Newly crowned SA champion breeders Mauritzfontein’s Met winner Smart Call has given birth to a Kingman filly at the National Stud in Newmarket.
A multiple Gr1 winner Smart Call was honoured as Equus champion middle-distance after trouncing the top boys, including multiple Horse of the Year Legal Eagle, in the 2016 J & B Met.
She raced in Ireland, England, France and Hong Kong. In her penultimate start, she had fulfilled a goal for owner and breeder Jessica Jell by capturing the Gr3 Hoppings Fillies’ Stakes at Newcastle.
Smart Call gained an international profile by winning the J & B Met three weeks after taking the Gr1 Paddock Stakes, which offered her an entry to the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita Park. While training in Britain for the Breeders’ Cup, she incurred a setback that sidelined her for several months with lameness problems.
A classic Mauritzfontein product, Smart Call is a daughter of Ideal World (Kingmambo) out of the 1999 Met winner Horse Chestnut’s unraced daughter, Good Judgement – a half-sister to Vodacom Durban July winner, Greys Inn, who sired runner-up Legal Eagle.
A son of Invincible Spirit, the Classic winning miler Kingman was the highest rated European trained racehorse of 2014 (Timeform 134)
His first yearlings at public auction sold for up to 1.7 million guineas. He was the fourth leading sire in Europe by yearling average behind Galileo, Dubawi and Frankel, with an average of over £272,900 (41 sold).
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