Ridgemont Highlands’ five time G1 winning stallion Canford Cliffs enjoyed a good day on Friday, with his progeny successful in both England and Ireland, and his two-year-old son Cliff Top running on strongly for second while making his South African debut.
The Canford Cliffs gelding Turf Range made it three wins in a row when he scored at Dundalk on Friday.
Under Wayne Lordan, the five-year-old powered home to claim the Crowne Plaza Hotel Leading Jockey & Trainer Handicap (2400m) by an emphatic five lengths.
Out of the Captain Rio mare Petit Chou, Turf Range has turned the corner since getting the services of Lordan, with the pair now unbeaten in three outings together.
Trainer David Broad said: “He’s done that well again. I don’t know whether you could say he’s improving but he just loves it up here and Wayne (Lordan) gets on well with him.He got 7lb the last night so I don’t know what he’ll get after that. He doesn’t take a lot of racing, we’ll probably come back here in January and see what is coming up for him. That’s his trip.”
Canford Cliffs (main picture) also enjoyed success in Britain on Friday when his three-year-old son Cliffcake won at Southwell.
The colt has now won five times overall, with Cliffcake (a full-brother to the useful Tomily) having won his last two in a row.
His Irish classic winning sire looks to have a South African winner in waiting in the form of Cliff Top.
The latter, a well-backed favourite for the first race at Fairview on Friday, was very green in running but once asked the question, Cliff Top unleashed a fine turn of foot to run second, and he looks sure to go mighty close next time out.