SPANISH FORT was purchased by the Hollywood Syndicate at the annual CTS Ready to Run Sale, on the 23rd November 2018. He is a colt by Elusive Fort, out of the Jallad mare Spanish Rhapsody.

Sex: Bay Colt
Foaled: 14/09/2016
Sire: Elusive Fort
Mare: Spanish Rhapsody (Jallad)
Breeder: Digteby Stud
Sales Prep: Far End Farms
 Cliffie Miller
Purchased: CTS Ready to Run Sale, November 2018
Pedigree: View Here
Record: 31-1-12

Another exciting colt to add to our stable, he has a strong pedigree pattern if one looks through the generations of his family. The Fort Wood x Jallad cross is particularly strong, producing the likes of Eyes Wide Open, Liege, It’s My Turn and Solid Speed to name a few of the Group 1 winners from his family.

Not only does he has a strong “page”, but he is a really well balanced horse with a big over step. His gallop was also rather impressive.

He was purchased with the annual Ready to Run race in Cape Town in mind and after showing a clear preference for the sand, we decided to send him to Kimberley where he will join up with Cliffie Miller.

Updates – Spanish Fort


August 25th, 2022

He is in good health and racing on the 26th. Out in the weights but has to run and should run a good race. Just waiting for his right division and should then will be spot on.

August 5th, 2022
Raced over 1000m at Fairview on the turf track. Finished 9th out of 16  runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Not a bad run, is definitely a better horse on the poly. We will give him a couple of runs on the poly, if he does not earn, then we will retire him.

July 22nd, 2022
Raced over 1000m Fairview on the polytrack. Finished 5th out of 12 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Stayed on well to only get beaten 2.35 lengths.

July 1st, 2022
Raced over 1000m at Fairview on the turf. Finished 11th out of 15 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: It was his first run after a long layoff. He showed lots of speed and stopped in the last 200m. He will improve from the run.

April 8th, 2022
Raced over 1000m at Fairview on the polytrack. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: First run after long layoff. We will give him a chance and decide after his next run on his future.

October 11th, 2021
He took his place in a 1000m contest on the polytrack at Fairview Racecourse this afternoon. He had to overcome a wide draw of thirteen and stayed on to finish four lengths off the winner.

August 17th, 2021
He showed good signs of returning to best form at Fairview Racecourse on the polytrack this afternoon. He is in a good space and may be able to notch up that elusive second victory in the near future.

June 11th, 2021
He was not disgraced finishing fifth over 1000m on the polytrack. He had to overcome the widest draw and finished his race off well. Hopefully he cracks a good draw next time and he should be competitive.

May 11th, 2021
He ran another good race when finishing third once again. He showed good pace and stayed on nicely at the finish. He will be having his peak run next time and will be worth following.

April 23rd, 2021
He ran a good race when finishing third in his first start in the Eastern Cape. He raced up with the pace and stayed on nicely. He should come on from the run and will be worth following next time.

November 11th, 2019
After a solid effort last time out, he is back over the same course and distance today and the blinkers stay on. He is expected to give another very good account of himself and on the back of some very good work at home, the stable feel he has a strong each-way chance. Final field below:

Race-4 (Sand) – R52 500
1000m – 14:05 
WFA: 3yrs-5kgs 4yrs-0kgs
1 3 Tokolosh 60.5 85 BA J Greyling Paul Matchett
2 9 Elegant General 59.5 73 TBA M V’Rensburg Cliffie Miller
3 2 Concealed Secret 57 68 TBA *J R Syster -4.0 S von Willingh Smit
4 11 Queen Rachel 56.5 67 TBa *N Klink Bill Human
5 5 Dolphin 54.5 63 BA M Thackeray Stephanie Miller
6 4 Zip Line 54.5 63 TBA R Munger Stephanie Miller
7 10 Spanish Fort 53.5 71 TBA C Storey Cliffie Miller
8 12 Give Me Dynamite 53 60 TBA *T Juglall -2.5 Stephanie Miller
9 8 Stupefy 52.5 69 A B Nyawo Dennis Cason
10 1 Double Deluxe 52 57 TBA J Penny Tienie Prinsloo
11 6 What A Captain 52 57 A M Yeni Tienie Prinsloo
12 7 Day’s Of Thunder 52 44 BA *K Matsunyane Tienie Prinsloo
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(2,7) (5,6,8) (10,11,12)

October 28th, 2019
Spanish fort makes steps out at Flamingo Park once again this afternoon. He has settled into his Kimberley home well and that is reflected in his form, more so over this 1000m dash. He has slipped three points in his Merit Rating since his last start and in this sort of company, he looks fairly well handicapped and a threat at a decent price. His work in the past week has been very impressive and that has been a result of the blinkers being fitted, to sharpen him up a little. Those go on today and Collen Storey retains the ride.

A slight concern would be the fact that he is drawn on the wrong side of the course, but he is expected to improve many lengths here and the stable give him a firm each way chance. Final field below:

Race-2 (Sand) R56 000
1000m – 13:00 
WFA: 3yrs-5.5kgs 4yrs-0kgs
1 11 Elegant General 60 73 TBA C Habib Cliffie Miller
2 1 Winter Trade 58 69 BA M V’Rensburg Cliffie Miller
3 7 Concealed Secret 57.5 68 TBA *D R Lerena S von Willingh Smit
4 9 Dolphin 55.5 64 BA Wes Marwing Stephanie Miller
5 5 Lucky Veil 55.5 64 BA M Yeni Corrie Lensley
6 6 Zip Line 55 63 TBA R Munger Stephanie Miller
7 14 Spanish Fort 54 72 TBA C Storey Cliffie Miller
8 3 Give Me Dynamite 53.5 60 TBA M Thackeray Stephanie Miller
9 12 What A Captain 53 59 A *N Klink Tienie Prinsloo
10 10 Double Deluxe 52.5 58 T A *K Matsunyane Tienie Prinsloo
11 4 Class Protector 52 53 A *M H Zuma -4.0 Tobie Spies
12 13 Aramouse 52 52 T A *C F Dicken -4.0 Corrie Lensley
13 2 Windy Flight 52 51 A *J R Syster -3.0 Corne Spies
14 8 Day’s Of Thunder 52 45 A M Mjoka Tienie Prinsloo
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(1,2,7) (4,6,8) (5,12) (9,10,14)

August 27th, 2019
The replay below, after a solid effort by this son of Elusive Fort, in the final event on the card yesterday. As mentioned in the previous post, we expected a decent run from him over this preferred trip. At R6.00 a place, he presented plenty of value for punters.

August 26th, 2019
He runs in the 9th race at Flamingo Park today. His penultimate run was a fair effort on handicap debut, followed up by a disappointing run in the Kimberley Nursery last time out. He was drawn wide in that run and clearly tired in the latter stages, having found the 1400m a touch too far. He drops back to his favoured trip of a 1000m, where he won his maiden on this surface and this time around he will be fitted with the tongue tie. On his work at home, we believe he will be back in the money today and thus we give him a fair place chance. Field below.

Race-9 (Sand) R54 000 1000m 16:32 Ref-36
1st R33750, 2nd R10800, 3rd R5400, 4th R2700, 5th R1350
WFA: 3yrs-7kgs 4yrs-0kgs
1 10 Winter Trade 60 71 BA *K Matsunyane -1.5 Tienie Prinsloo
2 2 Elegant General 57 65 TBA C Habib Cliffie Miller
3 9 Dolphin 56.5 64 BA R Munger Stephanie Miller
4 4 African Magic 56 63 Ba D De Gouveia Bill Human
5 11 Jet Sailor 55.5 62 TBA L Bester Tienie Prinsloo
6 7 Spanish Fort 52.5 70 T A C Storey +0.5 Cliffie Miller
7 8 Double Deluxe 52.5 56 T A M Yeni Tienie Prinsloo
8 1 Zip Line 52 52 TBA M Thackeray Stephanie Miller
9 6 Hector Heathcote 52 49 TBA J Penny Corrie Lensley
10 3 Runaway Rebel Scratched 52 49 A +1.5 Cliffie Miller
11 5 Royal Delight 52 45 TCA Wes Marwing +2.0 Stephanie Miller
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(1,5,7) (2,6,10) (3,8,11)

July 22nd, 2019
Spanish Fort lines up in the Non-Black Type Kimberley Nursery today, in the 7th race at Flamingo Park. He needed his last run, when returning from his gelding and will strip a lot fitter now that he has had a sound prep leading up to this run. He was well beaten by the 1 on that occasion and Spanish Fort now receives a 2kg favourable turn around at the weights, for this run. He has tricky draw to overcome, but should have no issues finding a relatively handy position and with further improvement to come, we give him a solid place chance at a big price.

Race-7 (Sand) 
15:25 – 1400m
KIMBERLEY NURSERY (Non-Black-Type) – R110 000 
For 2 year-olds
No Apprentice Allowance
1 6 Axios 60 0 BA M Yeni Tobie Spies
2 10 Baby Lets Mambo 60 0 a Wes Marwing Tobie Spies
3 7 Linden Rock 58 0 TBa R Munger Stephanie Miller
4 11 Spanish Fort 58 0 A C Storey Cliffie Miller
5 12 What A Seven 58 0 BA S Khumalo Tienie Prinsloo
6 2 Benino 56 0 A E Webber Corrie Lensley
7 9 Luminance 56 0 TBA M Thackeray Stephanie Miller
8 3 Grand Rapid 55.5 0 T A M V’Rensburg Cliffie Miller
9 5 Ruby And Roses 55.5 0 BA C Habib Corrie Lensley
10 8 She Can Dance 55.5 0 A *T Juglall Tobie Spies
11 4 Code Black 53.5 0 A J Greyling Tobie Spies
12 1 Kayden’s Bullet 53.5 0 A C Zackey +0.5 Tobie Spies
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(1,2,10,11,12) (3,7) (4,8) (6,9)

June  24th, 2019
Spanish Fort runs in the first race at Flamingo Park on Monday 24th June 2019. He returns as a gelding after leaving the maidens in his forth start, last time out. Final Field below.

Race-1 (Sand) – R63 000
1300m – 12:20
For 2 year-olds
1 4 Baby Lets Mambo 60 0 A Wes Marwing Tobie Spies
2 6 Axios 58 0 BA M Yeni Tobie Spies
3 8 Captain Morgane Scratched 58 0 BA J Greyling Tobie Spies
4 9 Linden Rock 58 0 TBa R Munger Stephanie Miller
5 3 Spanish Fort 58 0 A M V’Rensburg Cliffie Miller
6 7 What A Seven 58 0 Ba M Thackeray Tienie Prinsloo
7 2 Ruby And Roses 55.5 0 BA C Habib Corrie Lensley
8 5 Acevedo 55 0 a K Steyn Jannie Borman
9 1 Benino 55 0 A *T Maharaj -4.0 Corrie Lensley
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(1,2,3) (7,9)

May 20th, 2019
Spanish Fort starts the week on a winning note. He won the opener on the card at Flamingo Park today. Well done to Cliffie Miller for a nice training feat and congrats to Marco van Rensburg for a text book ride, as well as Connemara Stud for breeding him. Purchased at the CTS Ready to Run Sale 2018.

January 16th, 2019
Spanish Fort impressed in his first Barrier Trial at Scottsville on Wednesday 16th January 2019. Not bad for a colt that went into full training less than 6 weeks ago.

See his replay below.