Clearview Park Stud in Timaru have announced they have secured Group 1 winner Jon Snow ahead of the forthcoming breeding season where he will stand for a fee of $6000 + GST.

Aaron Tapper and his partner Lacy Stewart are delighted to welcome the good-looking son of Iffraaj.

“It’s a real coup for South Island breeders and owners to be able to access a horse of Jon Snow’s quality. We are standing him in association with the Zame family from Gisborne, who raced him, and we believe his stud fee is very reasonably priced in the marketplace.

“To have a young, Group 1-winning stallion that is fresh off the track and in people’s minds, it will certainly help the breeders down here who will have a fantastic commercial option to breed to without the cost of sending mares to the North Island.”

Prepared by the Cambridge partnership of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, Jon Snow competed at the highest level on both sides of the Tasman, winning four of his 23 starts and was placed on a further eight occasions.

A winner over 1200m at two, Jon Snow capped an outstanding three-year-old season when winning both the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) in the space of seven days in Sydney.

The strapping entire had been stakes-placed on five occasions in the lead-up to that Australian raid, placing in the Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m), Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m), Group 2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m), Group 2 Great Northern Guineas (1600m) and Listed Karaka 3YO Mile (1600m).

At four, Jon Snow won the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) at Moonee Valley before placing in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m).

After 10 months on the sidelines with a foot issue, he added a further Group 1 placing to his record in the Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) behind Grunt and signed off when placed behind Danzdanzdance in the Group 1 Zabeel Classic (2000m) on Boxing Day.

“He raced at the highest level in Australia and was competitive with the best,” co-trainer Murray Baker said.

“He measured up to both Sydney and Melbourne Group 1 class, which is no mean feat.

“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.”

One of nine Group 1 winners by high class sire Iffraaj, Jon Snow is the first foal out of the two-time winning O’Reilly mare Orinda, a half-sister to multiple Group 3 winner (Mr) Ubiquitous.

Bred by Richard Moore of Soliloquy Lodge, Jon Snow’s third dam is triple Group 1 winner and New Zealand Filly of the Year Solveig.