Leading Cape nursery, Ridgemont Highlands, enjoyed a notable day at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Not only did the Robertson based farm breed Saturday’s G3 World Sports Betting Pocket Power Stakes winner Crimson King, the Ridgemont owned pair of Capitana and Iris ran first and second respectively in Saturday’s Computaform Online Listed Olympic Duel Stakes.
Three-year-old Crimson King claimed his biggest prize to date when he downed some of the Cape’s most progressive three-year-olds to land the Pocket Power Stakes, the third and final leg of this season’s Winter Series, in emphatic fashion.
Runner up in the G3 World Sports Betting Legal Eagle Stakes last time out, the Glen Kotzen trained gelding turned the tables on his Legal Eagle conqueror Hoedspruit, when romping home to a two and three-quarter length win, under Morne Winaar.
Third previously in the G1 Premiers Champion Stakes, Crimson King was a R200 000 buy from the 2019 KZN Yearling Sale.
The gelding is out of the three time winning Mogok mare Cup Of Rubies -a half-sister to former G1 Vodacom Durban July winner Hunting Tower.
The 2021 WSB Pocket Power Stakes was also a great triumph for Ridgemont Highlands’ late, great sire Dynasty. Not only is Dynasty the sire of Crimson King, his champion son Legislate is the sire of Pocket Power runner up Hoedspruit and Dynasty’s G2 Ipi Tombe Challenge winning daughter Demanding Lady is the dam of Pocket Power third place getter Somerset Maugham.
Crimson King (Dynasty – Cup Of Rubies), winner of the G3 World Sports Betting Pocket Power Stakes (2400m) | Image: Chase Liebenberg
Capitana (Captain Al) Defeating Iris (Gimmethegreenlight) In The Listed Olympic Duel Stakes | Image: Chase Liebenberg
Race Images: Chase Liebenberg
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.