Lot 465 b c OReilly Twilight Granita (Iffraaj) $70,000 (draft: Bradbury Park)
“He is a very good type of colt, from a young stakes winning mare, and as I keep referring to: I love buying early foals and especially out of talented fillies like Twilight Granita,” David Ellis said.
“He met our criteria in every respect: size, scope, and quality, correct, he walks beautifully, just a particularly well put together horse and to get a colt by the champion stallion O’Reilly, and such a fine example, is a gift at the price.
“He’s a lovely sort of colt, one that I can see developing into a Guineas/Levin Classic horse and I really think he could be Derby type,” Ellis said.
His dam sire, Iffraaj (Zafonic), has made a terrific impact as a stallion in New Zealand, as champion second season sire, champion 2YO & 3YO sire. Still early in his career he has left New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year in Fix. Champion Middle Distance & Sprinter of the Year Turn Me Loose, and Karaka Millon winner Xiong Feng. And recent New Zealand Derby winner Gingernuts, trained by Te Akau.
“Iffraaj is a proven stallion and has the makings of a really good broodmare sire, because he has a world-class pedigree,” Ellis said.
This colt boasts a very good cross of Last Tycoon, the sire of O’Reilly, on both side of his pedigree.
“His breeder does a fantastic job and has had incredible success,” Ellis said.
Miss Andretti, Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year, won 19 races, including four Group Ones, and took on and beat the best sprinters in the world when winning the 2007 King’s Stand Stakes (Gr. 1, 1000m) at Royal Ascot – setting a new course record (57.4) in the process. Quite unbelievably she holds five course records. And more recently Shamus Award (Snitzel) won the 2013 Cox Plate (Gr. 1, 2040m), was named champion three-year-old of the year, and now stands at stud.
More recently his horse Shamus Award (Snitzel) won the 2013 Cox Plate (Gr. 1, 2040m), was named champion three-year-old of the year, and now stands at stud.
”He’s a lovely sort of colt, one that I can see developing into a Guineas’/Levin Classic horse and I really think he could be Derby type,” Ellis said.