Group 1 book for Makfi

European champion Makfi has attracted a quality book of mares for his debut season at Westbury Stud in New Zealand.

NZ 1000 Guineas winner Insouciant (NZ) is the latest G1 winner to visit the son of Dubawi (Dubai Millennium).  The Keeper mare descends from a prolific stakes winning family that includes fellow Thousand Guineas winner Dorabella (Postponed).

Other star matrons set to be covered by Makfi include G1 winner Giovanna (Blues Traveller), Singapore Champion Tapildo (Rhythm), G2 winner Everswindell (Align), G2 winner Keep The Passion (Keeper) and gutsy G1 performer Illuminates (Strategic).

Upstage (Quest For Fame), the dam of G1 winner Tavistock (Montjeu), is also among his first book.  “We have been delighted with the way Makfi has settled in and the support has been excellent,” Westbury studmaster Russell Warwick said.

“Makfi has started in brilliant fashion in the service barn with the first four mares served all scanned in foal.  He finished with 132 positive pregnancies from the 150 mares covered in his first northern hemisphere book.”

Racing in a vintage generation, Makfi stamped himself as one of the very best defeating luminaries like Goldikova (Anabaa), Canford Cliffs (Tagula) and St Nicholas Abbey (Montjeu).

In a stellar career, he was a G1 winner of the Prix Jacques Le Marois and English 2000 Guineas and was awarded a Timeform rating of 130.

Makfi was also named joint Champion European 3YO with Arc de Triomphe winner Workforce (King’s Best).

Makfi is one of five individual G1 winners in the first three crops by Dubawi, the only G1 winning son of ill-fated Dubai World Cup winner Dubai Millennium (Seeking the Gold).

His dam Dhelaal (Green Desert) is a half-sister to G1 winner Alhaarth (Unfuwain) who descends from the family of champion sire Green Dancer (Nijinsky).