Hall of Fame
Elusive Fort (SAF)
By champion sire Fort Wood, out of a mare by champion sire Secret Prospector, from the immediate family of numerous champion racehorses, it was no surprise that Elusive Fort was one of the top-priced yearlings in 2004. And, in a South African racing career lasting less than 18 months, he stamped himself a worthy recipient of those genes, retiring as an Equus award-winner.
His first graded stakes win came in the SA Derby (2450m), with a storming finish in which he made up many lengths in the final 400m. He displayed versatility in the Daily News (2200m) at his next start by making the running this time and holding on to record a courageous victory. He then found traffic problems in the Vodacom Durban July (2200m).
His four-year-old campaign kicked off with yet another display of versatility, a sensational 6.75 length victory over 1300m, which should have been too short for him.
Elusive Fort missed the Summer Cup because of injury. His run in the J&B Met (2000m), conceding 3 kg (6.6 lbs) to Pocket Power, who beat him by just 4.55 lengths (6.8 lbs), was full of merit, particularly as he ran from a very wide draw.
He dazzled in his two final South African starts, by taking the Hawaii Stakes (1400m) and Horse Chestnut Stakes (1600m).
After this he was sold to campaign in the US, where injury prevented him from reaching peak fitness. Despite this he had some good places in graded stakes races.
He was subsequently re-imported to stand at stud in South Africa. He is represented in his first crop by the top filly Siren’s Call.
Thoroughpedia (Oscar Foulkes)