Fort On Fire! – Sporting Post Digest: 8 August 2018
Elusive Fort has risen through the ranks on modest runner numbers. Now three Full Books of runners 2018-2020 should put him at the top.
ELUSIVE FORT’s achievements to date have been extraordinary, putting him in the top echelon of sires in South Africa – all the more remarkable because the son of Fort Wood from the great “E” Family has got there on the lower numbers in his earlier crops.
In 2017/18 his 3 individual 3 year old Graded Stakes Winners constituted no less than 15% of his 3 year old runners – a smaller number coinciding with his change of stud from Arc En Ciel to Klipdrif. SECRET POTION, ELUSIVE HEART and FREEDOM CHARTER all hit the Graded Stakes target.
Special recognition came earlier in 2018 when he broke the million rand yearling barrier as befits a sire of regular Classic and Grade 1,2 & 3 Winners from 1200 to 2400 metres. 2017/18 has added excellent performance as a sire of juveniles.
12 individual 2 year old winners came out of his 2014-sired crop and the momentum is clearly building with Full Books to come from now.
Up to now, ELUSIVE FORT has averaged just 32 runners per crop and achieved a lofty position in the logs not only in his excellent averages, but also in overall stakes, even with so many fewer runners than his top-rated peers.
Overall, his Winners/Runners ratio is a super 58.5% (Colts 62.5% Fillies 56%).
From the coming season onwards, three Full Books (sired in 2015/16/17) will increase dramatically his numbers of runners, with many stronger mares – giving him every chance of topping the tables all round.
Syndicate Principal Peter de Beyer who himself has enjoyed successes at the highest levels through supporting ELUSIVE FORT said “The Syndicate is extremely grateful to all those breeders, owners and trainers who have supported this horse as he has developed into a top level sire. To have done so with his number of runners is extremely impressive and surely means that the next 3 years of his “Full Book” crops, with plenty of good mares and strong breeders contributing, will propel him up very high”.
To recognise the stallion’s consistent supporters, ELUSIVE FORT’s fee has been held in 2018 at R30,000 + VAT Live Foal (with the AllanStallions Scale of Fees for multiples) Fort On Fire!
His achievements might have prompted a rise, but his connections are very happy with the market reaction that he is “extremely good value”.
Service Agreements have gone out to breeders who have booked, with signatures requested by mid this month.
Breeders requesting services now are asked to contact Allan Bloodlines or Klipdrif Stud (below) as soon as possible to have a good chance of being accommodated and welcomed.
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One Of The Best
Klipdrif stallion Elusive Fort is a son of Mauritzfontein Stud’s great sire, Fort Wood, who died aged 24 in January 2015.
Fort Wood was a son of Sadler’s Wells out of the 8-time winning Pretense (Endeavour) mare, Fall Aspen, who was the dam of 8 Group winners in Europe and America.
With a pedigree described by the South African Racehorse as an ‘embarrassment des riches’ Fort Wood was
trained by Andre Fabre and raced in the colours of Sheikh Mohammed, for whom he won three races in France.
Fort Wood stood his first season at stud in South Africa in 1994. He produced Gr1 winners Dog Wood, Fort Defiance and Triple Crown Champion and 3-year-old Horse Of The Year, Horse Chestnut in his first crop.
Horse Chestnut – who died just weeks after his famous Dad – was his sire’s first runner and first winner and one of three Gr1 winners produced in Fort Wood’s remarkable first crop – with the others being champion filly Dog Wood and Fort Defiance. A top class sire of both sexes, Fort Wood’s 15 individual Gr1 winners include six females Fort Wood was Champion Sire in 1998 and 1999 and his two decades at stud produced 74 stakes winners to date. He also enjoyed the unique distinction of having produced three 3-year-old Horses Of The Year in Horse Chestnut, Celtic Grove and Dynasty.