Six winners in 29 days for Smart Missile

Last season’s Champion First Season Sire Smart Missile has kept up his good work in the first month of 2016/17 with six new winners since 1 August.

The latest additions to his record are the colts Revolver last Saturday, and Malkara on Monday.

Star Thoroughbreds’ Revolver has clearly benefited from his two educational runs as a juvenile and bounced out smartly from the inside gate in the 1250-metre maiden on Newcastle’s Beaumont track to take up a comfortable lead.

On the home-turn Chad Lever sent him to better ground in the centre of the track and opened the throttle at the 200-metre mark, sending Revolver to an easy four-length win.

Watch Revolver’s win at Newcastle.

Revolver is the fourth foal and second winner of the Canny Lad mare Sneakerella, a winning half-sister to Group 1 winner Danglissa. Trained by Chris Waller, he was bought for $120,000 from Bylong Park Thoroughbreds at Magic Millions by Star Thoroughbreds, whose principal Denise Martin was inducted as an Associate to the Tasmanian Racing Hall of Fame on Saturday evening.  

Michael Costa produced Malkara at Bathurst eight days after the colt’s fast-finishing debut fifth at Nowra.  This time he jumped well, but was forced to settle near the rear, before making ground 400 metres out and collaring The Veal Thing in the straight to score a soft win.

The stable commented after the race on Instagram, “He has some better races in store, but is still learning his racing craft.”

Watch Malkara’s win at Bathurst.

Malkara, a $90,000 Inglis Classic buy for Costa’s New Breed Racing from Rheinwood Pastoral, is the first foal of Midnight Wine (by Black Minnaloushe), a Group-placed, city-winning grand-daughter of the good New Zealand racemare and producer Peat. 

It’s interesting to note that Black Minnaloushe’s sire Storm Cat also appears close-up in the pedigrees of Smart Missile’s stakes-winning daughter Sassy ‘N’ Smart, the Group-placed filly Smart Manoeuvre and the city-winning colt Cadogan.

The combination of Smart Missile with mares by Storm Cat’s sons duplicates the blazingly fast American filly Crimson Saint – a potent cross that has produced Group 1 winners Irish Lights and Foxwedge.

Smart Missile leads the Australian Second Season Sires’ list on winners, and is second to Dream Ahead by earnings.

Snitzel takes the early lead

Much like his progeny on the track, Snitzel has shot to an early lead on the 2016/17 Australian General Sires’ table, with 22 winners and more than $870,000 prizemoney.

Four of those winners have been in Group & Listed stakes races on three of the first four weekends of the new season:

3YO colt THRONUM (ex Helena’s Secret by Five Star Day)
ATC The Rosebud H. LR – 6 August
Bred by Highgrove Stud, RMA Bloodstock & Widden Stud
Sold Inglis Easter, $300,000, Highgrove Stud/Sun Bloodstock
Trained by Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott for Sun Bloodstock & Sun Stud

4YO colt SOOBOOG (ex Monte Rosa by Fraar)
VRC Aurie’s Star H. G3 – 6 August
Bred by Arrowfield Stud
Sold Inglis Easter, $1.5 million, Arrowfield/Sheikh Mohammed bon Khalifa al Maktoum
Trained by Darren Weir for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum

3YO colt RUSSIAN REVOLUTION (ex Ballet d’Amour by Stravinsky)
VRC Vain S. G3 – 13 August
Bred by John Stuart Investments
Sold Inglis Easter, $320,000, Vinery/China Horse Club
Trained by Peter & Paul Snowden for Newgate, China Horse Club, John Stuart Investments & D.W. Wallace

4YO gelding REDZEL (ex Millrich by Rubiton)
MRC Heath S. G3 – 27 August
Bred by Lee Fleming
Sold Magic Millions, $120,000, Marquee Stud/Triple Crown Syndications
Trained by Peter & Paul Snowden for Triple Crown Syndications & partners

These headline acts have been supported by the Group-placed 3YO fillies Athena Lass & Elle Lou, and the durable gelding Checkpoint, who added a Listed placing to the five wins and five Group placings he’s notched up over six seasons in Perth.

This is easily the fastest season start of Snitzel’s career. With more than half of his 185-strong 2013 crop yet to race, as well as 175 just-turned 2YOs conceived on a $45,000 fee, it’s a fair bet he’s only warming up.

Redoute's Choice & sons on fire at Caulfield

Redoute’s Choice and his sons Snitzel & Beneteau dominated the stakes racing on Saturday’s Caulfield card, thanks to quality performances by Great Esteem, Redzel & Ocean Embers.

The Snowden-trained Redzel, having his first start in Melbourne, opened the dynasty’s attack on the day’s prizes in the $150,000 MRC The Heath 1100 G3. He began brilliantly from gate 12, took control of the race and never let it go, winning by almost a half-length from Under The Louvre, who powered home late, and Santa Ana Lane.

Watch Redzel win the MRC The Heath 1100 G3.

It was the 4YO gelding’s fourth win from 11 starts and his second stakes success following his ATC Fireball S. LR win last March. He completes a sensational start to the 2016/17 season for Snitzel, also represented by Listed winner Thronum and Group 3 winners Russian Revolution, Sooboog and, in Japan, Young Man Power since 1 August.

Bred by Lee Fleming, Redzel is the last foal of the very good juvenile filly Millrich (by Rubiton), winner of the ATC Sweet Embrace S. G2 and third in Flying Spur’s 1995 Golden Slipper, and also dam of the Group 3 winner and sire Danerich (by Danehill).

Redzel was offered at the 2013 Inglis Australian Weanling Sale where he was a $45,000 buy for Marquee Stud, which re-sold him to Triple Crown Syndications for $120,000 at the following year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Triple Crown’s Chris & Michael Ward have achieved notable success with Snitzel’s progeny, as purchasers & syndicators of Group 1 winner Hot Snitzel and Group 2 winner Flying Snitzel, both bought as yearlings from Arrowfield Stud.

Three races later 6YO gelding Great Esteem became the 135th stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice with another all-the-way win in the $120,000 MRC Heatherlie S. 1700m LR.

Watch Great Esteem win the MRC Heatherlie S. LR.

Great Esteem, raced in partnership by his breeder Cressfield Stud, has been a consistent performer since his juvenile season when he split Twilight Royale and Shamus Award in the VRC Sires’ Produce S. G2.  He’s won eight races and more than $400,000 from the Hayes, Snowden and now the Stuart Webb stables.

Great Esteem’s dam Park Esteem (by Singspiel), a winning three-quarter sister of Dubai World Cup winner Moon Ballad, has also left Group-placed Listed winner High Esteem and promising filly Pepperberry to Redoute’s Choice.

Cranbourne trainer Shea Eden wound up the day with his first stakeswinner Ocean Embers, a 4YO daughter of Beneteau, bred by Arrowfield in partnership with Jungle Pocket Pty Ltd. She drew widest of the 14 runners in the $150,000 MRC Cockram S. 1200m G3 but started favourite and won most impressively, with a big home-straight run that got her to the post a half-length ahead of Thames Court, with Telopea third.

Watch Ocean Embers win the MRC Cockram S. G3.

Ocean Embers, a $23,000 buy from the Cornerstone Stud draft at the 2014 Magic Millions Adelaide Sale, has now won four of her seven starts and more than $200,000. 

She is the 7th stakeswinner from the 136 foals Beneteau left in the two crops born & conceived before his death in January 2013. 4YO Prompt Return’s easy win at Doomben on Saturday and Bacarella’s excellent Silver Shadow S. G2 second on 20 August are further reminders of Beneteau’s quality as a sire.

Ocean Embers is out of Burningwood, a winning daughter of Tabasco Cat and US Grade 2 winner Wood So, whose breeding career has been split between Japan, where she left Group 3 winner Fireflaught, and Australia. She has three fillies to follow Ocean Embers: Darby Racing’s 3YO Flame Of Love (in the Waterhouse & Bott stable), a 2YO by All American and a yearling by Manhattan Rain.

Burningwood’s first Australian foal, the city winner Pyrography (by Danzero) was retained by Arrowfield & Jungle Pocket, and has an unraced daughter by All American, colts by Smart Missile and Animal Kingdom and is due to foal this Spring to Dundeel.

Snitzel's international Group double

Two weeks into the new season and Snitzel has already posted his second stakes double, this time a pair of international Group successes.

3YO colt Russian Revolution opened this weekend’s batting with a defiant, all-the-way win in Saturday’s $150,000 MRC Vain S. 1100m G3, gamely holding out the fast-finishing Highland Beat with the Redoute’s Choice colt Hardham an eye-catching third.

Jackson Beers, representing Russian Revolution’s trainers Peter & Paul Snowden, said,”It was a tough win. He still learning his trade and had to do it out there on his own. They looked like they had their chance to run him down but couldn’t get him.

“He’s only had three starts but he’s a lovely colt and he’s got plenty of ability.”

Watch Russian Revolution win the MRC Vain S. G3.

Bred by John Stuart Investments, Russian Revolution was purchased by Michael Wallace & the China Horse Club for $320,000 from the Vinery Stud draft at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale. His owners include his breeder, China Horse Club, Newgate Farm and Matthew Sandblom.

He’s the fourth foal and fourth winner out of Ballet D’Amour, who shares her descent from blue hen mare Fanfreluche with champion sires Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago. Ballet D’Amour has a yearling filly by Smart Missile.

Russian Revolution won both his juvenile starts in Sydney in June, and is nominated for both the Golden Rose on 10 September and the Caulfield Guineas on 8 October. Recent winners of the Vain Stakes include winners of both those races Starspangledbanner (2009 Caulfield Guineas) and Toorak Toff (2010 Golden Rose).

4YO colt Young Man Power completed the weekend’s innings with his second Group 3 1600-metre victory, in the ~$1 million Niigata Sekiya Kinen.

Watch Young Man Power win the Niigata Sekiya Kinen G3.

Bred by Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm and from the second of Snitzel’s two Japanese crops, Young Man Power is the best of three winners out of four-time winner Snapshot (by Sunday Silence), a grand-daughter of dual Group 1-winning mare River Memories. His four wins and six placings from 14 starts have earned ~$1.8 million.

Real Impact's sibling defeats Japanese champion

While Real Impact was impressing breeders at Arrowfield’s Stallion Open House over the weekend, his three-quarter brother Neorealism was busy defeating Japanese champion Maurice in Sunday’s ~$1.7 million Sapporo Kinen 2000m G2.

Neorealism (by Sunday Silence’s champion 3YO son Neo Universe) had previously won five of his 11 starts at three & four, and earned black type status in February when third in the Kokura Daishoten G3 over 1800 metres. The 5YO chestnut entire was having his second start this campaign while Maurice, Japan’s 2015 Horse of the Year and this year’s Hong Kong Champions Mile G1 winner, was resuming after a mid-summer break.

Neorealism began well, went straight to the front, and maintained a steady tempo until the home straight where he kicked clear to score by two lengths from Maurice in 2:01.07 with Rainbow Line a neck away in third. 

Watch Neorealism win the Sapporo Kinen G2 – he’s No. 13 & Maurice is No. 15.

Neorealism’s jockey Christophe Lemaire said, “I thought there would be no front runner in this race so the plan was for him to go to the front and set a relaxed pace.

“He didn’t hate the soft ground and Maurice has excellent speed as the miler so we had to set the pace. I am sure that he has the potential to win a Grade 1. Maurice is so strong but today we defeated him.” Maurice currently holds a 124 rating, fifth-equal on the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings.

Like Real Impact, Neorealism was bred by Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm and is trained by Noriyuki Hori for the racing club U. Carrot Farm. Their dam Tokio Reality (by Meadowlake) has built a formidable record as the dam of eight winners, including a third stakes-winning colt, I’ll Love Again (by Kingmambo’s Japan Cup-winning son El Condor Pasa), also Group 1-placed.

Now 22, Tokio Reality’s latest matings have all been with sons and grandsons of Sunday Silence. She has a 4YO son Realista (by Stay Gold; 4 wins in Japan), an unraced 2YO filly named Veritable (by Danon Chantilly) and a yearling filly (by Zenno Rob Roy).

Real Impact, by Japan’s supersire Deep Impact, won two of the world’s highest-rated races, the ATC George Ryder S. 1500m G1, defeating Criterion & Kermadec, and Japan’s big mile, the Tokyo Yasuda Kinen G1. He is among the 25 Group 1 winners from the first seven crops of Deep Impact who is heading towards his fifth Japanese General Sires’ Premiership with current prizemoney of ~$60 million – ~$20 million ahead of his nearest rival King Kamehameha. 

2016 Arrowfield Stallion Open House

Arrowfield is ready to open its gates again during the 2016 Hunter Valley Stallion Week, with a full parade each morning from Friday 19 August to Sunday 21 August.

To get ‘up close and personal’ with Arrowfield’s exceptional roster, the Friday and Saturday afternoon sessions are highly recommended. Join one of the small groups for a laneway inspection of each stallion and plenty of opportunities to ask questions of Arrowfield staff, then stay on for refreshments and Saturday’s racing on TV.

The Stud’s three new stallions, Real Impact, Scissor Kick and Panzer Division will make their first public appearances at this year’s Open House, joining the great Redoute’s Choice, his sensational sons Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt, Champion First Season Sire Smart Missile, Group 1 sire Charge Forward, the up-and-coming Manhattan Rain and Champions Dundeel & Olympic Glory.

The full schedule is:

FRIDAY 19 AUGUST
9.00 am-12 noon

including a full parade at 9:30 am
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

SATURDAY 20 AUGUST
9:00 am – 12 noon

including a full parade at 9:30 am
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

SUNDAY 21 AUGUST
9:00 am – 12 noon
including a full parade at 9:30 am

To assist with catering please RSVP to arrowfield@arrowfield.com.au.

Smart Missile fires early season shots

Last season’s Champion First Season Sire Smart Missile has fired early shots in the new season, thanks to his first 3YO winner Smart Devil and first 3YO stakes performer Mediterranean.

The Snowden stable’s opinion of Mediterranean was obvious when his first two starts last season were in Group 2 races, the Skyline and the Pago Pago. He finished fifth both times, pleasing jockeys Blake Shinn and Damien Browne who noted that better concentration would help him progress. And progress he did – four months later the colt returned to score an easy maiden win at Canterbury.

Mediterranean demonstrated the benefits of that juvenile experience in Saturday’s ATC The Rosebud 1200m LR where he was caught in a difficult position in the straight behind Thronum, until Shinn found galloping room for him 100 metres out. The colt then showed plenty of focus and determination to cut Thronum’s winning margin to a head, and take second by a short neck from Miss Beneteau.

Watch Mediterranean’s 2nd, ATC The Rosebud LR.

Mediterranean is Smart Missile’s sixth stakes performer and was bred by Matthew Sandblom from stakes-placed city winner Ekali (by Torrential), a grand-daughter of Bold Promise. That means he’s related to three top-class fillies, Merlene, Dear Demi & Miss Pennymoney as well as last season’s Golden Slipper winner Capitalist.

Like Capitalist, Mediterranean was a Magic Millions buy for James Harron, who secured him for $280,000 from the Newgate Farm draft.  He is nominated for the Caulfied Guineas G1 and Caulfield Classic G3 in October.

Ninety minutes before Mediterranean lined up at Randwick, the gelded Smart Devil gave Smart Missile his first success of the 2016/17, in a 1200-metre maiden at the Gold Coast.

It was a big effort against older horses from the 3YO who had shown promise with his debut second last month, and started favourite this time, but had to deal with a wide draw which forced him to race at the rear of the field in the early stages.

Rounding the turn he still had the field in front of him, but he responded to Daniel Griffin’s urging with a driving run that got him to the post a half-length ahead of 4YOs Good Catch & Treasure Island.

Watch Smart Devil win at the Gold Coast – Race 2

Smart Devil is the second of three foals out of She’s Meaner (by Falvelon) and was offered by his breeder Glenlogan Park at the 2015 Magic Millions Sale, where he sold for $120,000 to his owner-trainer Bevan Laming.

Smart Devil is also nominated for the Guineas and the Classic at Caulfield in two months’ time.

Snitzel's stakes double starts the season

There was no warm-up required for Snitzel to make an early impact on the new season. One Saturday in and he’s already notched two new stakeswinners, Thronum in Sydney and Sooboog in Melbourne. 

The quick start is an ominous sign for Snitzel’s rivals. Two years ago he posted his first stakeswinner on 9 August and by season-end he’d added a further 11 winners of 16 stakes races, including three Group 1 winners. 

In testing conditions at Randwick, Sun Stud’s 3YO colt Thronum jumped smartly, took control of the pace and under topweight of 58kg, grittily held off his rivals in the $100,000 ATC The Rosebud 1200m LR. 

Staunch finishes by Mediterranean (a new stakes performer for Smart Missile) and Miss Beneteau (ditto for Beneteau) brought them within a half-length of Thronum, and completed an Arrowfield-sired trifecta.

Watch Thronum win the ATC The Rosebud LR.

Thronum is the first winner and the first stakeswinner for the new training partnership of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.

Bott said after the race, “We were confident coming here today when we saw the rain throughout the week. The long range plan has always been the Golden Rose.

“He’s a colt that keeps improving. We’ll just see how he comes through the race. He’s done enough to get in so we’ll just take it from there.”

The last three winners of The Rosebud, Sebring Sun, Scissor Kick & Eurozone, all went on to Group 1 form during the Spring.

Thronum is the second foal of the US-bred mare Helena’s Secret (by Five Star Day), from the family of champion sire Street Cry and Shamardal. Bred by Ron & Deb Gilbert’s Highgrove Stud, Robert Anderson and Widden Stud, he was purchased for $300,000 by James Harron from Highgrove’s draft at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale. 

An hour later at Flemington Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum’s colt Sooboog decisively won the $150,000 VRC Aurie’s Star H. 1200m G3 by almost two lengths from Dibayani and Tashbeeh. 

Watch Sooboog win the VRC Aurie’s Star H. G3.

Sooboog’s first black type success was one of five wins on the card for champion Melbourne trainer Darren Weir who said, “He’s a really good galloper – he’s shown us that at home and we knew that the day he got things fall his way he’d be winning a good race.

“He’s a Group 3 winner which is important for him as a stallion. We’ll look at targeting another good race with him in the Spring, I can’t see any reason why he can’t get a strong 1400 either.”

Sooboog, Arrowfield’s $1.5 million draft-topper from the 2014 Inglis Easter Sale, is the second of Snitzel’s nine million-dollar yearlings to achieve Group-winning status, after Australian Guineas winner Wandjina. (Five of those nine are just-turned 2YOs.)

Sooboog and his Group 1-winning older sister Snitzerland are the best of seven winners out of Arrowfield gem Monte Rosa (by Fraar), who has a yearling filly by Snitzel and is due to foal to him again this Spring. 

Thronum and Sooboog take Snitzel’s tally of stakeswinners to 40 and his record of same-day stakes race doubles to seven. Expect plenty more of that kind of performance from the son of Redoute’s Choice: his 175-strong Class of 2014, conceived on a fee of $49,500, comes on stream this season, with 171 yearlings right behind them.