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Rafeef (Redoute’s Choice – National Colour)

Ridgemont Highlands’ impressive young sire Rafeef has officially been crowned South Africa’s Leading First Season Sire for 2020-2021.

The son of Redoute’s Choice ended the season having supplied 14 first crop winners, who won 19 races between them and who amassed R1 029 750 in prize money.

Rafeef also ended the 2020-2021 season sixth on South Africa’s Leading Sires of 2YOs List, ahead of such top-class stallions as Trippi, Var, Master Of My Fate, and Ridgemont Highlands’ own much-missed sire Dynasty.

There can be no denying that Rafeef has made a tremendous start to his stud career, and the full-brother to champion Mustaaqeem looks to be a major addition to the local stallion band.

In recent years, no local stallion has produced more than 14 two-year-old winners in his first crop – with the last sire to have supplied 15 juvenile winners in his first year being the now pensioned top-class stallion Var in the 2008-2009 season. While the likes of Gimmethegreenlight, Soft Falling Rain, Captain Of All and Trippi have all achieved 14 first-crop winners.

Master Archie (Rafeef – La Volta) | Image: JC Photos

William Robertson (Rafeef – Massachusetts) | Image: Candiese Lenferna Photography

It is also worth noting that in recent years, the mark of 14 individual first crop winners betters the likes of Futura, Act Of War, Willow Magic, Vercingetorix, Duke Of Marmalade, What A Winter, Oratorio and Querari.

“All of us at Ridgemont Highlands are delighted with the start that Rafeef has made to his Stallion career,” stated Craig Kieswetter.

 

“Being crowned Champion First-Season Sire is a terrific achievement and one that fills not only us, but also the industry, with immense confidence in his ability.”

Rafeef’s early success, however, can be measured by quality as well as quantity. His early winners include Bloodstock South Africa Cape Yearling Sale Cup winner Mounia, as well as Saturday’s G1 Premiers Champion Stakes third place-getter William Robertson, and the very smart Bella Chica, who has won or placed in six of her seven starts.

Mounia (Rafeef – Modern Muse) | Image: Candiese Lenferna Photography

Bella Chica (Rafeef –  War Path) | Image: JC Photos

Understandably, Rafeef’s progeny have proved very popular in sales rings across South Africa this season.

His yearlings made up to R600 000 at the 2021 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, where a colt out of Right And Ready was knocked down to Form Bloodstock’s Jehan Malherbe.

Rafeef yearlings were once again in demand at the 2021 National Yearling Sale, with his yearlings fetching R1 000 000, R700 000, R650 000, and R500 000.

Form Bloodstock again purchased the top Rafeef yearling (a colt out of Varikate) at the National Sale and also landed the R700 000 Rafeef, with other buyers of Rafeef stock including the Hollywood Syndicate, Titanium Racing, Sabine Plattner, Paul Lafferty, and Bass Racing.

Thunderstruck (Rafeef – Varikate) | R1,000,000 – AvontuurThoroughbred Farm

Union Square (Rafeef –  Square Dance) | R700,000 – Wilgerbosdrift

Rafeef ended the National Sale as the fourth Leading Sire by Aggregate, with his 19 lots (of 20 offered) to sell grossing R6.355 million. His yearlings averaged more than such proven sires Master Of My Fate, Querari, and What A Winter.

The former G1 Computaform Sprint winner has another stellar draft on offer at the upcoming August Two-Year-Old Sale, with Rafeef responsible for, among others, a filly out of champion Laverna, a full-brother to the very promising William Robertson, and an own sister to Mounia.

“It is very exciting for us on the Farm to have two new young Stallions in Rafeef and Canford Cliffs who have all the potential to make a serious impact on our Industry. The future is looking very bright,” enthused Kieswetter.

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.

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.