Redoute's Choice is the Champion Sire of Australia, 2009-10

Arrowfield’s Redoute’s Choice is the Champion Sire of Australia for the second time with 2009/10 prizemoney of more than $9 million.

Redoute’s Choice added two new winners to his season’s record on the final day’s racing for 2009-10, when three-year-old Sikka won handsomely at Rosehill, and four-year-old Stalingrad won in Darwin. Their efforts took Redoute’s Choice’s season stakes tally to $9,032,392 – $320,039 ahead of runner-up Encosta de Lago, who was represented by 50 more runners than Redoute’s Choice. (Source: Arion Pedigrees, after today’s racing).

The major earner for Redoute’s Choice was the magnificent three-year-old filly Melito whose second Group One win, in the Qld Tatt’s RC Winter S. G1 on 26 June, took Redoute’s Choice to the head of the Sires’ table. She started 14 times during the season, nine times at Group One level, for three wins (two G1), nine placings (five G1), and $1,314,700 prizemoney.

Melito was one of three new Group One winners Redoute’s Choice added to his record this season:

ALLEZ WONDER

4m ex Luna Tudor, by Military Plume

Bred by Trelawney Stud & Cherry Taylor, NZ

1st MRC Toorak H. 1600m G1

DARIANA

3f ex Beldarian by Last Tycoon

Bred by Fairway Thoroughbreds, NSW

1st BRC Queensland Derby 2400m G1

MELITO

3f ex Cloister by Marauding

Bred by Reavill Farm Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd, NSW

1st AJC T.J. Smith S. 1200m G1

1st Qld Tatt’s RC Winter S. 1400m G1

Redoute’s Choice is also the season’s leading sire of Stakes winners (14) and 3yo Winners (57).

LIFETIME STATISTICS

63 Stakes Winners

18 Group One winners

STALLION PREMIERSHIPS

Champion Sire of Australia, 2006 & 2010

Champion Australian Sire of 2YOs, 2005 & 2006

Champion Australian First Season Sire, 2004

Redoute’s Choice stands at Arrowfield in 2010 at a fee of $176,000 (inc. GST).

Snitzel and Charge Forward close out super season

Two of the young guns on the Arrowfield roster, Snitzel (by Redoute’s Choice) and Charge Forward (by Red Ransom), closed out their super 2009-10 seasons with impressive final winners today in Sydney and Brisbane.

At Rosehill, Snitzel’s two-year-old son One More Grand (ex Lambada Lady by Seattle Slew) took out The Rosebud Inglis Bonus, adding $100,000, plus a BOBS Bonus of $20,000, to the standard $42,000 prizemoney for trainer Neville Layt and his ownership partners, Mrs B.G. Layt, Mr G.R. & Mrs V.C. Williams and Mr A.J. Laing (Snr).

Arrowfield-bred One More Grand was sold by Bellerive Stud at the 2009 Scone Yearling Sale for $35,000, and has now earned more than $240,000 from his three wins and one placing at two.

Snitzel ends the 2009-10 season in second position on the Australian 1st Season Sires’ list, with $1.2 million prizemoney and 10 winners, including G2 Chance Bye.

At Doomben three-year-old Carlton Forward (ex Carlton Ace by Bianconi), a $65,000 Magic Million Premier Sale purchase who was stakes-placed at two, took his prizemoney beyond $130,000 for owner Mr T. Khoury.

Charge Forward ends the season in eighth position on the Australian 2nd Season Sires’ list with more than $1.4 million from 23 winners, including Group winners Headway, Solar Charged, Shrapnel and Response.

100 Australian winners for Hussonet in 2009/10

Arrowfield’s champion sires Hussonet and Flying Spur have mirrored each other’s performances to a remarkable degree in 2009-10, posting similarly impressive statistics among the country’s top 15 stallions.

Flying Spur holds the lead on prizemoney with progeny earnings of $4.7 million, but Hussonet has beaten him to the 100-winner mark. He reached that milestone on Sunday when three-year-old Fappiano’s Lad won at Hawkesbury.

Flying Spur is hot on his heels, though: three-year-old gelding Itimio became his 98th winner for the season at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.

The two stallions have each been represented by seven Australian stakeswinners, and between them have notched up 13 two-year-old winners (7 by Hussonet, six by Flying Spur) in 2009-10.

They cannot be separated on three-year-old winners with 35 apiece, and their worldwide tally of stakeswinners for the 12-month period is 19, with the split favouring Flying Spur, represented by ten black type winners this season, headed by Group One winner Alverta, also third in the Newmarket July Cup G1. She will be trying to give him a northern boost to the new southern hemisphere season when she lines up in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deaville on Sunday 9 August.

Hussonet’s best performer in 2009-10 has been Gold Trail, winner of the ARC Railway H. G1, and he enjoyed a particularly fruitful autumn when two-year-old Run For Levi, three-year-olds Latin News & Girl Hussler, and five-year-old Ego’s Dare all won at Listed Race level.

Flying Spur is now fully booked for 2010, and Hussonet is available for foal shares only, to approved mares.

Squamosa shines for Not A Single Doubt

Not A Single Doubt ‘s two-year-old son Squamosa confirmed his quality with a sparkling three length win over 1400 metres at Randwick today. That followed his impressive winning debut over 1150 metres at the same course on 7 July.

As reported by Thoroughbred News, trainer Gai Waterhouse was in a buoyant mood after the race.

“This is a very impressive colt and a good horse in the making.

“He is a dominant colt and I love that. He handled himself beautifully in the straight and while the second horse made ground, he had it sewn up,” she said.

Squamosa was purchased for $140,000 from the Arrowfield draft at the 2009 Magic Millions Yearling Sale by Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds, and is raced by Mr J Tan, Miss G Tan, and Mrs G Wong. He will now head to the first Group One race of the 2010-11 season, the $1 million STC Golden Rose Stakes over 1400m at Rosehill on 28 August.

He was bred by Arrowfield Pastoral Pty Ltd and is a half-brother to 3yo filly Flying Success (by Flying Spur), a stakes-placed winner this season, also from the Waterhouse stable. Herself a two-year-old stakeswinner in New Zealand, Class Success has a rising two-year-old filly by Flying Spur , and is in foal to Snitzel .

Squamosa’s win continued the outstanding run of success Not A Single Doubt has enjoyed this season, especially over the past two months. Ten of his progeny from both his crops have won 14 races since 26 May, including Flemington stakeswinner Doubtful Jack, as follows:

3YOs

DOUBTFUL JACK – Flemington, 5 & 26 May, 10 July (Trainer: Peter Moody)

of Doubtful Jack’s brilliant win in the VRC Winter Championship Final LR.

Cierto Segura – Muswellbrook, 15 June (Tara Vigouroux)

Deanaye – Seymour, 18 July (David Bourne)

Enhanced – Sha Tin, 27 June (John Size)

Great Man – Ipswich, 2 July (Stewart Mackinnon)

So So Sure – Canterbury, 25 May (Joseph Pride)

2YOs

Babelicious – Scone, 13 July (Rodney Northam)

No Hesitation – Rosehill, 19 June (Clarry Conners)

Spirited Eagle – Sandown, 19 June & Moonee Valley, 3 July (Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas)

Squamosa – Randwick, 7 & 24 July (Gai Waterhouse)

Not A Single Doubt retains his prominent position on the Australian 2nd Season Sires’ list where he is 5th by earnings, 3rd by winners (41) and 3rd by wins (66). His season’s achievements are all the more impressive in a top 10 group of 2nd Season Sires that has won more than $27 million prizemoney in 2009-10 – compared with the $13.3 million won by last season’s top 10 2nd Season sires.

Not A Single Doubt stands the 2010 season at Arrowfield at a fee of $13,750 (inc. GST).

Break Card heads treble for Danzero

Winners every week – that’s what Danzero has delivered in Australia during July and his excellent run continued today with three winners in less than two hours.

Attractive three-year-old filly Break Card (ex Fleur de Jazz by Fairy King; bred by Torryburn Stud) opened Danzero’s account when she scored by an authoritative 2.3 length margin over 1200 metres at Randwick. It was her fourth career victory, and her third this season, taking her prizemoney to just under $180,000. Torryburn Stud is also the breeder of this season’s talented Group 2-winning juvenile filly Chance Bye (by Snitzel ).

As it happens, Break Card is raced by a syndicate managed by John Baxter, whose Ruane Stud bred Danzero’s next winner for the day, the four-year-old gelding Brawled (ex Next To Me by Covetous). He won at Townsville, carrying 60.5 kg and breaking 58 seconds for 1000 metres to score his fourth, and most valuable victory in 12 starts.

Less than sixty minutes after that, four-year-old gelding Gusrick (ex Sculpture’s Blue by Arch Sculptor; bred by Mr B.N. Allan, Mrs M. Allen and Mr & Mrs P. Shanahan) broke his maiden at Newcastle, in the process becoming Danzero’s 501st individual winner.

These performances took Danzero’s win tally for the month to thirteen and his total wins for the season to 132. For the seventh consecutive season his total prizemoney exceeds $3 million, and he is yet again among Australia’s top 25 sires.

Other metropolitan winners by Danzero during July are three-year-old geldings Antiguan (Warwick Farm, 1600m, 14 July) and Stoneblack (Moonee Valley, 2040m, 3 July), and four-year-old mare Glaze (Morphettville, 1250m, 3 July).

Outstanding Hong Kong G1 winner Happy Zero, G2 winner Extra Zero and SW Danzylum head the list of Danzero’s 95 southern hemisphere winners in 2009-10.

Danzero, the sire of 7 Group One winners among his 35 stakeswinners, stands the 2010 season at Arrowfield at a fee of $16,500 inc. GST.

Time to put our Sport first

The current spat between the NSW trainers and the governing body, Racing NSW is no more than an expression of the fear and uncertainty that currently lies below the surface of the entire thoroughbred industry.

Having visited several racing nations in the last month, including the UK, Ireland, France and Singapore, it seems that the bookmaker issue is one of the major contributors to the worldwide decline of our sport. Racing’s major source of revenue is being diluted through the unwillingness of bookmakers legal or illegal, onshore or offshore, corporate or otherwise, to pay the asking price for their utilisation of the racing product.

This is not the only problem, but it is certainly a significant one. Yes, the industry’s own failures of leadership, management and governance are obstacles to success. But, you can do little without adequate funding.

In the “closed” racing economies such as Japan and Hong Kong, owners fare much better, but their ownership is licensed and the racehorse population is therefore restricted. This allows the authorities to achieve a more acceptable balance between the costs and revenues of ownership. The available prizemoney is shared among a finite number of owners and thus the ratio of prizemoney to racing costs is much more attractive. In Japan and Hong Kong the annual prizemoney per starter is about 10 times that in Australia and other western racing jurisdictions such as the UK, Ireland and France.

In open racing economies such as Australia, there is no such control on the volume of ownership and horses. The wall to wall racing program we have here means that the prizemoney currently generated through wagering is distributed far too thinly on a per capita basis. In fact, prizemoney in Australia covers less than 40% of training expenses; and that is without taking into account the capital outlaid by owners to purchase racehorses. That’s a fundamental reason our sport is in decline at this time, when there are so many alternative leisure and gambling pursuits.

All around the world, owners are subsidising the sport to various degrees. Their support is now close to a level that I believe is unsustainable and racing is in danger of once again becoming the exclusive domain of a wealthy minority.

However, the Royal Ascot meeting and others, which I attended, offer proof positive that racing still has a strong franchise. The blend of tradition and pageantry, exquisite facilities and a tight, but high class program, gave all who attended Ascot an unforgettable time. The Melbourne Spring is similar. These kinds of meetings should be the highlights of a much smaller program of racing than we currently offer in our country. Whatever agreement racing has with the TAB to supply “racing product” mindlessly, seven days a week, needs revision, if racing is to remain – or rather, become – a mainstream sport.

Back to the bookmakers. They are entrepreneurs and seek to gain the best outcome for themselves – that’s understandable. Yet a number of the high profile bookmakers in Australia are also ardent followers of racing and enjoy social interaction with many owners and trainers. For this reason, I find it difficult to understand their indifference to the fact that the economics of ownership are now so poor as to place the whole sport in danger. They are helping to kill the industry from which they profit. Perhaps they don’t care, because they can apply their trade to other sports.

The lack of overall funding has resulted in the inability of racing to offer newcomers to the sport a worthwhile racing experience. It has been left to breeders in Australia to own more than 60% of the horses in training and have part-ownership of over 80% of them; and as you can guess, that’s not necessarily always by choice!

In those circumstances, is it not time for all who have an interest in, or a love of racing to work towards a voluntary agreement aimed at reviving our sport? Here are some of the obvious concessions the major stakeholders might have to make under such a compact:

Bookmakers

Agree to pay a product fee based on gross turnover and adjust their business model to deal with that. This would help to fund prizemoney, and capital development by Clubs – both essential for a more engaging, attractive presentation of racing to punters and fans.

Race Clubs

1. Consolidate this sector of the industry, where possible, to minimise duplication and benefit from strategic opportunities. Clubs could then provide first-class facilities and events through sounder financial structures – again, to bring new players into the game.

2. Introduce corporate governance measures to significantly improve the quality and performance of Club boards.

Breeders

Establish an Australian “Breeders’ Cup” as the Australasian championship of Racing to be run in the Sydney Autumn. This can make the Sydney Carnival, over time, a significant high profile event, as important as the Spring Carnival in Victoria.

Administrators

1. Accept the importance of national direction for racing by beefing up the ARB or establishing a new national body resourced with the best industry brains, giving it powers to address a wide variety of racing issues. This will support the consistent presentation and administration of racing and allow racing to compete with the likes of the AFL, NRL etc.

2. Revise the racing program in each state to reduce the supply of racing but significantly lift its quality.

3. Establish a national TOTE pool to provide a viable wagering option for large punters, domestic and international.

State Government

1. Provide sensible financial support to the club sector to assist with the provision of infrastructure. This will ultimately increase government revenues from racing, as well as boosting tourism and economic activity for our State.

2. Facilitate the achievement of all the above initiatives through appropriate and timely legislation.

3. Review the wagering taxation required to bring NSW in line with other states.

These actions are all achievable and would normally be initiated, subject to modeling and due diligence, if racing was a private enterprise seeking to become competitive. While they may cause some short term discomfort to the stakeholders, they will make for a bigger, more sustainable industry for all concerned, including bookmakers.

But can participants in our sport place racing before their own ends?

Crossbow hits target for Redoute's Choice

Two-year-old gelding Crossbow ( Redoute’s Choice -Rainbow Bubbles by El Moxie) hit several targets with a handsome 3.5 length win over 1100 metres at Rosehill today.

It was his official debut win, after his first raceday appearance, and impressive victory, at Gosford last month, was declared a no race because of a barrier malfunction.

Today he not only confirmed the quality he displayed then, but also added $62,000 ($42,000 winner’s stake, plus a $20,000 BOBS bonus) to his sire’s prizemoney total for the season, extending the lead Redoute’s Choice holds in the race for the 2009-10 Australian General Sires’ premiership.

Crossbow was bred by Lakeview Resources Pty Ltd, Fairview Resources, Victoria and sold for $300,000 under the Grange Thoroughbreds banner at the 2009 Magic Millions Premier Sale. The buyer was Gai Waterhouse who trains Crossbow at Randwick.

Less than an hour after Crossbow’s win, Redoute’s Choice’s three-year-old son Triumphant Choice (ex Savannah Success by Success Express) scored at Caulfield, adding a further $42,700 to the season tally.

Crossbow is his sire’s 15th individual two-year-old winner in Australia this season and the 13th of them that has won on debut. Today’s performance consolidates Redoute’s Choice’s lead on the Australian Two-Year-Old Sires’ list, by winners. He also heads the Three-Year-Old Sires’ list by winners, with 55.

In all, Redoute’s Choice has added more than $114,000 to his season prizemoney today, taking his total to $8,870,957. His lead on Encosta de Lago stands at $383,085 after the day’s racing. (Data supplied by Arion Pedigrees.)

Can Manhattan Rain emulate his big brother?

Arrowfield’s Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer answers the question he’s been asked a lot in recent months:

Breeders are asking if Manhattan Rain can match his half-brother Redoute’s Choice and become a champion stallion. After all, how often does lightning strike twice in the same spot?

Well, the answer is: quite often.

One of the Arrowfield’s guiding principles when selecting a stallion is that the prospect be from an identifiable sire-producing family. The reason is that although sire-lines are important, more often successful stallions tend to follow on through female families. This was true 150 years ago and still applies today. The most influential stallions have very often had a full or half brother of major significance as a sire. More often than not, that brother was also, like most successful sires, a highly talented racehorse.

In the mid-nineteenth century the influential and breed-shaping stallions were the half brothers King Tom and Stockwell, both from the wonderful mare Pocahontas, foaled in 1837. Then came the Epsom Derby-winning brothers Persimmon and Diamond Jubilee, both of whom were champion sires.

At the turn of the 20th century along came the half-brothers and champion sires Chaucer and Swynford, from the great Canterbury Pilgrim. Chaucer founded the Ribot sire-line and Swynford left the magnificent Blandford, sire of the unbeaten English Triple Crown winner Blenheim, whose blood is perpetuated forever through Northern Dancer.

In the early part of the 20th century came Sir Gallahad III, a French 2000 Guineas winner by Teddy from Plucky Liege, who became champion US sire four times. Seven years after Sir Gallahad III, Plucky Liege produced a full brother, the moderate race performer Bull Dog who also became an influential champion sire in the United States.

Four years after Bull Dog (by which time Sir Gallahad III had sired the US Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox), Plucky Liege produced a half-brother to the first two in Admiral Drake, winner of the Grand Prix de Paris and also a highly successful sire. Finally, at the age of 22, Plucky Liege produced the 1938 Epsom Derby winner Bois Roussel. By this time, Bull Dog and Sir Gallahad III were both well established as leading sires and Bois Roussel retired with the burden of expectation upon him, not unlike Manhattan Rain. He nevertheless proved to be an excellent sire of such notables as Migoli, Tehran and Delville Wood, himself champion sire in Australia for five consecutive seasons.

The great Hyperion, an Epsom Derby winner, champion sire and founder of an international sire-line, was burdened with no fewer than four older, successful sire siblings. His half-brother Sickle, placed in the 2000 Guineas and fifth in the Epsom Derby, was twice champion US sire and founder of the Raise A Native/Mr. Prospector sire-line. Their dam was the wonderful mare Selene, who also left Pharamond, winner of the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes as a two-year-old, but outclassed in the better races at three. Nevertheless, he too was a successful sire, with progeny including Menow, the sire of Tom Fool, himself sire of Buckpasser, and Athenia, the grand-dam of Sir Ivor.

Equally notable were the full brothers Pharos (sire of Nearco – founder of the Northern Dancer line) and Fairway (four-time champion sire in England, and sire of Fair Trial). Pharos was the more influential of the two, but curiously far less talented on the racetrack. The great, unbeaten Nearco had a full brother Nicollo Dell’Arca, who was a top class racehorse and a stallion of note. Grand Lodge, from the Nearco sire-line, has a Niccollo Dell’Arca mare as his third dam.

Other full brothers who both achieved success at stud include Dante and Sayajirao; Noholme and Todman; Diesis and Kris; His Majesty and Graustark; and most recently Sadler’s Wells and Fairy King. While Sadler’s Wells was a very high class racehorse, Fairy King finished last at his only start, although he broke down in the race and was said to have good ability.

Half-brothers that have both made excellent sires are just as numerous and include foundation stallions Persian Gulf and Precipitation; Blenheim and King Salmon; Nimbus and Grey Sovereign; Fair Play and Friar Rock; Alycidon and Agricola; Wilkes and Worden II; and Sir Gaylord and Secretariat.

Crossing brothers in a pedigree can be highly effective. Sir Gaylord with his half brother Secretariat has been a great success, producing many top class horses such as Weekend Surprise, dam of champion sire A.P. Indy. Best of all is the cross of Never Bend with his half brother Bold Reason, both of them sons of the Kentucky Oaks winner Lalun. This seems to be at the heart of the Sadler’s Wells/Darshaan/Mill Reef cross. Sadler’s Wells is from a Bold Reason mare and Darshaan is a grandson of Never Bend through Mill Reef. This duplication is now responsible for more than 100 stakeswinners worldwide.

While there is no question Redoute’s Choice was the better racehorse, Manhattan Rain was nevertheless immensely talented, and in a 2006 foal crop of 18,740 only one horse was rated superior to him as a two-year-old.

It’s also worth noting that as a juvenile he was rated 12 pounds above the subsequent VRC Newmarket H. G1 winner Wanted, and 19 pounds superior to champion sprinter Starspangledbanner. At three on an interrupted preparation Manhattan Rain performed with great credit to run third in the Caulfield Guineas G1, and a very game second in the W.S. Cox Plate G1.

History has shown us that being a high-class half-brother to a champion racehorse and sire is plenty good enough to be a Champion Sire in his own right.

Rest assured we are betting on it – heavily.

Milanesa makes it 10 for Snitzel

Arrowfield’s two first season sires have been tracking each other all season and two days after Starcraft posted his ninth individual winner, Snitzel clocked up No. 10 when his daughter Milanesa (ex Sheerama by Catbird) won a $100,000 maiden race against older horses at Eagle Farm.

Ridden by Jim Byrne, and trained by Paul Messara for Arrowfield Pastoral Pty Ltd & Paul Favretto, Milanesa settled last and wove her way through the field to score comfortably from Startsmeup (by Danzero ). She will now spell ahead of a spring campaign aimed at The Thousand Guineas G1.

Snitzel is a clear second on the Australian 1st Season Sires’ list with prizemoney of almost $1.2 million and is one of three sons of Redoute’s Choice among the top ten. Starcraft’s earnings of $840,430 place him sixth on the freshman sires’ table.

Snitzel, who has also had two winners from his Japanese crop foaled in 2008, stands at a 2010 fee of $27,500 (inc. GST), while Starcraft’s fee is $38,500 (inc. GST).

Doubtful Jack a certain star for Not A Single Doubt

Doubtful Jack became the eighth stakes performer for his sire Not A Single Doubt with a brilliant win in the $200,000 VRC Winter Championship Final 1600m LR at Flemington this afternoon.

An impressive winner of his last two starts at Flemington, Doubtful Jack started hot favourite and settled just off the speed until the turn when most of his rivals rolled off the fence, giving him space to slip through to the lead. He then galloped home strongly on his own to score by six-and-a-half lengths, a margin that would have been larger if jockey Luke Nolen had not eased him in the final 100 metres.

Doubtful Jack has now won six of his 12 starts, earned almost $375,000 and his trainer Peter Moody’s serious consideration as spring carnival contender.

As reported by Thoroughbred News, Moody said afterwards, “I am not surprised, I always thought he was a good horse, but the leap he has made recently has been phenomenal and though you take into account it is winter form, you have to go to the spring with form like that.

“He has been doing it comfortably, it just seems so effortless. Since he stepped out over 1400m and the mile today it has been a great transition, so I think we go home and assess where we might head with him now.”

Bred by David Bentata from the Marscay mare Tootsie Roll, and owned by Mr A.J. Meads, Doubtful Jack was a $100,000 purchase from the 2008 Magic Millions Premier Yearling Sale, after making $70,000 at the 2007 Australian Select Weanling Sale.

However, he is far from the only exciting talent by Not A Single Doubt who has steadily built an excellent record, with 54 winners from his first two crops, and is now fifth on the Australian 2nd Season Sires’ list with more than $2 million prizemoney. Progressive two-year-olds Squamosa, Spirited Eagle and No Hesitation, and Sydney three-year-old So So Sure, as well as Hong Kong winners Enhanced and Tai Sing Yeh all contribute to Not A Single Doubt’s strong hand going into the 2010/11 season.

Not A Single Doubt stands at Arrowfield in 2010 at a fee of $13,750 (incl. GST).