FOUR-year-old Rafeef (AUS) is one of the most striking individuals in training and Mike de Kock is hoping the stable can chalk up some black type for him after he made it three wins from five starts under in-form Callan Murray in a sprint at the Vaal on Tuesday.
Rafeef (Hamdan silks, Callan Murray), won with authority.
Rafeef is a big and beautiful colt with excellent pace and a stallion’s pedigree and while he has suffered a few niggles, he is not a chronically unsound horse and Mike reported he pulled up well after beating Angel’s Power in driving finish to a Graduation Plate over 1200m.
Rafeef, who races for Sheikh Hamdan, is by Redoute’s Choice (AUS) from 2006 Joint Equus Horse Of The Year and star sprinter National Colour, who has thrown some exciting foals in her spell at stud in Australia so far.
Mike said: “Rafeef is a horse with tremendous speed and that shows his class, because he looks like one who will enjoy a mile too. We’ll be looking for black type for him. We need more Redoute’s Choice blood at stud in South Africa. Wylie Hall is one I’d support for his staying qualities, this one could bring speed into the mould. Let’s hope Rafeef can go on from here, he is a talented individual.”