First winner for Haunui shuttler Iffraaj

Haunui Farm shuttler Iffraaj recorded his first winner when Nasharra scored a one-length victory in the EBF Emil Adam Stakes at Leicester on Monday evening.  

Nasharra (2c Iffraaj – There With Me by Distant View) is a younger half-brother to talented filly Give Me The Night (Night Shift) who won juvenile races at Catterick, Hamilton and Wolverhampton in 2005.  He was a 50,000gns buy at the 2008 Tattersalls Foal Sale and a 37,000 pounds buy at the 2009 Doncaster Yearling Sale.

Iffraaj (Zafonic) shuttles to New Zealand from Darley’s Irish base at Kildangan Stud.  He is arguably the best sprinting stallion to have been retired to stud in New Zealand  in recent years.  

Iffraaf was Timeform’s highest rated sprinter of Europe in 2006 after taking the G2 Lennox Stakes at Goodwood and G2 Park Stakes at York.  He was also beaten a head when runner-up to Les Arcs in the G1 July Cup at Newmarket.

The Haunui shuttler represents the Danzig dynasty through Danehill’s ill-fated son Mozart who was a G1 winner of the July Cup and Nunthorpe Stakes.  Mozart only stood one season at stud in 2002 but sired 57 winners at a 66% strike-rate.  His stakes winners to winners ratio was a remarkable 14%.

Iffraaf owns a world class pedigree through his dam Pastorale who is a half-sister to Cape Cross, sire of Sea The Stars and Ouija Board, out of the champion juvenile Park Appeal.  He will stand his third southern season at Haunui Farm in 2010 at a $10,000 (+ gst) service fee.

Iffraaf covered 130 mares in his first southern season in 2008 and a dozen of his first foals were catalogued for the NZ Bloodstock National Sale earlier this month.  Top price was a $50,000 colt from the Centaine mare Daydream (Lot 360) offered by Hallmark Stud.  He is from the family of G1 winners Roman Emperor, Tully Thunder and Black Mamba.