Karaka Million triumph for Charge Forward

Victory in horse-racing is often bound up with many emotions and memories, and so it proved this evening when 2YO colt Fort Lincoln ( Charge Forward -Belle Toujours by Flying Spur ) slipped through on the rail to claim the $NZ1 million ARC Karaka Million 1200m (R) LR for his owner Lincoln Farms Ltd and trainer Lisa Latta.

Pictured: Fort Lincoln as a foal at Arrowfield Stud, in the spring of 2008. (PHOTO: Katrina Partridge)

Fort Lincoln was bred by Joan Egan and her good friend Marilyn Kent from an unraced sister to the 2001 champion New Zealand 2YO they also bred together, Flying Spur’s brilliant second-crop daughter Flying Babe. Belle Toujours’ bay colt was foaled and reared at Arrowfield Stud while his dam returned to Charge Forward to conceive a full brother.

Joan and Marilyn also sent Belle Femme, a Group 2-winning half-sister to Flying Babe and Belle Toujours, to Charge Forward in 2008, and the result was a three-quarter brother to Fort Lincoln.

These two closely related colts will be presented by Curraghmore Stud as Lots 190 & 191 in tomorrow’s opening session of the 2011 New Zealand Premier Sale. Curraghmore sold Fort Lincoln at last year’s New Zealand Premier Sale for $110,000.

A third Charge Forward colt, from Ennerdale (by Singspiel), will be offered as Lot 301 by Haunui Farm on Tuesday.

Sadly, Marilyn Kent died in March 2009, and Belle Toujours was destroyed in June 2010. Mrs Egan continues to breed from about ten mares based at Legacy Lodge, the property she and her husband Peter own and operate at Te Kowhai near Hamilton in New Zealand’s Waikato region.

A son of Red Ransom from the Bletchingly mare Sydney’s Dream, Charge Forward offers a valuable outcross option for mares carrying Northern Dancer, and has a particular affinity for Flying Spur mares. Of the eight runners to date bred on this cross, four have won: G1 Headway, Fort Lincoln, Fast Forward (2 wins) and Forward Love (2 wins).

Charge Forward was himself a high-class Group-winning juvenile, and runner-up in Dance Hero’s Golden Slipper, who trained on to win the AJC Galaxy H. G1 at three.

He was Australia’s Champion 1st Season Sire of 2008/09, is currently sixth in a powerful group of Australian 3rd Season Sires and now heads the New Zealand 2YO Sires’ list with Fort Lincoln’s earnings of $558,587. Charge Forward has also been represented in 2010/11 by G1 Response, G3 Solar Charged, G1-placed winner Shrapnel and stakes-placed Andromache.

Redoute's Choice sire sons star at Caulfield

On the same day that ANZ Bloodstock News examined the growing success of the sire sons of Redoute’s Choice , Stratum and Not A Single Doubt highlighted the increasingly firm grip that Arrowfield’s champion sire has on Danehill’s legacy.

An interesting and competitive field of 3YOs lined up in the $100,000 MRC Zeditatve S. LR and at the end of the 1200 metres Eclair Mystic (Stratum) confirmed the good opinion trainer Robert Smerdon holds of him, but the run of Spirited Eagle (Not A Single Doubt) attracted equal attention, when he came off a wide run to finish strongly for second, a half-neck from the winner. Both horses are entered for the VRC Australian Guineas 1600m G1 on 5 March, as is Roadtrain (also by Not A Single Doubt) who did well to run fifth after a rocky run up the straight.

Redoute’s Choice himself chimed in on the Australia Day programme at Caulfield with the third consecutive victory by a lightly raced 4YO mare who looks a fine chance become his 70th individual stakeswinner.

Pictured: Varenna Miss winning at Caulfield today. (PHOTO: Martin King Sportpix)

As reported by Racing and Sports, Varenna Miss (ex Mica’s Pride by Bite the Bullet) relied on raw ability to get home, after leading and then losing her way slightly in the straight.

The mare’s trainer Tony Noonan said afterwards, “You look at her and she travels so easily in the run but she just gets lost out there in front.”

“Once that horse [Perfect Hostess] challenged she picked up a gear and she’s been able to do that twice where she looked vulnerable and won both times, it was a pretty good effort.

“I think she would be far better just sitting back off of them and having something to chase.”

Black type now beckons, with Varenna Miss set to contest the MRC Hyderabad R.C Stakes 1200m G3 on 12 February.

And – because we know you’re wondering! – eight sons of Redoute’s Choice have now left stakes performers, with Stratum (5 SW), Not A Single Doubt (3 SW) and Snitzel (2 SW) heading the list by stakeswinners.

Danzero's Australia Day treble

Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths set his team for summer racing and it’s paying off with a great run of success to which Danzero’s wonderfully genuine son Danzylum (ex Political Asymlum by Plush) has been a major contributor.

Pictured: Danzylum wins the MRC John Dillon S. LR at Caulfield today. (PHOTO: Martin King Sportpix)

Today the 7YO gelding, bred by Rob & Yvonne Crabtree, won his second Listed Race in 12 days when he led all the way in the $100,000 MRC John Dillon S. LR over his favourite 1400-metre distance, defeating Wind Shear ( Flying Spur ) by 1.75 lengths. He won his second VRC Chester Manifold S. LR on 15 January in similar fashion and now boasts a record of 13 wins, 15 placings, and almost $650,000 prizemoney.

Danzylum headed an Australia Day treble for Danzero , also represented by 4YO mare Sezero (ex Seattle Red by Red Ransom) who started favourite and posted her second win in four starts with a determined effort at Murray Bridge.

Four races earlier at the same course, Bellerive graduate from the 2008 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, Mastro Antonio (Danzero-Zeya by Marauding), broke his maiden over 1400 metres.

Placings at Sydney’s Warwick Farm by Dance Man and Accounting completed an excellent national holiday for the 1994 Golden Slipper winner.

These performances take Danzero’s current season figures to fifty winners, including SW Zero Rock, Hidden Wonder & Danzylum, and prizemoney of more than $1.8 million in Australia.

Danzero’s proven ability to leave winners and quality performers is valued by buyers and breeders alike. The next opportunities to buy his progeny are at the New Zealand Select Sale (5 lots), and Melbourne Premier Sale (18 lots including two colts and two fillies in the Bellerive Stud draft ).

Magic Millions resilient amid catastrophe

The 2011 Magic Millions Sale will be remembered for the devastating Queensland floods before, during and after the sale. As Tara Madgwick noted on Breednet, it seemed bizarre to be following a horse sale amid such catastrophe, but the economic activity generated by the Magic Millions Sale and raceday will make a contribution to the state’s recovery.

Not surprisingly, it was difficult for Queenslanders to participate in the sale and for the rest of us to concentrate on business. Nevertheless, the sale proved, in my opinion, that the horse economy is still alive and well.

Our own experience at Arrowfield was that we met our budget but without much overage; so no shocks to the system there!

Today’s buying benches are highly professional and selective, and the spontaneous activity which characterised the early years of the Magic Millions is a thing of the past. However, there was good money for a well made colt or filly with clean x-rays, even without a top-class pedigree.

Despite the strength of the Australian dollar, South African and Hong Kong buyers were on the ground and Aushorse’s domestic marketing push certainly paid off.

The expectation for months before the sale was for an average about equivalent to the 2010 figure and that is pretty well what we got. The average was down 3.9 per cent, while the median was down 5.3 per cent on the previous year – close enough.

Arrowfield’s two young guns Not A Single Doubt and Snitzel defied that trend, achieving Session 1-4 averages of $82,083 and $177,000 – well above their 2010 figures. They could hardly have had a better week in the ring, or on the track. Karuta Queen’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic win took Not A Single Doubt to the head of the Australian 2YO Sires’ table, while Snitzel supplied two Magic Millions placegetters, 2YO Schiffer and 3YO Top Drop, and claimed the lead on the 2nd Season Sires’ list.

This duo’s sire, Redoute’s Choice , provided the top four prices of the sale and his 13 yearlings averaged $385,000, lower than one would have hoped against a 2008 service fee of $300,000. Don’t forget though, that this fee was set against enormous demand for nominations to Redoute’s Choice – a demand which far outweighed possible supply.

In 2008, no fewer than 19 of his yearlings across Australia and New Zealand made $1 million or more, with a top price of $2.7 million, and an extraordinary average of $736,000 – they were heady times!

Buyers did not care then about the nomination fees paid two years earlier to produce the yearlings they purchased, just as they do not care now that Not A Single Doubt stood his first six seasons at $12,500.

Still, I’m pleased to note that this year’s Magic Millions average for our Champion Sire was ahead of his equivalent 2010 figure of $343,000.

That augurs well for the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, where Redoute’s Choice last year averaged $480,645 – 40% better than his 2010 Magic Millions figure. I understand he has some great types and pedigrees at the 2011 Easter Sale, not least among them Arrowfield’s full sister to Beneteau.

I sense that 2011 is going to be another good racing year for Redoute’s Choice’s progeny both here and overseas. This, and the fact his sons are highly sought after as stallions, underpins his value as a sire. With a breed shaper such as Redoute’s Choice, residual breeding value is as much a factor in determining the price of his yearlings as their earning capacity on the track.

So, while the Magic Millions of 2011 was not a boomer, things could have been much worse given the prevailing scenario of the Aussie dollar, the sluggish economy and the terrible Queensland floods. We can now look forward to the remainder of the 2011 yearling sales series with some confidence.

Arrowfield sires dominate Magic Millions finishes

It’s been a stunning day for Arrowfield Stud with Not A Single Doubt , Snitzel & Danzero supplying four of the top six finishers in the two feature races on BMW Magic Millions day at the Gold Coast.

Pictured: One of several visits Karuta Queen’s owners Glenn & Viive Williams made after winning today’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic was to the Arrowfield sale marquee, where they posed with the trophy & Not A Single Doubt.

Not A Single Doubt’s dashing daughter Karuta Queen (ex Card Queen by Final Card) justified her favouritism in the $2 million GCTC BMW Magic Millions Gold Coast 2YO Classic 1200m (R) LR with an exuberant, all-the-way win, ahead of Combat Kitty and Snitzel’s gallant daughter Schiffer (ex Modave by Montjeu).

That result has put Not A Single Doubt back on top of the Australian 2YO Sires’ list with prizemoney of $1,517,300, and taken his tally of stakeswinners to four, as Karuta Queen joins Group 3 winners Squamosa, Doubtful Jack & Always Certain. General Nediym is second on the 2YO Sires’ table ahead of Snitzel in third position with $524,100.

Bred and offered for sale by Stuart Ramsey’s Turangga Stud, Karuta Queen was purchased for $30,000 by her enthusiastic Sydney owners Glenn & Viive Williams at the 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Schiffer was bred by Arrowfield in partnership with Katsumi Yoshida & family of Japan’s famous Shadai Farm and purchased by trainer Gerald Ryan for $240,000 from the Arrowfield draft at the same sale.

In the $1 million GCTC Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas over 1400 metres Startsmeup (Danzero-Bluevien by Bluebird) and Top Drop (Snitzel-Fine Red by Red Ransom; bred by Peter Horwitz) chased home the winner Torio’s Quest.

Startsmeup was offered at the 2009 Magic Millions Sale under the Bellerive Stud banner but failed to meet his reserve and has now won $274,000 for his owner-breeder Glenn Heran.

Top Drop was a $110,000 purchase from the Vinery Stud draft by owners Scott & Mrs H Cameron, Wayne Harrison, Norm & Carolyn Pinder, A M & Mrs K L Pinder, D N Pinder & the Bradley Racing Syndicate.

Danzylum heads Danzero's magic day

Arrowfield’s marvellous proven sire Danzero added $300,000 to his season’s prizemoney within an hour this afternoon, thanks to Danzylum in Melbourne, and Zero Rock & Startsmeup in Queensland.

The turbo earnings boost takes him inside Australia’s top 25 sires this season with earnings of $1,749,700.

David & Diane Devine‘s outstanding mare 5YO Zero Rock, already a two-time stakeswinner this season, opened the day’s action for Danzero with a tenacious second in the GCTC Magic Millions Cup over 1400 metres.

Forty minutes later, Glenn Heran‘s homebred 3YO gelding Startsmeup landed the biggest cheque – for $150,000 – of his 12-start career when he finished second in the GCTC Magic Millions Guineas at the same distance.

Ten minutes after that, 7YO gelding Danzylum (ex Political Asylum by Plush) claimed his second VRC Chester Manifold S. 1400m LR with a strong front-running performance, characterised by his trademark grit.

As reported by Racing & Sports, trainer Robbie Griffiths’ stable foreman Don Healy said, “He is just very strong, very honest and has got the temperament to go with it.

“Once he gets in front, and he’s rated and can roll along at his speed, they just can’t get past him.”

Danzylum, owned by S. Mott, V. Mure, Janet Gaist, J. Smith, G & Mrs E. J. McGregor, A. G. Penglase, M. G. Rothschild & H. J. Jolly, is now likely to head to the MRC John Dillon Stakes 1400m LR on Australia Day, 26 January.

Together, these three horses have won 24 races and more than $1.5 million prizemoney.

Redoute's Choice opens 2011 with winning quartet

Champion sire Redoute’s Choice celebrated the start of 2011 with a quartet of winners in three countries, from four different crops.

First up was Sheikh Mohammed‘s 2YO filly Glissade (ex Steflara by Zabeel) who scored a comprehensive debut victory at Randwick, with Charge Forward’s daughter Swerte Bella making it an Arrowfield sires’ quinella.

Pictured: Kerrin McEvoy pilots Glissade to victory at Randwick today.

As reported by Thoroughbred News, trainer Peter Snowden afterwards, “She is my best one (two-year-old) and we are lucky enough to have two other fillies to win recently but I think her attitude and demeanour since her trial is what the better ones have. But it is only one race and I will not get too carried away with it.

“I like what I have seen today but there is a lot more to do with her,” he said.

Then 3YO filly King’s Rose (ex Nureyev’s Girl by Nureyev) extended her lead in the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series with a game and classy win in the ARC Royal S. 2000m G2 at Ellerslie. It was her fifth victory from 9 starts and took her earnings beyond $320,000 for her owner-breeder Dr Gene Tsoi.

In Perth, Western Australia, Bob & Sandra Peters’ homebred 4YO mare Mystic Hour (ex Fatal Attraction by Zabeel) held out the favourite Manila I Scream over 2200 metres to score her third win from seven starts.

Win No. 4 came at Sha Tin, Hong Kong when 5YO gelding Grandfield (ex Game Promise by Luskin Star) won over 1200 metres for owner Tony Yue Kwok Leung.

Redoute’s Choice is currently 5th on the 2010/11 Australian General Sires’ list with 64 winners and $2.8 million prizemoney; and King’s Rose is one of his seven individual stakeswinners so far this season.