Rafeef relative wins at Durbanville | Cape Breeders Club

Rafeef relative wins at Durbanville

24th Oct 2018

Highlands Stud’s blue blooded sire Rafeef gained yet another update to his impressive pedigree page when his close relative Sherwood Forest broke his maiden at Durbanville on Tuesday.


The Philanthropist gelding, trained by Vaughan Marshall and ridden by Ossie Noach, stayed on gamely to win by a neck at the fourth time of asking over 1400m.

He was one of four winners on Tuesday for his in-form conditioner, with Marshall also winning races six, seven and eight.

Sherwood Forest is the first winner produced by his winning dam Zemfira, a Daylami half-sister to Joint Horse Of The Year and Equus Champion 3YO Female Sprinter, National Colour.

The latter, who has proven as successful a broodmare as she was a racehorse, is the dam of both G1 Computaform Sprint winner Rafeef and the latter’s Equus Champion and G1 SA Nursery winning own brother Mustaaqeem.

Redoute’s Choice

National Colour won eight races in South Africa and Dubai, with her victories including a four and a quarter length romp in the 2006 G1 Computaform Sprint. She was also second in the 2008 G1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, where the brilliant grey accounted for British G1 winners Kingsgate Native, Equiano, Benbaun and Sakhee’s Secret.

Her Highlands Stud based son Rafeef, who shares his triple Australian champion sire Redoute’s Choice with current Australian sensation The Autumn Sun and Australian Champion Sire Snitzel, was a top class racehorse who emulated his dam by winning the G1 Computaform Sprint.

The talented Rafeef, who made his debut in the 2015 G1 SA Nursery, won a total of six of his ten outings and earned more than R1.1 million during his career.

Rafeef’s first foals have arrived this season to rave reviews.

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