Pretty Young Thing (Jackson) Arriving At Ridgemont Highlands
Described by connections as “tough, hardy, competitive and who always ran to her best”
Top-class filly Pretty Young Thing has been retired to stud, and will join Ridgemont Highlands’ growing band of top-class mares.
Connections are planning to send the daughter of Ridgemont’s multiple G1 winning stallion Jackson to either the farm’s boom sire Rafeef, who has made such a big splash with his first runners this season, or to five-time G1 winner, and fellow Ridgemont resident, Canford Cliffs, whose first local crop were extremely well received this season at the yearling sales.
The latter has himself been in splendid form of late, with Canford Cliffs’ most recent flag bearers including such group winners as Jin Jin and Money Matters to name but two!
Described by connections as “tough, hardy, competitive and who always ran to her best”, Pretty Young Thing claimed a notable scalp when she defeated her G1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas winner stablemate Front And Centre, now also at Ridgemont Highlands, in the 2020 G3 Vasco Da Gama Prix Du Cap (footage below).
Other notable performers defeated by Pretty Young Thing included such graded stakes winners as Cockney Pride, Miss Florida, Santa Clara, Temple Grafin and True To Life.
Also victorious in the G3 Poinsettia Stakes of 2020, Pretty Young Thing won five of 17 starts for earnings of more than R500 000.
A filly from an outstanding family, Pretty Young Thing looks a very attractive addition to the Ridgemont Highlands broodmare band.
Out of Commands’ Swallow Stakes winning daughter Nona In Command, Pretty Young Thing is a three-parts sister to this season’s G3 World Sports Betting Variety Club Mile winner Warrior.
A direct descendant of Melbourne Cup winner Rainbird, Pretty Young Thing hails from the immediate family of five-time G1 winning champion filly Laisserfaire, among many others!
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.