Remarque is remarkable!

Snitzel is off to his usual quick season start in Australia, with $1.3 million prizemoney & 20 winners including Group winner Remarque. (PHOTO: Joan Faras)

Arrowfield celebrated a special victory at Randwick on Saturday when home-bred Remarque out-sprinted a class field in the $1 million ATC Concorde S. 1000m G3, becoming his Champion Sire Snitzel’s 136th stakeswinner. 

His performance was all the more notable given he raced wide without cover throughout the race, yet still unleashed a 32.76 last 600 metres on the Soft5 track and held off Group 1-winning mares In Secret and Bella Nipotina – both also impressive under 58.5 kg and 58 kg.

Bred & raced by Arrowfield & Northern Farm’s Katsumi Yoshida, Remarque has always been highly rated by his trainers John, Michael & Wayne Hawkes and as a 5YO gelding has now delivered the top-class performance they predicted for him three seasons ago. It has been, as Arrowfield’s Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer says, “quite a journey”, and it is clearly not over yet.

Jockey Tyler Schiller said, “He wasn’t in an ideal spot three-deep no cover, but I think he’s the best horse and he’s obviously showed that sitting deep and quickening away from them.”

Remarque’s odds for The Everest have shortened to $15, but Michael Hawkes remains focused on his next race which will likely be the $1 million The Shorts 1100m G2 on 16 September. 

“The big one’s there, of course you’re interested. If you’re not interested you’re mad. But with us it’s all about our horses. Obvious next step is The Shorts for him and we’re heading in that direction.”

Remarque joins his Champion 2YO full sister Estijaab and stakes-placed half-sister Alter Call on the black type breeding record of their marvellous Group 1-winning dam Response (by Charge Forward). Her next two colts by Snitzel are 3YO Congregation, a two-time city winner at two for Chris Waller, and an un-named 2YO, bought for $1.4 million from Inglis Easter earlier this year for Kia Ora Stud & Tony Fung Investments. 

Response has a yearling colt by The Autumn Sun and returns this Spring to Snitzel who has already moved into second spot on Australia’s General Sires’ Premiership with $1.3 million prizemoney.

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