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Ideal World filly wins Syringa Handicap

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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.


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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.


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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.


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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

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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


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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.


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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

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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.