Lot 224: Herero Secret (Dynasty – Welwitschia) | Image: Candiese Lenferna
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.
Ridgemont’s late, great stallion Dynasty has had a phenomenal influence on the South African sales ring and the former July winning champion was at it again at this year’s August Two Year Old Sale.
The sire of 78 black type winners headed by champions Futura, Irish Flame and Legislate, Dynasty’s son Herero Secret topped the August Sale when he was knocked down to Form Bloodstock for R1.2 million. The blue blooded colt (above) is a full-brother to Dynasty’s very exciting daughter Desert Miracle, a devastating winner of last season’s G2 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper.
Dynasty had just three lots on offer, and all three sold for an aggregate of R1.72 million, giving Dynasty the impressive average for the sale of R573 333.
Rafeef (Redoute’s Choice – National Colour)
Former G1 Computaform Sprint winner Rafeef has made a superb start to his stud career, and his ongoing success was reflected in the results of the 2021 August Two Year Old Sale.
Rafeef had some outstanding results at the August Sale, and ended the two day auction as the second Leading Sire by Aggregate.
The son of Redoute’s Choice had all his 11 two-year-olds on offer sell for an aggregate of R3.705 million, with Rafeef two-year-olds averaging a most respectable R336 818 (in comparison, the sales’ overall average price was R143 054.
Rafeef had two two-year-olds fetch R500 000 apiece, with his daughter Glittering Girl (Lot 88) (pictured above) knocked down to Vermaak Equine, and his son Marquez (Lot 79) also fetching R500 000 when sold to Arun Chadha.
Closely inbred to Redoute’s Choice, Glittering Girl is a full-sister to Bloodstock SA Cape Yearling Sale Cup heroine Mounia, while Marquez is a full-brother to the talented, Ridgemont Highlands bred and sold William Robertson – a leading G1 hope for the season ahead.
Lot 79: Marquez (Rafeef – Massachusetts) | Image: Candiese Lenferna
Lot 88: Glittering Girl (Rafeef – Modern Muse) | Image: Candiese Lenferna
Lot 124: Action Zone (Canford Cliffs – Private Dancer) | Image: Candiese Lenferna
Five time G1-winning sire Canford Cliffs, whose first South African crop are two, proved highly sought after with five two-year-old’s selling with Thomas Mason purchasing the Canford Cliffs colt (Lot 124) Action Zone for R170 000, while R150 000 was paid by MGAS Bloodstock for Cantilver Spring (Lot 186).
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.
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, 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.