Southern Legend triumphs in second Kranji Mile

Saturday evening’s S$1.5 million Kranji Mile LR was a triumph for the Australian breeding industry, Hong Kong racing, Inglis sales, Not A Single Doubt and Arrowfield & Corumbene Studs as Southern Legend sped to a commanding victory, chased home by 7YO former Hong Kong Group winner Blizzard.

Saturday evening’s S$1.5 million Kranji Mile 1600m LR was a triumph for the Australian breeding industry,  as Southern Legend sped to a commanding victory, chased home by former Hong Kong Group winner Blizzard.

Southern Legend and Zac Purton had everything under control at the end of the 2019 Kranji Mile LR. (PHOTO: Singapore Turf Club)

Already Not A Single Doubt’s all-time leading earner, Southern Legend took his prizemoney to around $4.9 million with his second consecutive Kranji Mile win for owner Boniface Ho and trainer Caspar Fownes. His time of 1:33.61 was slightly faster than his 2018 performance and, in the opinion of his jockey Zac Purton, a stronger win all round. 

Mr Ho’s buyer and Australian-based manager Carmel Size shared her delight on Twitter: “Thrill of a life time to have kicked the journey off with such a super, super horse, he is so honest and wouldn’t know how to run a bad race.”

Carmel and her father Neville Begg bought Southern Legend (ex Donna’s Appeal by Carnegie) for $280,000 from the 2014 Inglis Easter draft of breeder Corumbene Stud. The Stud has retained Southern Legend’s yearling sister, already named Loveland.   

The Kranji Mile is Mr Ho’s second major success with a Not A Single Doubt son this year, following Classique Legend’s brilliant ATC Arrowfield Stud 3YO Sprint G2 victory at The Championships last month. Classique Legend is now a contender for the $14 million The TAB Everest after Mr Ho & Carmel Size Racing purchased GPI Racing’s slot.

They also signed for three Not A Single Doubt yearlings from Arrowfield’s Class of 2019, securing the Zillow & Lahana colts at Inglis Easter for $1.05 million & $480,000 respectively, and the Stormy Hussey colt for $140,000 at Inglis Classic.

There was plenty to admire about Blizzard’s runner-up performance too. Bred by GSA Bloodstock and purchased for $75,000 by Ricky Yiu from Arrowfield’s 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier draft, the 7YO son of Starcraft and Stormy Choice (by Redoute’s Choice) has been a wonderfully genuine performer in top company over five seasons for the Infinitude Syndicate.

His four years in Hong Kong produced a Group 3 victory, a Group 1 third and three excellent Group 1 fifths in Japan before his transfer last year to Lee Freedman in Singapore. Blizzard has since added the Fortune Bowl LR & three placings to his record and his lifetime prizemoney now approaches $4 million.

As for Not A Single Doubt, he looks increasingly secure in 5th spot on the Australian General Sires’ Premiership and his season tally of stakes wins is only five short of his career-best total of 26, compiled in 2016/17.

Interstate stakes double for Arrowfield graduates

Saturday’s interstate Arrowfield graduate stakes double was good news for two of the Stud’s former stallions, as well a pair of Arrowfield mares now in foal to boom young sire Dundeel…

Saturday’s interstate Arrowfield graduate stakes double was good news for two of the Stud’s former stallions, as well a pair of Arrowfield mares now in foal to boom young sire Dundeel.

Wild Planet struck first in front of a Hunter Valley home crowd at the Scone Cup Carnival, taking the $300,000 Inglis 3YO Guineas 1400m RLR by the scruff of the neck and staving off the challenges of the favourite Military Zone and third-placed Total Power (by Dundeel).

Tommy Berry & co-trainer Michael Hawkes celebrate after Wild Planet’s Inglis Guineas win. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

It was Wild Planet’s second stakes victory after last Spring’s VRC Poseidon S. LR,  but earned him more than twice the prizemoney and adds further gloss to the record of his dam Salutations (by Redoute’s Choice), also the dam of stakes-placed 2YO winner Super Seth (by Dundeel), and a Dundeel filly sold at the this year’s Magic Millions Sale.  

Wild Planet’s sire Animal Kingdom no longer shuttles to Arrowfield but his record here has improved markedly this season, thanks to Australian Derby G1 winner Angel of Truth, Listed winner Mystery Miss, Group 1-placed Peaceful State, Group 2-placed Victory Kingdom, stakes-placed Earth Angel and a swag of city winners.  Animal Kingdom’s final Australian yearlings will be offered for sale in 2020.

“Wild Planet dug deep under pressure like he always does. He’s a fighter, he’s a winner and he is going the right way.’’
– Co-trainer Michael Hawkes

Wild Planet was Animal Kingdom’s top-priced colt of 2017, bought for $280,000 by Hawkes Racing & Andrew Williams Bloodstock from the Arrowfield Inglis Easter draft that has also produced Group 1 winners The Autumn Sun, Estijaab & Atyaab, and Listed winner Diplomatico.

Around three hours later at Caulfield, the Melbourne Racing Club presented  the 2YO 1200-metre race named for Arrowfield’s late, great Champion Sire,  but amended the name slightly to Vale Redoute’s Choice S. LR. 

Arrowfield-bred & -sold filly Missile Mantra then completed the tribute by unwinding a big run down the outside to win the race for her Triple Crown-managed syndicate of owners and  trainers Peter & Paul Snowden. 

Magic Millions yearling and now unbeaten 2YO stakeswinner Missile Mantra. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

By Smart Missile, who now stands at Twin Hills Stud, Missile Mantra was a $30,000 Magic Millions buy for Triple Crown. She is the second foal of the Starcraft mare Wecansay Mak, a sister to dual Group 1 winner We Can Say It Now.  

Missile Mantra is the third stakes-winning graduate of Arrowfield’s Class of 2018, after Group 1 winner Castelvecchio and last weekend’s Group 3 winner Stronger (also out of a Starcraft mare). 

Arrowfield’s Class of 2017: no Editing needed

Arrowfield’s imposing yearling graduate record sets a high bar for the Class of 2017, but already they have shown themselves to be an exceptional group of horses…

Arrowfield’s imposing yearling graduate record sets a high bar for the Class of 2017, but already they have shown themselves to be an exceptional group of horses. 

The past week alone added four new performances to their record, starting with Katsumi Yoshida’s 3YO Camelot filly Re Edit, a strong debut winner from the Chris Waller stable at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

Kris Lees has an impeccable record with Dundeel’s progeny, sending out four runners for four winners of 7 races, including the filly Dundee Lee (ex Choice Blend), who posted her second win on Friday.

Two more successes followed at the weekend, by Perfect Match (Not A Single Doubt) for Danny Shum in Hong Kong, and Irving Lipschitz (Animal Kingdom) for Lee Freedman in Singapore.

The talent that has emerged so far from this Arrowfield cohort is headed by a superlative trio of Group 1 winners: JJ Atkins, Golden Rose & Caulfield Guineas superstar The Autumn Sun (Redoute’s Choice), Champion 2YO and Golden Slipper heroine Estijaab (Snitzel) and Spring Champion Stakes winner Maid Of Heaven (Smart Missile).

Listed winners Wild Planet (also Group-placed) and Diplomatico (Snitzel) are capable of boosting their records in the Autumn, along with 7 other stakes performers including Star Thoroughbreds’ colt Dealmaker (Dundeel), twice Group-placed in Sydney during the Spring. 

ARROWFIELD’S YEARLING CLASS OF 2017

Triple G1 winner THE AUTUMN SUN (Redoute's Choice-Azmiyna)
B: $700,000, Hermitage, Waller & Mulcaster T: Chris Waller

Champion 2YO ESTIJAAB (Snitzel-Response)
B: $1.7 million, Emirates Park & Bryan Carlson T: Hawkes Racing

G1 winner MAID OF HEAVEN (Smart Missile-St. Therese)
B: $60,000, Dean Hawthorne T: Mark Newnham

Listed winner DIPLOMATICO (Snitzel-Top Cuban)
B: $1.7 million, George Moore Bloodstock T: Hawkes Racing

Listed winner WILD PLANET (Animal Kingdom-Salutations)
B: $280,000, Hawkes Racing & Andrew Williams B/s T: Hawkes Racing

Group-placed Dealmaker (Dundeel-Sport Chic)
B: $160,000, Star Thoroughbreds & Chris Waller T: Chris Waller

Hong Kong winner Perfect Match (Not A Single Doubt-Modave)
B: $130,000, Chris McAnulty T: Danny Shum

Singapore winner Irving Lipschitz (Animal Kingdom-Intimation)
B: $50,000, Woodpark Stud T: Lee Freedman

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Arrowfield’s 2019 Magic Millions draft includes siblings to four of the 12 stakes performers from the Stud’s 2017 yearlings:

Lot 63: Snitzel-Response filly – sister to ESTIJAAB
Lot 89:  Dundeel-Salutations filly
– half-sister to WILD PLANET
Lot 171: Real Impact-Sport Chic colt
– half-brother to Dealmaker
Lot 447: Redoute’s Choice-Champagne Run filly
– half-sister to G3-placed winner Cristal Eyes

Other recent winners to watch from Arrowfield’s 2017 offering include Nordicus (Dundeel) in Sydney, Kaplumpich (All American) & VRC Oaks G1 4th Maracaibo (Redoute’s Choice) in Melbourne, Princess Amelie (Snitzel) in New Zealand, Al’s Kingdom (Animal Kingdom) in Brisbane, Yankee Eyes (All American) in Adelaide and a pair of up-and-comers: Skyray (Smart Missile) & Valario (Not A Single Doubt), both two-from-three this season.

2019 Magic Millions draft online now

As Australia’s leading yearling vendor – and more importantly, the source of 11 Group 1 winners since 2014 – Arrowfield can expect to be among the busiest teams at Magic Millions in January where the Stud will present 64 yearlings…

This week’s online release of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale catalogue marks the launch of the 2019 Australian sales season.

It kicks off months of prepping & parading, inspecting & researching, hosting & marketing, bidding, auctioning & buying by thousands of stud & sale company staff, agents, vets, trainers & owners. 

As Australia’s leading yearling vendor – and more importantly, the source of 11 Group 1 winners since 2014 – Arrowfield can expect to be among the busiest teams at Magic Millions in January where the Stud will present 64 yearlings. 

Click here for the full Arrowfield draft list for the 2019 Magic Millions Sale.

First-crop yearlings always attract plenty of interest as buyers assess how they shape up against what their sires are expected to leave and what the market wants. 

Arrowfield launches the first crops of two superbly qualified young stallions in 2019, representing the dominant sire-lines of Japan and Australia. 

Real Impact made an immediate impact at the highest level of Australian racing with a superlative victory in the 2015 ATC George Ryder S. G1. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Real Impact put himself up as the first son of Japanese supersire Deep Impact to stand in Australia with a stunning ATC George Ryder S. G1 victory in 2015, on top of his history-making Yasuda Kinen G1 success as a three-year-old. He has 18 lots on offer at Magic Millions, among them six colts and 7 fillies in Arrowfield’s  consignment.

The Stud’s General Manager Paul Messara highlights Lot 231, the Real Impact-Timeless Choice colt as “a strong, athletic type, with a great hind-quarter and strong through the shoulder.”

Lot 443, Real Impact’s daughter out of US Grade 2 winner Cat By The Tale is also powerfully made, “a compact filly that looks like an early type.” 

Real Impact yearlings will also be offered by Baramul, Edenglassie, Lyndhurst & Westbury Studs, and Musk Creek Farm.

Arrowfield has not so far missed the mark with a son of the great Redoute’s Choice (think Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt & Beneteau) and that alone puts the first yearlings by Scissor Kick into the “must-see” category.

Scissor Kick was a star sprinting 3YO, winning twice in quality Group company & earning admiration for his courageous 2nd in the ATC Golden Rose S. G1. (PHOTO: Lisa Grimm)

Paul Messara knows Scissor Kick particularly well, as he trained the charismatic colt for double Group 3 success and a memorable Golden Rose G1 second. He picks out Lot 553, the Esprit Hi colt as very much in the mould of his sire. “He’s a lovely colt, with plenty of size and scope, and attractively marked like dad.”

A busy parade schedule is guaranteed for the 18 yearlings by the legendary Redoute’s Choice himself and his sensational sons, two-time Champion Sire Snitzel and leading sire Not A Single Doubt.

Star lots most definitely include full same-sex siblings to Snitzel’s Champion 2YO Estijaab (Lot 63), Redoute’s Choice’s Champion South African 2YO Colt Mustaaqeem (Lot 850), and Not A Single Doubt’s Group 1-winning daughter Secret Agenda (Lot 853).

2018 Champion 2YO ESTIJAAB

2018 Champion 2YO ESTIJAAB

2018 Champion 2YO ESTIJAAB

Champion South African 2YO Colt MUSTAAQEEM

Champion South African 2YO Colt MUSTAAQEEM

Champion South African 2YO Colt MUSTAAQEEM

Group 1 winner SECRET AGENDA

Group 1 winner SECRET AGENDA

Group 1 winner SECRET AGENDA

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Buyers won’t miss Lot 839, the Redoute’s Choice-Mount Zero filly either. As Paul says, “She’s outstanding, the kind of high quality filly that Redoute’s Choice is famous for.”

Yearlings from the second and third crops of promising young sires often represent excellent value at Magic Millions, and that puts Dundeel and Olympic Glory right in the frame in 2019.

Arrowfield will offer seven colts and a filly represent by six-time Group 1 winner Dundeel whose first 17 winners include 2YO Group winner Irukandji and Group-placed 3YO Dealmaker.

Lot 535, colt out of Dual Star (by Starcraft and descended from Blue Diamond G1 winner True Jewels) is “a forward type of Dundeel, he’s an August foal with plenty of substance.”

With 18 winners including French stakeswinner Watch Me from his first-crop European runners on the board, top-class European sprinter-miler Olympic Glory has four colts and three fillies in Arrowfield’s draft.

Lot 295, the colt out of Wingstack (by Lonhro from the family of Charge Forward) will appeal  to buyers as “a racy and athletic Magic Millions type.”

A pair of first-crop colts by Redoute’s Choice Group winner Panzer Division, and interesting single lots by Deep Impact, Lord Kanaloa, Exceed and Excel, Nicconi, Sebring, Smart Missile, Spill The Beans, Wandjina and Written Tycoon complete a consignment of yearlings that will surely generate plenty of success and pleasure for their buyers in the years ahead. 

Kenedna seals Not A Single Doubt’s terrific Spring

Arrowfield-bred-&-sold Kenedna sealed Not A Single Doubt’s best-ever Spring with an explosive Matriarch Stakes G2 victory at Flemington…

Arrowfield graduate Kenedna struck on Stakes Day at Flemington to complete Not A Single Doubt’s best-ever Spring and add a fourth Group success to her already excellent record. 

The 5YO mare has worked her way steadily back to her best form this season and burst through late to defeat a strong field of mares in the $300,000 VRC Matriarch S. 2000m G2. Miss Siska and Luvaluva filled the placings.

Following her multiple Group-winning 3YO season, Kenedna’s 4YO campaign ended after one start and her owners considered sending her to stud until trainer Darren Weir suggested they think again.

Weir said, “For some reason, she developed so much. She’s become so big and strong and maybe another preparation might be good. Johnno [co-owner Mick Johnson] went around and saw all the crew, and the next day came back and said to put her back into work. This is the result. It’s a dream result.”

Kenedna has now won a third of her 21 starts for Mick Johnston, Craig Roylance, Terry Ginnane & partners and returned more than $740,000 on the $80,000 Darren Weir, John Foote & MDR Bloodstock paid for her at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. 

Multiple Group winner & $700,000+-earner Kenedna as a yearling at Arrowfield Stud. (PHOTO: Georgie Mitchell)

She is one of the six stakeswinners at 2000 metres and beyond who provide solid evidence of Not A Single Doubt’s ability to leave middle-distance performers, as well as star juveniles and top-notch sprinters.

Kenedna’s dam Miss Dodwell, by Japan Cup winner Falbrav, is an obvious source of stamina, although she herself won at 1200 metres, belongs to a largely speed-oriented family and is also the dam of precocious multiple Group-winning sprinter Spill The Beans (by Snitzel), now at stud. 

It’s been an easy decision for Arrowfield to repeat both of Miss Dodwell’s most successful matings. The Stud has retained her 2YO daughter Lady Patricia (by Snitzel), welcomed a brother to Kenedna born last month and has sent the mare back to Snitzel. 

Kenedna is Not A Single Doubt’s 6th stakeswinner this Spring, after two-time Group winner Winter Bride, 2YO Group winner Dubious, Oaks Day Group winner Cool Passion and Listed winners From Within and Doubt Defying.

The age range of these horses, from two to seven, is also typical of Not A Single Doubt whose progeny are noted for their early development but can also continue to progress if, like Kenedna, they are given time to do that. In fact, 46% of the 118 stakes wins on his lifetime stud record have been achieved by his 4YO and older sons & daughters.  

Diplomatico is Snitzel’s 84th stakeswinner

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

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

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

Watch Diplomatico win the ATC Brian Crowley S. LR.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heavenly day for Arrowfield graduates

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

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

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

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

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

Watch Wild Planet win the VRC Poseidon S. LR.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrowfield’s night at Racehorse of the Year Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Six winners in 7 days for Animal Kingdom

Six winners in seven days have made it a productive week in Australia for Animal Kingdom whose fourth crop of Southern Hemisphere foals arrive this Spring…

Six winners in seven days have made it a productive week in Australia for Animal Kingdom whose fourth crop of Southern Hemisphere foals arrive this Spring while he remains at Darley America in 2018.

Four of those winners are Arrowfield graduates and all but one of them are 3YOs, including the latest, Wild Planet (ex Salutations by Redoute’s Choice). He confirmed the promise shown in his two Listed seconds last season with a 2.5 length win over 1200 metres at Ballarat on Sunday.

Watch Wild Planet win at Ballarat.

New maiden winner and already stakes-placed, Wild Planet is a grandson of Group 2 winner Toast Of The Coast. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

He was a $280,000 Inglis Easter buy for trainers Hawkes Racing & agent Andrew Williams and is raced by Rupert & Cheryl Legh and partners.

Bob & Sandra Peters’ home-bred filly Mystery Miss (ex Mystical Miss by More Than Ready) was equally convincing at Belmont in Perth, and on the Gold Coast, The Kingdom (ex Helena Girl by Commands) prevailed despite covering more ground than any other runner.  

I Am Queen is a daughter of US Group 2 winner Cat By The Tale and a half-sister to two Group-placed performers. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

On Wednesday Animal Kingdom posted a double, thanks to  3.5 length Doomben maiden winner Al’s Kingdom (ex Alexandrova by Snitzel), and the New Zealand-owned 4YO mare I Am Queen (ex Cat By The Tale by Tale of the Cat), who sustained a big finish to win at Cranbourne. These two horses and The Kingdom are all graduates of Arrowfield’s Magic Millions consignments. 

Watch Al’s Kingdom win at Doomben.

This sequence of success began with a game country maiden win by the Paul Perry-trained Onyar (ex Girona by Giant’s Causeway) on 17 September.

Other winners for Animal Kingdom earlier this month were  Seductive Miss (ex Armed For Action by Exceed and Excel) who notched up her fourth victory at Moonee Valley on 8 September, and Doctor Doolittle (ex Miss Diagnosis by Medicean) who broke his maiden on 5 September. 

This steady accumulation of results has allowed the Dubai World Cup champion to move into fourth position on the list of Australia’s Third Season Sires after the first 8 weeks of 2018/19. 

Mares that have already foaled to Animal Kingdom this Spring include dual Group 2 winner Dilly Dally (by Rubiton); Double Ranga (by Exceed and Excel), dam of G2 winner Scarlet Rain; La Pelegrina (by Redoute’s Choice), full sister to champion Miss Finland; Ouachita (by Canny Lad), sister to G1 winner Preserve & half-sister to G1 winner Denman; and Group 3-placed city winner Smart Manoeuvre (by Smart Missile).

The Autumn Sun rises to Golden Rose glory

Hermitage Thoroughbreds’ colt The Autumn Sun added the 50th Group 1 win to Redoute’s Choice’s extraordinary record with a breath-taking finish in Saturday’s $1 million ATC Golden Rose S. G1…

The Autumn Sun became the 10th multiple Group 1 winner for his peerless sire Redoute’s Choice with a breath-taking finish in Saturday’s $1 million ATC Golden Rose S. 1400m G1.

It was an appropriately high-class performance to mark the 50th Group 1 win on Redoute’s Choice’s remarkable 16-season record.

The colt had all his rivals ahead of him at the 300-metre mark, and 100 metres later had caught only one of them, while up front his stablemate Zousain made what looked like a winning break.

Then Kerrin McEvoy swung The Autumn Sun wide, giving him the space he needed to let rip with the big, raking stride that swept him to victory in last season’s J.J. Atkins G1 and is now even more effective. 

He defeated the gallant Zousain, also runner-up in the Atkins, by a short neck, in 1:22.24, with the favourite Graff a length away, third. 

Watch The Autumn Sun win the ATC Golden Rose G1.

McEvoy said, “He had to do it all, he was still last at the 300 metres but what a powerful engine he’s got. To do that in what I really think is below his best trip shows how classy he is…He’s got a great attitude and a great temperament and I’m thrilled to be on his back.”

Chris Waller, Oliver & Anton Koolman and Kerrin McEvoy celebrate The Autumn Sun’s Golden Rose victory. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Bred by Arrowfield’s joint venture with HH The Aga Khan, The Autumn Sun was purchased for $700,000 from the Stud’s 2017 Inglis Easter draft by Hermitage Thoroughbreds & Chris Waller Racing, assisted by agent Guy Mulcaster. 

The Golden Rose prizemoney takes his earnings to $1.1 million and so he becomes the 16th million-dollar earner by Redoute’s Choice. 

Dual Group 1 winner The Autumn Sun as a yearling. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

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

The $1.3 million Snitzel-Azmiyna filly sold at the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

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

The Autumn Sun now heads Timeform’s Australian 3YO rankings with 120+, ahead of Zousain (119) and Graff & Lean Mean Machine (both on 117) and his next target is the $2 million Caulfield Guineas G1 on 13 October.