Tommy Hotspur, bred at Ridgemont Highlands | Image: Unknown
South Africa lost one of its fastest thoroughbred sons following the passing of the brilliant Tommy Hotspur.
The gelding, who was 30 years old at the time of his death, was euthanised on Sunday.
Bred by lush paddocks at Ridgemont Highlands, Tommy Hotspur was a horse with tremendous cruising speed. The Harry Hotspur gelding won his first eight races in a row, while blazing off to the front, culminating in a three and a quarter length thrashing of champion Basic Instinct in the 1995 Listed Joseph Dorfman Memorial Handicap.
Tommy Hotspur, whose first eight wins all came over the 1000m trip, lost his unbeaten record when finishing second next time out in the G1 Computaform Sprint. The brilliant gelding, however, was not disgraced and was only beaten by three-parts of a length by the victorious Shoe Shac.
Another second place followed, to the mighty Golden Loom, before Tommy Hotspur claimed his second Joseph Dorfman Memorial Handicap.
The Gary Alexander-trained gelding went on to make amends for his Computaform Sprint defeat when Tommy Hotspur claimed the 1997 G1 Computaform Sprint, holding on to withstand a challenge from Never So Good and win by half a length, with his beaten rivals on that occasion including both Golden Loom and Shoe Shac.
This proved to be Tommy Hotspur’s final victory, and the big hearted gelding retired with a tally of ten wins from 16 starts and earnings of over R640 000.
Tommy Hotspur was produced by the four time winning Brer Rabbit mare Tabitha Twitchet, whose daughter Pleasant Surprise produced G3 Godolphin Barb Stakes winner She’s A Winner.
It truly is a sad day for the South African thoroughbred industry, and condolences from all at Ridgemont Highlands to everyone attached to Tommy Hotspur.
Images taken from Sporting Post news story.
Saturday proved another great day for leading Robertson nursery, Ridgemont Highlands. Not only was the farm responsible for breeding Saturday’s Listed Settlers Trophy winner One Way Traffic but their red hot young sire Rafeef provided an eye catching winner in Turffontein, while the Ridgemont bred pair of Whoa Whoa Whoa and Arctic Drift both won their respective races.
A colt, from the immediate family of Ridgemont Highlands’ G1 winning and G1 producing sire Potala Palace, proved one of the star attractions at the first session of the 2021 Keeneland September Yearling Sale on Monday.
Ridgemont Highlands’ top-class sprinter Run Fox Run was covered recently by one of the world’s elite stallions. The daughter of Foxwedge paid a visit to Juddmonte Farms’ unbeaten superstar, and outstanding stallion, Frankel, for a mating to Southern Hemisphere time on Wednesday.
Ridgemont Highlands look to have an exciting prospect in the form of Going Up. The latter, a homebred daughter of Gimmethegreenlight, made a big impression when making an eye catching, winning debut at Kenilworth on Saturday afternoon.
Ridgemont Highlands are delighted to announce that the top-class racemares Front And Centre and Takingthepeace have both, on Thursday night, foaled colts by the farm’s resident stallion, and five time G1 winner, Canford Cliffs.
Current and former Ridgemont Highlands stallions dominated proceedings at the recently concluded August Two Year Old Sale. Not only did former resident sire Dynasty provide the top lot sold at the two day auction, but Ridgemont Highlands’ current star stallion Rafeef proved all the rage, with Rafeef sired two-year-olds setting the sales ring alight.
The Ridgemont Highlands’ broodmare band looks set to grow considerably in 2021, and the farm recently purchased two exciting new additions to their already formidable broodmare band, the top-class sprinter La Bella Mia and the durable Onesie.
Ridgemont Highlands, who bred the first three home in Saturday’s Bloodstock SA Sales Cup (C&G), had a Saturday to remember, with the Robertson farm also enjoying notable success in Mauritius this weekend.vThe Ridgemont Highlands bred Bag Of Tricks (Dynasty) provided his breeders with more success when he captured Saturday’s local G1 Mauritius Derby Cup at Champ De Mars.
Ridgemont Highlands achieved a notable feat when Ridgemont Highlands bred horses, William Robertson, Bard Of Avon, and Team Gold finished 1-2-3 respectively in Saturday’s Bloodstock SA Sales Cup (Non-Black Type) (C&G) (1400m).
Ridgemont Highlands will be welcoming some very well-bred and highly talented racemares to their broodmare band in 2021, with no fewer than 13 fillies or mares are set to join the broodmare band this season.