Spectacular season for Arrowfield roster

From every angle, the 2015/16 Australian season has been spectacular for Arrowfield’s powerhouse stallion roster.

Redoute’s Choice and his sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt all end the year in the top 10 on the Australian General Sires’ Premiership with collective earnings of $29.6 million and 390 winners of 638 races.

The trio also achieved top 10 finishes on the 2YO and 3YO Sires’ lists.

Not A Single Doubt, who began his career with six seasons at a $12,500 fee, tops multiple categories. He is Australia’s leading active sire, headed off only by the deceased Premiership winner Street Cry.  He also heads the table on Winners (154), Wins (257), matches Street Cry and Fastnet Rock with 12 stakeswinners and is the nation’s leading sire of 3YOs.

Most significantly though, Not A Single Doubt is the Leading Australian Sire by Worldwide Earnings (SH-bred progeny only) with a remarkable total of $14.8 million – almost $1 million ahead of Fastnet Rock.

Redoute’s Choice bests both of them, and Street Cry when it comes to Southern Hemisphere stakeswinners with 15, headed by his three latest Group 1 winners Abbey Marie, Howard Be Thy Name and Peeping. 

Snitzel’s flagship performer Sun Jewellery broke new ground for him in Hong Kong as a dual Group 1 winner and recipient of the Champion Miler Award.

 At home Snitzel equalled Without Fear’s 40-year-old record of 30 individual 2YO winners in a single season and provided the top lots at all three major sales, including the season’s highest-priced yearling, the $2.3 million half-brother to Winx.

The tally of seven-figure yearlings by Redoute’s Choice rose to 70, thanks to a trio of Inglis Easter colts, plus a colt and a filly from his first European crop sold at Arqana last August and Tattersalls in October 2015.

In all, Redoute’s Choice & Snitzel sired eight of the 15 million-dollar yearlings sold in Australia during 2016.

Not A Single Doubt’s brilliant season, headlined by Group 1 winners Extreme Choice, Single Gaze and Good Project, took his yearling prices to record levels. Tim Stakemire, acting for Sheikh Khalifa, paid $650,000 for the Miss Sharapova filly at Magic Millions, and the Colorado Claire colt was knocked down for $850,000 to James Harron at Inglis Easter.

Smart Missile has won Arrowfield its third First Season Sires’ title in the past dozen years, following Redoute’s Choice (2004) and Charge Forward (2009). One of the most popular young stallions in recent Australian history, Smart Missile was represented by eight first-crop winners, including New Zealand Listed winner Sassy ‘N’ Smart. Four other stakes performers rounded out the season for the son of Fastnet Rock.

His yearlings have been keenly sought again in 2016, selling up to the $500,000 paid by Little Hung & Bahen Bloodstock for Arrowfield’s colt out of Pyrography at Magic Millions 1 – where Smart Missile had 26 lots sell for an average price of $147,308.

Arrowfield’s third season sire Manhattan Rain continued his excellent progress with the impressive 2YOs Scarlet Rain & Manhattan Street, smart Melbourne sprinter Wild Rain and six other stakes performers. The sale-ring highlight for the son of Encosta de Lago came in Hong Kong where the 2YO colt out of La Bamba made just under $1.2 million.

Back in Australia, buyers paid up to $230,000 for his yearlings and leading trainers Gai Waterhouse, David Hayes & Tom Dabernig, Darren Weir, Ciaron Maher & Tony McEvoy all added at least one Manhattan Rain to their stable.

Yearlings by Group 1 sire Charge Forward also found an appreciative market, especially at Magic Millions Book 1 where seven of his 8 lots sold, averaging almost $143,000. However, his top price this year was paid at Inglis Melbourne where the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s bid of $210,000 secured Glentree’s colt out of Emanday.

Dubai World Cup champion Animal Kingdom’s first yearlings went through the ring in 2016, selling up to the $310,000 paid for the striking Cat by the Tale filly at Magic Millions. Look out for his first runners this season from the stables of Godolphin, Chris Waller, Team Hawkes, Mike Moroney, Nigel Blackiston, John Sargent and David Payne.

Dundeel was the Leading First Season Sire at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale where all six of his foals sold for an average of $143,333. The six-time Group 1 winner’s top price of $240,000 was paid by Musk Creek Farm for the Cerberus Gal colt consigned by Riversdale. 

It’s easy to think that after three decades in the stallion-making business, Arrowfield’s Chairman John Messara might be blase about such an extraordinary year, but he isn’t. 

He says, “What experience gives you is a deeper appreciation of just how hard it is to build a strong stallion roster, and breed and sell successfully at any level, so the highs seem even bigger to me now than they did thirty years ago.

“Kris, Paul, Alice and I are very proud of our whole team at the farm, the training centre and in Sydney, everyone contributes enormously to our results and there’s great satisfaction for me, and I hope all our staff, in achieving special things together.”

Messara adds, “It’s difficult to pick out just a few highlights but the flourishing of the Redoute’s Choice dynasty, while he’s still expanding his own record,  here and in Europe, is something I’m privileged to witness. 

“Sharing success with breeder friends and partners always means a lot, and for that reason the performances of Contentment in Hong Kong, Sassy ‘N’ Smart in New Zealand and Stay With Me and Weatherly in Australia stand out for me.

“I’m also grateful for the immense support we receive from breeders, owners, trainers, agents and syndicators.  We start each stallion’s story, but their investment, skill and hard work completes it.”

Fresh Arrowfield stallion stories are already being written. Coming up in 2016/17 are Smart Missile’s first 3YOs, Animal Kingdom’s first 2YOs, Dundeel’s first yearlings, the first Australian foals by four-time European Group 1 winner Olympic Glory and the launch of Arrowfield’s new boys, Real Impact, Panzer Division and Scissor Kick.

Smart Missile is Australia's Champion First Season Sire

In the end, on the last day of the season, the 2015/16 Australian First Season Sires’ title came down to a $10,000 race at Gawler, at the edge of the famous Barossa Valley in South Australia.

And one brave filly lining up for her first start from the outside gate on a heavy track.

Arleigh, by Smart Missile from Lahana, a Hussonet daughter of the champion filly Alinghi, was sent by Arrowfield to champion South Australian trainer Phillip Stokes almost 12 months ago.

She quickly showed ability, but shin-soreness after her first trial in September and another minor setback in February, after her first trial win, delayed her racetrack debut.

Arleigh returned to the stable in May and this time, everything went smoothly. Trial-placed on 8 July, she won her fourth trial by 5.5 lengths. She was then nominated for her first race start at Gawler on 31 July.

Meanwhile, Smart Missile was deep in battle for Australia’s Freshman Sire honours. By Monday 25 July the brilliant son of Fastnet Rock held the lead, $505 ahead of Love Conquers All, thanks to weekend placings by Hair Trigger in Sydney, Gadfly at Newcastle and Smart Devil on the Sunshine Coast. Less than $25,000 separated the leading pair, Dream Ahead, Pour Moi and Sepoy.

On Friday, just two days before the end of the season, Love Conquers All edged past Smart Missile after The Ambassadore ran third at Ipswich, picking up $2600, including a QTIS bonus.

On Saturday, Fromparis Withlove boosted Smart Missile’s account, while Giroux & Lusitania made ground for Sepoy.

Come Sunday morning and the title was still up in the air, with three runners capable of deciding it.

Dream Ahead’s chance ended when his son Lord Zidane was scratched at Gawler. Henriques needed to win on debut at Pakenham to collect enough prizemoney and VOBIS bonuses to push Sepoy into the lead, but he was unplaced.

At that point, Love Conquers All, who stands at Sun Stud and is Queensland’s Leading Freshman Sire, still held the lead, by $870. Arleigh, named for the celebrated World War II American naval commander, Admiral Arleigh Burke, had to finish in the first three in the set weight 2YO Maiden to claim the premiership for Smart Missile. 

Ridden by Kei Chiong, Hong Kong’s Most Popular Jockey of 2015/16, Arleigh bounced out well from her wide draw and pressed forward to settle in the lead alongside From Fifth. Chiong steered her towards the centre of the track as the field rounded the turn, while Vieira sprinted through on the rail to claim the lead, and Artful Jack challenged out wide.

The effort was clearly beginning to tell on Arleigh, but perhaps she could hear Team Arrowfield cheering her on from Sydney & the Hunter Valley. She stuck gamely to her task to secure third placing and the vital $900 prizemoney that took Smart Missile’s season earnings to $454,705 – thirty dollars ahead of Love Conquers All.

Phillip Stokes said, “Arleigh did a great job, going first-up over 1200 metres. She had to do a lot of work to get on the speed, it was a really good effort.” All going well, the filly’s next start will be in three weeks’ time.

Smart Missile ends his Australian season with seven individual winners: Cadogan, Jericho & Mediterranean (all in Sydney), Blazing Steel, Hair Trigger, Missile Coda & Savvy Belle. In addition the fillies Smart Amelia and Smart Manoeuvre were both Group-placed, and Jericho & Fromparis Withlove were placed in Listed company.

Across the Tasman is Smart Missile’s best first-crop 2YO performer, Te Akau Racing’s Sassy ‘N’ Smart, who was successful on debut, a Listed winner at her second appearance and Group 2-placed third time out. 

Bred and raced by Gooree Park, and fully booked at Arrowfield every season since 2012, Smart Missile has generated extraordinary sale-ring business in the past three years: 238 yearlings & weanlings sold at an average of more than five times his unchanged $20,000 fee.

Demand for his progeny from trainers, syndicators and agents has remained strong in 2016, with a top price of $500,000 paid by Little Hung & Bahen Bloodstock for Arrowfield’s colt out of Pyrography at Magic Millions 1 – where Smart Missile had 26 lots sell for an average price of $147,308.

Smart Missile’s future looks even better. Eight of the top 10 sires on the 2015/16 Australian General list began their careers with a top-three finish on the First Season Sires’ premiership.  And every Champion Freshman since at least 2001 has become a Group 1 sire.

Smart Missile isn’t letting the grass grow under his hooves. Two days into the new season, his 3YO daughters Corporate Missile and Saronissi won trials at Te Teko in New Zealand, while his 3YO sons Missile Strike and Revolver did likewise at the Rosehill trials in Sydney.

Manhattan Rain colt scores by a Street

Manhattan Rain added the 7th stakeswinner to his CV when Manhattan Street won Saturday’s $50,000 Levin RC Ryder S. 1200m LR by 6.5 lengths from Cortado and Impulsive Habit.

The 2YO colt was recording his third win in 3 starts, following his debut success at Otaki last month, and again at Awapuni on 9 July.  It was also Manhattan Rain’s second stakeswinner this month, after Wild Rain’s success in the MRC Sir John Monash S. G3 on 16 July.

Trainer Lisa Latta, who prepares Manhattan Street for Lincoln Farms, Neville McAlister and Wellfield Lodge, said, “He had a really quiet early two-year-old preparation so we’ll continue to press forward and he will head to the Wanganui Guineas.”

That race also carries Listed status and will be run over 1340 metres on 3 September.

The steady hands of jockey Jonathan Riddell were an asset to Manhattan Street on the extremely testing ground. He said,  “He’s a lovely horse and a pleasure to ride.”

Manhattan Street was bred by Teeley Assets from Charming Estelle (by Redoute’s Choice), a full sister to 2014 World Champion Sprinter & Australian Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee. Offered as a weanling in the Teeley Reduction presented by Arrowfield at the 2014 Magic Millions National Sale, Manhattan Street was bought for $130,000 by the RMB Trust.

The combination of Manhattan Rain with daughters of his champion half-brother has so far produced five winners from 10 runners, including this season’s good Sydney 3YO Man of Choice, three times placed in Group company, including a third in the ATC Spring Champion S. G1.

Charming Estelle, now owned by Arrowfield & GSA Bloodstock, has a rising 2YO colt by Manhattan Rain, purchased for $90,000 by Hong Kong buyer F. Li from Arrowfield’s Inglis Easter draft.  She is due to foal to champion Japanese sire Deep Impact in early August.

Manhattan Street is the third stakeswinner, after Scarlet Rain & Wild Rain, and one of nine stakes performers for Manhattan Rain this season. With 40 winners and earnings of $2.4 million he ends 2015-16 among the top five third-crop sires based in Australia.

Fourth stakes win for Into The Red

Trainer Kelso Wood reckons a long break enforced by an injury 12 months ago has been the making of talented 5YO Into The Red. The 5YO gelding collected his fourth stakes win and first Group success in Saturday’s $175,000 Qld Tatt’s RC W.J. Healy S. 1200m G3.

Wood said, “It allowed him to mature mentally and he’s turned into a lovely horse now. The injury he had was always going to heal and he’s only just starting to realise his potential.”

Into The Red prevailed by a half-head from Robert Heathcote’s Saluter to deliver the 21st black type win for Team Not A Single Doubt this season. The gelding also won the Bribie H. LR in April, more than ten months after his previous start, and was then fifth in the Lightning H. LR earlier this month. 

Watch Into The Red’s W.J. Healy S. G3 win.

The Healy Stakes win was especially significant for rider Luke Dittman who completed the last day of his apprenticeship on Saturday.

Wood plans now to keep Into The Red to short-course sprints. “You need to get him in a race where there’s a lot of speed and if that eventuates then he’s awfully hard to beat. He’s a sit-and-sprint horse and when he lets go he can really sprint hard at the end of a race.”

Into The Wood (ex Red Sequin by Clay Hero) was bred by Todd McKeon & partners, and purchased for $100,000 by leading agent John Foote from Goodwood Farm’s draft at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

His earnings from five wins, five placings and 25 starts now exceed $420,000 for his owners, Queensland property developer David Devine & his wife Diane, Mick Power, Neville Morgan & AFL legend Leigh Matthews, who also raced Snitzel’s Group 1-winning son Sizzling.

Into The Red is among the dozen stakeswinners that have helped to make this a milestone season for Not A Single Doubt, who is on track to end 2015/16 as Australia’s leading active sire with earnings second only to Darley’s outstanding, but sadly deceased sire Street Cry.

Tango Rain scores again in Sydney

Manhattan Rain is assembling a strong group of rising 3YOs for Spring racing and one of them, Tango Rain underlined his readiness for the challenge with his second Sydney win on Saturday.

The powerfully built colt got the best of the start, speared to the lead and, despite the windy conditions, bowled along easily in front before going clear to score by 1.3 lengths.

The quality of Tango Rain’s performance was underlined by the good efforts of the next four horses who completed an Arrowfield-sired first five.  Thronum (by Snitzel) recovered from a slow start to claim second and Arrowfield’s own runner Hair Trigger (by Smart Missile) powered home from the rear for third, with Decorated Soldier (by Snitzel) fourth and the first filly home, Tickling (by Not A Single Doubt), a brave fifth.

Watch Tango Rain’s second win at Canterbury.
Read: Tango Rain wins on debut in Sydney.

Tango Rain’s jockey Kerrin McEvoy said, “That was pleasing. That was a handy little race here today and he did everything right, got out and controlled it then kicked strongly. They’ve got options going forward.”

Those options include the $1 million ATC Golden Rose S. G1 over 1400m at Rosehill on 10 September but Tango Rain’s trainer Gerald Ryan isn’t sure that’s the best race for the Teeley Assets home-bred.

Ryan said, “He’s one of my better ones, he’s a nice horse, always has been, he’s always been an easy horse to train.

“But about the Golden Rose; I’m not sure, I’ve got a question mark about him, the way he’s built and there’s plenty of other races you can go to.”

A future stallion career for Tango Rain (ex Tango Fire by Anabaa) is already being considered by Ryan and Teeley Assets. It’s a subject they know something about, given their former charges include Manhattan Rain himself, Redoute’s Choice, Hurricane Sky and Snitzel. 

A happy consequence of Tango Rain’s victory was a novel photo opportunity for legendary Sydney racing photographer Martin King, honoured by the Australian Turf Club with the 2YO race named the Happy 70th Birthday Martin King Handicap. Most often active on the other side of the camera, he’s pictured here (right) after presenting the victory ribbon to Gerald Ryan.

Snitzel equals 40-year-old record

On 28 July 1976, Lindsay Park’s great sire Without Fear set an Australian and world record of 30 2YO winners in a season when the filly Point Blank scored at Gawler in South Australia.

The world record endured until 1998 when End Sweep, who subsequently stood at Arrowfield, posted 33 individual winners from his first US-bred crop.

The Australian record has been much harder to crack but, almost exactly 40 years later, Snitzel has equalled it.

The critical victory was finally achieved on Saturday 23 July by the filly Bukzel, who scored on debut at Newcastle for trainers Peter & Paul Snowden and apprentice jockey Nick Heywood.

It’s fitting that Bukzel delivered the milestone win because her breeder and owners spotted Snitzel early in his career, before seven Group 1 winners and nine million-dollar yearlings made him Australia’s hottest young sire. 

Bukzel is out of the unraced Jeune mare Bukhoor from the celebrated Easy Date family and was bred by Stuart Ramsey’s Turangga Farm which has used Snitzel regularly since his second season at stud. Sent to the 2015 Magic Millions Sale, Bukzel was bought for $135,000 by Chris & Michael Ward of Triple Crown Syndications.

Said Chris after Bukzel’s win, “We’re thrilled to provide Snitzel’s milestone two-year-old winner today with Bukzel. She’s a promising filly we have plenty of time for.

“She was sent to the races today to get race experience before going to the paddock and we thought she would be tough to beat. This will stand her in good stead for next prep when she returns late in the Spring. There is plenty of upside with her.”

Chris added, “Snitzel has been so good to us. He’s a stallion we identified early and he’s repaid us many times over. Not only does he produce fast and precocious horses, but tough horses too.

“Hot Snitzel typified everything that he’s about: winning as a pre-Christmas two-year-old before winning stakes races every season right through to his Group 1 win as a six-year-old. They don’t come much better.”

Triple Crown bought Hot Snitzel for $60,000 from Arrowfield’s draft at the 2010 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. The ebullient chestnut colt matured into the classy, professional sprinter who ended his career with the 2015 BTC Cup G1 and earnings of $1.3 million.

Chris & Michael returned to Arrowfield’s draft at the 2011 Melbourne Sale to pick up Flying Snitzel for just $25,000. Three years, two Group wins and $340,000 prizemoney later, she was sold to Widden Stud as a broodmare for $410,000.

Triple Crown syndicates have enjoyed success with other Snitzel progeny, including El Sasso (six wins, most recently at Rosehill on 2 July) and Listed winner Redzel who also won on Saturday, over 1100 metres at Canterbury.

Snitzel’s 30 winners of forty races from his 2013 crop include his 17th & 18th juvenile stakeswinners, El Divino and Modern Wonder, and another 13 city winners. Queensland filly Spot The Diff gets the award for Most Wins with five, ahead of six two-time winners: El Divino, Russian Revolution & Thronum (Sydney), The Seductress (Melbourne), High Conviction (Perth) and the South African-owned colt Simply Blue (Turffontein).

With eight days left of the 2015/16 season, Snitzel has time to claim exclusive ownership of the 2YO winners record.  Three first starters at Hawkesbury on Sunday are his next chances of getting winner No. 31: America & Samantha (both trained by Gerald Ryan) and another Snowden runner, Calanda.

The making of juvenile sire history is only part of Snitzel’s story this season. He’s about to complete his fifth consecutive top 10 finish on the Australian General Sires’ premiership, and his lifetime record of stakeswinners has increased to thirty-eight. New stars for him this season include Hong Kong Champion Miler Sun Jewellery, Group-winning 3YOs Spill The Beans (now at stud) & Perignon and his 17th & 18th juvenile stakeswinners El Divino and Modern Wonder.

The good news continued in the sale-ring too. A trio of Snitzel colts topped each of the three major Australian yearling sales (Magic Millions Gold Coast, Inglis Easter & Inglis Melbourne), and his Easter 1 average was $438,000.

In all, five colts by Snitzel made $1 million or more this year, among them Australia’s top-priced yearling of 2016, the brother to El Divino & half-brother to Winx offered by Segenhoe Stud for breeder Fairway Thoroughbreds. He was knocked down for $2.3 million to Gai Waterhouse & Julian Blaxland at Inglis Easter.

Racetrack results and sale-ring demand have firmly established Snitzel’s quality as a sire, and he has the numbers to maintain the momentum. Breeders have sent him an average of 225 mares for each of the past four seasons, and he is once again fully booked in 2016.

Redoute's Choice & Elzaam strike in Europe

Arrowfield’s ambition thirty years ago was to bring the best of the world’s bloodstock to Australia and, eventually, to send Australia’s best back to the world.

The acquisition of Danehill in 1989 fulfilled the first part of that “big hairy goal” and 14 breed-shaping years later his grandson Choisir – from a female family based in Australia since the 1920s – signalled the achievement of part two. His victory in the 2003 Royal Ascot Golden Jubilee Stakes G1 woke the world up to the quality of Australian-bred sprinters.

A succession of stars turned the Choisir story into a national novel. World champion Black Caviar, Takeover Target, Miss Andretti, Scenic Blast, Starspangledbanner, Ortensia, Brazen Beau & Alverta have all won or competed with distinction at Group 1 level in England. A Royal Ascot campaign for Australia’s top sprinters is now mentioned in the same breath as a tilt at The Championships in Sydney or the Spring Carnival in Melbourne. 

But Arrowfield’s ambition always extended beyond the racetrack. The eyes of the Australian industry are now fixed on another contest: the First Season Sires’ premierships in Great Britain, Ireland and France.

Four of the top ten sires on the Great Britain & Ireland table are by sons of Danehill: Elzaam (3rd; by Redoute’s Choice), Bated Breath (6th; by Dansili), Helmet (7th; by Exceed and Excel) and Foxwedge (8th; by Fastnet Rock). 

Better still, all of that quartet except for Bated Breath are Australian-bred, with Elzaam the result of Kia Ora Stud’s 2007 decision to send the Kingmambo mare Mambo In Freeport to Redoute’s Choice for a northern time mating.

A €280,000 buy for Sheikh Hamdan from the Arqana August Yearling Sale, Elzaam earned black type with a strong win in the Newbury Carnarvon S. LR as a 3YO. Better indications of his class were his close second, at his second start, in the 2010 Royal Ascot Coventry Stakes G2, and his fourth place finish, beaten two lengths by Society Rock, in the following year’s Golden Jubilee Stakes G1.

Elzaam stands at Ballyhane Stud, Ireland at a 2016 fee of €3,500 which looks very attractive after eight winners from his first 22 runners, including Clem Fandango (Group 2-placed at Royal Ascot) and King Electric (two wins and 4th, Curragh Railway S. G2).   

The Danehill theme is repeated on the French First Season Sires’ table, which features Bated Breath again (5th), Redoute’s Choice (6th), Requinto (7th; by Dansili) and Excelebration (9th; by Exceed and Excel).

Redoute’s Choice gets his second chance to appear on freshman sires’ lists thanks to his two-season stint at HH The Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval. His first three runners include the filly Deep Inside (ex Well Spoken by Sadler’s Wells), successful over 1400m at Compeigne on 25 June for MD Bloodstock Ltd and trainer Gianluca Bietolini, and the colt Celestial Spheres (ex Copernica by Galileo), second on debut at Sandown for Godolphin and trainer Charlie Appleby.

Arrowfield is not the only stud watching the Danehill and Redoute’s Choice story unfold in Europe. Leading French stud Haras d’Etreham has already committed to stand Arrowfield’s new son of Redoute’s Choice, Scissor Kick, for the 2017 Northern Hemisphere season.

His sire and Elzaam have certainly paved the way for the dashing Group winner’s shuttle career,  but European breeders need no introduction to Scissor Kick’s stellar female family. He shares his mitochondrial DNA, and some of his paternal genetics, with Danehill’s champion sire son Dansili, whose remarkable dam Hasili is a half-sister to Scissor Kick’s grand-dam.

Sun Jewellery named Hong Kong's Champion Miler

A season of top-class performances has earned Snitzel’s 4YO son Sun Jewellery the Hong Kong Champion Miler Award for 2015/16.

The award was presented to Sun Jewellery’s owner-breeder Tung Moon Fai at the Hong Kong Champion Awards ceremony on Friday evening.

Sun Jewellery (ex Tan Tat Star by Umatilla) was initially trained by Peter Moody and sent to Hong Kong after two Victorian country wins as an early 3YO.

In the hands of champion trainer John Size, he immediately stamped himself one of Hong Kong’s most exciting prospects with a sequence of late-season wins at 1200 and 1400 metres.

Sun Jewellery made his 4YO debut last November and quickly progressed to domestic Group 1 success in January’s Hong Kong Classic Mile beating subsequent Derby winner and Horse of the Year Werther and Arrowfield graduate Blizzard.

A month later his competitive grit and finishing speed prevailed against the same pair in the second leg of the 4YO Series, the Hong Kong Classic Cup HK-1 over 1800 metres. That proved to be right at the end of his distance range, and he was unplaced in the Derby.

Freshened up to return in June, Sun Jewellery concluded his season with a slashing win in the 1400-metre Premier Cup HK-3, where he got the better of Dashing Fellow just before the post.

Sun Jewellery’s four wins from six starts during 2015/16 boosted his career earnings by $2.7 million. His proven talent, natural improvement and the shrewd management of his master trainer make him a strong prospect for December’s Hong Kong Mile G1.

Sun Jewellery is one of five Arrowfield-connected horses that end the Hong Kong season with a rating of 100 or better:
126 – NOT LISTENIN’TOME (bred by Michael Pitt & Mark Read; sold by Arrowfield)
125 – CONTENTMENT (by Hussonet; bred by Paul Favretto, Tony Hodgson, Paul Rowe, David & Peter Sinn; sold by Arrowfield)
116 – SUN JEWELLERY (by Snitzel)
111 – THEWIZARDOFOZ (by Redoute’s Choice)
105 – BLIZZARD (by Starcraft; bred by GSA Bloodstock & sold by Arrowfield).

Another Australian-bred trained by John Size, Mr Stunning, won the Champion Griffin award.

First Group win for Wild Rain

Manhattan Rain’s smart daughter Wild Rain has obviously benefited from the good break Mark Kavanagh elected to give her after her five-start summer campaign. She resumed at Caulfield on Saturday to win the $150,000 MRC Sir John Monash S. 1100m G3 and did it without turning a hair.

Wild Rain jumped well from barrier 10 but was still left wide as Lord Of The Sky sped forward and the field began to sort out. Damien Oliver, back on board Wild Rain for the first time since he won on her at Morphettville in May 2015, elected to press on and settle her just behind Lord Of The Sky.

There she stayed until the top of the straight when she unwound the sprint that took her past the stubborn Lord Of The Sky 150 metres from home. Trevinder and Atmospherical came through late to nab the placings, but they didn’t threaten Wild Rain whose winning margin was 1.75 lengths. 

Watch Wild Rain win the MRC Sir John Monash S. G3.

The race was an easy watch for part-owner and stable representative Levi Kavanagh. He said, “We’ll space her runs this prep and keep her to the minimum distances. She’ll keep to these sort of races and definitely we will head towards the Magic Millions again.” Wild Rain was a valiant second in this year’s $1 million Magic Millions Sprint.

Her ability and professionalism is evident in her record of seven wins (three black type), five placings and $630,067 prizemoney from 18 starts for her owners Isobel & Levi Kavanagh, Brett Griffith & Tim Storey of Collins St Partners, Wade McKibben, Anna Stenswick’s DTTM Syndicate, Stan & Anna Hunt and Gary & Rhonda Ma.

A $150,000 buy from the Arrowfield draft at the 2013 Magic Millions Sale, Wild Rain was bred by the Stud’s long-standing partnership with John Leaver’s Planette Thoroughbred, also responsible for Miss Finland’s Group 1-winning daughter Stay With Me, Champion 2YO Filly Fashions Afield and Singapore Horse of the Year Stepitup among many others. 

Wild Rain is the sixth foal of juvenile winner North Flower (by Rory’s Jester) who has proven a valuable addition to Arrowfield/Planette broodmare band.

Stud Manager Paul Messara says, “North Flower is a good type of mare, she’s a half-sister to the dam of Northerly and she’s done a good job for Arrowfield and John Leaver since we bought her seven years ago.

“We’re now working with Wild Rain’s half-sister by Animal Kingdom – she’s probably the most forward of our rising two-year-olds, so I’m hopeful she’ll progress to the early trials.” 

A trio of recent juvenile winners (Tango Rain in Sydney, Inspired Estelle in Melbourne & Manhattan Street in New Zealand) also promise to give Manhattan Rain a strong start to the 2016/17 season, and build on his three-crop record of six stakeswinners and ten other stakes performers from 135 runners.

Animal Kingdom to rest for the 2016 season

The decision has been taken to rest Animal Kingdom for the 2016 Southern Hemisphere breeding season, which would have been his fourth in Australia.

Animal Kingdom, whose first Australian-bred 2YOs run next season, will remain at Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Kentucky after he completes the current US season.

The Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup winner will, however, return to Arrowfield Stud for the 2017 Southern Hemisphere season.

Arrowfield’s Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer says, “Arrowfield and Darley are the majority owners of Animal Kingdom, we’re firmly committed to him and we’re very pleased with his first progeny both here in Australia and in the United States.

“His stock have good size and scope with a tremendous depth of girth and appeal as late season two-year-olds and Classic horses.”

Freyer adds, “In a very competitive marketplace the fourth season is always the most difficult. We have great faith in Animal Kingdom and have decided to take a longer-term view of his stallion career so we’re resting him now, after he’s served three very big books in Kentucky and six consecutive seasons north and south .

“He’s an exceptional horse, but not surprisingly as a Kentucky Derby winner he’s been more popular in the US, so it makes sense to rest him from his Australian duties.”