Rafeef – The Thunder Rolls!

SA's Leading First Season Sire of 2020-2021

Descendants of the late champion National Colour continue to make the daughter of National Assembly proud.

In South Africa, National Colour’s Gr1 Computaform Sprint winning son Rafeef (Redoute’s Choice) continues to enjoy success with his progeny winning feature races over a range of trips again this season.

The outstanding Rafeef seen winning the Gr1 Computaform Stakes (Pic – JC Photos)

At the time of writing, Ridgemont kingpin Rafeef has seven black type winners in South Africa this season.

His tally includes graded stakes winners Mover And Shaker (Gr3 TAB J J The Jet Plane), Mrs Browning (Gr3 Joburg Tourism Authority Carry On Alice Stakes) and Thunderstruck (Gr2 Khaya Stables Diadem Stakes), as well as black-type winners of the ilk of Aragosta, Frances Ethel, Juliet Tango and Troppo Veloce.

South Africa’s Leading First Season Sire of 2020-2021, Rafeef has also proved to be a very versatile stallion, and this quality has been underlined further this season.

Mover And Shaker, won the J J The Jet Plane Stakes over 1000m, while another of his sons, former Gr1 World Sports Betting SA Derby winner Aragosta, landed this season’s Listed Spinawina Slots Cape Summer Stayers Handicap over 2500 metres!

Rafeef is also responsible for the progressive filly Frances Ethel, who caught the eye when making it three wins in a row when victorious in the Listed Ormond Ferraris Oaks Trial over 2000 metres. The well -bred Frances Ethel has an interesting pedigree, as she is directly descended in female line from Spring Adieu, the granddam of Danehill -grandsire of Rafeef.

Rafeef’s unraced three-parts sister Sarraqa (by Redoute’s Choice son Snitzel) made headlines recently when her son Celestial Legend (by Dundeel) won the Gr1 The Agency Randwick Guineas. The colt, who has already earned more than A$1 000 000 in prize money, had also claimed the Gr2 Precise Air Hobartville Stakes back in February this year.

The progessive Celestial Legend holds entries in prestigious Australian features like the Gr1 Doncaster Mile and Gr1 ATC Australian Derby.

Turaathy, a full-sister to both Rafeef and Gr1 SA Nursery winning Equus Champion Mustaaqeem, is also making her presence felt on the Australian turf.

The placed daughter of Redoute’s Choice has already registered three winners, and her I am Invincible daughter Kirragirl impressed when she broke her maiden by two lengths, when victorious at Kembla Grange recently.

Turaathy has a Wootton Bassett filly on offer at the 2024 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

In total, National Colour, South Africa’s Joint Horse Of The Year in 2005-2006, produced five winners, from six runners, including dual winner Circle Of Speed (Sebring), who went on to produce Gr3 Poinsettia Stakes winner Full Velocity (Philanthropist).

No doubt, breeders with relatives of this wonderful mare in their paddocks will be excited to see how National Colour’s legacy continues to unfurl in the years to come.


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