The Sun shines where Greatness is found

In the past 12 months, three exceptional Arrowfield graduates of the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale have made the Stud’s 2019 invitation to discover greatness simply irresistible….

In the past 12 months, three exceptional Arrowfield graduates of the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale have made the Stud’s 2019 invitation to discover greatness simply irresistible.

Sensational colt The Autumn Sun, bought for $700,000, emulated his sire Redoute’s Choice and champion Pierro by winning three Group 1 races in his first six starts. He then stepped past those two great colts to add two more: an out-of-this-world Randwick Guineas victory, followed by the Rosehill Guineas on 23 March.

The 2018 Golden Slipper G1 was won by the $1.7 million filly Estijaab (by Snitzel), who played catch-me-if-you-can with a quality field to win one of the world’s most coveted juvenile trophies, and claim Champion 2YO honours. 

Australia Day this year brought victory in South Africa by Dundeel’s Arrowfield-bred son Atyaab. Bought for $260,000, he won the Kenilworth Cape Derby G1 at his 7th start for Sheikh Hamdan.

Inglis Easter results show that the Messara family’s Hunter Valley farm has sent 9 Group 1 winners to the Sale over the past five years.

That’s a third of all the Group 1 winners offered at the 2014-18 Easter Sales.

Add the other eight Group & Listed winners Arrowfield has sold at Inglis Easter in that period, and the farm’s strike rate is almost twice the figure achieved across the entire Sale.

The Stud’s 52-lot 2019 Inglis Easter draft is anchored by the late, great, fair dinkum legend Redoute’s Choice, his sons the record-breaking Champion Sire Snitzel and super-versatile top 10 sire Not A Single Doubt, and major-sire-in-the-making Dundeel. That’s top-drawer stallion power in anyone’s language. 

John & Paul Messara and their bloodstock team pay just as much attention to the other side of the breeding equation. That’s why the dams of Arrowfield’s Easter yearlings include six Group 1 winners and 11 other Group & Listed winners.  

Buyers will also find siblings to The Autumn Sun, Dundeel, Hong Kong star Contentment, Japanese Group 1 winner Aerolithe and a dozen other stakeswinners.

And, quite likely, their own slice of greatness.

Arrowfield welcomes buyers, clients & guests to the Big Barn, Barn B and our Pavilion, where delicious breakfast & lunch, cold drinks & award-winning Art of Espresso coffee  are served from Tuesday 2 April. 

Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer casts his eye over Arrowfield’s 2019 Inglis Easter draft to highlight eight yearlings:

LOT 38 Deep Impact-Grito colt

LOT 100 Snitzel-Lucky Raquie filly

LOT 102 Dundeel-Lunaspur colt

LOT 169 Not A Single Doubt-Panorama Ridge colt

LOT 315 Redoute's Choice-Traceability colt

LOT 320 Dundeel-Tuusula filly

LOT 338 Snitzel-You're So Good filly

LOT 369 Not A Single Doubt-Azmiyna colt

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Lot 38 – Deep Impact-Grito colt
Dam is a Redoute’s Choice half-sister to Champion Sprinter Yell, family of Holler & Anthems.
“A handsome colt with scope, he has the shoulder of a really top horse and a terrific walk.”  

Lot 100 – Snitzel-Lucky Raquie filly
Stakes-winning dam is from the family of Redoute’s Choice and Shoals.
“A medium-sized, quality filly, with a very attractive head, a great walk and real presence.” 

Lot 102 – Dundeel-Lunaspur colt
Half-brother to GW & producer Colorado Claire from the family of Group 1 winners Soqrat & Lucky Bubbles.
“Big, powerful colt with plenty of bone, scope and excellent natural muscle. All over a Guineas/ Derby colt.”

Lot 169 – Not A Single Doubt – Panorama Ridge colt
Half-brother to SW Sassy ‘N’ Smart & grandson of French Group 1 winner Nebraska Tornado.
“He’s stunning, neatly made, very powerful and early-looking. A real Breeders’ Plate type.”

Lot 315 – Redoute’s Choice-Traceability colt
Three-quarter brother to G1 winner Master Of Design & SW Traces from the Princess Tracy family.
“A beautifully balanced, medium-sized quality colt. Very good mover with a lovely front and a big hindquarter.”

Lot 320 – Dundeel-Tuusula filly
From a daughter of Champion & G1 producer Miss Finland.
“Classy, imposing filly with a magnificent walk who really uses herself beautifully, a definite Oaks filly.”

Lot 338 – Snitzel-You’re So Good filly
Dam is a G1-placed stakeswinner, family of G1 Melito and dual Group winner Pariah.
“Glorious, big strong filly. Similar type to Estijaab, great presence and an impressive powerful walk”

Lot 369 – Not A Single Doubt-Azmiyna colt
Three-quarter brother to The Autumn Sun from the family of European Champion Azamour.
“Medium-sized colt with an appealing head and eye, a good shoulder and an easy walk.”

First Group 1 winner caps Dundeel’s big weekend

Sheikh Hamdan’s colt Atyaab sealed a heady 36 hours for Arrowfield’s young sire Dundeel when he won Saturday’s R1 million Cape Derby G1 in South Africa…

Sheikh Hamdan’s colt Atyaab capped an action-packed 36 hours for Arrowfield’s young sire Dundeel when he won the R1 million Cape Derby 2000m G1 in South Africa on 26 January.

Bred by Arrowfield & John Leaver, Atyaab was bought for $260,000 by Shadwell Stud from the Stud’s 2017 Inglis Easter draft and is trained by Mike de Kock. He is Dundeel’s fourth stakeswinner and the fourth Group 1 winner to emerge – so far – from Arrowfield’s Class of 2017, after The Autumn Sun, Estijaab & Maid Of Heaven. 

Dundeel’s first Group 1 winner, Sheikh Hamdan’s colt Atyaab, pictured as a yearling at Arrowfield. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

Atyaab is also the fifth Group 1 winner found by Shadwell’s master buyer Angus Gold in Arrowfield’s Easter consignments, joining Mustaaqeem (2016), Rafeef (2014), Majmu (2013) and Reaan (2007).

The colt’s dam is the now 21 year-old multiple Group 2 winner Sylvaner (by Danasinga), whose late-career fertility and success, following her early stakeswinner Vesper, can be credited to both the care and the opportunities she’s received at Arrowfield. Sylvaner has a 2YO Dundeel filly (a $100,000 Inglis Easter purchase for the Bulla Thoroughbreds Trust), a 2018 Dundeel colt and a positive test to the six-time Group 1 winner. 

John Messara celebrates Dundeel’s first Group 1 winner with Dundeel’s breeders Murray & Jo Andersen and co-owners Mike & Sharyn Craig. (PHOTO: Arrowfield)

Dundeel’s big weekend began on Friday afternoon when Cutadeel (ex Dineeta by Dylan Thomas) showed why he’s the current New Zealand Derby G1 favourite, with a classy defeat of older horses, carrying topweight over 1600 metres at Pukekohe. 

On Saturday afternoon at Newcastle in Australia, the Paul Perry-trained 2YO colt Pandano (ex Milanesa by Snitzel) won by 3.8 lengths, joining Yourdeel and Castelvecchio to give Dundeel a perfect 3 debut winners from his first three second-crop runners. 

Yourdeel (ex Miss Zapper by Red Ransom) continued his good work on Saturday at Ellerslie in New Zealand by completing a notable trifecta for Jamie Richards and the Te Akau stable with a staunch dead-heat third in the $1 million Karaka Million 2YO Classic 1200m RL.

Finally, Star Thoroughbreds’ 3YO colt Dealmaker (ex Sport Chic by Redoute’s Choice) was a very close, if unlucky second over 1400 metres in his campaign opener at Randwick, and the Australian Guineas G1 on 2 March looks a realistic target for him. 

As for Atyaab, he will now be aimed at the R 2 million South African Derby G1 over 2450 metres at Turffontein on 30 March.

Book 1 of Karaka 2019 includes 7 colts by Dundeel, and his offering at next month’s Inglis Classic Sale numbers 23, including six fillies and six colts in the Arrowfield draft.