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Barahin hit them for a six!

By | Farm news

There was a perception among some racing fans going into Saturday’s Gr2 Charity Mile at Turffontein that the 1600m would be Barahin’s absolute minimum trip and that he wouldn’t find it easy against a few proven milers, but he gave them a hiding all the same!

Sometimes obvious pointers are overlooked. The form book shows that Barahin had won twice over 1400m as a two-year-old, once defeating his star stable companion Soqrat in a Gr2 race at the tight Greyville track.

Barahin had also been fitted with a pair of blinkers and made his return to a galloping track, two other factors which made his odds of 6-1 look tempting to those who actually bothered to dig a little deeper than pre-race conjecture.

“The blinkers made a massive difference,” confirmed jockey Callan Murray after steering Barahin to a 3.50-length success over Chijmes, Flying Winger and Cascapedia. “We just tracked the speed and when we turned into the straight it felt like a five furlong race the way he quickened up.

“I just held on to him, he extended to the line impressively.”

Mike de Kock, for whom the Charity Mile was the middle leg of a sensational six-timer on the day, saw this as only the beginning of big things for Barahin, who is likely to go into the Summer Cup as favourite, with his first Gr1 win beckoning.

“Barahin has always been a nice horse, in fact he’s a proper horse. He was unlucky as a three-year-old to be bumping Hawwaam all the time. But today the rain helped him, he’s never been the greatest mover or strider. The sting out of the ground was fantastic for him.”

Mike said he has been “threatening to cut” Barahin, but for some reason has exercised a little restraint. “He’s a Mauritzfontein-bred with a really nice pedigree.” Mike thanked Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his ongoing support and said: “He has been an unbelievable patron for South African racing!” He also conveyed thanks to Bob Yearham of Peermont Emperors Palace for his unwavering support of racing.

Barahin, by Gimmethegreenlight from Mocha Special (Silvano) is now five from 10 with over R1,8-million in stakes earnings. Mike and the stable is hoping he won’t be lumbered too heavily by the handicapper after this win, but he’s a strong horse that can carry weight, he’s in form at the right time and all we can say is, “Roll On Summer Cup!”

Mike de Kock Racing

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A first winner for Rebecca Oppenheimer

By | Farm news

Spero Optima was stepped up from 1160m to 1800m and ran on strongly to win his second career start on the Inside track at Turffontein on Saturday. Spero Optima (15-10, Callan Murray) was impressive in the way he quickened up and he drew away smartly to win by four lengths.

The gelding by Dynasty provided Rebecca Oppenheimer with her first winner. Rebecca, sister to Mauritzfontein’s Jessica Slack, was an accomplished show jumper and has always been a horsewoman and Mike de Kock commented: “Rebecca had a spell in the United States and she’s settled back in South Africa now.

“I think Jessica wooed her into racehorse ownership. She saw Spero Optima as a young horse on the farm and liked him. He was a nice first choice for her. We are very pleased to have been involved in her first winner.” He said about the win: “Spero Optima obviously enjoyed the extra ground, his minimum trip will be 1600m and he will like it even further than 1800m too. He’s by a champion stallion from a Gr1 winning mare and has obvious potential, but he didn’t beat much today.

“It will be hard to find a suitable next race for him, the handicappers are not making it easy for us.”

Mike de Kock Racing

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De Kock’s Met Filly?

By | Farm news

The Paddock Stakes and Sun Met were mentioned by the high-riding Mike de Kock as possible engagements for Saturday’s Gr3 Yellowwood Handicap winner Queen Supreme. That’s fighting talk from the multiple champion trainer after his 4yo daughter of Exceed And Excel had demolished her opposition at her first attempt at stakes opposition and beyond a mile.

“She’s a proper racehorse and she certainly looks Gr1 material. She is owned by a whole bunch of good friends. Isn’t that what it’s actually all about?” chimed De Kock as he reached the summit of a memorable day at Turffontein, that started with the Boks setting the tone down at Yokohama.

Callan Murray has put the memories of a trying overseas campaign well behind him and he was a mere passenger as he booted home his fourth winner of a cracking day at the office.

The Irish-bred Queen Supreme (12-10) opened her stakes account in style off a solid formline of 3 wins from 4 starts when she cruised into the lead and won easily by 4,25 lengths in a time of 112,72 secs under her 52kgs.

Ronnie’s Candy and KZN visitor Roy’s Riviera ran into the trifecta in another race. The 1800m contest was run slowly early and turned into a dash for home – the 400m to finish time was considerably faster than the same segment in any of the other races on the afternoon.

Bred by Thomas Hassett, Queen Supreme is a daughter of the unraced Gone West mare Call Later, who has now produced three Stakes winners including Be Ready, a son of New Approach who won the Listed Flying Scotsman Stakes.

Queen Supreme was purchased as a yearling at Goffs by Mayfair Speculators for €130 000.

Her victory rounded an excellent day for Exceed And Excel after he sired the first two in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes in Australia through Exceedance and Bivouac. Exceed And Excel has sired 164 individual Stakes winners, third only behind Galileo and Dubawi amongst active European stallions. Queen Supreme has won 4 races with 1 place from 5 starts for stakes of R333 450.

Gr3 Yellowwood Handicap (SAf-Gr3)

Turffontein, South Africa, November 2, R200k, 1800m, turf, soft, 1.52.72

1 – QUEEN SUPREME (IRE), 52.0, ch f 4, Exceed And Excel (AUS) – Call Later (USA) by Gone West (USA). Owner Mauritzfontein (Pty) Ltd (Nom: Miss J B Slack) & Messrs M F de Kock, L M Nestadt, J R van der Linden & Mrs N P Malherbe; Breeder bred in Ireland; trainer MF de Kock; jockey C Murray
2 – Ronnie’s Candy (SAF), 59.5, ch f 4, King Of Kings (SAF) – Bennie Andthe Jets (SAF) by Jet Master (SAF)
3 – Roy’s Riviera (AUS), 58.5, b m 5, All Too Hard (AUS) – Donna Amata (AUS) by Anabaa (USA)
Margins: 4.25, 0.25, 2.25

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By | Ideal World

Ideal World is making his mark as a successful stallion in South Africa. He is by Kingmambo, a champion three-year-old in Europe who won five races from 1200m to 1600m. He won three G1 races at two and three. Ideal World won four times at three and four. 

Two of the wins were in listed races in France. He won over distances from 1950m to 2500m. His most notable progeny has to be Smart Call who won the Grade 1 Woolavington at Durban’s Greyville Race Course at the end of May last year.

SA Horse Racing
27 June 2016

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By | Ideal World

Mauritzfontein’s increasingly successful resident stallion Ideal World had another day to remember on Good Friday when his progeny won a pair of feature races at Fairview.

Ideal World’s five-year-old daughter Onesie became her sire’s 20th individual stakes winner when she defied her starting price to win the Listed Glenlair Trophy by one and a half lengths.

Trained by her part-owner Jacques Strydom, the Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein bred Onesie received a shrewd ride from jockey Greg Cheyne, who did well to get his mount to overcome a muddling pace and pick up the first feature race of her career.

Cape Breeders Club
20 April 2019

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By | Ideal World

Mauritzfontein’s handsome Ideal World recently produced his third Gr1 winner in South Africa when Samurai Warrior won the SA Derby. It reinforced his reputation as a serious sire of classic horses. A R50 000 graduate off the CTS Select Yearling Sale, he has earned over R1,3-million in stakes.

Ideal World has gone about setting a few precedents in South Africa at stud. He produced not only exported Hermoso Mundo, who became the only horse in South Africa to secure all of the major staying feature races in the country in a single season, but his are the bragging rights as sire to two Gr1 Met winners thus far – the superb race-mare Smart Call and Rainbow Bridge, both bred by Mauritzfontein and Wilgerbosdrift in partnership.

The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association of South Africa
Candiese Marnewick
13 April 2019

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By | Fort Wood

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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By | Fort Wood

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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By | Fort Wood

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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