New Group winner for Snitzel in Japan

Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm has achieved many significant international successes, but on Saturday the stud made history much closer to home.

Northern Farm-bred Young Man Power became the first Japanese stakeswinner by Arrowfield’s leading young sire Snitzel, who shuttled to Japan in 2007 and 2011. He is the 29th stakeswinner and 18th Group winner by the brilliant son of Redoute’s Choice.

The 3YO colt prevailed in a desperately close finish of the Hanshin Arlington Cup G3, a 1600-metre contest on turf offering total prizemoney of approximately $760,000. Young Man Power won by a neck from Arma Waioli, with a nose back to Matenro Happiness.

Young Man Power is trained by Takahisa Tezuka for Juichi Hoshino, the team behind the Deep Impact filly Ayusan, winner of the 2013 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) G1.

Young Man Power is one of three winners out of Snapshot (by Sunday Silence), whose grand-dam is Alan Clore’s home-bred mare River Memories (by Riverman), a dual US Grade 1 winner in the 1980s.

Snitzel has had 54 winners to date from his two Japanese crops, including two Group-placed filies Leopardina & Rurinigana, and stakes-placed Floreal, as well as Young Man Power.

Among Snitzel’s seven Australian stakeswinners this season are 3YO colt Wandjina and 2YO filly Fireworks, both successful since New Year’s Day.

Snitzel was represented in Saturday’s Australasian racing by 2YO Odyssey Moon (2nd, ATC Skyline S. G2 at Warwick Farm) and new Group performer 3YO Mighty Maverick (3rd, ARC Mr Tiz Trophy G3 at Ellerslie in New Zealand).

Four yearlings by Snitzel have already sold for more than $500,000 this year, most recently the top-priced lot on the first day of the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.  That was Yallambee Stud’s filly from Belle of the City, knocked down to leading South African trainer Brett Crawford for $560,000.

Nineteen lots by Snitzel will be offered during the next two days of the Sale at Oaklands.

Arrowfield's spectacular Inglis Premier record

Buyers in search of that winning feeling need venture no further than Arrowfield’s 22-lot consignment at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale which begins on Sunday 1 March.

In the past five years alone purchasers of Arrowfield yearlings in Melbourne have left Oaklands with Group 1 winner Snitzerland, Group 2 winners Flying Snitzel, Hot Snitzel & Honorine and Group 3 winner Aliyana Tilde.

Then there’s Group 2 winner Tango’s Daughter (passed in), Listed stakeswinners Crack A Roadie, Gold Force, Road Trippin’, brilliant Perth sprinter Smoko and champion Singapore three-year-old Stepitup.

It’s a list that keeps on growing: the latest addition is the Australia Day debut stakeswinner Burnstone, a graduate of Arrowfield’s Melbourne “Class of 2014″ who sadly died before racing again.

Recent Hong Kong winners Blizzard and Winning Novel head a further group of 22 city-winning Arrowfield Melbourne graduates since 2010.

Snitzerland is among the more expensive yearlings sold by Arrowfield at Melbourne Premier in that period. After six Group victories, including the 2014 VRC Lightning S. G1, and $1.9 million prizemoney, no-one could doubt she was worth every dollar of the $125,000 bid by Darby Racing and paid by her owners Neil Werrett & Steve McCann.

Stepitup cost $90,000 but has earned $S1.3 million in a nine-win career  featuring five Singapore Group successes for his owner the Tivic Stable.

Chris & Michael Ward’s Triple Crown Syndications have fished regularly in Arrowfield’s waters, landing Hot Snitzel and Flying Snitzel whose combined earnings have returned more than 14 times the $85,000 needed to buy them both. They also bought El Sasso who resumed with a win at Warwick Farm last month.

Cranbourne trainer Stephen Theodore kept it simple and bought full brothers by Charge Forward from Road to Damascus, the first in 2011 for $22,500, the second in 2012 for $40,000. They turned out to be Listed stakeswinners Road Trippin’ and Crack A Roadie, winners of almost $650,000 between them.

Robbie Griffiths paid just $40,000 for Burnstone who became the 29th two-year-old stakeswinner by Redoute’s Choice when he won the $120,000 MRC Blue Diamond Preview LR by 3.5 lengths at his first start. His half-brother by Starcraft from Merlene de Lago will be offered by Arrowfield at Oaklands this year.

Four purchases by South Africa’s Form Bloodstock have all won and include Honorine (Turffontein Camellia S. G2 & Group 1-placed at two), juvenile Group performer Nisa’s Machine and recent 3YO winner Alice Springs.

Arrowfield’s consignment for Melbourne in 2015 is at short odds to extend that spectacular record. Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer’s picks from the draft are:

  • Lot 46: Smart Missile-Bianca filly – “smart precocious type in the mould of her quality racemare mother.”
  • Lot 245: Snitzel-Lady Annaliese colt – “big, strong colt typical of so many of the good Snitzels.”
  • Lot 218: Gio Ponti –Illusionary filly – “beautiful filly who looks a late two-year-old type with potential to become a Classic filly at 3.”
  • Lot 258: Redoute’s Choice-Possessed colt – “handsome, strong, quality colt, sure to be admired.”
  • Lot 616: Smart Missile-Zabelka colt – “well-balanced athletic type with lots of scope and strength.”

The Arrowfield draft will be available for inspection from Wednesday morning 25 February – the Stud’s hospitality marquee will open on the same day.

Redoute's Choice half-sister to Fiorente born

Ballymacoll Stud in Ireland has welcomed a half-sister by Redoute’s Choice to the 2013 Melbourne Cup G1 winner Fiorente.

Fiorente’s six-win, 20-start, $6.2 million career also included a VRC Australian Cup G1 victory and placings in the Cox Plate, All Aged Stakes & BMW Stakes. He stands at Eliza Park in Victoria.

The dam of Fiorente and the new filly is the unraced Pilsudski mare Desert Bloom, a grandaughter of Ballymacoll Stud’s brilliant racemare and blue hen Hellenic, who produced Group 1 winners Greek Dance, Islington and Mountain High.

As well as Fiorente (by Monsun), Desert Bloom has also produced the winners Masada (Key Of Luck) and Roshanak (Spinning World).

She has a 2YO colt by Fastnet Rock, and is set to visit Cacique this year.

The first crop of European yearlings by Redoute’s Choice will be offered for sale later this year. The three-time Champion Sire, who will not leave Arrowfield again, is now available for a limited number of nominations to Northern Hemisphere time.

Four success stories, one Easter draft

Ever wanted a Listed Race winner?  Hoped for a Group 3 winner?

Longed for a Group 2 winner?  Fantasised about owning a Group 1 winner?

At the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale, buyers needed to visit only one draft to find all four kinds of success stories.

You guessed right, it was the Arrowfield draft.

The latest star to emerge from the 32 yearlings the Stud offered at Easter that year is Saturday’s heroic VRC C.S. Hayes S. G3 winner Wandjina (Snitzel-La Bamba by Last Tycoon). He was one of the most popular Arrowfield yearlings in 2013 and sold for $1 million to James Harron, acting for leading owners Edmund & Belinda Bateman.

Champion South African 2YO filly Majmu (Redoute’s Choice-Spontaneous by Hussonet) was a $300,000 purchase by Angus Gold for Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Stud. She has raced only in black type company, winning all three of her juvenile starts, and achieving elite status with a dominant victory in December’s Kenilworth Cape Fillies Guineas G1.  Champion trainer Mike de Kock already rates her one of the best fillies he’s trained.

Well-known bloodstock agent Dermot Farrington was the successful bidder at $100,000 for the Manhattan Rain colt from Lunaspur (by Flying Spur). Sent to Mick Price by his owners Peter Anastasiou & Ken Biddick, he was named Moonovermanhattan and  made a dream debut, winning the SAJC National S. G3 and most of his purchase price in May 2014.

He progressed steadily to win the MVRC Moonee Valley Vase G2 as a Spring 3YO and has recently returned with Group 1 glory in his sights this Autumn.

Qatar Bloodstock’s agent David Redvers bought Crafty (Moonovermanhattan-Spirited Dancer by Sadler’s Wells) for $150,000. Sent to Robert Smerdon, she made her debut 10 months later, placing twice before a 3-length debut win at Sandown.

Two starts later she was a 2YO Listed Race winner and then, as a Spring 3YO, earned Oaks favouritism with placings in the VRC Edward Manifold S. G2 and MRC Caulfield Classic G3. Sadly, injury prematurely ended her racing career, but Crafty had already done enough to warrant the first-class stud opportunities she will now receive in the northern hemisphere.

Of these four Arrowfield graduates, only Wandjina has a sibling in this year’s Easter consignment from the Stud. That’s Lot 8, the Manhattan Rain colt from La Bamba.

However, buyers need not fear any disappointment when they arrive in a few weeks’ time at the historic Big Barn where Arrowfield’s yearlings are housed at the Inglis Easter Sale. Thirty-five yearlings await them, including colts from Miss Finland, Alinghi, Brazilian Pulse, Hollow Bullet & US grade 1 winner Miss Match, Alverta’s first daughter, Weekend Hussler’s half-sister by Redoute’s Choice, Sweet Idea’s full sister, Smart Missile’s full brother & the half-brother to Dundeel.

 

Stakes company next for zippy Zeletto

“We thought he was the best horse in the race, backed him as if he was the best and he won like the best.”

That was the delighted response of Zeletto’s owners to his stylish victory over 1000 metres at Moonee Valley on Friday evening.

It was the third win from 5 starts for the 3YO son of Snitzel and firmed up plans to line up next in the VRC Moomba Plate LR on Super Saturday, 14 March.

Zeletto is trained by Luke Oliver for a group of owners including old friends Trevor Allsop, Michael Antill, Bill Asani, Jamie Bartling, Matthew Fraser & Bill Vasilopoulos.

Zeletto was bred by William Choy’s Best Western Group from the Anabaa mare Zimaretto, already the dam of 2YO stakeswinner Cruden Bay (by Not A Single Doubt). Now owned by Harry Mitchell of Yarraman Park Stud, Zimaretto has a weanling full sister to Cruden Bay.

Snitzel is already among Australia’s top 10 sires of stakeswinners this season (with seven, including Sweet Idea, Fireworks & Wandjina). He has 24 lots catalogued for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, 1-4 March, including two colts in the Arrowfield draft.

Wandjina wonderful in Group 3 victory

Halfway down the big Flemington straight in Saturday’s $150,000 VRC C.S. Hayes S. 1400m G3 a brave placing seemed the most likely outcome for Dr Edmund & Belinda Bateman’s 3YO Snitzel colt Wandjina.

He had jumped smartly from gate 5 to take up the lead, but over-raced in the early stages and was given no peace in front by San Nicasio and Western Australian star Disposition on either side of him. Coming into the straight Wandjina held a narrow advantage until Disposition headed him at the 200-metre mark, while Stratum Star attacked down the outside.

However, Wandjina and his jockey Damien Oliver dug in for the fight and the handsome colt showed deep courage to regain the lead 50 metres from the post and go on to win in 1:22.27 by a short neck from the gallant Disposition. Stratum Star was a length away in third place.

Adrian Bott, representing trainer Gai Waterhouse, said, “Gai has always had a very good opinion of this horse and he has always competed at a high level. It was very good to see him win a race like that.

“He did go a bit strong but to his credit he fought it out all the way to the line.

“Towards the end of the spring he started to get it all together and he stayed in Victoria and has been prepared in the Melbourne stable.”

Also third in the Caulfield Guineas G1, Wandjina has raced exclusively  in Group & Listed company since his maiden win last February. His next target is the $500,000 VRC Australian Guineas G1 on 7 March with a Sydney Autumn campaign likely after that.

Wandjina is the 28th stakeswinner (and the 7th this season) for sensational young sire Snitzel. He was bred and sold by Arrowfield at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale where agent James Harron bought him for $1 million on behalf of his owners Dr Edmund & Belinda Bateman.

Wandjina is the fourth stakeswinner from Arrowfield’s marvellous broodmare La Bamba (by Last Tycoon), also the dam of Inspiration (Hong Kong Sprint G1) and Listed stakeswinners Lucky Unicorn and Provence. Arrowfield’s 2015 Inglis Easter draft includes Wandjina’s half-brother by Manhattan Rain colt and La Bamba has since produced a filly by Snitzel.

Arrowfield’s 2013 Inglis Easter consignment has produced Group 1 winner Majmu (Redoute’s Choice), Group 2 winner Moonovermanhattan (Manhattan Rain) and Group-placed Listed stakeswinner Crafty (Manhattan Rain), as well as Wandjina.
View Arrowfield’s 35 yearlings for the   2013 Easter Sale here.

Fifth Group 1 victory for Lankan Rupee

The most eloquent verdicts on Lankan Rupee’s magnificent VRC Lightning S. G1 victory at Flemington on Saturday were delivered by the jockeys who rode his nearest challengers, Coolmore Stud S. G1 winner Brazen Beau and the previously unbeaten Deep Field.

Craig Williams, who rode Brazen Beau into second place, said, “Excellent. That level of performance would see him winning at Royal Ascot – provided the winner isn’t there!”

Third-placed Deep Field’s jockey James Winks said, “I was very happy in the run, he worked with me and quickened when I asked him, but the next thing Lankan Rupee went past me as if I was standing still.”

While the final time of 56.29 for the 1000 metres was 0.87 shy of Black Caviar’s 2013 race and course record, Lankan Rupee’s performance was no less dominant than the great mare’s win two years ago. His winning margin was almost 3 lengths and he posted a sub-32 second sectional for the last 600 metres.

Jockey Craig Newitt’s summary was succinct. “Outstanding. That was as good as he’s gone for me, when I went for him he was electric.”

Trainer Mick Price and his team have added a new dimension to Lankan Rupee’s racing style after his Spring campaign by encouraging him to relax behind the speed and produce his top speed only in the final stages of the race. The result was the 5YO gelding’s fifth Group 1 victory in 21 starts for owner-breeder Muzaffar Yaseen’s Teeley Assets, and the first Lightning Stakes winner for his sire Redoute’s Choice. 

Lankan Rupee was born and raised at Arrowfield where his dam Estelle Collection (by Stravinsky) was based until her $1.4 million sale to Coolmore at last year’s Teeley Dispersal. She has since foaled a full brother to the champion sprinter.

The $300,000 winner’s cheque boosted Lankan Rupee’s career prizemoney to $3.9 million and takes Redoute’s Choice’s season earnings in Australia to $5.5 million. That puts the three-time champion sire well within striking distance of the top spot on the current General Sires’ table. 

Lankan Rupee’s next opportunity to contribute to that particular battle will come in the $1 million VRC Newmarket Handicap G1 on 14 March.

Hobartville Stakes

 

The charismatic bay colt (ex Back Pass by Quest for Fame) was a $200,000 Paul Messara purchase from the Broadwater Thoroughbreds draft at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale and is raced by his breeder Jonathan Munz’s Pinecliff Racing in partnership with Arrowfield.

Scissor Kick and his stakes-winning brother Sharkbite are grandsons of a half-sister to the great broodmare Hasili (dam of four Group 1 winners by Danehill), Arrive (dam of Danehill’s champion daughter Promising Lead) and Dissemble (dam of Animal Kingdom’s sire Leroidesanimaux).

Back Pass died in 2014 but has a 2YO daughter, cleverly named Rebound, in training with Lee & Anthony Freedman, and a yearling colt by High Chaparral catalogued for April’s Inglis Easter Sale.

Raced by Arrowfield and Wayne Cadman, Panzer Division was bred by Brent & Judy Hudson from the Hussonet mare Desert Fight, a dual Group 1 winner and Champion 2YO Filly in Chile, and he was purchased for $120,000 by Paul Messara at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale. Desert Fight has a 2YO sister to Panzer Division and returns to Redoute’s Choice this Spring.

Hampton Court is the first foal of Canadian stakeswinner Roses ‘N’ Wine (by Broken Vow), from the family of champion Makybe Diva and Group 2 winner Musket (also by Redoute’s Choice).

Purchased for $500,000 by John Warren Bloodstock  from the Milburn Creek draft at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale, he is raced by a group of owners that includes the Muirs, James Packer and Sydney broadcaster Alan Jones.

Hampton Court won his third start as a 2YO, ran fourth in Bachman’s Schweppervescence H. G3 and progressed steadily to his first black type success in last weekend’s ATC Dulcify Quality H. LR. His record now reads three wins and more than $360,000 from 9 starts.

Hampton Court is the fourth Group 1 winner bred by Milburn Creek, after Redoute’s Dancer (also by Redoute’s Choice), Sizzling (by Snitzel) and Once Were Wild (by Johannesburg). The Muirs also enjoyed Group 1 success as owners of the grand mare Secret Admirer (2010 ATC Flight S. G1 & 2011 ATC Epsom H. G1).

Roses ‘N’ Wine has a yearling colt by Snitzel and is foaling again to him this Spring.  

 

Stay With Me earns black type on debut

It’s a tough gig being the daughter of a champion filly, but Stay With Me took the first step out of Miss Finland’s shadow when she flew home for second in Saturday’s $120,000 VRC Talindert S. 1100m LR.

The race was won by the Peter Moody-trained filly Pasadena Girl, also having her first start and, like Stay With Me, from a Redoute’s Choice mare.  She is the 34th stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice as a broodmare sire.

Miss Finland won the 2006 Talindert Stakes before finishing second in Nadeem’s Blue Diamond S. G1 and, two starts later, carrying the Arrowfield silks to a memorable Golden Slipper victory.

Stay With Me (by Street Cry) is raced by her breeders Arrowfield Stud, John Leaver & Alan Jones and trained by David Hayes & Tom Dabernig. Hayes also directed Miss Finland’s 11-win, $4.6 million career.

Miss Finland, also the dam of stakes-placed multiple city winner Woodbine (by Hussonet), has a More Than Ready colt in Arrowfield’s draft for the Inglis Easter Sale, a weanling filly by Animal Kingdom and is in foal to Dundeel.

Smart city wins by Duibio, Ondina & Peeping

A trio of Arrowfield-sired 3YOs all posted smart wins in city company on Wednesday that indicated their readiness for sterner tests during the Autumn.

Peeping (by Redoute’s Choice), at her first start since October, was full of running from barrier rise, but allowed Sam Clipperton to take hold of her and drop her in one off the rail behind the leaders. She accelerated at the 200-metre mark to come away for a comfortable 2.5 lengths win, with Lifesaver Lady second and Painted Gold third.

Clipperton said, “It was a nice win, the team has always had a high opinion of her.

“She won her first start impressively on a wet track on Hawkesbury then she went to Warwick Farm and ran third. She’s had a nice spell and come back in and looks to have a good preparation ahead of her.”

Peeping’s dam, dual Group winner Miss Marielle, is by Encosta de Lago whose daughters have already left Group 1 winner Musir, Group 3 winner & leading young sire Beneteau, stakeswinner Essington & recent 2YO stakeswinner Burnstone from only 18 runners by Redoute’s Choice.

Peeping is raced by her breeder Tom Kelly, whose family-owned Newhaven Park Stud will offer a full brother to Peeping at the Inglis Easter Sale in April.

Twenty minutes later over 1400 metres at Sandown, Not A Single Doubt’s son Duibio stepped up to strengthen trainer Ciaron Maher’s carnival hand. Winner of his previous start at Geelong, Duibio settled midfield, slipped into the firing line around the bend and rocketed home in the final 200 metres to defeat Lola Lu by 1.5 lengths with the favourite Distraught third.

Duibio, raced by Garry & Marianne Towzell, is from the Star Way mare Dazzling, a winning daughter of Brisbane Cup winner Limitless and a relative of Group 1 winners Veyron & Boundless.

Maher said, “His work last week at Caulfield on the course proper was the best work he’d done for us and he’s come on from his maiden win.

“If he can keep stretching out in trip, I think he’ll make a nice horse.”

Soon after Duibio crossed the line in Melbourne, Ondina (by Manhattan Rain) fought staunchly for an all-the-way victory over 1600 metres at Randwick. Ziggy Willie was a short neck away second and the favourite Rock Mylady finished third.

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Ondina (ex Mermaid Island by Mujadil) was a $40,000 Star Thoroughbreds purchase from the 2013 Magic Millions National Sale and is raced by David & Rhonda Henderson, Jan Henderson, Gaye Smith, Gary Greedy, Leon Laskey, Maureen & David Mcleish, Phillip Vanny, John Menzies, N B C Racing (Manager: Caroline Bayot) & Wayne Cook.

Ondina and Peeping are both nominated for the Australian Oaks G1 on 11 April.

The Arrowfield draft for next week’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale includes two colts and a filly by Redoute’s Choice, and one of each sex by Manhattan Rain and Not A Single Doubt.