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By | Danon Platina

Mauritzfontein’s beautifully bred young stallion Danon Platina has made a fine start with his first yearlings on sale this season, and the son of the legendary Deep Impact enjoyed more first-crop sales ring success this week.

Danon Platina ended Thursday’s KZN Yearling Sale as the Leading First Season Sire by Aggregate.
The handsome grey had just six yearlings on sale, but all six offered were sold for an aggregate of R1.12 million, placing Danon Platina behind just Vercingetorix and Rafeef on the Leading Sires by Aggregate list on Thursday.

Danon Platina had two fillies make R400 000 apiece at this year’s KZN Yearling, with the Boland Stud consigned (as Agent) filly out of Bargeme sold to Zeyn Kirsten for that amount and Jehan Malherbe snapping up Mauritzfontein’s Danon Platina filly Powder Blue for the same amount.

The former Japanese champion had also enjoyed notable success at the National Yearling Sale earlier in the year, where Danon Platina sired yearlings made up to R700 000.

Japan’s Champion 2YO Colt of 2014, the G1 winning Danon Platina shares his legendary sire with numerous champions including the likes of 2000 Guineas winner Saxon Warrior, French Derby winner Study Of Man, Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf queen Loves Only You, ill-fated Cazoo Oaks winner Snowfall and numerous Japanese classic winners and champions.


By | Ideal World

Mauritzfontein’s successful sire Ideal World hails from one of the best families in the stud book and the son of Kingmambo received yet another boost to his stellar pedigree when Ideal World’s close relative Masen won the G3 Poker Handicap at Belmont on Saturday.

A Juddmonte homebred, Masen provided his trainer Chad Brown with a first Poker Handicap success following his score in Saturday’s turf race.
Masen was traveling well down the backstretch as the Jose Ortiz-piloted Public Sector angled outside of a ground-saving Sanctuary City and two-wide Penalty into a stalking position through a half-mile in :48.26.
Wolfie’s Dynaghost led the field into the turn as Flavien Prat maneuvered Masen to the outside and into the clear, taking command at the stretch call with Public Sector launching an outside rally and Sanctuary City cutting the corner.

Masen, under right-handed encouragement from Prat, stayed on strong to the wire for a one-length win in a final time of 1:34.16. He paid $2.60 to win.
Masen finished second by a nose on debut for Brown in the G1 Maker’s Mark Mile Stakes at Keeneland. He followed last out with a five-length romp in the Seek Again Stakes over good going at Belmont.

A four-year-old son of Kingman, Masen is out of the Smart Strike mare Continental Drift, whose G1 Breeders’ Cup Filly &Mare Turf winning dam Intercontinental is a full-sister to the champion dam, Banks Hill, of Ideal World.

Sire of champions Rainbow Bridge, Smart Call and Hermoso Mundo, Ideal World is currently responsible for nearly 30 stakes winners.

Ideal World filly wins Syringa Handicap

By | Farm news, Ideal World

Mauritzfontein’s consistently successful sire Ideal World came up with his 29th stakes winner when his classy daughter Ululate won the Listed Syringa Handicap (1600m) at Turffontein on Sunday.
Trained by her owner St John Gray, four-year-old Ululate received a well judged ride from Muzi Yeni, with Yeni producing Ululate with a sustained late run which saw the Ideal World filly stay on powerfully to land the 2022 Syringa Handicap by nearly a length and a quarter.

The Syringa Handicap was a fine result for Ideal World, whose daughters Ululate and Florentine ran first and fourth respectively.

Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, Ululate has now won seven times for earnings of over R430 000.

Out of the Shamardal mare Shauntrel, Ululate was a R100 000 buy from the 2019 National Yearling Sale.

She is one of a large number of talented fillies sired by Ideal World, with the latter’s other high-class daughters including champion Smart Call and such graded stakes winners as Inverroche, Mount Laurel, Saragon, Vistula, and Zante.

Ideal World, whose other stakes winners this season include Cat Daddy and Donald McDonald, has four lots on offer at the 2022 KZN Yearling Sale.


By | Farm news, Ideal World

Promising three-year-old colt Onesto, who hails from the immediate family of Mauritzfontein’s successful resident sire Ideal World, stamped himself a likely contender for this year’s G1 Qatar Prix Du Jockey Club (French Derby), when he won Sunday’s G2 Prix Greffuhle.

Promising filly, Agave, belatedly got the better of a protracted battle with Sir Bob Parker for second place but had no answer to Onesto, who surged down the outside after being held up by Stephane Pasquier.
The pair burst away to score by two and a half lengths, with Onesto now looking very much like a potential classic contender.
The son of Frankel was last seen when a modest eighth in the Prix de Fontainebleau – a key trial for the French Guineas – and clearly relished the step up from a mile to 1m2½f.
“It was too short for him last time. He’s by Frankel out of a Sea The Stars mare and stamina is there throughout the family, so this is the first time he’s run over the right distance,” said trainer Fabrice Chappet.
On Pasquier’s patient tactics, he added: “He had a bad draw [six out of six] and has a good turn of foot, so we decided to respect him. It’s a prep race again.He has the pedigree for that [a mile and a half] but we’ll go step by step. We’ll go for the Jockey Club first and take it from there.”

Now twice a winner from four starts, Onesto is out of the Sea The Stars mare Onshore -whose granddam Kerali also ranks as the third dam of Ideal World.


By | Danon Platina, Farm news

The legendary, late Deep Impact came up with a posthumous 56th G1 winner when his progressive daughter Glint Of Hope won Saturday’s G1 Grand Syndications Australasian Oaks.
The daughter of Deep Impact kept up a relentless gallop to defeat the admirably brave Rebel Raider filly Barb Raider by a head, with the favoured Frankel filly My Wisper a further long-head back in third.
Bred by Raffles Dancers, Glint Of Hope advances her record to two wins, three seconds, and three thirds from nine starts, with earnings of $406,170.

The filly, the 185th stakes winner for her remarkable sire, has a serious Oaks pedigree and is the best of two winners from as many to race out of the imported Fastnet Rock mare Sacred Sight.

Glint Of Hope is the fourth Australian G1 winner for ten times Japanese champion sire Deep Impact, with the latter’s other top level G1 winners in Australia being Profondo (Spring Champion Stakes), Real Impact (George Ryder Stakes), and Fierce Impact (Cantala Stakes, Toorak Handicap, Makybe Diva Stakes).

Deep Impact’s champion son Danon Platina has made a fine start with members of his first crop making up to R700 000 at the recent National Yearling Sale.

National Sales success for Mauritzfontein sires

By | Danon Platina, Farm news

Mauritzfontein’s resident sires Danon Platina and Ideal World both enjoyed notable success at the recently concluded National Yearling Sale, which took place in Germiston on Thursday and Friday.

Deep Impact’s champion son Danon Platina has made a cracking start with his first yearlings have already proven popular prior to the 2022 National Sale, and Danon Platina built on that success at the National Yearling Sale.
Danon Platina had 14 yearlings fetch R4.415 million, with his lots averaging R315 357 in total.

His top priced lot was a colt (Lot 358) named Plaza Accord who was knocked down to Peter Muscutt for R700 000. Plaza Accord, who was consigned by Varsfontein Stud, is out of Judpot’s well performed daughter Double Whammy, whose four wins included a score in the G3 Diana Stakes.

Danon Platina had other members of his first crop make R600 000 and R450 000 -certainly a very promising start!

Mauritzfontein’s consistently successful Kingmambo horse Ideal World, whose current flagbearers include Michaelmas Handicap winner Donald McDonald and recent Kings Cup victor Cat Daddy, also made headlines at this year’s National Sale.
The sire of South Africa’s reigning Horse Of The Year Rainbow Bridge, Ideal World had a Wilgerbosdrift consigned colt Hoodia (Lot 249) make R850 000 when he was knocked down to Sabine Plattner at the 2022 National Sale.


By | Digital Age

Mauritzfontein’s exciting new stallion Digital Age hails from a truly outstanding family and his female line was yet again to the fore on Tuesday when promising two-year-old Carmela made a stunning, winning debut at Yarmouth.
A first ever winner for her sire Tasleet (who like Digital Age hails from the Green Desert male line), Carmela broke well and was always travelling strongly in the five-furlong heat. It took only a shake of the reins from jockey Richard Kingscote for her to surge clear of her rivals, and she eventually won by a cosy two and a quarter lengths.

Her trainer Dave Loughnane holds Carmela in high regard and he plans to run her next in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The filly sports legendary racemare Time Charter as her fourth dam, with that brilliant mare also fifth dam of Digital Age.

One of the finest racemares to race in Britain in the 1980’s, Time Charter was Britain’s Champion 3YO Filly of 1982 and Britain’s top-rated older filly/mare for both 1983 and 1984.

Her descendant Digital Age, a son of outstanding sire Invincible Spirit, showed top-class form on the turf, with his victories headed by a win in the 2020 G1 Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic Stakes -a race won previously by such stellar performers as Manila, Lure and subsequently highly successful sire English Channel.


By | Digital Age

Invincible Spirit, whose G1 winning son Digital Age is set to stand his first season at Mauritzfontein in 2022, is the sire of outstanding Australian stallion I Am Invincible. The latter, who recently supplied his 12th G1 winner when his daughter Imperatriz landed the G1 Levin Classic, made headlines when ending up the Leading Sire by both Aggregate and Average at the recently concluded Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

I am Invincible, whose yearlings at the Easter Sale made up to $2 million, had 31 yearlings sell for $22.5million at an average $725,806.

His top lot sold at the sale was the grey filly out of Pinocchio who was knocked down to Mitchell Bloodstock on behalf of The Yellow Brick Road Company’s Phillip Visalli for $2 000 000.
I Am Invincible also had million dollar sales as follows:
$1.7million Filly from Ruud Awakening bought by James Harron Bloodstock
$1.5million Colt from Egyptian Symbol bought by Kia-Ora Stud / TFI / Ciaron Maher Bloodstock
$1.35 million Colt from Fireworks bought by James Harron Bloodstock Colt Partnership
$1million Colt from Calming Influence bought by Tom Magnier
$1million Colt from The Pinnacle bought by TFI / Kia-Ora Stud

Invincible Spirit, whose talented daughter Pearls Galore won Wednesday’s Listed Gradguide Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown, is also the sire of another top stallion in the form of the once beaten champion Kingman. The latter came up with an impressive debut winner on Wednesday when his three-year-old daughter Night Battle came from off the pace to land a fillies’ novice stakes at Lingfield by three-parts of a length, and Night Battle looks a promising sort in the making.


By | Digital Age

Mauritzfontein’s exciting new sire Digital Age gained a handsome update to his pedigree when his close relative Tinker Toy captured the Listed Mansionbet Lady Wulfruna Stakes at Wolverhampton on Saturday.
A gelded son of War Front and Digital Age’s G1 winning relative Cursory Glance, Tinker Toy, lined up for this second stakes start coming back off a runner-up finish in a Feb. 19 seven-furlong Lingfield handicap on seasonal return. Sharply away and positioned in a prominent second after the initial strides, he was scrubbed along for his challenge rounding the home turn and kept on strongly under a continued drive once gaining an advantage at the top of the straight to hold on in game fashion for a career high.

“We’ve always held him in high regard,” said winning rider Jack Mitchell. “He’s lightly raced because he’s a little bit fragile, but Roger (Varian) and the team have done a really good job with him and got him here on song. It was a very competitive race and last time at Lingfield he was still a bit rusty. He hadn’t run for a long time, but it was a track record that day. His class was there and we came here with a bit of confidence.”

Now a four time winner from just eight starts, Tinker Toy is out of G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Cursory Glance, a half-sister to Willow View, dam of Digital Age.

The latter, a son of outstanding sire and sire of sires Invincible Spirit, won five times including the 2020 G1 Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic Stakes where Digital Age accounted for the G1 winners Rockemperor and Bowies Hero among others.

G1 winning son of Invincible Spirit bound for Mauritzfontein

By | Digital Age

The South African racing and breeding pulled off a notable coup when Mauritzfontein, in partnership with Wilgerbosdrift and Ridgemont Highlands, secured the services of top racehorse Digital Age for the 2022/2023 breeding season.
A son of world leading sire, and outstanding sire of sires, Invincible Spirit, Digital Age was a multiple graded stakes winner whose five career wins included a triumph in the 2020 G1 Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic Stakes at Churchill Downs.

The Chad Brown trained colt, who won the Turf Classic at four, also showed top-class form as a three-year-old with Digital Age landing the G2 American Turf Stakes (a race won previously by outstanding sire Kitten’s Joy among others) at three and also finishing runner up in the Saratoga Derby Invitational.
Digital Age, who earned in excess of $1.263 million during his career, won five times in total, with the bay victorious in his first two starts at three.
The exciting Digital Age represents the best of all worlds as a stallion prospect -not only is he a top-class racehorse, but is a son of one of the world’s most popular and successful stallions.
Digital Age is one of more than 130 stakes winners sired by Green Desert’s G1 Haydock Park Sprint Cup winning son Invincible Spirit. Already responsible for 20 G1 winners, Invincible Spirit has already proved to be an excellent sire of sires. His once beaten, champion son Kingman rates among the best stallions in Britain, while his son I Am Invincible is currently leading the Australian General Sires List for the 2021-2022 season.
Consistently one of Australia’s top stallions, I Am Invincible also dominated the recent Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

Not only did an I Am Invincible colt top the Premier Sale when sold for $950 000 to the bid of Coolmore’s Tom Magnier, but another colt by the same sire was knocked down for $550 000 at the 2022 Premier Yearling Sale. The son of Invincible Spirit was the most expensive stallion in Australia in 2021 when his stud fee was $220 000.

Already runner up on four occasions on the Australian General Sires List, I Am Invincible’s current tally of 75 stakes winners includes current G1 winning sprinters Home Affairs and Marabi.

From the same Green Desert male line as current boom Cape sire Querari, Digital Age also sports a stellar female line to his name.
A half-brother to last year’s G3 winning two-year-old Acer Alley, Digital Age is out of a mare by US champion, and outstanding broodmare sire, Lemon Drop Kid. The latter, a maternal grandson of Lassie Dear, sired more than 100 stakes winners and ranks as broodmare sire of more than 70 stakes winners (among the notable performers thrown by daughters of Lemon Drop Kid are the Breeders’ Cup winners Bar Of Gold and Forever Unbridled).

Digital Age, whose first three dams are by Lemon Drop Kid, Sadler’s Wells and Darshaan respectively, is out of a half-sister to a G1 winning two-year-old, in the form of Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Cursory Glance, and his fifth dam is outstanding racemare, and Epsom Oaks victress, Time Charter.