Interesting Day for Arrowfield Tomorrow

An interesting day for the Arrowfield stallions tomorrow. Not A single Doubt has Definite Choice in the Listed Gunsynd Quality at Eagle farm. He’s looked a bit big at his first two starts but should be ready to run boldly tomorrow. The Redoute’s Choice colt Kookaburras make his debut in the Listed Blue Sapphire Stakes at Caulfield tomorrow. This 1/2 brother to Alinghi is supposed to be pretty smart and we expect he’ll start favourite at least. This would be Stakeswinner number 14 for the season for Redoute’s if this superbly bred 2YO can salute. Gai Waterhouse has Common Objective (Redoute’s Choice) in the Listed Hawkesbury Cup. I thought his first up run was excellent at Randwick where he only wilted in the last 100m. On the limit weight he may also get his first stakes success tomorrow. He looks a good bet at around $8.0.

Hussonet is running hot at present and Girl Hussler in the Hawkesbury Guineas may be Stakeswinner number three for the week. She was very well back first up and rattled home for second to Jest Crewsin’ at Canterbury. If the track stays dry she’ll be hard to beat.

Hussonet's 2nd Stakeswinner in 3 Days

Autumn is proving a profitable time for Arrowfield Stud’s highly proven Mr. Prospector stallion Hussonet with the sire recording two new individual stakeswinners in the space of three days.

After the Bart Cummings-trained Latin News $150,000 Listed Gosford Guineas win last Thursday (April 22) Hussonet’s success continued on Saturday on the final day of the Sydney Autumn Carnival at Randwick where 5yo gelding Ego’s Dare became his sire’s 6th stakeswinner so far this season when capturing the Travel The World Hall Mark Stakes (LR) over 1200m running 1.08.79, the last 600 in an even 34 seconds.

A $250,000 acquisition by trainer Gerald Ryan out of the Bellerive Stud draft at the 2006 Magic Million Sale, Ego’s Dare has now won 3 of his 6 starts this season adding victories at Rosehill and Randwick in the Spring to a stakesplacing late last year, also at Randwick, in the Razor Sharp Handicap. Bred by the Arrowfield Group in partnership with Gainsborough Stud, Ego’s Dare is the 4th live foal and first stakewinner from the Seattle Slew mare Almond Essence.

Starcrafts Keep Winning

Arrowfield First Season Sire Starcraft continued to build on an already successful season with a further two juvenile winners in the space of 7 days. His last 6 starters have shown consistent form recording 2 wins and 4 second placings.

The cleverly-named Ain’tnofallenstar, a $270,000 Badgers Bloodstock purchase from the Arrowfield draft at the 2009 Magic Million Sale, scored a city success at Morphettville over 1200m on Saturday, April 17. Bred by Paulyn Investments and Arrowleave Joint Venture, the Lee Freedman-trained filly who is out the Nothin’ Leica Dane mare Ain’t Seen Nothin’, made the pace for Chris Symons before kicking on strongly in the straight to win at just her second start after placing on debut at Moonee Valley.

Starcraft repeated the dose last Saturday (April 24) when his son Starcheeka also cleared maidens at just his second start, at the Hawkes’ Bay meeting in New Zealand in the Horlicks Hall of Fame Maiden over 1400m. The big bay gelding was settled midfield by jockey Leith Innes before being hooked out at the top of the straight and finished strongly to come away and score a two length victory in a slick 1.22.62. Bred by Silvertaine Thoroughbred Racing, the son of the Canny Lad mare Born A Star was purchased by prominent New Zealand owner Peter Walker (who races in partnership with Anthony Timpson) out of the 2008 Magic Millions Weanling Sale for $200,000 and placed with Takanini trainer Stephen McKee.

Starcraft has left 4 winners to date from his first Southern hemisphere crop including the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes victor Star Witness while in the Northern hemisphere he has left the juvenile stakeswinner Don’t Tell Mary and the Group performer Keep Cool to date.

Good News for Hussonet in Gosford Guineas

The Bart Cummings-trained Latin News by Hussonet scored a decisive win in the $150,000 Listed Gosford 3YO Guineas (1200m) on Thursday, April 22.

The flashy chestnut colt settled well back in the small but select field. A fast pace was ensured by Verballed who took off at the 700m mark to attempt to steal a winning break. It was left up to Arrowfield’s Redoute’s Choice filly Flowerchild to do all the chasing and half way down the straight Flowerchild briefly claimed the lead but Latin News who had eased to the outside, stormed home over the top of his rivals to claim the feature win. Flowerchild was a game second beaten just on a length with Rothesay, a short half head away.

Shortly after the race stewards called Latin News’s jockey Blake Shinn into the stewards room to explain why he’d allowed Latin News to shift in over the final 200 metres, causing Flowerchild to be checked in the final few strides. Shinn pleaded guilty to a careless riding charge and was suspended from April 25 until May 6.

The win by Latin News represents the 5th individual Stakeswinner this season for Hussonet after G1 winner Gold Trail, G2 winner Eagle Falls as well as Huxssen and star South African 2YO Sky Link. Hussonet‘s progeny earnings this season now stand at just over $4,300,000 placing him 12th on the Active General Sires List.

3 winners in 3 countries on Saturday for Starcraft

Starcraft had a winning day on Saturday with 3 winners and a second from 4 starters. His only Australian winner was Ain’tnofallinstar, an Arrowfield bred daughter of the classy race mare Ain’t Seen Nothin’ who was a $270,000 Magic Millions graduate. Having just her second start the bay filly was sensationally backed into a $2.70 favourite a duly saluted narrowly but strongly. She may now head towards the Listed Anzac Day Stakes at Flemington on April 25.

In Germany, Baschar, out of The Minstrel mare Belle et Deluree was successful in the Preis Der Besitzervereinigung-Vollblutzucht at Dortmund over 2000m at just his third start. Later in the day in Italy, Gattona, won the Premio Endine.C.Naz at Milan, her second straight win. She is from the With Approval mare Onefortheditch who hails from the family of Champion sire Damascus.

Next Saturday, April 24, sees the return of Starstreamed who was narrowly beaten by Military Rose on debut before winning at Doomben over 1010m back in January. That form is now looking very strong and after a slick trial last week connections are eyeing off the QTC Sires Produce/TJ Smith Stakes double in coming weeks.

2010 Arrowfield Service Fees

ALL AMERICAN $16,500 inc GST

CHARGE FORWARD $33,00 inc GST

DANZERO $16,500 inc GST

FLYING SPUR $55,00 inc GST

HUSSONET Foal Shares Only

MANHATTAN RAIN $49,500 inc GST

NOT A SINGLE DOUBT $13,75 inc GST

REDOUTE’S CHOICE $176,000 inc GST

SNITZEL $27,50 inc GST

STARCRAFT $38,500 inc GST

Free Return – conditions apply

This year we welcome two new stallions – the first additions to our roster in four years. All American and Manhattan Rain are major Group One winners from prepotent sire lines and superb female families; they meet all conformation expectations.

We have reassessed Redoute’s Choice‘s service fee, notwithstanding his excellent recent results both on the track (now the sire of 17 individual Group One winners among 60 Stakeswinners) and in the sale ring (selling to $1,875,000). At his 2010 fee we believe breeders have an outstanding opportunity of breeding a highly profitable yearling, or a champion – or both. Redoute’s Choice has just completed a limited Northern Hemisphere breeding season and to date has nine of 11 mares covered in-foal on the first cover. We are therefore confident the setback of the 2009 season is well and truly behind us.

Hussonetwill, this season, be available for Foal Shares Only. He represents a world class source of “outcross blood” to meld with proven Australian lines and we seek to share this with other breeders.

The modest increases to the fees for Starcraft, Snitzeland Charge Forward are indicative of their excellent results and their ascension to the “proven” ranks.

Flying Spur‘s new fee is enticing for a Champion sire of 73 Stakeswinners and over $83 million in progeny earnings and whose 45 Easter yearlings averaged $200,000, while Danzero‘s new fee is surely attractive for a stallion of his calibre.

The fee for the highly promising Not A Single Doubt remains steady this season.

For further information or to enquire about any of our stallions contact John Messara (0419 220 774), Jon Freyer (0408 583 888), Sam Fairgray (0418 427 568), Nick Columb (0411 868 534), Peter Jenkins (0408 667 876) or Louis Le Metayer (0408 666 251).

Playing Our Part

Stallion success is about knowledge, experience, belief and commitment; knowledge and experience to identify the right prospects, and belief and commitment to give them every opportunity in terms of broodmare support and marketing to be successful. That’s why we have always taken a long term view of our stallions’ careers and why we are necessarily limited in the stallions we can and will stand.

Our belief is that broodmare support does not mean covering huge books of mares, but rather covering books of higher quality matrons including those in our own broodmare band. Without doubt this gives our commercial breeders the opportunity to sell their yearlings to advantage. Furthermore, once we have made the commitment to stand a stallion we maintain our support for him long after his first year. This ensures that stallions of the calibre of Redoute’s Choice and Flying Spur continue on as they started. That philosophy is being applied to our “young guns” Charge Forward, Snitzel, Starcraftand Not A Single Doubt.

Importantly, breeders also know that, at Arrowfield, our approach to service fees is universally consistent, except for our usual discounts for multiple bookings.

Arrowfield has supported the yearling market this year in a significant way by buying from its customers. This support, not limited to our own stallions, in whom we believe, will continue into the future.

We understand that planning matings in uncertain markets is a difficult task. Whilst our stallions performed well at the Easter Yearling Sales, the selection of a stallion for a mare should encompass a great deal more than last week’s sales results – these will be immaterial when the resultant yearling is sold, or reaches the racecourse. The important questions are: What will be the commercial appeal of this stallion in three year’s time? And, what chance does he give the mare of leaving a stakeswinner or a Group One winner?

In making that determination we simply ask that breeders consider the Arrowfield track record. If they place their faith in Arrowfield we give them our commitment that we will be “playing our part“.

Alan Jones AO – 2010 Asian Racing Conference Speech

MONDAY 12 APRIL, THE FOUR SEASONS HOTEL SYDNEY

By ALAN JONES AO

NATIONAL BROADCASTER, FORMER AUSTRALIAN RUGBY UNION COACH, FORMER DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF THE AUSTRALIAN SPORTS COMMISSION

Thank you for the kind invitation to be with you on the occasion of the 33rd Asian Racing Conference with the challenging theme of “Racing Into The Future”.

The theme conjures up many images. But it also invites the obvious conclusion, that it’s no use racing anywhere unless you first know your destination. There’s nothing worse, as we all know, than being in a race of any kind only to find ourselves side-tracked up the wrong road.

I don’t think there’s any risk of being side-tracked this week. May I congratulate the organisers on putting together such a diverse set of presentations and may I say to our most welcome visitors, I hope you’ve really had a chance to enjoy the social programme. And I notice on Thursday there’s an opportunity for a Hunter Valley stud tour which, if you’ve done nothing else, I would thoroughly recommend. The morning tea at Government House tomorrow morning will enable you to marvel, from a unique standpoint, at the glorious panorama that our city offers.

As you are aware, the subject of my address is Racing’s Destiny, the Path to Success. I have to say in getting here today, I felt that the process was something of a metaphor of the racing industry itself.

I was first asked to present an extract of what I might be saying and that was asked of me months ago. And then a further request, very courteously couched I might add, about guidelines for my presentation, whether I’d be offering a powerpoint version or a movie presentation, whether that would be in Quick Time or Windows Media format, whether my presentation had been prepared on a Macintosh, whether in fact it included an embedded movie. I haven’t yet divined what an embedded movie is. But it all caused more than a little head spinning.

And I couldn’t help but feel that our being here today is about a relatively simple issue, the glory, the adventure and the challenge of the sport of horse racing. And where there are challenges, they are not of a dimension that requires anything too complicated to properly articulate them.

So I’ll be casting all that sophisticated technology and presentational jargon aside and hopefully navigate my way through some of the problems as I see them in order to present the platform for success that we all seek.

It is true that times change.

And even racing, a traditional sport, was developed in an era when there were few leisure and gambling activities.

It’s a different world today.

And the challenge is for our sport to evolve without losing its traditional charm.

Change always brings challenge.

You manage change by responding beneficially to the challenges, and there are a number of them facing us today in Australia which are not particular to Australia.

Many of these challenges face the industry worldwide.

In politics they say that disunity is death.

So is it too in families and so is it in the family of racing.

To our international friends I should say that things are made a little more complicated in our country because in racing, each of our States has its own administration.

However, the notion that competition within our industry is good is something of a myth.

Our real competitors are external ones, other forms of sport and leisure.

Other gambling activities.

In those circumstances, to prevail, unity is important if we’re to offer the best programmes, the best racing experience and a consistency in the quality of the product throughout the whole of Australia.

Only through unity can we make ourselves stronger.

For us here in Sydney, that means consolidation within the metropolitan area by getting clubs to join together; having one set of administrators; lessening the cost; but most importantly having strategic decisions that are going to affect our industry made by one group rather than by separate groups all taking a different view.

We can flirt with the notion that we do have a sense of unity because we’re unified under the Australian Racing Board.

But that is a mirage.

We have competing clubs and competing States.

Someone was making the point to me only the other day that you’ve got a gigantic international conglomerate like BHP Billiton which is run by a board of ten.

Whereas New South Wales racing alone needs two boards of ten, the STC and the AJC and another board of five for Racing New South Wales.

So we’ve got 25 people running metropolitan New South Wales racing and a board of ten running the world operation of BHP Billiton.

That doesn’t sound like the proper organisational model.

And it’s not a model that serves the quality of the product that we can offer.

But we also have to be unapologetic in insisting that we get paid for the product that others are using for their financial benefit.

And I’m referring to corporate bookmakers and betting exchanges.

We welcome these mediums which offer punters a broader variety of opportunities for betting, but we’re entitled to insist, as an industry, that we be paid.

As you know, the international transfer price for race fields, that is when race fields are bet on in Australia and shown on Australian TV from the United States or Hong Kong, that transfer price is a 3 per cent fee.

Through legislation in New South Wales, we put a one and a half per cent fee on race fields, half the international transfer price.

But corporate bookmakers are challenging that legislation and instead say they’ll offer 10 per cent of their gross profits.

But they also claim that their gross profits are 5 per cent of their turnover, so 10 per cent of 5 per cent is half a per cent on turnover.

And who has control over gross profit?

We all know those figures can be manipulated.

Indeed the gross profit levels of these entities, bookmakers and betting exchanges, are out of our control.

People can run their business badly and make no profit.

In other words they can use our product for no benefit to us.

It is ludicrous to link the use of our race fields with the profitability of the user.

Surely as with any other product, you pay your fee for using it and you do your best with it, according to your own model.

Now as we know, that’s being fought out in the courts at the moment, but it is a very significant challenge for the industry.

A fee of one and a half per cent would provide in the vicinity of a 50 million dollar difference every year to our State here in New South Wales, which would dramatically improve the level of prize money, infrastructure and the promotion and marketing of our product.

And this corporate bookmaking issue is a worldwide one.

They use not only horse racing fields but soccer competitions, Rugby League, AFL and other sports, in all their various permutations, and seem to be saying that they should only pay a minuscule amount for the use of those products.

As an aside, I am more than amused and sometimes angered when the racing industry’s television outlet in this country, TVN, owned by the race clubs, has as its major sponsor and supporter the bookmakers.

And indeed the same bookmakers and betting exchanges are actually promoted by on-air presenters paid for by the racing industry, espousing the benefits of bookmakers who in my view are currently putting at risk the future of the industry.

No one wants to exterminate corporate bookmakers.

But the pathway to the success of this industry in