Highlands Stud’s well performed young stallion Canford Cliffs was back in the news in Australia on Friday when his daughter Princess Posh won the G3 Yarraman Park Tibbie Stakes, run over seven furlongs at Newcastle.
Sixth in the same race 12 months ago, Princess Posh came from just off the pace to overpower the favourite Savatiano (Street Cry) by a length with Irithea (Snitzel) three and a half lengths back in third.
Ridden to victory by South African born Glyn Schofield, Princess Posh took her record to seven wins from 21 outings and her earnings to over AUS $390 000 (or over R4 million) with Friday’s score.
Her trainer Kris Lees said after the courageous win, “She’s been up for a terribly long time, she had a couple of little freshen-ups in Queensland and it’s great to get a stakes win for Australia Bloodstock. He (Schofield) rode her a treat. He found a nice trail, got away from the fence at the right time and presented her perfectly.”
Princess Posh is the most significant winner produced by her dam, the Viscount mare The Baroness.
She is one of more than 20 black type performers for her sire Canford Cliffs, whose other talented daughters include the group/graded winners Fish River, Al Jazi, Princess Asta and Most Beautiful –as well as Harlequeen (third in both the G1 Investec and G1 Irish Oaks).
Canford Cliffs is standing his first season at Highlands this year for a fee of R30 000.