Recent and future sponsorships include:

+ Snitzel @ Arrowfield Stud Handicap on Underwood Stakes Day 19 September 2009

+ The G1 Arrowfield Stud George Main Stakes Saturday 26 September 2009

+ The G1 Arrowfield Stud Flight Stakes Saturday (4th Leg of the Princess Series) 3 October 2009

+ The G1 Arrowfield Stud Epsom Handicap Saturday 3 October 2009

Hat Trick for Not A Single Doubt Filly

Talented three year-old filly My Cookie Monster maintained her unbeaten record when she posted her third successive win at Warwick Farm on Tuesday.

A winner at Gundagai and Wagga at her two previous starts as short priced favourite, the Matthew Dale trained filly handled the class rise to metropolitan company overcoming an outside draw to score a tenacious win in the 1100 metre restricted event for fillies.

A $135,000 purchase for Rapture Farm from the draft of Bell River Thoroughbreds at the 2008 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, My Cookie Monster was the third highest priced filly from her sire’s first crop of yearlings.

She is the first foal of the End Sweep (USA) mare Sierra Nevada, who comes from the family of stakes-winning fillies Dazzling Flyer and French Flute.

My Cookie Monster is one of seven winners since the start of the season for Not a Single Doubt, who was the leading first crop sire last season by winners.

The least expensive stallion on the Arrowfield roster at a fee of $13,750, Not a Single Doubt has been very popular with breeders covering some 161 mares last spring and is equally busy this year.

Source: Tara Madgwick, Breednet

Flying Spur Debutant Sizzles in Hong Kong

Makybe Diva’s former trainer David Hall looks to have a potential star on his hands in the shape of Taverner, a brilliant debut winner of the Foshan Handicap (1000m) at Sha Tin on Sunday.

An Australian bred son of Flying Spur, Taverner sat on the speed throughout before bursting clear about a furlong from home and recording an outstanding win.

With Brett Prebble aboard, the four-year-old stopped the clock in a slick 56.48 seconds – three and three quarter lengths clear of his rivals and he did it all while being eased down in the final 50 metres.

Classic Navigator and Perfect Fit both tried hard, but there were no match for the winner.

Taverner was selected and purchased from the draft of Palmaday Stud by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. He cost $170,000 at the 2007 Magic Millions Yearling Sale at the Gold Coast.

He was then snapped up by owner Sidney Chui at the Hong Kong International Sale.

Taverner looms as another top prospect for Danehill’s Golden Slipper winning son Flying Spur.

The Arrowfield Stud based star, who was the Champion Australian Sire of the 2006-07 season, is best known in Hong Kong through the exploits of his star sprinting son Inspiration.

Interstate Double for Redoute's Choice

Arrowfield Stud’s super stallion Redoute’s Choice is invariably in the thick of the action when the big races come around and nothing was different on Saturday when the promising Drumbeats dented a few big reputations in the Group 2 Shannon Stakes at Rosehill while the warhorse Red Lord heralded his Caulfield Cup aspirations in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield.

Winner of the Listed Hilton International Stakes (1400m) at Flemington last spring, Drumbeats had been off the scene for 10 months when he made a promising return when second at Randwick a fortnight back.

Sent straight to the front by Kerrin McEvoy, the Peter Snowden-trained 4yo entire held the challenge of the in-form Rangirangdoo to eek out a short-half-head win with Strat’s Flyer 2 ¾-lengths back in third place.

“He will definitely go to the Epsom now, it’s full steam ahead,” Snowden said.

A $350,000 yearling sale purchase, Drumbeats was part of a $15.2 million splurge by Woodlands Stud at the 2007 Australian Easter Yearling sale.

He is the second live foal of the Last Tycoon mare Delicate Choice who’s best performance in an undistinguished racetrack career was second in a maiden at Newcastle.

She is however a daughter of the top-class racemare Arborea (Imperial Price), whose 8 wins included the VRC Oaks (G1) VATC 1000 Guineas (G1), VRC Wakeful Stakes (G2) and STC Phar Lap Stakes (G2).

Arborea’s first foal was the Marscay gelding Delta Form, a top-class performer in South Africa who became a Grade 2 winner in America in addition to placing in the Hollywood Turf Cup (G1) and Belmont Turf Classic Invitational (G1).

Sent to America in 1999, Arborea was repatriated in 2006. Delicate Choice has an unnamed 3yo colt by Choisir and a yearling filly foal by Testa Rossa. She was covered by both More Than Ready and Testa Rossa last year but failed to conceive.

The Anthony Cummings trained Red Lord assured himself of a start in the $2.5 million Caulfield Cup by winning the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes.

It was the third stakes success for the 6yo gelding and the first graded stakes triumph.

Red Lord moves his overall record to 7 wins, 3 seconds and 1 third from 49 starts for earnings of $574,715.

A $260,000 purchase by Cummings at the 2005 Magic Millions Sale on the Gold Coast from the consignment of John Singleton’s Strawberry Hill Stud, Red Lord is the first foal of the stakes-winning Zabeel mare, Dame Cath.

A year previously Strawberry Hill had consigned Dame Cath to the Magic Millions National Broodmare sale, where she was purchased by Vin Cox Bloodstock, on behalf of Corumbene Stud, for $110,000.

The third dam of Dame Cath, Court Duchess (Final Court), is half-sister to the great champion Balmerino as well as Fulmen, Gay Filou, Fileur and the stakes-placedMicheline who would find fame as the dam of Surround, Purple Patch, Lord Hybrow and Sovereign Parade.

Source: Mark Smith, Breednet

Red Lord Books Caulfield Cup Berth

Red Lord booked his place into the field for the Caulfield Cup with an impressive win in the Group Three Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Continuing a profitable day for leading Sydney horseman Anthony Cummings, Red Lord snuck up on the inside of runners to score the classy victory.

Cummings was represented at Caulfield by foreman Graham Woolston, who was thrilled with the result.

“I know Anthony would be rapt with that,” Woolston said. “This bloke is going really well and he’s won his way into the Caulfield Cup now.”

“He’s always had plenty of ability and I think the mile and a half will be his best trip,” he added.

Woolston said the gelding would most likely have one more run before heading into the Caulfield Cup.

Winning rider Damien Oliver knows what it takes to win a big race and he predicted a big Caulfield Cup run from Red Lord in the rich feature.

“He quickened really well,” Oliver said. “It was a good strong race and he’s a sneaky light weight chance in the Caulfield Cup.”

In a driving finish Red Lord held a long neck margin over the heavily backed home bred Light Vision.

Majestical was a similar margin back in third place.

Prior to his win in the Naturalism Stakes, Red Lord had already earned his connections over $499,000 – he’s sent that spiralling past the half million dollar barrier now.

“He’s always been a very talented horse and it looks like he’s going to have a lucrative campaign,” Woolston noted.

Red Lord, by Arrowfield Stud’s resident champion Redoute’s Choice, was purchased by trainer Anthony Cummings for $260,000 at the 2005 Magic Millions Yearling Sale at the Gold Coast.

He is one of two winners form the former smart racemare Dame Cath – a six time winner from 1200 to 2000 metres.

A daughter of Cambridge Stud’s Zabeel, Dame Cath scored her best win in the listed Canterbury Breeders’ Stakes at Riccarton. Ironically the 2009 edition of that race was run in New Zealand on Saturday.

As well as being a stakes winner, Dame Cath is a half sister to Dalgety Bay – the unraced dam of multiple New Zealand stakes winner Heureka.

Honest Truth Bolts In For Hussonet

The two day Newcastle Cup program has started well for owners Patinack Farm with the much anticipated debut of boom three year-old Honest Truth going according to script.

Recently transferred to John Thompson, Honest Truth never gave his many backers a moment’s cause for concern leading throughout and kicking away in the straight to win the 900 metre maiden by close to six lengths.

A barrier trial winner at Warwick Farm on August 28 by 11 ½ lengths, the ability of Honest Truth has been no secret, but you still like to see them do it on a race day and he’s done that now with a myriad of options open to the gelded son of Arrowfield based Hussonet (USA)

Honest Truth was purchased for $240,000 by Anthony Cummings on behalf of Patinack Farm at the 2008 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Robyn Wise.

Consigned to Easter Part Two, Honest Truth is he fourth foal of Straight Lake (USA), a US winning half-sister to Group Three winner Moonflute and also to the dam of Group One Tattersall’s Winter Stakes winner Absolut Glam.

Honest Truth is bay in colour like Hussonet’s finest Australian product so far in Weekend Hussler and while he has a way to go live up to that lofty standard, he certainly has the ability that would suggest a Black Type assignment will be well within his range.

Source: Breednet

Jerilderie Gold Cup

Arrowfield has been named the Major Sponsor for this year’s Jerilderie Gold Cup.

“Country Racing is racing’s backbone,” reports John Messara. “People often forget that NSW Country Racing comprises 100 professional clubs, 37 amateur clubs and 116 race tracks. That’s a significant number of jobs and associated income for remote communities as well as the social/recreational benefits that accrue to race meetings.”

The Arrowfield Stud Jerilderie Gold Cup will be held on Saturday 12th September, 2009. If you live locally and would like to attend you are more than welcome. Please just let us know and we will arrange tickets.

Did you know? Jerilderie is located on the Newell Highway, approximately 60 kilometres north of the Victorian border (640kms South of Sydney) and is nestled on the banks of the Billabong Creek, the longest creek in Australia. Renowned in history for being the only town in NSW that Ned Kelly visited and the origin of the Jerilderie Letter (see below), it is a thriving agricultural area. As well as producing rice, wheat, soya beans, canola, wool, beef, grapes, and onions, latest statistics show that

24% of the gross national tomato product is grown in the area, as well as 5% of the world supply of licorice. Jerilderie is considered the gateway to the Kidman Way, a fully sealed road to the outback travelling through Griffith, Hillston, Cobar, Bourke and on to Queensland.

Jerilderie is to Australia’s Stud Merino flocks as the Hunter Valley to thoroughbreds. Properties the likes of Bundure, Coornang, The Yanko, Silver Pines, Lone Pine, Morundah, Arrawidgee, Aratula, Willandra, One Oak, Goolgumbla, Pooginook and numerous others have formed the backbone – and bloodlines alike Arrowfield – of Australia’s wool industry. In racing terms, Jeriderie was the base for successful trainer Ken Sweeney who won the SDRA trainers premiership on a record 17 consecutive occasions. As far as country racing goes, Sweeney remains amongst the best- he would often have 2 horses running in Sydney, 3 in Melbourne, 6 at Wagga Wagga and 2 at Carrathool and co-ordinate the whole thing from one base.

The rice industry has been huge over the last 25 years—some of the biggest yields have come from the area—which has tens of thousands of acres under production – but now has no water. The district has, as a result, constantly had to re-invent itself, and not lay down and die. They have a vibrant and forward thinking council, the facilities are amazing for a country town, and the community are prepared to get off their backsides and make things happen – hence Arrowfield ‘s sponsorship!

The Jerilderie Letter Only two original documents by Ned Kelly are known to have survived. The most significant of these is the Jerilderie Letter, dictated by Ned Kelly to Joe Byrne in February 1879. It is the only document providing a direct link to the Kelly Gang and the events with which they were associated. Approximately 8000 words long, this letter has been described as Ned Kelly’s ‘manifesto’. It passionately articulates his pleas of innocence and desire for justice for both his family and the poor Irish selectors of Victoria’s northeast. Donated to the Victoria State Library in 2000, the Jerilderie Letter brings Ned Kelly’s distinctive voice to life, and offers readers a unique insight into the man behind the legend.

Arrowfield’s representative at this year’s Jerilderie Gold Cup – Brian Gorman – has been given a share in Cup runner No Fixed Address by the Jerilderie Race Club for the day. As Brian says “Now THAT is looking after your sponsors!”

Sponsorship Update : A trip back in time

Sponsorship Update : A trip back in time

Arrowfield’s partnership with the State Library of NSW allows the public to ‘touch history’ as part of the Library’s unique Discover Collections. The ‘Day At The Races’ Collection takes you on an interactive and informative online journey canvassing topics as diverse as the first thoroughbred horses introduced to the fledgling colony, to Sydney’s first race meeting, the changing fashions, pedigrees, picnic races and betting.

The collection can be accessed here

It’s easy to lose time once you start browsing the old photographs and looking at maps and historical stud books, but one thing that did intrigue me was the piece of Randwick history: the race book from the June 8, 1931 meeting. You can access the racebook here : Click and drag on the corners of the race book to turn its pages.

What is intriguing about the book (apart from discovering what trams serviced the racecourse, the minimum bet price, and the price of a plate of oysters 78 years ago!) is the sheer number of pages listing registered bookmakers. One can only imagine the frenzy of noise in the betting auditorium.