Fireworks lights up for Camilleri, Ryan & Snitzel

Owner-breeders John & Deborah Camilleri celebrated a rare double at Rosehill on Saturday when their home-bred Fireworks outgunned a smart group of 2YO fillies in the $150,000 ATC Widden S. 1100m G3.

The Camilleris’ Fairway Thoroughbreds had featured earlier in the day as the breeder of Vancouver, winner of the ATC Canonbury S. G3 for juvenile colts and the new favourite for the $3.5 million ATC Golden Slipper S. G1 on 21 March.

Fireworks, placed at Gosford on debut and again at Randwick on 17 January, settled well back and, cleverly directed by Brenton Avdulla, sustained a big run to overhaul Lake Geneva and Igraine inside the final 100 metres.

Fireworks’ victory also brought up milestones for her sire, dam and trainer. She is the 27th stakeswinner and the 15th 2YO stakeswinner for Snitzel, and the fourth stakeswinner for her splendid dam Calvinia (by Varick), after G1 Calveen, G2 Kosi Bay and Listed stakeswinner Striker. Calvinia is a winning half-sister to Group 1 winner English Wonder, dam of champion 3YO Dr. Grace and Asia (South Australian Oaks G1).

For trainer Gerald Ryan, Fireworks is the 30th individual winner, and sixth Group winner (following Snitzerland, Flying Snitzel, Hot Snitzel, Time For War & Dances On Stars) by his former stable star Snitzel.

Ryan is in no rush with Fireworks, who is not nominated for the Blue Diamond or the Golden Slipper.

He says, “She’s had three runs now so I’d like to back off her and let the water settle.

“I think she’s still got a lot of growing and strengthening up to do. But she’s done a huge job, a furlong out I thought she was only going to run third. We’ll just sit back and wait and see what happens.”

Fireworks’ dam and sisters have a total of five yearlings catalogued for the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, among them Haunui Farm’s Redoute’s Choice colt from Striker and a More Than Ready colt from Stellar Vinia (Redoute’s Choice-Calvinia) in the Segenhoe Stud draft.

Snitzel, now second on the Australian 2YO Sires’ list, has 10 lots catalogued for the upcoming Inglis Classic Sale including a colt and a filly in the Arrowfield draft.

Burnstone fires in stakes-winning debut

On Australia Day in 2010 a dynamic new talent emerged for Redoute’s Choice when a handsome colt named Beneteau won easily on debut at Randwick.

Roll on five years and a similarly good-looking son of Redoute’s Choice lined up at the Sandown Australia Day meeting in Melbourne, this time in the $120,000 MRC Blue Diamond Preview LR.

Named Burnstone, he settled towards the back of the field but was kept close to the fence by jockey Damien Lane before joining the leaders at the top of the straight and bounding away to win by 3.5 lengths from Top Me Up and Kirabo in a time of 58.34.

Like Beneteau, Burnstone was bred and sold by Arrowfield in partnership, this time with South Africa’s Klawervlei Stud  and, again like Beneteau, he is out of an Encosta de Lago mare from a superb female family. His dam Merlene de Lago, herself a juvenile Group winner, is a daughter of champion 2YO Merlene and a half-sister to the dam of the top-class mare Dear Demi (VRC Oaks G1 and seven Group 1 placings).

Trainer Robbie Griffiths & Peter Ford Thoroughbreds bought the colt from Arrowfield for $40,000 at last year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale after losing his $220,000 year-older full brother in an accident.

Though not surprised by Burnstone’s win, Griffiths made it clear the colt had not been wound up for the race. “We’ve only given him one easy half-mile (800m) trial, Ivan Culliver’s done all his work and we think that the horse has plenty of improvement still to come.”

He will see how Burnstone pulls up before deciding whether to start him in the Blue Diamond Prelude G3 (won by Beneteau in 2010) on 14 February, or go straight to the $1 million Blue Diamond S. G1 a fortnight later. 

There are 16 Arrowfield-sired horses in contention for the Blue Diamond after yesterday’s third declarations, among them Group 3 Flemington winner Prompt Return (by Beneteau) and Arrowfield graduate Secret Agenda (Not A Single Doubt), an impressive first-up winner at Moonee Valley for the Mick Price stable in December.

Burnstone is the 29th 2YO stakeswinner by Redoute’s Choice and takes his champion sire’s lifetime tally of stakeswinners to 121. Ten of them have been successful this season including Group 1 winners Lankan Rupee (MVRC Manikato Stakes), Majmu (Kenilworth Cape Fillies Guineas), Bonaria (VRC Myer Classic) and Hampton Court (ATC Spring Champion S.). 

Already the winner of two Australian 2YO Sires’ premierships, in 2005 & 2006, Redoute’s Choice now has a good opportunity to join his three sire sons, Not A Single Doubt, Snitzel & Beneteau in the top ten on the current table.

Arrowfield’s 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier draft includes Merlene de Lago’s colt by Starcraft. The mare also has a weanling filly by Animal Kingdom and is in foal to All American.

Third win for smart Royal Snitzel

Snitzel’s smart daughter Royal Snitzel scored her third win in four starts when she strode home in dominant fashion at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

It was the 3YO filly’s first racetrack appearance since her August second placing to Sabatini in the MRC Quezette S. G3, where her racecraft didn’t quite match her abundant ability.  (Sabatini was later third in the MRC Thousand Guineas G1.)

Managing owner Peter Creighton of United Syndications and trainer Mick Price then sent Royal Snitzel for an 8-week spell with the aim of setting her for an Autumn stakes campaign and all going well, a major assault on the Melbourne Spring Carnival. On the evidence of her return performance, Royal Snitzel is right on target for the first stage of that plan.

Piloted by New Zealand apprentice Michael Dee in his first Melbourne ride, Royal Snitzel jumped well, but was held out three wide until driven forward to settle behind the early leader Bullpit. Dee kept her mind on the job around the bend, she took the lead 150 metres out and powered home to win by 1.5 lengths in a tick over 58 seconds from Just Magical and Shaf.

Dee said, “I was very lucky that I was able to get on this horse. It was a great opportunity for me at my first ride. She is a really nice filly who relaxes and has a kick at the end.”

Royal Snitzel was bred by United Syndications from the good city racemare Royal Charades (by Royal Academy), winner of eight races up to 1200 metres. The filly’s second, third & fourth dams were similarly talented and genuine city class performers, and then fine producers, with 18 wins and 17 winning progeny among the three of them, including 1990s Group winner Protara’s Bay.

Royal Charades has a yearling colt by Charge Forward.

Meanwhile, Snitzel has begun the 2015 yearling sales season with an average price of more than $240,000 for 43 lots sold at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Two Snitzel colts will be offered by Cambridge Stud & Lyndhurst Farm at the New Zealand Premier Sale this coming week, followed by 10 lots at the Inglis Classic Sale, including a colt and a filly in the Arrowfield draft.

Zac Spirit named Singapore's Champion Sprinter

Flying Spur may be two years retired from stud duties, but he’s proving as reluctant to leave centre stage as baby boomers are to give way to Generations X, Y and Z.

 The latest evidence of that is this week’s naming of Zac Spirit as Singapore’s Champion Sprinter of 2014.

The splendidly consistent gelding had a terrific year, winning four and placing in three of his 7 starts between 19 January and 16 November, most notably the $S500,000 Lion City Cup 1200m Sgp-1 in 1:08.78 on 27 April. He subsequently finished third behind Lucky Nine & Emperor Max in the $1 million Krisflyer International Sprint G1 in May.

Zac Spirit, bred by Newhaven Park Stud & Colin Tidy and trained by Cliff Brown for Andy Wong’s Zac Stable, has won or placed in 14 of his 15 starts for prizemoney of more than $S940,000 – a handsome return on the $140,000 Brown paid for him at the 2011 Inglis Easter Sale.

His dam Kidman (by Quest for Fame) is a great-grand-daughter of Summoned, dam of Group 1 winner & sire Zeditave and four other Group winners. Kidman’s other descendants include Group 1 winners Melito, Greys Inn and Norzita, and Group 2 winner Jet Spur, also by Flying Spur.

Zac Spirit’s yearling three-quarter brother was the top-priced colt by Redoute’s Choice at the recent Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, where he was knocked down for $720,000 to James Harron Bloodstock and James Moynihan.

It’s been a very good 12 months for Flying Spur. He celebrated his 12th international Group 1 winner last weekend when Sacred Star won the WRC Telegraph H. G1 in New Zealand, and has also been represented over the past year by stakeswinners Mushreq (in Dubai) and Gold Force (MRC Inglis 2YO Premier S. (R) LR).

Their efforts have been supported by Flying Spur’s eight other stakes performers in the past year, among them Traveston Girl (2nd, MRC Thousand Guineas G1) and Group-placed Ataab (South Africa), Hazard, Recoinage, That’s A Good Idea (Australia) & The Glitzy One (New Zealand).

A top 10 sire in Singapore during 2014, the champion son of Danehill accumulated $4.3 million prizemoney in Australia’s 2013/14 season, and finished 5th on the Australian Broodmare Sires’ list with $8.1 million and nine stakeswinners. His reputation as a broodmare sire, already well-established, was enhanced last Spring by his 53rd stakeswinner, and fifth Group 1 winner in that role, the Victoria Derby winner Preferment.

Although overshadowed by Redoute’s Choice as a sire of sires, Flying Spur has eight stakes-siring sons, and the best of them, Casino Prince, has already left his own champion, four-time Group 1 winner All Too Hard, now receiving an excellent stud opportunity at Vinery.

With his sons & daughters making their own marks, and more than 230 named foals in his final three crops, the youngest of which are now 2YOs, Flying Spur’s time on stage is a long way from finished yet.

Dundeel & Lankan Rupee among world's best in 2014

The Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings released last week have confirmed the ratings of Dundeel and Lankan Rupee among the leading global performers in 2014.

Dundeel, who signed off on a stellar racing career with a spectacular victory in the ATC Queen Elizabeth S. G1 at The Championships in April, was rated 122, the best figure achieved by any Australasian performer in the Intermediate (1900m-2100m) category. It places him among the world’s best nine horses on turf at that distance, a group headed by Juddmonte International Stakes winner Australia (127).

Dundeel (High Chaparral-Stareel by Zabeel) was named New Zealand Horse of the Year and retired to stud at Arrowfield last Spring with six Group 1 victories from 1600m to 2400m on his record. He served a quality book of 132 mares including Arrowfield’s champion Miss Finland and Group winners Aliyana Tilde & Sharnee Rose, as well as proven producers Ain’t Seen Nothin’, Johan’s Toy, Joy Ride, Lady of Choice and Lunaspur,

In a history-making year for champion sire Redoute’s Choice, his son Lankan Rupee (ex Estelle Collection by Stravinsky) supplied many highlights, including three scintillating Group 1 victories and the Australian Horse of the Year title.

The 5YO Teeley Assets homebred ended 2014 alongside Terravista at the head of the Sprint (1000m-1300m) category with a rating of 123. Australia completed its domination of the year’s short-course racing with Chautauqua third on 122.

Other Australian-breds rated among the leading sprinters were Arrowfield graduate Not Listenin’tome and Flying Spur’s Singapore champion  Zac Spirit (both awarded a figure of 115).

Manhattan Rain pours it on in 2015

Manhattan Rain has consolidated his chasing position on the Australian Second Season Sires’ list with five winners since New Year’s Day, three of them in city class.

The latest member of his first crop to shine is the Gai Waterhouse-trained filly Ondina whose scored an eye-catching win at her second start, over 1350 metres at Wyong on Thursday.

Ondina is the second foal of Mermaid Island (by Mujadil) and was bred by Dean Fleming who sold her under the Tyreel Stud banner for $40,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale. The buyer was Star Thoroughbreds and the filly’s owners include David Henderson, also a part-owner of Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente and multiple Group 2 winner Sweet Idea.

As Star Thoroughbreds suggests, Ondina’s early success suggests that more wins are in store for her.

Manhattan Rain’s year began when 3YO filly Wild Rain (ex North Flower by Rory’s Jester) graduated to metropolitan company at Moonee Valley on 3 January and followed up two weeks later with a third placing at Flemington.

Trainer Mark Kavanagh said of Wild Rain after her Moonee Valley win, “She’s a fast fllly, she obviously runs well here so we’ll see how we go, it will be nice to just take her through her grades.”

A day later Right Or Wrong broke his maiden by 3.8 lengths at his second start on the Sunshine Coast. From the Flying Spur mare Impulsive Lass, he’s bred on the same cross as Group 2 winner Moonovermanhattan.

Next up was a Saturday metropolitan double by 3YO Boundary and 2YO debutant Manhattan Blues on 10 January.

Boundary (ex One Dream by Danehill) has progressed quickly from her maiden win in November to win a 1400-metre event at Flemington on 10 January.  Trainer Heath Conners then sent her for a brief spell with a plan to set her for black type contests in the Autumn. He believes Boundary will be seen at her best when she steps up to 2000 metres.

Trainer Tony McEvoy now regrets not entering Manhattan Blues (ex Belle Feline by Tale of the Cat) for the Blue Diamond and the Golden Slipper. The chestnut gelding has thrived since defeating Karlovaso and Comprende over 1000 metres at Morphettville and has earned a run in Monday’s $120,000 MRC Blue Diamond Preview LR. 

McEvoy says, “He has really surprised me with the way he has come on. He hasn’t missed a beat this horse.

“He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do, so this [Monday’s run] will tell us a lot more about him and where he fits into things.”

This month’s results have pushed Manhattan Rain’s season earnings through the $1 million mark and he retains second position on the Second Season Sires’ list, behind I Am Invincible and just ahead of Turffontein.

The Group 1-winning son of Encosta de Lago has 10 yearlings catalogued for next month’s Inglis Classic Sale, including a colt and a filly in the Arrowfield draft, and nine lots in the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. That group also features a colt and a filly consigned by Arrowfield.

Click here for the upcoming Arrowfield Yearling Sale drafts.


Beneteau's fifth debut 2YO winner

It’s just over two years since Beneteau died, and his first crop juveniles are busy building the best possible memorial: a growing list of winners that may yet earn him Australia’s Champion First Season Sires’ title.

He’s now had five winners, all of them on debut, most recently Lady Jivago who put up a strong performance to defeat the favourite Sanasana and Badraan over 1000 metres at Wyong on Thursday. Ironically, Sanasana was subsequently relegated behind Badraan to third, the position Beneteau filled behind her sire Star Witness in the 2010 Blue Diamond S. G1.

Lady Jivago was bred by Arrowfield & International Equities, the same partnership that bred Beneteau himself, and was bought by Luskin Park Stud from Arrowfield’s draft at the 2013 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale. She was subsequently purchased from the Inglis Classic Sale (Winter Book) by Dr Ule Crossan who now races her in a nine-member partnership, including Wyong trainer Jeff Englebrecht.

Jeff said of the filly before Thursday’s win, “She is a nice filly, not overly big but very powerful and she has some brains. She has done everything right from the day we sent her to the breakers. Her long term goal is the Inglis Challenge at Scone in May, that’s what Ule bought her for.”

Lady Jivago’s dam Hussterics (by Hussonet) won two country races in a four-start career and hails from the wodnerful Easy Date family, responsible for Group 1 winners Snippets, Forensics & Rewaaya, as well as leading young sire Not A Single Doubt.  Hussterics has a yearling filly by Beneteau, a weanling colt by Snitzel and is in foal to All American.

Beneteau’s other winners are Prompt Return, winner of the VRC Maribyrnong Plate G3 at his second start, Sydney winner Aegean Sea & Voilier, and Parcel, who won at Bendigo in December. Aditionally, It’s Vegas Baby has been placed twice, including a third in the BRC Phelan Ready S. LR.

Beneteau leads Hinchinbrook, War Chant, Reward for Effort and Starspangledbanner on the Australian First Season Sires’ table with $360,505. From his final crop he has two colts and a filly on offer in next week’s NZ Select Sale, and two colts & four fillies in the Inglis Classic Sale which starts on 8 February.  As it happens, both of Arrowfield’s Beneteau fillies at the Classic Sale are, like Lady Jivago, from Hussonet mares. 
Click here to view Arrowfield’s 14-strong draft for the Inglis Classic Sale.

The combination of Redoute’s Choice and his sons with Hussonet’s daughters has emerged as a cross to watch this season, thanks to outstanding South African filly Majmu & Group 3-winning colt Panzer Division, as well as Magic Millions Sprint winner Straturbo and Raise No Doubt (3 wins in Singapore).


Quality Redoute's Choice trio at NZ Premier

Three quality yearlings by Redoute’s Choice are on offer at next week’s New Zealand Premier Sale, from three outstanding vendors, Curraghmore Stud, Hallmark Stud and boutique North Canterbury farm Beltana.

Redoute’s Choice remains at the peak of his powers in Australia where he is the reigning champion sire, as well as a leading sire of sires and broodmares. Four new Group 1 winners are among his 16 worldwide stakeswinners in the past 12 months: 3YO colt Hampton Court, 3YO filly Majmu, the mare Bonaria and Australian Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee.

Previous buyers of Redoute’s Choice yearlings at NZ Premier have done very well, selecting Group 1 winners Empires Choice (2005) & Allez Wonder (2007) and Group 3 winner Burgundy (2010), as well as the exciting filly Vavasour, bought in 2013 and recently second in Saavoya’s ARC Royal S. G2.

Curraghmore will offer the only Redoute’s Choice filly in the sale, the first foal of Listed stakeswinner Mygoodgrace (by Royal Academy) and grand-daughter of champion 2YO filly Good Faith.

The filly’s breeders Mark & Karen Treloar have played a key role in the family’s success over the past 20 years. They bought Good Faith as a yearling for $17,000 in 1994, raced her in partnership and bred from her until her death in December 2012.  Seven of Good Faith’s foals have won, most notably Group 3 winner Tully Dane (by Danehill), and Mygoodgrace.

Two of Good Faith’s other daughters are already proving successful at stud. Bloomsbury Stud’s The Cat’s Whiskers (by Tale of the Cat) is the dam of current Group 2-placed, stakes-winning filly Tavy, and Stuart Ramsey’s Private (by Encosta de Lago) has left Believe Yourself (ATC Sweet Embrace S. G3, Golden Slipper 4th and a winner last week in Singapore).

The Treloars have retained four of Good Faith’s daughters: Mygoodgrace, Bay Star (by Rock of Gibraltar), Big Voices (by Duke of Marmalade) and My Parlay (by Flying Spur) whose colt by Jimmy Choux is also in the Curraghmore draft for the NZ Premier Sale.

Mark says his priority is giving each mare the best opportunities to produce good racehorses, by selecting first-class stallions and putting his bloodstock in the care of Curraghmore’s Gordon Cunningham.

Mark explains, “Gordon’s approach matches my focus on developing a racehorse first and foremost. He’s very hands-on and teaches the yearlings to enjoy their work which is a great basis for their racing careers.”

Self-described commercial small breeders, the Treloars are based in Hamilton where Mark works as a technology transfer manager for AgResearch. It’s an interesting role that bears some comparison with horse-breeding: taking good research and a bright idea, and and turning it into a real-world success story with the help of great people and management, money and a touch of luck.

He says, “It was a great thrill to get a Royal Academy filly from Good Faith, and a dream come true to get a Redoute’s Choice filly out of Mygoodgrace, but now, of course, it’s over to the marketplace to judge her.”  The filly is Lot 83 and comes up early on Monday afternoon.

Lot 27 is the colt from 2YO winner La Scala (by Bahhare), offered by Hallmark Stud on behalf of his breeders John & Mark Carter.  La Scala is a half-sister to Champion NZ 3YO Miler and dual Group 1 winner Final Destination, subsequently sold to Shadai Farm and now the dam of six winners including Group 3 winner Final Form.

More recently, another branch of the family has produced Irish Fling (by Darci Brahma), winner of the 2014 WRC Telegraph H. G1 and, like the La Scala colt, by a Danehill son.

Hallmark’s Mark Baker is delighted with the colt. “He’s a beauty, neat, correct and a great mover, with an incredible nature. He’s already proving popular in pre-sale inspections and no-one is disappointed.”

Hallmark Stud graduates in recent years include Group 1-winning fillies Katie Lee & Banchee, Group winners Amexed, Gobi Ranger, Paddy O’Reilly & Vatuvei and stakeswinners Callanish, It’s Crunchtime, Single Currency & Testa Secret.

Four years ago at Karaka, breeder Richard Rutherford sold a colt by O’Reilly from Volkrose to Melbourne trainer Danny O’Brien. Named Shamexpress, the colt retired to stud at Windsor Park Stud last Spring with one of Australia’s premier Group 1 sprints, the VRC Newmarket Handicap, on his record.

This year Richard, operating under his Beltana banner, returns to Karaka to sell Volkrose’s colt by Redoute’s Choice. Richard says, “He’s very like Shamexpress, medium-sized and very strong with a great action.”

Working with only a handful of broodmares, Richard has a fine record as a breeder of Group 1 performers O’Reilly Rose & Heidilicious, as well as Shamexpress and the 1984 Caulfield Cup winner Affinity.

The Volkrose colt is Lot 227 and goes through the ring near the end of the first day’s schedule.

Victorian breeder celebrates first Group 1 Star

While Mark Ruff was busy winning a campdrafting event at Trafalgar, two hours east of Melbourne, the thoroughbred horse he bred five years ago was storming to victory in New Zealand’s $250,000 WRC Telegraph H. G1.

Sacred Star became the 12th Group 1 winner for Arrowfield’s now-retired champion sire Flying Spur when he won last Saturday’s 1200-metre Trentham feature by four lengths in the blistering time of 1:07.01. Already a Group 2 winner in Brisbane last winter, and twice Group 1-placed at 1400 & 1600 metres, Sacred Star has won seven of his 22 starts and more than $470,000 for owner Raffles Thoroughbred Racing & trainer Tony Pike.

Mark, also part-owner of Flemington Oaks Day winner Sadaqa, says, “It’s been the best year ever on all fronts, and now topped off by Sacred Star, my first Group 1 winner. I watched the replay on Sunday morning, but it didn’t really sink in until I started receiving a heap of calls and texts. This is something I’ve been trying to do for a long time!”

Mark’s business is Qanstruct, a Melbourne-based design and construction company which he joined after completing a degree in Building Engineering. He also has extensive rural property interests, including two stations in central Queensland and his home base, Bulla Thoroughbreds on 900 acres at Diggers Rest.

However, horses, of the stock and thoroughbred kinds, are his enduring personal passion. Sacred Star’s story began in the 1980s when Mark worked between school and university for trainer Colin Little. Years later,  Little prepared Flying Spur’s Group 2-winning son Blur and Mark closely followed his racing career.

“I loved Blur, he was a real speed horse, and a big, strong type who was able to beat Choisir at Flemington. Later I saw Flying Spur at a stallion parade and he was a beautiful horse, and also very commercial, so that’s why I sent Irish Nova to him.”

Bred by Waikato Stud’s Garry Chittick, Irish Nova (O’Reilly-Night Star by Centaine) had been a $40,000 New Zealand Premier Sale purchase in 2004 by owner, breeder and racing journalist Rob Burnet. Trained by Lance Noble, she raced for prominent New Zealand owners and breeders Alan and Colleen Jackson.

The filly showed plenty of ability in her three juvenile starts, including a Group 2 placing at Trentham, but injury forced her early retirement, and subsequent sale to Rhys Smith, acting for Mark, at a cost of around $NZ150,000.

Mark says of Irish Nova, “She’s a very strong, attractive mare with a beautiful head and a lovely nature, and every horse she’s produced has been a really nice type. However, Sacred Star is probably the best individual I’ve bred.”

$200,000 was the price paid by Guy Mulcaster for Sacred Star at the 2011 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, where he was offered by Attunga Stud on Mark’s behalf.

Irish Nova’s first foal was a Zabeel filly named Zanova, unraced because of an injury as a foal, but fortunately retained by Mark because the mare has subsequently had five colts. Zanova is currently in foal to Equiano.

Mark sold Irish Nova, in foal to Stratum, for $120,000 to Rosemont Stud at last year’s Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale, but he has kept her yearling colt by Foxwedge to race, “because he’s the closest she’s had to Sacred Star”. He’ll be trained at Flemington by Mick Cerchi who, along with Rhys and Chloe Smith, and campdrafting champion Peter O’Neill, is a key source of  friendship, advice and inspiration for all of Mark’s equine activities.

Mark says modestly, “We just have a bit of fun campdrafting and racing.” With four or five thoroughbred broodmares, around ten racehorses in Mick’s stable and a busy schedule of draft events, this new Group 1 breeder clearly works hard at his fun!

Arrowfield roster makes Millions magic

Across the board results at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale were spectacular enough, but vendors of Arrowfield-sired yearlings had extra reasons to smile.

Of the 135 lots by current Arrowfield stallions offered in Book 1, 127 (95%) sold at an average price of $212,952 – 24% above the average price achieved for the first four days of selling.

The roster also supplied six of the 10 top-priced yearlings, a group headed by the stunning Snitzel colt from Starlevie purchased for $775,000 from Berkeley Stud by the partnership of Tom Magnier, John Warren Bloodstock & the China Horse Club.

Champion sire Redoute’s Choice was the Sale’s leading sire by profit achieved above his sale average, and 12 of his 19 yearlings sold for $300,000 or more. His top price of $720,000 was achieved by two lots, a colt and a filly, reflecting the evenly matched racing success & stud value of his sons and daughters.

Snitzel and freshman Smart Missile also generated six-figure profits for vendors. Smart Missile punched well above his weight among an outstanding group of first crop sires, returning almost 9 times his fee on average. All but eight of his 33 yearlings were knocked down at $100,000 or more, and three colts and a filly were knocked down for $300,000 or more.

His sale-topper, the colt from Negotiate, broke Arrowfield’s record for number of parades by an individual yearling, and after lively bidding, was secured by Hawkes Racing for $700,000. John Hawkes said afterwards, “I just had to have him.”

Snitzel, sire of 13 stakeswinners in 2014 including Group 1 winners Shamus Award & Snitzerland, posted an average price of just over eight times his 2012 fee. Thirty-nine of his 43 lots in Book 1 fetched more than $100,000, and 23 made $200,000 or more.

Not A Single Doubt is a solid sale-ring favourite at Magic Millions and this year he had three colts and a filly sell for $200,000 or more with Gai Waterhouse paying his top price of $280,000 for the sister to her former stable star Squamosa.

Charge Forward rewarded his 2012 supporters with $100,000 or better for all but one of his Book 1 sales. Queensland trainer Tony Gollan and agent John Foote went to $180,000 for the colt from Laissez Faire, by Flying Spur whose daughters have produced five of Charge Forward’s stakeswinners.   

Third crop yearlings by All American & Manhattan Rain found favour with buyers including James Cummings, David Hayes, Chris Waller & Gai Waterhouse paying up to $120,000 and $150,000 respectively for their progeny. Manhattan Rain had the edge on dollar profit, while All American averaged 4.6 times his $15,000 fee.

Vendor success with Arrowfield stallions was not confined to the Stud’s current line-up. Seven yearlings from the second and final crop of Australia’s leading first season sire Beneteau averaged $135,714 in Book 2, more than 13 times his 2012 fee. He also supplied the day’s top price of $220,000, paid by Beneteau’s own buyer Blue Sky Bloodstock for Arrowfield’s colt out of Sassy Peg.

Four Book 1 yearlings by Starcraft, now based at Rosemont Stud in Victoria, averaged six times his 2012 fee of $25,000. Attunga Stud presented his sale-topper, the colt from Libor Lady, purchased for $280,000 by Hong Kong trainer Ricky Yiu, who prepares Starcraft’s recent Sha Tin winner Blizzard.

The Sale also brought up a milestone for now-retired champion sire Flying Spur. His very last foal, an attractive chestnut filly out of Inchita (by Encosta de Lago) was purchased for $150,000 by South African owner Adriaan Van Vuuren. Fittingly, she was offered by Corumbene Stud, whose Magic Millions graduates include Sebring, from the Flying Spur mare Purespeed.

Below are the Book 1 statistics for Arrowfield’s seven current stallions with yearlings:

in BOOK 1 MMGC, 2015
Sorted by Profit


excl. GST

2012 FEE
excl. GST










f. ex Flavoured
Arrowfield/Rick Worthington & Scone Bloodstock

c. ex Kidman
Newhaven Park/James Harron & John Moynihan







c. ex Starlevie
Berkeley Park/Magnier, Warren & China Horse Club







c. ex Negotiate
Arrowfield/Hawkes Racing







f. ex Class Success
Arrowfield/Gai Waterhouse







c. ex Laissez Faire
Arrowfield/Gollan Racing & John Foote







c. ex Rock on Madonna
Mill Park/James Cummings







c. ex Tang
Arrowfield/Magic Millions

NOTE: Profit is the average price, minus the service fee and a notional $20,000 for production costs.