Fruitful week for Arrowfield’s young guns

Shalaa's first-crop Australian 2YOs will race from the stables of many leading trainers including Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, Chris Waller, Peter & Paul Snowden, Kris Lees and Ciaron Maher & David Eustace. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

It’s been a week of excellent news from the track for five of Arrowfield’s new generation sires, all with work-in-progress in Australia but only one of them on the farm’s 2020 roster. 

That, of course, is Shalaa who will be kept busy with his fourth book of mares while his first-crop 2YOs progress towards the track.

Last Saturday he added the 7th winner to his first-crop European record when 2YO colt Legal Attack (ex Lauren Louise by Tagula) won comfortably over 6 furlongs on debut at Newmarket. Trained by Simon & Ed Crisford, he’s entered for one of the two Group 1 races won by Shalaa, the Middle Park Stakes on 26 September. 

Three days later King Shalaa (ex Baki by Turtle Bowl) went 2-from-2 with a determined effort over 1600 metres at Lyon. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has kept Arrowfield’s quartet of Japanese stallions at home this year but they are all generating plenty of good news. Maurice and Mikki Isle, whose first Australian 2YOs appear this season,  both recorded new JRA winners last weekend, as did Real Impact who now has two crops racing in both hemispheres. Real Steel’s first Australian foals are arriving now and include this lovely filly:

Arrowfield’s first Real Steel foal is this beauty, a filly from maiden mare Shabaia, a daughter of Redoute’s Choice and the VRC Oaks winner Brazilian Pulse. (PHOTO: Joan Faras).

Maurice’s son Ten Bagger (ex Top Seller by Sunday Silence’s son Special Week) and daughter Suzel were first and third at Kokura, and the Maurice colt Kalandula, a grandson of Horse of the Year and outstanding producer Air Groove, was runner-up at Sapporo.

The six-time Group 1 winner continues to lead Duramente on Japan’s First Season Sires’ list with ¥114 million prizemoney. 

Champion Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle added two new winners to his tally last weekend, when Minnie Isle (ex Island Fashion by Seeking The Gold’s son Petionville) & R Rapture (ex Rouge Noire by Storming Home) won 1200-metre races at Kokura. 

Real Impact, whose first Australian runners are 3YOs this season, holds 4th spot on Japan’s Second Season Sires’ table with 30 individual winners this year, most recently 3YO colt Real Thing at Sapporo last Saturday. 

Already the sire of a Group 1 winner (Lauda Sion in the Tokyo NHK Mile Cup G1),  Real Impact opened his 2020/21 account in Australia with last month’s Newcastle winner Sky Lab (ex Gold Mission by Flying Spur) and Paul Messara has a pair of talented 3YOs, Outburst and Tempel One preparing for their season debuts in the next few weeks.

Scissor Kick, who remained at Haras d’Etreham in France this year, posted a new winner in each hemisphere this week when the colts Not So Silly (ex Nehalennia by Giant’s Causeway) and Tell Me Again (ex Sussuro  by Pivotal) won in France and Victoria respectively. 

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