Burgundy resumes with stakes success

New Zealand’s Group 1 summer sprints are the targets for Burgundy, the handsome 4YO son of Redoute’s Choice who resumed today with victory in the Levin S. LR over 1200 metres at Otaki.

Pictured: New Zealand colt Burgundy seen here as a 3YO in the spring of 2011. (PHOTO: Courtesy of Te Akau Racing)

He is the 9th stakeswinner for his champion sire this season, and the third in New Zealand, following the successes of 3YO fillies Pure Elegance and Abidewithme.

Burgundy won five of his 8 starts last season, including the Cambridge Breeders’ S. G3 and the ARC Mr Tiz Trophy LR. The Railway S. G1 at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day and the Telegraph H. G1 at Trentham 18 days later are now his major goals.

His trainer Jason Bridgman told The Informant before today’s race, “It would be a big ask to go fresh-up into the Railway having not run since April so this is a nice spot to kick off.

“It just takes a bit of the pressure off…Running in this one also gives him a month to get over the trip and he should come on immensely from it.”

Burgundy was bred by Philip and Peter Vela from their wonderful mare Grand Echezeaux (by Zabeel), which makes him a three-quarter brother to Group 1 winner and leading young New Zealand sire Darci Brahma (by Danehill). He was purchased for $1.3 million by David Ellis from the Pencarrow Stud draft at the 2010 New Zealand Premier Sale and is raced by the Te Akau 2010 Breeding Syndicate.

Redoute’s Choice has four yearlings catalogued for the 2013 New Zealand Premier Sale, and 13 on offer at the Magic Millions Sale, including three colts and a filly in the Arrowfield draft .

Starry fillies give Not A Single Doubt a two-city double…

A pair of talented fillies gave Not A Single Doubt a metropolitan double in Melbourne & Sydney yesterday, and both look more than capable of success in stakes company.

Pictured: 2YO filly Certitude, from the Japanese-bred Admire Vega mare Debutante Robe, flies home on debut at Rosehill yesterday. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Star Thoroughbreds’ Denise Martin was confident about the chances of 2YO Certitude before the filly’s debut over 1100 metres at Rosehill. “If she races up to her trial form, she will surely be very hard to beat.”

And so it proved, as the Gai Waterhouse-trained filly jumped quickly and settled to sit outside the leader until the turn, when jockey Tommy Berry asked her to quicken. She responded with alacrity to bounce clear of the field and win the $85,000 event by five lengths from Crazyonyou, with Artistic Lass 1.75 lengths back in third place.

Certitude’s winning time was 1.05.29, a new class record, and unsurprisingly, Denise confirmed after the race that she is now Magic Millions Classic-bound.

“When she trialled we thought she was special and I said to Tommy ‘how would you like to win the Magic Millions three years in a row,’ so she is on track, she is terrific.”

“She is very mature for a two-year-old filly, she handles everything very well, she is built like a two-year-old, races like a two-year-old and we just love her.”

Berry rode the brilliant Karuta Queen (also by Not A Single Doubt) to victory in the 2011 Magic Millions Classic, and was successful again this year on Driefontein.

Bred by Richard Pegum and purchased for $140,000 by Star Thoroughbreds from the Newgate Farm draft at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, Certitude is Not A Single Doubt’s 53rd juvenile winner. Her earnings yesterday have lifted the son of Redoute’s Choice into third spot on the Australian 2YO Sires’ table – just behind his Arrowfield barn-mates Charge Forward and Snitzel.

At Moonee Valley 3YO Not A Single Doubt filly Isabella Snowflake made the most of her inside draw and her short-course speed to lead all the way and score by 2.25 lengths over 1000 metres from Genteel with Monogamy another half-length away in third place.

Isabella Snowflake (ex Tiamo Baby by Strategic) is raced in partnership by her breeder Craig McDonald and trained by Mick Price whose representative Luke Wilkinson indicated the filly would now go for a spell. Her record of three wins a Listed Race placing & $195,200 prizemoney from four starts looks very likely to be boosted when she returns to racing in the autumn.

Twenty-six yearlings by Not A Single Doubt are catalogued for the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, among them two Arrowfield Stud fillies, and a filly being offered by Bellerive Stud.

…and Dad matches it!

Not A Single Doubt’s champion sire Redoute’s Choice took less than 90 minutes to reply with a Melbourne-Sydney double of his own, courtesy of Sheikh Mohammed‘s 3YO filly Seaside and the Gerry Harvey-bred 5YO gelding Cantonese.

Pictured: Cantonese is all power as he strides towards his 6th career victory at Rosehill yesterday. He has won or placed in 8 of his nine starts this season. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Seaside (from the Group 3 winner Living Spirit, by Hennessy) overcame a rocky start to post her second win from six starts when successful over 1200 metres at Moonee Valley.

Described afterwards as a “nice filly with a lovely pedigree” by Darley Australia’s Managing Director Henry Plumptre, Seaside may now be aimed at a Brisbane stakes campaign next winter.

Cantonese has produced outstanding form this spring for trainer a purple patch of form for a new ownership group, trainer Bjorn Baker & apprentice jockey Jenny Duggan.

Yesterday’s strong win over 2000 metres at Rosehill was the fifth success from his last six starts and took his prizemoney for the season beyond $160,000.

Baker told the Sydney Morning Herald‘s Chris Roots, “He has exceeded any expectations I have had with him. He just keeps coming out and winning. We will see how he pulls up and decide if we go again or give him a spell.”

From the Group-1 placed winner Kylikwong (by Red Ransom), Cantonese is the year-older brother of Chateau Margaux, also enjoying an excellent spring, with two wins and two Group placings, most recently as runner-up to Gatewood in the 2400-metre Geelong Cup G3. Kylikwong produced a brother to the pair earlier this month.

Redoute’s Choice has a quality draft of 13 lots catalogued for the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, including three colts and a filly in the Arrowfield Stud consignment.

Redoute's Choice mares proving potent too

Redoute’s Choice has been appearing as the sire of stakeswinners for almost nine years now – since 20 December 1993, in fact, when Not A Single Doubt won the AJC Canonbury S. LR.

Redoute’s Choice continues to add new stakeswinners to his record – he’s added six so far this season – and seems certain to hit his century in the next few months.

Pictured: Direct Charge, by Charge Forward from a Redoute’s Choice, parades stylishly before the VRC Maribyrnong Plate G3 on Stakes Day at Flemington. (PHOTO: Darren Tindale)

Altready established as a highly desirable name in the second remove of pedigrees, thanks to his brilliant sire sons, Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt & Stratum, he is now proving equally potent as a broodmare sire. It’s a role he fills in the pedigrees of three Group winners in the past week, among them his first Group 1 winner as a damsire.

That was the exciting 3YO New Zealand colt Sacred Falls (O’Reilly-Iguazu’s Girl), who came from the rear of the field to win the CJC NZ 2000 Guineas 1600m G1 on 10 November.

Bred by Waikato Stud, Sacred Falls is unbeaten in six starts and has banked almost $NZ400,000 prizemoney for owners Dato Yap Kim San and his New Zealand bloodstock manager Bruce Sherwin.

On the same day, 2YO colt Direct Charge (Charge Forward-Lady of Choice) scored a brave win in the $150,000 VRC Maribyrnong Plate G3 at Flemington.

The latest stakeswinner from a Redoute’s Choice mare appeared on Saturday when 5YO Maschino (Encosta de Lago-Tahni’s Girl) took out the $125,000 WATC R.J. Peters S. G3 in Perth.

It won’t be a surprise to pedigree students that mares by Redoute’s Choice are proving successful with the sires of these three performers.

The daughters of O’Reilly’s sire Last Tycoon have already combined with the champion son of Danehill to produce 8 stakeswinners, including Group 1 winners Master of Design & Dariana, from 39 named foals.

Redoute’s Choice has also done well with Encosta de Lago mares, leaving Group 1 performers Musir and Beneteau, and stakeswinner Essington from only 11 named foals bred this way.

Arrowfield acquired the Northern Dancer-free Charge Forward to provide an ideal outcross for the Danzig-dominated Australian broodmare population. And Charge Forward’s brand of outcross magic is working perfectly, with 8 of his ten stakeswinners being from mares by Danzig sons or grandsons.

Redoute’s Choice is now the damsire of 13 stakeswinners, eight of them successful at Group level. Buyers at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale can choose from 27 yearlings out of Redoute’s Choice mares, eight of them in the Arrowfield & Bellerive drafts.

Arrowfield sires dominate early season 2YO racing

With the first quarter of the 2012/13 season, and the Emirates Melbourne Cup Carnival behind us, the Australian Sires’ lists are beginning to take meaningful shape.

Pictured: A trio of cracking Arrowfield-sired 2YOs fight out the finish of the VRC Maribyrnong Plate G3 past the Flemington roses. The winner Direct Charge (black & red) digs in as runner-up Crack A Roadie (pink) and third-placed Shamus Award (green & black) challenge him. (PHOTO: Darren Tindale)

With only seven of the Group & Listed Races reserved for 2YOs now decided, it is really too early to pay close attention to the 2YO sires’ table. However, spring juvenile results are always noted by buyers who begin inspecting sale yearlings as early as this week.

After supplying 4 winners and four placegetters from only 12 starters in those seven races, Arrowfield sires have put themselves in front of every trainer, agent, syndicator & owner keen to minimise the wait between purchase and raceday results.

Charge Forward is the sire of yesterday’s VRC Maribyrnong Plate G3 victor Direct Charge, and Crack A Roadie who won the MVRC Inglis Banner, a race given Restricted Listed status for the first time this year, and completed the quinella with Direct Charge at Flemington.

This pair and impressive Warwick Farm debut winner Assail give Charge Forward a clear lead on the 2YO Sires’ table with prizemoney of $340,250. That is quite an achievement, given that Charge Forward’s 2010 crop numbered 71 live foals, considerably fewer than most of his rivals.

Snitzel holds third place on the list with earnings of almost $200,000, thanks to city winners Sweet Idea, O’Hara de Belle & Petrol Power, and the twice stakes-placed Shamus Award.

Fourth spot on the 2YO Sires’ table is occupied by Not A Single Doubt with $165,825 prizemoney, after Villa Verde‘s back-to-back stakes wins at Caulfield and Flemington.

Flying Spur ‘s talented son Rockford flew home for second in the VRC Maribyrnong Trial S. LR on 6 October and brings the total of Arrowfield-sired 2YO Australian stakes performers this spring to five.

Three winners in New Zealand boost these statistics, with Zaragoza winning yesterday at Te Rapa for Charge Forward, Choice Snitzel winning on debut at Riccarton for Snitzel, and Not A Single Doubt’s son Doubtless scoring by 5.5 lengths on debut at Ruakaka in September.

Charge Forward's day at Flemington

Charge Forward has capped a terrific spring with the quinella in the $150,000 VRC Maribyrnong Plate 1000m G3, on the final day of Melbourne Cup Week at Flemington.

Pictured: Direct Charge & Steven Arnold stave off a late charge by Bellerive sale graduate Crack A Roadie & Craig Williams at Flemington today. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

2YO colt Direct Charge set a strong pace in front and was 2 lengths in front with 150 metres to run when Crack A Roadie (Charge Forward-Road to Damascus by Flying Spur) flew at him. The pair were separated by only a half-head at the finish, with Direct Charge prevailing to become Charge Forward’s fourth stakeswinner this season after Cavalry Rose, Urban Groove and Crack A Roadie, winner of the MVRC Inglis Banner 2YO S. which carries Restricted Listed status.

Shamus Award (Snitzel-Sunset Express by Success Express) was a length behind Crack A Roadie in third place, completing an Arrowfield-sired trifecta.

Direct Charge was bred by long-time Arrowfield Stud clients Peter Stewart and Bridgett Woodford-Smith who sold him from their Huntworth Stud draft for $105,000 at the 2012 Inglis Classic Sale. The successful buyer was trainer Robbie Laing who indicated today that the still-developing colt would now be aimed at rich Inglis bonus races in Sydney.

Bridgett Woodford-Smith recalls Direct Charge as “a very, very nice yearling, a laidback, very nice-moving horse who was so nonchalant about parading at the sale.”

His dam Lady of Choice (by Redoute’s Choice), described by Bridgett as “a big, lovely-looking mare”, was unraced because of an injury suffered in training, but has produced four winners from her first four foals. She is visiting Charge Forward again this spring.

Peter and Bridgett work with a band of ten mares, and have bred & sold horses for 40 years with many successes including the 1981 Melbourne Cup winner Just A Dash, who died last week at the grand age of 35.

Direct Charge was one of three 2YO winners by Charge Forward today. The brilliant son of Red Ransom was also represented by Sydney debut winner Assail (ex Emanday by Redoute’s Choice), and Zaragoza (ex Portrayal by Flying Spur), who won at Te Rapa in New Zealand. Both were purchased from the Arrowfield draft at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, Zaragoza by Peter McKay for $37,500, and Assail by Clarry Conners for $40,000.

The trio provides further proof of Charge Forward’s great liking for mares by Danehill & his sons: they have produced seven of his 10 stakeswinners from a total of 57 runners bred that way.

Golden Slipper prospect for Not A Single Doubt

The 2013 Golden Slipper now beckons for the brilliant filly Villa Verde after her dominant win in today’s $120,000 VRC Ottawa S. 1000m LR.

Pictured: Villa Verde (right) skips clear of Purrific at Flemington on Cup Day for her second stakes win from her first two starts. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

The strapping grey daughter of Not A Single Doubt settled just behind the early leaders until Michael Rodd drove her forward 300 metres from home. Villa Verde immediately put two lengths on the field and kept going to score by 1.75 lengths from Purrific in 56.73 on the Dead4 track. The time for her final 600 metres was a very smart 33.18.

It was Villa Verde’s second Listed stakes win from two starts in three weeks and took her earnings to $153,000, a quick return on the $95,000 Shaun Dwyer paid for her at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Shaun trains the filly for owners Mike Buys and Rob Willis who have been friends and clients of the Dwyer stable for 15 years.

After the race Shaun enthused about Villa Verde to Thoroughbred News. “It’s a long time since I’ve had a horse this good. She’ll go to the paddock.

“I’ll have a chat to Michael Rodd…but not many horses go to the Blue Diamond and the Slipper and the one we want is the Golden Slipper, so that’s where we will be going.

“You’ve got to be confident just on the way she has done because she works well, she eats well and she just does everything right.”

Villa Verde was bred by Todd Lichti  and sold under the banner of South Australian farm Kiah Glenn, operated by Janita Edwards.

Not A Single Doubt is the sire of 11 stakeswinners, five of them successful at two.

Redoute's Choice posts 95th stakeswinner

Redoute’s Choice took another step towards a century of stakeswinners when Bob & Sandra Peters’ home-bred filly Antique Belle flew home in today’s WATC Burgess Queen S. 1400m LR in Perth.

The 3YO filly is the 95th stakeswinner by Arrowfield’s champion sire, and the seventh stakeswinner from his 2009 crop. Today’s win was her second from four starts and she will have an opportunity to improve her record further in the $200,000 Champion Fillies S. G2 on 17 November.

Antique Belle is fourth of five fillies her dam Antique (by Metal Storm) has left to Redoute’s Choice, and is preceded by Broadway Belle (5 wins inc. WATC Jungle Dawn Classic LR), and multiple city winners Arcadia & Antique Rose.

Their dam, a two-time winner and third to Bulla Borghese and Lashed in the 2002 VRC Oaks G1, is a sister to Group 2 winner Kalatiara and dual stakeswinner Kentiara, from the family of Kenvain, Take Your Partner, Rigoletto & Imperial Baron.

Antique has a yearling filly by Redoute’s Choice, and this year visits Snitzel.

With 95 stakeswinners (8.9 per cent) from 1071 named foals, Redoute’s Choice maintains his status as an elite sire at the top of his game, alongside Zabeel (8.7 per cent SW/named foals) and – in case you’re wondering – ahead of Fastnet Rock (5.9 per cent SW/named foals).

Redoute's Choice 3YOs justify Hayes stable confidence

Those who viewed David Hayes’ latest Weekly Wrap on his website, www.lindsaypark.com.au and heeded his suggestion to put a $50 place bet on two of his 3YO runners at Flemington today are now more than $1000 richer.

Their trainer’s firm confidence in both horses proved spot on. The filly Maraatib finished second to Zydeco in the $300,000 VRC Wakeful S. 2000m G2, and three races later the colt Rawnaq staged a tremendous finish to nab third place behind Fiveandahalfstar and Super Cool in the $1.5 million VRC Victoria Derby 2500m G1.

Both horses are from the 2009 crop of Redoute’s Choice and each was purchased for $700,000 by Shadwell Stud from the 2011 Inglis Easter Sale. Maraatib was offered by her breeders Ron & Deb Gilbert of Highgrove Stud, and Willow Park presented Rawnaq on behalf of his breeders, Michelle & the late Philip Esplin.

Maraatib (ex Valadon by Woodman) is bred on the same cross as champion filly Miss Finland, while Rawnaq (ex Winning Belle by Zabeel) represents a pattern that has now produced 14 stakes performers, including champion filly Samantha Miss.

Redoute’s Choice’s tally of worldwide stakes performers in 2012/13 stands at nineteen, and nine of them are 3YOs.

Lunar rises for Starcraft at Flemington

A familiar set of colours and a stable whose history is entwined with that of Flemington opened the card on today’s Victoria Derby Day programme.

Arrowfield was delighted to breed Lunar Rise, the winner of the $250,000 VRC Carbine Club S. 1600m G3, for legendary trainer Bart Cummings and his most successful owner Dato Tan Chin Nam, who races the 3YO son of Starcraft in partnership with Tunku Ahmad Yahaya.

Pictured: Lunar Rise (left) gets the better of Proverb in the VRC Carbine Club S. G3 today. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

The decision to drop the gelding back in distance after his good fourth in the 2000-metre Spring Champion S. G1 proved absolutely correct. Jockey Hugh Bowman slotted Lunar Rise in sixth position, one off the fence, then drove him forward as the pace quickened around the home turn. They reached the lead 200 metres from the post and Lunar Rise fought gamely to hold off Tatra (by Hussonet) by a head, with Proverb 1.3 lengths away third.

Lunar Rise was bred and sold by Arrowfield at the 2011 Inglis Australian Easter Sale where Duncan Ramage’s DGR Thoroughbred Services paid $380,000 for him.

He is Starcraft’s 13th indvidual stakeswinner, and third this season, after Hallowell Belle & Crafty Irna, and has now won three of his 8 starts and prizemoney of almost $230,000.

Lunar Rise is also the 5th stakeswinner, following Snitzerland, Flying Snitzel, Members Joy and Urban Groove, from the group of yearlings sold by Arrowfield and Bellerive Studs in 2011.

Finally, he is the third Arrowfield-sired winner of the Carbine Club S. in the past five years, after Dr Doute’s (2008) & Galah (2011), both by Redoute’s Choice.

Lunar Rise is from the Sadler’s Wells mare Spirited Dancer, an unraced half-sister to Group 2 winner Peinture Bleue, dam of international champion 3YO Peintre Celebre (by Nureyev, paternal grand-sire of Starcraft). Spirited Dancer has a yearling filly by Manhattan Rain, foaled a brother to Lunar Rise in September, and has been served by Gio Ponti.