Stakes-winning Belle heads starry day for young sire

Arrowfield’s brilliant young sire Starcraft was represented by three stakes performers today, including his 11th stakeswinner.

After nine Group & Listed Stakes placings from 11 starts, 3YO filly Hallowell Belle finally shrugged off the title of black type bridesmaid when she took out the $100,000 ATC Darby Munro S. 1200m LR at Rosehill.

Pictured: Hallowell Belle achieves well-deserved stakes-winning status at Rosehill today. (PHOTO: Sportpix).

It was a staunch effort from barrier 14, which left Hallowell Belle three wide as the field entered the straight and she joined battle with Altar and African Pulse. The chestnut filly showed plenty of fight to win by a neck from Altar and the late-finishing Ever the Same in class record time of 1.10.7.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse said, “She certainly did do it tough. She dropped back in the early part of the race, but I liked the way Tommy Berry just settled her, he did not panic and let her find her feet. She cruised to the lead in the straight and I thought it was over Rover.”

Hallowell Belle is Starcraft’s third stakeswinner this season after Celebrity Girl and Perfect Punch. Bred from the Beautiful Crown mare Bella Inez by Saconi Thoroughbreds she was purchased for $170,000 by Star Thoroughbreds from the Three Bridges draft at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Hallowell Belle has now returned more than $500,000 for her owners Craig Thompson of Mt Hallowell Stud in Western Australia, and David Walpole. It was a wonderful day for Mt Hallowell Stud, which also won the WATC Karrakatta Plate G2 with Luke’s Luck.

In Sydney, 4YO mare Crafty Irna very nearly completed a stakes double for Starcraft when she ran second in the $125,000 ATC Epona S. 1900m G3, beaten a length by Fibrillation, again in class record time. Crafty Irna, winner of the ATC Adrian Knox S. G3 last season, has now added three Group placings to her record in 2011/12.

Four hours after that, 3YO filly The Social Network extended Starcraft’s tally of Australasian stakes performers to 16 when she found only Pop Culture too good for her in the $250,000 Western Australian Oaks 2400m G3.

The Social Network, from the Woodman mare Femme D’Affaire, is raced in partnership by her breeder Geisel Park and trained by Lindsay Smith who purchased her for $60,000 at the 2010 Magic Millions Perth Sale.

Starcraft, sire of dual Group 1 winners Star Witness and We Can Say It Now, has 9 yearlings in the 2012 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, including three fillies and a colt in the Arrowfield draft .

Group 2 quinella for Arrowfield Easter graduates

Arrowfield Stud added a new name to its roll of stakes-winning Easter Sale graduates when David Paradice‘s 3YO filly Colorado Claire staunchly held off the boys in today’s $175,000 ATC Phar Lap S. 1500m G2 at Rosehill.

Pictured: Colorado Claire & James McDonald power home in today’s ATC Phar Lap S. G2, defeating the fast-finishing Rekindled Alliance by a short neck. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Colorado Claire was purchased for $220,000 by Bill Mitchell from the Arrowfield draft at the 2010 Easter Sale. She is the second Hussonet filly bred & sold by the Arrowfield/John Leaver partnership to achieve stakes-winning status in the past 8 days, after Rose of Peace won the Wenona Girl Quality LR at Randwick last Saturday.

Colorado Claire, now the winner of five of her seven starts and $226,050, is also the 81st stakeswinner by her champion sire, purchased in 2003 by Arrowfield where he stood until his transfer last year to South Australia’s Cornerstone Stud.

Hussonet is enjoying a terrific 2011/12 season with five stakeswinners in Australia, and has seven quality yearlings in the 2012 Easter catalogue. Five of them are in the Arrowfield draft , including a brother to Group 1 winner Reaan, a close relative of champion Weekend Hussler and the first son of champion filly Miss Finland.

Colorado Claire is the 27th stakeswinner out of a Flying Spur mare, in this case Lunaspur, herself a dual black type winner, from the family of champion French sire Linamix. Lunaspur has a weanling colt by Manhattan Rain .

That wasn’t the end of Arrowfield’s involvement in the Phar Lap result. Runner-up Rekindled Alliance (by Redoute’s Choice ) is also an Easter Sale graduate, from the draft of associate farm Bellerive Stud, and carries the Arrowfield silks, while third-placed Wild and Proud, already a Group 2 winner, is from the Arrowfield-bred mare Blab. And yes, she’s by Flying Spur.

Arrowfield’s Easter Sale graduates since 2005 include Group 1 winners Alverta, Forensics, Inspiration, Mentality, Miss Finland & Reaan, and other Group winners Beneteau, El Daana, Master of Design, Mirrasalo, Sabrage & Shaaheq.

The 32-lot Arrowfield Easter 2012 draft can be viewed here – photographs and videos now online.

Redoute's Choice posts 85th stakeswinner

New Zealand breeders Peter & Philip Vela supplied champion sire Redoute’s Choice with a second new stakeswinner this season when 4YO mare Papilio carried their famous blue and white colours to success in today’s South Island Thoroughbred Breeders’ S. LR.

Pictured: Of the 47 runners bred on the Redoute’s Choice/Zabeel cross, ten are stakes performers, most notably this glorious filly, Samantha Miss, seen here winning the 2008 VRC Oaks G1. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

She is the 85th lifetime stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice and his 13th worldwide this season. Stakeswinner No. 80 was the Vela-bred 3YO colt Burgundy, who recorded his second black type win earlier this month.

Like Burgundy and yesterday’s 2YO debut winner Pure Eelegance , Papilio is from a Zabeel mare.

Her dam Lafleur was a two-time Group 2 winnner in New Zealand and has previously left G3 winner Amaryllis to Red Ransom. Papilio’s third dam is the great European sprinter Habibti, whose half-sister Eight Carat established the antipodean dynasty famous for Octagonal, Kaapstad, Diamond Lover, Tristalove, Danewin & Commands among a host of major performers, successful sires and wonderful broodmares.

Of the 43 Redoute’s Choice yearlings catalogued for the 2012 Inglis Easter Sale, only two are from Zabeel mares, and both are sure to be kept busy in pre-sale inspections. They are Willow Park‘s colts from Millyet and her sister Pravda, making them the brother and what used to be called the brother-in-blood to champion filly Samantha Miss.

Sydney campaign for star Queensland 2YO

“Wow, what a buzz, it was our most exciting win in racing in the past decade!” That was part-owner Paul Maguire‘s reaction after talented Queensland 2YO Doubtfilly scored her fourth win from six starts last Saturday.

Pictured: Doubtfilly as a yearling, offered by Twin Peaks at the 2011 Magic Millions QTIS 600 Sale and purchased by Darby Bloodstock for $17,500. (PHOTO: Magic Millions)

The daughter of Not A Single Doubt cruised home in the $250,000 GCTC QTIS 600 2YO Plate, beating the good filly Snipzu by more than five lengths. It was a performance that justified Paul’s proud description of Doubtfilly as “a little-big horse, very tough and very talented, close to being the best 2YO in Queensland.”

Her latest effort confirmed a trip to Sydney where she will contest the ATC Magic Night S. 1200m G2 on 31 March. Paul reports that Doubtfilly has settled in well at Rosehill where she worked well this morning. All options for her, including a possible tilt at the Golden Slipper, will be reviewed after next Saturday.

Bred and sold by Twin Peaks for $17,500 at last year’s Magic Millions QTIS 600 Yearling Sale, Doubtfilly has earned just over $315,000 since her debut win at Townsville in November. Her dam Aussie Enchantee (by Alhaarth) is a winning daughter of the imported Woodman mare Andromaque, who won five races in France and England, including the Longchamp Prix de l’Opera G2, but left nothing of that class at stud in either Europe or Australia.

Paul says, “You’d have to say that Not A Single Doubt appears to be the dominant factor in Doubtfilly’s pedigree.”

Paul races Doubtfilly with a group that includes Russell Collins, Hayley Wheeler, Mark Sleeman, Paul Ingerman, the Cook family, and leading Mackay trainer Stuart Kendrick who selected Doubtfilly as a yearling.

Paul, who grew up riding a horse to school, has bred and raced horses for more than 20 years and is the patron of the Mackay Turf Club. With business interests in property, transport & resource services, he says, “Bloodstock is our equal fourth investment activity – but it’s the one we’re most passionate about!”

He breeds from ten mares and has also enjoyed success with Not A Single Doubt as a vendor, selling a colt for $90,000 in 2010, and a filly from Academy Angel for $130,000 at this year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Paul describes the filly’s sale as “our best-ever commercial result.”

Earlier this week he was back at the Magic Millions QTIS Sale, this time as vendor of Lot 225, a filly knocked down to Neil Godbolt for $50,000. And yes, she too is by Not A Single Doubt.

2YO Redoute's Choice filly impressive on debut

Waipukurau in New Zealand on a Friday is a long way from a major meeting, but star Kiwi jockey James McDonald on a royally-bred, trial-winning 2YO filly was enough to attract strong betting support for Pure Elegance today.

Peter & Phillip Vela‘s home-bred daughter of Redoute’s Choice and Our Echezeaux (by Zabeel) faced only three opponents in the 1200m juvenile maiden, but she could hardly have been more impressive, romping away to win by 5.5 lengths.

Pictured: Just one of Pure Elegance’s illustrious relatives, Ethereal, winner of the 2001 Caulfield & Melbourne Cups, and the 2002 Tancred S. G1. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Pure Elegance is the latest winner from one of New Zealand’s prime female families. Her dam is a winning sister of G1 winner Grand Echezeaux, dam of New Zealand champion and now Group One sire Darci Brahma (by Danehill) and this season’s dual-stakeswinning colt Burgundy, also by Redoute’s Choice.

Travel a little further down the pedigree page, and up come the names of multiple Group winner Romanee Conti, her champion daughter Ethereal and the fine Group 2-winning racemare Bellini Rose.

Then there is the well-recognised affinity between Redoute’s Choice and mares by sons of Sir Tristram, a nick responsible for 12 stakeswinners, including Group 1 winners Samantha Miss, Melito and Allez Wonder, from 109 named foals.

Redoute’s Choice has now had four 2Yo winners this season and the omens are encouraging for Pure Elegance because the other three – stakeswinner Mama’s Choice, Group 1-placed No Looking Back and stakes-placed Shelford – have already earned black type. Even more encouraging is Redoute’s Choice’s outstanding record as a sire of 26 juvenile stakeswinners, seven of them at Group 1 level.

Redoute’s Choice’s 43 yearlings in the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale are from some of the very best mares in the Australian & New Zealand Stud Books. Arrowfield is proud to be offering six of them, here.

Fifth century of winners for Redoute's Choice

Champion sire Redoute’s Choice broke through the 100-winner barrier for the fifth time when Stellar Vinia coasted home at Balaklava on Wednesday. Stellar Vinia (3f Redoute’s Choice-Calvinia by Varick) scored by four lengths in a maiden event over 1400 metres. The filly is trained by Tony McEvoy for her well-known owner-breeders John & Deb Camilleri of Fairway Thoroughbreds. Pictured: Haut Ton took Redoute’s Choice’s number of winners this season to 101.* (PHOTO: Sportpix) Redoute’s Choice went on to increase his winner count to 101 when Sheikh Mohammed’s lovely filly Haut Ton claimed her second career win, and her first of 2011/12, in the lucky last at Newcastle. Sandwiched between those results was Privately who won his third race this season at Sandown. The Peter Moody-trained entire won on debut at Ballarat in April 2011 and returned earlier this season to compete a provincial hat-trick at Echuca and Bendigo. “He was a bit backward as a young horse so the owners had to be patient,” Moody said. “He’s got the potential to win a nice race but I think he’s got to go through his grades first.” Bred by the late Phillip Esplin, Privately is the first foal of the Gai Waterhouse-trained filly Secret Land, a Listed winner of the AJC Widden Stakes at Randwick and Illawarra Classic at Kembla Grange. Redoute’s Choice broke through for his first century of winners (101) in 2006/07 with five crops of racing age. The EI outbreak trimmed his tally to 73 the following season, but he hasn’t looked back since then with 121 (2008/09), 138 (2009/10) and 123 (2010/11). Redoute’s Choice has headed the Easter Sale sires’ averages every year since 2005 and has an outstanding draft of 43 yearlings catalogued for this year’s including a sister to Stellar Vinia and, in the Arrowfield draft , three colts and three fillies.

Stakes double for Arrowfield sale graduates

Arrowfield yearling sale graduates Rose of Peace and Werd – both by former Arrowfield sire Hussonet from Danehill mares – completed a notable two-state stakes double within 20 minutes today.

First up was 4YO mare Rose of Peace (ex Rose O’ War by Danehill), who surprised her owners and punters alike when winning the $100,000 ATC Wenona Girl Quality 1200m LR at Randwick from Quidnunc and Alberton Park. It was only her second win, but her 10-start 3YO record did give some clues to her ability.

Pictured: Rose of Peace the Easter Sale yearling, sold by Arrowfield in 2009. (PHOTO: Inglis/Arrowfield)

Rose of Peace was 4th in Bazilian Pulse’s VRC Wakeful S. G2 and 3rd in Parables’ ATC Surround S. G2, beaten less than two lengths in both races. Furthermore, her first win in February last year was at her campaign debut, which indicated to trainer Gary Portelli she may perform best when fresh. So it proved today, at her first start since 21 January.

Rose of Peace was bred by Arrowfield in partnership with John Leaver and sold at the 2009 Inglis Australian Easter Sale for $170,000 to Martin Byrne Bloodstock. She is raced by the Doyles Breeding & Racing Syndicate and is the first stakeswinner for her Group-winning dam, who also has a 3YO Hussonet filly named Roses in Spring, a 2YO More Than Ready filly named I’m Wicked and a yearling colt by Starcraft.

The spotlight then shifted to Western Australia where the very consistent sprinter Werd broke through for his first black type victory in the $80,000 WATC Stakes 1100m LR – setting a new race record of 1.04.77.

The son of Hussonet and Messenger Miss (a three-quarter sister to Green Desert) now has a record of 10 wins and 14 placings, five at Listed level or better, from 39 starts, and prizemoney of just over $500,000. Bred by the partnership of Arrowfield and Gainsborough Stud, Werd was purchased for $360,000 by Tim Stakemire from the Arrowfield draft at the 2006 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Werd and Rose of Peace take champion sire Hussonet’s season tally of Australian stakeswinners to four, and his lifetime tally to 80, including 28 Group 1 winners – more than any other active Australian sire.

Hussonet is represented by 7 choice lots at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Sale, among them five colts offered by Arrowfield . They include the first yearling offered for sale from champion filly Miss Finland, the full brother to Blue Diamond S. G1 winner Reaan and a colt from dual Group 1 winner Hollow Bullet.

Hussonet now stands at Cornerstone Stud in South Australia.

Redoute's Choice marks Randwick return with 84th stakeswinner

Champion sire Redoute’s Choice celebrated the St Patrick’s day return to Sydney racing’s headquarters with his 84th stakeswinner, Maules Creek, who drove home along the rail to win the $100,000 ATC Turnpoint Randwick City Quality 2000m LR.

Pictured: Maules Creek as an early 3YO. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

It was the 4YO gelding’s fourth win in an 11-start career that has been patiently directed by trainer John Thompson and owner Nathan Tinkler who have been rewarded with two wins and three placings from six city starts this campaign. Today was only the second time Maules Creek has appeared in black type company, following his last-start third in the ATC Parramatta Cup LR on 3 March.

“He has been knocking on the door,” Thompson said. “To be honest, I don’t think he handles the wet but he seemed to battle his way through it today. I contemplated scratching him, so in hindsight I am happy.”

Maules Creek was purchased for $400,000 by Patinack Farm from the Tyreel Stud draft at the 2009 Inglis Australian Easter Sale. It’s fitting that his first stakes win should come on New Zealand Oaks day, because that’s the race his classy mother Bramble Rose (by Shinko King) won in 2003.

This is the family of the outstanding New Zealand weight-for-age performer The Filbert who won at Group 1 level, but is perhaps best remembered for his third placings in the legendary 1986 Cox Plate, and the 1985 Japan Cup.

Maules Creek is the ninth Australian stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice this season, and his 12th stakeswinner worldwide in 2011/12.

Redoute’s Choice has a mouth-watering draft of 43 yearlings catalogued for the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Sale, including three colts and three fillies consigned by Arrowfield .

New stakeswinner for Redoute's Choice son

Redoute’s Choice already has nine stakes-siring sons and three of them can also claim international Group 1 sire status: Stratum (sire of Crystal Lily & Streama), Bradbury’s Luck (Luckygray) and Duelled (Shootoff). A fourth son, Not A Single Doubt includes the Singapore Group 1 winner Always Certain among his eight stakeswinners.

Pictured: Classy 3YO Duelled, now one of Redoute’s Choice’s nine stakes-siring sons. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Today Duelled added a new stakeswinner to his record when 4YO Guns at Five (ex Accidentallyinlove by Cape Cross) made a powerful late run to win the WTC New Zealand St Leger 2500m LR at Trentham.

Duelled, himself a Group 2 winner and second in Benicio’s Victoria Derby G1, also supplied the third placegetter Endor.

At it happens, Guns at Five is descended from another St Leger winner, the fine racemare Chaleyer, winner of the AJC St Leger G2, and thrice-placed at Group 1 level, in the Sydney Cup, VRC Oaks and Canterbury Guineas. Her non-winning daughters have produced three Group winners: Marrok, Appeal Process & Sworn To Secrecy. Her grand-daughter Accidentallyinlove also failed to win, but has extended the family’s black type record with her first foal to race.

Ashokan highlights value of Flying Spur fillies

If racing potential and residual value are the twin mantras of premier yearling buyers, the ten Flying Spur fillies in the 2012 Easter Sale catalogue must be high on their list.

Flying Spur’s lifetime record of seven per cent SW/runners is hard to match and just over half of his 84 stakeswinners are fillies, headed by Group 1 winners Forensics, Alverta, Juanmo, Sleek Chassis and All Time High.

Pictured: Bloodstock agent James Harron & trainer John O’Shea celebrate Ashokan’s Group 3 victory at Randwick this afternoon. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

And today’s ATC Skyline S. G3 quinella by Ashokan and Raceway adds to the abundant evidence that Flying Spur fillies are also making outstanding broodmares.

The John O’Shea-trained Ashokan is the 26th stakeswinner from a Flying Spur mare, in this case November Flight whose 7 wins included the ATC Millie Fox S. G3.

Bred by Hobartville Stud and offered under the Kitchwin Hills banner at last year’s Easter Sale, Ashokan was sold for $810,000 to bloodstock agent James Harron for his clients Dr Edmund & Belinda Bateman. The Batemans have also enjoyed Group success with Foxwedge and Flying Spur’s daughter Satin Shoes – both purchased by Harron from the 2010 Easter Sale.

Also an Easter Sale graduate and winner of last month’s ATC Canonbury S. LR, Raceway was bred by Corumbene Stud from the non-winner Claws and purchased by Star Thoroughbreds for $150,000.

Ashokan and Raceway are among the six stakeswinners from only 32 runners bred on the More Than Ready/Flying Spur cross, a list headed by 2008 Golden Slipper G1 winner Sebring.

Interestingly, Flying Spur and his relative Encosta de Lago are the only two sires in Australia holding top 20 positions on both the General & Broodmare Sires’ tables.

Check out the Arrowfield draft for the 2012 Easter Yearling Sale – it includes four Flying Spur fillies, the Encosta de Lago filly from Sara’s Choice and two yearlings from Flying Spur mares, Lots 295 and 363.