Showcasing Joins Impressive Haunui Roster for 2011

The latest stallion to join the powerful line-up at Haunui Farm in New Zealand is the record-breaking group II-winning juvenile Showcasing (GB) (TrueNicks).

Bred by Juddmonte, Showcasing was one of the fastest 2-year-olds of his crop. An impressive maiden winner on his second outing, Showcasing followed up by capturing the historic Gimcrack Stakes (gr. II) by two lengths, while setting a juvenile course record for six furlongs. On his only other juvenile start, Showcasing underlined his merit with a third, beaten ¾ length and a neck, in the Middle Park Stakes (gr. I) while beating subsequent group I winner Poet’s Voice. At three, Showcasing produced a huge effort against his elders in the Duke of York Stakes (gr. II), missing by just ½ length in a 12 horse field that also included superstar sprinter Starspangledbanner, winner of group I events in his next two starts.

Showcasing is a son of the sensational Green Desert horse Oasis Dream. Winner of the Middle Park Stakes, Nunthorpe Stakes, and July Cup (all gr. I), Oasis Dream has made a remarkable start to his stud career. With his first four crops, he is already sire of 36 stakes winners, including the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. I) heroine Midday, and other group and grade I winners Tuscan Evening, Aqlaam, Arcano, Lady Jane Digby, Naaqoos, and Querari. His group/grade I winners have scored at distances from 1200 to 2400m, and he was Leading European Sire of 2010 by group winners and by stakes winners.

Showcasing is out of the 2-year-old stakes winner Arabesque, a daughter of Zafonic. She is also dam of sprint champion Camacho, sire of stakes winners in each of his first two crops. The granddam, Prophecy, captured the Cheveley Park Stakes (gr. I), Europe’s most prestigious six-furlong event for 2-year-old fillies. She is also dam of the multiple group-winning 2-year-old Modern Look, a sister-in-blood to Arabesque. The third dam is Lyphard’s group-winning daughter Andaleeb.

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Breeders will be able compare their mares with Showcasing and run TrueNicks Enhanced reports at no charge, compliments of Haunui Farm, who have enrolled not only Showcasing, but the rest of their impressive line-up. That line-up is headed by last year’s record-breaking Leading European Freshman Sire Iffraaj (GB) (TrueNicks,SRO). A three-time group II winner over 1400m, and group I-placed, Iffraaj is by Zafonic out of Pastorale, a Nureyev half sister to the tremendously successful sire Cape Cross. Iffraaj’s first Southern Hemisphere crop will be 2-year-olds of 2011-2012, but with his first European crop (juveniles of 2010), he has been represented by 42 individual winners, including the undefeated group I winner Wootton Bassett; the group-winning filly Espirita; and Introvert, successful this year in the Meydan Classic Stakes. He also has five other stakes-placed horses.

Like Iffraaj, Elusive City (TrueNicks) is from the Gone West line, being a son of Elusive Quality. Successful in the Prix Morny (gr. I), Elusive City earned a title of Champion French 2-Year-Old. In Europe, where he was Champion Freshman Sire of 2008, Elusive City has been represented by the French 1,000 Guineas (gr. I) heroine Elusive Wave and group-winning and classic-placed Soul City. Among the stakes winners from his Southern Hemisphere crops are the group scorers Returntosender and Ahdashim.

The Haunui line-up is completed by Zabeel’s AJC Derby (gr. I)-winning son Don Eduardo (NZ) (TrueNicks), a grandson of the great mare Eight Carat. The Don Eduardo’s have been making significant improvement with age, and his first two crops have produced seven stakes winners, including Booming, successful recently in the WRC Thorndon Mile (gr. I) and AC Zabeel Classic (gr. I); AJC Chairman’s Handicap (gr. II) victor Divine Rebel; Swift Alliance, a two-time group-winning and group I-placed sprint star; and group scorers Vickezzchardonnay, and All in Black. From his third crop he is already represented by Older Than Time, winner of her last four starts, including a win over colts in the Sky High Stakes.

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