300th stakes win for Redoute's Choice

Hong Kong’s Champion Griffin of 2014/15 has taken a little while to fulfil his undoubted promise, but on Sunday evening Thewizardoz turned promise into dazzling reality.

His victory in the 1400-metre HKJC Premier Cup G3 was notable on three counts: his 3.5 length winning margin, his winning time of 1:20.86 and the 6 kg he conceded to runner-up and hot favourite Winner’s Way.

Watch Thewizardofoz win the HKJC Premier Cup G3.

The 5YO gelding brought up a couple of important milestones for two legends of global racing. It was the 92nd win this season, an all-time Hong Kong record, for champion trainer John Size, and the 300th stakes win on the astonishing record of champion sire Redoute’s Choice.

Bred by Tony Bott’s Evergreen Stud, Thewizardofoz is the second foal of four-time Group 1 winner Princess Coup, by Encosta de Lago whose daughters have produced eight stakeswinners from 50 foals by Redoute’s Choice, including Group 1 winners Peeping & Musir.

Redoute’s Choice now has 148 lifetime stakeswinners, with 17 of them successful in 21 stakes races this season – very close to his standard season performance since 2003/04.

Nightwatch & Foaling Assistant Required

Arrowfield Stud seeks a Nightwatch & Foaling Assistant for the 2017 breeding season beginning end of July.

Experience is essential. The roster can be flexibly adjusted as required.

Based near Scone in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Arrowfield Stud is the leading Australian-owned thoroughbred breeding operation and home of champion sires Redoute’s Choice and Snitzel.

Please send applications by 30th June with a CV to: jess@arrowfield.com.au.

Stakes milestone for Not A Single Doubt

Almost seven years after Not A Single Doubt opened his stakes account as a sire, Scales Of Justice brought up his milestone 90th stakes victory in Saturday’s $150,000 WATC Hyperion S. 1600m G3 at Belmont in Perth.

Sent out as odds-on favourite, Scales Of Justice took early control of the race, and out-classed his eight rivals to win by three lengths in 1:37.53. 

Watch Scales Of Justice win the WATC Hyperion S. G3.

 It was the 4YO gelding’s eighth career win and his third Group victory for owners Chris Wells & Bill Andrews, following last November’s Railway S. G1 and R.J. Peters S. G3. His consistency is as impressive as his rise to Group 1 class: he’s won or placed in all of his 16 starts since his juvenile debut win two years ago and garnered prizemoney of more than $1.2 million.

Bred by Gerard & Kathy Hammond, Scales Of Justice was bought for $180,000 by agent Craig Rounsefell’s Boomer Bloodstock and trainer Lindsey Smith at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. He’s the sixth and last foal of his dam Beymatilla (by Umatilla), but fortunately, the Hammonds are breeding from his close relation, Another Show (Al Maher-Beymatilla).

Find out why Gerard & Kathy Hammond chose Not A Single Doubt for Beymatilla.

Not A Single Doubt has followed up his spectacular 2015/16 season with career-best numbers in most categories, including 15 winners of 25 stakes races (including 2YO Qiji Phoenix in New Zealand) and four Group 1 winners: Secret Agenda, Clearly Innocent, Extreme Choice & Scales Of Justice.

Not A Single Doubt’s $11.1 million earnings this season give him fourth position on the Australian General Sires’ premiership, between Fastnet Rock and I Am Invincible, but when it comes to stakeswinners & stakes wins, he is headed only his Arrowfield barnmate, Snitzel.

Visit Arrowfield’s Stallion Open House in August

It’s time to start planning to visit the beautiful Hunter Valley for Stallion Showcase Week in August, just before the new breeding season begins on 1 September.

So far 21 new stallions have been announced for New South Wales in 2017, and Arrowfield is delighted to be introducing three of them: the “Beast from the East” Maurice, European 2YO sprinting star Shalaa and Japan’s 2016 Champion Sprinter & Miler Mikki Isle.

They join one of the most formidable stallion rosters in the world right now, headed by the magnificent champion sire Redoute’s Choice and his sensational sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt, collectively responsible for 253 stakeswinners, 59 of them this season alone.

Arrowfield will be open to visitors for morning and afternoon sessions over three days, as follows:

FRIDAY 25 AUGUST
9am – 12 noon (full stallion parade at 9.30am) & 2pm – 4pm

SATURDAY 26 AUGUST
9am – 12 noon (full parade at 9.30am) & 2pm – 4pm

SUNDAY 27 AUGUST
9am – 12 noon (full parade at 9.30am); no afternoon session.

Join us for great coffee & food, inspect the stallions and meet the Arrowfield team. To help our event planning, please email Sophie with numbers and your preferred day.

Visit Arowfield's Stallion Open House in August

It’s time to start planning to visit the beautiful Hunter Valley for Stallion Showcase Week in August, just before the new breeding season begins on 1 September.

So far 21 new stallions have been announced for New South Wales in 2017, and Arrowfield is delighted to be introducing three of them: the “Beast from the East” Maurice, European 2YO sprinting star Shalaa and Japan’s 2016 Champion Sprinter & Miler Mikki Isle.

They join one of the most formidable stallion rosters in the world right now, headed by the magnificent champion sire Redoute’s Choice and his sensational sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt, collectively responsible for 253 stakeswinners, 59 of them this season alone.

Arrowfield will be open to visitors for morning and afternoon sessions over three days, as follows:

FRIDAY 25 AUGUST
9am – 12 noon (full stallion parade at 9.30am) & 2pm – 4pm

SATURDAY 26 AUGUST
9am – 12 noon (full parade at 9.30am) & 2pm – 4pm

SUNDAY 27 AUGUST
9am – 12 noon (full parade at 9.30am); no afternoon session.

Join us for great coffee & food, inspect the stallions and meet the Arrowfield team. To help our event planning, please email Sophie with numbers and your preferred day.

Animal Kingdom's first Flemington winner

It’s easy to imagine Animal Kingdom’s progeny relishing Flemington’s big open stretches and 2YO colt Royal Phoenix gave a hint of that future with a dead-heat victory at the famous track on Saturday.

Watch Royal Phoenix win at Flemington.

Racing on the challenging 1100-metre course, Royal Phoenix and his fellow dead-heater Andaz settled together without cover, just behind the early leaders. They joined serious battle at the 250 metres when Royal Phoenix extended impressively to take the lead before Andaz fought back to level up right on the line, with Evil Cry a neck away away in third.

Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said of Royal Phoenix, “He didn’t get cover but neither did the other, but they both fought it out very strong to the line. He will get better – it’s never easy first time up the straight, but he did it beautifully.”

Royal Phoenix is the second foal of Helena Girl, a winning daughter of Commands and also the dam of Macau stakeswinner Sparta (by Beneteau). He’s prepared for a group of owners, including his breeder Tony Pistikakis, by Team Hawkes, who bought him for $240,000 from Arrowfield’s 2016 Magic Millions draft.

The Hawkes stable also bought Royal Phoenix’s year-younger full brother at this year’s Magic Millions Sale and Helena Girl, now in foal to Dundeel, has a weanling filly by Smart Missile.

Royal Phoenix is the fifth winner from Animal Kingdom’s first Australian crop, sufficient to hold third on the First Season Sires’ premiership by winners.  His best performer this term, Group-placed winner Lord Cecil, ran a meritorious sixth, beaten less than two lengths, in Saturday’s BRC J.J. Atkins G1 after racing very wide for much of the race.

Add six placegetters from a representation of only 14 runners and the Dubai World Cup champion is a big watch for 2017/18.

Animal Kingdom’s second-crop yearlings averaged almost $155,000 at 2017’s major sales and his top price of $340,000 was paid by Solis Litt Bloodstock at Inglis Easter for Arrowfield’s filly out of Sammy’s Girl. Other buyers of his second-crop yearlings include Andrew Williams, Phil Cataldo, Damon Gabbedy, Champion Thoroughbreds, Liam Birchley & Paul Perry.

Smart Missile's aim is true

Smart Missile’s barrage of 16 winners, including two stakeswinners, in the past six weeks do more than keep him in the tight race for the Australian Second Season Sires’ title.

They also confirm his growing value as a sire of smart juveniles, like impressive Group winners Debellatio & I’ll Have A Bit,  as well as performers that relish distances beyond 1400 metres. 

The latest example is 3YO Rocketeer who made winning over 2000 metres at Sha Tin look easy when he scored by 2.5 lengths in the Class 2 Hong Kong Young Indstrialists Council Silver Jubilee Cup for the Hung family and champion trainer John Moore. 

Watch Rocketeer win over 2000 metres in Hong Kong.

“It’s a change of luck for the Hung family, and they have another Derby prospect to look forward to next season,” said Moore. “This horse was my first Derby purchase for next season, we bought him after he ran in the Victoria Derby last November. He wasn’t my first choice, I was chasing Inference who went on to win the Randwick Guineas, but like many of them he wasn’t for sale. This horse was, and he always looked like he’d be better with six months under his belt, he was on the leg.”

Rocketeer had finished near the tail in his first two runs over a mile, but the switch to Happy Valley and the step up to 1800m last start saw him show a glimmer of form when sixth to Packing Dragon.

“I’ve been bringing him along very slowly, letting him find his legs and acclimatise,” Moore said. “He started to show a bit of form last start at Happy Valley, he was getting to the line and that told me that he was not far off. I didn’t do much with him going into this as he was a fit horse after the last race. He was focused, he was ready and he just outstayed them. From my point of view, though, he’s done what we wanted this season, to win one race at least. Now he can progress on to next season as one of our Derby contenders.”

Redoute's Choice & sons on a roll

Only three weeks after a stunning sequence of six stakes wins in three states, Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt have tag-teamed again to compile four Group & Listed victories on Saturday’s feature Queensland & Western Australian cards.

That takes their worldwide record for this season to 59 winners of 79 Group & Listed Races = a best-ever collective tally for Arrowfield’s father-and-sons trio.

Watch Payroll, Single Gaze & Snitty Kitty win Races 3, 4 & 5 at Doomben.

Not A Single Doubt’s 43rd stakeswinner, 4YO mare Payroll opened the day with a determined finish in the $100,000 BRC Spear Chief H. 1650m LR, taking her career earnings beyond $260,000 for her  part-owner & trainer Richard Laming, who paid $80,000 for her at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Payroll is the second foal out of MacQuarie Stud’s mare Workhard (by Red Ransom), from the family of Group 1-winning New Zealand sprinter Bawalaksana, and Group winners Damaschino & her daughter Shaaheq (by Redoute’s Choice). Workhard is due to foal to Scissor Kick this comng Spring.

Forty minutes later, indomitable mare Single Gaze (Not A Single Doubt-Redaluca’s Gaze by Intergaze), born nine days after Payroll, picked up her third Group race success, the $200,000 BRC P.J. O’Shea S.2200m G2, for a group of owners including two of her breeders Redbank North and Wayne Oxford. Already a Group 1 winner, Single Gaze has returned almost $1.5 million on the $70,000 trainer Nick Olive paid for her at the 2014 Magic Millions Sale.

Race 5 at Doomben, the $100,000 BRC Lightning H. 1050m LR, was Snitzel’s turn to chime in with his 63rd career stakeswinner, 3YO filly Snitty Kitty who prevailed in a close battle with Upstart Pride and Prompt Return (by Beneteau).  The daughter of Lassiter’s Cat (by Tale Of The Cat) has progressed steadily from her Mornington maiden win last September, to city success in Melbourne, a Listed placing at Scone and now her first black type victory which takes her record to four wins and almost $200,000 from nine starts.

Snitty Kitty was bought from the Willow Park Stud draft by her trainer Henry Dwyer for $175,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions Sale and is raced by a group of owners that includes her breeder Gordon Henderson. Dwyer has already sent the filly for a spell and will bring her back for a late Spring campaign and a start in next January’s Magic Millions Sprint.

A lucrative day for Redoute’s Choice & Sons wound up at Belmont in Perth when Chris Gangemi’s wonderful 7YO sprinter – and Arrowfield graduate – Rock Magic (Redoute’s Choice-Rockabubble by Bubble Gum Fellow) won his third Group race this season, the $150,000 WATC Belmont Sprint 1400m G3. Not A Single Doubt’s Group 1-winning son Scales of Justice, having his first start since December, completed the quinella.

Watch Rock Magic win the WATC Belmont Sprint G3 – Race 7.

The final eight weeks of the 2016/17 Australian season hold plenty of interest for stallion-watchers, as Snitzel chases his first Australian General Sires’ title & Danehill’s season record of 26 Australian stakeswinners. He has already broken the all-time season prizemoney and 2YO winners records and now has the opportunity to set the bar even higher for future challengers.

Snitzel’s milestone achievements are all the more impressive because the current top 20 Australian sires are an exceptionally powerful group. They include a record five stallions with prizemoney of $10 million or more (Snitzel, Street Cry, Fastnet Rock, I Am Invincible & Not A Single Doubt), and six champion sires (Street Cry, Fastnet Rock, Redoute’s Choice, Encosta de Lago, Exceed and Excel and Lonhro). 

Measured by worldwide stakeswinners, Group 1 winners and 2YO stakeswinners, 2016/17 is already a career-best year for Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt.  It’s also the 12th season their champion sire has been represented by the winners of at least 20 Group & Listed Races. Here’s how the season looks so far for Australia’s dominant stallion dynasty:

2016/17 SEASON
WORLDWIDE to 5 June 2017

REDOUTE’S CHOICE

SNITZEL

NOT A SINGLE DOUBT

Stakeswinners/Stakes Wins

16/20

28/35

15/24

G1 Winners

2 – RAFEEF & MUSTAAQEEM

5 – HEAVENLY BLUE,  INVADER, REDZEL, RUSSIAN REVOLUTION, SUMMER PASSAGE

4 – CLEARLY INNOCENT, EXTREME CHOICE, SCALES OF JUSTICE, SECRET AGENDA

2YO Stakeswinners

3 – MUSTAAQEEM, PARIAH, ARDROSSAN

5 – INVADER, SUMMER PASSAGE, TANGLED, TEASPOON, TRAPEZE ARTIST

4 – GUNNISON, SINGLE BULLET, DOUBT I’M DREAMING, QIJI PHOENIX

Offshore Stakeswinners

MUSTAAQEEM, RAFEEF, TABLE BAY (South Africa); GOLD LUCK (France); ABIDEWITHME, ARDROSSAN (New Zealand)

SUMMER PASSAGE (New Zealand); HEAVENLY BLUE (South Africa); YOUNG MAN POWER (Japan)

QIJI PHOENIX (New Zealand)