All American to stand in Western Australia

All American will stand in Western Australia this coming Spring, following his sale to Eddie Rigg’s Geisel Park Stud, about 150 km south of Perth.

The Group 1-winning son of Red Ransom joined the Arrowfield roster in 2010 and is currently fifth on the Australian 2YO Sires’ list with prizemoney of more than $900,000.

That’s largely thanks to the very talented Yankee Rose, two-time winner in Sydney and runner-up in last Saturday’s Golden Slipper G1, and Rampage, a winner at Moonee Valley and stakes-placed in Sydney.

All American has also been represented recently by Bachman, a Group winner in Sydney at two, who returned this season with a first-up win in Sydney followed by Listed Race success on the Gold Coast. Other city-winning progeny of All American this season include Tender, American Star,  All Eights and 2YO debut winner Yankee Express.

All American’s trainer David Hayes  looks back warmly on the horse who defeated champion So You Think in the 2009 VRC Emirates S. G1.

“All American had the physique of a three-year-old miler yet was one of my fastest and most precocious two-year-olds. He trained on to beat the world champion at four and he retired as sound as he raced. My vet never saw him and I wish I had another one like him.”

All American’s introductory service fee at Geisel Park has been set at $10,000 + GST, with 15 Earlybird nominations available at $7,000 +GST.

Happy vendors at Inglis Classic Sale

The Arrowfield roster played its part at an exceptional Inglis Classic Sale, contributing a fifth of the 69 yearlings that sold for $100,000 or more at Newmarket in Sydney earlier this week.

Seven Arrowfield stallions were represented by 51 lots sold at an average price of $75,333 – 31% above the sale’s record-breaking average of $57,426.

That key measure was complemented by the median, up 47% to $44,000. Vendors were clearly happy to sell into such a strong market and sold all but 10% of the offering. That helped to boost the aggregate to $26.7 million – up from $13 million only two years ago.

Snitzel, fresh from a trio of million-dollar Magic Millions colts and a sale-topping average at Karaka, again delivered plenty of good news for breeders. His top price of $220,000 was achieved for the colt from Crevice (by Gulch), sold by Torryburn Stud, and Arrowfield received $170,000 for the Snitzel half-brother to Saturday’s 2YO winner Hussterical, from Hussterics (by Hussonet). They headed Snitzel’s seven lots sold for an average of $120,714.

Smart Missile is viewed very positively by trainers and syndicators who bought eight of his yearlings at an average of $110,000 – more than five times his $20,000 fee. Top price of $230,000 was paid by Paul Perry for Glenlogan Park’s filly from Chateau d’Yquem (by Pins), whose family has produced a string of outstanding fillies in New Zealand: Gee I Jane, Miss Jessie Jay, Katie Lee & Banchee.

One indication of the Sale’s strength is that $230,000 would have been Smart Missile’s third-highest price at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Other buyers who added a Smart Missile to their stables were Gerald Ryan, Mark Minervini, Matt Laurie, Blueblood Thoroughbreds and Spicer Thoroughbreds with Lindsay Park Racing.

The McAlpine family’s Eureka Stud enjoyed great success with their Snitzel colts at Magic Millions, and Smart Missile stepped up for them at Classic with a colt & a filly fetching a total of $220,000. The successful buyers were Yu Long Investments and Smart Missile’s own trainer, Anthony Cummings.

Not A Single Doubt’s tremendous season is fuelling an insatiable demand for the yearlings offered from his 77-foal 2014 crop. All five of his Classic Sale lots sold, averaging $88,000 with a top price of $160,000 paid by Proven Thoroughbreds  & Pride Racing for Middlebrook Valley Lodge’s typical-of-her-sire filly from Angel’s Breath (by Tale Of The Cat).

The market’s “thumbs-up” opinion of All American ensured the sale of all 13 of his catalogued yearlings, at an average figure of $53,115. His top prices were the $110,000 paid by Bryan Dais Racing for Rosemont Stud’s attractive colt out of Savalook (by Savabeel), and the $105,000 bid by Henderson Racing & Breeding for Arrowfield’s filly out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Lodore Falls.

It was much the same story for Manhattan Rain, whose six fillies & two colts all found new homes, at prices up to the $87,500 Riddell Pty Ltd paid for Arrowfield’s handsome colt from Modave (by Montjeu).

All three yearlings offered from the first crop of Animal Kingdom also sold, among them Segenhoe’s colt from Amatista (by Scenic), knocked down to Platinum Park Enterprises for $75,000.

Proven Group 1 sire Charge Forward has consistent appeal for trainers, so it was no surprise to see Matthew Smith (Warwick Farm), Chris Heywood (Wagga Wagga) & Graham Richardson (New Zealand) sign for his yearlings from the families of Group 1 winners Loving Claim, Exosphere & Rena’s Lady.

The Arrowfield stallions are well-represented at the next major yearling auction of the season, the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, which begins on 28 February. Arrowfield’s 21-strong draft features six lots by Animal Kingdom and four colts & a filly by Redoute’s Choice.

Arrowfield dominates Golden Slipper entries

Arrowfield already has a significant place in Golden Slipper history, thank to eight winners in the past 22 years.

They fall neatly into four categories: Arrowfield graduate Danzero (1994) & Catbird (1999), both by Danehill and both conceived when the supersire was based at Arrowfield; the Arrowfield-bred and -raced colt Flying Spur (by Danehill; 1995) & champion filly Miss Finland (by Redoute’s Choice; 2006); sale graduates Belle du Jour (by Dehere; 2000) & Forensics (by Flying Spur; 2007); and the Arrowfield-sired pair Dance Hero (by Danzero; 2004) & Stratum (by Redoute’s Choice; 2005).

The Stud’s chance of extending that record in 2016 looks very strong indeed, with 16 Arrowfield-sired 2YOs (39%) of the the top 41 horses in the current Order of Entry for this year’s $3.5 million Slipper, the 60th running of the race.

Champion sire Redoute’s Choice and his sons Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt each have three horses on the list. Arrowfield Magic Millions graduate Honesty Prevails, winner of last weekend’s ATC Widden S. G3 on debut, heads Team Redoute’s Choice in 8th-equal position with $90,000 prizemoney.  Debut winners Thyme For Roses (36th equal) and Zamzam (38th) will need to increase their earnings sharply to improve their chance of making the final field, but both look capable of doing so.

Snitzel, currently the leading sire of 2YO winners, is represented by Arrowfield Magic Millions graduates Detective (21st) & Slumber Party (22nd), both stakes-placed, and the promising Queensland colt Itz Alrite (41st).

Not A Single Doubt’s trio of contenders, based in Sydney, Brisbane & Melbourne, are Faraway Town (13th), Punishing (20th) & the Group-placed filly Emphatically (25th).

Third-crop sire All American is making a real splash with his juveniles this season and two of them remain in Slipper contention. The unbeaten Yankee Rose’s $137,200 prizemoney gives her third spot in the entry order, while stakes-placed winner Rampage is 23rd.

Also unbeaten is the Manhattan Rain filly Scarlet Rain, another purchase from Arrowfield’s 2015 Magic Millions draft. She’s 6th on the order with $97,500 prizemoney.

Smart Missile’s daughter Smart Amelia made a good impression with her debut Group 3 second to Honesty Prevails last Saturday. She’s 29th equal on the Golden Slipper list, just ahead of the two Beneteau fillies Prompt Response (31st) and Twist Tops (33rd), and Gio Ponti’s two-time stakes placegetter Pearl Congenial (39th equal). 

All American's message heard at Magic Millions

The message delivered by All American’s early season 2YOs was heeded by the buyers who paid an average of almost $80,000 – around 5 times his 2013 fee – for his six yearlings at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Top price of $160,000 was paid by Cook Bloodstock and Henderson Racing & Breeding for Arrowfield’s quality filly out of Lahana, a daughter of Hussonet and champion filly Alinghi.

Belmont Bloodstock’s bid of $95,000 secured a colt bred on the same cross, out of city-winning juvenile Illusionary. Also offered by Arrowfield, he’s a full brother to the very talented Invisible whose Australian career was cut short by serious injury, from the family of Group winners Chase The Rainbow, Ms Funovits & Sonic Quest.

Syndicator Darby Racing bought two lots by All American, including Rheinwood Pastoral’s $85,000 half-brother to Listed winner So Anyway, from Addictive (by Flying Spur).

The champion stable of David Hayes & Tom Dabernig is the new home of the Gibraltar Moon colt, a close relation of Group winner Bachman. He was an $80,000 purchase by Dalziel Racing & Lindsay Park Racing from the draft of Queensland vendor Aquis Farm.

A trio of city-winning juveniles, Rampage (also 3rd, Inglis Nursery LR), Yankee Rose & Yankee Express have raised All American’s profile this season and shot him into the top 10 on the Australian 2YO Sires’ list.

Given All American’s Danehill-free pedigree, it’s no surprise to see him proving to be an effective outcross for mares carrying the supersire’s DNA. Bachman, Rampage and Yankee Express are all out of mares by Danehill sons, and Invisible’s grand-dam is by Redoute’s Choice.

However, All American has also done well with daughters of End Sweep, Hussonet, Unbridled’s Song & Xaar from the Mr. Prospector sireline, and Vice Regent’s sons Deputy Minister & Regal Classic.

The Group 1-winning son of Red Ransom has a strong group of 13 yearlings catalogued for next month’s Inglis Classic Sale, including colts from Listed winner Stormy Miss & Group winner Sylvaner, a colt from a Hussonet daughter of Group 1 winner Honor Lap, and two fillies and a colt out of Redoute’s Choice mares.

Bachman spotlights Arrowfield's Magic Millions record

Saturday’s Gold Coast stakeswinner Bachman brightens the spotlight that is constantly directed at Arrowfield’s terrific record as a Magic Millions vendor.

Bachman, from the first crop of promising young sire All American, has returned more than twice the $180,000 that Damion Flower’s Jadeskye Racing paid for him in 2013, and his biggest payday may still be ahead of him. Trainer Gerald Ryan has him perfectly poised to strike the jackpot in the $1 million Magic Millions Cup 1400m (R) LR on 9 January.

His competition for the $600,000 winner’s cheque is likely to include 

Arrowfield pair tops 2YO Sires' list

A little more than four months into this season, it’s no surprise to see Not A Single Doubt on top of the Australian 2YO Sires’ prizemoney list.

He’s been the leading sire of juvenile winners for the last two seasons and has delivered the goods again this Spring with new stakeswinner Jackson and city winners Faraway Town & Punishing. All three are likely starters in the rich sale-related bonus races coming up over the next month.

Tony McEvoy is targeting next Saturday’s $500,000 ATC Inglis Nursery (R) LR with the gelded Jackson, while the Matthew Smith-trained filly Faraway Town & Liam Birchley’s colt Punishing head towards the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR on 9 January.

What is surprising – but perhaps shouldn’t be – is that Not A Single Doubt’s closest rival is his barnmate All American, himself a classy juvenile, successful in the Skyline S. G3 and second to Reaan in the Blue Diamond S. G1. The son of Red Ransom occupies the No 2 spot on the 2YO Sires’ table with $234,400 earned by three city winners from only four starters.

First up for him was Darby Racing’s filly Yankee Rose (trained by David Vandyke), who made a big impression with two whirlwind finishes at Rosehill, beating Faraway Town on 31 October, and Good Standing three weeks later. She’s now spelling with the Golden Slipper firmly on her agenda.

Thanks again to All American, Scott Darby and his fellow owners have a strong second hand to play in the meantime. Trainers David Hayes & Tom Dabernig will send their gritty Moonee Valley debut winner Rampage, bought from Arrowfield as a weanling, to Sydney for the Inglis Nursery.

All American produced his third 2YO winner in less than fortnight when Yankee Express won his first start at Doomben on Friday 4 December. A day later, All American’s first 2YO stakeswinner Bachman returned to the winner’s circle in style at Randwick. Bachman and Yankee Express are closely related, being from mares by sons of Danehill out of daughters of Polar Maid. 

Not A Single Doubt has 20 fillies & 12 colts catalogued for the 2016 Magic Millions Sale, among them Lot 441, Arrowfield’s three-quarter sister to Group 2 winner Villa Verde.

All American is represented in that sale by four colts & two fillies, including Arrowfield’s close relative of Yankee Rose, the colt out of Catalina Winemixer.

New All American 2YO winner for Darby Racing

A week after Golden Slipper prospect Yankee Rose won so well at Rosehill, Darby Racing has unleashed a second eye-catching 2YO by All American.

This time it was the colt Rampage who won his debut in Saturday’s $80,000 MVRC John Paraskevas Plate over 1000 metres. He showed plenty of grit and pace, after racing wide most of the way, to catch Giroux on the line, with Legerity (by Snitzel) a further length away in third.

Watch Rampage’s debut win at Moonee Valley.

Yankee Rose & Rampage are All American’s only juvenile starters so far this season and they have shot him to second position on the Australian 2YO Sires’ list with $221,200 prizemoney, less than $25,000 behind his barnmate Not A Single Doubt.

Co-trainer David Hayes, who also prepared All American to win on debut at Moonee Valley in 2007, immediately confirmed that Rampage would go to Sydney for the $500,000 Inglis Nursery (R) LR at Randwick on 12 December.

He said, “I think he’s a smart horse. He’ll be hard to beat (in Sydney) because he was three-wide the trip and he’s got a lot of improvement left in him. With a $500,000 race and an in-form horse, we’ve got to go for it.

“I thought he’d run well but there were some big wraps on horses in this race. He hasn’t been overly schooled to get here so I’m thrilled.”

Originally sold by Arrowfield at the 2014 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, Rampage was a $20,000 buy for Darby Racing from the Denns Park draft at this year’s Inglis Classic Summer Sale.

Rampage’s dam is the Danzero mare Sleight of Hand, a daughter of champion New Zealand 2YO Lodore Magic, whose grand-daughter Illusionary (by Hussonet) has left the smart juvenile Invisible to All American.

Arrowfield’s 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast draft includes Illusionary’s second All American colt as Lot 319. 

Other All American yearlings in Arrowfield’s Magic Millions draft are Lot 920, the Catalina Winemixer colt, a close relation of Yankee Rose; and Lot 373, the filly from a Hussonet daughter of champion filly Alinghi.

All American 2YO wins again at Rosehill

Darby Racing’s sharp eye for an athletic yearling put a large group of owners into the winner’s circle at Rosehill for the second time in three weeks, when Yankee Rose scored again in Saturday’s $150,000 Golden Gift over 1100 metres.

The 2YO daughter of All American once again proved too strong for her male rivals, making up several lengths in spectacular fashion to overhaul Good Standing by a half-neck, with Julius Caesar third.

Watch Yankee Rose win the Golden Gift at Rosehill.

Apart from the thrill of two wins from two starts, her owners have reaped big financial returns on the $10,000 Darby Racing paid for Yankee Rose at the Inglis Classic Sale where she was offered by Widden Stud. Her prizemoney is already close to $160,000, including BOBS bonuses of $40,000 – sufficient to book a place in next year’s $3.5 million Golden Slipper G1 on 19 March.

Her trainer David Vandyke said, “I’m still coming to grips with that performance and the fact that we have a runner in the Golden Slipper.”

“I know this filly will get over further – the Champagne Stakes is actually the race I had tagged for her long term but to see her finish like that over 1100 (metres), she’s quality.

“She’s very exciting and the thing she has got going for her is she’s tough, real tough.”

Yankee Rose, physically very typical of All American’s stock, is the fourth foal and third winner out of Condesaar (by Xaar), a half-sister to New Zealand Derby G1 winner Redoute’s Dancer.

All American has six lots catalogued for January’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale including Arrowfield’s colt from Catalina Winemixer (by Stratum), making him a three-quarter brother to Yankee Rose.

Horses to Follow in Hong Kong

Arrowfield graduates notched up a valuable treble, including both Hong Kong Group 3 features, at Sha Tin on Thursday evening, but there’s plenty of Arrowfield-sired talent in Hong Kong too. Australian racing journalist Michael Cox, based since 2011 at the South China Morning Post where he writes a popular blog, Happy Lucky Dragon Win, selects six Arrowfield-sired runners to follow in Hong Kong this season: 

4YO THEWIZARDOFOZ (Redoute’s Choice-Princess Coup by Encosta de Lago)
Bred by Evergreen Rich Pty Ltd, raced by Martin Siu Kim Sun & trained by John Size

From the moment this horse stepped off the plane and into the stables of John Size he hasn’t put a hoof wrong. Bombproof is perhaps the best way to describe him, and his best is almost certainly yet to come. Nominal favourite for the Hong Kong Derby next March off the back of a perfect three-from-three record in his three-year-old season. Ticks all the boxes: excellent gate speed, relaxes beautifully in the run, has a lovely flowing action and an electric turn of foot – all attributes that will stand him in good stead when he is forced to step up in trip through the four-year-old series. Silent Witness reached demigod status in Hong Kong, and Thewizardofoz’s progression through the grades is as close as any horse of recent times has got to matching the great sprinter numbers-wise. Silent Witness rose 43 ratings points to 95 in his first three victories; Thewizardofoz has jumped 37 to sit on 89, all against open age competition.

4YO TIANHUANG (All American-Miss Victoria by Viscount)
Bought by George Moore Bloodstock, $290,000, from Arrowfield Stud, 2013 Inglis Easter Sale; trained by John Moore for Paul Kan Man Lok.

Tianhuang is the name of a valuable stone, used for sculptures, and found in the mountains of Fujian Province. Tianhuang, the horse, is a lovely looking type and he has been as solid as a rock so far: it took just two starts for him to break through with a convincing victory on the dirt. John Moore is adamant his sprinter isn’t a one-track wonder, though that is where he is likely to race when he next returns.

3YO GREEN CARD (All American-Cristallo by Testa Rossa)
Sold privately after two juvenile wins in Victoria for owner-breeders Bruce & Jill Mathieson & trainers Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison; trained by John Moore for
Brian Leung Hung Tak & Sophie Leung Lau Yau Fun.
Still in quarantine at Sha Tin, but John Moore is looking forward to getting hold of this three-year-old that notched two dominant four-length victories before buyers swooped. The last of those came at Caulfield, with the filly that finished third behind him, Jalan Jalan, franking Green Card’s form with a subsequent dominant win of her own and placing behind Petits Filous in the MRC Quezette S. LR. Green Card wasn’t stretched beyond 1100 metres, but former co-trainer Craig Widdison believed the gelding would handle further and that the mild-mannered sprinter has the right temperament to thrive in Hong Kong. He may still be subject to a name change – his brand number is V126, which is searchable on the HKJC website.

4YO SUN JEWELLERY (Snitzel-Tan Tat Star by Umatilla)
Bred & raced by Tung Moon Fai and trained by John Size; raced as Tan Tat Star in Victoria where he won twice as an early 3YO from the Peter Moody stable.

Last season’s John Size-trained Griffin of the Year Thewizardofoz might be hogging the headlines, but his stablemate Sun Jewellery will resume off a higher rating and will offer plenty of competition in the four-year-old category. The former Peter Moody-trained galloper won three-from-three after arriving in Class Three and has already hit triple figures. Like his barn mate, looks like he will have no trouble getting over a mile or further and is in the right hands with his ultra-patient trainer.

5YO HARBOUR PUNK (Not A Single Doubt-Marblue by Marscay)
Bred by Swell Investments; bought by Regal Farm, $50,000 from Arrowfield, 2011 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale; trained by Derek Cruz for the Fragrant Harbour Racing Syndicate.

Doesn’t have much room to move from a ratings perspective after two wins took him into Class Two last season and a handicapper’s assessment of 91 – but he absolutely flies around Happy Valley, where his opportunities now become more scarce. Lightly raced with just 12 lifetime starts, he  should return slightly stronger at five and could transfer his best form to the bigger track. He looks to have attracted the services of superstar jockey Joao Moreira, who rode him in a recent trial for trainer Derek Cruz.

3YO FORTUNE GALORE (Not A Single Doubt-Evening Pleasures by Dehere)
Bred & sold by Kooringal Stud; bought by John Foote, $30,000, 2014 Inglis Classic Sale; trained by Caspar Fownes for Lillian Lee Lai Man

Unraced three-year-old, previously named Wan Chai Warrior in tribute to Hong Kong’s colourful red light district. Purchased by renowned bloodstock agent David Price, he trialled twice impressively at Cranbourne and has been setting the track alight in the mornings for new trainer Caspar Fownes. He is sure to be competitive when he first lines up and certain to see plenty of Happy Valley, where the speed of Not A Single Doubt’s progeny is invaluable.


Melbourne start considered for American Star

Trainer Mark Minervini is considering a trip to Melbourne for 3YO gelding American Star, who made a big impression when winning his Adelaide debut last Saturday.

He says, “American Star has come through the race very well, he’s cock-a-hoop. I’m thinking about sending him to Melbourne for a 3YO 1100-metre race at Caulfield on 19 September.

“He’s really jumped out of the ground in the last six weeks. He trialled well a month ago, but we thought he’d do better on a dry track with blinkers.”

Despite drawing widest of the nine runners in the 1000-metre maiden, the son of All American made the lead soon after the start, controlled the pace and ran away from the field to win by 2.5 lengths in 57.81. Of particular note was his 600-metre sectional time of 33.95, the fastest of the meeting, and achieved with ease.

His trainer believes American Star can continue to develop his racecraft. “I think he’ll be even better with a sit on the speed and that he can be effective up to 1400 metres.”

Minervini purchased the Arrowfield-bred American Star for $12,000 from the Cornerstone Stud draft at the 2014 Magic Millions Adelaide. The gelding’s dam, Special Sweep (by End Sweep) is an unraced daughter of champion sprinter Special, also the grand-dam of multiple Group 1 winner Bomber Bill.

Another Arrowfield graduate in the Minervini stable is the soon-to-be-named 3YO gelding by Starcraft from the grand broodmare Ain’t Seen Nothin’.

Minervini says, “I really like him, he’s a cracker, and he can gallop, but he’s a big horse and I’ve been kind to him. He came back into work a fortnight ago and he should run before Christmas.”

Ain’t Seen Nothin’s first six foals to the races have all won, including the multiple Singapore stakeswinner  Stepitup (by Hussonet), dual Adelaide stakeswinner Ain’tnofallenstar (by Starcraft) and Group 3 winner Bachman (by All American).