Wayne Kieswetter (right) with wife Belinda, Maureen Haggas and Danny Tudhope after Urban Fox’s Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes success at the Curragh / Caroline Norris (p)
Here’s To Another Champion Season!
The acquisition of one of South Africa’s famous stud farms, Highlands Stud, three years ago heralded a significant raising of the bar by Ridgemont Highlands’ Wayne Kieswetter.
For many years a leading investor in South African racing and breeding, the affably dynamic entrepreneur, Wayne Kieswetter, was acknowledged with an appropriate accolade for his overall contribution to racing in the Western Cape, when recently crowned the province’s Champion Owner of last season.
When the Ridgemont Highlands-bred Dynasty daughter Two Pennies – there is more than a measure of irony in that name – soared to an impressive debut victory at a sun-drenched Durbanville on Tuesday, the Cape Champion Owner’s green, blue and white flag led the charge as the new term gathers momentum against the background of the arrival of spring in the beautiful province.
The Ridgemont Highlands philosophy of valuing their maiden successes as highly as they do their Grade 1 triumphs, dates back beyond their early milestone moments. One thinks here of the victory in their relatively fledgling days of the big son of Manhattan Rain with the electric ‘second kick’, Whisky Baron, who won the Cape’s flagship, the Sun Met in 2017.
Named by Craig and Ross Kieswetter in honour of their entrepreneurially minded Dad, the Australian-bred gelding moved on to an international career – but the bug had bitten and the Kieswetter clan had become an integral starter in the fabric of the Cape racing scene.
Wayne Kieswetter – Cape Champion Owner / Sporting Post (p)
Whisky Baron wins the Gr1 Sun Met/ Liesl King (p)
Today, Wayne Kieswetter opts for a low-key role in the vast operation, but told the Sporting Post that he was immensely proud of the team effort that had clinched the championship title last season and dedicated the trophy to every member of their sizeable team.
The Ridgemont Highlands flagbearers for last season include the outstanding Foxwedge speed queen Run Fox Run, victorious in both the Southern Cross Stakes and the Olympic Duel Stakes, Ridgemont Highlands’ exciting Dynasty stallion Jackson’s daughter Pretty Young Thing, who was placed in the Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas and went on to win the Prix Du Cap and the Poinsettia Stakes during the SA Champions Season, 2018 Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Front And Centre – a magnificent daughter of Dynasty – who won the Diana Stakes and was multiple Gr1 placed, Winter Oaks winner Sing Out Loud (another Ridgemont Highlands Dynasty star) and the Gr3 Champagne Stakes winning daughter of Duke Of Marmalade, Nastergal.
Other stakes contributors to the championship title were Kelpie (Dynasty), Flame Tree (Jackson), Heaven’s Embrace (Jackson) and the beautifully bred Stratum daughter, Mushi Sterek.
Speed Queen, Run Fox Run / Chase Liebenberg (p)
Jackson daughter, Pretty Young Thing / Wayne Marks (p)
Dynasty Gr1 star Front And Centre / Chase Liebenberg (p)
Winter Oaks winner, Sing Out Loud / Chase Liebenberg (p)
The honour roll of Ridgemont Highlands winners last season is ‘paddock power’ personified and extends beyond the top rank. The serious intent of the Ridgemont Highlands team to continually upgrade their broodmare band has been well documented – and the fact that they have two of the most exciting stallions, in Canford Cliffs and Rafeef, in South Africa clearly offers limitless opportunity and potential. The depth of blue-blood and talent waiting in the proverbial wings is substantial.
Already there has been excited talk in the industry regarding the current crop of yearlings and foals on the Ridgemont Highlands farm – and it is undoubtedly an exciting time for a prospective buyer looking to purchase a champion. Already the Kieswetter Family nursery throughout its entire history has produced well over two hundred and thirty individual black type winners – and with the intent being shown there are plenty more to come.
The future most certainly looks bright. Congratulations Wayne!
Ridgemont Highlands’ five-time G1 winning stallion Canford Cliffs looks to have come up with a very smart filly indeed in the form of Jin Jin who remained unbeaten when winning the Gr3 Prix Perth at Saint-Cloud.
Ridgemont Highlands’ five time Gr1 winning sire Canford Cliffs enjoyed a big payday on Saturday afternoon, when his four-year-old daughter Jin Jin captured the Gr3 Prix Perth at Saint-Cloud.
Wayne Kieswetter, for many years a leading investor in South African racing and breeding was acknowledged with an appropriate accolade for his overall contribution to racing in the Western Cape, when recently crowned the province’s champion owner of last season.
The powerful Ridgemont Highlands broodmare band has been boosted by the acquisition of another accomplished racemare. Dual stakes winner Freedom Charter is yet another top-class mare set to visit multiple Grade 1 winner Canford Cliffs this season.
Miss Florida, the beautifully-bred 2019 Gr1 Allan Robertson Championship winner and Cape Champion Juvenile Filly of her year, has joined the powerful Ridgemont Highlands broodmare band and will visit the top farm’s multiple Grade 1 winning stallion Canford Cliffs this season.