John Everett of Narrow Creek Stud said he sent 11 mares to Ridgemont’s stallion Rafeef last year. He’s already produced a few smart ones on his farm, hence his faith in Rafeef, and Lot 118 is his pick at CPYS next week.
“He’s a beautiful Rafeef colt from the family of Gr3 winner San Fermin. He was immature but he’s just blossomed in the last month. He looks like a racehorse, I am very chuffed with him,” said Everett.
Two who will bloom later are a pair by Flower Alley. Lot 78 is Chelsea Flower, a filly from the Parade Leader mare Rydethecreek. She’s a half-sister to Gr2 winner Alexis. Lot 115 is a chestnut colt, he’s a late foal from the mare Trading Up, by Model Man.
“The Flower Alleys take a bit more time, but he’s already proven himself to be a good stallion worth investing him. They’re both typical of their sire, and they will grow into nice horses. There’s plenty to work with.”
Lot 20 is What A Winter colt from Limerick, which makes him a half-brother to Gr1 winner and international performer Noah From Goa, with several other big names in the family. “He’s well put together, in my view a type that will race early,” Everett said.
Lot 227 is another What A Winter filly from Indaba (Dynasty), who was Gr3-placed. “She’s very nice, well grown and athletic,” Everett concluded.