Arrowfield sires quinella rich Clockwise Classic

Arrowfield’s brilliant young sires Snitzel and Charge Forward provided the winner and the runner-up in today’s $200,000 Ballarat TC Magic Millions Clockwise Classic.

Snitzel’s striking chestnut daughter Sheer Style started favourite and soon took control of the race, but did not relish the heavy ground and showed plenty of grit in the straight to withstand the determined challenge of Charge Forward’s son Geromayo.

Sheer Style eventually drew clear to win by a length, and break her maiden with a $120,000 winner’s cheque that well & truly qualifies her for January’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic. The win followed Sheer Style’s excellent seconds behind Bold Circle at Rosehill last month, and Earthquake at Randwick on 9 November.

Sheer Style was bred by Corumbene Stud from 2YO city winner Jolie (by Rory Jester’s son Armidale) and purchased at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale for $255,000 by trainer Garry Frazer on behalf of owner Bill Hilton. Corumbene’s 2014 Magic Millions draft includes a three-quarter sister to Sheer Style, by Not A Single Doubt.

Arrowfield graduate Geromayo (Charge Forward-Opportunity by Redoute’s Choice) was purchased from the same sale for $42,500 by Newlands Thoroughbreds. Charge Forward has 16 yearlings in this season’s Magic Millions Gold Coast catalogue, five of them offered by Arrowfield.

Sntzel’s eight 2YO runners this season now include 5 winners, headed by Group 3 winners Oakleigh Girl and Golconda, and he leads two other sons of Redoute’s Choice, Not A Single Doubt & Mutawaajid, on the Australian 2YO Sires’ list.

Snitzel power prevails in Perth

Petrol Power had too much gas for the opposition in today’s $100,000 WATC Placid Ark S. 1200m LR, his second black-type success in an eight-start career.

The 3YO son of Snitzel settled comfortably just behind the leaders, challenged on the turn and proved too strong for Sujet, winning by a neck with Guardlock 1.75 lengths back in third. Sujet, having his first start, was the race favourite following three impressive trial wins, most recently a 6.75-length romp at Belmont.

Bred by Oakland Park Stud, Petrol Power strengthens Snitzel’s position at the head of the Australian 3YO Sires’ table, and as the leading Australian-based sire on the General list. It’s a remarkable performance for a stallion with only five crops in play and around half the runners fielded by his nearest rival Fastnet Rock.

Petrol Power, who won the WATC Supremacy S. LR as a 2YO, was a $240,000 purchase from the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and is trained by Jim Taylor for owner Sam Trimboli. His dam Diamonds and Dust (by Charnwood Forest) is an unraced half-sister to Group 2 winner Burrito, from the family of last season’s 2YO Group winner Direct Charge (by Charge Forward).

Snitzel is the sire of five stakeswinners this spring, including Cox Plate G1 winner Shamus Award and 2YOs Oakleigh Girl & Golconda. He is one of four sons of Redoute’s Choice among Australia’s top 25 sires by progeny earnings this season. The others are Stratum, Bradbury’s Luck and Not A Single Doubt.

The 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale offers 39 opportunities to buy a Snitzel yearling, including four fillies and a colt in the Arrowfield draft.

Redoute's Choice cashes in with Lankan Rupee

Lankan Rupee hit the ground running in October and he has kept right on with the job, culminating with today’s dominant victory in the $135,000 MRC Kevin Heffernan S. G3 over 1200 metres.

The 4YO son of Redoute’s Choice and Estelle Collection (by Stravinsky) won two of his first three starts this season, including the VRC Century S. LR on Oaks Day at Flemington, nine days ago.

Today he faced a more serious test, over 1200 metres, in Group 3 company. Lankan Rupee met the challenge, and then some, settling well behind the early leader She Can Skate, before charging to the lead and a 2.3 length victory. It is his fifth win from 12 starts and takes his earnings close to $330,000 for owner-breeder Muzaffar Yaseen and trainer Mick Price.

A father-and-son quinella was completed by Hot Snitzel (by Redoute’s Choice’s son Snitzel), who did well to secure second placing after missing the start and racing without cover. Snitzel’s 2YO daughter Golconda had taken out the MRC Merson Cooper S. LR earlier on the Caulfield card.

Mick Price said of Lankan Rupee, “I thought he was really good today. He was there to see if he could run a strong 1200m and he did.

“It opens up a lot of options for him and it probably puts him in the paddock for the autumn now.

“We will put him out and let him furnish again and then have a crack at the autumn.”

Mr Yaseen also has a younger sister to Lankan Rupee, named Timeless Choice, in the Price stable. Estelle Collection foaled a filly by Manhattan Rain in September and has visited Redoute’s Choice again this spring.

Redoute’s Choice has enjoyed an exuberant spring in Australia, with four Group winners (Aussies Love Sport, Dystopia, Girl Gone Rockin’ and Lankan Rupee) boosting his lifetime record to 108 stakeswinners.

The champion son of Danehill and his sons Snitzel and Stratum fill three of the top ten spots on the Australian General Sires’ list. The 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast catalogue features five colts and seven fillies by Redoute’s Choice, four of them offered by Arrowfield.

Snitzel strikes again with 18th stakeswinner

The Twitter hashtag #snitzelstrikesagain is getting plenty of use this spring as Arrowfield’s brilliant young sire keeps rolling out gifted performers in several categories, and cementing his lead on three Australian stallion premierships.

Today it was the turn of Snitzel’s 2YO daughter Golconda to generate a flurry of tweets with a sparkling three-length victory in the $120,000 MRC Merson Cooper S. 1000m LR at Caulfield. This year’s running of the race was re-named the Desiree Gill Tribute Stakes, in honour of the popular jockey who died after a raceday fall at Caloundra last Saturday.

Golconda is another breeding success for Gerry Harvey and Baramul Stud which sold her for $145,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions Adelaide Sale to trainer Robbie Laing, whose stable has also produced Polanski (Victoria Derby G1) and Boomwaa (Maribyrnong Plate G3) this spring.

It was Robbie’s wife Rachael who named Golconda, after the city in Southern India celebrated as the source of rare and magnificent diamonds.

Golconda’s dam Eureka Jewel (by Semipalatinsk) was a very good 3YO, winning the VRC Kewney S. G2 and AJC Adrian Knox S. G3. She left stakeswinner Sermon and three other winners before foaling Golconda, who ran a strong debut fourth behind another Snitzel filly Oakleigh Girl in the VRC Ottawa S. G3 on Melbourne Cup day.

Snitzel’s record now includes 18 stakeswinners, 12 of them successful as juveniles, and four of them appearing this season: Cox Plate G1 winner Shamus Award, Group 3 sprinter Malavio, Golconda and Oakleigh Girl.

Snitzel is second only to Monsun (the deceased champion German sire of Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente) on the Australian General Sires’ list and heads both the 2YO and 3YO Sires’ tables. Two other sons of Redoute’s Choice, Arrowfield’s Not A Single Doubt and Mutawaajid (Emirates Park), fill the second and third spots on the 2YO Sires’ list.

Buyers have 38 Snitzel yearlings to choose from in January’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, including four fillies in the Arrowfield Stud consignment. A further eight lots by Snitzel will be offered at the Inglis Classic Sale, three of them under the Arrowfield banner.

Girl puts smiles on many faces at Rosemont Stud

Girl Gone Rockin’ gave her champion sire Redoute’s Choice his third Cup Week stakeswinner when she landed Saturday’s VRC Matriarch S. G2 from a gallant Queenstown.

She also gave her owners Anthony Mithen, his brother-in-law Nigel Austin and their team at Rosemont Stud in Victoria an unforgettable and very satisfying Spring Carnival success.

Girl Gone Rockin’ was bred by John & Deborah Camilleri’s Fairway Thoroughbreds and offered for sale from Gordon Cunningham’s Curraghmore Stud draft at the 2010 New Zealand Premier Sale, where she was knocked down to Rosemont Stud for $NZ380,000. 

Anthony Mithen recalls the first time he saw her. “When I inspected her with my brother-in-law Nigel and John and Wayne Hawkes we could not wipe the smiles off our faces.

“We all thought we had seen a filly that could be a foundation mare for our farm and she had a pedigree to match. She was so powerful and strong, but seemed to know how to carry herself.”

Girl Gone Rockin’ is a half-sister to Group 3 winner Syreon (by Flying Spur), from Group 2 winner Sorrento, a daughter of Star Way’s son Just A Dancer, winner of the Sydney and Brisbane Cups, and sire of six stakeswinners from 127 runners.

The combination of Redoute’s Choice with mares by Star Way and his sons is noteworthy, producing 12 winners including Group 1 Classic winners God’s Own & Empire’s Choice, Group 3 winner Leveller and now Girl Gone Rockin’, from 16 named foals.

Sorrento was bred in New Zealand by the Wigley family’s Inglewood Stud, also responsible for the 1956 AJC & VRC Derby winner Monte Carlo and the 1985 Stradbroke Handicap winner Canterbury Belle.

Sorrento’s female family has been a consistent producer of quality Australasian performers for several decades, with her dam Amatrice a major contributor by way of four stakeswinners, most notably Stargazer (by Star Way), a six-time Group 2 winner and multiple Group 1 placegetter in the late 1980s era of Rough Habit, Super Impose, Dr Grace, Stylish Century and Zabeel.

Girl Gone Rockin’s unflinching determination in Saturday’s tight finish was no surprise to Anthony.

“She’s just so tough. We had a few injury worries with her early on in her career and through the recovery she showed us she was tough as nails.

“She seems to have that determination to compete and try. You never know whether they have that when you buy them, but she has it in spades. The way she threw her ears back and savaged the line on Saturday showed the racing world what we already knew.”

The Matriarch Stakes victory was the perfect climax of Girl Gone Rockin’s brief spring campaign and the 5YO mare is now enjoying a well-deserved break at Rosemont Stud.

Anthony explains, “I know she only had three runs in this time, but she’s done her job for the spring. We will map out a program in the autumn which will involve the good Group races both in Melbourne and Sydney. I think she will run out a strong 2400 metres, so we will “blue sky” aim at the BMW, but let her tell us as we progress.”

Such was Anthony’s faith in Girl Gone Rockin’ that he returned to the sale-ring earlier this year to purchase both her dam, now 18-years-old, and her half-sister Sorren Tessa (by Red Ransom), the latter in partnership with Ashley Hardwick. Both mares are now in foal to Rosemont’s flagship stallion Toorak Toff.

Long experience of racing’s twists and turns of fortune means that Anthony, his family and their staff truly understand the value of Girl Gone Rockin’s win, on the final day of one of the world’s great racing carnivals.

“It’s a huge result for everyone at Rosemont. We had a table of staff in the committee room at the Geelong Race Club on Saturday enjoying an afternoon out from very hectic duties and they tell me that we could have nearly heard them at Flemington, given the noise they made!

“It’s very exciting for everyone. From Jess who looks after Girl Gone Rockin’ when she spells, to the stud staff that know they will be caring for her in her retirement, to the office staff who know the ups and downs of racing horses, everyone has been walking around with smiles on their faces since the win.

“It’s particularly satisfying for Nigel and myself as we picked her out of a sale with the help of Team Hawkes, took a leap of faith, and paid as much as we have ever paid for a yearling and then waited to see the best of her. I can tell you, it was worth the wait!”

Choice Girl goes rockin' at Flemington

Girl Gone Rockin’ signed off an excellent week for champion sire Redoute’s Choice with a resolute victory in the $300,000 VRC Matriarch S. 2000m G2 on the final day of Cup Week at Flemington.

The 5YO mare’s late charge at the gallant Queenstown (by Redoute’s Choice’s son Stratum) made for a heart-stopping finish that only the camera could sort out, with Girl Gone Rockin’ getting the nod by the slimmest of margins for her owners Rosemont Stud & Nigel Austin and trainer Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes.

Girl Gone Rockin’ is the third black type winner during Cup Week for Redoute’s Choice following the successes of Dystopia (VRC Begonia Belle S. G3) and Lankan Rupee (VRC Century  S. LR) on Oaks Day, and takes his lifetime total of stakeswinners to 108.

It was the fourth and easily the best win of Girl Gone Rockin’s 14-start career and gives a major boost to her value as a future broodmare.

Girl Gone Rockin’ (ex Sorrento by Just A Dancer) was bred by John & Deborah Camilleri’s Fairway Thoroughbreds and purchased by Rosemont Stud for $NZ380,000 from the Curraghmore Stud draft at the 2010 New Zealand Premier Sale.

Girl Gone Rockin’ is from a distinguished New Zealand female family that has regularly left top-class performers over the past 30 years. Her dam Sorrento, a three-quarter sister to multiple Group winner Stargazer & stakeswinner Spangles, won twice in Australian Group company after a good 3YO season in New Zealand. Her first four foals were all winners, including Group 1-placed Group 3 winner Syreon (by Flying Spur), and the mare Sorren Tessa, presciently bought along with Sorrento herself by Rosemont Stud earlier this year.

Sons of Redoute’s Choice have also been prominent among spring stakes results and Mutawaajid provided a final flourish on Stakes Day courtesy of 2YO gelding Boomwaa who bolted in by 3 lengths in the VRC Maribyrnong Plate G3 for Derby-winning trainer Robbie Laing.
Mutawaajid, a dual Group 2-winning sprinter, is the 12th stakes-siring son of Redoute’s Choice.

Oaks Day double for Redoute's Choice

Champion sire Redoute’s Choice made his presence felt on Oaks Day at Flemington yesterday with a pair of impressive sprinting stakeswinners, Dystopia and Lankan Rupee.

The colours made famous by Redoute’s Choice himself were carried to a thrilling victory in the $150,000 VRC Century S. 1000m LR by 4YO gelding Lankan Rupee (ex Estelle Collection by Stravinsky). He fought a stirring battle with Snitzel’s classy daughter Snitzerland over the final 300 metres and prevailed by a nose to become the 107th stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice.

Lankan Rupee’s trainer Mick Price said, “I thought Snitzerland looked absolutely outstanding in the mounting yard and I think we beat the right horse in the race.”

Jockey Craig Newitt said, “It was a tough win. He ranged up alongside her, she fought back. It was just a really tough effort.”

Lankan Rupee is a home-bred for Musaffar Yaseen who has made a major contribution to the Australian thoroughbred industry as the owner-breeder of Redoute’s Choice himself. Lankan Rupee has now won four of his 11 starts and almost $250,000.

Mr Yaseen also has a 2YO sister to Lankan Rupee, named Timeless Choice, in training with Mick Price. Estelle Collection foaled a filly by Manhattan Rain in September and has visited Redoute’s Choice again this spring.

Dystopia (ex Bourgeois by Luskin Star) scored her first Group race success in the $200,000 VRC Begonia Belle S. 1100m G3, and was one of three winners from three starters for trainer Chris Waller on Oaks Day. She is the 62nd of Redoute’s Choice’s 107 stakeswinners to win at Group level.

Dystopia has accumulated seven wins (two in Listed company), five black type placings and more than $630,000 during a 32-start, five-season career for the Ingham family which bought her for $800,000 from Reavill Farm at the 2008 Inglis Australian Easter Sale.

Her racetrack achievements, and her status as the only full sister to Golden Slipper winner and leading young sire Stratum make Dystopia a very valuable mare indeed.

Redoute's Choice returns to France in 2014

Champion sire Redoute’s Choice will return to the Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval for his second northern hemisphere season in 2014.

Redoute’s Choice’s exceptional achievements and continuing high-level success make his renewed presence in Europe a rare opportunity for international breeders.

His progeny recorded two further Classic victories this season, taking his tally of Group 1 winners to 23, including seven 2YOs. Lankan Rupee’s success at Flemington today gives Redoute’s Choice a lifetime record of 107 stakeswinners, more than any other active sire from Australian-conceived progeny, and maintains his exceptional career record of 11.8% stakeswinners to runners.

Redoute’s Choice was the leading sire by average at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Sale for the ninth consecutive year, and he is the sire of the Helsinge colt which sold for the all-time Australasian record yearling price of $5 million. His lifetime yearling sale average stands at $547,339 (approximately 380,000 euros).

Sons and daughters of Redoute’s Choice have made notable contributions to his legacy this year, among them Group 1 winners Shamus Award (by Snitzel) & Miracles of Life (by Not A Single Doubt), and Sacred Falls & Zoustar (both from Redoute’s Choice mares).

Redoute’s Choice had a very successful first season in 2013 at the Aga Khan Studs where his imposing conformation and excellent temperament attracted widespread admiration.

He served a superlative book of 105 mares in France and those in foal to him include the Aga Khan’s unbeaten Champion filly Zarkava, the dam of Champion mare Goldikova and the sister of leading young French sire Turtle Bowl.

Redoute’s Choice will soon complete his book of 120 mares at Arrowfield Stud and will return to France in January 2014. Georges Rimaud and the team at Haras de Bonneval welcome northern hemisphere season inquiries for him – click here for contact details.

Debut Group win for Oakleigh Girl at Flemington

Owners Steve & Louise Gillard and trainer Dan Bougoure liked Arrowfield’s Snitzel-Miss Kournikova filly enough to pay $400,000 for her at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale in January.

Today, only 10 months later, they stood in the Group winner’s circle at Flemington after the filly, named Oakleigh Girl in honour of her Oakleigh Plate-winning parents, won the $120,000 VRC Ottawa S. 1000m G3 at her first start.

Oakleigh Girl jumped well and led up the outside division before taking control of the race at the 300-metre mark and bounding away to win by 1.25 lengths from the favourite Top Dolly. Singularity (by Snitzel’s Arrowfield barn-mate Not A Single Doubt) and Golconda (also by Snitzel) finished strongly to fill third & fourth placings.

Oakleigh Girl’s winning time was 57.51 seconds and she ran her final 600 metres in 32.89.

Brisbane-based Dan Bougoure, well-known as the trainer of champion sprinter Falvelon, said, “She’s the fastest horse I’ve had. I’m not saying she’s the best, but she’s the fastest.

“For a two-year-old filly she’s got a fantastic attitude, she bounces and does everything right. She’s just totally bombproof. First gallop we gave her she just went dead straight and she’s got a very good, professional attitude.”

Oakleigh Girl will now have a week off before returning to Brisbane next Wednesday to begin her build-up to the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic on 11 January.

Oakleigh Girl was bred by Arrowfield Stud & John Leaver and she is the fifth winner from her dam’s six foals to race. Miss Kournikova has an All American colt entered in the 2014 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale and returns to Snitzel this season.

Arrowfield’s yearling Class of 2013 has produced two other winners in the past four days: More Vino (by Hussonet) in Adelaide and Time for War (by Snitzel) in Sydney on Saturday. Arrowfield is also the co-breeder of 2YO Moonlight Hussler, winner of last month’s MRC Debutant S. LR.

Oakleigh Girl is Snitzel’s third Group winner this season after Shamus Award (MVRC Cox Plate G1) and Malavio (ATC Tramway S. G3), his ninth juvenile Group winner and his 17th lifetime stakeswinner.

Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt occupy the top two spots on the current Australian 2YO Sires’ list, and only Monsun, the deceased German sire of Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente, heads Snitzel on the General Sires’ table.

First winners from Arrowfield's Class of 2013

The first of Arrowfield’s 2014 sale yearlings began their preparation last Monday, and yesterday two runners from the Stud’s 2013 consignments made winning debuts at Rosehill and Morphettville.

Racing over 1100 metres in Sydney, the 2YO Snitzel colt Time for War bounced out smartly from the gates, led the field round the turn and responded well when challenged by a determined Double Happy (ex Hurl by Redoute’s Choice). Despite running greenly in the straight, Time for War kept up a strong gallop to win by a short neck.

Blake Ryan, stable foreman for trainer Gerald Ryan, believed Time For War would run well if he replicated his second barrier trial effort behind subsequent Rosehill winner Bold Circle.

“Once he got to the front today I thought he would give a good kick and he did. He’s done a good job and we’ve got something to work with.”

Time for War was bred by Arrowfield in partnership with South Africa’s Klawervlei Stud, from the winning Zabeel mare Lady Zabelia whose relatives include champion Might and Power, champion filly Mosheen and champion Hong Kong miler Lucky Owners.

Time for War was a $56,000 purchase by Darby Racing from the Inglis Scone Select Yearling Sale. Lady Zabelia foaled a Smart Missile filly in August and is now in foal to Animal Kingdom.

In Adelaide 2YO gelding More Vino (Hussonet-Bella Cantata by Stravinsky) scored nicely by a half-length for trainer Jon O’Connor who bought him for $22,000 from the Arrowfield draft at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale in January.

More Vino is the second winner for his dam this season following the September success of his year-older sister Phaedra, trained by Paul Messara for the siblings’ breeders, Paul Favretto, Tony & Judy Hodgson and Arrowfield.

Bella Cantata, a city-winning half-sister to Inaflury (VATC One Thousand Guineas G1), has a yearling colt by Beneteau for the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and is in foal to Animal Kingdom.

Arrowfield also bred and reared last month’s MRC Debutant S. LR winner Moonlight Hussler (Hussonet-Moonlight Music by Redoute’s Choice); however, he was sold from the Glenelg Park draft at the Magic Millions Adelaide Sale.