Arrowfield spot on with Magic Millions yearlings

In the week since Christmas Day, Arrowfield’s yearling team have been busy putting the finishing touches on the Stud’s 28-lot draft for the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale which starts next Wednesday 8 January.

Arrowfield’s 12 colts and 16 fillies left for the Gold Coast late yesterday, accompanied by Operations Manager Sam Fairgray, Yearling Manager Denis Griffin and the dedicated crew that will begin parading horses for buyers on Friday morning.

Buyers need only look back at last year’s posts on the Arrowfield Blog to check how valuable the observations of the people who work most closely with yearlings can be.   

Take, for example, Denis’ comments about the progress made by a Snitzel filly in last year’s Arrowfield consignment for the Magic Millions Sale:

“I never noticed this filly until after the first two weeks of yearling prep. She has thrived on the preparation so far and has a great attitude towards everything. She is a lovely mover, with a very active walk. She is a precocious type, quite like Snitzel himself (especially with her white markings), and if she continues in the direction she is headed, then I am sure she will be a very popular yearling at the sales.”

Denis was spot on: that was the Snitzel-Miss Kournikova filly, bought for $400,000 by Queensland trainer Dan Bougoure on behalf of Louise Gillard. The filly is now better known as Oakleigh Girl, winner of her first two starts including the VRC Ottawa S. G3, and a leading contender for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic on 11 January.

Other horses have something extra about them from the moment they’re born. An example was the standout colt offered under Arrowfield’s Bellerive Stud banner at last year’s Magic Millions Sale. He received a big rap from staff a month before he went through the ring:

“The All American-Illusionary colt has been an eye-catcher since he hit the ground. His natural muscle was evident at a very early age, and he has progressed and developed into a lovely athletic colt.”

Spot on again. Hawkes Racing went to $280,000 to secure the colt, cleverly named Invisible and such an impressive debut winner in Sydney last weekend that he is now second favourite for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

So which lots in Arrowfield’s 2014 Magic Millions draft have caught the eye of the horsemen and horsewomen who have seen them grow and develop over the past 15 months or so? Sam Fairgray’s early selections included the Not A Single Doubt-Covertly filly, the Snitzel-Modave filly and the Charge Forward-Roses Valentine colt. Now, a week out from the Sale, he adds a trio of yearlings whose recent progress is noteworthy.

“The Starcraft-Singles Bar colt has done very well, and he reads brilliantly as his sire Starcraft and half-brother Not A Single Doubt have both sired Blue Diamond winners.”

“Not Listenin’tome’s half-sister, the Redoute’s Choice-Flame of Sydney filly may not be big, but she’s a racy type and very strong.” Not Listenin’tome made a big impression in the spring when he stepped up from wins at Bendigo and Ballarat to run an outstanding second to Zoustar in the VRC Ascot Vale S. G1.

Sam also highlights the All American-Do Gooda colt. “I’m very pleased with him, he was rather tall and lanky early on, but he’s really started fill out now.”  

View the 2014 Arrowfield Magic Millions draft here.

Messene spotlights Arrowfield Magic Millions filly

Lot 241 in Arrowfield’s 2014 Magic Millions Sale draft is enjoying the spotlight that only a talented older sibling can switch on.

The yearling is the powerfully built Charge Forward filly from the Redoute’s Choice mare Belle Giselle – a cross that has produced five stakes performers, including stakes-winning juveniles Direct Charge & Assail, from only 12 runners.
Check out the filly’s photo, video & pedigree here.

The filly’s older sibling is 5YO gelding Messene who defied a wide barrier to win most impressively over 1550 metres and complete a treble, following wins by Maysoon and All American’s son Invisible, for Hawkes Racing and jockey James McDonald at Canterbury today.

The Segenhoe Stud-bred Messene has now won seven city races and more than $200,000 in his 10-start career for George Cloros and his son Matt who now owns Belle Giselle.

Belle Giselle, whose dam is a half-sister to the recently retired champion sire Zabeel, foaled a Gio Ponti colt this spring, and is in foal to Animal Kingdom.

As a son of Lonhro, Messene is inbred 4 x 3 to Zabeel’s dam Lady Giselle who spent most of her breeding life at Arrowfield where she was buried after her death in 2003.

Messene has been managed patiently by his owners and trainers who will now attempt some richer prizes with him during the 2014 Sydney Autumn Carnival.

The Belle Giselle filly is one of 16 Magic Millions Gold Coast yearlings by Charge Forward whose outstanding record features seven 2YO stakeswinners.

Highly visible debut winner for All American

Despite his name, All American’s first winner is now anything but Invisible, after a smart debut victory over 1200 metres at Canterbury this afternoon.

The 2YO colt began well from barrier eight, sat outside the leader Jetwings until they rounded the turn, then quickened up nicely to take the lead and win comfortably by three-quarters of a length from Jetwings. The favourite Nordic Empire was another length away in third place.

Co-trainer Michael Hawkes confirmed after the race that Invisible will now head to Queensland for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR on 11 January.

Hawkes said, “He’s booked his ticket now. Magic Millions has always been the aim for him but obviously it’s hard with an unraced two-year-old when you’re up against stables that have big opinions of theirs but in saying that we knew what we had.

“He’s very relaxed, very cool, just a dude. He’s just a really nice horse.”

Jockey James McDonald added, “He is very professional. They have done a wonderful job with him. They have always said he was a smart two-year-old even before he trialled.

“He learnt a lot in his trial, got in behind them, today he just bounced and was very professional with a great turn of foot, so he has a bright future.

“He gives me the feel of a very good horse, maybe a better three-year-old but he will go a long way as a two-year-old.”

Invisible was a $280,000 Hawkes Racing purchase from the Bellerive Stud draft at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and is raced by Tony Pistikakis, Michael Lam and Mr K.M.L. Ng. The Pistikakis/Lam partnership has previously enjoyed Group 1 success with Headturner (Australian Derby) and Railings (Caulfield Cup & Metropolitan Handicap).

Bred by Arrowfield in partnership with Jonathan Munz, John Leaver & Alan Jones, Invisible is the first foal of the city-winning Hussonet mare Illusionary, a half-sister to Group winners Chase The Rainbow and Ms Funovits. His second dam Illusional (by Redoute’s Choice) is a daughter of champion New Zealand 2YO filly Lodore Magic.

Illusionary has a yearling filly by All American, a filly foal by Gio Ponti and is once again in foal to All American.

Thirteen yearlings from All American’s second crop will be offered at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, including Invisible’s full sister and his close relation, the colt from Lodore Falls, in the Arrowfield draft – click here to view photos, videos & pedigrees.

Invisible has firmed significantly on a dramatically altered TAB Fixed Odds market for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic. He is now second favourite at $5.50, ahead of Nordic Empire & unlikely starter Chivalry (both $8.00), with the new favourite Unencumbered quoted at $4.00.

Snitzel filly makes it two-from-two

The Snitzel-Sharp Enough filly was the standout lot at the 2012 Inglis Scone Yearling Sale where she was offered by Arrowfield Stud. Sure enough, she made $90,000, the highest price at that sale, paid by Warwick Farm trainer David Vandyke.

Now named Kayjay’s Joy, she is trained for owner K. J. Orth at Gosford by Angela Davies. Racing on her home course today, the 3YO filly scored her second win from two starts, by 3.5 lengths.

She is a talented soldier in an army of only 119 runners that has, in the past few days, shouldered Snitzel into absolute first position on the Australian General Sires’ list. That’s ahead of the deceased champion German sire Monsun, sire of Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente whose Spring earnings of $4,234,500 have, until now, exceeded the tallies of every Australian-based sire.

Snitzel has eclipsed him with a total of $4,295,942, thanks largely, it’s true, to Shamus Award, winner of the MVRC W.S. Cox Plate G1. However, he’s also had four other stakeswinners so far this season: 3YO Sweet Idea, 2YOs Oakleigh Girl & Golconda and 5YO Malavio.

They have come from a pool of 119 runners – fewer than all but one stallion (Reset, sire of Caulfield Cup winner Fawkner) among the ten leading stallions on the General list.

Snitzel is one of two Redoute’s Choice sons with five crops of racing age in that group. The other is Stratum, also enjoying a terrific season with six stakeswinners & $3.2 million prizemoney from 177 runners. Stratum is currently 7th on the General Sires’ list.

Snitzel has 23 fillies and 22 colts catalogued for next month’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, including a quartet of stunning fillies in the Arrowfield draft – view them here.

Charity Joy bolts in at Happy Valley

Hong Kong racegoers have finally seen what Charity Joy’s breeders and original owners Wayne, Vicki & Tony Pike saw in him more than 18 months ago: his natural, free-running brilliance.

The 3YO son of Not A Single Doubt jumped out smartly for jockey Douglas Whyte in the 1000-metre HKJC King Kwong H. at Happy Valley last night, challenged for the lead and powered away in the straight to win by four lengths in 57.02 seconds.

Trainer Danny Shum said, “Douglas kept it simple and went straight to the front. He said the horse will jump and run if you ask him and will settle if you ask him – that’s his great asset, that second gear.”

That ability was obvious at Charity Joy’s 880-metre debut in September 2012 when, racing as Doubtless, he careered to a 5.5 length victory at Ruakaka in New Zealand. He was sold soon afterwards to Hong Kong owners Ng Sun Wah & Chan Wo Ping and after taking a few starts to find his feet, has put it all together again in the past few months with two wins and a third from five starts.

Charity Joy is the first foal of Miss Elusive, a winning daughter of Elusive Quality and Miss Jugah, whose 10-win record included the VATC Mannerism S. G3. Not A Single Doubt has obviously clicked with the family, as another branch has produced the 2013 Blue Diamond S. G1 winner Miracles of Life.

Miss Elusive, purchased in foal to Not A Single Doubt for $16,000, was a shrewd buy for the Pikes who spotted her in the Bellerive Stud draft at the 2010 Inglis Sydney Weanling & Broodmare Sale.

All four of Not A Single Doubt’s runners in Hong Kong this year have won: Victorius (2 wins), Tai Sing Yeh, Triumphant Jewel and Charity Joy.

In Australia, Not A Single Doubt has been represented by three stakeswinners this season and is fourth on the 2YO Sires’ list. The son of Redoute’s Choice is well-represented at all the major yearling sales in January: Magic Millions Gold Coast (22 fillies, 13 colts), Inglis Sydney Classic Sale (6 fillies, 6 colts), and the NZ Premier & Select Sales (two fillies, two colts).

A likely star at the Magic Millions Sale is Arrowfield’s striking colt from Spontaneous, a Group 1-winning daughter of Hussonet. View the Arrowfield Magic Millions consignment here.

Arrowfield graduates favoured for Magic Millions glory

Arrowfield stallions are set to dominate both feature races at the $4.2 million Gold Coast meeting on 11 January after providing four of the six placegetters in last Thursday’s Wyong Magic Millions races.

Arrowfield graduate Sweet Idea (Snitzel-Flidais by Timber Country) drew on all her reserves of toughness and courage to win the $100,000 Wyong Magic Millions 3YO S. by a long neck from Weinholt, with Estonian Princess (Snitzel) another three-quarters of a length back in third place.

Purchased by Gai Waterhouse & James Harron for $240,000 from Arrowfield’s 2012 Magic Millions draft, Sweet Idea has now won more than $940,000 and has won or placed in all of her eight starts. Her record includes success in the ATC Silver Slipper S. G2, and a gallant third in the Golden Slipper G1.

Sweet Idea is the current favourite for the $1 million GCTC Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (R) LR, with her stablemate Aussies Love Sport (Redoute’s Choice) and recent Brisbane stakeswinner Into The Red (Not A Single Doubt) also at single-figure odds.

Arrowfield’s 2014 Magic Millions draft features four Snitzel fillies, among them Sweet Idea’s full sister.

Another Arrowfield graduate Geromayo (Charge Forward-Opportunity by Redoute’s Choice) found Unencumbered just a length too good for him in the $200,000 Magic Millions Wyong 2YO Classic 1100m, which has Restricted Listed Race status. Race favourite Sheer Style (Snitzel) was a half-length back in third place.

Geromayo, winner of $75,000 from his three starts, was a $42,500 purchase from Arrowfield’s draft by the Altieri family’s Newlands Thoroughbreds and is trained by Mick Price. The Stud’s 2014 consignment includes two colts and three fillies by Charge Forward, among them Lot 241 from the Redoute’s Choice mare Belle Giselle, a relative of the recently retired champion sire Zabeel.

Snitzel’s unbeaten Arrowfield-bred daughter Oakleigh Girl shares favouritism with Echo Gal for the $2 million GCTC Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR, with Geromayo, Sheer Style and Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Totally Sure (fourth in Oakleigh Girl’s Calaway Gal S. LR), all quoted at double-figure odds.

The Arrowfield roster has supplied either the winner or runner-up in each of the last three runnings of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic: Sweet Idea (2nd, 2013), No Looking Back (by Redoute’s Choice; 2nd, 2012) and Karuta Queen (by Not A Single Doubt; won, 2011).

Four Arrowfield-sired runners have placed in the Magic Millions Guineas over the past three years: Sizzling (by Snitzel; 2nd, 2013), Happy Hussy (by Hussonet; 3rd, 2012), Startsmeup (by Danzero; 2nd, 2011), and Top Drop (by Snitzel; 3rd, 2011).

Snitzel, with only five crops of racing age, currently heads the Australian 2YO and 3YO Sires’ lists, and is the leading Australian-based stallion on the General list.

Photos and pedigrees for the 28 lots Arrowfield is proud to offer at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale can be viewed here.

Three cheers for Starcraft in Hong Kong

Starcaft’s son Hey Cheers picked up his third win from four starts in Hong Kong this season when he burst through the field late to score over 1600 metres at Sha Tin.

The 5YO gelding was slightly tardy at the start of the 1600-metre event, but quickly made up ground and jockey Tye Angland soon had him travelling easily in sixth position on the rail. At the top of the straight it seemed that the best option might be to go wide, but as Angland considered his options, a gap opened up to his right and the pair promptly dashed through it for a one-length victory.

A half-brother to Group 2-winning sprinter German Chocolate, from the unraced Rory’s Jester mare Carina, Hey Cheers is descended from Haunui Farm’s wonderful racemare Rosie’s Girl, also the ancestress of NZ 2000 Guineas G1 winner Magic Cape.

Bred by Sean Buckley’s Barree Stud, Hey Cheers trialled three times in Victoria as Ultra Eightyeight before being exported to Hong Kong in August 2012. His success over the past two months has come after transfer to the stable of new Hong Kong trainer Chris So who has already notched up 15 wins in 2013/14.

Starcraft, sire of 14 stakeswinners including dual Group 1 winners Star Witness and We Can Say It Now, was also represented yesterday at Randwick by 2YO filly Dual Star beaten a head in the $250,000 Inglis Nursery.

There are 15 Starcraft yearlings catalogued for the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, among them a half-sister to Not A Single Doubt and a filly from the Redoute’s Choice mare Flowerchild in the Arrowfield draft.

Into the Red goes into the black

Not A Single Doubt’s son Into The Red fulfilled the promise of his outstanding maiden win in August with success in today’s $100,000 BRC Gold Edition Plate 1200m LR.

The 3YO colt is Not A Single Doubt’s 20th stakeswinner, and his third this season after 3YO filly Gypsy Diamond (MVRC Fillies Classic G2) and 2YO colt Risen From Doubt (VRC Maribyrnong Trial S. LR).

Into The Red is prepared by leading Brisbane trainer Kelso Wood for the same group of owners, headed by David Devine, that race Group 1 2YO winner Sizzling (by Snitzel). 

The colt has now won two of his five starts and re-couped the $100,000 bid for him by bloodstock agent John Foote at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale where he was offered by Goodwood Farm on behalf of breeders Todd McKeon & partners. Todd has also enjoyed success as an owner with another son of Not A Single Doubt, the Sydney stakeswinner Unanimously.

Into The Red is the first stakeswinner among seven winners left by the unraced Clay Hero mare Red Sequin, from the family of Champion Hong Kong Miler Beauty Flash and Champion New Zealand 2YO Maroofity.

Plans are to start the colt in the $150,000 Vo Rogue Plate G3 at Doomben on 28 December before tackling the $1 million Magic Millions Guineas (R) LR at the Gold Coast on 11 January.

Not A Single Doubt has 35 yearlings catalogued for the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, including two fillies & a colt in the Arrowfield draft which can be viewed here.

Unbeaten Snitzel filly is Magic Millions favourite

Star Arrowfield Magic Millions graduate Oakleigh Girl is unbeaten in two black type starts after a powerful victory in today’s $100,000 BRC Calaway Gal S. 1010m LR at Doomben.

The strapping daughter of Snitzel and Miss Kournikova is the current favourite for next month’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

Arrowfield graduates by Snitzel have filled placings in two of the past three runnings of the race: Schiffer (3rd in 2011) and Sweet Idea (2nd in 2013).

Oakleigh Girl was a brilliant debut winner of the VRC Ottawa S. G3 at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day and then spelled briefly before returning to the stable of Dan Bougoure who prepares her for owner Louise Gillard. It was Bougoure’s bid of $400,000 that secured the filly at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, where she was offered on behalf of breeders Arrowfield & Planette Thoroughbred.

Oakleigh Girl, named in honour of her parents’ 2001 and 2006 successes in the MRC Oakleigh Plate G1, is one of Sntizel’s five stakeswinners this season, a list headed by Cox Plate G1 winner Shamus Award. The sensational son of Redoute’s Choice, with 117 runners, has just been shaded by Fastnet Rock (211 runners) as the leading Australian-based sire on the current General Sires’ list by progeny earnings.

Miss Kournikova has a colt by All American in the Arrowfield draft for the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Sale.

Oakleigh Girl headed a fine winning day at Doomben for champion sire Redoute’s Choice and his sons who also supplied Gold Edition Plate LR winner Into The Red (by Not A Single Doubt), and Arrowfield graduate Borehole (by Redoute’s Choice) who posted his sixth city win this season in the opening event.

Snitzel has 19 fillies and 19 colts catalogued for the Magic Millions Sale that begins on the Gold Coast on 8 January, including four fillies in the Arrowfield draft.



Starcraft filly impresses in rich Inglis Nursery

Starcraft’s 2YO daughter Dual Star put up a brave fight to finish a close second in today’s $250,000 ATC Inglis Nursery, held over 1000 metres on the Kensington track at Randwick.

It was the second start for Dual Star, a $90,000 purchase by trainer Paul Messara from the Luskin Park Stud draft at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Sale. The bay filly raced on the speed, then kicked clear after the turn and responded gallantly as Mossfun (from the Snitzel mare Eye For Fun) challenged, and then prevailed to win by a head in a tick over 57 seconds.

Dual Star is raced by an enthusiastic group of owners including Arrowfield, Paul Favretto & Baggy Green Racing and the sources of her precocity are easy to find in a pedigree dripping with diamonds of the blue variety.

Her sire Starcraft is responsible for the 2010 Blue Diamond G1 winner Star Witness, and her dam Dual Diamond is, as her name suggests, the daughter of two Blue Diamond winners, champion sire Redoute’s Choice (successful in 1999) and True Jewels (2001).

Arrowfield will offer two yearlings by Starcraft at next month’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, including a filly from the Redoute’s Choice mare Flowerchild. View Arrowfield’s 2014 Magic Millions draft here.