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Makfi and Christophe Soumillon are led in after the Jacques Le Marois Deauville 15.08.2010

Makfi: the son of Dubawi is from the family of Alhaarth

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Makfi to shuttle to Westbury Stud

LAST year's 2,000 Guineas and Prix Jacques le Marois winner Makfi will shuttle to Gerry Harvey's Westbury Stud in new Zealand for the southern-hemisphere breeding season.

The son of Dubawi was purchased by Qatari interests and retired to Tweenhills Stud in Gloucestershire, where he has been covering his first book of mares this spring at a fee of £25,000.

Makfi's fee at Westbury Stud - where he will join fellow European shuttlers Captain Rio and Librettist - has been set at NZ$27,500 (£13,400, €15,350).

Westbury Stud's Russell Warwick said: "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to stand a horse of Makfi's quality at Westbury and I feel confident he will suit the New Zealand broodmare pool superbly.

"Seldom do breeders in this part of the world have access to a stallion with this level of race performance and I can honestly say that he ticks all the boxes from a stallion perspective - he will be a great addition to our stallion roster."

Makfi is out of the unraced Green Desert mare Dhelaal, a half-sister to champion two-year-old Alhaarth and to the dam of Derby third Aqaleem, from the stallion-producing family of Authorized, Green Dancer and Okawango.

Makfi's first European book of mares has included the dams of Best Name, Lawman, Shimraan, Split Trois, Triple Aspect and Vital Equine, as well as high-class racemares Aqaarid, Brazilian Bride, Bianca Nera, Fauvelia and Something Exciting.




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