Rainbow Bridge’s moving and repeated victory at the Cape Town Met Gr1 made him the third horse in racing history to win the first Western Cape race more than once.
He finds himself in the best of companies as he joined turf legends Politician and Pocket Power, the latter achieving a record treble in 2009.
Let’s not forget that Rainbow Bridge showed his considerable talent at the age of three when he landed his first five starts, winning both the Winter Guineas Gr3 and the Winter Classic Gr3, while nibbling close to ‘one second on the 1450m Durbanville track. record in the Gr3 Matchem Stakes.
He tasted defeat for the first time by beating three short heads in this remarkable Gr2 Green Point Stakes won by Legal Eagle, finished third in the Queen’s Plate of L’Ormarins Gr1 and capped his summer campaign with a splendid first victory in the Met in 2019.
He has since established himself among the country’s elite riders with additional Gr1 victories in last season’s Champions Cup and Gold Challenge, while reaching the frame in top-level races such as Vodacom Durban. July (second) and L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (second and third twice).
So much has been written about Rainbow Bridge’s remarkable dam, Halfway To Heaven, whose top three foals are all Gr1 winners, but it must be remembered that like her sire Ideal World, she only brought the half of his son’s genes.
Based in Mauritzfontein, the son of world leading stallion Kingmambo and Dansili’s full sister Banks Hill is rapidly establishing his authority over the Met. Rainbow Bridge’s first victory came exactly three years after first crop daughter Smart Call won the scalp of the next Legal Eagle Horse of the Year in the 2,000m race. Multiple champion and triple winner of Gr1 in her country of origin, she then left for Great Britain and under the tutelage of Sir Michael Stoute, closed an English campaign with a victory in the Gr3 Hopping Stakes.
Ideal World, who entered stud in 2010 as a double French Gr2-ranked Stakes winner, has so far sired 26 Stakes winners and in true Mauritzfontein tradition, the blue-blooded stallion has established himself as a stallion classic.
His third Gr1 winner is Samurai Warrior, hero of Derby SA, while Cape Speed ââwon the Derby Track and Ball Gr3 and his daughter Zante the Track and Ball Oaks Gr3.
His paternal half-brother Hermoso Mundo knocked him out of his mind in a thrilling 2017 Gold Cup final, with the pair finishing well behind their rivals. With the Gold Bowl and Gold Vase in the bag, Hermoso Mundo made a clean sweep of the remaining events, a feat that earned him the Equus Stayer Award. In addition to this momentous occasion, Ideal World’s son Shady World had won the Port Elizabeth Gold Cup over 3600m 48 hours earlier!
Daughter Onesie also won the country’s longest running event and still earns her sustenance at the age of seven, a wonderful example of tenacity and endurance!
While Ideal World’s offspring tend to flourish with maturity and many excel in the field, he is quite capable of siring Stakes-class juveniles with his daughter Inverroche being a prime example. A winner at the start, she went on to win the Gr3 Strelitzia Stakes before winning the black type Gr1 in third place in the Allan Robertson championship.
Coral Bay was imbued with precocity, winning both the Kenilworth Fillies Nursery and Irridescence Stakes, his son Kimberley Star won the Champion Juvenile Cup, while Syringa Stakes winner Persian Rug had pointed out his talent early on when he was third in the Gr1 Thekwini Stakes.
Milers also ranks high among the Ideal’s World winners. The ones that come to mind are Vistula (Gr2 Joburg Fillies & Mares Challenge), Zen Arcade (Gr3 Graham Beck Stakes), Mount Laurel (Gr3 Three Troikas Stakes), Helen’s Ideal (Stormsvlei Mile) and Luna Child (Breeders Guineas) .
And while Rainbow Bridge isn’t a miler per se, it won the Gr1 Gold Challenge mile with a daring display of top-notch momentum!
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