Impressive Return For Naafer in South Africa

Australian bred Lonhro three year-old Naafer made a winning return to form at Turffontein in South Africa on Thursday.

Group 1 placed last season at two when second in the South African Nursery Stakes behind eventual Equus Champion 2YO Colt Mustaaqeem, the Mike de Kock trained colt was having his first run back from a break.

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He won the Citizen Pinnacle Stakes over 1160 metres defeated last season Champion Sprinter Bull Valley by half a length, while dual Horse of the Year was in third.

With two wins and two seconds from six starts, Naafer looks set for a good campaign.

Naafer was a $560,000 Inglis Easter purchase for Shadwell from the Mill Park draft and is the second winner for stakes-winning Exceed And Excel mare Very Discreet.

Bred by well-known South Australian breeder David Peacock, he comes from the famed ‘Discreet’ family that has produced numerous Black Type winners including the Group I winner Maybe Discreet.

Mill Park sold the current two year-old from Very Discreet, a colt by Dawn Approach (IRE), for $360,000 at Inglis Easter this year to Darren Weir/ John Foote Bloodstock.