The dual-hemisphere prowess of Iffraaj received further endorsement at Flemington on Saturday when Jaameh scored a determined victory in G2 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Iffraaj is well known to southern hemisphere breeders as the sire of the Derby winners Jon Snow and Gingernuts and the exciting G1-winning miler Turn Me Loose.
While Jaameh’s recent racing has been in Australia, he is one of Iffraaj’s European-bred sons and was the winner of three races in England.
Ridden perfectly by Mark Zahra, Jaameh made his challenge at the 300m but was immediately tackled by the eventual runner-up Sully who put his head in front but couldn’t sustain the effort, going down by a half-head.
Jaameh’s Queen Elizabeth win was his fourth in Australia and his first Stakes victory.
He becomes Iffraaj’s 65th Stakes winner.
In the northern hemisphere Iffraaj’s best is Ribchester, twice voted Europe’s champion miler and the winner of four G1 races, while his top-class sprinter Jungle Cat is a G1 winner in Dubai and Australia.
Iffraaj has just completed his southern hemisphere season at Haunui Farm in New Zealand where he stood for a fee of NZ$25,000, plus GST.