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Jon Snow on Track for Caulfield Cup
03 October 2017
Jon Snow (NZ) (Iffraaj) sent out a warning to his fellow Caulfied Cup candidates at Moonee Valley on Friday night with an impressive and dominant performance in the Group Three JRA Cup (2040m).
Last season’s ATC Derby-winner was having his third start back this preparation after resuming in the Group One Memsie Stakes over 1400m followed by the Group One Makybe Diva Stakes over the mile at Flemington. Put in a much handier position by rider Stephen Baster who bounced the son of Iffraaj (GB) (Zafonic) out of the gates from a wide alley to sit outside the leader, Jon Snow hit the lead swinging for home and the result never looked in doubt.
Trainer Murray Baker said after the race, “Going forward gave him the galloping room he needs and it all worked out well. He’s a bull and he didn’t like getting cluttered up between horses last start.
“The one concern we had was that he might need one more run but he’s got away with it and the win will do him the world of good.”
The Caulfield Cup is the main aim for Jon Snow this preparation with a start in either the Group Two Herbert Power over 2400m or, the Group One Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on Caulfield Guineas Day his options as final lead ups to the main event.
Bred by Richard Moore, Jon Snow is a member of the famed Soliloquy family and is the first Haunui Farm group winning graduate for the new season. One of three Group One-winning graduates for Haunui last season, Jon Snow is on track to become the third Caulfield Cup winner born, raised or sold by Haunui following Silver Bounty (NZ) (Karayar) who won it in 1981 and Railings (Aus) (Zabeel) who gave John Hawkes his first success in the Caulfield Cup in 2005.
And, Haunui Farm stallion Iffraaj looks set to have two runners in the 2017 rendition of the Caulfield Cup with last year’s New Zealand Derby and Rosehill Guineas-winner Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj) putting his hand up with a strong victory in the Group One Windsor Park Plate (1600m) at Hawkes Bay. This week he will step back up to the plate in the feature event of the Hawke’s Bay Carnival, the Livermol Classic (2000m) and another strong performance will certainly see him board the plane for Melbourne.
“The Spring in Melbourne is the epitome of racing in the Southern Hemisphere and to have a Haunui graduate heading for one of the feature races is pretty exciting,” said Haunui Farm’s Mark Chitty. “And we’ve obviously got the Iffraaj connection with Gingernuts who can hopefully step up again this weekend in Hawke’s Bay and book his ticket to Melbourne,” he said.
“The fact that Jon Snow, Gingernuts and of course Bonneval have all come back this preparation to take on the older horses and beat them, is great testament to the strength of New Zealand racing. We own Full Of Spirit who is a half-sister to Bonneval so, we’ve definitely got plenty to cheer about in the coming weeks!”