Bavella becomes Snitzel’s 34th 2YO stakeswinner

New Zealand-based filly Bavella is the 34th juvenile stakeswinner for Snitzel, already a two-time Champion Sire of 2YOs, and his 86th lifetime stakeswinner…

Brendan & Jo Lindsay’s home-bred Snitzel filly Bavella could not have been more impressive winning the $50,000 Counties Challenge S. 1100m LR at Pukekohe, New Zealand on Saturday.

Lining up a month after her strong debut win at Ellerslie, Bavella raced away to score by 3.75 lengths from Alaalune and Blackrocksdetox.

Bavella is the second foal and an early breeding success for the Melbourne Group 3-winning mare Zonza (by Zabeel). She’s descended from the Princequillo mare Neriad whose descendants include international Group 1 winners Miesque, her son Kingmambo & daughter East of the Moon, Karakontie, Rumplestiltskin & her daughter Tapestry, Real Steel, Lucayan, Good Ba Ba,  and, in 2018, Alpha Centauri & Study Of Man.

The filly is the 34th juvenile stakeswinner for Snitzel, already a two-time Champion Sire of 2YOs, and his 86th lifetime stakeswinner. Another filly from his 2016 crop, Bella Rosa, took out the VRC Ottawa S. G3 at Flemington on Cup Day earlier this month.

Once again heading the Australian General Sires’ Premiership, Snitzel has 46 lots catalogued for the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, including 3 colts and two fillies in Arrowfield’s draft.

Redoute's Choice influence grows

Mention “Redoute’s Choice dynasty” and Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt are naturally top of mind, but there’s plenty happening with the sire-line beyond those two spectacular stallions.

Take, for example, Saturday’s racing across the Tasman, which featured two early season stakes races for New Zealand 3YO fillies, a category that continues to throw up performers capable of competing in the best Australian company – think Bonneval, La Bella Diosa, Sofia Rosa, Rising Romance & Lucia Valentina.

The Hawke’s Bay Gold Trail S. 1200m G3 was won by Dijon Bleu, whose sire Burgundy is a Cambridge Stud-based sprinting son of Redoute’s Choice from Grand Exchezeaux (by Zabeel), so a three-quarter brother to leading New Zealand sire Darci Brahma.

Dijon Bleu, also a Listed winner this season, is Burgundy’s third stakes performer, after Listed winner Hard Merchandize and Singapore 2YO Bringer Of War from his 57-foal first crop. Cambridge Stud has announced that Burgundy, one of 18 stakes-siring sons of Redoute’s Choice, will serve more than 120 mares this Spring.

Not A Single Doubt’s Star Thoroughbreds-raced son Squamosa posted his first stakeswinner, the filly Kiwi Ida in Saturday’s CJC Canterbury Belle S. LR and she joins Dijon Bleu among the early chances for November’s NZ One Thousand Guineas G1.

Like Burgundy, Squamosa was a classy sprinting colt who found top form at three, winning the STC Run to the Rose G3 before running a close second to Toorak Toff in the Golden Rose G1. A son of juvenile stakeswinner Class Success, and the first son of Not A Single Doubt to go to stud, Squamosa shares his damsire Success Express with Champion Sire Savabeel.

Arrowfield’s 2017 roster includes a pair of young Redoute’s Choice sons with similar profiles whose striking first foals only increase confidence in their prospects of stud success. 

Panzer Division (from a Champion 2YO daughter of Hussonet), and Scissor Kick (whose dam is by Quest For Fame from the great Hasili family) both won at two and progressed quickly to Group success as Spring 3YOs. Like Squamosa, Scissor Kick was the Golden Rose G1 runner-up, while Panzer Division was fifth in the George Main S. G1 at only his fourth start.

Tribute to Zabeel, 1986-2015

Multiple Champion Sire Zabeel, foaled on the day of Bonecrusher’s 1986 Cox Plate victory, died at the age of 29 on 25 September at Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan’s Cambridge Stud with many tributes and honours deservedly heaped upon him. 

The Group 1-winning son of Sir Tristram and Lady Giselle was bred by Swettenham Stud’s joint venture bloodstock partnership with Arrowfield Stud – which is why Zabeel carried the Jockey Cap over Diamonds brand.

Trained by Colin and later David Hayes for Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Zabeel won seven of his 19 starts including the 1600-metre VRC Australian Guineas G1 and Craiglee S. G2 during a three-season, $1.1 million career.

He retired to Cambridge Stud in 1991 and made an immediate impact with Jack & Bob Ingham’s champion colt & 1996 Horse of the Year Octagonal in his first crop. However, it was not until 1997 that Zabeel’s star really began to rise. 

That year began for Zabeel with a sensational sequence of  six Group 1 victories over six weeks by Octagonal and his year-younger brother Mouawad. 

Then a 3YO gelding named Might And Power emerged from Jack Denham’s stable to run second in Intergaze’s track record-setting Canterbury Guineas G1, and fourth in Ebony Grosve’s Australian Derby G1 before an eye-catching victory in the Frank Packer Plate G3 on 5 April.

4YO Cronus added the Adelaide Cup in May and Zabeel ended the 1996/97 season with the second of what would eventually be 15 Dewar Stallion Trophy awards, for the New Zealand-based sire with the highest Australasian earnings.

It was like the cork popping out of a bottle of the best champagne, which flowed freely over the next dozen years. During the 1997/98 season Might And Power won the Caulfield-Melbourne Cup double and three other Group 1 races, sealing the Australian Horse of the Year title that he would claim again the following year after winning the 1998 Cox Plate.

He wasn’t alone. Dignity Dancer, Sky Heights & Zonda, Champagne, Inaflury & Zacheline added 10 Group 1 victories by the end of the 1998/99 season, Bezeal Bay won the VRC Emirates S. G1 and Jezabeel became the only horse to win the Auckland-Melbourne Cup double. 

They all helped Zabeel win the 1998 & 1999 Australian General Sires’ Premierships, the last New Zealand-based sire to do so, and in both seasons defeating Danehill at the peak of his long Australian ascendancy.  

Zabeel’s legendary status was secure well before his death, thanks to 27 stallion titles, 44 Group 1 winners among 156 stakeswinners (8.2% of his named foals, 10.5% of his runners), more than $180 million prizemoney, 26 Group 1 winners from his exceptional broodmare daughters (including Samantha Miss by Redoute’s Choice, and Arrowfield’s young sire Dundeel), eleven $1 million-dollar yearlings, a champion sire son in Savabeel and a champion sire grandson, Lonhro.

Zabeel has been laid to rest alongside his champion sire Sir Tristram at Cambridge Stud while his dam Lady Giselle, who died in 2003, is buried in the Arrowfield graveyard.