Beneteau colt sells for $340,000

Beneteau’s 135 live foals are not wasting a minute of the short time their sire has to make an impact on Australian racing and sales.

On the opening day of the Magic Millions Perth Sale, the Beneteau colt from Zaldivar (by Honour And Glory) was knocked down to leading trainer Neville Parnham for $340,000 – the highest price paid at the Sale since 2007.

It sets a fresh record for a yearling by Beneteau, whose previous top price was $220,000, for the Sassy Peg colt bought last month from Arrowfield’s Magic Millions Gold Coast draft by Blue Sky Bloodstock.

The colt, offered by Yarradale Stud, is a three-quarter brother to South African Group 2 winner Honorine from the distinguished Aga Khan family of European Group 1 winners Darsi, Darjina and Daryaba.

Yarradale Stud also presented the only other Beneteau yearling in Perth, the filly from Hasty Bird. A $4,000 weanling purchase, she made $50,000 this time round and was bought by Boomer Bloodstock, Queensland.

The year’s top price of $170,000 paid for a Beneteau filly is shared by  the daughter bought by Liam Birchley from the Riversdale consignment at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, and the North Sea filly sold by Arrowfield to Paul Perry at the Inglius Classic Sale.

Four of Beneteau’s five winners to date have succeeded in city company and include the stakeswinners Prompt Return (VRC Maribyrnong Plate G3) and Arrowfield graduate Lady Jivago (ATC Inglis 2YO Classic (R) LR).

Beneteau holds a clear lead on the Australian First Season Sires’ list with earnings of $557,230, and has just one lot, a colt out of Free Friday, catalogued for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. He will be consigned by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds.

Beneteau, who stood at a $10,000 fee for two seasons before his January 2013 death, Not A Single Doubt and Snitzel are the only three sons of champion sire Redoute’s Choice that Arrowfield Stud has so far chosen to stand. It’s a slot on the Stud’s roster that seems likely to attract plenty of breeder support next time it’s filled.

Redoute's Choice to serve Northern Hemisphere time in Australia

The Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale results achieved last month by Redoute’s Choice spotlight a potentially smart play now available to Australian breeders.

It has been decided that the three-time Champion Sire will serve a limited number of mares to Northern Hemisphere time commencing 14 February from his home base at Arrowfield Stud, near Scone.

The growing international recognition of Redoute’s Choice was evident in the activity of three major United States buyers who purchased four of his 19 yearlings sold on the Gold Coast.

Kentucky bloodstock agent John Moynihan in association with James Harron paid $720,000 for Newhaven Park’s colt from Kidman.

Californian-based Jon Kelly joined Gai Waterhouse to purchase Broadwater Thoroughbreds’ Augusta Proud filly for $450,000 and, with Lee Freedman, signed for Arrowfield’s $500,000 filly from Line Honours.

B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm bought the Special Mission colt for $200,000 from Torryburn Stud.

These purchases are well-timed ahead of the sale later this year of the first Redoute’s Choice yearlings conceived during his two-year stint at HH The Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in France. Any European racing success by these two superbly bred NHT crops will boost the already tremendous commercial appeal of NHT-bred Redoute’s Choice yearlings conceived subsequently in Australia, particularly to the growing international buying bench.

The debut victory of his northern time-bred daughter Zestful in Sydney soon after the Magic Millions Sale demonstrated what’s also possible here in Australia. Trainer Sam Kavanagh has ambitious Autumn plans for the Arrowfield graduate who is raced by Paul Frampton and Widden Stud.

Arrowfield’s Chairman John Messara says, “We have already accepted a small number of northern time bookings to Redoute’s Choice from existing clients, so we’re pleased to extend that to other breeders interested in using him.

“The support of the Aga Khan, among other powerful European and US owners and breeders, and the outstanding quality of his two French books give Redoute’s Choice a solid platform for enduring global recognition.”

Of course, his legacy in Australia has been assured for some time, but Redoute’s Choice relentlessly continues to build his imposing southern hemisphere record. In the past three weeks he has notched up his 121st & 122nd stakeswinners in 2YO colt Burnstone and 3YO filly Vavasour, and his 12% SW/Runners statistic has hardly budged since 2010. 

Furthermore, Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee and Group 1 winners Bonaria, Hampton Court, Majmu, Royal Descent and Wylie Hall have all emerged among his 31 stakeswinners within the past two years alone.

That still-unfolding record, last season’s historic third Australian Sires’ Premiership and the vaulting success of his sons and daughters at stud provide further incentive to book a northern time nomination to Redoute’s Choice at a special NHT fee available upon application.

Manapine hits the Derby trail

 Just as he did in the Spring, second season sire Manhattan Rain is bringing into play several promising runners set to make their mark in major 3YO races at 1600 metres and beyond.

 The latest addition to that group is the Nigel Blackiston-trained Manapine, who unleashed a powerful finish to break his maiden by 3.25 lengths over 1400 metres at Ballarat last Thursday.

It was the only gelding’s second start following his debut second at Sale last August and his performance decisively franked Blackiston’s opinion of him.

“He’s a very nice horse. He ran a nice race first-up, we gave him time out and he’s come back bigger and stronger.

“I think he could possibly measure up to the South Australian Derby, if not something a bit better.” Manapine is also entered for the Australian Guineas and the Australian Derby.

Raced by Arrowfield with Tony & Judy Hodgson, Manapine is the third winner out of the Group-placed, city-winning mare Anapine (Anabaa), a sister to Group 3 winner Tall Timber & city winner Trauma, and a half-sister to Listed stakeswinner Taken.

Further back, this is the European family that produced Coronation Cup winner and champion sire Oncidium, and unbeaten Group 1-winning filly Catchascatchcan, the dam of Group 1 performer Antonius Pius, now at stud in South Africa.

Cocoa Bar, a second Arrowfield-owned & Blackiston-prepared 3YO son of Manhattan Rain, also pleased the stable with a third placing over 1200 metres at the same meeting.

The stable commented, “Chasing a strong pace all the way he was strong at the finish to be third behind the odds-on Karigara who has city form and he can improve a lot for this run.

“Cocoa Bar has scope for further improvement and he is still adjusting to racing left-handed, so to see him run so well is very pleasing.”

Cocoa Bar, from the stakes-placed city winner Sweet Ransom (by Red Ransom), was a $160,000 Blue Sky Bloodstock purchase from Newhaven Park at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. His second dam, Listed stakeswinner Rubitoff, is a sister to dual Group 1-winning sprinter Rubitano.

Moonovermanhattan, winner of the Moonee Valley Vase G2 last Spring, lifted off his unplaced opening run at Sandown to run a solid fourth in Saturday’s MRC Autumn S. G2, 2.9 lengths from the winner San Nicasio. He is nominated for both the Australian Guineas and the Australian Cup next month.

3YO filly Boundary has progressed steadily from her maiden win last November to Flemington success in January and her first start in Group company on Saturday. Although beaten 3.8 lengths by Sabatini in the MRC Kevin Hayes S. G3,  she was doing her best work over the final stages. Her next assignment is likely to be the $200,000 MRC Angus Armanasco S. 1400m G2 on 28 February.

Meanwhile, Manhattan Rain’s 2012 crop is already throwing up likely stars for next season – two of his four second crop starters have already won. 

Manhattan Blues scored well on debut at Morphettville in January and at his third start finished strongly for second in the MRC Inglis 2YO Premier (R) LR. He’s not entered for the Blue Diamond S. G1 and trainer Tony McEvoy says he is looking forward to getting him over a mile at three.

In New Zealand Platinum Dragon won his second start on 6 February, confirming the ability he had shown trainer Lisa Latta in trials and trackwork. He’s nominated for the Manawatu Sires’ Produce S. G1 on 27 March.

With 22 winners and $1.1 million in season earnings, Manhattan Rain is third on the Australian 2nd Season Sires’ list. He has six colts and three fillies catalogued for next month’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, including one of each sex in the Arrowfield draft.

Timeform rates Scissor Kick's Eskimo Prince win

The Racing and Sports Timeform assessment, in Thursday’s ANZ Bloodstock News, of Scissor Kick’s winning performance in last Saturday’s ATC Eskimo Prince S. G3 compares the colt favourably with previous winners of the race.

It also indicates that he did not have to access the full extent of his talent to win it:

“Having his first start since November, Scissor Kick returned a Timeform rating of 112, which is six pounds shy of his 118 master rating, achieved when a game second to Hallowed Crown (Street Sense) [119] in the Golden Rose Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) last September.

“Scissor Kick’s 112 rating, however, still sits well above the prior five year winning average of the Eskimo Prince Stakes and is the same rating El Roca (Fastnet Rock) [112] ran to when defeating Dissident (Sebring) [105] last year. Dissident franked that form, going on to claim the Randwick Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) that campaign and the Memsie Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) and Makybe Diva Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m), earning a 127 master rating in his four-year-old preparation.”

Scissor Kick’s trainer Paul Messara said after the race, “He is as good as any horse I have trained. His Golden Rose run was the best of his career and I knew then how special he was. He has a massive engine and a lovely action.”

All going well, Scissor Kick (ex Back Pass by Quest For Fame) goes next to the ATC Hobartville S. 1400m G2 on 21 February at Rosehill, where he will meet his stablemate Panzer Division (ex Desert Fight by Hussonet).

Interestingly, Panzer Division’s master Timeform rating is 120, achieved after his excellent fifth, beaten only 2.6 lengths by older weight-for-age performers in last September’s ATC George Main S. G1.

Given the margin between the pair last time they met, in the Up and Coming S. G3 last August when Scissor Kick defeated Panzer Division by the breadth of a very thin hair-strand, the Hobartville Stakes will be an absorbing contest.

The two colts will take different paths after that, Scissor Kick remaining in Sydney for the ATC Royal Randwick Guineas 1600m G3 on 7 March, and Panzer Division likely to travel to Melbourne for the VRC Australian Guineas 1600m G1 on the same day.

29 winners in 40 days for Not A Single Doubt

Twenty-nine winners in 40 days – that’s the terrific record leading sire Not A Single Doubt has compiled since New Year’s Day.

They include three city winners last Saturday,  one of them a new 2YO winner, Don’t Doubt Mamma (ex Coconut Mamma by Fantastic Light), successful at Morphettville for the Tony McEvoy stable.

She is Not A Single Doubt’s 7th individual juvenile winner in Australia this season and shores up his third position, splitting barnmates Snitzel and Beneteau, on that Sires’ list.

Don’t Doubt Mamma’s trainer Tony McEvoy was full of praise for her effort.

“She was caught wide of a high speed and was then left in front further out from home than I would have liked. At the 200-metre mark I thought she was vulnerable as it was her first run for a month. But she fought on well to score and will derive great benefit from that run.”

A full sister to Flemington stakeswinner Risen From Doubt, Don’t Doubt Mamma now heads to the SAJC Cinderella S. LR on 28 February.

McEvoy also quinella-ed the $250,000 MRC Inglis Premier (R) LR with Stoker and Manhattan Rain’s promising son Manhattan Blues, who mustered a strong late finish to run second, beaten 1.3 lengths. Stoker’s winning time of 56.28 was almost a class record.

3YO filly Marple Miss (ex Sunset Express by Success Express), a three-quarter sister to dual Group 1 winner Shamus Award, impressed when posting her fourth win from 7 starts at Rosehill for owner-breeders Bob & Sue Hannon and trainer Kris Lees (who celebrated six winners on the day).  Marple Miss ran the 1500 metres in a class record time of 1:30.27 which also reflected well on the runner-up Manoeuvring, also by Not A Single Doubt.

Just A Girl (ex Surprise Bid by General Nediym) completed Saturday’s winning trio with a first-up victory at Doomben for her Scone trainer Luke Griffith. The 5YO mare has won six of her 21 starts and paid double-figures to win this time, despite her excellent record when fresh. A return visit to Brisbane in a fortnight is likely for her.

On Sunday 3YO Jobiwood (ex Kurrajong Mist by Rivotious) gave his breeder, part-owner & Bluebloods publisher Andrew Reichard a very satisfying maiden win at Ballina, a month after his debut second at Ipswich. Jobiwood’s year-older full sister Elisaro has won her last two starts and has good prospects again on Wednesday at the Gold Coast.

Other interesting starters for Not A Single Doubt on Wednesday are Prime Thoroughbreds’ smart filly Atalanta Miss and Robbie Laing’s filly The Grey Flash in the $50,000 TTC Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

A little later on Wednesday evening, the Happy Valley card in Hong Kong includes four runners by Not A Single Doubt: Harbour Punk, Triumphant Jewel, Charity Joy & Victorius. Their sire has already had 7 winners of ten races in Hong Kong this season.

Not A Single Doubt’s results over the past six weeks feature the milestone of his 50th stakes performer, the Tony McEvoy-trained 3YO Affirmation, third to Java and Petrology in the MRC Manfred S. G3 on Australia Day. Bred by Bell View Park Stud, Affirmation is from Apocrypha (by Octagonal), a daughter of VRC Oaks G1 winner Tributes.

With such results on the board and continuing to build weekly, the sale-ring demand for Not A Single Doubt’s yearlings isn’t difficult to predict. His 15 Book 1 yearlings at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale averaged $136,000 and sold up to $280,000, while a colt and a filly each made $100,000 at this week’s Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney.

There are 13 Not A Single Doubt yearlings catalogued for next month’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, among them a colt and a filly in the Arrowfield draft.

Second Group 1 victory for Sacred Star

A Stradbroke campaign is on the cards for Sacred Star after his dominant victory in Saturday’s $200,000 Waikato RC NRM Sprint 1400m G1.

The Raffles Racing-owned 5YO gelding and his jockey Vinny Colgan  put the race beyond doubt in soon after entering the straight and drove clear to by 1.3 lengths from Natuzzi and Spin Doctor in a sizzling 1:20.81. 

Colgan said, “The draw was a bit of a worry, but things just worked out for us.

“There was a good, even tempo and I ended up with a beautiful run. I knew at the 400 that I had plenty of horse and it was a matter of waiting to let him go.”

Also the winner of last month’s WRC Telegraph H. G1, Sacred Star joins Mentality, Forensics & Juanmo in a quartet of multiple Group 1 winners by Arrowfield’s retired champion sire Flying Spur.

Trainer Tony Pike is now planning another Queensland winter campaign for Sacred Star who won the QTC Cup G2 last May before running fifth from a wide gate in the Stradroke H. G1.  Those races are likely to be on his schedule again this year. Any success in Australia would support Sacred Star’s already strong claim to Champion Sprinter honours in New Zealand.

Sacred Star (ex Irish Nova by O’Reilly) was bred by Victorian businessman Mark Ruff and purchased by Guy Mulcaster for $200,000 at the 2011 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, where he was offered by Attunga Stud on Mark’s behalf.

Read more: Victorian breeder celebrates first Group 1 Star

Second stakeswinner for Beneteau

Leading First Season Sire Beneteau posted his second stakeswinner when Arrowfield graduate Lady Jivago prevailed in the $250,000 ATC Inglis Classic 1200m (R) LR.

The Wyong-trained filly settled mid-field in a fast-run race and showed plenty of determination when asked by jockey Grant Buckley to peel out and overhaul the leaders in the straight.

Lady Jivago, who won on debut at Wyong last month, has now earned more than 12 times her yearling purchase price and taken Beneteau’s season earnings beyond the $500,000 mark.

The filly was bred from Hussonet’s winning daughter Hussterics by Arrowfield & International Equities, the same partnership that bred Beneteau himself.

Originally bought by Luskin Park Stud from Arrowfield’s draft at the 2013 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, she was subsequently purchased for from the Inglis Classic Sale (Winter Book) by Dr Ule Crossan. He now races her in a nine-member partnership, including trainer Jeff Englebrecht.

Lady Jivago gets a double dose of precocity from her Blue Diamond-placed sire and as a member of the noted Easy Date family that has also produced Golden Slipper winner Forensics, Snippets, Zizou and Not A Single Doubt – all brilliant juveniles.

Beneteau, whose final yearlings are being offered at 2015 sales, is also the sire of Group 3 winner Prompt Return, city winners Aegean Sea & Voilier and the winner Parcel.

The son of Redoute’s Choice has six lots catalogued for this week’s Inglis Classic Sale, including two fillies in the Arrowfield draft. As it happens, both of them are out of Hussonet mares.

Rock star colt wins Eskimo Prince Stakes G3

Redoute’s Choice colt Scissor Kick renewed his rock star credentials with a stirring return to the Group winner’s circle at Rosehill on Saturday.

His striking good looks, exuberant athleticism and international stallion’s pedigree attract easy attention, but it is his fighting spirit that has earned him genuine admiration.

That spirit was was evident again in the $150,000 ATC Eskimo Prince S. 1200m G3 when he knuckled down to reel in a game Delectation and score by a long neck in a time of 1:09.96, cutting out his final 600 metres in 34.16. Harrier Jet was third.

Scissor Kick’s trainer Paul Messara says, “He’s outstanding, always has been right through. He’s a Group I horse, it’s just a matter of when he gets it. This is as good as any horse I’ve ever had.”

The colt has now won four of his 8 starts – three of them in Group & Listed company -and just over $500,000 prizemoney. His placings include a very close second to Hallowed Crown in the ATC Golden Rose S. G1 last Spring.

Scissor Kick will next be seen in the ATC Hobartville S. 1400m G2 on 21 February where he will meet stablemate Panzer Division. All going well, he will then start in the $600,000 ATC Royal Randwick Guineas 1600m G1 on 7 March.

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.

Scissor Kick was part of a stellar day for champion sire Redoute’s Choice, also represented by New Zealand Group 2 winner Vavasour and Lilliburlero, a staunchly brave runner-up to Catkins in the ATC NSW Thoroughbred Breeders’ Classic 1200m G2.

Redoute’s Choice has had 11 individual stakeswinners this season and is second on the Australian General Sires’ list with earnings of more than $5 million.

Valiant Vavasour wins Sir Tristram Fillies Classic G2

Vavasour was a standout filly in Haunui Farm’s 2013 New Zealand Premier Sale draft and on Saturday she stood up to be counted in the $100,000 Waikato RC Sir Tristram Fillies Classic 2000m G2.

The strapping daughter of Redoute’s Choice and Group 3 winner Our Valpolicella (by Red Ransom) came into the race with two wins and three placings, including a fighting last-start second to Saavoya in the ARC Royal S. G2 on New Year’s Day.

Vavasour jumped smartly from the gates and jockey Leith Innes was happy to let her roll forward and take up the lead. The filly settled beautifully, came under heavy pressure at the top of the straight and showed abundant courage to hold, then extend her advantage to three-quarters of a length.  Saavoya, raced by a group of Dundeel’s owners, was a solid second, while Charmont finished third.

Vavasour’s winning time of 2:02.64 underlined the class of her performance, and the New Zealand Derby or Oaks, and possibly the Australian Oaks, now beckon. She is now on the leaderboard for the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series with 12 points, behind Saavoya (20 points) and Platinum Witness (18 points).

Dawn Williams, who trains Vavasour at Byerley Park, Karaka with her husband Peter, says, “She’s quite gutsy and a big, strong filly and that told in the end.

Rider Leith Innes hadn’t been given firm instructions to make the play out in front but the filly’s trainers weren’t worried by the tactics.

“If she’s comfortable leading that’s fine, at least she’s out of trouble. She dug deep and it was a very good effort.”

Bred by Garry Cranny, Cathy Franich’s Frantic Bloodstock & Haunui Farm, Vavasour was a $425,000 purchase for owners Chris & Sarah Green and Ger Beemsterboer.

Our Valpolicella, also the dam of Group 2 Melbourne winner Vilanova, is from the distinguished Haunui family of Group winners Ascending, Dopff, Currigee, Pussy Willow, Rizon, Ready To Lift & Sir Clive.

Vavasour is stakeswinner 122 for Redoute’s Choice, and the fifth Group winner to emerge so far from his 2011 crop, after Group 1 winners Hampton Court & Majmu and Arrowfield’s Group 3-winning colts Panzer Division & Scissor Kick.

Three hours after Vavasour’s win, Arrowfield’s 3YO colt Scissor Kick completed a valuable trans-Tasman Group race double for Redoute’s Choice by taking out the ATC Eskimo Prince S. G3, his third black type success.

Redoute’s Choice has notched up 11 stakeswinners this season, with three of them, Burnstone, Scissor Kick & Vavasour, scoring in the past fortnight. He has six yearlings catalogued for next month’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, among them two colts and a filly in the Arrowfield draft.