Fix wins ears pricked at Ellerslie

Iffraaj filly Fix had trainer Ken Kelso grinning from ear to ear after an impressive performance in the Lindauer Hcp (1100m) on the Auckland Cup support card at Ellerslie.

Fix (2f Iffraaj – Destined by Danehill) crossed from a wide barrier and travelled comfortably for leading jockey James McDonald until turning for home. Once balanced, she hit the lead and pricked her ears to score by over a length.

“She’s a good filly, a real good filly,” Kelso said after greeting Fix back at scale. “She settled nicely and I was surprised with how easily she won in the end.” Kelso confirmed the winner will head to the G1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes on March 31.

Fix will be the first G1 starter among the initial Kiwi crop of two year-olds sired by Iffraaj. His Stratford based filly Liberating was G2 placed in the Matamata Breeders’ Stakes on February 25.

Iffraaj shuttles to Haunui Farm and general manager Mark Chitty is excited about Fix’s future prospects. “She could be quite special for us,” he claimed. β€œHer dam Destined foaled Galileo’s Destiny first-up and she is also closely related to Showcasing.”

Galileo’s Destiny (Galileo) was G1 placed in the 2011 South African Derby and South African Classic at Turffontein and Showcasing (Oasis Dream) captured the prestigious G2 Gimcrack Stakes at York later in the year.

Iffraaj (Zafonic) was 2010 Champion first-season sire in Europe with G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere winner Wootton Bassett leading the way among a record 38 individual winners.