Animal Kingdom roars in Dubai World Cup

Animal Kingdom has cemented his ranking among the world’s very best racehorses with an exceptional victory in the $US10 million Dubai World Cup 2000m G1, held just after 5 am today (Australian Eastern Daylight Time).

Pictured: Animal Kingdom & Joel Rosario win the Emirates-sponsored Dubai World Cup for owners Arrowfield Stud & Team Valor and trainer Graham Motion. (PHOTO: Jon Siegel)

It is Animal Kingdom’s second Group 1 success, following the 2011 Kentucky Derby G1 which he famously won at his first start on dirt.

Arrowfield Stud purchased a majority interest in Animal Kingdom last December, after his eye-catching second to US Horse of the Year Wise Dan in the Breeders’ Cup Mile G1 on turf. The charismatic son of Leroisdesanimaux resumed this year with a second to Point of Entry in the Gulfstream Turf Handicap G1 on 9 February before travelling to Dubai.

Animal Kingdom’s Dubai World Cup success has added a couple of significant firsts to a career record already full of them.

He is the first Australian-owned horse to win the race and the first US-owned and -trained horse to win the world’s richest horse race, since it has been held on the synthetic Tapeta track at Meydan which opened in 2010. US horses had won 8 of the 14 previous runnings from 1996 to 2009.

Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux (BRZ)-Dalicia (GER) by Acatenango) was bred in the United States by Team Valor which co-owns him, is trained by the highly regarded Englishman Graham Motion and was ridden by Joel Rosario whose decision to progress forward steadily through the turn into the back straight proved to be a winning move.

That allowed Animal Kingdom, who had jumped from Barrier 11, to slot in full of running behind the leader, four-time Group 1 winner Royal Delta, with their 10 rivals spread out behind them.

As Royal Delta turned for home, Rosario asked Animal Kingdom to move up alongside her, and then to accelerate. The response from the magnificent chestnut 5YO was devastating, as he powered well clear of the field. Only Red Cadeaux could muster a chase, but he was still two lengths in arrears as Animal Kingdom cruised to the line in a time of 2.03.21.

Graham Motion said afterwards, “”He’s an extraordinary animal. The way he won tonight reminded me of the way he won the Kentucky Derby.””

Animal Kingdom’s prizemoney now totals almost $US8 million from five wins and five second placings in 11 starts. Remarkably, he has now won or placed in four of the world’s best Group 1 races (Dubai World Cup, Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes & Breeders’ Cup Mile) on all three racing surfaces: turf, dirt and synthetic.

As Jon Freyer, Arrowfield’s Bloodstock Manager, says, “”He’s a superb horse without the win today, but today lets everybody in the world know that he’s one of the finest racehorses on the planet.””

The World Cup success completed a very special double for rrowfield’s owners, John & Kris Messara whose son Paul trained Ortensia to win the Al Quoz Sprint G1 at last year’s Dubai World Cup meeting.

Watch the Arrowfield team cheering Animal Kingdom home in the latest edition of the Dubai Video Diaries, here .

102nd stakeswinner for Redoute's Choice

Redoute’s Choice’s 102nd stakeswinner certainly caught punters by surprise when winning today’s $100,000 ATC Darby Munro S. 1200m LR at Rosehill, but Chiaramonte‘s $46 dividend belied both his good overall form and his top-drawer pedigree.

Pictured: Chiaramonte shows plenty of courage to hold off the challengers in today’s Darby Munro S. LR. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

The 3YO colt was driven forward from a wide draw by jockey Josh Parr and set a strong pace in front, but had enough in reserve to hold off Brave Soul by a half-neck with Heart Testa a half-length away in third place.

Trained by Peter Snowden for Sheikh Mohammed, Chiaramonte began racing last August and has now won five of his nine starts and a touch over $195,000.

He is the fourth stakeswinner from the outstanding broodmare Chiara (by Last Tycoon), after Group winners Chinchilla Rose, Ferocity and Leone Chiara (all by Lion Hunter). Leone Chiara is also the dam of dual Group 1 winner Star Witness (by Starcraft).

Last Tycoon mares have an excellent strike rate with Redoute’s Choice, a combination that has produced 10 stakeswinners from 40 named foals, among them Group 1 winners Dariana and Master of Design. Chiaramonte is one of nine 3YOs among his champion sire’s 16 stakeswinners this season.

Thirty-four yearlings by Redoute’s Choice will be offered at the Inglis Australian Easter Sale, including six consigned by Arrowfield, and a colt in the Bellerive draft – view them here .

Redoute's Choice's cup overflows with Burgundy

As syndicator Te Akau describes him, Burgundy is “”a high-class horse with looks to match”” and he performed accordingly to complete the New Zealand half of today’s trans-Tasman stakes double for Redoute’s Choice .

3YO colt Chiaramonte provided the Australian success in the ATC Darby Munro S. LR at Rosehill.

Racing at Awapuni in the Manawatu RC Flying H. 1400m LR, Burgundy began well and led in the early stages before settling behind Open ‘N’ Shut. At the top of the straight Jockey Matt Cameron pushed Burgundy back into a lead that he defended tenaciously to the finish-line, where his winning margin was a half-neck to I Do, with a long neck further back to third-placed Special Draw.

It was the 4YO entire’s fifth black type success and an impressive effort first-up from a 72-day break following his excellent third in January’s WRC Telegraph H. G1. His record now reads 7 wins and two placings from 12 starts and prizemoney of more than $200,000.

Bred by Peter & Philip Vela from the Group 1-winning Zabeel mare Grand Echezeaux, and raced by the Te Akau 2010 Breeding Syndicate, Burgundy is a three-quarter brother to leading young New Zealand sire Darci Brahma, whose 2YO daughter Recite took out today’s Manawatu Sires’ Produce S. G1.

Burgundy is one of three New Zealand stakeswinners this season by Redoute’s Choice (the others are 3YO fillies Abidewithme and Pure Elegance).

Arrowfield’s champion sire has been represented by 16 stakeswinners worldwide in 2012/13, and he maintains a Stakeswinners/Runners strike rate of better than 11.5%. His 34-strong draft of yearlings at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale is headed by the half-brother to the current superstars of Australian racing, Black Caviar and All Too Hard.

The Arrowfield & Bellerive drafts include five colts and two fillies by Redoute’s Choice – view their photos and videos here .

Aliyana Tilde completes Arrowfield's Group-winning graduate quartet

With impeccable timing, in the month before Australasia’s best yearling sale, four Snitzel fillies purchased from Arrowfield & Bellerive yearling sale drafts have won Group races on all but one of the five Saturdays in March.

Pictured: Aliyana Tilde and Corey Brown (lime green silks) power home in the ATC Epona S. G3 at Rosehill this afternoon. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

2YO Sweet Idea kicked off the sequence in the ATC Silver Slipper S. G2 on 2 March, and 3YO Flying Snitzel followed up a week later when she flashed home to claim the VRC A.V. Kewney S. G2 at Flemington.

On 16 March it was the turn of outstanding 3YO Snitzerland to set a new 1000-metre track record in the ATC Challenge S. G2 – her fifth Group race success.

Today at Rosehill 4YO Aliyana Tilde (ex Patronella by Mister C) confirmed that her two Group 1 placings last year were no flukes with a resolute victory in the $120,000 Epona S. 1900m G3. Her Kembla Grange trainer Kerry Parker bought Aliyana Tilde for $50,000 from Arrowfield Stud at the 2010 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Parker races the mare with his business manager Gordon Crockett and Mrs Crockett.

Aliyana Tilde is the third stakeswinner from the grand broodmare Patronella, after the sisters Smytzer’s Trish (dam of SW Swish Trish) and Stella Artois (dam of G2 Freestyle). Patronella has a yearling colt by All American (purchased by Gai Waterhouse & Blue Sky Bloodstock at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale), and is due to foal in August to Beneteau.

Shortly after Aliyana Tilde’s win, Snitzerland almost crowned Snitzel’s magnificent March with a Group 1 win when a courageous second to Bel Sprinter in The Galaxy G1.

Sweet Idea was a Magic Millions purchase by Gai Waterhouse & James Harron from Arrowfield Stud, while Snitzerland and Flying Snitzel were found by Darby Bloodstock and Triple Crown Syndications in the Bellerive Stud draft at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

This accomplished quartet has handsomely repaid their owners with total prizemoney of more than $2.6 million – almost 6 times their combined purchase prices.

Aliyana Tilde is the 13th career stakeswinner for sensational young sire Snitzel , with five of them saluting in black type company this month. Western Australian 2YO colt Petrol Power won the WATC Superemacy S. LR on 9 March.

The 18 yearlings by Snitzel in the upcoming Inglis Easter Sale include four quality lots in the Arrowfield Stud draft – view them here .

A Sweet Idea to buy from Arrowfield & Bellerive

Easter Sale buyers need only read the latest racing news to find star graduates of Arrowfield and Bellerive Studs.

Record-breaking 3YO sprinter Snitzerland, Silver Slipper winner Sweet Idea and Group 2-winning filly Flying Snitzel have made headlines on three consecutive weekends this month.

Pictured: A Danehill lookalike…Arrowfield’s much-admired Easter Sale colt by Redoute’s Choice from Group 2 winner Hurried Choice. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

Other current season stakeswinners purchased in the past two years from Arrowfield and Bellerive consignments are Lunar Rise, Members Joy, Assail, Urban Groove and Crack A Roadie. Together these eight horses have earned almost three times the money their owners paid for them.

They are the freshest decorations on a very rich cake. Arrowfield and Bellerive have sold more than 70 stakes performers since 2007 ? a list headed by Group 1-winning colts Master of Design and Reaan, both now at stud.

That record and a stellar group of 34 yearlings explain why Arrowfield?s Sam Fairgray, Bellerive?s Jo Monehan and their teams can expect little downtime on the parade days leading into the Inglis Australian Easter Sale.

The individuals are backed up by power-packed catalogue pages. Seventeen of them boast Group or Listed Stakes-winning dams, and their siblings or close relatives include Group 1 winners Reaan, Inspiration, Cesario, US Champions Wandesta and Afleet Alex, and recent stakeswinners Assail, Members Joy and Urban Groove.

Ten are by champion sires Redoute?s Choice, Flying Spur, Lonhro and Encosta de Lago; nine are by proven Group 1 sires Charge Forward, Snitzel, Starcraft & High Chaparral; and Arrowfield?s first season sires All American and Manhattan Rain are represented by 15 lots.

Arrowfield?s Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer says, ?Our 2013 Easter Sale yearlings are as good as any I have seen Arrowfield and Bellerive present in the past 15 years ? a period when buyers have also found Miss Finland, Forensics, Mentality and Inspiration in our Easter drafts.

?A notable aspect of this year?s group is that almost a third of them are the first or second foals of their dams. That reflects the substantial investment that Arrowfield and our clients have made in high quality young mares over the past few years.?

View photos and videos for the 2013 Arrowfield & Bellerive yearlings here . Arrowfield and Bellerive Studs welcome buyers, clients, media & guests to their Easter Sale hospitality marquee from Wednesday 3 April.

New stakeswinner for damsire Flying Spur

You’re So Good‘s class has been evident from the start of her career, only 14 weeks ago when she won on debut at Moonee Valley.

Since then the 3YO Savabeel filly has been second three times, most recently in the VRC Australian Guineas G1, where she split the colts Ferlax and Sheer Talent.

Pictured: There was, of course, another star of tonight’s racing at Moonee Valley, in the shape of World Champion Sprinter Black Caviar whose many fans saw her win her 14th Group 1 race. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Tonight she started favourite in the MVRC $120,000 Alexandra S. 1600m LR and made the task of achieving stakes-winning status look easy, with a 1.5 length defeat of her seven rivals.

You’re So Good is the 37th stakeswinner out of daughters of champion sire Flying Spur , and the 7th in Australia this season.

A trip to Sydney is now almost certain. Her trainer Nigel Blackiston said afterwards, “”We’ll just be careful, we’ll see how she pulls up and we’ll monitor her over the next week but I’d like to take her to Sydney for the Vinery (Stud Stakes).

“”We have put in a nomination for the (ATC Australian) Oaks but whether we get that far, time will tell.?

You’re So Good’s dam Lightning Spur was a winner and is the dam of four runners by Savabeel, all of which have won – a fine record for any broodmare. She’s also a three-quarter sister to dual Group 1 winner Melito (by Redoute’s Choice), from the juvenile stakeswinner Cloister.

Flying Spur mares have 17 yearlings in next month’s Inglis Australian Easter Sale, including six by stallions that have already sired stakeswinners out of Flying Spur mares, and two by first season sire Manhattan Rain, in the Arrowfield draft, here .

Road trip pays off for son of Charge Forward

Cranbourne trainer Stephen Theodore sent 3YO Road Trippin’ north for this afternoon’s Albury Guineas and came away with the gelding’s fourth win, almost $80,000 prizemoney and a class record time.

Pictured: Road Trippin’, bred by the partnership of Arrowfield, Planette Thoroughbred & Belford Productions, seen at Moonee Valley last September. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Travelling seems to suit the presciently named son of Charge Forward . Albury is the 11th track he has raced on in his 17-start career and the Albury win follows a win at Morphettville earlier this month.

Today he drew wide and raced there for the first few hundred metres, until jockey John Kissick settled him towards the rear of the field. Heading towards the turn, he worked Road Trippin’ forward into space and found a generous response when the field lined up for the final run for the judge.

Road Trippin’s winning margin was 2.8 lengths and his time for the 1400 metres on a Heavy8 track was 1.28.77. His $29,660 prizemoney was significantly boosted by the $50,000 Inglis bonus attached to the race.

Road Trippin’, from the Flying Spur mare Road to Damascus, was bought from the Bellerive Stud draft at the Inglis 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Theodore returned a year later to buy his full brother, now the 2YO stakeswinner Crack A Roadie, and earlier this month signed for the half-brother by Manhattan Rain. He and his owners are already well ahead of the game with a total outlay of $122,500 for prizemoney of more than $360,000.

They’ll have to take a break in 2014 because Road to Damascus missed in 2011, but she is safely in foal again, this time to All American.

Charge Forward, sire of 5 stakeswinners this season, is represented by a choice group of 8 yearlings at the Inglis Australian Easter Sale, including a sister to 2YO stakeswinner Assail, and a half-sister to Blue Diamond G1 winner Reaan, both in the Arrowfield draft, here .

Apres springs a surprise at Sandown

We are constantly reminded that horse-breeding is about probabilities and surprises, not certainties.

Take the experience of Victorian breeder Burnewang North Pastoral this week.

Pictured: Sensational young sire Snitzel takes some exercise in his paddock at Arrowfield – and not a hurdle in sight…(PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Begin with a sire Snitzel , a brilliant 2YO and 3YO sprinter whose seven victories were all at 1000, 1100 or 1200 metres. Of his 12 stakeswinners only one has won a single race at 1600 metres (Sizzling in the BRC T.J. Smith S. G1) and none of them has won beyond that distance.

With eight 2YO Group winners among those stakeswinners, Snitzel is already well-established as a consistent source of precocious & high-class short-course speed.

So you put him across a mare, Meribel, whose only win came at 1200 metres as a 2YO. She is by the outstanding New Zealand-based sire Centaine who scored only once beyond 1200 metres in a six-win career, although his progeny did win 3 stakes races beyond 2500 metres.

Arrowfield’s Pedigree Analyst Peter Jenkins notes, “”Apres doesn?t have any stamina in his first three generations, although his granddam was just shy of black type at 2100 metres. Further back on the dam-line, however, the distaff family is thick with Oaks performers and true stayers.””

That genetically distant stamina has obviously travelled well in this case, because the result of the Snitzel-Meribel mating is a 5YO gelding by the name of Apres who won the 3300-metre Mornington Easter Sunday Hurdle on Sandown’s Hillside course in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Ah, the vagaries of breeding.

A handsome member of Burnewang North Pastoral?s inaugural yearling draft at the 2009 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, where he sold for $120,000, Apres fashioned a useful flat career before his hurdles debut, winning $150,390 from five wins up to 2215 metres and 12 placings. Beating his two rivals at Sandown added another $21,000 to the kitty.

He’s also been admirably tough, racing every month since 1 August 2012 for trainer Clinton McDonald, and owners Peter Argiro, Brodie Arnold, John Bath, Ashley Bramich, Justin Crough, Steve Fletcher, Anton Jovanovic & Mile Symons.

It will be interesting to see what aptitude Apres’ 2YO full sister Jalaurabel, in training with Joan Pracey at Hawkesbury in NSW, displays when she gets to the racetrack.

There are 20 yearlings by Snitzel on offer at the Inglis Australian Easter Sale – 4 of them in the Arrowfield draft, here .

With thanks to Burnewang North Pastoral and Steve Brem.

World Cup contender Animal Kingdom on his way to Dubai

Arrowfield’s latest stallion acquisition Animal Kingdom will arrive in Dubai on Wednesday night after completing his final workout at Palm Meadows, Florida where he has been preparing for the $US10 million Dubai World Cup G1 on Saturday 30 March.

Watch the latest edition of Animal Kingdom’s video diary here .

PHOTO: A rarity among international performers, Animal Kingdom has won in top company on turf, dirt and synthetic surfaces.

The striking 5YO son of Leroidesanimaux pleased his trainer Graham Motion with a strong gallop in company, posting a time of 1.01.78 for the last 5 furlongs.

He said, “”I thought it was a great work, it was just what we did with him at Keeneland before he shipped to California for the Breeders’ Cup. He did it well within himself and it was really just what I wanted.””

Animal Kingdom was a sensational runner-up, at his first start for almost nine months, to US Horse of the Year Wise Dan in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Mile G1 – rated second among the World’s Top 50 Group 1 races on the list released by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities earlier this week.

In his 10-start career Animal Kingdom has won or run second in three races on that list: the 2011 Kentucky Derby which he won, the Preakness Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

He resumed this year with a fighting second to Point of Entry in the Gulfstream Park Turf H. G1 on 9 February, his last start in the United States before a global journey that will end at Arrowfield Stud later this year.

Follow Animal Kingdom’s journey here .

Charge Forward colt sets record at QTIS Sale

A colt by Charge Forward made history on the Gold Coast today when he sold for $170,000 at the Magic Millions QTIS Yearling Sale.

The sale price for the colt is the highest achieved at a QTIS Yearling Sale.

Pictured: The $170,000 Charge Forward colt from Sequential. (PHOTO: Magic Millions/Highgrove Stud)

Bred and sold by Ron & Debbie Gilbert’s Highgrove Stud the colt is from the Lion Hunter mare Sequential, makinh him a half brother to Melbourne-based stakes winning juvenile Excitable Boy.

Highgrove Stud also bred and sold Charge Forward’s Group 2-winning son Shrapnel.

Bidding kicked off at $20,000 and climbed quickly toward $100,000 before Magic Millions’ Barry Bowditch outbid clients of the Tony Sears stable to buy the colt for $170,000.

Bowditch was on the phone to Queensland grazier Ian McCauley who was pleased to have secured the well-bred and presented youngster.

McCauley said the colt stood out when he and his Queensland trainers inspected horses in the lead-up to the auction.

“”I have about a dozen to 15 horses and three trainers – Ben Mason and Stewart McKinnon in Queensland and Patrick Payne in Victoria.””

“”Ben and Stewart looked at the yearlings with me and this colt really stood out and both thought he was the pick of the sale.””

“”When you pick out a horse of his quality you know you’ve got to be prepared to put your hand in your wallet.””

“”The colt will stay in Queensland so either Ben or Stewart will train – I might have to flip a coin to decide!””

Source: Magic Millions Media Release