Big Spring Inevitable for Dundeel

It has been an exciting start to Spring for Arrowfield’s young emerging sire Dundeel with two stakes winners in two weeks with The Inevitable (ex Gift Bouquet) taking out the Listed Bendigo Bank Stakes at Moonee Valley on Saturday in scintillating fashion.

A winner first up this preparation and already a Listed and Group 3 winner, The Inevitable circled the field in a dominating fashion to blitz his rivals by four lengths in a win as you please performance ridden by Craig Williams.

“He was very dominant today” said Williams

“He may be a small horse, but he’s a pocket rocket”.

Trainer Scott Brunton was relieved after the run after being a little concerned he hadn’t handled the trip from Tasmania.

“I didn’t think he was right, he tucked up from the trip, but he proved me wrong.”

“He’s a ripper isn’t he. He’s just fantastic.”

“We were thinking about going to the Rupert Clark, then onto the Golden Eagle, but we will just see how we go.”

The Inevitable was a $80,000 purchase for Scott’s father David Brunton from the Cornerstone draft at Adelaide Magic Millions and is the final foal of Gift Bouquet who is the dam of eleven winners including Stakes Winners Blahnik and Elyesees.

The Inevitable gives Dundeel his 50th winner and 15th Stakeswin (9 Stakes winners) from only 103 runners.

Whilst no black type racing in Eagle Farm on Saturday, there was also a fellow Dundeel gelding making headlines with three-year-old Profit (ex Opportunity) making it two wins from two starts. The Anderson and Heathcote trained gelding once again overcame a troubled run to win easily and looks to also be heading to bigger things this Spring.

Everest Three-Peat in Sight for Redzel

Redzel may not have been in the winner’s circle since his last Everest victory, but that didn’t stop the incredible seven-year-old son of Snitzel from returning with a bang to land his third consecutive win in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes at Randwick.

A leader all the way for jockey Kerrin McEvoy, Redzel defeated a fast finishing Pierata by a long-head and put a third Everest contention back in sight.

After failing to find form in Autumn, Peter and Paul Snowden were thrilled with his performance, with Paul highlighting the geldings notable return of enthusiasm for racing.

“You sort of can’t hide the excitement we have in the morning by the way he is going.”

“It is all about getting him back to where he was, he doesn’t need to be better, he just needs to be back to where he was, and I feel like we have him there.”

“We have a goal and have we to get there. It only gets harder from now on, but he loves the stable life, he thrives on it and he is just looking in very good order.”

Whilst there hasn’t been a commitment from winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy to Redzel for a potential third straight Everest, he was happy to see him back in the winner’s circle.

“It’s great to see him back. He had his doubters after last preparation,” McEvoy said.

” Last prep a few things went wrong but Peter and Paul put him away and started again.”

“There’s every chance that he is going to be a force to be reckoned with through this preparation.”

In what has been an incredible ride for connections, Redzel has now taken his earnings to a massive $15,644,000, including 15 wins, 8 seconds and 1 third from 34 starts, which includes two Group 1 wins and two consecutive The Everest victories.

Connections of REDZEL celebrate after his 3rd successive victory in the G3 Concorde Stakes.

Whilst punters have taken caution post his Autumn form, Redzel’s latest win puts him firmly back in the Everest picture with some bookmakers elevating him to equal second favourite for the $14 million race set to run on 19th October.

No Doubt About Samadoubt

For anyone in doubt of Samadoubt’s first up Group 1 victory this season, it was quickly laid to rest with a sensational front running win in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Working to the lead from a wide gate, the son of Not A Single Doubt (ex Isadora) held a strong lead over his rivals before quickening at the 300m and strolling home by three and a quarter lengths.

“He’s just gone to a new level this time in. He was a lot more comfortable today over the mile.” said Jockey Tim Clark

“There was nothing going to be able to run him down.”

Whilst trainer Bjorn Baker wasn’t overly surprised by the horse’s dominant performance, he didn’t have any definite plans for his immediate future.

“That was pretty darn impressive, I have to say” said Baker.

“His work since his last win, has been nothing less than sensational. He is big and strong and he’s never been better.”

“Going forward, he has a lot of options, but we will take it one step at a time. We will probably keep him at a mile, but he is an exciting prospect.”

A $40,000 purchase from the draft of Riversdale Farm at the 2015 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, Samadoubt has now taken his earnings to $937,510 and 10 wins from 36 starts for connections which has been an exciting ride from running as a two year old in the Listed Breeder’s Plate through to his first Group 1 as a 6 year old this season.

Whilst a Caulfield Cup nomination is in place, the George Main Stakes is Samadoubt’s likely next target on 21st September at Royal Randwick.

Samadoubt’s victory adds to what is already a stellar start to the season for Not Single Doubt with three consecutive weeks of Group victories for his progeny making him early leader on the sires’ premiership. The son of Redoute’s Choice covers a full book of mares this Spring at a fee of $110,000 (inc GST).

Exhilarates Too Classy in Atlantic Jewel

Classy Snitzel filly Exhilarates (ex Samaready) added to her impeccable record on Saturday with a powerhouse performance in the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes.

Settling back off a hot speed, Craig Williams rode the filly positively trailing the leaders but quickly overturned her rivals to win by three quarters of a length.

“She was extremely well placed and well weighted today” Craig Williams told

“She is just a little dynamo”

“She’s very, very professional and they’ve got options whether they keep her over shorter distances or even go out in distance with her. “

A $600,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling purchase by Godolphin from the Vinery draft in 2018, Exhilarates has now raced on nine occasions for four wins, three seconds and more than $1.5 million worth of prize-money which includes black type on three occasions. 

The win by the Magic Millions 2yo Classic winner also made it a Stakes double for three-time champion sire Snitzel within minutes, with Redzel taking out the Group 3 Concorde Stakes for the third consecutive year with a dominating display at Royal Randwick.

Snitzel’s record now includes an incredible 177 Stakes wins from 90 Stakes winners and career progeny earnings of over $140 million dollars.

Not A Single Doubt Claims Second Group 1 this Season with Scales Of Justice

A week after claiming the first Group 1 of the season with Samadoubt, son of Not A Single Doubt, Scales of Justice has made it two from two for the Arrowfield sire taking out Saturday’s $1 million New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

Given a copybook ride by Dean Yendall, Scales of Justice sat just off a strong speed, coming off heels early in the straight before driving clear to win by three-quarters of a length over So Si Bon and Alizee.

“He had a superior run through the race, they went a solid tempo, I produced him early like I did when I rode him here first-up (in the Bletchingly) and let him rip for me and I thought ‘I hope they don’t get near me’,” Yendall said

“At the 100 (metre mark) they were sort of closing in but he fought them off really easily.”

A Group 1 winner in 2016 Railway Stakes, Scales Of Justice has had a remarkable return to racing after having 12 months on the side lines recovering from back and feet issues.

“I didn’t give this horse anything that he didn’t already have” trainer Lindsay Smith said to

“He’s had a lot of people help him, from the vets to the farriers, to the team at home. They have all done a remarkable job and I am just the lucky person to be here today”.

With a total of six Stakes victories, Scales of Justice now claims an overall record of 11 wins, 9 seconds and 3 thirds from 26 starts with earnings of $2,162,850, making him Not A Single Doubt’s third highest prize money earner behind multiple Group 1 winners Kenedna and Miracles of Life.

The Group 1 win by Scales of Justice has also pushed Not A Single Doubt (a consistent Top 10 sire for the past five years) into an early lead on the sire table, and although it is very early days, it is safe to say that the son of Redoute’s Choice has an exciting Spring ahead with Stakes winners Single Bullet, Qafila, and Everest Contestant Classique Legend also all looking to return in fabulous form.

Following his victory in the Memsie, Scales Of Justice is now a $26 chance to win the $5m G1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley on October 26. Now wouldn’t that be a fairy tale finish!

Super Seth Set for Super Spring

Arrowfield’s most exciting young Sire Dundeel opened his new season Stakes account with a bang on Saturday with Super Seth taking out the Group III MRC HDF McNeil Stakes over 1200 metres giving the stallion his 9th Stakeswinner from only just over 100 runners. 

The colt bred and sold under the Arrowfield banner had a promising start to his career with three starts as a two-year-old for two wins and a third in the Anzac Day Listed Stakes, so expectations were high for his return this Spring.

Prepared by Anthony Freedman and ridden by Mark Zahra, Super Seth settled off the pace, before hitting the line hard to win by a length and a quarter over his stable mate King of Hastings.

Freedman said Super Seth was likely to head to the Group Two Danehill Stakes at Flemington on September 14.

“He’ll probably go to Flemington in two weeks’ time and have a run up the straight and from there to the Guineas Prelude (1400m),” said Anthony Freedman.

A $280,000 purchase at the Inglis Easter (Book II) Sale for Dean Hawthorne, the colt is out of Redoute’s Choice mare Salutations, who is due to foal to Dundeel this season and already the dam of Stakeswinner Wild Planet.

It has been an exciting few weeks for Dundeel with Stakes winning Spring contenders The Inevitable and Cutadeel (NZ) returning with first up wins and 3yo’s Profit (ex Opportunity) and Mystery Trick (ex Lady Who) both winning on debut.

Dundeel is set to cover a stellar line up of mares this season, fully booked at $66,000 inc GST.

Yes he can! Samadoubt salutes for Not A Single Doubt

Minutes after Not A Single Doubt was described as “the little engine that could” at Arrowfield’s stallion parade last Saturday, his 6YO son Samadoubt plucked the $500,000 ATC Winx S. 1400m G1 from his much better-fancied rivals. 

It was a perfectly timed illustration of both Not A Single Doubt’s extraordinary rise from six seasons at the bottom of Arrowfield’s roster to top five sire, and the qualities he so consistently imparts to his progeny. 

Samadoubt’s best previous performance  was in the 2000-metre Canberra Cup LR last March, but trainer Bjorn Baker and jockey Tim Clark believed the gelding’s on-pace speed and gritty competitive spirit made a first-up tilt at a Group 1 weight-for-age sprint feasible. 

Clark explained,“In two or three runs’ time over a little bit further these other horses are probably going to get the better of him, but at this point of his preparation, 1400m fresh, it just looked like an ideal race to have a throw at the stumps.”

He sent Samadoubt straight to the front and the pair controlled the pace to perfection, rounding the turn with a clear break on the field. Clark waited until the 350-metre mark before asking Samadoubt for more, and more was what he got, as the season’s first Group 1 winner pinned his ears back and powered to the line, defeating Happy Clapper & Invincible Gem in 1:21.05. 

Bred by Scott Darby and bought from the Riversdale draft for $40,000 by Darby Syndications at the 2015 Inglis Classic Sale, Samadoubt is the best of five winners left by Isadora (by Gold Fever), a half-sister to Group 2 winner Apollo Wonder. He is the syndicator’s third Group 1 winner after Champion fillies Yankee Rose (by All American) & She Will Reign (by Manhattan Rain) and all three were conceived at Arrowfield. 

Not A Single Doubt, paraded by Stallion Manager Joe Hickey at the 2019 Arrowfield Stallion Open House. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Samadoubt is the 11th Group 1 winner for Not A Single Doubt whose record is notable for the versatility as well as the class of his best progeny, among them 2YO stars Miracles of Life & Extreme Choice, South Australian Derby winner Qafila, top-drawer mares Kenedna & Secret Agenda, sprinter-milers Scales Of Justice, Clearly Innocent & Good Project, Caulfield Guineas winner Mighty Boss and Single Gaze, a Group 1 winner at three and runner-up in the 2017 Caulfield Cup. 

Not A Single Doubt finished 2018/19 in 5th spot on the Australian General Sires’ premiership with almost $12 million and 15 stakeswinners, and a month into the new season, he is already back in the top 10.


Enbihaar too good at Goodwood

In the year of his death Redoute’s Choice has notched up three major achievements: an historic Guineas treble by his best racing colt, The Autumn Sun; his first Australian Broodmare Sires’ premiership; and the first Group 1 winner from his two European crops, Danceteria in Germany on 28 July.

And there’s more elite success to come in Europe, judging by the dominant victory of his 4YO daughter Enbihaar in Saturday’s Goodwood Lillie Langtry S. 2800m G2.

The John Gosden-trained mare had already won the Daisy Warwick S. LR at Goodwood in May, before finishing second in the York Bronte Cup Gand then winning the Haydock Lancashire Oaks G2 on 6 July. 

This time at Goodwood, jockey Jim Crowley settled Enbihaar near the back of the field where she travelled easily before pushing forward three furlongs from home. Asked to quicken a furlong later, Enbihaar responded brilliantly and raced away for an easy five-length victory. 

Enbihaar was bred by Charles Henri de Moussac’s Haras du Mezeray from Chanterelle (by Trempelino), a half-sister to French Group 1 winner Amonita. Sent to the 2016 Arqana August Yearling Sale, the statuesque bay filly was bought for €500,000 by someone who knows better than most what a quality Redoute’s Choice yearling looks like. 

Sheikh Hamdan’s dual G2 winner Enbihaar as a yearling at Haras du Mezeray.

That was Sheikh Hamdan’s renowned Racing Manager Angus Gold, who found Group 1 winners Nadeem, Majmu, Rafeef & Mustaaqeem at Inglis Easter, and was the under-bidder on Miss Finland and The Autumn Sun.

He said after Enbihaar’s latest success, “I was really impressed with her. I’m a real fan of this filly. She was quite hot and fizzy as a two-year-old but she has absolutely settled down now and loves her work. She stays surprising well for a Redoute’s Choice, and she handles this fast ground. It was a really good performance with a penalty.

“She’s got a magnificent stride on her, and she must be about 16.3hh, but she was light framed when we bought her and has just really developed. I’m delighted for Sheikh Hamdan, who kept her in training.”

Enbihaar’s next start is likely to be next month’s Doncaster Park Hill S. G2,  possibly followed by the Longchamp Prix de Royallieu for fillies & mares, newly promoted to Group 1 status and extended to 2800 metres, on 5 October .

It has been a strong year for Redoute’s Choice in the northern hemisphere with seven Group & Listed wins by Danceteria, Enbihaar & Spotify boosting the record of his two crops conceived at HH the Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval. Those crops have now produced nine stakeswinners (6 of them Group winners) from 104 runners.

Back home in Australia, Redoute’s Choice achieved his 13th top 10 finish on the 2018/19 General Sires’ premiership, as well as winning the Broodmare Sires’ title with a record total of $23.2 million. 

With a large group of proven performers still racing in Australia, promising just-turned 3YOs and a crop of 2YOs that averaged $470,000 in the sale-ring, this is one legendary sire whose legend is still being written.

Snitzel joins the Greats with his third Championship

The 2018/19 Australian Sires’ Championship win by Arrowfield Stud’s Snitzel sets him apart from the majority of Australia’s Champion Sires – even his own legendary sire Redoute’s Choice. 

That’s because he joins Star Kingdom, Bletchingly, Sir Tristram and Danehill as the only stallions to win three consecutive Australian General Sires’ titles in the past 60 years. (Redoute’s Choice also won three titles, but across a nine-year period, in 2006, 2010 & 2014 – itself a notable feat.)

Snitzel has compiled serious numbers with his Australian runners since 1 August 2016:

  • 367 individual winners of 870 races, including 87 stakes wins, 10 of them at Group 1 level.
  • 49 individual stakeswinners, including 30 Group winners – five of them Group 1 winners: Champion Sprinter and two-time Everest hero Redzel, Champion 3YO Colt Trapeze Artist, Champion 2YO Estijaab, Russian Revolution & Invader.
  • 68 2YO Winners (15 2YO Stakeswinners, 2 Group 1 winners)
  • Almost $70 million prizemoney.

Snitzel has set a whole new standard for prizemoney and is the first and only Australian stallion to breach the $20 million mark – twice.  His best figures for stakes wins (43 in 2017/18) & 2YO winners (32 in 2016/17) remain all-time records, and his best tally of stakeswinners (26, achieved in both 2016/17 and 2017/18) equalled Danehill’s 15 year-old record before I am Invincible surpassed it this year.

It takes a stallion of rare quality to compile these achievements and Snitzel is that stallion, as his lifetime statistics show:

SH Crops only

% WRs/RNRs




$126.1 million

Source: Arion Pedigrees, at 31 July 2019

Even more compelling for owners and trainers is a stallion’s record in marquee Group 1 races such as the Cox Plate, Golden Slipper, TJ Smith, Galaxy, Oakleigh Plate, All Aged, Golden Rose and Inglis Sires. As Arrowfield’s John Messara points out, “These are races that owners dream about winning and Snitzel can make those dreams come true – his sons and daughters have already won them all.”

Snitzel’s career and three Premiership victories are all the more remarkable because he is competing against arguably the strongest group of stallions ever assembled in Australia. For example, there are five past Champion Sires (8 titles among them) behind him in the top 20 on the 2018/19 Premiership: Street Cry (3rd), Fastnet Rock (4th), Redoute’s Choice (9th), Lonhro (12th) and Exceed and Excel (14th).

The top 20 sires have also become a more dominant group since the turn of the century. In 2000/01 their progeny won 28.9% of Australia’s Group & Listed Races; in 2018/19 they won 40.9% of those races.

To lead such a stellar cohort of stallions across three seasons has demanded exceptional racetrack performance and that is exactly what Snitzel has delivered. His powerhouse sprinting son and double Everest hero Redzel has been his leading earner in all three Premiership seasons, but completing the 2018 Everest quinella with Trapeze Artist neatly made the point that Snitzel’s success is not dependent on a single superstar.

Trapeze Artist subsequently added his fourth Group 1 victory when he set a track record in the ATC Canterbury Stakes before retiring as Snitzel’s second-highest earner with $5.5 million, while the indomitable Redzel remains in training for a third Everest campaign.

A Showcase of Snitzel’s Stars

Champion Sprinter Redzel & Kerrin McEvoy
after winning their second Everest, October 2018

Exhilarates was exhilarating in the $2 million 2019 Magic Millions 2YO Classic RL.

Trapeze Artist's 4th Group 1 victory
in the 2019 ATC Canterbury Stakes.

Classy mare I Am Excited won twice at Group 2 level in 2018/19.

Showtime defeated Hartnell in the 2018
MRC P.B. Lawrence S. G2 at weight-for-age.

Corumbene Stud's $2.8 million
Snitzel-Ichihara colt at Inglis Easter 2019.

Champion 2YO Estijaab gave Snitzel his first Golden Slipper win in 2018.

Russian Revolution & Snitty Kitty filled
the 2018 Oakleigh Plate G1 quinella.

Invader, Summer Passage & Trapeze Artist made history with the 2017 Inglis Sires G1 trifecta.

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Snitzel’s ten other Australian stakeswinners in 2018/19 were headed by Group-winning sprinters I Am Excited, Showtime (now standing alongside him at Arrowfield) and his 90th worldwide stakeswinner Irithea.

Already a two-time Champion Sire of 2YOs, Snitzel enjoyed another fine season in that category with 23 winners in a lively crop that is poised to step up again in 2019/20. The Godolphin filly Exhilarates ticked off an important prize on his wish-list when she won January’s GCTC Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR, while Bella Rosa (VRC Ottawa S. G3) and Cheer Leader (MVRC Valley Pearl S. LR) added victories in Melbourne. His only stakeswinner outside Australia during the season was also a 2YO – that was Bavella, successful in the Counties Challenge S. LR in New Zealand.

Snitzel’s dominance of the last three General Sires’ Championships has been matched by his high profile at the major Inglis & Magic Millions yearling sales. His $107 million total sales since 2017 have had a significant positive impact on many livelihoods and businesses. His 18 seven-figure yearlings in that period include Golden Slipper winner Estijaab and Australia’s top-priced yearling of 2019, Corumbene Stud’s striking colt out of Ichihara bought by James Harron for $2.8 million at Inglis Easter.

Arrowfield’s confidence in Snitzel was evident when the Stud paid $1.7 million for dual Group 1 winner Norzita, in foal to him, at the Inglis Chairman’s Sale in May. Later that month David Redvers and Widden Stud paid $1.2 million for Listed winner Bonny O’Reilly, also in foal to Snitzel, at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

There is understandably a degree of poignancy for Arrowfield, celebrating Snitzel’s historic third Championship less than six months after the death of Redoute’s Choice – who wins his first Broodmares Sires’ title with $23.2 million. 

As John Messara says, “Our overwhelming feeling about Redoute’s Choice, past the grief of losing him, is gratitude for all that he gave us, and all that he left us to go on with. Snitzel is a very large part of that legacy and we’re so proud of him, and so excited about what still lies ahead of him.” 

View the 2019 Arrowfield Stallions

Arrowfield is proud to present 11 stallions on our 2019 roster, headed by three-time Champion Sire Snitzel & leading sire Not A Single Doubt and introducing The Autumn Sun, Real Steel & Showtime.

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