Iffraaj: the champion freshman heads the Karaka Select sale sire listsPICTURE: Mark Cranham
Second Karaka Select session-topper for Iffraaj
SOUTHERN-HEMISPHERE progeny of last year's record-breaking European champion first-season sire Iffraaj have maintained their popularity at New Zealand Bloodstock's Select yearling sale at Karaka.
Iffraaj provided the filly who topped Wednesday's opening session at NZ$290,000 and the sire repeated the feat in Thursday's session when one of his sons headed the returns at NZ$170,000 (£81,000, €95,000).
The colt in question is out of the Listed-winning Jugah mare French Flute and his third dam Sanfelin was a Group 3-placed juvenile. He was bought by Walter and Kathy Alteri's Newlands Thoroughbreds.
Iffraaj shuttles from Kildangan Stud to Haunui Farm in New Zealand and his first NZ-bred progeny are yearlings. He currently tops the Select sale sires' table with 27 lots sold for NZ$2,230,000 at an average of NZ$82,611 (£39,500, €46,000).
Receipts from the first two days of the Karaka Select sale are generally down on the same period last year. Turnover of NZ$13,717,500 (£6,543,000, €7,690,000) is down by 40 per cent from NZ$22,927,500 in 2010 and the average of NZ$46,658 (£22,250, €26,150) is down by 11 per cent from NZ$52,346.
The median has fallen from NZ$40,000 to NZ$38,000 and the clearance rate is 73 per cent compared with 78 per cent last year.
The Karaka Select sale concludes on Friday.