RAFEEF (AUS), the new addition to Highlands, part of Ridgemont, has arrived at his new home in Robertson, Western Cape.
Matthew Sham of New Turf Carriers reported this morn-ing: “Our truck pulled into Highlands promptly at 7:30 and we offloaded Highlands’ new star. Rafeef travelled very well. He is already in his new stable, quiet and happy.
Rafeef’s long-time handler, Ninja Ndabezindi, accompanied the four-year-old colt on his trip. He will fly back to Johannesburg on Tuesday.
Rafeef’s trainer Mike de Kock commented this morning “I am most excited about Rafeef’s prospects at stud. I’ve seen stallions leave my yard, including Horse Chestnut, Vercingetorix and Soft Falling Rain. Rafeef is very special because he is by a champion stallion from a champion mare and you don’t find that too often.
“We could have been selfish and raced him for another year, I’m sure he would have won a few more Grade 1s, but the timing is right and in line with Sheikh Hamdan’s philoso-phy. Rafeef retires early and also on a high after his wonderful win in the Gr1 Computaform Sprint. Everyone’s talking about him. “He’s got a new home at High-lands, known for developing champion stallions, and I wish everyone involved with him all the best. Rafeef has the pedigree, race record and looks to make it big!”
Rafeef, by sire of sires Redoute’s Choice (Snitzel, Stratum, Musket, Nadeem et al), from the former South African champion, three time Gr1 winner and internationally Gr1 placed mare National Colour, raced 10 times for six wins and three places, earning R1,19-million in stakes. He will stand at a fee of R50,000.
Photo: Rafeef wins Computaform Sprint. (JC Photos).