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Te Akau “Level 2” Love

20 May 2020

Te Akau “Level 2” Love

Welcome the 27th “Lockdown/Level Love” feature – as our world around us changes indelibly, we want to bring some smiles and sunshine every day – yes a small distraction but it does everyone good to be able to smile when times are tough.

The name “Cooper” is carried by some of fame and some of fortune –

When you meet Te Akau’s Cooper – our Iffraaj colt out of Kate Cross you will see why we picked his stable name!

It’s no surprise there are a lot of famous people with the last name Cooper.

From athletes and actors, to musicians and politicians – there are successful “Cooper’s” to be found the world over. For example, there is Bradley Cooper, Alice Cooper and Gary Cooper, but there are plenty of others!

Alice Cooper – the rockstar (can you believe he’s now 72?)

Gary Cooper – the film star – the leading man in 84 feature films

Anderson Cooper – the high powered journalist and news anchor

Michael Cooper – the gun basketball player

There’s even Quade Cooper – the athlete …..

Take a slice of all of these famous “Cooper’s” and you have – a high-powered, gun, athletic star!! That will do us for our boy!

Our Cooper, our Iffraaj boy, has broken in like a consummate professional and has just joined our stable team. What has struck everyone at Te Akau Stud is just how much like Gingernuts he is!

Now we know that’s a big statement and his career if just beginning – and who knows what he will achieve BUT physically he is a dead-set lookalike – here’s hoping when Jerry was playing nanny to our youngster, a bit of the G-nuts magic has rubbed off, and some advice and wisdom shared.


Our 1 c Iffraaj – Kate Cross was purchased by David Ellis in January at the 2020 Karaka Book 1 Sale, from the draft of Windsor Park Stud.

A half-brother to Group One winner Consensus (Postponed), a multiple group winning mare that sold in December for $622,500 on gavelhouse.com, by high-quality proven International Group One stallion Iffraaj (Zafonic). The sire of Te Akau trained triple Group One winner Gingernuts.

Consensus was not only very talented but extremely durable, successful at two and training on to win 11 races up to 2100 metres.

His dam sire, Cape Cross (Green Desert), is the sire of Horse of the Year Seachange, and Te Akau trained Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr. 1, 1400m) winner Kindacross. He sired 21 Group One winners worldwide and proved very successful as a broodmare sire.

Interestingly, Kate Cross was initially trained by double Gold Medallist Mark Todd, who rode Charisma to gold in Los Angeles (1984) & Seoul (1988). In his second season of training (2002/03), Todd also prepared Bramble Rose to win the New Zealand Oaks (Gr. 1, 2400m).

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