Buying from Arrowfield is a Sweet Idea

Sweet Idea became the latest stakes performer from the 2012 Arrowfield Magic Millions Sale draft when she held on gamely for second in today’s $150,000 BRC B.J. McLachlan S. 1200m G3.

Pictured: Sweet Idea, bred by the Arrowfield Stud/Jungle Pocket partnership, wins on debut at Randwick on 20 October. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Snitzel filly won an early battle for the lead and settled comfortably in front, then fought hard to retain second placing behind Missy Longstocking.

Sweet Idea’s first three starts have produced a win, two placings and more than $115,000 prizemoney, which secures her place in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR on 12 January. She is the 11th stakes performer this season for Snitzel, who is currently second, between his barn-mates Charge Forward & Not A Single Doubt, on the Australian 2YO Sires’ list.

Arrowfield offered, and sold 24 yearlings at the 2012 Magic Millions Sale and eight have now raced. Of these, five are already stakes performers – and they were bought for prices ranging from $30,000 to $250,000.

Overall, the 2012 Sale has produced 14 stakes performers, but no other vendor has been the source of more than one stakes performer.

Arrowfield’s stakes-performing quintet is:

ASSAIL (Charge Forward-Emanday by Redoute’s Choice)

Purchased by Clarry Conners, $40,000

Won Wyong Magic Millions 2YO S. (R) LR

Sweet Idea (Snitzel-Flidais by Timber Country)

Purchased by Gai Waterhouse & James Harron Bloodstock, $240,000

2nd, BRC B.J. Mclachlan S. G3

Rockford (Flying Spur-Ready Magic by More Than Ready)

Purchased by John McKeever, $250,000

2nd, VRC Maribyrnong Trial S. LR

Moroccan Rose (Charge Forward-Tang by Redoute’s Choice)

Purchased by Heinrich Bloodstock, $30,000

3rd, BRC Calaway Gal S. LR

Zaragoza (Charge Forward-Portrayal by Flying Spur)

Purchased by Peter McKay, $37,500

3rd, CRC Counties Challenge S. LR

This year Arrowfield and sister farm Bellerive Stud will present 42 Magic Millions yearlings, including a Charge Forward half-sister to Sweet Idea, and a Hussonet (USA) half-brother to Moroccan Rose. View both drafts here .

Star Wars highlights effective nick

The good debut effort of Star Wars for third in a competitive 2YO race at Canterbury today highlighted a genetic combination buyers will have no trouble finding at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Star Wars is by Starcraft from Rose O’War, a Group 2-winning daughter of Danehill and also the dam of stakeswinner Rose of Peace (by Hussonet).

Star Wars was purchased for $90,000 by Glenn & Viive Williams from the Turangga Farm draft at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. The Williamses also purchased the brilliant 2011 Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Karuta Queen (by Not A Single Doubt) from Turangga Farm.

Danehill is, of course, a magic name anywhere in a pedigree, and Starcraft’s affinity with him was obvious very early, when his first-crop son Star Witness, from a mare by Danehill’s son Lion Hunter, emerged to win the 2010 MRC Blue Diamond S. G1 and the VRC Ascot Vale S. G1 the following spring.

Dual stakeswinner Ain’tnofallenstar (from Ain’t Seen Nothin’ by Nothin’ Leica Dane) and Group 3-winning second-crop son Do You Think (from a Danehill mare) underlined the message.

Eight of the 14 Starcraft yearlings on offer at the Magic Millions Sale are from mares by either Danehill himself or one of his champion sire sons Redoute’s Choice, Flying Spur and Danzero.

They include three lots in the Arrowfield & Bellerive drafts , among them a juicily bred filly from the family of Forensics, Not A Single Doubt & Zizou. That’s the filly out of Flying Single, whose sister First Date has already produced the progressive 3-time Hong Kong winner Cape Canaveral to Starcraft.

Quick Snitzel scores at Moonee Valley

3YO Quick Snitzel took a convincing step into Melbourne Saturday company when he swept to victory over 1600 metres at Moonee Valley today.

It was the third consecutive win this month for the son of Snitzel, following successes at Wodonga and Morphettville, and takes his prizemoney beyond the $90,000 paid for him by trainer Peter Moody at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

From the Celtic Swing mare It’s You, Quick Snitzel is a half-brother to New Zealand stakeswinner Yourein, and has a full brother in the Oxford Thoroughbreds draft at the 2013 New Zealand Premier Sale.

Snitzel’s 41 winners in Australia this season include multiple Group winner Snitzerland, and Listed stakeswinners Sizzling, Pronto Pronto and Malavio. He is currently 6th on the 3YO Sires’ list, 2nd on the 2YO Sires’ table and 10th on the General list.

The Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, which starts on 9 January, features 23 yearlings by Snitzel, among them two fillies and a colt in the Arrowfield draft .

What makes a precocious two-year-old?

That’s a question Arrowfield Stud is well-qualified to answer, as the source of outstanding juveniles like Reaan, Miss Finland & Forensics, who won their first starts in October, January and February of their two-year-old season.

Pictured: Here’s yesterday’s brilliant Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Assail as a yearling. Clarry Conners, the trainer of four Golden Slipper winners, found her in the 2012 Arrowfield Magic Millions draft. (PHOTO: Katrina Partridge)

The Stud’s 2012 Magic Millions Sale graduates have wasted no time reminding buyers that Arrowfield (and its sister farm Bellerive) are the go-to vendors of readymade two-year-olds who can quickly start returning prizemoney to owners’ bank accounts.

Eight of them have already made the track, and five have posted significant pre-Christmas performances:

ASSAIL (Charge Forward-Emanday by Redoute’s Choice) – won the $200,000 Wyong 2YO Magic Millions S. (R) LR race yesterday after an impressive debut win at Warwick Farm

Zaragoza (Charge Forward-Portrayal by Flying Spur) – ran second in New Zealand’s first 2YO race of the season, and has since won another race and finished third in the CRC Counties Challenge S. LR

Rockford (Flying Spur-Ready Magic by More Than Ready) – one start for an extremely unlucky 2nd in the VRC Maribyrnong Trial S. LR at Flemington in the Spring

Moroccan Rose (Charge Forward-Tang by Redoute’s Choice) – has raced twice for a second on debut, then a 3rd in the BRC Calaway Gal S. LR

Sweet Idea (Snitzel-Flidais by Timber Country) – 2 starts for a win at Randwick on debut then a good 2nd at Rosehill in her second start

Apart from the obvious connections with the Arrowfield stallion roster, what makes these horses able to get up and run successfully so early in their careers? Arrowfield’s Sam Fairgray and Jon Freyer talk about each horse and the factors that make good 2YOs in the latest post on the Arrowfield Blog .

And check out the 2013 Arrowfield & Bellerive Magic Millions drafts here .

2013 Arrowfield Sales Guide now online

The top 3 spots on the Australian 2YO Sires’ list, the current favourites for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic & 3YO Guineas and first-crop yearlings by All American & Manhattan Rain – that’s just the top-of-the-tree highlights of the Arrowfield stallion roster ahead of the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Pictured: What the Magic Millions is all about: Not A Single Doubt’s sensational daughter Karuta Queen wins the $1.6 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic by almost 3 lengths. She went on to Group 3 success in Melbourne as a 3YO, and took her prizemoney close to $1.8 million for owners Glenn & Viive Williams. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Here’s the rest of what you need to know to about the eight Arrowfield stallions represented in the Magic Millions catalogue:

Follow the preparation of the Arrowfield & Bellerive Stud drafts for the Magic Millions sale at the Arrowfield Blog .

Find out more about all of the first yearlings by Manhattan Rain & All American at The Wait Is Over .

And consider the 2013 Arrowfield & Bellerive Sale Magic Millions drafts here .

Charge Forward assails Magic Millions riches

Charge Forward maintains his dominance of early-season 2YO racing after his Arrowfield-sold daughter Assail powered to a 3-length victory in today’s $200,000 Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR.

It was a seriously impressive performance, as jockey Peter Robl confirmed after the race. “That was a blistering win. She drew 12 of 12. She showed blistering speed from the start, wanted to over race in the middle stages then straightened up and just put paid to them.

“She’s a very exciting filly. Did it at both ends today, she’s run good time doing it and she’ll improve off the run.”

Assail’s time for the 1100 metres was 1.03.61, the last 600 metres in 34.86. Frill Seeking was second, less than a length ahead of Dream Forward (also by Charge Forward), and Not A Single Doubt‘s daughter Certitude was fourth.

Trainer Clarry Conners knows a thing or three about managing gifted 2YOs. He recalls his opinion of Assail when he inspected her in Arrowfield’s 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast draft. “I thought she was an athletic filly in the right draft, by the right sire at the right price – everything was in her favour.”

Less than a year after buying her for $40,000, he can add, “She’s a natural racehorse, she’s unbelievable.” The filly, who has already won more than $190,000, is now the clear favourite for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR on 12 January.

Assail was bred by the partnership of Arrowfield & Planette Thoroughbred from the Redoute’s Choice mare Emanday, an unraced sister of Group 1 winner Master of Design, from the outstanding Princess Tracy family.

She is the 11th stakeswinner for Charge Forward, who holds a commanding lead on the 2YO Sires’ list with $605,100 and four winners, 3 of them successful in stakes company. Charge Forward’s other two juvenile stakeswinners this season are Direct Charge and Crack A Roadie; he’s also had a pair of 3YO stakeswinners this term, Cavalry Rose and another Arrowfield Magic Millions graduate Urban Groove.

Charge Forward is abundantly fulfilling expectations that he would succeed as a potent outcross for Danehill’s genetics: his five stakeswinners this season are all from mares by sons of Danehill.

As buyers get into the serious work of analysing the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast catalogue, Charge Forward, Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt make it as easy as 1-2-3, which are the positions they hold on the Australian 2YO Sires’ table.

Visiting the Arrowfield & Bellerive consignments is also highly recommended, here and, of course, at the Gold Coast Sales complex from 3 January.

Sizzling too hot in Gold Edition Plate

Season earnings by Snitzel’s 3YOs went past the million-dollar mark today, after Sizzling asserted his class at Eagle Farm in the $100,000 BRC Gold Edition Plate 1200m LR.

Pictured: Sizzling’s class is matched by a capacity to turn heads, as he did in Melbourne this spring. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

It was the 3YO colt’s sixth win from 11 starts and his first since the BRC T.J. Smith S. G1 in June. Bred by John & Trish Muir’s Milburn Creek Stud, Sizzling has now earned more than $880,000 for his trainer Kelso Wood and his owners who include David & Diane Devine, Mick Power, Neville Morgan & Leigh Matthews.

The son of Admirelle (by General Nediym) is one of four stakeswinners by Snitzel this season, after multiple Group-winning filly Snitzerland, Melbourne stakeswinner Pronto Pronto, and recent Sydney stakeswinner Malavio.

Sizzling was purchased for $260,000 by leading agent John Foote at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. This year’s Magic Millions catalogue feature 24 yearlings by Snitzel, among them two fillies and a colt in the Arrowfield draft .

96th stakeswinner heads Sydney treble for Redoute's Choice

Cantonese became the 96th stakeswinner for his champion sire Redoute’s Choice in emphatic fashion at Rosehill today.

Pictured: Cantonese and Jim Cassidy are out on their own in today’s Christmas Cup LR at Rosehill. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

The Bjorn Baker-trained 5YO gelding made his 6th win this season really count, with a dominant, six-length victory in the $100,000 ATC Christmas Cup LR, at his first start over 2400 metres. And he travelled it like a toff, rolling forward to the lead without pressure and striding out comfortably into the straight. Jockey Jim Cassidy then asked him to change gear and Cantonese responded generously to run out the winner in 2.28.79.

Cassidy described Cantonese afterwards as “a courageous horse who loves racing…a high roller who likes a nice tempo, I just let him go through his gears without fighting him and I was surprised how good I was going at the 600m but congratulations to Bjorn and his staff, marvellous training effort.”

Cantonese was bred and previously raced by Gerry Harvey, who has retained Cantonese’s 4YO sister Chateau Margaux, twice Group-placed in Victoria this season, and his 3YO half-sister Wokpool (by Hussonet), a winner on debut last month.

They are the first three progeny to race from the Group 1-placed Red Ransom mare Kylikwong, a sister to 2010 Australian Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy, from the splendid Princess Tracy family. Kylikwong has a colt foal at foot by Redoute’s Choice.

Cantonese’s current ownership group includes Michael Virgo, also a part-owner of Group 1 winner Master of Design, winner of the ATC T.J. Smith S. G1 earlier this year.

Cressfield’s strapping home-bred 3YO filly Lilliburlero (ex Group 1 winner Regimental Gal), and Ingham Racing’s 4YO Arrowfield-bred mare She’s Clean (ex Feather Duster) completed the Rosehill treble for Redoute’s Choice.

The two-time champion sire of Australia has 13 “choice” lots in the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast, including three colts and a filly in the Arrowfield draft .

Arrowfield goes wild for Animal Kingdom

Arrowfield Stud has acquired a majority interest in the breeding rights to Animal Kingdom, the 2011 Kentucky Derby winner and US Champion 3YO Male, who will begin his stud career in Australia next September and likely shuttle to the Northern Hemisphere beginning in 2014.

The deal is subject to Animal Kingdom passing importation protocols, which involve blood work that should be finalised in the next few days.

The 20 Team Valor International partners that have reached racing’s pinnacle with the home-bred colt will maintain a significant interest in his stud career. The recent runner-up to Wise Dan in the Breeders’ Cup Mile G1, Animal Kingdom is slated for the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap G1 on 9 February as a prep for the $10 million Dubai World Cup G1 on 31 March.

After the World Cup, the son of Leroidesanimaux and Dalicia (by Acatenango) will be flown from Dubai to England and considered for an additional start, possibly at Royal Ascot in June.

John Messara says, “Animal Kingdom excites us as a rare kind of athlete with a truly international pedigree who is able to express his class on a range of surfaces. He is already rated among the world’s elite turf milers and has the potential to become a global superstar in 2013.”

Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin fielded a regular stream of offers for Animal Kingdom’s stud career ever since the Kentucky Derby, in which he prevailed by 2 ¾ lengths as the first horse to conquer America’s great classic in his first start on dirt. He stands to be the only Derby-winning stallion prospect to race as a 5YO since Silver Charm, who scored in the 1997 Run for the Roses.

“Originally it was our intention to race Animal Kingdom for the entire 2013 season,” Irwin said.

“However, the prospect of getting the support of John Messara’s Arrowfield Stud in the Southern Hemisphere was so meaningful, that I advised my partners to sublimate their fun and take the deal. It is critically important to get a history-making stallion master behind a new prospect and in John Messara we have that. He has developed two of the world’s most successful sires in Danehill and his son, Redoute’s Choice. No way I was going to pass up this opportunity.”

Robin Bruss of Northfields Bloodstock brokered the deal.

Team Valor will form broodmare partnerships to breed to Animal Kingdom, with the plan of selling and racing his offspring around the globe.

Trained admirably by Graham Motion, Animal Kingdom is a Graded stakes winner on dirt and synthetic racetracks, and he nearly beat a Horse of the Year candidate in the Breeders’ Cup Mile on turf off a 259-day layoff, overcoming trouble to finish in front of the elite Europeans Excelebration and Moonlight Cloud.

Animal Kingdom also finished second in the 2011 Preakness Stakes. He has finished first or second in eight of his 9 career starts, the lone exception coming in the Belmont Stakes when he was sandwiched after the break and nearly went down, leading to 8 months on the sidelines with an injury. He has earned US$2,327,500.

Stakes success starts up for Gold Coast owner-breeder

Gold Coast owner-breeder Glenn Heran celebrated his first black type success as an owner and breeder yesterday when his 5YO gelding Startsmeup prevailed in a spectacular finish to the $200,000 BRC George Moore S. G3.

Pictured: Startsmeup, the latest addition to the Arrowfied/Bellerive list of graduate stakeswinners, parading as a 3YO at Flemington. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Glenn says, “I’m pretty stoked about it, he could never get his nose in front before and this time he did.”

In fact, a nose was the winning margin, after jockey Brad Stewart steered a never-less-than-resolute Startsmeup through the field with enough momentum to withstand Phelan Ready’s late burst.

Startsmeup is the 6th stakes-winning graduate of Arrowfield & Bellerive Studs this season alone, and one of 65 stakes performers offered under the two banners since 2007. He is also the 40th stakeswinner for the wonderful former Arrowfield sire Danzero, now standing at Rosemount Stud in Victoria.

Bellerive Stud presented Startsmeup as a yearling at the 2009 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, but he was passed in at $47,500. Bellerive’s manager Brian Gorman remembers him as “a big, slow-maturing type with everything in the right place, lovely bone and a great walker.”

Glenn recalls, “I said he’ll make ten times that money on the racetrack, so I’ll keep him.” A second attempt to sell the colt as a 2YO also failed and so he has raced 31 times in the name of Heran Racing for 7 wins, 12 placings and prizemoney of just over $700,000 – comfortably exceeding Glenn’s prediction.

Despite his size and evident immaturity, Startsmeup raced seven times at two, for a couple of stakes placings and an outstanding fifth from a wide draw in Military Rose’s 2010 Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR. He returned a year later to split Torio’s Quest and Top Drop in the Magic Millions Guineas (R) LR, and competed at the 2012 meeting in the Magic Millions Cup, this time beaten a half-length by Spirit of Boom.

In all, Startsmeup had compiled eight Group & Listed stakes placings before his victory yesterday. It’s likely he will have another start in Brisbane before his fourth Magic Millions raceday appearance, in the $400,000 Magic Millions Cup on 12 January.

Glenn acknowledges the work of trainer Gillian Heinrich who has prepared Startsemup for the past 12 months. “I’ve admired her ever since she beat us in the Magic Millions with Military Rose, she’s a very astute trainer and she’s done a fantastic job with our horse.”

Glenn, who shares his racing interests with brothers Martin and Stephen, says, “We’ve been in horses for about 20 years and have five nice mares. I like breeding, it’s like having a punt but it’s an educated gamble. You follow trends in the game, see what works and what doesn’t, and you pitch yourself against other people’s ideas.”

Startsmeup’s dam Bluevien (by Bluebird) was bred in Victoria by Tremon Thoroughbreds and is the only non-winner among eight foals left by the Italian Group 3 winner Genevien, imported to Australia by Trevor Gluck in 1988.

Bluevien has also been a fine producer, with three winners from three foals to race: Startsmeup, Surf’s Up (by Flying Spur) and Gorgonzola (by Hussonet). Her unraced 2YO filly by Flying Spur, named Miss Challenger, is in training with John Sadler for Heran Racing. Bluevien unfortunately slipped to Danzero earlier this year and is now in foal to Commands.

Follow the progress of the Arrowfield & Bellerive yearlings towards the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast on the Arrowfield Blog and view the two consignments here .