Interstate stakes double for Arrowfield graduates

Saturday’s interstate Arrowfield graduate stakes double was good news for two of the Stud’s former stallions, as well a pair of Arrowfield mares now in foal to boom young sire Dundeel…

Saturday’s interstate Arrowfield graduate stakes double was good news for two of the Stud’s former stallions, as well a pair of Arrowfield mares now in foal to boom young sire Dundeel.

Wild Planet struck first in front of a Hunter Valley home crowd at the Scone Cup Carnival, taking the $300,000 Inglis 3YO Guineas 1400m RLR by the scruff of the neck and staving off the challenges of the favourite Military Zone and third-placed Total Power (by Dundeel).

Tommy Berry & co-trainer Michael Hawkes celebrate after Wild Planet’s Inglis Guineas win. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

It was Wild Planet’s second stakes victory after last Spring’s VRC Poseidon S. LR,  but earned him more than twice the prizemoney and adds further gloss to the record of his dam Salutations (by Redoute’s Choice), also the dam of stakes-placed 2YO winner Super Seth (by Dundeel), and a Dundeel filly sold at the this year’s Magic Millions Sale.  

Wild Planet’s sire Animal Kingdom no longer shuttles to Arrowfield but his record here has improved markedly this season, thanks to Australian Derby G1 winner Angel of Truth, Listed winner Mystery Miss, Group 1-placed Peaceful State, Group 2-placed Victory Kingdom, stakes-placed Earth Angel and a swag of city winners.  Animal Kingdom’s final Australian yearlings will be offered for sale in 2020.

“Wild Planet dug deep under pressure like he always does. He’s a fighter, he’s a winner and he is going the right way.’’
– Co-trainer Michael Hawkes

Wild Planet was Animal Kingdom’s top-priced colt of 2017, bought for $280,000 by Hawkes Racing & Andrew Williams Bloodstock from the Arrowfield Inglis Easter draft that has also produced Group 1 winners The Autumn Sun, Estijaab & Atyaab, and Listed winner Diplomatico.

Around three hours later at Caulfield, the Melbourne Racing Club presented  the 2YO 1200-metre race named for Arrowfield’s late, great Champion Sire,  but amended the name slightly to Vale Redoute’s Choice S. LR. 

Arrowfield-bred & -sold filly Missile Mantra then completed the tribute by unwinding a big run down the outside to win the race for her Triple Crown-managed syndicate of owners and  trainers Peter & Paul Snowden. 

Magic Millions yearling and now unbeaten 2YO stakeswinner Missile Mantra. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

By Smart Missile, who now stands at Twin Hills Stud, Missile Mantra was a $30,000 Magic Millions buy for Triple Crown. She is the second foal of the Starcraft mare Wecansay Mak, a sister to dual Group 1 winner We Can Say It Now.  

Missile Mantra is the third stakes-winning graduate of Arrowfield’s Class of 2018, after Group 1 winner Castelvecchio and last weekend’s Group 3 winner Stronger (also out of a Starcraft mare). 

Heavenly day for Arrowfield graduates

Jubilation broke out around Team Arrowfield at Randwick on Saturday after Maid Of Heaven became the third Group 1-winning graduate of the Stud’s Yearling Class of 2017…. 

Jubilation broke out around Team Arrowfield at Royal Randwick after Saturday’s $500,000 Spring Champion S. 2000m G1 when Maid Of Heaven became the third Group 1-winning graduate, after Estijaab & The Autumn Sun, of the Stud’s Yearling Class of 2017. 

Watch Maid Of Heaven win the ATC Spring Champion S. G1.

Earlier in the day, a fourth member of that Class, Wild Planet (Animal Kingdom-Salutations by Redoute’s Choice) won the VRC Poseidon S. LR at Flemington. He was a $280,000 Inglis Easter buy for Hawkes Racing & Andrew Williams Bloodstock and is the sixth worldwide stakeswinner for Animal Kingdom.

Wild Planet joined Amphitrite (VRC Edward Manifold S. G2) and Extra Brut (VRC Super Impose S. LR) to complete a trio of new stakeswinners on the card for Redoute’s Choice as a broodmare sire. 

Watch Wild Planet win the VRC Poseidon S. LR.

Rachel King & Mark Newnham celebrate their Maid(en) Group 1 victories. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Maid Of Heaven’s success is notable for several reasons. She gave trainer Mark Newnham and jockey Rachel King their maiden Group 1 victories, and she is Smart Missile’s first Group 1 winner, as well as the first Group 1 winner sold out of the Gold Riband section of the Inglis Classic Sale. Maid Of Heaven was bred by Arrowfield with Belford Productions and bought back for $60,000.

She is also only the second filly, after Yankee Rose in 2016, to win the Spring Champion Stakes in the 48-year history of the race. 

“It’s all about the girls” as Alice & Kris Messara lead in Maid Of Heaven & Rachel King after the Spring Champion S. G1. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Arrowfield counts 68 Group 1-winning graduates off the farm over the past 31 years – 49 of them also bred by Arrowfield. The famous “Jockey Cap over 3 conjoined diamonds” brand is carried by four winners of six Group 1 races so far in 2018: Maid Of Heaven, Estijaab,  Shoals & The Autumn Sun. 

Maid Of Heaven is out of the grand stakes-winning mare St. Therese (by Dehere), a half-sister to multiple Group 1 winner Planet Ruler and already the dam of Group 3 winner Mirrasalo (by Redoute’s Choice) and two other winners.

St. Therese’s 2YO colt Castelvecchio (by Dundeel) was a $150,000 purchase by Ottavio & Wendy Galletta from Arrowfield’s 2018 Inglis Classic Sale draft, and is in training with Richard Litt.  St. Therese visits Panzer Division at Pepper Tree Farm this Spring.

Arrowfield drives major broodmare sale results

Many studs, stallions, breeders and vendors leave this week’s Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale with considerable satisfaction and, most importantly, the financial returns they need to drive the next stage of their bloodstock investment strategies.

Arrowfield stallions and graduates featured at the top end of a very buoyant Book One sale that exceeded even Magic Millions’ highest hopes, grossing $105,530,000 at an average price of $148,425.

The top 10 lots included two mares, Comprende and The Party Stand, sold in foal to Snitzel for $1.1 million and $1.05 million respectively, while Arrowfield graduate Scarlet Rain (Manhattan Rain-Double Ranga) was knocked down for $950,000 to James Harron Bloodstock.

Scarlet Rain was originally offered by Arrowfield at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale where she was bought by Darby Racing for $100,000. She quickly returned that price with interest, winning four races, three of them as a juvenile incuding the ATC Sweet Embrace S. G2, and $341,000 prizemoney.

Joe O’Neill’s Prime Thoroughbreds also produced a great result for the owners of Listed winner Hijack Hussy, bought for $62,000 from Arrowfield’s 2013 Magic Millions consignment. She earned $304,000 on the track, and this time through the ring was knocked down for $400,000 to Neil Jenkinson and Glenlogan Park.

Arrowfield itself offered a number of maiden mares on behalf of US owner Jon Kelly, achieving $800,000 each for Group 3 winner Thyme For Roses (Redoute’s Choice-Augusta Proud) and Slumber Party (Snitzel-Hokuspokus), and $450,000 for Group-placed city winner Extra Olives (Redoute’s Choice-Line Honours).

Like Hijack Hussy, Extra Olives and Slumber Party were both bred and sold as yearlings by Arrowfield. Several other past Arrowfield graduates that sold well this week were:

Bubble Below (Hussonet-Lunaliona), dam of Group 1 winner Lucky Bubbles; V: Riversdale/B: E Thoroughbred, $700,000
Primavera (Redoute’s Choice-Flame of Sydney), 3/4 sister to G1 Invader – Bhima/Bruce Perry, $550,000
She’s Got Power (Redoute’s Choice-Flame of Sydney), 3/4 sister to G1 Invader – Yarraman Park/Hilldene, $450,000
Sweet Sister (Snitzel-Flidais), sister to G1 Sweet Idea, in foal to I Am Invincible – Newgate/Hilldene, $550,000
Scrum (Flying Spur-Extremely), half-sister to G1 Extreme Choice, in foal to Written Tycoon – Newgate/China Horse Club, $525,000
Miles of Krishan (Snitzel-Nishaani), Group-placed city winner & half-sister to Ge Il Quello Veloce – Newhaven Park/Vinery, $500,000.

The market’s assessment of Arrowfield’s flagship stallions was evident in these sales:

Fairy Star (more Than Ready-Bourgogne), in foal to Redoute’s Choice – Widden Stud/ Spendthrift Australia, $700,000
Shirley, dam of G1 Dear Demi, in foal to Snitzel – Strawberry Hill Stud/ Tom Magnier, $700,000
Eyes of Love (Tavistock-Lovetrista), in foal to Snitzel – Bhima Thoroughbreds/Peachester Lodge, $450,000
Bourgogne, half-sister to G1 Bulla Borghese, in foal to Sitzel – Widden/Rosemont, $410,000
Lady Oracle, in foal to Not A Single Doubt – Baystone Farm/Phoenix Thoroughbreds, $400,000
Typing, Listed winner, in foal to Snitzel – Newgate Farm/Nick Vass Bloodstock, $400,000
Lot Three Four One, city winner, in foal to Not A Single Doubt – Baystone Farm/China Horse Club, $380,000
Zenon, city-winning half-sister to SW I Have No Fear, in foal to Snitzel – Kitchwin Hills/China Horse Club, $360,000
Sucker Punch (Encosta de Lago-Merlene), in foal to Not A Single Doubt – Strawberry Hill/Andrew Williams Bloodstock, $350,000.

Snitzel topped the list of covering sires with an average price of $599,375 for eight mares in foal to him, while two mares in foal to Redoute’s Choice averaged $495,000, and seven mares with positive tests to Not A Single Doubt averaged $269,286.