Snitzel's fifth stakeswinner in 13 days

Snitzel’s fifth stakeswinner in the past 13 days could hardly be better named.

Arbeitsam, the third foal of the Red Ransom mare Workhard, is named for the German word meaning “hard-working.” And it’s easy to conclude that work is what he thrives on after his fourth and career-best win from five starts since 8 July.

That came in Thursday’s $150,000 Hawkesbury RC Rowley Mile 1600m LR where Arbeitsam speared out of the widest gate, took the lead, had all his rivals in trouble before the turn and proved far too tough in the run home. Rated beautifully in front by jockey Tim Clark, Arbeitsam made the most of carrying only one kilogram over the limit to win by almost a length from Kingsguard & Reiby The Red in 1:35.31 – the fastest time since the race earned Listed status seven years ago.

Watch Arbeitsam win the Hawkesbury RC Rowley Mile LR.

Arbeitsam was a $120,000 purchase by Dynamic Sundications from the 2015 Magic Millions draft of his breeder MacQuarie Stud. He is the second stakeswinner by Snitzel sent out already this season by the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott partnership, following Sweet Redemption’s Toy Show Quality G3 win last Saturday.

The stable and the horse share the credit for Arbeitsam’s successive wins at 1400 metres (twice), then 1800 metres and back to 1600 metres inside seven weeks – with next Friday’s Wyong Gold Cup LR over 2100 metres a possible next assignment. Arbeitsam has now won six and placed in five of his 13 starts and more than $470,000, a total that includes BOBS bonuses worth $87,500.

His dam Workhard has also left Listed winner Payroll to Not A Single Doubt, so it’s not surprising she is due to foal this Spring to another son of Redoute’s Choice, Scissor Kick. Other stakeswinners from this family include top-flight New Zealand sprinter Bawalaksana, Group-winning mare Damaschino and her daughter, the classy 2YO Shaaheq (by Redoute’s Choice).

Celebrations of Snitzel’s remarkable Premiership season in 2016/17 have been quickly over-taken by his new season’s stakeswinners Menari (ATC Rosebud LR), Jukebox (MRC Vain S. G3), Dracarys (ATC Up and Coming S. G3), Sweet Redemption & Arbeitsam. It’s a pace that puts the newly crowned Champion Sire on target to break a fresh set of records in 2017/18. 

Snitzel colt too good in The Rosebud

Less than a fortnight after landing his first stallion Premiership, Snitzel has put up his first city treble of the new season, including Menari, a dashing winner of the $150,000 The Rosebud 1100m LR at Rosehill.

He is the second son of Snitzel to win The Rosebud, following Thronum’s success last year, and the 65th stakeswinner on Snitzel’s lifetime record.

Menari, carrying equal topweight of 60.5 kg, jumped marginally best of the field but as Siege Of Quebec and Perast moved forward on his inside, Josh Parr eased him  back towards the rear. Taken wide round the home turn, he balanced up quickly, took control of the race at the 200-metre mark and won by 1.3 lengths from Siege Of Quebec with Trekking a further length away in third.

Watch Menari win the ATC The Rosebud LR.

Trainer Gerald Ryan, recording his 13th stakeswinner by former stable star Snitzel, can justly feel that his assessment of Menari as an unlucky 2YO has been vindicated.

The $1 million Golden Rose G1 on 23 September is the obvious target for him, but Ryan believes he’s also a genuine prospect for The Everest. Whichever way Menari goes, the San Domenico S. G3, also over 1100 metres on 26 August is his likely next start.

Josh Parr said, “He’s an exceptionally talented horse. I know it sounds a little bit arrogant but I was so confident his ability could overcome the bias of the track today.

“He’s as good as anything I’ve sat on. I won’t say any more.”

Menari is the fifth foal and second winner out of 2YO stakeswinner Isurava (by General Nediym), a sister to Group 2 winner Ichihara, from the immediate family of Group 1 winner Whisked and her champion son Tie The Knot.

Corumbene Stud has also retained Menari’s year-younger full sister Sweet Ava, and Isurava is foaling this Spring to Not A Single Doubt. 

Menari supplied the final leg of Snitzel’s Rosehill treble, following the Waterhouse & Bott-trained Arbeitsam’s defiantwin over 1800 metres, and The Pharoah’s success over 1350 metres for owner-breeder Ottavio Galletta and Gerald Ryan.

Watch Arbeitsam’s win at Rosehill.

Watch The Pharoah’s win at Rosehill.

With 11 winners in the first 12 days of August, Snitzel is wasting no time putting his stamp on the 2017/18 Australian season.