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Iffraaj: his  first Australasian juveniles have hit the ground running

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Iffraaj and Showcasing New Zealand fees out

HAUNUI FARM in New Zealand has announced its fees for Iffraaj and Showcasing when they shuttle there from Europe for the coming southern-hemisphere breeding season.

Iffraaj, Europe's record-breaking first-season sire of 2010, will cover at the same fee as last year, NZ$17,500 (£8,778/€10,730).

The son of Zafonic stood under the Darley banner at Kildangan Stud this year at a fee of €10,000.

Showcasing's fee has also been left unchanged at NZ$7,500 (£3,762/€4,600).

The son of Oasis Dream is currently covering his second European book of mares at Whitsbury Manor Stud at £4,500.

Haunui's other stallion, Don Eduardo, a Group 1-winning son of Zabeel, will stand at NZ$5,000 (£2,508/€3,066).

Haunui Farm general manager Mark Chitty said: "We have three stallions that provide appealto every breeder and have given careful consideration to our service fees for the upcoming season. 

"The stallions are standing at fees that once again provide value and an ability to provide a return to breeders which in the current climate is critical."

Iffraaj's first 12 Australasian starters, this season's two-year-olds, have produced three winners headed by Group 2 performer Liberating and multiple winners Fix and So Wotif.

Chitty added: "We are pleased with where Iffraaj currently sits and with what we have seen and been told by trainers, I am confident that the new season will see some exciting, untapped Iffraaj three-year-olds fulfil their early season promise."

On Showcasing, Chitty said: "His depth of pedigree wasone of the defining factors in making the decision to purchase a 50 per cent share in him.

"He was a precocious Group 1-performing two-year-old by Oasis Dream, arguably one of the most exciting young stallions in Europe – he’s already sired six stakes winners so far this season - and on Showcasing’s dam side, you can take any of the black-type performers out of the pedigree and there is another to fill the gap.

"High class stallions come from high class pedigrees and, since bringing Showcasing to New Zealand, we have seen his close relation Foreteller become a Group 3 winner in Australia whilst dual winning two-year-old Iffraaj filly Fix, looks full of promise.

"With a degree of luck there will continue to be further developments in Showcasing’s pedigree in the spring which bodes well for the future."





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