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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 became involved in horse racing shortly after the war, in the 1940s.  Kimberley was headquarters of the De Beers Mining Company, of which Harry Oppenheimer was Chairman, and was represented by Oppenheimer in Parliament, a seat which he held from 1948 to 1957.

Mauritzfontein is only 15 minutes from the centre of Kimberley, so it seemed the perfect place to build their home from home and begin their breeding operations. In 1951, Mauritzfontein imported its first stallion, 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 Baccarat and Dame de Coeur-  both of whom where back to back winners of the Oaks (1962-62).


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Premier’s Cup joy for Digital Age relative

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Mauritzfontein's resident sire Digital Age hails from a red hot family and he received another boost to his female line when his close relative Hosier won the G3 James Squire…


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Mauritzfontein's blue blooded young stallion Digital Age got another boost to his stellar pedigree page when his close relative Sweet Memories won the Listed British EBF 40th Anniversary Chalice Stakes…

Debut winner for Ideal World

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Mauritzfontein's successful resident sire Ideal World came up with an eye catching debut winner at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Monday. His three-year-old daughter Sbrigati caught the eye when winning at the…

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