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

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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

 

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. 

First stakeswinner for Olympic Glory

Olympic Glory’s first stakeswinner may well be prophetically named – Watch Me – if the champion sprinter-miler builds on the good start he’s made with his first-crop European juveniles in 2018…

Olympic Glory’s first stakeswinner may well be prophetically named – Watch Me – if the champion sprinter-miler builds on the good start he’s made with his first-crop European juveniles in 2018.

Watch Me (ex Watchful by Galileo) put up a strong performance at her second start to win Saturday’s Criterium du Languedoc-Prix Bernard de Marmiesse 1600m LR at Toulouse in France. 

Trained by Francis-Henri Graffard for owners Alexander Tamagni-Bodmer & Mme Regula Vannod, the filly coped admirably with the big jump in class from her debut third at Saint-Cloud  to score by 1.25 lengths from Go To Hollywood, with Good Complicity a length away in third place. 

It was the Graffard stable’s third win in the race after the colt Cornwallville in 2014 & subsequently Group 1-placed filly Heuristique in 2016.

Watch Me and the Simon Brogi-trained colt Karaktair (ex Feelin Foxy by Foxhound) completed a double for Olympic Glory at Toulouse, and took his tally of 2YO winners from his first European crop to 18. 

Olympic Glory’s first 62 Australian yearlings offered at the 2018 sales averaged more than $85,000, with a top price of $600,000 for the colt out of Dowtown Manhattan. Named Sandre, he will be raced in Japan by Northern Farm.

Olympic Glory’s Australian-based 2YOs will race from the stables of several leading trainers including Peter & Paul Snowden, Darren Weir, Mick Price, Paul Perry, John O’Shea, Gerald Ryan, Ron Quinton, Tony Gollan, Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra and Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young.

Olympic Glory makes a strong start in Europe

If aspirations can be expressed in a name, then first season sire Olympic Glory is aiming for nowhere except the top of the mountain. On that basis, even loftier goals might be ascribed to his 12th individual winner in Europe, the William Haggas-trained colt Astronaut…

If aspirations can be expressed in a name, then first season sire Olympic Glory is aiming for nowhere except the top of the mountain. 

On that basis, even loftier goals might be ascribed to his 12th individual winner in Europe, the William Haggas-trained colt Astronaut who won his third start over 5 furlongs at Sandown on 14 September. 

It was a tidy performance summarised by the Racing Post thus: “Held up, good progress on wide outside halfway, led over 1f out, shaken up and stayed on well final furlong.”

That success came two days after Olympic Glory’s fifth winner in France, the colt Inde who led all the way over 1400 metres at Longchamp.

Olympic Glory is now fifth on the First Season Sires’ table in France and fourth on the equivalent Irish list.

This all serves as an encouraging preview for the owners and trainers who purchased 62 of the first 69 Olympic Glory yearlings offered at Australian sales earlier this year.

Averaging five times Olympic Glory’s opening fee, those yearlings will race from the stables of, for example, Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, Peter & Paul Snowden, John O’Shea, Gerald Ryan, David Payne, Paul Perry in New South Wales, and Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young and Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra in Victoria.

Olympic Glory gets off the mark

Four-time Group 1 winner Olympic Glory is off the mark in Europe with his first crop of 2YOs. 

Doing the honours are Blury, successful in Italy last month, and the filly Mintd, who scored by 3 lengths at Listowel in Ireland on Sunday. 

Mintd gave an indication of her ability when second on 7 May to the Ballydoyle filly Fairyland, who subsequently won a Listed Race at The Curragh.  This time Mint’d’s trainer Willie McCreery said, “We had the draw and had to use it and she quickened up nicely.

“She is a nice filly and was second to probably the best filly (Fairyland) in Ireland the last day and it’s good that she has gone and won and franked that form.

“We’ll start looking at black-type now…she is a lovely filly and has grown again.”

Mintd is out of the Raven’s Pass mare Lisanor, from the immediate family of stakes-winning fillies Maid of Camelot and Apple Charlotte. Blury’s dam Marablu is a 2YO winner by Invincible Spirit, and a sister to Listed winner Moonlife. 

Olympic Glory’s first Australian yearlings attracted plenty of lively bidding at the major 2018 sales. Twenty-three of his 24 Magic Millions & Inglis Easter yearlings sold for an average price of $147,304, more than 8 times his fee, with top prices of $600,000 paid for the Downtown Manhattan colt, and $400,000 for the Lets Make Adeal filly. 

Buyers included Paul Perry, who added 9 Olympic Glory yearlings to his stable, Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, Gerald Ryan & David Payne, Craig Rounsefell, Paul Moroney, Julian Blaxland, George Moore & Carmel Size,   Darby Racing, Triple Crown Syndications, Proven Thoroughbreds & Spicer Thoroughbreds.

Olympic Glory’s four Group 1 victories were achieved over 1400 metres and a mile, at two, three and four, and he ended his career with a Timeform figure of 130.

Arrowfield Announces 2018 Service Fees

Arrowfield Stud today announced the service fees for the Stud’s 2018 roster headed by dominant Champion Sire Snitzel, and with Group-winning 2YO & 3YO Pariah joining the Stud’s powerful line-up of Redoute’s Choice sons.

Snitzel: Australia’s Champion Sire 2017 & 2018

After a record-breaking performance to win the General, 2YO & 3YO Sires’ Premierships in 2016/17, Snitzel is setting new Australian benchmarks again this season with $26 million prizemoney and 25 stakeswinners, including Group 1 winners Trapeze Artist, Redzel, Russian Revolution and Golden Slipper winner Estijaab.

Demand for Snitzel’s yearlings has risen accordingly, resulting in ten $1 million-plus yearlings this season, and a 2018 major sale average of just over $500,000.

Snitzel’s 2018 fee has been set at $220,000 inc. GST.

Pariah (Redoute’s Choice-Secluded by Hussonet) will join his sire’s dynasty at Arrowfield as a dual Group winner, Blue Diamond S. G1 runner-up and the second top-rated 2YO colt of his year. His fee is $22,000 inc. GST.

James Harron, who bought Pariah as a yearling and managed his racing career, says,

“Our mission at the yearling sales is find stallions of the future, and Pariah’s profile was impeccable.

“Physically he was a truly outstanding yearling, by the pre-eminent sire of sires in Redoute’s Choice and from an exceptional colonial speed family. He fits all of our criteria as a hugely exciting stallion prospect and we will be supporting him heavily at stud with top-class mares.”

Arrowfield’s Chairman John Messara says,

“Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt and Beneteau – all by Redoute’s Choice, all outstanding 2YOs and all outstanding sires. Pariah is in the same mould and we are excited to stand him.”

Group 1 winner Shamal Wind and Group winners Petits Filous, Real Stolle and Scarlet Rain are among the 60 mares that have already been committed to Pariah’s first book by his strong shareholder group.

Redoute’s Choice himself will be available to a strictly limited book of mares at $137,500 inc. GST. The three-time Champion Sire is an asset anywhere he appears in a pedigree, as the sire of 32 Group 1 winners, 76 million-dollar yearlings and ten Group 1-siring sons, and damsire of 70 stakeswinners, including this season’s Classic-winning colts Ace High, D’Argento, Kementari and Levendi.

The superbly consistent leading sire Not A Single Doubt’s fee has been set at $99,000 inc. GST. His 14 stakeswinners this season, among them Caulfield Guineas G1 winner Mighty Boss, are close to a career-best tally.  Breeders continue to be well-rewarded for their Not a Single Doubt yearlings, which have achieved a major sale average of almost $300,000 over the past two years, and sold up to $1.05 million this year.

Irukandji (by Dundeel) trained by Team Hawkes wins the Schweppervescence (Group 3) at Rosehill

Classic and weight-for-age champion Dundeel has already thrown Group 3 winner Irukandji from his first crop of 2YOs, and his second-crop yearlings have sold up to $500,000. His fee is unchanged at $27,500 inc. GST.  

Buyers have clearly liked the first yearlings by Champion sprinter-miler Olympic Glory, paying an average of six times his fee for them, with $600,000 and $400,000 paid for his top-priced colt and filly. His 2018 fee is $16,500 inc. GST.

LOT 675, OLYMPIC GLORY colt out of DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN. Sold by Arrowfield Stud for $600,000 to Katsumi Joshida, Japan.

Deep Impact’s top-class son Real Impact will stand his third season at an unchanged fee of $19,250 inc. GST.  Dual Group winner Scissor Kick stands again at $16,500 inc. GST.  Both stallions have left very attractive first foals and their first Australian yearlings will be offered at 2019 sales.

Fees for the three international champions Arrowfield launched last year are all unchanged: Japan’s Horse of the Year Maurice ($33,000 inc. GST) and Champion Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle ($13,750 inc. GST), and European 2YO sprinting star Shalaa ($33,000 inc. GST).

The full 2018 Arrowfield Stallion Roster is:

SNITZEL* 
Redoute’s Choice-Snippets’ Lass

$220,000

REDOUTE’S CHOICE* 
Danehill- Shantha’s Choice

$137,500

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

$99,000

MAURICE (JPN) 
Screen Hero-Mejiro Frances

$33,000

SHALAA (IRE)
Invincible Spirit-Ghurra

$33,000

DUNDEEL (NZ)
High Chaparral-Stareel

$27,500

PARIAH – New
Redoute’s Choice-Secluded

$22,000

REAL IMPACT (JPN)
Deep Impact-Tokio Reality

$19,250

OLYMPIC GLORY (IRE)
Choisir-Acidanthera

$16,500

SCISSOR KICK 
Redoute’s Choice-Back Pass

$16,500

MIKKI ISLE (JPN)
Deep Impact-Star Isle

$13,750

All Fees inc. GST.
* = Live Foal Terms

Arrowfield Stud & stallions lead Inglis Easter Results

Arrowfield Stud and its stallions played leading roles in the results of the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale which concluded at Riverside Stables on Wednesday evening. 

Arrowfield topped the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale Book 1 Vendor list by aggregate for the fourth consecutive year with 31 lots sold for $18,265,000 – that’s 15.7% of total sales from 9.3% of the yearlings sold.

The Stud also headed the table by average with $589,194 (69.5% above the session average of $347,634), becoming the first vendor to achieve the double for at least a decade. Across Books 1 and 2 of the Sale, 41 Arrowfield yearlings sold for a total of $19,855,000.

Arrowfield’s John Messara said,

“I’m proud of the horses we presented at the first Inglis Easter Sale at Riverside Stables and very proud of the entire Arrowfield team responsible for raising, preparing, marketing and putting them in the ring. Our results reflect the quality of that work, and buyers’ recognition of our graduate record.

“I’m also pleased to see many other vendors do well with yearlings by Arrowfield stallions. The overall sale results are impressive, but it has been hard work all round in a highly selective market.” 

After selling 5 seven-figure yearlings on Monday, Arrowfield closed out the auction with three $1 million-plus sales on Wednesday.

Redoute’s Choice x Silla Regalis sells to James Harron for $1.5 million

That included the $2.3 million sale-topper, the Fastnet Rock-The Broken Shore colt, a full brother to dual Group 1-winning filly Shoals. It was Shoals’ trainer Anthony Freedman who signed for the colt, with Arrowfield retaining 25% of him.

James Harron was the purchaser of both the Redoute’s Choice-Silla Regalis colt at $1.5 million and the Not A Single Doubt-Star Pupil colt, knocked down for $1.05 million.

The Sale’s top-priced filly, the $1.3 million daughter of Snitzel and Azmiyna, was sent to the ring by Arrowfield on Monday, and bought by Chris Waller and Guy Mulcaster.

In all, Arrowfield and its stallions supplied 13 of the Sale’s 22 million-dollar yearlings.

Australia’s reigning Champion Sire Snitzel was responsible for seven of those horses among his 41 Book 1 lots sold for an average of $528,902, more than six times his 2015 fee. Milburn Creek, Kitchwin Hills, Yarraman Park and Bhima Thoroughbreds sold his top-priced colts for $1.55 million, $1.5 million, $1.4 million and $1.2 million respectively.

Snitzel now has a lifetime record of 24 million-dollar yearlings, among them Group 1 winners Estijaab & Wandjina, and Group winners Showtime, Dracarys & Sooboog – all sold by Arrowfield. 

Three-time Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice continued to build his legend with his 16thconsignment of Inglis Easter yearlings. His 13 Book 1 lots averaged $425,385 – 23% above the Session average – and the Silla Regalis colt is the 76th million-dollar yearling of his glittering career.

Not A Single Doubt’s 2015 fee of $30,000 proved a shrewd investment for the vendors of the 16 Book 1 yearlings by him that averaged $289,375, with 11 of them making more than seven times fee. 

Arrowfield’s quality support of its next generation stallions was evident in the results compiled by Animal Kingdom, Dundeel and Olympic Glory. The Stud sold the majority of their Inglis Easter yearlings, including the top-priced lots by each stallion.

Olympic Glory filly from Lets Make Adeal sells to Boomer Bloodstock for $400,000

Six of Dundeel’s eight lots in Books 1 & 2 also averaged better than seven times his $25,000 fee and his top price of $500,000 was paid by Carmel Size for Arrowfield’s Joy Ride colt. Other Dundeel yearling buyers were David Payne, Henry Dwyer & Waterford Bloodstock, Anthony Cummings, Shaun Dwyer, Andrew Williams and Duncan Ramage. 

Three colts and three fillies by Olympic Glory averaged almost 10 times his $17,500 fee, with his top price of $400,000 paid by Craig Rounsefell’s Boomer Bloodstock and Lindsay Smith for Arrowfield’s filly out of Group 3 winner Let’s Make Adeal. Paul Perry, George Moore & Domeland also signed for Olympic Glory yearlings.

All seven of Animal Kingdom’s catalogued yearlings sold for an average price of $122,142, a four-fold return on his 2015 fee. His top price of $350,000 was paid by Blue Diamond-winning trainer Grahame Begg for the Arrowfield-offered colt out of Double Ranga, a half-brother to Group 2 winner Scarlet Rain.

Arrowfield Diamonds are Forever

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

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

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

Other gems bought as yearlings from Arrowfield include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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