Arrowfield celebrates inaugural Snitzel Sprint

Arrowfield celebrated the inaugural $100,000 Snitzel Sprint with the delighted owners and trainer of the wonderfully competitive Isorich who has now returned more than $500,000 on his $7,000 Inglis Scone purchase price. 

The buyer was owner-trainer Wayne Seelin who prepares the 7YO gelding with minimum fuss at Wyong and races him with his father and their good friend Paul Watson.

Driven hard out of gate six by 3-kilogram claiming apprentice Lee Magorrian, Isorich rolled along easily behind Tango Rain with the favourite I Thought So third, then began applying pressure at the 300-metre mark. All three horses were in for the fight, but Isorich’s weight advantage and determination prevailed in a time of 1:08.63 on the Good3 track.

Often under-rated by punters on city racing, Isorich paid a juicy $21 for the win, a result warmly greeted by several members of Team Arrowfield who selected him for a group bet on the race!

Bred by Colin Flynn, Isorich is by Choisir from seven-time winner A Little Naughty (by Rustic Amber), from the family of Group 1 winner Danni Martine.  

Arrowfield also sponsored the $150,000 Breeders’ Plate 1000m LR, always fascinating as the first Sydney 2YO race for colts and geldings, and a handy guide to the season’s juvenile talent.

First run in 1906, the Breeders’ Plate has an illustrious list of winners including Hall of Famers Heroic, Sky High, Luskin Star and Choisir and more recently, Snitzel, Charge Forward, Smart Missile, Sebring, Pierro, Vancouver & Capitalist. 

The Snitzel colt Bondi (ex Bondi Blonde by Red Ransom) very nearly matched the sponsorship with an Arrowfield-sired victory, but had to settle for second behind the fast-finishing Performer.

Bondi’s jockey Blake Shinn said, “It was a great run, nearly as a good as a win. He did everything right, he ran as well as he could, the winner was just a bit better.’’

Redoute's Choice influence grows

Mention “Redoute’s Choice dynasty” and Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt are naturally top of mind, but there’s plenty happening with the sire-line beyond those two spectacular stallions.

Take, for example, Saturday’s racing across the Tasman, which featured two early season stakes races for New Zealand 3YO fillies, a category that continues to throw up performers capable of competing in the best Australian company – think Bonneval, La Bella Diosa, Sofia Rosa, Rising Romance & Lucia Valentina.

The Hawke’s Bay Gold Trail S. 1200m G3 was won by Dijon Bleu, whose sire Burgundy is a Cambridge Stud-based sprinting son of Redoute’s Choice from Grand Exchezeaux (by Zabeel), so a three-quarter brother to leading New Zealand sire Darci Brahma.

Dijon Bleu, also a Listed winner this season, is Burgundy’s third stakes performer, after Listed winner Hard Merchandize and Singapore 2YO Bringer Of War from his 57-foal first crop. Cambridge Stud has announced that Burgundy, one of 18 stakes-siring sons of Redoute’s Choice, will serve more than 120 mares this Spring.

Not A Single Doubt’s Star Thoroughbreds-raced son Squamosa posted his first stakeswinner, the filly Kiwi Ida in Saturday’s CJC Canterbury Belle S. LR and she joins Dijon Bleu among the early chances for November’s NZ One Thousand Guineas G1.

Like Burgundy, Squamosa was a classy sprinting colt who found top form at three, winning the STC Run to the Rose G3 before running a close second to Toorak Toff in the Golden Rose G1. A son of juvenile stakeswinner Class Success, and the first son of Not A Single Doubt to go to stud, Squamosa shares his damsire Success Express with Champion Sire Savabeel.

Arrowfield’s 2017 roster includes a pair of young Redoute’s Choice sons with similar profiles whose striking first foals only increase confidence in their prospects of stud success. 

Panzer Division (from a Champion 2YO daughter of Hussonet), and Scissor Kick (whose dam is by Quest For Fame from the great Hasili family) both won at two and progressed quickly to Group success as Spring 3YOs. Like Squamosa, Scissor Kick was the Golden Rose G1 runner-up, while Panzer Division was fifth in the George Main S. G1 at only his fourth start.

Snitzel plucks the Golden Rose

In its brief eight-year history as a Group 1 Sydney 3YO feature the Golden Rose had eluded Arrowfield’s stallions. 

But that all changed on Saturday when Trapeze Artist led home Champagne Cuddles and Menari to land a sensational Golden Rose trifecta for Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt. 

Watch Trapeze Artist win the ATC Golden Rose S. G1.

The $1 million race over 1400 metres was a triumph for “Mr. Snitzel”, Gerald Ryan, trainer of both the favourite Menari and Trapeze Artist, who slipped off the punters’ radar and started at 40/1. A Group 3 winner and Group 1-placed at two, Trapeze Artist left no doubt about his class when he overcame barrier 14 and a four-wide run to romp home by 4.3 lengths. 

The Bjorn Baker-trained Champagne Cuddles earned her own round of applause when she sprinted out of the pack to nab second from the valiant Menari. It was the fourth Group placing this season for the tough and talented Not A Single Doubt filly, who backed up after a similar late-dash run for second in last week’s Tea Rose S. G2.

Ryan has now trained 13 stakeswinners by Snitzel, they have won 31 Group & Listed races, and the Golden Rose is his second Group 1 victory with Snitzel’s tribe, after Snitzerland’s 2014 VRC Lightning S. G1 success.

Trapeze Artist is Snitzel’s 12th individual Group 1 winner and the result was the second Arrowfield-sired Group race trifecta in a fortnight, after the ATC Run to the Rose G2 won by Menari from Pariah (by Redoute’s Choice) and Perast (also by Snitzel).

Trapeze Artist is raced by the Vieira family headed by Bert Viera who paid $190,000 for the Domesday mare Treppes in foal to Snitzel from Edinburgh Park at the 2014 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. Two years later, the yearling Trapeze Artist was passed in for $300,000 at the Inglis Easter Sale – a disappointment that was well and truly forgotten as Bert Vieira celebrated his first Group 1 success after several years of substantial investment. 

Treppes is a non-winning member of a distinguished family that includes the Woodlands Stud graduates Crawl, Marching & Gait, and descends from 1971 Golden Slipper winner Fairy Walk. Go back another four generations and there’s Raphis, one of the several full sisters to Phar Lap that have extended his family’s influence into the 21st century. 

Less than two months after winning his first General Sires’ title, Snitzel is once again leading every Premiership category with $3.1 million prizemoney, 40 winners, 50 wins, 9 stakeswinners and 11 stakes wins. Eight other stallions have broken through the $1 million mark, including Not A Single Doubt, who holds down sixth spot with just over $1.2 million. 

Job Opportunity: Arrowfield Sydney Office

Arrowfield Head Office, Administrative Assistant 

Arrowfield is the leading Australian-owned thoroughbred breeding operation with a team of six based in the Sydney Head Office. Arrowfield Stud currently stands twelve stallions, including the Champion Sires Redoute’s Choice and Snitzel.

Arrowfield is a dynamic and highly successful company and the right applicant will be joining an enthusiastic team.

We are looking for a person who is organised, intuitive, with good computer and literacy skills, great attention to detail, friendly with a good phone manner and be able to work without supervision. An interest in thoroughbred racing would be useful, but is not essential.

Your duties and responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Manage racehorse registrations
  • Track racehorse runners and results by Arrowfield stallions
  • Assist CFO with bloodstock insurance administration
  • Personal Assistant to the Chairman by maintaining his calendar, arranging meetings and travel
  • First point of contact for Sydney office by answering phone, receiving deliveries, greeting visitors
  • Maintain office services and supplies by organising office equipment, organising mail and postal deliveries, and liaising with strata management on general facility maintenance requirements

Applications will be treated in confidence.

Please send CV and cover letter to John Messara jmm@arrowfield.com.au by 29th September.

Third stakeswinner for Animal Kingdom

It’s been a progressive weekend in both hemispheres for Animal Kingdom, thanks to his third stakeswinner, an impressive debut winner, a repeat winner and a Grade 2 placegetter.

His 2YO son Untamed Domain, already a winner and Grade 3-placed, started second favourite for the $US200,000 Summer S. G2 over one mile on turf at Woodbine on Sunday. The favourite Hemp Hemp Hooray looked likely to take the race out until Untamed Domain rallied late to catch him just short of the line.

The race is a Win & You’re In qualifier for the  $US1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf G1 in November. 

Watch Untamed Domain win the Woodbine Summer S. G2.

Bred by Clearsky Farms, Untamed Domain is prepared by Animal Kingdom’s trainer Graham Motion for West Point Thoroughbreds. The colt is the fourth and best winner out of the stakes-winning mare Ciao (by Roberto’s son Lear Fan), a grand-daughter of French Group 1 winner Smuggly.

Untamed Domain completed a Woodbine weekend double for Animal Kingdom, following the five-length debut success of 2YO filly Grace And Dignity in a six-furlong maiden  on Saturday. She is the fourth winner from Animal Kingdom’s first Northern Hemisphere crop. 

Watch Grace And Dignity win on debut at Woodbine.

Grace And Dignity’s dam is 7-time winner Precision Farming, by Mr. Prospector’s son Smart Strike, from the family of Grade 2 winners Dream About and Deeply Undervalued. Go a little further back in the pedigree, and up pops Secret Verdict, the fifth dam of Champion Sire Snitzel. 

Meanwhile in Australia, the Darley home-bred 3YO Animalia posted his second win over 1600 metres at Newcastle on Friday. His dam is the grand producer Hold To Ransom (by Red Ransom), whose earlier progeny include Group 3 winner Retrieve and Listed winners Abduction and Reparations. 

Watch Animalia win at Newcastle.

Animal Kingdom, currently serving his fourth Australian book of mares at Arrowfield, is also the sire of US stakeswinnerContinental Divide and the filly Sunny Skies, third in the Churchill Downs Pocahontas S. G2, a few hours after Grace And Dignity’s success.

The Dubai World Cup champion’s other Australian winners are TDN Rising Star Earth Angel, Lord Cecil (also Group-placed at two), Barbary, Royal Phoenix and Platinum.

Redzel ready to climb Everest

Triple Crown’s rising superstar Redzel gave a clear signal of his readiness for The Everest with a record-setting victory in Saturday’s $200,000 ATC The Shorts 1100m G2.

Four days after the announcement that Redzel will take up James Harron’s Everest slot, The Shorts unfolded in straightforward fashion. Ball Of Muscle took the lead and Redzel sat comfortably outside him before producing a sub 33-second last 600 metres to score by 1.3 lengths from Ball Of Muscle and Nieta in 1:01.83. That bettered Famous Seamus’ five-year-old record by 0.13 second.

Watch Redzel win the ATC The Shorts G2.

Bred by Lee Fleming, Redzel (ex Millrich by Rubiton) was bought for $120,000 by Triple Crown from Marquee Stud’s draft at the 2014 Magic Millions Sale. Like many of Australia’s best sprinters, the son of Snitzel has developed steadily from promising juvenile to top-flight performer as a four- and five-year-old.

He began his career with Group-placed city success at two, and achieved stakes-winning status at three. Four black type successes last season, including the Doomben 10,000 G1, marked his arrival in elite company, but he has found found a whole new level of excellence this Spring. 

The Shorts featured four of the six horses already confirmed for Everest slots and there was plenty to like about the efforts of English (4th), Fell Swoop (6th) and Chautauqua (7th), but with four weeks to go, Redzel is the horse any jockey would love to be on. 

Champion jockey Hugh Bowman did the honours this time and plainly put himself up for piloting duty on 14 October. “I would love to be on him in The Everest if Kerrin is not available.” Kerrin McEvoy rode Redzel to victory in the NSW Tatt’s RC Concorde S. G2 on 2 September, but was committed to Hartnell, second in Saturday’s VRC Makybe Diva S. G1.

Redzel has now put together a sequence of four straight Group wins since April’s Hall Mark S. G3, and completed a run of three Group-winning Saturdays for Snitzel. With eight winners of 10 Group & Listed Races inside the new season’s first 50 days, Snitzel is taking no prisoners in his quest for back-to-back Sires’ Premierships. 

Redoute’s Choice influence grows

Mention “Redoute’s Choice dynasty” and Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt are naturally top of mind, but there’s plenty happening with the sire-line beyond those two spectacular stallions.

Take, for example, Saturday’s racing across the Tasman, which featured two early season stakes races for New Zealand 3YO fillies, a category that continues to throw up performers capable of competing in the best Australian company – think Bonneval, La Bella Diosa, Sofia Rosa, Rising Romance & Lucia Valentina.

The Hawke’s Bay Gold Trail S. 1200m G3 was won by Dijon Bleu, whose sire Burgundy is a Cambridge Stud-based sprinting son of Redoute’s Choice from Grand Exchezeaux (by Zabeel), so a three-quarter brother to leading New Zealand sire Darci Brahma.

Dijon Bleu, also a Listed winner this season, is Burgundy’s third stakes performer, after Listed winner Hard Merchandize and Singapore 2YO Bringer Of War from his 57-foal first crop. Cambridge Stud has announced that Burgundy, one of 18 stakes-siring sons of Redoute’s Choice, will serve more than 120 mares this Spring.

Not A Single Doubt’s Star Thoroughbreds-raced son Squamosa posted his first stakeswinner, the filly Kiwi Ida in Saturday’s CJC Canterbury Belle S. LR and she joins Dijon Bleu among the early chances for November’s NZ One Thousand Guineas G1.

Like Burgundy, Squamosa was a classy sprinting colt who found top form at three, winning the STC Run to the Rose G3 before running a close second to Toorak Toff in the Golden Rose G1. A son of juvenile stakeswinner Class Success, and the first son of Not A Single Doubt to go to stud, Squamosa shares his damsire Success Express with Champion Sire Savabeel.

Arrowfield’s 2017 roster includes  Redoute’s Choice sons with similar profiles whose striking first foals only increase confidence in their prospects of stud success. 

Scissor Kick (whose dam is by Quest For Fame from the great Hasili family)  won at two and progressed quickly to Group success as Spring 3YOs. Like Squamosa, Scissor Kick was the Golden Rose G1 runner-up.

Shoals too strong in Atlantic Jewel Stakes

The ten mares bought for $1 million or more from the spectacular Teeley Dispersal at the 2014 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale are a fascinating group to follow. 

Nine of the ten are from the immediate family of Redoute’s Choice and the tenth mare, Estelle Collection was in foal to the champion sire. 

Four of them have had subsequent yearlings go through the ring in Australia for a total of $3.95 million. Two mares, Drifting Cube and Taste of Heaven are in the United States, while Unspoken Choice is in Japan where she has a yearling colt by Deep Impact. 

Several of these mares have unraced progeny in Australia, for example, 3YOs Notting Hill (Pierro-Monsoon Wedding), Lankan Rupee’s full brother Regal Stage (Redoute’s Choice-Estelle Collection), Mujaadil (Not A Single Doubt-Unspoken Choice) & Exrated (Pierro-Rex Is A Star).

The just-turned 2YOs include Munich (Snitzel-Quench The Thirst), Set Goals (Snitzel-Your Life Style) and a Dundeel filly from Rex Is A Star. 

However, the early prize for the best result from the Teeley Dispersal must go to The Broken Shore, one of two Hussonet fillies that Shantha’s Choice left at the end of her extraordinary career as a matron. 

Bought for $1.9 million by Dean Hawthorne for the partnership of Arrowfield and Jonthan Munz’s Pinecliff Racing, The Broken Shore produced a Fastnet Rock filly in 2014. Named Shoals, she was retained by her breeders and is unbeaten in four starts after adding Saturday’s $120,000 MVRC Atlantic Jewel S. 1200m LR to her two juvenile Group victories and debut win last February.

Watch Shoals win the MVRC Atlantic Jewel S. LR.

That record and her solid gold pedigree make Shoals one of Australia’s most valuable fillies in training, and not surprisingly her trainer Anthony Freedman has a Group 1 target in sight for her.  

He said after her no-nonsense Moonee Valley success, “We need to find out now is she can stretch out in distance. If she can get a mile then a race like the Thousand Guineas is the obvious race for her.

“She’s got the temperament to do it, it’s more a question of whether she can stay. She’s high quality and I’d like to think there’s more improvement in her – she hadn’t done that much coming here.”

The Atlantic Jewel Stakes was also won two years ago by Arrowfield’s filly Stay With Me on her way to success in the Thousand Guineas G1.  

Still a young mare, only eight years-old, The Broken Shore has already joined her half-sisters Monsoon Wedding and Sliding Cube to expand the distaff side of the Shantha’s Choice dynasty. And there’s more to come: Shoals has a 2YO full sister and yearling full brother and The Broken Shore is foaling this Spring to Medaglia d’Oro. 

Smart Missile colt is Guineas-bound

Mick Price is looking ahead with some confidence to the Bill Stutt Stakes and the Caulfield Guineas after Masculino’s all-the-way win over 1509 metres at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

It was the first try in city company for the son of Smart Missile after his 2YO debut win last April, and an easy victory over 1400 metres at Cranbourne on 27 August. 

Jake Noonan took advantage of Masculino’s ace draw to roll forward and take up the lead where the colt settled comfortably, despite being pressed in the middle stages by Sheer Madness.

Coming round the turn, Masculino had all his rivals in trouble except the top-weighted Eshtiraak who emerged quickly to challenge, but was held at bay by Masculino who rallied gamely to win by a long neck with Sunquest third.

Watch Masculino win at Moonee Valley.

Mick Price said, “I was happy that he won, he does have some improvement in him, I think he’s going to be a nice big Flemington horse if he trains on after the Caulfield Guineas.

“He handled Moonee Valley well, the Bill Stutt will be a little bit tougher but that will be the way he’s going.”

Bred by Grant Ahearn & David Yu, Masculino is the second winner left by Special Melody (by Encosta de Lago), an unraced daughter of three-time Group 1 winner Special Harmony and sister to multiple stakeswinner Little Surfer Girl. Special Melody is due to foal this Spring to Not A Single Doubt. 

Masculino was offered by Glastonbury Stud at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale where Mick Price & Luke Wilkinson bought him for $120,000.

Already 2015/16’s Champion First Season Sire  and the 2016/17 Leading Second Season Sire by winners, Smart Missile is off to an excellent start this season. His 15 winners and more than $600,000 prizemoney give him an early lead among Australia’s stallions with three crops of racing age, and 15th spot on the General Sires’ table.  

Time to rave about Ravi

Kia Ora Stud’s home-bred mare Ravi showed that her breakthrough to stakes success last season was no flash in the pan with a decisive first-up victory in the $150,000 ATC Sheraco S. 1200m G3 at Rosehill on Saturday.

Hampered by poor starts earlier in her career, Ravi began perfectly this time which allowed Kerrin Mcevoy to work her in from a wide draw to settle fourth, one off the fence. Eased wider on the turn, the daughter of Redoute’s Choice drove forward to challenge the favourite Bonny O’Reilly, then pulled clear to score by two lengths from Perizada and Daysee Doom.

Watch Ravi win the ATC Sheraco S. G3.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden  said,”We wanted to be a bit positive early, she stepped well, looked like she was going to get caught three deep but Kerrin persevered and got into a great spot.

“She travelled really well and there was a lot to like about her last 200 metres, she was very strong.”

With plenty of black type sprints programmed during the Spring, Ravi’s record is likely to improve further on the six wins and $406,000 prizemoney she’s already accumulated.

One of six winners out of Mambo In Freeport (by Kingmambo), Ravi is a full sister to English stakeswinner Elzaam, also runner-up in the 2010 Royal Ascot Coventry S. G2.

Ravi is the second stakeswinner this season for Redoute’s Choice, after Pariah, successful in the ATC San Domenico S. G3 on 26 August, and a fine second in the Run to the Rose G2, the race after the Sheraco Stakes. 

Redoute’s Choice is now only one away from a couple of career milestones, his 100th Group winner and 150th stakeswinner.