The best Animal in the Kingdom

Animal Kingdom?s Dubai World Cup G1 victory in March earned a rating of 126, making him the highest rated entire, joint head of the Intermediate category and the world?s best performer on the synthetic surface he encountered in Dubai.

Click here to visit Animal Kingdom’s own website, with race videos and photos.

The top-rated Australasian 3YOs on the World Thoroughbred Rankings are All Too Hard on 122, ahead of Pierro on 121 and It?s A Dundeel, awarded 120. Read Dominic Beirne?s assessment of this trio in his 3YO Analysis here .

Animal Kingdom retains his world ranking ahead of them on turf with a 2012 year-end rating of 124, achieved after his blistering run for second in Wise Dan?s record-breaking Breeders? Cup Mile G1 last November.

Animal Kingdom is now in England preparing for Royal Ascot?s testing straight turf mile in the Queen Anne Stakes G1, won in the last three years by Frankel, Canford Cliffs and Goldikova. It will be the fifth of the world?s top 50 Group 1 races contested by the son of Leroidesanimaux, following the Dubai World Cup (1st), Kentucky Derby (1st), Breeders? Cup Mile (2nd) and Preakness Stakes (2nd).

Animal Kingdom will join the Arrowfield stallion roster for the 2013 breeding season at a fee of $38,500 inc. GST.

Animal Kingdom ranked world's best entire

Five weeks after his dominant Dubai World Cup victory, Animal Kingdom (pictured) has been rated the world’s best entire.

The latest World Thoroughbred Rankings for the period 1 November 2012-28 April 2013 give the 5YO son of Leroisdesanimaux a rating of 126, alongside the 6YO gelding Game On Dude. Only the recently retired Australian superstar Black Caviar (130) and 6YO gelding Wise Dan (129) are rated above them.

The Breeders’ Cup Classic G1 winner Fort Larned and Japanese star Orfevre have been awarded a rating of 125.

Animal Kingdom is now in England preparing for a start at Royal Ascot next month and will join the Arrowfield stallion roster for the 2013 breeding season at a fee of $38,500 inc. GST.

Snitzel strikes Gold on the Coast

Sensational young sire Snitzel went hunting for new stakeswinners at the Gold Coast today and came up with two in less than eighty minutes.

Pictured: Snitzel’s 15th stakeswinner Express Power, bred, raised & sold by Arrowfield, is seen here winning at Canterbury on 27 March. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

2YO gelding Le Val, from the Sydney winner Redaluca’s Gaze (by Intergaze), showed ability when second on debut at Eagle Farm last month and stepped right up in stakes company today to win the $100,000 Ken Russell Memorial Classic 1200m LR by 1.25 lengths from Londehero, with Diamond Oasis a short head away in third position.

Le Val is Snitzel’s third consecutive winner of the Ken Russell Classic, following Hot Snitzel in 2011, and Sizzling in 2012.

Le Val was bred by Jamie & Fiona Middleton, Mark Cullen, Arthur Mountier, Wayne Oxford & Albert Tory and sold under the Middletons’ Redbank North banner at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. The buyer at $110,000 was RMA Bloodstock, for owners Robert & Deborah Anderson, and trainer Noel Doyle.

Redaluca’s Gaze, whose immediate family has also produced 2YO stakeswinner Emotive and Imprisoned (9 wins inc. STC Missile S. G3), has a yearling filly by Snitzel and a weanling filly by Not A Single Doubt.

Arrowfield graduate Express Power, a 3YO daughter of South African Group 1-placed stakeswinner Lady’s Delight (by Local Talent), headed a quinella for the Kris Lees stable in the $125,000 Gold Coast Bracelet 1800m LR when she defeated Soapy Star by a length, with a further 3 lengths back to third-placed Zombie Dancer.

Bred by Arrowfield and John Leaver’s Planette Thoroughbred, Express Power was purchased for $140,000 at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, by Blue Sky Thoroughbreds & Mark Wallace, acting for Sydney-based owner Walter Power.

Express Power, now a 4-time winner, ran second three weeks ago to subsequent Australian Oaks G1 winner Royal Descent in the ATC Adrian Knox S. G3. Her major target in Brisbane is the Queensland Oaks G1 on 1 June.

Her dam Lady’s Delight – whose second dam is Spring Adieu, also grand-dam of Snitzel’s legendary grand-sire Danehill – has two NH time colts by Redoute’s Choice, the first owned by Bijoux Bloodstock in New Zealand and the second retained by Arrowfield & John Leaver. Lady’s Delight is now in foal to Charge Forward.

Dances on Stars, also a member of Snitzel’s 2009 crop, completed an excellent day at the Gold Coast by running third in the Gold Coast Guineas G3.

Le Val and Express Power increase Snitzel’s stakeswinner tally to 15, eleven of them achieving that status this season and helping him into the top 10 sires on the Australian General, 2YO & 3YO Sires’ lists.

Snitzel stands the 2013 season at a fee of $49,500 inc. GST.

Juicy Flemington win for Strawberry Boy

Strawberry Boy could hardly have put up a better performance in his first time out from the Peter Moody stable than his quality win at Flemington today.

Pictured: Strawberry Boy strides to victory at Flemington for his owner and breeder John Singleton today. (PHOTO: Greg Irvine, Magic Millions)

The resolute manner of his victory was impressive enough, but his time of 1.21.85 for the $80,000 1400-metre event indicated that John Singleton‘s home-bred son of Redoute’s Choice is ready to build on the Group 3 placings he achieved over longer distances in Sydney last spring.

Moody Racing’s stable manager Jeff O’Connor said, “”He didn?t do himself any favours early, he was just a bit too fresh with the blinkers on, so he?ll improve with that.

“”With the fresh run out of the way we might see a more relaxed horse next time and he?ll be a better horse.?

A Brisbane campaign remains on the cards for the 4YO son of Strawberry Girl, already dam of three stakeswinners including Group 2 winner Danroad.

Strawberry Boy has now won five of his 8 starts and more than $200,000 and is a fine chance to join the 19 stakeswinners already posted by Redoute’s Choice around the world this season.

Redoute’s Choice stands at a fee of $137,500 inc. GST in 2013.