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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.

BIG WEEKEND FOR DEEP IMPACT

By | Farm news

Legendary Japanese racehorse and sire Deep Impact, whose champion son Danon Platina stands at Mauritzfontein, continues to make a significant mark on major races all over the world -and he is also enjoying growing success as a sire of sires.

On Sunday, Deep Impact’s son Potager provided his late sire with his 55th individual G1 winner when he won the G1 Osaka Hai at Hanshin. In the process, the regally bred five-year-old accounted for a high-class field headed by reigning Japanese Horse Of The Year Efforia.The Yasuo Tomomichi-trained Potager was ridden by Hayato Yoshida, with the pair initially chasing the strong pacesetting second favourite Jack D’Or.
Lei Papale, who was defending her Osaka Hai crown, snatched the lead off Jack D’or at the top of the home straight but was run down by Potager in the final strides. Both the winner and runner up in the 2022 Osaka Hai were sired by Deep Impact.
This was Potager’s sixth win from 15 career starts but his first at Graded stakes level.

Deep Impact’s classic winning son Saxon Warrior also made news on Sunday, when that Coolmore based stallion’s very first runner made a winning debut.
Winner of the G1 Racing Post Trophy at two, and the G1 Qipco 2000 Guineas at three, Saxon Warrior made the perfect start to his stud career when his first runner Ser Sed made a winning debut over five and a half furlongs on Sunday.

His sire Saxon Warrior, whose first yearlings made up to ¥190,000,000, has 112 juveniles registered and he stands at Coolmore for a fee €20,000 this season.

Deep Impact’s G1 winning son Danon Platina, whose yearlings made up to R550 000 at the 2022 Cape Yearling Sale, has 17 members of his first crop on offer at the upcoming National Yearling Sale.

KINGS CUP SUCCESS FOR IDEAL WORLD

By | Ideal World

Mauritzfontein’s consistently successful resident sire Ideal World made headlines yet again on Sunday, when his versatile son Cat Daddy stormed home to win the Listed Kings Cup, delayed after inclement weather forced the abandonment of the original meeting, run at Hollywoodbets Greyville.

Trained by Glen Kotzen, six-year-old Cat Daddy claimed the third Listed win of his career with a convincing performance in Sunday’s 1600m contest.
Under a strong ride from Craig Zackey, the Ideal World gelding hit the front some way from home, and kicked on strongly to win by just over a length and a quarter.

Cat Daddy, who was bred by the Gary Player Stud, has now won seven times for earnings of in excess of R800 000.

The gelding, a stakes winner now on both polytrack and turf, had previously tasted feature race success when victorious in the 2019 Listed Socrasync Toro Ya Africa Algoa Cup and doubled his feature race wins when claiming the 2021 Listed Marshalls World Of Sport Darley Arabian.

Cat Daddy, who is out of the Black Minnaloushe mare Eyona, joins Dark Moon Rising as the second son of Ideal World to land the Listed Kings Cup.

Ideal World, whose daughter Phoenix picked up her third career win when scoring at Fairview on Friday, is currently sire of 28 stakes winners, with this tally headed by champions Rainbow Bridge, Smart Call and Hermoso Mundo.

The blue blooded son of Kingmambo has six lots on offer at the upcoming National Yearling Sale.

STAKES SUCCESS FOR DIGITAL AGE RELATIVE

By | Farm news

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 | Farm news

The South African racing and breeding pulled off a notable coup when Mauritzfontein 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 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, accounted for some outstanding performers during his career. Among those beaten by the son of Invincible Spirit were the G1 winners Bowies Hero, Cape Of Good Hope, Casa Creed, Henley’s Joy, Ivar, and Rockemperor.
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. (Already the sire of more than 40 stakes winners, Kingman stands for a fee of 150,000 pounds).

Other sons of Invincible Spirit to have sired G1 winners include Lawman, Mayson, Shalaa and Territories, while a pair of the stallion’s sire sons National Defense (whose first runners included the Breeders’ Cup winning Twilight Gleaming) and Profitable both made cracking starts with their first two-year-olds last season.

Invincible Spirit is also the sire of the Coolmore Stud based 2000 Guineas winner Magna Grecia, whose first crop are yearlings in 2022.

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.
Mauritzfontein have been able to secure this exciting prospect with the help of Ridgemont Highlands and Wilgerbosdrift.

The syndicate will comprise 50 shares and each share will get a bonus service in the first 4 seasons.
The share price (which includes transport from Kentucky, ARM insurance and first season congenital infertility) is currently R105,000 per share. (It could vary slightly depending on exchange rate)
Should you wish to join the syndicate, or require further information, please contact Jehan Malherbe on 083 252 8147 or email Jehan at jehan@aro.co.za

GREAT START FOR DANON PLATINA

By | Danon Platina

Mauritzfontein’s exciting young stallion Danon Platina has made a more than pleasing start with his first yearlings going through the sales ring this year.
The champion son of Deep Impact made headlines at Sunday’s Cape Yearling Sale, when his Millstream Farm consigned son was knocked down to Greg Bortz for R550 000.

Catalogued to Sunday’s auction as Lot 105, the Danon Platina colt is out of useful racemare Approach Me, a four time winner who was runner up in both the Listed Stormsvlei Mile and Listed Winter Oaks.

Danon Platina was also responsible for Oni-San (Lot 149), with that Wilgerbosdrift consigned filly knocked down to Ken Truter for R325 000 at the Cape Sale.
Oni-San was producing by the winning Tiger Ridge mare Fortuny, a daughter of G1 Garden Province Stakes heroine Velvet Green and half-sister to G3 Peninsula Handicap winner Wonder Lawn.

In total, Danon Platina’s four yearlings on offer all sold for a total of R1.175 million, giving the young sire an average price of just under R300 000.

Danon Platina had also enjoyed success earlier this year at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale, where first-crop yearlings by him made up to R350 000.

The only son of legendary racehorse and stallion Deep Impact to stand at stud in South Africa, Danon Platina has an exceptional draft of yearlings set to come up for sale at April’s National Yearling Sale.

HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL DOUBLE FOR DEEP IMPACT

By | Farm news

Legendary Japanese sire Deep Impact’s great year in 2021 continued when his son Glory Vase captured Sunday’s G1 Longines Hong Kong Vase and daughter Loves Only You won Sunday’s G1 Longines Hong Kong Cup.
Loves Only You was Japan’s big hope on the day as she lined up for the G1 Longines Hong Kong Cup, the last of the four top-level races. The 5-year-old Deep Impact mare owned by DMM Dream Club was the heavy favorite after winning the G1 Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf in her last start. Earlier in the year, she won the G1 FWD Queen Elizabeth II Cup and finished third behind Mishriff and Chrono Genesis in the G1 Longines Dubai Sheema Classic.
Under Yuga Kawada, Loves Only You came with late rush in Sunday’s 2000m contest to get up and win by short head.

The five-year-old daughter of Deep Impact is set to retire to stud, with Loves Only You having won eight of her 16 starts, including four G1 races.
Her paternal half-brother Glory Vase claimed his second win in the Hong Kong Vase, with that Deep Impact entire having won the Vase previously in 2019.
Six-year-old Glory Vase languished at the back of the field through most of the race as Hong Kong-based rider Joao Moreira judged the timing perfectly. Swinging widest of all into the stretch, he found G1 Coronation Cup winner Pyledriver sprinting for home with a clear lead.
Gobbling up ground, Glory Vase hit the front with 50 meters to go and edged away to win by one length over Pyledriver, completing the distance in 2:27.07.

Now deceased, Deep Impact had another massive year in 2021, with his progeny also capturing such races as the G1 Cazoo Oaks, G1 Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, G1 Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes, G1 Juddmonte Irish Oaks, and G1 Japan Cup.

Mauritzfontein is home to the only son of Deep Impact standing at stud in South Africa in the form of Danon Platina.
The latter, bred on the same cross as champion and 2021 Japan Cup winner Contrail, was Japan’s Champion 2YO Colt of 2014.

Danon Platina’s eagerly awaited first yearlings go on sale in 2022.

Wednesday double for Ideal World

By | Ideal World

Mauritzfontein’s successful resident sire Ideal World had a notable mid-week double on Wednesday, with the son of Kingmambo supplying two winners at Hollywoodbets Scottsville.
Ideal World’s first success on Wednesday came when his lightly raced son Ideal Act won the fourth race on the card, the Track And Ball Gaming Maiden Plate (1400m).

Under Keagan De Melo, the Ideal World sired three-year-old tracked the front running Edge Of Winter before hitting the front someway from home.
From there, Ideal Act simply pulled clear to win impressively by nearly four lengths.

Trained by Dean Kannemeyer, Ideal Act was making just his fourth start on Wednesday, with the gelding having finished second last time out.

Bred by the Gary Player Stud, Ideal Act is out of the Jay Peg mare Jouez.

His sire’s second success at Scottsville on Wednesday came when his Carl Hewitson trained son A Whole New World captured the seventh race, the Follow In The Box Seat Podcast MR 68 Handicap (1950m).
Given a finely timed ride by Sean Veale, the gelded four-year-old, who had a poor draw to overcome, came with a late rattle to land the penultimate race on the card by just over three-parts of a length.

Bred by Clifton Stud, A Whole New World was winning for a third time with his victory on Wednesday.
His sire Ideal World is currently responsible for nearly 50 black type horses, including reigning Horse Of The Year Rainbow Bridge.

BREEDERS’ CUP GLORY FOR DEEP IMPACT

By | Farm news

The late, great Deep Impact, whose champion son Danon Platina stands at Mauritzfontein, enjoyed another notable posthumous success when his daughter Loves Only You captured Saturday’s G1 Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Del Mar.
A first Breeders’ Cup winner for her legendary sire, Loves Only You split favoured War Like Goddess and My Sister Nat to land Saturday’s $2 million contest.
In April, Loves Only You won the FWD Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (G1) at Sha Tin, leading home four Japan-based runners. It marked the first time Japan-based runners had taken the top four spots in that top Hong Kong event.
Prominently placed in fourth or fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf throughout by jockey Yuga Kawada, Loves Only You was patient as she encountered traffic in the lane before finding a seam inside the sixteenth pole to deliver her winning surge.
Loves Only You prevailed by a half-length over My Sister Nat; completing the 1 3/8-mile race in 2:13.87 on firm turf. War Like Goddess held third, 1 1/2 lengths ahead of dual English classic winner Love in fourth.

A full-sister to G1 Dubai Turf winner Real Steel, five-year-old Loves Only You is set to return to Hong Kong for the Longines Hong Kong International Races meeting Dec. 12, where connections have accepted an invitation for the $3.85-million G1 Longines Hong Kong Cup.

Nine times champion sire in Japan, Deep Impact has had another fantastic posthumous year, with his other flagbearers including triple Oaks winner Snowfall and G1 Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes king Profondo.

His G1 winning son Danon Platina, Japan’s Champion 2YO Colt of 2014, is set to have his first yearlings on sale in 2022.

Tuesday double for Ideal World

By | Farm news

Mauritzfontein’s high-class Kingmambo horse Ideal World continues to churn out winners all over South Africa, and the proven G1 sire struck twice again at the Vaal on Tuesday.
Ideal World’s first success on Tuesday came when his Paul Peter trained son Ablueazure claimed the second race.

Under Craig Zackey, the gelded three-year-old powered home to break his maiden by a length and three-quarters, while scoring over 1400m.
Ablueazure, who was making just his fourth start on Tuesday, was bred by the Ascot Stud.

Tuesday’s winner was produced by the Nicconi mare African Sky.

Ideal World’s second success on Tuesday came when his Barend Botes/ Yolandie Vosloo trained daughter Eternity Ring won the sixth race at the Vaal.
Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein (and one of two winners on the day for her dam Loupe), Eternity Ring pulled clear, under Muzi Yeni, to land the RA Tops Up Feature Race Stakes MR 94 Divided Handicap by nearly a length and three-quarters.

The progressive three-year-old has now won four times, and looks unlikely to stop here!

Sire of South Africa’s reigning Horse Of The Year Rainbow Bridge, among many others, Ideal World has five lots on the November Two Year Old Sale.

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