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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 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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FORT WOOD 1990 – 2015

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DANON PLATINA

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IDEAL WORLD

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DIGITAL AGE

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IDEAL WORLD RELATIVE STARS AT TATTERSALLS

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A close relative of Mauritzfontein's successful sire Ideal World made 300 000 guineas to jointly top the second day of the Tattersalls July Sale.  Kingman daughter Calabria (Lot 559) was…

Danon Platina son lands Gatecrasher Stakes

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Japanese champion, and Mauritzfontein resident, Danon Platina looks to have a very smart two-year-old to his name this season in the form of Great Plains. The latter made it three…

DIGITAL AGE RELATIVE WOWS ON DEBUT

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Mauritzfontein's G1 winning stallion Digital Age got a handsome update to his pedigree page when relative Sea Just In Time made a winning debut at Newmarket on Friday. The William…


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