Winter Bride flourishes in Melbourne’s Spring

Two years after Not A Single Doubt’s splendid daughter Secret Agenda won the MRC How Now S. 1200m G3, he has done it again, this time with his 58th lifetime stakeswinner, Winter Bride…

Two years after Not A Single Doubt’s splendid daughter Secret Agenda won the MRC How Now S. 1200m G3, he has done it again, this time with his 58th lifetime stakeswinner.

Winter Bride won three of her four starts in Queensland during her namesake season and placed in the Daybreak Lover P. LR.

Sent south by trainer Toby Edmonds, the now 4YO mare has measured up in strong distaff company at her first campaign start, defeating the favourite Ellicazoom by a half-length, with Platinum Angel (by Snitzel) third. 

Watch Winter Bride win the MRC How Now S. G3.

Winter Bride has now won seven of her 15 starts and $320,000 prizemoney.

Stable foreman Trent Edmonds said, “She had a good record and was carrying big weights at home and doing it easily, so we had to give her a crack down here.

“We were confident until the barrier came out but she’s so tough and versatile, it was a fantastic win.” 

A home-bred for Kevin Maloney’s Segenhoe Thoroughbreds, Winter Bride is the third foal and best winner out of the very good racemare Amberino (by Perugino), whose 10 wins included the ATC Emancipation S. G2.

Earlier in the day at the Sunshine Coast Winter Bride’s stablemate From Within, also by Not A Single Doubt, scored her third consecutive win, by four lengths.

That’s not the end of the stable’s success with Not A Single Doubt’s daughters. Toby Edmonds prepares Segenhoe’s 3YO filly Granny Red Shoes, who won a pair of Queensland juvenile Listed Races in June, but hasn’t so far had the same good fortune in Melbourne.

Showtime stars in Caulfield feature

Snitzel’s classy son Showtime added a second Group 2 victory to his CV  with a defiant performance in Saturday’s $200,000 MRC P.B. Lawrence S. G2 over 1400 metres at Caulfield… 

Snitzel’s classy son Showtime added a second Group 2 victory to his CV  with a defiant performance in Saturday’s weight-for-age feature at Caulfield, the $200,000 MRC P.B. Lawrence S. 1400m G2. 

The 4YO entire began well and tussled for the lead before taking a sit behind Jungle Edge, then pushing forward to challenge after the turn. 

Showtime found plenty in the fight to the line, applying high-cruise pressure and resolute determination to draw clear over the final 100 metres and defeat last year’s P.B. Lawrence winner Hartnell by almost a half-length with Widgee Turf third.

“It took us a little bit to get back from Jungle Edge and get away from him.  He did a good job to overcome that then fight it out in the straight. It was a good effort.” – jockey Dwayne Dunn on Showtime

Watch Showtime win the MRC P.B. Lawrence S. G2.

Add his MVRC Stutt S. G2 win, Group 1 placings behind Trapeze Artist & Brave Smash last season, good juvenile form, arresting good looks and top-drawer pedigree, and Showtime is already well-qualified for a stud career.

However, he has more to achieve on the track first, and the $1 million Memsie Stakes G1, also over 1400 metres at Caulfield on 1 September, is Showtime’s next target.

The $1.1 million yearling now known as dual Group 2 winner Showtime. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

Showtime is a result of Arrowfield’s highly successful, 20 year-old joint breeding venture with Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm. Sold by Arrowfield for $1.1 million at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale, he is trained by Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes for both his breeders, in partnership with Alan Jones, Jonathan Munz, Greg & Barb Ingham and Eric & Georgina Koundouris.

His dam Flidais (by Timber Country), a Group-placed daughter of dual Group 1 winner Electronic, has proved a gem at stud, generating more  than $4 million of yearling sale returns and leaving Showtime, his splendid Group 1-winning sister Sweet Idea and Malaysian stakeswinner Rush (by Charge Forward).

The $1.8 million Snitzel-Flidais filly sold to Reg Inglis, Jon Kelly & Paul Frampton at this year’s Magic Millions Sale has been named Evening Slippers and is in training with Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott.  Flidais is due to foal again to the two-time Champion Sire in September and will be making a return visit to his court.

Showtime and last weekend’s ATC The Rosebud LR winner Sandbar have given Snitzel a quick start to the season and taken his career tally of progeny stakes wins to 162.

Not A Single Doubt filly wins Angus Armanasco Stakes

There’s not much of Summer Sham but she gave her rivals in Saturday’s $200,000 MRC Angus Armanasco S. 1400m G2 little chance to weigh in against her as she became Not A Single Doubt’s 51st stakeswinner. 

The 3YO filly’s brilliant gate speed, which gave her an immediate two-length lead, was only part of the race’s story. She also showed plenty of heart at the finish and defied Palazzo Vecchio and Miss Wahoo to score by 0.4 lengths in 1:23.37.

Watch Summer Sham win the MRC Angus Armanasco S. G2.

Trainer Danny O’Brien said, “It was a nice race for her today. She drew a good barrier, she was brilliant from the gate and gave nothing else a chance from there.

“She’s a sharp filly and it was pleasing to see her get a really strong 1400 metres today in these (windy) conditions.”

Now unbeaten in three starts, Summer Sham is likely to be seen next in the VRC A.V. Kewney S. G2 on 10 March, with a Sydney Autumn campaign under consideration.

Bred and raced in partnership by Uluru Stud, Summer Sham is the first foal out of Hot Summer Night (by Fusaichi Pegasus) and boasts 3×3 in-breeding to celebrated broodmare Shantha’s Choice. That gives her a pedigree page full of stars including Redoute’s Choice, as well as the Group 1-winning filly Shoals, her dam The Broken Shore and Lucky Raquie, all owned by Arrowfield and GSA Bloodstock.

While barnmate Snitzel keeps setting records at the top of the General Sires’ Premiership, Not A Single Doubt is steadily compiling another terrific season record. He’s 4th by stakeswinners (9) & stakes wins (10), and 5th by earnings with $7.1 million. 

Although his lifetime tally of stakeswinners is evenly split between colts (25) and fillies (26), Not A Single Doubt’s 2017/18 performance has been dominated by fillies and mares. Caulfield Guineas G1 winner Mighty Boss is the exception, with Summer Sham and Group 3 winners Cool Passion, Faraway Town and Payroll heading the girls’ team.

Not A Single Doubt has six colts and two fillies catalogued for next week’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, and 19 lots in the Inglis Easter Sale, including a pair of colts in Arrowfield’s consignment.

Oakleigh Plate quinella for Snitzel

Twelve years ago Snitzel defeated Virage de Fortune and Takeover Target with a bravura display of classic Australian speed in the MRC Oakleigh Plate 1100m G1. 

On Saturday his son Russian Revolution and daughter Snitty Kitty, from the same 2013 crop, turned in an equally impressive performance to quinella the 2018 running of the great Caulfield sprint, first held in 1884, and now worth $500,000. Hellbent, Booker & Bons Away rounded out a heart-stopping finish, with a length covering the quintet.

Watch Russian Revolution & Snitty Kitty win the MRC Oakleigh Plate G1.

It’s the Champion Sire’s second Group 1 quinella, after Russian Revolution beat Redzel home in last year’s ATC The Galaxy G1. (Two weeks later his then-2YO sons Invader, Summer Passage & Trapeze Artist filled the Inglis Sires’ G1 trifecta.)

Russian Revolution was bred by John Stuart Investments and bought for $320,000 by China Horse Club & Michael Wallace from the Vinery Stud draft at the Inglis Easter Sale. His dam Ballet D’Amour (by Stravinsky), now owned by Belinda Bateman, has a 2YO filly Galina (by Smart Missile), a yearling colt by Wandjina and is in foal to Redoute’s Choice, while her Group-winning daughter Turbo Miss is in foal to Not A Single Doubt.

The Oakleigh Plate 1-2, plus quality placings by Arrowfield graduates Showtime (3rd, MRC Futurity S. G1) and Estijaab (2nd, ATC Silver Slipper S. G2) takes Snitzel well past $17 million prizemoney for the season – a mark never seen before in Australia.

Russian Revolution is Snitzel’s third Group 1 winner in 2017/18 after Trapeze Artist (ATC Golden Rose S. G1) and Redzel (VRC Darley Classic G1). Like Redzel, Invader and BTC Cup G1 winner Hot Snitzel, he is prepared by Peter & Paul Snowden.

Snitzel has eight colts on offer at next week’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, while April’s Inglis Easter catalogue features 64 yearlings by Snitzel, including 8 fillies and two colts in Arrowfield’s draft.

Snitzel stars quinella Expressway Stakes

Any doubts that Snitzel can maintain the ferocious pace he’s setting at the head of the current Australian General Sires’ Premiership were put aside on Saturday after impressive campaign openers by new and returning stars.

3YO colts Trapeze Artist and Showtime resumed with rousing performances to quinella the weight-for-age $200,000 ATC Expressway S. 1200m G2 at Rosehill. Already successful in last Spring’s Golden Rose G1 and Stutt S. G2 respectively, they made clear their readiness for sterner tests to come.

 Watch Trapeze Artist & Showtime quinella the ATC Expressway S. G2

Trapeze Artist’s trainer Gerald Ryan, recording his 32nd stakes win with Snitzel’s progeny, said, “I’ve always thought he’s flown under the radar and I think this Autumn you’re going to see a nice horse. Right from the word go this time in I said to his owner that I reckon this horse is really flying.”

Trapeze Artist was bred by Bert Vieira and his family who paid $190,000 for the Domesday mare Treppes in foal to Snitzel at the 2014 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. Two years later, the resulting yearling colt was passed in for $300,000 at the Inglis Easter Sale and so Trapeze Artist has earned more than $1 million in the Vieira family’s black and gold colours.  

Arrowfield Magic Millions graduate Showtime, raced by Katsumi Yoshida, Eric Koundouris, Alan Jones, Jonathan Munz, Greg & Barbara Ingham and the Stud, ran the the fastest last 600 metres of the race, and aims now at the VRC Australian Guineas G1 on 3 March.

Snitzel’s support acts at Rosehill were a pair of first-time-out 2YOs, the Snowden-trained colt Stratosphere and Arrowfield’s home-bred filly Adamina, prepared by Gerald Ryan and educated by master horseman Rick Worthington.

Stratosphere pushed the favourite Performer hard to finish a very close second in the Canonbury S. 1100m G3, and there was a similar margin between second-favourite Fiesta and 30/1 debutante Adamina in the Widden S. 1100m G3.

The ATC Sweet Embrace S. G2 at Randwick on 3 March may be Adamina’s next start, while Stratosphere’s price for the Golden Slipper G1 shortened from $51 to $15. His jockey Glyn Schofield believes he’s more than capable of stepping up to Group 1 level. “A bigger field and the pressure that comes with it will really suit him.”

At Caulfield 4YO mare Snitty Kitty (2nd, WJ Adams S. LR), 3YO colt Muraaqeb (3rd, Manfred S. G3) and 2YO debutant Prairie Fire (3rd, Chairman’s S. G3) took Snitzel’s stakes performers for the day to seven. They are all nominated for Group 1 races during Melbourne’s Festival of Racing which starts next weekend. 

The weekend’s racing has also brought Snitzel close to another piece of history. His season earnings of $16,162,616 mean he’s now only $57,520 away from breaking his own Australian prizemoney record, set in 2016/17  – with almost half of this season still to come. 

Snitty Kitty tops off Snitzel's stakes treble

Two 3YO colts and a mare – Dracarys, Jukebox and Sweet Redemption – supplied Snitzel’s first stakes treble of this season, on 19 August. 

Two months later, same story, a pair of 3YO colts and a mare – but three different horses. This time it was Snitzepeg, Goodfella and Snitty Kitty completing a snappy 1-2-3 on Caulfield Cup day in Melbourne and Sydney. 

And it’s Snitzel’s third same-day triple stakes success in less than seven months. (The series began with Invader & Diddums at Randwick, and Heavenly Blue in South Africa on 1 April. Invader, remember, led home a Snitzel trifecta in the ATC Inglis Sires’ Produce S. G1.) 

At Caulfield, Snitzepeg followed up his Poseidon Stakes win two weeks ago with a gritty performance to overhaul the pace-setting Lord Sundowner and claim the $120,000 MRC Gothic S. 1400m LR. It was the colt’s third success for Hong Kong-based owner Peter Law and trainer Darren Weir. 

Watch Snitzepeg win the MRC Gothic S. LR.

Hopes are that Snitzepeg can follow the example of the stable’s 2015 Gothic Stakes winner Mahuta, who went on to complete a sequence of five straight Group & Listed victories that season.

Snitzepeg was purchased for $260,000 by Darren Weir and John Foote at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Bred in Victoria by Jeff Allis from the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Pegasus Queen, he was offered by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds.

Pegasus Queen has a 2YO Not A Single Doubt filly named Killer Queen in training with Anthony Freedman, and a yearling colt by Deep Field. 

Next up was 3YO Goodfella who, like Snitzepeg, has progressed sharply this Spring after an active juvenile campaign. He started favourite in the $150,000 ATC Brian Crowley S. 1200m LR at Randwick, but his chances didn’t look bright as he swung five-wide round the turn and Piracy picked up ahead of him.

However, Jason Collett had plenty of horse beneath him and Goodfella responded generously in the final stages to win by a half-length from Piracy and Andaz. 

Watch Goodfella win the ATC Brian Crowley S. LR.

Goodfella is Snitzel’s 73rd stakeswinner and the first winner that his dam Movie (by Red Ransom) has produced for Newhaven Park Stud, which sold the colt for $200,000 to Bjorn Baker & Blandford Bloodstock at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale. 

Back in Melbourne, Snitzel’s 4YO daughter Snitty Kitty confirmed her star quality with a 2.25-length victory in the $200,000 MRC Caulfield Sprint 1000m G2 where she was simply too strong and too fast for Super Too and Fatinah.

Watch Snitty Kitty win the MRC Caulfield Sprint G2.

Snitty Kitty was bought from the Willow Park Stud draft by her trainer Henry Dwyer for $175,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions Sale and has earned almost $390,000 from six wins for a group of owners that includes her breeder Gordon Henderson. It’s a total she looks capable of increasing significantly over the next 12 months.

Snitty Kitty is the best of three winners left by Lassiter’s Cat, an unraced daughter of Tale of the Cat, from the well-known “Leica” family that has produced two Victoria Derby winners, Redding (in 1992) and Nothin’ Leica Dane (in 1995).

Remarkably, Snitzel is collecting plural stakes wins more often than singular ones this Spring. Ten of his progeny’s 18 stakes victories since 1 August have been either doubles or trebles, and all but two of them have been achieved in Sydney or Melbourne. 

Eight members of Snitzel’s outstanding 2014 crop, all of them colts, have contributed to that tally: Group 1 winner Trapeze Artist, Group 2 winners Menari & Showtime, Group 3 winners Dracarys, Jukebox & Perast and Listed winners Goodfella & Snitzepeg.

Tosen Stardom presses Deep Impact's case

The outstanding performance by topweight Tosen Stardom in Saturday’s $500,000 MRC Toorak H. 1600m G1 has strengthened the case for backing the Deep Impact sire-line in Australia.

Arrowfield stands the only two Group 1-winning sons of Deep Impact available to breeders outside Japan: Real Impact, whose first Australian foals are arriving this Spring, and Japan’s 2016 Champion Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle, serving his first book of Australian mares.

Tosen Stardom became Deep Impact’s 31st Group 1 winner when he carried 57.5 kg and the Australian Bloodstock colours to victory after sitting three wide for most of the race, then widest of the field round the turn. Despite that testing run, he finished off with verve to score by a length from Sovereign Nation & Petrology in 1:35.86.

Watch Tosen Stardom win the MRC Toorak H. G1.

Bred and still part-owned by Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Racing, Tosen Stardom (ex Admire Kirameki by End Sweep) is Deep Impact’s second Group 1 winner from only three Australian runners.

The pioneer was Real Impact who came down under for The Championships in 2015, winning the ATC George Ryder S. G1 and finishing a close second in the Doncaster G1. At the same Sydney Autumn Carnival, Tosen Stardom was second in the Ranvet G1 and fifth in Criterion’s Queen Elizabeth S. G1.

Tosen Stardom, also placed twice in Melbourne Group 1 sprints this year, has won six races and $2.1 million and is likely to go for the $1 million Cantala Stakes G1, now known as the Kennedy Mile, on the last day of Cup Week at Flemington.

Deep Impact’s towering dominance in Japan is well-established, but his international record, from around 30 runners outside Japan, is equally imposing. Seven of them are Group 1 winners: Gentildonna (Dubai), A Shin Hikari (France & Hong Kong), Beauty Parlour (France), Real Steel & Vivlos (Dubai), as well as Real Impact and Tosen Stardom. 

Deep Impact is well on the way to securing his sixth Japanese Sires’ premiership, with 18 stakeswinners and almost $A53 million prizemoney – about $A13 million more than King Kamehameha. Echoing Snitzel’s category dominance in Australia last season, Deep Impact is also heading the 2YO and 3YO Sires’ tables. 

Real Impact’s first Japanese foals were sold at this year’s JRHA Select Sale, where Australian agent Robert Roulston paid approximately $A330,000 for the Real Impact filly from German Group 2 winner Selkis (by Monsun).

Roulston said afterwards, “I sent three mares to Real Impact in his first year, and when I saw his foals here I really loved them; they’re nice types… I’m quite bullish about Real Impact after seeing his foals.”

Redoute's Choice dynasty's cup runneth over

Saturday 14 October 2017 is a date that followers of the fortunes of the Redoute’s Choice dynasty and in particular, his spectacular sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt, will remember for a long, long time. 

By the end of it, Snitzel had cracked $10 million on the Australian General Sires’ premiership and Not A Single Doubt’s four new stakeswinners, emulating Snitzel’s feat on 13 May 2017, and including his 8th Group 1 winner, had taken him to second spot with $3.5 million. 

Here’s how the day unfolded across four extraordinary hours:

Caulfield, 12.20 pm – Sheikh Hamdan’s 2YO filly Qafila (Not A Single Doubt-Zighy Bay by Tapit) pounced late to claim the $120,000 MRC Inglis Debutant S. 1000m LR. from Sacred Sword and Encryption.

Watch Qafila win the MRC Inglis Debutant S. LR.

She’s trained by the Hayes & Dabernig team that turned out Snitzel’s 2YO daughter Nomathaj to win last Saturday’s VRC Maibyrong Trial S LR, carrying the same, famous blue and white silks.

Qafila is Woodpark Stud’s first stakeswinner as a breeder and was purchased from Attunga Stud at the Magic Millions Sale for $450,000, making her Not A Single Doubt’s second top-priced yearling filly this year. Qafila is now his 17th juvenile stakeswinner.

The Gerald Ryan-trained colt Legend Of Condor (ex Rhodamine by Success Express), gritty debut winner of  the  $100,000 Victory Vein Plate at Randwick 20 minutes after Qafila’s win, may well be Number 18.


Royal Randwick, 1.15 pm – 3YO filly Torvill (Not A Single Doubt-Bolero Queen by Iglesia) put up the best performance of her eight-start career to land the  $125,000 ATC Reginald Allen Quality 1400m LR, with Yulong Xingsheng and Workdrinks filling the placings.  

Torvill’s winning time of 1:22 flat was a new race record and trainer Clarry Conners indicated a race in Melbourne is now a possibility  for her.

Watch Torvill win the ATC Reginald Allen Quality LR.

From the family of Queensland Derby G1 winner Ruthven and multiple Group winner Cangronde, Torvill is raced by her breeders Barry Garforth and Max Kowalczuk.



Caulfield, 1.30 pm
– Former Western Australian mare Cool Passion (Not A Single Doubt-Hiavanna by Mister C) made Guineas Day memorable for her owners John & Anne McDonnell, Jane Henning & Mr D. Balian when she defeated Pedrena and Princess Of Queens in the $150,000 MRC Northwood Plume S. 1400m G3.

Watch  Cool Passion win the MRC Northwood Plume S. G3.

Bred by Michael MacDermott, Cool Passion was having her first start in Melbourne for trainer Tony McEvoy after eight wins in the West.


Royal Randwick, 4.15 pm – the inaugural running of the world’s richest turf race, the $10 million The Everest over 1200 metres ended with a perfect performance by Snitzel’s powerhouse son Redzel. The 5YO gelding jumped smartly, slotted in just behind the early leader Houtzen, took control soon after the turn and sprinted clear to score by almost a length from Vega Magic, Brave Smash and Chautauqua. Emotions over-flowed around the Randwick winner’s circle as trainers Peter & Paul Snowden, jockey Kerrin McEvoy, slot-holder James Harron and the ecstatic group of owners managed by Triple Crown Syndications’ Chris & Michael Ward began celebrations likely to last several days.

Watch Redzel win The Everest.

Bred by Lee Fleming from the Rubtion mare Millrich, Redzel was a $120,000 purchase by Triple Crown from the Marquee Stud draft at the 2014 Magic Millions Sale. He has now won ten of his 20 starts, including last season’s Doomben 10,000 G1, and $7.1 million.


Caulfield, 4.30 pm – an unexpected victory in the $2 million MRC Caulfield Guineas 1600m G1 by 100/1 shot Mighty Boss (Not A Single Doubt-Bullion Mansion by Encosta de Lago) completed an unforgettable day.

Watch Mighty Boss win the MRC Caulfield Guineas G1.

Mighty Boss gave co-owner  Muzaffar Yaseen of Teeley Assets his second Caulfield Guineas win, 18 years after Redoute’s Choice won a magnificent battle with Testa Rossa for the 1999 race.

Bullion Mansion was bought by Coolmore for $160,000 in foal to Not A Single Doubt from the 2014 Teeley Dispersal at the Magic Millions National Sale. The resulting colt was offered by Curraghmore Stud at the 2016 NZ Premier Sale where he was bought for $180,000 by trainer Mick Price, who shares the colt’s ownership with Teeley Assets.

Four hours and 10 minutes, a Group 1 Classic victory, three other Group & Listed stakes wins, one Everest and more than $7.2 million prizemoney – truly an amazing day at the office for the superstar sons of Redoute’s Choice.

Caulfield Photos by Bronwen Healy; Royal Randwick Photos by Sportpix.

Snitzel rises to a new level of performance

After Snitzel’s record-setting feats in 2017/18, it seemed unlikely that he would find another level of performance this season. Yet that is exactly what he’s doing.

His spectacular work continued last weekend, as a pair of colts took his lifetime record to 70 stakeswinners.

Showtime has defined “knocking on the door of stakes success” after fourths to Pariah and Gunnison, a third to She Will Reign, a second to Doubt I’m Dreaming and a fifth to Royal Symphony. It’s surely a good omen that his breakthrough finally came at his first try over 1600 metres, in the $200,000 MVRC Bill Stutt S. G2 on Friday evening. A start in the $2 million Caulfield Guineas G1 on 14 October now beckons.

Watch Showtime win the MVRC Bill Stutt S. G2.

The Hawkes-trained Showtime (ex Flidais by Timber Country) is a full brother to Group 1 winner Sweet Idea, bred by the partnership of Arrowfield and Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm, and sold for $1.1 million at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale. His breeders remain in his ownership, alongside Alan Jones, Jonathan Munz, Eric Koundouris, JG Moore and Greg & Barbara Ingham.

Flidais has a 2YO Snitzel colt bought for $240,000 by Apollo Ng at Inglis Easter, a yearling full sister and was served again by Snitzel last week.

Snitzel has made a habit of siring the winner and one or both placegetters in black type races. He did it for the third time in a month when Perast led all the way to win Sunday’s $175,000 MRC Caulfield Guineas Prelude 1400m G3 and Summer Passage took the runner-up spot from Kementari. 

Watch Perast & Summer Passage quinella the MRC Caulfield Guineas Prelude G3

Perast was bred by Jonathan Munz’s GSA Bloodstock (he also part-owns the 1000 Guineas Prelude runner-up Shoals), and bought by trainer Paul Perry for $100,000 from the Maluka Thoroughbreds draft at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. 

He is the best of four winners out of Listed winner Thousand Veils, and the third stakeswinner bred on the Snitzel/Zabeel cross, after Time For War and Lubiton. 

Perast is among 13 stakeswinners from Snitzel’s 2014 crop which has supplied six of his 11 Group & Listed winners since 1 August. That’s easily the best season start of Snitzel’s career.

The champion son of Redoute’s Choice certainly set the bar very high in 2016/17, when he equalled Danehill’s season record of 26 stakeswinners, but two months into 2017/18, his reach already looks capable of exceeding his grasp.

One, two, three Group wins for Snitzel

Australia’s newly crowned Champion Sire Snitzel has made an electrifying start to 2017/18, adding a Group race treble on Saturday and almost cracking the million-dollar mark – a mere 19 days into the new season.

First up was the $150,000 ATC Up and Coming S. 1300m G3 and, on a very fast Randwick track, jockey Andrew Adkins elected to drop 3YO Snowden-trained colt Dracarys back off the pace.

As Trapeze Artist led the field through the turn and into the straight, he was tackled by Sanctioned, but Gold Standard and Dracarys, who travelled four wide into the straight, swept past them and fought out the final 100 metres. Despite shifting a plate during the race, Dracarys won the battle by 0.2 length, setting a new track record of 1:14.76 for the 1300 metres, and Sanctioned finished third. 

Watch Dracarys win the ATC Up and Coming S. G3.

James Harron and clients bought four yearling colts from Arrowfield in 2016 and three of them are now Group winners: Gunnison (by Not A Single Doubt; ATC Todman S. G2; sold for $1.4 million as a 2YO and now in Hong Kong); Pariah (by Redoute’s Choice; ATC Canonbury S. G3), and Dracarys. The fourth colt, Severence (by Redoute’s Choice) is a recent maiden winner.


Pictured left to right, at Arrowfield’s marquee at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale
after buying Dracarys for $1 million, are Alison Harron, Rob & Donna Love,
Belinda Bateman, James Harron & Fergus Doyle. (PHOTO: Arrowfield Stud)

Dracarys is the first foal of dual stakeswinner Nocturnelle (by Elusive Quality) whose Redoute’s Choice filly was bought for $650,000 by Shadwell Stud at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale.

Nocturnelle, from the family of multiple Group 1 winners Buffering and Intergaze, is due to foal again to Snitzel this Spring.

Dracarys has now won twice in four starts and co-trainer Paul Snowden noted his development from two to three. “He’s a different animal, all he wants to do is relax and work with you.

“We’ve been very happy with what we’ve been seeing at home, his first prep was on raw ability, and what we’re seeing now is a much more relaxed horse.”

Dracarys, named after the word for dragonfire in the fictional Game of Thrones language High Valyrian, is stakeswinner No. 66 for Snitzel, who won the Up and Coming Stakes in 2005. 

He’s also the 7th stakeswinner to emerge from Arrowfield’s Yearling Class of 2016 after Group 1 winners Invader & Mustaaqeem, Group winners Gunnison & Pariah, and Listed winners Azazel & Ardrossan.

An hour later in Melbourne, juvenile stakeswinner Jukebox opened his 3YO campaign in the $150,000 MRC Vain S. 1100m G3. Craig Williams settled him in a perfect position just behind the early leaders, but Jukebox still had to summon up a gritty finish to overhaul the resolute Plutocracy and score by 0.2 length, with Poseidon’s Pool third and Ducimus (also by Snitzel) fourth.

Williams said, “At the top of the straight I was very concerned – he had a lovely run up till then, but I went from going comfortably to wanting, I was quite firm on him late and he really delivered. Today was the first time he’s had to be a tough seasoned horse.”

Watch Jukebox win the MRC Vain S. G3.

Bred by Oakland Park Stud (also the breeder of Ducimus), from the Perth 2YO Listed winner Jestatune (by Rory’s Jester), Jukebox was offered by Blue Gum Farm at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale where trainer Ciaron Maher bought him for $200,000. Unbeaten in three starts, including the rich Inglis 2YO Premier (R) LR, Jukebox has several options in front of him, with the VRC Danehill S. G2 on 16 September the likeliest target.

Back at Randwick, another of Snitzel’s 2016/17 stakeswinners made a winning season debut, and again it was a heady performance, this time by 5YO mare Sweet Redemption. Her victory in the $150,000 ATC Toy Show Quality 1300m G3 was summed up by her jockey Adam Hyeronimus as a “really tough on pace win.”

Watch Sweet Redemption win the ATC Toy Show Quality G3.

Bred by Bell View Park Stud, Sweet Redemption (ex Redeeming Lass by Red Ransom) was 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. She has now won six races, including last season ATC Festival S. G3, and prizemoney of almost $390,000.

Dracarys, Jukebox & Sweet Redemption completed Snitzel’s second stakes treble (after the Diddums-Invader-Heavenly Blue treble on 1 April 2017) and with Menari, have matched the four August stakes wins that opened Snitzel’s 2016/17 Australian Premiership season.