Charge Forward 3YO wins again at Kranji

Only three members of Charge Forward’s 2013 crop are racing in Singapore but all of them have won, most recently the promising Mark Walker-trained pair Hatta (on 16 September), and Awatere, successful for the second time on Sunday evening.

Awatere (ex Catbird Kitty by Catbird) scored an impressive two-length win over 1200 metres, taking his earnings from six starts to $94,000 for New Zealand owners Craig & Pip Forsyth. Te Akau Racing’s David Ellis purchased the gelding for $50,000 from Lyndhurst Farm which presented him on behalf of breeder Dan Myers.

Watch Awatere win at Kranji on 9 October.

Awatere is from the same family as the good Hong Kong performer Best Eleven, also by Charge Forward, and descends from the dam of English Two Thousand Guineas winner Mystiko.

Hatta (ex Jujitzel by Snitzel) finished fifth behind Awatere on Sunday after his stylish maiden victory for the Al-Arabiya Stable on the polytrack last month. His breeder Carl Holt has been a strong supporter of both Charge Forward and Snitzel, and this year sold a filly bred on the same cross, out of his stakes-winning mare Zelsnitz, for $85,000 to Moody Racing at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

The third Singapore runner and winner from Charge Forward’s 2013 crop is Macarthur (ex Mozambique by Redoute’s Choice), who impressed as a 2YO last season with two wins before finishing just behind the placegetters in the Golden Horseshore Sgp-2 and Juvenile Championship Sgp-3.

Macarthur was bred by Ron & Deb Gilbert of Highgrove Stud and is trained by Steven Burridge for Adam & Brittany Levinson and Steve & Christine Levar under the Stars & Stripes Stable banner.

It won’t escape pedigree analysts that all three horses are all out of Danehill-line mares, as is Charge Forward’s leading Singapore earner this year, the nine-time winner Good News (ex Rezyana by Redoute’s Choice). 

In all, the fifteen Singapore runners by the son of Red Ransom have earned an average of almost $114,000.

Arrowfield graduate is Snitzel's 30th stakeswinner

Ygritte delivered a perfectly timed reminder for Easter Sale buyers when she proved too strong in Thursday’s $150,000 Gosford Guineas 1200m LR.

The 3YO filly, trained by Gerald Ryan for owner Carl Holt, is the 30th career stakeswinner by Snitzel, who is fifth on the current Australian General Sires’ list with $5.2 million prizemoney. His nine Australian stakeswinners this season include two new Group 1 winners Wandjina and Sweet Idea, both bred and sold by Arrowfield.

In fact, that pair and Ygritte are among 15 stakeswinners by Snitzel sold by Arrowfield. Ygritte was purchased by Kitchwin Hills for $135,000 from Arrowfield’s draft at the 2013 Inglis Classic Sale.

Although the Gosford Guineas is only Ygritte’s second win, her 11-start record includes five Group 3 placings behind top-class talent such as Hallowed Crown, Mossfun and Eloping.  She will tackle Group 3 company again at her likely next start, in the ATC J.H.B. Carr Stakes on 18 April.

Ygritte is one of several quality fillies in her immediate family. Her year-older sibling My Sister Lil is a stakeswinner in Perth, and their dam Deputy Lil (by French Deputy) is a half-sister to Group 1-placed stakeswinner Estee. Ygritte’s second dam is the three-time Group 1 winner and New Zealand Horse of the Year Tycoon Lil.

Sadly, Deputy Lil died in 2013 after leaving a third filly to Not A Single Doubt in 2012. That filly, named My Girl Lil, was bought by Sunshine Coast trainer Stuart Kendrick for $70,000 from last year’s Inglis Classic Sale. 

However, Arrowfield and Katsumi Yoshida continue to breed from Tycoon Lil’s daughter Empress Lily who has a Redoute’s Choice filly in the Stud’s consignment for next week’s Easter Sale.

Arrowfield’s 2015 Easter draft also includes two fillies and four colts among Snitzel’s 42-lot representation at the Sale.

View pedigrees, photos and videos of the Arrowfield draft here.