Sweet Redemption joins Snitzel stakeswinners

Trainer Gerald Ryan’s status as “Mr Snitzel” is well-established, but there’s a “Mrs Snitzel” too, and it’s not too hard to work out who she is.

At Rosehill on Saturday Sweet Redemption joined an impressive list of Snitzel stakeswinners sent out from Tulloch Lodge by Gai Waterhouse and, since 1 August, by the champion trainer’s new partnership with Adrian Bott. 

The 4YO mare got the best of the start in the $150,000 ATC Festival S. 1500m G3 and, given a perfectly judged ride by Brenton Avdulla, was never headed, winning narrowly but well from Hazzabeel and Red Excitement.
 
Watch Sweet Redemption winning the ATC Festival S. G3.

It was Sweet Redemption’s fifth win from 18 starts – add eight placings and almost $300,000 prizemoney and it’s easy to see why the  Round Table Racing Syndicate that races her was so excited in the Rosehill mounting yard.

The Mackerells of Bell View Park Stud bred her and offered at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale where Bruce & Natasha Slade’s Round Table Racing & James Harron Bloodstock bought her for $120,000.

Adam Mackrell said, “She was a nice filly right from the word go … rangy type, very athletic. She’s out of a Red Ransom mare (Redeeming Lass) and that cross seems to have nicked well with Snitzel.

“One of the main reasons I like her though is that she’s so versatile and adaptable. Sweet Redemption has campaigned all over the place: won at Ipswich, won in Sydney, stakes placed in Melbourne, finished second in a Tasmanian Oaks and second in a Goulburn Cup. What a great horse for the owners.”

Snitzel’s 46th stakeswinner, and his 10th this season, Sweet Redemption has several juicy options over the next six weeks, including the $250,000 Villiers S. G2 on 17 December, a Listed Race in Brisbane and the $1 million Magic Millions Fillies & Mares on 14 January. Sweet Redemption joins Group 1 winners Sweet Idea & Wandjina, Group 3 winner El Divino and Listed winner Thronum as stakes-winning Snitzel progeny trained at Tulloch Lodge.

Snitzel will have 52 yearlings on offer at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

With grateful  acknowledgement to Aushorse Marketing for parts of this story.

Dundeel leads first season sires at Magic Millions

Dundeel can now add Leading First Season Sire at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale to the string of titles he earned as a racehorse.

In a buoyant, but highly selective marketplace, all six of his weanlings have sold for an average price of $143,333 – more than five times his service fee, which remains at $27,500 inc. GST this year.

Top price of $240,000 was paid for a colt described by buyer Tim Stewart, acting on behalf of Musk Creek Farm as “a must-have.” Offered by the Hodges family’s Riversdale Farm, he’s the third foal of Group-placed city winner Cerberus Gal (by General Nediym), from the family of Golden Slipper winner and former Arrowfield resident Danzero.

Agent Sheamus Mills was the successful bidder at $180,000 for Bell View Park’s three-quarter brother to current season Group 3 winner Tivaci, out of Breccia (by Fastnet Rock). Breccia is a three-quarter sister to Group 1 winner Allez Wonder (by Redoute’s Choice).

Marc & Sarah Devcich cared for Dundeel at their lovely Henley Park property in New Zealand when he spelled between Australian campaigns, so it’s not too surprising they would want their own “baby Dundeel” to prepare for re-sale next year.

They joined fellow Kiwis, the van Dyk family of Prima Park, to purchase the $150,000 colt out of the Fasliyev mare Sunset Boulevard, already dam of Group 2 winner Meliora.  The colt was offered by Robyn Wise on behalf of Mary Lee & Richard Trivett’s Banchory Thoroughbreds.

Another New Zealand buyer, agent Paul Willetts, paid $140,000 for Lyndhurst Stud’s Dundeel colt from Joyful Moments (by Viking Ruler), a grand-daughter of the celebrated matron Denise’s Joy.

Dundeel’s consignment was completed by Newgate Farm’s Johan’s Toy colt ($110,000 to Ocean Warhorse, NZ) and the Arrowfield-offered filly out of smart Melbourne mare Sussuro ($40,000 to Queensland buyer Andrew McDonald).

The two-day Sale grossed more than $17 million and achieved an average price of $60,138, both figures breaking last year’s record figures. Importantly, the clearance rate also rose from last year’s 79 to 86 per cent.

Dundeel’s only entry in the Inglis Weanling Sale earlier this month, the filly out of Valda Merceda (by Hennessy), was sold by Holbrook Thoroughbreds for $90,000 to Inglis as agent.