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Results flow from Snitzel’s million-dollar club

Champion sire Snitzel's daughter Akari is not only his 92nd stakeswinner - she also boosts the excellent racetrack record of his million-dollar yearlings...


Buyers of the most expensive yearlings by three-time Champion Sire Snitzel have an excellent strike rate. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Results flow from Snitzel’s million-dollar club

Champion sire Snitzel’s daughter Akari is not only his 92nd stakeswinner – she also boosts the excellent racetrack record of his million-dollar yearlings.

A total of 27 Snitzel yearlings have sold for $1 million or more since 2013 and seven of the 18 that have so far raced are Listed winners or better. All 7 stakeswinners were sold by Arrowfield:

ESTIJAAB – Champion 2YO, Golden Slipper G1; retired to stud
WANDJINA – Australian Guineas G1; at stud
SHOWTIME – dual G2 winner & G1-placed; at stud
SOOBOOG – Group 3 winner; at stud
DRACARYS – Group 3 winner; at stud
DIPLOMATICO – Listed winner, still racing
AKARI – Listed winner, still racing

Akari showed good promise last season with two placings behind subsequent Group 2 winner Libertini and has progressed quickly this Spring from her maiden win at Wyong to success in the $140,000 ATC Reginald Allen Quality 1400m LR on Everest day. 

True, Akari’s earnings to date are a fraction of the $1.05 million paid for her at the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale by  Jadeskye Racing, her trainer Brad Widdup & Andrew Williams Bloodstock, with Neil Werrett a later addition to her ownership. However, her newly achieved stakes-winning status and her strong international pedigree underpin her value, and if she is like her best relatives, she will continue to develop. 

Akari was bred by Arrowfield and Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm from the Neo Universe mare Asterix whose first, Japanese-born foal Aerolithe is a Group 1-wining miler in Japan. This is also the family of Champion Sprinter-Miler and two-time Group 1 winner Mikki Isle, currently serving his second book of mares at Arrowfield.

Half-sister to a Group 1 winner & now a stakeswinner herself, Akari is one of Snitzel’s 27 $1 million+ yearlings. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

Akari was purchased for $1.05 million from Arrowfield’s Inglis Easter consignment by Jadeskye Racing, her trainer Brad Widdup & Andrew Williams Bloodstock, with Neil Werrett subsequently joining the ownership. Asterix produced a second Snitzel filly at Arrowfield last year before returning to Japan.  

Akari is Snitzel’s 4th  stakeswinner this season after Group winners Exhilarates & Redzel and  Flemington Listed winner Wayupinthesky (also sold by Arrowfield). 

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