Hannah Discovers Arrowfield

Hannah Marks is in her second year on the Godolphin Flying Start programme, where she is completing her four week work placement with the Head Office at Arrowfield Stud. Godolphin Flying Start is an international two year management and leadership training programme that combines a dynamic range of lectures, visits, hands-on experience in Ireland, England, USA, Australia, and Dubai. Hannah describes her experience of discovering Arrowfield.

My experience at Arrowfield began with an introduction to some of the best stallions Australia has to offer. Arrowfield Stud held their annual stallions show just before the breeding season kicked off, and what a show it was. From champion sires to those just starting their careers, Arrowfield’s parade was a great introduction to what makes a top Australian sire. As an Irish landing for the first time in Australia, Arrowfield provided me with my initial experience of learning about the Australian ‘type’. Redoute’s Choice and his sons, Not A Single Doubt, Snitzel, and new sires Panzer Division and Scissor Kick show off the classic strength and toughness that is synonymous with the Australian breed. These are horses built for speed and stand up to the rigours of training, with plenty of bone and athletic ability. Outcross sires such as Manhattan Rain, Dundeel, Real Impact and Olympic Glory showed the influence that different stallion lines can have on the Australian markets.

I had the great opportunity to work at Arrowfield for my Godolphin Flying Start work rotation, where I helped out with all aspects of stud duty for three weeks. In my short amount of time the team welcomed me and helped me get stuck in to a variety of work. I assisted in the breeding shed, worked with yearlings, vet work and had the chance to work with top class foals. My favourite part was working in the foaling division alongside the great team. I got the chance to see amazing families, foals out of top class racemares, work hands on with future racehorses and potential future champions.

Working with mares and foals in Australia is still a bizarre concept to me. I will never get used to seeing a foal walk loose behind the mare coming in from a paddock, or leading mares off quad bikes. While it would never become practiced in Ireland, unfortunately, I will always think back to the days of driving on a quad bike in a paddock during feed runs or when running in horses when I have to walk to the back corner of a field on a wet day. Another different concept in Australia is foaling mares. When I was first shown the typical foaling unit, my initial thought was ‘so where is the barn?’ Mares here are foaled outdoors in small individual pens. They move into slightly bigger pens for a week and then usually get paired with other foals of similar age by the second week in small paddocks. Foals here seems to grow quicker. I would swear that a five day old foal looks like a month old at home. Maybe it is the climate, maybe it is the outdoor living, or the strong Aussie type that is so prominent, but these foals are tough and lively.

Working at Arrowfield has been a great experience and stands out as one of the best farms I have worked on, offering a broad yet hands on experience. The team are open, willing to teach and are always up for a laugh. Three weeks was a short amount of time to work across all divisions, stallions, mares and foals and yearlings, but I was able to get stuck in and learn some great new techniques. The classic Aussie foal wrangling will come back to Ireland with me, though I might keep the head collars on. I only wish I could have stayed for longer.

Fortunately, I have been lucky to join the Arrowfield team again, but this time in the Head Office based in Sydney for my four week Flying Start work placement. Having seen the work done on the farm, I will now get the opportunity to explore what is done in the office and understand different marketing, sales and branding methods.

Tune in for the next instalment on my experience with the Head Office.

Arrowfield graduates rock it everywhere

It’s that time of year when the breeding season is almost done, the first yearling sale catalogues – for Magic Millions, Inglis Classic & Karaka – are out and buyers start tweeting photos from farms throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Right on cue, a bunch of weekend performances in three states and two countries turn the lights up on the success that Arrowfield graduates accumulate all year round.

The highlight came at Ascot in Perth where Rock Magic (Redoute’s Choice-Rockabubble by Bubble Gum Fellow) stormed home for third in the $1 million WATC Winterbottom S. 1200m G1.

Watch Rock Magic’s 3rd in the WATC Winterbottom S. G1.

There was plenty of drama behind Rock Magic’s career-best effort, because he’d sliced his near-fore hoof in the days leading up to the race. Trainer Chris Gangemi, his staff, farrier and vets were determined not to repeat the gelding’s 2015 scratching from the race and called on stable mentor, leading Hong Kong trainer Caspar Fownes, for advice.

Rock Magic passed the official RWWA veterinary examination on Friday morning and, with the addition of bar plates, took his place in the field. However, his troubles weren’t over, because the 7YO gelding ended up being shuffled backwards before the turn and when a gap finally appeared, he was bumped on the way through it. To make third, less than a length from the winner Takedown, was outstanding. 

As described on the Gangemi stable website, “There were a lot of tears and hugs with the realisation among the group of what Rocky had just done…No matter what Rocky does from here, he has provided his group of owners some of the greatest moments in their life.”

Bred by Arrowfield & John Leaver’s Planette Thoroughbred, Rock Magic didn’t find a buyer at the 2011 Inglis Easter Sale, so began his career for his breeders from the Paul Messara stable. He won three of his first four starts as an Autumn 3YO and added a fourth success a year later before his sale as a rising 5YO to a large group of owners led by Gangemi Thoroughbreds. Since then he’s earned more than $700,000 from eight wins (five at Group 3 and Listed level) and nine placings from 24 starts in the West.

In South Africa, 3YO Snitzel colt Heavenly Blue continued his progress with a second placing in the Turffontein Dingaans H. 1600m G2, won by another promising colt, Singapore Sling.

A $200,000 Form Bloodstock buy from the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale, Heavenly Blue has won two of his four starts for trainer & part-owner Mike de Kock, who commented last week, “Heavenly Blue is your typical Classic horse. I haven’t got to bottom of him yet. I thought he ran a cracker last time. It was too short and he raced too green. He’s a big runner but if he does have a shortcoming, it’s his inexperience.”

Heavenly Blue was bred by Arrowfield & Cloros Bloodstock from the El Prado mare Simply Carina, who has a Snitzel filly entered in the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale.

Back in Australia, Snitzel’s 2YO daughter Zinzi’s toughness prevailed in a tight battle over 1200 metres at Eagle Farm. The win at her third start confirmed co-trainer Gillian Heinrich’s good opinion of the filly who will be set for January’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR.

Watch Zinzi win at Eagle Farm.

Zinzi, out of Group 1 winner Clean Sweep (by End Sweep), was a $47,500 Magic Millions Gold Coast purchase from Arrowfield.

A fourth Arrowfield graduate, 3YO colt Canny Rocket closed out the weekend with an easy win as hot favourite over 975 metres at the Swan Hill meeting on Sunday. He’d posted three thirds in strong New South Wales company before a transfer to Darren Weir and his first Good4 track which he appeared to relish. 

Watch Canny Rocket win at Swan Hill.

Canny Rocket, the 35th winner for Australia’s current leading sophomore sire Smart Missile, is out of Cannarelle (by Canny Lad), making him a half-brother to I Am Invincible. He was bought for $150,000 by Ian MacPherson at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale.

The Living Legends at Arrowfield: Flying Spur and Iceman

 

On a quiet morning, winding up the roads at Arrowfield Stud we find one of the stud’s great flag bearers, Champion Sire Flying Spur, and his paddock mate, Champion Steer Wrestling Horse, Iceman.

Flying Spur (Danehill-Rolls by Mr. Prospector) was born in 1992 and raced at two and three, winning the prestigious Golden Slipper. He was a multiple Group 1 winner, won prizemoney totalling just over $2 million and has built an enduring legacy. He was bred at Arrowfield, raced in the Stud’s colours and returned to join the stallion roster after his racing career. He retired from stud duties in 2012 with 17 full crops and is now on a “nervous 99” individual stakes winners.

Though Flying Spur is happily retired, he still holds a special place in the hearts of many at Arrowfield, including Media and Communications manager, Susan Archer. She describes him as having “rock star quality and he always turned heads when he paraded, even as an older horse. Flying Spur was – and still is – so easy to talk about.”

Long recognised as a sire of stakes-winning fillies, Flying Spur celebrated his 99th stakes winner when Traveston Girl won the $100,000 BRC Recognition Stakes at Doomben in November 2015. His best progeny honour roll includes the names of Champions Forensics, Inspiration and Mentality, and other Group 1 winners Alverta, Casino Prince, Magnus, Sacred Star and Dealer Principal – to name a few. His lifetime progeny earnings now stand at just over $132 million.

Flying Spur’s value as a broodmare sire is equally well-established and he is currently fourth on the 2016 Broodmare Sires’ list with  62 stakes winners, six of them Group 1 winners including Preferment, Speak Fondly and leading sire Sebring. 

With history made both on the track and in the breeding shed, and his legacy secure, Flying Spur is enjoying a quieter pace of life, with his companion-in-retirement Iceman.

Iceman also had a distinguished career, in a quite different, but equally competitive field of equine endeavour.

Iceman is a 19 year old retired Quarter Horse gelding, who travelled throughout Australia competing in campdrafting and rodeo event for around 12 years. He was the Australian Bushman’s Campdrafting and Rodeo Association Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year in 2014 and carried his rider to win the Australian Steer Wrestling Championship in 2012, and Australian Champion All Round Cowboy in both 2013 and 2015.

Iceman was admired for his tenacity and willingness to please, and brought success to many competitors. He also appeared at the Sydney Royal Easter Show for 4 consecutive years, in the Australia verse New Zealand Rodeo and defeated the New Zealand Steer Wrestlers each time.

Both Champions are contentedly living out their days in their own private section of the farm, trading memories over the fence!

 

By Hannah Marks

Moore family makes them Listen

If you thought Hong Kong Group winner Not Listenin’tome was named by a slightly frustrated parent, you’d be right.

George Moore, who bought him for $270,000 from Arrowfield’s draft at the 2012 Inglis Easter Sale, recalls, “My late mother actually named him. I can’t remember the exact situation, but one of us wasn’t listening to her, and she said ‘Not Listenin’tome.'”

He adds, “Not Listenin’tome was a stand out on type at the Easter Sale. In our minds he was a no-brainer, being out of a good producing mare in Flame Of Sydney, and a fluid mover with great drive behind.”

Bred by Michael Pitt & Mark Read, the son of Dylan Thomas has paid serious attention to the business of winning races since his successful debut at Bendigo three years ago. Team Hawkes initially trained Not Listenin’tome for George’s father, multiple champion Hong Kong trainer John Moore, and the result from six starts was three wins, notably the MRC Zeditave S. G3, and three placings, including a second in Zoustar’s VRC Coolmore Stud S. G1. 

After a winless Spring 4YO campaign, the bay gelding was sent in December 2014 to his owner’s Hong Kong stable and quickly made his mark, with a first-up Group placing and success in the Sha Tin Vase HK-3 at his third appearance.

Although he physically resembles his champion Derby-and-Arc-winning sire, Not Listenin’tome’s racing aptitude is obviously closer to that of  his dam who won three 1000-metre juvenile races, and  the 1400-metre VRC Desirable S. LR at three. His victory in last weekend’s Jockey Club Sprint 1200m G2 was his fourth Hong Kong Group success and took his career earnings to $2.4 million.

Not Listenin’tome goes into next month’s ~$3.2 million Longines Hong Kong Sprint G1 with an international rating of 118, one point below last year’s winner Peniaphobia, the 2014 winner Aerovelocity & Lucky Bubbles, who all finished behind him on Sunday.

However, jockey Hugh Bowman doesn’t under-estimate the task ahead of Not Listenin’tome, who was a fine third in last year’s International Sprint. He said, “I feel he will have to run a little bit better than he did today to win in three weeks, because… it will be a stronger race. But that being said, if I can have the same run as I did last year, it will be very welcome, because I think I have the better horse.”

John Moore’s long list of major victories includes the 2008 Hong Kong Sprint with Flying Spur’s son Inspiration, while Not Listenin’tome’s owner Matthew Wong also raced Horse of the Year Makarpura Star and the very good sprinter Sunny Sing.

The Moore stable will be represented in all four of this year’s Hong Kong International Races by Designs On Rome (Hong Kong Cup), 2015 Horse of the Year Able Friend, Helene Paragon & Joyful Trinity (Hong Kong Mile) and Helene Happy Star (Hong Kong Vase), as well as Not Listenin’tome in the Sprint.

George has played a key role in the family business for more than a decade and is regularly seen at Australian yearling sales where he purchased Inspiration, Able Friend, 2016 Queensland Derby G1 winner Eagle Way and Group winners Admiration, Dashing Fellow & Running Tall.

His recent buys include another Arrowfield graduate, this time a $300,000 colt by Starcraft from the Redoute’s Choice mare Salutations, sourced from the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Bought for Sebastian Man Shiu Wai, owner of this year’s Derby runner-up Victory Magic, he’s been named Victory Music. George reports, “He’s had two trials to date and is showing some nice ability at this stage.” 

Starcraft, currently second on the Hong Kong Sires’ list, has only two lots catalogued for the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Cast Sale, both of them offered by Arrowfield: a colt from Purring Flying and a filly out of Vortex. Arrowfield will offer Salutations’ colt by Animal Kingdom at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale.

Breeders' judgement tips the Scales

Breeders are generally advised to avoid over-mating mares. Yet it can sometimes be exactly the right tactic to take a breeding program to a whole new level.

That’s the experience of Victorian breeders Gerard & Kathy Hammond who found themselves leaping off the couch last Saturday to cheer home their first Group 1 winner Scales Of Justice in the $1 million WATC Railway S. 1600m G1.

“It’s a nice feeling,” says Gerard, who made his first foray into horse breeding during the 1970s when he and his father Brendan bought shares in several stallions. That venture proved unsuccessful and, although he remained a “mad racing fan”, Gerard chose to concentrate instead on his career in corporate finance. He stepped up his breeding interests shortly before his retirement in 2008, eight years after dipping his toe back in the water with a yearling filly by Umatilla bought privately from breeder Thea MacKnamara.

“I got onto the filly via the internet and when I inspected her in the paddock, I fell in love with her straight away. I like horses that are well-balanced, staying types with a bit of length, and I liked the way she moved too.

“I needed a trainer for her, and Thea MacKnamara’s partner Bob Gard, a bit of a character who knew a lot, recommended a young trainer in Stawell named Darren Weir.”

Named Beymatilla, the filly unfortunately broke down before she raced, but Gerard and Kathy decided to breed from her. She left winners to Johann Cruyff, Grass Wonder and Spinning World, and unraced fillies by Good Journey and Al Maher before the Hammonds sent her to Not A Single Doubt in 2011 – the season his fee increased to $24,750 after six years at $13,750.

Gerard explains, “I’d been breeding for several years with Beymatilla and her progeny could all run, but they were very much like her, tall, angular and not a lot of muscle or bone, so they weren’t attractive to the Australian market.

“I was getting more serious about breeding and she needed to go to a stallion with far more substance. I was very keen on Not A Single Doubt, the absolute opposite of Beymatilla on physical type, but I was well aware it was probably over-capitalising the mare.

“However, I knew we’d get a foal with substance that would run, as well as line-breeding through Redoute’s Choice and Umatilla to Best In Show, so I thought the risk was worth it and I was very optimistic about it.”

The resulting colt, born in September 2012, sadly proved to be Beymatilla’s last foal, but he was everything Gerard hoped he’d be: an imposing, powerful, athletic type that presented superbly well at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Taken through the ring by Millford Thoroughbreds who agist and prepare the Hammonds’ horses, the colt was knocked down to agent Craig Rounsefell of Boomer Bloodstock for $180,000.

Raced by owners Chris Wells and Bill Andrews, the now 4YO gelding is prepared by leading Western Australian trainer Lindsey Smith who is confident he’ll be equally effective over the 1800 metres of the Kingston Town Classic G1 on 3 December.  

Gerard Hammond agrees. “The family’s distance range is 1800 to 2200 metres, and they don’t peak until they’re five or six, so the best is still ahead of him.” Not A Single Doubt’s progeny also train on and he’s already had four Group winners at 1800 metres and beyond: Single Gaze (ATC Storm Queen S. G1), Gypsy Diamond, My Ex Mate and 2011 Champion Older Horse in Singapore, Always Certain. 

Gerard acknowledges Smith’s management of his new stable star. “I’ve followed Scales Of Justice very closely and when I saw what he was doing at shorter distances, I thought he might be special. But he’s needed time to relax properly during his races and Lindsey has done a terrific job with him.”

Group 1 success won’t tempt the Hammonds to increase their broodmare band beyond an ideal number of five, but Gerard is planning to ring the changes by selling a couple of mares and bringing in some fresh bloodlines. However, Another Show (by Redoute’s Choice’s three-quarter brother Al Maher from Beymatilla) is definitely not for sale!    

Group 2 goes to Arrowfield graduate

Arrowfield graduate Not Listenin’tome returned to the winner’s circle on a Sunday evening with a polished performance in the $HK4 million HKJC Jockey Club Sprint 1200m G2.

His half-length defeat of a quality field, including his champion stablemate Able Friend (4th), Lucky Bubbles (2nd) and Group 1 winner Aerovelocity (3rd), surprised punters but it’s not out of place on his excellent record. He’s now won eight and placed in seven of his 27 starts for $2.4 million prizemoney and, while this win is his best, he’s also won four Group 3 races, and placed three times at Group 1 level.

One of those Group 1 placings was in last year’s Hong Kong Sprint and Hugh Bowman, who rode him then and on Sunday, is happy tobe  on board on 11 December.

He said, “I got a lovely run, he settled the best he’s ever settled for me. All the times I’ve ridden him have been over 1200m and in that time, all his best form has been over 1000 metres.

“Twelve months ago, after the Hong Kong Sprint, I thought that the 1200m was too far for him, or at least for him to produce his best, but obviously after what he produced this afternoon, it makes me very excited going into the international meeting.”

Not Listenin’tome (Dylan Thomas-Flame of Sydney by Encosta de Lago) was a $270,000 purchase by George Moore Bloodstock from Arrowfield’s draft at the 2012 Inglis Easter Sale and is prepared for Matthew Wong Leung Pak for champion Hong Kong trainer John Moore.

The 6YO gelding was bred with Mark Read by long-time Arrowfield client Michael Pitt, who said, “It’s wonderful to see Not Listenin’tome back in form. I’ve done really well with Flame Of Sydney and I might try to do it all again, as I do want to keep an involvement.”

Flame Of Sydney has been a wonderful racing and breeding story for Michael over the past decade. A $NZ230,000 buy out of Karaka in 2005, she earned $315,000 in a career that featured a Listed win at Flemington and multiple Group placings.

Her five yearlings, her broodmare daughter Star of Sydney and finally Flame Of Sydney herself, sold for $605,000 at the 2015 Inglis Broodmare Sale, have returned a healthy seven-figure sum, undoubtedly aided by Not Listenin’tome’s racetrack success.

And the story’s not over yet. Flame Of Sydney’s current 2YO Invader (by Snitzel) was fourth on debut for the China Horse Club and partners in the ATC Breeders’ Plate LR, and she has since produced a yearling filly and colt foal by Snitzel for her new owner Yulong Investments.

Meanwhile, Michael’s only current mare Tennessee Sunrise, from the brilliant family of dual Group 1 winner Malaguerra, has an attractive Smart Missile filly in Arrowfield’s draft for the 2017 Inglis Classic Sale in February.

Group 1 quinella for Not A Single Doubt

Not A Single Doubt is back in pole position as Australia’s leading active sire after Scales Of Justice and Good Project claimed most of the $1 million prizemoney attached to Saturday’s WATC Railway S. 1600m G1 in Perth.

Scales of Justice, backing up from his 1500-metre Group 3 success a week, and champion Hong Kong jockey Douglas Whyte took early control of the race and never looked like losing it. He won by 2.75 lengths from last year’s winner Good Project, who completed a Group 1 quienlla for Not A Single Doubt.

Watch Scales Of Justice win the WATC Railway S. G1

Douglas Whyte said, “Lindsey gave me all the confidence in the world. He said, ‘If no one leads you lead and if you lead they won’t beat you’.

“He led and put his ears up. He was always going to be a hard nut to crack. When I got to the 300 and pressed the button, he really let down and he’s not done with yet. He’s going up.”

Bred by Gerard & Kathy Hammond, Scales Of Justice is the sixth and final foal of the unraced mare Beymatilla (by Umatilla) and was a $180,000 purchase by Craig Rounsefell’s Boomer Bloodstock from Millford Thoroughbreds at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. He has now won seven of his 13 starts and more than $940,000 for his owners Chris Wells & Bill Andrews, who turned down a substantial Hong Kong offer for the 4YO gelding earlier this year.

Scales Of Justice is Not A Single Doubt’s fifth Group 1 winner and his second this season, after Extreme Choice, brilliant winner of the A.J. Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley in September. With total earnings of almost $4.1 million, Not A Single Doubt is Australia’s current leading active sire, ahead of Fastnet Rock and Snitzel, who shares table lead by stakeswinners with Exceed and Excel – they have eight apiece.

Ready To Run profits flow for Arrowfield buyers

In a buoyant, but highly selective market at this week’s New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs, Arrowfield graduates & stallions gave vendors a real edge.

Among the top-priced lots was the Starcraft-Vortex colt, originally secured for $130,000 from Arrowfield’s Magic Millions Gold Coast draft last January. The buyer was Leanach Lodge which accepted Hong Kong trainer Ricky Yiu’s bid of $NZ360,000 for the colt during Wednesday’s session.

Lot 67 was Kilmore Farm’s Snitzel-Aussie Christmas colt,purchased by Anton Koolman Bloodstock for $NZ340,000, a healthy profit on the $150,000 paid for him at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale where he was part of the Arrowfield draft.

The Animal Kingdom-Bella Cantata colt, a $25,000 buy from Arrowfield at the Magic Millions National Sale, was re-offered by Woburn Farm and knocked down for $NZ160,000 to Hong Kong buyer Michael Chang.

Broodmare purchases from Arrowfield have produced positive outcomes too. The $220,000 Starcraft-Zeparty colt & $200,000 Smart Missile-North Sea colt returned around six times the combined price paid for their dams from the Stud’s 2014 Magic Millions National Sale consignment.

The Sale results illustrated the premium that buyers are prepared to pay for 2YOs by commercially attractive sires. Fourteen Ready To Run lots by five current Arrowfield stallions – Animal Kingdom, Manhattan Rain, Not A Single Doubt, Smart Missile & Snitzel – sold for an average price of $158,546. That’s more than $60,000 above the overall Sale average.

The first opportunity to buy from the new crop of Arrowfield yearlings comes at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale in January when the Stud will present 22 fillies & 36 colts, including two colts from the first crop of six-time Group 1 winner Dundeel.

Stakes treble for Redoute's Choice & Sons

The booming success of Redoute’s Choice and his Arrowfield-based sons continued on Saturday with geographically diverse stakes victories by Abidewithme, Prompt Response & Scales Of Justice.

Not A Single Doubt’s imposing 4YO son Scales of Justice produced an outstanding performance to win the $150,000 WATC R.J. Peters S. 1500m G3 at Ascot in Perth. Backing up from a strong win a fortnight earlier, the gelding jumped well and sat just behind the speed before taking the lead at the top of the straight  and showing his customary determination to score by a length from Bass Strait and Ideal Image. Trainer Lindsey Smith said afterwards that he will back Scales of Justice up next Saturday in the $1 million WATC Railway S. G1, won last year by another son of Not A Single Doubt, Good Project.

Watch Scales Of Justice win the WATC R.J. Peters S. G3

Bred by Gerard & Kathy Hammond, Scales of Justice is the sixth and final foal of the unraced mare Beymatilla (by Umatilla) and was a $180,000 purchase by Boomer Bloodstock from Millford Thoroughbreds at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. He has won or placed in all of his 12 starts for owners Chris Wells & Bill Andrews and is Not A Single Doubt’s 35th stakeswinner.

Beneteau also posted a new stakeswinner when 3YO filly Prompt Response won the $120,000 MRC Twilight Glow S. 1400m LR for breeder Ron Hamer and co-owner Mark Sowerby, who also race her Group 3-winning older brother Prompt Return. The pair are out of Prompt (by Exceed and Excel), a daughter of the five-time winner and multiple Group placegetter Amnesia, and have each earned almost $300,000. Prompt Response is prepared by the Waterhouse-Bott partnership.

Watch Prompt Response win the MRC Twilight Glow S. LR 

Beneteau’s two crops have already ensured he will be remembered as a successful sire whose premature death in 2013 was a real blow for Australian thoroughbred breeding. VRC Oaks winner Lasqueti Spirit heads his list of nine stakeswinners among 16 stakes performers – that’s an impressive 18.8% per cent of his runners. He is currently second on the Australian 3rd Season Sires’ table, behind another young Arrowfield-sired stallion, Star Witness (by Starcraft), who defeated Beneteau in a notable running of the Blue Diamond S. G1. 

Redoute’s Choice himself chimed in thanks to an eye-catching performance by his daughter Abidewithme who stormed home from the back of the field to win the $100,000 Tauranga S. 1600m G2. 

Watch Abidewithme win the Tauranga S. G2

 Co-trainer Jamie Richards said, “That was a great performance, she’s a mare who’s in great form at the moment. She’s the biggest and strongest we’ve ever seen her.

“She was served by Tavistock this Spring, and she’s tested positive in foal. So we’ve only got a limited amount of time left with her, but I think we could have a lot of fun in that time we’ve got left.”

Abidewithme was bred by her owners Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan from the dual Group winner Crimson (by Zabeel) and now has two Group 2 wins and a pair of Listed victories on her nine-win, $400,000 record. Crimson, also the dam of Oaks-placed stakeswinner Miss Scarlatti and grand-dam of multiple stakeswinner Destiny’s Kiss, has a 2YO filly by Redoute’s Choice’s son Burgundy, whose first runner, Hard Merchandize won well on debut at Otaki on 1 November. 

Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt and Beneteau have already put up 21 stakeswinners and collective progeny earnings of $11.5 million this season.

Triple Crown's Redzel wins Century Stakes

It’s little more than three months into the new season and Australia’s leading active sire Snitzel has already bettered his 2015/16 tally of  stakes wins.

Redzel notched up the 12th black type success for Snitzel’s progeny this season when he scored a narrow, but impressive victory in Thursday’s $150,000 VRC Century S. 1000m LR for his jubilant Triple Crown Syndications owners.

Blake Shinn chose to head for the stand side down Flemngton’s straight course, where he launched Redzel on a powerhouse solo run that swept him to the post just ahead of the fast-finishing Terravista, with the favourite Hellbent two lengths back in third.

Shinn said, “I just rode my own race, I flew the gates and got him into stride.

“I had to rate him pretty carefully through those mid stages so that I could be strong to the line and forttunately he settled well for me, he worked with me and it was a great result.”

Watch Redzel win the VRC Century S. LR.

Redzel was bred by Lee Fleming and sold at the 2014 Magic Millions Sale by Marquee Stud to Triple Crown’s Chris & Michael Ward.

It has taken the 4YO gelding only 13 starts to earn more than three times his $120,000 purchase price, with the bonus joy of a Group 3 win and two Listed wins among his five victories.

Like Triple Crown’s earlier Snitzel-sired stars, Group 1 winner Hot Snitzel & Group 2 winner Flying Snitzel, Redzel is his dam’s final foal. He’s the seventh winner and second stakeswinner out of  Millrich (by Rubiton), herself a smart, Group-winning juvenile and third in Flying Spur’s 1995 Golden Slipper.

The Century Stakes has been a stepping stone to Group 1 success for three recent winners of the race: The Quarterback (2015), Lankan Rupee (2013) and Temple Of Boom (2010).

Redzel’s $90,000 share of the race’s prizemoney takes Snitzel through the $3 million mark in Australia this season, topped only by the deceased champion sires Street Cry, sire of Winx, and Monsun, sire of Melbourne Cup winner Almandin.