Ayrton the next rising star discovered by village forum members

| May 31, 2021

Ayrton may have had his colours lowered on Saturday but the gelding is far from defeated. He is expected to push on to the G3 Gunsynd Classic (1600m) which is held on the same day as the Stradbroke.

After he scorched around the Caulfield circuit on the 8th May, Ayrton stamped his ticket to Queensland for the Group One $1.5M Stradbroke Hcp. His defeat on Saturday means that he won’t qualify and will instead target the Gunsynd Classic.

Forum members discuss talented debutant

Thoroughbred Village forum members discovered Ayrton from his first race start.

At Bendigo on 13th December, Ayrton raced over 1300m on his debut, and won by an impressive 5 lengths.

Long-time member of the village forums, Second Chance, told us about the “brilliant debut winner at Bendigo today, only 3/4 seconds outside the track record for 1300m.”

Being by Iffraaj Second Chance felt that “1600m was well within his capabilities.”

Not averse to gambling online, our members know a good horse when they see one.

“It’s 3 months until the Australian Guineas, however with natural improvement and provided he has a freshener at some time between now and then would be right up to the required class imo. You read it first here.”

Ayrton’s easy win on Boxing Day

In his second race start, Ayrton won by 4-1/4 lengths at Caulfield on Boxing Day. 

Another forum member, Grey Affair, said it was “another very impressive win in quick time. 1:21.96 compared to 1:22.71 in the BM78.”

“Looks Group class for sure, maybe Group One.”

Second Chance replied, “Runs 1.21.96 only three quarters of a second outside Exceed and Excel’s track record set 17 years ago.”

Carioca was excited by the future of this horse. “Future looks very bright, seems to have a lovely attitude as well.”

Another in awe was Shawy38, “Gee whiz this is some horse!”

Iffraaj the sire of Ayrton

Noted thoroughbred breeding guru, Bonjour, herald the underrated sire Iffraaj.

“We think Iffraaj was the most underrated stallion the Kiwis ever shuttled. Haunui is a great stud, they did their best and he stood for a very modest fee, we bought one of his first yearlings, she was the fastest horse I ever saddled, and I saddled some fast ones.”

“She won her first trial for me on the back of 3 gallops, we had to go to South Africa on business, I left her with a local trainer, she broke down, we kept her for breeding, fingers crossed.”

“Iffraaj went on to sire the winners of juvenile breeders cup and had some absolute crackers in UK, including Rizeena, Ribchester, and of course he got Gingernuts the derby winner in NZ and the Rosehill Guineas. The Kiwis as is their mantra flogged so many to Hong Kong, how many top notches were in that lot, they didn’t adjust to HK and that was their sad fate.”

“Ayrton could be up there with the best, I bloody hope he is.”

Our esteemed moderator, Gay3 added, “Passed in for only $40k which backs up the general attitude towards Iffraaj. Syndicate manager said this morning he’s going to the paddock & depending on how well he does, will either head to the Autumn or Spring as they want to maximise his potential so won’t be pushed.”

Shawy38 said the connections, “knocked back $1.8 million offer from HK”

Carioca thought it was “probably a wise decision”

“With inflated prize money in certain restricted age races available for him, they can have a bit of fun for minimum outlay.”

Ayrton returns to the track

Months later, on the 16th April, Shawy38 alerted the forum that Ayrton was, “trialling at Echuca on Tuesday.”

After the trial on 20th Apr, Second Chance, reported “Won as he liked, as you’d expect.”

His next race start was at Caulfield 8th May. He won easily.

Second Chance reported, “Sits off the pace, idles up, wins virtually untouched in the last at Caulfield.”

“Queensland here we come.”

Lord Hybrow was also in awe of the performance. “Yep, super impressive return by this guy.”

Racing.com discussion suggested they were looking to win an auto qualifier for the Stradbroke as his rating is too low to otherwise gain a start.

TJMitchell identified Ayrton’s pathway towards the Stradbroke. “Fred Best Classic”

“Apparently up to Qld for his next run – G3 Fred Best Classic 1400m.”

Unfortunately, Ayrton wasn’t able to peg back the all-the-way winner Apache Chase in the Fred Best. Jamie Kah said Ayrton wasn’t comfortable in the run and was “on his wrong leg.”

The Stradbroke was off the agenda.

On the 9th May, Bonjour again lamented the loss of his sire. “The Kiwis lost Iffraaj, they didn’t know what they had!”

Ayrton Senna da Silva

Ayrton was named after Ayrton Senna da Silva, the Brazilian racing driver who won the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship in 1988, 1990 and 1991.

The 3YO gelding is a son of Iffraaj (GB) from Odessa (NZ) by Falkirk. Iffraaj (by Zafonic) shuttled to at Haunui Farm in New Zealand but is now permananetly housed at Darley’s Dalham Hall Stud in the UK. He has produced a number of top class horses including Turn Me Loose, Jungle Cat, Gingernuts, Fix and Jon Snow.

Most notably, Iffraaj is broodmare sire of 14-time G1 winner Melody Belle.

Trainer Mick Price at one stage was hopeful Ayrton would be one the best horses he has trained. And rightly so, owners knocked back generous offers from Hong Kong.

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Thoroughbred Village members look forward to following “our boy” Ayrton as he embarks on his winter campaign in Queensland.

Even if he doesn’t make it to the Cox Plate, we hope to cheer him in the Golden Eagle at Rosehill, against his own age and sex.

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