Redoute's Choice & sons in Australia's top 10

Redoute’s Choice has been joined for the first time in the top ten on the Australian General Sires’ Premiership by both of his Arrowfield-based sons, Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt. 

It’s a familiar position for three-time Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice, whose $8.4 million earnings place him fifth in 2014/15. He’s made the top ten every season since 2004/05 and, in fact, has been a top five finisher in ten of the past 11 seasons – a record unmatched by any other active Australian sire.

His eleven 2014/15 Australian stakeswinners are headed by champion sprinter Lankan Rupee, whose Manikato & Lightning Stakes victories were among the year’s very best performances. Classy sprinter-miler Bonaria (VRC Myer Classic) and 3YO colt Hampton Court (ATC Spring Champion S.) completed a quartet of domestic Group 1 successes.

The international demand for yearlings by Redoute’s Choice gives him a strong presence in other jurisdictions, and seven Group victories made 2014/15 an outstanding offshore season. South African champions Majmu & Wylie Hall notched up three Group 1 wins between them and New Zealand Group 2 winners Abidewithme & Vavasour boosted his Southern Hemisphere tally of stakes wins to twenty-five, more than any other ANZ-based sire.

Wylie Hall & Majmu added a bonus milestone when they ran 1-2 in the Turffontein President’s Champions Challenge S. G1 – the fourth Group 1 quinella on their sire’s lifetime record.

The marketplace highlight for Redoute’s Choice was his 65th million-dollar yearling, Arrowfield’s filly from Weekend Beauty, purchased at Inglis Easter by Takaya Shimakawa for $1.1 million.

Snitzel makes his fourth consecutive top-ten appearance in the No. 8 spot on the General Sires’ list with $7.7 million prizemoney. However, the major stories of his year came from the Group 1 calendar and the sale-ring. 

Snitzel doubled his Group 1 winners from three to six, thanks to a trio of Arrowfield graduates: amazon queen Sweet Idea, top-class 3YO colt Wandjina and 6YO speed warrior Hot Snitzel.

He topped the Inglis Easter Sale for the first time with not one, but two smashing colts: Milburn Creek’s $2.2 million colt out of Admirelle and Arrowfield’s $1.8 million colt from Alinghi. Breeders who paid $30,000 to use Snitzel in 2012 watched his 2015 yearlings average almost eight times that figure across all sales.

Not A Single Doubt makes his debut among Australia’s leading stallions in ninth spot with earnings of $6.9 million. He is fourth by winners (144) and wins (218), and is the Leading Sire of 2YO winners for the second consecutive year after his 23rd juvenile winner, Love Goes On saluted on 29 July. 

Forty-three yearlings by Not A Single Doubt sold for an average of more than $92,000 in 2015, with Gai Waterhouse paying his top price of $280,000 at Magic Millions Gold Coast for the full sister to Group 3 winner and Golden Rose runner-up Squamosa.

Other sons of Redoute’s Choice to feature on the end-of-season Premiership lists were Stratum (13th on the General table with $6 million and five stakeswinners) and Beneteau (runner-up on the First Season Sires’ list by earnings, winners & wins).

The daughters of Redoute’s Choice are also proving very effective distributors of his beneficial influence to the next generation. Sixth on the complete list, he is the leading active Australian Broodmare Sire in 2014/15 with $7.5 million prizemoney and eight stakeswinners including Group 1 winners Sacred Falls and 2YO Pasadena Girl.

Eight 2YO winners in 23 days wins title

A month ago Not A Single Doubt’s chances of once again topping the Australian 2YO Sires’ list by winners didn’t look great.

Sure, he had 15 juvenile winners on the board, but Snitzel (21 winners) and I Am Invincible (20) seemed to have the battle for that particular title all to themselves.

Not A Single Doubt and his small army of 63 2YO runners – almost half of his 2012 foal crop – had other ideas. He’s added eight new winners in 23 days to overhaul his two rivals and end the season on 23 winners.

It’s the second year running Not A Single Doubt has claimed the title of Australia’s Leading Sire of 2YO winners. He won the 2013/14 crown with a 15-year record tally of 25 individual winners.

Arrowfield graduate Snappy One began Not A Single Doubt’s final push for the title when he won at Cessnock on 7 July. He was quickly followed by Scales of Justice in Western Australia on 9 July, and the impressive Chris Waller-trained debutante Tremezzina at Warwick Farm on 15 July.

A pair of weekend doubles in New South Wales, firstly Not A Gypsy and Arrowfield’s filly Shacked Up on 18 & 19 July, then Let’s Make It Rain at Canterbury & Ice Cream Lady on 25 July put Not A Single Doubt’s nose in front with 22 winners.

The popular son of Redoute’s Choice drove home his advantage with his final winner for the season, Love Goes On who bolted in by two lengths on debut for Henry Dwyer at Wodonga on Wednesday 29 July.

Precocity is not the only weapon in Not A Single Doubt’s arsenal. He posted a total of 27 wins worldwide in July 2015, compiled by 24 runners from four crops, at distances from 1000 to 1600 metres.

It’s true that many of Not A Single Doubt’s progeny cope well with rain-affected ground, so the winter is often fruitful for him, but he’s a sire for every season and every month of the year.  He added 63 wins to his record through the summer months of December, January & February, 27 of them coming in February alone.

Not A Single Doubt’s first 2YOs bred on a fee above $20,000 have contributed almost a fifth of the $6.9 million prizemoney that has secured him his first appearance among the top 10 stallions on Australia’s General Premiership list.

However, his major earners have come from all three of his latest crops and have won major races from 1000 to 2000 metres: 4YO mare Miracles of Life (3 wins inc. SAJC Robert Sangster S. G1 and $620,700), 3YO gelding Sure and Fast  (2 wins, $358,710, ATC Provincial Championship Final), 2YO filly Single Gaze (city winner & stakes-placed, $341,750, 3rd, GCTC Magic Millions Classic (R) LR) and 4YO mare Gypsy Diamond ($148, 550, ATC Japan Racing Association Plate G3 & two Group placings).

Not A Single Doubt made a characteristically punchy start to the new season when his 4YO son Fell Swoop scored by 3 lengths on Saturday at Rosehill – his fifth win from 7 starts. 

Beneteau adds two new winners

A pair of juveniles on opposite sides of the country have taken Beneteau’s first season total of winners to a round dozen, one behind table leader Rothesay, with three racedays left before the season ends.

Last Wednesday Bob & Sandra Peters’ gelding Universal Law won his debut at Belmont in Perth with a brilliant late finish, scoring by a half-length from Detente, who finished a length in front of Sporting Image.

A son of the city-winning Scenic mare Simply Wicked, Universal Law is a half-brother to the Peters’ sensational filly Delicacy, who made history this season as the winner of the Derby & Oaks races in Adelaide and Perth. (In fact, the siblings are little more closely related, because Delicacy is by Al Maher who, like Beneteau’s sire Redoute’s Choice, is by Danehill from a daughter of Dancing Show.)

Beneteau’s next winner came at Pakenham’s synthetic track in Victoria on Tuesday when the delightfully named Geoff overcame his evident inexperience to win on debut by two lengths from Poet’s Choice, with bigger margins back to the favourite Rothstein and fourth-placed Palaios, the half-brother to champion So You Think.

Geoff was a $10,000 purchase by his trainer Robbie Griffiths from the Three Bridges draft at the 2014 Inglis Classic Summer Sale. He’s the fourth winner from the stakes-placed juvenile Granma Gertey (by Danzero), a half-sister to Group winner De Lago Mist, from the family of Wanted and Shrapnel.

Celebrating Beneteau's first-crop success

It’s the one experience every stud farm hopes to avoid, when a young stallion’s every winner elicits more sorrow than excitement, because their sire is dead.

Yet almost every well-established stud has a “What if?” stallion in its history, and every breeding industry has several gaps left by shooting stars who burned out far too soon.

Think of champion 2YO Star Watch, who died at Woodlands Stud in February 1991 leaving two crops that produced 10 stakeswinners, including three Group 1 winners, from only 126 live foals.

A more recent keenly felt loss is that of Widden Stud’s Northern Meteor, who died a day before he claimed the 2012/13 title of Champion Australian First Season Sire.

Arrowfield is reluctantly writing its own What if? story with Beneteau, runner-up on the 2014/15 Australian First Season Sires’ list by earnings ($812,725), individual winners (12) & wins (15) and level with Hinchinbrook and Star Wtiness by stakeswinners (2).  Like Star Watch, Beneteau died before his first runners appeared, and left two crops totalling 135 live foals.

Beneteau was very much more than a stallion acquisition for Arrowfield, which bred him in partnership with International Equities after sending Slice of Paradise (by Encosta de Lago) to Redoute’s Choice in 2006. Slice of Paradise, a very attractive, strongly made mare, was a city-winning & stakes-placed juvenile, but her major appeal lies in her status as a full sister to champion filly Alinghi.

Foaled at Arrowfield on 2 September 2007, Beneteau was sent to the 2009 Inglis Easter Sale, where he was knocked down for $1 million to Blue Sky Thoroughbreds with Arrowfield retaining a share of him.

He proved to be easily the best of that Sale’s eight 7-figure yearlings, progressing from a sparkling January debut win at Randwick to success in the MRC Blue Diamond Prelude G3 and an unlucky third behind Star Witness & Shaaheq in the Blue Diamond S. G1. 

Beneteau’s trainer Paul Messara has steadfastly maintained that he possessed the class and ability of a multiple Group 1 winner, but a spelling paddock injury curtailed his Spring 3YO preparation. He was retired to stud at a fee of $11,000 inc. GST in 2011.

Beneteau died in January 2013, just as 47 of his first-crop yearlings headed to the sale-ring where they averaged more than four times his fee, with a top price of $170,000.

The most expensive of his first four 2YO stakes performers was Prompt Return (ex Prompt by Exceed and Excel) bought for $60,000 by Beneteau’s original fan, Julian Blaxland at Blue Sky Bloodstock, from the Newgate Farm draft at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. 

The good-looking colt quickly put his sire’s name in lights with an exuberant two-length victory in the VRC Maribyrnong Plate G3 on Oaks Day. That performance gave Beneteau an early lead on the Freshman Sires’ list that he held until Snitzel’s half-brother Hinchinbrook overtook him in early June.

That perfect start was backed up in December by Voilier (ex Ivyrose by Strategic) who scored by 3.5 lengths on debut at Rosehill. He later returned after a short break to run second in Headwater’s ATC Silver Slipper S. G2.

Arrowfield graduate Lady Jivago (ex Hussterics by Hussonet) chimed in with a debut win in January, before taking out the ATC Inglis 2YO Classic (R) LR in February to become Beneteau’s second stakeswinner.

The filly Aegean Sea (ex Tyche by Saltgrass) looked a genuine Slipper prospect when she won first up at Randwick on 22 November for Mark Sowerby & Ron Hamer (who also race Prompt Return) and trainer Clarry Conners. However, injury ended her 2YO season prematurely and she remains in the spelling paddock.

Other pre-Christmas performers for Beneteau were It’s Vegas Baby (ex Anigma by Machiavellian), placed in the BRC Phelan Ready S. LR, and debut winner Parcel (ex Gibraltar Range by Rock of Gibraltar) who was subsequently fourth in the MRC Chairman’s S. G3.

In the final third of the 2014/15 season Beneteau was represented by two-time winner Tatoosh (ex Miss Columbus by Spinning World), also placed twice in Sydney, and a pair of July debut winners: Geoff (ex Granma Gertey by Danzero) successful at Pakenham for Robbie Griffiths, and Universal Law, (ex Simply Wicked by Scenic) impressive in Perth for Grant Williams.

Beneteau’s second and final crop of yearlings met a more enthusiastic market this year, averaging more than ten times his fee, with a top price of $340,000 paid for the Zaldivar colt offered by Yarradale Stud at the Magic Millions Perth Sale. The opportunities they’ll receive in the wake of his first-crop success, and the physical scope of his progeny ensure that this What if? story is far from finished.

The bittersweetness of Beneteau’s stud career is balanced by Arrowfield’s perfect record with the Redoute’s Choice sire-line and the “Coming Soon” sign already posted for the Stud’s next son of the great champion sire: another classy & charismatic colt called Scissor Kick.

APEX ratings forecast Manhattan Rain

APEX ratings, developed by respected US analyst Bill Oppenheim, are a very useful tool for identifying two groups of stallions in particular: future leading sires and stallions whose market profile, for one reason or another, does not reflect their above-average performance. 

Standard sires’ lists based on gross or average earnings can be skewed by one or two runners, or by generous prizemoney attached to non-elite races. APEX ratings measure the overall quality of a stallion’s entire crop by categorising runners in three separate groups based on their earnings relative to the total prizemoney on offer in a particular jurisdiction.

The Bluebloods team, with Oppenheim’s blessing, compiles annual APEX ratings for Australia where the minimum prizemoney levels for the three categories in 2015 are:
A = $128,000
B = $79,760
C = $46,460

A racehorse that attains an “A” rating means that horse has earned enough prizemoney to be in the top 2 per cent of all prizemoney earners in Australia.  A racehorse that achieves a “B” rating is in the next two per cent of earners (i.e 2% – 4%), while a “C” rating places a horse in the next four per cent of earners (i.e. 4%-8%).

So the “AB” rating collectively identifies the top 4% of ALL prizemoney earners in the country.  A stallion’s AB rating of 1.00 means that 4% of that stallion’s progeny are in the top 4% of all prizemoney earners. Likewise, a rating of 2.00 means 8% of that stallion’s progeny are in the top 4% of all earners, so he is significantly out-performing the market average.

APEX RATINGS compiled by Bluebloods
Active Australian-based Sires, 2014/15 Season
Minimum 30 year-starters

STALLION

A

B

C

AB

ABC

Snitzel (AUS) 2002

4.02

3.75

1.81

3.89

2.85

Street Boss (USA) 2004

3.09

4.32

1.85

3.70

2.78

Redoute’s Choice (AUS) 1996

3.35

2.84

1.95

3.09

2.52

Fast ‘n’ Famous (AUS) 2002

2.05

4.11

0.68

3.08

1.88

Fastnet Rock (AUS) 2001

3.02

2.08

1.83

2.55

2.19

Manhattan Rain (AUS) 2006

1.53

3.57

0.77

2.55

1.66

Northern Meteor (AUS) 2005

2.86

2.18

2.11

2.52

2.32

Medaglia d’Oro (USA) 1999

3.30

1.65

2.75

2.47

2.61

I Am Invincible (AUS) 2004

1.97

2.96

2.30

2.47

2.38

Lonhro (AUS) 1998

2.54

2.37

1.69

2.45

2.07

Exceed and Excel (AUS) 2000

2.55

2.06

1.69

2.31

2.00

Sebring (AUS) 2005

2.65

1.89

1.52

2.27

1.89

Blackfriars (AUS) 1996

2.50

1.76

1.32

2.13

1.73

Stratum (AUS) 2002

1.97

2.20

1.63

2.08

1.85

Magnus (AUS) 2002

2.40

1.56

1.68

1.98

1.83

Mossman (AUS) 1995

2.31

1.51

1.31

1.91

1.61

More Than Ready (USA) 1997

1.90

1.84

1.46

1.87

1.66

Turffontein (AUS) 2004

1.85

1.85

2.31

1.85

2.08

Myboycharlie (IRE) 2005

1.69

1.97

0.70

1.83

1.26

Danewin (AUS) 1991

2.03

1.60

1.39

1.81

1.60

Al Maher (AUS) 2001

2.22

1.35

1.38

1.79

1.58

Choisir (AUS) 1999

1.71

1.74

1.37

1.73

1.55

Hussonet (USA) 1991

1.67

1.79

1.36

1.73

1.55

Testa Rossa (AUS) 1996

1.78

1.66

1.63

1.72

1.68

Not a Single Doubt (AUS) 2001

1.64

1.81

1.64

1.72

1.68

Written Tycoon (AUS) 2002

1.96

1.37

1.71

1.66

1.69

Husson (ARG) 2003

1.64

1.64

1.39

1.64

1.52

Reset (AUS) 2000

1.82

1.43

1.27

1.63

1.45

Casino Prince (AUS) 2003

2.06

1.08

1.46

1.57

1.52

Bernardini (USA) 2003

1.26

1.83

0.92

1.55

1.23

Manhattan Rain’s excellent APEX ratings modify our view that he’s a quiet achiever – in fact, he’s a not-so-quiet progressive young sire producing class racehorses at a consistently high rate. His “A” rating is a very respectable 1.53, while his exceptional “AB” rating of 2.55 ranks him equal 5th in that category, equal in fact with Fastnet Rock.

By way of comparison, Champion Second Season Sire Medaglia d’Oro & runner-up I Am Invincible share an AB rating of 2.47 – slightly below Manhattan Rain who is within striking distance of the very best Australian-based stallions’ AB ratings. Snitzel’s AB figure is an outstanding 3.89, making him a clear table leader. Redoute’s Choice is on 3.09, Manhattan Rain and Fastnet Rock are on 2.55, just ahead of Northern Meteor on 2.52, Medaglia D’Oro & I Am Invincible on 2.47 and Lonhro on 2.45,  with Exceed And Excel on 2.31 and Sebring at 2.27.

What does this actually mean?  Put simply, Manhattan Rain has already produced significant runners that have earned above a designated class threshold and at a higher rate than the likes of Northern Meteor, Lonhro & Sebring.

Bill Oppenheim recognises the particular value of  APEX ratings in identifying the up-and-coming stallion, only one top horse away from universal recognition. Three years ago the APEX standout was Snitzel, then standing at a fee of $33,000 inc. GST. The other two young sires with strong APEX figures in 2012 were Shamardal, who stopped shuttling in 2010, leaving behind 23 stakeswinners, including Able Friend, from 196 Australian-bred foals; and Savabeel, now the Champion Sire of New Zealand. 

Perhaps Manhattan Rain, currently standing at $16,500 inc. GST, is next up on the podium. After all, he’s already matched his own sire Encosta De Lago at the same stage of their respective stud careers and we know that Encosta De Lago finished up a dual Champion Sire.

Manhattan Rain celebrated his 5th stakeswinner on 25 July when 3YO filly Wild Rain won the Lightning Stakes LR at Morphettville. He ends 2014/15 as Australia’s joint leading Second Season Sire by stakeswinners, and fourth on the earnings list with almost $2 million.

For further information read: APEX – the better Average-Earnings Index (PDF format) by Bill Oppenheim, originally published by Bluebloods, September 2012; re-published with permission.

Read previous stories on Manhattan Rain:

  • One sale, three sires, 12 stakeswinners
  • Manhattan Rain matches stride with his sire
  • Ain't Seen Nothin' yet!

    Stepitup’s outstanding success in Singapore shines a light on his dam, multiple stakeswinner and marvellous broodmare Ain’t Seen Nothin’ whose foal by Dundeel is eagerly awaited at Arrowfield this Spring.

    All of Ain’t Seen Nothin’s first six foals have won and three of them, Stepitup (by Hussonet), Group 3-winning 2YO Bachman (by All American) and dual Listed winner Ain’tnofallenstar (by Starcraft), are stakeswinners.

    That perfect record and Ain’t Seen Nothin’s affinity with a range of stallions are good omens for her unraced progeny, a 3YO Starcraft gelding with Mark Minervini, and a yearling sister to Bachman, as well as her foal from the first crop of six-time Group 1 winner Dundeel.

    Barbara Joseph is well-qualified to explain what made Ain’t Seen Nothin’ special as a racehorse, and what she brings to the breeding barn. Barbara bought the yearling daughter of Nothin’ Leica Dane for $20,000 at the 2001 Inglis Classic Sale, trained her in Canberra and raced her in partnership with Dennis Higgs & Ron Ball.

    Barbara says, “I bought her because I loved the way she walked and she was related to Patou, a filly I initially trained.”  Patou won eight races, but is best-known as the dam of Polar Success, winner of the 2003 Golden Slipper.

    Ain’t Seen Nothin’ was tough to educate as a 2YO and patience was needed to overcome her tendency to run to the outside rail, but her racing career began in spectacular fashion.

    Barbara says, “She ran third in her first race as a Spring 3YO and then won six in a row. She had a great will to win, there wasn’t a race where she didn’t try her best, and she could run on all sorts of tracks.”

    Ain’t Seen Nothin’s winning streak culminated with a record-setting victory in the Illawarra TC Keith F. Nolan Classic LR. Her 3YO campaign ended with a trip to Sydney where she finished second in the AJC Adrian Knox S. G3 and fourth in Tuesday Joy’s Australian Oaks G1.

    The following Spring Barbara took Ain’t Seen Nothin’ to Melbourne for a campaign that produced a second stakes win, in the VRC Let’s Elope S. LR, and a sequence of gallant Group 1 runs: third to Mummify and Grey Song in the MRC Underwood S. G1, fifth in Mummify’s Caulfield Cup G1 and fourth in the MacKinnon S. G1 won by Casual Pass.

    They were all significant performances for Barbara, who also trained the 1989 Doncaster Handicap winner Merimbula Bay.  “It was a new experience for me to race a top horse in Melbourne, and Ain’t Seen Nothin’ is right up there with Merimbula Bay. She was a million-dollar horse for us and she helped me immensely.”

    Ain’t Seen Nothin’ added a third Listed success and three Group placings to her record before she retired, with earnings of more than $600,000, in November 2004. Subsequently purchased for $460,000 at the 2005 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale, she has been part of the Arrowfield/Planette Thoroughbred broodmare band ever since. 

    Barbara Joseph has kept an eye on Ain’t Seen Nothin’s progeny and was the underbidder on Stepitup at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.  “He was small, but I really liked him, he was very athletic.” 

    The team Barbara now prepares in partnership with her son Paul Jones includes Secret Slave, a 2YO Equiano filly from Ain’t Seen Nothin’s first foal Hidden Charges (by Charge Forward).

    “She has a mind of her own, just like Ain’t Seen Nothin’, and she goes all right too.”

    Chairman's Trophy goes to Stepitup

    Arrowfield graduate Stepitup’s star has been high in Singapore’s sky for three seasons and there is no sign of it setting.

    The 5YO son of Hussonet and Arrowfield gem Ain’t Seen Nothin’ won his eighth stakes race on Sunday, the Chairman’s Trophy 1800m Sgp-2, and did it in the unflinching, ultra-competitive manner that has earned almost $S2 million for his owner the Tivic stable.

    Watch Stepitup’s Chairman’s Trophy Sgp-2 victory here.

    Stepitup settled on the rails in the second half of the field before his jockey Manoel Nunes decided to take closer order before the turn.

    Their chances of being in the finish didn’t look good at the top of the straight where Stepitup was momentarily blocked for a run as his stablemate Ideal Guide tried to steal the race. A gap opened just in time, Stepitup won the battle for it and set sail for the post, which he reached a quarter-length ahead of Wild Geese, with One Rar third by the same margin.

    Laxon, celebrating his fifth Chairman’s Trophy victory, said, “He’s a lovely horse, only small, but all heart and an amazing will to win.

    “He will have a bit of a break now and I will bring him back for the Kranji Mile and Raffles Cup later in the year.”

    Stepitup was purchased for $90,000 by Cliff Brown at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and is one of six stakeswinners sold by Arrowfield at that Sale. (The others are Group 1 winner Snitzerland, Group 2 winner Flying Snitzel, South African Group 2 winner Honorine and Listed winners Smoko & Road Trippin’).

    Bred by Arrowfield and John Leaver, Stepitup is from the multiple stakes-winning racemare and even better broodmare Ain’t Seen Nothin’ (by Nothin’ Leica Dane), also the dam of dual stakeswinner Ain’tnofallenstar (by Starcraft) and Group 3 2YO winner Bachman (by All American). Ain’t Seen Nothin’ has a rising 3YO colt by Starcraft, a weanling sister to Bachman and is foaling this Spring to Dundeel.

    Not A Single Doubt leads on 2YO winners

    Six days out from the season’s end, two new winners have taken Not A Single Doubt to the head of the Australian 2YO Sires’ list, with 22 individual winners – only three short of his 14-year record set in 2013/14. 

    However, it remains a tight race. Snitzel has 21 winners and both he and Not A Single Doubt have debut juveniles accepted for races in the next few days. I Am Invincible is hot on their heels with 20 2YO winners.

    Let’s Make It Rain struck first when he defeated Tatoosh (by Beneteau) over 1250 metres at Canterbury. Placed in two of his three previous starts, including Odyssey Moon’s Inglis Nursery (R) LR last December, Let’s Make It Rain also anchored his trainer Ron Quinton’s first metropolitan double

    A $170,000 Quinton purchase from Broadwater Thoroughbreds at the 2014 Inglis Classic Yearling sale, Let’s Make It Rain is out of the unraced Red Ransom mare Red Alert, a half-sister to VATC One Thousand Guineas G1 winner Lady Of The Pines. He is among the dozen Not A Single Doubt 2YOs that have been successful in city class this season.

    An hour later Ice Cream Lady won a 1000-metre maiden at Gilgandra for her owner-breeders Bruce Reid Racing & the Ferguson family of Bell River Thoroughbreds and trainer Brett Thompson. The sister to city winners Conroy’s Gap and Crown Choice took an early lead and strode home in good style to score by two lengths.

    Fifth stakeswinner for Manhattan Rain

    Arrowfield graduate Wild Rain ended the season on a top note for her sire Manhattan Rain with a strong victory in Saturday’s $100,000 SAJC Lightning S. 1050m LR.

    Wild Rain is the fifth stakeswinner for Manhattan Rain and his fourth this season, after Group 2 winner Moonovermanhattan, and Listed winners Manapine & Ondina.

    That means the son of Encosta de Lago will end 2014/15 as Australia’s joint leading 2nd Season Sire by stakeswinners, alongside Medaglia d’Oro.  Wild Rain’s latest contribution has also pushed Manhattan Rain into fourth on the earnings list, with more than $1.9 million prizemoney.

    The 3YO Mark Kavanagh-trained filly started favourite at Morphettville after her dead-heat second in the MRC Sir John Monash S. G3 on 4 July.

    Wild Rain coped admirably with the 7-minute race delay caused by Stoker spreading a hind plate and the fractious behaviour of Bay Road and Burst Away in the gates on either side of her.  She jumped well and travelled sweetly just off the lead, took control of the race in the straight and sprinted home resolutely to score by a long neck from Cashed, with Trupt more than three lengths back in third place.

    Bred by Arrowfield and John Leaver, Wild Rain is from North Flower (by Rory’s Jester), a 2YO city-winning half-sister to the dam of 2003 Horse of the Year Northerly.

    North Flower has also left the stakes-placed city winner Flowerchild to Redoute’s Choice, and has an unraced 2YO daughter Tahlia Star (by Starcraft) with Luke Oliver, and a weanling filly by Animal Kingdom.

    Wild Rain was a $150,000 Kavanagh buy from Arrowfield at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and is raced by Isobel & Levi Kavanagh, Brett Griffith & Tim Storey of Collins St Partners, Wade McKibben, Anna Stenswick’s DTTM Syndicate, Stan & Anna Hunt and Gary & Rhonda Ma. The filly has already rewarded them handsomely with five wins this season, career prizemoney of more than $220,000 and her new stakes-winning status. 

    One sale, three sires, 12 stakeswinners

    And the leading sires by stakeswinners offered at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale are…

    Well, can you guess? You’ll probably say Redoute’s Choice and Fastnet Rock, and you’d be correct. But many may be surprised that the other stallion with 4 stakeswinners is Arrowfield’s Manhattan Rain, who is something of a quiet achiever.

     Manhattan Rain, from an Easter 2013 offering of only 20 yearlings, has so far come up with:

    • Group 2 winner Moonovermanhattan ($100,000; bought by Dermot Farrington; trained by Mick Price)
    • Highly promising stayer Manapine, a Listed winner over 2500 metres at Flemington this Autumn ($200,000; Badger’s Bloodstock/Nigel Blackiston)
    • Crafty, a Listed winner at 2 and Group-placed at three ($150,000; David Redvers/Robert Smerdon)
    • Ondina, winner of the SAJC Laelia S. LR (passed in at $70,000; subsequently bought by Star Thoroughbreds at the Magic Millions National Sale & trained by Gai Waterhouse).

    Crafty has retired to stud in Europe where she has been mated with Frankel, but Moonovermanhattan, Manapine and Ondina all stay in training. Magic Millions graduate Wild Rain has a fine chance of joining them as Manhattan Rain’s fifth stakeswinner in Saturday’s SAJC Lightning S. LR.

    From an Easter 2013 offering of 32 lots Redoute’s Choice is the sire of Group 1 winners Hampton Court (purchased for $500,000 by John Warren) and Majmu ($300,000; Shadwell Australia), as well as the Group-winning colts Panzer Division & Scissor Kick, both bought by Paul Messara for $150,000 & $200,000 respectively.

    From 47 lots offered Fastnet Rock has four stakes-winning graduates: Group 1 winner Magicool  ($250,000; Mark Kavanagh), plus Group winners Zululand ($1.5 million; Tom Magnier), Petrology ($200,000; Lindsay Park Bloodstock) and Lumosty ($185,000; Flemington Bloodstock).

    Next on the list behind this trio is More Than Ready, sire of Group winner Nayeli and Listed winner Banaadeer from the Inglis Easter Sale two years ago.

    Its graduates are about to turn four, so the Sale’s record can be expected to increase, but with 24 2YO & 3YO stakeswinners, including five Group 1 winners, it’s already looking like a vintage cohort.