RAFEEF retired to stand at Highlands Stud

Posted on: 6th Jun 2017

Rafeef: Grade 1-winning sprinter is a son of leading sire Redoute's Choice (Photo: http://www.sportingpost.co.za)

Group 1 winner RAFEEF, who landed the Grade 1 Computaform Sprint for HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum last month, has been retired from racing and will stand at Highlands Stud near Cape Town, in South Africa this year.

The son of REDOUTE’S CHOICE was trained by Mike de Kock to win four of his six stars during the 2016-17 season, including the Grade 1 Computaform Sprint over 1,000 metres and the Grade 2 Hawaii Stakes over 1,400 metres

RAFEEF retires as the winner of six races from 1,000 metres to 1,400 metres and achieved a highest official rating of 116.

His achievements on the racecourse last season were rewarded at the Highveld Feature Awards in May when he scooped the top prize of Horse of the Year as well as Champion Sprinter and Champion Older Horse.

De Kock was quick to give RAFEEF a glowing reference following the announcement of his retirement, telling the South African press: “We knew from the start RAFEEF was an exceptionally talented horse gifted with brilliance.

“We saw only a glimpse of that in the Computaform Sprint and I have no doubt that he would have won many more Grade 1s had he been kept in training.  He has the ‘wow’ looks to go with his ‘wow’ ability.”

RAFEEF, who was bought at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale in 2014 for A$800,000, is out of the NATIONAL ASSEMBLY mare NATIONAL COLOUR, who was trained by Sean Tarry to win the Computaform Sprint, South African Fillies Sprint and Mercury Sprint at three.

She went on to win at Nad Al Sheba and ran with credit in Europe in 2008, finishing sixth to Equiano in the King's Stand Stakes and a close second to Borderlescott in the Nunthorpe.

NATIONAL COLOUR is also responsible for MUSTAAQEEM - also by REDOOUTE’S CHOICE - who carried the colours of Sheikh Hamdan to win the Grade 1 South African Nursery at Turffontein on the same card as when RAFFEF struck in the Computaform Sprint.

RAFEEF will stand at a fee of R50,000 in 2017.

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