Faith justified by Moonee Valley win

A decision to forgo Spring racing has paid off for owners Barry, Barbara & Rebecca Saunders and trainer Robert Smerdon when Every Faith won easily at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Third first-up at Sandown on 6 December, the 4YO daughter of Not A Single Doubt returned to the 1600m distance of her Listed stakes win in March and won by a widening 2.5 lengths from Coronation Shallan and Bec Said No Credit.

Smerdon explained, “She had a pretty tough Autumn as a three-year-old, had a big workload so we decided to miss the Spring and just come back and get her into winning form.”

“She was great first up and this is her distance range. She’s a stakes winner at this distance and is a really nice mare.”

Every Faith, bred by Dr Gene Tsoi from the winning Zabeel mare Zephyria, was initially sold by Brooklyn Lodge as a Magic Millions weanling for $28,000 to bloodstock agent Paul Willetts.  She was then offered by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale where she was bought for $130,000 by the Saunders family.

Zephyria has a 3YO High Chaparral colt named Alpine Eagle, a winner at two for owner Wolf Blass & trainer Tony McEvoy, a 2YO colt by Starcraft and a yearling filly by Snitzel. 

The Not A Single Doubt-Zabeel cross has produced 10 other winners from 16 named foals, including Group 1-placed Group 2 winner Gypsy Diamond and two other stakes performers.

Every Faith is one of the 65 winners of 80 races that keep Not A Single Doubt comfortably among Australia’s top 10 sires by those measures this season. He is also second by wins & winners, and third by earnings on the 2YO Sires’ list.

Twelve Magic Millions Gold Coast vendors will offer 17 Not A Single Doubt yearlings, among them two fillies and a colt in the Arrowfield draft – photos and videos here

Mr Snitzel strikes again with Perignon

Gai Waterhouse, Peter Moody, Mick Price, John O’Shea & Neville Parnham all have excellent winning strike rates with the progeny of Snitzel, but no-one has prepared more winners by him than his own trainer, Gerald Ryan.

On Saturday he produced Arrowfield graduate Perignon to confirm a place among the top 10 qualifiers for next month’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR with a strong win over 1200 metres at Canterbury.

Perignon, fourth on debut in the Wyong Magic Millions Classic (R) LR nine days ago, settled back and wide from gate 10 during the early running. Jockey Brenton Avdulla did not press her until the 300-metre mark when Perignon sprinted sharply to score by a neck, with her ears pricked, from Look To The Stars, with Racy the same margin away in third place.

From the Japanese-bred mare Last Blaze, Perignon is yet another result of the highly successful Arrowfield-Jungle Pocket Partnership, and was a $350,000 purchase for Gerald Ryan from the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Last Blaze is a winning daughter of Narita Brian and the Australian Group 2 winner Rubidium, from the immediate family of dual Group 1 winner Dash For Cash. She has already left smart juvenile (and Group-placed 3YO) Hollyweird, also trained by Ryan, to Snitzel.

Unfortunately, Last Blaze slipped to Beneteau in 2013, but foaled a Snitzel colt this Spring for her new owner Oakland Park Stud in Western Australia.

Snitzel, himself third in Bradbury’s Luck’s 2005 Magic Millions 2YO Classic, has supplied placegetters in three of the past four runnings of the race, all of them sold by Arrowfield: Oakleigh Girl (2014, 2nd, trained by Dan Bougoure); Sweet Idea (2nd, 2013, Gai Waterhouse); and Schiffer (trained by Gerald Ryan to finish 3rd in 2011).

Perignon is the 29th individual winner by Snitzel to be trained by Gerald Ryan and she has plenty to live up to. The Ryan stable’s past and current Team Snitzel includes Group 1 winner Snitzerland and Group 2 winners Hot Snitzel, Flying Snitzel & Time For War who have collectively returned $3.5 million on the $266,000 they cost as yearlings.

Like Perignon – and Ryan’s Magic Millions Guineas runner Aerobar – they were all bred, raised and sold by Arrowfield. View the Stud’s 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast & Inglis Classic drafts, including three fillies and two colts by Snitzel, here.

Smart Missiles ready to fire up the sale-ring

Few Australian stallions have generated as much excitement in the launch phase of their stud careers as Smart Missile.

The announcement of his retirement at a fee of $20,000 +GST to Arrowfield in 2012 was met with overwhelming demand from breeders who booked him out in a matter of days with almost 200 mares.

The phone continued to ring for Smart Missile and he attracted similar bookings in 2013 and 2014. That level of support, rarely given to young stallions, was rewarded with first crop foals that have attracted positive comment from their arrival through to early yearling sale inspections.

Twenty-eight vendors will present the first 42 Smart Missile yearlings at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale beginning on 7 January. (Two catalogued lots have been withdrawn). That’s more than any other Arrowfield stallion except Snitzel.

Smart Missile’s Magic Millions consignment includes relatives or descendants of Group 1 winners Albert the Fat, Apercu, Bold Promise, Charge Forward, Danglissa, Euphoria, Hold That Smile, Isolda, Melito, Miss Finland, Quintessential, Seven Springs (France), She’s A Meanie, Special & Wandesta (United States).

Smart Missile’s profile is tailormade for the Magic Millions Sale. He won the first 2YO stakes race of the Australian season, the ATC Breeders’ Plate LR on 2 October 2010, and returned in the Autumn of 2011 to see off champion 2YO Sepoy and Foxwedge in the ATC Todman S. G2.

First-up at three he beat Foxwedge and Helmet from a near-impossible position in the Run to the Rose H. G3 and was the closest of seconds to Manawanui in the Golden Rose S. G1. Neither that defeat, nor Smart Missile’s late scratching from the Golden Slipper diminished the general admiration of his extraordinary talent, based on sectional times, the quality of his opposition and his supernatural acceleration.

However, his pedigree offers even more. As a son of champion sire Fastnet Rock, out of a half-sister to champion first season sire Northern Meteor, from the family of champion sires Sadler’s Wells, Nureyev & Fairy King, Smart Missile brings plenty of genetic firepower to the sale-ring and, very soon, the racetrack.

  • Review Smart Missile’s stunning race career here.
  • View Smart Missile’s 21 colts & 21 fillies on offer at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale here.

Record-breaking Christmas Parcel for Beneteau

Exactly 51.07 seconds after the Wez Hunter-trained 2YO filly Parcel sprang out of the gates at Bendigo on Sunday, Leading First Season Sire Beneteau had his fourth winner.

That time is a new track record for 900 metres, breaking subsequent multiple Group winner Innovation Girl’s 13 year-old record by 0.15 second.

Ridden by visiting Western Australian apprentice Chris Parnham, Parcel strode along easily in front and when challenged by the favourite Duhallow in the straight, she responded strongly to win the juvenile maiden by three-quarters of a length. Jameka came from the rear of the field to run second with Duhallow three lengths back in third place.

Parcel was bred by Danny Bourke and bought by Hunter & Leonard Russo’s Bluegrass Bloodstock for $12,500 from Newhaven Park at the 2014 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale.

The filly’s dam Gibraltar Range, by Rock of Gibraltar from the French stakeswinner Hancora, was a 2YO winner and has also left the Paul Messara-trained winner Battlefront. Now owned by Rosemont Stud, she foaled a colt by Starspangledbanner this Spring.

Beneteau has made a dream start to a stud career limited by his death in January 2013 to two crops totalling 135 live foals.

His first starter Prompt Return won on debut at Bendigo in October, and stepped straight up to win the VRC Maribyrnong Plate G3 in dominant fashion. It’s Vegas Baby became Beneteau’s second stakes performer when he was third to Wicked Intent in the BRC Phelan Ready S. LR on 13 December.

The filly Aegean Sea won at Randwick in November before injury sent her to the paddock for an extended break, and the gelding Voilier scored at Rosehill on 6 December to open a campaign aimed at the Golden Slipper.

With 49 foals in Beneteau’s second and final crop, demand for his yearlings in 2015 is very likely to outstrip supply.  Four fillies and three colts will be offered at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale by Holbrook Thoroughbreds, Lyndhurst Stud, Newhaven Park, Riversdale, Robyn Wise and Arrowfield.

Two colts and four fillies by Beneteau will be presented by Ascot Park, Fairview Park Stud, Sefton Park Thoroughbreds, Torryburn Stud & Arrowfield at the Inglis Classic Sale in February.

View Arrowfield’s four upcoming Beneteau yearlings here.

Not A Single Doubt unveils Magic Millions contender

Darley’s champion sire Exceed and Excel has claimed the top spot on the Australian 2YO Sires’ after Ottoman’s superb win at Rosehill, but Arrowfield’s chasing trio of Redoute’s Choice sons, Beneteau, Not A Single Doubt & Snitzel, won’t let him rest easy.

Neither Beneteau, who retains his lead on the First Season Sires’ table, nor Snitzel had 2YO runners on Saturday, but Not A Single Doubt had two and one of them, Claudia Jean defeated Godolphin’s colt Bosnia by 3.5 lengths at Flemington. The filly’s stablemate Call Me Anything (Redoute’s Choice) kept up a strong gallop to hold third after leading early.

Not A Single Doubt has now had five juvenile winners this season, all sucessful on debut in Melbourne (Claudia Jean & Secret Agenda), Sydney (Single Gaze), Adelaide (Atalanta Miss) & Perth (Fremond).

While Ottoman is the new favourite for the 2015 Golden Slipper, Claudia Jean is likely to join Single Gaze & Secret Agenda on the Gold Coast for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR on 10 January. She is now quoted at $9 by the TAB for that race, already won by a Not A Single Doubt filly, Karuta Queen in 2011.

Despite her comfortable jump-out win at Flemington earlier this month, Claudia Jean’s first raceday start attracted little interest from punters and she paid $8.50 for her victory, achieved in 57.68, with the last 600 metres run in 32.59.

Claudia Jean’s jockey Jye McNeil said, “She did everything very well and she gave me a terrific feel. She’s very push button and she had a bit left in the tank.

“She got a little bit fizzy but she’s a real professional and she’s definitely going places. I was worried she might get a bit lost in front, but she was fine.”

Claudia Jean’s win is one of five metropolitan victories in the past week for David Hayes & Tom Dabernig. Despite their difficult week evading bushfires at Euroa, Dabernig was able to quip, “I hate to make light of it, but we’re on fire.” 

Bred by Parsons Creek Farm & Kate Gadsby, Claudia Jean is from Milzeel, a Group-placed daughter of Zabeel and top-class staying mare Miltak which suggests that 1200 metres won’t present her with any difficulty.

The filly was a $125,000 purchase by Lindsay Park Racing from the Riversdale draft at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Not A Single Doubt has 17 lots listed in the 2015 Magic Millions Sale, including two fillies and a colt in the Arrowfield draft which can be viewed here.

Rich win at Wyong for Gerald Ryan purchase

Arrowfield and its stallions added their eighth winner to the Wyong Magic Millions honour roll when the Gerald Ryan-trained Aerobar won the $100,000 3YO Stakes over 1200 metres.

It was a courageous effort by the 3YO daughter of Flying Spur and Flavoured (by Hussonet), who put sustained pressure on the favourite Echo Gal and kicked on strongly to win by 1.3 lengths, with Cyclone a half-neck away third.

Aerobar was bred by Arrowfield and offered by the Stud at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale where Ryan signed for her at $250,000. Of the five yearlings he has purchased from Arrowfield at that Sale since 2010, Aerobar, Amorino & Schiffer are stakes performers and Perignon was fourth in the $200,000 Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR behind Zoutenant, Surf Seeker & Single Gaze (Not A Single Doubt).

Stakes-placed at two behind Alpha Miss & Memorial, Aerobar won a Warwick Farm maiden two months ago before two unplaced starts at Flemington & Rosehill.

A trial win in blinkers confirmed her trainer’s opinion that the gear change would help Aerobar and so it did, as she returned to the winner’s circle and picked up the biggest cheque of her career to date.

However, Ryan is not tempted to start her in the $1 million Magic Millions Gold Coast 3YO Guineas on 10 January. He says, “She’s a sprinter, not a horse that will run 1400 metres. If we go the Gold Coast we will go for the sprint.” The $200,000 Fillies & Mares Handicap over 1300 metres is another option for her.

Aerobar is the third Arrowfield-sired winner of the Wyong 3YO feature, after Sweet Idea (Snitzel; also an Arrowfield graduate) in 2013; and Belle Soleil (Redoute’s Choice) in 2008.

The Stud can also claim five Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic winners: the fillies Assail (Charge Forward, 2012); Karuta Queen (Not A Single Doubt, 2010); and Cortina Gal (Flying Spur, 2008); and two colts, now leading sires, by Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel (2004) & Not A Single Doubt (2003). Assail, Cortina Gal and Not A Single Doubt were sold by Arrowfield.

Flavoured, a winning sister to stakeswinner Ego’s Dare – another Ryan buy from Arrowfield – from the family of A.P. Indy, has a Redoute’s Choice filly in Arrowfield’s draft for the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

View the 30-lot Arrowfield Magic Millions draft here.

Snitzel colt wins $250,000 Inglis Nursery on debut

Owners Edmund & Belinda Bateman, their racing manager James Harron and Scone trainer Rod Northam celebrated a notable success at Royal Randwick on Saturday when Odyssey Moon won the $250,000 ATC Inglis Nursery 1000m (R) LR at his first start.

It was a fine effort by the 2YO colt who overcame a wide draw to head off Kimberley Star with Let’s Make It Rain (by Not A Single Doubt) 1.3 lengths away in third place.

Odyssey Moon is the 26th stakeswinner and 14th stakes-winning 2YO for Snitzel, and was bred by the Arrowfield-Jungle Pocket partnership from the US-bred mare Run To The Moon (by Arch), a half-sister to dual Grade 1-winning filly Jostle.

Purchased from Arrowfield by A. Cook for $25,000 at the 2014 Inglis Classic Sale, Odyssey Moon was offered for sale again in October at the Inglis Ready2Race Sale where James Harron bought him on behalf of the Batemans for $120,000. (Harron also purchased Kimberley Star, for $40,000 from Middlebrook Valley Lodge at the Inglis Easter Sale.)

Rod Northam said after today’s win, “It was great, absolutely super, he’s a nice little horse. We’ll count the money and we’ll go back and have a think about what we are going to do.

“He’s more a 1200-metre horse I think, so it was really good to get away with that one over 1000 metres.”

Less than an hour later, Flamenco Girl (ex Dance Girl Dance by Made of Gold) very nearly gave Snitzel a 2YO stakes double for the day when she finished second, beaten a half-head by her near-namesake Flamenco, in the $100,000 BRC Calaway Gal S. LR.

A winner on debut in early November, Flamenco Girl is trained by Danny Bougoure for Louise Gillard, a combination that achieved Group & Listed stakes success last season with another Snitzel filly, the Arrowfield Magic Millions graduate Oakleigh Girl.

Arrowfield stallions now dominate the current Australian 2YO Sires’ list which is headed by Beneteau, who posted a new stakes performer, It’s Vegas Baby at Doomben on Saturday, with Snitzel third and Not A Single Doubt in fourth spot.

Arrowfield will offer two fillies and colt by Snitzel at next month’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, and then a colt and a filly by the sensational young sire at the Inglis Classic Sale in February.  Click here to view the Arrowfield drafts for those sales.

Strong debut win by Magic Millions graduate

The Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes is the likely target for Arrowfield Magic Millions graduate Secret Agenda, who won her debut in brilliant fashion on Friday evening at Moonee Valley.

The 2YO daughter of Not A Single Doubt took up an early lead and showed plenty of strength to hold it, then kick clear on the turn to win by 3.5 lengths from Haybah and Ragazzo del Corsa. The filly’s winning time was 58.17 for the 1000-metre journey.

Jockey Damien Oliver said, “I had to use her up a little bit to hold the lead. Dwayne (Dunn) came across and I didn’t want to hand it up so I kicked on to hold it.

“She quickened up really well coming to the turn and I knew it was going to take a good horse to beat her. She won like a really good horse, it was a good win and she’s going places.”

Secret Agenda was a $120,000 purchase by Blueblood Thoroughbreds from the Arrowfield draft at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. She is trained by Mick Price for a group of owners managed by Blueblood’s David Mourad. The Blueblood colours are also carried by Not A Single Doubt’s smart 3YO son Berlutti, a winner in Melbourne earlier this season.

Secret Agenda’s win maintains a perfect record for her dam Negotiate (by Red Ransom), whose first three foals to race are also winners: Chivvy (Flying Spur; city winner) , Sweetener (Snitzel; winner & Group-placed at two) and Final Agreement (Not A Single Doubt; 2YO winner).

Negotiate, an unraced daughter of Group 1-winning juvenile Euphoria, from the Denise’s Joy family, has a Smart Missile colt in the Arrowfield draft for January’s Magic Millions Sale. The mare produced a filly to Smart Missile in September, and is once again in foal to the brilliant son of Fastnet Rock.

Secret Agenda is the fourth 2YO winner in Australia this season for Not A Single Doubt, whose 22 lifetime stakeswinners already include the 2013 Blue Diamond winner Miracles of Life.

The son of Redoute’s Choice has 17 yearlings catalogued for the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, and 10 lots in the Inglis Classic Sale. The Arrowfield consignments for those sales include three fillies and a colt by Not A Single Doubt.

New Group 1 winner for Redoute's Choice & Arrowfield

Sheikh Hamdan’s spectacular filly Majmu became the 27th Group 1 winner by champion sire Redoute’s Choice when she romped to a 2.5 length victory in Saturday’s R1 million Cape Fillies Guineas G1 at Kenilworth in South Africa.
Watch the race here.

Majmu is the fourth Group 1 winner by Redoute’s Choice this season, after Hampton Court, Lankan Rupee (MVRC Manikato S.) and Bonaria (VRC Myer Classic).  Her success is the 40th Group 1 win on the champion sire’s stud record.

Majmu is also the fourth Group 1 winner by Redoute’s Choice to be bred and sold by Arrowfield, after Fashions Afield, Miss Finland and Master of Design, and she extends Arrowfield’s record of Group 1-winning farm graduates to forty-six. 

Her trainer Mike de Kock was quick to confirm his assessment of the filly’s class.

“I thought she won in facile fashion. The J & B Met here at the end of next month is definitely in our thinking.

“It might be her last race in South Africa. We will definitely export her because I think she is well capable of winning a Group 1 overseas.”

Bred by Arrowfield from the Chilean Group 1 winner Spontaneous (by Hussonet), Majmu was purchased for $300,000 by Shadwell Australia from Arrowfield’s draft at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale. Her progress from stakes-winning juvenile debutante to 3YO Group 1 winner has been relentless: she has now won five of her 6 starts, all in Group & Listed stakes company, and was named South Africa’s Champion 2YO Filly last season.

Sadly, Spontaneous produced only one more foal before her death in September 2013. That foal, a stunning colt by Not A Single Doubt, was knocked down to the Hong Kong Jockey Club for $380,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Majmu is the third of Redoute’s Choice’s progeny to succeed at Group 1 level in South Africa after Musir (2009 Greyville Golden Horseshoe S.)  and Wylie Hall (2013 South African Derby).

She is the second Group 1 winner, and the fourth Group winner from the 2011 crop by the three-time champion sire, following Hampton Court (ATC Spring Champion S. G1), Scissor Kick (ATC Up and Coming S. G3) and Panzer Division (ATC Ming Dynasty H. G3).

Majmu is the ninth Group 1 winner from a mare by former Arrowfield sire Hussonet, now standing at Cornerstone Stud in South Australia.

Twenty yearlings by Redoute’s Choice are catalogued for the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. They include five fillies to be offered by Arrowfield, two of them like Majmu, out of Hussonet mares, Flavoured and Line Honours.

Voilier wins on debut at Rosehill

Leading first season sire Beneteau unveiled another smart 2YO at Rosehill on Saturday when Steve Vardy’s home-bred Voilier scored a strong debut win.

The good-looking gelding was most impressive when winning an 808-metre trial at Warwick Farm by 5 lengths on 20 November, but started third favourite on raceday, behind Zoutenant & Invincible Dame. 

Voilier was driven hard out of the gates by Tye Angland, but soon settled comfortably in third position, reserving his challenge for the top of the straight.

By the 250-metre mark, Voilier had control of the race and extended stylishly to score by 3.5 lengths in 1:05.28 for the 1100 metres. Zoutenant (Zizou) and Skyclad (Snitzel), both also having their first raceday outings, filled the placings.

Steve Vardy bred Voilier from Ivyrose (by Strategic), a non-winning half-sister to dual Group 2 winner Miss Zoe, and offered him at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale under the Holbrook Thoroughbreds banner. When the subsequent sale fell through, Steve decided to keep the colt and sent him to Warwick Farm trainer Gary Nickson, who also prepares talented filly Alpha Miss.

Gary said of Voilier, “He is a pretty good horse. He is the best horse I’ve had for a long time.

“I was worried about the soft track, I was worried about the 1100m, I kept trying to find excuses but in the end he did the job.

“He is a beautiful horse to train, very natural and athletic. He relaxes beautifully and is fantastic natured. We will put him away now and wait for the Autumn Carnival, we feel we’ve got something.”

Voilier, named for the French word for sailing boat, is not entered for the Golden Slipper but his trainer indicated that the late payment fee of $150,000 would be made if Voilier can qualify for the $3.5 million race on 21 March.

Voilier’s success consolidates Beneteau’s position at the head of the Australian First Season Sires’ list with three debut winners, Flemington Group 3 winner Prompt Return among them, and prizemoney approaching $300,000.

It also enlarges the gap left by Beneteau’s death in January 2013. However, buyers have one more sales season to buy his yearlings, beginning with the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale where three colts & four fillies from his final crop will be offered. They include a colt and a filly in the Arrowfield draft.