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The 2017 sale season kicks off this week. We had an excellent lunch in the RA’s Paddock Room at the Khaya Diadem Stakes on Saturday with some of our racing friends. The buzz was all about the sale and its innovative trends and lots of speculation about rumours of Highlands Stud Farm having being sold. The horses start arriving today and viewing starts tomorrow. I am really looking forward to see them.
The rumours were confirmed by the Sporting Post over the weekend. Hearty congratulations to the Kieswetter family and their manager/advisor Craig Carey. It’s wonderful for our industry to see a new investor of Wayne Kieswetter’s calibre bringing new passion and life into one of the stalwarts of our industry.
Wayne and his sons, Ross & Craig, are well-known on the racecourse through a string of recent successes. They are a very enthusiastic, friendly and popular family – I have no doubt they will be a great asset to the industry. My team and I manage the careers of four of the stallions at Highlands and we look forward to continuing working with the Kieswetter family as major shareholders going forward. Heartiest congratulations to them.
“The Sporting Post is privileged to break the news that the Beck family and Graham Beck Enterprises (Pty) Ltd have agreed to sell its Western Cape Thoroughbred operation, Highlands Stud, to the Kieswetter family of Ridgemont Stud (Pty) Ltd.
The transaction includes the 100-hectare Robertson Valley property as well as its stallions and bloodstock. “Wayne Kieswetter and his family had expressed interest in purchasing Highlands Stud for over two years now, and ultimately it would not have been sold had they not been such enthusiastic stewards of their farm, Ridgemont Stud,” Antony Beck said.
“I know they will look after Highlands in the same way for many decades, and I wish them all the best.” “We are privileged that Antony and Angela Beck have agreed to sell Highlands Stud to us,” the Kieswetter family said in a statement. “Highlands is steeped in heritage and tradition, and we will endeavour to carry on the Beck legacy.”
Antony and Angela Beck will continue to maintain a racing stable in South Africa, and as Antony Beck explained, “Our family has been prominent racing owners for nearly 50 years, and we look forward to continuing this tradition.”
Wayne Kieswetter and his Sun Met hope, Whisky Baron

It was a good weekend for the stallions in our portfolio:
  • Captain Al’s son My Pal Al was an impressive 4.75 length winner at Greyville for Alistair Gordon (now 2 wins in 4 starts) and his runners placed 3rd in both the Listed Sophomore and Gr2 Diadem Stakes.
  • Gimmethegreenlight had two winners; his son Gimme The Stars won by 2 lengths again on Friday, career tally 2 wins, 2x 2nd and 2x 3rd in 7 starts and Checkthegreenlight won the 1st at Flamingo Park today.
  • Pathfork had 3 winners: Bobby Dazzler an impressive 2nd start winner at Kenilworth (Crawford/Cheyne), Choir Of Angels at Kenilworth for Sands/Markus, Lucky Lulu lived up to her form at Turffontein for Lucky Houdalakis.
  • Philanthropist had 2 winners: Rockefeller (Laird/Markus) at Greyville on Friday and his runners Kenny Trix and Barak Lavan ran 1st and 2nd in the MR79 at Kenilworth – both of them have solid formlines.
  • Querari’s son Kangaroo Jack was a runaway winner in the Pinnacle Stakes over 1400m at Turffontein on Saturday scoring his 7th career win with just under R1m to his credit.
  • Trippi had 4 winners in 3 days including; Trip To Heaven’s Diadem Stakes win Tarry/Khumalo (see more below), 1st and 2nd in the 4th at Kenilworth (Bass trained Saint Janine and A Marcus’ Quippi), Weskus Klong (Andre Nel) at Greyville on Friday and Torro del Oro at the Vaal the day before. He also added another winner today in the 3rd at Flamingo Park with Tayaar.
Trip To Heaven
Cape Breeders report:-
“Trip To Heaven, a son of Drakenstein Stud’s champion sire Trippi, picked up the fourth graded win of his career when romping to a 3.75 length win in Saturday’s G2 Khaya Stables Diadem Stakes at Kenilworth.

The Highlands Farms Stud bred five-year-old (who had previously finished first past the post in the Gr1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge last season), was a class above his 11 rivals, leaving dual Merchants winner Tevez, recent Gr2 World Sports Betting Cape Merchants hero Search Party and Gr1 Mercury Sprint winner Red Ray all in his wake.

Trip To Heaven, who holds an entry in the Gr1 Betting World Cape Flying Championship on Sun Met day, has now won seven times with Saturday’s Gr2 win pushing his earnings to over R1.5 million.
Trip To Heaven’s impressive victory continued the great run of form that Trippi sired runners have enjoyed in Cape features this season. Previously, Trippi’s son Gold Standard won the Gr2 Selangor Cup and finished second in the Gr1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas, and Trippi filly Live Life lifted the Gr2 Cartier Sceptre Stakes just eight days earlier to Trip To Heaven’s Gr2 win.
Trip To Heaven, one of three winners on the weekend for his sire, has now won three on the bounce, having previously beaten subsequent Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner Legal Eagle over 1160m before going on to land the Gr2 The Citizen Merchants for a second time.
Gold Standard
His sire Trippi, also responsible for brilliant recent 2yo winner Punta Cana, is the sire of 66 stakes winners to date, with his top runners including five time Gr1 winner Inara, Equus Champion Hammie’s Hooker, and Gr1 winners R Heat Lightning, Afrikaburn, For The Lads and Real Princess. Another of his sons, former Gr1 Sansui Summer Cup runner up Deo Juvente, nearly gave Trippi a graded double this weekend when just beaten into second in the G3 London News Stakes. He has now banked over R1 000 000 –and looks sure to pick up another decent prize before too long.
Trippi has 13 lots on offer at this week’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale, including a colt out of Dynasty’s G2 winner Demanding Lady (Lot 32), a filly out of Fillies Guineas winner Gibraltar Blue (Lot 70), a three parts brother to multiple stakes winner Night Trip (Lot 139) and a colt out of G1 SA Fillies Classic winner Spiced Gold (Lot 192)”.
Bred by Carl & Amanda de Vos at Varsfontein Stud, Trippi’s son Gold Standard is currently one of the best 3yo’s in SA. He was beaten by a neck in the Gr1 Cape Guineas last month having won the Gr2 Selangor and the Listed Racing Association Stakes, having had three consecutive wins in the lead up to the Guineas.
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