Six stakeswinners in 21 hours for Arrowfield sires

Hussonet’s 28th individual Group 1 winner headed a stunning 21-hour, four-state strike on six Australian black type races by the Arrowfield stallion roster this weekend.

At his ninth Group 1 race start, Eagle Falls ( Hussonet -Desina by Desert King) scored a brilliant victory in the $400,000 MRC Oakleigh Plate 1100m G1 at Caulfield, posting a time of 1.02.28 to defeat Avenue and Hinchinbrook.

Pictured: Eagle Falls winning the MRC Oakleigh Plate G1 at Caulfield. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

In Sydney, exciting 2YO filly Satin Shoes ( Flying Spur -Star Satire by Volksraad) became the fifth consecutive Arrowfield-sired winner of the ATC Silver Slipper following Shaft (Flying Spur, 2007), Amelia’s Dream (Redoute’s Choice, 2008), Melito (Redoute’s Choice, 2009) and Chance Bye (Snitzel, 2010).

Three races later at Rosehill, Flying Spur’s admirable 5YO daughter Montana Flyer (ex Montana Downs by Bluebird) won the $125,000 ATC Millie Fox S. 1300m G3 for the second time.

At Eagle Farm, Redoute’s Choice unveiled his 71st stakeswinner when 4YO gelding Essington (ex Besame Mucho by Encosta de Lago) took out the $100,000 BRC Falvelon H. 1200m LR.

Twenty minutes after that, 3YO filly Ain’tnofallenstar (ex Ain’t Seen Nothin’ by Nothin Leica Dane) became the fourth stakeswinner from Starcraft ‘s two Australian crops of racing age when she claimed the $80,000 SAJC H.C. Nitschke S. 1400m LR in style at Morphettville.

It was 3YO filly Miss Gai Flyer (Flying Spur-Power of One by Gilded Time) who kicked off the stakes-winning spree in Friday evening’s $100,000 MVRC Typhoon Tracy S. 1200m LR. A powerful late run added a second consecutive black type success to her record which now stands at four wins from 8 starts.

Placegetters Hallowell Belle (by Starcraft; 2nd, MRC Blue Diamond S. G1), Almindoro (by Redoute’s Choice; 3rd, MRC Autumn Classic G2) and Simply Put (by Charge Forward ; 2nd, MRC Mannerism S. G3) completed a memorable’s day’s work, less than 48 hours before the start of the 2011 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. That catalogue includes 93 yearlings by eight Arrowfield stallions, among them Bellerive Stud’s half-brother to Ain’tnofallenstar (by Hussonet; Lot 379), and Grasslands Thoroughbred Farm’s half-brother to Saramenha (by Not A Single Doubt; Lot 292).

View the Bellerive Stud draft online here.

Universal Bolt boosts sale graduate record

Universal Bolt‘s strong debut win at Morphettville today made him the fourth winning graduate of the Arrowfield/Bellerive drafts at last year’s Inglis Melbourne Yearling Sale.

The son of Charge Forward follows stakes-placed winner Hollyweird, and winners Hot Snitzel and Saramenha, all by Snitzel. A fifth graduate, Hallowell Belle by Arrowfield’s Starcraft , and sold by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, was the runner-up in today’s MRC Blue Diamond S. G1.

Purchased for $40,000 by McDonald Racing, Universal Bolt is the first winner from Charge Forward’s third crop. He is trained by Mark Minervini for owners Anthony Coops, Chris Counihan, Aaron Doran, Paul Graham, Michael Harrak, Russell Jones, Alex Kauye, Chris Lester, John Rigoni, David Schiavello, Mark Schiavello, Dominic Smith, Simon Wallace and David Willis.

Universal Bolt opened a fine series of results for Charge Forward, who also supplied the runner-up at Morphettville, Draw Forward (ex Lashante by Danehill Dancer), and Simply Put (Group 3-placed at Caulfield), as well as Response and Solar Charged who both ran bravely just behind the placegetters in the MRC Oakleigh Plate G1.

Check out the Bellerive Stud draft for the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Yearling Sale here.

Miss Gai Flyer adds 2nd stakes win

Flying Spur’s 3YO daughter Miss Gai Flyer continued her return to top form when she prevailed in tonight’s Typhoon Tracy S. 1200m LR at Moonee Valley.

In the inaugural running of the race honouring the recently retired Australian Horse of the Year, Miss Gai Flyer settled in behind the speed and finished strongly to catch Obsequious and win by a nose.

It was Miss Gai Flyer’s second Listed Stakes win in two starts this preparation and took her record to four wins from eight starts, and $252,088 prizemoney for her owners Gary & Wendy Pfeiler of Sunlands Produce.

Trained by Peter Moody, who also prepared Typhoon Tracy, Miss Gai Flyer (ex Power of One by Gilded Time) was purchased for $250,000 by Damon Gabbedy’s Belmont Bloodstock from the draft of breeder Torryburn Stud at the 2009 Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Flying Spur, champion sire of Australia in 2007, is the sire of four stakeswinners this season and 79 stakeswinners in all (7.2% of his runners).

Miss Gai Flyer will now go to the $500,000 VRC Kewney S. G2 on 12 March.

Redoute's Choice surges up Sires' List

The brilliant return of dual Group 1 winner Melito (ex Cloister by Marauding) in Saturday’s $250,000 ATC Apollo S. 1400m G2 has helped her champion sire Redoute’s Choice to second position on the current Australian General Sires’ list, with prizemoney of $4,083,726.

Pictured: Melito defeats Hot Danish by 1.8 lengths in 1.22.28 in Saturday’s ATC Apollo S. G1. (PHOTO: Martin King/Sportpix)

Bred and raced by John Rippon, Melito was named 2010 NSW Horse of the Year after starting in no fewer than nine Group 1 races last season for two wins and five placings. Her Apollo Stakes win has encouraged her trainer Gerald Ryan to aim even higher in 2011.

The ATC Donacster Handicap 1600m G1 on 16 April, and June’s Royal Ascot Queen Anne Stakes are both on the radarfor the 4YO mare. As reported by Racing and Sports, Ryan says, “She is such a relaxed horse and is the sort of horse that would travel well.”

Melito has now won five and placed in eleven of her 21 starts for earnings of $1.7 million. Her previous wins include last season’s AJC T.J. Smith S. 1200m G1 and Qld Tatt’s RC Winter S. 1400m G1.

Her latest victory completed an outstanding Group-winning week for Redoute’s Choice whose tally of 2010/11 individual stakeswinners now stands at ten. He was represented last weekend by King’s Rose (Waikato RC Sir Tristram Fillies S. G2), and Sister Madly (ATC Southern Cross S. G3), as well as Bid Spotter (TRC Hobart Cup G3), the fixed odds favourite for Wednesday’s $225,000 TTC Launceston Cup G3.

Redoute’s Choice and Flying Spur have both enjoyed a tremendous month, with 27 wins apiece in the past 30 days. They are represented by seven & 12 yearlings respectively in the upcoming Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. Check out the Bellerive Stud draft here.

International updates for Redoute's Choice

It’s been a tremendous weekend in Australia and New Zealand for Redoute’s Choice , with Group wins by King’s Rose, Sister Madly and Bid Spotter, and Caulfield stakes placings by Glissade & Varenna Miss.

There have been international updates for Redoute’s Choice too, first on Thursday in Dubai, where Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum‘s 4YO colt Musir (from Dizzy De Lago by Encosta De Lago) opened a new campaign with a good second in the Meydan Firebreak S. LR. A Group 1 winner in South Africa at two, Musir won both the UAE Guineas G3 and UAE Derby G2 last season.

Today came news from Japan that Kazumi Yoshida‘s 3YO colt Ranryoo (from dual Australian Group 1 winner Hollow Bullet by Tayasu Tsuyoshi) has won his second race, the 28.4 million yen (~ $A340,000) Kizugawa Tokubetsu over 1600m at Kyoto. Ranryoo was bred by the Arrowfield/Jungle Pocket partnership and purchased by Mr Yoshida for $850,000 at the 2009 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

Weekend's third Group winner by Redoute's Choice

Bid Spotter gave champion sire Redoute’s Choice a third Group race victory for the weekend when he won today’s $300,000 TRC Hobart Cup 2200m G3.

Pictured: Bid Spotter winning at Randwick in April 2009. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

It was the 5YO gelding’s sixth win and took his prizemoney beyond $437,000 for trainer Graeme Rogerson, who races him with his breeder Gerry Harvey, R.W. James & Mrs P.M. James, M.P. & Mrs H. Keegan, K.T. Nam, M.A. & Mrs J. Tilyard & the Echo Beach Bloodstock Syndicate.

Bid Spotter, an $850,000 Magic Millions graduate, from the Group One-winning 2YO Isolda (by Sir Tristram), will remain in Tasmania to contest the Launceston Cup 2400m G3 on 24 February. The extra 200 metres shouldn’t worry him: he has previously won the 2400-metre City Tattersalls Club Cup LR at Randwick and ran third in last month’s AJC Australia Day Cup LR over the same distance.

Redoute’s Choice’s nine individual stakeswinners this season have won a total of 14 Group & Listed Stakes races in Australia and New Zealand. He is currently third among Australian-based sires on the General Sires’ prizemoney list, and yesterday Sister Madly became his 70th lifetime stakeswinner.

Bellerive Stud will offer three colts and a filly by Redoute’s Choice at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.
Check out their pedigrees and photos here.

Brilliant day for Arrowfield's champion sires

Arrowfield’s champion sires Redoute’s Choice and

Flying Spur claimed four black type victories on a sparkling day of racing in Melbourne, Sydney and New Zealand.

At Randwick, Redoute’s Choice’s classy 4YO daughter Sister Madly (ex Jade Tiara by Bureaucracy) could not have been more convincing in the ATC Southern Cross S. 1200m G3, winning by 1.75 lengths in a time of 1.33.58. Bred and raced in partnership by Ian Smith of Edinburgh Park Stud, Sister Madly is a half-sister to world champion sprinter Silent Witness, and was twice Group One-placed at three. She becomes the 70th individual stakeswinner by Redoute’s Choice, and his eighth this season.

Pictured: Sister Madly winning the ATC Southern Cross S. G3 at Randwick today. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Outstanding 3YO King’s Rose (Redoute’s Choice-Nureyev’s Girl by Nureyev) now has an unassailable lead in the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year series after winning today’s Waikato RC Sir Tristram Fillies Classic 2000m G2. Raced by her breeder Dr Gene Tsoi, King’s Rose has won five consecutive Group & Listed Stakes races in New Zealand this season, most notably the CJC NZ 1000 Guineas G1 in November.

Redoute’s Choice’s tally of stakes wins this season stands at 13, eight in Australia and five in New Zealand.

Flying Spur claimed the honour of siring the first winner and first stakeswinner at Randwick under the auspices of the Australian Turf Club when 2YO filly Satin Shoes (ex Star Satire by Volksraad; bred by Classic Thoroughbreds Ltd) put up a quality effort to win the ATC Widden S. 1100m LR. A chance to become Flying Spur’s second Golden Slipper winner (after Forensics, 2007) beckons for Satin Shoes, who is trained by Clarry Conners for Dr Edmund & Mrs Bateman.

At Caulfield, 3YO filly Miss Gai Flyer (Flying Spur-Power of One by Gilded Time; bred by Torryburn Stud) scored impressively in the MRC Kevin Hayes S. 1200m LR and fulfilled the promise she showed as a Group-placed winner last season for owner Gary Pfeiler of Sunlands Produce Pty Ltd.

Satin Shoes and Miss Gai Flyer are the 78th and 79th individual stakeswinners by Flying Spur, and take his season tally of stakeswinners to four.

Sister Madly (passed in, 2008), Miss Gai Flyer (sold by Torryburn Stud/purchased by Belmont Bloodstock Agency, $250,000, 2009) and Satin Shoes (Cressfield/De Burgh Equine, $700,000, 2010) are all graduates of the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Check out the Arrowfield drafts for the upcoming 2011 Inglis Yearling Sales in Melbourne & Sydney , which include nine yearlings by Flying Spur and 19 by Redoute’s Choice.

Group 1 trifecta for Hussonet

The 126th running of the Chilean Derby on Sunday produced an outstanding result for champion sire Hussonet whose daughters figure as the dams of the winner, and both placegetters.

The Clasico El Derby G1, held over 2400 metres on turf at Valparaiso, was won in powerful fashion – and a time of 2.25.50 – by Ashtar, with a length back to Sahara Sun. Last season’s male 2YO dirt champion Ascot Prince was more than two lengths away in third position.

Ashtar is a chestnut son of Merchant Of Venice, a Storm Cat half-brother to champion Argentine sire Orpen, from the unraced mare Mey. Hussonet was Chile’s dominant sire for almost a decade, winning seven General and five 2YO Sire premierships and is now making a serious impact there as a broodmare sire, with 18 stakeswinners (7.5%) from 239 runners, three of them Group One winners.

Second among the world’s leading active sires with 27 Group One winners, Hussonet is still in the early stages of his Australian stud career, with five crops of racing age, but has already achieved lasting fame as the sire of champion Weekend Hussler. His current 2YOs and yearlings, from his quality post-Weekend Hussler books, are odds-on to burnish his Australian record in coming seasons.

Hussonet is represented by 11 yearlings in the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale – and six of them are fillies.

Check out the Bellerive draft for Melbourne , which includes two colts and three fillies by Hussonet.

Redoute's Choice filly wins again in Japan

Champion sire Redoute’s Choice enjoyed more international success today when his 3YO Japanese-bred daughter Clianthus posted her second win from five starts in Japan.

The Shadai home-bred, from champion Japanese sprinter Flower Park (by Nihon Pillow Winner), won the 1400-metre Tokyo Haruna Sho by 1.75 lengths, adding the equivalent of $A125,000 to her career prizemoney.

Clianthus is one of five winners from Flower Park whose seven wins included the Chukyo Takamatsunomiya Cup Jpn-1 and Nakayama Sprinters S. Jpn-1. This family has also produced Japanese Group winners M.O. Winner and Dyna Carpenter.

Redoute’s Choice has been represented by six winners in Japan, but Clianthus is the first one also foaled there.

Meanwhile, back in Australia & New Zealand, his southern hemisphere 3YOs have started 2011 with a bang. Seven of them have won since 1 January:

KING’S ROSE (f. ex Nureyev’s Girl by Nureyev) – ARC Royal S. 2000m G2, 1 January

Reservoir (g. ex Synaesthesia by Quiet American) – 5 January

Dolmabache (f. ex Our Echezeaux by Zabeel) – 14 January

Heritage (NZ) (c. ex Glamour Puss by Tale of the Cat) – 25 January

Belle Chantecler (NZ) (f. ex Grace and Power by Brief Truce) – 28 January

Haut Ton (f. ex Fine Society by Marscay) – 29 January

Hamel (c. ex Regimental Gal by General Nediym) – 30 January

They take Redoute’s Choice’s tally of Australasian 3YO winners this season to 33, among them four stakeswinners: King’s Rose, whose four wins include the CJC New Zealand 1000 Guineas G1, Rekindled Interest (MVRC AAMI Vase G2), and the Listed Stakeswinners Milestone and Kittens.

Seven yearlings by Redoute’s Choice will be offered at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, four of them in the

Bellerive draft.