New location for Arrowfield's Sydney office

We’ve now moved from our Spring Street base to offices in Young Street, Neutral Bay, Sydney – in fact, to the same building we occupied some years ago.

Please amend your record of our contact information to:

Physical Address:

Level 1, 24 Young Street

Neutral Bay

NSW 2089

Australia

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 432

Neutral Bay

NSW 2089

Australia

Telephone

+612 9909 5555

Fax

+612 9909 5599

The addresses for our office email & website are unchanged, as are all details for our Stud Office in Scone, and our Victorian Office in Melbourne.

Redoute's Choice now leads the Australian General Sires' table

A brilliant Group race double at Eagle Farm today by his three-year-old daughters Melito and Mirrasalo has put Arrowfield’s champion sire Redoute’s Choice on top of the current Australian General Sires’ earnings list.

Melito (ex Cloister by Marauding; bred by Reavill Farm Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd) lined up in her ninth Group One race of the season and scored her second Group One victory with a dominant, front-running performance in the $500,000 Qld Tatt’s RC Winter S. 1400m G1. Melito was a $600,000 yearling at the 2008 Magic Millions Premier Sale and is prepared by Gerald Ryan for Reavill Racing.

Melito is one of three Group One winners by Redoute’s Choice this season, following Dariana (ex Beldarian by Last Tycoon) who won the BRC Queensland Derby G1 on 12 June, and Allez Wonder (ex Luna Tudor by Military Plume), winner of the MRC Toorak H. G1 on 10 October.

Mirrasalo (ex St Therese by Dehere; bred by Arrowfield Pastoral Pty Ltd & Belford Productions) became Redoute’s Choice’s 63rd stakeswinner, and 14th individual Australian stakeswinner this season when she scored an equally dominant win in the $200,000 Qld Tatt’s RC Tattersall’s Cup 2200m G3. Mirrasalo was sold for $700,000 from the Arrowfield Stud draft at the 2008 Australian Easter Yearling Sale and is trained by Paul Messara for Peter & Catherine Campbell’s Bennelong Bloodstock Pty Ltd.

Between them, the two fillies boosted Redoute’s Choice’s 2009/10 Australian stakes tally by $448,000. Along with prizemoney from minor placings by Sikka, Halleys, Go For Home, Dancefloor Prodigy & Burgundy Prince, they have taken Redoute’s Choice’s total to $8,404,002, earned by 263 runners. That’s $212,290 more than his arch-rival Encosta de Lago, who has been represented by 314 runners in Australia this season.

The magnitude of the reversal becomes clear when it’s remembered that yesterday Encosta de Lago held a lead of $209,510.

Redoute’s Choice is also the season’s current leading sire in Australia by individual two-year-old winners (14), and three-year-old winners (54); while his 14 individual stakeswinners place him at the top of that list too.

He has previously been Champion Australian Sire (by earnings) in 2006, Champion Australian Sire of Two-Year-Olds (2005 & 2006), and was Champion Australian First Season Sire in 2004.

Capping an extraordinary day at Eagle Farm for Redoute’s Choice was his first stakeswinner as a broodmare sire, two-year-old gelding Shamillion (Shamardal-One In A Million) who won the 1400-metre BRC Australia Post S. LR in the style of a horse likely to return as a competitive three-year-old.

Redoute’s Choice will stand the 2010 season at Arrowfield at a fee of $176,000 (inc. GST).

First Stakeswinner for Redoute's Choice as a broodmare sire

While Redoute’s Choice ‘s racing daughters Melito and Mirrasalo were busy at Eagle Farm pushing him to the No. 1 position on the Australian General Sires’ list, another daughter was making history of a different kind on the same card.

A member of Redoute’s Choice’s first crop, foaled in 2001, One In A Million today became the dam of his first stakeswinner as a broodmare sire, when her two-year-old son Shamillion (by Shamardal) won the BRC Australia Post S. LR.

One In A Million (ex Happen by Zeditave) made her racetrack debut as a summer three-year-old and won her first two starts before adding that all-important black-type to her name with placings in four Group & Listed Stakes events.

Retired to stud in 2006, she has made a perfect start to her breeding career with Shamillion, who is followed by a 2008 Hussonet colt (sold for $120,000 at the 2010 Australian Easter Yearling Sale), and a 2009 filly by Charge Forward. All three have been bred by Mr G.J. Fischl, who also raced One In A Million and her stakes-winning dam Happen (by Zeditave).

Trained at Eagle Farm by Barry Baldwin, Shamillion was ridden by Shane Scriven who told Thoroughbred News after the race, “He is a lovely horse this, I think we will put him in the paddock and you will see him back here in twelve months’ time and you will see him win another big race.”

Charge Forward 3yo scores in style

Charge Forward ‘s son Engulf (ex Absolute Lure by Lure; bred by Wall Street Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd) justified his hot favouritism with a decisive maiden win at Gosford today.

The three-year-old gelding, trained Grant Allard, settled back and seemed to be in an awkward position before getting clear and quickly putting the result beyond doubt.

Charge Forward has now had 19 winners in Australia in 2009/10, a tally that includes four Group winners, Headway, Shrapnel, Solar Charged and Response. That record accounts for Charge Forward’s popularity in the 2010 sale-ring, where his yearlings have averaged $104,312.

Engulf’s pedigree provides further evidence to support the view that Charge Forward is a highly effective outcross for Northern Dancer-line mares. His dam is a winning daughter of Danzig’s son Lure, from the family of Forest Flower (Irish One Thousand Guineas G1), multiple US Grade 1 winner High Yield and the New Zealand Group 2 winner Ruud Van Slaats.

In all, 14 of Charge Forward’s winners, among them Headway and Solar Charged, are from mares by Northern Dancer-line sires, predominantly via Danzig and Danehill.

A “nick” that already looks exciting is Charge Forward with mares by his fellow Arrowfield sire Flying Spur, damsire of Headway and two other winners by the brilliant son of Red Ransom.

Charge Forward stands at Arrowfield at a 2010 fee of $33,000 inc. GST.

Elzaam heads to Newmarket July Stakes G2

Newmarket Racecourses reported today that trainer Michael Jarvis is considering letting his exciting juvenile Elzaam take his chance in the July Stakes G2 , one of the highlights on the second day of the Newmarket July Festival on Thursday 8 July.

The Australian-bred, Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned colt gave champion sire Redoute’s Choice his first northern hemisphere winner on 13 May when posting an impressive all-the-way success in a six-furlong York maiden.

He followed up that victory by going down by a nose to Strong Suit the current ante-post favourite for next year’s 2000 Guineas, in the Coventry Stakes G2 at Royal Ascot on 15 June.

Jarvis said of Elzaam today, “He’s come out his run at Royal Ascot in A1 shape and I was very pleased with his performance there. It was a high-class renewal of the Coventry Stakes and he ran a super race.

“He was out in front for quite a long time and he did start to look around a bit in the last half-furlong. While Strong Suit would have probably have been judged unfortunate if he didn’t get up, I think if Elzaam hadn’t idled a little bit in front, then we might have won.

“He was only having his second start and we were very happy with him – he is a decent horse.”

Meanwhile, in Australia, Redoute’s Choice heads the Two-Year-Old Sires’ table (by winners) with 14 successful juveniles this season, 12 of them on debut.

Not A Single Doubt about his value

Not A Single Doubt ‘s 2010 fee of $13,750 (inc. GST) is looking better value every day, as he keeps adding progressive winners and fresh wins to his record.

Last Saturday, a pair of smart two-year-olds highlighted his worth with impressive wins in Sydney and Melbourne.

No Hesitation (ex Three Cheers by Peintre Celebre) took his record to three wins from seven starts and, by picking up a $100,000 Inglis Race Bonus, took his earnings beyond $250,000. That’s a very healthy return on the $20,000 trainer Clarry Connors paid for him at the 2009 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, where he was presented by Bellerive Stud on behalf of his breeders Nils Miller, Mark Kennedy, Jon Adgemis, Mark Swadling and Jeffery Gattone.

Spirited Eagle (ex Residenzia by Carnegie; bred by Arrowfield Pastoral Pty Ltd & Belford Productions) stepped up from Adelaide company to win handsomely at Sandown after jockey Clare Lindop found a sweet rails run for him in the straight. Spirited Eagle was bought by Adrian Hancock for $85,000 from the Arrowfield draft at the 2009 Magic Millions Premier Yearling Sale and has now won three of his five starts for his owners, renowned winemaker Wolf Blass and his wife Shirley Nyberg-Blass.

Not A Single Doubt is currently 3rd (by wins, with 37) and 7th (by earnings, with $1.75 million) on the Australian 2nd Season Sires’ list, a cohort of stallions that is proving highly competitive. The top ten sires on the prizemoney list have accumulated $25.8 million, almost twice the $13.3 million earned by the leading sophomore sires of 2008-09.

Snitzel two-for-two in Japan

Snitzel stood only one season at Shadai Stallion Station in Japan, in 2007 but the resulting crop of current two-year-olds could hardly have made a bigger impact than his first two runners, the fillies Rurinigana and Floreal.

Both of them have not only won, but have won impressively on debut. Rurinigana (ex Dame Compagnie by Kingmambo) won over 1000 metres on Saturday at the newly renovated Hakodate Racecourse. Competing in a quality JRA turf event for newcomers, she broke 58 seconds and won by one-and-a-half lengths, with four lengths back to the third horse.

Rurinigana is trained by Daishi Ito for her owner and breeder Kawashima Bokujo.

It was a convincing follow-up to the brilliant performance of Snitzel’s first Japanese-bred runner, Floreal (ex Floreana by Dance in the Dark) who won a 1200-metre race at Monbetsu by eight lengths on 26 May.

Such a strong start by his Japanese runners won’t surprise anyone who’s followed Snitzel’s success in Australia this season. With eight first-crop winners of 14 races, he’s second on the First Season Sires’ list with earnings of more than $1 million. His daughter Chance Bye (ex Rouge Femme by Red Ransom; bred by Torryburn Stud) put herself among the season’s leading juvenile fillies, with three wins from four starts including the STC Silver Slipper S. G2.

Among Snitzel’s other performers are the stakes-placed winner Jypsiere, and two-time winners Intertidal, Sheila’s Star, One More Grand and Bouzy Rouge.

Snitzel stands at Arrowfield in 2010 at a fee of $27,500 inc. GST.

Alverta: the inside story

Once an ugly duckling filly with pigeon toes and imperfect knees, and now a queenly Group One-winning swan – that’s Alverta who will step out for Arrowfield and Australia at Royal Ascot in the Golden Jubilee Stakes G1 on the final day of Royal Ascot, tomorrow, Saturday 19 June (Sunday morning, 20 June, 12:50 am AEST).

We caught up with her trainer Paul Messara (pictured with the mare at Newmarket in early June) and asked him for the inside story on the six-year-old daughter of Flying Spur and Grilse.

What was she like as a yearling?

She was a big, stringy looking thing, but as soon as she was broken in and started to be ridden she really started to look quite good. As a youngster she was a non-fuss type, just got on with her work. She was quite pigeon-toed as well as offset, so from the beginning my approach to training her was to take it easy.

What’s the story with her name?

Arrowfield Stud’s former marketing manager Frank Pollio named Alverta. Her dam Grilse is named for the first salmon of any generation of smolts to return as adults, having spent one winter at sea, growing from a few ounces to small adults weighing several pounds. Alverta refers to an extraordinary new caviar from mature, white sturgeon farmed in Northern California.

What are Alverta’s special characteristics?

As she’s become older she has become quite particular about the way she likes things done. She’s not keen on people fussing over her, and likes to be left alone. She is always stabled in the same box whenever she returns to the stable from a trip or after spelling, as this is ‘her’ box and she won’t settle as well in any other one.

She’s also looked after by the same team of people, Lewis Seib our fillies’ foreman and, of course, Leah Gavranich. Leah and Alverta have travelled a lot together and they have built a trust and understanding of how they like things done; or more accurately that Leah knows how Alverta likes to have things done!

What happened when she retired to stud last year and then returned to the stable?

She didn’t take too well to the courting process, or rather lack of it, and when she failed to go in foal and returned to training, she had changed. She’d had seven months off and came back to the stable stronger, more frisky and with a can-do temperament. Our riders commented that she was fresher than the two-year-olds, quite playful on the track and shying at things that haven’t moved since the Arrowfield Training Centre was built. She’s a perfect example of the benefits of time, and Alverta is now a mature mare, with her own ideas.

Her biggest asset as a racehorse?

They talk about good racehorses having heart. That’s Alverta. She has never put in a bad race. If she’s not in the finish, it’s not for lack of trying. She is honest and we love her for it.

When did you first realise she had Group-winning potential?

Alverta was always the honest mare who tried hard, but always seemed to get the placing, not the win. She featured in many Group and Listed races, but more often than not would be narrowly beaten. She just didn’t have that extra Group One gear that other horses had.

Then she came back in after her seven-month spell and I knew she was different, but still, I never thought she would be my first Group One winner.

Redoute's Choice colt 2nd in Ascot Coventry S. G2

Elzaam, the two-year-old son of Arrowfield’s champion sire Redoute’s Choice, has put up an outstanding performance to run second, beaten a nose by favourite Strong Suit, in the six-furlong Coventry Stakes G2 on the opening day of Royal Ascot.

Ridden by Richard Hills, Elzaam ran close to the pace and took up the running before kicking clear, as Strong Suit and his jockey Richard Hughes struggled to find a clear path through the pack. When they finally found space, Strong Suit made ground quickly to win in a head-bobbing finish.

Described by one television commentator as “one of the best two-year-olds Michael Jarvis has had through his hands for some time”, Elzaam was immediately quoted at 14/1 for next year’s English 2,000 Guineas G1, with Strong Suit at 10/1.

From the Kingmambo mare Mambo In Freeport (USA), Elzaam was born in Australia to northern hemisphere time, in January 2008. He was bred by Kia Ora Stud, NSW and sold at the 2009 Arqana August Sale to Shadwell France for ?280,000.

The colt was sent by Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum to the Jarvis stable and made his first raceday appearance on 13 May at York where won impressively over six furlongs. Elzaam is the first member of Redoute’s Choice’s first northern time crop to race, his first representative to win in Europe, and his first European Group performer.

Pictured: Elzaam (blue and white striped cap) leading Strong Suit and Roayh in the final stages of the Coventry Stakes. (PHOTO: Racing & Sports )

Royal Ascot sires at Arrowfield

No fewer than four Arrowfield stallions will be represented by runners at the 2010 Royal Ascot meeting, which begins tonight (Australian Eastern Standard Time).

Hussonet (USA) will open the Arrowfield challenge when his gallant son Gold Trail (ex Trail of Gold by Danewin) lines up in the five-furlong King’s Stand S. G1, at 12:05 am tomorrow.

Already a Group One winner over 1200 metres, and a fine fourth in last month’s Singapore TC Krisflyer International Sprint G1 at the same distance, Gold Trail is well fancied, but faces stiff Australian & international opposition on the steady climb of Ascot’s straight course.

Eighty minutes later, at 1:25 am AEST, two-year-old colt Elzaam (ex Mambo in Freeport (USA) by Kingmambo) will fly the flag for Redoute’s Choice in the Coventry Stakes G2 , also over six furlongs. He is the first member of Redoute’s Choice’s 2008 crop born in Australia to northern hemisphere time to race, and he made a favourable impression when he won on debut at York on 13 May. Trained by Michael Jarvis for Sheikh Hamdan, he’s currently around 5/1, but others are better-liked by punters, among them Strong Suit and Aidan O’Brien’s pair Samuel Morse and Zoffany.

The six-furlong Golden Jubilee Stakes is the final Group One race of the carnival, on Day 5, Saturday 19 June and it will be contested by three horses with strong Arrowfield connections.

Flying Spur will be represented by Alverta (ex Grilse (USA) by Rahy) and Hong Kong star Happy Zero (ex Have Love by Canny Lad) will step up for Danzero ; while former Arrowfield stallion Falbrav appears as the sire of Fravashi (ex Angelic Smile by Dehere). Happy Zero won the HKJC Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup HK-1 in March, and powered home for third in last month’s Singapore TC Krisflyer International Sprint G1. Four days out from the race, he’s the best-backed of this trio.