Champion Dad flies back for baby's arrival

No, it’s not an Aussie cricketer or rugby player dashing home in time for the birth of his child.

It’s much bigger than that.

Champion sire Redoute’s Choice arrived back in Australia over the weekend, just ahead of his first 2013 foal’s arrival at 8.40 am on Wednesday morning. He’s been busy in France courting a bevy of European beauties at HH The Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval.

Argentine-bred US Grade 1 winner Miss Match (by A.P. Indy’s son Indygo Shiner) was one of the first mares he served in Australia last September and she conceived on one service, with a due date of 6 August. The strapping bay colt she produced a week early at Arrowfield Stud is her first foal.

Arrowfield’s Operations Manager Sam Fairgray is very pleased with the Stud’s first foal of the new season, saying “He has plenty of size, strength and bone, he’s a good effort for a first foal.” 

His arrival signed off an outstanding season for his sire. Redoute’s Choice ends 2012/13 with a worldwide tally of 20 stakeswinners, including two new Group 1 winners, and $11 million prizemoney; two sons, Snitzel & Stratum, alongside him among Australia’s top ten; and his first top ten finish among Australia’s leading broodmare sires.

There were highlights for Redoute’s Choice in the sale-ring too: the $5 million Australasian record price paid for the Helsinge colt and his ninth year as the Easter Sale’s leading sire by average.

Redoute’s Choice is now completing quarantine requirements and breeders can welcome him back to the Hunter Valley when he parades for the first time at Arrowfield this year at the Stud’s Stallion Open House, 22-25 August – click here for more information.

Fairhill Farm celebrates new Not A Single Doubt stakes performer

Fairhill Farm’s Mike O’Donnell was smiling on Sunday evening after 2YO Desert Fox stormed home for second behind favourite War Affair in the $S200,000 Singapore Juvenile Championship 1200m Sgp-3.

It was Mike who sent the US-bred mare Sandy Desert (by Mr. Prospector’s son Line In The Sand) to Not A Single Doubt in 2009 and sold the resulting colt as a weanling for $56,000 to bloodstock agent Michael Wallace. The colt was re-sold to Wallace and trainer Michael Freedman for $120,000 at the 2012 New Zealand Premier Sale.

Sandy Desert returned to Not A Single Doubt in the following two seasons, producing a colt purchased for $130,000 at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale by Hong Kong trainer Ricky Yiu, and a 2012 filly likely to be offered at the 2014 Melbourne Sale. 

Mike says of the fillly, “She is chestnut with a white blaze and three white legs, a nice strong type and could also make a two-year-old. Another Miracles Of Life or Karuta Queen!”

Fairhill Farm enjoyed notable success at this year’s Melbourne Sale as the vendor of the Not A Single Doubt-Euchre colt, sold for $300,000 – the highest price so far paid for a Not A Single Doubt yearling.

Michael Freedman, who also prepares the third placegetter Peace No War, said after the Juvenile Championship, “I feel a bit stiff, but they’ve both done me very proud….Desert Fox just missed out, but has proven yet again he’s a very good horse we can certainly count on.”  Desert Fox won his first two starts in June and his earnings from three starts now exceed $S100,000.

Later on the same card Not A Single Doubt’s 6YO son Always Certain, already a multiple stakeswinner, finished third in the Chairman’s Trophy 1800m Sgp-3. 

The Singapore pair close out a splendid season for Not A Single Doubt, sire of 19 stakes performers worldwide in 2012/13, including eight stakeswinners headlined by the brilliant Blue Diamond G1 winner Miracles of Life.

Not A Single Doubt has just passed the 100-winner mark in Australia this season, the first time he has hit that milestone and surely not the last.

Not A Single Doubt’s fee for the 2013 season is $33,000 inc. GST.  

Ascot track record falls to Redoute's Choice mare

Galician, a 4YO daughter of champion sire Redoute’s Choice, set a new 7-furlong track record at Ascot yesterday when winning the £100,000 Betfair International Stakes.

Sheikh Hamdan’s grey home-bred mare showed plenty of grit as she chased her stable-mate Es Que Love and then held off Trail Blaze to win by a half-length in 1.24.28. The previous record was set at the 2010 Royal Ascot meeting by Rainfall, whose trainer Mark Johnston also prepares Galician.

As reported by Sporting Life, John Ferguson, representing Sheikh Hamdan, said “She’s obviously an incredibly tough filly…She’s a well-bred filly conceived in Australia by Redoute’s Choice, who is known for his toughness, and she keeps delivering.”

Galician has now won six and placed in ten of her 28 starts, and further prizes now beckon in rich handicap or black type company.

Her dam Gweneira (by Machiavellian) was successful at one-and-a-quarter miles and is a half-sister to the dam of Sir Anthony & Lady O’Reilly’s French Group 1 winner Alpine Rose, now in foal to Redoute’s Choice after visiting him at HH The Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval this year.  

Redoute’s Choice, sire of 20 stakeswinners worldwide in 2012/13, returns next month to Arrowfield where he will parade at the Stud’s Stallion Open House, 22-25 August. Click here for more information about the Arrowfield Stallion Open House.

A Peerless Yearling Sales Record

When the Redoute’s Choice colt from Helsinge left the ring at the Inglis Australian Easter Sale in Sydney on 9 April this year, a piece of history flashed on the board behind him.

BC3 Thoroughbreds paid an Australasian record price of $5 million for the colt, and $2.6 million for his sister at the same sale in 2012. Their world champion half-sister Black Caviar, and Group 1-winning half-brother All Too Hard certainly put them in the spotlight, but their value is firmly anchored by Redoute’s Choice as a champion sire, leading sire of sires and influential sire of broodmares.

It is impossible to miss the impact of Redoute’s Choice on the market-place in Australia over the past decade. His yearlings have generated 20% of the total business done at the Easter Sale since 2003 and his tally of 63 million-dollar yearlings is unsurpassed in Australian history.

Redoute’s Choice has headed the sire averages at the Easter Sale – Australia’s major yearling auction – for the past nine years. This year his 26 lots averaged $610,385; his Easter Sale average since 2003 is almost $550,000.

An important step in the establishment of the Redoute’s Choice dynasty was taken when his son Snitzel ended the 2013 Easter Sale with an average of $335,000, and his first $1 million yearling, the stunning Arrowfield-bred colt from La Bamba.

Given the remarkable yearling sale record of the Stud’s stallions since 1999, it was always a good bet that an Arrowfield-based son of Redoute’s Choice would emerge to join his sire in the million-dollar club.

Arrowfield stallions have been responsible for 94 (59%) of the 159 yearlings sold in Australia and New Zealand for $1 million or more since 1999. That includes yearlings bred thanks to the exclusive access to Japan’s champion sire Sunday Silence negotiated by Arrowfield between 1998 and 2001.

Add the progeny of Arrowfield-bred champion sire Zabeel and almost two-thirds of those market-toppers bear the Stud’s imprimatur.

That’s an astonishing degree of dominance, but as Inglis Director Jonathan D’Arcy explains, “Sales success is not just based on sire strength.”

“It is Arrowfield’s strong dedication to improving its broodmare band that has seen champion racetrack performers continue to come off its production line. Arrowfield has been able to attract some of the world’s greatest breeders such as the Aga Khan and the Yoshida family of Japan to join them in their quest to breed the best racehorses in the world.

“At Inglis we’ve been the beneficiary of this outstanding breeding programme, regularly seeing Arrowfield-bred and -raised yearlings topping our sales and leading to greater appreciation of the Australian-bred thoroughbred.”

In fact, no vendor in Australia or New Zealand has sold more seven-figure yearlings since 1999 than Arrowfield, with a total of 27. Coolmore has sold 21, while Cambridge Stud and Tyreel Stud have each sold 12 yearlings in that bracket.

Needless to say, that’s not why owners, agents and trainers buy yearlings from Arrowfield. They pay more attention to their own strike rate with Arrowfield horses, whether purchased for seven figures, like Group 1 winners Sunday Joy and Master of Design, or less than $250,000, like champions Fashions Afield, Mentality and Weekend Hussler, and this season’s Group winners Snitzerland, Sweet Idea and Flying Snitzel.

As John Messara says, “Today’s buyers demand athletes, and that is great news for us because that has always been Arrowfield’s obsession.

“The best athletes are the result of a constant effort to develop the right stallions, mate them to the right mares, and raise them in the best environment in the care of the best people. Provided we can tick all those boxes, the racetrack and sale-ring results will take care of themselves.”

Zirna's girls building a star record

After breeding seven fillies in a row, Russell Warwick, manager of Watson Bloodstock, now plans the matings for Group 1-winning mare Zirna in confident expectation of a filly.

And why not? The all-girl approach has been a highly successful strategy for Zirna, producing more than $1 million in yearling sale returns, and three talented performers, headed by the admirable Sydney Group 3 winner Crafty Irna (by Starcraft).

Progressive 4YO mare Raziyya of Sydney (by Redoute’s Choice) has won three races up to 1800 metres this year in Singapore for owner Mark Read, and earlier this month ran a terrific fourth in Better Life’s Singapore Derby 2000m Sgp-1.

La Siroque (by Zabeel) was successful in Adelaide and placed in Melbourne before retiring to stud last spring, and the unplaced Dr Kate (by Danzero) is also at stud.

Rising 3YO Snow Petal (by Bernadini) has just returned to the stable of Peter & Dawn Williams in New Zealand with an Oaks preparation in mind.

Zirna’s rising 2YO filly by Encosta de Lago was purchased for $170,000 from the Bellerive Stud draft at the Inglis Australian Easter Sale and is currently spelling at Carinya Lodge. She will soon join her older sister Crafty Irna in the Ron Quinton stable for the next stage of her education.

Zirna has a 2012 filly by Snitzel, is in foal to Encosta de Lago and is booked again to Snitzel this spring.

Jo Monehan, manager of Arrowfield’s sister farm Bellerive Stud, where the almost 15-year-old mare has been based since 2006, says, “Zirna leaves absolutely outstanding foals, they’re all very correct and very hard to fault. They’re all gutsy fillies and good to deal with.”

She recalls, “Crafty Irna was a lovely athletic foal, with a lot of scope, and she oozed class, while Razziya of Sydney was a cracking type, in my top 10 foals on the farm that year.”

“The Snitzel filly is slightly different, she is maturing sooner and has plenty of natural muscle.”

Stallion selection has played a role too, as Russell Warwick explains, “We’ve been conscious of Zirna’s lack of size, so we’ve gone for size and scope in her early matings, which has given us good physical athletes.”

He says of Zirna, “She’s a lightly framed, neat mare, not much more than 15.2 hands, but she raced with the attitude of a 16.2 horse. She was tough, but in a lovely way, with a very good spirit.”

Bred by the late Jim Campin, Zirna showed plenty of ability in her first two seasons of racing, winning and running second to Our Egyptian Raine in a Listed Race at two, and third in the ARC Eight Carat Classic G2 as a 3YO. However, Russell suspected she would prove more effective if she could be held up during her races and saved for a sharp final sprint.

That change of tactic proved instantly successful and Zirna won three of her six starts at four, including the Te Aroha JC NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ S. G1 over 1600 metres.

The prospect of a million-dollar bonus encouraged Russell and Eric to pursue an unprecedented campaign for a Group 1-winning mare. They sent Zirna to Singapore trainer Malcolm Thwaites for a tilt at the Patron’s Bowl-Derby Trial-Derby treble.

She won the Derby Trial and placed in the other two races, so missed the bonus, but she so impressed Thwaites that he urged Eric and Russell to leave her with him for the Raffles Cup (1800m) and Singapore Gold Cup (2200m), both carrying domestic Group 1 status.

Ridden by Mark du Plessis, Zirna won both races in classic drop-from-the-clouds fashion and added more than $S1 million to her earnings. (Watch Zirna’s 2003 Singapore Gold Cup victory here.)

Crafty Irna’s sustained power style of racing distinguishes her from both her mother and from other leading Starcraft progeny, most of whom display their sire’s explosive acceleration at 1200-1600 metres – think brilliant 2YO and 3YO sprinter Star Witness, New Zealand filly We Can Say It Now and Group 2 winner Hallowell Belle.

None of that matters to Ron Quinton whose store of adjectives is fully utilised when he talks about Crafty Irna.

“She’s one of our favourites, she’s a doll, she’s just so honest…she’s very sound, she’s a beautiful mare…gee, she’s a lovely mare!”

The rising 6YO is back in work and, all going well, her 2013 spring programme will be similar to last year, beginning with the ATC Toy Show Quality. LR over 1300 metres on 24 August, and then possibly the 1600-metre La Gioconda S. at Wyong which she won in 2012.

Although her first-up record over sprint distances is good – her previous campaign openers include seconds to Red Tracer and Dystopia – Crafty Irna’s victories have all been at 1500-2400 metres.

With three daughters on stage, and two more in the wings, Zirna’s chorus line of fillies is likely to draw plenty more applause yet.

Starcraft's Irna prepares for a fruitful spring

There’s no mistaking how trainer Ron Quinton feels about the brave and classy mare Crafty Irna. His store of adjectives is fully utilised when he talks about her. 

“She’s one of our favourites, she’s a doll, she’s just so honest…she’s very sound, she’s a beautiful mare…gee, she’s a lovely mare!”

The good news for fans of the rising 6YO daughter of Starcraft is that she is back in work, and her owners (Tony Andreacchio, Jane Brandis, Charles Dowsett, Paul Fitzgerald, Peter Kearney, Thomas Lamond, Clemence Lee, John Osmond, Ian Stark, Antony Thompson & Paul Young) have no plans at this stage to send her to stud in 2013.

There’s every reason to think that 2013/14 could be an excellent season for Crafty Irna. Both Starcraft and her dam Zirna hit top form in the second half of their racing careers. 

Her spring campaign last year was excellent, adding $216,655 to her bank account with two wins and three placings from five starts, all but one of them in Group or Listed stakes company. Ron names Crafty Irna’s final two runs in that campaign, her ATC City Tattersalls Club Cup LR win and  VRC Matriarch S. G2 third placing, as career-best efforts.

Most importantly, she has returned to training in great heart. Ron says, “She looks sensational.”

Crafty Irna’s 2013 spring programme will be similar to last year, beginning with the ATC Toy Show H. LR over 1300 metres, and then possibly the 1600-metre La Gioconda S. at Wyong which she won in 2012. Although her first-up record over sprint distances is very good – her previous campaign openers include seconds to Red Tracer and Dystopia –  her victories have all been at 1500-2400 metres.   

That, and her sustained power style of racing make Crafty Irna a little unusual among Starcraft’s best progeny, most of whom display their sire’s explosive acceleration at 1200-1600 metres – think brilliant 2YO and 3YO sprinter Star Witness, New Zealand filly We Can Say It Now and Group 2 winner Hallowell Belle.

It also distinguishes Crafty Irna from her dam, 2003 Singapore Horse of the Year Zirna, bred by the late Jim Campin and raced by Eric Watson, whose bloodstock interests are managed by Westbury Stud’s Russell Warwick.  

Zirna showed plenty of ability in her first two seasons of racing, winning and running second to Our Egyptian Raine in a Listed Race at two, and third in the ARC Eight Carat Classic G2 as a 3YO. However, Russell suspected she would prove more effective if she could be held up during her races and saved for a sharp final sprint. 

That change of tactic proved instantly successful and Zirna won three of her six starts at four, including the Te Aroha JC NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ S. G1 over 1600 metres. 

The prospect of a million-dollar bonus encouraged Russell and Eric to pursue an unprecedented campaign for a Group 1-winning mare. They sent Zirna to Singapore trainer Malcolm Thwaites for a tilt at the Patron’s Bowl-Derby Trial-Derby treble. 

She won the Derby Trial and placed in the other two races, so missed the bonus, but she so impressed Thwaites that he urged Eric and Russell to leave her with him for the Raffles Cup (1800m) and Singapore Gold Cup (2200m), both carrying domestic Group 1 status. 

Ridden by Mark du Plessis, Zirna won both races in classic drop-from-the-clouds fashion and added more than $S1 million to her earnings. (Watch Zirna’s 2003 Singapore Gold Cup here.) 

Russell says of Zirna, “She’s a lightly framed, neat mare, not much more than 15.2 hands, but she raced with the attitude of a 16.2 horse. She was tough, but in a lovely way with a very good spirit.”

Zirna is as valuable in the matron’s paddock as she was on the racetrack, leaving four fillies that have sold for a total of more than $1.1 million. Crafty Irna is the best of them, but rising 5YO Raziyya of Sydney (by Redoute’s Choice) is proving as progressive with age as her mother and half-sister.

Trained in Singapore by Michael Freedman for owner Mark Read, Razziya of Sydney has won three races up to 1800 metres this year and earlier this month ran a strong fourth in Better Life’s Singapore Derby 2000m Sgp-1.  

Zirna has since had a further three fillies. Rising 3YO Snow Petal (by Bernadini) has just returned to the stable of Peter & Dawn Williams in New Zealand with an Oaks preparation in mind. Her rising 2YO filly by Encosta de Lago was purchased from the Bellerive Stud draft at the Inglis Australian Easter Sale for $170,000 by Tim Noonan, an original owner of Crafty Irna, and will be trained by Ron Quinton.

Zirna, who is based at Bellerive, has an outstanding 2012 filly by Snitzel, is in foal to Encosta de Lago and is booked again to Snitzel this spring.

The Art and Craft of Star 2YOs

He was a Group 1 winner in every season he raced except as a 2YO, but that hasn’t stopped Starcraft from leaving his share of talented juvenile performers. It’s a case for which 2YO filly Art And Craft supplied further evidence at Morphettville on Saturday. 

Already a winner at Balaklava, the strongly built Art And Craft was first out of the barrier but settled quickly outside the favourite A Saucy Snitzel (by Starcraft’s barn-mate Snitzel). Art And Craft challenged for the lead soon after rounding the home turn and finally got the better of the determined A Saucy Snitzel by a half-neck, with Flask 4 lengths away in third place. 

Trained by Bill Smart, Art And Craft is raced in partnership by her breeder Bruce Whitting, also the owner-breeder of her dam Miss Pavlova (by Sadler’s Wells’ grandson Blevic) and grand-dam Sugarplum Fairy (by Western Symphony). Miss Pavlova won four races in Adelaide and Melbourne at three and four, including the 2600-metre SAJC St Reims S. G3. She descends from the fine broodmare Valour, also the ancestress of Champion 2YO Burst and Group 1 winners Victory Prince, Bush Padre & Historian.  

Six of Starcraft’s 2YO winners have progressed to stakes success at three: Ain’tnofallenstar, Celebrity Girl, Singapore Sling, Starcheeka and most notably, dual Group 1 winners We Can Say It Now, and Blue Diamond winner Star Witness who won the VRC Ascot Vale S. as a spring 3YO.

Art And Craft resembles, and is bred on a similar cross to this season’s 3YO Group winner Lunar Rise (from the Sadler’s Wells mare Spirited Dancer). It may or may not be co-incidence that, like Starcraft’s best performers Star Witness, We Can Say It Now and Hallowell Belle, Art And Craft is the first foal of her dam.  

Starcraft stands at a fee of 2013 fee of $22,000 inc. GST

A Superlative Record of Group One Graduates

When Miracles of Life won the MRC Blue Diamond S. G1 in February this year she made several kinds of history.

She is the first Group 1 winner by Not A Single Doubt, bred and raced by Arrowfield, and now a rising star on the Stud’s stallion roster.

She is the second Blue Diamond winner for her owner-breeder Muzaffar Yaseen who won the race 14 years ago with Arrowfield’s champion sire, and paternal grand-sire of Miracles of Life, Redoute’s Choice.

The diminutive chestnut filly is also the 43rd Group 1 winner bred, raised and/or sold by Arrowfield.

The Group 1 winners began appearing very soon after John Messara established Arrowfield Stud. Two of the first horses to carry the “jockey cap over diamonds” brand were Australian Guineas G1 winner Zabeel, and four-time Group 1 winner Dr Grace, both bred in partnership with Robert Sangster and foaled in 1986. Both became Group 1 sires, but Zabeel earned champion status 15 years ago and has exerted a beneficent influence on Australasian distance racing ever since.

Group 1 winners Danzero, Danewin and his Group 3-winning brother Commands are other significant sires found on Arrowfield’s honour roll, while more recent graduates Reaan and Master of Design are in the early stages of their stud careers.

There are several famous fillies among Arrowfield graduates too. The Stud’s brand was carried to three historic Melbourne Cup victories by Tony Santic‘s champion mare Makybe Diva, who spent 15 months of her early life at Arrowfield.

Golden Slipper winners Belle du Jour and Forensics were raised and sold by the Stud, while bred-and-sold graduates include champion 2YO filly Fashions Afield and Arrowfield’s million-dollar yearling Sunday Joy, winner of the Australian Oaks, and dam of champion mare More Joyous (eight Group 1 wins).

Proud as he is of Arrowfield’s superlative record as a nursery of elite performers, John Messara is most interested in the myriad relationships behind them. Three horses, a filly, a colt and a gelding illustrate how important those relationships have been to Arrowfield’s success.

In June 1988 a 4YO chestnut mare called Rolls arrived at Arrowfield after travelling from the United States via New Zealand where she conceived to champion sire Star Way. By Mr. Prospector from Grand Luxe, a daughter of the blue hen Fanfreluche, Rolls was to have a spectacular impact on Australian breeding.

Her first Australian-born foal was a filly named Shoal Creek, the future dam of champion sire Encosta de Lago, and in 1992 she delivered a colt in the second crop of Danehill. Between those two foalings, Rolls passed from the ownership of the New Zealand-based Ra Ora Stud to Arrowfield. John Messara says of the Danehill colt, “He was magnificent from the day he was born and when we offered him for sale, I put together a syndicate of long-time clients and supporters to compete in the market, which we do from time to time for colts we particularly like, and buy him for $160,000.”

Named Flying Spur for the turbo-charged version of the famous Rolls Royce Silver Spur, the colt was trained in Melbourne by Australian Hall of Famer Lee Freedman. He progressed quickly from his debut win in November 1994 to Group 3 winner to Blue Diamond runner-up, to winner of the 1995 Golden Slipper G1, beating subsequent Horse of the Year Octagonal.

Flying Spur returned at three to take his speed out to 1600 metres and win the VRC Australian Guineas and AJC All Aged Stakes at Group 1 level before retiring to stud in 1996. He was withdrawn from service at the age of 20 before the 2012 season.

Champion Sire of Australia in 2007, Flying Spur has 89 stakeswinners to his name, 11 of them Group 1 winners, and is now building an imposing second-generation record. His daughters have already produced 42 stakeswinners (4 Group 1) and his son Casino Prince is the sire of multiple Group 1 winner All Too Hard, who will serve his first book of mares in Australia this spring.

During the past decade Arrowfield’s growing stallion power has attracted the attention of major international breeders interested in the kind of joint ventures that proved so successful for Robert Sangster in the 1980s.

In 2003 the late HH Sheikh Maktoum al Maktoum’s Gainsborough Stud and Arrowfield bred a bay filly by Redoute’s Choice from Forest Pearl, an unraced daughter of Woodman and the 1995 Epsom Oaks G1 winner Moonshell.

John Messara recalls, “Gainsborough sent us beautifully bred mares and Forest Pearl’s filly was the most wonderful looker and a great mover.”

The filly was consigned in the Arrowfield draft at the 2005 Inglis Australian Easter Sale and Messara prepared to buy her outright, with the help of close friends, stockbroker John Leaver and broadcaster Alan Jones.

In a curious twist of fate, Arrowfield outbid Sheikh Hamdan’s manager Angus Gold to secure the filly for $450,000, and was under-bidder on a Redoute’s Choice colt from Candide purchased from Edinglassie Sud for $700,000 – by Angus Gold.

Ten months later Sheikh Hamdan’s colt, Nadeem defeated the filly, Miss Finland in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes. It was the only time the pair ever met, as Nadeem’s career was cut short by injury.

Miss Finland went on to triumph in the STC Golden Slipper G1 and claim the title of Champion 2YO. The following season she won seven of her 11 starts including the VRC Oaks, VRC Australian Guineas and two other Group 1 races to earn a final accolade of Champion 3YO Filly.

The day after Miss Finland’s last win in the spring of 2007, a gelded bay son of Hussonet and Weekend Beauty won a provincial maiden race in Victoria. It marked the start of a remarkable 12 months for Weekend Hussler, named the 2008 Australian Horse of the Year, and rated the world’s best 3YO sprinter after winning seven Group 1 races from 1200 to 1800 metres.

Weekend Hussler’s Timeform figure of 130 is the highest achieved by any Arrowfield graduate, and an outstanding result for the Stud’s relationship with Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm

It was Arrowfield that encouraged Mr Yoshida to extend his Australian racing interests to breeding by way of the joint venture which sent Weekend Beauty, an unraced daughter of Helissio, to Hussonet in 2003. The resulting colt was sold as a yearling for $80,000 to Melbourne trainer Ross McDonald whose owners banked just over $3 million during Weekend Hussler’s 21-start career. 

The Arrowfield/Northern Farm joint venture also bred and sold Hussonet’s Group 1 2YO winner Reaan and has enjoyed conspicuous success this season as the breeder of Group 2-winning fillies Sweet Idea and Flying Snitzel.

A similar venture with HH The Aga Khan produced this season’s promising 3YO colt Vadashan whose sire Redoute’s Choice has just completed his first northern hemisphere season at the Aga Khan’s Stud in France.

As John Messara says, “The winner’s circle is not so much fun if you’re alone there, and the Group 1 winners that mean most to Arrowfield are always those we breed or race with other people.”

Animal Kingdom on show in England

Arrowfield’s Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom paraded in fine fettle last week at the annual Stallion Parade held by his co-owner Darley in Newmarket, England.

A total of 1500 invited guests inspected the Stud’s roster including the handsome son of Leroidesanimaux who entered quarantine on Friday evening in preparation for his journey to Australia where he will begin his stud career at Arrowfield Stud this spring at a fee of $38,500 inc. GST. He will then shuttle to the United States for his first northern hemisphere season in 2014 at Darley’s Jonabell Farm, Kentucky. 

Animal Kingdom’s 12-start career featured outstanding victories in the 2013 Dubai World Cup G1 and 2011 Kentucky Derby G1, and a brilliant runner-up finish in Wise Dan’s record-breaking 2012 Breeders’ Cup Mile G1. All three races are among the world’s top-rated Group 1 events. 

His first Australian appearance will be at Arrowfield’s Stallion Open House, each day from Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 August – click here for more information.