Lot 160 ch c Iffraaj – La Panthere (Generous) $60,000 (draft: Wentwood Grange)
Bred on the same cross as Gingernuts – by Iffraaj, out of a Generous mare – trained by Te Akau to win the NZ Derby (Gr. 1, 2400m), Rosehill Guineas (Gr. 1, 2000m), and Windsor Park Stud (Gr. 1, 1600m).
Although unraced, dam La Panthere is a half-sister to impressive winner Sarsarun (Ustinov) who included the Karaka Classic (Listed, 1600m) amongst seven wins.
Their dam, Tramotane, was by Gaius, a sire that instilled plenty of athleticism into his progeny and she also left a very good staying horse in McDa Knife that won four races to 2000 metres.
“He’s a lovely horse, good value and we had quite a bit more to spend on him,” said David Ellis.
“He’s a later foal and will really improve. He reminded us a fair bit of Gingernuts and obviously bred on the same cross.”
“He’s got quality about him and the type that could be prepared to race as an autumn two-year-old and train on to be a Guineas and Derby horse in time.”