Charge Forward in a class of his own

Looking for a Group 1 sire standing for less than $20,000, who averaged more than $100,000 at both the Magic Millions (Book 1) and Inglis Easter Sales in 2015?

That search produces just one result: Charge Forward.

His eight yearlings sold at Australia’s two major sales averaged $115,000, with a top price of $180,000 for the Laissez Faire colt bought at Magic Millions by Tony Gollan & John Foote from the Arrowfield draft.

It’s surely no co-incidence that this colt and the next two most profitable Charge Forward yearlings sold in 2015 are all out of Danehill-line mares.

Charge Forward’s statistics show that he’s sired 7.1% Stakeswinners/Runners from Danehill or Danehill-line mares.

To put that figure in perspective, only Redoute’s Choice among last season’s top 10 active Australian sires have a better lifetime strike rate from all his runners. And all of the stallions in that group are standing at considerably higher fees than Charge Forward.

In all, 17 of Charge Forward’s 29 stakes performers are from Danehill-line mares, and 12 of them either won or placed in stakes company as juveniles. 

It’s a pattern that started early, when Charge Forward’s first-crop daughter Headway (ex Chatelaine by Flying Spur) emerged as his first stakeswinner and progressed to victory in the VRC Coolmore Stud S. G1. She has been followed by another four stakeswinners out of Flying Spur mares, notably the brothers Road Trippin’ & Crack A Roadie who together earned around ten times their combined purchase price. 

Brilliant Group-winning sprinter Solar Charged, from a Danehill mare, appeared in Charge Forward’s second crop, and then came the Group winners Cavalry Rose, Direct Charge & London Lolly whose dams are by three different Danehill sons (Danske, Redoute’s Choice & Lion Hunter).

It’s the same story with several of Charge Forward’s six-figure earners last season: First Light Racing’s multiple city winner Face Forward (ex Endearment by Danehill), Moonee Valley winners Pathways & stakes-placed Fast Cash (both out of Choisir mares) and Singapore winner Good News (ex Rezyana by Redoute’s Choice).

However, it’s a rare rule that doesn’t generate exceptions and Charge Forward’s success isn’t limited to Danehill-line mares. Dual Group 1 winner Response, Group 2 winner Shrapnel and last season’s two-time Group 3 winner Slightly Sweet are from mares by Match Winner, Snippets & Dubai Destination.

In the past couple of years, daughters of Charge Forward have made a splash at broodmare sales, as breeders seek outcross mates for stallions with Danehill close up in their pedigrees. Cavalry Rose & Solar Charged each made $650,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions National Sale, and at the same sale this year Response, in foal to Snitzel, was knocked down for $1.5 million to Katsumi Yoshida.

It’s a pair of talented 4YO mares that are likely to lead Charge Forward’s team this Spring and fittingly, they are both Jason Coyle-trained homebreds for the family of the late Phillip Esplin, a founding director of Arrowfield and the breeder of Charge Forward.

Something Secret (from juvenile stakeswinner Secret Land by Secret Savings) has made a very good impression in provincial company, winning at Wyong & Gosford last month.

Slightly Sweet already has two Group victories on her eight-start record and is about a fortnight away from a trial after returning from her winter break in superb order.

Gai Waterhouse’s 2YOs include what she describes as a “nice colt” called Tribal (ex Mozambique by Redoute’s Choice) for Ron & Deb Gilbert. The Gilberts have already achieved success with Charge Forward as the breeders of Shrapnel, a two-time Group winner, and twice Group 1-placed at three.

 

Charge Forward strikes in Singapore

Charge Forward’s speedy son My Lucky Strike added a seventh success to his record when he won a $100,000 event over 1000 metres in Singapore on Friday evening.

The quality of his performance was measured by his time, a smart 57.95, and the topweight of 59.5 kg he was asked to carry. 

My Lucky Strike was the beaten favourite, second behind Super Winner at his previous start on 26 July but his trainer Mark Walker was happy to excuse him.

He said, “I think he ran well the last time in the KRA Trophy. He was dictated and I just think if he had got to the outside, it might have been a different story.

“Nunes could not get a run to the outside as he had horses there, but he still had every chance. He’s not the biggest horse but he’s really gutsy.

“I will probably give him a freshen-up and bring him back in September, probably an 1000m or 1100m race, nothing too ambitious, but I think he can also go over 1200m as he was running on well in the Korea race.”

The 4YO gelding has now won more than $300,000 for Robert Ng’s Lucky Stable which bought his dam Hanna Rossa in foal to Charge Forward for $60,000 at the 2011 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale.

Hanna Rossa (by Testa Rossa) was a good mare in Melbourne where she won four and was Group 3-placed for trainer Tony Noonan and owner Lindsay Williams, former President of the famous US toy company Mattel.

My Lucky Strike was sent to Singapore in July 2014 after three 2YO starts, from the Matt Laurie stable, including placings at Caulfield and Sandown.

He’s the second Singapore winner for Charge Forward in the past month, following the sixth career win by Arrowfield Magic Millions graduate Good News on 10 July.  Like My Lucky Strike, he has earned more than $300,000 for his owner and trainer Tan Hai Wang.

 

Arrowfield welcomes first foals by Dundeel

Arrowfield’s Manager Paul Messara has welcomed the Stud’s first two foals by Australian champion Dundeel.

Messara says, “We’re delighted with both these foals, they’re full of quality and athletic, and offer early evidence that Dundeel is going to be well-suited to the mares we’ve selected for him.”

First to arrive was the bay filly from Choice Blend (by Redoute’s Choice) a half-sister to multiple Group 1 winner Bentley Biscuit, from the prolific family of champion sire Thorn Park and Group winners Light Up The World, World Peace & Chivalry.

Choice Blend has an unraced 3YO son and a yearling daughter by Charge Forward, and a 2YO colt by Gio Ponti.

Less than 24 hours later, dual Group winner Sharnee Rose (by Nadeem) safely delivered her first foal, also a bay filly.

Sharnee Rose was trained by Kris Lees to win the ATC Golden Pendant G3, beating Red Tracer, and the ATC Angst S. G3, while her dozen placings included a third behind Atlantic Jewel and Mosheen in the MRC Thousand Guineas G1.

Her pedigree is very familiar to Arrowfield, because her third dam is Easy Date, also the ancestress of leading sires Not A Single Doubt & Snippets, Golden Slipper winner Forensics and Group 1 winners Rewaaya & Ertijaal. 

Arrowfield and partners have 21 mares foaling to the six-time Group 1 winner this Spring, fifteen of them, including champion Miss Finland, by Danehill sons or grandsons.

Standing his second season at a fee of $27,500 inc. GST, Dundeel will parade alongside champion sire Redoute’s Choice and freshman Olympic Glory at the Arrowfield Stallion Open House, 20-23 August – click here for more information. 

King's Troop marches in at Warwick Farm

Only five days into the new season and Redoute’s Choice has unveiled a potential star in the shape of Snitzel’s three-quarter brother King’s Troop.

Watch King’s Troop’s Warwick Farm win here.

His 7-length trial win at Rosehill a month ago attracted plenty of attention and, after a debut second to Japonisme at Rosehill on 18 July, King’s Troop started the hottest of favourites in a competitive colts & geldings handicap field at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

He jumped well and took up the running with Quantrill, Art of Excellence and Aspen Star in close attendance. Rounding the turn, King’s Troop held a narrow lead and began to extend. At the 150-metre mark Jockey Brenton Avdulla switched his whip to his left hand, and one strike was all the colt needed to hit top gear and stride away for an easy 3.8 length win.

The colt’s winning time of 1:03.98 under topweight of 59kg was more than half a second faster than Kangarilla Joy posted for the equivalent fillies’ race on the same card.

The Racing & Sports review of the race noted, “Showing improvement off his debut run, King’s Troop returned a Timeform figure of 97p, and on what he has shown to date he looks at least Group 3 standard with plenty more improvement to come.”

King’s Troop is the second foal of Royal Snippets (by Royal Academy), a city-winning half-sister to the sensational Snitzel & Group 3 winner Viennese (both by Redoute’s Choice), Champion First Season Sire Hinchinbrook and Wiener, dam of Group-placed Redoutable Heart (also by Redoute’s Choice).

Arrowfield has retained King’s Troop’s 2YO full sister and Royal Snippets is due to foal again to the champion sire this Spring. 

The $125,000 ATC San Domenico S. G3 on 15 August is the likely immediate target for King’s Troop, but his trainer Gerald Ryan – who also prepared Snitzel for Group 1 success at three – notes that the very best of him may not be seen until the Autumn.

Gio Ponti's first North American winner Most Inspiring

Triple Eclipse Award winner Gio Ponti, who stood the 2012 season at Arrowfield, posted his first North American winner on Friday 31 July when 2YO filly Most Inspiring scored a dominant debut win at Woodbine.

The grey filly jumped smartly in the six-furlong turf maiden then settled easily behind Valentine’s Pearl and Morning Vow.  As they came round the turn Most Inspiring’s jockey Luis Contreras went for a clear run on the fence and, although momentarily unbalanced by the late change of direction, the filly responded generously to win by more than three lengths in 1:10.36.

Watch Most Inspiring’s debut win here.

Most Inspiring, an attractive, racy type, was bought by owner Derek Chin for $57,000 from the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October Sale. She was bred by Corner Farm and John Behrendt from Chemise, a daughter of Secret Hello (by Private Account) and already the dam of three Listed stakeswinners and the Grade 3-placed Hello Lover.

Gio Ponti (Tale of the Cat-Chipeta Springs by Alydar) was US Champion Older Male of 2009 & Champion Turf Male in 2009 & 2010. Renowned as much for his soundness and consistency as his class, he won 12 of his 29 starts and earned $US6.1 million across five racing seasons.

Gio Ponti’s seven Grade 1 wins include the Arlington Million Stakes, Man o’ War Stakes (twice) and the Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (twice). He also finished second in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic (to Zenyatta) and the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Mile (to Goldikova).

Gio Ponti stands in Kentucky at his owner’s Castleton Lyons farm at a fee of $US15,000.

Gio Ponti’s Australian-bred foals have just turned two and include fillies bought by Kevin Hickman, David Redvers, Dermot Farrington & Tony Noonan and colts bought by John Hyam, World Wide Bloodstock, Gabrielle Englebrecht & Robbie Laing.