Elusive Fort (SAF)

Fort Wood - Ever Seeking (Secret Prospector) bay, 2002 - height 16.1hh

  • Black Swan Stud - W. Cape
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Race Record

In South Africa & USA, 7 wins, 1300-2450m, at 3 to 5 MR 113

Equus Champion Male Stayer in 2006

At 3    WON  Gr1 SA Derby (2450m)

          WON  Gr1 Daily News 2200 (2200m)

          WON  Sea Cottage S.-(L) (1800m)

            2nd  Gr1 SA Classic (1800m)

At 4    WON Gr1 Horse Chestnut S. (1600m)

          WON Gr2 Hawaii S. (1400m)

At 5     2nd  Gr3 Appleton Hcp (1800m) (in USA)

 

Sire Line

FORT WOOD – won 3 races in France, Gr1Grand Prix de Paris, Gr2 Prix Noailles (Timeform 117). Sire of Gr1 winners. Sire of Champions incl 3x Horse Of The Year. Champion Sire in SAf 1999. Sire of sires.

Notable progeny incl. Horse Chestnut (95c – Col Pickering, Grey Sovereign)- Horse of the Year; sire; Dynasty (99c - Commodore Blake, Joy II) – Horse of the Year; sire; Celtic Grove (97c - Welsh Saint, Prince Regent) – Horse of the Year; Elusive Fort (02c – Secret Prospector, Oak Dancer); Hunting Tower (02c - Royal Chalice, Super Concorde); Fort Defiance (95c - Home Guard, Regent Street); Forest Path (05c - Northern Guest, Royal Prerogative); Thundering Star (03c - Foveros, Dancing Champ); Urabamba (04f - Our Casey’s Boy, Perou); Athina (10f - Rich Man’s Gold, Al Mufti); Kimberley Mine (96f - Mogambo US, Bold Forbes); Shadow Dancing (01f - Complete Warrior, Jamaico); Wendywood (04f - Foveros, Boot Camp); Heir Apparent (00c - Al Mufti, Gatecrasher); Dog Wood (95f - Elliodor, Roland Gardens); Saddlewood (00c - Gay Fandango, Regent Street); Syon (96c - Harry Hotspur, Free Ride); Chesalon (07c - Goldmark, Truely Nureyev); Ilha Bela (08f - Candy Stripes, Equalize); Cover Look (96f - Ringaro, Good Manners); Dog Rose (96f - Shirley Heights, Raffingora); Hold The Fort (00c - Elliodor, Welsh Saint; MR 101); Rememberance (02f - Main Man, Golden Thatch); Cycad (00c - Last Tycoon, Queen’s Hussar); Zanzamar (07c - Doyoun, African Sky); Secret Heart (99f - Bush Telegraph, Regent Street); Fort Vogue (05c - Model Man, Foveros); Dunsinane (01c - Full Colour, Pentland Firth); Magic Smoke (08f - Western Winter, Harry Hotspur); Wonder Lawn (03c - Roy, Ghadeer); Close the Gap (10f - Plugged Nickle, Col Pickering etc

Fort Wood is kinbred 3x1(2) Bold Reason x Fall Aspen (Change Water) and 4x3x3 Lady Angela x Imitation x Khaled.

SADLER'S WELLS line sires in South Africa: Flying The Flag, Global View, New Predator,  The United States (Galileo); Elusive Fort (Fort Wood); Act Of War, Futura, Horizon, Jackson (Dynasty); Potala Palace (Singspiel); Admiral Kitten (Kitten’s Joy)

Pedigree

Fort Wood
1989
Sadler's Wells
1981
Northern DancerNearctic - Nearco
Natalma - Native Dancer
Fairy BridgeBold Reason - Hail To Reason
Special - Forli
Fall Aspen
1976
PretenseEndeavour II - British Empire
Imitation - Hyperion
Change WaterSwaps - Khaled
Portage - War Admiral
Ever Seeking
1993
Secret Prospector
1982
Mr ProspectorRaise A Native - Native Dancer
Gold Digger - Nashua
Secret AssetGraustark - Ribot
Numbered Account - Buckpasser
Epoque
1985
Oak DancerGreen Dancer - Nijinsky
Oak Hill - Sheshoon
ElyseeEl Gran Capitan - Martinet
Empiric - Voodoo

Pedigree

This is a formidable Argentinian family, often referred to as the E-family, with a host of Gr1 winners in Argentina and South Africa.

Most notable may be multiple Champion & SA Horse of the Year Empress Club, together with her Gr1 winning half sisters Ecurie and Epoque.

Suitable Lines

Suitable mares for Elusive Fort could include

1. Sources of Aurora – as in Acropolis, Alycidon, Borealis (Counter Action, Right Approach, Kahal, Tara’s Halls, Count duBois)
2. Sources of Owen Tudor (Abernant, Golden Thatch, Royal Chalice, Harry Hotspur, Foveros, London News, National Emblem, etc)
3. Sources of Forli (Home Guard, Golden Thatch, Special/Sadler’s Wells/Nureyev)
4. Sources of Pharamond (Menow as in Tom Fool/Buckpasser – widespread, but notably Al Mufti, Northern Guest, National Assembly, AP Indy/Seattle Slew, Seeking The Gold)
5. Sources of Sickle (Damascus – with Buckpasser in Captain Al, with Borealis in Counter Action; Rollins/Jet Master; Mecca Road)
6. Sources of All Moonshine (Mossborough – notably Saumarez, Kabool, Spectrum, Casey Tibbs)
7. Sources of Miss Lily/Lily
8. Sources of Swaps/Khaled, Pretense, Flower Bowl (Jallad, Badger Land/Badger’s Drift, Parade Leader (!), Danehill, Caesour)

(posted 2010)

Sales Analysis

BORN colt avg sold SI filly avg sold SI
2011 111,429 7 0.54 67,857 7 0.63
2012 180,000 11 0.91 99,412 17 0.71
2013 137,778 18 0.94 166,053 19 1.14
2014 170,000 3 1.45 125,000 10 0.78
2015 138,333 21 0.77 128,750 20 0.7
2016 147,857 28 0.67 109,375 16 0.85
2017 71,964 28 0.29 72,188 16 0.47
2018 74,091 11 0.69 88,056 18 0.74
2019 194,000 5 1.19 73,333 3 0.39

Stamina

by highest winning distance of 3yo and up (the higher the count, the more reliable the %)

800/1399m 14/1600m 16/1999m 20/2399m 2400m+ count
27% 43% 8% 12% 10% 191

Best Rated Offspring

(SA only)

horse wins (SW) places (SP) stakes AR
Catch Twentytwo 17c 3 (2) 5 (4) R 694,500 114
Ernie 12c 4 (1) 8 (5) R 378,800 108
Siren's Call 11f 5 (2) 2 (2) R 2,575,775 107
Chitengo 15f 7 (2) 5 (1) R 640,475 106
Freedom Charter 14f 4 (2) 8 (5) R 640,975 105
Kommetdieding 17c 4 (1) 2 (2) R 426,000 105
Elusivenchantment 12f 7 (0) 6 (1) R 544,650 105
Fort Ember 12f 9 (2) 8 (4) R 1,597,025 105
Safe Harbour 13f 3 (0) 6 (4) R 2,737,000 103
Elusive Heart 14f 7 (3) 9 (6) R 828,475 103

The Power Of Ratings

Colts

AR Band < 59 59 - 69 70 - 79 80 - 89 90 - 99 > 99 > 79 > 89 count
All Colts 26% 18% 27% 18% 8% 3% 29% 11% 22,983
Elusive Fort 12% 19% 29% 20% 18% 2% 40% 20% 159

Fillies

AR Band < 54 54 - 64 65 - 74 75 - 84 85 - 94 > 94 > 74 > 84 count
All Fillies 27% 17% 26% 20% 7% 3% 30% 10% 22,507
Elusive Fort 16% 13% 28% 27% 9% 7% 42% 16% 179

Black Type Offspring

with best career rating by distance category:
1000-1399m/14-1600m/1601-1999m/20-2399m/2400m+

  • Baymax 2017 colt -/79/84/80/75
  • Played On (Right Approach x Caesour)
  • 2nd SA Derby Trial (L) 2000m
  • Crowded House 2015 filly 87/90/-/-/-
  • Tarragon (Toreador x Model Man)
  • 3rd Gr3 Champagne S. 1200m
  • Elusive Flyer 2011 colt -/78/86/74/92
  • Best To Fly West (Dominion Royale x Rainbow Dream)
  • 2nd Aquanaut Hcp (L) 2450m
  • Elusive Fortune 2015 filly 70/87/87/82/-
  • Muhtaram (Al Mufti x National Assembly)
  • Won Jamaica Hcp (L) 2000m
  • Elusivenchantment 2012 filly 105/85/-/-/-
  • Bump 'n Grind (Qui Danzig x Quick Turnover)
  • 2nd KZN S. (L) 1000m
  • Fort Anne 2016 filly -/79/79/75/-
  • Dream River (Oasis Dream x Seeking The Gold)
  • 3rd Jacaranda Hcp (L) 1800m
  • Granadilla 2017 filly 73/75/55/-/-
  • Grandalea (Parade Leader x Western Winter)
  • 3rd Lady's Slipper S. (L) 1400m
  • Out Of Your League 2016 colt -/63/97/92/97
  • Lil' Bacio (Windrush x Del Sarto)
  • Won Gr1 SA Derby 2450m
  • 3rd Gr3 Gold Bowl 3200m
  • Paddington 2013 colt 56/-/83/82/91
  • Catapult (Silvano x Badger Land)
  • 2nd Gr3 Winter Derby 2400m
  • Seeking Wisdom 2014 filly 32/77/84/86/70
  • Meaningful (Kefaah x Rocky Marriage)
  • 2nd Algoa Cup (L) 2000m
  • Smokey Affair 2013 filly 85/95/82/78/-
  • Luna Rossa (Captain Al x Fair Season)
  • 2nd E-Cape Paddock S. (L) 1600m

Stud Analysis

Colts

  • SSI 0.82
  • Stamina 1637m
  • Stakes Wins 2%
  • Black Type 7%
born foals rnrs wnrs w/r% SW SW/r% BT BT/r% wins SSI AR Stamina
2011 12 11 6 55% 0 0% 2 18% 26 0.79 70 1917m
2012 16 13 10 77% 1 8% 1 8% 31 1.02 80 1570m
2013 25 23 17 74% 0 0% 3 13% 36 0.59 75 1653m
2014 6 5 3 60% 0 0% 0 0% 7 0.47 63 1667m
2015 35 32 22 69% 1 3% 2 6% 51 1.01 78 1491m
2016 37 31 20 65% 1 3% 1 3% 39 0.78 76 1668m
2017 48 43 20 47% 2 5% 4 9% 34 1.12 72 1633m
2018 21 4 1 25% 0 0% 0 0% 1 0.8 73 1500m

Fillies

  • SSI 1.23
  • Stamina 1532m
  • Stakes Wins 5%
  • Black Type 10%
born foals rnrs wnrs w/r% SW SW/r% BT BT/r% wins SSI AR Stamina
2011 18 14 8 57% 1 7% 2 14% 26 1.63 74 1656m
2012 20 20 12 60% 2 10% 3 15% 45 1.67 73 1558m
2013 27 26 18 69% 0 0% 2 8% 34 1.44 73 1553m
2014 17 15 10 67% 3 20% 4 27% 35 1.59 74 1555m
2015 34 31 15 48% 2 6% 3 10% 43 0.98 69 1740m
2016 33 32 17 53% 0 0% 1 3% 37 0.86 65 1485m
2017 32 28 15 54% 0 0% 1 4% 17 0.59 71 1473m
2018 36 14 5 36% 0 0% 0 0% 5 1.04 66 1232m

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