At a time he was South Africa’s highest-rated sprinter, and now the 2022 Gr1 Computaform Sprint winner Master Archie becomes the first son of boom Redoute’s Choice stallion Rafeef, also a Gr1 Computaform Sprint winner, to stand at stud.
A handsome grey, the 4yo Master Archie left the Peter Stables at Turffontein last week and is now resident at Key Equestrian in Midrand for the next two months to be prepared for stud.
A final decision has not been made where the talented athlete will be based.
A winner 7 of his 16 starts, before being scratched in the week leading up to defence of his Gr1 Computaform Sprint title last month with a bruised off-fore foot, Master Archie retires with a 128 rating and stakes earnings of over R1,2 million.
Desh Harry, daughter of majority owner Vasan Harry, told the Sporting Post that the family were excited about the new venture and also the fact that they have an unnamed seven month old full-brother to their star.
Bred by a partnership of Vasan Harry, Sean Hanna and Adam Azzie, Master Archie is out of the eight-time winning Var mare, La Volta.
His sire Rafeef was a superb racehorse, who won six of ten starts including the 2017 Gr1 Computaform Sprint and Gr2 Hawaii Stakes.
In landing the Computaform Sprint, Rafeef accounted for a pair of Equus Champions in Talktothestars and Carry On Alice, while the bay downed the likes of champions Will Pays, French Navy and Talktothestars when he won the Hawaii Stakes that same year.
The blue-blooded Rafeef, a full-brother to Equus Champion and Gr1 SA Nursery winner Mustaaqeem, is one of more than 170 stakes winners sired by multiple champion Australian sire Redoute’s Choice, and he is out of former South African Horse Of The Year National Colour.
A SA Champion Freshman sire, Rafeef has sired 12 stakes winners.