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South African stallion ranks enhanced by son of Redoute's Choice

Group 1-winning Rafeef also son of blue hen mare National Colour

Redoute's Choice: son Rafeef to be added the South African stallion ranks
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Rafeef, who landed the Grade 1 Computaform Sprint for Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum last month, has been retired from racing and will stand at Highlands Stud in South Africa this year.

The four-year-old 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 5f Computaform Sprint and the 7f Grade 2 Hawaii Stakes.

Rafeef retires as the winner of six races and achieved a highest Racing Post Rating of 114 for his win in the Computaform Sprint.

De Kock told local media: "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 (£467,000/€538,000), 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 a valuable prize at Nad Al Sheba at four, 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 (right) just fails to catch Borderlescott in the Nunthorpe

Rafeef is a brother to Mustaaqeem, who carried the colours of Sheikh Hamdan to win the Grade 1 South African Nursery at Turffontein on the same card as Rafeef struck in the Computaform Sprint.

Rafeef will stand at a fee of R50,000 (£3,000/€3,500) in 2017.

We knew from the start Rafeef was an exceptionally talented horse gifted with brilliance
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