New stakes-winning graduate for Arrowfield

Arrowfield’s former resident sire Hussonet has provided the Stud’s latest stakes-winning graduate, Hussy By Choice who dominated today’s $100,000 WATC Miss Andretti S. 1200m LR.

It was the 4YO mare’s sixth victory from 13 starts in Western Australia where she races in the care of trainer Simon Miller. The daughter of Little Flower (by Redoute’s Choice) was an $80,000 purchase by Aquanita Racing from the Arrowfield draft at the 2011 Inglis Australian Easter Sale.

Hussy By Choice is Hussonet’s 91st stakeswinner, and the 26th stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice as a broodmare sire.

She is also the best performer to date out of Little Flower, an unraced sister to Group 3 winner Mirrasalo. Hussy By Choice’s second dam is the Group 1-placed stakeswinner St. Therese, a half-sister to the outstanding sprinter-miler Planet Ruler.

Hussonet played a role in another successful Arrowfield graduate was on the same card at Ascot. That was 2YO colt Hold Your Tongue (Stratum-Weekend Gossip by Hussonet), successful on debut in the Westspeed 2YO Plate over 1100 metres for trainers Lou & Dion Luciani.

The father-and-son team paid $160,000 for Hold Your Tongue at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, where he was offered by Arrowfield on behalf of breeder Teeley Assets.

Weekend Gossip, a half-sister to multiple Group 1 winner Mentality, has already left Group 3 winner I’m All The Talk and Sydney winner Straturbo. She has 2012 and 2013 fillies by Manhattan Rain, and is in foal to Not A Single Doubt.

Arrowfield’s next consignment of yearlings, for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, can be previewed here.

New Group 1 performer for Flying Spur

Now in the retirement paddock, champion sire Flying Spur continues to build an imposing record.

His statistics were boosted today by Sacred Star’s game third placing in the $200,000 WRC Thorndon Mile. 1600m G1, less than two lengths from the winner A Touch Of Ruby.

It was the 4YO gelding’s his first start in black type company after winning five of his previous 14 starts in New Zealand and New South Wales.

Sacred Star was bred by Mark Ruff from the O’Reilly mare Irish Nova and bought by Guy Mucaster for $200,000 from the Attunga Stud draft at the 2011 Inglis Australian Easter Sale. Attunga will also present a full brother to Sacred Star at the 2014 Easter Sale in April.

Irish Nova was Group-placed at two and is a sister to the dam of Group-winning Kiwi mare Diademe. The family has also produced the Australian Group winners Sportsman, Prisoner Of Love, Hoystar and Strike The Stars.

Sacred Star is trained in New Zealand by the high-flying Cambridge-based team of Tony Pike & Mark Donoghue for Raffles Thoroughbred Racing.

Flying Spur enjoyed early success in New Zealand with top-class juveniles San Luis, Flying Babe & Velasco, and Sacred Star is his second Group 1 performer there this season, after Full of Spirit (2nd, Hawke’s Bay Challenge S. G1).

Fillies from Flying Spur’s last crop will be offered by Lyndhurst Farm and Trelawney Stud at the New Zealand Premier Sale on Monday & Tuesday. A further 10 lots are catalogued for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, and nine lots for the Easter Sale.

Juvenile success spotlights Arrowfield sires

The spotlight shone on Arrowfield-sired 2YOs today in New Zealand, Canberra & Sydney.

First season sire All American was credited with his second winner when 2YO filly American Time (ex Danetana by Danehill) won over 1000 metres on debut at Canberra by a comfortable two lengths.

American Time was a $20,000 Inglis Scone purchase from Arrowfield by trainer Gratz Vella and is the fourth winner from Danetana, a three-quarter sister-in-blood to Group 1 winner and champion sire Fastnet Rock.

All American’s impressive first winner Invisible has unfrotunately been side-lined following an injury he suffered during the Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

All American has 13 yearlings catalogued for the upcoming Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, including a pair of colts in the Arrowfield consignment.

At the Canterbury night races in Sydney 2YO colt Statton (Starcraft-Lady Danette by Danehill) proved a touch too strong for Arrowfield’s debutant Limehills (Redoute’s Choice-Velocitea by Volksraad), who ran home generously after sitting wide much of the way. |

Statton was a $70,000 buy for his trainer Peter Moody from the Arrowfield draft at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, and his full brother is Lot 338 in the Stud’s 2014 Melbourne draft.

Limehills is the first foal of Group 1-winning sprinter Velocitea, whose yearling and current foal are also colts by Arrowfield’s champion sire.

In New Zealand 2YO filly Thrill (Flying Spur-Stella Livia by Titus Livius), having her second start, won stylishly at Rotorua. Owner Gary Harding paid Trelawney Stud $400,000 for her at last year’s New Zealand Premier Sale.

Stella Livia is a grand-daughter of a half-sister to champion filly and influential broodmare Fanfreluche, the  third dam of Flying Spur.

Fourteen Arrowfield-sired yearlings will go through the ring at next week’s New Zealand Premier Sale, among them two Flying Spur fillies, four colts & a filly by Starcraft and a Redoute’s Choice colt from Group 3 winner Ready to Lift.

Snitzel colt tops Inglis Classic Sale

A Snitzel colt offered by Wayne & Pauline Alchin’s Carramar Park has topped the two-day Inglis Sydney Classic Sale, which concluded this evening.

Purchased for $200,000 by McEvoy Mitchell Racing, the well-made colt is out of the 2YO stakes performer Sharp Hill (by Danehill), whose third dam is the wonderful Aga Khan mare Dumka, dam of classic winner Doyoun and four other Group & Listed stakeswinners.

Not A Single Doubt supplied the second highest-priced yearling, a colt from Red Alert, a Red Ransom half-sister to Group 1 winner Lady of the Pines. He was a $170,000 buy for trainer Ron Quinton from the draft of Broadwater Thoroughbreds.

Middlebrook Valley Lodge’s Not A Single Doubt filly from Foxy (by Canny Lad) topped the first day’s results, selling for $105,000 to Kitchwin Hills. From the family of Spring Champion S. G1 winner Doctor Doom, she was the second highest-priced filly of the sale.

Not A Single Doubt was the only sire represented by a filly and a colt among the 15 lots which sold for $100,000 or more.

Redoute’s Choice figured as the damsire of the most expensive filly, by Northern Meteor from Luscillas Choice, from the family of Australian Oaks G1 winner Royal Descent (also by Redoute’s Choice). She was sold by Broadwater Thoroughbreds for $130,000 to Laurel Oak Bloodstock.

All but one of the 15 lots offered by Arrowfield Stud sold, with the draft’s best price of $75,000 achieved by the Not A Single Doubt-Drifting Ice colt, whose flashy looks are reminiscent of Not A Single Doubt’s high-class daughters Miracles of Life and Karuta Queen.

The Sale posted an average price of just over $35,000, an increase of 4% on last year’s figure. Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster said, “This sale is really making a name for itself as the place to offer strong athletic types regardless of pedigree. Our bloodstock team focus on identifying those types and buyers have swarmed to snap them up here in Sydney.”

Second stakes win for Redoute's Choice mare

Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan’s homebred mare Abidewithme signed off a memorable week for her champion sire Redoute’s Choice with stakes success in New Zealand this afternoon.

The 4YO mare added a second Listed Race to her record when she finished over the top of a talented field to claim today’s WRC Anniversary H. 1600m LR.

Arietta, winner of her previous four starts, was the runner-up, a long head away, and Roc de Chine was almost a length back in third place.

Abidewithme had previously won at Listed level as a 3YO, but has returned in even better form this season, winning at all three of her appearances.

One of eight stakeswinners bred on the Redoute’s Choice/Zabeel cross, Abidewithme is a half-sister to VRC Oaks-placed stakeswinner Miss Scarlatti, from Group 2 winner Crimson. This is also the family of Victoria Derby G1 winner Omnicorp and Group winners Wildly, Suavity and the fine Singapore performer Always Certain (by Not A Single Doubt).

Abidewithme has now won six of her 9 starts and is an exciting prospect for further black type honours.

Her win at Trentham rounded out a big week for Redoute’s Choice, who topped the Magic Millions sire averages for the ninth year and promptly left for France where he is standing his second season at Haras de Bonneval. Just as he arrived, the births of his first French-conceived foals were being announced.

Then, on Wednesday, the Arrowfield-bred filly All Cerise became Redoute’s Choice’s 700th individual winner when she won in style at Canterbury for the Kepitis family and trainer Chris Waller.

Ten yearlings from the 2012 crop of Redoute’s Choice will be offered at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale in March including 3 colts & 3 fillies in the Arrowfield draft – click here for more information.

Woodbine wins in record time at Randwick

“Expect a bold run first-up”, was trainer Gai Waterhouse’s prediction for smart Arrowfield-bred colt Woodbine ahead of his appearance at Randwick today.

The 3YO son of Hussonet and champion filly Miss Finland (Redoute’s Choice) obliged by winning his second race from three starts in class record time.

Woodbine was nicely positioned during the running of the competitive 1200-metre event, sitting third until the early leader Atmospherical faded and Dream Forward took over.

Meanwhile, James McDonald had directed Woodbine into clear air and the pair set about chasing the talented daughter of Charge Forward. Woodbine got the better of the filly by a neck in 1.09.18, with 1.5 lengths back to Watabout in third place.

McDonald said, “It was just a matter of being patient and waiting for the run so he slowly got there and he sprinted really quickly. He has a lot of ability and hopefully he will go all the way.”

Woodbine was a $750,000 purchase from Arrowfield for Gai Waterhouse and Blue Sky Bloodstock at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Sale. He is raced by the Blue Sky Thoroughbreds Stallion Fund No. 5 in partnership with Jeremy Tan, David Paradice and breeders Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones.

Woodbine is the second foal of five-time Group 1 winner Miss Finland, also the dam of 2YO and yearling fillies by Street Cry, and a More Than Ready colt born last spring. Miss Finland is in foal to Animal Kingdom. 

It’s proving to be a good season for the Hussonet/Redoute’s Choice cross which has also produced debut 2YO stakeswinner Moonlight Hussler and dual stakeswinner Karacatis since 1 August.

And it was an excellent day for Arrowfield Inglis Sale graduates at Randwick. The David Vandyke-trained 4YO mare Breakfast in Bed (Hussonet-Bella Sunday by Sunday Silence) kicked off a treble completed by Woodbine and 4YO gelding Almighty Charge, also trained by Gai Waterhouse.

Arrowfield’s next draft of yearlings will be offered at the Inglis Classic Sale which starts tomorrow – check them out here.

European breeders welcome Redoute's Choice foals

Redoute’s Choice has arrived safely in Europe, just as breeders announced the arrival of his first foals conceived in the Northern Hemisphere, during his inaugural 2013 season at His Highness The Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval.

The Aga Khan Studs report that in Ireland, Ballymacoll Stud’s first foal of 2014 was a bay colt by Redoute’s Choice from Fleur de Cactus, a winning Montjeu mare and half-sister to Desert Bloom, the dam of the Ballymacoll-bred 2013 Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente.

Stud principal Peter Reynolds said of him, “The foal is a good strong sort and an excellent first foal and we are very pleased with him.” 

 At Haras de Bonneval, the first foal for Redoute’s Choice was a filly out of stakes-winning sprinter Kerasona (Oasis Dream). 

Other Aga Khan mares due to foal to Redoute’s Choice include Champion Zarkava (Zamindar), dual Group 1 winner Shareta (Sinndar), Ashalanda (Linamix), Sagawara (Shamardal) and Tanoura (Dalakhani).

 Also in France, the Wertheimer Brothers’ Haras de Saint-Leonard welcomed a filly foal out of maiden mare Monst (Monsun). 

Stud manager Pierre-Yves Bureau commented, “This filly is full of quality and well -proportioned; she is a nice first foal. This augurs well for the future, as we have sent several mares to Redoute’s Choice, including Goldikova’s dam.”

Brookdale Farm welcomed a bay filly late last week in Kentucky, a first foal for the Niarchos-bred Visual Mind (Kingmambo), a half-sister to juvenile Group 1 winner Pathfork, who beat Casamento and Zoffany in the National Stakes.

Redoute’s Choice is due to arrive today at Haras de Bonneval where he will once again acclimatise before resuming stud duties at the start of the northern hemisphere breeding season next month. His 2014 fee in France is €60,000.

Redoute’s Choice topped last week’s Magic Millions Sale sire averages for ninth consecutive year with an average of $286,500 and a A$1 million top price paid for Newhaven Park’s colt out of Hades.

John Messara's personal tribute to Dr Percy Sykes

John Messara writes a personal tribute to his close friend & mentor, and Arrowfield’s consultant vet, Dr Percy Sykes AM MRCVS MACVSc, who died in Sydney on Monday evening at the age of 93:

“Old dogs for the hard road and puppy dogs for the sand” was one of Percy’s favourite expressions. He used it jokingly to refer to younger, less experienced friends and associates, but when it came to horses and their well-being, we were all puppy dogs beside Percy. Such was his insight into the equine species, that he had no peer.

You don’t often cross paths with a genius in your life, but Percy was such a man in his chosen profession. I often describe him as having X-ray vision; he was capable of diagnosing a condition more accurately via telephone than the attending vet conducting the clinical examination.

When he was on the spot, his powers of observation were extraordinary.  Percy would note the smallest irregularity in the condition, behaviour or gait of a horse. X-rays were just for confirmation.

Percy’s mind was open and his knowledge and experience were wide. Every case was a challenge to him and he rarely failed to make an accurate diagnosis. His style was quiet and under-stated, and he was always impeccably dressed.

Percy was a wonderful friend, always there to help me, he was incredibly loyal and diligent, and while he enjoyed having fun, his work always came first.

He built a vet practice regarded as a leader in the worldwide thoroughbred industry, he was my mentor and one of the founding pillars of Arrowfield.  I learned so much from Percy, and will be forever grateful for his friendship and his wisdom.

He was the recipient of many awards, but none can do justice to the contribution Percy has made to veterinary science and to Australian racing. In my lifetime, he has no equal. I am, and always will be privileged to call him my friend.

John Messara
Arrowfield Stud
In 2003 Arrowfield Stud commissioned sculptor Tanya Bartlett to create a statue of Dr Sykes which stands at the entrance to the Stud Office where he is remembered and acknowledged every day by staff, clients and visitors.