Road Trippin' to retirement

 

For some people  ‘Road Tripping’ might spark memories of long, lazy summer holidays and the carefree travelling celebrated in the 1999 Red Hot Chili Peppers’ song Road Trippin’.

But what trainer Stephen Theodore affectionately remembers is the stakes-winning son of Charge Forward and Road to Damascus, Road Trippin’. Bred by Arrowfield with John Leaver’s Planette Thoroughbreds and Alan Jones’ Belford Productions, Road Trippin’ was foaled in 2009 and raised at the Arrowfield Broodmare Farm.

Purchased for $22,500 from Arrowfield at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, Road Trippin’ raced for an enthusiastic group of owners and amassed winnings of $404,065 from six wins, including a Listed Race, and 13 placings in a 41-start career.

Pictured: Road Trippin’ on the track. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Now known as ‘Roadie’, Road Trippin’ has settled into retirement with ease at Ciaron Maher’s Pakenham facility where he fills an important role as a buddy to spellers and horses in work. Property manager Justine Hales believes his laid back attitude makes him a perfect friend to all horses. “Roadie is very quiet in the paddock and doesn’t gallop round too much, so he is a fantastic influence on more spirited horses.”

Roadie has a particular bond with Caulfield Cup winner, Jameka. Justine says of the relationship,  “Roadie is Jameka’s paddock mate whenever she’s at the farm. She adores him which is quite funny as she is very bossy to most other horses!

“Roadie is particularly good when out with young horses – he teaches them some respect and manners, especially at feed time! He is funny to watch with the fillies; he falls head over heels in love every time!”  

Not only a great buddy to horses, Road Trippin’ has also taught one staff member how to ride.

Justine explains, “He is very relaxed, quiet and well behaved so it was easy for Charlotte to learn basic riding skills. However, he has taken retirement in his stride and does little more than walk and trot without encouragement. Charlotte adores him, and has bonded with him from day one – it was wonderful that he could teach her to ride.”

Pictured: Charlotte on board Road Trippin’ in the paddock with Jameka

Performance & value offered at Inglis Classic

It’s a given that every vendor wants to sell yearlings as profitably as possible, but for most buyers the big question is “Where is value to be found?”

The Inglis Classic Sale has been supplying the right answers to that question for some time now. For example, the seven Group 1 winners that have so far emerged from the 2012-16 Classic Sales were bought for an average of less than $55,000.

The price range of those star graduates is bracketed by the sensational Arrowfield-sired pair Extreme Choice (by Not A Single Doubt; bought for $100,000) and Yankee Rose (All American; $10,000). They’ve since returned $3.7 million prizemoney and hefty residual values for their owners’ investments.

Ditto Arrowfield’s contribution to the Classic Sale honour roll, Group 1-winning sprinter-miler Contentment (Hussonet-Jemison), bought for $65,000 by John Foote from the 2012 auction.

The now 6YO gelding has fashioned a superb record in Hong Kong for owner Benson Lo Tak Wing and trainer John Size, winning nine of his 25 starts, including the 2016 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup G1, and around $4 million.

Contentment’s quality is underlined by a slew of excellent placings, among them a second to international champion and new Arrowfield stallion Maurice in the 2016 Champions Mile G1m and a very game fourth in December’s Hong Kong Mile G1.

Other recent Arrowfield graduates encourage Classic Sale buyers to consider yearlings by an emerging sire that has the backing of a major stud.

Back in 2012, when Snitzel was on the cusp of “hot sire” status, Ross & Clint Price spotted his daughter out of Deputy Lil in the Arrowfield draft and bought her for $80,000 on behalf of Perth owners Frank & Josie Fiore.

She notched up a Listed success at three and has since added four more victories and a Group placing for earnings of more than $250,000.

My Sister Lil’s younger sister Ygritte proved an even better investment for owner Carl Holt who gave $135,000 for her at the 2013 Inglis Classic Sale. A Listed win, multiple Group placings and more than $300,000 prizemoney later, she was re-sold for $800,000.

Those results are matched by a pair of Snitzel colts from Arrowfield’s 2014 Inglis Classic consignment: Spill The Beans, passed in & raced to Group 2-winning, $500,000-earning success and a stud career; and $25,000 buy Odyssey Moon, a arecent Group 3winner and Group 1-placed at two with more than $600,000 on his record.

Snitzel, along with champion sire Redoute’s Choice and Group 1 sires Not A Single Doubt and Charge Forward are all represented among Arrowfield’s 39-lot offering for this year’s Classic Sale, which begins onSaturday evening. So are All American, sire of Yankee Rose, and popular Hong Kong sire Starcraft.

Firmly in the emerging sire category is 2015/16 Champion First Season Sire Smart Missile, now leading the Second Season list by winners and earnings.

Hard on their heels come Dubai World Cup champion Animal Kingdom, represented by three colts and two fillies from his second crop,  and six-time Group 1 winner Dundeel, with five first-crop yearlings on offer under the Arrowfield banner.

Buyers keen on yearlings out of young mares will find 10 first foals in Arrowfield’s Classic draft, including the only Redoute’s Choice in the Sale, a filly out of Group 3 winner Pretty Pins. That makes her a three-quarter sister to Group 1 winner Allez Wonder and a relative of dual Group winner Tivaci.

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.

2016 Arrowfield Stallion Open House

Arrowfield is ready to open its gates again during the 2016 Hunter Valley Stallion Week, with a full parade each morning from Friday 19 August to Sunday 21 August.

To get ‘up close and personal’ with Arrowfield’s exceptional roster, the Friday and Saturday afternoon sessions are highly recommended. Join one of the small groups for a laneway inspection of each stallion and plenty of opportunities to ask questions of Arrowfield staff, then stay on for refreshments and Saturday’s racing on TV.

The Stud’s three new stallions, Real Impact, Scissor Kick and Panzer Division will make their first public appearances at this year’s Open House, joining the great Redoute’s Choice, his sensational sons Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt, Champion First Season Sire Smart Missile, Group 1 sire Charge Forward, the up-and-coming Manhattan Rain and Champions Dundeel & Olympic Glory.

The full schedule is:

FRIDAY 19 AUGUST
9.00 am-12 noon

including a full parade at 9:30 am
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

SATURDAY 20 AUGUST
9:00 am – 12 noon

including a full parade at 9:30 am
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

SUNDAY 21 AUGUST
9:00 am – 12 noon
including a full parade at 9:30 am

To assist with catering please RSVP to arrowfield@arrowfield.com.au.

Spectacular season for Arrowfield roster

From every angle, the 2015/16 Australian season has been spectacular for Arrowfield’s powerhouse stallion roster.

Redoute’s Choice and his sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt all end the year in the top 10 on the Australian General Sires’ Premiership with collective earnings of $29.6 million and 390 winners of 638 races.

The trio also achieved top 10 finishes on the 2YO and 3YO Sires’ lists.

Not A Single Doubt, who began his career with six seasons at a $12,500 fee, tops multiple categories. He is Australia’s leading active sire, headed off only by the deceased Premiership winner Street Cry.  He also heads the table on Winners (154), Wins (257), matches Street Cry and Fastnet Rock with 12 stakeswinners and is the nation’s leading sire of 3YOs.

Most significantly though, Not A Single Doubt is the Leading Australian Sire by Worldwide Earnings (SH-bred progeny only) with a remarkable total of $14.8 million – almost $1 million ahead of Fastnet Rock.

Redoute’s Choice bests both of them, and Street Cry when it comes to Southern Hemisphere stakeswinners with 15, headed by his three latest Group 1 winners Abbey Marie, Howard Be Thy Name and Peeping. 

Snitzel’s flagship performer Sun Jewellery broke new ground for him in Hong Kong as a dual Group 1 winner and recipient of the Champion Miler Award.

 At home Snitzel equalled Without Fear’s 40-year-old record of 30 individual 2YO winners in a single season and provided the top lots at all three major sales, including the season’s highest-priced yearling, the $2.3 million half-brother to Winx.

The tally of seven-figure yearlings by Redoute’s Choice rose to 70, thanks to a trio of Inglis Easter colts, plus a colt and a filly from his first European crop sold at Arqana last August and Tattersalls in October 2015.

In all, Redoute’s Choice & Snitzel sired eight of the 15 million-dollar yearlings sold in Australia during 2016.

Not A Single Doubt’s brilliant season, headlined by Group 1 winners Extreme Choice, Single Gaze and Good Project, took his yearling prices to record levels. Tim Stakemire, acting for Sheikh Khalifa, paid $650,000 for the Miss Sharapova filly at Magic Millions, and the Colorado Claire colt was knocked down for $850,000 to James Harron at Inglis Easter.

Smart Missile has won Arrowfield its third First Season Sires’ title in the past dozen years, following Redoute’s Choice (2004) and Charge Forward (2009). One of the most popular young stallions in recent Australian history, Smart Missile was represented by eight first-crop winners, including New Zealand Listed winner Sassy ‘N’ Smart. Four other stakes performers rounded out the season for the son of Fastnet Rock.

His yearlings have been keenly sought again in 2016, selling up to the $500,000 paid by Little Hung & Bahen Bloodstock for Arrowfield’s colt out of Pyrography at Magic Millions 1 – where Smart Missile had 26 lots sell for an average price of $147,308.

Arrowfield’s third season sire Manhattan Rain continued his excellent progress with the impressive 2YOs Scarlet Rain & Manhattan Street, smart Melbourne sprinter Wild Rain and six other stakes performers. The sale-ring highlight for the son of Encosta de Lago came in Hong Kong where the 2YO colt out of La Bamba made just under $1.2 million.

Back in Australia, buyers paid up to $230,000 for his yearlings and leading trainers Gai Waterhouse, David Hayes & Tom Dabernig, Darren Weir, Ciaron Maher & Tony McEvoy all added at least one Manhattan Rain to their stable.

Yearlings by Group 1 sire Charge Forward also found an appreciative market, especially at Magic Millions Book 1 where seven of his 8 lots sold, averaging almost $143,000. However, his top price this year was paid at Inglis Melbourne where the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s bid of $210,000 secured Glentree’s colt out of Emanday.

Dubai World Cup champion Animal Kingdom’s first yearlings went through the ring in 2016, selling up to the $310,000 paid for the striking Cat by the Tale filly at Magic Millions. Look out for his first runners this season from the stables of Godolphin, Chris Waller, Team Hawkes, Mike Moroney, Nigel Blackiston, John Sargent and David Payne.

Dundeel was the Leading First Season Sire at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale where all six of his foals sold for an average of $143,333. The six-time Group 1 winner’s top price of $240,000 was paid by Musk Creek Farm for the Cerberus Gal colt consigned by Riversdale. 

It’s easy to think that after three decades in the stallion-making business, Arrowfield’s Chairman John Messara might be blase about such an extraordinary year, but he isn’t. 

He says, “What experience gives you is a deeper appreciation of just how hard it is to build a strong stallion roster, and breed and sell successfully at any level, so the highs seem even bigger to me now than they did thirty years ago.

“Kris, Paul, Alice and I are very proud of our whole team at the farm, the training centre and in Sydney, everyone contributes enormously to our results and there’s great satisfaction for me, and I hope all our staff, in achieving special things together.”

Messara adds, “It’s difficult to pick out just a few highlights but the flourishing of the Redoute’s Choice dynasty, while he’s still expanding his own record,  here and in Europe, is something I’m privileged to witness. 

“Sharing success with breeder friends and partners always means a lot, and for that reason the performances of Contentment in Hong Kong, Sassy ‘N’ Smart in New Zealand and Stay With Me and Weatherly in Australia stand out for me.

“I’m also grateful for the immense support we receive from breeders, owners, trainers, agents and syndicators.  We start each stallion’s story, but their investment, skill and hard work completes it.”

Fresh Arrowfield stallion stories are already being written. Coming up in 2016/17 are Smart Missile’s first 3YOs, Animal Kingdom’s first 2YOs, Dundeel’s first yearlings, the first Australian foals by four-time European Group 1 winner Olympic Glory and the launch of Arrowfield’s new boys, Real Impact, Panzer Division and Scissor Kick.

Macarthur heads to Golden Horseshoe

Charge Forward’s 2YO son Macarthur’s second win at Kranji on Friday evening was even more impressive than his maiden victory a month ago.

He jumped smartly from barrier 10 in the 1200-metre IRT Juvenile Stakes and took up the lead with favourite Jupiter Gold in close attendance. Macarthur always looked more comfortable than his rivals during the race and had plenty left in to offer when Vlad Duric asked to him to sprint in the straight.

The filly Athena mounted a strong late challenge and got the better of Jupiter Gold, but Macarthur held her out by a head to score in a time of 1:10.78, cutting out the last 200 metres in 22:74.

Watch Macarthur’s IRT Juvenile Stakes win.

Steve Levar, who races Macarthur with his wife Christine and American couple Adam & Brittany Levinson under the Stars & Stripes Stable banner, was understably delighted with the gelding’s performance.
 
He says, “It was a great thrill for all of us to see win like he did and now he will more than likely be favourite for the Golden Horseshoe next month. He just keeps on improving and taking the next step each time he races and he has a great will to win.” 

Macarthur (ex Mozambique by Redoute’s Choice) was bred by the Gilberts of Highgrove Stud and offered at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, but he failed to meet his reserve. Sent to Gai Waterhouse, he trialled twice at Randwick before being sold privately to the Levar & Levinson partnership which has also enjoyed success with the Australian-bred Bugatty, bought last year from a partnership that included Deb Gilbert.

Steve Levar reports that Macarthur, who is prepared by Steven Burridge, has pulled up well after Friday’s race. “He will be given a quiet week to freshen up before we prepare him for the big one in July.”

He adds, “It’s a real credit to Ron and Debbie Gilbert who consistently breed top class thoroughbreds every year. We will definitely be taking a closer look at the Highgrove Stud yearlings next season.”

That’s good news not only for Highgrove, but also for Aushorse which sponsors the six-race Golden Horseshoe Series with the support of Inglis, Magic Millions & IRT. 

The final leg, the Golden Horseshoe Sgp-2, will be held on 8 July with prizemoney of $S325,000 plus a $S75,000 bonus for the winner if s/he was offered at an Inglis or Magic Millions Sale.  Macarthur’s cheque from last Friday’s win included a $S20,000 Auhorse bonus.

Recent Golden Horseshoe winners include Singapore Horse of the Year War Affair and Champion 2YOs Super One & Mr Big.

Well-established as a source of quality juveniles like Macarthur, Charge Forward also leaves his share of durable performers and one of them, 6YO Arrowfield graduate Bradman (ex Portrayal by Flying Spur) scored his sixth win at Flemington on Saturday.

Macarthur charges into Singapore 2YO Series

Back in August – it seems so long ago! – Gai Waterhouse was among the trainers interviewed by ANZ Bloodstock News about the stable’s most likely prospects for the new season.

One of the 2YOs Gai mentioned was a “nice colt” by Charge Forward from the Redoute’s Choice mare Mozambique. His name was Tribal and he duly appeared twice at Randwick in September, running second in a three-horse trial and then, at the Official 2YO Trials on 21 September, finishing 5th in his heat with subsequent Group 1 winner Prized Icon behind him.

Shinsoreness then held up his preparation for Queensland breeders Ron & Deb Gilbert of Highgrove Stud, who put him in training after he failed to meet his reserve at last year’s Magic Millions Sale.

Highgrove is a shareholder in Charge Forward and, as Ron says, “I’ve bred to Charge Forward every year since he went to stud, I know what a good Charge Forward looks like and Tribal was one. He was very athletic, an absolute tradesman, and I loved him.”

However, racing horses is a secondary activity for Ron. “Breeding is my passion, we’re busy and we live too far from major racetracks to get to the races very often, so most horses we race are for sale.”

That’s how a phone call from Steve Levar, the Australian-born, Singapore-based owner & CEO of iRaceMedia, led to Tribal’s sale in December 2015 to the Stars & Stripes Stable, established by the partnership of Levar & his wife Christine with US businessman Adam Levinson and his wife Brittany.

Levar, who draws on 30 years’ industry experience to manage the Stable’s six horses, had also bought Group-placed Melbourne winner Bugatty from a partnerhip including Deb Gilbert earlier in 2015. Re-named Vanderbilt in Singapore, he won his Kranji debut in September, a month after the partnership’s first runner, Risky Rockefeller, saluted the judge.

Tribal, now named Macarthur in keeping with the Stable’s American icon theme, extended this terrific run of success with an eye-catching maiden win at Kranji on Sunday.

The handsome, dark brown gelding had already begun his career on a promising note, with a third to Jupiter Gold in the Kranji Nursery Stakes on 10 April and trainer Steven Burridge was tempted to look at a leg of the 2YO Series for his next  start.

Levar suggested the 1200-metre War Affair Stakes, a restricted maiden, as a better option for the still immature Macarthur, and so it proved. Allotted 49 kg against his 3YO rivals, Macarthur shot out of gate 6, quickly crossed the field and settled comfortably in front with the other favoured runner Lim’s Dashing in close attendance.

At the top of the straight Lim’s Dashing kicked strongly, but once Macarthur balanced up, he responded with verve to hold him off by almost a length, with 4.3 lengths back to third-placed Nova Legend.

Watch Macarthur’s maiden win at Kranji.

Macarthur’s jockey A’Isisuhairi Kasim said, “I rode him in trackwork and he gave me a good feel. He’s got ability and is a real racehorse, but he’s still very green and still doesn’t know what he’s doing.

“In the straight, I didn’t pull the whip and waited for the other horse [Lim’s Dashing] to come up. That was when he responded and gave a very nice turn of foot in the last 200 metres.”

The Singapore Golden Horseshoe Series is now firmly on Macarthur’s radar, and he will be seen in the next leg on turf, the IRT Juvenile Stakes on 10 June. The Gilberts will naturally follow his progress with keen interest, but unfortunately without any further foals from Mozambique, who suffered laminitis and died two years ago.

Arrowfield announces 2016 service fees

Arrowfield Stud has today announced the service fees for the 12 stallions on its 2016 roster.

Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice and his sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt head the roster in the wake of their outstanding racetrack and sales results this season.

Redoute’s Choice, sire of his 28th Group 1 winner last month and three seven-figure colts at last week’s Inglis Easter Sale where he had 20 yearlings average $573,250, stands at an unchanged fee of $110,000 inc. GST (Live Foal).

Snitzel joins his famous sire at the same fee, $110,000 inc. GST (Live Foal) after supplying five million-dollar yearlings in 2016 and the sale-toppers at all three major Australian auctions. Already responsible for seven Group 1 winners, he has added five new stakeswinners to his record since 1 January.

Australia’s current leading active sire Not A Single Doubt has posted 10 stakeswinners this season, including three Group 1 winners, and demand for his yearlings has driven their prices up to the $850,000 paid for the Colorado Claire colt at Inglis Easter. His 2016 fee has been set at $71,500 inc. GST (Live Foal).

Three new stallions join the Arrowfield roster in 2016. Top-class sprinter-miler Real Impact a Group 1 winner in Australia & Japan, is the first son of the great Deep Impact to stand in this part of the world. His first season fee is $19,250 inc. GST.

Two exceptionally handsome sons of Redoute’s Choice join their sire with all the credentials to emulate the success of Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt & Beneteau.

Scissor Kick earned a world ranking as a 3YO with Group victories in the ATC Up and Coming S. G3 & ATC Eskimo Prince S. G3, a Listed win, the unluckiest of Group 1 seconds in the ATC Golden Rose Stakes and defeats of Delectation, Srikandi, Terravista and Rubick. Closely related to Champion Sire Dansili, Scissor Kick will stand his first season at $16,500 inc. GST.

Panzer Division also made his mark at three, defeating Shooting To Win to claim the ATC Ming Dynasty H. G3 and, at only his fourth career start, achieving a Timeform rating of 120 when fifth in the weight-for-age ATC George Main S. G1, won by Sacred Falls.  A son of Hussonet’s champion 2YO daughter Desert Fight, Panzer Division’s first season fee is $9,900 inc. GST. 

Dubai World Cup champion Animal Kingdom, whose first yearlings have sold up to $310,000 this year, will stand at $27,500 inc. GST.  The same fee applies to six-time Group 1 winner & New Zealand Horse of the Year Dundeel, whose first yearlings will sell in 2017.

Smart Missile, already sire of stakes-winning 2YO Sassy ‘N’ Smart and Group-placed Smart Amelia from his first crop, has averaged more than six times his fee at Magic Millions and Inglis Easter. One of Australia’s most popular young sires, he is again available at $22,000 inc. GST.

Al Shaqab Racing’s multiple Group 1-winning European sprinter-miler Olympic Glory was very well-supported in 2015 and will serve his second book of mares at an unchanged fee of $19,250 inc. GST.

Manhattan Rain has proved his versatility this season as the sire of brilliant Group 2 juvenile winner Scarlet Rain, 3YOs Man of Choice & Promise To Reign (Group 1 & Group 2-placed respectively at 2000 metres) and stakes-winning sprinter Wild Rain. His Inglis Easter Session 1 & Magic Millions Book 1 yearlings have averaged nine times his 2016 fee of $16,500 inc. GST.

Proven Group 1 sire Charge Forward’s top-priced yearling in 2016 made $210,000 and his Magic Millions Book 1 average is 14 times his new fee of $11,000 inc. GST. 

Arrowfield Stud Chairman John Messara says, “These 12 stallions represent the best lines of Danehill and the best outcross options we can source for Australian & New Zealand breeders.

“Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt continue to write a spectacular father-and-sons story on the track and in the ring.

“We believe our three new stallions are priced very attractively. Real Impact offers breeders their first opportunity to use a world-class son of Deep Impact for less than $20,000, while Scissor Kick and Panzer Division are great prospects to repeat the success of Not A Single Doubt and Beneteau who began their careers at similar fees.”

The service fees for Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt are all now payable upon a Live Foal.

Animal Kingdom, Charge Forward, Dundeel, Manhattan Rain, Olympic Glory, Panzer Division, Real Impact, Scissor Kick & Smart Missile stand on a Free Return basis, subject to conditions including the full payment of fees by 31 May 2017.

The Arrowfield stallions and their 2016 fees, all including GST, are:

ANIMAL KINGDOM (Leroidesanimaux)

$27,500

CHARGE FORWARD (Red Ransom)

$11,000

DUNDEEL (High Chaparral)

$27,500

MANHATTAN RAIN (Encosta De Lago)

$16,500

NOT A SINGLE DOUBT (Redoute’s Choice)

$71,500

OLYMPIC GLORY (Choisir)

$19,250

PANZER DIVISION (Redoute’s Choice)

$9,900

REAL IMPACT (Deep Impact)

$19,250

REDOUTE’S CHOICE (Danehill)

$110,000

SCISSOR KICK (Redoute’s Choice)

$16,500

SMART MISSILE (Fastnet Rock)

$22,000

SNITZEL (Redoute’s Choice)

$110,000

 

Spur is still Flying high

There are many paths a stallion’s career can take, but the hardest trick is putting a final flourish on an outstanding stud record.

Champion sire Flying Spur experienced many highs and a few lows during his 17-year stud career, but when he retired in the Spring of 2012, there was more than enough evidence on the board to ensure he will always be a gold-plated name in a pedigree.  He had earned the right to retreat gracefully off the stage, leaving the limelight to his barnmate Redoute’s Choice and the young guns of the next generation.

However, the now 23-year-old son of Danehill is working from a different script. In the three-and-a-half seasons since he left the Arrowfield stallion barn, 15 horses have added 30 Group & Listed stakes wins to his record, and his worldwide, lifetime progeny earnings have increased by $22 million to almost $128 million.

Although, inevitably, Flying Spur’s racetrack representation will diminish and the flow of winners will eventually stop, it’s not happening yet. 78 winners and $4.1 million kept him in last season’s top 30 Australian sires, and right now, he’s 17th with 52 winners and $3.3 million.

That’s largely thanks to 3YO colt Mahuta, from Flying Spur’s last full crop, who has progressed from maiden class to multiple Group success and $1.6 million prizemoney in less than six months.

4YO Arrowfield graduate Traveston Girl won twice in Listed company last November & December, while Hazard, Okahu Bay & That’s A Good Idea – already stakeswinners – have placed in black type company.

Across the Tasman just over a year ago, Sacred Star became Flying Spur’s 12th Group 1 winner, earning the title of Champion New Zealand Sprinter. He returned last Saturday to win the ARC Darley Plate LR, his ninth victory in a $678,000 career.

Flying Spur is now only one winner away from a century of stakeswinners and, given the durability of his stock, it will be no surprise to see him add a few more beyond that milestone.

At the same time, his sons, and especially his daughters are building a powerful second-generation legacy. Flying Spur’s value as a broodmare sire is well-established by 62 stakeswinners, six of them Group 1 winners including Preferment, Speak Fondly and leading sire Sebring. His sire sons Magnus (11 SW lifetime), Casino Prince (12 SW) and Jet Spur (7 SW) all appear among the top 35 stallions on the current Australian General list.

Buyers looking for a touch of Flying Spur’s magic can start with the 15 Inglis Easter Sale yearlings out of his daughters, including Turangga Farm’s handsome filly by Charge Forward from Chatelaine. The Charge Forward/Flying Spur cross has an excellent SWs/runners strike rate of 13.5% and this filly is a full sister to the best of them, Champion 2YO Filly & 3YO Group 1 winner Headway.