Bag Of Tricks (Dynasty) | Image: Sailesh Jeebun

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.

The 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.

The grey showed plenty of courage, as Bag Of Tricks defied a slow start, and having to be switched out in the running, to get up in the shadow of the post and win the 2021 Mauritius Derby Cup in a tight finish while accounting for former G1 Daily News 2000 runner up Padre Pio.

Racing for the Gujadhur stable, Bag Of Tricks was making his fourth start in Mauritius and came into the race having finished runner up in the Mauritius Guineas Cup last time out behind Gimmethegreenlight’s Listed Gatecrasher Stakes winner Kaydens Pride, whose last in South Africa resulted in fourth in the G1 Premiers Champion Stakes behind Got The Greenlight.

Formerly in training with Brett Crawford (when racing for Ridgemont), Bag Of Tricks won twice in South Africa where he contested both the G3 City Of Cape Town Politician Stakes and G3 Kuda Variety Club Mile.

Showing plenty of promise, a deal was brokered by Cape Thoroughbred Sales’ Grant Knowles, to sell the gelding to Mauritius.

I brokered the deal on the sale of Bag of Tricks to Mauritius. Subiraj and Abhishek Gujadhur bought him with the Derby in mind,” stated Knowles.


“It was a case of a plan coming together for the Rameshwar Gujadhur stable.” 

A son of Ridgemont Highlands’ late, great sire Dynasty, Bag Of Tricks is one of four winners out of the Rich Man’s Gold mare Even Money, whose four victories included a triumph in the Listed Ladies Mile.

Multiple Equus Champion Dynasty, Sire Of Bag Of Tricks

Race Image: Sailesh Jeebun

Potala Palace Relative Stars On Day One

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.

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.

Rafeef Colt Leads Home 1-2-3 For Ridgemont Highlands

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).

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.

Rafeef – South Africa’s Leading First Season Sire For 2020-2021!!

Ridgemont Highlands’ exciting young stallion Rafeef supplied a pair of winners at the Vaal on Tuesday, with Master Archie and William Robertson becoming Rafeef’s 12th and 13th first crop winners respectively.