Racehorse to show hack  

After 26 race starts, 4 wins and 5 placings, Sunshine Coast trainer Michael Jacobs helped Vesper, then an 8 year-old gelding, look for a new home and career after his retirement from racing.

Across the state Kim Burnes was helping her daughter look for her first hack horse.  

With the help of Queensland Racing and a local riding instructor, paths crossed for Kim’s and Vesper’s paths soon crossed. An advertisement on Facebook by Queensland Racing describing a quiet Off The Track thoroughbred in search of a good home caught Kim’s eye.

Out of Group 2-winning mare Sylvaner by champion sire Zabeel (NZ), Vesper was a Listed Race winner and Group performer. Bred by Paul & Lyn Makin of Starcraft fame, Vesper was sold by Arrowfield Stud at the 2008 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale to Nick Williams.

“When we first went to look at Vesper, he walked straight up to my daughter and put his head on her chest. He was a little rough around the edges – but I remember being taken with his lovely temperament, and saying to my daughter that with some time and effort he would be a show horse.”

Within the week, on a cold, wet day Kim’s daughter returned to trial and ride Vesper. Despite the lashing rain Vesper took it all in his stride and was well-behaved. That sealed the deal, and by the following weekend, Vesper – stable name Neville – was a part of the family.

“It was definitely a learning curve for Neville and for us,” reflects Kim. “We had to work slowly. He didn’t know us, and we didn’t know him. This environment was new for everyone.”

Now, though, Vesper is well and truly settled into his new life.

“There is not a day goes by that Neville doesn’t make me laugh!” says Kim.

“He just loves being with people. He will stand right on the fence line beside the bobcat when my husband is working in the next paddock, just to be close to what is going on.

If you try to fill up his water trough, he will grab the hose and wet you! He loves games and playing with you or whatever he can find. He loves being scratched on his wither and would turn himself inside out for carrots.”

“If Neville was a celebrity he would be Owen Wilson – funny, full of character and a heart of gold.”

Despite having no direct involvement in the thoroughbred industry, Kim and her family see the immense value in Off The Track thoroughbreds as show horses.

“Prior to purchasing Vesper my daughter competed on an ex-racehorse at the EKKA last year, and won Supreme Gelding.

“Neville was our first Off The Track thoroughbred and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone.

“Don’t be in a rush to get your horse into the show ring. Take your time and get to know your horse first – you won’t regret it.

 “To anyone who is thinking about getting an Off The Track thoroughbred, do it. Having Neville has been a great experience and we have learnt so much from him.”


New stars rise for Redoute’s Choice

Glenall, seen here at Randwick in 2017, is the 157th stakeswinner by Redoute’s Choice. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

He has three Champion Sire awards in the Arrowfield trophy cabinet, he’s just posted his 76th million-dollar yearling, he appears on the 2018 Arrowfield roster for the 19th year,  and his sire sons make headlines every week.

And still, Redoute’s Choice can reel out new stakeswinners at a rate most of his rivals cannot match.

He’s done it again this week, starting in France with 4YO colt Time’s Arrow, successful in the Maisons-Laffitte Prix Servanne 1200m LR on Wednesday.

Prix de l’Abbaye G1 winner Gilt Edge Girl (by Danehill Dancer’s son Monsieur Bond) was carrying Time’s Arrow when she was bought for €550,000 by Flaxman Stables Ireland at the 2013 Goffs Breeding Stock Sale.

Prepared by Philippe Sogorb, Time’s Arrow had won four of his previous 13 starts, but this was his first try at six furlongs and he won by two lengths, with recent Listed winner Cheikeljack’s third franking the quality of the performance.

Two days later in England 3YO colt Sevenna Star pressed his Classic aspirations with a fighting win in Sandown Classic Trial 2000m G3 for owner-breeder Gestut Ammerland and trainer John Gosden.

Gosden said: “He is a big horse, as you can see, and he is still learning. He didn’t really see anyone around Windsor last time. He did a nice piece of work around there.

“It was a good race. The second, third and fourth are good horses. It was a quality trial.”

Sevenna Star was placed twice at three, but his progress over the winter was evident in his 14-length maiden win at Windsor on 16 April. 

He is the fourth stakeswinner out of Group 3 winner Sevenna (by Galileo) from a German family that has also produced Sydney 2YO Group winner Replicator and Hong Kong stakeswinner Green Treasure.

Stakeswinner Number 3 for the week appeared in Australia on Saturday at the Hawkesbury standalone meeting when Stuart Ramsey’s home-bred 4YO colt Glenall won the $125,000 Hawkesbury Gold Rush 1100m LR. Spending To Win (by Snitzel) and multiple Listed winner Kuro filled the placings.

Watch Glenall win the Hawkesbury Gold Rush LR.

Glenall’s potential has been evident since his classy debut win in August 2016 and jockey Brenton Avdulla can now confirm it. “He’s got good Group class ability. He’s a very talented horse.”

Glenall is trained by Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes for owner-breeder Stuart Ramsey and is a half-brother to multiple Listed winner Panipique, out of Group 3 winner Our Quivira (by Spinning World).

Time’s Arrow, Sevenna Star and Glenall take Redoute’s Choice’s lifetime record to 157 stakeswinners, a figure that maintains his world-class 12% SW/Runners strike rate.

The week’s racing also revealed a likely future addition to that record in the shape of 2YO colt The Autumn Sun, who could not have been more impressive in his debut at Randwick on Anzac Day. After settling near the rear of the field, he emerged at the top of the straight to round up his rivals and score by 1.5 lengths in class record time of 1:08.61 for the 1200 metres.

The Autumn Sun was bred by Arrowfield and the Aga Khan Studs and purchased for $700,000 by trainer Chris Waller & owner Hermitage Thoroughbreds from the Arrowfield draft at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale.  

His promise is more than matched by his pedigree. He is bred on the same Redoute’s Choice/Galileo cross as Sevenna Star, and his dam Azmiyna is a half-sister to European Champion Azamour.

The stunning  Snitzel-Azmiyna yearling filly will soon be a stablemate of The Autumn Sun after being knocked down for $1.3 million to Waller Racing & Guy Mulcaster at this year’s edition of Inglis Easter.

Pariah Joins the Redoute’s Choice Dynasty at Arrowfield

Star juvenile and 3YO colt Pariah joins the Redoute’s Choice dynasty at Arrowfield and will stand his first season in 2018 at a fee of $22,000 inc. GST, with sixty mares already committed to him by his strong shareholder group.

Arrowfield Chairman John Messara says,

“Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt and Beneteau – all by Redoute’s Choice, all outstanding 2YOs and all outstanding sires. Pariah is in the same mould and we are excited to stand him.”

Bought by James Harron for $700,000 from the 2016 Inglis Easter Sale, Pariah was sent to the Snowden stable and progressed quickly to his winning debut in the ATC Canonbury S. G3 over 1100 metres at Rosehill in January 2017 in which he defeated Menari.

After finishing second in the MRC Blue Diamond Prelude G3, Pariah started favourite in the Blue Diamond S. G1 and put up an outstanding performance to be caught in the shadows of the post by Catchy after racing three wide without cover for much of the 1200-metre journey.

PARIAH (Redoute’s Choice – Secluded) runs a gallant 2nd behind the filly CATCHY in the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes.

Pariah returned as a Spring 3YO when he overcame an awkward draw and a weight penalty to score a stunning victory in the ATC San Domenico S. G3, in sizzling time. He then filled second spot behind Menari in the ATC Run to the Rose H. G2 with Kementari and Invader in arrears. He retires to stud with two wins, three placings and $541,000 prizemoney from 9 starts, all at Group level. 

Pariah was Timeform’s second top-rated 2YO of 2016/17, given a figure of 118, just below Invader & She Will Reign (both 119), and ahead of Group 1 winners Summer Passage, Catchy, The Mission & Trapeze Artist.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden says,

“From his first gallop Pariah was just the most natural 2YO – to win a Group 3 on debut and to go so close to winning a Blue Diamond on his first preparation marks him as an exceptional juvenile.

“I know from his work at home that we never got to see the best of him – he was a top-class horse I have no doubt.”

James Harron, who also managed Pariah’s racing career, says,

“Our mission at the yearling sales is find stallions of the future, and Pariah’s profile was impeccable.

“Physically he was a truly outstanding yearling, by the pre-eminent sire of sires in Redoute’s Choice and from an exceptional colonial speed family. He fits all of our criteria as a hugely exciting stallion prospect and we will be supporting him heavily at stud with top-class mares.”

Pariah (Redoute’s Choice x Secluded) pictured as a yearling

Those mares include Group 1 winner Shamal Wind and Group winners Petits Filous, Real Stolle and Scarlet Rain.

Pariah is by Redoute’s Choice, the dominant sire of sires in Australia today, with ten Group 1-siring sons including the world-class stallion Snitzel, and leading sires Not A Single Doubt, Stratum and Beneteau.

Pariah is notably a ¾ brother to the outstanding sprinter Melito (also by Redoute’s Choice) whose five wins include the ATC T.J. Smith S. G1 and Qld Tatt’s RC Winter S. G1. His dam Secluded is a city-winning daughter of Champion Sire Hussonet and Cloister, a 2YO stakes-winning daughter of Golden Slipper winner Marauding.

Pariah is thus similarly bred to Fastnet Rock, whose grand-dam is also a stakes-winning Marauding mare. Pariah’s third dam Pampas Fire was a 2YO stakeswinner and is a half-sister to 5-time Group 1 winner Zeditave, a leading sire of 7 Group 1 winners, 36 Stakeswinners and over $40 million in progeny earnings.


Arrowfield Announces 2018 Service Fees

Arrowfield Stud today announced the service fees for the Stud’s 2018 roster headed by dominant Champion Sire Snitzel, and with Group-winning 2YO & 3YO Pariah joining the Stud’s powerful line-up of Redoute’s Choice sons.

Snitzel: Australia’s Champion Sire 2017 & 2018

After a record-breaking performance to win the General, 2YO & 3YO Sires’ Premierships in 2016/17, Snitzel is setting new Australian benchmarks again this season with $26 million prizemoney and 25 stakeswinners, including Group 1 winners Trapeze Artist, Redzel, Russian Revolution and Golden Slipper winner Estijaab.

Demand for Snitzel’s yearlings has risen accordingly, resulting in ten $1 million-plus yearlings this season, and a 2018 major sale average of just over $500,000.

Snitzel’s 2018 fee has been set at $220,000 inc. GST.

Pariah (Redoute’s Choice-Secluded by Hussonet) will join his sire’s dynasty at Arrowfield as a dual Group winner, Blue Diamond S. G1 runner-up and the second top-rated 2YO colt of his year. His fee is $22,000 inc. GST.

James Harron, who bought Pariah as a yearling and managed his racing career, says,

“Our mission at the yearling sales is find stallions of the future, and Pariah’s profile was impeccable.

“Physically he was a truly outstanding yearling, by the pre-eminent sire of sires in Redoute’s Choice and from an exceptional colonial speed family. He fits all of our criteria as a hugely exciting stallion prospect and we will be supporting him heavily at stud with top-class mares.”

Arrowfield’s Chairman John Messara says,

“Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt and Beneteau – all by Redoute’s Choice, all outstanding 2YOs and all outstanding sires. Pariah is in the same mould and we are excited to stand him.”

Group 1 winner Shamal Wind and Group winners Petits Filous, Real Stolle and Scarlet Rain are among the 60 mares that have already been committed to Pariah’s first book by his strong shareholder group.

Redoute’s Choice himself will be available to a strictly limited book of mares at $137,500 inc. GST. The three-time Champion Sire is an asset anywhere he appears in a pedigree, as the sire of 32 Group 1 winners, 76 million-dollar yearlings and ten Group 1-siring sons, and damsire of 70 stakeswinners, including this season’s Classic-winning colts Ace High, D’Argento, Kementari and Levendi.

The superbly consistent leading sire Not A Single Doubt’s fee has been set at $99,000 inc. GST. His 14 stakeswinners this season, among them Caulfield Guineas G1 winner Mighty Boss, are close to a career-best tally.  Breeders continue to be well-rewarded for their Not a Single Doubt yearlings, which have achieved a major sale average of almost $300,000 over the past two years, and sold up to $1.05 million this year.

Irukandji (by Dundeel) trained by Team Hawkes wins the Schweppervescence (Group 3) at Rosehill

Classic and weight-for-age champion Dundeel has already thrown Group 3 winner Irukandji from his first crop of 2YOs, and his second-crop yearlings have sold up to $500,000. His fee is unchanged at $27,500 inc. GST.  

Buyers have clearly liked the first yearlings by Champion sprinter-miler Olympic Glory, paying an average of six times his fee for them, with $600,000 and $400,000 paid for his top-priced colt and filly. His 2018 fee is $16,500 inc. GST.

LOT 675, OLYMPIC GLORY colt out of DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN. Sold by Arrowfield Stud for $600,000 to Katsumi Joshida, Japan.

Deep Impact’s top-class son Real Impact will stand his third season at an unchanged fee of $19,250 inc. GST.  Dual Group winner Scissor Kick stands again at $16,500 inc. GST.  Both stallions have left very attractive first foals and their first Australian yearlings will be offered at 2019 sales.

Fees for the three international champions Arrowfield launched last year are all unchanged: Japan’s Horse of the Year Maurice ($33,000 inc. GST) and Champion Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle ($13,750 inc. GST), and European 2YO sprinting star Shalaa ($33,000 inc. GST).

The full 2018 Arrowfield Stallion Roster is:

Redoute’s Choice-Snippets’ Lass


Danehill- Shantha’s Choice


Redoute’s Choice-Singles Bar


Screen Hero-Mejiro Frances


Invincible Spirit-Ghurra


High Chaparral-Stareel


Redoute’s Choice-Secluded


Deep Impact-Tokio Reality




Redoute’s Choice-Back Pass


Deep Impact-Star Isle


All Fees inc. GST.
* = Live Foal Terms

Redoute’s Choice, ever and always the king

In the year 2000 John Howard was Prime Minister of Australia and the Sydney Olympics were a massive success. 

Tiger Woods was the world’s No. 1 golfer. Kevin Spacey won the Academy Award for Best Actor. Brew won the Melbourne Cup and Belle du Jour won the Golden Slipper. 

And Redoute’s Choice retired to stud. 

Eighteen years later John Howard is 78 and more than a decade out of politics. The Athens, Beijing, London and Rio de Janeiro Olympics have come and gone. 

Tiger Woods is ranked 89th in world golf and Kevin Spacey is the subject of criminal investigations. 23-year-old Brew is enjoying a happy retirement at Living Legends in Victoria, while Belle du Jour died almost 12 years ago.

And Redoute’s Choice? He’s the Sire of Champion Sire Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt, Stratum, Beneteau and six other Group 1-siring sons. 

Damsire of 69 stakeswinners, ten of them at Group 1 level – this season’s Classic-winning colts Ace High, D’Argento, Kementari & Levendi among them – and at short odds to become Champion Broodmare Sire in the next couple of years. 

Now starting to appear in the third generation of Group-winning pedigrees like Sunlight, Mossfun, Seasons Bloom, Houtzen & Luna Rossa.

And still adding to his own stupendous record, on the track and in the ring. 

Last week Redoute’s Choice posted his 76th million-dollar yearling, the colt out of Silla Regalis bought at Inglis Easter from Arrowfield’s draft for $1.5 million by James Harron. He followed the $1 million Cat by the Tale colt, bought by James Moore at Magic Millions. 

It’s the 15th straight year that Redoute’s Choice has been represented by at least one seven-figure transaction and across all 2018 Australian sales, he’s had 31 yearlings sell for an average price of more than $384,838, slightly above his sale average over the past decade. He remains among the four most commercially successful Australian sires, alongside Snitzel, I Am Invincible and Fastnet Rock. 

On Saturday the three-time Champion Sire took his stakeswinners to 154 when 5YO Richie McHorse won the Hawke’s Bay Cup LR in New Zealand for owner-breeders Brent & Cherry Taylor of Trelawney Stud. They also bred Allez Wonder, a fifth-crop daughter of Redoute’s Choice and winner of the 2009 MRC Toorak H. G1. 

Richie McHorse, named in tribute to the celebrated All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and trained by Chris Gibbs, is the best performer so far left by New Zealand Oaks G1 winner Boundless (by Storm Cat’s son Van Nistelrooy).

Fourteen years after his first stakeswinner Not A Single Doubt won the AJC Canonbury S. LR, Redoute’s Choice maintains his remarkable 12% Stakeswinners/Runners strike rate. Put another way, almost one in eight runners earns stakes-winning status, and two-thirds of them are Group winners, including 32 winners of 48 Group 1 races.

Not A Single Doubt’s speed & stamina stakes double

Snitzel has claimed most of the headlines lately, but Arrowfield’s other outstanding son of Redoute’s Choice, Not A Single Doubt, has not been idle. He’s doubled his season stakeswinners since 1 January to 14 and six of them are new on his lifetime tally, which now stands at 55 after an interstate stakes double last Saturday.

2YO filly Fundamentalist in Adelaide and 3YO filly Special Alert in Perth supplied his second same-day pair of stakes victories in the past 5 weeks, after Group successes by Not A Single Cent at Flemington and Sugar Bella at Randwick on 10 March.

Fundamentalist (ex Centafaith by Sunday Silence’s son Keep The Faith) was a most impressive winner of the $110,000 SAJC Dequettville S. 1050m LR, after settling wide and near the back of the field, then launching a strong run down the outside to score by almost a length from the favourite Music Bay and Al Naifa (by Redoute’s Choice).  

Watch Fundamentalist win the SAJC Dequettville S. LR.

Fundamentalist was bred by Maree Cunningham & Michael Hadley’s Balance Thoroughbreds and sold by Holbrook Thoroughbreds for $135,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale to co-owner Aquis Farm & Blue Sky Bloodstock. The female family produced a good number of durable southern New Zealand stakeswinners during the 1970s and 1980s, including Fundamentalist’s grand-dam Centaleigh.

Now the winner of her last two starts, Fundamentalist also completed a double for the Lindsay Park team which won the $600,000 ATC Arrowfield 3YO Sprint G2 with top-class filly Catchy less than 30 minutes before the Adelaide race.

Fundamentalist will remain in Adelaide with races like the Breeders’ S. G3  on 28 April, Queen Adelaide S. LR on 5 May and Sires’ Produce S. G3 on 12 May all possible targets for her. 

She is the 19th 2YO stakeswinner by Not A Single Doubt, and his third in that category this season after Qafila (also trained by David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig), and Not A Single Cent, prepared by Aaron Purcell.

It’s fair to say that Not A Single Doubt is much better known as a source of juvenile, 3YO and older sprinters – for example, Group 1 winners Miracles Of Life, Extreme Choice and Secret Agenda. 

However, his record does include six winners of 7 Group & Listed Races at 2000 metres and beyond, notably the recently retired Group 1 winner and Caulfield Cup runner-up Single Gaze and now Special Alert, winner of Saturday’s $250,000 WATC Western Australian Oaks 2400m G3.

The punters gave Special Alert little chance, sending her out at $61, and her odds lengthened when she ended up three deep and midfield for much of the race. Jockey Chris Parnham rolled the dice at the 600-metre mark when he drove the filly forward around the field to hit the front at the top of the straight.  Special Alert responded with a thoroughly determined effort in the final stages, staving off Like A Butterfly by a half-length, with the winner’s Grant & Alana Williams-trained stablemate American Joy third.

Watch Special Alert win the WATC WA Oaks G3. – click the Replay button for Race 6.

Special Alert is the ninth WA Oaks winner for leading Perth owners Bob & Sandra Peters whose mare Truly Special, by Melbourne Cup winner Jeune and a city winner up to 2200 metres, deserves credit for supplying her daughter’s stamina. It will now be interesting to see what Truly Special has imparted to her next three foals, all colts by Dundeel, whose classic stamina was matched by championship speed and acceleration. 

Seven of Not A Single Doubt’s stakeswinners have been successful in Perth. Special Alert’s victory was preceded by Group 1 winners Good Project & Scales of Justice and Listed winners Cavallo Pazzo, Final Salute, Let It Slip and Single Spice. 

Unsurprisingly, the market’s enthusiasm for Not A Single Doubt remains strong and his 68 yearlings sold across all 2018 sales have averaged almost $250,000. Last week’s Inglis Easter Sale recorded his second 7-figure yearling price when leading agent James Harron paid $1.05 million for his standout son from the Starcraft mare Star Pupil.

Arrowfield Stud & stallions lead Inglis Easter Results

Arrowfield Stud and its stallions played leading roles in the results of the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale which concluded at Riverside Stables on Wednesday evening. 

Arrowfield topped the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale Book 1 Vendor list by aggregate for the fourth consecutive year with 31 lots sold for $18,265,000 – that’s 15.7% of total sales from 9.3% of the yearlings sold.

The Stud also headed the table by average with $589,194 (69.5% above the session average of $347,634), becoming the first vendor to achieve the double for at least a decade. Across Books 1 and 2 of the Sale, 41 Arrowfield yearlings sold for a total of $19,855,000.

Arrowfield’s John Messara said,

“I’m proud of the horses we presented at the first Inglis Easter Sale at Riverside Stables and very proud of the entire Arrowfield team responsible for raising, preparing, marketing and putting them in the ring. Our results reflect the quality of that work, and buyers’ recognition of our graduate record.

“I’m also pleased to see many other vendors do well with yearlings by Arrowfield stallions. The overall sale results are impressive, but it has been hard work all round in a highly selective market.” 

After selling 5 seven-figure yearlings on Monday, Arrowfield closed out the auction with three $1 million-plus sales on Wednesday.

Redoute’s Choice x Silla Regalis sells to James Harron for $1.5 million

That included the $2.3 million sale-topper, the Fastnet Rock-The Broken Shore colt, a full brother to dual Group 1-winning filly Shoals. It was Shoals’ trainer Anthony Freedman who signed for the colt, with Arrowfield retaining 25% of him.

James Harron was the purchaser of both the Redoute’s Choice-Silla Regalis colt at $1.5 million and the Not A Single Doubt-Star Pupil colt, knocked down for $1.05 million.

The Sale’s top-priced filly, the $1.3 million daughter of Snitzel and Azmiyna, was sent to the ring by Arrowfield on Monday, and bought by Chris Waller and Guy Mulcaster.

In all, Arrowfield and its stallions supplied 13 of the Sale’s 22 million-dollar yearlings.

Australia’s reigning Champion Sire Snitzel was responsible for seven of those horses among his 41 Book 1 lots sold for an average of $528,902, more than six times his 2015 fee. Milburn Creek, Kitchwin Hills, Yarraman Park and Bhima Thoroughbreds sold his top-priced colts for $1.55 million, $1.5 million, $1.4 million and $1.2 million respectively.

Snitzel now has a lifetime record of 24 million-dollar yearlings, among them Group 1 winners Estijaab & Wandjina, and Group winners Showtime, Dracarys & Sooboog – all sold by Arrowfield. 

Three-time Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice continued to build his legend with his 16thconsignment of Inglis Easter yearlings. His 13 Book 1 lots averaged $425,385 – 23% above the Session average – and the Silla Regalis colt is the 76th million-dollar yearling of his glittering career.

Not A Single Doubt’s 2015 fee of $30,000 proved a shrewd investment for the vendors of the 16 Book 1 yearlings by him that averaged $289,375, with 11 of them making more than seven times fee. 

Arrowfield’s quality support of its next generation stallions was evident in the results compiled by Animal Kingdom, Dundeel and Olympic Glory. The Stud sold the majority of their Inglis Easter yearlings, including the top-priced lots by each stallion.

Olympic Glory filly from Lets Make Adeal sells to Boomer Bloodstock for $400,000

Six of Dundeel’s eight lots in Books 1 & 2 also averaged better than seven times his $25,000 fee and his top price of $500,000 was paid by Carmel Size for Arrowfield’s Joy Ride colt. Other Dundeel yearling buyers were David Payne, Henry Dwyer & Waterford Bloodstock, Anthony Cummings, Shaun Dwyer, Andrew Williams and Duncan Ramage. 

Three colts and three fillies by Olympic Glory averaged almost 10 times his $17,500 fee, with his top price of $400,000 paid by Craig Rounsefell’s Boomer Bloodstock and Lindsay Smith for Arrowfield’s filly out of Group 3 winner Let’s Make Adeal. Paul Perry, George Moore & Domeland also signed for Olympic Glory yearlings.

All seven of Animal Kingdom’s catalogued yearlings sold for an average price of $122,142, a four-fold return on his 2015 fee. His top price of $350,000 was paid by Blue Diamond-winning trainer Grahame Begg for the Arrowfield-offered colt out of Double Ranga, a half-brother to Group 2 winner Scarlet Rain.

Five million-dollar yearlings open Arrowfield’s Easter Sale

Last year Arrowfield sold five million-dollar yearlings within 62 lots on the final day of the last Inglis Easter Sale held at the Newmarket Stables in Sydney.

On Monday the Stud mirrored that achievement by selling five yearlings for seven-figure prices within the first two hours of the first Inglis Easter Sale held at the magnificent new Riverside Stables.

The multi-million-dollar run began with Lot 11, the Deep Impact filly out of Group 1-winning sprinter Alverta (by Flying Spur), bought by Guy Mulcaster & Waller Racing for $1.1 million. Ten lots later, Domeland secured the Frankel-Aqua Bella colt for the same price.

Lot 25, the Snitzel-Asterix filly, a half-sister to Japanese Group 1 winner Aerolithe, was knocked down for $1.05 million to Damion Flower’s Jadeskye Racing, trainer Brad Widdup and agent Andrew Williams. 

Next into the ring for Arrowfield was Lot 32, the $1.3 million session-topper, Snitzel’s daughter out of Azmiyna (by Galileo), also purchased by the Mulcaster & Waller partnership. 

The filly was bred by Arrowfield’s partnership with HH The Aga Khan and she is the highest-priced yearling ever sold by the Aga Khan Studs. The partnership has also bred South African Group 1 winner Whisky Baron and 2YO stakeswinner Azazel.

Georges Rimaud, Manager of the Aga Khan French Studs said, “She’s a beautiful moving filly and the team at Arrowfield has done a great job with her. We’re very happy and wish her new owners every success with the filly.”

Lot 70, the Stud’s second Deep Impact filly, out of Charming Estelle (sister to Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee) completed the million-dollar quintet when she was sold to Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum for $1 million.

Two other yearlings broke the million-dollar mark and all-conquering Champion Sire Snitzel appears in both pedigrees. The Snitzel-Asscher colt from the great Eight Carat family sold for $1.2 million to Gai Waterhouse, Blue Sky Bloodstock and Kerri Radcliffe. He was offered by Mike & Kate Fleming’s Bhima Thoroughbreds on behalf of Victorian farm Glentree Thoroughbreds, also the breeder of the Frankel-Aqua Bella colt. 

The Waterhouse & Blue Sky team was joined by Adrian Bott to pay $1.05 million for Lot 120, Fairview Park Stud’s I Am Invincible half-brother to Golden Slipper winner Mossfun, out of Eye For Fun, one of the first Snitzel mares to go to stud. 

Arrowfield’s spectacular day in the ring included a new top price for an Australian-bred yearling by Animal Kingdom. That was the $350,000 paid by Grahame Begg for the son of Double Ranga, already dam of Group 2 winner Scarlet Rain.

DGR Thoroughbreds went to $600,000 to buy Lot 103, the Redoute’s Choice-Dream Date filly, a three-quarter sister to leading sire Not A Single Doubt.

Agent John Foote and champion trainer Darren Weir paid $550,000 for the colt by Champion Japanese First Season Sire Lord Kanaloa out of Bariloche (by Deep Impact). Lord Kanaloa posted his first Group 1 winner on Sunday when his daughter Almond Eye won the Hanshin Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) in race record time. 

After the Sale’s first 86 lots sold in the opening session, Arrowfield is the leading vendor by both aggregate ($7,150,000) and average ($794,444).  

Tuesday’s session begins at 11 am and includes 6 colts and five fillies from Arrowfield’s consignment.

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.

Snitzel colt books a Blue Diamond berth

A wet sail finish by Sun Bloodstock’s colt Prairie Fire has given Snitzel his second consecutive VRC Talindert S. 1100m LR winner (after Ducimus in 2017), and his 21st Australian stakeswinner this season.

The win also booked Prairie Fire’s spot in next Saturday’s $1.5 million MRC Blue Diamond S. G1, with bookmakers assessing him as an $8 chance for that race.

Prairie Fire came into the Talindert off a good debut third in Group 3 company at Caulfield on 5 February. This time he settled midfield with cover, before Mark Zahra urged him forward at the 300-metre mark. The colt responded generously and sustained his run down the middle of the track, defeating Khulaasa and Invincible Lad in 1:03.48. 

Watch Prairie Fire win the VRC Talindert S. LR.

Bred by Ed & Clark McKeon’s Palya Bloodstock, Prairie Fire was purchased for $625,000 from the Rosemont Stud draft at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Prairie Fire is the second foal and first winner out of the unraced mare Consistency (by All Bar One), a half-sister to Monte Rosa, dam of Snitzel stars Snitzerland and Sooboog. Consistency has a yearling colt by Wandjina, a filly foal by So You Thnk and is in foal to Redoute’s Choice.

Snitzel has notched up 79 lifetime stakeswinners, and 31 (39%) of them have earned black type at two. After breaking his own season earnings record last week, his 2017/18 prizemoney is now less than $200,000 away from $17 million, a figure never previously seen on the Australian sires’ premiership. 

Snitzel’s stakes success rate so far this season indicates that he has not finished setting records. Remarkably, he’s compiled 29 stakes victories (including one each in New Zealand & South Africa) in the first 29 weeks of 2017/18. That sets a pace Snitzel is well-equipped to maintain, with the likes of juveniles Prairie Fire, Sandbar &  Estijaab, 3YOs Menari, Showtime & Trapeze Artist and sprint star Redzel contesting Autumn features.

Snitzel has eight colts on offer at the upcoming Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, while next month’s Inglis Easter catalogue features 64 yearlings by Snitzel, including 8 fillies and two colts in Arrowfield’s draft.