More feature race success for Rafeef

For a second Saturday in a row, Ridgemont’s boom stallion Rafeef supplied the winner of a graded sprint feature. Last weekend, the Rafeef sired G1 Gold Medallion winner Thunderstruck won the G2 Khaya Stables Diadem Stakes at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth and yesterday Rafeef gelding Mover And Shaker scored a surprise win in the G3 TAB J J The Jet Plane Stakes at Turffontein.

It was a 1-4 finish for Rafeef in the J J The Jet Plane Stakes, with his sons Mover And Shaker and William Robertson finishing first and fourth respectively.

Trained by Fabian Habib, four-year-old Mover And Shaker made a mockery of his 40-1 starting price with a courageous front-running win in Saturday’s race.

Under Denis Schwarz, the Rafeef gelding stayed on powerfully to win convincingly by three parts of a length.

Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, Mover And Shaker has now won six of 23 starts with the gelding having also been victorious in the 2022 Bloodstock SA Sales Cup (C and G).

Mover And Shaker, who is out of the Silvano mare B Twenty One, is one of seven stakes winners to have emerged from Rafeef’s second crop.

South Africa’s Leading First Season Sire of 2020-2021, Rafeef is having another great season this year with his flagbearers headed by the graded stakes winners Mover And Shaker, Mrs Browning, and Thunderstruck, as well as the likes of Aragosta (Spinawina Slots Cape Summer Stayers Handicap) and Juliet Tango (War Of Athena Handicap).

The G1 Computaform Sprint winning son of Redoute’s Choice had yearlings make up to R1 200 000 at this year’s Cape Racing Premier Yearling Sale Powered By Tattersalls and lots make up to R475 000 at the recent Cape Yearling Sale.