There was plenty of local interest in Sea The Stars son Stradivarius’ victory in Thursday’s Gr1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot with the winner’s half-sister a broodmare at leading Cape Stud, Highlands part of Ridgemont.

Stradivarius displayed all the class his outstanding pedigree entitles him to in a determined victory over Vazirabad (Manduro) and Torcedor (Fastnet Rock) and the John Gosden-trained four-year-old is one of eight Gr1 winners sired by the world champion Sea The Stars.

His half-sister Magical Eve, a stakes-placed daughter of Avontuur sire Oratorio, is expected to give birth to a Silvano foal in October and has a Jackson weanling at foot.

KZN trainer Paul Gadsby bought Hidden Legacy (Jackson – Magical Eve) for R100 000 at the 2018 National Yearling Sale.

Hidden Legacy (Jackson – Magical Eve)

Hidden Legacy’s  full-brother Mystical Son, sold to Ganase Shamim for R130 000 at the 2017 KZN Yearling Sale.

Stradivarius, a three-length winner of the Yorkshire Cup at his last start, was bred by his owner Bjorn Nielsen from one of the best families in the stud book.

He is the seventh living foal out of the Bering mare Private Life, a dual winner and Listed-placed over an extended 12 furlongs for her owner-breeders the Wildenstein family.

The dam was bought on Nielsen’s behalf as a nine-year-old at Tattersalls in 2006 by Blandford Bloodstock for 70,000gns.

She has also produced German Gr3 winner Persian Storm and Abu Dhabi Gr3 third Rembrandt Van Rijn.

Private Life is a half-sister to Listed winners Parisienne and Pretty Tough, with Parisienne featuring as granddam of Melbourne Cup hero Protectionist.

She is out of Poughkeepsie – a winning daughter of Sadler’s Wells and Pawneese, Daniel Wildenstein’s brilliant mare who landed the Oaks, Prix de Diane and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in a golden three-year-old season in 1976.

Pawneese hails from the Wildensteins’ awesome ‘P’ family of Peintre Celebre, Policy Maker and Planteur.

One bittersweet footnote to Stradivarius’s victory for Nielsen might be that Private Life died in 2015 without appearing to have left a filly foal for the owner to breed from and continue the line – Magical Eve having been sold to South Africa and now at stud at Highlands.

Stradivarius (yellow cap) storms home in the Gold Cup on Thursday

A postscript to Stradivarius’s Gold Cup victory that will please pedigree purists is that he was the second winner at Royal Ascot on Thursday directly descended in the female line from a King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner.

While Stradivarius’s third dam is Pawneese, successful in Ascot’s midsummer showpiece in 1976, Norfolk Stakes heroine Shang Shang Shang boasts as her sixth dam Park Top, winner of the King George seven years before Pawneese.

Stradivarius is not the first Gold Cup victor of recent years descended from a female King George winner, as Rite Of Passage had as his third dam Dahlia, triumphant at Ascot in July in 1973 and 1974.

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Ridgemont HighlandsJan 14, 2019 @ 7:32am
Kingston Passage Wins The Hachiman Sprint over 1100m

Owned By Messrs C & R Kieswetter & Ridgemont Highlands
Trained By Kirk Swanson
Ridden By Hennie Greyling
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Ridgemont HighlandsJan 14, 2019 @ 7:31am
KINGSTON PASSAGE WINS HACHIMAN SPRINT

The Western Winter (USA) gelding, Kingston Passage, won the 1100m Hachiman Sprint at Borrowdale Park today.

Twilight Trip, Butchie Boy and Edward The Seventh were placed.

Owned by Messrs C and R Kieswetter and Ridgemont Highlands (nominee Craig Carey), Kingston Passage was bred by Wilgersbosdrift and Mauritzfontein.

The five-year-old gelding has now won four races, he is trained by Kirk Swanson and Hennie Greyling was in the irons.

Congratulations!
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Ridgemont HighlandsJan 12, 2019 @ 2:18pm
During the night session of the 2019 Magic Millions yearling sale, Arrowfield Stud offered Lot 850, the Redoute's Choice x National Colour colt, a full brother to the G1 winners Mustaaqeem and the now Ridgemont Highlands-based Rafeef, with the bay colt knocked down to Gai Waterhouse Racing and Adrian Bott for $300,000.

Bred in partnership with Klawervlei Stud, Lot 850 is the final colt out of National Colour with the mare unfortunately passing away in November last year, a week after foaling her final foal, a filly by Snitzel.

Pedigree: https://magicmillions.online/viewLot/228/850

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Thoroughbred South Africa News
During the night session of the 2019 Magic Millions yearling sale, Arrowfield Stud offered Lot 850, the Redoute's Choice x National Colour colt, a full brother to the G1 winners Mustaaqeem and the now Ridgemont Highlands-based Rafeef, with the bay colt knocked down to Gai Waterhouse Racing and Adrian Bott for $300,000. Bred in partnership with Klawervlei Stud, Lot 850 is the final colt out of National Colour with the mare unfortunately passing away in November last year, a week after foaling her final foal, a filly by Snitzel. Pedigree: https://magicmillions.online/viewLot/228/850 Grant Knowles, Breeding To Win, Aushorse Marketing, Thoroughbred Daily News Aus NZ, Pedigree Bwana, Love Racing - South Africa, Ashleigh Hughes, Diane De Kock, Craig Carey
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Ridgemont HighlandsJan 7, 2019 @ 5:15pm
Trainer Mike de Kock and jockey Gavin Lerena teamed up to win the G3 Three Troikas Stakes at Turffontein Racecourse on Sunday with the well related Storm Destiny, a filly by Ridgemont Highlands' Champion Dynasty.

Despite Lerena putting up 0.5kgs overweight, Storm Destiny attracted strong betting support for the 1400m contest for 3yo fillies, and she duly jumped the tote favourite for Wilgerbosdrift Stud Farm - South Africa's Mary Slack and Michael Javett.

#TSANews: http://www.tsanews.co.za/storm-destiny-wins-three-troikas-stakes/

Breeding To Win, Sarah Whitelaw, Diane De Kock, Bloodstock South Africa,
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Trainer Mike de Kock and jockey Gavin Lerena teamed up to win the G3 Three Troikas Stakes at Turffontein Racecourse on Sunday with the well related Storm Destiny, a filly by Ridgemont Highlands' Champion Dynasty. Despite Lerena putting up 0.5kgs overweight, Storm Destiny attracted strong betting support for the 1400m contest for 3yo fillies, and she duly jumped the tote favourite for Wilgerbosdrift Stud Farm - South Africa's Mary Slack and Michael Javett. #TSANews: http://www.tsanews.co.za/storm-destiny-wins-three-troikas-stakes/ Breeding To Win, Sarah Whitelaw, Diane De Kock, Bloodstock South Africa,