20 April 2017

The 2017 National Yearling Sale will well and truly mark the end of a magical era in South African racing history.
This sale will be the last major sale graced by yearlings sired by Mauritzfontein’s late, great sire Fort Wood.

Himself a G1 winning half-brother to3 other G1 winners, the son of Sadler’s Wells more than lived up to expectations when retiring to stud.
Fort Wood, who died in January 2015, was a champion sire, whose progeny included 15 G1 winners. Three of his sons (Horse Chestnut, Celtic Grove and Dynasty) were named Horse Of The Year, with other Fort Wood sired champions include Dog Wood, Elusive Fort, Kimberley Mine, Monyela and Wendywood.

A multiple champion broodmare sire (his daughters have produced such champions as Cherry On The Top and Marinaresco and the last two Cape Guineas winners Noah From Goa and William Longsword), Fort Wood is also a top class sire of sires, with his Dynasty, Elusive Fort and Horse Chestnut all siring G1 winners.

Once again on top of the broodmare sires list this season, Fort Wood has eight yearlings on offer at the National Sale:

Lot 75 –out of a half-sister to a stakes winner, this colt (whose second dam is a G2 winning daughter of Zeditave) hails from the family of champion sprinter Sacred Kingdom

Lot 77 – this colt is a half-brother to Derby winner Cape Speed and closely related to Horse Chestnut

Lot 114 –bred on the reverse cross as G1 winner Noah From Goa, this colt is a ¾ brother to Horse Of The Year and outstanding sire Dynasty

Lot 240 –out of a Cape Cross half-sister to a G3 winning 2yo, this colt is from the family of Arc winner and great sire Vaguely Noble and 2016 Horse Of The Year Minding (also by a son of Sadler’s Wells)

Lot 253 –this colt is out of Oasis Dream’s G2 winning millionaire Welwitschia

Lot 364 –this colt is out of a Dansili ½ sister to G1 winning 2yo and sire Armiger, from the family of multiple international G1 winners Al Kazeem, Diamond Shoal and Glint Of Gold

Lot 411 –this colt is out of a daughter of champion sire Trippi’s G3 winning daughter Franny

Lot 414 –this colt, whose dam is a winning ¾ sister to champion and multiple G1 winner Capetown Noir, is a brother in blood to Dubai classic placed Broodmare Of The Year Akinfeet

Thus the 2017 National Sale provides buyers with a last chance to acquire yearlings by one of the most influential stallions ever to stand at stud in Africa!