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Sensational five-time G1 Winner Canford Cliffs

Ridgemont Highlands’ five-time G1-winning stallion Canford Cliffs, one of the best performed stallions ever to stand at stud in South Africa, is set to have his first South African bred crop race this season.

The son of Tagula was recently recognised, by Timeform, as one of the greatest milers to grace the turf this century, and the debut of his first locally bred crop is eagerly awaited by all racing enthusiasts, with his progeny in many leading yards throughout the country.

Not only did Canford Cliffs win five consecutive G1 races at three and four, but he was also an exceptionally talented and precocious two-year-old.

He won his first two starts by an aggregate of 13 lengths and put up one of the best performances by a two-year-old of his generation when romping home to a six-length win in the 2009 G2 Coventry Stakes. Influential stallions to have won the Coventry Stakes include Nasrullah, Mill Reef, and Primo Dominie, as well as former champion South African sire Noble Chieftain.


Canford Cliffs’ precocity can be seen in his results at stud so far. At the time of writing, the Irish classic winner has been responsible for such group winning two-year-olds as Cima Emergency, Most Beautiful and Painted Cliffs, as well as the very smart Seaella runner up, at two, in the G3 Prix Miesque.

However, much like their sire did, Canford Cliffs’ progeny continue to thrive and improve with age.

From progressive group winner Jin Jin, to three-year-old graded/group winners Al Jazi, Cliff’s Edge, Fish River and La Falaise, and his very smart son Salouen (second, to the mighty Cracksman, in the G1 Investec Coronation Cup, as a four-year-old), Canford Cliffs’ progeny have continued to progress and improve with age.

At the time of writing, Canford Cliffs (who emulated champion sire Frankel by winning the G1 Sussex Stakes at three, and the G1 Queen Anne and G1 Lockinge Stakes at four), has been responsible for more than 40 black type horses, with his runners having already banked more than R329 million in prize money.


Canford Cliffs’ first South African crop includes two-year-old’s out of such notable stakes winning mares as Easy Game, Leaves Of Grass, My Friend Lee, Sharp Mistress, and Whose That Girl, as well as half siblings to the likes of Divine Jury, Invidia, Kangaroo Jack, Running Brave, Russian Sage, Seville Orange and Smiling Blue Eyes.

The stock from his current foal crop, that we previewed a few weeks back, have continued to grow and flourish in the paddocks of Ridgemont Highlands, with a selection of those foals highlighted below.

Canford Cliffs x Crimson Blossom filly

Out of the G3 Final Fling Stakes-winning Danehill Dancer mare Crimson Blossom from an international black-type family, this filly is a half-sister to the G3 eLan Gold Cup winner Dynasty’s Blossom, half-sister to Listed East Cape Guineas victor Brilliant Crimson and also to the stakes placed Flame Tree, second in both the Listed Stormsvlei Stakes and Listed River Jetez Stakes.

Canford Cliffs x Dancer’s Daughter filly

This filly is a daughter of one the finest racemares to have graced the South African turf in recent years in Dancer’s Daughter, named South Africa’s Champion Older Female Miler in 2008 and Champion Older Female the following season. The charismatic grey, who’s five G1 wins included a memorable dead-heat in the 2008 G1 Vodacom Durban July, is a half-sister to the G3 winner Dikatorial and also to the dam of G1 Thekwini Stakes winner Rain In Holland and the smart G3 placed  Rain In Newmarket.

Canford Cliffs x Facinating Filly filly

This filly is the third consecutive foal by Canford Cliffs for her five-time-winning, Listed East Cape Breeders Stakes second placed Facinating Filly, herself an Antonius Pius half-sister to the dam of G3 winner O Tamara and the Listed placed Calandra, from the family of G2 South African Oaks winner Rootin’ Tootin’ and the G2-winning, multiple G1 placed Brave Tin Soldier mare Running Brave. The first two foals from this mare, both by Canford Cliffs have been named Shamrock Bay (colt) and Spirited Girl (filly).

Canford Cliffs x Front And Centre colt

This colt is out of a half-sister to Ridgemont Highlands’ successful sire Potala Palace, from the same family as British classic winners Golan and North Light. Front And Centre was a top-class daughter of Ridgemont Highlands’ late, great sire Dynasty with her feature win being the G1 World Sports Betting Fillies Guineas.

Canford Cliffs x Miss Florida colt

This colt is the first foal G1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship-winning filly Miss Florida, a daughter of Equus Champion sire Captain Al. Miss Florida hails from the same female line as such international G1 winners as Atlantic Jewel, Commanding Jewel, Embassy, King’s Apostle and Pass The Peace, to name a few!

Canford Cliffs x Nastergal colt

A colt out of the speedy and talented performer, Nastergal, a winner of three races including the G3 Champagne Stakes. By Cartier Champion Duke Of Marmalade, Nastergal is from the same family as North American G1 winner Crimson Palace as well as recent Syringa Handicap winner Way Of The World.

Canford Cliffs x Sabina’s Dynasty filly

A lovely filly out of Sabina’s Dynasty, herself Dynasty half-sister to dual G1 Summer Cup winner Master Sabina and full-sister to East Cape Derby winner American Landing. Sabina’s Dynasty a winner of four races headlined by the 2018 G2 Gerald Rosenberg Stakes is herself a daughter of SA Oaks winner Sabina Park.

Canford Cliffs x Scent Of Pine filly

A filly out of the four-time -winning, Listed Winter Oaks placed Scent Of Pine, dam of G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks winner Pine Princess, who is in turn the dam of promising winner and G3 performer Pyromaniac as well as the multiple winner Power Ranger. The current two year old from the mare is the full brother to this colt, named Monkey Puzzle.

Canford Cliffs x Takingthepeace colt

This colt is the second foal of Visionaire’s Takingthepeace winner of the G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic, G2 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas and G3 Victory Moon Stakes, with the full-brother to this colt having been named Precipeace.

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Cliffs Strikes In Hong Kong

Canford Cliffs continues to churn out winners all over the world, and the son of Tagula enjoyed more success at Sha Tin on Sunday.

Further Aussie Succcess For Canford Cliffs

Ridgemont Highlands’ five time G1 winning sire Canford Cliffs looks to have come up with yet another well above average performer in the form of Duchess Of Dorset.

Canford Cliffs Strikes Down Under.

Ridgemont Highlands’ five time G1 winning sire Canford Cliffs enjoyed success in both Ireland and Australia over the past 24 hours, with Canford Cliffs’ son Hurricane Alex winning at Dundalk on Friday, and his daughter Paul’s Regret scoring at Cranbourne the following day.

Candleford Romps Home

The Barnane Stud bred and owned gelding Candleford stormed home to win impressively at Kempton on Wednesday

Greyville Double For Exciting Young Sire Rafeef

Ridgemont Highlands’ prominent young stallion Rafeef had a good Sunday afternoon, with the son of Redoute’s Choice supplying two winners at Hollywoodbets Greyville.

Capitana Game In Laisserfaire Stakes Win

The Ridgemont Highlands bred and owned Capitana showed her courage with a hard-fought win in Saturday’s Listed Laisserfaire Stakes (1100m) at Kenilworth for Brett Crawford and Anton Marcus.

Warrior Shocks July Winner In Cape Mile Triumph

The Ridgemont Highlands bred and sold G3 Variety Club winner Warrior (Futura) resumed with an exciting victory in the #ThisIsRacing Cape Mile (1600m) at Kenilworth on Saturday afternoon.

Boomps A Daisy’s Brother Provides Pedigree Update

Expensive, blue-blooded 2yo colt Brereton, the full brother to Ridgemont Highlands Boomps A Daisy won the G3 Maribyrnong Plate at just his second start.

Exciting Maurice Filly Maintains Unbeaten Run

Japanese champion, and six time G1 winner, Maurice looks to have a really smart prospect to his name in the form of Whoa Whoa Whoa. The latter made it two wins from two starts when running out a ready winner of the final race at Kenilworth on Saturday.

Canford Cliffs – A True Champion In Every Sense of The Word

Ridgemont Highlands’ five-time G1-winning stallion Canford Cliffs was truly an exceptional racehorse, the facts simply tell the story. A brilliant group winner at Royal Ascot three years running, the Hannon trained star is officially rated one of the best milers to grace the turf this century.