Great NZ Sires Provide Classic Stamina
Champion New Zealand sires Sir Tristram, Zabeel and Sobig are responsible for much of the stamina that made the Kiwi three-year-olds Gingernuts and John Snow stars of the Sydney autumn carnival.
Gingernuts won the Avondale Guineas, New Zealand Derby and Rosehill Guineas in succession before he finished behind Tulloch Stakes winner Jon Snow in the ATC Australian Derby at Randwick.
Both Derby winners are by Iffraaj but the source of their stamina may lie in their maternal breeding as each have Sir Tristram, Zabeel and Sobig close up.
A Summertime stallion, Sobig won the Great Northern Derby, Waikato Guineas and Gloaming Stakes and at stud in New Zealand supplied dual Melbourne Cup winner Think Big, Sobar (Caulfeld Cup), So Called (Cox Plate), Devante (New Zealand Oaks) and Soliloquy (Lowland Stakes, Waikato Lion Brown Sprint)
Devante is the fourth dam of Gingernuts and Solilquy is the fourth dam of Jon Snow.
Jon Snow is from Orinda, a modest winner twice at 1400m in New Zealand by O’Reilly. She goes back seven generations to Green Gables, a half-sister to Chubin, dam of Prince Grant, winner of the AJC Derby by eight lengths in 1965 and Sydney Cup in 1966.
The family had earlier produced the immortals Phar Lap and Kindergarten.
Jon Snow is the first named foal of Orinda, a half-sister to four winners from eight to race including Ubiquitous (Tale of the Cat), a winner of seven races including two G3 events in New Zealand and the Listed Royal Parma Stakes at Rosehill.
Jon Snow’s grandam Zahra is a three-quarter sister by Sir Tristram’s great son Zabeel to G3 Stan Fox Stakes winner Greig (Grosvenor), Lady Solvil (won Listed QTC Metropolitan) and the Grosvenor winner Momente, dam of G2 Sandown Guineas winner Caymans.
Zahra is also a three-quarter sister to Gallic, a Zabeel winner of the Sydney Cup, Moonee Valley Gold Cup, Adelaide Cup and two Bendigo Cups.
Jon Snow’s third dam Solveig (Imposing) won 14 races, headed by the G1 NZ Oaks, G1 Avondale Cup and G1 DB 1600.
Jon Snow and Gingernuts are two of eight G1 winners by Iffraaj from his use in New Zealand and Great Britain.
The best of his other NZ-bred progeny has been triple G1 winner Turn Me Loose, got from a Danehill mare.
Other Iffraaj progeny bred in New Zealand who have performed well at G1 have included Fix (triple G2 winner, second NZ Derby), Serena Miss (two G2 wins, third NZ 1000 Guineas), Wyndspelle (second G1 ARC Diamond Stakes) and Twilight Granita (second G1 NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes).
Booked to visit Haunui Farm in NZ again in 2017, Iffraaj ran 13 times in the UK all at 1400m or less, including three wins at G2 level, and a G1 second.
He is by the prematurely deceased Zafonic, a champion European juvenile and English 2000 Guineas winner by the Mr. Prospector sire Gone West from Pastorale, a Nureyev half-sister to Cape Cross.
Sir Tristram and Zabeel also figure prominently in the immediate breeding of Bonneval, yet another Kiwi-bred classic winner at the Randwick carnival in the ATC Australian Oaks.
Bonneval is by dual hemisphere sire Makfi, also the sire of the 2016 ATC Oaks winner Sofia Rosa, from Imposingly, a three-quarter sister to the champion Zabeel stayer St Reims. His 11 wins included the NZ Derby, Auckland Zabeel Classic, three Adelaide Cups and the Avondale Guineas.
Bred in New Zealand, Bonneval is a sister to Imposing Lass and half-sister to G3 Adrian Knox Stakes winner Full Of Spirit and another G3 winner. Lady Cumquat.
Imposingly is also nearly a three-quarter relation to another Zabeel champion mare Champagne, a half-sister to Bonneval’s grandam.
NZ classic breeding is alive and well - four of the last six Australian Derby winners had Zabeel in their pedigrees and five of the last six Australian Oaks winners carried his name or that of Sir Tristram
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