Ridgemont Highlands, firmly entrenched as one of South Africa’s leading thoroughbred nurseries, will be offering a top-notch draft at January’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale powered by Tattersalls.
Not only will the Robertson farm be offering yearlings by such proven and promising sires as Canford Cliffs, Futura, One World, Rafeef, Trippi and Vercingetorix, Ridgemont Highlands will also offer buyers the chance to buy yearlings from some of the very best families in the South African stud book.
Ridgemont Highlands’ Premier draft will include relatives of such star racehorses as Cold As Ice, Kochka, Laisserfaire, Mother Russia, Potala Palace, Pretty Young Thing, and Warm White Night, to name just a few.
One yearling to catch the eye in this draft is the regally bred colt Show Off, whose parents won six G1 races between them! Catalogued as Lot 31, Show Off is a son of Canford Cliffs and he is the first foal of Ridgemont Highlands’ G1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas winner Front And Centre. The latter, a daughter of Dynasty – who is becoming a hugely successful broodmare sire, is a half-sister to G1 winner and G1 sire Potala Palace, with Front And Centre herself hailing from the same female line as legendary stallions Sadler’s Wells and Nureyev, as well as English classic winners Golan and North Light.
The farm’s star sire Rafeef has several exciting prospects on sale including Cadenza (Lot 3), a colt closely related to champion and successful sire Rock Of Gibraltar, and Wing Walker (Lot 29). The latter, a half-brother to the very speedy Winter Flight, is out of the stakes placed Dynasty mare Fly Phillippa, herself a half-sister to graded stakes winning two-year-olds Olympic Owen and Speedy Suzy as well as to this season’s Listed Topbet Spring Spree Stakes winner Team Gold.
Few, if any, yearlings on offer at the upcoming Cape Premier Yearling Sale, hail from a stronger and more impressive female line than Sir Korski (Lot 85). This blue-blooded colt (main image) is directly descended from outstanding racemare and producer Fanfreluche – Canada’s Horse Of The Year in 1970. Among the numerous star performers descended from Fanfreluche are champion sire Encosta De Lago and fellow G1 winners Aube Indienne, Hi Happy, I Am A Star and Pear Tart.
Ridgemont Highlands bred horses have enjoyed another excellent season in 2022-2023 thus far, with the farm’s flagbearers this season headed by G1 Cape Fillies Guineas and G1 Paddock Stakes winner Make It Snappy and the very smart three-year-old We’re Jamming.
Complete preview of Ridgemont Highland’s draft is available on Facebook.