Arrowfield colt tops Sydney Classic Sale

Arrowfield’s colt by Hussonet from Monte Rosa attracted plenty of attention at this week’s Inglis Sydney Classic Sale, but buyers had to wait until the last hour of the auction on Tuesday evening to bid on him.

Pictured: The Hussonet-Monte Rosa colt, the latest sale-topper offered under the Arrowfield banner. (PHOTO: Katrina Partirdge)

Neither the colt, nor the bidding disappointed as he was knocked down to trainer Mauro Poletti for the sale’s top price of $140,000.

As Arrowfield Operations Manager Sam Fairgray said afterwards, “He’s a lovely, well-balanced colt with great strength, was extremely popular and paraded very well.”

The chestnut colt is a full-brother to stakes-placed winner Red Dress Marley, and half-bother to the winners Deleque and Akmal, and this season’s debut 2YO stakes performer Snitzerland (by Snitzel ). Their dam is a sister to G3 winner Nina Haraka, from the accomplished “Tennessee” family that has also produced Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Mirror Mirror and her daughter No Looking Back (by Redoute’s Choice ), second in this year’s Magic Millions Classic.

All eleven Classic Sale yearlings offered by Arrowfield found new homes, achieving an average price of almost $60,000.

View the complete results for Arrowfield’s 2012 Sydney Classic Sale draft here .

Hussonet's star keeps rising

Although Hussonet now stands at South Australia’s Cornerstone Stud, Arrowfield remains immensely proud of him, and is delighted to be selling several of his yearlings in 2012, among them a pair of colts in Tuesday’s session of the Sydney Classic Sale.

Pictured: Hussonet at Arrowfield where he stood from 2003 to 2010. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

The champion sire is enjoying a high-profile season in Australia with 60 winners of 80 races already on the board. They include last weekend’s stakeswinner At The Heads, and debut 2YO winners Tatra in Sydney and Arrowfield graduate Members Joy in Melbourne.

Husson, Husson Lightning and Host are busy building Hussonet’s record as a sire of sires, and have already recorded six winners including the stakeswinner Hussousa (by Husson from a Redoute’s Choice mare).

Hussonet himself is having a particular impact on the 3YO Sires’ list where he is in 11th position, thanks to the likes of Happy Hussy, Colorado Claire, Angel of Mercy, Roses in the Glen and today’s eye-catching Adelaide winner Rifleman.

Rifleman (from the 2YO stakeswinner Opportunity by Redoute’s Choice ) blazed over 1000 metres at Morphettville in near course-record time of 56.99 seconds and looks a strong prospect for black type success this season. Bred by the partnership which raced Miss Finland, the colt is co-owned by Arrowfield and trained by David Hayes.

In Hong Kong, Hussonet’s 4YO son Glorious Days (ex San Century by Centaine) is unbeaten in four starts and appears next in the Chinese New Year Cup Handicap over 1400m at Sha Tin on 25 January.

However, Glorious Days’ year-younger brother Bangalore Bullet beat him to black-type status when he took out yesterday’s Gore Guineas LR in New Zealand, and became Hussonet’s 78th stakeswinner.

Bangalore Bullet was bred by Mark Treweek and purchased for $50,000 from the Lyndhurst Farm draft at the 2010 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. He is raced by Nearco Stud Ltd, Louis Vieceli and Shane Kennedy, who also trains the chestnut colt.

San Century, who died two years ago, was an unraced relative of Group 1 winners Black Mamba, Roman Emperor and Tully Thunder – and of Hussonet’s Group 2-winning son Rios. San Century’s first foal was the Group 1-placed stakeswinner Spurcent (by Flying Spur ).

Arrowfield is offering two colts by Hussonet at the 2012 Inglis Classic Sale which starts today in Sydney.

Lot 463 is out of Jemison (by Commands), from the family of champion Australasian 2YO Align and Group 2 winner Fritz’s Princess. Lot 560, from Monte Rosa (by Fraar) is a brother to stakes-placed 2YO winner Red Dress Marley, and a half-brother to Snitzerland, stakes-placed on debut at Flemington in November.

View the Arrowfield draft for the Classic Sale here.

Cavalry charges home in Sydney debut

Charge Forward ‘s strong run of success continued today at Rosehill when his 2YO daughter Cavalry Rose won the $250,000 Inglis Classic over 1200 metres on debut.

PHOTO: Charge Forward filly Cavalry Rose charges home to victory and collects $154,500 almost a year after she was purchased from the Inglis Sydney Classic Sale. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Trained by Gerald Ryan for a group of owners managed by Triple Crown Syndications, Cavalry Rose went into the race as a four-length trial winner, but showed her raceday inexperience in the straight as she and jockey Glyn Schofield set sail after race favourite Diamond Earth.

Both horse and jockey showed plenty of grit and, as Diamond Earth began to tire, victory seemed possible, but was only likely in the final few metres before the post. Cavalry Rose’s winning margin was a half-neck, with more than six lengths back to third-placed Taxmeifyoucan.

Cavalry Rose was bred by Grant Briscoe and purchased for $85,000 by Triple Crown’s Chris & Michael Ward from the Widden Stud draft at the 2011 Inglis Sydney Classic Yearling Sale. Triple Crown syndicates have achieved notable success with Arrowfield-sired performers in the past 12 months, among them Bellerive Stud graduates G2 winner Hot Snitzel and debut 2YO winner Flying Snitzel (both by Snitzel ).

Her dam Alberton Rose (by Danske) hails from the same excellent New Zealand family as another Rosehill winner today, Alberton Park, and several Group winners, including Sir Alberton, Alberton Star, Lady Alberton & Te Akau Rose.

These horses were bred by the Kerr-Taylor family whose beautiful ancestral home Alberton, built in 1863 in Mount Albert, Auckland, was left to the New Zealand Historic Places Trust in 1972.

New Zealand was the scene of another winner by Charge Forward today, the 4YO mare Andromache (ex Mythical Play by Defensive Play) who scored handsomely over 1200 metres at Pukekohe.

Other winners by Charge Forward this month include Gaston (ex Capto by Octagonal) in New Zealand on 14 January, and Best Eleven (ex Betsy Pie by Redoute’s Choice ), who posted his third win in Hong Kong a day later.

Best Eleven’s trainer Tony Cruz said after that performance, “He is a thorough professional this horse. I think he can handle any conditions – fast, soft, I think even the dirt won’t be a problem for him. He’s very consistent and it is all about his great attitude. He is very calm and relaxed – you know anyone at all could ride him in the mornings, even the trainee riders, because he is so gentle.”

Buyers seeking a prospect by Charge Forward at the 2012 Classic Sale for the 2013 running of the Inglis Classic have only three yearlings to choose from: a filly from Dame de Paree, and colts from Lady of Choice and Miss Kariba.

Check out the Arrowfield draft for the Classic Sale here.

No Looking Back for Magic Millions runner-up

At only her second start, 2YO filly No Looking Back very nearly gave her champion sire his second Magic Millions Classic winner – and a commanding lead on the current Australian General Sires’ list.

She showed immense courage to chase down her stablemate Driefontein and gain a neck advantage just before the winning post. However, the subsequent protest against her by Driefontein’s jockey was upheld by the stewards and the placings were reversed.

Pictured: The finish of the 2012 $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic, No Looking Back on the rail, Driefontein outside her, and third-placed Alezan Thunder behind them. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

It was a stunning result for Gai Waterhouse who trains both fillies, and had No Looking Back ready for battle two months after her November debut. Ditto for Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds which syndicated Driefontein after purchasing her for $75,000 last January, and jockey Tommy Berry who also rode last year’s winner Karuta Queen (by Not A Single Doubt ).

No Looking Back’s effort added $300,000 to her own, and her champion sire’s season prizemoney, which now totals $5.1 million, well ahead of all his rivals – except Driefontein’s sire Fastnet Rock.

Redoute’s Choice’s son Snitzel – whose sons Sizzling and Amorino were 4th & 5th in the 2YO Classic – provided consolation when his 3YO daughter Schiffer took out the $200,000 Magic Millions Sprint. Later, during the evening sales session, Arrowfield’s Snitzel-Flidais filly made $240,000. The successful bidder was Gai Waterhouse.

View Arrowfield’s 20012 Magic Millions draft here.

Stakeswinner No. 7 for Not A Single Doubt

Not A Single Doubt ‘s excellent 4YO son Unanimously weighed in at 16 of his first 18 starts, missing only in Listed Stakes company.

Tonight at his 19th start he filled that gap in his CV by winning the $100,000 ATC Cantebury BMW Classic 1100m LR, and becoming Not A Single Doubt’s 7th stakeswinner.

Pictured: Not A Single Doubt’s latest stakeswinner Unanimously wins by two lengths at Canterbury in May 2011. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Bred by Queensland breeders Kerry & Annie Bushell from the Vain mare Heaven’s Eyes, Unanimously was a $45,000 purchase by trainer Matthew Dale from the Kanangra draft at the 2009 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. He is raced by Mr G A & K R and Mrs A & Mrs S L Orbell, Mr J M & Mrs C Richardson, Mr R B Grynberg, Mr T B McKeon, Mr M W Curtis & Mr S Taberner.

Dale was confident about Unanimously’s chances when he spoke to Racing & Sports yesterday. “He’s come through it [his last start third at Canterbury on 24 December] good and the three weeks between runs suits.

“At the moment it’s just one step at a time with him because there are so many options. We can afford to just reassess after each run and go from there. There’s no grand plans for him but there’s plenty of options on the radar.”

Unanimously has now won more than $360,000 since winning his first start almost two years ago. He is the third member of Not A Single Doubt’s second crop to earn black capitals, after Group winners Squamosa and Castlethorpe. His dam is a winning daughter of the high-class filly Glory Girl (STC Tea Rose S. G2 and twice G1-placed).

This year’s Classic Yearling Sale includes 12 lots by Not A Single Doubt, among them Arrowfield’s colt from Extremely (by Hussonet). Click here to view the Arrowfield draft for the 2012 Classic Yearling Sale. .

His nine yearlings sold so far at this year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale have averaged almost $95,000 against his 2009 fee of $12,500 + GST. His top price of $140,000 was paid by Star Thoroughbreds for the Lago Lady filly consigned by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds.

Magic Millions highlights for Snitzel & Starcraft

One was a brilliant 2YO who won the Oakleigh Plate G1 at 3; the other became a world champion older miler, winning five Group 1 races in four countries.

Pictured: The Starcraft-Top Cuban colt bought for $290,000 today by Blue Sky Thoroughbreds from the Arrowfield draft at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. (PHOTO: Katrina Partridge)

Snitzel and Starcraft both joined the Arrowfield stallion roster in 2006 and both are among the best sires of that group, with 14 stakeswinners between them. Their tandem act continued today when they both achieved significant six-figure prices at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Blue Sky Thoroughbreds out-bid strong competition for Lot 375, the stylish Top Cuban colt, to secure him for $290,000. That makes him the second top-priced Starcraft yearling ever sold at Magic Millions, behind the $340,000 bid for Arrowfield’s Burningwood colt in 2010, and exceeding the $270,000 paid in 2009 for Arrowfield’s Ain’t Seen Nothin’ filly – who turned out to be the dual stakeswinner Ain’tnofallenstar.

The colt is the first foal of 2YO winner Top Cuban, by Anabaa from US-bred mare Super Seleccion (by Seattle Slew), a three-quarter sister to two-time Grade 1 winner Slew City Slew. Top Cuban is in foal again to Starcraft.

The remainder of the Arrowfield draft includes a colt and a filly by Starcraft.

Leading Sydney trainer John O’Shea went to $350,000 for Luskin Park Stud’s Snitzel colt from 2YO stakeswinner Ultimate Fever, now in foal to Manhattan Rain .

That figure is $40,000 more than the previous highest price paid for a Snitzel yearling at the Magic Millions sale. Gai Waterhouse was the successful buyer at $310,000 of last year’s Royal Pageant colt, offered by Kitchwin Hills. Named Chronicle, he has had only one start, an unplaced appearance in October’s ATC Breeders’ P. LR.

Snitzel’s ten yearlings offered so far this week have all sold, averaging $161,000. Arrowfield will offer the strapping Snitzel-Flidais filly on Saturday evening.

Redoute's Choice colt makes $750,000

Redoute’s Choice supplied the top price on day three of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, when Reavill Farm’s much-admired colt from Cloister was knocked down to Gerald Ryan for $750,000. Ryan trained the colt’s Group 1-winning sister Melito for Reavill Farm.

Pictured: Lot 532, the handsome Redoute’s Choice-Cloister colt sold for $750,000 to leading Sydney trainer Gerald Ryan. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

The seven Redoute’s Choice yearlings – all colts – sold so far have averaged $378,571. After four withdrawn lots, a colt tomorrow evening and a filly on Sunday will complete the champion sire’s Magic Millions offering for 2012.

The stock of his sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt continued to find favour with buyers and both posted six-figure prices today.

James Bester went to $135,000 for Not A Single Doubt’s son from Charlotte de Belle, offered by Kitchwin Hills. Not A Single Doubt’s sale average is more than 7 times his 2009 service fee.

Snitzel’s average rose to $161,000 today, partly thanks to John O’Shea’s successful $350,000 bid for Luskin Park’s Ultimate Fever colt – the highest price yet paid for a Snitzel yearling at a Magic Millions sale.

Flying Spur ‘s second top price of the sale to date came today, when Cameron Cooke Bloodstock paid $200,000 for the Categorical filly consigned by Newgate Farm. His average after three sessions is $137,222.

Charge Forward ‘s top price today was the $135,000 paid by Bart Cummings for the colt from Cadillac – a grandson of the Cummings-trained VRC Oaks winner Taj Eclipse.

Highlights of today’s selling for Starcraft were supplied by Arrowfield’s Top Cuban colt, purchased by Blue Sky Thoroughbreds for $290,000, and Attunga Stud’s Chic Choice filly, bought for $170,000 by Laurel Oak Bloodstock.

Selling continues this evening and tomorrow. Arrowfield presents six lots tonight and concludes in Session 5 with a trio of fillies by by Starcraft and Charge Forward.

Musir scores impressively in Dubai

Musir has scored a fine victory in Thursday evening’s one-mile Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 G3 on the all weather track at Meydan in Dubai.

The 5YO Australian-bred entire son of Redoute’s Choice and Dizzy De Lago tracked the early leaders comfortably in fifth place until Christophe Soumillon eased him out and forward about two furlongs out. Musir responded powerfully and strode home to win by 3 lengths in 1.35.85 from his stablemate Master Of Hounds.

It was Musir’s 7th win and his fifth in Group company since he began racing as a 2YO in South Africa. His earnings for owner-breeder Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum now exceed $A2.2 million.

“He’s like a superstar, he’s just an amazing horse,” said Soumillon. “Two years ago he showed us how good he was by winning two Classics here. But I think he’s a much better horse this year.”

Trainer Mike de Kock added: “I think his preparation has been better this year. He ran some big races in England and broke the course record at Turkey where he won a Group 2 race. I’d like to run him in the Dubai Duty Free (Group 1). I think he’ll be an even better horse on turf.”

Musir is one of four stakeswinners among Redoute’s Choice’s 20 winners from 22 runners in the northern hemisphere. The others, all conceived in Australia to northern time, are Elzaam & Tazahum (England) and Clianthus (Japan).

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Buyers choose Redoute's at Magic Millions

Arrowfield’s champion sire Redoute’s Choice supplied four of the 10 top-priced lots in today’s opening session of the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. They included the two session-toppers.

Pictured: Lot 36, the Redoute’s Choice-I Got Chills colt, makes $450,000 at the Magic Millions sale today. (PHOTO: Sportpix).

The day’s highest price of $450,000 was achieved first by the Redoute’s Choice colt from 2YO stakeswinner I Got Chills, offered by Strawberry Hill Stud and purchased by Gai Waterhouse & James Harron Bloodstock.

The second $450,000 colt, by Redoute’s Choice from the fine producer Miss Jakeo, was offered by Baramul Stud and passed in the ring, but subsequently bought by Kevin Maloney’s Segenhoe Stud which has enjoyed great success this season with Redoute’s Choice’s high-class daughter Sister Madly.

The same order of events applied to Baramul Stud sale of the Redoute’s Choice-Inaflury colt to Queensland businessman Paul McDonald for $300,000. That price was matched by the Hustle Bustle colt purchased from the Arrowfield draft by the Waterhouse/Harron combination.

The day’s top ten lots included Arrowfield’s Snitzel ‘s colt from North Flower, knocked down to the $215,000 bid of Gold Coast trainer Bruce Hill. Snitzel’s five lots on offer today all sold, at an average price of $139,000.

Arrowfield’s third six-figure sale of the day was completed by a $180,000 bid from leading Queensland trainer Liam Birchley for the Flying Spur-Hussta la Vista filly.

In a conservative and discerning marketplace, Arrowfield’s Session 1 average of $130,000 compared with the overall session average price of just under $119,000. The average price at Session 1 in 2011 was $127,172.

Other notable results today included Not A Single Doubt ‘s average of almost $97,000 for three lots, headed by the $140,000 paid by Star Thoroughbreds for Three Bridges Thoroughbreds’ Lago Lady filly. Star Thoroughbreds was the buyer of Not A Single Doubt’s classy Group-winning son Squamosa at the 2009 Magic Millions sale.

Selling continues tomorrow when Arrowfield will offer 5 lots by Charge Forward, Flying Spur & Starcraft. Click here to view the full Arrowfield Magic Millions draft.

Strong Arrowfield hand in Magic Millions 2YO Classic

Redoute’s Choice and his son Snitzel have three fine chances of extending the record of Arrowfield stallions in Saturday’s $2 million BMW Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR.

Pictured: Karuta Queen did it for Not A Single Doubt in 2011…can Snitzel or Redoute’s Choice follow suit in 2012? (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Today’s barrier draw put the Redoute’s Choice filly No Looking Back and Snitzel’s sons Sizzling & Amorino in gates 4, 6 and eight.

They are the best backed runners on the TAB Sportbet Fixed Odds behind the favourite Driefontein who will start from barrier 3 and is paying $3.20 to win. Sizzling is paying $3.80, Amorino $7.00 and No Looking Back $14.

Past and current Arrowfield stallions have produced five Magic Millions winners:

2011 – KARUTA QUEEN ( Not A Single Doubt -Card Queen by Final Card)
Bred by Stuart Ramsey

2006 – MIRROR MIRROR (Dehere-Fair Vanity by Rustic Amber)
Bred by Ged & Jan Nolan

2005 – BRADBURY’S LUCK (Redoute’s Choice-Skating by At Talaq)
Bred by Segenhoe Stud

2004 – DANCE HERO (Danzero-Gypsy Dancer by Dance Floor)
Bred by Tony, Steve & Carine Akkari

1989 (Fillies) – MALIBU MAGIC (Prego-Jeckale by Solitary Hail)
Bred by W. Dougherty

Snitzel, like Not A Single Doubt, was a Magic Millions placegetter and his two runners give him a strong hand in the 2012 renewal, following the third placing by his daughter Schiffer last year.

Her trainer Gerald Ryan also prepares Arrowfield graduate Amorino, a professional winner of both his starts in Sydney.

Sizzling, bred by John & Trish Muir’s Milburn Creek Stud, comes from the stable of Queensland trainer Kelso Wood and boasts a win and two second placings from his three starts.

No Looking Back, bred by Strawberry Hill Stud from the 2006 Magic Millions Classic winner Mirror Mirror, won her only start at Warwick Farm in November and is prepared by Gai Waterhouse.

Check out the 2012 Arrowfield Magic Millions draft here.