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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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Wednesday double for Ideal World

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Mauritzfontein's resident Kingmambo horse Ideal World has been in good of late and the regally bred stallion was at it again when Ideal World supplied two winners at Hollywoodbets Greyville…


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Mauritzfontein's exciting young sire Danon Platina made news at Hollywoodbets Durbanville on Saturday when the champion son of Deep Impact came up with a pair of smart looking winners. Danon…

Wednesday double for Ideal World

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Mauritzfontein's resident sire Ideal World had a good day on Wednesday, when the son of Kingmambo had two winners at Hollywoodbets Greyville. Ideal World's first success on Wednesday came when…

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