Third stakeswinner for Manhattan Rain

Trainer Gai Waterhouse sent 3YO filly Ondina to Adelaide with an “excellent each way chance” and punters who took her advice were smiling after Saturday’s $80,000 SAJC Laelia S. 1600m LR.

The daughter of Manhattan Rain – himself Waterhouse-trained – jumped well from her wide gate and Blake Spriggs kept her going into the lead which she held staunchly all the way to the line to win by a long head from Into The Mist.

The result was a case of upstart younger brother getting the better of his famous older sibling: Into The Mist is by Manhattan Rain’s half-brother and Arrowfield barn-mate Redoute’s Choice. 

Ondina was bought from the Tyreel Stud draft at the 2013 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale for $40,000 by Star Thoroughbreds. She has now won three of her six starts and more than $100,000 for her owners including David Henderson, who also celebrated a Group race double at Rosehill with Excess Knowledge & Pornichet. David races Ondina with Rhonda & Jan Henderson, Gaye Smith, Gary Greedy, Leon Laskey, Maureen & David McLeish, Phillip Vanny, John Menzies, N B C Racing (Manager: Caroline Bayot) and Wayne Cook.

Bred by Dean Fleming, Ondina is a half-sister to smart Melbourne winner Holy Cow from the Irish-bred stakes performer Mermaid Island (by Mujadil),  a half-sister to Irish Thousand Guineas winner Nightime.

Manhattan Rain’s tally of 7 stakes performers from his first two crops places him firmly among Australia’s leading second crop sires. He holds fourth position on that list with 25 winners and $1.3 million this season alone.

It’s an encouraging sign that fresh talent keeps appearing for Manhattan, represented in the Spring by Group 2 winner Moonovermanhattan, Group-placed Crafty & Manhattan Avenue, and Light Up Manhattan, fourth in the Victoria Derby G1.

As well as Ondina, the Autumn has unveiled 2YO Manhattan Blues, fourth in the Blue Diamond S. G1;  Manhattan Island who won impressively at Hawkesbury on Thursday; and the Nigel Blackiston-trained Manapine whose campaign is aimed at the South Australian Derby G1 on 9 May.

Manhattan Rain’s six fillies and four colts at Inglis Easter 2015 will be offered by Arrowfield, Attunga Stud, Goodwood Farm, Newhaven Park and Turangga Farm. Arrowfield’s draft includes Wandjina’s standout half-brother from La Bamba, and a lovely, well-balanced filly from dual stakeswinner Gibraltar Campion – view the Arrowfield draft here.

The Sweetest of Group 1 victories

The path to the Group 1 winner’s circle is is more circuitous for some horses than for others, and their crowning success, when it comes, is especially satisfying.

Snitzel’s daughter Sweet Idea, brilliant winner of Saturday’s $400,000 The Galaxy 1100m G1, is that kind of long-burning star.

She has earned immense respect from punters, racegoers and industry professionals alike, from her debut win at Randwick as a Spring juvenile, through four Group 2 wins, and the same number of Group 1 placings at two, three & four.

Sweet Idea’s record of eight wins (five of them at Group 1 or 2 level), seven seconds, a third and $2.4 million prizemoney from 19 starts, all but three of them in black type races, describes a performer of the most genuine class, always competing to win and never giving less than her very best effort.

She is well-matched with her champion trainer Gai Waterhouse who joined James Harron to buy her for $240,000 from Arrowfield’s 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast draft.

Despite her almost impeccable first-up record, Sweet Idea was allowed to start in The Galaxy at $18, a response to her wide draw and the quality of her opposition, notably the favourite Deep Field. Usually found taking up a position on the speed, Sweet Idea this time settled further back in the field, a tactic explained by Waterhouse after the race.

“Blake [Shinn] and I had a quiet talk in the jockey’s room beforehand and he said what do you think? I said to just give her a little bit of breathing space, you don’t want to use her up too soon and he did exactly that. It was a magical ride by Blake.

“She was too good the way she stormed home. I am so thrilled for the owners. We’ve been wanting the Group 1 and she’s got it in her first start back. What a mare.”

Or “You little ripper”, as part-owner David Henderson described her on Twitter. He races Sweet Idea with his brother Luke and Nick Vass, Wayne Cook, Danny Maher, Grant Scott, Mrs T.L. Vogel, Beric Lynton, Campbell Brown and Matt Allen.

Sweet Idea is the 5th Group 1 winner for Snitzel, and the second in a fortnight, after her Arrowfield-bred stablemate Wandjina’s success in the VRC Australian Guineas G1 on 7 March. Wandjina, from Snitzel’s 2011 crop, was also purchased from Arrowfield by James Harron, for $1 million from the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale. 

Storming home for third in The Galaxy was Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Miracles of Life, bred by Teeley Assets, foaled and raised at Arrowfield and now raced by Stonestreet Stables.

Sweet Idea was bred by the highly successful partnership of Arrowfield & Katsumi Yoshida’s Jungle Pocket Pty Ltd, also responsible for Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler, Blue Diamond G1 winner Reaan, Group 2 winners Flying Snitzel & Hot Snitzel, recent Flemington Group winner Amorino & 2YO stakeswinner Odyssey Moon.

Sweet Idea was part of a notable day’s racing in Sydney for Mr Yoshida, also the breeder of Japanese visitor Real Impact, winner of the George Ryder S. G1. In a nice piece of synchronicity, Sweet Idea’s Group 1 success came on the same card as the Ranvet Stakes G1, one of two Group 1 races won by her Gai Waterhouse-trained grand-dam Electronic.

Arrowfield will offer Sweet Idea’s full sister as Lot 410 at next month’s Inglis Easter Yearling Sale – view the draft here. The siblings’ dam Flidais (by Timber Country) has a weanling colt by Snitzel and is once again in foal to the outstanding son of Redoute’s Choice.

Stakeswinner No. 123 for Redoute's Choice

Newhaven Park’s lovely homebred filly Peeping became the 123rd stakeswinner by champion sire Redoute’s Choice when she won Saturday’s $125,000 ATC Sebring S. 1200m LR, registered as the Darby Munro Stakes.

It was the 3YO filly’s third win from five starts and followed a good second placing behind Nayeli in the ATC Fireball S. LR at Randwick two weeks ago.

Peeping’s trainer Ron Quinton said, “The first time I saw her I said this is a racehorse.

“The speed was drawn inside us and Sam [Clipperton] gave her a great ride…She’s only lightly framed but she’s got plenty of guts.”

Quinton added that the $200,000 P.J. Bell S. G3 on 4 April, the first day of The Championships, is Peeping’s next target. She is also nominated for the $500,000 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint G2 on Day 2 of The Championship, 11 April.

Peeping is the first foal of the Group 2-winning mare Miss Marielle and is bred on the Redoute’s Choice/Encosta de Lago cross that has produced four other stakeswinners from only 20 runners, among them Group 1 winner Musir, leading young sire Beneteau and this season’s brilliant debut 2YO stakeswinner Burnstone.

 Less than three hours after Peeping’s win, Newhaven Park also figured in the $3.5 million Golden Slipper G1 when Stud’s very good filly English finished less than a length from the winner Vancouver. Court, the dam of English, is in foal to Redoute’s Choice.

Newhaven Park will offer two colts by Redoute’s Choice at next month’s Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, including Peeping’s full brother as Lot 56.

Redoute’s Choice now has 12 stakeswinners worldwide this season, headed by Group 1 winners Lankan Rupee, Hampton Court, Bonaria & champion South African filly Majmu.

The three-time champion sire of Australia, still right at the top of his game, has 35 lots catalogued for the Easter Sale, including 6 fillies & 5 colts in the Arrowfield draft.

Four Arrowfield-sired runners in the Golden Slipper

Arrowfield stallions have supplied a quarter of the 16-horse field in tomorrow’s $3.5 million ATC Golden Slipper G1, a race that has played a significant role in the Stud’s success over the past two decades.

This year Arrowfield’s standard will be carried by the fillies Reemah (by Redoute’s Choice), Fireworks (by Snitzel) & Single Gaze (by Not A Single Doubt) and the colt Odyssey Moon (also by Snitzel).

Odyssey Moon (ex Run to the Moon by Arch) was bred by Arrowfield and sold for just $25,000 at the Inglis Classic Sale to Scone trainer Rod Northam, who re-sold him for $120,000 at the Inglis Ready2Race Sale to James Harron, on behalf of owners Edmund & Belinda Bateman. The Batemans’ green & blue tartan colours have recently been carried to success in the VRC Australian Guineas G1 by Arrowfield Easter graduate, Wandjina.

The Batemans immediately engaged Northam to train Odyssey Moon who promptly rewarded their investment by winning the $250,000 ATC Inglis Nursery (R) LR in December. The colt put himself firmly in the Golden Slipper frame with his next three runs: a fourth in the Inglis Classic (R) LR, followed by a second in the Skyline S. G2 and a third in last Saturday’s Pago Pago S. G3.

Reemah (ex Vormista by Testa Rossa) burst into Golden Slipper contention when she chased home Pride of Dubai in the Blue Diamond S. G1 at only her second start. Bred by John McGrath, Reemah was a $600,000 Inglis Easter purchase by Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Australasia from the Kitchwin Hills draft.

Like the Batemans, Sheikh Hamdan has also achieved recent Group 1 success with an Arrowfield Easter graduate, champion South African filly Majmu (by Redoute’s Choice). Sheikh Hamdan and his trainers David Hayes & Tom Dabernig are also represented in the Golden Slipper by Haybah.

Redoute’s Choice already has two Golden Slipper winners on his record, Stratum (2005, with the Arrowfield-bred Fashions Afield giving him the quinella) and Arrowfield’s champion filly Miss Finland (2006), while Beneteau was counted an unlucky fifth in 2010.

John & Deborah Camilleri have much to celebrate even before the Golden Slipper, as breeders of the favourite Vancouver and owner-breeders of Fireworks (ex Calvinia by Varick). The Gerald Ryan-trained filly has been in the money in all four of her starts, including her victory in January’s Widden S. G3.

Snitzel, himself unplaced in the 2005 race, has now produced 10 Slipper runners in six years. He is looking to add a precious victory to the placings by Snitzerland in 2012 and Sweet Idea in 2013.

The Middleton family of Redbank North can be equally proud of their Golden Slipper runner Single Gaze (ex Redaluca’s Gaze by Intergaze). Bred by Jamie Middleton with Arthur Mountier, Albert Tory, Wayne Oxford & Mark Cullen, she was a $70,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast buy for Canberra trainer Nick Olive, with the Middletons and Mr Oxford staying in her ownership.

Single Gaze won on debut at Rosehill in November and has posted placings in her next three starts, most recently a second in the Black Opal S. G3 on 8 March.

The chestnut filly is Not A Single Doubt’s fifth Slipper runner in five years with Doubtfilly, 4th in 2012, his best finisher to date.

Arrowfield has two Golden Slippers in its own trophy cabinet, won by home-breds Miss Finland in 2006 and Flying Spur in 1995, and can fairly claim a hand in all five winners sired by the great Danehill, brought to Australia by the Stud in 1989.

Arrowfield also figures as the breeder & vendor of 1994 winner Danzero, and the vendor of Catbird (1999), Belle du Jour (2000) & Forensics (2007).  These four horses, as well as Miss Finland & Flying Spur, are all graduates of the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

Hong Kong Derby win spotlights Olympic Glory

Sunday evening’s resounding Hong Kong Derby HK-1 victory by Australian-bred Luger was perfectly timed to support the announcement that Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al Thani’s multiple European Group 1 winner Olympic Glory will shuttle to Arrowfield this coming Spring.

Like Olympic Glory, Luger is a son of Choisir, highly successful in both hemispheres with 64 stakeswinners, including 7 at full Group 1 level, five of them in Australasia.

Olympic Glory is the highest-rated runner by Choisir on Racing Post Ratings, and was awarded a final Timeform figure of 130, which confirmed his ranking among the world’s very best performers in 2014.

Olympic Glory was retired to stand in the northern hemisphere at Haras de Bouquetot in France, where he stands at a fee of €15,000 and has just had his first ten mares scanned in foal.

An interesting feature of Luger’s pedigree is that he is in-bred 3 x 3 to Danehill through Choisir and his damsire, former Arrowfield resident Danzero. This pattern also appears in the pedigree of current smart 2YO Prompt Return, winner of the VRC Maribyrnong Plate G3 last Spring. Prompt Return is by Danehill’s grandson Beneteau from a mare by Exceed and Excel.

Olympic Glory will stand at Arrowfield this year at a fee of $19,250 inc. GST and will parade for the first time in Australia at the Stud’s Stallion Open House in August.

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Olympic Glory to stand at Arrowfield in 2015

Arrowfield Stud is delighted to announce that four-time European Group 1 winner Olympic Glory will join the Stud’s roster in 2015.

The decision to shuttle the high-class sprinting son of Choisir is the first move by H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani’s successful Qatari racing organisation Al Shaqab into Australian thoroughbred breeding.  Olympic Glory is currently standing his first season at Al Shaqab’s Haras de Bouquetot in France.

Arrowfield Chairman John Messara says, “Olympic Glory is a first class stallion prospect and as such is a major asset for Australian breeders and also a significant first step in Australia’s relationship with H.E. Sheikh Joaan.  We look forward to launching Olympic Glory’s southern hemisphere career with a strong book of mares.”

John Warren, an advisor to Al Shaqab, says, “H.E. Sheikh Joaan is delighted that Olympic Glory will be standing at Arrowfield; John Messara’s team have a wealth of experience standing top class stallions and are committed to making Al Shaqab’s first venture into the Australian thoroughbred industry a success.”

Olympic Glory, a masculine and handsome son of Choisir from Acidanthera by Alzao won eight of his 15 starts at 1200-1600 metres and placed four times from two to four years.  He was a Group 1 winner in each of those three seasons for earnings of £1,419,773.

His career opened with four wins from five juvenile appearances. They included the Longchamp Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere G1, and Group 2 successes in the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood and Superlative Stakes at Newmarket. He also finished 2nd in the Gr.2 Coventry Stakes which is the most prestigious 2YO race at Royal Ascot. His performances earned him the titles of Co- Champion British Two Year Old and the Champion Two Year Old in France.

Olympic Glory progressed at three to an impressive 3 ¼ length victory in the Group 1 Ascot Queen Elizabeth II S. G1 and an international rating of 125. That earned him a ranking as the World’s Co-Highest Rated Three Year Old Turf Miler.

As a 4YO Olympic Glory won the Newbury Lockinge S. G1 over a mile and, at his final start, the 1400-metre Prix de la Foret G1 at Longchamp. That performance was notable for Olympic Glory’s amazing run through the field to slam his rivals by two lengths in a track record time of 1.17.73. In doing so he defeated Gordon Lord Byron, winner at his next start of the British Champions Sprint Stakes and Karakontie, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile also at his next start.

Olympic Glory will stand the 2015 season at Arrowfield at a fee of $19,250 inc. GST and will make his first public appearance in Australia at the Stud’s Stallion Open House in August.

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Amorino wins March Stakes LR at Flemington

Owners Elio & Jacqui Galante haven’t been afraid to make bold decisions about their talented Snitzel gelding Amorino and he has rewarded them with nine wins in three states over four seasons.

The Arrowfield graduate collected his fifth stakes victory in Saturday’s $120,000 VRC March S. 1400m LR, a week after winning the VRC Shaftesbury Avenue H. G3 over the same distance.  This latest success takes the 5YO’s earnings close to $700,000 – a handsome return on the $70,000 Elio Galante paid for him as a yearling.

Bred by the Arrowfield/Jungle Pocket partnership, also responsible for Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler, Blue Diamond winner Reaan & current star Sweet Idea, Amorino is from Steal My Love (by Marauding), a winning half-sister to dual Group 1 winner Danendri by Snitzel’s grandsire Danehill.

He carries an interesting 4 x 3 pattern of in-breeding through Snitzel’s second dam Snow Finch, and Steal My Love’s dam Stormy Exchange – both by champion European 2YO & leading US sire Storm Bird.

The family has also produced Champion 3YO Filly Faint Perfume and Group 3 winners Shanzero (by Danzero) and Do You Think (by Starcraft).

Amorino was purchased by Elio Galante from the Arrowfield draft at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and sent initially to Gerald Ryan who prepared him to win his first two starts as a juvenile in October & December 2011.

However, he struggled in Group & Listed company and, after a winless 3YO season, the Galantes transferred him to Grant Williams’ stable in Perth where Amorino won five races, including three Listed stakes events at 1200, 1400 & 1500 metres.

A change of scene was again the answer after Amorino’s four unplaced efforts in Perth Group company last Spring. This time the Galantes decided to send him to Victoria and placed him in the care of first-season Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander.

Amorino has taken a few starts to find his feet in Melbourne, but a third at Flemington last month showed he was on the right track. The $174,000 he has since added to his account confirms the wisdom of the Galantes’ decision-making.

Amorino is one of Snitzel’s 9 stakeswinners this season, a group headed by two other Arrowfield graduates, Group 1 winner Wandjina, bought by James Harron from the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale, and Group 2 winner Sweet Idea, also twice Group 1-placed last Spring.  Sweet Idea was a 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast purchase by Harron & Gai Waterhouse.

Arrowfield’s consignment for next month’s 2015 Inglis Easter Sale can be viewed here.

Charge Forward's sweet 15th stakeswinner

Just as she stepped up from provincial maiden company to a good city win last Spring, 3YO filly Slightly Sweet has this Autumn progressed through Group placings in Sydney to Group 3 success.

As it happened, Slightly Sweet’s maiden stakes victory came at Kembla Grange, where she began her career last September for owner-breeders Michele, Hamish, Patrick & Elise Esplin, and trainer Jason Coyle.

She started second favourite in the $200,000 Keith F. Nolan Classic 1600m G3 and settled in characteristic fashion, stalking the favourite Wine Tales near the back of the field, before mounting a big wide run with equally characteristic determination.

Slightly Sweet got the better of Wine Tales only in the last stride or two before the post, winning by a short half-head, with almost two lengths back to Heavens Above.

Snitzel filly tops record Inglis Premier Sale

Australia’s 2015 yearling sales season continues to provide excellent returns for many vendors as buyers compete for horses at every level of the marketplace.

The first session of the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale concluded on Tuesday with a record average price of $95,886, up 15% on 2014, and a healthy clearance rate of 84%.

Snitzel generated strong profits for vendors, averaging $132,619 off the $30,000 fee he commanded in 2012. South African buyer Brett Crawford paid Snitzel’s, and the Sale’s top price of $560,000 for Yalambee Stud’s filly from Belle of the City.  That’s the highest price paid for a filly at the Inglis Premier Sale since 2006.

The top-priced Snitzel colt, from Orbiting Belle, was offered by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds and was knocked down to the China Horse Club for $300,000.  In all, 14 of Snitzel’s 21 lots sold made six figures. 

Not A Single Doubt, who stood at a $22,500 fee in 2012, averaged $98,500 for 10 lots. Bell River Thoroughbreds sold both of his top-priced colts, from Arthur’s Lass for $260,000 and Indexed, for $185,000.

Malaysian businessmen Vincent & Robin Tan were the successful bidders at $130,000 for Manhattan Rain’s top-priced lot, the colt from Class Apart offered by New Zealand vendors Ascot Farm.

All American’s top lot, the filly from Flying Single, sold for $100,000 from the Edinburgh Park draft to South Australian trainers Gary & Lloyd Kennewell.

Arrowfield’s first crop sire Smart Missile once again gave vendors plenty to smile about, averaging $118,370 for 23 lots and achieving a top price of $260,000 for the Maghreb colt.  His most expensive filly, from Spirit of Grace, was bought for $240,000 by Aquanita Racing from Blue Gum Farm. Eleven other yearlings by Smart Missile made more than five times his $20,000 fee.

Arrowfield sold all but two of the 22 yearlings in its draft, achieving an average of $119,250 and a median of $87,500.

The sale’s top price for a Redoute’s Choice yearling was $310,000 paid by South Africa’s Form Bloodstock for Arrowfield’s colt from the Rory’s Jester mare Possessed, whose Group 1-winning sister Episode is the dam of Flight S. G1 winner First Seal. 

Form Bloodstock has enjoyed recent success with previous Arrowfield Melbourne purchases Honorine, a Group 2 winner, Group 3-placed winner Nisa’s Machine and Alice Springs, winner of two of her 4 starts this season.

Three other Arrowfield colts were sold for more than $200,000: the Starcraft-Salutations colt ($300,000, George Moore Bloodstock, Hong Kong); the Smart Missile-Maghreb colt ($260,000, Frank Fiore, WA) & the Smart Missile-Miss Bellezza colt ($210,000, Ricky Yiu, Hong Kong).

Top-priced fillies sold by Arrowfield were the Redoute’s Choice-Alternative Edge filly ($150,000, Inglis NSW as agent) and the Smart Missile-Bianca filly ($150,000, Todd Balfour Racing, Victoria).

The origin of the draft’s buyers reflected the strong interstate and international interest the Inglis Premier Sale now attracts: Victoria (6), NSW (5), Hong Kong (3), Western Australia (2), South Africa (2), Queensland (1) & New Zealand (1).

Not A Single Doubt on a Payroll

A very good week continued on Wednesday for Not A Single Doubt when his 2YO daughter Payroll overcame several disadvantages to score handsomely on debut at Sale.

The Richard Laming-trained filly began slowly and ended up at the back of the field before jockey Jason Benbow sent her forward and four wide round the bend and into the straight. However, that effort didn’t drain Payroll’s tank and she drove clear to win by more than 3 legnths from  The Barrister & The Weald.

Laming said Payroll, an $80,000 Magic Millions purchase from the draft of her breeder MacQuarie Stud, had never been off the bit in training, so he didn’t know what to expect. He added, “We’re in no hurry with her. I think she will be a better three-year-old.”

Payroll (ex Workhard by Red Ransom) is the 9th juvenile winner this season by Not A Single Doubt, currently second on the Australian 2YO Sires’ list with prizemoney of almost $800,000.

Two days earlier, Prime Thoroughbreds’ filly Atalanta Miss contributed $82,000 to that total when she won the SAJC Magic Millions 2YO Classic at Morphettville.

That was her second win from five starts, three of them Magic Millions races in Victoria, Tasmania & South Australia, and took her career earnings well beyond the $55,000 Joe O’Neill needed to buy her from the Mill Park draft at last year’s Magic Millions Adelaide Sale.

The major highlight of Not A Single Doubt’s week was the powerhouse victory by the Arrowfield-raised Miracles of Life (ex Dazzling Gazelle by More Than Ready) in last Saturday’s $400,000 ATC Challenge S. G2. 

It was the 4YO mare’s fourth Group success and her second for celebrated American owner Stonestreet Stables which paid $900,000 for her at last year’s Teeley Dispersal. The 2013 Blue Diamond winner is now likely to start in The Galaxy G1 on 21 March. 

Juveniles Single Gaze (2nd, Canberra RC Black Opal S. G3) & Claudia Jean (3rd, VRC Festival of Racing S. LR) have also helped to boost Not A Single Doubt’s season prizemoney close to $4 million – enough to put him among the country’s top 15 sires.

Not A Single Doubt yearlings have already sold for up to $280,000 (at Magic Millions Gold Coast) and $260,000 (at Inglis Melbourne Premier) this year.

 The son of Redoute’s Choice has only three lots catalogued for next month’s Inglis Easter Sale, all of them fillies. Two will be offered by Middlebrook Valley Lodge, while the daughter of US stakeswinner Laguna Lake is part of the Canning Downs Stud consignment.