61st stakeswinner for Not A Single Doubt

Steven O’Dea-trained Sale Cup winner Doubt Defying is Not A Single Doubt’s fourth new stakeswinner this Spring, and the second stakeswinner out of the Street Cry mare Sarthemare…

Back in 2009, after 4YO mare Sarthemare won her second race at Doomben for her new owners Howard & Judy Blight, Racing & Sports noted that “as a Listed winning daughter of Street Cry and being free of Danehill blood, Sarthemare shapes as a handy broodmare proposition.”

That prediction has been thoroughly fulfilled this year as Sarthemare’s second & third foals, both trained by Steven O’Dea for Aquis Farm, have gained stakes-winning status. 

First out was 3YO colt Sesar (by Sebring), successful in Group 3 company in May and winner of the ATC Roman Consul S. G2 earlier this month.

Sarthemare’s 5YO son Doubt Defying by Not A Single Doubt joined him on Sunday when a resolute finish took him to victory in the $200,000 Sale Cup 1600m LR.

Doubt Defying as a yearling. (PHOTO: Magic Millions)

A $45,000 purchase from the Southern Cross Breeders draft at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, Doubt Defying has now won eight of his 17 starts and almost $400,000 prizemoney.

He is the 61st stakeswinner for Not A Single Doubt and his fourth this Spring, after 2YO Dubious and 4YO mares From Within and Winter Bride. That matches Not A Single Doubt’s performance in the first quarter of the past two seasons – an early indication that he will once again finish the season in the leading group of Australian sires.

Making the thoroughbred industry an employer of choice

Thoroughbred Industry Careers launches as a not for profit organisation seeking to safeguard the long-term future of the billion-dollar industry by making it an employer of choice for future generations of Australians….

Leading thoroughbred racing and breeding figures have today launched Thoroughbred Industry Careers – a not for profit organisation seeking to safeguard the long-term future of the billion dollar industry by strengthening its reputation amongst the young and making it an employer of choice for future generations of Australians.

Adrian Bott/Gai Waterhouse Racing, Arrowfield Stud, the Australian Turf Club, Chris Waller Racing, Godolphin Australia, Lindsay Park Racing and McEvoy Mitchell Racing are among those providing the knowledge, expertise and investment necessary for Thoroughbred Industry Careers (TIC) to address the critical staff shortages facing the industry.

Arrowfield’s owner John Messara says, “I have never been more confident about the future of Australian racing and breeding, but our capacity for growth is threatened by diminishing numbers of people to fill the many roles within the industry.

“We can offer not only excellent career options, but also a lifestyle connected with the land, an extraordinary animal, a vibrant global community and an incredibly exciting sport.

“Thoroughbred Industry Careers will make it much easier for people to find us, learn about what we do and access quality training and assistance, and I’m very pleased to support it.”

The yearling sale season is a busy & exciting time of the year for everyone in the thoroughbred industry.

Thoroughbred racing and breeding currently employs 75,000 people in full-time positions across the country and with the 6.6% employment growth forecasted by the Department of Employment for the racing industry over the next five years, the industry is banding together to ensure staffing levels can meet demand now and into the future.

Central to the plan is the launch of www.thoroughbredindustrycareers.com.au which provides a one-stop shop for information on employment and educational opportunities available to anyone considering a career in the thoroughbred industry in Australia. The website caters for students, parents and careers advisors, outlining the breadth and depth of employment opportunities available.

Another cornerstone of the initiative will be the ‘Explorer Cadetship’- a 12-month stud and stable horsemanship and mentoring program. This will include a 12-week residential component with practical and theoretical training, followed by two paid work-experience placements at leading racing stables and stud farms. The program is designed to allow young people the opportunity to explore the thoroughbred industry before deciding which area they may like to pursue as a career. The first intake of 40 students will commence study in 2019 and applications will open in November.

Planning is also underway for TIC to: 

  • launch Pony Racing in partnership with Racing NSW in 2019 as a way of encouraging Grass Roots involvement for young riders and their communities in the sport. This will be modelled on similar programs running in Ireland, England and America,
  • develop a numeracy and literacy program for school children based on the successful British charity ‘Racing to School’,
  • integrate further with school and tertiary career expos and create awareness amongst careers advisors on opportunities available for their students,
  • develop additional educational programs to expand pathways into the industry, with particular focus on a Graduate Program,
  • develop relationships with government, equestrian communities and inter-school events and leading brands like the Royal Agricultural Society to implement education initiatives and create awareness of industry careers and their pathways,
  • work with the racing and breeding industries to improve existing staff retention and welfare levels.
First-class care of mares & foals is critical to every thoroughbred breeding business.

Lindy Maurice, who has extensive marketing experience within the thoroughbred industry, has been appointed to oversee the organisation. She has engaged with all sectors of the equine industry during its development.

“You can’t be what you can’t see, so Thoroughbred Industry Careers is on a mission to raise the curtain on all the wonderful and rewarding careers our industry and our sport offers,” says Maurice.

“High-profile industry figures like Chris Waller and Hugh Bowman are excellent examples of how much individuals can achieve in the thoroughbred industry. Thoroughbred Industry Careers, however, will also showcase the whole army of people working behind the scenes.

Maurice said to help the industry secure a future workforce, we need to collaborate on an education platform which showcases the industry as a whole; promotes Principal Racing Authority and Breeder initiatives; engages with schools and equine communities; promotes an industry brand; and positions our industry as an ‘employer of choice’.”

Diplomatico is Snitzel’s 84th stakeswinner

And like Group 1 winners The Autumn Sun, Estijaab & Maid Of Heaven and Listed winner Wild Planet, Diplomatico is a graduate of Arrowfield’s Yearling “Class of 2017…

What co-trainer Michael Hawkes described as “a little race on Derby Day for three-year-olds” is a possible target for Snitzel’s 84th stakeswinner Diplomatico after his defiant victory in the $150,000 ATC Brian Crowley S. 1200m LR at Randwick on Saturday.

That “little race” is the $1 million VRC Coolmore Stud S. G1, down the famous straight six at Flemington on 3 November. It’s a big step from Listed company, but the determined manner in which Diplomatico ran down his rivals after sitting three and four wide confirmed that he is a colt on the rise.

Watch Diplomatico win the ATC Brian Crowley S. LR.

He is the third Brian Crowley winner for Snitzel after Goodfella (2017) and Hot Snitzel (2011), and Not A Single Doubt’s son Legend Of Condor completed the 2018 quinella for Arrowfield stallions.

Diplomatico is the fourth winner, after Havana (BTC Classic G3) and Hong Kong talent Jing Jing Win, from four foals out of juvenile winner and excellent broodmare Top Cuban (by Anabaa).

Co-incidentally, Top Cuban’s youngest half-sister Working From Home also earned black type on Saturday, when she was runner-up to From Within (by Not A Single Doubt) in the MRC Alinghi S. LR.

Top Cuban has since produced two colts by Redoute’s Choice and has an early positive test to his son Pariah, serving his first book of mares at Arrowfield this Spring. 

All four of Top Cuban’s progeny offered at auction have sold well, up to the $1.7 million Hong Kong agent George Moore bid for Diplomatico at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale. Paul Favretto, who bred the colt with Paul Rowe, retains a share in the ownership alongside John Moore, David Boehm & partners.

While Flemington is an option for Diplomatico, Michael Hawkes indicated that the best of him won’t be seen until his next campaign. “He has a few grades to jump but it’s all up to him, he could be in the paddock as well. We’ll just take it step by step but I can say he’ll be some horse in the Autumn.”

Diplomatico is the fifth stakeswinner to emerge from Arrowfield’s Class of 2017, after Group 1 winners The Autumn Sun (by Redoute’s Choice), Maid Of Heaven (Smart Missile) & Estijaab (Snitzel) , and Listed winner Wild Planet (Animal Kingdom).

The Autumn Sun blazes in Guineas victory

Even the incomparable Danehill left only two Australian-bred colts that won at Group 1 level as a 2YO and then won two or more Group 1 races at three. Now The Autumn Sun has joined that exclusive club with a glorious victory in the $2 million MRC Caulfield Guineas G1…

Even the incomparable Danehill left only two Australian-bred colts that won at Group 1 level as a 2YO and then won two or more Group 1 races at three. 

Their names? Flying Spur – Champion Sire of Australia, 2007 and Redoute’s Choice – Champion Sire of Australia, 2006, 2010 & 2014.

On Saturday the colt Arrowfield bought into earlier this week, The Autumn Sun joined that exclusive club with a glorious victory in the $2 million MRC Caulfield Guineas 1600m G1.

That followed his successes in last season’s J.J. Atkins S. G1 and last month’s Golden Rose S. G1.

Only Champion 2YO and Champion 3YO Filly Miss Finland, and Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee, with five Group 1 wins apiece, now rank ahead of him on the Redoute’s Choice honour roll. 

The race didn’t go to plan for The Autumn Sun who jumped more sharply than jockey James McDonald expected and ended up racing three wide without cover for much of the race. 

It mattered little to the colt who took control at the top of the straight and powered away from Vassilator and last-start Group 1 winner Oohood to score by 4.5 lengths, giving McDonald time to savour the victory.

Arrowfield’s John Messara said, “We’re absolutely delighted to share such a wonderful win with Hermitage Thoroughbreds and Chris Waller and his team.

“To sit as wide as he did and then win in such a dominant manner confirms that The Autumn Sun is a very special horse.

“It is extra special that we bred and sold him with the Aga Khan Studs at Inglis Easter and that he has won the race that made his sire Redoute’s Choice a legend 19 years ago.”

The Autumn Sun was purchased for $700,000 from the Stud’s 2017 Inglis Easter draft by Hermitage Thoroughbreds & Chris Waller Racing, assisted by agent Guy Mulcaster. After five wins from six starts, his earnings now exceed $2.3 million. 

The Autumn Sun is the second foal of the young Galileo mare Azmiyna, an unraced half-sister to European Champion Azamour & Group 2 winner Arazan, from Listed winner Asmara.

His three-quarter sister by Snitzel was secured for $1.3 million by the same Hermitage/Waller/Mulcaster team at this year’s Easter Sale. Azmiyna has a yearling colt by Not A Single Doubt and is due to foal again to Snitzel this Spring. 

Arrowfield buys into The Autumn Sun

Arrowfield joins the ownership of top colt The Autumn Sun, unbeaten Group 1 winner at two, and already an outstanding winner of the Golden Rose G1 this Spring…

Arrowfield Stud principal John Messara, AM has today announced the acquisition of a 50 per cent interest in Australia’s top colt The Autumn Sun (Redoute’s Choice-Azmiyna) from owner Hermitage Thoroughbreds.

He says, “I am very pleased to join Hermitage in the ownership of The Autumn Sun to race him and then develop his breeding career.

“It just seems Arrowfield is the rightful place for this colt’s future at stud – after all, we bred and sold him in partnership with The Aga Khan Studs, and we launched and stand his champion sire and, previously, his grand-sire Danehill.”

“He has physique, athleticism and pedigree, all of the highest order, and I couldn’t be more excited about the prospect of standing him at Arrowfield.”

John Messara also assumes responsibility for managing The Autumn Sun’s racing career.

Trainer Chris Waller says, “This horse has amazing potential and I feel we have unearthed only a small portion of what is to come.

“His athleticism, temperament, good looks and speed combine to create a horse that dominated at two and now into his three-year-old season, and I have no doubt this will continue as a later three-year-old and beyond.” 

“I have been fortunate to work with some very good horses and that experience has allowed me to place The Autumn Sun with confidence in the races that we have chosen thus far. He leaves a lasting memory for those privileged to watch him race and I am sure this will transition to his progeny when the time comes to embark on his stud career.”

The Autumn Sun is out of the Galileo mare Azmiyna, a half-sister to His Highness The Aga Khan’s European Champion and four-time Group 1 winner Azamour.  Selected by Mulcaster Bloodstock from Arrowfield’s 2017 Inglis Easter draft, the colt was purchased for $700,000 by Hermitage Thoroughbreds & Chris Waller Racing.

The Autumn Sun has already made a significant impact on Australian racing with four wins from only five starts, two of them at Group 1 level. Unbeaten at two when his three wins included the BRC JJ Atkins S. G1, The Autumn Sun confirmed his class with a breath-taking victory in last month’s ATC Golden Rose S. G1.

Currently rated Australia’s best 3YO by Timeform, he is the dominant pre-post favourite for this Saturday’s $2 million MRC Caulfield Guineas G1.

Heavenly day for Arrowfield graduates

Jubilation broke out around Team Arrowfield at Randwick on Saturday after Maid Of Heaven became the third Group 1-winning graduate of the Stud’s Yearling Class of 2017…. 

Jubilation broke out around Team Arrowfield at Royal Randwick after Saturday’s $500,000 Spring Champion S. 2000m G1 when Maid Of Heaven became the third Group 1-winning graduate, after Estijaab & The Autumn Sun, of the Stud’s Yearling Class of 2017. 

Watch Maid Of Heaven win the ATC Spring Champion S. G1.

Earlier in the day, a fourth member of that Class, Wild Planet (Animal Kingdom-Salutations by Redoute’s Choice) won the VRC Poseidon S. LR at Flemington. He was a $280,000 Inglis Easter buy for Hawkes Racing & Andrew Williams Bloodstock and is the sixth worldwide stakeswinner for Animal Kingdom.

Wild Planet joined Amphitrite (VRC Edward Manifold S. G2) and Extra Brut (VRC Super Impose S. LR) to complete a trio of new stakeswinners on the card for Redoute’s Choice as a broodmare sire. 

Watch Wild Planet win the VRC Poseidon S. LR.

Rachel King & Mark Newnham celebrate their Maid(en) Group 1 victories. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Maid Of Heaven’s success is notable for several reasons. She gave trainer Mark Newnham and jockey Rachel King their maiden Group 1 victories, and she is Smart Missile’s first Group 1 winner, as well as the first Group 1 winner sold out of the Gold Riband section of the Inglis Classic Sale. Maid Of Heaven was bred by Arrowfield with Belford Productions and bought back for $60,000.

She is also only the second filly, after Yankee Rose in 2016, to win the Spring Champion Stakes in the 48-year history of the race. 

“It’s all about the girls” as Alice & Kris Messara lead in Maid Of Heaven & Rachel King after the Spring Champion S. G1. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Arrowfield counts 68 Group 1-winning graduates off the farm over the past 31 years – 49 of them also bred by Arrowfield. The famous “Jockey Cap over 3 conjoined diamonds” brand is carried by four winners of six Group 1 races so far in 2018: Maid Of Heaven, Estijaab,  Shoals & The Autumn Sun. 

Maid Of Heaven is out of the grand stakes-winning mare St. Therese (by Dehere), a half-sister to multiple Group 1 winner Planet Ruler and already the dam of Group 3 winner Mirrasalo (by Redoute’s Choice) and two other winners.

St. Therese’s 2YO colt Castelvecchio (by Dundeel) was a $150,000 purchase by Ottavio & Wendy Galletta from Arrowfield’s 2018 Inglis Classic Sale draft, and is in training with Richard Litt.  St. Therese visits Panzer Division at Pepper Tree Farm this Spring.

Arrowfield’s night at Racehorse of the Year Awards

Winx justly filled the headlines when she won her third Australian Racehorse of the Year award, but it was also a very big night for Arrowfield which celebrated Champion Sire Snitzel and four other awards…

World champion Winx was naturally the centre of attention at the 2018 Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards, held at the Forum, Melbourne on 4 October.

No gift for prophecy was required to predict that she would be crowned Racehorse of the Year for the third consecutive season, joining the elite company of Sunline (2000, 2001, 2002) and Black Caviar (2001, 2012, 2013) as a three-time winner of the ultimate accolade.

Winx, unbeaten in her eight starts in 2017/18, six at Group 1 level, also won the awards for Champion Middle Distance Performer and Victorian Horse of the Year.

Outside Winx, though, it was Arrowfield’s night as the Stud celebrated its connections with five of the other seven national awards.

Snitzel claimed the Champion Sire Award for the second consecutive year, with all-time record prizemoney of $29.2 million and a record-equalling tally of 26 individual stakeswinners. It is the sixth time in the past 13 years that an Arrowfield stallion has won the coveted title, after Snitzel’s sire Redoute’s Choice (2006, 2010 & 2014) and Flying Spur (2007).

Arrowfield’s Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer accepted the award on behalf of the Stud and the Snitzel Syndicate, acknowledging the quality of Snitzel’s competition, “possibly the strongest stallion roster ever assembled in Australia” and thanking all who had supported his stud career.
 
However, Freyer noted that it hadn’t all been plain sailing. “In Snitzel’s fourth year at stud we were cajoling, coercing and downright pleading with breeders to send their mares  to him and fickle as this business can be, he garnered little outside support.

“In fact, a great number of his relatively modest 63 foals in 2010 were bred by Arrowfield – but the crop included the Cox Plate winner Shamus Award and the wonderful mare Sweet Idea, now a resident of Her Majesty the Queen’s broodmare band.

“That crop was conceived on a fee of $20,000 and today’s it’s $200,000. What a ride it’s been and how much we look forward to what’s yet to come with Snitzel.”

Snitzel’s dominance of last season was demonstrated when his progeny collected three of the category awards, which are decided by the votes of racing administrators and media.

It is the first time, in the 14 seasons since 2004/05 when the 3YO Filly & Colt awards were introduced, that progeny of the reigning Champion Sire 

Emirates Park’s filly Estijaab (Snitzel-Response by Charge Forward) was named Champion 2YO after winning three of her four starts last season, including the ATC Golden Slipper G1 and Reisling S. G2 and $2.3 million prizemoney.

The third foal of her dual Group 1-winning dam, Estijaab was bred by Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm and purchased by Emirates Park & Bryan Carlson for $1.7 million from Arrowfield’s draft at the Inglis Easter Sale. She is trained by Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes and is spelling after a setback cut short her 3YO Spring preparation. She is expected to return in the Autumn.

Also an Inglis Easter graduate, though not finding a buyer there, is the Champion 3YO colt Trapeze Artist (Snitzel-Treppes by Domesday). He won four of his 9 starts and $2.7 million in 2017/18, a record headed by three tremendous Group 1 victories, in the ATC T.J. Smith S. & All Aged S. against older horses and the Golden Rose  in his own age-group.

He is the second Snitzel son to be named Champion 3YO Colt, following Cox Plate & Australian Guineas winner Shamus Award in 2013/14.

Trapeze Artist is trained by Gerald Ryan for his owner-breeder Bert Vieira and success in The Everest, for which the colt is joint favourite, would be a timely boost for the Vieira family. Bert’s wife Gai is recovering in hospital from serious injuries suffered in a car crash on 5 September.  

The inaugural Everest winner Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich by Rubiton) won the Champion Sprinter title after a spectacular, five-win, $7.5 million season that also featured the VRC Darley Classic G1 and three other Group race wins. 

Redzel was bred by Lee Fleming and initially sold as a weanling, then offered by Marquee Stud at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale where he was bought for $120,000 by Triple Crown Syndications’ Chris & Michael Ward. He is trained by Peter & Paul Snowden for a large group of Triple Crown owners and is at single-figure odds for this year’s $13 million second running of The Everest on 13 October.

Snitzel, his sire Redoute’s Choice (with Lankan Rupee in 2013/14) and  grand-sire Danehill (with Exceed and Excel in 2003/04 & Fastnet Rock in 2004/05) are the only three stallions in the past 20 years to claim the Champion Sprinter in at least one of their own championship seasons. 

And it is the first time, in the 14 years since 2004/05 when the 3YO title was split by gender, that progeny of the reigning Champion Sire have won the 2YO, 3YO Colt or Filly & Sprinter awards in the same season.

Arrowfield’s trophy haul was completed by Shoals (Fastnet Rock-The Broken Shore by Hussonet), bred and raced in partnership with Jonathan Munz and trained by Anthony Freedman. She was voted Champion 3YO Filly after a stunning season against older mares, winning the Myer Classic G1 at Flemington, Surround Stakes G1 at Randwick and the Sangster Stakes G1 at Morphettville.

She is the second Arrowfield home-bred filly to win the title after Miss Finland in 2006/07.  

In all, Shoals won four of her 7 starts and $1.4 million last season while her full brother – cleverly named Groundswell – was the top-priced Australian yearling of 2018, knocked down for $2.3 million at Inglis Easter. 

Groundswell and another full sibling, 3YO filly Tides join their big sister in the Freedman stable, and The Broken Shore is due to foal again to Fastnet Rock this month. 

Transact does the business at Newcastle

It’s not too often that a 3YO is sent out beyond 2000 metres against older horses twice inside a fortnight in September but Dundeel’s son Transact has done it and won handsomely on both occasions.

It’s not exactly common practice to send a 3YO out beyond 2000 metres against older horses in September, and not often that a 3YO will easily pass that test twice inside a fortnight. 

Never doubt the Waterhouse & Bott stable’s ability to assess a horse’s aptitude and set a program that gives him or her the best chance of success. 

Witness the back-to-back wins of Dundeel’s son Transact, first over 2125 metres on 17 September at Cessnock, where he took an early lead and was never headed, winning by more than two lengths.

Twelve days later he repeated that effort over 2320 metres at Newcastle, and won by 3 lengths, a victory that wouldn’t have surprised anyone who read the stable’s website comment before the race:

“Transact is back to the races at Newcastle over 2320 metres with Rory Hutchings set to ride. The gelding has done a treat since breaking his maiden and he’s been thumping his chest on the track, beaming with confidence. The step up in trip on Saturday will only aid his improvement, there looks to be little speed on in the race and we are hopeful he can make it back to back wins come race day. Solid winning chance.”

Watch Transact win at Newcastle on 29 September.

Transact has clearly inherited the stamina evident in his sire’s pedigree and race record, as well as a degree of the finishing acceleration seen to such devastating effect in Dundeel’s six Group 1 victories. 

Transact was a $220,000 purchase by Waterhouse & Bott from the 2017 Magic Millions Sale. (PHOTO: Magic Millions)

Transact’s dam Rap Tale was no slouch either, winning 7 races up to just beyond a mile in the United States, one of them a Listed event. Beyond the first remove of the pedigree sit Grade 1 winners No Review, Another Review & Leading 3YO Sprint Filly Cavorting. 

It all adds up to the promise of an interesting Spring for Steve & Louise Gillard and their fellow owners including Cathy Hains’ Burnewang North Pastoral which bred and sold him, and retains a share in the gelding.