Manhattan Rain colt lights up at Flemington

One runner well worth following from Anzac Day racing at Flemington is the 2YO colt Light Up Manhattan (Manhattan Rain-Luminata by Zabeel).

He became the second stakes performer for first season sire Manhattan Rain when he powered home late to nab second in the VRC Anzac Day S. 1210m LR, won by Merion, with Divan & Lazyaxl dead-heating for third.

It was an effort made more impressive by the colt’s car-park draw, which gave him no chance to save ground at any stage of the race. Jockey Steven King didn’t force him onto the pace early, instead allowing him to find his feet and settle near the rear of the 15-horse field.

Coming around the home turn, Light Up Manhattan was four wide and a long way off the leaders, and with 200 metres to run still had most of the field in front of him. King balanced him up before asking the colt to sprint and the response he received in the final 100 metres took the pair through the pack into second place, only a half-length from the winner.

It was the kind of performance that promises more and that’s exactly what Light Up Manhattan’s pedigree indicates too. Manhattan Rain trained on from juvenile Group 1 success to Group 1 placings in the Caulfield Guineas and the Cox Plate, and there is no shortage of toughness or class on the distaff side either.

The sires of Light Up Manhattan’s first four dams are among New Zealand’s very best sources of those qualities over the past half-century or so: multiple champion sire Zabeel, champion sire Noble Bijou and leading sires Mellay and Kurdistan.

Light Up Manhattan’s dam Luminata is a winning daughter of multiple stakeswinner Taciturn and a half-sister to The Hind (7 wins including 1998 Adelaide Cup G1) and Oregon Star (whose 8 wins included the 1997 Geelong Cup LR). A little further back the names of 1970s Group 1 winners Taras Bulba and Turfcutter can be found, while another branch of the family produced champion miler Starcraft, now a barnmate of Manhattan Rain at Arrowfield.

Bred by Queensland-based Andrew Taylor of GT Thoroughbreds, Light Up Manhattan was sold for $36,000 to Caulfield trainer Peter Clarke from the Supreme Thoroughbreds draft at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Manhattan Rain has also been represented this season by Chengdu (stakes-placed in Perth), Giuliani (placed in Sydney and 4th, ATC Skyline S. G2) and the winner Downtown Manhattan. He will stand the 2014 season at a fee of $16,500 inc. GST.

Zac Spirit lands Singapore Group 1

Flying Spur’s son Zac Spirit sealed his status as Singapore’s best sprinter with a dashing win in Sunday evening’s $S500,000 Lion City Cup 1200m Sgp-1.

Ridden by Alan Munro, 4YO gelding defeated arch-rival Emperor Max by 1.5 lengths in 1:08.78. Goal Keeper was a short head away in third place.

Zac Spirit has now won eight of his 12 starts and more than $S800,000 for the Zac Stable and trainer Cliff Brown who will now prepare him for his first attempt in international Group 1 company, the $S1 million KrisFlyer International Sprint on 18 May.

Brown said, “It’s been a long campaign for me and this horse, but today he really showed what he’s capable of and I’m really happy with the way he ran.”

“We just need to keep ticking him over and I think there’s still improvement in him before the KrisFlyer.” Zac Spirit takes Flying Spur’s tally of domestic and international Group 1 winners to 13, a collection headed by Mentality & Forensics, both three-time winners at the elite level. He has also achieved the Group 1 victory that eluded two other outstanding Singapore-based sons of Flying Spur, Lim’s Fighter and Flying Fulton.

Bred by Newhaven Park and Colin Tidy, Zac Spirit is out of Kidman (by Quest for Fame), a Group-placed city winner and also the dam of Zac Influence, whose Singapore record includes a Sgp-3 win and a third placing in the Raffles Cup Sgp-1.

This female family descending from the mare Summoned is one of the best-known in Australia, also responsible for Group 1 winners Greys Inn, Melito (by Redoute’s Choice) & Norzita. Summoned herself had five Group-winning progeny, including the champion 3YO, five-time Group 1 winner & valuable sire Zeditave, all bred by Colin Tidy.

Kidman has a yearling filly by Manhattan Rain and a weanling colt by Redoute’s Choice.

Flying Spur is no longer active in the serving barn, but he is enjoying a good season, thanks to Zac Spirit, Group 3 winner Spurtonic, 2YO stakeswinner Gold Force and Mushreq, successful in Dubai, and 18 stakes performers from his highly valued daughters.  

While he relaxes in retirement at Arrowfield, Flying Spur’s record as champion sire (92 stakeswinners) and influential broodmare sire (42 stakeswinners) continues to grow.

Honorine makes it a Group treble for Redoute's Choice

With a international Group race double in the bag, thanks to Tango’s Daughter in Adelaide, and the brilliant 2YO filly Majmu at Turffontein, Redoute’s Choice could have signed off for the weekend, well-satisfied with an excellent day’s work.

But, no, he wasn’t quite finished yet. His 4YO daughter Honorine lined up in the fnal race at Turffontein, the Camellia Stakes over 1160m G2 for owner Mary Slack’s Wilgerbosdrift and trainer Mike de Kock who expected her to run well after a cramped run last time out.

Honorine duly won by a half-length from fellow Australian-bred Tiger Quest to become the 113th career stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice, and the 18th stakeswinner from his stellar 2009 crop.

The daughter of Zaldivar (by Honour and Glory) was bred by Arrowfield and purchased for $80,000 by Form Bloodstock from the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. She joins Snitzerland (VRC Lightning S. G1), Group 2 winner Flying Snitzel, champion Singapore 3YO Stepitup and Listed Race winner Road Trippin’ as stakes-winning graduates from Arrowfield’s draft at that Sale.

Honorine had shown juvenile promise, winning her first two starts and being Group 1-placed at two. The Camellia Stakes is her fourth win and makes her a valuable future breeding prospect for Wilgerbosdrift, established almost 20 years ago in the Western Cape region and now one of South Africa’s leading studs.

Back in Australia, Redoute’s Choice has become the first stallion this season to top $9 million prizemoney as he chases his third Australian General Sires’ premiership.  He is available to breeders in 2014 at a fee of $110,000 inc. GST.

 

International Group double by Redoute's Choice fillies

Champion sire Redoute’s Choice today posted his fourth Group race double since 1 February when his daughters Tango’s Daughter & Majmu scored in Australia and South Africa.

3YO Tango’s Daughter continued the tremendous run of success this season for owner-breeder Teeley Assets when she prevailed in a straight-long duel with the tenacious 5YO mare Floria in the $175,000 SAJC Queen of the South S. 1600m G2 at Morphettville.

The Mick Price-trained daughter of Tango Fire (by Anabaa) won her first stakes race, the SAJC H.C. Nitschke S. LR, only two weeks ago, and has now won five of her 9 starts for prizemoney of more than $250,000. She was offered for sale by Arrowfield at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale but was passed in after failing to meet her reserve price of $180,000.

Tango Fire, in foal to Manhattan Rain, will be offered for sale as part of the Teeley Dispersal at the Magic Millions National Sale which begins on 25 May.

Sheikh Hamdan’s 2YO filly Majmu gave her rivals no chance to threaten her unbeaten status in the Turffontein South African Fillies Nursery 1160m G2. She simply streeted them by almost 9 lengths and has now won a Listed Race, a Group 3 event and a Group 2 race in her first three starts.

Arrowfield bred Majmu from the Chilean Group 1 winner Spontaneous (by Hussonet), and offered her at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Sale where she was purchased for $300,000 by Shadwell Australia.

As reported by South Africa’s Sporting Post, Sheikh Hamdan’s representative Angus Gold said that he had always felt that she was an Oaks filly when seen at the sales and that she was winning on class, as she would go further in time to come.

Later in the Turffontein programme, Banaadeer (More Than Ready-Provence by Redoute’s Choice) finished second in the South African Colts Nursery G2, and last year’s South African Derby G1 winner Wylie Hall (Redoute’s Choice-Beauty Belle) was fourth in the President’s Champions Challenge G1.

The other three Group race doubles (in fact, one was a treble) achieved by Redoute’s Choice’s progeny since 1 February are:
8 February – Lankan Rupee (MRC Rubiton S. G2) & A Time For Julia (MRC Geoffrey Bellmaine S. G3)
22 February – Lankan Rupee (MRC Oakleigh Plate G1), Bonaria (MRC Mannerism S. G3) & Lilliburlero (ATC Triscay S. G3)
8 March – Lankan Rupee (VRC Newmarket H. G1) & Bonaria (VRC Matron S. G3).

In all, runners by Redoute’s Choice have notched up a remarkable 12 Group wins and two Listed Race successes in Australia and South Africa over the past 12 weeks.

Already a two-time winner of the Australian General Sires’ title, Redoute’s Choice leads the current list, where his prizemoney has just topped $9 million. His nearest rival is his son Snitzel, who also enjoyed a Group race double today, with Hot Snitzel & Estonian Princess in Sydney.

Redoute’s Choice will stand the 2014 season at a fee of $110,000 inc. GST.

Princess completes Snitzel's Randwick Group double

If the gold and blue colours carried by Brenton Avdulla on board today’s ATC J.H.B. Carr S. 1400m G3 winner Estonian Princess look vaguely familiar…well, they should.

After all, it’s only a year since they were last carried in Sydney by Not A Single Doubt’s brilliant daughter Karuta Queen, retired to stud last Spring with earnings of $1.8 million as a Magic Millions heroine, Group 3 winner & Group 1 runner-up to Black Caviar.

Two years after Sydney owners Glenn & Viive Williams bought Karuta Queen, they returned to the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and paid $65,000 for a Snitzel filly from the draft of her breeder Rosemont Stud.

A half-sister to Sandown Guineas winner Schilling, from the US-bred Meet My Sis (by Prized), the filly was sent to Warwick Farm trainer Scott Aspery. Named Estonian Princess, she had four starts at two for second placings at Wyong and Rosehill, and a Listed Race fourth at Scone last May before a winter spell.

She began her 3YO campaign in December, broke her maiden on New Year’s Day at Randwick and followed Sweet Idea home to give Snitzel a quinella in the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (R) LR.

A second win at Wyong over 1600 metres earlier this month encouraged thoughts of an Oaks start, hence Estonian Princess lined up in the 2000-metre Adrian Knox S. G3 on 12 April.

Scott Aspery explained,“We went to the Adrian Knox instead of the Carbine Club because we thought that gave us more options going forward if we went to the Oaks. She didn’t run the 2000m so we dropped her back in distance and it was fantastic, it looks like the seven furlongs is just right for her.”

However, it didn’t look promising for Estonian Princess and her jockey Brenton Avdulla early in today’s race when they settled at the rear of the field. Their prospects of victory took a while to brighten, and they still had plenty to do with 400 metres to run, as Northern Glory and Lady Lakshmi pulled clear to fight out the finish.

Fifty metres from the line, Estonian Princess still had not reached that pair, but she extended very generously to catch Northern Glory right on the line, with Lady Lakshmi a short head away third.

Estonian Princess is Snitzel’s 22nd lifetime stakeswinner, and takes his tally of Australian stakeswinners this season to thirteen.

The Randwick Group double she and Hot Snitzel completed today boosted Snitzel’s season earnings beyond $8.6 million – enough to keep him in touch with his premiership-leading sire Redoute’s Choice on $9 million, and handily clear of Exceed and Excel ($8 million).

Snitzel’s fee for the 2014 breeding season is $71,500 inc. GST.

Hot Snitzel wins Hall Mark Stakes

If there is a prescription for the ideal syndicate horse it would surely read something like this:

At two, wins on debut before Christmas, progresses to win a stakes race & place in Group 1 company, and earns 7 times the purchase price after nine starts.

At three, wins a stakes race first-up in the Spring, runs respectably in a Group 1 contest and returns in the late Summer to beat a Group 1 winner in a Group 2 race.

At four, wins only once but makes it count in a Group 3 race, finishes 2 lengths from the winner in a Group 1 and adds more than $100,000 to the kitty.

At five, runs a Group 3 second in the Spring beaten only 2.3 lengths by a subsequent triple Group 1 winner and Horse of the Year contender, then fronts up again in the Autumn to win a fourth Group race and boost career earnings to 14 times purchase price.

That is the career of Hot Snitzel in a nutshell. No wonder that Triple Crown Syndications tweeted after his win in today’s $150,000 ATC Hall Mark S. 1200m G3, “Love this horse!!!”

Or that his jockey Hugh Bowman said, “He’s the type of horse that’s a good advertisement for anyone that wants to own a horse. He just keeps coming back and getting the job done. It’s a pleasure to ride a horse like him.”

Hot Snitzel is one of 13 stakeswinners this season by Snitzel, and the last and best foal from the beautifully bred mare Flames Of Paris (by Blushing Groom).

Flames of Paris is an unraced relative of European Group 1 winners Park Appeal, Cape Cross, Diktat & Alydaress among others, and was imported in 2002 from Japan to Australia where she had four foals for the Arrowfield/Jungle Pocket partnership.

Hot Snitzel was purchased by Triple Crown Syndications for $60,000 from Arrowfield at the 2010 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. A year later Triple Crown’s Chris & Michael Ward returned to the same sale to purchase Group 2 winner Flying Snitzel, also from Arrowfield. Like Hot Snitzel, she was prepared by Snitzel’s own trainer Gerald Ryan, who has turned out a remarkable 24 winners by his former stable star.

Ryan said after Hot Snitzel’s win today, “He ran in the Golden Slipper three years ago and he is the only one out of that whole field who is still racing.

“He keeps backing up. He is a good little horse who always gives his best. He’ll head up to Queensland, he’s going to go to the BTC Cup.”

Snitzel’s 22nd stakeswinner, 3YO filly Estonian Princess (ATC J.H.B. Carr S. G3), and Snitzerland (3rd, BRC Victory S. G2) joined Hot Snitzel today to keep their sire in clear air behind their grandsire Redoute’s Choice in the race for the Australian General Sires’ premiership. 

Snitzel stands this coming season at a fee of $71,500 inc. GST.
 

 

Dundeel's dam booked to Redoute's Choice

The dam of Arrowfield’s new stallion, the six-time Group 1 winner Dundeel, will visit the Stud’s flagship sire Redoute’s Choice this coming Spring.

Murray & Jo Andersen, breeders and part-owners of Dundeel, confirmed earlier this week their decision to send Stareel (Zabeel-Staring by Fiesta Star) to the champion son of Danehill.

Murray explains, “Redoute’s Choice is a great sire and sire of sires, and becoming an equally valuable broodmare sire, and I am very happy to support Arrowfield too.

“It’s an excellent match on type and on pedigree, as Zabeel mares have such a good record with Redoute’s Choice.

“I’d be happy to get a colt or a filly, but I’m really keen to have a Redoute’s Choice filly from this family for future breeding.”

The Andersens have worked with Dundeel’s female family for almost 30 years after purchasing his third dam Sweet Violet in the early 1980s. They bred and raced Sweet Violet’s daughter Staring who, like her famous grandson, won a Group 1 classic at three and then succeeded as a 4YO in Group 1 weight-for-age company.

Dundeel added the Randwick & Rosehill Guineas and the Spring Champion Stakes at three, and last Spring lowered the colours of champion mare Atlantic Jewel in the MRC Underwood S. G1.

His climactic Group 1 victory in last Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes has earned him a Timeform rating of 129, ranking him alongside past champions such as Placid Ark, Northerly, Makybe Diva and Sunline.

The Australian Timeform ratings are compiled by Gary Crispe of Racing & Sports. Click  here for the current 4YO ratings.

Murray Andersen says of Dundeel’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes triumph, “Without doubt it couldn’t get any better than that. The Australian stage is where we breed to race and winning the biggest race in our own backyard is a bigger thrill for us than winning overseas.

“We always wanted Dundeel to win the race for Arrowfield, they have so much confidence in him as a stallion prospect, and it has given his stud career the perfect launch.”

The Andersens have always operated as private owner-breeders from their Hawke’s Bay base, usually mating no more than a couple of mares each year.  Their new status as stallion shareholders will only slightly change that long-standing strategy. 

“We don’t want to be large-scale breeders, but we will be supporting Dundeel and we are currently looking for a small number of mares especially for him. We may sell one or two of his progeny, but we’re mainly owners so we want to race most of them.”

A recent UK broodmare purchase is Michikabu, a Grand Lodge half-sister to Irish Group 3 juvenile winner Luminous Eyes (dam of this season’s Australian 2YO Group performer Lumosty), from the family of champion Pilsudski.

While Murray is excited about Dundeel’s stud future, the memories of Dundeel’s racing finale won’t be erased.

He says, “It was magic, he looked the best I’ve ever seen him. Murray as trainer and Emily as strapper have done an absolutely fantastic job, James rode him brilliantly and Dundeel put up his best-ever performance. We simply couldn’t have wished for more.”

Dundeel’s 2014 fee is $27,500 inc. GST, and Redoute’s Choice will stand at a fee of $110,000 inc. GST.

It's A Dundeel retires to Arrowfield Stud

The retirement of It’s A Dundeel to Arrowfield Stud was announced on Monday by Arrowfield Chairman John Messara.

He will be known at stud by his original New Zealand-registered name of Dundeel and his 2014 service fee will be $27,500 inc. GST.

The son of High Chaparral and Stareel (by Zabeel), signed off on his brilliant racing career by carrying Arrowfield’s silks to a dominant championship victory in Saturday’s $4 million ATC Queen Elizabeth S. 2000m G1.

That was his sixth Group 1 win following his history-making sequence as a 3YO in the Spring Champion Stakes (2000m), Randwick Guineas (1600m), Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and the Australian Derby (2400m), and his conquest of the previously unbeaten Atlantic Jewel in the MRC Underwood S. 1800m G1 last Spring.

Dundeel’s 19-start record features 10 wins from two to four, a total of ten Group 1 performances and earnings of $5.3 million.

John Messara says, “Dundeel was a racehorse of the highest class, effective at Group 1 level from 1600 to 2400 metres, with immense natural athleticism, a high cruising speed and a devastating turn of foot.

“These attributes, combined with his undaunted toughness and courage, make him this year’s most exciting stallion prospect. We are delighted to offer him to Australian and New Zealand breeders.”

Arrowfield announces 2014 service fees

Arrowfield Stud today announced the 2014 service fees for its 10-stallion roster headed by champion sire Redoute’s Choice who will command a fee of $110,000 inc. GST as he challenges for his third Australian stallion premiership. With ten stakeswinners this season, and 24 lifetime Group 1 winners, including world champion sprinter Lankan Rupee from his superlative ninth crop, the great son of Danehill remains the best active sire in Australia. 

Dundeel (High Chaparral-Stareel by Zabeel), whose retirement from racing as It’s A Dundeel was confirmed on Monday, will stand his first season at a fee of $27,500 inc. GST.  The champion 3YO and Spring 4YO conqueror of Atlantic Jewel crowned his career last Saturday with a dominant victory in the $4 million ATC Queen Elizabeth S. G1, his sixth Group 1 success.

The arrival of Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) as a major sire is marked by 11 stakeswinners this season, including brilliant Group 1 winners Shamus Award & Snitzerland, an Inglis Easter Session 1 sale average of more than $350,000 and six months at the head of the Australian General Sires’ premiership. His 2014 fee has been set at $71,500 inc. GST.

Not A Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice) continues to reward breeders with precocious and genuine progeny that are widely admired by owners, trainers & syndicators. His performers this season are headed by two classy 3YO fillies, Gypsy Diamond and Villa Verde – both Group 2 winners and both Group 1-placed against older horses.  His fee this year is unchanged at $33,000 inc. GST.

Dubai World Cup hero Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux) will stand his second season at $33,000 inc. GST, with his first foals due this coming Spring from mares such as Miss Finland, Rockabubble, Danglissa, Pay My Bail, Hurried Choice, and the dams of Weekend Hussler, Mentality, Toydini, Time For War, Messene & Crack A Roadie.

The value of Charge Forward (Red Ransom) as a highly effective outcross for Danehill-line mares is confirmed by recent performers such as 2YO Group winner London Lolly, and 2014 yearling sales up to $300,000. His fee remains at $22,000 inc. GST.

Also standing at an unchanged fee of $22,000 inc. GST is the brilliant, unbeaten 2YO Group winner Smart Missile (Fastnet Rock), who was fully subscribed in his first two seasons. His first yearlings sell in 2015.

All American (Red Ransom) will again be available to breeders at a fee of $16,500 inc. GST.  All American’s first-crop 2YOs this season include Group 3 winner Bachman, stakes-placed Tender & impressive city winners Invisible & Lady Trickster. His 2014 yearlings sold up to $360,000 at Inglis Easter Session 1 and $240,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Manhattan Rain (Encosta de Lago) is also off the mark with the winner Downtown Manhattan, stakes-placed Chengdu and city-placed Giuliani, and his 2014 yearlings sold up to $275,000 at Inglis Easter Session 1, and $210,000 at Magic Millions Gold Coast.  Manhattan Rain’s fee this year is $16,500 inc. GST.

The fee for proven Group 1 sire Starcraft (Soviet Star) has been set at $11,000 inc. GST.  His ten Inglis Easter Session 1 yearlings sold for an average of $170,500, with a top price of $650,000 paid by David Redvers for Mill Park’s daughter of Dane Belltar.

New Group 1 performer for Not A Single Doubt

It’s A Dundeel was the undoubted star for Arrowfield at The Championships on Saturday, but three runner-up finishes by a home-bred colt, a sale graduate and a daughter of Not A Single Doubt were also very pleasing.

Ron Finemore & John Leaver’s home-bred 3YO filly Gypsy Diamond became the 8th Group 1 performer for Not A Single Doubt when she overcame a tardy start to claim second in the $1 million ATC Queen of the Turf S. 1600m G1.

Jockey James McDonald settled Gypsy Diamond near-last on the fence and drove her through to a momentary lead at the 400-metre mark, but the challenges came quickly, first from dual Group 1-winning 6YO Red Tracer and then from 4YO Diamond Drille. Gyspy Diamond kept up a strong enough gallop to shade Red Tracer for second, just a short neck from the winner Diamond Drille.

The John O’Shea-trained Gypsy Diamond (ex Gypsy Tucker by Zabeel) is among Not A Single Doubt’s six stakeswinners this season, with successes in the MVRC Fillies Classic G2 last Spring, and the ATC Carbine Club S. G3 on 12 April. Her three wins and four placings have earned her $605,710.

Gypsy Tucker also has a very promising 2YO daughter Veloce Forte (by High Chaparral) and a yearling brother to Gypsy Diamond purchased for $200,000 by Snowden Racing.

2YO Arrowfield graduate Ygritte (Snitzel-Deputy Lil by French Deputy) maintained her consistent form with her third consecutive Group placing in the $500,000 ATC Royal Randwick S. G3. Eloping was a most impressive winner, but Ygritte showed plenty of courage to get within a length of her, and hold second, a half-length ahead of Shaumari.

A $135,000 purchase by Kitchwin Hills from Arrowfield’s 2013 Inglis Classic draft, Ygritte is trained by Gerald Ryan for owner Carl Holt. Deputy Lil’s last foal, a filly by Not A Single Doubt, was bought by trainer Stuart Kendrick for $70,000 from Arrowfield’s 2014 Classic Sale consignment. 

Ygritte is one of 21 stakes performers this season by leading young sire Snitzel – an outstanding tally that includes Ygritte’s stakes-winning 3YO sister My Sister Lil, and the Group 1 winners Shamus Award & Snitzerland.

3YO colt Woodbine rounded out Arrowfield’s day with what jockey Tommy Berry described as “his best run to date”, a solid second behind the exciting New Zealand gelding Beauty’s Beast in the $150,000 ATC South Pacific Classic 1400m LR.

A son of Hussonet and champion filly Miss Finland, Woodbine is trained by Gai Waterhouse for his breeders Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones and fellow owners Blue Sky Thoroughbreds, David Paradice & Jeremy Tan. 

Miss Finland has 2YO & yearling fillies by Street Cry, a weanling colt by More Than Ready and is in foal to Animal Kingdom. Woodbine’s year-older sister Miss Helsinki, unraced due to injury, is in foal to Smart Missile.