La Bella Mia (Gimmethegreenlight) and Onesie (Ideal World) | Image: Sanet Jordaan
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.
Top-class sprinter La Bella Mia and the durable Onesie, both sporting excellent pedigrees were both secured by Ridgemont, and both look exciting future broodmare prospects.
“From the very beginning, we at Ridgemont Highlands, have been actively looking to upgrade our broodmare band – whether it be racing fillies or purchasing them,” stated Craig Carey.
“We were fortunate to purchase both La Bella Mia and Onesie at such reasonable prices on the Cape Thoroughbred Sales Select Fillies For Stud Online Sale.”
A daughter of newly crowned South African champion sire Gimmethegreenlight, La Bella Mia won eight times and placed a further 19 times, during a career that saw her bank over R800 000 in prize money.
The speedster, who won from 1000-1200 metres, scored her biggest win when downing a high-class field to land the 2019 G2 Post Merchants.
Among those beaten by La Bella Mia in the 2019 Post Merchants were the G1 winners Bold Respect, Kasimir, Sand And Sea and Rivarine.
La Bella Mia, who also ran third in the Listed Ruffian Stakes at two, is out of the useful, three-time winning Mysterious Jet, a daughter of multiple champion sire and broodmare sire Jet Master, and her third dam is multiple G1-winning Champion Vesta.
La Bella Mia (Gimmethegreenlight x Mysterious Jet) | Image: Sanet Jordaan
Onesie (Ideal World x Treaj Pots) | Image: Sanet Jordaan
A daughter of Ideal World, Onesie proved a tough and durable campaigner, winning six, and placing in a further 27, races during a career in which she earned over R670 000 in stakes.
Onesie, who won from 1600m to 3600m, was crowned the East Cape’s Champion Stayer for 2018- 2019.
Her six career wins included a pair of Listed triumphs, with Onesie landing both the Listed Glenlair Trophy and Listed Port Elizabeth Gold Cup in 2019.
The well-related mare is out of Listed Queen Palm Handicap winner Treaj Pots (herself a daughter of the top-class broodmare sire Rich Man’s Gold), with Treaj Pots herself a half-sister to G2 Gold Circle Oaks winner Sweetie Pie.
Further back, this is the family of US champion Riboletta, a G1 winner in both Brazil and the USA.
“It is extremely important that we continue to improve and build on our broodmare band, especially with the fact that both Rafeef and Canford Cliffs are showing so much promise.”
“Being able to have black type performing and black type producing mares on the Farm is critical in both the development of our broodmare band and the strength of our yearlings.”
Images: Sanet Jordaan
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.