Mr Snitzel strikes again

He trained Snitzel to Group 1 success. He has already trained eight winners by Snitzel, including his Group 2-winning son Hot Snitzel, Group-placed Top Drop, and stakes-placed Hollyweird, Saramenha and Schiffer.

Pictured: Arrowfield Stud’s leading young sire Snitzel. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

This morning “Mr Snitzel” aka Gerald Ryan struck again, when his four Snitzel 2YOs all won at the Rosehill trials in Sydney.

First up was the Arrowfield & Jungle Pocket-bred colt Amorino (ex Steal My Love by Marauding), a $70,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast purchase for Elio Galante and family. He won his 900-metre trial by 1.5 lengths in 56.37 seconds.

Next came Cordelia, a cleverly named filly from the Stravinsky mare Evil Sisters. Her winning margin was a length and her time was 55.34. Bred by William Dunlop’s Roverford Pty Ltd, Cordelia was sold by Sefton Park at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale to Darby Bloodstock for $50,000.

The Hong Kong Breeders Club was responsible for Ryan’s third trial winner by Snitzel, the colt Dances On Stars (NZ) (ex Starnet by Last Tycoon), a $NZ95,000 Dynamic Syndications buy from the Highview Stud draft at the New Zealand Premier Sale. Dances On Stars won by 0.3 length in a time of 54.94.

The last of the Snitzel quartet posted the fastest 900-metre time of the day, 54.68. Brilliant Snitzel, the filly from Heart Of Diamonds (by New Regent), bred by John Pasculli in partnership with Arrowfield, was purchased for $80,000 by Triple Crown Syndications from the Bellerive Stud draft at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Gerald Ryan’s “Team Snitzel” has already won a total of 16 races and prizemoney of more than $1.4 million, and the stable has every reason to be confident of further success with Snitzel’s progeny this season.

Other leading trainers who purchased Snitzel yearlings earlier this year include Gai Waterhouse, Peter Moody, Mark Kavanagh, Paul Perry and Tony Noonan.

Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice-Snippets’ Lass by Snippets) is the sire of ten stakes performers from his first two Australian crops, headed by juvenile Group 2 winners Hot Snitzel, Chance Bye & Salade.

To Miss Finland, a filly

Australia’s former champion 2YO and champion 3YO filly Miss Finland safely foaled a bay filly by Street Cry at Arrowfield Stud this morning.

Attended by the Stud’s veterinarian, Dr Wendy Perriam, the now eight-year-old daughter of Redoute’s Choice and Forest Pearl delivered her third foal at 6.15 am. Described as a big foal with a good body and bone, and an attractive head, the filly has a white blaze and a white sock on her near hind leg.

Pictured: Miss Finland winning the 2006 VRC Oaks G1.

Miss Finland’s first foal, a 2YO filly by Hussonet, has been retained by her breeders John Messara, John Leaver & Alan Jones, and is currently in training with Paul Messara; her second foal is a yearling colt, also by Hussonet.

Miss Finland’s eleven wins in a $4.6 million, three-season career included victories in five Group 1 races: the STC Golden Slipper, VRC Oaks, VRC Australian Guineas, MRC One Thousand Guineas and STC Storm Queen Stakes. She also posted seven Group 1 placings, and was fourth in El Segundo’s 2007 Cox Plate.

Fulton flies in Singapore Group 3

Champion sire Flying Spur made it two Group winners for the weekend, and three stakeswinners for the season when Flying Fulton gave New Zealand trainer Mark Walker his first black-type win in Singapore on Sunday evening.

Pictured: Flying Fulton, orange & blue colours, scores his second stakes win at Kranji on Saturday. (PHOTO: Singapore Turf Club)

The 5YO gelding, from the Zabeel mare Fulton, scored a comfortable, one-length victory in the $S200,000 Singapore TC Committee’s Prize Sing-3 for his owner, the Te Akau Racing Stable. A stakes-winning 2YO in New Zealand, Flying Fulton has now won seven races and the equivalent of more than $360,000.

That performance followed the success of Flying Spur’s 3YO daughter Bliss Street in Saturday’s MRC Thousand Guineas Prelude 1400m G3 in Melbourne. Another 3YO filly by Flying Spur, Satin Shoes won the VRC Quezette S. LR at Flemington last month.

Flying Spur is the sire of 750 individual winners worldwide, 83 of them at Group or Listed Stakes level, and was Australia’s champion sire in 2007. Flying Fulton is descended from the great producer Gypsy Moss, dam of G1 Our Planet and G2 Gypsy Kingdom, and ancestress of a host of other stakeswinners, among them Group 1 winners Ideal Planet, Innocent King & Unearthly.

Bred by Anthony & Joseph Bongiorno, Flying Fulton was sold to David Ellis for $210,000 at the 2008 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale by Mana Park.

His trainer said after Sunday’s win, “David always buys beautiful athletes and this bloke is certainly one. He has come through as an older horse and I think he will improve further.” The immediate target is the Kranji Mile G1 on 2 October.

Flying Spur is also the sire of the marvellous Singaore campaigner Lim’s Fighter, winner of 11 races and $1.2 million over seven seasons and now competing as a 9YO in Malaysia – where he was third on Saturday.

Cosmonaut gets on the star craft

The Cummings stable’s high opinion of Starcraft ‘s powerfully built son Cosmonaut was evident from the beginning of his career in August 2010, when he ran fourth in Sydney in a maiden race won by Ilovethiscity. His next five appearances were all in black type races, including the Caulfield Guineas G1 at his fourth start, and the Victoria Derby G1 at his sixth start.

Pictured: Cosmonaut on Caulfield Guineas Day, 9 October 2010. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Cosmonaut neither won nor placed in any of these races, but was not disgraced either, finishing 7th in Anacheeva’s Guineas and 8th in Lion Tamer’s Derby. Now a gelding, he has taken a lower road this spring, and made his 4YO debut on 1 September at Seymour, where he finished fourth. Yesterday he lined up over 1500 metres at Ballarat and signalled his time may finally have arrived with an easy five-length win.

Bred by Strawberry Hill Stud from the winning Zabeel mare Julez, Cosmonaut was a $110,000 Bart Cummings purchase from the 2009 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and is raced by his trainer, with Mr M W O’Keeffe, Ms V J King, Aston Bloodstock and Mrs R J Mula.

The 2011 spring plan for Cosmonaut is no less ambitious than the 2010 version. He is one of only five nominations by the legendary Cups King for the 2011 Melbourne Cup.

Madly successful week for Redoute's Choice

High-class sprinter Sister Madly signed off on a tremendous week for her champion sire Redoute’s Choice when she defeated a talented field of mares by more than two lengths in the $125,000 MRC How Now S. 1200m G3 at Caulfield this afternoon.

Pictured: Damien Oliver steers Sister Madly to her second Group win at Caulfield today. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

It was the third win in 14 starts for the half-sister to Hong Kong champion Silent Witness and her second Group win after a similarly dominant victory in February’s ATC Southern Cross S. G3.

Bred by Ian Smith, the 5YO mare is trained by John Sadler for new owner Segenhoe Thoroughbreds which paid $1 million for her at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale in June.

Sister Madly is the fourth Group winner in eight days by Redoute’s Choice, following last Saturday’s triple treat, courtesy of King’s Rose (MVRC W.H. Stocks S. G2), Rekindled Interest (MVRC Dat Tan Chin Nam S. G2) and Master of Design (ATC Theo Marks S. G2).

The good news doesn’t stop there for Redoute’s Choice. He has also been represented this week by three Group placegetters: Rekindled Alliance & Light Brigade (at Newcastle on Wednesday) and Florentina, a brave third in today’s ATC Tea Rose S. G2.

Redoute’s Choice’s nine other winners around Australia & New Zealand during that period included an impressive debut win on Wednesday by 3YO colt Burgundy (ex Grand Echezeaux by Zabeel), the three-quarter brother to Group 1 winner and promising young sire Darci Brahma.

With more than $1.6 million prizemoney and 38 winners, including his four Group winners, Redoute’s Choice currently holds the No. 1 spot on the Australian General Sires’ list.

Top effort by Top Drop at Rosehill

Winners by two Arrowfield-based sons of Redoute’s Choice opened and closed a splendid day of racing at Rosehill today.

Not A Single Doubt ‘s daughter Karuta Queen won the first race, the ATC Heritage S. LR, and Snitzel ‘s son Top Drop claimed the last event with a game win under top weight of 60.5 kg in the Benchmark 80 ATC Jim Beam Handicap. Top Drop’s winning time was 1:09.94, a new class record for the 1200 metres.

Pictured: Top Drop charges late for a short neck victory at Rosehill today. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

The good-looking 4YO entire, bred by Peter Horwitz from the Red Ransom mare Fine Red, has steadily compiled the very respectable record of three wins, six placings and $343,800 prizemoney from 16 starts. That includes a second to Decision Tme in last spring’s AJC Stan Fox S. G2, and a third placing in January’s GCTC Magic Millions Guineas (R) LR.

Top Drop is owned by a partnership including the Bradley Racing Syndicate, Scott Cameron, Wayne Harrison and Norm & Carolyn Pinder, and trained by Gerald Ryan who trained Snitzel himself, and has achieved conspicuous success with his progeny.

Ryan also prepares the smart 3YO filly Hollyweird, who dead-heated for second behind Karuta Queen today, as well as Group 2 winner Hot Snitzel, and stakes-placed city winners Saramenha and Schiffer. They are among ten stakes performers from Snitzel’s first two crops, and Top Drop is one of eleven winners for him so far this season.

Top Drop’s pedigree is interesting: he is inbred 3 x 3 to Danehill and descends from the outstanding 1970s racemare Jandell, whose daughters and grand-daughters have redeemed her own disappointing stud career by producing more than a dozen stakeswinners, notably G1 Vinaka and G2 Skoozi Please. The best of Jandell’s 11 foals was Jullene (by Sir Tristram), a stakes-placed winner of five races who left Listed stakeswinners Brackenbury and Rullene, and Group 3 winner Kilspindie – second dam of Top Drop.

Snitzel stands at a 2011 fee of $27,500 inc. GST.

Arrowfield stallions quinella Guineas Prelude

It was very nearly a trifecta in the $125,000 MRC Thousand Guineas Prelude G3 for Arrowfield stallions Flying Spur and Starcraft , but the quinella was an outstanding result after a sensation-packed race and subsequent stewards’ inquiry.

Pictured: Celebrity Girl (chestnut, red cap) has the edge in this photo but victory went to Bliss Street (bay, red cap), ahead of Hallowell Belle (obscured, inside) and Mosheen (bay, white cap). (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Starcraft’s daughter Celebrity Girl seemed the likely winner as she led the field into the final 100 metres, but she drifted out as Mosheen and Bliss Street (by Flying Spur) finished strongly outside her. Meanwhile, Hallowell Belle (also by Starcraft) was storming home on the fence despite a rough passage down the straight.

The result past the post was a dead-heat win for Bliss Street and Celebrity Girl – both sold as yearlings by Yarraman Park – with Hallowell Belle third and Mosheen fourth. However, Mosheen’s protest against Celebrity Girl was upheld and Bliss Street was awarded the win, with Hallowell Belle second, Mosheen third and Celebrity Girl fourth.

Bliss Street (ex Jade Diva by Jade Robbery) won the WATC Sires’ Produce S. G3 at two, and resumed with a win in Perth last month before travelling to Melbourne for a second-up sixth at Moonee Valley last weekend. A $100,000 purchase by trainer Dan Morton from the 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, she has now won four-from-eight and almost $270,000 for Eddie Rigg’s Geisel Park Stud, Ron Sayers, Mr M V Lockwood, Mrs B B Lockwood, Mr G A Koch & Ms J Koch who race her in partnership with the filly’s breeders, Yarraman Park Stud, Joanne Rea, & Matt MacArthur-Onslow.

Bliss Street is among champion sire Flying Spur’s lifetime 83 stakeswinners, and his second stakeswinner this season after the success of Satin Shoes in last month’s MRC Quezette S. LR.

All of today’s first four placegetters are set to keep the Melbourne 3YO fillies’ spring programme interesting. With six black type placings and a maiden win from her seven starts, Hallowell Belle surely deserves to achieve black capital status soon, and Celebrity Girl is clearly capable of adding to her Flemington stakes win two weeks ago. The pair have already contributed to Starcraft’s fine start to the 2011/12 season, alongside Crafty Irna (2nd, ATC Kingston Town S. G3) and Secret Hills (3rd, VRC Exford Plate LR).

Flying Spur stands at a 2011 fee of $49,500 inc. GST, while Starcraft’s fee this season is $44,000 inc. GST.

Beckon steps Forward on debut

Group 1 winner Headway gave early warning of Charge Forward ‘s liking for mares by

Flying Spur , and today her full brother repeated the message with a six-length debut win at Echuca in 59.88 seconds for the 1012 metres.

Pictured: Beckon as a yearling at Turangga Farm. (PHOTO: Turangga Farm/Magic Millions)

Like his sister, 3YO colt Beckon was bred by Stuart Ramsey at Turangga Farm from Chatelaine, a three-time winner and twice Group-placed in Sydney. Trainer Peter Moody paid $500,000 at the 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for Beckon who races in the colours made famous by Makybe Diva for Makybe Racing & Breeding Pty Ltd, Laurel Oak Light Brigade, Mr D M Puglisi, Eales Racing Pty Ltd, Mr A G Charlton, Mr J W Purchase and Mr B W Harry.

The Charge Forward/Flying Spur cross has now produced five winners from nine runners, including Headway and the Group 1-placed 2YO stakeswinner Fort Lincoln.

As a grandson of Roberto from a Bletchingly mare, Charge Forward offers a potent outcross for mares laden with Northern Dancer. And he’s already the sire of ten stakes performers from 133 runners.

No doubt about Karuta Queen in Heritage Stakes

She’s flashy and she knows how to fight, but most of all she’s blazingly fast, and today Karuta Queen made everything look easy in the $100,000 ATC Heritage S. 1100m LR.

Pictured: Tommy Berry has time to blow a kiss to the crowd as Karuta Queen cruises to victory at Rosehill today. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

The 3YO daughter of Arrowfield’s exciting young sire Not A Single Doubt started favourite after her brave last-start fourth behind the colts Smart Missile, Foxwedge and Helmet in the ATC Run to the Rose H. G3. Jockey Tommy Berry drove Karuta Queen forward from the start and settled her comfortably in front before engaging top gear at the 300-metre mark. The chestnut filly covered the final 600 metres in 33.38 seconds, and won by 2.5 lengths in 1:02.97, less than a half-second outside the course record.

Snitzel ‘s daughter Hollyweird finished strongly to dead-heat with Al’s Magic Miss for second, and add a second stakes placing to her record.

Karuta Queen’s trainer Neville Layt indicated afterwards that her next start may be on 8 October in the MRC Schillaci S. 1000m G2 at Caulfield – which means she would face superstar Black Caviar.

He told Thoroughbred News, “I am going to nominate her for it, it is a 1000 metre, weight-for-age and I get in with nothing on her back. She can run time and she is not like the others. If I run second to Black Caviar I will be happy but she has got speed and she is a natural little runner.”

Bred by Stuart Ramsey at Turangga Farm, Karuta Queen was purchased for $30,000 by her owners Glenn & Viive Williams at the 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. She returned to Queensland in January to win the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR and has now won five of her 9 starts, and prizemoney of more than $1.5 million.

She is one of 6 stakeswinners by Not A Single Doubt who is proving extremely popular with breeders this year at a fee of $24,750 inc. GST.

Last is First for Redoute's Favoured Choice

Arrowfield’s Pedigree Analyst Peter Jenkins considers the bloodlines that are working best with champion sire Redoute’s Choice.

With three Group winners last Saturday Redoute’s Choice has once again leapt to the top of the Australian General Sires’ List.

If you were thinking of breeding to him this year and wanted to maximise your chances of breeding a stakeswinner what bloodlines would be best to match with him? Top of your list should be Last Tycoon, incidentally the damsire of last Saturday’s ATC Theo Marks S. G2 winner Master of Design – Redoute’s Choice’s 77th stakeswinner.

(Pictured; photo by Bronwen Healy).

Last Tycoon retired to stud in 1987 and two years later began shuttling to Australia winning the Australian General Sires’ title in 1993/94. Unusually for most shuttle stallions, he was equally successful in both hemispheres leaving 16 Group 1 winners in total.

So just how effective have Last Tycoon mares been when mated with Redoute’s Choice? I undertook a small study looking at the 18 different mare groups as ordered by sireline or sub-sireline, who have produced 20 or more named foals to Redoute’s Choice. Of these 18 different mare groups, the three most successful broodmare sirelines were:

Last Tycoon – 35 Named Foals; 25 Runners; 22 Winners; 7 SW; 20% SW/Named Foals; 10 Stakes horses

Sons of Nijinsky – 23 Named Foals; 16 Runners; 11 Winners; 3 SW; 13% SW/Named Foals; 5 Stakes horses

Snippets – 25 Named Foals; 18 Runners; 17 Winners; 3 SW; 12% SW/Named Foals; 5 Stakes horses

Queensland Derby G1 winner Dariana heads the group out of daughters of Last Tycoon, with the best progeny from mares by sons of Nijinsky being the Group 1-winning fillies Anamato (dam by Whiskey Road) and Cheeky Choice (dam by Caerleon). Arrowfield’s own successful sire and himself a Champion 3YO Sprinter – Snitzel – is the best-performed Redoute’s Choice from a Snippets mare. These three groups have all achieved a significantly higher SW/Named foals ratio than Redoute’s Choice’s outstanding overall figures.

Why does these crosses work so well ? Well, even a budding pedigree analyst will be able to spot the female line-breeding to Best In Show, the 4th dam of Redoute’s Choice and granddam of Last Tycoon’s sire – Dewhurst Stakes victor Try My Best – present in every product of the Redoute’s Choice/Last Tycoon nick. Duplications of important female ancestors, particularly those who occur on the damline of a sire, are often highly successful.

Interestingly, Best In Show’s own 3rd dam is Herd Girl, the three-quarter blood-sister to Summit, the 5th dam and therefore tail-female ancestress of Nijinsky whose sons have produced mares that have also matched beautifully with Redoute’s Choice, as shown above.

Once a sire has reached the approximate midway point in his career some patterns become obvious. In the case of a champion sire like Redoute’s Choice, breeders are able to improve the stakes output of selected mares by the use of important affinities like those described here.