Five-Time G1-Winner Canford Cliffs
Ridgemont Highlands’ five time G1 winning stallion Canford Cliffs, whose first South African crop race this season, gained a handsome update to his pedigree when relative A Case Of You scored a thrilling win in Sunday’s G1 Prix de’l Abbaye Longines at ParisLongchamps.
In the process, A Case Of You provided the Irish with their first Prix de’l Abbaye win since 2013.
As expected, having a low draw proved crucial with A Case Of You (8-1) coming from stall five and Air De Valse out of gate two at ParisLongchamp.
Winter Power, Ponntos and Air De Valse were among the early leaders – and it looked like the latter was going to prevail after Corine Barande-Barbe’s five-year-old mare went clear of the field.
However, Ronan Whelan conjured a great run out of A Case Of You and the Flying Five Stakes runner-up pounced late to lead on the line.
Winning trainer Ado McGuinness, winning the biggest race of his career, said: “When he was second in the Flying Five he was my first ever runner in a Group One and we supplemented him for this race last week because I knew he’d improve. The Flying Five was his first ever run over five furlongs and he’s just got better and better. I think he’ll be a very good horse next year.”
A three-year-old colt by Hot Streak, A Case Of You has now won five of just ten starts, and was also victorious in last year’s G3 Jebel Ali Racecourse And Stables Anglesey Stakes and this year’s G3 Lacken Stakes.
He is out of the Key Of Luck mare Karjera -whose fourth dam Amerigo’s Fancy also ranks as the fifth dam of former Irish 2000 Guineas winner Canford Cliffs.
The latter has two lots on this month’s CTS Ready To Run Sale -a colt (Lot 58) out of a full-sister to G2 winner Reflective Image and a filly (Lot 98) whose stakes winning granddam is a three-parts sister to brilliant Arc/Juddmonte International winner Sakhee.
Japanese champion, and six time G1 winner, Maurice looks to have a really smart prospect to his name in the form of Whoa Whoa Whoa. The latter made it two wins from two starts when running out a ready winner of the final race at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Ridgemont Highlands’ five-time G1-winning stallion Canford Cliffs was truly an exceptional racehorse, the facts simply tell the story. A brilliant group winner at Royal Ascot three years running, the Hannon trained star is officially rated one of the best milers to grace the turf this century.
Trainer Brett Crawford, Ridgemont Highlands and jockey Anton Marcus teamed up to win with the Snitzel siblings Stiptelik and Real Gone Kid at Kenilworth on Wednesday, with both horses winning impressively, and both appear on track for a big season this year.
A close relative of Ridgemont Highlands’ G1 winning and G1 producing sire Potala Palace proved popular on the third and final day of the 2021 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Book 1, on Thursday.
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.