Flying Spur adds 4th G1 winner as a damsire

Flying Spur added a fourth Group 1 winner to his burgeoning record as a broodmare sire when Australian-bred 2YO colt Delago Deluxe won the Gold Medallion 1200m G1 at Scottsville, South Africa on Saturday.

Flying Spur’s previous Group 1 winners, among 20 stakeswinners, are Headway (by Charge Forward ), Sebring and Grand Journey.

Delago Deluxe is by Encosta de Lago from Succeeding, the result of Peter and Wendy Moran’s choice of Flying Spur as the first mate for their marvellous racemare and now outstanding broodmare Staging. A three-time city winner, Succeeding was subsequently purchased by Gerry Harvey who bred Delago Deluxe, while the Morans breed from Succeeding’s year-younger full sister Studio.

Gerry Harvey’s Baramul Stud paid $800,000 for another daughter of Flying Spur, Group 2 winner Military Rose, at yesterday’s Session 4 of the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

Flying Spur is the youngest active stallion among Australia’s top 10 broodmare sires this season with earnings of $4.6 million.

It was perhaps only a matter of time before one of his daughters left a Group 1 winner to Encosta de Lago, who is from Flying Spur’s half-sister, Shoal Creek, and also figures as the sire of Manhattan Rain and damsire of freshman Beneteau .

While earning respect as a broodmare sire, Flying Spur continues to build his own stud record with eight stakeswinners and prizemoney of $4.5 million in Australia this season. The champion sire son of Danehill is also having a fine season in Hong Kong and Singapore where he is a top 10 sire.

Flying Spur stands the 2011 season at a fee of $49,500 inc. GST.

Redoute's Choice posts second stakeswinner in England

3YO colt Tazahum became the second English stakeswinner for champion sire Redoute’s Choice by winning the one-mile Sandown Heron S. LR early this morning (Australian time), two weeks after Elzaam‘s Carnarvon S. LR win at Newbury. Tazahum is Redoute’s Choice’s 75th individual stakeswinner worldwide – with 16 black type winners this season alone.

Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum races both colts, after breeding Tazahum (ex Huja by Alzao), and purchasing Elzaam (ex Mambo in Freeport by Kingmambo) at the 2009 Arqana August yearling sale. They represent an outstanding result for the nine runners from Redoute’s Choice’s small crop conceived to northern time in Australia four years ago. Elzaam was also born in Australia, while Tazahum was foaled in the United States.

Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Tazahum was ridden by Richard Hills who held him up at the back of the field until the two-furlong mark, then drove him forward on the stands’ rail. The colt found plenty in the final furlong to chase down the favourite Fury and pip him in the last stride.

Tazahum, from a Group-placed sister to multiple European Group winner Maraahel, has now won three of his four starts, including his 2YO debut last September.

The next target for both Elzaam and Tazahum is likely to be next month’s Tercentenary Royal Ascot meeting.

Redoute’s Choice will stand the 2011 southern hemisphere season at $137,500 inc. GST.

Redoute's Choice eyes up third General Sires' title

It’s showdown time on the Australian General Sires’ list and once again, champion sire Redoute’s Choice is in the thick of the premiership battle.

A treble at Canterbury yesterday has put Australia’s reigning champion sire back in third place with prizemoney of $6,325,718 – little more than $40,000 behind Lonhro, and almost $48,000 ahead of More Than Ready. The trio have made what may be a decisive break on the pack to chase down High Chapparal whose tally of just over $6.8 million is imposing but by no means unassailable.

Pictured: Queensland Oaks-bound Tropicana Girl wins easily at Canterbury yesterday. (PHOTO: Sportpix).

3YO gelding Crossbow (ex Rainbow Bubbles by El Moxie) opened proceedings yesterday for Redoute’s Choice with a stylish win over 1550 metres, his second in five starts.

Considerable improvement is likely, as his trainer Gai Waterhouse reported after the race. “Nash said if Crossbow had actually run straight when he got into the clear he would have won by five lengths. He’s still very green and has a lot to learn.” Crossbow is raced by his co-breeder, Peter Carrick’s Lakeview Resources with a number of partners.

Four races later, another member of the 2007 crop, the Chris Waller-trained Tropicana Girl (ex Get Around by Xaar) confirmed a tilt at the $400,000 BRC Queensland Oaks G1 on 4 June with a strong win over 1900 metres for Arcella Thoroughbreds. Forced to work early in the race from a wide barrier, the filly was four deep out of the straight the first time before jockey Tim Clark was able to slot her in behind the leader entering the back stretch. She then kicked strongly at the top of the straight to win by 1.75 lengths, with 3.75 lengths back to the third horse.

4YO mare Scent Of Joy (ex Patou by Covetous) finished off the day with a half-head victory over 1100 metres, her third win in 12 starts from the Kevin Moses stable for the Sky Channel Star Stable Syndicate.

Redoute’s Choice is the sire of 15 stakeswinners worldwide this season, including his 19th and 20th individual Group 1 winners, Absolutely (ATC Australian Oaks G1) and King’s Rose (CJC NZ One Thousand Guineas G1). His 2011 fee is $137,500 inc. GST.

So You Think's conqueror stands here

So You Think’s first Group 1 win in Europe on Sunday highlighted – yet again – the quality of All American’s performance to defeat him in the 2009 VRC Emirates S. G1.

So You Think lined up in the race, the premier event on the final day of Melbourne Cup Week, after an imposing victory in the MVRC W.S. Cox Plate G1 two weeks earlier, and as he rolled along in front at Flemington, a repeat performance seemed certain.

That is, until the 200-metre mark, when All American burst from the beaten field and streaked past So You Think to win by 2.5 lengths and stop the clock at 1.33.98 – the fastest time ever posted by an entire for 1600 metres at Flemington.

It was the third Group 1 performance of All American’s career following his second placing in Reaan’s MRC Blue Diamond S. G1 at two, and third placing in the VRC Ascot Vale S. G1 at three.

All American is currently serving his first northern hemisphere book of mares at Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky and his first Australian foals are due this spring.

His 2011 fee is $16,500 inc. GST.

Elzaam makes 74 SW for Redoute's Choice

Elzaam, the striking son of Redoute’s Choice who turned heads at Royal Ascot last year, won the six-furlong Newbury Carnarvon S. LR by six lengths in England yesterday. In doing so he became the third northern hemisphere stakeswinner by the champion sire after Musir (in Dubai, 2010) and Clianthus (in Japan, 2011).

Bred in Australia by Kia Ora Stud and trained by Roger Varian for by Sheikh Hamdan, Elzaam is also the first member of Redoute’s Choice’s northern time-conceived crop of 2008 to win at black type level.

Elzaam made a strong impression last English summer with a debut win at York before running a very close second to Strong Suit in the Royal Ascot Coventry S. G2. He has now won twice, and been Group or Listed Stakes-placed three times from six starts.

Pictured: Elzaam (blue & white colours) battling out the finish of the 2010 Royal Ascot Coventry S. G2 with Strong Suit. (PHOTO: Racing & Sports)

It is now likely that Elzaam will make a second appearance at Royal Ascot. Sheikh Hamdan’s racing manager Angus Gold said after the race, “We were delighted to see him come back to form and while we haven’t really discussed his next target, in the back of my mind is the Golden Jubilee….We saw the true horse which he has always looked at home and hopefully we have a sprinter to go to war with.”

Elzaam is the 15th individual stakeswinner worldwide for Redoute’s Choice this season. It is a tally headed by two classic-winning 3YO fillies Absolutely (ATC Australian Oaks G1) and King’s Rose (CJC NZ One Thousand Guineas G1).

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

Only 3 more sleeps to the Scone Carnival…

$2 million prizemoney makes the 2011 Scone Carnival the richest country race-meeting in Australia, but it’s the warm welcome from the Hunter Valley horse community that will make it a memorable social, as well as sporting occasion for the expected crowd of 8000-plus racegoers.

Arrowfield is delighted to be among the large number of Hunter Valley studs sponsoring the two-day Carnival which includes the $175,000 Arrowfield Dark Jewel Classic LR on Saturday 14 May. That day’s meeting marks the first time in the 200-year history of Australian racing that a traditional metropolitan raceday has been allocated to a country area.

Owners and trainers have responded enthusiastically to the richly endowed programme, with almost 600 nominations for the 16 races across the two days. The highlight of the first day is the $175,000 Emirates Park Scone Cup LR, while the $250,000 Inglis Guineas heads the card on Saturday.

The Scone Carnival is a feature event of the Scone & Upper Hunter Horse Festival which began on 28 April and concludes this Sunday 15 May.

Another highlight was last Saturday’s Scone Equine Hospital Horse Festival Horse Parade. Arrowfield was represented by staff member Jess Hood’s horse Gilby who strutted through the town in his pretty red tutu and feather boa and claimed the 2nd prize ribbon.

Pictured: Gilby looking gorgeous for Arrowfield and his strapper Kerry Stephens. (PHOTO: Rosey King)

Visit the Scone Race Club for more information about attending the 2011 Scone Carnival.

Ain'tnofallenstar impressive in Adelaide

Starcraft ‘s admirable 3YO daughter Ain’tnofallenstar scored her most impressive win yet when she swept from the back of the field to claim the $100,000 SAJC Laelia S. 1600m LR at Morphettville today.

It was the bay filly’s second stakes win and fourth victory overall in a 13-start career for her owners B.W. Wilson & Mrs C. E. Wilson and trainer Lee Freedman.

Ain’tnofallenstar was bought by Badgers Bloodstock for $270,000 from the Arrowfield Stud draft at the 2009 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. Her dam, the very good multiple stakeswinner Ain’t Seen Nothin’, has a weanling filly by Starcraft and is in foal to All American . Ain’t Seen Nothin”s first foal, Hidden Charges (by Charge Forward ) is a three-time winner from the John McArdle stable in Victoria.

The female family is a distinguished branch of the tribe descended from the great foundation broodmare Eulogy, and it is especially associated with leading New Zealand breeders, the late Jim and Veda Morris of Rodmor Stud. They bred Ain’tnofallenstar’s third dam Polar Maid (also the grand-dam of Golden Slipper G1 winner Polar Success), and her half-sister Olympic Aim (dam of AJC Oaks G1 winner and outstanding broodmare Circles of Gold).

Ain’tnofallenstar is one of seven stakeswinners this season by Starcraft, who is currently third on the Australian 2nd Season Sires’ list, behind Stratum and Snitzel .

Starcraft stands at a fee of $44,000 inc. GST in 2011.

Hot Snitzel sizzles in stakes win

Arrowfield’s exciting young sire Snitzel posted his fourth individual stakeswinner today when his talented 2YO son Hot Snitzel won the $100,000 GCTC Ken Russell Memorial Classic 1200m LR in Queensland.

He also joins the long list of stakeswinners sold at auction by Arrowfield, which bred him in partnership with Jungle Pocket Pty Ltd.

Pictured: Hot Snitzel parading before his debut win on 11 December 2010. (PHOTO: Martin King, Sportpix)

Jockey Nash Rawiller drove the gelding out of the gates before he settled just behind the leader. He strode forward on the turn and cruised under a hold until the 200-metre mark when kicked clear to win by 6.5 lengths in most impressive fashion.

Hot Snitzel (ex Flames of Paris by Blushing Groom) has proved to be a shrewd purchase by Chris & Michael Ward’s Triple Crown Syndications which paid $60,000 for him from the Bellerive Stud draft at the 2010 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Today’s victory took the gelding’s record to two wins, two Group 3 placings and $174,900 prizemoney from six starts for his owners Triple Crown, R. Martin, A.L. Kelaher, G. Woodman, S.V. Nolan, J.I. Karaca, J.J. Kennedy & Mrs R.H. Kennedy.

Trainer Gerald Ryan, who has had terrifc success with Snitzel’s progeny this season, was very pleased with what he saw.

“I was hopeful this trip to Queensland would be the making of Hot Snitzel and if that race is anything to go by, it has been. He was classes and classes above them today,” he said.

Snitzel has also been represented this season by Group 2-winning 2YO Salade, SW 3YO Zelsnitz, Group-placed Top Drop and Chance Bye, and stakes-placed trio Hollyweird, Schiffer and Yorkshire Lad. He is currently second on the Australian 2nd Season Sires’ list, between Stratum and Starcraft.

Snitzel’s 2011 service fee is $27,500 inc. GST.