Smart Missile 2YO pleases Triple Crown

Chris & Michael Ward’s Triple Crown Syndications have a knack for spotting stallion talent early.

They did it with Snitzel, buying Hot Snitzel in 2010, Flying Snitzel a year later & Redzel in 2014. The rewards for their owners have been spectacular: almost $9.5 million prizemoney and 22 wins, 13 of them at Group level, including three Group 1 victories and, with Redzel still racing, surely more to come.

They have taken a similar approach to Smart Missile, backing up their first-crop purchase of 2YO stakes-placed city winner Jericho with city winner Smartedge and stakes-placed winner Island Missile, all still in training with Peter & Paul Snowden. 

In 2017, they bought a $40,000 Inglis Classic filly from Davali Thoroughbreds that may turn out to be their best Smart Missile buy. Named Ballistica, she has made a big impression with two trial wins, at Warwick Farm on 22 January and today at Gosford, where she defeated another Smart Missile filly, Elenara. Both fillies are trained by Bjorn Baker.

Watch Ballistica’s trial win at Gosford.

Soon after the trial quinella, Baker tweeted enthusiastically about the Smart Missile-Whatevs filly he and Hughes Bloodstock purchased for $NZ80,000 from the Koru Thoroughbreds draft at Karaka. The top-priced Smart Missile yearling at the Sale, a colt out of Petrushka, was sold by the same vendor for $NZ170,000 to Tartan Meadow Bloodstock & Edmond Wong.

Smart Missile, who leads the current Third Season Sires’ list, has a strong line-up of 35 yearlings in the Inglis Classic Sale including five colts & a filly in Arrowfield’s draft.

And if you’re interested in the next Arrowfield stallion Triple Crown has ear-marked for success….Chris & Michael bought Arrowfield’s Olympic Glory-Hussterics filly for $85,000 at the Magic Millions Sale.   

Record NZ price for Snitzel colt

Karaka’s perennial leading buyer David Ellis was busy on Day 2 of the new-format Karaka Book 1 Sale, securing nine lots including the top-priced Snitzel yearling sold in New Zealand.

Presented by Haunui Farm, the colt out of Floria was knocked down for $NZ625,000, a figure exceeded by five Snitzel yearlings at this year’s Magic Millions Sale, and $NZ100,000 above the previous record for a Karaka-sold Snitzel, set in 2017.

Floria (by Savabeel) is a multiple Group winner from the marvellous Princess Patine family nurtured over five decades by Richard Moore and his son David. Prospects for the Snitzel/Savabeel cross look bright, given the affinity of Danehill and Sir Tristram in various combinations, and the fact that Snitzel has already sired Group winners Time For War, Lubiton & Perast out of Zabeel mares.

Two Snitzel fillies, out of Irish Group 3 winner Scintillula (by Galileo) and multiple Group 1 winner Shez Sinsational (by Ekraar) were also sold, for $NZ400,000 and $NZ300,000 respectively.

Snitzel, who posted his 21st stakeswinner this season when 2YO Traces scored in South Africa on Saturday, has three lots catalogued for the upcoming Inglis Classic Sale and eight at Inglis Melbourne Premier. They will be followed by 64 Snitzel yearlings at Inglis Easter in April including eight fillies and two colts consigned by Arrowfield.  

Redoute's Choice & Shadwell strike again

New international investors seeking models for success in Australian need only examine the performance of Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Stud over the past 15 years.

Key ingredients of Shadwell’s outstanding success were evident at Ballarat on Tuesday when 2YO filly Nasaayim scored a soft win over 1200 metres at her second start. 

Watch Nasaayim win at Ballarat.

Like Group 1 winners Majmu, Mustaaqeem, Rafeef and Nadeem, Group winners El Daana & Shaaheq and Listed winner Zamzam, she is a daughter of champion sire Redoute’s Choice. Like all of those horses, except Nadeem and Zamzam, she was secured by Shadwell’s renowned racing manager Angus Gold from the Arrowfield barn at Inglis Easter.

And like most of Shadwell’s Australian stars, Nasaayim is trained by the Lindsay Park team, now comprising David Hayes, his son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig.

A quality sort who fills the eye, Nasaayim is a three-quarter sister to Group 3 winner Dracarys (by Snitzel), out of dual stakeswinner Nocturnelle (by Elusive Quality). Nocturnelle is proving to be a great asset for Arrowfield’s joint venture with Katsumi Yoshida, with performance matched by sale-ring returns of $1 million for Dracarys and $650,000 for Nasaayim.

Nasaayim joins this season’s 2YO stakeswinners Qafila (by Not A Single Doubt) & Nomothaj (by Snitzel) and winners Futooh (by Sebring) and Enbihaar (by Magnus) to make a strong case for the Shadwell-Lindsay Park approach to identifying precocious talent. All five are nominated for the $3.5 million Golden Slipper G1 on 24 March.

Other members of Shadwell’s Australian Class of 2017 include the unraced Arrowfield Easter colts Atyaab (Dundeel-Sylvaner) and Mashaheer (Snitzel-Silla Regalis).

Just as Lindsay Park is starting to roll out its juveniles ahead of Autumn’s major prizes, so Redoute’s Choice – already the sire of 37 2YO stakeswinners – is sending his babies out to play. The filly Al Naifa won her race debut on 21 January, while Redoute’s Choice colts Bold and Wild, Scepter of Power, The Autumn Sun & Tchaikovsky and fillies Brazilica, Lady Legend, In A While, Jen Rules & Premier Rose have all shown up in NSW trials. 

3YO Arrowfield graduates Ardrossan & Pariah are also poised to boost Redoute’s Choice’s record – both colts are nominated for the $1.25 million VRC Newmarket H. G1 on 10 March. 

A pair of Redoute’s Choice fillies at Inglis Melbourne, and 23 Inglis Easter yearlings, nine of them consigned by Arrowfield, are the season’s final opportunities to buy premier yearlings by the three-time Champion Sire.

$900,000 for Not A Single Doubt filly

A new record top price for a Not A Single Doubt yearling filly was set at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Sale on Tuesday when the half-sister to Champion 2YO Melody Belle was knocked down for $NZ900,000.

It took only two bids, an opener of $800,000, then a wink at $900,000 for syndicator David Ellis of Te Akau Racing to secure the filly, who was offered by Haunui Farm on behalf of her breeder Marie Leicester. 

The third foal of minor winner Meleka Belle (by Iffraaj), the filly is an outstanding type with size, strength & quality and her extended female family is one of New Zealand’s best, descended from the Foxbridge mare Belle Fox.

David Ellis said, “I’ve been watching this filly’s family for the last 40 years. The moment I saw her at Haunui Farm I thought she was a stunning filly. She came up here to the sale and didn’t turn a hair as she took it all in her stride.”

Marie Leicester’s long experience as an owner and breeder ensured she was not carried away by other people’s pre-sale assessments of the filly’s value.

“After fifty years in this game the one thing I can say is that I’m a realist. I’ve learnt not to get my hopes up as the minute you do they come crashing down pretty quickly. I did have a figure in my mind that I would like to have achieved and this has well and truly exceeded that.

“The Belle family, which was established by my parents back in 1938, has produced so many quality gallopers so I’m keen to see this filly now carry on that tradition.”

The record of other high-priced Not A Single Doubt fillies that have raced is certainly encouraging. The $650,000 filly Pretty Fast and $450,000 filly Qafila are both Listed winners with upside in the Snowden and Hayes & Dabernig stables.

The Meleka Belle filly was the only Not A Single Doubt yearling at Karaka. Buyers can now look forward to his 16 lots at the Inglis Classic Sale (among them two Arrowfield fillies), eight at Inglis Melbourne Premier and 19 at Inglis Easter including two colts in Arrowfield’s consignment.

Not A Single Doubt is currently 6th on the Australian General Sires’ Premiership with $6.4 million prizemoney and seven stakeswinners, including Caulfield Guineas G1 winner Mighty Boss.

$270,000 for Dundeel colt at Karaka

The first of seven Dundeel yearlings at New Zealand’s Karaka Sale went through the ring during the opening session on Sunday evening and attracted lively bidding before being knocked down for $NZ270,000 to Singapore owner Jeremy Soh. 

The strongly made, easy-walking colt is out of Cassata (by Viking Ruler), a half-sister to Group winners Viennetta, Butterscotch and Golden Archer, from the family of Group 1 winners Headturner and O’Marilyn.

He is from the first draft presented under the Koru Thoroughbreds banner of breeders Julie & Kevin Taylor, their son Matthew and his partner Melissa Speers, and is the top-priced yearling sold by the Taylors in New Zealand.

Dundeel posted his first winner, Cutadeel at Tauranga, NZ on 19 January, and his daughter Sunreel was second at Scone two days later.

The champion son of High Chaparral averaged around seven times his fee in Book 1 of the recent Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, and achieved a top price of $280,000 for the colt out of Opportunity. He was bought from the Arrowfield draft by Duncan Ramage & Chris Anderson Racing.

The next chance to buy Dundeel’s progeny in Australia will be at the Inglis Classic Sale where he has 13 yearlings on offer, among them three fillies and two colts in Arrowfield’s consignment.

Snitzel 2YO colt wins South African stakes

Arrowfield’s famous black and yellow silks were carried to a stunning stakes victory overnight when Snitzel’s 2YO son Traces landed the R150,000 Kenilworth Summer Juvenile S. 1000m LR at his second start.

Sent to South Africa last July after an injury left him blind in his near-side eye, and so unable to race in Australia, Traces is raced by Arrowfield in partnership with Ridgemont Racing and trained by Brett Crawford. The connection was made by Paul Messara with Ridgemont’s Craig & Ross Kieswetter who have enjoyed Group 1 success with Arrowfield’s Inglis Easter graduate Whisky Baron. 

Traces obviously benefited from his first-up run, when all of his opponents were on his blind side, and was produced with perfect timing by jockey Greg Cheyne at the 200-metre mark. He finished off strongly to score by 2.25 lengths from the favourite Carlita and Royal Italian.

Bred by Arrowfield with long-time breeding partner John Leaver, Traces is the first foal of Traceability, an unraced daughter of Charge Forward and Urge To Merge, and so a half-sister to Group 1 winners Master Of Design and Suntagonal. This is, of course, the wonderful Princess Tracy family, also responsible for Australian Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy and her South African champion dam Tracy’s Element.

Traceability’s second foal, a colt by Redoute’s Choice, was bought for $750,000 by Hawkes Racing at the Magic Millions Sale earlier this month. The mating with Redoute’s Choice has been repeated twice, resulting in a 2017 colt and a foal-to-come by the three-time Champion Sire. 

Traces is the 21st worldwide stakeswinner for Snitzel this season, and the sixth stakeswinner for former Arrowfield resident Charge Forward as a damsire, a group headed by Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign and Magic Millions winner Sunlight. 

The colt is Snitzel’s second South African stakeswinner, after Arrowfield Inglis Easter graduate Heavenly Blue, winner of the Turffontein SA Classic G1 last April.

Snitzel has two fillies and a colt on offer at next month’s Inglis Classic Sale, and buyers looking for yearlings out of Charge Forward mares will find eight at Classic, including Lots 54 and 506 in Arrowfield’s draft.

Thronum takes Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley

“He has freshened up well. His gallops have been classy. A small but quality field and I can see him running well fresh.”

That was head trainer David Hayes’ assessment of Thronum’s chances before Friday evening’s $200,000 MVRC Australia S. 1200m G2. It turned out to be both accurate and a touch modest as the 4YO entire took early control of the race and stayed there to score by 1.4 lengths from Mr Sneaky and Stellar Collision.

Watch Thronum win the MVRC Australia S. G2.

It was a welcome return to the stakeswinner’s circle for the son of Snitzel who won two of his first three starts in as a late 2YO and then took out the ATC Rosebud H. LR for the Waterhouse & Bott partnership. That was the best seen of him at three and after a long break due to injury, he returned last November to win easily at Bendigo and run third in the MRC Kevin Heffernan S. G3. 

As co-trainer Tom Dabernig said after the race, “He’s a well-bred colt, he’s got a stack of ability and he’s going places….We’ll be aiming at a Group One with him now.” Options include the Newmarket, the Oakleigh and the C.F. Orr.

Thronum is the first foal of Canadian juvenile winner Helena’s Secret (by Mr Prospector’s grandson Five Star Day) from the family of Champion racehorses and sires Street Cry & Shamardal. Bred by Highgrove & Widden Studs and Robert Anderson, Thronum was offered at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale under the Highgrove banner and purchased for $300,000 by Sun Stud.

Helena’s Secret has 2YO and yearling fillies by Sebring, a weanling colt by Snitzel and a positive test to the reigning Champion Sire. 

Thronum is Snitzel’s 19th Australian stakeswinner this season and his 47th lifetime Group winner. 

Snitzel has four yearlings on offer at the upcoming Karaka Book 1 Sale, three at next month’s Inglis Classic Sale, eight colts at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale in March and a superb collection of 64 yearlings catalogued for April’s Inglis Easter Sale, including two colts & eight fillies in the Arrowfield draft.

Arrowfield's strong record in Inglis Races

Ahead of the first Inglis Sale at the company’s new Riverside Stables at Warwick Farm in Sydney, it’s timely to review the record of Arrowfield graduates in the Inglis Race Series.

Arrowfield sells at the Inglis Classic and Easter Sales in 2018, with horses that would previously have been offered at Melbourne Premier now appearing in the Stud’s Classic consignment. All these yearlings will be eligible for the $8 million Inglis Race Series, for  horses which have been offered for sale through the ring at any Inglis Select eligible horse Sale.

Nine Arrowfield graduates appear on the list of Inglis Race winners since 2011 and several of them progressed to higher honours after their sale-related successes:

GRADUATE

YEAR
& INGLIS SALE

PRICE & BUYER

INGLIS RACE WIN 

OVERALL RECORD
& STATUS

GUNNISON
Not A Single Doubt-Colorado Claire

 2016 Easter

$850,000
James Harron

$50,000 Bonus Lightning Ridge Plate

G2 winner at two, $196,000; sold $1.4m, in 2017; now in HK  

AZAZEL
Snitzel-Allariza

 2016 Melbourne

$310,000
McEvoy Mitchell 

$250,000 2YO Inglis Banner RL

City winner at 3, $260,150; active  

LADY JIVAGO*
Beneteau-Hussterics

2014 Classic

$14,000
Dr Ule Crossan

$250,000 2YO Inglis Classic RL

City winner at 3, $291,840; active 

ODYSSEY MOON
Snitzel-Run to the Moon

 2014 Classic

$25,000
Adam Cook 

$250,000 2YO Inglis Nursery RL

G1-placed at 2, G3 winner at 4, $723,275; at stud 

GOLD FORCE
Flying Spur-Blue Note

 2013 Melbourne

$140,000
John Chalmers

$250,000 2YO Inglis Premier RL

2 wins, $183,470; retired 

CRACK A ROADIE
Charge Forward-Road to Damascus

2012 Melbourne 

$40,000
Stephen Theodore 

$250,000 2YO Inglis Banner RL

G3-placed at 2, $177,000; died at 3 

SNITZERLAND
Snitzel-Monte Rosa

2011 Melbourne

$125,000
Darby Racing 

$250,000 2YO Inglis Premier

GW & G1-placed at 2; multiple GW at 3; G1 winner at 4, $1.9 million; at stud 
ROAD TRIPPIN’
Charge Forward-Road to Damascus

2011 Melbourne  $22,000
Stephen Theodore 
$50,000 3YO Inglis Bonus  G2-placed at 2, city winner at 3, SW at 4, $454,065; retired
 
TINSZELDA
Snitzel-Kirby’s Song

2011 Scone  $19,000
Rod Northam
$100,000 2YO Inglis Challenge  3 wins at 2, $131,700; at stud

*Lady Jivago was sold by Arrowfield as a weanling to Luskin Park Stud which then re-sold her as a yearling.

Arrowfield’s 33-lot Classic Sale draft includes three yearlings each by Charge Forward & Not A Single Doubt and two relatives of Gunnison (Lot 506 & 635), as well as quality individuals by Animal Kingdom, Dundeel, Olympic Glory & Smart Missile.

View the Arrowfield draft for the 2018 Inglis Classic Sale here.

Job Vacancy: Arrowfield Foaling Manager

Arrowfield Stud is the largest Australian owned thoroughbred stud currently standing 12 stallions including champion sire Snitzel. The stud is globally renowned as an industry leader in the thoroughbred breeding industry

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated individual to join our management team and run the Arrowfield foaling area. This role is a full time position and entails the day to day management and care of mares prior to and post foaling. The successful candidate will have had significant previous experience foaling mares and neonatal foal care, be highly organised with the ability to manage and lead a select team.

Excellent communication skills are also required as the successful candidate will be expected to liaise with other members of the management team, vets and service providers on a daily basis.

The package and salary will be extremely competitive and reflect the successful applicants skill set and experience.

Apply to matt@arrowfield.com.au no later than the 9th February 2018.