Celebrity Girl stars at Morphettville

Starcraft ‘s 3Yo daughter Celebrity Girl overcame a wide draw to score a powerful first-up victory in the $80,000 SAJC Redelva S. 1050m LR at Morphettville yesterday. She won by a half-length from Go The Knuckle and Draw Forward ( Charge Forward ).

Pictured: Celebrity Girl’s record now reads 3 wins – two in Listed Races – and a placing from six starts. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Celebrity Girl (ex Dashing Granada by Keltrice) could hardly have been more impressive in her first start since October. “She is well above average,” said her trainer Mark Kavanagh. “She settles well and her mother’s side of the family suggests she will be able to get over ground.”

Bred by Bramleigh Holdings, and raced by Trevor and Beth Robertson, she won at Sandown on debut last April and, after a winter spell, returned for a first-up victory in the VRC Cap D’Antibes S. LR at Flemington in September.

Celebrity Girl was demoted from first to fourth in the MRC 1000 Guineas Prelude G3 and followed up with a Group 2 third in the Edward Manifold Stakes at Flemington. Her spring carnival finished with an unplaced effort behind her stablemate Atlantic Jewel in the MRC 1000 Guineas G1 at Caulfield.

Kavanagh bought Celebrity Girl for $500,000 from the Yarraman Park draft at the 2010 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. “She was a pretty good sort,” Kavanagh recalled. “She had a massive girth and a really nice walk.” All going well her 2012 autumn campaign will culminate in two Group 1 events, the Sangster S. and Goodwood H. at Morphettville.

Celebrity Girl is from Flemington stakeswinner Dashing Granada who foaled a Starcraft colt last September.

Starcraft has 11 yearlings catalogued for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale including three colts in the Bellerive Stud draft .

83rd stakeswinner for Redoute's Choice

5YO Redoute’s Choice mare Dystopia did more than simply win yesterday’s $100,000 ATC Triscay S.1200m LR. She also significantly increased her value for owner Ingham Racing, and extended her champion sire’s extraordinary record.

Pictured: Dystopia responds generously in the final stages of the Triscay S. LR at Rosehill yesterday. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Dystopia (ex Bourgeois by Luskin Star) was stakes-placed in the MRC Kevin Hayes S. LR as a 3YO and upgraded her status to black capitals when holding off Alberton Park and Ofcourseican at Rosehill on Saturday.

Her trainer Chris Waller said, “It was a good run because she was being chased down by two good mares.”

He added, “It’s taken a bit of time to win a stakes race, but her form in the past year has been terrific”. Dystopia has won three and placed in four of her seven starts this season, and her career record reads five wins and nine placings from 20 starts.

Dystopia’s next target will be the ATC Wenona Girl H. LR next month.

Bred by Reavill Farm, Dystopia was an $800,000 from the 2008 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. She takes Redoute’s Choice’s lifetime tally of stakeswinners to 83 – eleven of them successful this season.

New 2YO stakeswinner for Not A Single Doubt

Neither inexperience nor a pre-race delay upset Cheyenne Warrior who became Not A Single Doubt ‘s 8th stakeswinner in tonight’s $100,000 TTC Gold Sovereign S. 1200m LR.

Drawn widest in the nine-horse field, the 2YO gelding was driven hard out of the gate to take up the lead. He settled kindly and set a good pace round the turn, then picked it up and headed for the line in generous fashion.

Cheyenne Warrior didn’t flinch as the challenges came and won narrowly, but well from Kenjorwood and Kencara Miss.

It was his second win following his successful debut at Sandown three weeks ago and took his earnings to just under his $80,000 purchase price at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Bred & sold by Steve Tregea’s Windemere Farm from Miss Argyle (by Iglesia) Cheyenne Warrior is raced by Mr K.H. Neo and trained by Anthony Freedman. He is Not A Single Doubt’s fourth 2YO stakeswinner after Squamosa, Karuta Queen and Single Spice.

Not A Single Doubt now has five Australian juvenile winners on the board this season, following the debut win of Substation at Doomben today. Purchased by Brisbane Bloodstock as a weanling in 2010, Substation is from the Arrowfield mare Princess Shorna (by Last Tycoon), dam of 7 winners including stakeswinner Hidden Wonder and Group-placed winner Strong Choice.

Substation and Cheyenne Warrior are bred on a similar pattern, as Princess Shorna is by Last Tycoon, also the sire of Iglesia. Not A Single Doubt’s sire Redoute’s Choice has a well-known affinity with daughters of Last Tycoon, a combination that has produced 7 stakeswinners from 39 foals, including G1 Dariana, G2 Master of Design, G2 Drumbeats and G3 Shaaheq.

Seventeen yearlings by Not A Single Doubt will be offered at next week’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, among them Bellerive Stud’s colt from the winning Canny Lad mare Time to Move. View the Bellerive Stud draft here.

Hot Snitzel completes dream week for Bellerive Stud

The result of today’s ATC Royal Sovereign S. 1200m G2 at Warwick Farm completed a dream week for Bellerive Stud, two days before their 2012 yearling draft heads south for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

Pictured: Hot Snitzel, left, withstood Manawanui’s stern challenge to win the Royal Sovereign S. G2 in race record time of 1.08.99. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

The courageous Royal Sovereign winner Hot Snitzel ( Snitzel ) was sold by Bellerive at the 2010 Melbourne Sale, while Rekindled Alliance ( Redoute’s Choice ) who stormed home for fourth, was a $400,000 Blue Sky Thoroughbreds purchase from the Stud’s Inglis Australian Easter Sale that same year.

Now a dual Group 2 winner with earnings of more than $630,000, Hot Snitzel was bought for $60,000 by Chris and Michael Ward’s Triple Crown Syndications. They also signed for recent debut winner Flying Snitzel (Snitzel) from last year’s Bellerive Stud draft in Melbourne.

On Wednesday, two other Bellerive graduates from the 2011 Melbourne Sale, Snitzerland (you guessed it, she’s by Snitzel too) and Road Trippin’ ( Charge Forward ) ran one-two in the $250,000 Inglis Premier 2YO Stakes at Mornington.

The Bellerive Stud draft for this year’s Melbourne Sale includes five colts by Snitzel, a filly and a colt by Charge Forward and two Redoute’s Choice fillies.

View photos and catalogue pages for all 24 lots in the Bellervie Stud draft here.

Champion sires shine in the second generation

They have 166 stakeswinners and three Australian General Sires’ titles between them, but Redoute’s Choice and Flying Spur are not in the business of laurel-resting.

In their own right, the champion pair have notched up a total of 15 stakeswinners worldwide so far this season, while their sons and daughters ensure they are also making regular second-generation appearances in stakes-winning pedigrees.

Pictured: 3YO Hot Snitzel, left, shows courage and class to defeat Manawanui in today’s ATC Royal Sovereign S. G2. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Their second-generation records received a turbo boost today when Melbourne & Sydney racing supplied each stallion with black type success through a sire son and a broodmare daughter.

Flying Spur is already well-established as a broodmare sire and the $100,000 ATC Canonbury S. 1100m LR winner Raceway (by More Than Ready from Claws) is his 24th stakeswinner in that role.

Redoute’s Choice added his 7th stakeswinner as a damsire when That’s The One (by Snippetson from Chosen) took out the $150,000 VRC C.S. Hayes S. 1410m G3.

Flying Spur’s first season sire sons Casino Prince, Magnus and Shaft are raising his profile as a sire of sires and today Casino Prince posted his first stakeswinner when All Too Hard won the $100,000 VRC Talindert S. 1100m LR. That performance opened a stellar day for his dam Helsinge whose champion daughter Black Caviar later scored her 19th straight victory in the VRC Lightning S. G1.

Not to be out-done, Redoute’s Choice was also represented as a paternal grand-sire when Bellerive Stud graduate Hot Snitzel (by Snitzel from Flames of Paris) downed Group 1 winner Manawanui in the $175,000 ATC Royal Sovereign S. 1200m G2. It was Hot Snitzel’s fifth win from 12 starts and took his earnings to $631,100 – more than ten times his yearling sale price.

Bold stakes debut by Redoute's Choice 2YO

Redoute’s Choice gained a fresh weapon for his attack upon the major Australian 2YO races this autumn when his son Shelford ran a bold debut second in today’s ATC Canonbury S. 1100m LR at Warwick Farm.

Pictured: Shelford, left, responds gamely to Blake Shinn’s urging as he gains black type status at Warwick Farm today. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

The John O’Shea-trained colt pushed the favourite Raceway (from a Flying Spur mare) to a long head and a class record time of 1.03.93, with 1.5 lengths back to third-placed Narcissus.

Shelford was bred by Raffles Dancers (NZ) Pty Ltd from the Group 2-winning mare Taimana, a daughter of Woodman and great-grand-daughter of Eight Carat whose fabulous tribe includes Octagonal, Mouawad, Kaapstad, Commands & Danewin.

A $NZ460,000 O’Shea purchase from the Curraghmore Stud draft at the 2011 New Zealand Premier Sale, Shelford is raced by Arrowfield in partnership with Ron Finemore, John Leaver, the Raffles Thoroughbred Racing Syndicate, Sedgewyn Syndicate, M. Gold & the Rosemont Syndicate.

Redoute’s Choice is the sire of three debut 2YO winners this season, all targeting major autumn prizes: his 26th juvenile stakeswinner Mama’s Choice, Magic Millions runner-up No Looking Back and Don’t Blink (also trained by John O’Shea).

Four fillies and a colt by Redoute’s Choice will be offered at the upcoming Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, among them fillies from Tango Fire and Bianca (NZ) in the Bellerive Stud draft .

Bellerive graduates land 2YO Inglis Premier quinella

“It’s a wonder you didn’t hear us in Sydney!” was Bellerive Stud manager Brian Gorman‘s comment on his staff’s reaction when Snitzerland and Road Trippin’ quinella-ed the $250,000 Inglis Premier 2YO S. at Mornington today.

Pictured: Snitzerland as a yearling – 12 months later she is Snitzel’s 4th and Bellerive Stud’s 2nd 2YO winner for the season. (PHOTO: Katrina Partridge)

In the final stages of preparing this year’s draft for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, Team Bellerive took a break during a parade to watch their 2011 Melbourne Sale graduates repay their purchase prices in less than 72 seconds.

Snitzerland ( Snitzel -Monte Rosa by Fraar) made an impressive debut when second in the VRC Ottawa S. LR at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day and romped home today to score by 4.5 lengths from Road Trippin’ ( Charge Forward -Road To Damascus by Flying Spur ), with 1.5 lengths back to Repousser in third place.

It was the second Inglis bonus race win in the past month for Snitzerland’s trainer Gerald Ryan, following the success of Charge Forward’s 2YO daughter Cavalry Rose at Rosehill on 21 January.

Snitzerland’s jockey Corey Brown said after the race, “She really impressed me today, she has a great turn of foot and the owners are going to have plenty of fun with her.” Those owners are Neil Werrett, also part-owner of a certain champion sprinter going round at present, and Steve McCann, co-owner of another exciting juvenile, Samaready.

Arrowfield-bred Snitzerland was a $125,000 purchase by Darby Bloodstock and less than a year later has earned $163,000.

Brian Gorman says, “She was always a lovely filly, a pleasure to prepare and sell.” She is the fourth 2YO winner by Snitzel this season, after Amorino (sold by Arrowfield at Magic Millions Gold Coast), Sizzling and Flying Snitzel (also a Bellerive graduate of the 2011 Melbourne Sale).

Today’s result has boosted elevated Snitzel from fifth to second position on the Australian 2YO Sires’ list with prizemoney of $576,100. Redoute’s Choice is third, and Charge Forward is eighth on the same table.

Snitzerland’s half-brother by Hussonet (USA) topped last month’s Inglis Sydney Classic Yearling Sale when purchased by Mauro Poletti for $140,000. Their dam Monte Rosa is again in foal to Snitzel.

Road Trippin,’ bred by Arrowfield with John Leaver & Alan Jones, cost his trainer Stephen Theodore $22,500 and, after two placings in three starts, has earned $52,100. His full brother will be offered in the 24-lot Bellerive draft at the 2012 Melbourne Sale which starts on Monday 27 February. Their dam Road to Damascus has a 2011 colt by Manhattan Rain .

Sweet week for Snitzel

On Saturday his 2YO daughter Sweetener became the ninth stakes performer by Snitzel this season when she finished an excellent third in the fillies’ edition of the MRC Blue Diamond Prelude G3.

Pictured: Sweetener, from the immediate family of champion 2YO Arazi and Group 1 winner Noverre, photographed by Katrina Partridge as a yearling at Arrowfield Stud, March 2011.

Sweetener was a $50,000 purchase by trainer Mark Kavanagh from the Arrowfield draft at the 2011 Inglis Australian Easter Sale, and is raced by Mark’s wife Isobel and son Levi. The wryly-named filly (she’s from the Red Ransom mare Negotiate) joins a livewire group of current Snitzel juveniles headed by debut winners Amorino, Flying Snitzel & Sizzling (also stakes-placed) and the debut stakes placegetters No Smoken & Snitzerland.

In South Africa on Sunday Snitzel’s 3YO son Unannounced extended his unbeaten record when winning the Scottsville Marula Sprint – his sixth straight victory for trainer Charles Laird and owners Mr & Mrs Markus Jooste.

And at this evening’s opening session of Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale it took the top price of $240,000 to secure the Snitzel colt from Diamonds and Dust (by Charnwood Forest).

Offered by Oakland Park Stud, the colt was knocked down to local bloodstock agent Damien Wyer who outbid Melbourne-based bloodstock agent Mark Pilkington to buy him.

“He was in our opinion the colt of the sale,” Wyer said afterwards. “He had a great walk, had good x-rays and we were keen to buy him.”

With 66% winners-to-runners, Snitzel is proving to be an outstanding transmitter of his own precocious, high-class speed and is already the sire of 16 stakes performers from three crops of racing age, including the Group 2 winners Hot Snitzel, Salade & Chance Bye.

There are 11 yearlings by Snitzel on offer at the upcoming Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, including 5 colts from Bellerive Stud – which sold Snitzerland and Flying Snitzel a year ago.

Redoute's Choice packs 82 SW, OK!

Champion sire Redoute’s Choice notched up his 82nd lifetime stakeswinner today when Packing Ok saw off a late challenge from Pure Champion to claim the HKJC Centenary Vase 1800m HK-3 at Sha Tin.

Pictured: Packing Ok wins the HKJC Centenary Vase HK-3, becoming the first Hong Kong stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice. (PHOTO: Hong Kong Jockey Club)

It was the fifth win for the 5YO gelding who is trained by John Moore for owner Raymond Lee Man Chun and was ridden by Darren Beadman. Flying Spur ‘s 6YO son Sapelli, already a Hong Kong G3 winner, finished third.

Beadman said of Packing Ok, “He’s always shown a lot of promise; from the first day he arrived here, he always gave the feeling that he’d be a Group horse.”

Moore indicated he would confer with the Lee family about Packing Ok’s immediate campaign, but the Hong Kong Gold Cup HK-1 over 2000 metres on 26 February is a likely target.

Packing Ok has more than a genetic connection to Redoute’s Choice: he was also bred by his sire’s owner-breeder Muzaffar Yaseen, from the multiple stakeswinner Abbadena. Packing Ok was purchased for $480,000 by Magus Equine from the Widden Stud draft at the 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Packing Ok is the 10th stakeswinner worldwide for Redoute’s Choice in 2011/12, after Melbourne Spring Carnival Group winners King’s Rose, Rekindled Interest, Sister Madly & Galah, Dubai Group winner Musir, Sydney Group winner Master of Design, Adelaide stakeswinner War Ends, New Zealand colt Burgundy and exciting 2YO Mama’s Choice.

Abbadena, a daughter of Runyon (by Sadler’s Wells), also has a 3YO full sister to Packing Ok, named Flame of Lanka, a winner in Adelaide this season for Mr Yaseen.

Five yearlings by Redoute’s Choice will be offered at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, among them fillies from Bianca (NZ) and Tango Fire in the Bellerive Stud draft. .

Another successful charge for Cavalry

Debut victories always attract attention, but following up with a second-start win is arguably even more impressive.

Charge Forward ‘s 2YO daughter Cavalry Rose definitely impressed on a slow track at Rosehill today, holding out the smart trio of Jade Marauder, The Broken Shore & Tatra to post her second win from two starts. Her earnings, boosted by an Inglis bonus for her first win on 21 January, now total a handsome $216,500.

Pictured: Cavalry Rose’s speed and determination gets her home at Rosehill today, from Jade Marauder and Redoute’s Choice’s half-sister The Broken Shore (by Hussonet). (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Bred by Grant Briscoe from Alberton Rose (by Danske), Cavalry Rose was an $85,000 purchase from the 2011 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale by Chris & Michael Ward’s Triple Crown Syndications. She is trained by Gerald Ryan who has enjoyed so much success with the progeny of Charge Forward’s barn-mate Snitzel.

As Ryan noted after the race, “She has beaten the colts twice with close enough to 57kg on her back and she is getting the job done. She is a nice filly.

“Mentally she has improvement…but fitness wise she is there. She has done a huge job this prep and we will sit back and reassess with her and we will let her tell us in the next 72 hours as to where we go with her. We might give her a three week break or we might keep going with her,” he said.

The sources of Cavalry Rose’s early running talent are not difficult to find. She is from a precocious New Zealand family by a stallion who displayed and now transmits an abundance of high-class juvenile speed. Four of Charge Forward’s six stakeswinners have won black type races at two: Headway, Shrapnel, Solar Charged and Fort Lincoln.

Nine yearlings by Charge Forward will be offered at the upcoming Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, including a colt from Road to Damascus (by Flying Spur) in the Bellerive Stud draft, here.