Classic sire Makfi sold to stand in Japan
Makfi: sire of Classic winners in both hemispheres
Classic sire Makfi sold to stand in Japan By Martin Stevens 10:25AM 6 OCT 2016
THE Japanese stallion ranks are set to be enriched by the addition of Makfi – a Classic winner himself and the sire of Classic winners – after his sale by Qatar Bloodstock to the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association.
Makfi was trained by Mikel Delzangles to win the 2,000 Guineas and the Prix Jacques le Marois, in which he took the scalp of Goldikova, at three for owner Mathieu Offenstadt.
He was bought to stand under the Qatar Bloodstock banner at Tweenhills Farm and Stud in Gloucestershire, where he spent four seasons before being sent to Haras de Bonneval in Normandy in 2015 and this year in an arrangement with the Aga Khan Studs.
Makfi's first crop yielded Poule d'Essai des Poulains and Prix de la Foret hero Make Believe and Group 3 scorer Maimara, while on Wednesday his two-year-old son Mate Story scored in the Group 3 Thomas Bryon at Saint-Cloud.
Makfi also shuttled to Westbury Stud in New Zealand, where he has sired two Group 1 winners – Marky Mark in the Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes and Sofia Rosa in the Australian Oaks.
Makfi will travel to Japan after completing the current southern hemisphere covering season in New Zealand.
Qatar Bloodstock manager David Redvers said: "We will be sad to see Makfi go as he was the first stallion purchased by Qatar Bloodstock and he means a lot to Sheikh Fahad and all the team.
"However, from a commercial perspective the deal made good sense and we wish the JBBA the best of luck with him. I'm sure he will continue to thrive at stud."
Makfi has sired 158 individual winners at a winners-to-runners strike-rate of 57 per cent, and his worldwide progeny earnings stand at £5.5 million.
A representative of the JBBA said: "We feel very fortunate to be able to acquire a young and proven stallion such as Makfi. Having already sired a Classic winner in France and Australia, we are hopeful that he will be successful in Japan as well."
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