Snitzel 3YO scores Sydney stakes win

Things didn’t go to plan for Snitzel ‘s son Malavio in the $100,000 ATC Civic S. 1400m LR at Rosehill today, which made his two-and-a-quarter length victory all the more impressive.

Pictured: Jockey Nathan Berry was certainly impressed by Malavio’s withering finish in the gelding’s first black type start. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Trainer Steve Englebrecht did not expect to see the 3YO gelding in last place on the turn, but Malavio’s powerful finish down the outside delivered the desired result.

Malavio is the 19th individual stakes performer, and 6th stakeswinner in what has been an outstanding season for Snitzel. The brilliant son of Redoute’s Choice heads the Australian 3rd Season Sires’ list and holds 9th position on the General Sires’ list with $5.3 million prizemoney. He has a career tally of nine stakeswinners and earlier this month posted his first Group 1 winner, the high-class 2YO colt Sizzling.

From the city-winning mare Win Here Win There (by Dehere), Malavio is raced by his breeder Ottavio Galletta and trained by Steve Englebrecht, who said after the race, “He has kept improving from day one, he is a really nice horse.”

Malavio has now won six of his 14 starts and more than $200,000 and is the first winner from his his dam’s three named foals. Win Here Win There is due to foal again to Snitzel in September.

Snitzel stands at a 2012 fee of $33,000 (inc. GST).

Not A Single Doubt 2YO blasts home at Kranji

A day after Isabella Snowflake‘s debut win at Flemington came yet another strong jvenile winner for Not A Single Doubt , this time at Kranji in Singapore.

Starting over 1400 metres in the Dreyfuss 2004 Stakes Initiation, 2YO gelding Sonic Blast travelled kindly in sixth position on the rail, before pulling out on the turn and making the lead 200 metres from the finish. War Time pressed him hard in the closing stages, but Sonic Blast proved a touch too strong.

From the Secret Savings mare Klairity, Sonic Blast (not to be confused with the Charge Forward 3YO with the same name) is descended from a half-sister to champion English sprinter Habibti and champion broodmare Eight Carat. Purchased for just $7500 from the 2011 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale, he is Not A Single Doubt’s 12th 2YO winner this season.

Not A Single Doubt sits comfortably inside the top 10 on the Australian 2YO Sires’ list with just over $1 million prizemoney, and has compiled a total of 15 worldwide stakes performers (seven 2YOs) in 2011/12.

The son of Redoute’s Choice stands at Arrowfield in 2012 at a fee of $24,750 inc. GST.

Dashing debut by Not A Single Doubt 2YO

Debutante Isabella Snowflake gave her sire Not A Single Doubt his 10th individual 2YO winner in Australia this season when she dashed to a 3.25 length victory over 1000 metres at Flemington today.

Pictured: Isabella Snowflake shows a clean pair of heels to her rivals at Flemington today. (PHOTO: Courtesy of ANZ Bloodstock News)

It was an effort that certainly impressed jockey Craig Newitt, as reported by Matthew Toogood.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve come to the races that confident about one. She’s pretty good. Well above average.

“She’s just a little professional. She jumped on the bunny. She sat in the middle of the track which isn’t easy to do for a two-year-old and she was never going to get beaten.”

Trainer Mick Price indicated that Isabella Snowflake will race on to the end of the season and aim at the early 3YO fillies’ stakes races. She has already opened her bank account with a healthy deposit of $42,700 prizemoney plus a $23,000 SuperVOBIS bonus.

A powerfully made type, Isabella Snowflake is out of the winning Strategic mare Tiamo Baby, from the family of multiple Melbourne Group winner Vonanne.

Not A Single Doubt’s 15 stakes performers in 2011/12 include seven 2YOs: the stakeswinners Single Style & Cheyenne Warrior and stakes-placed Dominant, Princeton Miss, Substation, Tennessee Wills and Lionize (in South Africa).

Not A Single Doubt is 6th on the Australian 2YO Sires’ list and Isabella Snowflake’s win takes his season earnings on that table beyond the $1 million mark. The brilliant son of Redoute’s Choice stands in 2012 at a fee of $24,750 inc. GST.

Champion sires defy labels

One of the characteristics of champion sires is their ability to defy labels and confound expectations.

So, just as the description “dominant sire of sires” settles on Redoute’s Choice , his daughters leave a string of stakeswinners -ten in total and six of them this season, including 2YOs Hussousa, Luke’s Luck and Affable.

Pictured: Flying Spur’s strapping 2YO paternal grandson All Too Hard wins the Talindert S. LR at Flemington. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Similarly, Flying Spur ‘s reputation as an outstanding broodmare sire – of 30 stakeswinners, most recently Gai’s Choice at Ipswich last Saturday – now demands amendment to include his sire sons.

Casino Prince heads the Australian 1st Season Sires’ list thanks to Black Caviar’s Group-winning half-brother All Too Hard, six other winners and the stakes placegetters Strength and Trophies.

Magnus has also made a good start to his career with a New Zealand stakeswinner Platinum Kingdom, and three stakes performers, How Swede It Is, Imprimis and Magnus Reign in Australia. Ditto Shaft, sire of Group 1-placed New Zealand stakeswinner Magic Shaft and three other winners this season.

And let’s not forget Flying Spur’s third-crop sire son Jet Spur, represented by a trio of progressive 2YO winners in Queensland at the weekend: Caldetes, Shamrock Slipper and Parsnips.

It is not surprising that Flying Spur and Redoute’s Choice are exerting their powerful genetic influence through both sons and daughters, because their own records are remarkably gender-balanced.

Redoute’s Choice has 44 stakes-winning colts, and 45 stakes-winning fillies, with his 21 Group 1 winners split 12-nine in favour of the girls’ team. Flying Spur’s 86 stakeswinners comprise 41 colts and 45 fillies, and seven of his 12 Group 1 winners are male. This season alone they have recorded 25 stakeswinners between them: 13 colts & geldings, 12 fillies & mares.

Flying Spur stands in 2012 at a fee of $33,000 inc. GST; Redoute’s Choice’s fee is $137,500 inc. GST.

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Arrowfield ready to cheer for Ortensia

The cheers of the many Australians at Royal Ascot will be matched in the Hunter Valley if brilliant sprinter Ortensia wins on the meeting’s opening day.

Pictured: Paul Messara’s latest star Ortensia & her regular track rider Leah Gavranich in full flight during trackwork at Newmarket on Wednesday 13 June. (PHOTO: courtesy of Leah Gavranich)

Along with almost 1300 other Followers, Arrowfield Stud has naturally been tracking the progress of brilliant sprinter Ortensia towards tomorrow’s Royal Ascot King’s Stand S. G1 on her trainer Paul Messara’sTwitter feed .

Paul has regularly posted engaging videos of Ortensia’s trackwork in the glorious setting of Newmarket – click here to view the latest video , of her final gallop before Royal Ascot.

It has been quite a journey for the 6YO mare, Paul and his stable team, her owners Alistair Fraser, Emma Ridley & Annie Fraser, and her devoted attendant Leah Gavranich, from the Arrowfield Training Centre near Scone, to a bid for three Group 1 victories in three countries, in consecutive starts.

The King’s Stand has an intriguing history, beginning with bad weather at the 1860 Royal Ascot meeting. That year only five furlongs of the two-mile course used for the Royal Stand Plate was raceable, so the name was amended to the Queen’s Stand Plate and won, rather appropriately, by Queen of the Vale. The race was then contested at its new distance each year until the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, when it was re-named the King’s Stand Stakes. The name has stuck through the reigns of Edward VII, George V & George VI, through to 2012, the Diamond Jubilee year of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.

The race was awarded Group 1 status in 1973, and won during the 1970s and 1980s by horses such as Marwell, Habibti, Godswalk and Last Tycoon, but was downgraded to Group 2 level in 1988. The number of top-class international sprinters contesting the race over the past decade has helped to restore its prestige and in 2008 the King’s Stand regained its Group 1 designation.

Four Australian-bred sprinters have won the race since 2002: Choisir (2003), Takeover Target (2006), Miss Andretti (2007) and Scenic Blast (2009).

Paul Messara made his first trip to Royal Ascot in 2010 with Flying Spur ‘s daughter Alverta, who travelled poorly, and was unplaced in the Golden Jubilee Stakes. However, in Paul & Leah’s care, she recovered well enough to run a magnificent fighting third three weeks later in the Newmarket July Cup G1. Alverta retired a year ago and is due to deliver her first foal by Charge Forward this spring.

Glogirl, Ortensia’s half-sister by General Nediym, was also among the mares visiting Arrowfield stallions in 2011. She was sent by her owner Robert Anderson to Not A Single Doubt .

Bred by Len Rhodes, at his Riverdene Stud near Corowa in southwestern New South Wales, Ortensia was purchased for $50,000 by agent Steve Brem at the 2007 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. By Redoute’s Choice’s great racing rival Testa Rossa, she is from Aerate’s Pick, an unraced sibling of Group 3 winners Intelligent Star and Blaze the Turf. This is the extended family of champion 2YO Bint Marscay and Group 1 winners Benicio, Filante, Kenny’s Best Pal & Stella Cadente.

All fingers remain tightly crossed, but as the videos show, Ortensia is in first-class shape for her Royal Ascot assignment, to be shown live on TVN and Sky Racing World at 12.05 am Australian time on Wednesday 20 June.

2YO Redoute's Choice colt wins on debut

2YO colt Rawnaq made it four impressive winners by Redoute’s Choice in three days with a handsome debut defeat of older horses over 1200 metres at Wagga this afternoon.

Pictured: The yearling Rawnaq, now his champion sire’s ninth Australian 2YO winner for the 2011/12 season. (PHOTO: Willow Park/Inglis)

It was a performance particularly appreciated by Arrowfield, because Rawnaq was bred by former Arrowfield director the late Philip Esplin, from the Group 2-winning Zabeel mare Winning Belle.

Offered by Willow Park at the 2011 Inglis Easter Sale, Rawnaq was purchased for $700,000 by Shadwell Stud and is trained by David Hayes. Rawnaq is a brother to Group 1-placed winner Light Brigade and his win followed this week’s successes by another 2YO son of Redoute’s Choice, Sheer Talent, and the fillies 2YO Honorine and 3YO Aliberani.

2YO Redoute’s Choice colt Sergeant At Arms, also from a Zabeel mare, this time the outstanding Group 1 winner Champagne, narrowly missed giving Redoute’s Choice a juvenile double today when he finished a short half-head second on debut at Geelong.

With a lifetime SW/runners strike rate of better than 11%, Redoute’s Choice stands at a 2012 fee of $137,500 inc. GST.

New Redoute's Choice talent emerges

One measure of a champion sire’s quality is his ability to keep producing fresh talent, in every season of every year. It’s a test that Redoute’s Choice keeps passing, most recently with three smart winners in Australia and South Africa.

Pictured: 2YO Redoute’s Choice filly Honorine scores for the second time in South Africa. (PHOTO: Mike de Kock Racing)

3YO filly Aliberani was first out of the blocks yesterday when scoring her first metropolitan success over 1600 metres at Sandown for owner Gary Pfeiler’s Sunlands Produce Pty Ltd. It was Aliberani’s second win and fifth cheque in five starts from the stable of Peter Moody whose representative Tom Brideoake said afterwards, “She’s always been a really nice type and it’s super to get that city win for her and there will be better wins ahead.”

The Tyreel Stud-bred Aliberani is from African Rain, a Woodman daughter of Group 1 winner Savana City, and was purchased for $250,000 at the 2010 Inglis Easter Sale by Belmont Bloodstock.

Next up was 2YO Arrowfield-bred filly Honorine, who made it two from two in a 1000-metre sprint against older fillies & mares at Clairwood for trainer Mike de Kock & owner Mary Slack’s Wilgerbosdrift Stud.

Honorine was an $80,000 purchase for Form Bloodstock from the Bellerive Stud draft at the 2011 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale and is the second winner for Zaldivar, a half-sister to five stakeswinners including Daralinsha and Gentle Genius, from the family of multiple Group I winner Darjina.

Form Bloodstock returned to the Bellerive draft at this year’s Melbourne Sale to buy Honorine’s half-sister by Hussonet (USA) for $70,000. Zaldivar has a weanling filly by Hussonet (USA) and is carrying a three-quarter sibling to Honorine, by Redoute’s Choice’s high-class son Beneteau .

Then, back in Australia, Mark Kavanagh unveiled what might prove to be an aptly named 2YO colt in Sheer Talent who won his second start in stylish fashion at Seymour today.

A $350,000 purchase from the Baramul Stud draft at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, Sheer Talent’s ownerrs include his breeder Gerry Harvey. The colt is a brother to Group 3 winner Kittens, from the Barathea mare St Katherine, a half-sister to Group 1 winners Fraternity, Telesto and Bonanova, from the family of the great broodmare Eight Carat. St Katherine also has a yearling filly by Redoute’s Choice.

Redoute’s Choice, currently second on the Australian General Sires’ list with just over $8 million and 12 stakeswinners, stands in 2012 at a fee of $137,500 inc. GST.

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Not A Single Doubt's latest stakes performer

Three stakes performers made it a good weekend for Not A Single Doubt in what’s been an excellent year for his progeny. However, he obviously noted the Queen’s Birthday holiday and threw in number four, 2YO Substation, third in this afternoon’s $100,000 BRC Dalrello S. 1200m LR at Doomben.

That makes a total of 15 stakes performers for the 2011/12 season to date – seven of them 2YOs, without including his major juvenile earner Doubtfilly, a terrific fourth in the Golden Slipper G1. Not A Single Doubt has now nudged ahead of General Nediym into 6th place on the Australian 2YO Sires’ list with prizemoney of $943,695.

Substation, who won his debut in February, was bred by Arrowfield in partnership with John Leaver, and sold by Arrowfield for $15,000 at the 2010 Inglis June Weanling Sale, before his re-sale as a yearling to trainer Tracy Green.

Substation’s dam Princess Shorna (by Last Tycoon), also the dam of stakeswinner Hidden Wonder (by Danzero) and Group-placed winner Strong Choice (by Redoute’s Choice ), was retired after foaling a Snitzel filly in 2010.

Not A Single Doubt stands in 2012 at a fee of $24,750 inc. GST.

Group 1 performer for Not A Single Doubt

Champion South African trainer Mike Bass produced Not A Single Doubt ‘s son Castlethorpe to run a fine second in the Clairwood Rising Sun Gold Challenge 1600m G1, held this evening Australian time.

Pictured: Castlethorpe winning at Clairwood on 13 May, his second run in his latest campaign. (PHOTO: Mike Bass Racing)

The 4YO gelding settled second in the small field during the race, and kicked gamely to hold his position as the favourite Variety Club swept to victory.

Already a Group 3 winner, Castlethorpe began his current campaign in March, winning the Fairview East Cape Sprint Cup LR, and again at Clairwood on 13 May before finishing sixth in the Scottsville Golden Horse Casino Sprint G1.

Castlethorpe’s dam Park Heiress, a Sadler’s Wells three-quarter-sister to champion European colt New Approach, was sold in foal to Not A Single Doubt by Bellerive Stud at the 2007 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. The buyer at $38,000 was Belmont Bloodstock, acting for breeder Frank Meduri on whose behalf Blue Gum Farm then sold the resulting colt for $50,000 to Mike Bass at the 2009 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Castlethorpe is bred on the same cross as Not A Single Doubt’s 2YO stakeswinner Single Spice (from a Galileo mare), Group-placed 3YO son Spirited Eagle (from a Carnegie mare) and stakes-placed 2YO Dominant (from a Montjeu mare).

Not A Single Doubt’s only other South African runner, 2YO colt Lionize (ex Arthur’s Lass by Unduplicated) was second in the Gatecrasher S. LR on the same card. Lionize, a $100,000 purchase from the 2011 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale,broke his maiden in April and was fourth in a Group 2 event at Scottsville last month.

But wait, there’s more! Not A Single Doubt’s consistent Western Australian-based son Cavallo Pazzo ran third in today’s $125,000 WATC Belmont Sprint H. 1400m G3. He has won or placed in eight of his 10 starts this season, and his earnings now approach $300,000.

Interestingly, Cavallo Pazzo is from Annuity, a winning half-sister to Group 1 winner Aragen, by Rory’s Jester – the damsire of Not A Single Doubt.

Not A Single Doubt is now the sire of 24 stakes performers, no fewer than 14 of them earning black type this season, most notably the flying filly Karuta Queen, Singapore Group 1 winner Always Certain and six 2YOs.

Not A Single Doubt stands in 2012 at a fee of $24,750 inc. GST.