"He raced at the highest level in Australia and was competitive with the best. He measured up to both Sydney and Melbourne Group One class, which is no mean feat.” – co-trainer Murray Baker

Jon Snow

Jon Snow
By Iffraaj out of Orinda (O’Reilly)
2013 Bay H 16.3hh
Commenced Stud Duties in 2019
Service Fee: $4500

Precocious enough to win as a two-year-old yet sound enough to compete successfully at Group One level at three, four and five, Jon Snow was amongst the best of his peers.

Prepared by Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, Jon Snow competed at the highest level on both sides of the Tasman, winning four of his 23 starts.

He was a classic winning three-year-old taking out the Gr.1 Australian Derby (2400m), one of the most prestigious races run at Randwick during the Autumn Carnival, the Gr.2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) and placed at stakes level on a further seven occasions.

Jon Snow’s bloodlines hold strong appeal, being out of a two-time wining O’Reilly mare who is in turn out of a Zabeel mare. The third dam is the Champion Filly Solveig.

He is a son of Iffraaj who has been crowned New Zealand’s leading sire of three-year-olds twice and two-year-olds once. Iffraaj has also finished second twice on the New Zealand General Sires Premiership.

Iffraaj is making his mark as a sire of sires, his sons include French champion Wootton Bassett, himself the sire of Cambridge Stud’s shuttle stallion Almanzor, European champion Ribchester who now shuttles to Haunui Farm, and Windsor Park’s Turn Me Loose.

Iffraaj has crossed well with mares by Danehill and his sons, a trend that is likely to continue with his sire sons.

  • A winner of the Gr.1 Australian Derby (2400m), a race won by successful sires Octagonal, Starcraft, Nom Du Jeu, It’s A Dundeel etc
  • A winner at Group Two level in the ATC Tulloch Stakes (2000m) and at Group Three level in the MVRC JRA Cup (2050m)
  • Placed a further four times at Group One level and has four further stakes placings to his credit.
  • Trained on at 2, 3, 4 and 5 to win more than $2m in stakes
  • A son of Iffraaj who is making his mark as a sire of sires
  • Timeform ranking of 117

“He won an Australian Derby and was right up with the best of his generation. He was third in a Makybe Diva and at a mile at weight-for-age, at that time of the year, it doesn’t get much more competitive anywhere in the world and he was right there.” -co-trainer Andrew Forsman

Jon Snow Race Record

At 2 : Taranaki RC New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance Pearl Series Maiden S. (1200m)

At 3 : ATC (Randwick) Australian Derby, Gr.1 (2400m beating Harper’s Choice and Hardham), ATC (Rosehill) Tulloch S., Gr.2 (2000m beating Prized Icon and Captain Duffy), 2d Hawke’s Bay Guineas, Gr.2 (1400m to Mongolian Falcon and beating Heroic Valour), 3d New Zealand Derby, Gr.1 (2400m to Gingernuts and Rising Red), Levin Classic, Gr.1 (1600m to Hall of Fame and Savile Row), ARC Great Northern Guineas, Gr.2 (1600m to Swissta and Tiptronic), Karaka 3YO Mile (R), L (1600m to Volpe Veloce and Heroic Valour)

At 4 : MVRC JRA Cup, Gr.3 (2050m beating Ecuador and Boom Time), 3d MRC Caulfield S., Gr.1 (2000m to Gailo Chop and Johannes Vermeer)

At 5 : 3d ARC Zabeel Classic, Gr.1 (2000m to Danzdanzdance and Lizzie l’Amour), VRC Makybe Diva S., Gr.1 (1600m to Grunt and Kings Will Dream), 4th Hawkes Bay Tarzino Trophy, Gr.1 (1400m)

World Thoroughbred Ranking: 117 (in 2017).

“He was a winner at two and had plenty of speed and he was a genuine racehorse with a fantastic temperament. He was a pleasure to have in the stable.” – co-trainer Andrew Forsman