Teeley Sale of a Generation makes history

Fifty-seven lots sold for a touch over $23 million at an average of $404,158 – the Teeley Dispersal at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale really did live up to its tagline, “The Sale of a Generation”.

It’s also safe to say it’s the first time, at least in Australasia, that ten million-dollar broodmares have been sold from a single draft on a single day, and the aura of Redoute’s Choice surrounded them all.

Nine of them were from the champion sire’s immediate family, and the tenth, Estelle Collection was bought by Coolmore Stud in foal to Redoute’s Choice for $1.4 million. The foal she carries is a full sibling to world champion sprinter Lankan Rupee.

The top price of $2.3 million was also paid by Coolmore for Monsoon Wedding, the only full sister to Redoute’s Choice, in foal to Pierro.

Second top price of $1.9 million, bid by New Zealand agent Dean Hawthorne, was required to secure The Broken Shore, a Hussonet half-sister to Redoute’s Choice and in foal to Fastnet Rock.

Another Hussonet mare, Monsoon Wedding’s daughter Your Life Style, made $1.2 million. She was one of 22 Teeley mares in foal to Manhattan Rain, and one of six purchases made from the Dispersal by Newgate Farm.

Newgate’s most expensive buys were the full sisters Quench The Thirst (in foal to Redoute’s Choice’s son Stratum) and Precious Lorraine, both by Encosta de Lago from Monsoon Wedding, and both knocked down for $1.5 million.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum was the successful bidder at $1.1 million for Unspoken Choice (Giant’s Causeway-Shantha’s Choice), in foal to Not A Single Doubt.

The same price was paid by a group of Dundeel’s New Zealand shareholders, Waimarama NZ Ltd, for city winner Rex Is A Star (Encosta de Lago-Sliding Cube). She will visit Dundeel after foaling to Pierro this coming Spring.

Drifting Cube, a full sister to Rex Is A Star, also made $1.1 million, and Manhattan Rain’s 3YO full sister Taste of Heaven was a $1.5 million purchase. Both were bought by James Harron Bloodstock & Kentucky-based Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm.

Another American buyer, John Moynihan’s Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings signed for Not A Single Doubt’s Group 1-winning daughter Miracles of Life at $900,000, as well as her dam Dazzling Gazelle, at $400,000.  Dazzling Gazelle (by More Than Ready) is due to foal again to Not A Single Doubt in August, while Miracles of Life transfers to the Sydney stable of Peter & Paul Snowden.

Arrowfield’s Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer says, “We’re delighted to have been entrusted with selling such a wonderful group of mares and thrilled to achieve a history-making result for Teeley Assets.

“We’re very proud of our team’s great work to present the mares, and Magic Millions did a first-class job of conducting and marketing the sale. There were buyers from all round the world, and although not all of them were successful, they certainly under-pinned the prices.”  

Million-dollar Teeley mare bought for Dundeel

Dundeel’s breeder Murray Andersen and a group of his New Zealand owners that have retained shares in the six-time Group 1 winner are determined to give him the best possible opportunity to succeed at stud.

So determined are they that Murray went to $1.1 million at Wednesday’s Select Session of the Magic Millions Broodmare Sale to secure Rex Is A Star (Encosta de Lago-Sliding Cube by Rock of Gibraltar) to visit Dundeel.

A 2YO city winner and in foal to Pierro, Rex Is A Star is a full sister to boom colt Rubick, winner of this season’s MRC Blue Diamond Prelude G3 and widely tipped for bigger things at three.

Even more significantly, Rex Is A Star is a grand-daughter of the famous mare Shantha’s Choice, dam of five stakeswinners including Group 1 winners Redoute’s Choice, Manhattan Rain & Platinum Scissors.

The family made fresh history by providing nine of the ten million-dollar broodmares sold from the Teeley Dispersal draft presented by Arrowfield Stud, including the $2.3 million sale-topper Monsoon Wedding, the only sister of Redoute’s Choice.

Rex Is A Star holds particular interest as a mate for Dundeel because Encosta de Lago, through his sire Fairy King, brings in a third line of Special, grand-dam of Sadler’s Wells (sire of High Chaparral) and dam of Nureyev (damsire of Zabeel). The presence of Danehill in the third remove of Rex Is A Star’s pedigree is also appealing, given his proven affinity for both Sadler’s Wells and Zabeel.

Rex Is A Star is the third mare for Dundeel purchased by Waimarama NZ Ltd, established by Murray & Jo Andersen and their fellow Hawke’s Bay-based shareholders Mike & Sharyn Craig, Jenny & David Morison, Tracy Andersen & Gavin Chaplow. Earlier purchases are the Irish-bred Michikabu (by Grand Lodge) and Al Samoud (by Desert Prince), dam of the promising 3YO Zabeel filly Katie’s Cove.

Murray says, “We’re very pleased to buy Rex Is A Star from such a sought-after family and we look forward to both selling and racing first-crop progeny by Dundeel.”

Also destined to visit Dundeel is dual Group 3 winner Sharnee Rose (Nadeem-Farasha by Jeune), purchased by Arrowfield Stud today for $575,000 from the Yarraman Park Stud consignment. From the Easy Date family of leading young sire Not A Single Doubt, Sharnee Rose was also third in the 2011 MRC The Thousand Guineas G1 won by Atlantic Jewel, whose only defeat was inflicted by Dundeel in last Spring’s MRC Underwood S. G1.

Dundeel, the highest-rated entire in Australasia this season, stands his first season at Arrowfield in 2014 at a fee of $27,500 inc. GST.

Teeley weanlings gross $2.9 million

Three of the top four prices at Sunday’s Magic Millions National Weanling Sale were paid for weanlings from the Teeley Assets Reduction draft presented by Arrowfield Stud.

All three are descendants of the celebrated blue hen Shantha’s Choice, dam of Arrowfield residents champion sire Redoute’s Choice and his half-brother, first crop sire Manhattan Rain.

$600,000 was paid by Stonestreet Stables & Coolmore Stud for the Fastnet Rock colt from Your Life Style (Hussonet-Monsoon Wedding), a half-sister to Group 3 winner Precious Lorraine.

Arrowfield paid the second top price of $425,000 for Precious Lorraine’s Stratum filly, and picked up a second member of this celebrated family, the filly by Sepoy from Unspoken Choice (Giant’s Causeway-Shantha’s Choice), for $125,000.

New Zealand buyer Jamieson Park secured the Stratum filly from Quench The Thirst, a full sister to Precious Lorraine, for $400,000.

Baramul Stud paid $230,000 for the Redoute’s Choice filly from Fritz’s Princess, and the Manhattan Rain colt from Lankan Rupee’s sister Charming Estelle was knocked down to the RMB Trust for $130,000.

In all, the 28 Teeley weanlings sold for a total of $2,948,500 – an average price of $105,000.

Strong demand for Smart Missile weanlings

Smart Missile has been one of the most popular new Australian sires in recent memory and his first foals have proved equally popular at this week’s Magic Milions National Weanling Sale.

Nine fillies and four colts from the 147 foals in Smart Missile’s first crop sold for an average of $79,131, almost four times his service fee.

Scott & Kathy Irwin’s Rothwell Park presented the three top-priced lots by the brilliant juvenile Group 2 winner, headed by the filly from the city winner Rain Melody (by Lonhro) sold for $200,000 to Magic Millions NSW as agent. 

Musk Creek Farm was the successful bidder at $190,000 for the filly from Thirst (by Chester House) and Segenhoe Stud signed for the colt from Some Girls Do (by More Than Ready) at $110,000.  Another six Smart Missile weanlings made $50,000 or more.

Smart Missile served 196 mares in each of his first two seasons and is in similar demand again this year at an unchanged fee of $22,000 inc. GST.

Group One target for Snitzel colt

Dual Group 2 winner Time For War has a Group 1 race in his sights – trainer Gerald Ryan and managing owner Scott Darby just have to work out which race to target.

Scott rates the colt a fifty-fifty chance of running in the $500,000 J.J. Atkins G1 at Eagle Farm, after his all-the-way win in Saturday’s Sires’ Produce S. G2 at Doomben.  “He carved out some good sectionals and Tye said he was actually playing with them in the straight, but he perked up when Brazen Beau came at him.”

Given that fillies have won every Australian Group 1 2YO race already run this season, the talented son of Snitzel could be the year’s champion 2YO colt  if he can extend his speed to the 1600 metres of the Atkins.

There are good reasons to be confident that Time For War will get the longer distance. Snitzel is already the sire of two Group 1 winners at 1600 metres, Shamus Award (Australian Guineas) and Sizzling, who won the 2012 Atkins when it was known as the T.J. Smith Stakes.

Time For War’s dam Lady Zabelia is by the great source of high-class stamina, Zabeel, from the family which produced Zabeel’s champion son Might And Power, whose wins beyond 1600 metres included the Cox Plate and the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.

However, Gerald Ryan has his eye on next season’s first Group 1 race for 3YOs, the 1400-metre Golden Rose in September.  That would require the colt to head for the spelling paddock immediately and miss the Atkins.

Scott Darby spotted Time For War in the Arrowfield draft at last year’s Inglis Scone Yearling Sale. “I have a very good rapport with the Arrowfield team and they paraded four or five horses for me. He was the second one out and my first comment was, “What is he doing here?’

“There was just something about him, and I rated him one of the nicer yearlings we bought that year, with good scope and a great pedigree. He looked every bit a Snitzel to me.”

Scott secured the colt for $56,000 , the second-highest price of the Sale. Little more than 12 months later Time For War, with two Group 2 victories in his first five starts and almost $400,000 prizemoney,  is worth a substantial multiple of that figure.

Darby Racing, also the original buyer of Group 1 winner Snitzerland, is syndicating three fillies by Snitzel this year, one of them also out of a Zabeel mare, the multiple city winner Zacushla.

Record price for Manhattan Rain weanling

The quality support received by first season sire Manhattan Rain was highlighted by a new record price of $130,000 at Sunday’s Select Session of the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale .

That was paid by New Zealand buyer RMB Trust for the colt from Charming Estelle, a full sister to champion sprinter Lankan Rupee.

Charming Estelle herself, once again in foal to Manhattan Rain, will be sold on Wednesday as part of the much anticipated Teeley Dispersal of broodmares. In all twenty-two of those mares are in foal to Manhattan Rain.

Two other Manhattan Rain weanlings attracted bids of $72,500. Magic Millions as agent signed for the filly from Weekend Gossip (by Hussonet) a half-sister to multiple Group 1 winner Mentality and already dam of 2YO Group winner I’m All The Talk.  New Zealand agent Paul Willetts bought the filly from juvenile stakeswinner Beauty School (by Royal Academy).

Teeley Assets bred and raced Manhattan Rain to Group 1 2YO success, and has supported him with more than 70 bookings in his first four years at stud.

Arrowfield Stud’s Jon Freyer says, “It’s a great boost for any young stallion to attract even one or two Teeley mares, but Mr Yaseen has given Manhattan Rain outstanding support which means there is a large number of exceptionally well-bred young horses and unborn foals by him in the system.”

Manhattan Rain has made a fine start to his stud career, with the Mick Price-trained debut Group 3 winner Moonovermanhattan and stakes-placed Chengdu & Light Up Manhattan among his first 2YO runners this season.

Manhattan Rain stands at a 2014 fee of $16,500 inc. GST.

Stakeswinner 115 for Redoute's Choice

The outstanding 2009 crop of Redoute’s Choice produced its 20th stakeswinner on Saturday when talented mare La Amistad strode to a four-length victory in the $100,000 ATC W.J. McKell Cup 2400m LR.

The three-quarter sister to three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva is also the champion sire’s 115th career stakeswinner and his tenth Australian stakeswinner this season.

La Amistad (ex Tugela by Riverman) is raced by her breeder Tony Santic with Greg Ingham and Michael Sullivan and trained by the Hawkes Racing team which immediately fielded questions about the 4YO’s Melbourne Cup prospects.

John Hawkes said, “She could be a Melbourne Cup horse, but that’s a dream. She is not Makybe Diva but she is going to make her own way and we’ll see how far that is. It is a good win for these owners because they have been patient, and that takes you a long way.”

Jockey James McDonald said, “She is still a baby, but she just towed me into the race and, as you would expect, she is a stayer. She has time on her side and the breeding is there. She is something to look forward to.”

La Amistad now goes to the spelling paddock with prizemoney of more than $140,000 after winning five of her ten starts this season.

La Amistad’s family has made several visits to Arrowfield Stud since Makybe Diva arrived there as a weanling in March 2000. Tugela has also left Group 2 winner Musket and stakes-placed Shadowofexcellence to Redoute’s Choice, and her Group-winning daughter Valkyrie Diva is the dam of Wales, another stakes-winning member of Redoute’s Choice’s 2009 crop. Makybe Diva’s only daughter, La Dolce Diva (by Fusaichi Pegasus) is in foal to Not A Single Doubt.

Redoute’s Choice remains on top of the Australian General Sires’ table with $9.6 million prizemoney, about $460,000 ahead of his son Snitzel with earnings of just over $9.1 million.

Snitzel wages War at Doomben

Time For War was the aptly named deliverer of Snitzel’s latest blow in the battle for the Australian Sires’ championship, when he led throughout to win Saturday’s $250,000 BRC Sires’ Produce S. G2.

It was the second Group victory for the 2YO colt, who won the ATC Pago Pago S. G2 at his second start in March. He has now returned almost $400,000 on the $56,000 that Darby Racing paid Arrowfield for him at last year’s Inglis Scone Yearling Sale.

Time For War is one of five Snitzel Group winners trained by Gerald Ryan (alongside Snitzerland, Hot Snitzel, Flying Snitzel and Dances On Stars), and among 13 Australian stakeswinners by Snitzel in 2013/14.

Bred by the partnership of Arrowfield and leading South African farm Klawervlei Stud, Time For War is the third foal of Lady Zabelia (by Zabeel), a winner in South Africa whose relatives include two-time Australian Horse of the Year Might And Power, and Group 1 winners Mosheen and Lucky Owners. Lady Zabelia has a weanling filly by Smart Missile and is in foal to Animal Kingdom.

The contest for the 2014 Australian General Sires’ title is shaping up for a rare father-and-son showdown as Snitzel chases his champion sire and fellow Arrowfield resident Redoute’s Choice.

Less than an hour after Time For War’s Doomben win, Redoute’s Choice weighed in with his 115th career stakeswinner La Amistad, successful in the $100,000 ATC W.J. McKell Cup LR.

Snitzel was also represented on Saturday by 3YO Le Val (3rd, BRC Queensland Day P. LR) and new 3YO city winner Off The Rails, successful over 2000 metres at Randwick.

By the end of the day Snitzel had closed the gap on the Sires’ list by about $170,000, but Redoute’s Choice remains in charge with prizemoney of $9,600,308, ahead of Snitzel on $9,139,595.

Time For War and Off The Rails may now be given further opportunities to boost Snitzel’s total in the J.J. Atkins G1 and Queensland Derby G1, both worth $500,000 and both run at Eagle Farm on 7 June.

Teeley signs off with a Championship season

Most breeders would describe a season averaging more than a stakes win a month in ecstatic terms.

Teeley Assets Bloodstock Manager Iris O’Farrell has to think for a moment or two before replying matter-of-factly, “Yes, it is our best season.”

Her hesitation is not surprising, because the standards of Sri Lankan businessman Muzaffar Yaseen’s breeding and racing enterprise are rather high.  Its history began on a note few breeders ever reach, with a glorious home-bred colt who won the Group 1 Blue Diamond at his second start and now has a third Australian stallion premiership in his sights.

That’s Redoute’s Choice, and 16 of his relatives, ten of them broodmares, are among the 89 lots catalogued for the Teeley Dispersal & Reduction at the Magic Millions National Sale, beginning with the Weanling Sale on Sunday.

Such a sale at any time would attract attention, but the Teeley Dispersal has been preceded by the kind of marketing campaign that not even the creative skills of auction house Magic Millions and selling agent Arrowfield can match.

A total of seven Teeley-bred horses have compiled 12 Group or Listed stakes wins and seven stakes placings this season, and the dams of all but two of them are for sale next week. 

Teeley’s undoubted star in 2013/14 is Lankan Rupee (Redoute’s Choice-Estelle Collection by Stravinsky), whose rise to world champion status and sweep through Australia’s major Autumn sprints make him a leading candidate for Horse of the Year honours.  

Last year’s Blue Diamond winner Miracles of Life (Not A Single Doubt-Dazzling Gazelle by More Than Ready) and 2YO filly Lucky Raquie (Encosta de Lago-Monsoon Wedding by Danehill) opened Teeley’s season with placings in the Champagne S. G3 at Moonee Valley and the Gimcrack S. LR at Randwick.

Lankan Rupee soon picked up the pace with Group 3 and Listed stakes victories at Flemington and Caulfield in November. His subsequent $2.4 million Group 1 treble (Oakleigh Plate, Newmarket Handicap & T.J. Smith Stakes) has earned him a Timeform rating of 132 and an international ranking as the world’s best sprinter.

In January Finishing Card (by Platinum Scissors from the Quest For Fame mare Helen, sold several years ago) won the Barton S. LR at Caulfield. In March Lucky Raquie picked up the Canberra Black Opal S. LR and another 2YO filly, More Radiant (More Than Ready-Ravishing Choice by Redoute’s Choice) earned black type on debut in Melbourne for a group of owners including Neil Werrett and Steve McCann.   

3YO filly Tango’s Daughter (Redoute’s Choice-Tango Fire by Anabaa) took Group 2 and Listed events in Adelaide during April, and Miracles of Life returned to winning form in the Euclase S. G2 in early May.

One of the year’s most talked-about talents, 3YO colt Rubick (by Encosta de Lago, his dam Sliding Cube who died in 2012) won the Blue Diamond Prelude G3 before a fourth-placed finish in Earthquake’s Blue Diamond.

Last weekend, 2YO filly Elitist (Stratum-Silvery Hill by Red Ransom) became the latest Teeley-bred stakes performer, when third in the BRC Lancaster S. LR for Kelso Wood and the Devine, Morgan, Galante & Matthews families.

Given this level of recent success, a few twinges of regret about selling the entire Teeley broodmare band, including Estelle Collection carrying a full sibling to Lankan Rupee, would be understandable, but Iris views the prospect with equanimity.

“It is the best time to sell, when things are going so well. We’ve really enjoyed breeding, but now it’s time for other people to have fun with our horses and we can enjoy following them.”

However, Mr Yaseen remains in the ownership of stallions Redoute’s Choice, Manhattan Rain, Not A Single Doubt, Stratum & Echoes of Heaven, and his racing interests will keep those famous yellow, red, orange & lime silks visible for a few more years yet.

Home-bred fillies will be sold at the end of their racing careers, but Iris does not rule out future yearling purchases, although that presents a new test for Teeley Assets.

Iris explains, “Mr Yaseen loves the races, he loves his horses and he loves to bet. However, we’ve never bought a good horse, we’ve always bred them, so there’s a challenge for us!”

In the meantime, Team Teeley can look forward to the next racing season with Melbourne Spring campaigns planned for Lankan Rupee and Rubick.

Also of special interest to Teeley Assets will be the progress of Manhattan Rain, sire this season of debut 2YO Group winner Moonovermanhattan and stakes performers Chengdu and Light Up Manhattan from his first crop.

Thirteen of the Teeley Dispersal weanlings are by the Group 1-winning son of Encosta de Lago, and 22 of the broodmares are in foal to him. Notable among them are Charming Estelle (Lankan Rupee’s sister), Catshaan (dam of Australian Oaks G1 winner Absolutely), Liquid Desire, Modern Etiquette & Tango Fire (sisters and dam of Tango’s Daughter),  Invisible Choice (sister to G1 Cheeky Choice), Group winner Fritz’s Princess and stakeswinners Beauty School, Whisper Bay & Zipanese.  

It’s more than 15 years since Mr Yaseen’s first home-bred stakeswinner, and many top-class horses have joined him on the Teeley Assets honours board, but Iris has no hesitation when asked for her most memorable win.

“It’s Redoute’s Choice winning the Blue Diamond, from a wide barrier, against the odds, a week after his first start, and beating Testa Rossa. That was a big thrill!”

The Teeley Dispersal begins at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, with 28 weanlings, Lots 201 to 228, on Sunday 25 May. 
Online now are the pedigrees and the Teeley Dispersal Preview.

Seaside makes 114 stakeswinners for Redoute's Choice

The remarkable 2009 crop of Redoute’s Choice produced its 19th stakeswinner when Sheikh Mohammed’s mare Seaside won Saturday’s $200,000 Scone RC Dark Jewel Classic G3.

She is also the 14th stakeswinner that Redoute’s Choice has added to his lifetime record since he passed the century milestone in February 2013.

Seaside initially settled towards the rear of the Dark Jewel field, but Kerrin McEvoy worked her steadily forward during the first half of the race. She made ground around the turn and sprinted home strongly to score by a half-length from stablemate Aerobatics in class record time of 1:22.68.

The daughter of Group 3 winner Living Spirit (by Hennessy) has now won four of her 14 starts and more than $300,000.

World champion sprinter Lankan Rupee and Classic winners Royal Descent & Wylie Hall head the 19 stakeswinners from the 107 foals in Redoute’s Choice’s 2009 crop. That’s a strike rate of 17.7% – better even than his celebrated second crop (17 SW from 121 foals – 14%).

Seaside and Inglis 3YO Guineas placegetters Liberty’s Choice & Ryker boosted Redoute’s Choice’s season prizemoney to $9,520,553, almost $625,000 ahead of his son and barnmate Snitzel.

Redoute’s Choice is currently completing his second season at HH The Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in France and will stand the 2014 Australian season at a fee of $110,000 inc. GST.