Lot 879 ch c Iffraaj – La Chiflota (Hussonet) $70,000 (draft: Monovale Farm)
By Iffraaj (Zafonic), the sire of Te Akau trained triple group one winner Gingernuts, and also the dam sire of Champion Two-Year-Old Melody Belle (Commands), this colt is out a group one winner and Champion 2YO Filly in Chile.
Iffraaj is also the sire of Royal Ascot group one winner and Champion Miler Ribchester. He is a proven international sire, Champion 3YO sire in New Zealand, and produced over 50 individual stakes winners.
“I loved him from the first time I saw him parade at Monovale,” said David Ellis, of the chestnut colt.
“We thought he should have been in Book 1. He’s a really athletic colt and reminded us a lot of Gingernuts.
“Joe and Max Smithies (Monovale) bred and prepped our recent winner Wide Awake (Savabeel) and they are two young guys that are doing an outstanding job, following on from their father (Paul).
“I think he was really good value at the price, and a horse that can be winning as a two-year-old and training on to become a high-class three-year-old.”
His dam, La Chiflota, won three times as a two-year-old from 1200m to 1600m in the U.S.A. and Chile.
She is by Hussonet (Mr. Prospector), a Champion sire of 30 group one winners and broodmare sire of 72% winners to runners worldwide – he was a highly rated stallion that passed in 2016.
This colt has an imposing Mr. Prospector cross through the stallions in his pedigree.