Snitzel & dad sign off on stunning season

Arrowfield’s sensational father-and-son act, Redoute’s Choice and Snitzel , signed off on an outstanding 2011/12 season with three smart 3YO city winners between them on Saturday. Two of them were bred by the Arrowleave Joint Venture, Arrowfield’s partnership with long-time client & friend of the Stud, John Leaver.

Pictured: The Chris Waller-trained Arrowfield graduate She’s Clean wins at Warwick Farm on Saturday. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Redoute’s Choice fillies She’s Clean and Bonaria scored handsome victories at Warwick Farm & Caulfield respectively, while Snitzel’s promising son I Get Around showed plenty of grit to post his fourth straight win and first city success.

Arrowleave-bred She’s Clean (ex Feather Duster by End Sweep) has now won 3 of her six starts for the Ingham family and is likely to step out in better company during the early spring. It’s been a good season for Feather Duster whose 2YO Snitzel colt Windswept was an impressive debut winner at Canterbury last month. Feather Duster has a rising 2YO sister to Windswept, a rising yearling filly by Flying Spur and is in foal to Not A Single Doubt .

Breeders Robert & Deborah Anderson race Bonaria (ex Decidity by Last Tycoon) who was also recording her third win and, like She’s Clean, took her earnings beyond the $100,000 mark.

I Get Around, bred by Arrowleave, is raced in partnership by trainer Paul Perry, who picked him up for $45,000 at the 2010 Inglis Scone Yearling Sale. His dam Sybarite, also by Last Tycoon, has subsequently produced a colt and a filly to Not A Single Doubt, and foals to Beneteau this spring.

Redoute’s Choice will end the 2011/12 Australian season with more than 130 winners, including 12 stakeswinners, and prizemoney of $8.6 million. Snitzel is his first son to join him in the top ten sires on the General list and is the leading 3rd crop sire with more than 60 winners, 6 stakeswinners and $5.7 million earnings.

Redoute’s Choice stands at a 2012 fee of $137,500 inc. GST, and Snitzel’s fee is $33,000 inc. GST.

It's Open House for Arrowfield stallions

US turf champion Gio Ponti , who arrives in Australia later this week, will be a major drawcard for visitors to Arrowfield’s Stallion Open House in August.

Pictured: Gio Ponti before entering quarantine in Kentucky where he has just completed serving his first northern hemisphere book of mares. (PHOTO: Asuncion Pineyrua)

The 11 stallions on Arrowfield’s 2012 roster, headed by champion sires Redoute’s Choice and Flying Spur and this season’s leading 3rd season sire Snitzel , will be available for inspection during six sessions over four days, Thursday 23-Sunday 26 August. No appointments will be needed for visitors who will be personally hosted by Arrowfield staff as the stallions are paraded.

Arrowfield’s Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer says, “We want to make it as easy as possible for breeders and owners to inspect particular stallions at a time that suits them, in a relaxed, conversational setting. We’ve also scheduled two full parades to allow inspection of the entire roster within an hour or so on the Friday and Saturday mornings.”

The Arrowfield Stallion Open House schedule is:

Thursday 23 August

2.00pm-4.00pm

Friday 24 August

9.00am-12 noon

including a full parade at 9.30am

2.00pm-4.00pm

Saturday 25 August

9.30am-12 noon

including a full parade at 10.00am

2.00pm-4.00pm

Sunday 26 August

9.00am-12 noon

2.00pm-4.00pm – Special session for readers of The Land

For more information please call Jess or Narelle at the Stud Office, Ph: (02) 6545 3999; and click here for driving directions to Arrowfield.

New Group 1 performer for Starcraft

Starcraft (NZ) added a new individual Group 1 performer to his record yesterday in Germany when Baschar (ex Belle Et Deluree by The Minstrel) finished a commendable third in the Grosser Preis von Berlin G1 over 1m 4f (2400m) on the Hoppegarten course.

Baschar sat in second place for most of the race, until the home straight when Meandre, last-start winner of the Grand Prix de Saint Cloud G1, burst clear for an impressive victory. Earl of Tinsdal was second, a half-length in front of Baschar who fought gamely to hold third place.

Pictured: World champion miler and Group 1 sire Starcraft with Arrowfield’s Stallion Manager Joe Hickey, in April 2012. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

A 5YO from Starcraft’s only northern hemisphere crop, Baschar became Starcraft’s 12th stakeswinner when successful in a Listed Race over 2000 metres at the same course in April.

Baschar was bred by Cheveley Park Stud which stood Starcraft in 2006, and was purchased as a foal for 20,000 guineas by Irish bloodstock agent, the late Brian Grassick.

Starcraft is also the sire of dual Group 1 winners Star Witness & We Can Say It Now, and three-time Group 1 placegetter Hallowell Belle among his 12 stakeswinners.

Starcraft is ending the 2011/12 season comfortably inside the top 10 3rd crop Australian sires, despite his small 2009 crop, conceived in a season limited by an injury to the handsome son of Soviet Star.

Following the excellent results achieved by his first two Australian crops, Starcraft’s three subsequent books (producing rising 2YOs, rising yearlings and 2012 foals) averaged 124 mares, which makes him an attractive option for breeders keen to sell into a yearling market primed by quality progeny performance.

Starcraft stands in 2012 at a fee of $27,500 inc. GST.

Double thrill for Arrowfield in Derby result

Last Sunday’s $S1.15 million Singapore Derby Sgp-1 produced two pieces of good news for Arrowfield Stud.

The Arrowfield-bred, Bellerive-sold graduate Arowana Dot Com (Hussonet (USA)-Unveil by Chief’s Crown) ran a brave race for third in the 2000-metre feature, picking up the biggest cheque of his 19-start, 8-win career for the Arowana Stable.

Pictured: Chase Me wins the 2012 Singapore Derby by eight lengths at Kranji on Sunday evening. (PHOTO: Singapore Turf Club)

Bred by Arrowfield in partnership with John Leaver, Arowana Dot Com was sold by Bellerive Stud for $170,000 at the 2009 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, with Magic Millions signing for him as agent.

Arowana Dot Com winds up a tremendous year for horses sold under the banner of Bellerive Stud, also the source of Group winners Snitzerland, Hot Snitzel & Flying Snitzel and Group performers Rekindled Alliance & Road Trippin’.

The aptly named runaway winner of the Derby, Chase Me (Storm Creek (USA)-Cartier Gold by Gold Brose), is also another major race winner from the Storm Cat sire-line represented at Arrowfield this year by US champion turf horse Gio Ponti (USA).

However, he claims an even stronger Arrowfield connection thanks to his co-breeder, Arrowfield’s pedigree analyst Peter Jenkins. Chase Me was foaled in 2007, when New Zealand-born Peter was the General Manager of StoneyBridge Karaka which shuttled Storm Creek from the United States.

The first steps towards breeding Chase Me were taken rather earlier, in the late 1980s when Peter helped to establish the Levin Breeders’ Forum whose members included well-known pedigree analyst and researcher the late Clive Harper. That was how Peter met Noeline Redfern, an enthusiastic breeder who would travel several hours from her Wairarapa home to attend the Forum’s monthly meetings.

Peter says, “Noeline’s father Ben Archer had bred and raced a lot of good horses and it was always her dream to do the same. In 1993 I offered to find her a good quality mare and purchased Nile Lark by Niniski, which appealed to Noeline because she loved Nijinsky.”

Nile Lark, imported from England in 1987, had enough stamina to win the two-and-a-quarter-mile Pontefract Cup but with a Timeform rating of 56, she badly needed a class upgrade.

Peter explains, “Clive Harper and I both suggested Gold Brose as a good mating for Nile Lark because as a sheer speed two-year-old he was a good match for a late-maturing staying type, and the resulting foal would be line-bred to the full siblings Ridan and Thong.”

The result was Cartier Gold, described by Peter as “a lovely filly who couldn’t run out of sight on a dark night.”

Noeline ignored Peter’s advice to sell Cartier Gold but did accept his suggestion of Storm Creek as a mate for the mare. “That mating provided line-breeding to Somethingroyal and to two full sisters who won the American Oaks, Cherokee Rose and How, both of them descended from the important taproot mare Maid of Masham.”

Noeline sold Cartier Gold’s first Storm Creek colt for $45,000 at the 2007 NZ Bloodstock Carnival Sale. He failed to post a win from seven starts in Singapore, but was such an attractive type that Peter offered to return the mare to Storm Creek, using his own nomination. Noeline agreed and so, in 2007 Chase Me was born, bred by Peter & Noeline in partnership.

Peter recalls, “He was a good type, but not quite as appealing as the first colt, so we sold him for $4000 as a foal at the NZ Bloodstock Winter Mixed Sale. Brett McDonald bought him, so we knew he’d get every chance to develop and become a racehorse.”

That unprofitable sale does not diminish Peter’s excitement about breeding a Group 1 winner from the fewer than 20 horses he has bred since 1985.

“It is such a thrill when everything goes right and you get a result like that. Even without a financial gain, it’s still a great buzz.”

Peter joined the Arrowfield team in 2009 and his expertise is readily available to breeders considering Arrowfield stallions in 2012.

Three words sum up Gio Ponti

The 14 July edition of US BloodHorse includes an interesting feature on the experience trainers have had with the best progeny of leading Storm Cat sire son Tale of the Cat. Leading US trainer Christophe Clement makes the following comments on Tale of the Cat’s best son Gio Ponti , who will stand his first season at Arrowfield this year:

“I can sum up Gio Ponti in a few words. The first word would be athleticism. He always showed a great amount of athleticism since he was a 2-year-old.

“The second word would be class. I have always thought at any stage of his life – in his training, in his stall, the way he behaved around the barn – he always showed a tremendous amount of class.

“The third word would be soundness. From 2 to 6 he was a very sound horse. And he was a very uncomplicated horse to train from the beginning to the end.”

Pictured: Gio Ponti at Castleton Lyons Farm, Kentucky, just before he entered quarantine. (PHOTO: EquiSport Photos)

These attributes were obviously noted by US breeders who filled his book within a week of his first parade last November.

They sent him an enviable collection of mares headed by Arch’s Gal Edith, dam of the Kentucky Derby & Preakness Stakes winner I’ll Have Another. Other Grade 1-producing mares now in foal to Gio Ponti are Shandra Smiles (dam of three-time Grade 1 winner Smiling Tiger), Reduced Sentence (dam of Hot Cha Cha) and Moonstar (dam of Miss World).

Gio Ponti has also served a further 34 Graded & Listed Stakes-producing mares and 28 half-sisters to Graded Stakes winners.

That’s in addition to 28 Graded and Listed Stakes winners, among them Catchascatchcan (Yorkshire Oaks G1, and dam of Group 2 winner Antonius Pius) and dual US Grade 1 winner Voodoo Dancer.

The outstanding quality of Gio Ponti’s first Kentucky book is matched by the list of breeders supporting him. They include Lael Stables (owner-breeders of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro), Overbrook Farm (home of Gio Ponti’s paternal grand-sire, the late, great Storm Cat), Moyglare Stud (celebrated source of many Group 1 winners including 2002 Melbourne Cup winner Media Puzzle) and Brookdale Farm (vendor of I’ll Have Another and Bodemeister).

Arrowfield Stud’s bloodstock manager Jon Freyer says, “The size and quality of Gio Ponti’s first book guarantees him plenty of attention when his first yearlings come to market, and give him a great chance of making a big impact with his first crop.

“We have set Gio Ponti’s fee at the same level as Castleton Lyons, $22,000 inc. GST and Australian breeders are also recognising the tremendous value that represents for a horse rated by Timeform above Lonhro, Sunline, Makybe Diva and Sepoy.”

The different compositon of the Australian broodmare population expands the opportunities for Gio Ponti and may even load the genetic dice in his favour.

Jon Freyer says, “We think he’s perfect for mares carrying the dominant Australasian blood of Danehill and Sir Tristram, as well as mares by stallions like Red Ransom, More Than Ready and Hussonet whose sire-lines have been very successful with Storm Cat and his descendants.”

Gio Ponti is now in quarantine and will arrive at Arrowfield next month.

Caulfield double for Arrowfield-sired fillies

A pair of progessive 3YO fillies gave Arrowfield’s champion sires Redoute’s Choice & Flying Spur a handy double at Caulfield this afternoon.

Robert & Deborah Anderson‘s home-bred filly Bonaria (Redoute’s Choice-Decidity by Last Tycoon) opened the card with a decisive 3-length win over 1200 metres. Bonaria, a half-sister to Group winners Time Out and legally Bay, has now won or placed in eight of her 12 starts from the Pat Hyland stable.

The Redoute’s Choice/Last Tycoon cross has an strike rate of 25 winners from 29 runners, including 8 stakeswinners, with two of them successful at Group 1 level – Dariana and Master of Design.

Two races later Min River scored by almost 2 lengths over 2000 metres for the Frost family’s Pendant Equine Syndicate which paid $450,000 for the daughter of Flying Spur and Fulton (by Zabeel) at the 2010 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. Bred by Tony & Joe Bongiorno, the filly was sold under the Torryburn Stud banner, and is trained by Mick Price.

Min River and her Singapore Group-winning brother Flying Fulton are fine advertisements for the Flying Spur/Zabeel cross, which has produced 7 (15.9%) stakes performers from 44 named foals.

Now owned by Jonathan Munz’s GSA Bloodstock, Fulton is in foal to Redoute’s Choice who boasts 16.9% stakes performer/foals with daughters of the Arrowfield-bred Zabeel.

Redoute's Choice 2YO sails to easy win

Sheikh Mohammed‘s homebred filly Seaside became the latest 2YO winner by champion sire Redoute’s Choice when she sailed home by 4.5 lengths at Canterbury today. Brilliant Snitzel (by Snitzel ), who broke her maiden at Seaside’s expense last month, completed the quinella.

Pictured: Peter Robl guides Seaside to victory over 1260m at Canterbury today. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Seaside’s dam the 2YO Group 3 winner Living Spirit is descended from the imported Swettenham Stud mare River Dane, herself a dual Group winner in Europe and half-sister to Robert Sangster’s Australian Group 1 winner Pure of Heart.

River Dane’s daughters, the stakeswinner Idol Worship, Rossignol and Sisterhood have done fine work at stud, leaving a stakeswinner each, and several stakes-producing daughters. Recent stars from the family include Group-1-winning 2YO Choice Bro and Melbourne stakeswinner Immortality.

Seaside is the 5th winner from only 6 named foals by Redoute’s Choice out of mares by sons of champion US sire Storm Cat, a group headed by Australian Oaks G1 winner Absolutely.

Redoute’s Choice stands at a 2012 fee of $137,500 inc. GST.

Charge Forward pair confirm promise

Two sons of Charge Forward confirmed their promise, and their race favouritism, by winning for their well-known owners at Kembla Grange yesterday.

Anthony Cummings presented Booked Out in the first race and he duly obliged, winning over 1000 metres by 1.25 lengths. The 3YO gelding was bred from the Zeditave mare Lucrative Dame by Charge Forward’s part-owner Peter Horwitz and is raced by the Horwitz family in partnership with Anthony Cummings Thoroughbreds and A.J. Rix.

Two races later 2YO gelding Almighty Charge (ex Redoute’s Fever by Redoute’s Choice), bred by Arrowfield in partnership with John Leaver & Alan Jones, prevailed by a short neck over 1400 metres. He is raced by a group of five owners including Greg and Donna Kolivos, now famous as the owners of champion 2YO Pierro.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse commented on Almighty Charge in today’s entry on her blog: “He’s always been a two year old who has shown promise…He will now head to the city and I’m sure he’ll be super competitive.”

Charge Forward, the sire of 15 stakes performers including Group 1 winners Response & Headway, stands in 2012 at a fee of $24,750 inc. GST.

New Group 1 performer for Redoute's Choice

2YO Redoute’s Choice filly Honorine put up a tremendous effort at only her third start to run third in yesterday’s Greyville Golden Horseshoe S. 1400m G1.

Trainer Mike de Kock opted to start Honorine against the colts & geldings when she drew very wide in the Golden Slipper for 2YO fillies. Her Golden Horseshoe draw of 11 wasn’t much better, but the filly’s speed allowed her to take up a forward position, behind the pacemaking Blushing Peter and War Horse.

Honorine moved towards the lead as the field turned for home and ran on gamely in the straight, but could not withstand the strong finishes of the winner War Horse and runner-up Shimmer and Shine.

The Arrowfield-bred filly sold for $80,000 by Bellerive Stud at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. Form Bloodstock was the buyer and returned to this year’s Melbourne Sale to pay $70,000 for Honorine’s half-sister by Hussonet, also offered in the Bellerive draft.

Honorine’s dam Zaldivar (by Honour and Glory) is from the family of the Aga Khan’s champion filly Darjina, French Derby winner Darsi and Australian Group winners Gentle Genius and her son Ironstein. Zarjina has a weanling filly by Hussonet and is carrying a three-quarter sibling to Honorine, by Beneteau .

Redoute’s Choice has an outstanding record in South Africa, with 6 stakes performers from nine runners, among them Golden Horseshoe G1 winner Musir and G2 winner Bishops Rock.