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Canford Cliffs (Tagula – Mrs Marsh, by Marju)

Ridgemont Highlands’ five time G1 winning stallion Canford Cliffs looks poised for a very bright future in South Africa.

Not only does Canford Cliff’s first local crop which are set to race next season include siblings to such high-class performers as Divine Jury, Invidia, Russian Sage, Running Brave, and Seville Orange, but the brilliant Irish classic winner covered another superb book last year.

Canford Cliffs, already the sire of more than 40 black type horses including talented South African gallopers Fish River and Dorset Noble, was bred to some exceptionally well bred mares last season, with his book including daughters of such outstanding stallions as Badger Land, Captain Al, Danehill Dancer, Dynasty, Western Winter and Var.

Among the high-class mares to have visited Canford Cliffs in 2020 were:

Crimson Blossom: A daughter of Danehill Dancer and directly descended from the influential broodmare Delsy, Crimson Blossom won seven times including the G3 Final Fling Stakes. At stud, Crimson Blossom has already produced a pair of stakes winners headed by G3 Gold Cup/G3 Gold Vase winner Dynasty’s Blossom.

Dancer’s Daughter: One of the finest racemares to have graced the South African turf in recent years, Dancer’s Daughter was South Africa’s Champion Older Female Miler in 2008 and Champion Older Female the following season. The charismatic grey’s five G1 wins included a memorable dead-heat in the 2008 G1 Vodacom Durban July.

A half-sister to the dam of this season’s talented two-year-old Rain In Holland and the smart Rain In Newmarket as well as to the dam of top sprinter Search Party, Dancer’s Daughter herself rates as the dam of Kings Cup winner Born To Perform.

Dancer’s Daughter
Miss Florida and Freedom Charter

Freedom Charter: By the same sire as this year’s G1 Vodacom Durban July winner, Freedom Charter won four times including both the G3 Poinsettia Stakes and G3 Champagne Stakes.
She is a full-sister to Sophomore Sprint winner Ernie and half-sister to recent www.caperacing.co.za Listed Ladies Mile heroine Pretty Betty.

Front And Centre: A half-sister to Ridgemont Highlands’ successful sire Potala Palace, and from the same family as British classic winners Golan and North Light, Front And Centre was a top-class daughter of Ridgemont Highlands’ late, great sire Dynasty. She won or placed in ten of just 13 starts, and earned over R1.448 million in stakes, with Front And Centre scoring her biggest win when landing the 2018 G1 World Sports Betting Fillies Guineas.

Icy Winter Air: A daughter of multiple champion sire Western Winter, Icy Winter Air showed tremendous promise at two when she won on debut (beating Darling Moon, the dam of G1 winner Ambiorix, into second) and ran third in the G2 SA Fillies Nursery.

A three-parts sister to champion sprinter, and G1 Cape Flying Championship winner Russet Air, Icy Winter Air is one of six black type horses produced by Equus Champion, and dual Oaks winner, Icy Air.

Miss Florida: A daughter of Captain Al (the broodmare sire of July winner Kommetdieding among others), Miss Florida won her first two starts including the G1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship. The well bred Miss Florida hails from the same female line as such international G1 winners as Atlantic Jewel, Commanding Jewel, Embassy, King’s Apostle and Pass The Peace, to name a few!

Takingthepeace and her Canford Cliffs colt
Front And Centre

Nastergal: A speedy and talented performer, Nastergal won 3 times including the G3 Champagne Stakes. By Cartier Champion Duke Of Marmalade, Nastergal is from the same family as North American G1 winner Crimson Palace as well as recent Syringa Handicap winner Way Of The World.

Our Table Mountain: A stakes winning half-sister to Breeders’ Cup Mile winner, and successful sire, Artie Schiller and out of G1 Santa Anita Oaks winner Hidden Light, Our Table Mountain was South Africa’s Broodmare Of The Year in 2015-2016.

At the time of writing, Our Table Mountain had produced a trio of stakes winners, notably G1 winning champion Cloth Of Cloud and G1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Silver Mountain.

Peggy Jay: Winner of four races including the G3 Jacaranda Handicap, she is the daughter of South African champions Jay Peg and Colonial Girl.

Picadilly Miss: She won six including the Listed Gardenia Handicap and was also runner up in the G3 Lebelo Sprint, and her four winners include G3 Tommy Hotspur Handicap victress Wrecking Ball.

Sabina’s Dynasty: A Dynasty half-sister to dual G1 Summer Cup winner Master Sabina and full-sister to East Cape Derby winner American Landing, Sabina’s Dynasty is a daughter of SA Oaks winner Sabina Park. Sabina’s Dynasty herself won four times -notably the G2 Gerald Rosenberg Stakes of 2018 where she beat four graded stakes winners.

Scent Of Pine: A direct descendant of Sunday Evening (also ancestress of the likes of Indian Skimmer and Medaglia D’Oro), Scent Of Pine won four and was second in the Winter Oaks. At stud she has produced 4 winners notably G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks winner Pine Princess, who is in turn the dam of recent promising winners Pyromaniac and Power Ranger.

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The Glamour Girls: Front And Centre, Miss Florida, Freedom Charter and Nasteral

Takingthepeace: One of the best fillies of her generation, Takingthepeace earned over R1.754 million and won all of the G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic, G2 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas and G3 Victory Moon Stakes. A daughter of Visionaire, Takingthepeace is out of the smart racemare Lisa Anne – who was runner up in the G3 Sycamore Sprint and third in the G1 Empress Club Stakes.

Valdivia: By leading sire Var, Valdivia won four times including the G3 Strelitzia Stakes. One of the best of her generation at two, Valdivia (also third in the G1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship), has subsequently produced four winners, including this season’s very smart two-year-old, and feature race contender, African Rain and the latter’s stakes placed full-brother Alramz.

Standing the upcoming breeding season at a fee of R20,000 + Vat, Live Foal, for any further queries on Canford Cliffs or any of the other Ridgemont Stallions, please Contact Us.

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Champion To Champion

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.

Going Up Wows On Debut

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.

Canford Cliffs Colts For Grade One Winners

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.

Ridgemont Highlands Stallions Dominate August 2YO Sale

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.

A Sad Day To Say Goodbye

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.

Ridgemont Highlands Purchase Classy Stakes Winners

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.

Top Class Prospects Retire To Ridgemont Highlands

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.

Australian Success For Canford Cliffs

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.

Top South African Jockey Australia Bound

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.

Magic Result For Canford Cliffs Filly

Stakes-placed Canford Cliffs filly Mystical View topped the Magic Millions Perth Winter Racehorse Sale after selling to Gold Front Thoroughbred Breeding and Racing for $160,000.

Nastergal: A speedy and talented performer, Nastergal won 3 times including the G3 Champagne Stakes. By Cartier Champion Duke Of Marmalade, Nastergal is from the same family as North American G1 winner Crimson Palace as well as recent Syringa Handicap winner Way Of The World.

Our Table Mountain: A stakes winning half-sister to Breeders’ Cup Mile winner, and successful sire, Artie Schiller and out of G1 Santa Anita Oaks winner Hidden Light, Our Table Mountain was South Africa’s Broodmare Of The Year in 2015-2016.

At the time of writing, Our Table Mountain had produced a trio of stakes winners, notably G1 winning champion Cloth Of Cloud and G1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Silver Mountain.

Peggy Jay: Winner of four races including the G3 Jacaranda Handicap, she is the daughter of South African champions Jay Peg and Colonial Girl.

Picadilly Miss: She won six including the Listed Gardenia Handicap and was also runner up in the G3 Lebelo Sprint, and her four winners include G3 Tommy Hotspur Handicap victress Wrecking Ball.

Sabina’s Dynasty: A Dynasty half-sister to dual G1 Summer Cup winner Master Sabina and full-sister to East Cape Derby winner American Landing, Sabina’s Dynasty is a daughter of SA Oaks winner Sabina Park. Sabina’s Dynasty herself won four times -notably the G2 Gerald Rosenberg Stakes of 2018 where she beat four graded stakes winners.

Scent Of Pine: A direct descendant of Sunday Evening (also ancestress of the likes of Indian Skimmer and Medaglia D’Oro), Scent Of Pine won four and was second in the Winter Oaks. At stud she has produced 4 winners notably G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks winner Pine Princess, who is in turn the dam of recent promising winners Pyromaniac and Power Ranger.

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Champion To Champion

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.

Going Up Wows On Debut

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.

Canford Cliffs Colts For Grade One Winners

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.

Ridgemont Highlands Stallions Dominate August 2YO Sale

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.

A Sad Day To Say Goodbye

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.

Ridgemont Highlands Purchase Classy Stakes Winners

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.

Top Class Prospects Retire To Ridgemont Highlands

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.

Australian Success For Canford Cliffs

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.

Top South African Jockey Australia Bound

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.

Magic Result For Canford Cliffs Filly

Stakes-placed Canford Cliffs filly Mystical View topped the Magic Millions Perth Winter Racehorse Sale after selling to Gold Front Thoroughbred Breeding and Racing for $160,000.