Sizzling favourite for Magic Millions 2YO Classic

Snitzel and his sire Redoute’s Choice are well-represented among the leading chances in early markets for the $2 million BMW Magic Millions 2YO Classic on 14 January.

Snitzel’s son Sizzling, so impressive on debut at Eagle Farm last month, is the $3 favourite with TAB Sportsbet, ahead of Snipzu ($4) and Driefontein ($5). A trio of Sydney debut winners, No Looking Back (by Redoute’s Choice), trained by Gai Waterhouse, Arrowfield graduate Amorino (by Snitzel) from the Gerald Ryan stable, and the Chris Waller-trained Fundido are all paying $7.

Pictured: Arrowfield’s lovely Charge Forward-Morton filly, a $240,000 Magic Millions purchase in 2011, is now an interesting contender for the 2012 Magic Millions Classic. (PHOTO: Katrina Partridge)

A second Arrowfield graduate Urban Groove has also attracted early betting support: she is now on $13 after opening at $26. Bred on the Charge Forward/Flying Spur cross responsible for Group 1 winner Headway and Karaka Million winner Fort Lincoln, Urban Groove has pleased the Gai Waterhouse stable since her trial win at Warwick Farm on 28 November.

Another Gai Waterhouse purchase from the 2011 Arrowfield Magic Millions draft is the filly Blazing Snitzel (Snitzel-Trois Couleurs), second at her first start to No Looking Back, and currently paying $21 on the Magic Millions fixed odds market. Arrowfield’s 2012 Magic Millions offering includes a half-sister to Blazing Snitzel, by Charge Forward.

Arrowfield stallions have sired 3 winners and 5 placegetters in the last ten renewals of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, and Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt were themselves placed in the race, in 2004 & 2005. The pair combined in 2011 to supply the brilliant winner Karuta Queen and third-placed Schiffer.

Flying Spur colt in classic contention

Weekend racing in South Africa produced a candidate for the classics by champion Arrowfield sire Flying Spur .

Pictured: Handsome is and handsome does…champion sire Flying Spur at Arrowfield Stud. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

His 3YO son Mushreq stood up to be counted with a seven-length victory over 1800 metres at Vaal on Saturday.

His trainer Mike de Kock said, “I’m very happy with Mushreq’s preparation. He’s a Derby-type horse and will be kicking in when others are getting tired.”

Mushreq, a Sheikh Hamdan-homebred from Alharir by Jeune, won on debut and at his third start contested the Greyville Golden Horseshoe G1 in July. He led until collared two strides from the post by Fighting Warrior.

The Australian-bred colt finished his first preparation in the Premier’s Champion Stakes 1600m G1, but didn’t enjoy the heavy track. Mushreq returned for two pipe-openers over a mile last month before outclassing his rivals on Saturday. De Kock had originally planned to send him to Dubai but quarantine issues kept him at home.

Mushreq’s three-time winning dam Alharir is a half-sister to the dam of Sheikh Hamdan’s MRC Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes G1 winner Rewaaya. This is the stunning Easy Date family, already very much part of Arrowfield history, thanks to leading sire & broodmare sire Snippets, Golden Slipper winner Forensics & Not A Single Doubt .

The Arrowfield draft at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale includes two colts from mares that are closely related to Mushreq: Lot 624, by Starcraft from First Date, and Lot 635, by Hussonet from Flying Single. The draft also includes three colts & three fillies by Flying Spur.

Flying Spur is already the sire of four Australian stakeswinners this season, and Caulfield trainer Mick Price produced his 44th individual winner since 1 August when promising filly Kitty Cotswold trounced a maiden field by six lengths on Sunday.

Starcraft filly heads Karaka Million Order of Entry

It took less than 58 seconds at Flemington on Saturday for Starcraft’s 2YO daughter Sell in May to put herself at the head of the entry order for the 2012 Karaka Million.

The $A42,700 she collected for her first raceday appearance was enough to earn that position before several black type 2YO races are held in New Zealand.

Sell in May’s trainer John Sadler was not surprised by the filly’s performance, and indicated that a trip to New Zealand is an option.

“It’s a possibility, she’s going out for a fortnight’s break or just short of that and there is a chance she will go to New Zealand,” Sadler said.

“It’ll be either that or the Blue Diamond Preview. But we would try and measure up how the form looked for the Karaka Million as to whether it was worthwhile.”

The MRC Blue Diamond Preview LR is held on 26 January, while the Karaka Million (R) LR will be run on 29 January at Ellerslie in Auckland.

The 2011 Karaka Million was won by Fort Lincoln, a son of Charge Forward .

Sell in May was bought by the Balmerino Racing Partnership for $100,000 from the Highview Stud draft at this year’s New Zealand Premier Sale. Starcraft is represented by five lots at Karaka in 2012, three in the Premier catalogue, and two in the Select Sale.

Buyers who can’t wait that long are advised to visit the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale (17 lots by Starcraft – eight of them right here ) or the Inglis Classic Sale (5 yearlings by Starcraft).

Arrowfield 2011 sale graduates run hot

The great Australian breeding tradition of early-maturing speed is alive and well at Arrowfield & Bellerive Studs. The sister farms’ 2011 sale graduates have wasted no time making their presence felt on the track this season.

Yesterday at Canterbury Flying Snitzel ( Snitzel -Hula Flight by Hula Town) became the third debut 2YO winner sold under the Arrowfield/Bellerive banners in 2011.

The chestnut filly joins debut city winners Amorino (by Snitzel) & Members Joy (by Hussonet); Blazing Snitzel (by Snitzel), second on debut at Warwick Farm last month; Adelaide placegetter Cool Choice (by Redoute’s Choice ); and Snitzel’s daughter Snitzerland, a brave second at her first start in the VRC Ottawa S. LR on Cup Day at Flemington.

Owners & trainers seeking an early start to the 2012-13 racing season need look no further than the Arrowfield draft at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. The 27 catalogued lots include two colts & a filly by Snitzel, a colt and a filly by Hussonet, a colt by Redoute’s Choice, and eight yearlings by Starcraft , sire of today’s debut 2YO winner at Flemington, Sell In May.

Starcraft 2YO wins on debut at Flemington

The Tennessee Vain family produced its second first-up 2YO winner this season by an Arrowfield stallion when Sell In May scored in determined fashion today at Flemington.

The athletic chestnut filly by Starcraft from Savannah Rain settled fifth of the six runners over 1000 metres, and when asked by jockey Stephen Baster she produced a finish strong enough to pip Glimmer and favourite Donna Cattiva on the line.

Bred by the Hong Kong Breeders Club, Sell In May was purchased for $NZ100,000 by the Balmerino Racing Partnership from the Highview Stud draft at the 2011 New Zealand Premier Sale.

Savannah Rain is an unraced grand-daughter of multiple Group 2 winner Tennessee Vain, dam of three precocious stakeswinners by Bletchingly, Tennessees Morn, Magic & Mist. Another high-achieving member of this family is Mirror Mirror, dam of promising 2YO filly No Looking Back (by Redoute’s Choice ) who won her first start at Warwick Farm on 19 November.

Leading third crop sire Starcraft has already been represented by seven stakes performers in Australia this season, including 3YO stakeswinners Celebrity Girl and Perfect Punch. His ten stakeswinners to date are headed by dual stakeswinners Star Witness and We Can Say It Now.

The 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast catalogue includes 17 yearlings by Starcraft, eight of them in the Arrowfield draft .

Snitzel filly flies on debut

Almost exactly a year after Hot Snitzel won his debut at Rosehill by 2.5 lengths, the combination of Gerald Ryan and Triple Crown Syndications has unveiled another gifted 2YO by Snitzel , this time a filly named Flying Snitzel.

Pictured: Flying Snitzel as a yearling at Bellerive Stud. (PHOTO: Katrina Partridge)

Winner of her two trials, Flying Snitzel (ex Hula Flight by Hula Town) started favourite in the first race on the twilight card at Canterbury and lived up to her billing with a 3.3 length victory.

Hot Snitzel scored by 2.5 lengths at his first raceday start at Rosehill on 11 December 2010. He went on to Group 2 success and a Group 1 placing at two, and resumed this season with a courageous win in the ATC Arrowfield Brian Crowley S. LR on 15 October. So far the return on his $60,000 purchase price is more than $500,000.

Gerald Ryan said, “She’s a nice filly who just keeps improving. I’ll see how she pulls up after today’s race but I might look at a race for her at Rosehill on Boxing Day.”

Like Hot Snitzel, Flying Snitzel is a Bellerive Stud graduate of the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, where Triple Crown principals Chris & Michael Ward bought her for $25,000.

She is Snitzel’s third debut 2YO winner this season after her stablemate Amorino and the Queensland colt Sizzling.

Their performances have put Snitzel in second position on the early-season Australian 2YO Sires’ list.

His position on the General list was boosted by four other performances today: wins by St Beune (Canterbury) and Weekend Special (Moonee Valley), and placings by Tigress Lily & Snitza at the same courses.

There are 13 catalogued opportunities to purchase a Snitzel yearling at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, three of them in the Arrowfield draft. .

The Class of 2008 strikes again

Justly famous as a sire of 2YOs, Redoute’s Choice is enjoying a bountiful season with his current crop of 3YOs.

Pictured: Galah, by Redoute’s Choice, gets up to win the VRC Carbine Club S. G3 on Derby Day at Flemington. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Arrowfield graduate Saint la Bamba (ex La Bamba by Last Tycoon) became the latest winner from his crop of 2008 when he scored at Hawkesbury yesterday. That took Redoute’s Choice’s tally of 3YO winners since 1 August to thirty – 28 of them in Australia, and two in New Zealand.

They include a pair of talented colts that have already put their names in black capitals: Galah, winner of the VRC Carbine Club S. G3 & MRC Gothic S. LR, and the New Zealand-based Burgundy, winner of the Canterbury S. LR at his third start. Cross of Gold, Florentina & Rekindled Alliance have also earned black type this season.

Saint la Bamba’s win followed the debut successes of the filly Outdoor (ex Serenade Rose by Stravinsky) at Bendigo on 24 November, and Arrowfield-bred and -owned Blather (ex Miss Babble by Sunday Silence) at the Sunshine Coast on 27 November. Sadly, Outdoor’s win came just three weeks after the death of her mother, winner of the VRC Oaks G1, AJC Australian Oaks G1 and STC Arrowfield Stud S. G1.

Redoute’s Choice heads the current Australian General Sires’ list with $4.3 million prizemoney and 73 winners in all – six of them in black type company.

There are only 15 opportunities to buy yearlings by Redoute’s Choice at January’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, where his represented by his smallest draft since the 2006 Sale. The 2012 offering includes Lot 35 in the Arrowfield draft , a lovely athletic colt from Hustle Bustle, already the dam of Group 2 winner Hurried Choice.