Stakes double for Not A Single Doubt

Fell Swoop and Into The Red delivered Not A Single Doubt’s second same-day, same-track stakes double this season with strong wins at Doomben on Saturday.

Few horses this season have deserved a Group success more than Fell Swoop who went into Saturday’s $200,000 BRC Victory S. 1200m G2 as a clear favourite after three tremendous Group 1 performances in the Oakleigh Plate, the Galaxy and Chautauqua’s T.J. Smith Stakes

Things didn’t go exactly to plan at Doomben, but Fell Swoop unwound in characteristically determined fashion to overhaul Didntcostalot with Artlee third.

A Group 2 win, and two Listed wins in Melbourne last September are the highights of his nine-win, 14-start, $1million-plus career, but success at the highest level is obviously within his capabilities. He is the horse to watch in next month’s Group 1 features, the BTC Cup on 14 May and the Doomben 10,000 a fortnight later.

Fell Swoop was bred by Lee Curtis and partners Mark Richards, Graham Singh & Paul Armstrong (who remain in his ownership), and sold to his trainer Matthew Dale for $45,000 at the 2013 Inglis Classic Sale.  The gelding’s dam is Touched In Flight (by Fasliyev), a descendant of  the wonderful New Zealand broodmare Simper, through her daughter Luminare.

Luminare won several races in Victoria in the 1930s for enterprising New Zealand owner-breeder Bill Hazlett, who regularly took teams of horses from his Southland base to compete in Australia. Luminare remained on this side of the Tasman and is also the ancestress of Group winners Radiant Blue, Crimson Cloud, Hula Wonder, Lemarque & Crimson Flight.

Into The Red’s third stakes win, in the $100,000 BRC Bribie H. 1050m LR, comes almost a year after his second black type success, in last May’s Ascot Handicap but there’s a good reason for the gap. The 5YO gelding was injured in a track gallop and has returned to racing after a seven-month paddock break and plenty of water-walking, with only a jumpout to tune him up.

Bred by Todd McKeon & partners, Into The Red was a $100,000 purchase by John Foote from Goodwood Farm’s draft at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.  He’s the best of the eight winners left by the unraced mare Red Sequin, a half-sister to the dam and grand-dam of a couple of top-liners, Champion New Zealand 2YO Maroofity and Champion Hong Kong Miler Beauty Flash.

Into The Red has now earned more than three times his purchase price with four wins and five placings for his trainer Kelso Wood and owners, Queensland property developer David Devine & his wife Diane, Mick Power, Neville Morgan & AFL legend Leigh Matthews. The same group raced another Kelso Wood star, Snitzel’s Group 1-winning son Sizzling.

Not A Single Doubt’s first same-day, same-track double came up at Ascot in Western Australia on 21 November, when Good Project won the Railway S. G1 and Let It Slip took out the Placid Ark S. LR. He had previously achieved a stakes treble, on 2 March 2013 when Petty Cury, My Ex Mate & Isabella Snowflake won at Ellerslie, Morphettville & Flemington.

It can be said with some confidence that Not A Single Doubt’s  $10.4 million prizemoney, earned principally by his 11 winners of 19 Group & Listed Races, has secured his second position on the 2015/16 Australian General Sires’ Premiership. The possibility that he may challenge the deceased Street Cry, in top spot with $12 million, will add plenty of interest to the final two months of the season.

Zac Spirit takes his second Lion City Cup

For six months now, Flying Spur has been on the brink of his 100th stakeswinner, while Traveston Girl (no. 99), Mahuta (no. 98) and Sacred Star (no. 93) have added further Group 2 & Group 3 successes and a pair of Listed wins to his record.

No. 92, Zac Spirit chimed in on Sunday evening with an exhilarating victory, in near-course record time of 1:08.45, in the $S800,000 Lion City Cup 1200m Sgp-1, the third leg of the Singapore  Sprint Series.

Watch Zac Spirit’s second Lion City Cup Sgp-1 victory.

The result was greeted with considerable emotion by trainer Cliff Brown who sent Zac Spirit back to Australia to recover after surgery for a knee chip found after his unplaced run in last year’s Krisflyer Sprint G1.

Brown said, “There was a lot of work to bring him back and that goes across the board…it’s a huge team effort.

“I thought he was too far back in the race, but when I saw him improve before the home turn, I was like ‘Crikey! He really is travelling!’

“It’s amazing what he’s done. He’s won the Lion City Cup two years ago and he’s won it again, after injury.”

It’s the 6YO gelding’s fifth Singapore black type win and came after only one lead-up run, on 3 April, when he dead-heated for second with Wimbledon (by Snitzel) in the Kranji Sprint Sgp-3, the first leg of the Sprint Series.

Zac Spirit was bred by Newhaven Park Stud & the late Colin Tidy and is raced by Andy & Genni Wong’s Zac Stable which also enjoyed success with his stakes-winning half-brother Zac Influence.

Named Singapore’s Champion Sprinter of 2014, Zac Spirit has now won or placed in 20 of his 22 starts for prizemoney of more than $S1.7 million. That’s more than ten times the $140,000 Brown paid for him at the 2011 Inglis Easter Sale.

His dam Kidman (by Quest for Fame) is a great-grand-daughter of Mr Tidy’s marvellous broodmare Summoned, dam of five-time Group 1 winner & sire Zeditave and four other Group winners. Kidman’s other descendants include Group 1 winners Melito, Greys Inn and Norzita, and Group 2 winner Jet Spur, also by Flying Spur.

Zac Spirit’s 3YO half-sister Always (by Manhattan Rain) won on debut in January for Newhaven Park & Helen Tidy, and his 2YO three-quarter brother Preferred (by Redoute’s Choice)  is yet to race for James Harron Bloodstock & partners. Kidman has a weanling filly by Redoute’s Choice and is in foal to Exceed And Excel.

Flying Spur, happily retired at Arrowfield since 2012, still has plenty of runners competing for him, but it’s most likely that his 100th stakeswinner will emerge from the 129 foals in his final two crops (current 3YOs & 4YOs) that have already raced.

A Phillip Stokes-trained 4YO mare down to contest Saturday’s SAJC City of Adelaide H. LR is Flying Spur’s best immediate chance to complete his century and it would be fitting if she did. Like her sire, Rationality carries the Arrowfield silks and she is a full sister to one of his very best performers, the three-time Group 1 winner Mentality.

Manhattan Rain's new Group performer

3YO colt Whisky Baron joined Manhattan Rain’s steadily growing list of stakes performers when he was runner-up, beaten less than a half-length, in Saturday’s Kenilworth Winter Guineas 1600m G3 in South Africa.

The race is the first leg of the Cape Winter Series that has unveiled several outstanding horses over the past decade, notably champion Pocket Power who won all three legs in 2006, the great miler Variety Club, and Power King, who progressed to win last year’s Durban July Handicap G1.

In this year’s Guineas, Whisky Baron launched what looked like a late winning challenge, but he was caught by the favourite Marinaresco, whose previous third in the 2000-metre Kenilworth Cape Derby G1 suggests he’ll relish the remaining two legs of the R1 million Series. Those races are the Winter Classic 1800m G3 on 21 May and the Winter Derby 2400m G3 on 25 June.

Whisky Baron, a $50,000 Craig Roscoe & Joey Ramsden purchase from Arrowfield’s 2014 Inglis Easter draft, broke his maiden in January and has been placed in his other five starts (all at Kenilworth) this season. He hasn’t raced beyond 1600 metres yet, but his pedigree offers good evidence that he’ll also be effective at longer distances.

His unraced dam Tazkara, by the dual Derby and Arc winner Sinndar, is a grand-daughter of Tashtiya (by Shergar), winner of the 1983 Ascot Princess Royal S. G3 over the equivalent of 2400 metres. All four of Tazkara’s Australian-bred foals to race have won, with Flying Force (by Flying Spur) already successful at 2200 metres.

Manhattan Rain’s own versatility as a racehorse is showing up in his stud record too. This season alone he has been represented by smart juveniles Scarlet Rain (3 wins inc. the ATC Sweet Embrace S. G2) & Speeding Comet (a stakes-placed winner in Perth), stakes-winning 4YO sprinter Wild Rain, Brisbane miler Right Or Wrong and 3YOs Man Of Choice & Promise To Reign, placed in Group 1 & Group 2 company over 2000 metres.

The son of Encosta De Lago now claims six stakeswinners and 10 other stakes performers from his first three crops, with nine of them successful or competitive at Group level.  

Group 1 start next for Mamma

It’s been a great month at home for enthusiastic Adelaide owner Peter Katelanis who cheered Into The Mist (by Redoute’s Choice) to her fourth victory at Morphettville on 16 April.

A week later at the same course, Peter’s 3YO filly Don’t Doubt Mamma (by Not A Single Doubt) rocketed past her rivals in the straight to snatch her third stakes win this season, in the $100,000 SAJC Redelva S. 1100m LR.

Watch Don’t Doubt Mamma’s Redelva S. LR win.

Like Into The Mist, Don’t Doubt Mamma is trained by Tony McEvoy who said of her, “She is a bit of class, and loves to win. She was coming back from an excellent second over 1400m at Flemington, and to be honest, I would have been happy to see her finish off the race and sneak into the placings.

“But she is just so good. Jason (Holder) had her in a striking position coming to the home turn and she just wound up to haul in the leaders and win going away.”

Don’t Doubt Mamma has now won five races and almost $400,000, and has made the first four in eleven of her 12 starts – the kind of record every owner hopes to experience at least once!

The filly’s next target is the $400,000 Robert Sangster S. G1 over 1200 metres at Morphettville on 7 May. The race was won last year by another classy daughter of Not A Single Doubt, Miracles Of Life.

Don’t Doubt Mamma (ex Coconut Mamma, by Fantastic Light from the celebrated Denise’s Joy family) was purchased privately as a yearling from Tyreel Stud by Blue Sky Bloodstock for Peter Katelanis, Peter Hunt, Andrew Lathlean & Darren Thomas. The same group also raced her year-older stakes-winning brother Risen From Doubt.

Peter is confident the best hasn’t yet been seen of their already valuable filly. He says, “I’m sure Don’t Doubt Mamma will keep improving and be at her best as a four-year-old.”

Unfortunately, Coconut Mamma was retired from breeding after delivering Don’t Doubt Mamma, her fourth foal. Coconut Mamma’s only other Australian-based daughter, Miss St Tropez (by Magnus) was purchased in 2011 by Blue Sky for Arrowfield, which also owned Denise’s Joy for the latter part of her breeding life. Miss St Tropez has a weanling filly by All American and is in foal to Animal Kingdom.

Don’t Doubt Mamma is one the 10 winners of 16 stakes races that have helped Not A Single Doubt to crack the $10 million mark in Australia this season, a figure exceeded only by the deceased Street Cry.

The son of Redoute’s Choice occupies the same position on the 2YO Sires’ table and heads the 3YO Sires’ list. That’s not too surprising because his 2012 and 2013 crops have supplied all but two of his ten current season stakeswinners, including Group 1 winners Extreme Choice (MRC Blue Diamond S. G1) & Single Gaze (ATC Vinery Stud S. G1). 

These two crops are the first of Not A Single Doubt’s progeny conceived on a fee above the $13,750 payable for his first six seasons at stud. That augurs very well indeed for what the mares sent to him in subsequent seasons, when his fee rose to $33,000 (2013-15) and now to $71,500, are likely to leave.

Snitzel filly makes stakes-winning debut

2YO filly Modern Wonder surprised everyone, includng her trainers, with her easy debut victory at double-figure odds in Saturday’s $100,000 SAJC Dequetteville S. 1050m LR.

Modern Wonder jumped well and settled comfortably just behind the early leader and second favourite Moshki, who led the field into the straight.

As the pressure came on, it was clear that Modern Wonder was travelling better than all her rivals. Jockey Stephen Baster’s urging was met with an instant response and she powered home to score by two lengths from Motown Lil and Neapolitan.

Watch Modern Wonder’s SAJC Dequetteville S. LR win.

Modern Wonder is the 38th stakeswinner for Snitzel and the 18th to score in stakes company at two. Snitzel leads the Australian 2YO Sires’ table by winners (14) and wins (19) and has added six new stakeswinners to his record since New Year’s Day, including dual Hong Kong Group 1 winner Sun Jewellery.  

Troy Corstens, who prepares the filly in partnership with his father Leon, admitted, “I didn’t expect her to win like that. Everything she’s done she’s shown that she’s above average. I think she might be a bit of a freak, actually.

“I always said she’d only have one run and then go to the paddock, but we’ll wait and see how she comes through it and what’s around.”

Closer analysis of the race confirm the brightness of Modern Wonder’s prospects. She returned fast closing sectional times of 56.86 for her last 1000 metres, 44.02 (last 800m), 33.53 (last 600m), and posted 22.81 for her last 200 metres.

Modern Wonder hails from the celebrated South Australian farm, Mill Park Stud which bred her with the Mill Thoroughbred Breeding Partnership and sold her for $175,000 to Malua Racing & Bahen Bloodstock at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. China Horse Club paid $420,000 for her full sister at this year’s Magic Millions Sale.

The fillies’ dam, Elusive Wonder (by Elusive Quality) was also a smart 2YO, winning on debut and finishing third in a Listed Race at her second start. Other recent members of this family, which descends from 1926 French Oaks winner Dorina, include Adelaide stakeswinner Liberty Rose and her son, the stakes-winning Perth sprinter Grand Jardin, by Snitzel’s sire Redoute’s Choice.

Modern Wonder is the sixth stakeswinner by Snitzel out of a mare by a grandson of Mr. Prospector, a group that includes Arrowfield graduates Sweet Idea and Oakleigh Girl.

130th stakeswinner for Redoute's Choice

Howard Be Thy Name brought up a fresh milestone for Redoute’s Choice when he out-gunned his rivals in Saturday’s $100,000 SAJC Port Adelaide Guineas 1800m LR.

Watch Howard Be Thy Name’s Port Adelaide Guineas LR win.

Jockey John Allen said, “He was really strong at the end. He’s a nice horse and he’s only going to improve on that for the Derby.”

The 3YO colt is the champion sire’s 130th stakeswinner and is now a fine prospect to become his next Group 1 winner, in next month’s $500,000 South Australian Derby.

Redoute’s Choice was also represented at Morphettville by Into The Mist who scored an easy fourth win for owner-breeder Peter Katelanis & his family, and trainer Tony McEvoy.  Already Group 3-placed, the 4YO mare looks capable of earning black-capital status in the near future.

Howard Be Thy Name has won or placed in all nine of his starts from the Darren Weir stable this season, hitting top gear since his maiden win at Ballarat on 27 January. That was followed by a close second in the Tasmanian Derby LR and a second win at Pakenham before his trip to Adelaide.

Bred by Watson Bloodstock, Howard Be Thy Name is the third foal of the very good Group 2-winning mare Bellini Rose (by Faltaat). He was offered under the Arrowfield banner at the 2014 Inglis Easter Sale but was passed in and is now raced by Eric Watson, Howard & Lisa Aldridge and the Weir stable. His unraced 2YO three-quarter sister Roseito (by Snitzel) is in training with Paul Messara.

Redoute’s Choice is enjoying a stellar season on the track and in the ring with 12 stakeswinners worldwide, among them his 28th Group 1 winner, and an average price of almost $440,000 for 36 lots sold across the two major Australian auctions, Magic Millions & Inglis Easter.

New Group performer for Smart Missile

The Phillip Stokes-trained filly Smart Manoeuvre has joined Sassy ‘N’ Smart and Smart Amelia to give Smart Missile three Group performers from his first crop – more than Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt at the same stage of their careers.

Smart Manoeuvre’s effort impressed because she had to circle the field round the home turn to put herself in contention and, although Tris had already pinched the winning break on the rail, Smart Manoeuvre found enough to challenge Ariaz (by Charge Forward) for second, missing by a head.

Watch Smart Manoeuvre’s 3rd in the SAJC Breeders’ S. G3.

Raced by a partnership including Mill Park Stud and her breeders Ray Bradmore and Wayne Raven, Smart Manoeuvre is the first foal of the stakes-placed city winner Furline (by Tale of the Cat), herself a daughter of dual Group 2 winner Umaline.

Smart Missile’s out-of-the-box ability on the track has been matched by his unprecedented popularity with breeders and buyers since he began stud duties at Arrowfield in 2012.

The son of Fastnet Rock has been one of Australia’s busiest stallions over the past four breeding seasons and tellingly, several leading buyers returned to buy his yearlings this year after snapping up members of his first crop in 2015.

New Zealand syndicator David Ellis at Te Akau Racing is one of them. He purchased Arrowfield’s Smart Missile-Panorama Ridge filly for $150,000 at Inglis Easter last year, named her Sassy ‘N’ Smart and watched her compile a debut win, a Listed success and a Group 2 second in her first three starts.

Ellis got to work early in the 2016 sales season, buying Smart Missile’s second-crop son out of Ocelot (by Take of the Cat) for $140,000 from Arrowfield at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Similarly, Debbie Keptis’ Woppitt Bloodstock paid $400,000 for Amarina Farm’s Smart Missile-Rain Melody filly at last year’s Magic Millions Sale. Named Missile Coda, that filly also won on debut at Kembla Grange on 2 April, three months after Woppitt Bloodstock paid $220,000 for Coolmore’s Smart Missile-Rubinacci colt on the Gold Coast.

Other repeat purchasers of Smart Missile’s yearlings include trainers Mick Price & Aquanita Racing, agents Paul Moroney, Duncan Ramage & Paul Willetts and syndicators Darby Racing, Prime Thoroughbreds, Star Thoroughbreds & Triple Crown Syndications.

Overall, at the first sessions of the Magic Millions, Inglis Easter, Melbourne Premier & Classic Sales, 66 lots by Smart Missile have sold for up to $500,000, averaging $129,772, more than six times his fee, which remains at $22,000 inc. GST.

Arrowfield announces 2016 service fees

Arrowfield Stud has today announced the service fees for the 12 stallions on its 2016 roster.

Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice and his sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt head the roster in the wake of their outstanding racetrack and sales results this season.

Redoute’s Choice, sire of his 28th Group 1 winner last month and three seven-figure colts at last week’s Inglis Easter Sale where he had 20 yearlings average $573,250, stands at an unchanged fee of $110,000 inc. GST (Live Foal).

Snitzel joins his famous sire at the same fee, $110,000 inc. GST (Live Foal) after supplying five million-dollar yearlings in 2016 and the sale-toppers at all three major Australian auctions. Already responsible for seven Group 1 winners, he has added five new stakeswinners to his record since 1 January.

Australia’s current leading active sire Not A Single Doubt has posted 10 stakeswinners this season, including three Group 1 winners, and demand for his yearlings has driven their prices up to the $850,000 paid for the Colorado Claire colt at Inglis Easter. His 2016 fee has been set at $71,500 inc. GST (Live Foal).

Three new stallions join the Arrowfield roster in 2016. Top-class sprinter-miler Real Impact a Group 1 winner in Australia & Japan, is the first son of the great Deep Impact to stand in this part of the world. His first season fee is $19,250 inc. GST.

Two exceptionally handsome sons of Redoute’s Choice join their sire with all the credentials to emulate the success of Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt & Beneteau.

Scissor Kick earned a world ranking as a 3YO with Group victories in the ATC Up and Coming S. G3 & ATC Eskimo Prince S. G3, a Listed win, the unluckiest of Group 1 seconds in the ATC Golden Rose Stakes and defeats of Delectation, Srikandi, Terravista and Rubick. Closely related to Champion Sire Dansili, Scissor Kick will stand his first season at $16,500 inc. GST.

Panzer Division also made his mark at three, defeating Shooting To Win to claim the ATC Ming Dynasty H. G3 and, at only his fourth career start, achieving a Timeform rating of 120 when fifth in the weight-for-age ATC George Main S. G1, won by Sacred Falls.  A son of Hussonet’s champion 2YO daughter Desert Fight, Panzer Division’s first season fee is $9,900 inc. GST. 

Dubai World Cup champion Animal Kingdom, whose first yearlings have sold up to $310,000 this year, will stand at $27,500 inc. GST.  The same fee applies to six-time Group 1 winner & New Zealand Horse of the Year Dundeel, whose first yearlings will sell in 2017.

Smart Missile, already sire of stakes-winning 2YO Sassy ‘N’ Smart and Group-placed Smart Amelia from his first crop, has averaged more than six times his fee at Magic Millions and Inglis Easter. One of Australia’s most popular young sires, he is again available at $22,000 inc. GST.

Al Shaqab Racing’s multiple Group 1-winning European sprinter-miler Olympic Glory was very well-supported in 2015 and will serve his second book of mares at an unchanged fee of $19,250 inc. GST.

Manhattan Rain has proved his versatility this season as the sire of brilliant Group 2 juvenile winner Scarlet Rain, 3YOs Man of Choice & Promise To Reign (Group 1 & Group 2-placed respectively at 2000 metres) and stakes-winning sprinter Wild Rain. His Inglis Easter Session 1 & Magic Millions Book 1 yearlings have averaged nine times his 2016 fee of $16,500 inc. GST.

Proven Group 1 sire Charge Forward’s top-priced yearling in 2016 made $210,000 and his Magic Millions Book 1 average is 14 times his new fee of $11,000 inc. GST. 

Arrowfield Stud Chairman John Messara says, “These 12 stallions represent the best lines of Danehill and the best outcross options we can source for Australian & New Zealand breeders.

“Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt continue to write a spectacular father-and-sons story on the track and in the ring.

“We believe our three new stallions are priced very attractively. Real Impact offers breeders their first opportunity to use a world-class son of Deep Impact for less than $20,000, while Scissor Kick and Panzer Division are great prospects to repeat the success of Not A Single Doubt and Beneteau who began their careers at similar fees.”

The service fees for Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt are all now payable upon a Live Foal.

Animal Kingdom, Charge Forward, Dundeel, Manhattan Rain, Olympic Glory, Panzer Division, Real Impact, Scissor Kick & Smart Missile stand on a Free Return basis, subject to conditions including the full payment of fees by 31 May 2017.

The Arrowfield stallions and their 2016 fees, all including GST, are:

ANIMAL KINGDOM (Leroidesanimaux)

$27,500

CHARGE FORWARD (Red Ransom)

$11,000

DUNDEEL (High Chaparral)

$27,500

MANHATTAN RAIN (Encosta De Lago)

$16,500

NOT A SINGLE DOUBT (Redoute’s Choice)

$71,500

OLYMPIC GLORY (Choisir)

$19,250

PANZER DIVISION (Redoute’s Choice)

$9,900

REAL IMPACT (Deep Impact)

$19,250

REDOUTE’S CHOICE (Danehill)

$110,000

SCISSOR KICK (Redoute’s Choice)

$16,500

SMART MISSILE (Fastnet Rock)

$22,000

SNITZEL (Redoute’s Choice)

$110,000

 

Redoute's Choice & sons dominate Easter Sale

Champion sire Redoute’s Choice and the two sons that stand alongside him at Arrowfield, Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt, dominated the top end of last week’s Inglis Easter Sale.

They supplied ten of the 20 top-priced yearlings including five of the nine seven-figure lots. Snitzel claimed the sale-topper, the half-brother to Australia’s new champion mare Winx and full brother to recent 2YO Group winner El Divino.

The son of Vegas Showgirl was offered by Segenhoe Stud on behalf of his breeders John & Deborah Camilleri’s Fairway Thoroughbreds and was knocked down to Gai Waterhouse & Julian Blaxland for $2.3 million. This is a new record price for Snitzel, his fifth seven-figure sale in 2016, and the ninth time that $1 million or more has been paid for one of his yearlings.

Gai Waterhouse, who also trains El Divino, described the colt as “an outstanding type, he is by the boom stallion of the year, and he is out of a proven Group 1 producing mare. Now it is my job to get him set for the Golden Slipper.”

This result also completed a notable treble for Snitzel, because he has provided the sale-toppers at all three major Australian yearling sales in 2016: Inglis Easter, Magic Millions Gold Coast (the $1.6 million colt ex Mirror Mirror, bought by Jadeskye Racing & Gerald Ryan from Strawberry Hill Stud) and Inglis Melbourne Premier (the $700,000 colt ex Beauty World, bought by L. Hung & Bahen Bloodstock).

Redoute’s Choice, represented by a superb draft of Easter yearlings, claimed the next two top prices. The Waterhouse & Blaxland team paid $1.8 million for Coolmore’s full brother to Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee and Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Stud secured Arrowfield’s colt out of South African champion National Colour for $1.75 million. The latter colt’s 3YO brother Rafeef, also an Arrowfield Easter graduate, obliged with his second win from three starts for Sheikh Hamdan in South Africa on the same day.

Shadwell’s racing manager Angus Gold, the leading buyer at the Sale, also bought Arrowfield’s Redoute’s Choice-Top Cuban colt for $1.5 million, and Milburn Creek’s Snitzel-Roses ‘n’ Wine colt for $900,000.

The Top Cuban colt, a half-brother to the recent Hong Kong International Sale-topper, will be trained by David Hayes & Tom Dabernig.

Angus Gold said after buying him, “Redoute’s Choice is a global commodity now and we’ve had some good success with his offspring like Nadeem, Reaan, and this season Zamzam. Sheikh Hamdan is a great supporter of Australia and wants the best so that’s what we have tried to do.”

James Bester and Nordic Racing & Breeding were the successful bidders at $1.1 million for the Snitzel-Family Breakup colt, offered by Victorian farm Erinvale Thoroughbreds.

James Harron’s final bid of $850,000 was enough to win a lively battle for Arrowfield’s Not A Single Doubt-Colorado Claire colt, setting a new record price for Not A Single Doubt, who is currently Australia’s leading active sire, and the leading sire of winners. Bred on the same Not A Single Doubt/Hussonet cross as Blue Diamond G1 winner Extreme Choice, the colt is his Group 2-winning dam’s first foal.

The first of Harron’s four Easter buys was the $700,000 Redoute’s Choice-Secluded colt, a three-quarter brother to the top-class dual Group 1-winning sprinter Melito, from another Hussonet mare and consigned by Arrowfield.

$850,000 also secured Arrowfield’s Redoute’s Choice-Love Wings colt for Craig Rounsefell’s Boomer Bloodstock, and just $50,000 less saw Highgrove Stud’s Snitzel-Subsequent colt knocked down to New Zealand trainer Lance O’Sullivan’s Wexford Stables.

A second Snitzel colt offered by Highgrove’s Ron & Deb Gilbert was purchased for $750,000 by Spendthrift Australia. The son of Flamboyance (by Snowland) is a three-quarter brother to recent Group 3-winning 2YO Attention and carries an interesting 3m x 3f duplication of the very good sire Snippets.

The ten top-priced Inglis Easter yearlings by Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt are:

LOT

SEX

SIRE

DAM

VENDOR

BUYER

PRICE

135

Colt

Snitzel

Vegas Showgirl (NZ)

Segenhoe Stud

Waterhouse & Blaxland

$2,300,000

285

Colt

Redoute’s Choice

Estelle Collection (NZ)

Coolmore Stud

Waterhouse/Blaxland/Nordic

$1,800,000

433

Colt

Redoute’s Choice

National Colour (SAF)

Arrowfield Stud

Shadwell Stud Australasia

$1,750,000

113

Colt

Redoute’s Choice

Top Cuban

Arrowfield Stud

Shadwell Stud Australasia

$1,500,000

290

Colt

Snitzel

Family Breakup

Erinvale Tbreds

James Bester & Nordic

$1,100,000

44

Colt

Snitzel

Roses ‘n’ Wine (CAN)

Milburn Creek

Shadwell Stud Australasia

$900,000

240

Colt

Not a Single Doubt

Colorado Claire

Arrowfield Stud

James Harron

$850,000

388

Colt

Redoute’s Choice

Love Wings (USA)

Arrowfield Stud

Boomer Bloodstock

$850,000

99

Colt

Snitzel

Subsequent

Highgrove Stud

Wexford Stables

$800,000

306

Colt

Snitzel

Flamboyance

Highgrove Stud

Spendthrift Australia

$750,000

El Divino extends dynasty's sensational run

On a magical day at Randwick for owner-breeders John & Deborah Camilleri, Snitzel colt El Divino was a worthy support act for his older half-sister Winx, whose spectacular Doncaster Mile G1 win sealed her champion status.

El Divino met the Godolphin colt Astern in the $200,000 ATC Kindergarten S. 1100m G3 and, the pair opened The Championships with a thrilling, straight-long battle that neither would concede. The judge could not separate them and a dead-heat was declared, with the early leader Geneteau (by Beneteau) holding third, 3.5 lengths away. 

The Gai Waterhouse-trained El Divino is the fifth new stakeswinner for Snitzel since New Year’s Day, his 17th juvenile black type winner, his 37th lifetime stakeswinner and his second Kindergarten Stakes winner after Dances On Stars in 2012. 

El Divino’s success also takes the sequence of Group & Listed wins by Redoute’s Choice and his sons Not A Single Doubt & Snitzel to a remarkable 18 in ten weeks. The trio have posted at least one black type victory every weekend since 24 January, when Sun Jewellery (by Snitzel) won the Hong Kong Classic Mile HK-1. 

The whole sequence, which includes Australian Group 1 winners Extreme Choice, Peeping & Single Gaze, looks like this:

DATE

STAKESWINNER Year Foaled
Trainer

SIRE

GROUP & LISTED WIN

24 Jan

SUN JEWELLERY 2011
John Size

Snitzel

HKJC Hong Kong Classic Mile 1600m HK-1

30 Jan

HONESTY PREVAILS 2013
Rick Worthington

Redoute’s Choice

ATC Widden S. 1200m G3

6 Feb

SPILL THE BEANS 2012
Gerald Ryan

Snitzel

ATC Eskimo Prince S. 1200m G3

6 Feb

EXTREME CHOICE 2013
Mick Price

Not A Single Doubt

MRC Chairman’s S. 1000m G3

7 Feb

LET IT SLIP 2012
Daniel Pearce

Not A Single Doubt

Pinjarra RC MM Perth 3YO Trophy 1200m (R) LR

13 Feb

PERIGNON 2012
Gerald Ryan

Snitzel

ATC Light Fingers S. 1200m G2

20 Feb

DON’T DOUBT MAMMA 2012
Tony McEvoy

Not A Single Doubt

VRC Vanity S. 1400m G3

21 Feb

SUN JEWELLERY 2011

Snitzel

HKJC Hong Kong Classic Cup, 1800m HK-1

27 Feb

EXTREME CHOICE 2013
Mick Price

Not A Single Doubt

MRC Blue Diamond S. 1200m G1

5 Mar

REDZEL 2012
Peter & Paul Snowden

Snitzel

ATC Fireball S. 1100m LR

5 Mar

SELENIA 2013
Robbie Griffiths

Not A Single Doubt

VRC Festival of Racing S. 1000m LR

11 Mar

SINGLE GAZE 2012
Nick Olive

Not A Single Doubt

Illawarra TC Arrowfield Classic 1600m G3

12 Mar

THYME FOR ROSES 2013
Gai Waterhouse

Redoute’s Choice

VRC TBV Breeders’ S, 1200m G3

12 Mar

PEEPING 2011
Ron Quinton

Redoute’s Choice

ATC Coolmore Classic 1500m G1

18 Mar

ZAMZAM 2012
David Hayes & Tom Dabernig

Redoute’s Choice

MVRC Valley Pearl 1200m LR

19 Mar

SOUTHERN LEGEND 2012
Les Bridge

Not A Single Doubt

ATC Darby Munro S. 1200m LR

26 Mar

SINGLE GAZE 2012
Nick Olive

Not A Single Doubt

ATC Storm Queen S. 2000m G1

2 Apr

EL DIVINO 2013
Gai Waterhouse

Snitzel

ATC Kindergarten S. 1100m G3

In Australia the progeny of Not A Single Doubt (2nd on the General Sires’ list), Redoute’s Choice (7th) and Snitzel (9th) have earned $20.9 million this season, and 23 of them have won 31 Group & Listed Races. The three stallions also hold top ten positions on the 2YO Sires’ premiership, and Not A Single Doubt heads the 3YO Sires’ list.

Snitzel has the largest representation of the trio in the Inglis Easter Sale with 28 yearlings on offer. They include El Divino’s full brother, to be offered by Segenhoe Stud on behalf of Fairway Thoroughbreds, the three-quarter brother to Group 1 winner Hampton Court, consigned by Milburn Creek Thoroughbreds, and two lots in the Arrowfield draft.

The catalogue also features 23 yearlings by Redoute’s Choice, among them six colts & two fillies offered by Arrowfield; and two lots by Not A Single Doubt in the Arrowfield and Yarraman Park drafts.