New Group winner for Not A Single Doubt

From South Africa comes news of Not A Single Doubt ‘s latest Group winner, Castlethorpe who proved too strong in yesterday’s Kenilworth Winter Guineas 1600m G3.

Bred by Frank Meduri from Park Heiress, a Sadler’s Wells three-quarter-sister to champion European colt New Approach, Castlethorpe was purchased for $50,000 from the Blue Gum Farm draft at the 2009 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. He is bred on the same cross as Not A Single Doubt’s 2YO stakeswinner Single Spice (from a Galileo mare) and Group-placed 3YO son Spirited Eagle (from a Carnegie mare).

Pictured: Castlethorpe as a yearling. (PHOTO: Courtesy of Inglis & Blue Gum Farm)

The buyer was champion South African trainer Mike Bass, who part-owns the 3YO gelding with Lionel Cohen & Robert Bloomberg, and said on his website before yesterday’s race that “[Castlethorpe’s] work has been very good and we expect a big run from him here, although the wide draw of 16 is a worry.”

Castlethorpe duly won by a length from Lake Arthur, with Abington a further 1.5 lengths away third, in a time of 1.37.99. It was Castlethorpe’s fourth win in 11 starts and confirmed the promise he had shown last spring when he won twice, and ran third in last October’s Durbanville Matchem S. G3. Following his unplaced performances at Group 1 level, Castlethorpe was gelded and returned last month to win at Durbanville.

As can be seen from his photograph as a yearling, Castlethorpe is very much in the mould of Not A Single Doubt, whose season has been little short of sensational. He has now assembled six stakeswinners in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Singapore from his first three crops, all of them successful in 2010/11, and is attracting a steady stream of bookings at his 2011 service fee of $24,750 (inc. GST).

Beneteau joins the Arrowfield roster

Last season’s crack 2YO colt Beneteau has been retired from racing and will stand at Arrowfield in 2011.

A handsome, athletic son of champion sire Redoute’s Choice from Slice of Paradise, a stakes-placed sister to champion filly Alinghi, Beneteau was a $1 million Blue Sky Thoroughbreds purchase from the 2009 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. Ten months later, he burst into Golden Slipper calculations with a sparkling summer campaign in Sydney and Melbourne.

Pictured: Beneteau winning the 2010 MRC Blue Diamond Prelude G3. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

After winning his Australia Day debut at Randwick by almost three lengths, he easily accounted for the field in the MRC Blue Diamond Prelude G3 (pictured). Two weeks later he was a valiant third, beaten just over half a length by Star Witness, in the MRC Blue Diamond S. G1, after being forced extremely wide on the home turn.

He also put up a fine performance in the 2010 STC Golden Slipper S. G1 where he overcame early buffeting to finish strongly for fifth, little more than two lengths from the winner Crystal Lily.

Beneteau’s six-start career at two earned him a Timeform rating of 121, shared with Star Witness, Decision Time and Skilled, and second only to Crystal Lily (122).

A back injury suffered in the paddock during his subsequent spell continued to affect Beneteau when he returned to training, and caused the postponement of campaigns aimed at the Caulfield and Randwick Guineas. A Brisbane campaign was then planned, until the decision was made earlier this week to retire him to stud.

Trainer Paul Messara says of Beneteau, “He is the most naturally gifted racehorse I have so far trained. His talent, great looks and generous character have made him a stable star from day one.”

Arrowfield Stud’s chairman John Messara says, “It is always disappointing to retire a colt that has not had the chance to display the full measure of his talent on the racecourse. However, the xample of sensational young sire Not A Single Doubt , who retired as a Listed Stakes winner and began his career at a similar fee, gives us great confidence in Beneteau.

“We certainly saw enough of him to be sure he possesses all the qualities we seek in stallions. We have also taken enough bookings to him already to be sure he will receive every opportunity to impart them.”

Beneteau will stand the 2011 season at a fee of $11,000 including GST.

20th G1 winner Absolutely wonderful

The week began with the announcement that champion sire Redoute’s Choice will stand this year at a figure significantly lower than his 2010 fee.

Today his 3YO daughter Absolutely demonstrated the indifference of class to price when she sailed home in the $500,000 100th AJC Australian Oaks 2400m G1 to become Redoute’s Choice’s 20th individual Group 1 winner and 73rd stakeswinner.

Pictured: Brad Rawiller steers Absolutely to her 3.5 length Oaks victory at Randwick. AJC Derby G1 winner Shamrocker was 2nd, with Pinker Pinker 3rd. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy).

Everything about Absolutely underscores the message of quality’s endurance. She was bred by Muzaffar Yaseen’s Teeley Assets, also responsible for Redoute’s Choice himself, and is raced by Rick Jamieson, the breeder of Australia’s current racing superstar, Black Caviar.

She is a daughter of the Arrowleave Joint Venture-bred mare Catshaan, a half-sister to the recently retired champion Japanese sprinter-miler Kinshasa No Kiseki, from the family of European Group 1 winners Plumania and Groom Dancer.

Absolutely was purchased by Dermot Farrington Bloodstock for $150,000 from the Coolmore draft at the 2009 Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Although she was a maiden before today’s emphatic victory, she had posted three placings in Melbourne & Adelaide Group races, most recently a staunch second to Lights of Heaven in the SAJC Australasian Oaks G1 on 26 March. Her record now reads one win, five placings and almost $450,000 prizemoney from 7 starts.

Catshaan is now carrying a three-quarter sibling to Absolutely, by Manhattan Rain while her daughter by End Sweep, Feather Duster, foaled a Snitzel filly in 2010 and is in foal to Flying Spur .

Redoute’s Choice currently leads the Australian General Sires’ list by stakeswinners, with 12. Japanese stakeswinner Clianthus and New Zealand Group 1 winner King’s Rose take his worldwide tally for the season to fourteen.

Absolutely is her sire’s fifth Oaks winner, after VRC Oaks G1 winners Miss Finland & Samantha Miss, and SAJC Australasian Oaks G1 winners Anamato & Gallica. In all, Redoute’s Choice is now the sire of 10 classic (Group 1 Derby, Oaks & Guineas) winners.

Redoute’s Choice stands at a fee of $137,500 inc. GST in 2011.

Arrowfield announces 2011 service fees

Arrowfield Stud today announced the service fees for the nine stallions confirmed on its roster for 2011. All fees include GST: ALL AMERICAN – $16,500 CHARGE FORWARD – $33,000 DANZERO – $11,000 FLYING SPUR – $49,500 MANHATTAN RAIN – $41,250 NOT A SINGLE DOUBT – $24,750 REDOUTE’S CHOICE – $137,500 SNITZEL – $27,500 STARCRAFT (NZ) – $44,000 *Free return to all stallions – conditions apply Arrowfield’s Chairman, John Messara says, “These fees have been set after close analysis of the Easter Yearling Sale results, and the prevailing economic conditions. “We believe that our 2011 fees accurately reflect market expectations and offer breeders excellent opportunities for profit. Messara adds, “The strong performance of our proven and emerging stallions – collectively responsible for 43 stakeswinners this season – gives us real confidence in the future.” Hussonet (USA) will stand at Lindsay Park Stud in South Australia this season. As Australia’s leading active sire of Group 1 winners, he presents a significant outcross opportunity for many broodmares. John Messara says, “Hussonet has been a great success story for us and we are delighted to place him in young, enthusiastic hands for the next phase of his career.”

Starcraft's 7th stakeswinner this season

There were many scenes of jubilation in the Randwick mounting yard today and the aftermath of the $150,000 ATC Adrian Knox S. 2000m G3 was as lively as any of them.

3YO filly Crafty Irna ( Starcraft -Zirna by Deputy Governor) was greeted by a crowd of happy owners, led by Tim Noonan, who hoisted trainer Ron Quinton up on his shoulders as the filly returned to the winner’s stall.

And well might her owners celebrate. Pressing forward off the strong pace set by Who’s Ready, Crafty Irna and jockey Glyn Schofield found themselves in front earlier than planned, but kept up a strong gallop to see off all challengers and win by

0.75 length from Raspberries, with a long head back to Becerra.

The win is Crafty Irna’s second from nine starts and she will continue on to the 100th running of the ATC Oaks 2400m G1 next Saturday.

The filly was bred and sold by New Zealand’s Westbury Stud, from the high-class mare Zirna (7 wins, inc. the Te Aroha JC NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ S. G1 & Singapore Gold Cup). A $125,000 NZ Premier Sale yearling, Crafty Irna is raced by Tim Noonan and his fellow owners Peter Kearney, Clement Lee, Tony Andreacchio, Tom Lamond, Paul Fitzgerald, Charles Dowsett, Paul Young, John Osmond, David Lamond & Ian Starke.

She is Starcraft’s 8th individual stakeswinner worldwide, and the 7th stakeswinner this season from his two Australian crops of racing age, after G1 Star Witness, G1 We Can Say It Now, G3 Do You Think, G3 Starcheeka and Listed Race winners Ain’tnofallenstar and Singapore Sling. Starcraft is currently the leading ANZ 2nd Season sire by stakeswinners, and he is third, behind Stratum and Snitzel, on the Australian 2nd Season Sires’ list (by earnings).

First Japanese SW for Redoute's Choice

3YO filly Clianthus became the first stakeswinner in Japan for Redoute’s Choice when she claimed the Marguerite S. 1400m LR at Hanshin this afternoon.

The Shadai home-bred, conceived in Australia and foaled in Japan by champion Japanese sprinter Flower Park (by Nihon Pillow Winner), won by 1.75 lengths in 1.20.80 and took her career prizemoney beyond $A400,000. It was the filly’s third win from seven starts, and she is the 72nd individual stakeswinner for Arrowfield’s champion sire.

But that wasn’t the only success for Redoute’s Choice in Japan today. Australian-bred entire Botanical Art (ex Cloudy Skies by Sadler’s Wells) won the Kurume Tokubetsu 1700m on dirt at Kokura for owner Katsumi Yoshida. Bred by the partnership of Arrowfield & Gainsborough Stud Australia (which also bred champion filly Miss Finland), Botanical Art was a $300,000 purchase from the 2007 Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Redoute’s Choice currently leads the 2010/11 Australian General Sires’ list by stakeswinners with 11, but Clianthus and New Zealand Group 1 winner King’s Rose take his worldwide season tally to thirteen. Clianthus is now a likely starter in the Tokyo NHK Mile 1600m G1 on 8 May.

Today’s win came a week after Kinshasa No Kiseki, bred at Arrowfield by the Arrowleave Joint Venture, and raced by Kazumi Yoshida, became the first horse to win the Takamatsunomiya Kinen G1 in consecutive years. The son of Fuji Kiseki has since been retired to stud at the Shadai Stallion Station in Hokkaido.

Further Asian success came for Redoute’s Choice today when 3YO colt California Choice and 5YO gelding Grandfield both scored at short odds in Hong Kong. They followed yesterday’s efforts in Sydney by 3YO colt I Think I Do (2nd, ATC Tulloch S. G2) and outstanding 4YO mare Melito (2nd, ATC Queen of the Turf S. G1).

Redoute’s Choice has a mouth-watering draft of 43 yearlings in the 2011 Inglis Australian Easter Sale, which begins on Tuesday. They include half or full siblings to Makybe Diva, Private Steer, Samantha Miss, Polar Success, Savabeel, Rothesay, Beneteau, Amelia’s Dream and Sky Cuddle; and yearlings from Group 1 winners Champagne, Clean Sweep, Dowry, Rockabubble, Special Harmony and Unearthly. Arrowfield will present 14 lots by Redoute’s Choice, among them a colt from the Aga Khan’s stakes-winning mare Vadsalina, a half-sister to G1 Vadawina & G3 Vadapolina. Click here to view the full Arrowfield draft for the Easter Sale.

Group-winning double for Starcraft

Do You Think (ex Chickens by Danehill) didn’t make the Golden Slipper field, but opened an excellent day for his sire Starcraft when he won the first race at Rosehill, the $125,000 ATC T.L. Bailleu S. 1400m G3 in impressive fashion.

Pictured: Hugh Bowman pilots Do You Think to a valuable Group 3 victory at Rosehill today. (PHOTO: Sportpix).

It was the second victory in two starts for the 2YO colt, who stormed home to win on debut at Canterbury on 18 March. Bred by David Moore of Soliloquy Lodge in New Zealand, he was a $360,000 purchase by DGR Thoroughbred Services from the Haunui Farm draft at the 2010 New Zealand Premier Sale. He is trained by Bart Cummings for Dato Tan Chin Nam & Tunku Ahmad Yahaya and may now head towards the AJC Sires’ Produce S. G1 next Saturday and the AJC Champagne S. G1 on 16 April.

Ninety minutes after Do You Think became Starcraft’s fifth stakeswinner this season, number six arrived in the shape of 3YO gelding Starcheeka (ex Born A Star by Canny Lad) who led all the way in the $NZ70,000 MRC Manawatu Classic 2000m G3 at Awapuni in New Zealand. It was Starcheeka’s fourth win from 10 starts for trainer Stephen McKee and owners Peter Walker & Anthony Timpson who paid $200,000 for him at the 2008 Magic Millions Winter Weanling Sale where was consigned by Oakwood Farm as agent for breeder Silvertaire Thoroughbred Racing Pty Ltd.

Both Chickens and Born A Star were sold in foal to Starcraft at the 2007 Magic Millions Winter Broodmare Sale, as part of the Starcraft Promotion draft offered by Paul & Lyndall Makin who won five Group 1 races with the champion miler in Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

With season earnings of $1,177,148, Starcraft is now third, behind Stratum and Snitzel , on the Australian 2nd Season Sires’ list, and remains at the head of the equivalent New Zealand table, with five winners from only 7 runners and $406,940.

Starcraft’s other four stakeswinners in 2010/11 are Group One winners Star Witness & We Can Say It Now, and Listed stakeswinners Ain’tnofallenstar and Singapore Sling, while his stakes-placed runners include 2YO filly Hallowell Belle, second in the MRC Blue Diamond S. G1 to Sepoy, the outstanding winner of today’s Golden Slipper G1.

Starcraft has just one yearling from his small 2009 crop on offer at this week’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Lot 62 in the Arrowfield draft , a colt from the Sadler’s Wells mare Spirited Dancer.

Syreon & Bliss Street make 83 SW for Flying Spur

Members of champion sire Flying Spur ‘s 2003 and 2008 crops have taken his season tally of stakeswinners to nine, and his lifetime total to 83.

Pictured: Syreon gains Group-winning status in style at Rosehill today. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

7YO gelding Syreon (ex Sorrento by Just A Dancer) won the $125,000 ATC Queen’s Cup 2000m G3 at Rosehill this afternoon for owners Bob & Anne-Marie Ruttley. Bred and sold by Vinery Stud, Syreon was bought for $100,000 by Anne-Marie at the 2005 Magic Millions Premier Sale, and has been trained by Chris Waller to win almost three times that figure in a six-win, 23-start career.

A few hours later in Perth, 2YO filly Bliss Street (ex Jade Diva by Jade Robbery) confirmed the promise of her maiden win ten days ago with a two-length victory in the $200,000 W.A. Sires’ Produce S. 1400m G3, beating previous stakeswinner Single Spice (by Not A Single Doubt ) and Valley Girl. Raced by Eddie Rigg’s Geisel Park Stud in partnership with Bliss Street’s breeders, Yarraman Park Stud, Mrs J.B. Rea, & R. M. MacArthur-Onslow, the filly is trained by Danny Morton.

Flying Spur has 31 yearlings in the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale which begins in Sydney on Tuesday morning. They include five fillies and a colt in the Arrowfield draft .

Arrowfield sires fit the Golden Slipper

If Arrowfield wears a heart on its collective sleeve, then it is most definitely shaped like a Golden Slipper.

With six runners by four of the Stud’s stallions in the field for this year’s $3.5 million centerpiece of Australian 2YO racing, John Messara and his team are prepared for a few missed beats and heart-in-mouth moments at Rosehill on Saturday.

Pictured: Golden Slipper runner Hot Snitzel (Snitzel-Flames of Paris by Blushing Groom), purchased for $60,000 from the Bellerive Stud draft at the 2010 Melbourne Premier Sale by Chris & Michael Ward’s Triple Crown Syndications. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Arrowfield stands two Golden Slipper winners, Danzero (1994) and Flying Spur (1995) and both are Golden Slipper sires, of the record-setting Dance Hero (2004), and Forensics (2007). Flying Spur is represented this year by Dr Edmund & Belinda Bateman’s filly Satin Shoes.

Champion sire Redoute’s Choice missed the 1999 Slipper, but has left two outstanding winners, Stratum (2005), and the mighty Miss Finland (2006), whose trophy resides at Arrowfield.

Three Redoute’s Choice sons have runners in the 2011 Golden Slipper: Arrowfield’s Snitzel (Hot Snitzel, Salade and the filly Saramenha), his barnmate Not A Single Doubt (Karuta Queen) and Widden Stud’s Stratum (Running Tall). Stratum has already emulated his sire, leaving the 2010 Slipper winner Crystal Lily.

Redoute’s Choice also appears as the damsire of another 2011 runner, Masthead, while Starcraft , sire of Blue Diamond G1 winner Star Witness, has provided the emergency, Do You Think, who will run in The Schweppervescence G3 if he does not get a Slipper start.

A slight stretch extends Arrowfield’s influence across almost the entire Golden Slipper field. The great Danehill, brought to Australia by Arrowfield 21 years ago, appears in the immediate pedigrees of all but one runner (Shared Reflections).