“Te Akau Lockdown Love”
4 Apr 2020
Welcome to Day 7 of our new 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 “Raffi” means “noble” and there certainly is a lot of that about our Pierro/Miss Judged colt that David purchased from Karaka this year for only $90,000. The shares in him sold like hotcakes too.
Raffi is a real comedian – he is a young colt with a big sense of humour and he will often be seen playing in his paddock or throwing his empty feed-bin in the air and chasing it when it hits the ground – almost pretending it is ‘alive’ – you could watch him for hours. Such a character.
His early education is underway and he’s been great to handle – he has a few tricks up his sleeve but not bad ones – just comical ones. We reckon if he was a human he’d make a fortune as an in-demand comedian with his sense of humour!
Our Pierro – Miss Judged was purchased by David Ellis in January at the 2020 Karaka Book 1 Sale, from the draft of Wentwood Grange.
In his fourth season at stud, Pierro (Lonhro), the current leading sire and highest ranked Australian in the Global Sire Rankings (9th), has already produced seven Group One winners. The quintessential racehorse and Champion First and Second Season Sire in Australia, Pierro only ever ran in stakes races, winning 11 of his 14 starts. The unbeaten Triple Crown winner as a two-year-old amassed $4.5 million and had yearling progeny reach $1.1m in the sales ring.
Raffi’s dam, Miss Judged, was a solid performing mare that won a couple of times over 1200m and 1400 metres and already left two winners from three foals. Miss Judged is by Champion Sire and leading broodmare sire Volksraad (Green Desert), and the family of stakes winners Bird of Fire (Stravinsky) and Excelleration (Exceed and Excel).
Dean Hawkins (Wentwood Grange) said: “He’s a lovely strong colt and a real racehorse, as is the family. He walks well and has a great attitude. He’s got plenty of strength and should just continue to develop.”