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Exciting Times Ahead For Canford Cliffs

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Canford Cliffs (Tagula – Mrs Marsh, by Marju)

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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.

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Dancer’s Daughter

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Miss Florida and Freedom Charter

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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!

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Takingthepeace and her Canford Cliffs colt

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Front And Centre

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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

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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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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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