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DIGITAL AGE RELATIVE WOWS ON DEBUT

By Digital Age

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 Haggas-trained 11-2 chance and jockey Tom Marquand swept past their rivals two furlongs from home to win Friday’s Class 2 Darley Maiden Fillies’ Stakes by four and three quarter lengths, with the Charlie Appleby-trained Precious Jewel in second and Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Mallavelly three lengths further back in third.

Maureen Haggas, wife of trainer William who was also celebrating her 63rd birthday today, was impressed with what she saw on the three-year-old’s first racecourse outing.

 

She said: “That was nice – I thought she did that well. We always thought she was nice and is well-rated, being a sister to Truthful and we had the older sister as well (Sea On Time) who sadly injured a tendon after winning a maiden when she looked nice.

 

“There is no rush to decide where she goes next, I’ll leave that to William. I think she probably needs three weeks before she runs again and we could look for a Listed contest for her.

 

“There are lots of things later in the year like the Irish Oaks. Sea Of Class was second here before going on to win a Listed race and then on to win the Irish Oaks.

 

“If you look at her – she still needs some time and some sunshine – like we all do!”

 

 

A three-year-old daughter of Sea The Stars (whose grandsire Green Desert is also grandsire of Digital Age) and the Street Cry mare My Timing, the promising Sea Just In Time holds entries for both the G2 Ribblesdale Stakes and G1 Juddmonte Irish Oaks.

Sea Just In Time’s fourth dam is the outstanding racemare Time Charter, who also ranks as the fifth dam of Digital Age.

By the same sire as I Am Invincible and Kingman, Digital Age was a top-class racehorse whose five career wins included the G1 Old Foresters Bourbon Turf Classic Stakes at Churchill Downs.

NATIONAL SALE SUCCESS FOR DANON PLATINA

By Danon Platina

Mauritzfontein’s popular resident stallion Danon Platina enjoyed some good results at the recently concluded National Yearling Sale.

The champion son of legendary champion Deep Impact had all 13 of his yearlings on offer sell, with Danon Platina’s National Sale draft fetching a total of R7.705 million.

Danon Platina’s yearlings averaged a very healthy R592 692, and he had eight lots make R500 000 or more at the National Sale in 2024.

The Mauritzfontein resident’s top lot was the Maine Chance Farms (Pty) Ltd consigned colt Percolating (Lot 284), who was sold for R1 200 000.

The well bred Percolating is out of the Silvano mare Possibility, a full-sister to triple graded stakes winner, and G1 Vodacom Durban July runner up, Punta Arenas and three-part sister to G1 Jonsson Workwear Cape Derby winner Pomp And Power.

Danon Platina made a great start to his stud career with his promising first crop headed by R5 million plus earner Rapidash, G3 Betway Fillies Mile runner up White Pearl, and the smart pair of Harajuku and Oni San.

The son of Deep Impact is also the sire of promising two-year-olds Grey Fantacy and The Promise, both of whom have been entered in Sunday’s G3 Tabgold Strelitzia Stakes.

Debut winner for Danon Platina

By Danon Platina

Mauritzfontein’s well bred stallion Danon Platina came up with a smart looking winner at at Fairview on Friday afternoon.

His two-year-old son Hideki made a winning debut on Friday when he won the second race run at Fairview.

Under the record chasing Richard Fourie, the Alan Greeff trained colt put his head down where it mattered most to claim Friday’s Racing240 For Racing. For You Maiden Juvenile Plate (1000m) by a neck.

Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, Hideki is out of the Captain Al mare Captain’s Dove.

The colt was a R375 000 purchase from the 2023 August Two Year Old Sale.

His sire Danon Platina has made a bright start to his stud career, with the Japanese champion’s first crop headed by Cape Racing Gold Rush winner Rapidash, G3 Betway Fillies Mile runner up White Pearl, the stakes placed Oni San and G1 SplashOut Cape Derby contender Harajuku.

A son of legendary racehorse and sire Deep Impact, Danon Platina has 14 lots on offer at the 2024 National Yearling Sale, including a half-brother (Lot 15) to dual G1 winner Desert Miracle, and a filly (Lot 268) out of the Silvano sired G1 winner Orchid Island.

GOLD RUSH GLORY FOR DANON PLATINA

By Danon Platina

Mauritzfontein’s popular young stallion Danon Platina made headlines at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday when his son Rapidash, a member of his sire’s first crop, won the R7 500 000 Cape Gold Rush over 1600 metres.
Dropped out by Grant Van Niekerk, Rapidash, who had to overcome a wide draw in Saturday’s race, was bought with a strong late run which saw the three-year-old get up close home and go on to win by a neck.

Rapidash  took his earnings to over R5.1 million with his Gold Rush triumph.

Bred by Kilimanjaro Bloodstock, the gelding has now won two of seven starts and he looks unlikely to stop here.

Rapidash, who is out of the War Pass mare My Lovely, hails from the first crop of Japanese champion Danon Platina.

The latter, a son of legendary racehorse and sire Deep Impact, has made a pleasing start with his first crop including not only the aforementioned Rapidash, but also the stakes placed Oni San, Bloodstock SA Sales Cup (Fillies) winner Betula and the classy filly White Pearl. The latter has finished runner up in all of the G3 HSH Princess Charlene Starling Stakes, G3 Betway Fillies Mile and G3 Mother Russia Stakes this season.

Danon Platina, Japan’s Champion 2YO Colt of 2014, has three lots on offer at the 2024 Cape Yearling Sale.

SATURDAY DOUBLE FOR DANON PLATINA

By Danon Platina

Mauritzfontein’s well performed stallion Danon Platina struck twice on Saturday, when the champion son of Deep Impact was responsibled for winners at both Hollywoodbets Kenilworth and Turffontein.
Danon Platina’s first success on Saturday came when his son Twenty Drachma’s romped home to a facile win in the third race at Turffontein on Saturday.
Under an inform Philasande Mxoli, the gelded three-year-old drew off in the closing stages to claim Saturday’s www.tab4racing.com Maiden Plate (2400m) by a staggering ten lengths.
Trained by Stuart Pettigrew, Twenty Drachma’s was bred by the China Horse Club International.
Fifth last time out, Twenty Drachma’s is out of the Querari mare Dagmar.
The gelding was a R210 000 purchase from the 2022 Cape Yearling Sale.
Danon Platina is also the sire of Harajuku, who won the RaceCape Powered By Hollywoodbets Class 3 at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday.
Trained by Justin Snaith, the three-year-old made it two wins from six starts with a courageous short-head win on Saturday.
Bred by Rathmor Stud, Harajuku is out of the Right Approach mare Approach Me.
He was a R550 000 buy from the 2022 Cape Yearling Sale.

Danon Platina has now been responsible for 25 winners from his first crop, with the son of Deep Impact currently above the likes of Trippi, Silvano and Pathfork on South Africa’s Leading Sires of 3YOs log for 2023-2024.
The Japanese champion has two lots on offer at the Cape Racing Premier Yearling Sale Powered By Tattersalls, and a further three lots on sale at the Cape Yearling Sale.

Wednesday double for Ideal World

By Ideal World

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 on Wednesday afternoon.
Ideal World’s first success on Wednesday came when his four-year-old daughter Sea Goddess claimed the third race at Greyville. Under Richard Fourie, the Louis Goosen trained filly stormed home to score by just under a length.
Bred by Summerhill Stud, Sea Goddess, who is out of the Admire Man mare Admiral’s Eye, has now won four times, with the inform filly having won two of her last four starts.
Ideal World is also the sire of Pongola, who justified favouritism when he won the fourth race on Wednesday. Another bred by Summerhill Stud, four-year-old Pongola stayed on strongly under Rachel Venniker to claim Wednesday’s Follow In The Box Seat Podcast MR 67 Handicap (1800m) by just over half a length.
Trained by Michael Roberts, Pongola is out of the Kahal mare Checcetti.
His sire Ideal World is responsible for 31 stakes winners including 2020-2021 Horse Of The Year and five time G1 winner Rainbow Bridge.
Ideal World has two colts on offer at Sunday’s November Two Year Old Sale.

SATURDAY DOUBLE FOR DANON PLATINA

By Danon Platina

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 Platina’s gelded son Plaza Accord got off the mark at just the second time of asking when he ran out a convincing winner of Saturday’s Hollywoodbets Durbanville Welcomes You Maiden Plate (1250m), despite making his first start since June.
Under Richard Fourie, the Peter Muscutt-trained three-year-old was always travelling strongly, and Plaza Accord kicked away in the closing stages to score by a length and three-quarters.
Bred by Varsfontein Stud, Plaza Accord is out of the Judpot mare Double Whammy.
The handsome chestnut was a R700 000 buy from the 2022 National Yearling Sale.
Danon Platina also looks to have a very promising daughter to his credit in the form of Japanese Rose. The latter made it back-to-back wins, and two wins from just three starts, when she won Saturday’s Gulf Racing Club Cape B Stakes (F and M) over 1400 metres.
Trained by Brett Crawford, Japanese Rose was always prominent in Saturday’s race and proved far too strongly for her rivals when romping home to score by a length and a half, with another daughter of Danon Platina, Unconquerable Lady, finishing third.
Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, three-year-old Japanese Rose is out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Honorine.
Her sire, and former Japanese Champion, Danon Platina could be set for a big week next weekend. The son of Deep Impact is set to be represented by three runners in Saturday’s G3 Betway Fillies Mile -White Pearl, Betula and Platina Princess.
Danon Platina also has five lots on offer at Sunday’s November Two Year Old Sale, including a filly (Lot 11) from the same family as G1 winners Byword, Proviso, Wandesta and Zambezi Sun among others.

Wednesday double for Ideal World

By Ideal World

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 his son Pascali ran out an impressive winner of the fifth race on the card.
Under Chase Maujean, Pascali hit the front 200m from home and stormed home to win the Track And Ball Gaming MR 64 Handicap (1600m) as he liked by three and a half lengths. Trained by Garth Puller, the gelded Pascali was winning for a second time when he scored on Wednesday.
Bred by Peter de Beyer, Pascali is out of the Dynasty mare White Rose.
Ideal World is also the sire of Diani, who flew up late to land the seventh race at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Wednesday. Trained by Dennis Bosch, Diani was given a superb ride by Serino Moodley, who managed to time his ride to perfection, with Diani getting up in the shadow of the post to claim the Soccer Any13 MR 87 Handicap (1200m) by a neck going away.
Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, four-year-old Diani had shown great promise earlier in his career when he reeled off four wins in a row, and Wednesday’s victory was the gelding’s fifth win in total.
Diani is out of the Tiger Ridge mare Mombasa.

Ideal World, himself a half-brother to G1 Prix Jean Romanaut winner Romantica, hails from a family which continues to produce top-class performers. His G1 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere winning close relative Belbek, whose dam Bee Queen is out of Ideal World’s half-sister Trojan Queen, is set to start his stud career in 2024, as is another close relative of Ideal World -G1 Grand Prix de Paris winner Onesto.

Turffontein double for Ideal World

By Ideal World

Mauritzfontein’s successful resident sire Ideal World struck twice on Thursday, when the regally bred son of Kingmambo came up with two winners at Turffontein.
Ideal World’s first winner on Thursday came in the form of Rosy Lemon, who justified considerable betting support when she won the www.soccer6.co.za FM 76 Handicap over 2000 metres.
Under Muzi Yeni, the Fanie Bronkhurst trained four-year-old streaked home to win as she liked by nearly two and three-quarter lengths.
The race was a triumph for Ideal World, with Rosy Lemon beating her paternal half-sister Universal Love into third, and Ideal World also featuring as the broodmare sire of fourth place finisher Ideal Future.
Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, Rosy Lemon has now won twice for her connections.
She is out of the Strike Smartly mare Lemonade and is thus bred on the same Ideal World/Strike Smartly cross as G3 Track And Ball Derby winner Cape Speed and fellow stakes winners Betula Uber and Kimberley Star.
Ideal World ended the day on a high note when his Alec Laird trained daughter Quantum caused a 20-1 surprise when she won the eighth and final race run at Turffontein on Thursday.
Under Kaidan Brewer, the four-year-old stormed home to win the Next Turffontein Racemeeting Saturday 4 November FM 77 Div Handicap (1450m) by three-parts of a length.
Bred by Loving Life Properties (Pty) Ltd, Quantum has now won three times.
Out of the Var mare Qarman, Quantum is bred on the same Ideal World/Var cross as G3 Graham Beck Stakes winner Zen Arcade.
Her sire Ideal World, also responsible for champions Rainbow Bridge, Smart Call and Hermoso Mundo, has two colts on offer at the 2023 November Two Year Old Sale.

Thursday double for Danon Platina

By Danon Platina

Mauritzfontein’s G1 winning stallion Danon Platina came up with an eye catching pair of winners at the Vaal on Thursday, with the Deep Impact horse’s daughters Shampimpi and Gocekwithlove victorious in the day’s second and third races respectively.

The Candice Dawson trained Shampimpi got off the mark in decisive fashion when she romped home to win Thursday’s Betway Tote Rewards Club Maiden Plate (1200m) in convincing fashion. Under Gavin Lerena, the three-year-old kicked away in the closing stages and drew off to win by two and a quarter lengths.

Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, Shampimpi, who was making her fith start on Thursday, is out of the Tiger Ridge mare Maybe Yes.

Danon Platina is also the sire of Gocekwithlove, who captured the Betway Aviator Maiden Plate (1200m) impressively. Under JP Van Der Merwe, the Mike de Kock trained three-year-old romped home to break her maiden by four and a half lengths.

Bred by Clifton Stud, Gocekwithlove, who had finished second last time out, was making just her third start on Thursday with the filly having finished fourth on debut.

Out of the Joshua Dancer mare Samba Serenade, Gocekwithlove was an R180 000 buy from the 2022 National Yearling Sale.

Japanese champion Danon Platina, who shares his legendary sire Deep Impact with this year’s G1 Betfred Derby winner Auguste Rodin, made a fantastic start with his first two-year-olds last season when he was South Africa’s second Leading First Season Sire for 2022-2023.

The G1 winning two-year-old has three lots on offer at the upcoming Cape Racing Ready To Run And Unbroken Two Year Old Sale, and a further five lots on the November Two Year Old Sale.