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:

Arrowfield applauds Yasuda Kinen trifecta

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

Japan’s supersire Deep Impact goes global

It seems a little strange to say that 2018 is proving to be a breakout year for a stallion that has won his country’s last six General Sire Premierships.

Nevertheless, it’s an accurate description of Deep Impact’s enhanced global status after Classic victories by his sons Saxon Warrior for Coolmore in the Newmarket Two Thousand Guineas G1 on 5 May and Study Of Man for the Niarchos family in last Sunday’s Chantilly Prix du Jockey Club G1.

They are among Deep Impact’s eight Group 1 winners in four countries over the past 12 months, helping him into third position on the TRC Global Sire Rankings behind Galileo and Dubawi.

In fact, Deep Impact’s rise from Japanese to international dominance is a longer story and one that Arrowfield has played a small part in by identifying his sire Sunday Silence as “breed shaper” and breeding a few mares to him Southern time some twenty years ago.  The resultant offspring included AJC Oaks winner Sunday Joy, herself dam of the incomparable More Joyous.

Arrowfield’s relationship with the Yoshida family & Shadai Stallion Station has been consolidated by the joint breeding venture with Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm and stallion business, most recently the shuttling of dual Group 1-winning sprinter-milers Real Impact (pictured above) and Mikki Isle (pictured below).  They are the first sons of Deep Impact to stand in Australia, and breeders using them are poised to catch the rising wave of demand for this dynamic Danehill outcross. Real Impact’s first Australian yearlings sell in 2019, while Mikki Isle’s first foals are due this coming Spring.

Mikki Isle, his first foals arrive this Spring

Arrowfield has doubled-down on Deep Impact by sending mares to his court in Japan, with the first group producing three fillies and two colts that are now rising 2YOs. Two of the fillies, out of Alverta and Charming Estelle, were sold for a total of $2.1 million at Inglis Easter, bought respectively by Waller Racing & Guy Mulcaster and Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum.

Critical to the Australian market’s enthusiasm for Deep Impact has been the top-level success in domestic racing conditions by his progeny. His half-dozen runners here so far include three Group 1 performers: dual Group 1 winner Tosen Stardom (at stud this year), ATC George Ryder S. G1 winner Real Impact and Ambitious, twice Group 1-placed this season.

Deep Impact is the sire of seven other offshore Group 1 winners since 2012: Gentildonna (Dubai), A Shin Hikari (France & Hong Kong), Vivlos (Dubai), Real Steel (Dubai) & Beauty Parlour (France), as well as Saxon Warrior and Study Of Man.

They are among Deep Impact’s 114 stakeswinners (10.1% of his runners) with Study Of Man his 37th lifetime Group 1 winner. Less than halfway through the 2018 season he is once again dominating the Japanese General Sires’ premiership with around $A36 million prizemoney – a cool $A16 million ahead of his closest rival Heart’s Cry (also by Sunday Silence).

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

Tosen Stardom presses Deep Impact’s case

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

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

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

Watch Tosen Stardom win the MRC Toorak H. G1.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for visiting Arrowfield

Arrowfield was among several Hunter Valley stud farms that opened their gates last weekend to welcome hundreds of clients, guests and other visitors for the annual stallion parades.

Glorious Spring weather, a stunning line-up of stallions, plus the warm hospitality and hard work of Team Arrowfield all helped to make the Stud’s 2017 Stallion Open House a resounding success.

Increased numbers of new and returning breeders were a feature of the weekend, so much so that Arrowfield added full parades to the Stud’s schedule on Friday and Saturday afternoons.

Described by John Messara as “probably the best collection of stallions we’ve assembled in Arrowfield’s 37-year history”, the 2017 roster is shaped around three major themes: the Best of Danehill (Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt, Smart Missile, Panzer Division & Scissor Kick);  Japanese Champions (Maurice, Mikki Isle & Real Impact); and Global Superstars (Animal Kingdom, Dundeel & Shalaa). 

Japanese Horse of the Year Maurice, dual Group 1-winning sprinter-miler Mikki Isle and Champion British & French 2YO Shalaa are the new boys on Arrowfield’s 2017 roster and they all attracted plenty of admiration. Mikki Isle and Maurice join the returning Real Impact to complete a powerful triumvirate offering fresh genetic options for Australian mares.

Newly crowned Champion Sire Snitzel is in fine fettle for his upcoming busy season, and required a little more parade time to review his history-making 2016/17, and the rocketing start he’s made this season, with five stakeswinners already on the board.

Perfect Spring weather, a beautiful setting, gorgeous stallions and warm hospitality made for a busy & enjoyable weekend at Arrowfield.

John Messara with New Zealand visitors Sarah & Marc Devcich who cared for Dundeel between his racing campaigns.

Scissor Kick, led by Jarryd Stennett, certainly lived up to his tag as “Australia’s top model stallion”…

…and his gorgeous two-week-old son, with his mother Serenade Lily, was an instant hit with the crowd!

Former NSW Premier, now Racing Australia’s Barry O’Farrell & his wife Rosemary, and former NSW Minister for Racing George Souris & his wife Vassy were among the guests at the Arrowfield Stallion Open House.

Origami horse decorations celebrated the three Japanese stallions on the 2017 Arrowfield roster.

With Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt now among Australia’s most sought-after stallions, Scissor Kick and Panzer Division represent the next cohort of Redoute’s Choice sons poised to make their mark at stud. Panzer Division is very much in his celebrated sire’s mould, while the top model looks of Scissor Kick and his two lively, lookalike foals, paraded with their mothers, drew “oohs” and “aahs” from the crowds.

Dundeel, whose first crop are 2YOs this season, was frequently mentioned by guests asked for their pick of the parade, and Animal Kingdom’s dynamic presence is evident in his first-crop Australian runners, now 3YOs. 

A couple of race results from the Saturday meeting at Rosehill were duly noted at Arrowfield’s final parade on Sunday morning. The John Thompson-trained Special Missile posted his fifth consecutive win in great style, taking Smart Missile to an early lead on the 3rd Season Sires’ table, with 15 wins and more than $400,000 prizemoney.

Three sons in last season’s top 10 might signal time to ease up for three-time Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice, but he’s having none of it. He was represented by 18 winners of 22 stakes races in 2016/17, sired the year’s top-priced $2.5 million yearling and a rare Group 1 double by full brothers Mustaaqeem & Rafeef in South Africa.

Redoute’s Choice colt Pariah drove the point home with a splendid victory in the ATC San Domenico S. G3, cheered on from the farm by the Arrowfield team whose excitement was caught on video by Paul Messara and posted on Twitter. Pariah, bred, sold and once again part-owned by Arrowfield, which bought into him in April, now heads to the Run to the Rose G2 on 9 September and, all going well, the Golden Rose G1 a fortnight later.

Arrowfield roster assembles for Open House

Arrowfield’s 2017 shuttle stallions have now arrived at the farm, ready to parade for guests and visitors at next week’s Open House.

Champion European 2YO colt Shalaa arrived last week from Haras de Bouqeutot in France and will impress everyone who sees him. He truly lives up to his billing as “An outstanding individual, by one of the best European sires and from a most precocious maternal family.”

This week’s arrivals are Animal Kingdom, soon to serve his fourth Australian book; Real Impact, making his second trip south; and newcomers Maurice & Mikki Isle.

Animal Kingdom is right on target to hit it out of the park in Australia this season. His six first-crop 2YO winners have given him a fine start in Australia and he has already left two first-crop stakeswinners, Sunny Skies and Continental Divide, in the United Sates. 


Dual Group 1 winner Real Impact arrived only a few days after his first Arrowfield foal was born and what a cracker she is. The striking brown filly (pictured left) out of  the Flying Spur mare Laissez Faire made her debut on 13 August and has plenty of dad’s quality about her. 

There is much to like about the bottom half of her pedigree too. It’s full of quality female performers & producers like Colorado Claire (dam of Gunnison), Lunaspur (dam of Moonovermanhattan) and Bubble Below (dam of Lucky Bubbles). 

Japan’s 2015 Horse of the Year Maurice and 2016 Champion Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle complete Arrowfield’s triumvirate of Japanese superstars and will serve their first Australian mares this Spring.

Real Impact & Mikki Isle are the only sons of Japanese supersire Deep Impact standing in Australia.

Arrowfield warmly welcomes visitors to inspect its 12-stallion roster headed by Champion Sires Redoute’s Choice & Snitzel during morning and afternoon sessions over three days, as follows:

FRIDAY 25 AUGUST 
9am – 12 noon (full stallion parade at 9.30am) & 2pm – 4pm 

SATURDAY 26 AUGUST 
9am – 12 noon (full parade at 9.30am) & 2pm – 4pm

SUNDAY 27 AUGUST
9am – 12 noon (full parade at 9.30am); no afternoon session.

Join us for great coffee & food, inspect the stallions and meet the Arrowfield team. To help our event planning, please email Sophie with numbers and your preferred day.