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.

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.

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.

View the 2019 Arrowfield Stallions brochure here:

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. 

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

 

The Sun shines where Greatness is found

In the past 12 months, three exceptional Arrowfield graduates of the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale have made the Stud’s 2019 invitation to discover greatness simply irresistible….

In the past 12 months, three exceptional Arrowfield graduates of the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale have made the Stud’s 2019 invitation to discover greatness simply irresistible.

Sensational colt The Autumn Sun, bought for $700,000, emulated his sire Redoute’s Choice and champion Pierro by winning three Group 1 races in his first six starts. He then stepped past those two great colts to add two more: an out-of-this-world Randwick Guineas victory, followed by the Rosehill Guineas on 23 March.

The 2018 Golden Slipper G1 was won by the $1.7 million filly Estijaab (by Snitzel), who played catch-me-if-you-can with a quality field to win one of the world’s most coveted juvenile trophies, and claim Champion 2YO honours. 

Australia Day this year brought victory in South Africa by Dundeel’s Arrowfield-bred son Atyaab. Bought for $260,000, he won the Kenilworth Cape Derby G1 at his 7th start for Sheikh Hamdan.

Inglis Easter results show that the Messara family’s Hunter Valley farm has sent 9 Group 1 winners to the Sale over the past five years.

That’s a third of all the Group 1 winners offered at the 2014-18 Easter Sales.

Add the other eight Group & Listed winners Arrowfield has sold at Inglis Easter in that period, and the farm’s strike rate is almost twice the figure achieved across the entire Sale.

The Stud’s 52-lot 2019 Inglis Easter draft is anchored by the late, great, fair dinkum legend Redoute’s Choice, his sons the record-breaking Champion Sire Snitzel and super-versatile top 10 sire Not A Single Doubt, and major-sire-in-the-making Dundeel. That’s top-drawer stallion power in anyone’s language. 

John & Paul Messara and their bloodstock team pay just as much attention to the other side of the breeding equation. That’s why the dams of Arrowfield’s Easter yearlings include six Group 1 winners and 11 other Group & Listed winners.  

Buyers will also find siblings to The Autumn Sun, Dundeel, Hong Kong star Contentment, Japanese Group 1 winner Aerolithe and a dozen other stakeswinners.

And, quite likely, their own slice of greatness.

Arrowfield welcomes buyers, clients & guests to the Big Barn, Barn B and our Pavilion, where delicious breakfast & lunch, cold drinks & award-winning Art of Espresso coffee  are served from Tuesday 2 April. 

Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer casts his eye over Arrowfield’s 2019 Inglis Easter draft to highlight eight yearlings:

LOT 38 Deep Impact-Grito colt

LOT 100 Snitzel-Lucky Raquie filly

LOT 102 Dundeel-Lunaspur colt

LOT 169 Not A Single Doubt-Panorama Ridge colt

LOT 315 Redoute's Choice-Traceability colt

LOT 320 Dundeel-Tuusula filly

LOT 338 Snitzel-You're So Good filly

LOT 369 Not A Single Doubt-Azmiyna colt

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Lot 38 – Deep Impact-Grito colt
Dam is a Redoute’s Choice half-sister to Champion Sprinter Yell, family of Holler & Anthems.
“A handsome colt with scope, he has the shoulder of a really top horse and a terrific walk.”  

Lot 100 – Snitzel-Lucky Raquie filly
Stakes-winning dam is from the family of Redoute’s Choice and Shoals.
“A medium-sized, quality filly, with a very attractive head, a great walk and real presence.” 

Lot 102 – Dundeel-Lunaspur colt
Half-brother to GW & producer Colorado Claire from the family of Group 1 winners Soqrat & Lucky Bubbles.
“Big, powerful colt with plenty of bone, scope and excellent natural muscle. All over a Guineas/ Derby colt.”

Lot 169 – Not A Single Doubt – Panorama Ridge colt
Half-brother to SW Sassy ‘N’ Smart & grandson of French Group 1 winner Nebraska Tornado.
“He’s stunning, neatly made, very powerful and early-looking. A real Breeders’ Plate type.”

Lot 315 – Redoute’s Choice-Traceability colt
Three-quarter brother to G1 winner Master Of Design & SW Traces from the Princess Tracy family.
“A beautifully balanced, medium-sized quality colt. Very good mover with a lovely front and a big hindquarter.”

Lot 320 – Dundeel-Tuusula filly
From a daughter of Champion & G1 producer Miss Finland.
“Classy, imposing filly with a magnificent walk who really uses herself beautifully, a definite Oaks filly.”

Lot 338 – Snitzel-You’re So Good filly
Dam is a G1-placed stakeswinner, family of G1 Melito and dual Group winner Pariah.
“Glorious, big strong filly. Similar type to Estijaab, great presence and an impressive powerful walk”

Lot 369 – Not A Single Doubt-Azmiyna colt
Three-quarter brother to The Autumn Sun from the family of European Champion Azamour.
“Medium-sized colt with an appealing head and eye, a good shoulder and an easy walk.”

Second Group 1 winner for Dundeel

Classic & weight-for-age Champion Dundeel is making a serious impact as a sire with a talented bunch of second-crop juveniles and two Group 1 winners from his first 60 runners…

Expectations for Dundeel’s stud career were naturally shaped by his Classic pedigree and race record, which indicated that his progeny would start to make an impact as 3YOs racing at 1600 metres and beyond.

They have certainly done that – think South African Group 1 winner Atyaab, Melbourne Group winners  Global Exchange & The Inevitable, New Zealand stakeswinner Cutadeel and Group-placed colt Dealmaker. 

More of a surprise is the rocketing juvenile success of Dundeel’s second crop, which has produced three brilliant debut winners: NZ-based Yourdeel in December, Castelvecchio in Sydney and Pandano at Newcastle in January.  

Pandano is now spelling, but Castelvecchio progressed to win the $2 million ATC Inglis Millennium (R) LR on 9 February and run third in the Skyline S. G3. His Autumn campaign is now aimed at the $1 million Inglis Sires G1 on 6 April.

Yourdeel’s trajectory has been even more dramatic. He impressed when dead-heating for third in the ARC Karaka Million (R) on 26 January, ran away from his rivals to win the Matamata RC Slipper S. G3 a month later and on Saturday he became Dundeel’s first 2YO Group 1 winner.

And he did it the hard way in the $200,000 ARC Ellerslie Sires’ Produce S. 1200m G1, driving forward early to travel energetically on the pace, making his move at the top of the straight and fighting off five challengers to prevail by a short head from Aalaalune & Aretha, with Snitzel’s daughter Bavella fourth.

It was a record-equalling 62nd Group 1 victory for jockey Opie Bosson who said, “He over-raced a bit early and I thought surely he can’t keep going. When I got stuck in, he fought so hard, he’s a top-quality horse.”

Trained by Te Akau Racing’s Jamie Richards at Matamata, Yourdeel (ex Miss Zapper by Red Ransom) was originally bought by Little Avondale Stud from breeder Dan Myers at the 2017 NZ National Weanling Sale.

Offered at the 2018 National Yearling Sale at Karaka by Little Avondale, he was knocked down to the $100,000 bid of Chris Rutten who races the gelding with John Norwood and Rod Preston.

Dundeel now heads the New Zealand 2nd Season Sires table, and is third, behind Savabeel & Showcasing, on the New Zealand 2YO Sires’ Premiership. In Australia he’s a clear third on the 2nd Season Sires list with  21 winners, 3 stakeswinners and  $2.5 million prizemoney.

Dundeel’s eight stakeswinners from his first 60 runners give him an excellent strike rate of 13.3%. Furthermore, international bloodstock analyst Bill Oppenheim’s APEX ratings, which identified Snitzel & Savabeel back in 2012, recently highlighted Dundeel with an A Runner index of 4.11.

The 2019 Inglis Easter Sale catalogue includes 14 yearlings by Dundeel, all but three of them in Arrowfield’s consignment. 

Dundeel colt spectacular in Inglis Millennium

Dundeel’s 2YO son Castelvecchio gave Ottavio & Wendy Galletta and trainer Richard Litt a day to remember when he rocketed to victory in the inaugural $2 million Inglis Millennium RL at Warwick Farm… 

The $2 million ATC Inglis Millennium 1200m RL was introduced to Sydney racegoers in the most spectacular fashion when Ottavio & Wendy Galletta’s Arrowfield-bred colt Castelvecchio rocketed to victory from the back of the field at Warwick Farm on Saturday afternoon. 

Watch Castelvecchio win the ATC Inglis Millennium RL.

It was a performance previewed by the Dundeel colt’s startling debut win at Canterbury last month but even so, it surprised his young Warwick Farm-based trainer Richard Litt.

“This horse is the real deal. He just does everything so easy. We never push him.

“He came here today not even revved up for this. He’s had two gallops, and they weren’t big gallops, coming into this.

“I knew coming here today there was going to be speed. I knew he was going to be finishing hard but I didn’t think he’d be doing that.”

The 11th foal of his dam St. Therese, Castelvecchio was sold at the 2018 Inglis Classic Sale. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

For Litt and the Gallettas, the win and the $1,194,000 prizemoney is a classic racing fairytale.

The trio selected the Dundeel-St. Therese colt from Arrowfield’s 2018 Inglis Classic draft and paid $150,000 for him. Named Castelvecchio (Italian for “old castle”) after a famous museum in Verona, he showed early ability and trialled in September but was given time to develop further before his 18 January debut. 

That careful approach is unlikely to change, despite the obvious temptation of the Golden Slipper, and Litt’s stated preference is the $1 million ATC Inglis Sires’ G1 on 6 April, the first day of The Championships.

Arrowfield’s John Messara & Castelvecchio’s owner Ottavio Galletta celebrate their shared success in the Inglis Millennium RL. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

The Gallettas have a long history in racing. Ottavio emigrated from Calabria, Italy in 1963, and worked in the construction industry,  setting up his own business and employing up to 200 people in the 1970s. It was during this period that he began to race horses and he started at the top, with the 1976 Australian Harness Horse of the Year Don’t Retreat.

Other Galletta successes in thoroughbred racing include four home-bred winners out of Our Fiction, and her Group 3-winning grandson Malavio, from Snitzel’s second crop.

Castelvecchio is the third stakeswinner, after G1 winner Maid Of Heaven and G3 winner Mirrasalo, left by Arrowfield’s wonderful producer St. Therese, herself a dual stakeswinner and Group 1-placed in New Zealand.

He is also the fifth stakeswinner by Dundeel who notched up his first Group 1 winner Atyaab on 26 January and, with 19 Australian winners and $2.1 million earnings in 2018/19, is now third on the 2nd Season Sires’ Premiership. 

The champion son of High Chaparral is third on the 2YO Sires’ table, alongside his barn-mates Snitzel who heads the list, and Not A Single Doubt (6th). However, if Arrowfield’s Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer is right about Dundeel’s prospects as “the new Zabeel”, this is only the beginning of a very exciting stud career.

Dundeel has 21 yearlings on offer at the Inglis Classic Sale over the next four days, including 6 colts and 4 fillies in the Arrowfield consignment

First Group 1 winner caps Dundeel’s big weekend

Sheikh Hamdan’s colt Atyaab sealed a heady 36 hours for Arrowfield’s young sire Dundeel when he won Saturday’s R1 million Cape Derby G1 in South Africa…

Sheikh Hamdan’s colt Atyaab capped an action-packed 36 hours for Arrowfield’s young sire Dundeel when he won the R1 million Cape Derby 2000m G1 in South Africa on 26 January.

Bred by Arrowfield & John Leaver, Atyaab was bought for $260,000 by Shadwell Stud from the Stud’s 2017 Inglis Easter draft and is trained by Mike de Kock. He is Dundeel’s fourth stakeswinner and the fourth Group 1 winner to emerge – so far – from Arrowfield’s Class of 2017, after The Autumn Sun, Estijaab & Maid Of Heaven. 

Dundeel’s first Group 1 winner, Sheikh Hamdan’s colt Atyaab, pictured as a yearling at Arrowfield. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

Atyaab is also the fifth Group 1 winner found by Shadwell’s master buyer Angus Gold in Arrowfield’s Easter consignments, joining Mustaaqeem (2016), Rafeef (2014), Majmu (2013) and Reaan (2007).

The colt’s dam is the now 21 year-old multiple Group 2 winner Sylvaner (by Danasinga), whose late-career fertility and success, following her early stakeswinner Vesper, can be credited to both the care and the opportunities she’s received at Arrowfield. Sylvaner has a 2YO Dundeel filly (a $100,000 Inglis Easter purchase for the Bulla Thoroughbreds Trust), a 2018 Dundeel colt and a positive test to the six-time Group 1 winner. 

John Messara celebrates Dundeel’s first Group 1 winner with Dundeel’s breeders Murray & Jo Andersen and co-owners Mike & Sharyn Craig. (PHOTO: Arrowfield)

Dundeel’s big weekend began on Friday afternoon when Cutadeel (ex Dineeta by Dylan Thomas) showed why he’s the current New Zealand Derby G1 favourite, with a classy defeat of older horses, carrying topweight over 1600 metres at Pukekohe. 

On Saturday afternoon at Newcastle in Australia, the Paul Perry-trained 2YO colt Pandano (ex Milanesa by Snitzel) won by 3.8 lengths, joining Yourdeel and Castelvecchio to give Dundeel a perfect 3 debut winners from his first three second-crop runners. 

Yourdeel (ex Miss Zapper by Red Ransom) continued his good work on Saturday at Ellerslie in New Zealand by completing a notable trifecta for Jamie Richards and the Te Akau stable with a staunch dead-heat third in the $1 million Karaka Million 2YO Classic 1200m RL.

Finally, Star Thoroughbreds’ 3YO colt Dealmaker (ex Sport Chic by Redoute’s Choice) was a very close, if unlucky second over 1400 metres in his campaign opener at Randwick, and the Australian Guineas G1 on 2 March looks a realistic target for him. 

As for Atyaab, he will now be aimed at the R 2 million South African Derby G1 over 2450 metres at Turffontein on 30 March.

Book 1 of Karaka 2019 includes 7 colts by Dundeel, and his offering at next month’s Inglis Classic Sale numbers 23, including six fillies and six colts in the Arrowfield draft.

A Champion-making, Everest-conquering, Sale-topping year

At the end of an exceptional year in Arrowfield Stud’s 33-year history, it’s not hard to identify 10 very special achievements on the track and in the ring…

Thank you to everyone whose work, investment and passion supported the Australian thoroughbred industry, including Arrowfield, in 2018. We wish you all a generous share of success, happiness & prosperity in 2019 and look forward to welcoming clients, visitors & guests to our Magic Millions Sale marquee from Friday 4 January.

At the end of a truly remarkable year in Arrowfield Stud’s 33-year history, it’s not hard to identify 10 very special moments from 2018, in chronological order:

SALE-TOPPING SUCCESS AT MAGIC MILLIONS
13 January 2018 – Gold Coast, Queensland
Arrowfield and Champion Sire Snitzel complete a leading vendor & stallion double in Book 1 of the record-breaking 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Arrowfield is the Leading Vendor by aggregate sales for the third consecutive year with $13,680,000 paid for 46 of 49 lots sold. Results include two 7-figure sales: the top-priced filly, by Snitzel out of Flidais ($1.8 million, named EVENING SLIPPERS & placed at Randwick at her first start in October) and the Redoute’s Choice-Cat By The Tale colt ($1 million).

Snitzel heads the Sires’ table by average for the first time at Magic Millions with 33 lots sold for an average price of $483,788.

THE SENSATIONAL SPEED FILLY
3 March 2018  – Randwick, Sydney

SHOALS (Fastnet Rock-The Broken Shore by Hussonet) gave us one of our best moments in the 2017 VRC Myer Classic G1 and she does even better in 2018 with two elite victories, notably the first Group 1 running of the ATC Surround Stakes. Sent out at double-figure odds by the punters, the brilliant filly, bred & raced by Arrowfield in partnership with Jonathan Munz, proves simply too swift and too classy for her rivals.

Two months later Shoals lands the SAJC Robert Sangster S. G1, with another top-flight Arrowfield graduate SECRET AGENDA (Not A Single Doubt-Negotiate) filling the quinella. Thirteen starts, 7 wins (6 in Group & Listed company), 4 placings and $2.4 million prizemoney – Shoals is right up there among the very best horses to race in Arrowfield’s ownership. Best of all, she remains in training for 2019.

GOLDEN SLIPPER GLORY 
24 March 2018 – Rosehill, Sydney
Northern Farm-bred, Arrowfield-sold filly ESTIJAAB (Snitzel-Response by Charge Forward) fills the one serious gap in Snitzel’s CV with a scintillating, all-the-way win in the ATC Golden Slipper G1 for owner Emirates Park & trainers Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes.

Estijaab is the 7th Arrowfield-bred and/or –sold Golden Slipper winner after DANZERO (1994), FLYING SPUR (1995), CATBIRD (1999), BELLE DU JOUR (2000), MISS FINLAND (2006) and FORENSICS (2007).

THE YOUNG GUNS FIRE UP
31 March 2018 – Rosehill, Sydney

Spendthrift Australia’s Hawkes-trained 2YO colt IRUKANDJI (ex Cerberus Gal by General Nediym) wins the ATC The Schweppervescence G3 to give his sire, 6-time Group 1 winner Dundeel that all-important first stakeswinner.

Dundeel has kept up the good work and at year’s end has 22 winners on the board, a second stakeswinner  in New Zealand Derby favourite CUTADEEL, and plenty of rapidly emerging talent in major stables including Lincoln Falls, Dealmaker, The Closer, The Inevitable, 2YO debut winner Yourdeel, Global Exchange, Miss Einstein & Nordicus.

Olympic Glory
has been just as busy building an excellent first-crop record in Europe where he’s posted 21 2YO winners, including his first stakeswinner WATCH ME (ex Watchful by Galileo) in France on 10 November.

TWO MIGHTY SPRINTING CONTESTS
7 April 2018 & 13 October 2018 – Randwick, Sydney
The rivalry of Snitzel’s super sprinting sons delivers two mighty contests, six months apart. The Vieira family-owned & Gerald Ryan-trained TRAPEZE ARTIST (ex Treppes by Domesday) is too strong on Good4 ground in April, racing away from Redzel in the ATC TJC Smith S. G1 and setting a new race record of 1:08.29.

Six months later, the powerhouse, front-running pace of Triple Crown-owned & Snowden-trained REDZEL (ex Millrich by Rubiton) prevails in The Everest on a Heavy9 track, with Trapeze Artist sticking on bravely in second. It’s an unforgettable $8.6 million quinella that once again gives Snitzel early-season control of the General Sires’ premiership.

The $1.8 million Snitzel-Flidais filly at Magic Millions, now racing as Evening Slippers.

Champion 3YO Filly Shoals wins the ATC Surround S. G1.

Arrowfield graduate ESTIJAAB wins the ATC Golden Slipper G1.

IRUKANDJI becomes Dundeel's first stakeswinner in The Schweppervescence G3.

TRAPEZE ARTIST defeats Redzel in a titanic ATC T.J. Smith S. G1.

The top-priced Australian yearling of 2018, Arrowfield's $2.3 million full brother to Shoals.

Season 2017/18 belonged to SNITZEL, crowned Champion Sire for the second consecutive year.

Arrowfield graduate SHOWTIME wins the MRC P.B. Lawrence S. G2 for Katsumi Yoshida.

MAID OF HEAVEN wins a terrific battle with Godolphin's Aramayo to claim the ATC Spring Champion S. G1.

Snitzel's exceptional son REDZEL is again supreme in The Everest at Randwick.

Australia's new star THE AUTUMN SUN races away with the MRC Caulfield Guineas G1.

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A RARE VENDOR ACHIEVEMENT AT INGLIS EASTER
11 April 2018 – Riverside Stables, Warwick Farm, Sydney
The move from Newmarket to Riverside Stables was a major commitment for Inglis, vendors and buyers and Arrowfield honours the privilege of occupying the beautiful new “Big Barn” by heading the inaugural Book 1 Easter Sale vendor list on 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.

Arrowfield also heads the table by average with $589,194, becoming the first vendor to achieve that rare double for at least a decade.  The Stud’s eight million-dollar lots include the sale-topping full brother to Shoals, knocked down for $2.3 million to Anthony Freedman and now named GROUNDSWELL. In all, Arrowfield & its stallions are responsible for 13 of the Sale’s 22 $1 million+ yearlings. 

SHOWTIME TURNS IT ON AT CAULFIELD
18 August 2018 – Caulfield, Melbourne
Carrying the famous silks of the great Japanese owner-breeder Katsumi Yoshida and trained by Team Hawkes, SHOWTIME (Snitzel-Flidais by Timber Country) is capable of outstanding performances when races unfold to suit him as the MRC P.B. Lawrence S. G2 does. He lands close to the pace and, relishing the contest as the leaders round the turn, fights like a tiger to defeat multiple Group 1 winner (and previous Lawrence Stakes winner) Hartnell.

FIVE WINNERS AT RACEHORSE OF THE YEAR AWARDS
4 October 2018 – The Forum, Melbourne
Winx
’s well-deserved elevation to three-time Horse of the Year status, alongside Sunline & Black Caviar, was easy to predict at the 2018 Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards. Equally newsworthy is Arrowfield’s association with five of the 7 national awards that Winx didn’t win:
SNITZEL – Champion Sire of Australia for the second time with staggering all-time record prizemoney of $29.2 million and a record-equalling 26 individual stakeswinners.
ESTIJAAB – Champion 2YO
TRAPEZE ARTIST – Champion 3YO Colt
REDZEL – Champion Sprinter
SHOALS – Champion 3YO Filly

MAID DELIVERS SPRING CHAMPION MILESTONES 
6 October 2018 – Randwick, Sydney
At her 5th start and backing up a week after an unlucky 6th in the Flight S. G1, Inglis Classic graduate MAID OF HEAVEN (Smart Missile-St. Therese by Dehere) carries the Arrowfield silks to a thrilling last-stride victory in the ATC Spring Champion S. G1, becoming only the second filly to win the race in its 47-year history. It’s also a heart-warming maiden Group 1 victory for trainer Mark Newnham & jockey Rachel King.

A NEW STAR RISES
13 October, 2018 – Caulfield, Melbourne
Going into the MRC Caulfield Guineas G1, the class of THE AUTUMN SUN (Redoute’s Choice-Azmiyna by Galileo) was well-established by his superlative victories in the BRC JJ Atkins S. G1 as a 2YO, and then September’s ATC Golden Rose S. G1.

But there is much more at stake for Arrowfield this time, after buying back into the glorious colt the Stud had sold for $700,000 on behalf of its partnership with HH The Aga Khan to Hermitage Thoroughbreds, trainer Chris Waller & agent Guy Mulcaster at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale. And The Autumn Sun exceeds all expectations, winning the Guineas by 4.5 lengths in breath-taking style. The colt’s return for a major Autumn campaign is set to be an early highlight of 2019.