Capitana (Captain Al) Defeating Iris (Gimmethegreenlight) In The Listed Olympic Duel Stakes | Image: Chase Liebenberg
Ridgemont Highlands look to have a very attractive future broodmare prospect in the form of speedy four-year-old Capitana.
The latter claimed a well-deserved first stakes win when scoring a courageous victory in Saturday’s Listed Computaform Online Olympic Duel Stakes (1200m) at Kenilworth racecourse.
Trained by Brett Crawford, Capitana was well fancied for Saturday’s sprint for fillies and mares, with the daughter of Captain Al sent off a 4-1 chance.
Favourite Phil’s Dancer wasted no time and went out to make the running, with Greg Cheyne keeping Capitana just off the early speed.
Coming to the 200m mark, Cheyne asked Capitana for her effort, and she hit the front. Phil’s Dancer tried to fight back, and the Ridgemont-owned Iris came with a late burst.
However, Capitana stayed on gamely to record a near-half-length win, with Iris defying stamina doubts with a bold showing in second, and Phil’s Dancer taking third.
Now a five-time winner from 11 starts, Capitana claimed Saturday’s win in a time of 75.37 seconds, she is the 105th stakes winner for deceased champion sire Captain Al.
Out of the Galileo mare Exotic, Capitana is a sister to the winner Kaptein. Exotic, who hails from the same family as Galileo’s G1 Ranvet Stakes-winning son The United States as well as the latter’s G1 winning own sisters Hermosa and Hydrangea, is out of G1 Irish Oaks runner up Ice Queen (Danehill Dancer).
Race Image: Chase Liebenberg Designs
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Ridgemont Highlands’ five-time G1 winning sire Canford Cliffs is no stranger to enjoying success in Australia, having supplied the Australian group winners Cliff’s Edge, La Falaise and Money Matters, and the son of Tagula looks to have come up with yet another potentially smart Australian runner in the form of Colsridge.
South Africa looks set to lose another top-class jockey soon, with Callan Murray having recently announced plans to emigrate to Australia. With nine G1 victories to his credit and having been awarded Champion Apprentice for the 2015/16 South African racing season, Murray’s move overseas has come at the right time of his career.