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.

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:

SNITZEL’S LIFETIME STATISTICS
SH Crops only

WINNERS &
% WRs/RNRs

SWs
G1 WINNERS
% SW/RNRS

STAKES WINS
G1 WINS

2YO WINNERS
STAKESWNRS
G1 WINNERS
TOTAL
PRIZEMONEY
(PER RUNNER)

675
73.7%
89
13
9.7%
171
19
196
36
4
$126.1 million
($138,831)

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.” 

Arrowfield applauds Yasuda Kinen trifecta

Arrowfield has several connections to Indy Champ, Aerolithe & Almond Eye who filled the trifecta in the record-breaking Yasuda Kinen G1…

It’s not so long ago that including a major Australian stud in a story on a Japanese Group 1 trifecta would have been considered as unlikely as the Japanese rugby team beating the Springboks  – which they did at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

There is no longer any surprise, or doubt about Japan’s pre-eminence in global thoroughbred breeding & racing, and Arrowfield’s connections with the first three horses home in Sunday’s Tokyo Yasuda Kinen 1600m G1 are cause for celebration rather than astonishment. 

This year’s contest generated more-than-usual excitement and attracted a 74,000-strong crowd keen to see 2018 Horse of the Year Almond Eye (by 2013 Yasuda Kinen winner Lord Kanaloa) take on a quality field headed by Danon Premium (by Deep Impact), Aerolithe (by Kurofune), Indy Champ (by Stay Gold) and Stelvio (by Lord Kanaloa).

Indy Champ surges to victory in the Yasuda Kinen G1. (PHOTO: Japan Racing Association)

The race certainly lived up to the hype without delivering the widely expected sixth consecutive Group 1 victory for Almond Eye, who was badly hampered immediately after the start by Logi Cry’s abrupt move sideways from gate 16, earning champion jockey Yutake Take a one-meeting suspension.

5YO mare Aerolithe set a strong pace in front, stuck on bravely for second and deserves credit for the sensational new race record time of 1:30.9 she shared in a thrilling finish with the winner Indy Champ, who caught her just before the line, and third-placed Almond Eye, who sprinted the last 600 metres in 32.4 and missed victory by a neck and a nose.  

The result is a notable triumph for Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Racing which bred all three placegetters, and the Yoshida-managed syndicates Sunday Racing (Aerolithe) & Silk Racing (Indy Champ & Almond Eye).

It’s also notable that fifth-placed Sungrazer was the closest of  Deep Impact’s four runners in the race. However, the 7-time Champion Sire is once again in charge of Japan’s General Sires’ Premiership, with prizemoney of almost $A50 million – more than twice the earnings of his nearest challenger Stay Gold.

As for the Arrowfield connections, Indy Champ’s dam Will Power (by King Kamehemeha) is a half-sister to Deep Impact’s dual Group 1-winning son Real Impact,  whose first Arrowfield-conceived 2YOs race next season.

Aerolithe’s dam Asterix (by Neo Universe) is a half-sister to the dam of dual Group 1 winner and Arrowfield sire Mikki Isle whose first Australian yearlings sell next year.

Asterix  herself has had four foals in Australia for Arrowfield’s joint venture with Northern Farm: city-winning 3YO filly Achondrite (by Lord Kanaloa), stakes-placed 2YO filly Akari (by Snitzel), a Redoute’s Choice yearling colt bought by Katsumi Yoshida for $400,000 at Inglis Easter and a weanling filly by Snitzel. 

Arrowfield has sold 7 yearlings by Lord Kanaloa over the past three years and is selling a pair of fillies out of the Japanese mares Dream Tiara (by Heart’s Cry) & Orgueil (by Deep Impact) at this week’s Magic Millions National Yearling Sale. 

The Japanese influence in the Stud’s final yearling draft of 2019 does not end there. Four colts and a filly by Real Impact are also on offer, alongside a Scissor Kick filly out of Glamour Stock, grand-dam of Arrowfield’s promising racemare Madame Pauline (by Redoute’s Choice). 

The Yasuda Kinen, first held in 1951 and elevated to international Group 1 status in 1993, is a fixture on the list of the world’s top-rated Group 1 races and Arrowfield stands not one, but two distinguished past winners. Real Impact became the first 3YO to win the race in 2011 and Horse of the Year Maurice won it in 2015.

Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt colts top Weanling Session

A pair of $300,000 colts and a Session average of close $150,000 were the major highlights for Arrowfield stallions on Day 1 of the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale…

Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt shared top billing on Day 1 of the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, with a pair of $300,000 colts knocked down to two of the best judges in the business. 

James Bester struck first, securing Lot 53, Cornerstone Stud’s strongly built Not A Single Doubt colt out of Celebrity Appeal (by One Cool Cat), from the family of Group 1 winners Hauraki & Kidnapped. The price is a new weanling record for Not A Single Doubt, exceeding the $280,000 paid for the Wilde Irish Song colt at the same Sale three years ago. 

New Zealand-based agent Paul Willetts then paid $300,000 for Aquis Farm’s Lot 145, the dark brown son of Snitzel out of stakes-winning mare Euryale (by Lonhro), a grand-daughter of Group 1 winner Danglissa. 

Aquis Farm was also the vendor of Lot 44, the $280,000 Not A Single Doubt colt out of Cariad (by Sequalo), so a full brother to this season’s 2YO city winner Cardiff. He was bought by Ampulla Farm.

In all, Not A Single Doubt’s four Day 1 lots averaged $240,000.

Dundeel also had four weanlings sold in the opening session, averaging $103,750 with a top price of $165,000 paid for the colt out of Ice Cream Lady (by Not A Single Doubt). Offered by Yarraman Park Stud, he was purchased by New Zealanders Marc and Sarah Devcich, whose beautiful Waikato property was home to Dundeel between his spectacular racing Australian campaigns. 

International superstar Maurice and Champion 2YO Shalaa made a positive mark with their first Magic Millions weanlings. Edinglassie Stud’s Shalaa-Backless colt, descended from New Zealand Oaks winner Brown Satin, made $75,000 and was purchased by Platinum Breeding & Racing with Pinhook Bloodstock. 

Ampulla Lodge went to $130,000 to buy Lot 185, the Maurice half-brother to Caulfield Cup G1 winner Southern Speed offered by the NSW-based Kansas Plains Stud.

Thirteen lots by Arrowfield stallions sold for an average of $148,577, well above the Sale’s first day average of $59,926, which was slightly down on the Day 1 figure in 2018. 

The Sale continues at the Gold Coast on Thursday 23 May with Lots 266 to 530, including 19 Arrowfield-sired weanlings. 

Kenedna does it again for Not A Single Doubt

Star mare Kenedna has pushed Not A Single Doubt past $10 million Australian prizemoney for the fourth consecutive season, and she has done it in the best possible way, with her second Group 1 victory…

Star mare Kenedna has pushed Not A Single Doubt past $10 million Australian prizemoney for the fourth consecutive season, and she has done it in the best possible way, with the second Group 1 victory from her last three starts.

And it’s only a week since Not A Single Doubt’s 3YO daughter Qafila won the South Australian Derby G1.

His 13th Group 1 success as a sire came in the $700,000 BRC Doomben Cup 2000m G1 where Kenedna settled midfield and travelled sweetly for John Allen who found space for her to shoot through on the rail at the top of the straight. After that, it was all over as the mare proved too strong for the fast-finishing Life Less Ordinary and Sixties Groove, posting the excellent time of 2:02.18.

Co-trainer Ciaron Maher was delighted with Kenedna’s performance, five weeks after her success in the Coolmore-sponsored Queen of the Turf S. G1 at Randwick.

He said, “This was always her target race, the Coolmore Legacy was just a bonus. She has always been a high quality mare, I think she has just furnished.”

John Allen added, “She is fast becoming my favourite horse – she is so tough and so genuine.” 

Kenedna, now the winner of 9 races and $1.8 million, is Not A Single Doubt’s third dual Group 1 winner after Miracles of Life (Blue Diamond & Robert Sangster S.) and Extreme Choice (Blue Diamond & AJ Moir S.).

She and her multiple Group-winning three-quarter brother Spill The Beans (by Snitzel) are among five winners left by the Falbrav mare Miss Dodwell, from the family of Group 1 winners Bounding Away, Glastonbury and Speak Fondly. 

Miss Dodwell has a weanling colt by Not A Single Doubt and is in foal to Snitzel.

Kenedna was an $80,000 buy for John Foote, Mike Rennie’s MDR Bloodstock & Darren Weir from Arrowfield’s 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier draft. She is Arrowfield’s fifth Group 1-winning graduate this season, following The Autumn Sun (Golden Rose, Caulfield Guineas, Randwick Guineas & Rosehill Guineas), Maid of Heaven (Spring Champion), Atyaab (Cape Derby in South Africa) & Castelvecchio (Champagne S.). 

As for Not A Single Doubt, he is challenging Fastnet Rock for 4th spot on the General Sires’ premiership, with $10.2 million and 13 winners of 20 stakes races.

John Messara pays tribute to Bob Hawke

“The death of Bob Hawke will be deeply felt throughout the Australian Thoroughbred Racing Industry. Bob enjoyed his racing and the industry loved him…”

Arrowfield’s Chairman John Messara AM pays tribute to former Prime Minister of Australia, Bob Hawke AC GCL after Mr Hawke’s death at the age of 89 in Sydney on Thursday 16 May. 

Messara says, “The death of Bob Hawke will be deeply felt throughout the Australian Thoroughbred Racing Industry. Bob enjoyed his racing and the industry loved him.”

“I regard the Hawke Government’s initiative in the 1985 Federal Budget to place the Australian Breeding Industry on the same fiscal footing as its neighbouring competitor, New Zealand, as the foundation of the Industry’s success today. It was the 1985 Budget that gave Industry participants the confidence to invest in the upgrading of the Australian gene pool – and we have seen the results over the past three decades.”

“Bob and a number of his Cabinet colleagues understood the Racing Industry, the employment it creates and the part it plays in Australian culture, especially in communities outside the major cities.”

“I was privileged to know Bob over a long period of time. He assisted the Industry on a trade mission to Japan after he had retired from politics and he was kind enough to open the then newly built Arrowfield Stud at Jerry’s Plains in 1989. His energy, intellect and charisma were formidable and his enthusiasm for racing causes and people never waned.”

Messara concludes, “May this great Australian rest in peace.”

10th Group 1 winner for Not A Single Doubt

A Group 1 Classic over 2500 metres and a 1200-metre 2YO Group 2 feature are all in a day’s work for the very classy, super-versatile Not A Single Doubt…

Here’s a challenge: run fourth in the 2000-metre Australasian Oaks G1 and back up a week later in the SAJC South Australian Derby G1 over 2500 metres. 

And here’s another challenge: be the sire of that Derby winner and a 2YO 1200m Group 2 winner on the same day.

Shadwell Stud’s wonderful 3YO filly Qafila and her wonderfully versatile sire Not A Single Doubt made it look easy.

Qafila skipped clear of the boys at Morphettville to win by more than 3 lengths and become Not A Single Doubt’s 10th Group 1 winner, while 2YO colt Dubious was just too good at Doomben in the $200,000 BRC Champagne Classic G2.


Bred by Woodpark Stud from the Tapit mare Zighy Bay, Qafila was offered by Attunga Stud at the 2017 Magic Millions Sale where Shadwell’s buyer Angus Gold secured her for $450,000 and sent her to the Hayes & Dabernig team at Lindsay Park. 

Qafila’s ability was obvious on debut, when she won the MRC Debutant S. LR as a Spring 2YO, and she has since competed almost exclusively in Group races, achieving 8 top four finishes, including a victory in February’s Angus Armanasco S. G2. That consistency in quality company explains why, with just three wins, Qafila has earned almost $700,000.

“She’s a tremendous filly and she deserves this Group 1. She’s been competing at the highest level her whole career and it’s fantastic to get the win for Shadwell Stud.”
– Co-trainer Ben Hayes on Qafila

Like Qafila, Aquis Farm’s 2YO colt Dubious is proving a highly professional competitor, winning the ATC Breeders’ Plate G3 on debut last September, before a Queensland campaign that produced a win and a fine second to Exhilarates in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic RLR.

Group 2 winner Dubious is one of 22 2YO stakeswinners by Not A Single Doubt. (PHOTO: Michael McInally)

He resumed in the Autumn with a third placing in the ATC Todman S. G2 and has now bounced back from an unplaced Golden Slipper run to claim a Group 2 win in dominant fashion. 

“What a dude of a colt, he’s very push-button. On the better ground he was lethal.”
– Jockey James McDonald on Dubious

Dubious, out of the French-bred mare Suspicieuse (by Elusive City), was bred  by Chesapeake Thoroughbreds & Winton Bloodstock and offered by Kitchwin Hills at the Magic Millions Sale where Aquis Farm & Ciaron Maher paid $350,000 for him.  Dubious has already repaid them handsomely with earnings of  $1,015,150.

Not A Single Doubt’s own statistics are decidedly handsome.  Qafila is his second new Group 1 winner this season after Kenedna’s ATC Queen of the Turf victory last month, and his tally of 13 stakeswinners is bettered only by I Am Invincible. 

And he can boast three same-day stakes doubles this season: Champagne Cuddles & Samizdat on 9 February, Kenedna & Classique Legend, both at Randwick on 13 April and now Qafila & Dubious.

With $9.6 million prizemoney, Not A Single Doubt holds fifth spot on the General Sires’ Premiership and is closing on his fourth consecutive $10 million+ season.

Norzita confirmed for The Autumn Sun

Champion 3YO Filly Norzita, purchased for $1.7 million by Freyer Bloodstock for Arrowfield at last Friday’s Inglis Chairman’s Sale, has been confirmed for The Autumn Sun’s 2019 book…

Champion 3YO Filly Norzita (Thorn Park-Visique by Quest For Fame), purchased for $1.7 million by Freyer Bloodstock for Arrowfield at last Friday’s Inglis Chairman’s Sale, has been confirmed for The Autumn Sun’s 2019 book.

The two-time Group 1 winner is due to foal to Snitzel in August and was offered by Lime Country Thoroughbreds on behalf of the late Dato Tan Chin Nam’s Think Big Stud.

Arrowfield’s Chairman John Messara says, “Norzita is an absolute queen, a magnificent individual with an elite race record and an outstanding match in every way for The Autumn Sun.”

An unbeaten Group 1 winner at two, The Autumn Sun (Redoute’s Choice-Azmiyna by Galileo) is the only horse to sweep the Golden Rose and Caulfield, Randwick & Rosehill Guineas.

The Autumn Sun was named this season’s Champion 3YO Colt at the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s Awards Dinner held on Wednesday evening in Scone. He stands his first season at Arrowfield at a fee of $77,000 inc. GST.

Not A Single Doubt’s record just gets Stronger

A handsome 2YO colt named Stronger says it all about Not A Single Doubt whose record continues to grow with 13 stakeswinners in 2018/19

It takes a special kind of stallion to compile consecutive seasons of high performance – for example, top 10 Premiership finishes, double-figure stakeswinners and eight-figure prizemoney totals.

By those measures, Not A Single Doubt, who began his career at a $12,500 fee, is on a roll that now spans four seasons and his record & reputation continue to strengthen.

So there is a neat synchronicity about the name of his 65th stakeswinner, 2YO colt Stronger who won a hard-fought battle with the favourite Accession in Saturday’s $140,000 GCTC Ken Russell Memorial Classic 1200m G3.

It was the colt’s third win from 7 starts and makes him Not A Single Doubt’s 22nd lifetime 2YO stakeswinner and his 13th stakeswinner this season.

There’s plenty of strength in the bottom half of Stronger’s pedigree too.

The $1.05 million yearling Stronger led by Tommy Kehoe to the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale-ring. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Bred by Arrowfield & Planette Thoroughbred, Stronger is the second foal of the winning Starcraft mare Star Pupil, also the dam of stakes-placed New Zealand filly Tiger Silk (by All American) and a daughter of the excellent racemare and outstanding producer Ain’t Seen Nothin’. 

Offered by Arrowfield at Inglis Easter 2018, Stronger was bought for $1.05 million by James Harron for a group of owners including Belinda Bateman, Rob & Donna Love, Fergus Doyle, Steve Gillard and John & Fran Ingham.

Sent to Peter & Paul Snowden, he won on debut at Kembla Grange last November, placed at Rosehill, won at Randwick in March, then finished third in Cosmic Force’s Pago Pago S. G3 & fourth in Bivouac’s Kindergarten S. G3 on 6 April before heading to Queensland.

Fidelia (Not A Single Doubt-Fidele) pounces for her third win over 1400m at Flemington. (PHOTO: Darryl Sherer)

Stronger’s maiden stakes victory kicked off a hectic half-hour for Not A Single Doubt. First, his Tony McEvoy-trained 2YO daughter Balaabel finished second on debut in the SAJC Queen Adelaide S. LR, then 3YO filly Fidelia won well at Flemington, her third success in 7 starts for trainer Robbie Griffiths.
By day’s end, Not A Single Doubt’s  2018/19 prizemoney had increased by more than $320,000 to $9.1 million, putting him on course for his fourth consecutive $10 million-plus Australian season.

Stronger’s year-younger full brother is one of three Not A Single Doubt colts catalogued for next month’s Magic Millions National Yearling Sale.

Arrowfield announces 2019 Stallion Roster & Fees

Arrowfield Stud has announced its 2019 roster including three new stallions and a new fee for exciting young sire Dundeel…

Arrowfield Stud today announced its 2019 roster of 11 stallions headed by Champion Sire Snitzel, whose fee is unchanged at $220,000 inc. GST.

Now with a $6.5 million lead in his bid for a third consecutive Australian Sires’ Premiership, Snitzel continues to achieve exceptional sale-ring returns for breeders, with total yearling sales in the past three years of more than $100 million, including this year’s $2.8 million Inglis Easter sale-topping colt out of Ichihara.

Arrowfield’s Chairman John Messara says, “We are delighted with the racecourse and sale-ring results achieved for breeders, vendors, owners and trainers by Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt and Dundeel over the past 12 months.

“However, we are always mindful of the risks and additional costs of breeding and the highly competitive marketplace we work in, and that shapes our approach to setting fees.”

Messara adds, “This is a pivotal year for us, the first time in two decades that Redoute’s Choice is absent from our roster, and we look back with profound gratitude for all that he contributed to Arrowfield and the industry.

“Our 2019 roster is very much his legacy, with five of his sons and a grandson, and five other outstanding young stallions that 20 years ago even I could not have imagined we would stand at Arrowfield. Collectively, they give us 11 very good reasons to be confident and excited about the future.”

Not A Single Doubt will stand at a fee of $110,000 inc. GST. He has furthered his record as a sire of high-class and versatile performers with 12 stakeswinners in 2018/19, including his ninth Group 1 winner Kenedna. His progeny are keenly sought by buyers who recently paid a career-high average of $528,000 for his 15 Inglis Easter yearlings, among them two million-dollar colts.

Dundeel has stamped himself a potential champion sire in a breakout season of seven stakeswinners from his first 72 runners, including Group 1-winning 2YOs Castelvecchio & Yourdeel, and 3YO Atyaab. The market’s opinion of Dundeel is already clear with a $309,000 average price at Inglis Easter and a top price of $525,000 paid for the Lady Moura filly. Dundeel’s fee is set at $66,000 inc. GST.

Sensational 5-time Group 1 winner The Autumn Sun (Redoute’s Choice-Azmiyna by Galileo) heads a trio of new sires at Arrowfield this year. An unbeaten Group 1 winner at two, The Autumn Sun is the only 3YO to win the Golden Rose and the Caulfield, Randwick & Rosehill Guineas. He will stand his first season at $77,000 inc. GST.

Also joining the Arrowfield roster is Group 1 winner Real Steel (Deep Impact-Loves Only Me by Storm Cat), a descendant of Champion racemare & blue hen Miesque, also the ancestress of Danehill’s Champion 2YO daughter Rumpelstiltskin, Champion Sire Kingmambo and Champion 3YO Filly Alpha Centauri. A debut winner at two, Real Steel capped a stellar career in Japan with his Meydan Dubai Turf G1 victory on World Cup night in 2016. He is currently serving his first book at Shadai Stallion Station and is offered to Australian breeders at a first-season fee of $16,500 inc. GST.

Arrowfield’s third newcomer is, like The Autumn Sun and Flying Spur, Danzero, Not A Single Doubt, Beneteau & Pariah before them, returning home to begin his stallion career. Showtime (Snitzel-Flidais by Timber Country), a full brother to Group 1 winner Sweet Idea, was sold by Arrowfield for $1.1 million at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale and trained by Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes to race in the best company at two and three. Twice successful in Melbourne at Group 2 level including a defeat of Group 1 winners Hartnell, Grunt & Black Heart Bart in the weight-for-age MRC P.B. Lawrence S. G2 (formerly J.J. Liston S.), Showtime was also placed in the ATC All Aged S. G1 and MRC Futurity S. G1. He will stand his first season at $11,000 inc. GST.

The first yearlings by the Group-winning sprinter Scissor Kick (by Redoute’s Choice) have been purchased for up to $150,000 this season by trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, Bjorn Baker, Paul Perry & Kim Waugh, syndicators Champion Thoroughbreds, Triple Crown Syndications, Proven Thoroughbreds, Dalziel Racing & Blueblood Thoroughbreds and agents John Foote & Ric Wylie. Scissor Kick’s fourth season fee is $11,000 inc. GST.

Shalaa, Maurice & Mikki Isle all return to Arrowfield this year, and their first Australian yearlings will be offered for sale in 2020.

The fee for Invincible Spirit’s brilliant dual Group 1-winning son Shalaa remains at $33,000 inc. GST, while six-time Group 1 winner and Japanese Horse of the Year Maurice (by Screen Hero) stands at $27,500 inc. GST and Champion Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle (by Deep Impact) is again offered at $13,750 inc. GST.

Group-winning 2YO & 3YO Pariah (by Redoute’s Choice) served a full book of quality mares in his first season and remains at a fee of $22,000 inc. GST.

Real Impact rests after serving his fourth book of mares in Japan. His first Australian yearlings have sold this year for up to $240,000 and their trainers include Paul Perry, Matthew Smith, Brad Widdup, Peter & Paul Snowden, Robert & Luke Price, Clarry Conners and Neville Parnham. Olympic Glory, sire of 21 first-crop 2YO winners in Europe last year, will not shuttle to Arrowfield in 2019.

The 2019 Arrowfield Stallion Roster is:

SNITZEL
Redoute’s Choice-Snippets’ Lass

$220,000*

NOT A SINGLE DOUBT
Redoute’s Choice-Singles Bar

$110,000*

THE AUTUMN SUN – New
Redoute’s Choice-Azmiyna

$77,000

DUNDEEL (NZ)
High Chaparral-Stareel

$66,000

SHALAA (IRE)
Invincible Spirit-Ghurra

$33,000

MAURICE (JPN) 
Screen Hero-Mejiro Frances

$27,500

PARIAH
Redoute’s Choice-Secluded

$22,000

REAL STEEL (JPN) – New
Deep Impact-Loves Only Me

$16,500

MIKKI ISLE (JPN)
Deep Impact-Star Isle

$13,750

SCISSOR KICK
Redoute’s Choice-Back Pass

$11,000

SHOWTIME – New
Snitzel-Flidais

$11,000

All Fees inc. GST.
* = Live Foal Terms