Ridgemont Highlands sire Rafeef is on a roll, getting his second win from just three runners. His third runner, Star Of The West, has placed and will be knocking on the door for a win soon in the care of Johan Janse Van Vuuren – but it was Mike Miller who once again gave a freshman sire another win.
The smartly bred Civil Rights, bred by Moutonshoek, finished second on race debut to Aisling and went on to a dominating win to break her maiden by almost four lengths at Hollywoodbets Scottsville.
Out of Al Kindi by Fort Wood, she gave her owner Sterling Miller his first race day double – interestingly the double in race eight with Civil Rights’ half-sister by Judpot – the year older filly named Kind Judy. Both fillies sold at the 2019 Moutonshoek Dispersal Sale for R35 000 and R15 000 respectively.
Rafeef is currently leading the first season sires list with a winners to runners percentage of over 66%.
The dam Al Kindi is a half-sister to Gr1 placed Noble Secret, from the family of Noble Heir and Honour And Glory. She is owned by Summerview Stud. Colleen De Klerk of Summerview reports that Al Kindi is in foal to Lancaster Bomber (War Front) this season.
Rafeef, a full-brother to Equus Champion and G1 SA Nursery winner Mustaaqeem, won six of ten starts and downed champions Talktothestars and Carry On Alice when he won the 2017 G1 Computaform Sprint. By Redoute’s Choice, he is out of SAF-bred mare National Colour by National Assembly.
Rafeef stood for a fee of R30 000 live foal in 2020. Rafeef’s top priced yearling sold in 2020 for R2,2-million to international buyer, Amanda Skiffington, bred and consigned by Ridgemont Highlands.