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Iffraaj's hot spell continues with Jon Snow's Derby victory

Colt lands his first success at the highest level at Randwick

Iffraaj: is the sire of eight winners at the highest level
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The recent hot spell of offspring by Iffraaj landing Group 1 contests in the southern hemisphere continued on Saturday when Jon Snow stormed to a stunning success in the Australian Derby at Randwick.

New Zealand raider Jon Snow was settled alongside the leader Harper's Choice for much of the race and it was the duo who entered a battle to win the contest.

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained colt hit the front, where he looked to seal the contest comfortably, but he had to fend off the battling Harper's Choice to win by three-quarters of length.

His success came just a week after landing a first win at Group level having scooped the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes at Rosehill and prior to that victory he had finished third behind Iffraaj's son Gingernuts in the New Zealand Derby.

Gingernuts had gone on to win the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas and was sent off favourite for the Australian Derby to finish fifth of the 13 runners.

Bred by Richard Moore, Jon Snow is the first foal out of the winning O'Reilly mare Orinda. She is a half-sister to Ubiquitous, a dual Group 3 winner, and is from the family of Solveig and Lady Of The Desert.

Forsman picked up Jon Snow for NZ$65,000 (£36,301/€43,000) from the Haunui Farm draft at the NZ Bloodstock Select Yearling in 2015.

For Iffraaj, Jon Snow is his eighth winner at the highest level. That number also includes Ribchester, Rizeena and Wootton Bassett in the northern hemisphere.

 

His success came just a week after landing a first win at Group level having scooped the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes at Rosehill

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