Ridgemont Bred Canford Cliffs Flyer Wins Pretty Polly

Registers her first stakes success

Ridgemont’s international stakes winning stallion Canford Cliffs is enjoying a good season with his 2yo’s and his good-looking daughter Simply Majestic produced the goods at Turffontein on Saturday when running out a smart winner of the R250 000 TAB Gr3 Pretty Polly Stakes under Gavin Lerena.

Simply Majestic (Gavin Lerena) withstand the late challenge of Famous Lady (S’manga Khumalo) to register her first stakes victory (Pic – JC Photos)

Trainer Johan Janse van Vuuren broke the Sean Tarry stranglehold on The Championships Finale day when he sent out the Ridgemont-bred Simply Majestic in fine fettle to register her first stakes success in the fashion of a precocious sort of filly that could make more noise this season.

Scratched at her last engagement as a result of a saddling issue, Simply Majestic (2-1) returned after a 14 week break and with Montana Lights and Bosum Busy showing the way early, Lerena had the bay relaxed in running .

At the 300m, Simply Majestic looked the one to beat and she duly ran on courageously to withstand the late challenge of Famous Lady (14-1) by three quarters of a length in a time of 63,5 secs for the 1100m.

Fanie Bronkhorst’s recent maiden winer Stars And Bra’s was beaten 4,50 lengths further back in third.

Raced by the Tanzania-based Stonebridge family, who were on course to enjoy the victory, Simply Majestic was bred by Ridgemont from their five-time Gr1 winning stallion Canford Cliffs.

She is out of the three-time winning Great Britain speedster Queen Laurie, and took her stakes bank to R255 750, with her second victory from four starts with two places.

This season, Canford Cliffs two-year-olds, which include the impressive Listed Wilgerbosdrift Ruffian Stakes winner Almond Sea, have earned close on R1 million R 827,450 in stakes, and the son of Tagula is in a top four position on South Africa’s Leading Sires of 2YOs premiership.

The big day carryover Pick 6 pool failed to meet muster and projection of R3 million, producing a R2 348 957. Maybe the rather small fields had something to with that?


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