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William Robertson (Rafeef) Leads Home Bard Of Avon (Var) And Team Gold (Twice Over)

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).

Fittingly, the winner William Robertson was sired by Ridgemont Highlands’ boom sire RafeefSouth Africa’s Leading First Season Sire of 2020-2021.

An eye catching third in last Saturday’s G1 Premiers Champion Stakes, the Corne Spies trained William Robertson was the object of sustantined betting support for Saturday’s R400 000 and was backed down to start a 20-11 shot.

Under a well judged ride from recently crowned Champion Jockey Lyle Hewitson, William Robertson settled well off the pace.

Lot 79: Marquez (Rafeef – Massachusetts) – Pedigree

Hewitson bought his mount with a strong late challenge down the centre of the track, with William Robertson hitting the front 100m from home before going on to score by a head, at the expense of tote favourite Bard Of Avon.

The latter, in turn, finished a length clear of the game Team Gold back in third, with Team Gold a further two and a bit lengths in front of Gaudis Masterpiece.

 

Now a two-time winner from five starts, William Robertson claimed the R180 000 first prize in a time of 85.11 seconds.

A R500 000 buy from the 2020 Bloodstock South Africa National 2YO Sale, William Robertson is out of the three-time winning Trippi mare Massachusetts.

William Robertson’s full-brother Marquez comes up for sale at the upcoming August Bloodstock South Africa 2YO Sale as Lot 79 from the draft of Boland Stud (as Agent), pictured above.

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.

Mauritius Derby Cup Glory For Ridgemont Highlands

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.vThe 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.

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.