Bard Of Avon (Var – Shakespeare’s Ros, by Dynasty) | Image: Candiese Lenferna Photography
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.
Third placegetter William Robertson is a son of Ridgemont’s highly promising sire Rafeef, who is on course to be named South Africa’s Leading First Season Sire for 2020-2021.
Saturday’s race, open to colts and geldings sold off last year’s National 2YO Sale, was won by the very promising Ashley Fortune-trained gelding Bard Of Avon.
Bard Of Avon Pictured As A Yearling
Under Muzi Yeni, the Ashley Fortune trained Bard Of Avon hit the front 200m from home and kept going courageously to score by nearly half a length.
Bard Of Avon’s win was a bitter sweet one for connections, with his part-owner Jumat Cola having passed away earlier in the week.
The son of Var is out of the Dynasty mare Shakespeare’s Ros, an unraced half-sister to G3 Magnolia Handicap winner Fair Rosalind -the dam of Var’s G2 winning daughter Schippers.
Race Images: Candiese Lenferna Photography
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.