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:

SNITZEL* 
Redoute’s Choice-Snippets’ Lass

$220,000

REDOUTE’S CHOICE* 
Danehill- Shantha’s Choice

$137,500

NOT A SINGLE DOUBT* 
Redoute’s Choice-Singles Bar

$99,000

MAURICE (JPN) 
Screen Hero-Mejiro Frances

$33,000

SHALAA (IRE)
Invincible Spirit-Ghurra

$33,000

DUNDEEL (NZ)
High Chaparral-Stareel

$27,500

PARIAH – New
Redoute’s Choice-Secluded

$22,000

REAL IMPACT (JPN)
Deep Impact-Tokio Reality

$19,250

OLYMPIC GLORY (IRE)
Choisir-Acidanthera

$16,500

SCISSOR KICK 
Redoute’s Choice-Back Pass

$16,500

MIKKI ISLE (JPN)
Deep Impact-Star Isle

$13,750

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.

Irukandji becomes Dundeel’s first stakes winner

It’s difficult to out-perform Champion Sire Snitzel, but his barn-mate Dundeel did it on Saturday when he produced his first stakeswinner from his first 7 runners. Doing the honours was Spendthrift Australia’s 2YO colt Irukandji in the $150,000 ATC The Schweppervescence 1400m G3.

Snitzel sent out 15 runners before his daughter Chance Bye won the STC Silver Slipper S. G2 on 27 February 2010, so Dundeel has clearly bested him on that particular score.

It was a sterling effort by the Hawkes-trained Irukandji, sent forward mid-race by jockey Corey Brown, then toughing it out in the straight to hold out the challengers led by Aristocratic Miss and the favourite Spin.

Watch Irukandji win ATC The Schweppervescence G3.

Brown said, “He’s a beautiful horse and he did not have a lot of luck in running…He was going as strong on the line as he was at the top of the straight.”

Michael Hawkes indicated that next Saturday’s $1 million Inglis Sires’ G1 would now be seriously considered for Irukandji, who earned his first black type when second in Listed company at Flemington on 3 March.

Irukandji has been a star of Dundeel’s stud career since his $240,000 sale as a Magic Millions weanling by Riversdale, on behalf of breeders Roger Langley & Nick Hodges. 

Purchaser David Kobritz’s Musk Creek Farm then returned to Magic Millions to sell Irukandji as a yearling for $500,000 to Spendthrift Farm.

Irukandji is the third foal of the Group-placed city winner Cerberus Gal (by General Nediym), from the family of Golden Slipper winner Danzero, who was bred by Arrowfield and returned there for much of his successful stud career. Cerberus Gal has a weanling full sister Irukandji.

Dundeel’s other six runners to date include debut New Zealand winner Cutadeel and placegetter Sunreel who, as it happens, is out of a Danzero mare.

Ten members of Dundeel’s second crop will be offered at the upcoming Inglis Easter Sale: a colt in the Bhima Thoroughbreds draft, a filly from Lime Country Thoroughbreds and four fillies & 4 colts in the Arrowfield consignment.

Arrowfield Diamonds are Forever

If the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale is viewed as a mine of potential wealth, then colts offer the irresistible prospect of pure gold, if they can add Group 1 performance to their stallion-grade pedigrees.

However, the 27 fillies Arrowfield will present at Riverside Stables next week offer the timeless value of diamonds, already desirable and potentially priceless.

There is no better current example than last Saturday’s Golden Slipper winner Estijaab, bought by Emirates Park and Bryan Carlson for $1.7 million from Arrowfield’s 2017 Inglis Easter draft.  Less than a year later she has earned $2.3 million and is one of the most valuable fillies in Australia. Miss Finland is another Arrowfield-produced diamond, as a Golden Slipper winner and Group 1-producing broodmare.

Other gems bought as yearlings from Arrowfield include:

  • Champion 2YO Filly Majmu (Redoute’s Choice-Spontaneous), bought for $300,000 & joined the Shadwell Stud broodmare band
  • Champion 2YO Filly Forensics (Flying Spur-Prove It), bought for $900,000, earned $3.5 million & joined the Darley broodmare band
  • Group 1 Oaks winner Sunday Joy (Sunday Silence-Joie Denise), bought for $1 million, dam of 8-time G1 winner More Joyous
  • Group 1 winner Sweet Idea (Snitzel-Flidais), bought for $240,000, earned $2.4 million and re-sold as a broodmare for $1.6 million
  • Group 1 winner Snitzerland (Snitzel-Monte Rosa), bought for $125,000 and earned $1.9 million.
  • Group 2 winner Scarlet Rain (Manhattan Rain-Double Ranga), bought for $100,000, earned $340,000 and re-sold for $950,000
  • Group 2 winner Colorado Claire (Hussonet-Lunaspur), bought for $220,000 and dam of $850,000 colt Gunnison (ATC Todman S. G2)
  • Group 2 winner Flying Snitzel (Snitzel-Hula Flight), bought for $25,000, earned $340,000 and re-sold for $410,000
  • Listed winner Ygritte (Snitzel-Deputy Lil), bought for $135,000, earned $317,000 and re-sold for $800,000
  • Listed winner Members Joy (Hussonet-Rosa’s Spur), bought for $85,000 and re-sold for $500,000
  • Listed winner Hijack Hussy (Hussonet-Joy Ride), bought for $62,000, earned $300,000 and re-sold for $400,000.
  • Sunday Service (Sunday Silence-Lady’s Delight), bought for $400,000, dam of two Listed winners & grand-dam of Ace High (VRC Victoria Derby G1, ATC Spring Champion S. G1)
  • Bubble Below (Hussonet-Lunaliona), bought for $150,000 and dam of Group 1 winner Lucky Bubbles.

In this year’s Arrowfield offering at Inglis Easter consider Lots 17, 103, 199 & 460, all by three-time Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice, now Australia’s leading active sire of broodmares. Classic-winning colts Ace High, D’Argento and Kementari are the latest of nine Group 1 winners out of Redoute’s Choice mares. 

It’s not hard to imagine this quartet of fillies as future stakeswinners and Group 1 dams. One is  a three-quarter sister of leading sire Not A Single Doubt from the great Easy Date family, another is a member of the Aga Khan family of multiple Group 1 winner Manighar and two of them are bred on the magic Redoute’s Choice/Hussonet cross, responsible for five Group winners from 12 runners.

Arrowfield’s yearling team can expect to be very busy parading the two fillies by Japan’s supersire Deep Impact, who has added Tosen Stardom and Real Impact to his extensive global Group 1 record.  

A glance down the pair’s catalogue pages only increases their glamour factor. Lot 11 is the daughter of Group 1-winning sprinter Alverta, also third in the Newmarket July Cup G1, and Lot 70 is out of Charming Estelle, a full-sister to Horse of the Year and five-time Group 1 winner Lankan Rupee.

“Snitzel filly” is a description already borne by 30 stakeswinners, including Group 1-winning speed queens Snitzerland and Sweet Idea, and now Golden Slipper star Estijaab – all sold by Arrowfield.

Arrowfield has never offered a group of Snitzel fillies quite like the eight lots in this year’s Inglis Easter consignment. Their dams include US Group 1 winner Miss Match and stakeswinners Senator Beck & Fictional Account. Their relatives include Champions Samantha Miss, Designs on Rome, Azamour, Afleet Alex, Miss Linda & Mikki Isle, and Group 1 winners Aerolithe, Carina Mia & Tizway.

Mare quality is also evident in ten fillies by Arrowfield’s new generation sires Animal Kingdom, Dundeel and Champion European sprinter-miler Olympic Glory.

Lot 526, the Dundeel-Darvaza filly, is out of a half-sister to Europe’s Champion 3YO Colt Almanzor, from the family of Champion 3YO Filly Darjina.

Similarly bred in-the-purple is Lot 426, the Animal Kingdom-Victory Party filly, from a half-sister to Champion US Filly Beholder and 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf G1 winner Mendelssohn.

Olympic Glory’s first Easter Sale yearlings include Lots 469 and 203, the first daughters of Group 3 winners Ocean Challenger, and Let’s Make Adeal, descended from Horse of the Year Let’s Elope.

Another first-season sire with an appealing filly in the Arrowfield barn is the Japan-based dual Group 1 winner Epiphaneia. The first yearling ever to be offered at public auction by her sire, Lot 405’s dam Travessia is by Deep Impact, and is a half-sister to the only other stallion to win a Japanese premiership in the past eight years, King Kamehameha. Travessia has since produced a Snitzel filly and is in foal to him again.

Five stakeswinners, three of them fillies, since New Year’s Day have raised the profile of So You Think and Arrowfield’s draft includes one of his daughters. She is Lot 26, out of Astral Flower, a half-sister to Group 1 winner Redwood, all descended from a Champion sister to one of the greats of late 20th century racing, Dancing Brave.

The 2018 Arrowfield Inglis Easter draft will start parading at Riverside Stables on Monday afternoon, 2 April. View all 47 yearlings here

Arrowfield sires star in Hong Kong Sale

A quartet of 3YOs by Not A Single Doubt and Snitzel were among the top-priced lots at the record-breaking Hong Kong International Sale held at Sha Tin Racecourse on Friday evening.

The four horses were bought by the Hong Kong Jockey Club out of the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale for a total of $1,035,000 and re-sold for almost four times that figure. 

The Sale’s second-highest price of $HK7.2 million ($1.167 million) was paid twice, including by Din Kerm for the strapping chestnut gelding by Not A Single Doubt from Heaven Beneath (by More Than Ready). He was offered as a yearling by Segenhoe Stud and sold for $210,000.

Wong See Sum Jackie paid the third-highest price of the Sale, $HK7 million ($1.134 million), for the easy-walking Snitzel-Good Weekend gelding. Out of a full sister to Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler, he was a $475,000 buy from Arrowfield’s 2016 Magic Millions consignment.

$HK6 million ($972,000) was the price paid by Tang Kui Ming for the Not A Single Doubt gelding out of the Snippets mare Aringarosa. He was a $200,000 yearling purchase from MacQuarie Stud.

Glenlogan Park was the original vendor of the Snitzel-Highland Daughter gelding, selling him for $150,000. Two years later he has been knocked down for $HK4.7 million ($761,000) to Ng Yau Sing. 

The 26 lots offered at this year’s Hong Kong Sale sold for an aggregate of $HK135.3 million, achieving an average of $HK5.2 million. Both figures are up on 2017, when 29 lots were offered, and both are new records for the event.

From limited representation in Hong Kong, Not A Single Single Doubt and Snitzel have compiled 30 winners of more than $15 million. Between them, they have 83 lots catalogued for next month’s Inglis Easter Sale, 12 of them offered by Arrowfield

Tosen Stardom presses Deep Impact’s case

The outstanding performance by topweight Tosen Stardom in Saturday’s $500,000 MRC Toorak H. 1600m G1 has strengthened the case for backing the Deep Impact sire-line in Australia.

Arrowfield stands the only two Group 1-winning sons of Deep Impact available to breeders outside Japan: Real Impact, whose first Australian foals are arriving this Spring, and Japan’s 2016 Champion Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle, serving his first book of Australian mares.

Tosen Stardom became Deep Impact’s 31st Group 1 winner when he carried 57.5 kg and the Australian Bloodstock colours to victory after sitting three wide for most of the race, then widest of the field round the turn. Despite that testing run, he finished off with verve to score by a length from Sovereign Nation & Petrology in 1:35.86.

Watch Tosen Stardom win the MRC Toorak H. G1.

Bred and still part-owned by Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Racing, Tosen Stardom (ex Admire Kirameki by End Sweep) is Deep Impact’s second Group 1 winner from only three Australian runners.

The pioneer was Real Impact who came down under for The Championships in 2015, winning the ATC George Ryder S. G1 and finishing a close second in the Doncaster G1. At the same Sydney Autumn Carnival, Tosen Stardom was second in the Ranvet G1 and fifth in Criterion’s Queen Elizabeth S. G1.

Tosen Stardom, also placed twice in Melbourne Group 1 sprints this year, has won six races and $2.1 million and is likely to go for the $1 million Cantala Stakes G1, now known as the Kennedy Mile, on the last day of Cup Week at Flemington.

Deep Impact’s towering dominance in Japan is well-established, but his international record, from around 30 runners outside Japan, is equally imposing. Seven of them are Group 1 winners: Gentildonna (Dubai), A Shin Hikari (France & Hong Kong), Beauty Parlour (France), Real Steel & Vivlos (Dubai), as well as Real Impact and Tosen Stardom. 

Deep Impact is well on the way to securing his sixth Japanese Sires’ premiership, with 18 stakeswinners and almost $A53 million prizemoney – about $A13 million more than King Kamehameha. Echoing Snitzel’s category dominance in Australia last season, Deep Impact is also heading the 2YO and 3YO Sires’ tables. 

Real Impact’s first Japanese foals were sold at this year’s JRHA Select Sale, where Australian agent Robert Roulston paid approximately $A330,000 for the Real Impact filly from German Group 2 winner Selkis (by Monsun).

Roulston said afterwards, “I sent three mares to Real Impact in his first year, and when I saw his foals here I really loved them; they’re nice types… I’m quite bullish about Real Impact after seeing his foals.”