Ihtiram goes Walkabout

Don Hammarquist will stand Group 1 sire Ihtiram at his Walkaway property this year.  The Irish bred stallion had been based at Wayanah Stud and Oakland Park before the latest move.

Now a rising 21 year-old, Ihtiram transferred north when Neville Duncan installed Rogano (Redoute’s Choice) at Oakland Park.  “The Ihtirams have that Nijinsky temperament and they can be a handful,” Duncan stated.  “We’ve retained several of his youngsters and there’s one particularly nice type that’s closely related to Grand Nirvana.”

Ihtiram is best known as the sire of Miss Andretti who left Perth for stardom in the Eastern Stakes and England.  The champion mare was bred by Keith and Peggie Beauglehole and won five sprints at Group 1 level as well as the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot when that event was still a Group 2.

Ihtiram is a son of Nijinsky sire Royal Academy and he was raced by Sheikh Hamdan to win the LR Steventon Stakes at Newbury before arriving in Australia.  He has sired 96 winners of 265 races at a 50% strike-rate.  Besides Miss Andretti, his other black-type winners have been Mekong Miss (LR Miss Andretti) and Zanella (LR Jungle Dawn Classic).

Gasgoyne based Hammarquist also stands Eternity Range (USA).  The former Mungrup Stud sire has enjoyed something of a revival in the last 12 months with Listed winners Rocky Range (Ascot Gold Cup), Waterman’s Bay (Placid Ark Stakes) and El Rijes (Perth Stakes).