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Haunui Farm stallion Iffraaj (GB) (Zafonic) has been taking much of the limelight over the past few weeks with the Australian Group One successes of Gingernuts (NZ) and Jon Snow (NZ). However this weekend, the Haunui racing highlights were provided by his fellow barn mate Showcasing (GB) (Oasis Dream) who landed an impressive trans-Tasman double with Showemup (NZ) and Cylidner Beach (NZ).
Three-year-old filly Showemup – her sire’s 15th individual stakes winner - has always shown plenty of ability but some niggly issues kept her out of her major summer racing targets. But, we all know that patience is a virtue in the racing game and it was well rewarded on Saturday with an impressive win in the Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Airfreight Stakes (1600m), one of the features of the South Island Filly of the Year Series.
A stakes win is satisfying in any form but it was the way in which Showemup took care of her opposition that was so telling, the filly kicking over three lengths clear after straightening for the run home and holding off late challenger and North Island visitor, Grand Soleil (NZ) (Savabeel) with almost seven lengths back to third.
Showemup currently sits second on the New Zealand Bloodstock South Island Filly of the Year table, just one point adrift of the lead and all signs lead to the filly contesting the decider at Riccarton in two weeks’ time, the Warstep Satkes.
Across the ditch, Group Three winner Cylinder Beach made light of his 59.5kg top weight in the $100,000 Toowoomba Cup with a dominant performance over 2000m.
After an abandoned Sydney campaign due to consistently wet tracks, trainer Desleigh Forster decided to pack up and head home with Saturday’s win signalling Cylinder Beach to be right on track for his feature target, the Group Two Brisbane Cup at the upcoming Queensland Carnival.
“The way in which he won on Saturday was very impressive,” said Haunui Farm’s Managing Director, Mark Chitty. “He only had the one start in Sydney due to the weather in the Ajax Stakes but he finished less than three lengths from It’s Somewhat in that race and he went on to win the Doncaster,” he said. “That certainly underpins his form and bodes well for the Queensland Carnival.”
Showcasing, the Champion First Season & 2YO Sire of his year and, last season’s Champion Second Season Sire, will return to Haunui in 2017 off the back of serving yet another full book of mares at his Northern Hemisphere base, Whitsbury Manor Stud, where he stands for a fee of €35,000. His Southern Hemisphere service fee will be announced in the coming weeks.