one of four G1 winners produced by Pretense mare Fall Aspen. Winner of the Gr1 Matron Stakes, Fall Aspen was an outstanding broodmare whose nine individual stakes winners included four G1 winners.

Sporting Post
28 January 2015

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LEGEND OF THE FALL

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In South Africa, Fall Aspen’s deceased champion sire son, Fort Wood, continues to make his presence felt through successful sire sons, Dynasty and Elusive Fort, promising grandson, Jackson, and a host of outstanding broodmare daughters.

Perennially among South Africa’s top stallions, Dynasty, one of three sons of his sire named Horse of the Year, made headlines again this weekend when his son, American Landing, won Saturday’s Listed East Cape Derby at Fairview.

Sporting Post
15 May 2018

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