NZ Brief for 04th June 2018

Walls’ services honoured; Iffitel worth the wait;NZ breeders welcome Derby result
Walls’ services honoured
New Zealand Bloodstock chairman Joe Walls has been made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
His services to the thoroughbred industry were acknowledged in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.
“When I got the note, I sort of thought there must be other people who have made greater contributions than me,”Walls said.
“I'm a bit flattered that they picked It was nice that I got that sort of recognition.”
Walls began selling yearlings at Trentham before the National Sale was relocated to Karaka in 1988 and retired from auctioneering in 2017.
Iffitel worth the wait
Patience with the Iffraaj mare Iffitel has been rewarded.
The six-year-old made her hurdling debut at Te Rapa on Monday and a resounding victory in the hands of Stuart Higgins and she showed she has a bright future in her new role.
“She’s been jumping for the last two years, we’ve just taken our time, and it’s onwards and upwards now,” trainer Glynn Brick said.
NZ breeders welcome Derby result
A colt bred on the same cross as a stallion bound for New Zealand service this year won the Gr.1 French Derby (2000m) overnight.
The Pascal Bary-trained three-year-old Study Of Man is a son of Deep Impact and a Storm Cat mare, the same cross as the Group One winner Satono Aladdin, who is to stand at Rich Hill Stud.
Raced by the Niarchos family, Study Of Man won the Chantilly classic at the expense of Patacoy, who is by Wootton Bassett. His son Almanzor won the 2016 French Derby and will be standing this year at Cambridge Stud.

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