Thursday double for Canford Cliffs

Ridgemont’s five-time G1 winning stallion Canford Cliffs has been churning out the winners in recent weeks, and the son of Tagula was at it again on Thursday.

Not only did Canford Cliffs filly Bosum Buddy win the second race at the Vaal on Thursday, but another daughter, Miss Hannigan, of the Ridgemont resident was victorious in the seventh race at the Vaal.

Canford Cliffs only had three runners at the Vaal on Thursday with his final starter, Feeling Groovy, running fourth behind her paternal half-sister Miss Hannigan.

Promising two-year-old Bosum Buddy had finished a close-up third on debut and she duly built on that effort when breaking her maiden on Thursday. The Paul Matchett-trained filly stormed home, under Philasande Mxoli, to win the Take A Bet Wina Numba Numba Maiden Juvenile Plate (Fillies) (1200m) by a neck.

Bred by Ridgemont Highlands, Bosum Buddy is out of the Pathfork mare My Friend Lee.

This season, Canford Cliffs two-year-olds, which include the impressive Listed Wilgerbosdrift Ruffian Stakes winner Almond Sea, have earned more than R620 000 in stakes, and Canford Cliffs is currently sixth on South Africa’s Leading Sires of 2YOs premiership.

Canford Cliffs filly Miss Hannigan made a big impression when she stormed home to score by six and a quarter lengths on Thursday.

Under S’Manga Khumalo, Miss Hannigan hit the front 200m from home and pulled away to win the Racehorse Owners Association FM 74 Handicap (1450m) in scintillating fashion.

Another three-year-old bred by Ridgemont Highlands had shown considerable promise at two when winning on debut and finishing second, behind the top-class Rascova, in the Hollywoodbets Summer Coronation Plate.

Miss Hannigan is out of the Brave Tin Soldier mare Easy Street.

Her Irish 2000 Guineas-winning sire, whose daughter Strata won at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Tuesday, has three lots on offer at the upcoming National Yearling Sale.