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Umzimkhulu Stakes success for Rafeef

2nd Apr 2023

Ridgemont Highlands’ prominent stallion Rafeef enjoyed another wonderful weekend, with the son of Redoute’s Choice responsible for two winners at Fairview on Friday and another two at Turffontein the following day.
Rafeef’s weekend got even better when his three-year-old daughter Shantastic romped home to a clear-cut and decisive win in the G3 Umzimkhulu Stakes (1400m) at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Sunday.
Trained by Dean Kannemeyer, Shantastic had caught the eye when winning at Hollywoodbets Durbanville last time out but was facing by far her toughest task on Sunday.
Under a red-hot Keagan De Melo, the filly stormed home to land the first black type win of her career by an emphatic near two and three-quarter length win, with G1 Thekwini Stakes winning Equus Champion Canadian Summer well held in second spot.
Now a four-time winner from just eight starts, Shantastic was bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein.
The filly, who is out of the Fort Wood mare Gain Ground, was an R240 000 buy from the 2021 Cape Yearling Sale.
Shantastic is the 12th stakes winner for Rafeef, South Africa’s Leading First Season Sire of 2020-2021.
The son of Redoute’s Choice has been in tremendous form of late, with Rafeef also the sire of the previous weekend’s G3 Pretty Polly Stakes winner Leaving Las Vegas.
Already responsible for the G1 winners Aragosta, Thunderstruck and Master Archie (an impressive winner at Turffontein on Saturday), Rafeef has a stellar draft of yearlings on offer at this year’s National Yearling Sale.
This draft includes a colt (Lot 152) out of G3 Track And Ball Oaks winner Zante, a half-sister (Lot 258) to G2 winner Montreal Mist, and a half-sister (Lot 329) to G3 Three Troikas Stakes winner Sprinkles.

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