Stakes double for Snitzel in Melbourne & Perth

Sensational young sire Snitzel contributed a black type double to yesterday’s results, boosting his season tally of stakeswinners to seven, and his career record to twelve.

3YO filly Flying Snitzel, already a stakeswinner last season, scored a spectacular victory in the VRC A.V. Kewney S. G2, when she stormed home from the back of the field to down the hot favourite Norzita in the final 50 metres.

Pictured: Craig Williams and Flying Snitzel sweep past Norzita to win the Kewney Stakes and take the filly’s earnings beyond $300,000 for her Triple Crown-managed group of owners. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Bred by the Arrowfield-Jungle Pocket partnership from Group 1 winner Hula Flight (by Hula Town), Flying Snitzel was a $25,000 purchase from the Bellerive Stud draft at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Hula Flight died in March 2010 and Flying Snitzel is the last and best of the nine named foals she had in Japan and Australia.

The buyer was Chris & Michael Ward’s Triple Crown Syndications which also bought Group 2 winner Hot Snitzel from Bellerive Stud at the same sale in 2010. The Ward brothers returned last week to where the fish are obviously biting and signed for five yearlings from the Arrowfield & Bellerive drafts in Melbourne.

Flying Snitzel is the second Arrowfield-bred graduate Group winner by Snitzel in the past eight days, following the Silver Slipper G2 success of 2YO filly Sweet Idea on 2 March.

Three hours later in Perth 2YO colt Petrol Power (ex Diamonds and Dust, by Charnwood Forest) defeated the classy filly Busimiss by a half-head in the WATC Supremacy S. LR at Ascot. It was his second win from three starts for owner Sam Trimboli and trainer Jim Taylor.

Diamonds and Dust was sent to Snitzel by Carl Holt, the breeder of earlier Snitzel stakeswinners Zelsnitz and Pronto Pronto, and sold in foal for $50,000 to Neville Duncan’s Oakland Park. The mare is an unraced half-sister to Group 2 winner Burrito, and the dams of three other Group winners, including Lady of Choice, dam of Group 3 2YO winner Direct Charge (by Charge Forward).

The resulting colt made $240,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale, with bloodstock agent Damien Wyer signing for him.

Wyer’s comments on his Facebook page indicate that Petrol Power’s win was easier than it looked. “”He was just playing with the opposition, waiting at the top of the straight for the filly to come alongside him for the run to the line. When Pat [Carbery] momentarily put the whip away, he again waited for the filly, then still held her off. Sign of a very good horse, and Pat got off and said he could have done that for another 200m he had so much in reserve.””

The Perth S. 1100m LR for colts and geldings on 23 March is the next target for Petrol Power, with a return match against the fillies likely in the Karrakatta Plate G2 on 6 April.

Back in Melbourne, another colt from Snitzel’s 2010 crop, Shamus Award (ex Sunset Express by Success Express) failed by only a short neck to claim the VRC Sires’ Produce S. G2, with Great Esteem (Redoute’s Choice-Park Esteem by Singspiel) a half-length away third.

Snitzel is now 7th on the Australian General Sires’ list with $3.9 million prizemoney, 3rd on the 2YO Sires’ table and 7th on the 2YO Sires’ list. Eighteen of his yearlings will be offered at next month’s Inglis Australian Easter Sale, including 3 colts and a filly in the Arrowfield draft.

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