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By | Danon Platina

Mauritzfontein’s beautifully bred young sire Danon Platina made a big impression at Sunday’s November Two Year Old Sale.
The champion son of legendary stallion Deep Impact ended Sunday’s auction as the Second Leading Sire by Aggregate, with Danon Platina having six lots gross R2.415 million at the 2022 November Sale.
Danon Platina two-year-olds averaged an impressive R402 500 at Sunday’s sale, making the Japanese champion the third Leading Sire by Average at this year’s November Two Year Old Sale.
He had three two-year-olds fetch R500 000 apiece on Sunday, with filly Follow The Sun (Lot 146) sold to Syrilla Stud, and colts Japanese Star (Lot 109) and Rototo (Lot 108) sold to Form Bloodstock and JASM Solutions respectively.
Danon Platina, whose first crop race this season, was himself an exceptional two-year-old and Japan’s Champion 2YO Colt of 2014.
His outstanding sire Deep Impact looks to have come up with an outstanding young sire in the shape of G1 Qipco 2000 Guineas winner Saxon Warrior. The latter made a breathtaking start with his first two-year-olds in 2022 headed by G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Victoria Road -one of three first crop group winning two-year-olds for Saxon Warrior!

Tuesday double for Ideal World

By | Ideal World

Mauritzfontein’s consistently successful resident stallion Ideal World has been in good form of late, and the blue blooded Kingmambo horse was at it again on Tuesday when Ideal World came up with two more winners at Turffontein.
Progeny of the sire, whose numerous high-class relatives include this season’s G1 winners Belbek and Onesto, won both the fifth and sixth races run at Turffontein on Tuesday.
Ideal World looks to have a very smart three-year-old on his hands in the form of Total Protection, with that gelding running out an impressive winner of Tuesday’s Graduation Plate (1600m). Under the inform Ryan Munger, the Ashley Fortune trained sophomore powered away to down talented older rival Platinum Sky by nearly two lengths.
Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, Total Protection is out of the Right Approach mare Lizzie Arden.
The son of Ideal World has now won twice from just six starts, with Total Protection having contested the G3 Graham Beck Stakes last time out.
Ideal World is also sire of the hard-knocking Cabinet Shuffle, who stayed on gamely to win a thrilling race when victorious in the Betway Summer Cup 26 November MR 80 Handicap (1500m) on Tuesday.
Under Siyanda Sosibo, the five-year-old chestnut made all to claim the four win of his career and his second win in a row.
The hugely consistent Cabinet Shuffle has now finished first or second in each of his last five starts.
Another bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, Cabinet Shuffle is out of the National Emblem mare National Nite Mare.

Greyville double for Ideal World

By | Ideal World
Greyville double for Ideal World
Mauritzfontein’s consistently successful stallion Ideal World had another good weekend, with the blue blooded son of Kingmambo responsible for two smart looking winners at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Sunday.
Ideal World’s first success on Sunday came when his three-year-old daughter Sea Goddess captured the third race at Greyville, the Call Telebet Track And Ball Fixed Odds On 031 314 1155 Maiden Plate (F&M) over 2000m. Under Jason Gates, the Louis Goosen trained filly stayed on strongly to shed her maiden convincing by just over a length.
Bred by Summerhill Stud, Sea Goddess was making just her third start on Sunday, with the filly having finished fourth on debut.

Ideal World is also the sire of Pongola, who caught the eye when victorious in the eighth and last race at Greyville on Sunday.
Under Rachel Venniker, the Michael Roberts trained gelding run on powerfully to win Sunday’s Hollywoodbets Bright Future Maiden Plate (1400m) by just over a length.
Another bred by Summerhill, three-year-old Pongola is out of the Kahal mare Checcetti.
Ideal World had also enjoyed success at Fairview on Friday when his daughter Ideal Angel romped home to a facile win over 1900 metres. Trained by Sharon Kotzen, Ideal Angel has now won six times and she has been a real money spinner for her connections!
The inform Ideal World also looks to have a smart three-year-old to his name in the form of Tamarisk Tree. The latter recently made it two wins from just three starts when running out an impressive winner at Turffontein, and Tamarisk Tree looks a horse with a bright future ahead of him.


By | Uncategorized

The legendary late Deep Impact, whose champion son Danon Platina stands at Mauritzfontein, had another fantastic posthumous weekend this week.
Not only did Deep Impact brilliant two-year-old son Auguste Rodin win Saturday’s G1 Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes at Doncaster, Deep Impact’s three-year-old son Ask Victor More captured the G1 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger) at Hanshin the following day.

A seventh European G1 winner for Deep Impact (whose subsequent G1 Qipco 2000 Guineas winning son Saxon Warrior captured the same race back in 2017), Auguste Rodin provided his trainer Aidan O’Brien with an eleventh win in the Vertem Futurity with a stellar performance in Saturday’s G1 feature for two-year-olds.
Auguste Rodin was odds-on on Friday but drifted due in part to the heavy ground before he ran out a ready winner from Epictetus and the wayward Holloway Boy.
They split into two groups when the stalls opened with Salt Lake City heading Epictetus and Auguste Rodin in the small group on the stands’ side with Holloway Boy trailing the slightly bigger group at the other side of the track.
He travelled well in a first-time visor under Danny Tudhope and hit the front with two furlongs to go, but he appeared to get lonely and drifted markedly over to the stands’ side group.
By the time he got over Auguste Rodin hit the front and he kept on well to beat Epictetus by three and a half lengths with Holloway Boy third.

Out of Galileo’s multiple G1 winning daughter Rhododendron (whose full-brother Flying The Flag stands in South Africa), Auguste Rodin has now won three of four starts with the blue blooded colt having triumped in the G2 KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes last time out.

Deep Impact struck again at the highest level on Sunday when his son Ask Victor More emulated his sire when victorious in the G1 Kikuka Sho.
The Yasuhito Tamura-trained Ask Victor More held on for a memorable success in the final leg of the Japanese Triple Crown, the Kikuka Sho, defying Boldog Hos and Justin Palace to record his first Group 1 victory of his career, under a well-timed ride from Hironobu Tanabe.

The son of Deep Impact was third in the G1 Tokyo Yushun and fifth in the Satsuki Sho earlier this year but got a deserved elite success after tracking tearaway leader Seiun Hades throughout and then assuming the lead at the top of the straight.

Justin Palace was the first to issue a challenge, before Boldog Hos, under a determined ride from Hayato Yoshida, surged down the outside. He drove late at Ask Victor More, but the inside colt held him at bay to win by a nose on the line, with Justin Place half a length back in third.


By | Digital Age

A half-brother to Mauritzfontein’s well performed young stallion Digital Age proved popular on the second day of the 2022 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Book 1.
Consigned by Fittocks Stud, the Dubawi colt (Lot 301) out of Willow View was knocked down to Japanese trainer Yoshito Yahagi for 1 600 000 guineas at Wednesday’s session making the half-brother to Digital Age the fourth highest priced yearling sold on the day.

Yahagi said of his purchase, “This colt has very good points of Dubawi. This is my first Dubawi. He will come back to Japan. This is my first timebuying at Book 1. First and last!”

The colt’s dam Willow View (by Lemon Drop Kid) is not only dam of G1 Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic Stakes winner Digital Age, but also G3 Prix la Rochette winner Acer Alley.

The blue blooded Willow View, whose granddam Time Away won the G3 Musidora Stakes and ran third in the G1 Prix de Diane, is herself a half-sister to G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes queen Cursory Glance (by Distorted Humor).

Digital Age, one of more than 20 G1 winners for his outstanding sire Invincible Spirit, is set to commence stud duties at Mauritzfontein in 2023.


By | Ideal World

Classy two-year-old Belbek provided yet more gloss to his close relative, and Mauritzfontein’s resident sire, Ideal World’s pedigree page when he won the G1 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.
Belbek opened up Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe day with a victory for Andre Fabre in Sunday’s Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.
The 16/1 chance was beaten six lengths by Blackbeard in the Prix Robert Papin at Chantilly in July but he improved for going up in trip on testing ground at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.
It looked like Gamestop might hold on for Maxime Guyon late in the race but Belbek swooped where it mattered under Mickael Barzalona.Betfair Sportsbook introduced the winner at 12/1 in their betting for the Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster later in the season.
“He failed to settle in his first race but he is a good-looking, well-bred horse.” said Fabre.
“Let’s see how he is, but I might take him to the Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster. If he ran again it could be there.”

A two-year-old son of Showcasing, Belbek has now won three of six starts, with his previous wins also including this year’s G3 Prix du Bois.

His dam Bee Queen is a Makfi half-sister to G3 Hampton Court Stakes winner Sangarius, with Bee Queen’s dam Trojan Queen a half-sister to Ideal World and G1 Prix Jean Romanet winner Romantica.
This is also the family of this year’s G1 Grand Prix de Paris winner Onesto.


By | Ideal World

Mauritzfontein’s consistently successful sire Ideal World made headlines at Turffontein on Saturday when his three-year-old son Tamarisk Tree made a brilliant debut.
Trained by Robbie Sage, Tamarisk Tree proved a reluctant starter in Saturday’s TAB Telebet 0861 000 822 Maiden Plate (1600m) but this proved no obstacle for the promising colt.

Under a positive ride from Muzi Yeni, Tamarisk Tree shot clear down the inside of the Turffontein track before powering away to score impressively by five and three-quarter lengths.

It was a smashing performance from the son of Ideal World, with Tamarisk Tree having to overcome a tricky draw on debut.

Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, Tamarisk Tree is out of the well performed Belong To Me mare Milk And Honey .

Saturday’s debut winner was a R340 000 buy from the 2021 August Two Year Old Sale.

His Prix Pelleas winning sire Ideal World has proved consistently successful since retiring to Mauritzfontein back in 2010.
To date, Ideal World has been responsible for 29 stakes winners, with his black type winners headed by former Horse Of The Year Rainbow Bridge and fellow Equus Champions Hermoso Mundo and Smart Call


By | Digital Age

Mauritzfontein’s exciting new stallion Digital Age shares his outstanding sire Invincible Spirit with the newly crowned Australian Champion Sire of 2021-2022.

I Am Invincible, like Digital Age a son of Green Desert’s star sire son Invincible Spirit, was officially crowned Champion Sire in Australia for the past season on Monday.

The Yarraman Park resident was not only Leading Sire by stakes for 2021-2022, but he was also Leading Sire by individual winners for the season just past. In total, runners by I Am Invincible banked AUS $19 860 096 for 2021-2022, with I Am Invincible responsible for 17 individual stakes winners last season.
I Am Invincible’s black type winners last season were headed by a quartet of G1 winners -Home Affairs (Coolmore Stud S., Lightning S.), Imperatriz (Levin Classic, NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ S.), Lombardo (The Goodwood H.) and Marabi (Oakleigh Plate).

In total, I Am Invincible has been responsible for 79 stakes winners of which 13 are G1 winners. He has also been Leading Sire of 2YOs in Australia in 2018-2019.

A stunning individual, I Am Invincible reliably transmits those handsome dark bay good looks to his offspring along with a good dose of his brilliant speed and no matter what the quality of mare, he delivers the goods.
I Am Invincible stands this spring at $247,500.

His paternal half-brother Digital Age was a top-class racehorse, whose victories included the G1 Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic Stakes of 2020 as well as the 2019 G2 American Turf Stakes.

Newmarket success for Digital Age relative

By | Digital Age

Mauritzfontein’s exciting new stallion Digital Age hails from a top-class female line, and the son of Invincible Spirit gained a further boost to his pedigree page following close relative Voodoo Queen scored at Newmarket on Friday.
A three-year-old daughter of Frankel, Voodoo Queen had not been seen since breaking her maiden over this distance on the RowleyMile Apr. 29, tracked fellow returning Natasha throughout the early stages of Friday’s Bet At Fillies’ Handicap. Earning the lead from that rival and her fellow Gosden-trained Morning Poem passing the furlong pole, the 13-8 favourite asserted up the rising ground to beat the latter by one and a quarter lengths.

Trained by Roger Varian, the lightly raced Voodoo Queen has now won twice from just four starts.

The beautifully bred filly is out of the Distorted Humor sired, G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Cursory Glance, a half-sister to Willow View -the dam of the top-class Digital Age.

The latter earned more than $1.263 million during a career which saw Digital Age capture the 2020 G1 Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic Stakes.
Digital Age, who shares his sire with such top-class stallions as I Am Invincible and Kingman, stands his first season at stud in 2022.

Ideal World relative wins Grand Prix de Paris

By | Ideal World

Mauritzfontein’s blue blooded stallion Ideal World gained yet another boost to his tremendous female line when his close relative Onesto captured Thursday’s G1 Grand Prix De Paris at Longchamp.
In the process, Onesto became the 25th G1 winner for his outstanding sire Frankel.

Anchored last early by Stephane Pasquier having run freely to post, the first Group 1 winner for his breeder Diamond Creek Farm who sported the colours of Gerard Augustin-Normand for the first time proved perfectly tractable in the race and saved energy tracking the other five. Producing the burst once straightened for home that is already his trademark over a12-furlong trip that was certain to play to his strengths, he produced a :11.09 penultimate sectional to overhaul the long-time leader Simca Mille a furlong fromhome. That rallying rival kept the winning margin to a neck only,with the Prix du Jockey-Club runner-up El Bodegon adding context 2 1/2 lengths back in third.
Now a winner of three of his six starts (he had also been victorious earlier in the year in the G2 Prix Greffulhe), Onesto had finished fifth in the G1 Qatar Prix Du Jockey Club on his previous start.

Out of the unraced Sea The Stars mare Onshore, Onesto’s third dam Kerali also ranks as the third dam of successful South African sire Ideal World.
The latter, whose progeny include the Equus Champions Rainbow Bridge, Smart Call, and Hermoso Mundo, has had another good season in 2021-2022 with his stakes winners including Donald McDonald, Ululate, and Cat Daddy.
A son of the breed-shaping sire Kingmambo, Ideal World has four lots on offer at the upcoming August Two Year Old Sale.