Four for Tiger Ridge
Wilgerbosdrift’s successful stallion, Tiger Ridge, has enjoyed a great spell of success with his runners.
The stallion, who is a Storm Cat half-brother to legendary sire A.P. Indy, had a quickfire double at Turffontein on Tuesday evening – following success at Fairview on Monday and Kenilworth on Saturday.
Tiger Ridge’s winning streak kicked off with the promising looking filly, Maybe Yes. The Brett Crawford trained 3yo took her streak to three wins from just five outings, when landing a 1200m fillies and mares handicap on L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate day. Maybe Yes, highly regarded by her connections, looks to be a potential feature class filly.
Bred by Wilgerbosdrift, Maybe Yes is out of the winning Model Man mare Maybe Fair Enough – a three parts sister to the stakes winning sprinter Ramblin Jac Eliot (by Elliodor), and a half-sister to Listed Syringa Handicap winner, Start Me Up (by Jet Master).
The second of Tiger Ridge’s four winners came in the form of Let’s Play, who pulverised her rivals to break her maiden by 3.25 lengths over 1000m. Let’s Play, who was bred by Moutonshoek, is out of Gr3 SA Oaks Trial winner, and unlucky Gr2 SA Oaks runner up, Sporting Model (who is by Tiger Ridge’s close relative Sportsworld). Let’s Play, whose fourth dam is Cape Guineas winner Response, should be a valuable broodmare when she retires to stud.
Tiger Ridge’s Turffontein double came in the form of two really promising looking horses – both of whom could yet line up in feature race company.
The Ambiance Stud bred Isobar, who had earlier in his career reeled off a hatrick of wins, won an extremely competitive looking conditions plate over 1400m on Tuesday evening. The Weiho Marwing trained gelding landed the fourth win, from his past six outings, in game style – getting the best of former Gr1 SA Derby place getter, Brooks-Club, to win by a neck. Further back in the field came the likes of feature race contender Lockheed Jetstar, Olympic Owen (Gr3 Protea Stakes), talented sprinter Desert Sheik, and former Gr1 Premier’s Champion Stakes winner, The Hangman.
Isobar, who has now won over R220 000 in prize money, is out of the very speedy Western Winter mare, Forecast – who won four races and ran second in the Listed Ruffian Stakes. A half-sister to the Gr3 performer Halidom (by Centenary), Forecast is from the same family as Gr2 November Hcp winner, Likeithot (by Rakeen).
Tiger Ridge’s unbeaten daughter, Santa Carolina, impressed more than a few race watchers, when she overcame a rough trip to win her second race, in as many starts, on Tuesday night.
In winning a FM 88 handicap over 1400m, the daughter of former Horse Of The Year Ilha Da Vitoria stamped herself as a 3yo with a very bright future.
A full-sister to former Listed Oaks Trial winner Ilha Grande, Santa Carolina also numbers SA Oaks heroine Ilha Bela as a half-sister. The Wilgerbosdrift bred filly looks sure to take her place in a feature race somewhere down the line – she already is a hugely valuable broodmare prospect.
Tiger Ridge, to date, is the sire of 33 stakes winners. His progeny include Equus Champion Cherry On The Top, Sansui Summer Cup hero Wagner, classy filly Amur Affair, recent Gr2 Victory Moon Stakes winner Tiger’s Retreat and US millionaire, Leah’s Secret.
Another Tiger Ridge sired millionaire, Kavanagh, is a runner in Meydan’s Listed Dubawi Stakes on Thursday.
Tiger Ridge, whose close relatives include the 2013 Investec Derby winner Ruler Of The World, has three yearlings on offer at the 2014 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
His draft includes a half-sister to the smart performer Sky Marshall, and a colt from the family of dual ARCSA Champion, Star Effort.