Arrowfield buys interest in star 2YO colt

Arrowfield Stud has acquired a 50% interest in Australia’s top-rated 2YO colt Pariah (Redoute’s Choice-Secluded by Hussonet) along with the standing rights for his future stud career. He will now race for a partnership of Arrowfield with James Harron Bloodstock Colts and all his current owners, and will continue to be trained by Peter & Paul Snowden. 

An outstanding physical type, Pariah was purchased by James Harron Bloodstock for $700,000 from Arrowfield Stud’s 2016 Inglis Easter draft.

His class was evident at first asking in January when he won the ATC Canonbury S. G3 on debut in a race record time, followed two weeks later by an unlucky second in the MRC Blue Diamond Prelude G3.

Those performances earned Pariah favouritism for the MRC Blue Diamond S. G1 and he put up a tremendous performance to justify it. Despite a wide draw, he quickened at the top of the straight to put daylight on his rivals, and was caught only in the shadow of the post.

Pariah is Timeform’s second top-rated Australian 2YO colt with a figure of 118, ahead of Summer Passage (117), Chauffeur and Trapeze Artist (both rated 115).

James Harron says, “I’m delighted to finalise arrangements for Pariah to join the Redoute’s Choice stallion dynasty at Arrowfield. He’s the complete package of physique, precocity, pedigree and performance, and I’m certain that what he has shown us as a two-year-old is only the beginning.”

Arrowfield’s Chairman John Messara says, “We are very pleased to secure Pariah as a high-class son of the sire of sires Redoute’s Choice, and look forward to launching him on our roster alongside Australia’s leading sire Snitzel and last season’s leading active sire Not A Single Doubt, when his racing career is concluded.

“Arrowfield has achieved notable success with stallions we’ve bred and either sold and bought back, or raced before their stud careers. Golden Slipper winner and champion sire Flying Spur and brilliant Redoute’s Choice sons Beneteau and Not A Single Doubt are all in that category.

“Like those horses, Pariah is among Australia’s very best two-year-olds of his generation. He’s also a sensational type, a three-quarter brother to Group 1 winner Melito and is bred on the Redoute’s Choice/Hussonet cross which has left five Group winners from only ten foals.”

Scissor Kick to shuttle to France in 2017

Arrowfield’s freshman sire Scissor Kick (Redoute’s Choice-Back Pass by Quest For Fame) will shuttle to leading French stud Haras d’Etreham for the 2017 Northern Hemisphere season after he completes his first book in Australia this coming Spring.

International interest in the Group-winning colt has been sparked by the global success of Danehill’s great sons Redoute’s Choice and Dansili. Dansili’s celebrated dam Hasili is a half-sister to Scissor Kick’s grand-dam Skiable.

Nicolas de Chambure, General Manager of Haras d’Etreham, inspected Scissor Kick during a recent visit to Arrowfield and immediately began negotiations to shuttle him to France.

He says, “Redoute’s Choice was really well received when he spent two years in France and I think French and European breeders were very impressed by the quality of his stock. He is a champion sire and the best sire of sires from the Danehill line.

“I was therefore very keen to find one of his sons and Scissor Kick has everything I was looking for. He hails from one of the best families in Europe, he is an outstanding individual and he was a Group 1 performer with class and courage.

“It didn’t take me long to make up my mind about him and I am very pleased to be working with Arrowfield to offer such an exciting prospect in France next year.”

Redoute’s Choice was resident for two Northern Hemisphere seasons in France at the Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in 2013 and 2014. Haras d’Etreham consigned the top-priced Redoute’s Choice yearling colt in 2015, the son of Group 1 winner Vadawina, bought for €950,000 by John Ferguson at the Arqana August Sale. 

The Gianluca Bietolini-trained filly Deep Inside became the first winner from that crop when she scored over 1400 metres at Compiegne in France last Saturday. 

John Messara, Chairman of Arrowfield Stud, says, “Redoute’s Choice is the dominant Australian sire of the last decade and he remains at the top of his game, with three Group 1 winners this season.

“Arrowfield has a perfect record with Redoute’s Choice sire sons and I believe Scissor Kick has all the physical, mental and genetic attributes to extend it, here and in France.”

Pressing the case for Redoute’s Choice in Europe is his Australian-bred son Elzaam, with eight first-crop winners already this season, among them Clem Fandango, third in the Royal Ascot Queen Mary S. G2 earlier this month.  

Arrowfield launched Danehill’s international record-setting career in Australia and 27 years later is the richest source of his stallion sons and grandsons. Arrowfield’s current line-up features sensational sires Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt, both by Redoute’s Choice.

Not A Single Doubt, Snitzel and Redoute’s Choice all hold top ten positions on the current Australian General Sires’ list. Together they have compiled a worldwide tally of 35 stakeswinners (7 Group 1 winners) and more than $38 million (€26 million) prizemoney during the Southern Hemisphere season that concludes on 31 July.

The de Chambure family has owned and operated Haras d’Etreham for more than 70 years, raising Group 1 winners Almanzor, Maximova, Urban Sea, Septieme Ciel, Anabaa Blue, King’s Best and many other fine performers. The 2016 stallion roster includes Europe’s current leading Second Season Sire Wootton Bassett and leading French sire Elusive City.

Second Group 1 victory for Miracles of Life

Not A Single Doubt’s star daughter Miracles of Life has a hoof in four states, and two nations, but there is no doubt where she is most warmly applauded.

That’s South Australia where the 4YO mare – not as small as she’s frequently described – claimed her second Group 1 victory in Saturday’s $400,000 SAJC Robert Sangster S. 1200m G1.

Jockey Hugh Bowman rode Miracles of Life with confidence, settling her midfield and three deep with cover behind Sabatini. Bowman set her alight down the middle of the track and the pair caught the defiant Gregers in the last stride before the post, in a time of 1:09.72. I Love It was a length away, third.

The Arrowfield-raised Miracles of Life won the 2013 MRC Blue Diamond S. G1, four other races and more than $950,000 for her breeder and first owner Teeley Assets who sent her to Adelaide to be trained for two seasons by Dan Clarken.

Miracles of Life was then sent to Queensland for last year’s Magic Millions National Sale where she was purchased for $900,000 from the Teeley Dispersal by Stonestreet Farms. The mare has now returned two-thirds of that price with a second Group 1 win, three Group 2 wins and a third in the ATC Galaxy H. G1 from the Sydney stable of Peter & Paul Snowden.

Paul Snowden said, “It was great for her to come back and do what she did. It is fantastic. They all love her over here and so they should.

“It is testament to herself. That is just how she is. You saw what she did at two and now she is doing it again at four. She is a really special horse.”

Hugh Bowman said, “Everyone knows what her record is like. She is so consistent, an absolute pleasure to deal with and to get a Group 1 as an older mare, I know it means a lot to the Snowden stable, it means a lot to me and I am sure it means a lot to her owners in America.”

“She is a class mare, I had the momentum, I was very confident approaching the 100m and she certainly didn’t let me down.”

Miracles of Life is the first foal of Dazzling Gazelle (by More Than Ready), also purchased by Stonestreet Farms from the Teeley Dispersal, for $400,000. The mare has a yearling colt (retained by Teeley Assets) and a weanling filly (bred by Stonestreet) by Not A Single Doubt.

Miracles of Life is Not A Single Doubt’s third major winner in the past three weeks, following Gypsy Diamond (ATC Japan Racing Association Plate G3 & 2nd, Wagga Wagga Gold Cup LR) and The Grey Flash (also out of a More Than Ready mare and winner of the SAJC Sires’ Produce S. G3).  Their combined efforts, and those of 103 other winners have put Not A Single Doubt among Australia’s top 10 sires this season, with earnings of $5.4 million.

A pair of smart juveniles by Not A Single Doubt made their own impact on Saturday’s results. The Richard Laming-trained  Payroll was a close second in the MRC Redoute’s Choice S. LR and Twelve Rounds won on debut in Perth from the Chris Gangemi stable.

With eleven winners and just over $1 million prizemoney, Not A Single Doubt is also fifth on the current Australian 2YO Sires’ table.

Redoute's Choice cracks $10 million

Smart 2YO colt Limehills took Redoute’s Choice through the $10 million mark in Australia this season with a stylish victory in the $100,000 Brisbane Town Plate over 1400 metres against older horses at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

It was Limehills’ fourth start after his January debut second in Sydney, and second and fifth placings in Listed company at Eagle Farm during June.  The colt’s win was all the more impressive because he drew widest of the 16 runners, but drove clear with authority to post a winning margin of almost three lengths. 

Limehills is the first foal of the fine New Zealand-bred sprinter Velocitea (Volksraad), whose seven wins included the SAJC Goodwood H. G1 from the Mick Price stable. She also has yearling and weanling colts by Redoute’s Choice, and is due to foal again this Spring to the champion sire.

Limehills was purchased for $320,000 by the Arrowfield Training Centre from the Glastonbury Farms draft at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, and he is trained by Paul Messara for Arrowfield, breeders Rob & Jenny Ferguson, Haydn Chambers & Bill Kennedy.

The No. 1 spot on the Australian General Sires’ list has belonged to Redoute’s Choice since Lankan Rupee won the ATC T.J. Smith S. G1 on 12 April. His prizemoney of $10,067,073 is the second-highest total earned by his progeny in Australia since his first Championship season in 2005/06.

Redoute’s Choice has ended nine of the past 10 seasons among Australia’s top five sires, but this season is special because his nearest rival is his son & fellow Arrowfield resident Snitzel.

Snitzel’s position was strengthened when Royal Snitzel (1st), Zeletto (2nd) and Tan Tat Sun (4th) claimed the lion’s share of the prizemoney for the 2YO race at Caulfield on Saturday. City placings by First Course (2nd, Caulfield), El Sasso (3rd, Rosehill) & Dominating (3rd, Belmont) also helped Snitzel’s cause and his 2013/14 tally now stands at $9,609,130, almost $400,000 ahead of last season’s Champion Sire Exceed and Excel.

Snitzel’s effort is notable because he has only five crops of racing age, fewer than any other stallion in the top ten, and fewer runners this season than all in that group except the New Zealand-based Champion Sire O’Reilly.

However, if Redoute’s Choice claims this season’s Premiership it will be his third in nine seasons – a period of dominance matched only by his own sire Danehill in recent Australian thoroughbred history.  (Danehill’s nine titles spanned 11 seasons).

Arrowfield graduates favoured for Magic Millions glory

Arrowfield stallions are set to dominate both feature races at the $4.2 million Gold Coast meeting on 11 January after providing four of the six placegetters in last Thursday’s Wyong Magic Millions races.

Arrowfield graduate Sweet Idea (Snitzel-Flidais by Timber Country) drew on all her reserves of toughness and courage to win the $100,000 Wyong Magic Millions 3YO S. by a long neck from Weinholt, with Estonian Princess (Snitzel) another three-quarters of a length back in third place.

Purchased by Gai Waterhouse & James Harron for $240,000 from Arrowfield’s 2012 Magic Millions draft, Sweet Idea has now won more than $940,000 and has won or placed in all of her eight starts. Her record includes success in the ATC Silver Slipper S. G2, and a gallant third in the Golden Slipper G1.

Sweet Idea is the current favourite for the $1 million GCTC Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (R) LR, with her stablemate Aussies Love Sport (Redoute’s Choice) and recent Brisbane stakeswinner Into The Red (Not A Single Doubt) also at single-figure odds.

Arrowfield’s 2014 Magic Millions draft features four Snitzel fillies, among them Sweet Idea’s full sister.

Another Arrowfield graduate Geromayo (Charge Forward-Opportunity by Redoute’s Choice) found Unencumbered just a length too good for him in the $200,000 Magic Millions Wyong 2YO Classic 1100m, which has Restricted Listed Race status. Race favourite Sheer Style (Snitzel) was a half-length back in third place.

Geromayo, winner of $75,000 from his three starts, was a $42,500 purchase from Arrowfield’s draft by the Altieri family’s Newlands Thoroughbreds and is trained by Mick Price. The Stud’s 2014 consignment includes two colts and three fillies by Charge Forward, among them Lot 241 from the Redoute’s Choice mare Belle Giselle, a relative of the recently retired champion sire Zabeel.

Snitzel’s unbeaten Arrowfield-bred daughter Oakleigh Girl shares favouritism with Echo Gal for the $2 million GCTC Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR, with Geromayo, Sheer Style and Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Totally Sure (fourth in Oakleigh Girl’s Calaway Gal S. LR), all quoted at double-figure odds.

The Arrowfield roster has supplied either the winner or runner-up in each of the last three runnings of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic: Sweet Idea (2nd, 2013), No Looking Back (by Redoute’s Choice; 2nd, 2012) and Karuta Queen (by Not A Single Doubt; won, 2011).

Four Arrowfield-sired runners have placed in the Magic Millions Guineas over the past three years: Sizzling (by Snitzel; 2nd, 2013), Happy Hussy (by Hussonet; 3rd, 2012), Startsmeup (by Danzero; 2nd, 2011), and Top Drop (by Snitzel; 3rd, 2011).

Snitzel, with only five crops of racing age, currently heads the Australian 2YO and 3YO Sires’ lists, and is the leading Australian-based stallion on the General list.

Photos and pedigrees for the 28 lots Arrowfield is proud to offer at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale can be viewed here.