SA-bred Ravishing has his first crop of two-year-olds racing this season and was credited with his first winner when filly Little Chikikita made a successful debut over 1100m at Borrowdale Park in Zimbabwe on Sunday.
A R1.1 million purchase from the 2005National Yearling Sale, Ravishing was trained by Geoff Woodruff to win three races between 1000m and 2450m, culminating in a win in the Gr 1 SA Derby of 2007. He also finished second in the Gr 2 Gauteng Guineas that season.
Ravishing is the first son of recently deceased multiple champion sire Jet Master to take up stallion duties and hails from the very good “Lily” family. He is out of the Royal Prerogative mare Crimson Lily, who won only one race over 1600m but who also produced dual Gr 2 winner and Gr 1 placed Red Badge. Crimson Lily in turn was out of the excellent Jamaico mare Run For Lily, who won twelve races including the Gr 1 Garden Province Stakes. Run For Lily is the dam of Gr 2 winner and sire Royal Messenger (a full brother to Ravishing’s dam), the second dam of Gr 1 winner Vega and of Stakes winners Glowing Thatch, Painted Glory and Triton, and the third dam of Graded Stakes winners Geordoba, Day Lily Delight, and Bilboa.
Ravishing’s third dam Lily won five races and is the ancestress of Gr 1 winners Fort Defiance, Bold Thatch, and Saddlewood, and of Gr 2 winners Golden Man, Prince Of War, and Rememberance.
Now aged eight, Ravishing took up stallion duties at Summerhill Stud in 2008. His fee for 2011 was advertised as R10 000 (free to black type mares.)