Although he raced until the age of seven, Finjaan's best form was at two and three, and this seven-furlong Group 2 scorer was among the leading juveniles of 2008. He made a winning debut over five furlongs at Newmarket in early May, was runner-up in the Listed National Stakes at Sandown a few weeks later, the won the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood before, two starts later, he failed by just a nose and a nose to beat Intense Focus and Lord Shanakill in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes.
He was unplaced behind Sea The Stars in the Group 1 2000 Guineas on his seasonal reappearance, and he was unplaced every time he tried the mile for the rest of his career, but over seven he won the Group 2 Lennox Stakes at Goodwood and was later listed-placed in Abu Dhabi.
Finjaan, who stands at Gazeley Stud in Newmarket, has 29 known representatives in his first crop. He is a son of the dual Group 1-winning sprinter Royal Applause (by Waajib), who is also the sire of the prolific blacktype stallion Acclamation (sire of Dark Angel), and he is out of Alhufoof (by Dayjur), a daughter of the Grade 1 Starlet Stakes and Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes heroine Cheval Volant (by Kris S).
That star failed to produce any stakes-winning offspring, but her daughter Amanah (by Mr Prospector), who is, of course, a half-sister to Alhufoof, gave us the Group 1 1000 Guineas heroine Lahan (by Unfuwain) and is the gandam of Listed Cocked Hat Stakes winner and Group 2 Princess of Wales's Stakes runner-up Alwaary (by Dynaformer).
Cheval Volant's dual Grade 3-winning half-sister Chaldea (by Cutlass) is the grandam and third dam of several notable individuals, including Grade 2 West Virginia Derby winner Soul Warrior (by Lion Heart), Grade 1-placed stakes winner Better Than Bonds (by Sweetsouthernsaint), and 2011's US juvenile filly champion My Miss Aurelia (by Smart Strike), whose wins include the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, Grade 1 Frizette Stakes and Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes.
Finjaan has very few representatives compared to some of his cohorts, but as a leading juvenile who is by the sire of Acclamation, it would be no surprise to see him get some talented juveniles and high-class handicappers or even the occasional blacktype horse in the sprinter or miler divisions.
FINJAAN (GB) – b.2006 – Royal Applause – Alhufoof, 3 wins inc Lennox Stakes (Gr2), Molecomb Stakes (Gr3), 2nd National Stakes (L), 3rd Dewhurst Stakes (Gr1), HH The President of the UAE Cup (L). Sire in England. First foals in 2015.
YEARLINGS CATALOGUED (updated)
bf – Allusive Power (by Verglas) Goffs Oct €3,000
bf – Alzahra (by Exceed And Excel) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
bc – Bexandella (by Bahamian Bounty) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bc - Canis Star (by Wolfhound) Goffs UK Aug not sold
bc – Cherrego (by Borrego) Tattersalls IRE Sept withdrawn
bf – Exodia (by Dr Fong) Tattersalls Oct 800gns
bc – Fonnie (by Barathea) Tattersalls July 2,000gns
bc - Forrest Star (by Fraam) Goffs UK Oct £2,000
bf – Hanamizuki (by Motivator) Tattersalls Oct 800gns
bf – It's The War (by Consolidator) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
bc – Medicea Sidera (by Medicean) Tattersalls Oct 35,000gns
bc – Mon Petit Diamant (by Hector Protector) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
bf - Noble Nova (by Fraam) Goffs UK Aug not sold
bc - Pachanga (by Inchinor) Goffs UK Aug £6,000
bc – Pale Blue Eyes (by Peintre Celebre) Tattersalls IRE Sept not sold
bf – Reeling N' Rocking (by Mr Greeley) Tattersalls Oct 3,500gns
bf – Star Kodiak (by Kodiac) Tattersalls Oct 5,000gns
bc – Step Fast (by Giant's Causeway) Goffs Oct €10,000
bf – Stormy Weather (by Nashwan) Tattersalls Oct 800gns
bf - Tartan Blue (by Kyllachy) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bc – Touching (by Kheleyf) Tattersalls Oct 3,200gns
bc – Valjarv (by Bluebird) Goffs UK Aug £20,000
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