A good week for the Americans

It’s a good week to have American sporting connections.

In San Francisco Oracle Team USA, skippered by Australian James Spithill, has drawn level with Emirates Team New Zealand in an extraordinary America’s Cup showdown.

In Australia, Arrowfield’s first season sire All American opened the week with his first trial winner, the filly Datable who scored by a length at the Randwick 2YO Trials.

Trained by Kris Lees, Datable is from First Date, a Flying Spur half-sister to leading young sire Not A Single Doubt. The filly was a $40,000 purchase from the Bellerive Stud draft at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Another graduate of the same draft at the same sale  provided a second piece of good news for All American on Tuesday evening. His son out of Lodore Falls (by Redoute’s Choice) sold for $155,000 at the opening session of the Magic Millions Horse in Training Sale. That was the second-highest price of the session.

The near-black colt, a $65,000 buy in January, was offered yesterday by Wayne Pepper’s Bellagio Lodge, and bought by Queensland owner Evan Hartley.

All American, who also has 2YOs in the stables of Gai Waterhouse, David Hayes, Hawkes Racing, Gerald Ryan, Tony McEvoy & Paul Messara, stands at a fee of $16,500 inc. GST.

All American filly heads quartet of Arrowfield 2YO trial winners

Four winners and six placegetters made it a very good day to own an Arrowfield-sired runner at Monday’s official Randwick 2YO trials.

First season sire All American put his first trial winner on the board, the filly Datable (ex First Date by Flying Spur), who led home another pair of Arrowfield-sired fillies, Mafia Girl (Charge Forward-Sicilia by Flying Spur) and Vonetta (Not A Single Doubt-Magic Zefta by Viscount) in a time of 50.58 seconds for the 850 metres.

The Kris Lees-trained Datable, and Vonetta, bought by Star Thoroughbreds, are both Magic Millions Gold Coast graduates from the Bellerive and Arrowfield drafts. Mafia Girl was a Darby Bloodstock buy from the Arrowfield draft at the Inglis Sydney Classic Sale.

Leading young sire Snitzel chimed in with three trial winners, most notably Wandjina (ex La Bamba by Last Tycoon), the $1 million colt purchased from Arrowfield’s Easter Sale draft by James Harron for Dr Edmund & Mrs Belinda Bateman.

The filly Taraneem (ex Cat Flap by Tale of the Cat) and the colt Scratch Me Lucky (ex Radiant Star by Success Express) also won their trials from the stables of Gerald Ryan and Paul Perry.

Manhattan Rain, whose first trial runner Bergdorf (ex Miss Excellence by Exceed and Excel) finished an excellent second at Rosehill last Tuesday, was represented today by Giuliani, third in Scratch Me Lucky’s trial. Giuliani, named for New York’s famous Mayor, is from the Commands mare Sea Eye Pea and carries the Star Thoroughbreds purple-and-white silks.

Not A Single Doubt supplied both placegetters in Heat 8, Sure and Fast (ex Regal Attraction by King’s Best) from the Bede Murray stable, and Lord Beckworth (ex Lady Beckworth by General Nediym) from the Paul Perry yard.

Another Not A Single Doubt filly, Donelle (ex Avarice by Zabeel) finished a half-length from the Bateman-owned Twirl to complete a Gai Waterhouse quinella in Heat 3. Donelle was sold by Bellerive Stud at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and is raced by Pierro’s owners Greg and Donna Kolivos.

The Kolivos colours were also worn by trial runner-up Tiare, a chestnut filly bred on the Flying Spur/Zabeel cross that has already produced Group-winning fillies Full of Spirit and November Flight.

Deal is Done for Arrowfield

The Transtasman Syndicate, which owns five-time Group 1 winner It’s A Dundeel (High Chaparral-Stareel, by Zabeel), announced today that its champion entire will stand at Arrowfield Stud in the Hunter Valley of NSW in 2014, after he has finished racing. Syndication of the stallion will be considered at a later time.

The sensational 4YO, who defeated 10 Group 1 winners in Saturday’s MRC Underwood S. 1800m G1, will continue his Spring campaign for the Transtasman Syndicate. He remains in the care of trainer Murray Baker and his major target is the MVRC W.S. Cox Plate G1 on 26 October.

Arrowfield’s Chairman John Messara says, “It’s A Dundeel’s pedigree combines the brilliance and classic stamina of Sadler’s Wells and Zabeel infused with the incomparable speed of Luskin Star to create a racehorse of superlative quality over a range of distances.

“It’s A Dundeel’s Underwood success – his fifth Group 1 win – highlights both his weight-for-age class and the turn of foot he had previously demonstrated in his emphatic seven-length victory in the Rosehill Guineas. He is indeed the real deal.”

It’s A Dundeel won his debut over 1200 metres in New Zealand as a 2YO and was sent to Sydney last Spring. He won all four of his starts there, culminating in an outstanding performance in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes over 2000 metres at Randwick.

He returned in the Autumn to claim the Randwick Guineas (1600m) in race record time, the Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and Australian Derby (2400m). He is the first horse in history to win all four of Sydney’s Group 1 open 3YO events.

It’s A Dundeel was subsequently awarded an international rating of 120. That confirmed him as the world’s equal best 3YO in the middle-distance category on the official Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings (to 9 June 2013). He was also the 2012/13 Champion New Zealand 3YO & New South Wales Champion Horse of the Year.

Murray Andersen, his breeder and part-owner, says, “We’re delighted that Arrowfield has agreed to stand It’s A Dundeel, because it secures his place on a major Australian stallion roster that will give him the opportunity he deserves.”

Animal is King of the barn too

Six positive tests confirm that Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom is as fertile in the barn as he was spectacular on the track.

Arrowfield Stud’s Operations Manager Sam Fairgray reports, “He’s the smartest first season stallion I have seen in the barn, an absolute natural and a pleasure to work with.”

Animal Kingdom’s early coverings include Vitesse Dane (Queensland Oaks G1), Merlene de Lago (Group 2-winning daughter of Golden Slipper winner Merlene), Suspicion (Group 3 winner), Armed For Action (Listed Stakeswinner & 3rd, Blue Diamond S. G1), Miss Bussell (Stakes-winning Group 1-placed dam of Group 3 winner Miss Darcey) and Gibraltar Campion (Listed Stakeswinner).

Meanwhile, several of his former rivals have continued to frank the quality of his race record.

Champion US mare Royal Delta, unplaced after setting the pace in the Dubai World Cup, has added another two Grade 1 wins to her record this year, including the Delaware Handicap by almost 11 lengths.

Planteur, third in the Dubai World Cup, 7 lengths behind Animal Kingdom, has since finished second in the Prix d’Ispahan G1.

2012 US Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who withstood Animal Kingdom’s sensational challenge in last year’s record-setting Breeders’ Cup Mile G1, is unbeaten in 2013, with five wins including last weekend’s Woodbine Mile G1 by more than three lengths. Obviously, third in the Breeders’ Cup Mile behind Animal Kingdom, has since won the Shoemaker Mile G1.

Meandre, sixth in Animal Kingdom’s World Cup, beaten 9 lengths, defeated last Saturday’s Dato’ Tan Chin Nam S. G2 winner Fiorente by 6 lengths in the Prix Foy G2 this time last year at Longchamp.

Animal Kingdom’s first season fee at Arrowfield Stud is $38,500 inc. GST. 

Geisel Park produces a new stakeswinner for Starcraft

The innovative promotion that launched the stud career of Group 1 sire Starcraft added the 14th stakeswinner to his record today when the Geisel Park home-bred Mr Vadim won the $130,000 Kalgoorlie Hannan’s H. 1400m LR.

His dam Femme d’Affaire (by Woodman) was among the group of mares Starcraft’s owners Paul & Lyndall Makin purchased and re-sold in foal to their champion under the Starcraft Promotion banner at the 2007 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.   

The launch proved highly successful at the time and the Starcraft foals bred from those mares include Group winners Do You Think and Starcheeka, as well as Mr Vadim.

Femme d’Affaire was a $185,000 purchase for Geisel Park, established six years ago at the historic Myalup Farm in Western Australia by Eddie & Kylie Rigg. They sent Femme d’Affaire back to Starcraft and bred The Social Network, a winner and placed in both the WA Derby G2 and WA Oaks G3. 

Mr Vadim went through the ring at the 2009 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale and is trained by Peter Fernie for Geisel Park in partnership with the East Meets West Syndicate & K.M. Hunter. The good-looking chestnut gelding has now won 7 races and more than $175,000.

Starcraft, sire of dual Group 1 winners Star Witness and We Can Say It Now, also has Group-winning mare Crafty Irna in Thursday’s Newcastle Cup G3, and 3YO colt Havana in Saturday’s ATC Heritage S. LR.

Starcraft’s 2013 fee is $22,000 inc. GST.  

Triple Crown celebrates winning combination

Six runners, six winners, including two Group winners, is an enviable strike rate and it’s one that Triple Crown Syndications were happy to celebrate with this tweet after El Sasso’s maiden win at Kembla Grange last Saturday:

It’s a winning combination: Triple Crown+G. Ryan+Arrowfield Stallion+Arrowfield/Bellerive draft! Uncanny results.

El Sasso, a 3YO son of Snitzel and Sassy Peg bred by Paul Favretto with Tony & Judy Hodgson, joins Group 2 winners Hot Snitzel (also Group 1-placed) and Flying Snitzel, city winner Swerte Bella, and winners Spirit of Speed and Brilliant Snitzel – all purchased by Triple Crown from Arrowfield and Bellerive yearling drafts since 2010, and all but one trained by Gerald Ryan. 

Four of them are by leading young sire Snitzel whose progeny have achieved consistent success in the stable of the man who prepared their sire to win the MRC Oakleigh Plate G1 and six other races. El Sasso is the 21st winner by Snitzel to come out of the Gerald Ryan yard.

Triple Crown director Chris Ward says, “It was great to see El Sasso get a nice win on Saturday. He is a horse who has plenty of natural ability, in fact Gerald said not long ago that he has similar ability to Charlie Boy and Dothraki, but he has a few quirks that we need to iron out first before you will see him really kick on.

Last year’s spectacular VRC Kewney S. G2 winner Flying Snitzel made a pleasing season debut, finishing fifth in Saturday’s ATC Sheraco S. G3 over 1200 metres. 

Chris says, “She ran a terrific race on Saturday. The tempo of the race and the way they quickened a long way out, took her sprint away a bit but she still hit the line very well. It was a stepping stone for her main goals this Spring which are in Melbourne and may culminate in the Group 1 Myer Classic, if we feel she will make the mile.

“We have very fond memories of Flying Snitzel’s outstanding Kewney win down there last time and can’t wait to see her going the Melbourne way again.”

Chris and his brother Michael take a cool-headed, analytical approach to the business of yearling selection.
“We are big believers that in this game you need to do things as professionally as possible and while there will always be a fair degree of chance in this industry, it is important to increase the percentages of success at every step of the process.

“Obviously a big part of that is ensuring you buy high quality horses from farms where you know their rearing has been first class. Arrowfield and Bellerive certainly fit that criteria for us.

“Then you know the Arrowfield stallions are going to put you ahead of the game, as John Messara and his team do such an outstanding job with their strict selection criteria.”

Triple Crown’s regular visits to the winner’s circle haven’t gone unnoticed by prospective owners. They sold out of horses early last year and have done it again in 2013. Completed 2YO syndications include another six Bellerive and Arrowfield graduates, three of them by first crop sire Manhattan Rain, and one each by All American, Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt.

Says Chris, “We are very pleased with how our two-year-olds are coming along. Our breaker Toby Pracey has been very happy with them and I know the trainers are too.

“We have a Snitzel colt out of Last Blaze that is looking a real natural and should go early, and our Not A Single Doubt colt out of Miss Dodwell is also impressing Gerald Ryan.

Both colts were purchased, for $92,000 and $85,000 respectively from Arrowfield’s consignment at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. That Sale has been a particularly fruitful source of Triple Crown stars: Flying Snitzel and Hot Snitzel were bought there for a total of $85,000. They have now won nine races and almost $1.1 million between them.


Malavio and Ottavio ready for Group One test

“He’s going to win the Epsom!”

That was owner-breeder Ottavio Galletta’s exuberant response to congratulations on Malavio’s courageous win in the ATC Tramway S. G3 on 7 September. 

It was a quality performance in a quality field and earned the 5YO son of Snitzel a ballot exemption for the $500,000 Epsom Handicap G1 on 5 October. Trainer Steve Englebrecht will give him one more lead-up race, in the Bill Ritchie H. G3 this coming Saturday.

Ottavio emigrated from Calabria, Italy in 1963 and has been successful in the building industry, as the principal of Galletta Construction which employed up to 200 people in the 1970s. It was during this period that Ottavio began to race horses and he started right at the top, with the inaugural 1976 Australian Harness Horse of the Year Don’t Retreat, purchased from his Hunter Valley breeder, the late Barry Rose.

His path to Group success at Randwick has been much more circuitous. Well-occupied with his business, Ottavio gave up racing horses for several years, until he sold a few properties and set up a café with his son John in Norton Street, Leichhardt. It was there in 1996 that Ottavio met by chance the owner of a Flemington stakes-winning filly called Our Fiction (by Zoffany, from the family of top-class 2YO True Version) and was convinced to buy her as a broodmare.

Ottavio bred and raced five foals from Our Fiction, four of them winners, most notably Fictitious Lady (by Flying Spur), a five-time winner in Sydney.

Our Fiction’s second foal was the filly Win Here Win There, by former Arrowfield resident Dehere and originally offered for sale as a yearling under the Arrowfield banner. She won three races in Sydney before retiring to stud in 2003.

However, Ottavio had by then bought several other mares and decided to sell Win Here Win There to John Camilleri’s Fairway Thoroughbreds. John bred one foal from her and sent her to Snitzel in 2007 before selling her back in foal to Ottavio for $60,000 at the 2008 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale.

The resulting foal was, of course, Malavio, named for Ottavio’s grand-children Maria, Laura and Ottavio, and now the winner of nine races, three of them with Group or Listed status, and more than $400,000.

Ottavio says, “He is a very, very nice horse and we haven’t seen the best of him yet. I think he may even be better at 2000 metres.”

He acknowledges the support of Duncan Grimley and Yvonne Clerke at Glastonbury Farm where Win Here Win There is based with her attractive yearling filly by Snitzel – a lookalike for Malavio at the same stage, according to Ottavio. The mare is due to foal to Snitzel for the third time next month.

Win Here Win There has two other fillies in training: 4YO She’s A Girl (by Danehill’s son Bold Expectation) who will carry the Galletta colours in her season debut at Newcastle next week, and 2YO Shengli (by Choisir), sold for $160,000 at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Sale, and now in training with Paul Messara.

In the meantime, Ottavio is undergoing his second cataract operation to make sure that, 17 years after buying into the dream of Group One success, he doesn’t miss any of the excitement of having a Group One runner.  

Bright futures for brilliant Bendigo winners

Brilliant wins at Bendigo on Sunday promise bright futures for an Arrowfield Easter Sale graduate and a daughter of Redoute’s Choice.

3YO gelding Not Listenin’tome (Dylan Thomas-Flame of Sydney by Encosta de Lago) cruised to a 5.5 length on debut over 1100 metres for the Hawkes training team and owner Gary Moore, indicating that his future racing is likely to be in Hong Kong.

Bred by Michael Pitt, Not Listenin’tome was purchased for $270,000 from the Arrowfield draft at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Sale. His dam Flame of Sydney is a Melbourne stakeswinner from the family of Group winners What Can I Say, Only Words and Wry Hero. She has subsequently produced fillies by Starcraft and Redoute’s Choice, and foals again this spring to Redoute’s Choice.

Three races later 4YO mare Maraatib (Redoute’s Choice-Valadon by Woodman) was equally impressive in her maiden success over 1600 metres. 

The win comes after 10 placings, including a second in Zydeco’s VRC Wakeful S. G2, as well as a fourth-place finish in Dear Demi’s VRC Oaks G1. Bred on the same cross as champion filly Miss Finland, Maraatib races in the famous blue and white colours of Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Stud, which bought her for $700,000 from her breeder Highgrove Stud’s 2011 Inglis Easter Sale consignment. 

Her immediate family is packed with talented fillies. Valadon, also the dam of the stakes-placed winners Global Dream and Valoura, is a three-quarter sister to Group 2 winner Timbourina, and half-sister to Media, a dual Group winner in Sydney.

Randwick Group 3 success for Snitzel's son Malavio

Snitzel’s classy son Malavio put up a career-best performance at Randwick today when he overpowered Bello right on the line to claim the $125,000 ATC Tramway S. 1400m G3 in race record time of 1:21.37. 

Malavio defeated a quality field: Bello is already a Group 3 winner, and Group 1 winners Royal Descent (by Redoute’s Choice), Sacred Falls and Sizzling (also by Snitzel) all stormed home from the back of the field to finish third, fourth and fifth. 

It was the 5YO gelding’s 9th win and third black type success from 21 starts, and took his earnings past $400,000 for his enthusiastic owner-breeder Ottavio Galletta. Malavio’s dam Win Here Win There (by Dehere), from the family of Group 1 winner True Version, also has a yearling filly by Snitzel and is due to foal again to him next month.

Trainer Steve Englebrecht hinted at a major spring target for Malavio after today’s win. “Coming from the outside alley he had to do a little bit of work early, but he has plenty of ticker the horse, he is a pretty nice horse. He might be an Epsom horse.”

Malavio, from Snitzel’s second crop, was among his sire’s tally of 18 stakes performers last season, when he won the ATC Festival S. LR. Of Snitzel’s 15 stakeswinners, ten have now been successful at Group level.

The 2012/13 APEX ratings for Australia, published in the latest edition of Bluebloods magazine, confirm Snitzel’s class as a sire. He heads the ABC ratings with a figure of 3.06, and is headed only by High Chaparral and Montjeu on the A ratings list with 4.28.

Sport-loving new stakeswinner for Redoute's Choice

Champion sire Redoute’s Choice added the 106th stakeswinner to his imposing record when 3YO colt Aussies Love Sport powered to victory in today’s $125,000 ATC Ming Dynasty H. 1400m G3.

Trained by Gai Waterhouse, the good-looking Aussies Love Sport races in Segenhoe Thoroughbreds’ red and yellow silks for Leslie Maloney and Katie Page.

He was bred by Katie Page’s husband Gerry Harvey from the remarkable broodmare Miss Jakeo (by Unbridled’s Song), also dam of Group 1 winner Mrs Onassis, and Group 3 winners Miss Judgement and Fifth Avenue Lady from seven foals to race. Miss Jakeo is a winning daughter of dual Group 1 winner Lady Jakeo who also did a fine job at stud, as the dam of US Grade 3 winner Red Arrow and Hong Kong stakeswinner Able Choice.  

Aussies Love Sport was purchased by Segenhoe Stud for $450,000 from the Baramul Stud draft at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.  

He headed an excellent day for Redoute’s Choice who was represented by another three Group performers, all from his 2009 crop, and all raced by their breeders, at Flemington and Randwick: Fairway Thoroughbreds’ A Time for Julia (3rd, VRC Let’s Elope S. 1400m G2); Sheikh Mohammed’s Albrecht (3rd, VRC Bobbie Lewis Quality 1200m G3) and Gerry Harvey’s Royal Descent (3rd, ATC Tramway S. 1400m G3). 

Aussies Love Sport has now won twice and placed twice from six starts, and his next start may be in Group 1 company. Stable representative Mark Newnham said after today’s win, “He is a lovely colt…You wouldn’t get a better looking animal than him and now he is starting to run up to his looks. He is still in the Golden Rose but Gai will decide where he goes to from today.”

Current and former Arrowfield stallions supplied four of the eight winners at Randwick where Snitzel’s son Malavio won the ATC Tramway S. G3, and the now-retired champion sire Flying Spur was represented by progressive 4YOs Spurtonic and That’s A Good Idea.

Redoute’s Choice’s crop of 2010 also includes last week’s impressive Sydney winner Liberty’s Choice, smart debut winner Sensibility, Flemington placegetter Great Esteem and Arrowfield’s colt Busselton, narrowly beaten on debut yesterday at Wyong.