Winning anniversary for Makfi

Makfi has moved off the mark at stud on the anniversary of his greatest success at the races.

His filly Mambo Paradise won the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes (1000m) at Musselburgh in Scotland on Friday.

Makfi won the English 2000 Guineas four years ago this weekend before embarking on a shuttle career between Tweenhills Stud and Westbury Stud in New Zealand.  His Timeform rating of 132 was higher than that of his own sire Dubawi (Dubai Millenium).

Mambo Paradise (2f Makfi – Mambo Halo by Southern Halo) picked up in eye-catching fashion to win by three lengths from odds-on favourite Al Ghuwariyah (Acclamation).

Bred by Highclere Stud, she was knocked down to a vendor bid of 38,000gns (AUD 72,575) at Tattersalls last October.  The Mark Johnston trained filly is a half-sister to Doncaster stakes winner Earl Of Leitrim (Johannesburg) from the family of French classic filly Divine Proportions and Prix Morny winner Whipper.

Makfi is priced at 9-1 to produce the most individual winners in Britain and Ireland among this year’s crop of first-season sires.

His first crop of NZ bred yearlings were popular at the Karaka Sales with 11 of them averaging $115,909.  That placed him second on the freshman leader-board behind Rip Van Winkle.