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Star Sprinter Iffraaj Joins 2007 NZ Haunui Roster
New Zealand's Haunui Farm announced 6YO Darley sire & "world-class international sprinter Iffraaj (Zafonic-Pastorale, by Nureyev)" will be joining its stallion roster for the 2007 breeding season". Darley retired the home-bred Godolphin sprinter to Kildangan Stud in Ireland with a €12,000 (A$19,200) initial service fee last October, following impressive victories in both September's UK Gr2 Park Stakes (7 furlongs) at York (setting a new course record of 1min 21.98sec) & August's UK Gr2 Lennox Stakes (7 furlongs) at Goodwood, as well as runner-up in the UK Gr1 July Cup (6 furlongs) at Newmarket. Overall Iffraaj notched 7 wins from 13 starts (also including the 2005 UK Gr2 Park Stakes at Doncaster) & retired with a Timeform rating of 127 & International Classification of 128 (ranking him the best horse in Europe at distances under 8 furlongs). His ill-fated sire & former Arrowfield Stud shuttler Zafonic (Gone West-Zaizafon, by The Minstrel) was US Champion 2YO & 3YO who was subsequently crowned 1997 leading 1st season sire, who boasts 64% winners-to-starters & 8.5% stakes-winners-to-foals. And his dam Pastorale is a half-sister to fellow Kildangan stallion Cape Cross. Haunui's Mark Chitty commented: "It's no secret we have been on the look-out for a new stallion to join our roster for quite some time. And the more we found out about Iffraaj, the harder it was to find any other horse that matched his credentials. He scored a tick in every box of our stallion selection criteria, just like Soviet Star & Almutawakel did, & when we compared him to other horses that were available, there was just no contest." Iffraaj is currently serving his 1st book of 150 mares at Kildangan Stud & is being brought to NZ by a partnership which also includes Gerald & Rex Fell's Fairdale Stud, Brent & Cherry Taylor's Trelawney Stud, Jim & Chris Campin of Chequers Stud, & Richard & David Moore of Soliloquy Lodge. He will stand at Haunui for NZ$12,000+GST & be limited to 120 mares.