Impressive Maiden Break For Meridius

Ridgemont Highlands’ exciting resident sire Canford Cliffs came up with a 12th winner from his first South African conceived crop of two-year-olds when his promising son Meridius broke his maiden impressively at the Vaal on Tuesday.

Under Ryan Munger, Meridius proved far too strong for his six rivals in Tuesday’s Maiden Plate (1600m), with the Canford Cliffs colt storming clear to win emphatically by two and a half lengths in open company.

Trained by Ashley Fortune, Meridius had finished a close up third on his only previous start and he looks a well above average colt in the making.

Bred by Winterbach Stud, Meridius who is out of the Parade Leader mare Zili, was a R150 000 buy from last year’s National Yearling Sale.

His five time G1 winning sire Canford Cliffs looks set to be crowned South Africa’s Leading First Season Sire of 2021-2022 with the end of the current South African racing season fast approaching.

A son of Tagula, Canford Cliffs has five lots on offer at this week’s KZN Yearling Sale -including a full-brother (Lot 10) to Canford Cliffs’ smart debut winner Daisy Buchanan.

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