Sixth stakes victory for Amorino

Snitzel’s state-trotting son Amorino scored his third stakes win this season when his trademark strong finish took him past the favourite Under the Louvre in Saturday’s $120,000 MRC Anniversary Vase 1400m LR.

Craig Williams, who has ridden Amorino in all three of his wins this year, said, “He is best when you can let him build into a race and he was able to do that today. It was a big effort under top weight.”

Amorino’s sixth black type success took his career record to 10 wins and $763,350 prizemoney, racing from three stables in three states over four seasons.

However, his ownership has been constant since Gerald Ryan bought him as the Snitzel-Steal My Love colt from Arrowfield for $70,000 on behalf of the Galante family at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Amorino’s current home is with promising young Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander who said after Saturday’s win, “I’m lucky the owners sent him to me to train. He was my first Group winner and he’s been very good to me.”

“He’s telling me he is probably at the end of this preparation, but he has done a super job to win a Group race and a Listed race from his past four starts.”

Amorino is among Snitzel’s 30 stakeswinners, ten of them successful this season, including two Group 1 winners Sweet Idea and Wandjina, also a brave runner-up to Dissident in Saturday’s thrilling ATC All Aged S. G1.

Amorino wins March Stakes LR at Flemington

Owners Elio & Jacqui Galante haven’t been afraid to make bold decisions about their talented Snitzel gelding Amorino and he has rewarded them with nine wins in three states over four seasons.

The Arrowfield graduate collected his fifth stakes victory in Saturday’s $120,000 VRC March S. 1400m LR, a week after winning the VRC Shaftesbury Avenue H. G3 over the same distance.  This latest success takes the 5YO’s earnings close to $700,000 – a handsome return on the $70,000 Elio Galante paid for him as a yearling.

Bred by the Arrowfield/Jungle Pocket partnership, also responsible for Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler, Blue Diamond winner Reaan & current star Sweet Idea, Amorino is from Steal My Love (by Marauding), a winning half-sister to dual Group 1 winner Danendri by Snitzel’s grandsire Danehill.

He carries an interesting 4 x 3 pattern of in-breeding through Snitzel’s second dam Snow Finch, and Steal My Love’s dam Stormy Exchange – both by champion European 2YO & leading US sire Storm Bird.

The family has also produced Champion 3YO Filly Faint Perfume and Group 3 winners Shanzero (by Danzero) and Do You Think (by Starcraft).

Amorino was purchased by Elio Galante from the Arrowfield draft at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and sent initially to Gerald Ryan who prepared him to win his first two starts as a juvenile in October & December 2011.

However, he struggled in Group & Listed company and, after a winless 3YO season, the Galantes transferred him to Grant Williams’ stable in Perth where Amorino won five races, including three Listed stakes events at 1200, 1400 & 1500 metres.

A change of scene was again the answer after Amorino’s four unplaced efforts in Perth Group company last Spring. This time the Galantes decided to send him to Victoria and placed him in the care of first-season Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander.

Amorino has taken a few starts to find his feet in Melbourne, but a third at Flemington last month showed he was on the right track. The $174,000 he has since added to his account confirms the wisdom of the Galantes’ decision-making.

Amorino is one of Snitzel’s 9 stakeswinners this season, a group headed by two other Arrowfield graduates, Group 1 winner Wandjina, bought by James Harron from the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale, and Group 2 winner Sweet Idea, also twice Group 1-placed last Spring.  Sweet Idea was a 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast purchase by Harron & Gai Waterhouse.

Arrowfield’s consignment for next month’s 2015 Inglis Easter Sale can be viewed here.

Bumper black type day for Arrowfield graduates

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Wandjina spearheaded Arrowfield graduates’ attack upon feature races at Flemington & Royal Randwick on Saturday.

The high-class 3YO son of Snitzel made all in the $500,000 VRC Australian Guineas 1600m G1 and showed plenty of courage to defy his rapidly closing rivals down the long Flemington straight. Alpine Eagle finished second, a half-neck away, and Stratum Star was a long neck further back in third.

Wandjina’s jockey Brett Prebble said, “He gave me a good feeling and he dug deep. I knew the others were there, but the more they came at him, the more he gave me.”

Wandjina is the leading earner among nine stakeswinners this season for Snitzel and the 30th individual Group 1 winner sold at auction by Arrowfield since 1994. He was offered by Arrowfield at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale where agent James Harron bought him for $1 million on behalf of his owners Dr Edmund & Belinda Bateman.

Wandjina is the second Group 1 winner from Arrowfield’s outstanding broodmare La Bamba (by Last Tycoon), also the dam of Inspiration (Hong Kong Sprint G1) and Listed stakeswinners Lucky Unicorn and Provence. He is Snitzel’s fourth Group 1 winner after Sizzling, Snitzerland, and Shamus Award who won last year’s Australian Guineas and the 2013 Cox Plate.

Arrowfield’s 2015 Inglis Easter draft includes Wandjina’s half-brother by Manhattan Rain. La Bamba also has a 2YO colt, Battle Of Troy (by Flying Spur), in the Hawkes Racing stable for Tony Pistikakis, and a weanling filly by Snitzel.

The Guineas win completed a Flemington Group double for Snitzel and Arrowfield, following the victory of 5YO gelding Amorino (ex Steal My Love by Marauding) in the $150,000 VRC Shaftesbury Avenue H. 1400m G3.

Amorino, who gave Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander his first Group success, has won eight races from three stables in three States, and more than $600,000 for owner Elio Galante and his family. Amorino’s original trainer Gerald Ryan bid $70,000 secure him from the Arrowfield draft at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Arrowfield signed off a very good day when Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Miracles of Life (ex Dazzling Gazelle by More Than Ready) bounced clear to take out the $400,000 ATC Challenge S. 1000m G2 by more than two lengths from Va Pensiero & Rubick. 

It was the second Group success the popular 4YO mare has given her celebrated American owner Stonestreet Stables since they purchased her for $900,000 from last year’s Teeley Dispersal and sent her to Peter & Paul Snowden. Her record now reads 7 wins, including the 2013 Blue Diamond S. G1, and $1.2 million from 15 starts.

Miracles of Life was foaled and raised at Arrowfield for her breeder Teeley Assets, while Amorino was bred by Arrowfield in partnership with Katsumi Yoshida’s Jungle Pocket Pty Ltd, and Wandjina was bred by Arrowfield alone.  

Arrowfield’s consignment for the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale can be viewed here.

Third stakes win for Arrowfield graduate

Snitzel’s Arrowfield-bred son Amorino added a third Listed Race victory to his record at Ascot in Perth on Saturday, after a successful protest by jockey William Pike.

Given topweight of 59kg, the 4YO gelding started favourite in the $100,000 WATC Grandstand Cup 1500m LR, his first attempt beyond 1400 metres. He jumped well from barrier 1, but soon found himself awkwardly positioned, midfield on the rails.

The stewards accepted that first-past-the-post winner Mr Utopia caused interference to Amorino as Pike tried to get clear, and judged that it was sufficient to reverse the placings.

Amorino has now won seven races and almost $500,000 for owners Elio Galante and family. That’s a healthy return on the $70,000 that Gerald Ryan paid to secure him from the Arrowfield draft at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Amorino was bred by Arrowfield in partnership with Jungle Pocket Pty Ltd from the Marauding mare Steal My Love, a close relative of two champion 3YO fillies, Danendri and Faint Perfume.

Seven of the 9 Group & Listed Races claimed by Snitzel’s progeny since 1 January have been won by Arrowfield sale graduates: Snitzerland (VRC Lightning S. G1), Sweet Idea (ATC Light Fingers S. G2, Magic Millions Guineas (R) LR), My Sister Lil (WATC Ascot 1000 Guineas LR) and Amorino (3 Listed Races).

Sweet Idea almost added today’s ATC Coolmore Classic G1 to that record, instead finishing the most valiant of seconds, beaten a lip by Steps In Time; while Snitzel’s 5YO son Malavio finished third behind Messene & Weary in the ATC Ajax S. G2.

Snitzel remains on top of the current Australian General Sires’ table with $7.4 million prizemoney. His offering at the Inglis Australian Easter Sale comprises 17 yearlings, among them two colts and a filly in the Arrowfield draft –  view photos & pedigrees here.

Stakeswinner No. 19 for Snitzel

Arrowfield graduate Amorino became the 19th stakeswinner for Australia’s current leading sire Snitzel when he sped to victory in today’s $100,000 WATC Cyril Flower S. 1200m LR.

Bred by Arrowfield in partnership with Jungle Pocket Pty Ltd, Amorino is out of Steal My Love (by Marauding), a half-sister to dual Group 1-winning filly Danendri. He was purchased for $70,000 from Arrowfield’s draft at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale by Gerald Ryan for owners Elio & Jacqui Galante.

Ryan prepared Amorino for two wins in Sydney and a sixth place Magic Millions Classic finish as a juvenile before the gelding was transferred last year to Western Australia where he has now won three races on three consective Saturdays.

Trainer Grant Williams said after today’s effort, “He’s just really in a good space at the moment. I’d love to start him again next week if I could. I don’t have to do anything with him during the week.”

The next target for the star 4YO is the Pinjarra Classic on 23 February.

Amorino’s win, the return of Cox Plate winner Shamus Award to run third in the MRC C.F. Orr S. G1 at Caulfield, and Sizzling’s third place finish in the ATC Expressway S. G2 at Randwick have all helped Snitzel consolidate his position at the head of the Australian General Sires’ table.

Amorino is one of eight stakes-winning contributors to Snitzel’s Australian prizemoney of $5.8 million for the season to date.

Arrowfield will offer two colts and a filly by Snitzel at the Inglis Australian Easter Sale in April – click here for more information.