The Ridgemont Highlands team celebrated a smashing Gr1 success at Kenilworth on Saturday when their undefeated Dynasty home-bred Front And Centre confirmed her superb credentials with an emphatic victory in the R1 million WSB Cape Fillies Guineas.

Despite having missed her prep run in the Western Cape Fillies Championship with muscle enzyme issues, Front And Centre showed her class and vast upward potential with a top drawer effort in one of South Africa’s defining classics.

Anton Marcus salutes as Front And Centre stoms to her biggest career success to date (Pic – Chase Liebenberg Photography)

And her victory was just reward for the Kieswetter family who have invested massive rands and oodles of unbridled confidence into SA horseracing.

A ‘super-confident’ Brett Crawford, who had endured the disappointment of seeing the winner’s stablemate Shamrock Wind withdrawn at the start after being injured, watched Front And Centre pass her acid test in style and also confirm his Ridgemont Highlands coloured tie choice.

Anton Marcus, riding his 102nd Gr1 winner, had Front And Centre relaxed four lengths off Silvano’s Pride, Just Chaos and Temple Grafin as the second favourite loped along and eyed the prize.

In the run for home, Front And Centre moved up powerfully alongside Silvano’s Pride and after a brief glance each way, the Crawford runner powered on to win by 1,50 lengths in a  time of 99,03 secs to give Brett his second Cape Guineas trophy after Bad Girl Runs won in 2005.

Silvano’s Pride ran a cracker in second and held off the favourite Clouds Unfold, who never quite sparked, and came in a further 0,75 lengths back.

Sean Tarry visitor Second Request was not disgraced, running a 3,75 length fourth.

Anton Marcus said that he was privileged to ride a horse like Front And Centre.

“It was a litmus test even though there were only two rated better than her. I think she is better than this performance. It’s a pleasure to have Wayne, Belinda, Craig and Ross Kieswetter here. I just fly in and the team make me look good,” he said.

Front And Centre (Anton Marcus) is led in by Paula Simoni Belinda Kieswetter and Amanda Carey (Pic – Chase Liebenberg Photography)

An emotional Brett Crawford said that he was pleased to have Front And Centre put her best hoof forward after her ‘small hiccup in October’.

A R300 000 Cape Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 purchase, Front And Centre, a half sister to Ridgemont Highlands Gr1 winner sire Potala Palace (Singspiel), is a daughter of perennial champion producer Dynasty (Fort Wood) out of the UK Gr3 placed Alzao mare, Alignment.

A winner of all of her four starts, Front And Centre took her earnings to R795 625 at her first Gr1 success.

There will be a massive party in Robertson this evening!

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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

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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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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Thoroughbred South Africa News
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,