Militarize completes Arrowfield-sired 2YO Triple Crown

Militarize is Dundeel’s ninth millionaire and second Champagne S. G1 winner after the 2019 winner Castelvecchio. (PHOTO: Martin King/Sportpix)

Dundeel’s outstanding son Militarize sealed the Sydney 2YO Triple Crown for both Arrowfield stallions & champion trainer Chris Waller when he scored a decisive 1.7 length victory in Saturday’s $600,000 Champagne S. 1600m G1 at Randwick.

It’s the second Group 1 victory  in 5 starts for Militarize after his Inglis Sires’ G1 win on 1 April, which followed last month’s Golden Slipper G1 triumph of Snitzel’s son Shinzo.

Third placegetter Townsend completed a major Group 1 result for Dundeel on a day when he also added his 24th stakeswinner, 3YO Bengal Boy, winner of the Galilee Final LR at Sandown for OTI Racing and trainer Matt Cumani.

Militarize (ex Amerindia) & Townsend (ex Secret Admirer) are the only two named foals bred on the Dundeel/Dubawi cross, while Bengal Boy is out of Bengal Angel by Redoute’s Choice’s son Nadeem.

Bengal Boy (white cap) won a tight battle with Midnight Glow for the $200,000 Galilee Final LR. Bred & sold by Holbrook Thoroughbreds, he was a $280,000 Inglis Classic purchase by Cumani Racing & Boomer Bloodstock. He will now head to the South Australian Derby G1 on 13 May. (PHOTO: Darren Tindale)

Militarize’s jockey Joao Moreira enthused about both this performance and the colt’s potential. “I think the sky is the limit for this horse… Just by the way how he travels underneath, respecting the rider. He will be such a versatile type of horse.

“I had big hopes, but I didn’t think he was going to win that impressively. He was exposed wide, had to face the breeze, covering ground and he was the winner a long (way from) home. He attacked the line like he wanted to win.”

Jonathan Munz celebrated a notable Group 1 double as the breeder of Militarize and owner-breeder of All-Aged S. G1 winner Giga Kick (by former Arrowfield sire Scissor Kick and foaled & raised at Arrowfield).

Militarize was offered for sale by Bhima Thoroughbreds at Magic Millions and purchased by Newgate Bloodstock, China Horse Club & Trilogy Racing for $550,000.

He is Dundeel’s third dual Group 1 winner after Castelvecchio and Champion New Zealand 2YO Yourdeel, and has consolidated his sire’s place among Australia’s current top 10 General & 2YO Sires, with 7 stakeswinners and $10.3 million prizemoney.

Dundeel’s 35 yearlings sold at the 2023 Inglis Easter & Magic Millions Sales averaged $267,000 – almost 4.5 times his 2020 fee.

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