Rafeef Makes His Mark At Premier

Ridgemont Highlands’ young stallion Rafeef has been popular ever since he retired to that Robertson nursery back in 2017, and the former G1 Computaform Sprint winner’s popularity continued at Thursday’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale this week.

Rafeef had seven yearlings from his first crop gross R3 725 000, making the Redoute’s Choice horse the sale’s seventh top stallion by aggregate.

The top sprinter’s first crop achieved an impressive average price of R532 142, and his overall aggregate placed Rafeef above the likes of Dynasty, Querari and Vercingetorix.

Rafeef’s top lot sold at the Premier Sale on Thursday was an unnamed colt (Lot 145, pictured as header and below) out of the Encosta De Lago mare Aneefa, who was knocked down to British agent Amanda Skiffington, on behalf of Fiona Carmichael, for R2 200 000.

Lot 145: Rafeef x Aneefa Colt - Ridgemont Highlands

Skiffington, a longtime supporter of the Cape Premier Sale, said of her purchase “We’ve had some luck with first-crop sires before and after going through a lot of horses, we thought he was the best colt. He wasn’t cheap, though.”

The colt, whose dam is a full-sister to G2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning sire Von Costa De Hero and useful South African galloper Taarish, will go into training with Brett Crawford.

Consigned by Ridgemont Highlands, as Agent, the pricey Rafeef colt is a grandson of top-class Scenic mare Piavonic –whose nine career wins included a triumph in the G1 MVRC Manikato Stakes.

Rafeef also had a colt and a filly make R350 000 apiece, at Thursday’s sale, when knocked down to Justin Vermaark (Lot 16, below) and David Allan respectively.

Lot 16: Mayenne (Rafeef x La Normandie) Filly - Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm

Winner of six of only ten starts, and a full-brother to the US based Equus Champion Mustaaqeem, Rafeef is one of three winners produced by ill-fated South African champion, and G1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes runner up, National Colour.