Arrowfield's Magic Millions strike rate is compelling

Eighteen stakeswinners from 203 lots offered is Arrowfield’s record from the past six Magic Millions Gold Coast Sales, 2011-16. That’s the best strike rate among the Sale’s vendors with 100+ lots offered during that period.

One of the Arrowfield Magic Millions graduates on show in the past year is quality Melbourne sprinter Wild Rain (by Manhattan Rain). Already a multiple stakeswinner, she stepped up this Spring to win the MVRC Ian McEwen S. G2 and run the bravest of thirds behind Extreme Choice in the MVRC A.J. Moir S. G1. Purchased from Arrowfield’s 2013 draft, Wild Rain has so far earned more than five times her $150,000 purchase price.

Syndicators have also done well with yearlings bought from Arrowfield. Darby Racing spotted another daughter of Manhattan Rain in the 2015 Magic Millions consignment and secured her for $100,000. Named Scarlet Rain, she didn’t take long to put smiles on her owners’ faces, winning three of her four 2YO starts, including the ATC Sweet Embrace S. G2. Her full sister is offered in Arrowfield’s 2017 Magic Millions consignment.

Melbourne syndicator Blueblood Thoroughbreds paid $120,000 for the Not A Single Doubt-Negotiate filly in 2014 and now own the valuable dual Group winner and $400,000 earner Secret Agenda.

2013 graduate Hijack Hussy (Hussonet-Joy Ride) has returned almost $300,000 on the $62,000 paid for her by Joe O’Neill’s Prime Thoroughbreds.Her four wins feature a Listed win at Flemington and a Group 3 placing at the Gold Coast where she’s nominated for next Saturday’s $1 million Magic Millions Fillies & Mares.

Also among Arrowfield’s 18 stakes-winning Magic Millions graduates since 2011 are Group 1 winner Sweet Idea (bought by Gai Waterhouse & James Harron), Group 2 winner Perignon (Gerald Ryan), Group 3-winning juveniles Honesty Prevails (Rick Worthington & Scone Bloodstock), Bachman (Jadeskye Racing) & Oakleigh Girl (Dan Bourgoure) and Flemington Listed winner Detective (James Harron).

On paper and in the flesh, this year’s 55-lot Arrowfield Magic Millions draft has all the credentials to give that list a substantial boost.

The Stud’s champion and proven sires are well-represented: Redoute’s Choice (three colts & two fillies) and his leading sons Snitzel (five colts & four fillies) & Not A Single Doubt (four colts & a filly); Manhattan Rain (three lots including Scarlet Rain’s full sister); and Group 1 sire Charge Forward (three fillies & a colt).  Golden Slipper favourite She Will Reign and the latest Australian-bred Group winner in South Africa, Whisky Baron, are both by Manhattan Rain.

Three new and emerging Arrowfield sires offer plenty of appealing options for buyers. The catalogue’s 12 first-crop yearlings by six-time Group 1 winner Dundeel include’s Arrowfield’s colts out of Hokuspokus (from Not A Single Doubt’s family) and Champion 2YO & Group 1 producer Miss Finland.

The draft’s seven yearlings from the second crop of Dubai World Cup champion Animal Kingdom are out of mares by Charge Forward, Choisir, Commands, Danzero, Flying Spur, More Than Ready and Snitzel.

Three fillies & five colts by the 2015/16 Champion First Season Sire and current leading Second Season Sire Smart Missile include Secret Agenda’s half-brother and relatives of Special, Inaflury and We Can Say It Now.

Former Arrowfield residents All American, sire of dual Group 1 winner Yankee Rose, and Starcraft, whose 10 winners in Hong Kong feature recent Group 3 winner Blizzard, have seven colts between them.

Buyers will also find full or half siblings of dual Group 2 winner Time For War, juvenile Group winner Honesty Prevails and debut 2YO stakeswinners Azazel & Burnstone; a filly out of multiple stakeswinner Moonlight Bay; and a filly by Japanese Horse of the Year and six-time Group 1 winner Lord Kanaloa.

Vale Burnstone

Anyone who wonders why owners celebrate their wins as thoroughly as many of them do, needed only to be at Cranbourne on Wednesday morning.

Trainer and part-owner Robbie Griffiths was watching his latest star Burnstone canter slowly in trackwork, when the 2YO colt suddenly faltered, collapsed and died of a suspected heart attack or internal haemorrhage.

The son of Redoute’s Choice burst into Blue Diamond calculations ten days ago, when he realised every owner’s dream with a sensational debut victory in the MRC Blue Diamond Preview LR.

His death is a devastating loss for his large group of owners: Thomas Bruin, Barb Gallaher, Holland Racing Syndicate,  Scott Hookey, Cheryl McCarthy, Frank The Tank Racing, Andrew Reynolds, Avondale Racing, Robert Skarott, Jason Small, Mack Thompson, Ray, Anne, Marcus & Jon-Paul Wregg & Allan Young.

Bunstone was bred by Arrowfield & Klawervlei Studs and bought by Griffiths Racing for $40,000 from the Arrowfield draft at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.  He was the 121st stakeswinner and the 29th juvenile stakeswinner for his champion sire, with strong prospects of becoming his third Group 1 Blue Diamond winner after Undoubtedly (2005) and Nadeem (2006).

Brief as it was, Burnstone’s career has also boosted the credentials of his dam Merlene de Lago (by Encosta de Lago), a Group 2-winning daughter of champion juvenile Merlene. Merlene de Lago has a Starcraft colt in the Arrowfield draft at next month’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.  

Burnstone fires in stakes-winning debut

On Australia Day in 2010 a dynamic new talent emerged for Redoute’s Choice when a handsome colt named Beneteau won easily on debut at Randwick.

Roll on five years and a similarly good-looking son of Redoute’s Choice lined up at the Sandown Australia Day meeting in Melbourne, this time in the $120,000 MRC Blue Diamond Preview LR.

Named Burnstone, he settled towards the back of the field but was kept close to the fence by jockey Damien Lane before joining the leaders at the top of the straight and bounding away to win by 3.5 lengths from Top Me Up and Kirabo in a time of 58.34.

Like Beneteau, Burnstone was bred and sold by Arrowfield in partnership, this time with South Africa’s Klawervlei Stud  and, again like Beneteau, he is out of an Encosta de Lago mare from a superb female family. His dam Merlene de Lago, herself a juvenile Group winner, is a daughter of champion 2YO Merlene and a half-sister to the dam of the top-class mare Dear Demi (VRC Oaks G1 and seven Group 1 placings).

Trainer Robbie Griffiths & Peter Ford Thoroughbreds bought the colt from Arrowfield for $40,000 at last year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale after losing his $220,000 year-older full brother in an accident.

Though not surprised by Burnstone’s win, Griffiths made it clear the colt had not been wound up for the race. “We’ve only given him one easy half-mile (800m) trial, Ivan Culliver’s done all his work and we think that the horse has plenty of improvement still to come.”

He will see how Burnstone pulls up before deciding whether to start him in the Blue Diamond Prelude G3 (won by Beneteau in 2010) on 14 February, or go straight to the $1 million Blue Diamond S. G1 a fortnight later. 

There are 16 Arrowfield-sired horses in contention for the Blue Diamond after yesterday’s third declarations, among them Group 3 Flemington winner Prompt Return (by Beneteau) and Arrowfield graduate Secret Agenda (Not A Single Doubt), an impressive first-up winner at Moonee Valley for the Mick Price stable in December.

Burnstone is the 29th 2YO stakeswinner by Redoute’s Choice and takes his champion sire’s lifetime tally of stakeswinners to 121. Ten of them have been successful this season including Group 1 winners Lankan Rupee (MVRC Manikato Stakes), Majmu (Kenilworth Cape Fillies Guineas), Bonaria (VRC Myer Classic) and Hampton Court (ATC Spring Champion S.). 

Already the winner of two Australian 2YO Sires’ premierships, in 2005 & 2006, Redoute’s Choice now has a good opportunity to join his three sire sons, Not A Single Doubt, Snitzel & Beneteau in the top ten on the current table.

Arrowfield’s 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier draft includes Merlene de Lago’s colt by Starcraft. The mare also has a weanling filly by Animal Kingdom and is in foal to All American.