New Stakes winner for Iffraaj in New Zealand

Seajetz takes Karaka Classic to give sire Iffraaj 87 Stakes winners

Powerful five-year-old Seajetz continued the wonderful run of his Irish sire Iffraaj when he swooped down the middle of the track to win the Listed Karaka Classic over 1,500m at Pukekohe in New Zealand on Tuesday, 1 November.

Second-last on the home turn, Seajetz responded to the urgings of apprentice jockey Niranjan Palmar to beat Self Obsession by a long head, with Old Town Road another 1.5 lengths way in third place in 1min 29.28sec.

The gelding, out of New Zealand mare Bellazeel, was offered by Trelawney Stud and bought by David Ellis for $100,000 at the 2019 Karaka Yearling Sale.

Iffraaj has sired 11 winners at the highest level, including the four-time G1 victor Ribchester.

Seajetz became his 87th Stakes-race winner and has never raced in better form.

Interestingly, Ribchester sired impressive two-year-old Krakarib to win the G3 Maribyrnong Plate at Flemington in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Iffraaj stands at Darley’s Dalham Hall Stud in England.