Hair Trigger fires at Wyong

First season sire Smart Missile added a new winner to his record when the Arrowfield-owned Hair Trigger scored comfortably over 1200 metres at Wyong on Thursday.

The 2YO gelding jumped well from gate 10, but Blake Shinn opted to ease him back then send him forward round the turn before asking him to quicken up. Hair Trigger took the lead and, without further urging, stretched out to win by almost a length from Uthred with Spending To Win a length away in third place. 

Watch Hair Trigger win at Wyong.

It was the 2YO gelding’s second start after he flashed home for a debut fifth at Kembla Grange in April wearing the colours of his breeder, and Smart Missile’s owner-breeder, Eduardo Cojuangco’s Gooree Park Stud.  Mr Cojuangco prefers to race fillies and colts, so Hair Trigger was sold to Arrowfield.

Smart Missile’s sixth winner, Hair Trigger is the first foal out of the winning Don Eduardo mare Touch of Greatness who is due to foal again this Spring to the brilliant son of Fastnet Rock.

Shinn tweeted after the race, “Hair Trigger showed great race sense for a young gelding and displayed brilliant acceleration to win today.”

Trainer James Cummings has a Saturday start at Canterbury on 23 July in mind for Hair Trigger and, all going well, will aim him at the early Spring 3YO stakes races.

Smart Missile’s popularity with breeders since his launch in 2012 has been matched by the enthusiasm of buyers who have paid an average of around six times his service fee for his first two crops of yearlings.

Table Bay heads Group 3 trifecta for Australia

Redoute’s Choice colt Table Bay headed an Australian-bred Group 3 trifecta in South Africa that offered some – though not quite sufficient! – consolation for the Wallabies’ Third Rugby Test and series loss to England a few hours earlier.

The 2YO colt unleashed a big late run in Saturday’s Kenilworth Langerman H. 1500m G3 to defeat the favourite Our Mate Art (by Artie Schiller) by a head, with Newlands (by High Chaparral) 1.25 lengths back in third place.

It was Table Bay’s third consecutive win and the ninth Langerman Handicap success for Joey Ramsden who paid $120,000 on behalf of Markus & Ingrid Jooste for the Raffles Dancers-bred colt at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Ramsden describes Table Bay as, “really smart…a lovely horse for the future”, an assessment supported by the colt’s distaff pedigree. He is the fifth foal, fifth winner and first stakeswinner out of the unraced Cape Cross mare Gabriella, a half-sister to the international sprinter Cape Of Good Hope, who became the inaugural Global Sprint Challenge champion in 2005, at the age of seven.

Now owned by well-known Queensland breeders Peter & Wendy Moran, Gabriella has a rising 2YO filly Beechal (by Lonhro) and a weanling colt by Snitzel. 

Table Bay is the 33rd 2YO stakeswinner by Redoute’s Choice, and his fourth this season after Honesty Prevails, Thyme For Roses and Zamzam. He brings the champion sire’s lifetime tally of stakeswinners to 134 – sixteen of them responsible for 23 Group & Listed victories in 2015/16.

Redoute’s Choice and his sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt are poised to end the season with the remarkable father-and-sons achievement of top 10 positions on the Australian General, 3YO and 2YO Sires’ premierships.

Dundeel weanling makes $130,000

A weanling colt by Dundeel was knocked down for $130,000 to noted pin-hookers Mark & Shelley Treweek of Lyndhurst Farm in the Platinum Weanling Session of the Inglis Great Southern Sale held in Melbourne earlier this week. 

Offered by his breeder Two Bays Farm, the colt is the second foal of the Fastnet Rock mare Whitesails, a winner of six races from the family of Group 2 winner Mount Olympus and Singapore stakeswinner Light Of Success.

Dundeel’s first nine weanlings sold at the Magic Millions National (where the six-time Group 1 winner was Leading First Season Sire), Inglis Australian & Great Southern Sales have averaged almost $122,000. That’s a healthy return on his $27,500 inc. GST fee which is unchanged for 2016.

The six colts among them have all made six figures, up to his top price of $240,000, paid by Musk Creek Farm for Riversdale’s Cerberus Gal colt at Magic Millions.

Across-the-board demand for fillies has been softer this year, which opens up good opportunities for buyers with an eye on Australia’s excellent racing programs for fillies & mares and the buoyant broodmare market. Dundeel’s top-priced $90,000 filly out of Valda Merceda, a relative of Group 1 performers Bawalaksana, Damaschino and Shaaheq, was sold by Holbrook Thoroughbreds to Inglis as agent at the Australian Weanling Sale.   

Tango Rain wins on debut in Sydney

Manhattan Rain has left smart 2YOs in each of his three crops but statistics show that his current juveniles are his most precocious yet.

The Teeley Assets colt Tango Rain made his contribution to those figures with a strong debut win over 1100 metres at Canterbury on Wednesday.

He jumped well from the gates and joined Fanning and Regenesis in a contest for the lead which he won, held comfortably and then extended with a good burst of speed to score by a length from the fast-finishing Golden Organic. Fanning held on for third, 2.3 lengths further back.

Watch Tango Rain’s debut win at Canterbury.

Tango Rain started at double figures but his performance didn’t surprise trainer Gerald Ryan, who has previously trained Group winners Rubick and Lucky Raquie for owner-breeder Muzaffar Yaseen. 

Ryan said, “His work on Friday morning was exceptional, he worked against an open class horse and gave it a three length start and beat it by three lengths in really good time. Great debut. He’s a nice horse this horse.”

Tango Rain is the third winner out of city-winning 2YO Tango Fire (by Anabaa), and a three-quarter brother to Group 2 winner Tango’s Daughter (by Redoute’s Choice).

He’s also Manhattan Rain’s fifth winner from 18 juvenile runners this season, after Scarlet Rain (ATC Sweet Embrace G2), Speeding Comet (also stakes-placed in Perth), the Teeley Assets home-bred Inspired Estelle (at Sandown on 4 June), and Hanover Square (successful last month at Kembla Grange).

All five are in leading stables (Gai Waterhouse, Simon Miller, Mick Price, Peter & Paul Snowden and Gerald Ryan) and more can be expected of them with further maturity next season. The Lady Trainer’s latest reports on Twitter indicate that Scarlet Rain is already working well over 800 metres at three-quarter pace.

Manhattan Rain is among this season’s top six Third Crop Sires with Australian earnings of more than $2 million, to which his 2YOs have contributed a handy $430,000.   

Scissor Kick to shuttle to France in 2017

Arrowfield’s freshman sire Scissor Kick (Redoute’s Choice-Back Pass by Quest For Fame) will shuttle to leading French stud Haras d’Etreham for the 2017 Northern Hemisphere season after he completes his first book in Australia this coming Spring.

International interest in the Group-winning colt has been sparked by the global success of Danehill’s great sons Redoute’s Choice and Dansili. Dansili’s celebrated dam Hasili is a half-sister to Scissor Kick’s grand-dam Skiable.

Nicolas de Chambure, General Manager of Haras d’Etreham, inspected Scissor Kick during a recent visit to Arrowfield and immediately began negotiations to shuttle him to France.

He says, “Redoute’s Choice was really well received when he spent two years in France and I think French and European breeders were very impressed by the quality of his stock. He is a champion sire and the best sire of sires from the Danehill line.

“I was therefore very keen to find one of his sons and Scissor Kick has everything I was looking for. He hails from one of the best families in Europe, he is an outstanding individual and he was a Group 1 performer with class and courage.

“It didn’t take me long to make up my mind about him and I am very pleased to be working with Arrowfield to offer such an exciting prospect in France next year.”

Redoute’s Choice was resident for two Northern Hemisphere seasons in France at the Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in 2013 and 2014. Haras d’Etreham consigned the top-priced Redoute’s Choice yearling colt in 2015, the son of Group 1 winner Vadawina, bought for €950,000 by John Ferguson at the Arqana August Sale. 

The Gianluca Bietolini-trained filly Deep Inside became the first winner from that crop when she scored over 1400 metres at Compiegne in France last Saturday. 

John Messara, Chairman of Arrowfield Stud, says, “Redoute’s Choice is the dominant Australian sire of the last decade and he remains at the top of his game, with three Group 1 winners this season.

“Arrowfield has a perfect record with Redoute’s Choice sire sons and I believe Scissor Kick has all the physical, mental and genetic attributes to extend it, here and in France.”

Pressing the case for Redoute’s Choice in Europe is his Australian-bred son Elzaam, with eight first-crop winners already this season, among them Clem Fandango, third in the Royal Ascot Queen Mary S. G2 earlier this month.  

Arrowfield launched Danehill’s international record-setting career in Australia and 27 years later is the richest source of his stallion sons and grandsons. Arrowfield’s current line-up features sensational sires Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt, both by Redoute’s Choice.

Not A Single Doubt, Snitzel and Redoute’s Choice all hold top ten positions on the current Australian General Sires’ list. Together they have compiled a worldwide tally of 35 stakeswinners (7 Group 1 winners) and more than $38 million (€26 million) prizemoney during the Southern Hemisphere season that concludes on 31 July.

The de Chambure family has owned and operated Haras d’Etreham for more than 70 years, raising Group 1 winners Almanzor, Maximova, Urban Sea, Septieme Ciel, Anabaa Blue, King’s Best and many other fine performers. The 2016 stallion roster includes Europe’s current leading Second Season Sire Wootton Bassett and leading French sire Elusive City.

Sun Jewellery seals a sparkling Hong Kong season

Snitzel’s 4YO son Sun Jewellery sealed a super Hong Kong season for Arrowfield stallions & graduates when he took out the last of the Club’s feature races, the Premier Cup 1400m HK-3, on Sunday evening.

Already winner of the HK-1 Classic Mile & Classic Cup earlier this year,  Sun Jewellery scored with panache if not dominance, after jumping well to take up the inside running while Dashing Fellow pressed on from his wide gate towards the lead where was soon joined by Dundonnell.

Joao Moreira angled Sun Jewellery out at the 350-metre mark and he wound up to tackle Dashing Fellow just as Dundonnell began to fade. Dashing Fellow would not concede and Sun Jewellery had to produce all of his superior finishing speed to get the better of him by a short head, with Rewarding Hero 2.5 lengths away in third place.

Watch Sun Jewellery’s Hong Kong Premier Cup HK-3 win.

Dashing Fellow’s jockey Chad Schofield was in a good position to assess the quality of Sun Jewellery’s performance.

He said, “We had a very easy time up front, and with his light weight he sprinted hard. I thought the way he quickened we would be hard to beat, but that winner is very good. Even though we had another picnic out front, he still ran us down.”

Sun Jewellery’s trainer John Size agreed. “The pace suited the leader, but to get past him, he really had to sprint and work hard and sustain the run.

“He’s aimed at a race like the Hong Kong Mile in December, so we’ll ask him to do a little bit more in the new season and see if he shapes up for it.”

Not that Sun Jewellery (ex Tan Tat Star by Umatilla), with nine wins and $3.2 million from 13 starts, has to do any more to delight his owner-breeder Tung Moon Fai. Tan Tat Star has an unraced 3YO son Tan Tat Nova (by Not A Single Doubt), a weanling filly by Bel Esprit and is in foal to Manhattan Rain.

Sun Jewellery and Arrowfield graduates Contentment (Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup G1 & Sha Tin Trophy G2) & Not Listenin’tome (Bauhini Sprint Trophy G3) have won five Hong Kong feature races this season.

Contentment and Not Listenin’tome, both rated on 125, are among Hong Kong’s leading performers, while Sun Jewellery (110), Redoute’s Choice’s son Thewizardofoz (111) & Arrowfield-sold Blizzard (105) all look capable of improving their figures next season.

It’s been a busy month for Snitzel’s tribe with 22 wins around the world in 19 days, including the QTC Cup G2 victory by his newest stallion son Spill The Beans, bred & raced by Arrowfield and now standing at Aquis Farm in Queensland. 

Snitzel has also taken his season tally of Australian 2YO winners to 25 (26 including the South African-owned Heavenly Blue). With 42 days to go until the end of the 2015/16 season, he has a great chance to better the 32-year record of 26 Australian 2YO winners, set by Rory’s Jester in 1997/98.

Snitzel's 26th 2YO winner this season

Snitzel’s 26th juvenile winner for the season came up on Tuesday when the Freedman-trained colt Curvature proved too strong over 1300 metres on Geelong’s synthetic surface. 

The cleverly named Curvature (ex Orbiting Belle by Spinning World) had been placed three times in his first four starts, including a second in February’s MRC Inglis Premier S. (R) LR. He qualified for that race when the China Horse Club bought him for $300,000 from the Three Bridges draft at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. 

Snitzel’s 25 Australian 2YO winners in 2015/16 are headed by Group winner El Divino and debut stakeswinner Modern Wonder. Heavenly Blue, his only juvenile runner in South Africa this season, won first-up from the Mike de Kock stable last month.

Snitzel has already equalled Not A Single Doubt’s 16-year record of 25 Australian juvenile winners, set during the 2013/14 season, and he now has more than six weeks to build an even more significant tally.

As for Not A Single Doubt, he has a comfortable lead on the General Sires’ list by winners with 140, and heads the 3YO Sires’ table by winners (52) and earnings ($4.2 million).

Not A Single Doubt (2nd), Redoute’s Choice (7th) and Snitzel (9th) all sit inside the top ten on the main Australian Sires’ Premiership with collective season earnings of almost $27 million.

Macarthur heads to Golden Horseshoe

Charge Forward’s 2YO son Macarthur’s second win at Kranji on Friday evening was even more impressive than his maiden victory a month ago.

He jumped smartly from barrier 10 in the 1200-metre IRT Juvenile Stakes and took up the lead with favourite Jupiter Gold in close attendance. Macarthur always looked more comfortable than his rivals during the race and had plenty left in to offer when Vlad Duric asked to him to sprint in the straight.

The filly Athena mounted a strong late challenge and got the better of Jupiter Gold, but Macarthur held her out by a head to score in a time of 1:10.78, cutting out the last 200 metres in 22:74.

Watch Macarthur’s IRT Juvenile Stakes win.

Steve Levar, who races Macarthur with his wife Christine and American couple Adam & Brittany Levinson under the Stars & Stripes Stable banner, was understably delighted with the gelding’s performance.
 
He says, “It was a great thrill for all of us to see win like he did and now he will more than likely be favourite for the Golden Horseshoe next month. He just keeps on improving and taking the next step each time he races and he has a great will to win.” 

Macarthur (ex Mozambique by Redoute’s Choice) was bred by the Gilberts of Highgrove Stud and offered at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, but he failed to meet his reserve. Sent to Gai Waterhouse, he trialled twice at Randwick before being sold privately to the Levar & Levinson partnership which has also enjoyed success with the Australian-bred Bugatty, bought last year from a partnership that included Deb Gilbert.

Steve Levar reports that Macarthur, who is prepared by Steven Burridge, has pulled up well after Friday’s race. “He will be given a quiet week to freshen up before we prepare him for the big one in July.”

He adds, “It’s a real credit to Ron and Debbie Gilbert who consistently breed top class thoroughbreds every year. We will definitely be taking a closer look at the Highgrove Stud yearlings next season.”

That’s good news not only for Highgrove, but also for Aushorse which sponsors the six-race Golden Horseshoe Series with the support of Inglis, Magic Millions & IRT. 

The final leg, the Golden Horseshoe Sgp-2, will be held on 8 July with prizemoney of $S325,000 plus a $S75,000 bonus for the winner if s/he was offered at an Inglis or Magic Millions Sale.  Macarthur’s cheque from last Friday’s win included a $S20,000 Auhorse bonus.

Recent Golden Horseshoe winners include Singapore Horse of the Year War Affair and Champion 2YOs Super One & Mr Big.

Well-established as a source of quality juveniles like Macarthur, Charge Forward also leaves his share of durable performers and one of them, 6YO Arrowfield graduate Bradman (ex Portrayal by Flying Spur) scored his sixth win at Flemington on Saturday.

Fairytale finish for Spill The Beans

Snitzel’s crackerjack son Spill The Beans signed off on his career in fairytale fashion when he won Saturday’s $175,000 BRC QTC Cup 1300m G2.

The victory sealed his status as an exciting stallion prospect for his new majority owner Aquis Farm, and brought up a remarkable milestone for trainer Gerald Ryan: his 100th success with Snitzel’s progeny.

Read more about Gerald Ryan’s Snitzel century.

Spill The Beans drew 11 in the 13-horse field but a quick break from the gate allowed jockey Tim Clark to work him up on the pace, where he settled comfortably outside the early leader Eloping.

The colt took control just after the turn and drove clear at the 300-metre mark, as Miss Cover Girl led the challenges behind him. But Spill The Beans isn’t short of fortitude and he pressed on stubbornly to score by a head from Federal and  Stratum Star who burst late from the pack, and Miss Cover Girl fourth.

Watch Spill The Beans’ BRC QTC Cup G2 victory.

Clark, who was posting his third win from four rides on the colt, said, “He travelled really well. You can’t wait on him and the leader sort of left me there a bit soon. But he toughed it out really well and showed good fight.”  

Spill The Beans ends his racing career with five wins, three placings and just over $560,000 in prizemoney. Eight of his runs were at stakes level and he won three of them, all in the last four months: the ATC Eskimo Prince S. G3 in February, the Hawkesbury Guineas G3 in April and Saturday’s Group 2 contest.

Spill The Beans was bred by Arrowfield and offered at the 2014 Inglis Classic Sale, but failed to find a buyer, so he joined the Stud’s racing team. He will stand his first season this Spring at the Fung family’s new Queensland stud, Aquis Farm, with Arrowfield retaining an interest in him.

He is the best of three winners out of Miss Dodwell (by Falbrav), from the classy speed family of this season’s Group 1 winner Speak Fondly and 1986 Horse of the Year Bounding Away (five Group 1 wins including the Golden Slipper).

Miss Dodwell’s 2YO daughter Kenedna (by Not A Single Doubt) won her second start for Darren Weir last month, and her yearling filly by Smart Missile was bought for $110,000 by Dermot Farrington at the Inglis Melbourne Sale. The mare produced a second Smart Missile filly last Spring and is in foal to Snitzel.