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Rafeef (Redoute’s Choice – National Colour)

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.

Third and second on his first two starts respectively, the Paul Peter trained Master Archie simply hacked up when he won Tuesday’s first race, Welcome To Vaal Work Riders Maiden Plate (1000m).

Under Phenisile Mongqawa, the Rafeef colt drew off the closing stages to score by seven and a half lengths.

Bred by owners Messrs Vasan Harry & S A Hanna in partnership with Adam Azzie, Master Archie is out of the Var mare La Volta.

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

William Robertson (Rafeef – Massachusetts) | Image: JC Photos

Rafeef made it a quickfire double when his Ridgemont Highlands bred two-year old son William Robertson ran out a convicing winner of Tuesday’s second race, the All To Come Maiden Juvenile Plate (1200m).

Third on his only previous start, the Corne Spies trained colt was always up with the pace and when Ryan Munger asked him the quesetion, William Robertson quickened up and went away to win by three-parts of a length.

Out of the Trippi mare Massachusetts, William Robertson was a R500 000 buy from the 2020 National 2YO Sale.

His dam, a three-time winning own sister to CTS Million Dollar winner Illuminator, has a full-brother to William Robertson entered for the August Two Year Old Sale.

South Africa’s Leading First Season Sire for 2020-2021 by both individual winners and stakes won, Rafeef is currently high up on the Leading Sires of 2YOs log for the current season, and ranks higher than the likes of Var, Trippi, Captain Of All and Master Of My Fate on that premiership.

The G1 winning son of Redoute’s Choice has three lots on the CTS Farm Yearling Sale, and a further nine lots on the KZN Yearling Sale.

Kenilworth Double For Dynasty

Ridgemont Highlands’ late, great sire Dynasty had a notable double at Kenilworth on Saturday, with his daughter Sacha landing Saturday’s fifth race and son One Way Traffic victorious in the penultimate race on the card.

Top South African Jockey Australia Bound

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.

Exciting Times Ahead For Canford Cliffs

Stakes-placed Canford Cliffs filly Mystical View topped the Magic Millions Perth Winter Racehorse Sale after selling to Gold Front Thoroughbred Breeding and Racing for $160,000.

Dynasty’s Desert Miracle Wows In Golden Slipper

Former champion trainer Mike de Kock sent out just one runner at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday but de Kock made it count when his charge Desert Miracle (Dynasty) outclassed some promising rivals to win the G2 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper (1400m).

Ridgemont Highlands Dominante July Day Juvenile Feature

Leading Robertson nursery, Ridgemont Highlands, achieved a notable feat on Saturday -with Ridgemont Highlands bred runners Bard Of Avon, William Robertson and Team Gold finishing first, third and fourth in the R400 000 Bloodstock SA Sales Cup.

Magic Result For Canford Cliffs Filly

Stakes-placed Canford Cliffs filly Mystical View topped the Magic Millions Perth Winter Racehorse Sale after selling to Gold Front Thoroughbred Breeding and Racing for $160,000.

Super Saturday For Ridgemont Highlands

Leading Cape nursery, Ridgemont Highlands, enjoyed a notable day at Kenilworth on Saturday. Not only did the Robertson based farm breed G3 World Sports Betting Pocket Power Stakes winner Crimson King, the Ridgemont owned pair of Capitana and Iris ran first and second Listed Olympic Duel Stakes.

Ridgemont Yearling Graduate Crimson King Takes Pocket Power Stakes

The Ridgemont Highlands bred and sold Crimson King ran out comfortable winner of Saturday’s G3 World Sports Betting Pocket Power Stakes (2400m), the final leg of the Becoming Champions Winter Series, at Kenilworth racecourse.

Capitana Leads Home Ridgemont One-Two In Olympic Duel Stakes

Ridgemont Highlands look to have two very attractive future broodmare prospects in the form of speedy four-year-old Capitana, who defeated fellow Ridgemont owned mare Iris in the Listed Olympic Duel Stakes at Kenilworth.

Potala Palace Relative Lands Coventry Stakes

Ridgemont Highlands’ G1 winning stallion Potala Palace gained a notable update to his pedigree, when his relative Berkshire Shadow captured the G2 Coventry Stakes (1200m) on the first day of the 2021 Royal Ascot meeting.