Arrowfield sires sought after at Inglis Easter

Arrowfield-sired yearlings contributed $44.7 million to the aggregate at the record-breaking 2022 Inglis Easter Sale. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Yes, Team Arrowfield is smiling after a history-making result for the Stud’s own Inglis Easter draft last week at Riverside Stables.

The smiles are equally broad for the results achieved by the progeny of the Stud’s stallions, for Arrowfield and 25 other vendors.

In all, 99 (90.8%) of 109 Arrowfield-sired lots sold for an average of $451,818, headed by eight $1 million+ yearlings – 5 by Snitzel, two by Dundeel and one by Not A Single Doubt. 

Top price was achieved by Arrowfield’s $2.25 million Snitzel-Response colt, bought by Tom Magnier of Coolmore Australia.

That group also included Bhima Thoroughbreds’ Snitzel-Purely Spectacular colt, secured for $1.4 million by Go Bloodstock, the Waterhouse & Bott stable & Kestrel Thoroughbreds.

Snitzel’s $717,708 average price for 24 lots is the highest of his remarkable career and reflects both the outstanding support breeders continue to give him, and the superlative racetrack results he continues to generate. 

Highlights of the Champion Sire’s 2021/22 season worldwide are Group 1 winners In The Congo, Wild Ruler & Yearning among 16 stakeswinners and 21 other stakes performers.


$1.4 million Snitzel x Purely Spectacular colt

$2.25 million Snitzel x Response colt

$975,000 Not A Single Doubt x Di Lusso colt

$1.25 million Not A Single Doubt x Presque Isle filly

$1.7 million Dundeel x Stay With Me filly

$750,000 The Autumn Sun x Axiomatic colt

$500,000 Maurice x Seven Year Itch colt

$300,000 Shalaa x Tuusula filly

$150,000 Pariah x Madame Andree colt

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Now-retired leading sire Not A Single Doubt farewelled the Easter sale-ring with a flourish as 8 lots averaged almost 6.4 times his final $100,000 fee. John O’Shea bought his daughter out of Presque Isle for $1.25 million, giving the much-admired son of Redoute’s Choice his 12th seven-figure yearling. 

Not A Single Doubt rose from six seasons at a $12,500 fee to join the ranks of Australia’s best stallions, with 16 Group 1 winners among his 79 stakeswinners, and more to come from his high-quality final crops. 

Twenty-eight of Dundeel’s 31 offered lots sold, averaging $368,750, or just over 6 times his 2019 fee. They include his first two million-dollar yearlings, the $1.7 million daughter of Stay With Me, and the $1 million colt out of Honesty Prevails – both purchased by Hawkes Racing. 

Maurice’s commercial status has grown steadily this season thanks to his 30 winners and 8 stakes performers Australia, including sensational triple Group 1 Classic winner Hitotsu and brilliant sprinting 3YO Mazu. The Japanese Champion now heads both the Second Season and 3YO Sires’ premierships. 

All 12 of his Inglis Easter yearlings sold for an Australian career-high average of $339,583, a massive 13.5 times his $25,000 fee in 2019. His top price of $500,000 was paid twice, for Silverdale Farm’s colt out of Seven Year Itch, and Arrowfield’s colt from Maracas. 

The Autumn Sun’s first-crop yearlings have been warmly received throughout the 2022 sales season, beginning with a $383,929 average  and two $900,000+ lots at Magic Millions. 

His 22 Easter yearlings were sold for a total of $6.9 million with a top price of $750,000 paid by John O’Shea for Torryburn Stud’s colt out of Axiomatic. 
Overall, 76 The Autumn Sun yearlings have sold at six sales for an average of $301,398 – a healthy 4.3 times his first season fee.

They will race from many of Australasia’s top stables including  Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young, Anthony & Sam Freedman,  Tony Gollan, Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock, Roger James & Robert Wellwood, Kris Lees, Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, Tony & Calvin McEvoy, Peter Moody, John O’Shea, Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr, Chris Waller and Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott. 

Shalaa’s largest third-crop draft was sold at Magic Millions, where all 26 entries sold, averaging $205,692 and recording a top price of $500,000, paid by the Waterhouse & Bott team for Segenhoe’s Set For Fame filly. 

His 3 Inglis Easter yearlings sold for an average of $253,333, and Hawkes Racing signed for the top-priced Shalaa, the $300,000 filly out of Tuusula. 

Shalaa’s two crops have so far produced nine Australian stakes performers including three Group-winning juveniles, and with 32  winners he holds the No. 2 spot by that measure on the Second Season Sires’ list.

First season sire Pariah’s largest drafts were sold at Magic Millions & Inglis Classic where a total of 33 lots achieved an average price of $113,969 – 5.6 times his 2019 fee.

His two Inglis Easter lots, the Madame Andree colt and the Star Pupil filly, both made $150,000 and pleasingly, were knocked down to Annabel Neasham, trainer of Pariah’s son Swiss Exile, placed in Group 3 & Listed company from his first three starts.

Pariah’s early performers also include Melbourne winner Latvian, stakes-placed filly Runaway Belle and Melbourne debut placegetter Astelena.

The 2022 Arrowfield stallion roster & fees will be announced after Easter.

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