Arrowfield – Your Best Bet for Juvenile Speed

This year’s premier 2YO race in Victoria – the G1 Arrowfield Stud Blue Diamond Stakes – was dominated by Arrowfield stallions who were responsible for the winning trifecta – STAR WITNESS (Starcraft), SHAAHEQ (Redoute’s Choice) and BENETEAU (Redoute’s Choice). This follows previous year’s results with Arrowfield responsible for the 2005 winner (UNDOUBTEDLY – by Redoute’s Choice), 2006 (NADEEM by Redoute’s Choice; 2nd MISS FINLAND by Redoute’s Choice), 2007 (SLEEK CHASSIS by Flying Spur), 2008 (REAAN by Hussonet (USA)). Analysis of the final field for this year’s G1 Golden Slipper reveals a similar story, with more than half the field linked to the Arrowfield stallion line-up: – MILITARY ROSE out of a Flying Spur mare – CRYSTAL LILY – BRIGHTEXPECTATIONS dam bred by Arrowfield – SOLAR CHARGED by Charge Forward – CHANCE BYE by Snitzel – HINCHINBROOK half brother to Snitzel – BENETEAU by Redoute’s Choice – SHAAHEQ by Redoute’s Choice – DECISION TIME – MORE STRAWBERRIES half sister to All American – OBSEQUIOUS – LOHAN – ELIMBARI – GEORGETTE SILK by Flying Spur – CARVED IN STONE Looking for juvenile speed? Arrowfield’s your best bet. Yearlings for the 2010 Inglis Easter Sale can be viewed at the following page . * SHAAHEQ and BENETEAU were also bred, raised and sold by Arrowfield Stud (as agent) at the 2009 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

Arrowfield Bred Wins Group 1 in Japan

Arrowfield Stud’s Easter bound filly by Redoute’s Choice out of the stakes-placed Feather Duster received a monumental pedigree update on Sunday when Feather Duster’s half-brother Kinshasa No Kiseki clung desperately to a nose victory in the 40th Takamatsunomiya Kinen (G1) at Chukyo Racecourse.

The Australian-bred 7yo was making his seventh attempt at the elite level and had been placed three times previously. Ridden by Hirofumi Shii for trainer Nobuyuki Hori, Kinshasa No Kiseki was all out to hold off the hard charging B B Guldan.

In capturing Japan Racing Association’s first turf Grade 1 race of 2010, Kinshasa no Kiseki takes his earnings to over $650,000 from a record of 10 wins from 26 starts.

Shii was unsure if he had held on to win.

“I wasn’t completely sure,” Shii said. “But everyone else was saying that I had won, and I’m glad it turned out that way. The straight isn’t very long here, but it sure felt long today.

“He started really well and felt great during the trip, too well as a matter of fact, because I was having a hard time holding him back.

“He was real smooth around the last turn and you have to give him credit because he hung on until the end.”

It was the first win in the race for Nobuyuki Hori who was full of praise for his Australian-bred charge.

“The horse was a lot more relaxed than I thought he would be. It was a heck of a race, really close, but I wasn’t that worried. I had faith in him, Hori said”.

Bred by Arrowfield Joint Venture and owned by Kazumi Yoshida, Kinshasa No Kiseki is a son of the former Arrowfield Stud shuttler Fuji Kiseki out of the unraced Pleasant Colony mare Keltshaan (USA), a half-sister to Prix Lupin (G1) winner Groom Dancer and the French Group 3 winner who was placed in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1).

Keltshaan (USA) also left the very useful mare Feather Duster (End Sweep) a winner of 5 races and stakes-placed in Adelaide. Her first foal is the Sydney winning 2yo Clean Up (Dehere).

The second foal of Feather Duster, a filly by Redoute’s Choice will be offered as lot 420 at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling sale , which gets under way on April 6.

Source: Mark Smith, Breednet

Big weekend for Arrowfield on international stage

Arrowfield sires past and present shone brightly in Dubai and Japan over the weekend.

Dubai World Cup Night saw champion colt MUSIR (Redoute’s Choice ex Dizzy de Lago, by Encosta de Lago) take out the USD$2 million G2 UAE Derby from RAIHANA – a filly whose dam, Esubooh (by Sunday Silence), was bred by Arrowfield.

Former Arrowfield shuttler Falbrav also sired second placegetter FRAVASHI (ex Angelic Smile, by Dehere) in the G3 Al Quoz Sprint.

Trainer Mike De Kock compared Guineas winner Musir with his previous winners of the race, including dual Dubai World Cup placegetter Asiatic Boy, saying he had always thought Musir “was more classy”.

“I think it was a really quality field and we target this race every year.

“Musir would have won the Guineas and the Derby back home [in South Africa], and of all the three-year-olds I’ve trained for this race he could be the best of them.”

“Musir and (UAE Oaks winner) Raihana will now be sent to race in Australia, de Kock said, confirming that Musir will be aimed at this year’s G1 George Main Stakes before heading to the G1 Cox Plate.

Like Raihana, Musir and Solid Choice (another Redoute’s Choice colt who competed on Saturday evening) are both homebreds for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, were foaled and raised in Australia, offered for sale and passed in, then sent to South Africa to be prepared by leading trainer Mike de Kock.

Musir won the G1 Golden Horseshoe in South Africa last season and arrived in Dubai at the start of this year’s International Racing Carnival with the record of two wins and a second from three starts and the title of Champion South African 2YO Col. He went on to win the UAE Guineas Trial (1400m) in February, the G3 UAE 2000 Guineas (1600m) by 1.75-lengths, and now the G2 UAE Derby (1900m on all-weather). The colt now has 5 wins and 1 second placing from 6 starts for earnings of US$1,427,301.

In Japan the winner of the G1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen was the Arrowfield bred 7YO entire KINSHASA NO KISEKI (ex Keltshaan, by Pleasant Colony) who was sold privately as a weanling to Mr Katsumi Yoshida. Kinshasa No Kiseki gained the judge’s decision in a 3-way photo-finish in the ¥185.96 million (A$2.26m) 1200m race. Earlier this month Kinshasa No Kiseki won the G3 Yukan Fuji Sho Ocean Stakes (1200m) and now has 10 wins – including the G2 Hanshin Cup (1400m), G2 Mainichi Broadcast Swan Stakes (1400m), G3 Hakodate Sprint Stakes (1200m)- and 5 placings (including the G1 Sprinters Stakes, G1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen, G1 NKH Mile Cup, G2 Centaur Stakes, and Listed Keeneland Cup) from 26 starts for ¥560.448 million (A$6.8m) earnings.

The weekend’s international results cap off an exceptional season for Arrowfield Stud whose current stallions have sired 35 stakeswinners including G1 winners STAR WITNESS (Starcraf (NZ)), ALLEZ WONDER (Redoute’s Choic), HEADWAY (Charge Forwar), GOLD TRAIL (Hussone (USA)), ALVERTA (Flying Spu) and HAPPY ZERO (Danzer).

The only other Arrowfield stallions with runners but without G1 winners to date this season are Snitzel (oldest 2YO’S) and Not A Single Doubt (oldest 3YO’s) both of whom are well represented next Saturday with Chance Bye by Snitzel (Golden Slipper) and Absolute Faith by Not A Single Doubt (Vinery Storm Queen Stakes).

Redoute's Colt Scores UAE Derby

3YO Redoute’s Choice colt Musir (ex Dizzy de Lago, by Encosta de Lago) with Christophe Soumillon in the saddle produced a storming run down the Meydan straight to out gun his stable companion the three year old filly Raihana and Kevin Shea to win the G2 UAE Derby on Dubai World Cup Night. In doing so he gave trainer Mike de Kock a remarkable fifth UAE Derby winner, and maintained the stranglehold that he and Saeed bin Suroor have on this race, as the only two trainers ever to win it. Bin Suroor has six wins to de Kock’s five.

The race was set up by another of de Kock’s runners in the field, Solid Choice (Redoute’s Choice) and Keagan Latham, who set a scorching pace from the off and making it a true test of stamina.

Soumillon was content to bide his time with Musir, and rode a patient race on the favourite, picking of his rivals then coming with a sustained run up the rail to go by the filly Raihana who lost nothing in defeat.

Afterwards Christophe Soumillon said “I was on a very good horse, and he showed a lot of courage in the straight. He had lot of weight and was racing over further than he’s been before. I was able to sit behind good horses. He had to go through a gap and he did. He finished like a really good horse.

A delighted Mike de Kock said of his fifth UAE Derby winner, I wasn’t sure that he would stay, to be honest, but Christophe (Soumillon) thought he would, and he was right. It is fantastic to have a one two for Sheikh Mohammed, and a great result for him as he bred them himself. It’s huge.

Starcraft Filly Tops MM QTIS 600

A filly by Star Witness’ sire Starcraft has topped the 2010 Magic Millions QTIS 600 Yearling Sale after making $140,000 during today’s second and final session.

Leading Sydney trainer Gerald Ryan snapped up the attractive youngster, who was catalogued as lot 241.

“She was one of the fillies of the sale,” Ryan reported. “She’s by a young stallion who’s really doing the job.”

“She’s a lovely type and has a great pedigree – she has a lot of things going for.”

“The way the quality horses have sold this year, she certainly looked good value,” he added.

“And with her being QTIS 600 and BOBS she looks the perfect buy for me.”


$140,000 – Starcraft-If I So Desire filly

Vendor: Lyndhurst Stud Farm (As Agent) / Buyer: Gerald Ryan (NSW)

$135,000 – Snitzel-Fatina colt

Glenlogan Park / Dynamic Syndications (NSW)

Returning the Royal to Randwick

Our industry is facing many challenges; the wagering imbroglio, the Artificial Insemination litigation, the invasive coal mines in our Hunter Valley breeding grounds, just to name a few. There are dsyfunctional aspects across many areas of the administration of racing, mostly resulting from the lack of national unity in our sport. In such a landscape we must live in the hope that the one constant, Royal Randwick or “headquarters”, as it is affectionately known, can be rejuvenated into a world class equine precinct, one that our forefathers envisaged when they granted the AJC the peppercorn lease on this iconic 200 acres.

New and increased grandstand capacity with first class corporate facilities and a training complex befitting the best racetrack in NSW are a must to begin with. Creativity needs to be applied in giving racegoers a great experience at the track. A mounting yard akin to that at Longchamp or Newmarket, with ample room for horses and their connections (and importantly spectators), must be part of any renewal at Randwick – probably placed behind the grandstands. Beyond those changes, talk has been of making Randwick a “centre” for racing in NSW, with the jockeys, breeders and trainers associations located there. All this is positive!

The challenge is to achieve such a program within a financial model that will not compromise the grandeur and scope of Randwick as a racing and training centre of excellence. I am a strong believer that racing at headquarters can grow again and be sustainable, because Racing is a great sport if offered and promoted in the appropriate manner. With a state of the art infrastructure at Randwick, racing can provide the people of Sydney and beyond with numerous “major events” each year!

Redoute's Choice Cracks the Ton

Champion sire Redoute’s Choice is enjoying an excellent season passing the milestone of 100 individual winners at the weekend.

By individual stakes-winners, Redoute’s Choice leads with 10 to his credit led by Group One winner Allez Wonder and the stallion is also having a good year with his juveniles – nine winners including stakes-winners Beneteau and Shaaheq.

His progeny are undoubtedly delivering the goods on the track.

Australian Stakes Performers for Redoute’s Choice This Season


MELITO Furious Stks Gr2

TICKETS Phar Lap Stks Gr2; Doncaster Stakes LR

DRUMBEATS Shannon Stakes Gr2

SHAAHEQ T’bred Breeders Stakes Gr3


RED LORD Naturalism Stakes Gr3

BID SPOTTER City Tattersalls Club Cup LR


BROADWAY BELLE Jungle Dawn Classic LR

Current Season Stakes Placegetter


BAWAARDI 3rd Jayco Stakes LR; 2nd Westfield Doncaster Stakes

COMMON OBJECTIVE 3rd City Tattersalls Club Cup LR

SISTER MADLY 2nd Flight Stakes Gr1; 3rd Sportingbet Classic; 2nd Yallambee Classic; 2nd Reginald Allen Qlty

RED HOT CHOICE 2nd Aquanita Stakes LR; 2nd Sea Corp-W.A. St. Leger

MIRRASALO 2nd Keith F. Nolan Classic Gr3

BEDHRAH 3rd The Jansz – National Stakes Gr3; 2nd Chairman’s Stakes

DYSTOPIA 3rd Kevin Hayes Stakes LR

VIMY 2nd Pfd Foodservices Tas Oaks LR

ZINGALING 2nd Strada Stakes LR

FICTION 3rd BMW & William Roberts Hcp LR

Source: Tara Madgwick, Breednet

Alverta Gives the Spur 12 G1 winners and Messara his first

Saturday, March 20, is a day that young trainer Paul Messara will never forget when his fathers’ mare, Alverta, won the Group I Coolmore Classic at Rosehill. Alverta has a special spot in the young trainer’s heart, the chestnut was his first city winner, his first stakes winner, now a six-year-old his first Group I winner.

Perfectly ridden by Tye Angland, who claimed his second win at the elite level, Alverta jumped quickly in the TAD Kennedy Stakes (registered name ) and settled well in fourth spot behind Gold Water to the turn. Dashing clear at the top of straight, Alverta delivered the knockout blow at the furlong, to stride away for the history-making win for the son and father combination.

Gold Water (Choisir – Float by Devils Bag) was brave in claiming the runners-up cheque, while the race favourite, Palacio de Cristal (Encosta de Lago – Crystal Palace by Palace Music) bombed the start and did a huge job to grab third.

“All the way through she’s been the stable star,” Messara told TVN. While the winning rider paid credit to Messara’s handling of Alverta.

“All credit goes to Paul,” he said. “Everything worked out perfect.”

Alverta has now won eight of her 35 starts and is the 12th winner at the elite level for her sire, Flying Spur, who was raced by Messara’s father, John, and stands at the families’ famous stud, whose colours, Alverta wore on Saturday.

Alverta was offered at the 2005 William Inglis Easter yearling sale where she was passed in at $20,000, off a reserve of $100,000.

Alverta had two sheets of x-ray issues – so no one wanted her.

“I took her home and broke her in and then we had another couple of goes at selling her – luckly she stayed with me. “Then last spring she didn’t go into foal when she had a date with Charge Forward, in fact, Dad accused me of just leading her straight through the mating shed!” he said with a huge smile on his face.

Out of the imported mare Grilse (by Rahy), Alverta has increased her value many times over as she hails from a very successful international family and is the second stakes winner the mare. The other being Revolte (by French Deputy) winner of the Singapore Stewards Cup (Sin-G3).

The great-grandam, It’s In The Air (by Mr Prospector), was the winner of five Grade 1 events in America. While a daughter, Note Musicale, is another that’s produced winners at the highest level in America, Music Note (by A P Indy) and Musical Chimes (by In Excess).

Since Flying Spur retired to stud, he has produced a consistent type and his stock reflect his quality and this in turn is reflected in his stud record. With a dozen winners at the highest level amongst his 73 stakes winners and another 51 stakesplacegetters from his 647 individual winners, from less than a 1,000 runners with earnings of more than $82million.

The triple group one winning son of Danehill is well respesented at the forthcoming Inglis Easter yearling sale, to be held at Newmarket from April 6-8th, with 55 yearlings catalogued for sale.

Source: Michele Cullen, Stallions Daily Bulleti

Bickham: The coal mining decision that threatens the thoroughbred industry

“Even the perception of environmental damage is enough to threaten the Upper Hunter’s multi-billion dollar Thoroughbred Breeding Industry” John Messara said today when giving evidence at the Planning Assessment Commission’s (PAC) public hearings into the Bickham Coal mine.

Speaking at the PAC public hearings held in Scone, Mr. Messara advocated against the Bickham Coal Mine proposal and called on the NSW Government to make an early decision on the matter, rule out the Bickham Coal project and put an end to a decade of uncertainty caused by this long-standing issue.

“Australia’s Thoroughbred Industry is today a world recognised international centre of excellence which has attracted significant national and international investment,” Mr. Messara said.

“Many national and international investors and thousands of jobs, directly and indirectly, are dependent on our industry,” he said.

“Our industry has been recognised, including by the former Prime Minister the Hon. Bob Hawke AC, as one of the largest employers in Australia, providing sustainable long term direct and indirect jobs for some 200,000 Australians.”

The Upper Hunter Valley is currently mine free. The proposal for an open cut mine at Bickham will yield relatively small short lived economic gains. Yet it poses significantly large risks for the environment, for waterways, for prime agricultural lands, for the agricultural industries and jobs and for the fabric of regional communities.

“Our industry, the industries that rely on us and the community that supports us think it is irrational to allow a relatively small mine located between two important river systems, to proceed and put at risk, or be seen to put at risk, our Thoroughbred Breeding Centre of Excellence,” Mr. Messara said.

The critical mass of thoroughbred breeding in the Hunter Valley has attracted international investors such as the Irish Conglomerate, Coolmore Stud (Jerrys Plains), the Darley Stud (Denman & Aberdeen), the Yoshida family’s Shadai Stallion and Northern Farm, and the Kia Ora Stud. Many more domestic and international investors recognize the Hunter Valley as the premier Southern Hemisphere breeding ground.

The Scone Equine Hospital is the largest equine hospital in the Southern Hemisphere. It employs over 100 staff, including 33 qualified veterinarians and 5 Specialists in equine surgery or equine medicine. Its employees are highly skilled and only live in Scone to work at the Scone Equine Hospital. Future investments in the Scone Equine Hospital have stalled because of the uncertainty of our future caused by the growing number of mines surrounding the thoroughbred breeding industry in the Upper Hunter.

Australia’s Thoroughbred Breeding Industry has survived Equine Influenza and is recovering from the Global Financial Crisis (evident by recent bloodstock sales). It is well respected and positioned to respond to growing export market opportunities in the Asia Pacific. Current key markets include New Zealand, Singapore, China, the Philippines, South Africa, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Korea. Australia’s international standing and expertise positions it well to respond to the bulging Asian market – particularly China’s growing interest in Racing.

Mr. Messara made it clear that the Thoroughbred Breeding Industry is not against coal mining per se but believes that there is a clear lack of balance between sustainable industries and limited life coal mining in certain locations of the Upper Hunter Valley.

“There is no amount of compromise, or future mine planning, that could compensate for the potential harm the Bickham mine could cause to our waterways, industry, jobs and region,” Mr Messara said.

John Messara was appearing before the PAC on behalf of the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Inc. He is the immediate past President of the Thoroughbred Breeders Australia and Aushorse Ltd. John Messara is the proprietor of Arrowfield Stud, the largest Australian owned Thoroughbred Breeding farm in the Upper Hunter.

Breeders Contribute $250m annually to Australian Racing Industry

A report released today by Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) reveals that breeders in this country have committed in excess of $500million in the past two years in training fees for racehorses. This figure does not include the purchase price of racehorses and the cost of breaking them in, nor the added expense of vets, farriers and other costs incurred in the upkeep of racehorses.

The report establishes that breeders wholly or partly own 63% of racehorses in training. When you add together all the percentages of racehorses owned by breeders, it equates to owning the equivalent of 45% of all racehorses in Australia.

“The study demonstrates conclusively that breeders largely underwrite racing and make a massive contribution to the income and well-being of industry participants,” TBA president Trevor Lobb said.

“Breeders underpin racehorse ownership in this country and seek to play a constructive role in resolving the many issues affecting the viability and future of racing.”

The report was compiled using figures supplied by the Australian Stud Book and Racing Information Services Australia (RISA).

In real numbers, 7,177 of Australia’s 8,500 thoroughbred breeders share in the ownership of more than 35,000 racehorses.

Breeders also contribute in excess of $10million annually to prizemoney through race sponsorship and state incentive schemes like BOBS, VOBIS and QTIS.

“Breeders are determined to work with other industry participants to support and promote racing in these rapidly changing times,” Mr Lobb said.

“We are all in this together and recognition for the role of breeders as owners and contributors to racing is long overdue,” Mr Lobb said.

Source: Thoroughbred Breeders Associatio