Smart Missile 2YOs in demand at Karaka

Such was the demand for Smart Missile’s progeny at this week’s New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale that he shaded his illustrious barn-mate Snitzel on the sire averages.

Three 2YOs by Smart Missile averaged $NZ266,667 – almost $NZ40,000 more than Snitzel’s four lots – and two of them sold for $NZ350,000.

Lot 80, out of city winner Cyclone Stacey (by Encosta de Lago), attracted brisk bidding before being knocked down to agent George Moore, buying for the champion Hong Kong stable of his father John.  The gelding, an outstanding type from the highly successful Princess Tracy family, breezed up in 10.78 and was offered by Mark & Shelley Treweek’s Lyndhurst Farm.

Moore said, “Dad has a quality Smart Missile in the stable named Rocketeer who we think could be a Hong Kong Derby candidate so when this horse breezed up so well he was definitely on our radar.”

Mark Treweek credited the sale to the gelding’s progress through the year and his sire’s recent success. “The Smart Missiles have been performing well of late, especially in Hong Kong which is where he’s going.”

Rocketeer is one of four winners from Smart Missile’s first seven runners in Hong Kong. 

On the second day of the Sale, Diamond Lodge offered Lot 305, the Smart Missile colt from Queen of Troy (by Storm Cat), with a breeze-up time of 11.18. He was one of four purchases by Tauranga couple Lou & Val Te Keeti and Matamata trainer Graham Richardson, so will remain in New Zealand.

Richardson said, “He really is a super type and just fits the bill in so many ways.

“He’s a lovely mover with a great attitude. Once the bidding got going I knew we were in for a fight, but Lou was determined we’d be taking him home.”

The two Smart  was among the ten top-priced lots of the two-day auction which set fresh Australasian 2YO sale records across the board, completing transactions worth more than $NZ31 million at an average price of $NZ107,638.

The third Smart Missile entry was Lot 400, a gelding out of the Zeditave mare Tiffinco who breezed up in 10.80, was bought for $NZ100,000 by leading Singapore trainer Stephen Gray from the Kilgravin Lodge consignment. 

Other notable sales for Arrowfield stallions were the $NZ300,000 Snitzel-Passiflora colt, bought by Busuttin Racing, the $NZ200,000 Not A Single Doubt-Je T’Aime colt, purchased by Victoria Peak Bloodstock and the $NZ100,000 Animal Kingdom-Only Roses colt sold to Sydney trainer Bjorn Baker.

John Street’s Lincoln Farms Bloodstock paid $NZ200,000 for the stylish Dundeel-Causeway Queen colt, presented by JK Farm for Nearco Stud.

The colt will be trained by Lisa Latta who already has an eye on his 3YO career. “He’s a really nice horse, a good walker and a lot like his Dad. He’ll go to the paddock now for a month and hopefully he’ll trial in the Autumn.”   

Smart Missile, currently second on the Australian 3rd Season Sires’ list with $1.4 million prizemoney, has 22 yearlings catalogued for January’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. They include two colts, one of them a half-brother to Group 1 winner Secret Agenda, and three fillies in the Arrowfield draft. 

Animal Kingdom colt impresses in Guineas

“Drew 11, jumped well but kept wide the whole way, found plenty at the top of the straight and challenged the leader before the winner caught and bested him in the final stages.” 

That’s a fair description of Peaceful State’s heady effort, at only his third start, to finish second in Saturday’s $250,000 Sandown Guineas 1600m G2, a head behind the impressive winner Villermont with the consistent Black Sail third.  

Watch Peaceful State’s 2nd in the MRC Sandown Guineas G2.

Peaceful State is Animal Kingdom’s second Australian Group performer after last season’s 2YO Lord Cecil and he looks capable of further improvement through his 3YO season. 

Such progress is predicted by both sides of Peaceful State’s pedigree. Animal Kingdom won the Kentucky Derby and went on to run second in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at four before delivering a memorable Dubai World Cup victory in his final season. 

Peaceful State’s champion half-brother Weekend Hussler was a six-time Group 1 winner at three, securing the 2008 Australian Horse of the Year title, and adding three more Group wins as a 4YO, including the Underwood S. G1.

Peaceful State is the last foal of Weekend Beauty, bred by Arrowfield’s partnership with Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm. The colt was raised at Arrowfield, and races in Mr Yoshida’s famous red, yellow and black colours from the stable of Darren Weir. 

It’s been a good month for Animal Kingdom, also sire of  US Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf G1 runner-up Untamed Domain on 3 November, last week’s stylish 2YO trial winner Wild Planet (ex Salutations by Redoute’s Choice), his eighth & ninth US first-crop winners Motatan and Island Getaway, and his sixth overall stakes performer, Grace and Dignity in Canada on Sunday.

Magic Millions has catalogued a dozen lots by Animal Kingdom for the 2018 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, including six colts and 4 fillies in the Arrowfield draft. He also has a colt out of Only Roses (Redoute’s Choice) on offer at New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready To Run Sale, which begins on Wednesday.

Group double for dynamic dynasty

Redoute’s Choice and his Arrowfield barnmate sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt have barely missed a beat this Spring. 

The dynamic trio have posted stakes victories in all but two of the 16 weekends since 1 August. That’s a total of 33 Group & Listed victories in Australia, France & New Zealand.

The latest additions to that imposing record came at Sandown last Saturday courtesy of a Group race double by Payroll (by Not A Single Doubt) and Long Time Ago (by Redoute’s Choice).

Payroll has progressed every season since her debut 2YO win, and earned stakes-winning status in Brisbane during the winter. The 5YO mare went one better at Sandown, producing a resolute finish to snatch the $150,000 MRC Eclipse S. 1800m G3 from Kidmenever and Jacquinot Bay.

She has now earned almost $450,000, a handy return on the $80,000 that trainer Richard Laming paid breeder & vendor MacQuarie Stud for her at the 2014 Magic Millions Sale. 

Watch Payroll win the MRC Eclipse S. G3.

It’s been a wonderful Spring for Payroll’s dam Workhard, whose 4YO son Arbeitsam (by Snitzel) rounded off a strong winter campaign with success in the Hawkesbury Rowley Mile LR. A daughter of Red Ransom from the family of Group 1 winner Bawalaksana and Group 3 winner Shaaheq (by Redoute’s Choice), Workhard is foaling this Spring to Scissor Kick.

Payroll is one of Not A Single Doubt’s six stakeswinners this season, a group headed by Caulfield Guineas G1 winner Mighty Boss. Not A Single Doubt holds fifth spot on the General Sires’ list with close to $5 million.

A Doomben double by 2YO Singular Sensation & 3YO Winter Bride rounded out Not A Single Doubt’s day, while back in Sydney, his 3YO daughter Pretty Fast scored her third straight win at Rosehill for Sheikh Khalifa and the Snowden stable.

Not A Single Doubt finished a rewarding weekend with his first stakeswinner as a broodmare sire, when Seasons Bloom (by Captain Sonador) won the HKJC Jockey Club Mile G2.

Completing the Sandown Group double in the final race on the card, the $150,000 MRC Summoned S. 1500m G3, was John Singleton’s home-bred 4YO mare Long Time Ago, the first foal of Australian Oaks G1 winner Once Were Wild (by Johannesburg). 

She capped a tremendous fortnight in Melbourne for her trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, in the Group & Listed winner’s circle five times during Cup Week at Flemington, including after the VRC Oaks G1.

Waterhouse said of Long Time Ago, “We aimed her at this race all along and she’s been down here in Melbourne for a month getting ready so we’re delighted.”

Watch Long Time Ago win the MRC Summoned S. G3.

Long Time Ago is stakeswinner No. 152 and the 100th Group winner for Redoute’s Choice, represented in Australia this season by two other Group 3 winners, star colt Pariah and 5YO mare Ravi. A winning double at Rosehill on Saturday highlighted a pair of 4YOs, Redouble & Glenall, with a good chance of joining them. 

Animal Kingdom's first Group 1 performer

It’s been a progressive fortnight for second season sire Animal Kingdom, with three new winners in Australia and his first Group 1 performer in the United States.

Untamed Domain, already a Grade 2 winner this northern summer, made a big impression when second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf G1 on 3 November, after coming from the back of the pack and running 68 feet further than the winner Mendelssohn.

Sent out by Animal Kingdom’s trainer Graham Motion, Untamed Domain, out of two-time stakeswinner Ciao (by Lear Fan), is raced by West Point Thoroughbreds who have every reason to look forward to plenty more success with him. 

Untamed Domain heads a group of seven winners that have driven Animal Kingdom’s rise to third position on the US First Crop Sires’ list. with prizemoney of $US803,254. 

Back in Australia this week, two Arrowfield graduates from Animal Kingdom’s first Southern Hemisphere crop won successive races at Ballarat.  

First-up was Peaceful State who fought out the finish of the 1400-metre maiden with his stablemate Captain Henry, leaving six lengths of daylight back to the third horse.

Watch Peaceful State win at Ballarat.

Peaceful State is the last foal of Weekend Beauty (by Helissio), celebrated as the dam of Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler, and he is trained by Darren Weir for Katsumi Yoshida, who bred him with Arrowfield. The colt’s likely next assignment will be the $250,000 Sandown Guineas G2 on 18 November.

In the next race, Roar (ex Line Honours by Hussonet)  led all the way and proved too strong over 1600 metres, winning by a length from Pollinator & Bradbury.

Watch Roar win at Ballarat.

Roar (ex Line Honours by Hussonet) was a $200,000 purchase for Champion Thoroughbreds & Matchem Genetics from Arrowfield’s 2016 Magic Millions draft. He is trained by Robert Smerdon who said after the win, “[Roar] has really improved with blinkers and he enjoyed getting out to 1600m today…he will only get better the further he goes.” 

A couple of promising placegetters look close to breakthrough wins. Team Valor’s 3YO filly Oleksandra was third at Randwick on Tuesday, and Godolphin’s 2YO colt Rheingau was third on debut at Rosehill on Saturday.

Redzel dominates Darley Classic

Snitzel’s son Redzel confirmed his status as Australia’s No. 1 sprinter with a dominant display of championship speed in Saturday’s $1 million, 1200-metre VRC Darley Classic, his second Group 1 victory.

And he made it look easy, jumping well, taking up the lead on the outside rail of the famous straight six course and staying there to score in 1:08.74 by 0.75 length from Terravista and Impending, ahead of Chautauqua, Clearly Innocent and Rock Magic. 

Watch Redzel win the VRC Darley Classic G1.

Unbeaten in his four starts this season, and brilliant winner of The Everest last month, Redzel has won 11 of his 21 starts and $7.7 million for the large group of owners managed by Chris & Michael Ward of Triple Crown Syndications.

Peter Snowden, who prepares the 5YO gelding with his son Paul, gave a succinct description of Redzel’s win and the key to his success. 

“Just jumped, led, sustained speed and just finished it right off. I don’t think he was ever headed. It was a dominant win again.

“This horse is easy to train. He does everything that we ask. What we found out now is to just space out his runs, and give him an easy time between runs and he comes back to life again. He is such an easy horse to train.”

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy agrees about Redzel’s professionalism. “He’s so reliable, you know he’s going to turn up and have a show. He’s just keeps achieving with what’s put in front him.

“He’s the best older sprinter I’ve ridden.”

Redzel’s major 2018 target will again be The Everest, with the race’s increased prizemoney of $13 million enough to keep him in Australia and forego a trip to Royal Ascot.

Snitzel is the only stallion represented by top 10 performers in every age category of the current Australian Timeform rankings compiled by Racing & Sports. 

Redzel (with a figure of 125) holds the highest rating among Snitzel’s tribe, 3YO colts Menari (122p) & Trapeze Artist (122), 4YO Russian Revolution (120), 3YO Summer Passage (116) and 2YO Bondi (112).

Redzel’s work this Spring has lifted Snitzel’s prizemoney to $12,379,198, almost exactly $4 million ahead of High Chaparral who has a similar margin on Street Cry and Fastnet Rock, with Not A Single Doubt fifth on $4.7 million.

Across the Tasman, a lower-profile meeting at Te Rapa supplied a significant milestone for Snitzel when his 5YO daughter Untamed Diamond  took out the $50,000 Waikato Sprint 1200m LR. She is Snitzel’s 75th stakeswinner and completed the 15th same-day stakes double on his record.

Watch Untamed Diamond win the Waikato Sprint LR.

Untamed Diamond, out of dual stakeswinner Made Of Diamonds (by Made Of Gold), was bred and sold by Arrowfield for $30,000 to trainer Richard Collett at the 2014 Inglis Classic Sale. She is the third stakes-winning Arrowfield graduate from that particular sale, after Group winners Spill The Beans and Odyssey Moon, both also by Snitzel.

Waking up with Vegas

Sold by Arrowfield at the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling sale for $50,000 to trainer Robbie Griffiths, Real American struggled to find his competitive streak and focus on the track.

Bred by Arrowfield Pastoral Pty Ltd & Planette Thoroughbreds, the 6 year old son of All American and the Redoute’s Choice mare Mirovaya has transitioned life as a racehorse on the track, to become a pleasure horse for young Victorian Renee Bolz.

“He settled into retirement like he was born for it – he was made for me and I was waiting for him,” says Renee, who affectionately reflects on her first encounter with this special horse.

“I had told a friend who worked within the racing industry that I was considering getting another off the track thoroughbred – and within two days she had found me a horse! The only problem was I hadn’t asked my mum!! Luckily as soon as she saw a photo of him she was on board!”

Now known as ‘Vegas’, this All American boy is living a life of luxury on the Mornington Peninsula.  Vegas revels in the attention and life as a pleasure horse. “He is a people’s hose”, says Renee. “He will stand alone at the fence waiting for human attention – his love is endless.”

His affectionate personality has made Vegas a perfect horse for Renee. Six months after purchasing him, Renee was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a very painful condition caused by her immune system attacking her body’s tissue. “I couldn’t walk, I could barely lift a fork to my mouth to eat dinner, but I couldn’t bear the thought of selling Vegas.”

During this struggle the bond between Renee and Vegas grew stronger. “He has helped me throughout it all, mentally and physically. He has literally been a rock for me.”

Now in recovery, Renee has begun riding again.

 “Riding now is hard – I know that I know how to ride correctly or ask for certain movements, but my muscles and strength have deteriorated. Despite this, Vegas is so patient and never gets spooked – even when I break down in tears on him and get angry. He never holds it against me or plays up.”

Renee hopes now to compete on him, believing that his good looks and quiet temperament will be major assets in any show.

Looking back on their time together, Renee finds it hard to pick only one favourite memory as his owner. She has taken him to Pony Club, crawled underneath him, played jump rope with his lead and has taught children how to ride on him. “He is great with children and I know that they will be safe on him. He is so switched on, if you move the wrong way or perform a wrong cue he will stop on the spot!”

Vegas demonstrates the kindness and versatility of the thoroughbred and the long-term value of the expert handling he received as a young horse. “So often people comment on his willing nature, his big heart and the special bond we have. He is the best partner in crime I could ask for and I think to myself everyday how lucky I am.” 

 

 

 

New stakes performers for Smart Missile

While Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt power on at the head of the Australian Sires’ premiership, third season sire Smart Missile has also been busy, boosting his record with two new stakes performers this week, one of them on Oaks Day at Flemington.

First Light Racing’s 3YO filly Smart Coupe had impressed with two late-season juvenile wins and stepped up to run third behind Jorda and Snitzel’s daughter I Am Excited in the $150,000 VRC Red Roses S. 1100m G3. 

Smart Coupe, a $22,000 buy from Grenville Stud at the 2016 Magic Millions Tasmanian Sale, is the first stakes performer out of Coupe, a Group 2-winning daughter of Spinning World. Her female family has enjoyed great Cup Week success over the years, thanks to VRC Oaks G1 winners Rose Of Kingston & Spirit Of Kingston, Kingston Rule (VRC Melbourne Cup G1) & Portland Player (Victoria Derby G1).

Smart Missile, holding second on the  Australian Third Season Sires’ list with $1.2 million, has also been represented this week by Sacred Missile (2nd, Macau Autumn Trophy LR), and 3YO gelding Luna Missile who broke his maiden at the Gold Coast in very impressive fashion on Cup Day.

Watch Luna Missile win at the Gold Coast.

A $120,000 purchase by Dalziel Racing & Aquis Farm from Arrowfield’s draft at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale, Luna Missile is the third winner out of Lunasong (by Unbridled’s Song). He counts among his relatives Hong Kong Group 1 winner Lucky Bubbles, and Group 2 winners Colorado Claire, Moonovermanhattan, Gunnison & Selenia.

Demand for Smart Missile’s 2YOs in training has been strong this year, with five lots averaging $192,500 at Magic Millions in October. They include three of the five top-priced horses, among them the sale-topping $320,000 colt out of County Mayo. Three Smart Missile 2YOs will be offered at New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready To Run Sale later this month. 

Partnership punt pays off with Myer Classic win

Some of the biggest punts in racing have nothing to do with totes or bookmakers.

One of them, the $1.9 million purchase of in-foal broodmare The Broken Shore by Jonathan Munz & Arrowfield, paid off on Derby Day at Flemington, when her daughter Shoals withstood every challenge to win the $500,000 VRC Myer Classic 1600m G1.

As Jonathan Munz said, “We backed ourselves when we bought the mare from the Teeley Dispersal and this is the best result we could have wished for.”

The 3YO filly, bought in utero with her mother, has barely missed a beat in her five-win, 7-start career. With only 50 kg to carry, she was favoured to give the Myer Classic a big shake after her gallant second to Aloisia in the Thousand Guineas G1 three weeks ago. 

And so she did, as jockey Dean Yendall perfectly executed the pre-race plan to use Shoals’ gate speed to take up a forward position,  settle her just off the lead, then strike hard and put pressure on her older rivals, all carrying 57 kg.  

Shoals had the race under control 300 metres out, but Yendall had to call on her fighting spirit as Eckstein, Dixie Blossoms and Beneteau’s daughter Prompt Response threw everything into the finish.

The filly’s class and courage took her through the last 50 metres for a narrow but decisive victory, much to the delight of Jonathan Munz, Pinecliff Racing Manager Rocket Douglas and Team Arrowfield led by Paul & Alice Messara.   

Shoals had visibly progressed since her Guineas second, and both her work last week and Aloisia’s Moonee Valley Vase win indicated that a more serious 1600-metre test was within her capability.

Trainer Anthony Freedman has had sole responsibility for Shoals this season, after brother Lee’s departure for Singapore. He said after the Myer Classic, “We got confident when Aloisia won last Saturday. 

“We decided to keep something up our sleeve for this race. She was incredibly tough today. There’s no reason she can’t win a few more Group Ones.”

Her status as a Group 1 winner – and Group 2, Group 3 & Listed winner – enhances Shoals’ already substantial value as a daughter of champion sire Fastnet Rock and a Hussonet half-sister to champion sire Redoute’s Choice. 

Shoals’ story is a new chapter in the book of one of Australia’s most illustrious female families. The prospects of Shoals’ Autumn campaign, plus her 2YO full sister Tides, their yearling full brother and a colt foal by Medaglia D’Oro give Jonathan Munz and Arrowfield much to look forward to.