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Snitzel tops the Sale-topping sires

Breeders aiming for the high-altitude end of the market cannot afford to ignore Snitzel's spectacular 7-year record of sale-topping yearlings...


Snitzel is a multiple Champion Sire on the track and in the sale-ring. (PHOTO: Damian Bennett)

Snitzel tops the Sale-topping sires

Champion Sire Snitzel added his third sale-topper for 2021 when Milburn Creek’s colt out of Walk With Attitude (by Hussonet) was bought for $500,000 by Melbourne agent Suman Hedge at last week’s Magic Millions National Sale. 

Led through the 2021 Inglis Easter sale-ring by Adam Shankley, Arrowfield’s $2.5 million Snitzel colt is the second foal of the outstanding Group 1-winning mare Rising Romance. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Snitzel also topped the Inglis Easter Sale and the entire sales season with Arrowfield’s colt out of Rising Romance, purchased for $2.5 million by Hawkes Racing. 

His $1.9 million Magic Millions Gold Coast sale-topping colt from Bonny O’Reilly was bought by Tom Magnier from Widden Stud in January. 

This is the second consecutive year that Snitzel has dominated the high-altitude end of the market after supplying the most expensive yearlings at Inglis Easter, Inglis Melbourne Premier & Magic Millions National in 2020.

Over the past 7 years, 10 Snitzel colts & two fillies have topped 12 of 35 major Australian yearling sales* at an average price of $1.49 million. 

The sale-toppers by all other stallions in that period have averaged $912,000.

Snitzel is not taking any backward steps either. 2021 has been his best-ever year in the sale-ring with 90 yearlings sold for $41.4 million – an average price of $460,000, and a median of $377,500, the highest figures of his stud career.

He didn’t have to look far to find a role model for sustained commercial & racetrack success at every stage of his stud career. Sixty-three yearlings from the final three crops by his legendary sire Redoute’s Choice have sold for an average price of $448,000, among them six $1 million+ colts.

Here are some of the 30 stakeswinners that lay ahead of Redoute’s Choice when he was rising 19, in June 2015:

  • Group 1 winners Mustaaqeem & Perfect Jewel and brilliant 2YO Pariah were weanlings
  • Champion 3YO & 5-time Group 1 winner The Autumn Sun was brewing in the womb of his dam Azmiyna
  • Group 1 winners Alabama Express, Celebrity Queen & Loire were conceived in the Spring of 2015
  • Dual Group 1 2YO winner King’s Legacy was conceived a year later. 

As the tree, so the fruit!

*Comprising the 2015-21 Inglis Easter, Melbourne Premier & Classic Sales; and Magic Millions Gold Coast (January) & National Yearling Sales.

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