Group 1 success for Single Gaze

Single Gaze brought up multiple milestones when she scored a decisive victory in Saturday’s $500,000 ATC Vinery Stud (Storm Queen) S. 2000m G1, beating New Zealand Group 1 winner Valley Girl & Happy Hannah.

The diminutive filly is the fourth individual Group 1 winner – and the third this season alone – for the high-flying Not A Single Doubt, Australia’s current leading active sire with earnings of $8,533,125.

Single Gaze is also the first Group 1 winner prepared by well-regarded Canberra trainer Nick Olive, whose joy lit up the Rosehill mounting yard after the race.

He said, “I’m numb, I’m absolutely numb. It’s every trainer’s dream to win a Group 1 and it’s funny, I’ve just been so relaxed all week and came here today so confident… She’s just a top filly, she keeps stepping up to the mark and just such a gutsy little filly. She’s such a tough filly and everything she does, she just improves.”

Single Gaze’s impressive $90,638 earnings per start is thanks largely to her lucrative placings in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic and this year’s Magic Millions Guineas. However, eleven of her 13 starts have been in Group & Listed company against both sexes and she has won or placed in seven of them. That’s the mark of a very good filly indeed.

Single Gaze’s win is a special success for Jamie, Fiona & Dimity Middleton of Redbank North who bred her with Arthur Mountier, Albert Tory, Wayne Oxford & Mark Cullen and sold for $70,000 to Nick Olive at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Redbank North and Mr Oxford retained a share in her ownership.

And, of course, Single Gaze has considerably enhanced the value of her city-winning dam Redaluca’s Gaze (by Intergaze), her weanling half-brother by So You Think and her full sibling due in October.

Not A Single Doubt has ten stakeswinners of 16 Group & Listed Races this term, but only two yearlings on offer at the Inglis Easter Sale. Yarraman Park & Arrowfield Studs can expect to be very busy parading the daughter of stakeswinner Royal Commands (Lot 46) & the son of Group 2 winner Colorado Claire (Lot 240).

All American to stand in Western Australia

All American will stand in Western Australia this coming Spring, following his sale to Eddie Rigg’s Geisel Park Stud, about 150 km south of Perth.

The Group 1-winning son of Red Ransom joined the Arrowfield roster in 2010 and is currently fifth on the Australian 2YO Sires’ list with prizemoney of more than $900,000.

That’s largely thanks to the very talented Yankee Rose, two-time winner in Sydney and runner-up in last Saturday’s Golden Slipper G1, and Rampage, a winner at Moonee Valley and stakes-placed in Sydney.

All American has also been represented recently by Bachman, a Group winner in Sydney at two, who returned this season with a first-up win in Sydney followed by Listed Race success on the Gold Coast. Other city-winning progeny of All American this season include Tender, American Star,  All Eights and 2YO debut winner Yankee Express.

All American’s trainer David Hayes  looks back warmly on the horse who defeated champion So You Think in the 2009 VRC Emirates S. G1.

“All American had the physique of a three-year-old miler yet was one of my fastest and most precocious two-year-olds. He trained on to beat the world champion at four and he retired as sound as he raced. My vet never saw him and I wish I had another one like him.”

All American’s introductory service fee at Geisel Park has been set at $10,000 + GST, with 15 Earlybird nominations available at $7,000 +GST.

Tribute to Champion Sire Hussonet

Champion sire Hussonet, responsible for 30 Group 1 winners among 96 lifetime stakeswinners, died at Cornerstone Stud, South Australia on Monday morning.

The 25-year-old son of Mr. Prospector leaves an imposing stud record in Chile and Australia, and son & daughters creating a wonderful legacy in both countries.

Hussonet was bred by Peter Brant & Julian Schnabel from the 1987 Champion US 3YO Filly Sacahuista, the grand-daughter of a sister to US Hall of Famer Shuvee and later the dam of Group 1 winner & sire Ekraar. 

Trained by Bill Mott for Sheikh Mohammed, Hussonet achieved the modest status of stakes-placed winner on the racetrack, but proved a spectacular success at stud, winning seven premierships in Chile before his purchase by Arrowfield Stud in 2003. He stood seven seasons at Arrowfield before his 2010 sale to Cornerstone.

His ten Australian-bred crops of racing age have produced the winners of more than $53 million, including 36 stakeswinners headed by six Group 1 winners: Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler, Eagle Falls (MRC Oakleigh Plate G1), Gold Trail (ARC Railway H. G1), Hong Kong stars Glorious Days & Contentment and MRC Blue Diamond S. G1 winner Reaan, as well as multiple Singapore domestic Group 1 winner Stepitup.

Given that Hussonet’s progeny tend to improve with age, the runners to come from his last few crops, his sire sons Husson, Host & Rios and his excellent broodmare daughters (49 stakeswinners, including 10 Group 1 winners), his record is well short of final. 

Arrowfield Chairman John Messara says, “Hussonet was probably the most left-field stallion purchase Arrowfield has ever made – even I took some persuasion to consider a Champion Sire from Chile! However, when I analysed South American racing, his performance and his pedigree more closely, I realised he was something special.

“His very significant contribution to Australian breeding and racing remains evident this season, when he’s been represented by Hong Kong Group 1 winner Contentment & Singapore Horse of the Year Stepitup, and as a damsire by 2YO Group winner Honesty Prevails, Listed winner Selenia and, of course, the Blue Diamond winner Extreme Choice.  He’s also the damsire of our exciting new stallion Panzer Division.

 “From all of us at Arrowfield, thank you Hussonet for a great job well & truly done.”

Stakeswinner No. 33 for Not A Single Doubt

Six weeks ago Southern Legend was still a maiden. On Golden Slipper Saturday at Rosehill, he won his third consecutive race, the $125,000 ATC Sebring Darby Munro S. 1200m LR.

That rapid ascension to stakes-winning status signals a seriously progressive horse. As his jockey Tim Clark said, “He’s got a will to win. That was a big step up today and he handled it well.”

Bred & sold by Corumbene Stud, Southern Legend is the third foal of Donna’s Appeal (by Carnegie), a city-winning daughter of 2YO stakeswinner Donna Natalia, from the family of Group 1 winner & Group 1 sire Charge Forward.

Purchased for $280,000 by Neville Begg & Carmel Size from the 2014 Inglis Easter Sale, the 3YO gelding is owned by K. K. Ho and prepared at Randwick by veteran trainer Les Bridge, who indicated his latest star would now head to the spelling paddock.

Corumbene has retained Southern Legend’s two younger siblings, 2YO gelding Treviso (by Snitzel) and a yearling filly named Maxima (by Choisir). Donna’s Appeal is in foal to Not A Single Doubt, who has now left two stakeswinners to mares by Sadler’s Wells sons, and South African Group winner Castlethorpe to a Sadler’s Wells mare. 

Southern Legend is Not A Single Doubt’s 33rd stakeswinner, and his 10th this season. In fact, the son of Redoute’s Choice has posted six winners of seven Group & Listed Races since 1 February:  G1 & G3 winner Extreme Choice, G3 winners Don’t Doubt Mamma & Single Gaze and Listed winners Let It Slip, Selenia and now Southern Legend.

Street Cry and Written Tycoon have knocked him off the top spot on the General & 2YO Sires’ tables, but Not A Single Doubt is still the leading sire of 3YOs by earnings ($2,960,353), winners (39), wins (57), stakeswinners (5) & stakes wins (7).

Zamzam wins Valley Pearl for Shadwell

Shadwell Stud’s splendid record with the progeny of Redoute’s Choice was extended on Friday evening when 2YO filly Zamzam won the $120,000 MVRC Valley Pearl 1200m LR.

It was a strong performance by Zamzam, three weeks after her Blue Diamond G1 third, because she had to chase hard on a Soft7 track to catch and overhaul Legless Veuve by a half-neck with Gloriette third, more than 3 lengths away. 

Watch Zamzam win the MVRC Valley Pearl (St Albans S.) LR.

Zamzam is the third 2YO, following Honesty Prevails & Thyme For Roses, among her champion sire’s 11 worldwide stakeswinners this season, and his 32nd lifetime juvenile stakeswinner.  She also takes his lifetime tally of stakeswinners to 129.

Bred by S F Bloodstock, Zamzam was purchased for $920,000 by Shadwell from the Newgate Farm draft at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale. Her dam Fleur De’Here (by Dehere) is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Tully Thunder, from the family of international Group 1 winners Roman Emperor (Australia), Glorious Days (Hong Kong) & Black Mamba (United States). Fleur De’Here has a weanling filly by Fastnet Rock and is in foal to Snitzel.

Shadwell, Sheikh Hamdan’s racing manager & buyer Angus Gold, and trainers David Hayes & Tom Dabernig have all made a significant contribution to the career of Redoute’s Choice. Other Shadwell stars include Group 1 winners Majmu and Nadeem, Group winners El Daana & Shaaheq and Group 1 performers Rawnaq & Reemah – all of them, except the Mike de Kock-trained Majmu, prepared by Lindsay Park Racing.

Seven fillies and 17 colts by Redoute’s Choice are catalogued for next month’s Inglis Easter Sale, including two fillies and six colts in the Arrowfield draft.

Arrowfield graduates top Hong Kong Sale

The only two Arrowfield graduates in Friday evening’s Hong Kong International Sale have topped the results of the auction, which grossed $HK100.5 million, 5.9% up on last year’s figure, for 24 lots. 

The top price of $HK8.5 million ($1,455,479) was paid by businessman Liu Yu Wen for the athletic 3YO Starcraft gelding out of Top Cuban, bred by Paul Favretto & Paul Rowe and sold by Arrowfield for $360,000 at the 2014 Inglis Easter Sale. 

This is the all-time highest price for any progeny of Starcraft, and the second-highest price ever achieved at the Hong Kong Sale.

A full brother to Group 3 winner Havana, the gelding’s appeal has been enhanced by the recent outstanding performances of another Arrowfield-sold son of Starcraft. That’s Blizzard, unplaced in Sunday evening’s Hong Kong Derby HK-1,  but otherwise a top-three finisher in 11 of his 15 starts for earnings of $HK7.7 million.

Top Cuban has an impressive Redoute’s Choice colt catalogued as Lot 113 in Arrowfield’s draft for this year’s Inglis Easter Sale.

Ho Ka Kui Boniface paid the Sale’s second-highest price of $HK7 million ($1,198,630) for the 2YO colt by Manhattan Rain from La Bamba.

A half-brother to Hong Kong star Inspiration & Australian Guineas G1 winner Wandjina, he was a $700,000 purchase from Arrowfield’s offering at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale.  La Bamba’s yearling filly by Snitzel has been retained by the Stud.

Arrowfield will offer another superbly bred Manhattan Rain colt as Lot 233 at next month’s Easter Sale. He’s out of  Charming Estelle, full sister to Australian Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee.

Three new stallions for Arrowfield

Arrowfield Stud has today announced the three exciting new stallions joining its 2016 Roster:  the multiple Group 1-winning sprinter-miler Real Impact, and Scissor Kick & Panzer Division, both Group-winning sons of Redoute’s Choice.

John Messara, Arrowfield’s Chairman, says, “These additions to the Arrowfield roster reflect our twin strategies of sourcing effective international outcrosses for Australian breeders while still pursuing the strongest branches of the Danehill sire-line.

“We are delighted to secure a top-drawer son of Japan’s dominant sire Deep Impact that has demonstrated his racing class in Australian conditions, against our best milers. Scissor Kick and Panzer Division offer all the physical, genetic and racing attributes required to build the Redoute’s Choice legacy, alongside Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt, and to fill the gap left by Beneteau.”

REAL IMPACT (Deep Impact -Tokio Reality by Meadowlake)
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Real Impact, by the great Deep Impact, was already established as one of Japan’s best milers before coming to Australia last season to contest The Championships. His two Australian starts yielded a tremendous first-up win in the Group 1 ATC George Ryder Stakes defeating Criterion. He was then a brave, but luckless second in the Group 1 ATC Doncaster starting from Barrier 18 and giving 4kg to the winner Kermadec. 

Real Impact displayed his ability early in the world breeding and racing powerhouse of Japan.  From three starts at two, he won sensationally on debut and was twice second in Group 1 and Group 2 company – beaten only by Japan’s Champion 2YO Colt Grand Prix Boss. At just his sixth race start he won the Group 1 Tokyo Yasuda Kinen over 1600 metres in a staggering 1:32 flat, the first 3YO ever to win the race, rated among the World’s Best Group One Races.

Awarded a Timeform rating of 124, Real Impact retired to stud with five wins, five placings and $5.6 million prizemoney and is currently serving his first book of mares at Shadai Stallion Station.

SCISSOR KICK (Redoute’s Choice-Back Pass by Quest For Fame)
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Scissor Kick was an impressive juvenile winner before establishing himself among Australia’s best colts in a stellar 3YO season. In the Spring he won the ATC Rosebud H. 1200m LR, then defeated Panzer Division and Shooting To Win in the ATC Up and Coming S. 1300m G3.  At his next start he was a narrow and game second to Hallowed Crown in the Group 1 Golden Rose over 1400m after a torrid four-wide trip, and again defeating Shooting To Win.

Scissor Kick’s Autumn 3YO campaign began with success in the ATC Eskimo Prince S. 1200mG3, beating subsequent Group 1 winners Delectation and Kermadec. After a brief let-up due to a virus, he then joined Dissident, Wandjina & Chautauqua to complete the top four, with Group 1 winners Terravista and Lucky Hussler among the beaten brigade, in the ATC All Aged S. G1, rated Australia’s best 1400-metre race over the past three years.
 
As an exceptionally handsome and very fast son of dominant sire of sires Redoute’s Choice (Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt, Stratum, Beneteau, etc), Scissor Kick is a desirable asset for any stallion roster.  However, he significantly also hails from the sire-producing female family of Danehill’s leading European son Dansili, the sire of over 100 stakeswinners and 19 Group 1 winners.

PANZER DIVISION (Redoute’s Choice-Desert Fight by Hussonet)
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Panzer Division progressed from an impressive debut 2YO win to Group 3 success over 1400m at Randwick as a Spring 3YO defeating Caulfield Guineas winner Shooting To Win.  At only his fourth career start he was fifth in the weight-for-age ATC George Main S. 1600m G1 to Sacred Falls and Royal Descent.

That performance earned him a Timeform rating of 120 and his Autumn prospects looked bright, but injury forced an end to his career.  He nonetheless defeated the likes of Group 1 winners Boban, Lucia Valentina and Delectation in a career that spanned just seven starts.

Trainer Paul Messara says, “Panzer Division is close to the perfect thoroughbred horse on conformation and presence, he’s a stunning individual.   He also had a huge amount of ability and we had high aspirations for him, but his career was cut short by injury in the Hobartville Stakes.”

Panzer Division is out of dual Group 1 winner Desert Fight, Champion 2YO Filly in Chile, by champion sire Hussonet, also a leading broodmare sire of Blue Diamond G1 winner Extreme Choice (by Not A Single Doubt) and champion filly Majmu (by Redoute’s Choice).

The 2016 service fees for the Arrowfield roster, including Real Impact, Scissor Kick & Panzer Division, will be announced on Monday 11 April.  For more information please contact Jon Freyer, Andy Williams or Peter Jenkins.

 

28th Group 1 winner for Redoute's Choice

Peeping’s Coolmore Classic victory at Rosehill on Saturday was a major milestone for everyone involved with the 4YO mare.

She is the 28th Group 1 winner, and first winner of the race for her champion sire Redoute’s Choice, and a new home-bred Group 1 winner for Tom Kelly and his family’s famous Newhaven Park Stud.

Watch Peeping win the ATC Coolmore Classic G1.

Arrowfield’s own home-bred filly Alverta (by Flying Spur) won the race in 2010 and almost four months later franked the form with a sensational third in the Newmarket July Cup G1.

Peeping also gave Sam Clipperton, her jockey throughout her 14-start, six-win career, his first success at the elite level. That was the icing on the cake for her astute and popular trainer Ron Quinton, who has mentored Clipperton for the past seven years.

It was Ron’s third Group 1 win after Easy Rocking (2000 VRC Salinger S. G1) & Bulla Borghese (2002 VRC Oaks G1), and his first Group 1 success in Sydney, where he won eight senior jockey premierships between 1970 and 1984.

Peeping’s success completed a Group race double on the day for Redoute’s Choice, whose 2YO daughter Thyme For Roses took out the VRC TBV Thoroughbred Breeders’ S. G3 at Flemington, becoming his 128th stakeswinner.

The great son of Danehill now has no fewer than 14 Group race doubles and a pair of trebles to his credit, eight of them involving a Group 1 winner.

Peeping’s talent has been evident since her debut win at Hawkesbury in September 2014. Four starts later she won the ATC Darby Munro S. LR and last Spring added the ATC Golden Pendant G2.

Her third behind the outstanding mare Solicit in the ATC Guy Walter S. G2 two weeks ago indicated that she was ready to tackle Group 1 distaff company, with the only doubt being how she might handle 1500 metres for the first time.

“With no trouble at all”, was the answer. Peeping jumped from gate 9 but Clipperton quickly found the perfect slot in clear air behind the early leaders, and timed her run perfectly, to get the better of the ever-gallant Solicit in the final 100 metres, and hold out runner-up Azkadellia, with Lucia Valentina fourth.

Peeping’s 14-start career has garnered almost $900,000 from six wins and five placings, and may now seek a second Group 1 success in the $1 million Queen of the Turf Stakes over 1600 metres on the the second day of The Championships, 9 April.

Peeping is the first foal of the very good dual Group 2-winning mare Miss Marielle (by Encosta de Lago), also a half-sister to Group 2 winner Eurozone.

The Redoute’s Choice/Encosta de Lago cross has produced four other stakeswinners from 27 runners, including Group 1 2YO winner Musir, and Beneteau, whose 19% Stakes Performers/Runners statistic as a sire has enlarged the gap left by his early death.

The catalogue for next month’s Inglis Easter Sale includes two yearlings bred the same way, Newhaven Park’s filly out of stakes-placed winner Fashion, and Element Hill’s colt from Fume Blanc, a three-quarter sister to Group winner One Last Dance.

In all, Redoute’s Choice has 24 Easter Sale yearlings, among them six colts and two fillies in the Arrowfield consignment.

Thyme for champion sire's 31st 2YO stakeswinner

Star juveniles are a bright thread in the tapestry of Redoute’s Choice’s career and a pair of fillies have added their own sparkle to the fabric this season.

Arrowfield graduate Honesty Prevails saluted in the ATC Widden S. G3 on 30 January and on Saturday Thyme For Roses scored a strong win in the $150,000 VRC TBV Thoroughbred Breeders S. 1200m G3. 

Emphatically (by Not A Single Doubt) boxed on well to claim second and complete a father-son quinella, just ahead of Soviet Secret and Not A Single Doubt’s latest stakeswinner Selenia.

Watch Thyme For Roses win the VRC TBV Thoroughbred Breeders S. G3.

She is the 128th stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice and the 31st of his progeny to achieve that status at two. 

A debut winner at Warwick Farm back in October, Thyme For Roses has now earned $127,525 after four starts.

Gai Waterhouse’s Racing Manager Adrian Bott said, “She was very impressive. She was running away from them and it was a strong win.

“Gai trains her horses to get up on the speed and she was just too strong for them.”

Thyme For Roses is the first foal of the talented juvenile, two-time Group 3 and Magic Millions Classic winner Augusta Proud (by More Than Ready), and was bred by Kerry O’Brien and Gerard McConnal, who also raced her dam.  Augusta Proud is in foal to Snitzel.

Offered under the Broadwater Thoroughbreds banner at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, Thyme For Roses was knocked down at $450,000 to Waterhouse and US owner Jon Kelly. That partnership also bought Group 3-placed filly Slumber Party (by Snitzel) & debut winner Extra Olives (by Redoute’s Choice) from the Arrowfield draft at the same sale.

Few mares by More Than Ready have visited Redoute’s Choice, but all six of the resulting runners have won, five of them in city company. Arrowfield will offer the only yearling at next month’s Inglis Easter Sale bred this way, Lot 378, the filly out of Lator Gator.

Thyme For Roses and Honesty Prevails head a lively group of Redoute’s Choice juveniles this season with six winners so far, including Blue Diamond G1 third Zamzam, Group 2-placed Tale of Choice.

Along with his sons Not A Single Doubt (1st), Snitzel (3rd) and Beneteau (7th), the two-time Champion Sire of 2YOs has a firm family hold on the top of this season’s premiership table.

Single Gaze wins Arrowfield Classic

The Arrowfield roster had only one runner in Friday’s Illawarra TC Arrowfield Classic 1600m G3, the notably competitive and well-travelled filly Single Gaze.

The daughter of Not A Single Doubt turned out to be more than sufficient representation, as she fought off, then pulled away from her rivals to win the $200,000 Kembla Grange feature by almost a length from Dixie Blossoms, with Asinara third.

Single Gaze is Not A Single Doubt’s 32nd stakeswinner, his ninth this season and the fifth of his progeny to salute in black type company since 1 January.

Watch Single Gaze win the Arrowfield Classic G3
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That it was only her second win from 12 starts, yet took her earnings close to $900,000 is an indication of the company Single Gaze has been keeping since her winning debut as a 2YO at Rosehill in 2014, with Good Project third and Exosphere unplaced behind her.

In fact, all but two of her 11 starts before Friday were in Group & Listed races and she had placed in five of them, including the Black Opal S. G3 in Canberra and the Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR.

She was given a good spell after a busy juvenile season and did not return until December, opening her campaign in Sydney, then the Gold Coast, ahead of a top effort for second, only a length from Mahuta in the Magic Millions Guineas (R) LR.

That was her first run over 1400 metres and supported trainer Nick Olive’s feeling that Single Gaze would relish a mile, and possibly further.  The filly repeated the message when she split Ghisoni and Stay With Me in last month’s Surround S. G2, also over 1400 metres.

Olive said after Friday’s win, “She just tries her heart out every time. It was great to see her win again, she has been such a good filly for us.

“I have always had a massive opinion of her as a three-year-old filly and just great to see her break through again,

“She has given us the feeling that she would run a strong mile and maybe further and we will sit down and see where we go next.”

The $500,000 Vinery Stud S. G1 over 2000 metres at Rosehill on 26 March may well be her next start.

Single Gaze was bred by Redbank North’s Jamie Middleton with Arthur Mountier, Albert Tory, Wayne Oxford and Mark Cullen and sold for $70,000 to Nick Olive at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Redbank North and Mr Oxford have remained in the filly’s ownership.

Single Gaze is the third foal and third winner out of city winner Redaluca’s Gaze (by Intergaze), also dam of 2YO stakeswinner Le Val (by Snitzel) and a yearling colt by Commands sold for $280,000 at this year’s Magic Millions Sale. Redaluca’s Gaze is once again in foal to Not A Single Doubt.
 
Who has, thanks to Single Gaze and Unequivocal’s Bede Murray Provincial Championship Qualifier win, extended his lead on the General Sires’ table with prizemoney of $7.6 million, almost $340,000 ahead of Street Cry.