Week of multi-national success for Redoute's Choice

Success in Japan today caps a fine week of international performances for champion sire Redoute’s Choice , who is enjoying another outstanding season, especially with his 3YOs.

Today’s Japanese win was supplied by 3YO filly Clianthus, who won over 1400m on turf at Kyoto. Conceived in Australia to northern time, and bred in Japan by Sunday Racing Co. Ltd, the filly from Flower Park (by Nihon Pillow Winner) won by 1.5 lengths in a time of 1.22.7.

It was Clianthus’ third start and she joins Jacaranda Terrace (ex Unearthly by Zabeel) and Ranryoo (ex Hollow Bullet by Tayasu Tsuyoshi) as 3YO winners by Redoute’s Choice in Japan this year.

Redute’s Choice’s small contingent of northern hemisphere performers in 2010 also includes two winners in England, Elzaam (three times placed in Group company, most notably in the Royal Ascot Coventry S. G2, after an impressive maiden victory) and Tazahum, an easy debut winner at Kempton Park in September.

Clianthus’ win is the 7th by the Redoute’s Choice tribe in the past week, following victories by Metallurgical, War Ends, Lucky Angel and Sikka in Australia, Redessi in New Zealand and Redoute Star in Hong Kong.

3YO filly Tranquility gained a second stakes placing when second in yesterday’s WATC Jungle Dawn Classic 1400m LR, won by Premardal in scintillating track record time of 1.20.90.

Redoute’s Choice heads the Australian 3YO Sires’ list with $1.1 million prizemoney and 23 winners, and is second on the equivalent list in New Zealand where his daughter King’s Rose won the CJC NZ 1000 Guineas G1 to become his 19th individual Group 1 winner earlier this month.

There are 17 yearlings by Redoute’s Choice catalogued for the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, including four fillies and a colt in the Arrowfield draft .

Zero makes 37 stakeswinners for Danzero

Cracking 5YO sprinter Zero Rock became Danzero ‘s 37th individual stakeswinner when she won today’s $75,000 Tattersall’s Classic 1200m LR at Eagle Farm. It was the grand mare’s ninth win from 17 starts – she has only twice finished further back than fourth, and has been twice stakes-placed – and took her prizemoney close to $500,000.

Bred and raced by David Devine, Zero Rock (ex Broc ‘n’ Roll by Brocco) started hot favourite in today’s race after comfortably winning her campaign opener two weeks ago. This time she began somewhat tardily, but soon powered to the front where she stayed all the way to the line, despite a determined finish from Phenomenal Lass.

Zero Rock is the second new stakeswinner by Danzero this season, after Hidden Wonder, a similarly consistent and genuine mare, who won last month’s Gosford RC Belle of the Turf S. LR.

Zero Rock’s path to success and popularity has been far from smooth. As a foal she was stood on and almost killed by her mother; then a virus threatened her life; and earlier this year, she ended all hopes of a Brisbane winter campaign when she slipped and hurt herself.

Her trainer Kelso Wood has previously revealed to Racing and Sports that he considered a trip to Melbourne with her for the MRC Thousand Guineas G1 two years ago and believes “she’s capable of winning a Group One somewhere.”

Quite apart from her evident ability, and Danzero’s record of 7 Group One winners, Zero Rock’s distaff pedigree offers plenty of evidence to support such an ambition. She’s from the family of triple Oaks winner November Rain, multiple Group winner Stormhill and Group 1-winning 2YO San Luis (by Flying Spur ). Current performer Dubleanny is another fine flag-bearer for this family, and counts the 2010 VRC A.R. Creswick S. LR among her five victories.

Zero Rock is now likely to repeat last summer’s campaign, and may line up in next Saturday’s BRC George Moore S. G3, before a tilt at the $400,000 GCTC Magic Millions Cup in January.

One of Australia’s most valuable proven sires, Danzero is represented by 20 yearlings in the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast catalogue, including two fillies and a colt in the Arrowfield draft . That trio includes a full-sister to last Saturday’s impressive Rosehill winner, the 3YO filly Pyrography.

She's Done it Now for Starcraft

As a racehorse Starcraft built an outstanding record on both sides of the Tasman, and now he’s doing it again, as a leading 2nd Season Sire in both Australia and New Zealand.

Today Starcraft’s strapping daughter We Can Say It Now (ex We Can’t Say That by Generous) became his second Group 1 winner with a well-deserved victory in the $200,000 Levin Classic 1600m G1, run at Otaki in New Zealand. Her win came less than a month after brilliant sprinting colt Star Witness (Starcraft-Leone Chiara by Lion Hunter) added the VRC Ascot Vale S. G1 to his juvenile triumph in the MRC Blue Diamond S. G1.

Paul Makin, who raced Starcraft, and bred & races We Can Say It Now with his wife Lyndal, says the filly “has a very, very good constitution and if she pulls up well, I’ll run her in the Captain Cook Stakes.” That is a weight-for-age Group 1 1600m race held at Trentham, Wellington on 4 December.

Arrowfield stallions have claimed two of the first three New Zealand G1 3YO races run this season, with King’s Rose (by Redoute’s Choice ) winning the CJC NZ 1000 Guineas G1 on 13 November. Today’s also-rans included the 2000 Guineas G1 winner Jimmy Choux.

A strong pace and jockey Leith Innes’ decision to move her off the fence at the 800-metre mark allowed We Can Say It Now to make up several lengths on the home turn and surge clear without the interference she suffered in the 1000 Guineas. She won by 0.75 length from Blinding, with a further 1.75 lengths back to Lady Kipling, and posted a winning time of 1.34.27.

Starcraft heads the New Zealand 2nd Season Sires’ list with four winners from five runners, including We Can Say It Now and 3YO stakeswinner Singapore Sling, and prizemoney of $213,190. His latest New Zealand runner, 2YO filly Staretto, was second on debut at Otaki today. On the Australian 2nd Season Sires’ table, Starcraft is currently 3rd, with fellow Arrowfield sire Snitzel sixth.

Starcraft’s other stakes performers this season are both in Australia: the stakes-placed 3YO Ace Acosta & 2YO Hallowell Belle.

Five yearlings by Starcraft will be offered at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, four of them in the Arrowfield draft . One of those four yearlings, Lot 112, a colt from Debutante Robe, is inbred 3 x 3 to Pompeii Court – just like We Can Say It Now.

Pyrography shines for Danzero at Rosehill

Hardly a week goes by without a reminder of Danzero ‘s great value as a proven transmitter of the Danehill line’s best qualities.

This week’s reminder was delivered yesterday at Rosehill by his smart 3YO daughter Pyrography (ex Burningwood by Tabasco Cat), bred and raced by Arrowfield in partnership with Katsumi Yoshida, of Shadai Farm, Japan, and trained at Scone by Paul Messara. Mr Yoshida was represented on course by Shadai’s stallion manager Dr Tsunoda.

Pictured: Pyrography wins the STC Turner Freeman H. 1100m at Rosehill, 20 November.

Nicely weighted on 53kg against a field of older mares over 1100 metres in her first Sydney start, Pyrography was given a perfectly judged ride by Corey Brown who took advantage of her gate speed and directed her to the front, where she travelled sweetly. At the 300-metre mark Brown asked her to accelerate, and the filly responded generously to skip clear and score by three-quarters of a length from Phenomenal Lass, with Schipper a half-neck away in third place. Pyrography’s time was 1.04.14, and 34.16 for the final 600 metres.

The win took the filly’s record to four wins and two placings from seven starts, and her prizemoney beyond $100,000, including yesterday’s $20,000 BOBS bonus. Her next start will be in the BRC Mode Stakes 1200m LR on 4 December.

Pyrography is out of the Tabasco Cat mare Burningwood, a winning daughter of multiple US Graded Stakes winner Wood So and dam of Japanese G2 winner Fireflaught (by Special Week). Burningwood also has two colts by Starcraft , an unraced 2YO named Space Mission, and a foal born in August this year, as well as a yearling full sister to Pyrography, to be offered by Arrowfield as Lot 39 at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale in January.

And in case you’re wondering where her name comes from, Pyrography means “writing with fire”, and is the art of decorating wood with burn marks resulting from the controlled application of a heated object such as a poker.

2YO stakeswinner highlights damsire Danzero

On the same day that 3YO filly Pyrography underlined Danzero ‘s undiminished ability to leave good horses in his own right, 2YO filly Miss Upstart highlighted his growing record as a sire of broodmares.

Miss Upstart won yesterday’s Counties RC Counties Challenge S. 1100m LR, at Pukekohe in New Zealand, with a fine display of finishing speed, as she wound her way from the back of the field to overpower Precise and Brackenwood and score with something in hand. Her winning margin was 1.5 lengths, and her time was 1.04.64 – just half a second slower than Pyrography’s time on a similarly Good3 track at Rosehill.

The daughter of Snippetson (by Arrowfield’s former leading sire Snippets, who died in 2002) is the ninth individual stakeswinner from a Danzero mare, in this case Magic Star, a half-sister to multiple Group winner Make Mine Magic. Miss Upstart is raced by her Australian breeder Warren Pegg who purchased the pregnant Magic Star for $34,000 at the 2008 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

Rich win for Snitzel's Lily at Gosford

It’s been a hot spring for 2nd season sire Snitzel who posted his eighth winner this month when smart 3YO filly Tigress Lily (ex Empress Lily by Zabeel) scored a valuable win over 1600 metres at Gosford this afternoon.

Pictured: Tigress Lily as a yearling at Arrowfield Stud.

She headed a trifecta for Arrowfield sires, beating home Gallant Spur (by Flying Spur ) and last start winner Snitz Kiss (also by Snitzel) to collect around $90,000 in prizemoney, BOBS & Inglis bonuses. It was the filly’s second win in three starts since her debut, also at Gosford, a month ago.

Tigress Lily was the top-piced yearling by Snitzel in 2009, selling for $400,000 to Carol Richards from the Arrowfield draft at the Inglis Easter Australian Yearling Sale. From a Group 1-placed daughter of the outstanding 1998 New Zealand Horse of the Year Tycoon Lil, Tigress Lily possesses both strength and scope, and trainer John O’Shea’s goal of winning next May’s Inglis Guineas with her appears eminently achievable.

She is one of nine Australian winners this season by Snitzel, who has also been represented by the winner Ace Allotroped in Singapore, and nine winners from his first crop 2YOs in Japan. Snitzel’s Australian performers include G2 winner Chance Bye, last weekend’s Melbourne stakeswinner Zelsnitz and stakes-placed Yorkshire Lad.

Arrowfield will offer a colt by Redoute’s Choice from Empress Lily at the 2011 Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

2YO makes record price for Not A Single Doubt

The 2YO gelding from Spring Beauty set a new top price for progeny by Arrowfield sire Not A Single Doubt when he made $NZ230,000 on the opening day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2010 Ready to Run Sale at Karaka, Auckland.

The gelding was offered by Ascot Farm, and the successful bidder was Victorian trainer Lee Hope. The price was the second highest of the day’s selling.

Spring Beauty is a winning sister to G1 Wrap Around from the family of Arrowfield-bred champion 2YO filly Fashions Afield (by Not A Single Doubt’s champion sire Redoute’s Choice ). Jumbo Gold, Spring Beauty’s 5YO son by Flying Spur , has won four races in Hong Kong for owner Billy Chan Wing Kwong and trainer Caspar Fownes.

The previous highest price for a Not A Single Doubt was also achieved in New Zealand, at the 2010 NZ Premier Yearling Sale, where Kieran Moore paid $NZ170,000 for the Bahira filly offered by Westbury Stud.

With three crops of racing age, Not A Single Doubt is enjoying a splendid season, with a trio of Group winners in the past three months: Squamosa and Doubtful Jack in Australia, and Always Certain in Singapore. He’s also been represented by progressive 3YO winners Castlethorpe (South Africa), Exploitable Doubt, Roadtrain and Babelicious, consistent Hong Kong 4YO Tai Sing Yeh, and brilliant 2YO Karuta Queen.

Interestingly, the Spring Beauty gelding’s damsire Bletchingly also appears close up in the pedigrees of Squamosa and Not A Single Doubt’s Group-placed daughter My Girl Helen.

Currently fourth on the Australian 3rd Season Sires’ list, Not A Single Doubt is also third on the 2YO Sires’ table. He now has a total of 74 individual winners, including eleven stakes performers.

Zero's a hero for Danzero

When a grand-looking dark brown mare by Danzero ran away with a $45,000 1000-metre race at Eagle Farm on Saturday, her performance received more than usual appreciation from the commentator.

And why not? Zero Rock has overcome more than most horses, and she makes the most of every moment. Saturday’s win was her eighth from 16 appearances since her late 2YO debut win in June 2008, and she’s been second four times, leaving only four unplaced runs – and she’s been fourth in two of those!

Not bad for a mare that has been through a war or two away from the track. First of all, her mother Broc ‘N’ Roll (by Brocco) stood on her, nearly killing her, as a foal. Next to threaten her life was a virus and, just for a change earlier this year, she slipped and hurt herself, ending all hopes of a Brisbane winter campaign.

Placings in last year’s BRC George Moore S. G3, and Doomben S. LR are Zero Rock’s only black type performances but – fingers crossed – it won’t be long before we’ll see her name in black capitals.

Her trainer Kelso Wood has previously revealed to Racing and Sports that he considered a trip to Melbourne with her for the MRC Thousand Guineas G1 two years ago and believes “she’s capable of winning a Group One somewhere” for her owner-breeder David Devine.

It wouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see another stakeswinner emerge from Zero Rock’s pedigree. Quite apart from Danzero’s propensity for siring top performers (36 stakeswinners and counting), she’s from the family of triple Oaks winner November Rain, multiple Group winner Stormhill and Group 1-winning 2YO San Luis (by Flying Spur ). 4YO mare Dubleanny has been the family’s latest flag-bearer, including the 2010 VRC A.R. Creswick S. LR among her five victories.

Immediate plans for Zero Rock are to repeat last summer’s campaign, and start in the George Moore Stakes again, before an attempt to boost her already handsome, $400,000-plus prizemoney in the $400,000 GCTC Magic Millions Cup in January.

Rose makes 19 G1 winners for Redoute's Choice

3YO filly King’s Rose has become the 19th Group 1 winner by Arrowfield’s champion sire Redoute’s Choice with a stylish victory in today’s dramatic $NZ300,000 CJC NZ One Thousand Guineas 1600m G1 at Riccarton Park, Christchurch.

Race favourite We Can Say it Now (by Arrowfield’s exciting young sire Starcraft ) was knocked into the rail twice in the home straight, and she did well to recover her balance and cross the line in fifth place.

Meanwhile, King’s Rose came down the centre of the track after racing three wide for much of the journey, and unleashed a powerful finish to take out the second 3YO classic of the New Zealand season by three-quarters of a length in 1.35.57. After an inquiry which considered three protests, Twilight Savings, third in last Saturday’s CJC NZ Two Thousand Guineas G1, ended up in second place, with Smoulder third and the luckless We Can Say it Now in fourth position, ahead of the relegated Magic Briar.

Trained by Jason Bridgman for the filly’s Hong Kong-based owner-breeder Dr Gene Tsoi, King’s Rose appeared four times at two, for a debut win in the spring, followed by two fifths and a seventh placing in Group 1 and 2 races won by Banchee and Nacho Man. She has blossomed quickly at three, and opened her season with a second before winning the Ashburton JC John Grigg S. LR on 17 October. Her success in Group 1 company at only her 7th start has taken her prizemoney to $NZ192,460.

King’s Rose was ridden by Opie Bosson who rode Katie Lee to victory in last year’s 1000 and 2000 Guineas, and chose to ride the Redoute’s Choice filly this year after being aboard at her previous start.

As reported by Jeff Dore on Thoroughbred News, Bosson said, “She gave me a nice feel that day, she was just a little bit green still and I always knew she was going to improve. I’ve ridden her in track work up north when she was two and she’s just getting better and better.” Plans for the filly now centre on the 2400-metre New Zealand Oaks G1, to be held at Trentham on March 2011.

King’s Rose is one of five stakeswinners this season by Redoute’s Choice, alongside fellow 3YOs Rekindled Interest (MVRC AAMI Vase G2), Kittens and Milestone, and 5YO Drumbeats (AJC Bill Ritchie H. G3). Redoute’s Choice currently leads the Australian 3YO Sires’ list by prizemoney ($1.1 million) and winners (22), and is now second on the equivalent New Zealand list with 5 3YO winners and earnings of $224,525.

Of Redoute’s Choice’s 19 Group One winners, 14 have won at that level as 3YOs.

King’s Rose is from the Australian-foaled Nureyev mare Nureyev’s Girl, a stakes-placed, winning half-sister to SW Roanoke, from the good European family of G2 Wixim and G3 Soneva.

New stakeswinner heads Snitzel treble

Snitzel today underlined his claim as one of Australia’s most progressive 2nd season sires with a 1-2-3 sequence of brilliant victories, headed by his second stakeswinner, the 3YO filly Zelsnitz (ex Eishin Maysville by Jade Hunter).

Pictured: Smart filly Zelsnitz is out on her own at the end of the MRC Twilight Glow S. LR at Sandown today.

Bred and raced by her Sydney breeder Carl Holt, Zelsnitz took out the Race-Tech-sponsored MRC Twilight Glow S. 1400m LR at Sandown by four lengths from the favourite Palomares and Booklet. It was the athletic filly’s second win from four starts, and confirmed the merit of her third placing in the VRC Desirable S. LR on Melbourne Cup day.

It also enhanced her already impressive pedigree. Danehill, Redoute’s Choice & Snitzel on the top line are complemented on the bottom line by Zelsnitz’s descent from the champion Canadian filly and great broodmare Fanfreluche, ancestress of a host of Group One winners including champion sires Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago.

Twenty minutes after Zelsnitz saluted in Melbourne, 2YO filly Saramenha (ex Speedy Topaze by Woodman) won by almost 5 lengths over 1100 metres at Rosehill – the second win in three starts for the 2010 Melbourne Premier Sale graduate from the Bellerive Stud yearling draft.

Around 25 minutes later, Snitzel’s treble was completed in New Zealand by 3YO gelding St Beune (ex Miss Candy by Canny Lad) whose reputation was again boosted when he defeated the highly regarded Queen of Pop at Tauranga. St Beune attracted attention with his trial win in September, and was third at his race debut, at Ellerslie on 23 October.

Snitzel has been represented by seven stakes performers in 2010 including G2 juvenile winner Chance Bye, SW Zelsnitz and Yorkshire Lad (recently stakes-placed at Flemington). Snitzel (7th) and Starcraft (3rd) currently hold top 10 positions on the Australian 2nd Season Sires’ list.