Ridgemont Highlands will be welcoming some very well-bred and highly talented racemares to their broodmare band in 2021.
No fewer than 13 fillies or mares are set to join the broodmare band this season, with all but Flame Tree and Heaven’s Embrace having officially been retired to stud. Both Flame Tree and Heaven’s Embrace will make one last start in the Listed Jockey Club Stakes later this month in Port Elizabeth before leaving for Ridgemont Highlands.
With all initially starting their career with the Brett Crawford stable, Wallis Simpson, Flame Tree and Water Spirit were later transferred to the Alan Greeff yard in Port Elizabeth where they continued their racetrack success.
The mares retiring to Ridgemont Highlands are as follows:
ANDIAZI (Fastnet Rock x Belle Miraaj)
The blue-blooded Andiazi is a daughter of multiple champion sire Fastnet Rock, whose daughters include such standout G1 winners as Atlantic Jewel, Avantage, Intricately, Mosheen, Qualify, Sea Siren, Shoals, and Zhukova.
With Fastnet Rock as a broodmare sire proving extremely successful with just shy of 100 stakes performers, which includes G1 winners Santa Ana Lane, Gytrash and Tivaci, his best South African performer in the multiple G2 winners New Predator and Mount Pleasant.
Andiazi’s dam Belle Miraaj won five times including the Listed Southland Guineas and she hails from the same female line as Australian Guineas winner Ferlax.
BOOMPS A DAISY (Zoustar x Fuddle Dee Duddle)
A speedy daughter of Widden Stud’s Champion First, Second and Third season sire Zoustar, Boomps A Daisy won four times over sprint trips.
The classy Boomps A Daisy, who won or placed in ten of her 17 starts, was a A$360 000 buy from the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale. Boomps A Daisy, whose full-brother made $1,000,000 at the 2021 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, is out of the Red Ransom sired G3 WATC Champion Fillies Stakes winner Fuddle Dee Duddle, a half-sister to G2 winner, and G1 Blue Diamond runner up, Hallowell Belle.
Boomps A Daisy (Zoustar x Fuddle Dee Duddle)
FLAME TREE (Jackson x Crimson Blossom)
A smart performer, who has won from 1200-1600m, Flame Tree showed her ability when she ran second in both the Listed Stormsvlei Stakes and Listed River Jetez Stakes, where she was beaten by a head by Ridgemont Highland’s Sing Out Loud in 2020.
The Ridgemont Highlands-bred Flame Tree is herself a three-parts sister to G3 eLan Gold Cup winner Dynasty’s Blossom and half-sister to Listed East Cape Guineas victor Brilliant Crimson.
Her dam Crimson Blossom, a daughter of outstanding sire and broodmare sire Danehill Dancer, won seven times including the G3 Final Fling Stakes.
HEAVEN’S EMBRACE (Jackson x Overarching)
A three-parts sister to G1 Woolavington 2000 winner Lady Of The House, the talented Heaven’s Embrace made a winning debut when scoring over 1400m. She has since won twice more, and also finished third in the 2019 Listed Winter Oaks.
The blue-blooded Heaven’s Embrace is out of Arch’s top-class daughter Overarching, a triple Equus Champion. Overarching, whose 11 wins (five graded) included scores in both the G1 SA Fillies Sprint and G1 Horse Chestnut Stakes.
A direct descendant of the mighty Bourtai, Overarching’s stakes-winning dam Lonely Fact also ranks as the granddam of G1 Natalma Stakes winner Abscond.
KELPIE (Dynasty x Divine Nymph)
A daughter of Ridgemont Highlands’ outstanding sire Dynasty, Kelpie was a top-class performer whose five career wins came from 1500-1600m. Kelpie, who earned over R400 000 in prize money, showed her class when finishing second in the 2020 G2 Track And Ball Oaks (beating champion Return Flight) and third in the 2021 G1 Majorca Stakes (beating G1 winner Silvano’s Pride).
Kelpie is one of seven stakes horses produced by G1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship runner-up Divine Nymph, a daughter of champion sire Al Mufti.
Divine Nymph is also responsible for G1 SA Classic winner Divine Jury, smart sprinter and sire Divine Jet and the stakes winning dam of G3 Champagne Stakes winner Phil’s Dancer.
MANINGI INDABA (So You Think x Mirrasalo)
The well-bred Maningi Indaba, who won twice from 1800-2000m, was a A$300 000 yearling buy.
A daughter of Coolmore’s 10-time G1 winning sire So You Think (already the sire of seven G1 winners), Maningi Indaba, bred on the same So You Think/Redoute’s Choice as G1 winners D’Argento and Inference, is out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Mirrasalo, whose three wins included a score in the G3 Tatt’s RC Tattersall’s Cup.
The blue blooded Mirrasalo is a half-sister to the G1 winners Maid Of Heaven (Spring Champion Stakes) and Castelvecchio (Champagne Stakes, Rosehill Guineas).
Heaven’s Embrace (Jackson x Overarching)
Kelpie (Dynasty x Divine Nymph)
NEW KINGDOM (Dynasty x Princess Ofthe Sky)
While unraced, New Kingdom, bred on the same cross as champion Lady In Black, has plenty of appeal as a broodmare prospect.
Not only is she a daughter of outstanding sire Dynasty (who appears to have come up with yet another top-class daughter in the form of Desert Miracle), she is out of a high-class daughter of multiple champion sire and broodmare sire Jet Master.
Closely related to the Darley Arabian winner Jet Jamboree and G1 Majorca Stakes winner Love Is In The Air (both by Jet Master), Princess Ofthesky won four times including the Listed Stormsvlei Mile.
PRETTY YOUNG THING (Jackson x Nona In Command)
A top-class galloper, Pretty Young Thing won five times, and earned over R500 000, including both the G3 Vasco Da Gama Prix Du Cap and G3 Poinsettia Stakes.
Third in the 2020 G1 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes, Pretty Young Thing accounted for some top-class fillies including the G1 winners Clouds Unfold, Front And Centre and Ronnie’s Candy.
A daughter of one of Dynasty’s finest sons in Jackson, Pretty Young Thing is a three-parts sister to G3 Variety Club Mile winner Warrior (sired by another son of Dynasty). The pair were produced by Swallow Stakes winner Nona In Command, a daughter of top Australian sire Commands, and hail from the same family as multiple South African champion Laisserfaire.
ROYAL BLUE (Dynasty x Helleborus Blue)
A lightly raced winner, she won at just the second time of asking, when scoring over 1600m.
By the same sire as outstanding fillies Beach Beauty, Bela-Bela, Front And Centre, Just Sensual and Lady In Black, Royal Blue is a half-sister to G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes/G2 Dingaans winner The Hangman and top sprinter Trip To Heaven. The latter won four graded races, while earning over R2.695 million, and finished first past the post in the 2016 G1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge.
Royal Blue also hails from the same female line as such international G1 winners as Al Bahathri, Big Orange, Gladiatorus, Haafhd, and Red Cadeaux.
SING OUT LOUD (Dynasty x Super Singer)
A talented race filly, she won four times including both the Listed Sweet Chestnut Stakes and Listed River Jetez Stakes in 2020. Good enough to run the brilliant Captain’s Ransom close when fourth in the G3 Diana Stakes, Sing Out Loud won from 1200m to 2400m.
A daughter of top sire and emerging broodmare sire Dynasty, Sing Out Loud (whose first two dams are by A.P. Indy and Storm Cat respectively) is out of the A.P. Indy mare Super Singer, a four -time winning half-sister to G1 Garden City BC Handicap queen Magnificent Song.
Pretty Young Thing (Jackson x Nona In Command)
Sing Out Loud (Dynasty x Super Singer)
TWO PENNIES (Dynasty x Even Money)
A smart winner on debut, Two Pennies went on to contest the G2 Western Cape Fillies Championship at her very next start.
Bred on the same Dynasty/Rich Man’s Gold cross as high-class Hong Kong galloper Nassa, Two Pennies is one of four winners produced by Listed Ladies Mile winner Even Money.
Her granddam Glib Talk is a half-sister to G1 Queen’s Plate winning filly Wainui as well as dual Met runner up Waitara, and this is also the family of G1 winning two-year-old Sand And Sea as well as current exciting prospect Trip Of Fortune.
WALLIS SIMPSON (Duke Of Marmalade x King’s Temptress)
A smart performer, Wallis Simpson won or placed in 12 of 20 starts, winning five times from 1200-1600m.
A good winner over 1200m second time out, Wallis Simpson claimed some black type when she took third spot in the 2021 Listed Lady’s Bracelet.
By the same sire as recent G1 Thekwini Stakes heroine Rain In Holland, Wallis Simpson is out of G2 SA Fillies Nursery winner/G3 Three Troikas Stakes winner King’s Temptress, whose dam was a half-sister to the G1 winning champion Golden Taipan.
WATER SPIRIT (Jackson x Undine)
Closely related to the smart, Dynasty-sired Kelpie, Water Spirit has won four times and finished second last time out, to the talented Santa Therese, in the Listed East Cape Paddock Stakes.
Second over 1200m on debut, Water Spirit went on to win from 1400-1600 metres.
She is out of the Western Winter mare Undine -a twice winning half-sister to seven black type horses including G1 SA Classic winner Divine Jury and the stakes winning dam of G3 Champagne Stakes victress Phil’s Dancer. This is the family of champions Cherry On The Top, Classic Flag, Lady Windermere and Summer Pudding.
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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.
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).