Group 2 Winner for Hussonet Sprinter

Gold Trail’s consistent recent form was rewarded with a strong win in the Group Two AJC The Shorts (1100m) at Randwick on Saturday.

A quality sprinter by Hussonet (USA), Gold Trail was aided by a clever ride from Nash Rawiller.

Rawiller sent his charge out toward the outside fence on straightening as he searched for firmer ground as the track deteriorated. The move proved a masterstroke.

Winning trainer Gary Portelli was particularly pleased with the ride from Rawiller.

“That was a brilliant ride. He summed it up. And he found the dry line up against the outside fence.”

“We just left it up to Nash,” Portelli noted.

“I was really worried when the rain came – whether he would handle the track or not.”

Portelli was just thankful he could join the likes of Gai Waterhouse, Michael Moroney, Chris Waller and Lee Freedman as a winner on Randwick’s premier day.

“I love Randwick and this is what it is all about – winning a big race on a day like this,” Portelli summed up.

Gold Trail was purchased as a yearling for $75,000 from the draft of Furlong Stud at the 2007 Magic Millions Yearling Sale at the Gold Coast.

Since then he has won six races and earned over $448,000 after just his 22nd career outing.

Gold Trail, by champion Mr. Prospector stallion Hussonet, is from the former stakes winning and top producing mare Trail of Gold.

By Danewin, Trail of Gold won four races including the Jakes HB Carr Stakes at Randwick prior to being retired to Furlong Stud. She has been represented by three winners from as many runners including last season’s Sydney juvenile winner Prerequisite (by another Arrowfield stallion – Charge Forward).

Snitzel Juveniles in Sizzling Form

Snitzel celebrated the new year as leading first season sire. The G1 winning son of Redoute’s Choice lost no time in entrenching that position when two of his progeny quinellaed the STC Golden Slipper Festival on Sale Handicap (1100m) on Saturday.

One More Grand (ex Lambada Lady (USA), by Seattle Slew) came into Saturday’s race a 5.5 length winner of his previous start. Like his sire – who won the G1 Oakleigh Plate in similar conditions – he demonstrated no difficulty in transferring his form to a rainswept Rosehill track and won by an easy 3.8 lengths. Rock My Heart (ex Helisseous, by Heliossio (Fr)) made up considerable ground to run second after badly missing the start, a performance prompting commentators to remark that the colt’s first win will not be far off.

Prior to this duo’s performance, Intertidal (ex Miss Rainmaker, by Hurricane Sky) had already accrued dual metropolitan wins, joining fellow city winner Chance Bye (ex Rouge Femme, by Red Ransom) who trounced her rivals by 3.5 lengths in the $250,000 Inglis Nursery Handicap. Bouzy Rouge (ex Blurrta, by Bahhare (USA)) rounds out the winner’s list with a win and 2 placings from 4 starts.

They are impressive statistics for any sire let alone a first season stallion: 9 starters for 4 winners and seasonal prizemoney of almost $400,000.

“Snitzel’s performance becomes even more notable when you consider that the runners we have seen were not expensive yearling purchases,” comments Arrowfield Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer. “Chance Bye was a $15,000 Inglis Classic Sale Graduate, One More Grand cost just $35,000 at the 2009 Inglis Scone Yearling Sale, and Bouzy Rouge was passed in for $20,000 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. We are receiving good feedback from trainers about some of the higher priced graduates which is generating a real buzz amongst the team.”

The early precocity of the Snitzel stock have prompted comparisons with the stallion’s own racetrack performance – a record-breaking 2YO who won his first start in the Listed Breeders Plate (1000m) by 3 lengths, who trained on at three to claim G1 glory against the older sprinters including Takeover Target and Virage de Fortune.

16 Snitzel progeny are catalogued for the upcoming Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Snitzel stands at Arrowfield Stud alongside proven Champion sires Redoute’s Choice, Hussonet (USA), Flying Spur, Charge Forward, Not A Single Doubt, and Danzero.

Hussonet's Group 1 Golden Trail

Arrowfield Stud based Hussonet (USA) has hit top form on the eve of the 2010 Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast with a new Group One winner in Gold Trail and a three year-old filly destined for stakes company in smart Rosehill winner Girl Hussler.

HUSSONET (USA) exited the 2009 Spring as the sire of two highly promising sprinters in Sydney and Melbourne in GOLD TRAIL (ex Trail Of Gold, by Danewin) winner of the G2 AJC The Shorts and EAGLE FALLS (ex Desina, by Desert King (IRE)) winner of the G2 VRC Salinger Stakes.

Gold Trail went one further last Friday, the chestnut 5YO from Hussonet’s first Australian crop securing the G1 Railway Stakes (1200m) with a brilliant barrier to post victory in the Ellerslie (NZ) event.

Gold Trail becomes the 27th individual Group 1 winner for Hussonet – a stallion responsible for more Group 1 winners than any other stallion at stud in Australia today.

In addition to Gold Trail, in Australia Hussonet has sired G1 Blue Diamond winner REAAN (ex Ribe, by Danehill (USA)) and 7-time G1 winner, Australian Racehorse of the Year and World Champion 3YO Sprinter (Turf) WEEKEND HUSSLER (ex Weekend Beauty, by Helissio (FR)).

Hussonet is the most dominant active sire-son of Mr. Prospector at stud, being the sire of more than 125 black type performers and 19 Champions. A true blueblood he is out of the regally bred Raja Baba mare Sacahuista herself a G1 winner at two, Champion 3YO Filly of USA , all the way winner of the Breeders Cup Distaff, and an Eclipse Award Winner.

Hussonet is also the most successful Northern Dancer-free stallion at stud in Australia on a SW/foals basis. Not surprisingly 16 of Hussonet’s 27 G1 winners have been bred from Northern Dancer line mares including of course Gold Trail who is from the classy Danewin mare Trail Of Gold.

Also bred on this cross is the smart LATIN NEWS, one of the favourites for next Saturday’s $1 million Magic Million 3YO Classic.

The Magic Millions Premier catalogue features 30 lots by Hussonet including a full sister to Gold Trail and a sister-in-blood to Weekend Hussler

Source: Tara Madgwick and Peter Staples, Breednet