Widden Stakes quinella for Arrowfield sires

The Arrowfield roster’s challenge for the season’s major 2YO prizes was given another boost at Rosehill on Saturday when Honesty Prevails (by Redoute’s Choice) and Smart Amelia (by Smart Missile) ran one-two in the $150,000 ATC Widden S. 1100m G3 at their first starts.

It was a terrific performance by both fillies in a strong field that may well yield plenty of good form this Autumn. Honesty Prevails jumped well for Jason Collett who settled her in fourth position on the fence, with Smart Amelia behind her, but forced to travel wide throughout.

Kentucky Miss and Vixen Lass led into the straight while Collett found space for Honesty Prevails who then sprinted clear to win by 2.3 lengths in 1:05.73 – slightly faster than the colt Tessera posted a race earlier in the Canonbury Stakes G3.

Smart Amelia had more ground to make up, but found enough to snatch second from Chipanda and impress her jockey Christian Reith who said, “Super run. Still doing a couple of things wrong but once she irons them out she’ll be a very nice filly.”

Watch Honesty Prevails win the ATC Widden S. G3.

Collett was even more impressed with Honesty Prevails.

“She destroyed them. Just an out and out racehorse. She’s got a great head on her. Just took it in her stride. Puts herself in the spot, races professionally and coming to the turn I was pretty confident when I’m the only one travelling.”

Honesty Prevails is trained by Rick Worthington who purchased the filly with owner Trevor Gluck and agent John Hutchinson of Scone Bloodstock from the Arrowfield draft at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Knocked down for $720,000, Honesty Prevails is the second living foal of Flavoured (by Hussonet), also dam of stakes-placed city winner Aerobar, from the family of champion US racehorse & sire A. P. Indy.  Flavoured has a weanling colt by Exceed and Excel and is in foal again to Redoute’s Choice.

Honesty Prevails takes her three-time Australian champion sire’s tally of stakeswinners to 127; she is also his 30th juvenile stakeswinner.

Redoute’s Choice also appears in Smart Amelia’s pedigree, as the sire of her dam My Amelia, a More Than Ready daughter of Carry On Cutie (AJC Champagne S. G1). Smart Amelia is trained by James Cummings for her breeder Richard Pegum, Matthew Sandblom and Westcode Pty Ltd.

Smart Amelia is Smart Missile’s second stakes performer from his first 11 runners, after New Zealand Listed winner Sassy ‘N’ Smart.

The Golden Slipper is now on the radar for Honesty Prevails, while another Redoute’s Choice filly, Sheikh Hamdan’s Zamzam put herself in play for the Blue Diamond after a super debut win at Moonee Valley on Friday evening.

Redoute’s Choice already has two Golden Slippers and two Blue Diamonds on his record, but there is, of course, always room for more…

Snitzel heads NZ Premier Sale sire averages

Once upon a time, it was unthinkable that Australian-based stallions would dominate the list of leading sires at New Zealand’s flagship yearling sale.

Yet that has been one of the key trends at the New Zealand Premier Sale over the past five years, especially as Zabeel’s stellar career wound down.  The supersire’s last appearance on top of the stallion averages was in 2011 when he headed off Red Ransom.

A year later Zabeel was the only New Zealand-based sire in the top ten, and Fastnet Rock claimed the No. 1 spot. He held it for the next three years ahead of seven other Australian-based stallions in 2013, and four in 2014 & 2015.

But when this year’s Premier Sale concluded on Tuesday evening there was a new name at the head of the sire averages: Snitzel.

He had four lots sell for an average price of $NZ280,000, ahead of Fastnet Rock, New Zealand’s champion sire Savabeel and the sale’s leading first season sire All Too Hard. As in 2014 & 2015, five of the top ten sires are based in Australia.

Snitzel’s top-priced lot was the $NZ500,000 colt from Malibu Road (by Malibu Moon), a US-bred mare descended from Best In Show, also the ancestress of Snitzel’s champion sire Redoute’s Choice. Offered by Gordon Cunningham’s Curraghmore Stud, he was bought by Te Akau Racing’s David Ellis and is Snitzel’s all-time top-priced yearling sold in New Zealand.

The other three yearlings by Snitzel also sold for healthy multiples of the $45,000 fee on which this crop of yearlings was conceived. China Horse Club signed for Pencarrow Stud’s Dance My Dance colt at $180,000, and David Ellis added Hallmark Stud’s $200,000 colt from My My Maree to his purchases.

Sydney agent James Harron, who bought two Snitzel colts for $1.525 million at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale earlier this month, paid $240,000 for Highview’s colt out of My Amazing Dream. This is the family of European champion filly Midway Lady and her Oaks-winning daughter Eswarah.

Snitzel, the sire of six Group 1 winners, continues to supply excellent reasons for his commercial popularity, notching up his 33rd stakeswinner, Sun Jewellery, in Hong Kong on Sunday evening.

Snitzel averaged almost $225,000 for 126 yearlings across all Australasian sales in 2015, but with two major sales completed this year, he has already broken through the $300,000 mark for 55 lots sold on the Gold Coast and at Karaka.

The next opportunities to buy his yearlings will be offered by Inglis over the next three months, at their Classic, Melbourne Premier & Easter Sales, including five lots consigned by Arrowfield.

Hong Kong Group 1 success for Snitzel son

Snitzel’s 4YO son Sun Jewellery made a spectacular stakes debut when he stormed to victory in the ~$A1.8 million Hong Kong Classic Mile HK-1 on Sunday evening.

He is the 33rd stakeswinner for Snitzel whose 51 Magic Millions yearlings averaged more than $300,000 earlier this month.

Sun Jewellery’s performance was all the more impressive because he drew gate 14, but he jumped smartly for Ryan Moore who kept driving him forward. Nevertheless, Sun Jewellery raced wide without cover until the 800-metre mark  before Moore could slot him into fifth position, one off the fence. The champion jockey then waited another 400 metres before targeting the lead which Sun Jewellery claimed just as Werther, Thewizardofoz (by Redoute’s Choice) and Arrowfield graduate Blizzard (by Starcraft) launched their challenges.

However, Sun Jewellery had enough in reserve to hold them all at bay, with Werther finishing a neck away in second, Blizzard third (he posted the fastest final 400m split of 23.12) and Thewizardofoz fifth.

Watch Sun Jewellery win the Hong Kong Classic Mile HK-1.

Ryan said of Sun Jewellery, “I think he’s a very good horse and I was lucky to be riding him today. He has a very good racing mind.

“He went through the race really comfortably – it’s obviously going to be another question mark, stepping up in trip, but he’s a horse that hasn’t done a lot wrong in his life. Who’s to say where he could end up?”

His immediate target will be the second race in the Hong Kong 4YO Series, the Hong Classic Cup HK-1 over 1800m on 21 February, and he is entered for the final leg, the 2000-metre Hong Kong Derby HK-1 on 20 March. 

Sun Jewellery’s trainer John Size said, “I’m not sure what the future holds for him but, previously, horses that have run in this race with a very high rating and have won have turned out to be Group horses.

“I would think he’s got a big future. He’s always promised to step up but this is a good test today, he’s come up against some nice horses and he’s beaten them fair and square.”

Sun Jewellery is raced by his breeder Tung Moon Fai whose Hong Kong-based horses all have “Jewellery” in their names.

The chestnut gelding raced as Tan Tat Sun from Peter Moody’s stable in Victoria where he won twice as a Spring 3YO before being exported to Hong Kong where has has won all but one of his six starts and almost $900,000.

Sun Jewellery’s dam Tan Tat Star (by Umatilla), also dam of Group 3 winner Tan Tat De Lago, is a sister to the grand campaigner Umrum, whose 11 stakes wins included consecutive Toorak Handicaps.

Umatilla was a half-brother to Shantha’s Choice, dam of Snitzel’s champion sire Redoute’s Choice. Redoute’s Choice & Umatilla appear as sire and damsire of another successful member of this family, Bob & Sandra Peters’ Group-placed stakeswinner Tranquility.

Mr Tung has Tan Tat Star’s unraced 3YO son, Tan Tat Nova (by Not A Single Doubt) with Peter Moody and a 2015 filly by Bel Esprit. The mare visited Manhattan Rain last Spring.

The sire of six Australian Group 1 winners, Snitzel is currently second on the 2YO Sires’ earnings list, with Not A SIngle Doubt chasing him in third position.

Four colts and a filly by Snitzel will be offered at the NZ Premier Sale which begins at Karaka, Auckland on Monday mornng.

Sydney 2YO quinellas for Arrowfield sires

Gai Waterhouse, Darby Racing & Arrowfield sires were all the clues punters needed to nail two juvenile quinellas in Sydney over the weekend.

On Friday evening Snitzel’s daughter Vienna Waltz  took up an early lead over 1200 metres, kicked clear on the turn and stuck on gamely to hold out the resolute Hussterical (by Beneteau), with Volpino third.

A $140,000 Waterhouse & Julian Blaxland purchase from the Edinglassie draft at last year’s Inglis Easter Sale, Vienna Waltz, from Marju’s 2YO Group winner Burning Sands, is Snitzel’s fifth 2YO winner this season.

Hussterical, a full sister to stakeswinner Lady Jivago, was bought by Darby Racing for $90,000 from Arrowfield’s consignment at the the 2015 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale. From the second and final crop of Beneteau, she is out of the winning Hussonet mare Hussterics, a member of the celebrated Easy Date family of Snippets, Forensics, Rewaaya, Sharnee Rose & Not A Single Doubt.

Less than 18 hours later at Randwick, Scarlet Rain (by Manhattan Rain) sealed a Golden Slipper campaign with an easy victory over 1000 metres. Her superior gate speed allowed her to cross the field from barrier 8 to take up a lead she extended in the straight, while Twist Tops (by Beneteau) boxed on well for second, with the fast-finishing Prized Icon third. 

It was Scarlet Rain’s second win following her successful debut for the Waterhouse/Darby Racing combination at Rosehill on 2 January. She is Manhattan Rain’s second winner, after Speeding Comet (also from a Hussonet mare) in Perth, from only four juvenile runners this season.

Scarlet Rain is the first foal of the 2YO city winner Double Ranga (by Exceed and Excel) and, like Hussterical, is an Arrowfield graduate. Darby Racing paid $100,000 for her at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Earlier this month on the Gold Coast Robert Roulston paid $110,000 for the Starcraft-Double Ranga colt, while the Snitzel-Hussterics colt comes up next month in Arrowfield’s draft for the Inglis Classic Sale.

Stepitup named Singapore Horse of the Year

Arrowfield added another Horse of the Year to its graduate roll on Thursday evening when Stepitup won the Singapore Turf Club’s most prestigious award for 2015. He was also voted last season’s Champion Older Horse.

The ultra-competitive 6YO gelding has been among Singapore’s stars since the beginning of his career in 2013, when he was named Champion 3YO after winning eight of his 11 starts that year, including the Singapore Guineas Sgp-1 and three other domestic Group races.

By his standards Stepitup had a quieter season in 2014, winning only one of his 11 runs, and placing in the Singapore Derby, Patrons’ Bowl & Raffles Cup, all carrying Sgp-1 status.

Transferred to the care of champion trainer Laurie Laxon at the end of 2014, he returned in defiant form last year to win six of his 12 starts from March to November. That campaign concluded with possibly his best ever performances, in the first two legs of the Singapore Triple Crown series, the Kranji Mile Sgp-1 and his second Raffles Cup.

Watch Stepitup’s 2015 Kranji Mile Sgp-1 victory.

His career tally of 15 wins from 1000m-2000m, eight placings and $S2.4 million from 34 starts accurately measures the class and versatility he has consistently displayed for his owner, the Tivic Stable.

The source of those qualities is easy to find. Bred by Arrowfield in partnership with John Leaver’s Planette Thoroughbred, Stepitup is by champion sire Hussonet out of the grand racemare Ain’t Seen Nothin’ (Nothin’ Leica Dane-Icecapade by Genghiz). She was a $20,000 Inglis Classic yearling buy for trainer Barbara Joseph who managed her 8-win, $614,000 three-season career including three Listed Race successes, and a third in Mummify’s 2003 MRC Underwood S. G1. 

A $460,000 purchase by Badger’s Bloodstock from the 2005 Inglis Broodmare Sale, Ain’t Seen Nothin’ has given the Arrowfield roster outstanding support, leaving six winners to four stallions, including dual stakeswinner Ain’tnofallenstar (by Starcraft) and Group 3 & Listed winner Bachman (by All American), as well as Stepitup.

Ain’t Seen Nothin’s 3YO son Zolotoi (by Starcraft) has been placed this season from the Adelaide stable of Mark Minervini. She also has a yearling filly by All American and a 2015 filly by Dundeel.

Stepitup is the fourth national Horse of the Year raised at Arrowfield, after Lankan Rupee (Australian Horse of the Year, 2014; bred & raced by Teeley Assets); Weekend Hussler (Australian Horse of the Year, 2008; bred & sold by Arrowfield in partnership with Jungle Pocket Pty Ltd); and Makybe Diva (Australian Horse of the Year, 2005 & 2006; reared for Tony Santic).

Stepitup, bought by Cliff Brown for $90,000, is one of six stakeswinners from Arrowfield’s spectacular 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier consignment which also produced Group 1 winner Snitzerland (bought for $125,000), Group 2 winners Flying Snitzel ($25,000) & Honorine ($80,000) and Listed winners Smoko ($75,000) & Road Trippin’ ($22,500).

This year in Melbourne Arrowfield will offer 21 yearlings including three fillies & three colts from the first crop of international champion racehorse Animal Kingdom.

Manhattan Rain delivers on Promise

A smart maiden winner by Manhattan Rain promises to give him another runner in a major Classic over the next couple of months.

Trainer Moira Murdoch has held a good opinion of Promise To Reign for some time now and the 3YO filly justified her confidence with a strong win over 1600m at Te Rapa in New Zealand.

Watch Promise To Reign’s win at Te Rapa.

Promise To Reign was a $270,000 purchase from Arrowfield’s 2014 Inglis Easter draft by John Foote for Brendan & Jo Lindsay and has been handled with all the patience required to develop an Oaks filly.

Murdoch indicated after Wednesday’s win that the $300,000 New Zealand Oaks G1 on 19 March was the filly’s main target this Autumn, with the Sir Tristram Fillies Classic G2 on 13 February her most likely next start.

Promise To Reign was bred by Matt & Jo Cloros and Arrowfield from the winning El Prado mare Certain Promise, a full sister to French Group 1 winner Spanish Moon and Royal Ascot Group 2 winner Spanish Sun. There’s plenty of top-class European middle-distance form in the pedigree, most notably contributed by Flintshire whose gallant Arc second earned him an international rating of 123, surpassed only by Golden Horn & Treve among the world’s best 2400-metre turf performers of 2015.

Certain Promise has a 2YO colt by Smart Missile in the Star Thoroughbreds stable, a yearling filly by Animal Kingdom for this year’s Inglis Easter Sale and a filly foal by Smart Missile.

Manhattan Rain has already shown he’s capable of leaving serious Classic contenders including Moonovermanhattan (Moonee Valley Vase G2), Light Up Manhattan (4th, Victoria Derby G1), Man of Choice (2nd, Spring Champion S. G1), Manapine & Crafty.  However, he was classy enough himself to win at Group 1 level at two, then run second in the Cox Plate at three and he’s building a similar range of achievement as a sire.  

His 4YO daughter Wild Rain is something of a 1000-metre specialist, winning in Melbourne Listed company at that distance and finding only Husson Eagle too strong for her in the 1100-metre Magic Millions Sprint on 9 January. The Mick Price-trained 3YO gelding Twisting Typhoon showed similar zip when winning his debut at Sandown on 2 December, followed a month later by a Saturday third placing over 1200m at Moonee Valley.

Manhattan Rain has also had two city winners, both of them Arrowfield graduates, from four 2YO starters this season: Darby Racing’s filly Scarlet Rain (ex Double Ranga) who lines up again at Randwick this Saturday, and Speeding Comet (ex Brazen Hussey), first & second in his two starts in Perth.

These performances have not been lost on buyers who paid an average of $123,333 – almost five times his 2013 fee – for six lots by the son of Encosta de Lago at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. All but one were sold in Book 1 and four of them made $130,000 (2 lots), $160,000 and $230,000.

That top price of $230,000 was achieved by Turangga Farm for their filly out of Convene, a half-sister to Group 1 winner Headway. She was purchased by Shadwell Australasia; other Manhattan Rain yearling buyers included Gai Waterhouse (trainer of Scarlet Rain) & Julian Blaxland, and Lindsay Park Racing.

Manhattan Rain is also proving a valuable outcross option because, unlike his illustrious big brother Redoute’s Choice, he does not have Danehill or Danzig in his pedigree. Mares by stallions from that dominant line have already left Group 2 winner Moonovermanhattan, Group 1-placed Man Of Choice, stakeswinner Manapine, stakes-placed Manhattan Avenue & Right Or Wrong and city winners Boundary, Long Face Grace, Manna Trust & Scarlet Rain.

Manhattan Rain has 8 lots catalogued for the Inglis Classic Sale including two colts & a filly in the Arrowfield draft, and three fillies and two colts in the Inglis Melbourne Premier catalogue, among them Arrowfield’s daughter of Group-placed city winner Simply Put.

New record price for Not A Single Doubt

It’s tempting to say that Not A Single Doubt’s new status as a boom sire has been conferred belatedly, because he’s been one of our most valuable and consistent sires for several seasons. 

That said, he was initially something of a “slow burn” and, for a stallion renowned for getting precocious, readymade athletes, he was surprisingly tardy to post his first stakeswinners. His first-crop representative Doubtful Jack was almost four when he won the VRC Winter Championship Final LR in July 2010 and a month later 3YO Squamosa became his first Group winner.

Then his brilliant third-crop daughter Karuta Queen appeared, to waltz away with the 2011 Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR and launch her $1.8 million career. It was as if the cork had popped out of the bottle, and Not A Single Doubt’s winners and stakeswinners have been flowing ever since.

He was 18th on the 2011 General Sires’ Premiership table, 13th two years later and last season cracked the top 10 with prizemoney of $7,014,757. This season he’s lengthened stride again and is already on $5.1 million, little more than $400,000 behind the deceased Street Cry and almost the same margin ahead of champion sire Fastnet Rock.

On the winners & wins list, Not A Single Doubt holds a clear lead with 91 winners of 125 races, ahead of Fastnet Rock, Written Tycoon, Lonhro & Choisir. He hit top gear in the Carnival period of October & November with 46 winners of 53 races including five new stakeswinners: Good Project (WATC Railway S. G1) & Let It Slip in Perth, and Secret Agenda, Don’t Doubt Mamma & his 11th juvenile stakeswinner, Jackson, all in Melbourne.

Not bad for a stallion that stood his first six seasons at a fee of $13,750 inc. GST! He is also mastering the sometimes difficult trick of lifting his game with the commerically appealing mares a higher fee usually commands. Not A Single Doubt’s two crops conceived on a fee of $24,750 inc. GST are now two and three and they have already thrown up 49 winners, six stakeswinners & six other stakes performers. 

His fee was raised again, to $33,000 inc. GST in 2013. but on the evidence of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, breeders who have used Not A Single Doubt at that level have nothing to worry about.

He had twenty-six lots sold in Books 1 & 2 for an average of $191,730 and Arrowfield’s stunning filly from Miss Sharapova smashed his previous sale record of $380,000 when she was knocked down to Tim Stakemire for $650,000. A few hours later, Twin Palms sold their filly out of Street ‘Em Sheila for $400,000 to Boomer Bloodstock.

In all, Not A Single Doubt had 10 lots sell for $200,000 or more and posted a median price of $160,000. Buyers included trainers Gai Waterhouse, Gerald Ryan, Tony Gollan, Mick Price, Robbie Griffiths, Lee & Anthony Freedman and Nick Olive; agents Blue Sky Bloodstock & Belmont Bloodstock; and international owners Shadwell Australasia, Sun Bloodstock, David Ellis & the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Not A Single Doubt’s 30 stakeswinners, headed by Miracles Of Life & Good Project, another 20 stakes performers and his 67% winners/runners strike rate all signal that he’s a fixed star, not a fleeting comet among Australian sires. As he hunts the coveted No. 1 spot on the General premiership, it’s also clear that his own constellation is far from completed yet.

Not A Single Doubt has six lots catalogued for next month’s Inglis Classic Sale, including Arrowfield’s grand-daughter of Group 1 winner Macedon Lady. Arrowfield will also offer a full brother to stakes-placed Perth winner Make Your Move and Hong Kong winner Winning Novel among Not A Single Doubt’s 7 lots for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.  

All American's message heard at Magic Millions

The message delivered by All American’s early season 2YOs was heeded by the buyers who paid an average of almost $80,000 – around 5 times his 2013 fee – for his six yearlings at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Top price of $160,000 was paid by Cook Bloodstock and Henderson Racing & Breeding for Arrowfield’s quality filly out of Lahana, a daughter of Hussonet and champion filly Alinghi.

Belmont Bloodstock’s bid of $95,000 secured a colt bred on the same cross, out of city-winning juvenile Illusionary. Also offered by Arrowfield, he’s a full brother to the very talented Invisible whose Australian career was cut short by serious injury, from the family of Group winners Chase The Rainbow, Ms Funovits & Sonic Quest.

Syndicator Darby Racing bought two lots by All American, including Rheinwood Pastoral’s $85,000 half-brother to Listed winner So Anyway, from Addictive (by Flying Spur).

The champion stable of David Hayes & Tom Dabernig is the new home of the Gibraltar Moon colt, a close relation of Group winner Bachman. He was an $80,000 purchase by Dalziel Racing & Lindsay Park Racing from the draft of Queensland vendor Aquis Farm.

A trio of city-winning juveniles, Rampage (also 3rd, Inglis Nursery LR), Yankee Rose & Yankee Express have raised All American’s profile this season and shot him into the top 10 on the Australian 2YO Sires’ list.

Given All American’s Danehill-free pedigree, it’s no surprise to see him proving to be an effective outcross for mares carrying the supersire’s DNA. Bachman, Rampage and Yankee Express are all out of mares by Danehill sons, and Invisible’s grand-dam is by Redoute’s Choice.

However, All American has also done well with daughters of End Sweep, Hussonet, Unbridled’s Song & Xaar from the Mr. Prospector sireline, and Vice Regent’s sons Deputy Minister & Regal Classic.

The Group 1-winning son of Red Ransom has a strong group of 13 yearlings catalogued for next month’s Inglis Classic Sale, including colts from Listed winner Stormy Miss & Group winner Sylvaner, a colt from a Hussonet daughter of Group 1 winner Honor Lap, and two fillies and a colt out of Redoute’s Choice mares.

Snitzel tops Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale

Snitzel made headlines for all the right reasons at the first premier auction of the 2016 yearling sales season, the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

He supplied three of the Sale’s seven million-dollar yearlings, a group headed by Strawberry Hill’s $1.6 million colt from stakes-winning juvenile Mirror Mirror, already the dam of Group 1-placed stakeswinner No Looking Back, by Snitzel’s sire Redoute’s Choice. Monte Rosa, an Arrowfield mare from the same family, has already produced Group 1 winner Snitzerland to Snitzel. 

Damion Flower’s Jadeskye Racing and trainer Gerald Ryan – key players in Snitzel’s racing career and many of his winning progeny – signed for the Mirror Mirror colt.

Arrowfield was the vendor of the other two million-dollar lots by Snitzel, the brother to Group 1 winner Sweet Idea, knocked down to New Zealand agent Dean Hawthorne for $1.1 million, and the colt from dual stakeswinner Nocturnelle, a $1 million purchase by agent James Harron. 

Arrowfield has taken a 25 per cent share of the Flidais colt who will be trained by John, Michael & Wayne Hawkes.

This trio of colts take Snitzel’s record of million-dollar sellers to seven, following his pair of 2015 Inglis Easter Sale-toppers, stakes-placed city-winner Sooboog and Group 1 winner Wandjina.   

Snitzel’s 48 lots sold from Book 1 achieved an average price of $329,688, more than 7 times his 2013 fee of $45,000, and bettered only by Exceed And Excel among sires with 3 or more lots sold. 

Most pleasing though were the individual results achieved by breeders and the consistency of the demand for Snitzel’s first offering in 2016. His lowest price in Book 1 was $80,000 and 25 made $250,000 or more.

The $780,000 received for two colts offered in the Sale’s first hour was a particularly notable result for long-time leading Queensland breeders the McAlpine family of Eureka Stud. The $500,000 paid by Spendthrift Australia for their Air’s Precious colt is the Stud’s best sale-ring result in more than eight decades of thoroughbred breeding.

Other vendors to post $400,000 or better for at least one Snitzel yearling were Amarina Farm, Burnewang North Pastoral, Element Hill, Fig Tree Thoroughbreds, Mill Park, Widden & Yarraman Park Studs. 

The Magic Millions buyers of Snitzel’s yearlings are a who’s who of local and international agents, owners, trainers & syndicators, among them Gai Waterhouse & Julian Blaxland (6 lots), China Horse Club (5 lots), Jadeskye & Gerald Ryan (3 lots), John Foote (3 lots, two with Tony Gollan), Belmont Bloodstock, Hong Kong Jockey Club, James Harron & Paul Perry (two lots each). 

Their judgment is likely to look even better in a few months’ time. Almost two-thirds of the 67 Australian Group & Listed stakes race wins by Snitzel’s progeny have come in the second half of the season, from February to July. That includes all but one of their 7 Group 1 victories – the exception being Shamus Award’s 2013 Cox Plate success.