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.

Smart Missile 2YO wins Inglis Nursery

Smart Missile’s fourth 2YO stakeswinner Irish Bet made a more-than-usual impact with his convincing debut win in Saturday’s $500,000 ATC Inglis Nursery 1000m (R) LR. 

Watch Irish Bet win the ATC Inglis Nursery (R) LR.

Most obviously, the $291,000 winner’s prizemoney is an exceptional, and early return on the $55,000 that agent Mick Flanagan bid for him on behalf of the China Horse Club at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale.

The Club’s International Racing & Breeding Manager Michael Wallace said of Irish Bet, “He showed us a lot of ability from day one but two-year-olds off one trial, you never know until you see them in action.

“He was a lovely horse, was always going to be a good two-year-old type, he just had everything we look for in a two-year-old type.”

The win was more than usually significant as the first stakes success for John O’Shea on his own account since leaving Godolphin earlier this year.

He described Irish Bet, “He is a classic two-year-old. He is a compact horse, a running horse with a great attitude.

“He will be straight to the paddock for a short break and then we will get him ready for a race like the Skyline Stakes to get him to the Slipper.”

Race bonuses of $50,000 are uncommon and welcome rewards for breeders Barry Broomhead and Jim Knox who sent the unraced O’Reilly mare Dublin Me Bet to Smart Missile, and for the colt’s well-regarded vendor Middlebrook Valley Lodge.

Mr Broomhead explained his stallion selection, “I just liked Smart Missile, he was well priced, he had great sectionals in some of his racing, he was very fast and I just thought he would work for us.” Dublin Me Bet also has a yearling filly by Smart Missile.

Irish Bet and the filly Anthemoessa, second at Caulfield on Saturday, have propelled Smart Missile into third spot, behind Choisir and Not A Single Doubt, on the Australian 2YO Sires’ premiership. He has also moved past Sepoy to head the Third Season Sires’ table, with $2.2 million and 46 winners.

It’s a strong performance featuring a large cast of talent beyond Irish Bet. In fact, it was a four-win weekend for Smart Missile, thanks to Smartedge (Kembla Grange), Missile Boom (Cranbourne) & Protest (Sunshine Coast). 

They join a long list of Smart Missile performers since 1 August, including Group-placed 3YO fillies I’ll Have A Bit and Smart Coupe, and progressive city winners Sparky Lad, Special Missile, The Avenger and Missile Coda in Sydney, and Club Tropicana, Masculino, Memory Bank and Ultra Smart in Melbourne. 

Backed by sustained breeder support, large foal crops and leading owners & stables, the Champion First Season Sire of 2015/16 is on track to make 2017/18 his best season yet.

Twenty-two yearlings by Smart Missile will be offered at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, followed by 36 lots catalogued for February’s Inglis Classic Sale. Arrowfield’s consignments for these sales include 7 colts and 4 fillies by Smart Missile. 

 

Maximising buyers' chances of success

Being a leading buyer at a yearling sale takes plenty of hard work as well as money and, naturally enough, sale companies and vendors are generous with their congratulations!

But as every experienced buyer knows, securing the yearlings of your choice is only the start of the job and the real accolades are handed out at the track after Group and Listed Races.

By that much tougher measure China Horse Club, James Harron, Gai Waterhouse, Darby Racing & Scone Bloodstock are among the most successful buyers from recent Magic Millions Gold Coast Sales – and all have bought Group winners from Arrowfield.

China Horse Club was the leading buyer by total spend at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale and the best of their 21 purchases came from the Arrowfield barn. That’s the Michael Pitt-bred Champion 2YO Colt Invader, bought for $475,000 and now worth many times that amount after leading home the Snitzel trifecta in the $1 million ATC Sires’ Produce S. G1. 

James Harron’s eight lots from the same Sale were headed then, and are headed now by the $1 million Arrowfield graduate Dracarys, winner of the ATC Up and Coming S. G3 in August. Both Dracarys and Invader are trained by Peter & Paul Snowden, also in charge of recent Listed winner Pretty Fast, a $650,000 Magic Millions purchase from Arrowfield by Tim Stakemire for Sheikh Khalifa bin Mohammed al Maktoum.

The third Group-winning colt from Arrowfield’s Magic Millions Class of 2016 is Showtime, successful in September’s MVRC Bill Stutt S. G2. He races for Team Hawkes and a group of owners including his breeders Arrowfield and Katsumi Yoshida who retained a share in the handsome son of Snitzel and Flidais. Agent Dean Hawthorne signed for him at $1.1 million.

A year earlier, at the 2015 Magic Millions auction, Gai Waterhouse and Darby Racing secured two fillies and it didn’t take long for their Arrowfield buy, Scarlet Rain to justify her $100,000 price-tag. Almost exactly a year later, she won on debut at Rosehill, again three weeks later and at her third start landed the ATC Sweet Embrace S. G2. 

Her owners’ original investment was handsomely rewarded with $340,000 prizemoney and Scarlet Rain’s subsequent sale price of $950,000, paid by James Harron at the 2017 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. 

Scone Bloodstock’s John Hutchinson purchased four yearlings at Magic Millions in 2015, including Listed winner Guard of Honour, but his best result was the gorgeous $720,000 Redoute’s Choice filly he and trainer Rick Worthington found in Arrowfield’s consignment. 

Named Honesty Prevails, she won just one race in her short career for owner Trevor Gluck, but she made it count, because it was the ATC Widden S. G3 at her 2YO debut in January 2016. Now a member of the Arrowfield broodmare band, Honesty Prevails is safely in foal to Japan’s multiple Champion Sire Deep Impact. 

All told, Arrowfield has sold 22 stakeswinners from  203 lots offered at the 2011-16 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sales. So what talent awaits discovery by Magic Millions buyers in Arrowfield’s Class of 2018?

Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer picks out a few lots from the 63-strong consignment that are likely to attract buyers’ early attention:

Lot 24 – Olympic Glory-Lanai filly
“A gorgeous, eye-catching type from a sister to G1 winner Marsh Side. She has balance, strength and scope, and will be the first Olympic Glory yearling offered in Australia.”

Lot 126 – Smart Missile-Negotiate colt  
“Half-brother to Magic Millions graduate & Group 1 winner Secret Agenda, from a tremendous producer who always leaves an athletic type, and this boy is no exception.”

Lot 294 – Not A Single Doubt-She Loves You colt
“A typical, racy Not A Single Doubt type bred on the Gunnison cross, and with a similar physical. He’s the mare’s second foal and a grandson of Group 2 winner She Will Be Loved from a prolific stakes-producing family.” 

Lot 479 – Lord Kanaloa-Adempiano filly     
“A quality sprinting daughter of Japan’s leading first season sire, she’s had size and substance from the start and looks fast and early.”

Lot 573 – Animal Kingdom-Butters colt
“Strongly made, attractive, athletic half-brother to Group 1 winner Foxplay and descended from champion US 2YO filly Eliza.”

Lot 668 – Dundeel-Opportunity colt
“He’s an excellent, fluent mover, typical of what Dundeel leaves, his dam was a very smart 2YO and has produced two stakes performers.”

Lot 731 – Redoute’s Choice-Flavoured filly     
“A lovely, big, strong full sister to Group 3-winning juvenile Honesty Prevails. And the Redoute’s Choice/Hussonet cross is magic: five Group winners from 10 runners.”

Lot 733 – Snitzel-Flidais filly
“The Snitzel-Flidais mating has already produced Showtime and Group 1 winner Sweet Idea, and this is a star filly who reminds us very much of her big sister.” 

Vive la France in Inglis Guineas

Just as the first French-conceived 3YOs by Redoute’s Choice start to appear in French Group 1 fields, his 147th stakeswinner turns up close to home, and his name happens to be…France.

If it’s an omen, it is surely a very good one because France’s performance to win the $400,000 Scone RC Inglis Guineas 1400m (R) LR was outstanding, after jumping from barrier 13 and settling well back off the pace.

Sent wide around the turn, France began to sprint home and was then pushed even wider by Calanda at the 200-metre mark. Tye Angland quickly re-balanced the colt who picked himself up in time to nab dual Group 1 winner Prized Icon on the line, with Spright third.

Watch France win the Scone RC Inglis Guineas (R) LR.

France will now be sent to Queensland for the Winter Carnival, according to part-owner Henry Field of Newgate Farm.

“There’s an abundance of options for him up there. He’s come from the back and run past a Victoria Derby winner today, so there’s no doubting he’s a very talented colt.”

France, a full brother to Group 1 winner Peeping, from two-time Group winner Miss Marielle (by Encosta de Lago), was bred by John Kelly and bought from the Newhaven Park draft for $475,000 by China Horse Club and Michael Wallace Bloodstock at the 2015 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. He is the 7th stakeswinner from 49 foals bred on the Redoute’s Choice/Encosta de Lago cross.

Trained by Peter & Paul Snowden, who also prepared Redzel to win the Doomben 10,000 G1 90 minutes later, France has now earned almost $300,000 in his two-win, six-start career.

France and Doomben 10,000 runner-up Counterattack were the major contributors to a very rewarding day for Redoute’s Choice, who moved back into the top 10 on the General Sires’ premiership dominated by his sons Snitzel (1st), Not A Single Doubt (5th) and Stratum (8th).

France is the sixth member of his champion sire’s 2013 Australian crop to score in stakes company this season, after Group winners Hardham, Royal Star, Swear & Table Bay and Listed winner Very Tempting. Redoute’s Choice has also registered the first stakeswinner from his 2014 French crop, Gold Luck, winner of the Prix Vanteaux G3 at Chantilly last month.

Snitzel completes Group 1 double & quinella

Two days after Summer Passage became Snitzel’s 7th Group 1 winner, stablemates Russian Revolution & Redzel gave him his first Group 1 quinella in the $700,000 ATC The Galaxy 1100m G1.

It was a tremendous performance by both horses and a notable achievement by their trainers Peter & Paul Snowden, especially as they presented 3YO colt Russian Revolution for the first time since his Spring campaign, which yielded two Group wins and a fourth in the Coolmore Stud S. G1.

Russian Revolution’s fresh state was evident as he went to the gates and he was re-shod there after casting a plate, but he quickly put that hiccup behind him. Jungle Edge took up the early running and Russian Revolution follow Redzel wide around the turn.

Redzel forged ahead and finally collared Jungle Edge at the 200-metre mark, but Russian Revolution simply wouldn’t give up and found enough under pressure to snatch a short neck victory, with Jungle Edge a brave third.

Watch Russian Revolution & Redzel quinella The Galaxy G1.

Peter Snowden said he was confident Russian Revolution’s allotted 51kg would be in the colt’s favour on a deteriorating track.

“We knew the weight was going to kick in at some stage and it was probably the difference over the last 100 metres. He’s been very full of himself in the last week or so….He’s been ready to go.”

Russian Revolution (ex Ballet d’Amour by Stravinsky) is Snitzel’s eighth Group 1 winner and second Galaxy winner after Sweet Idea in 2015. Like Redzel, he is among the 21 stakeswinners that are building a potentially record-setting season for the son of Redoute’s Choice. The Galaxy win also completed a Rosehill double for jockey Kerrin McEvoy, who rode Our Ivanhowe to success in the Ranvet S. G1 earlier in the day.

Russian Revolution’s five wins from his six starts have returned well over twice the $320,000 that Michael Wallace & China Horse Club paid for him at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale where he was offered by Vinery Stud.  He is raced by China Horse Club and his breeder John Stuart Investments with Newgate Farm, Matthew Sandblom and Sir Owen Glenn.

Bred by Lee Fleming, Redzel was a $120,000 buy from Marquee Stud for Chris & Michael Ward’s Triple Crown Syndications at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Triple Crown owners have previously enjoyed success with Group 1 winner Hot Snitzel and Group 2 winner Flying Snitzel.

The $2.5 million weight-for-age T.J. Smith Stakes 1200m G1 back at Randwick on 1 April, Day 1 of The Championships, must now be on the horizon for both Russian Revolution and Redzel.

In the meantime, their quinella has pushed Snitzel through the $10 million mark in Australia for the first time, and he maintains his No. 1 position on the Australian General Sires’ list, more than $1 million ahead of Street Cry.

Smart Missile keeps firing in the ring & on the track

Australia’s leading second season sire Smart Missile continued to please vendors with his third crop of yearlings at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale averaging $107,419 for 31 lots. That’s better than five times his fee which has remained at $20,000 + GST for five years.

His top price of $300,000 was achieved by a pair of fillies, the daughter of Kitalpha offered by Daandine Stud and purchased by Newgate Thoroughbred Services, and Newgate Farm’s half-sister to Listed winner Russian Revolution, bought by China Horse Club. That figure of $300,000 is the second-highest price paid for a Smart Missile yearling, exceeded only by his first-crop debut 2YO winner Missile Coda, purchased by Woppitt Bloodstock.

Smart Missile’s first offering of yearlings in 2017 attracted strong interest from a wide range of local and international buyers. Three colts were bought at $260,000, $150,000 and $110,000 for the Hong Kong market; John Warren paid $250,000 on behalf of Highclere Australia for Yarraman Park’s Miss Vandal filly; and New Zealand buyers signed for a colt and a filly.

Several Australian stables and syndicators added a Smart Missile to their purchases, among them Clarry Conners, Hawkes Racing, Lindsay Park, Ciaron Maher, Gai Waterhouse, Matt Laurie, Matt Cumani, Dalziel Racing and Prime Thoroughbreds.

Meanwhile, 3YOs Ahndras (in Brisbane), Arleigh (in Adelaide), Stephenstihls (in New Zealand) and Friday’s Canberra winner Like A Shot have taken Smart Missile’s current season list of winners to thirty-four.

Arleigh, an Arrowfield home-bred grand-daughter of champion filly Alinghi, was an impressive maiden winner at Morphettville on Wednesday. Trainer Phillip Stokes expected her to be competitive first-up from a spell and so it proved as she bounced zestily out of the gates, settled second under a hold and sprinted clear to score untested by almost four lengths in 57.13 for the 1000 metres.

Watch Arleigh win at Morphettville.

Across the Tasman, the Mike Breslin-trained Stephenstihls has put himself in the frame for the $1 million New Zealand Derby G1 on 4 March with a stakes placing and two consecutive wins in progressive company, most recently over 1400 metres at Trentham on 7 January.

Watch Stephenstihls win at Trentham.

Smart Missile has 30 lots on offer at next month’s Inglis Classic Sale, including two colts and two fillies in the Arrowfield draft, and 11 yearlings catalogued for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

 

Russian Revolution overthrows Rose & Slipper winners

The Redoute’s Choice & Sons tag team put Russian Revolution in the ring for Saturday’s $300,000 ATC Roman Consul S. 1200m G2 and he proceeded to knock out Golden Rose winner Astern & Golden Slipper winner Capitalist.

The 3YO son of Snitzel jumped best and rolled along easily in front. Tackled in the straight by both Group 1-winning colts, he responded with real zest to score by a neck from Astern, with a further 1.25 lengths back to his stablemate Capitalist.

Watch Russian Revolution win the ATC Roman Consul S. G2.

Russian Revolution’s four-start, four-win record also includes August’s MRC Vain S. G3 and he’s already returned the $320,000 paid for him by Michael Wallace & China Horse Club at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale where he was offered by Vinery Stud.

He is raced by his breeder John Stuart Investments with China Horse Club, Newgate Farm, Matthew Sandblom & DW Wallace – most of whom are also celebrating Extreme Choice’s stunning Group 1 victory at Moonee Valley on Friday evening.

Trainers Peter & Paul Snowden are building a strong record with Snitzel’s progeny, having prepared Redzel & Detective for stakes success this term, and Hot Snitzel before his 2015 BTC Cup G1 victory. 

Russian Revolution is the fourth foal and fourth winner out of Ballet D’Amour, who shares her descent from blue hen mare Fanfreluche with champion sires Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago. Ballet D’Amour has a yearling filly by Smart Missile.

Arrowfield’s own perfect record with sons of Redoute’s Choice – Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt & Beneteau – is set to be maintained by Group 1-performed colts Panzer Division & Scissor Kick, new to the Stud’s roster this season.

Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt & Redoute’s Choice have hardly missed a beat in the first two months of the 2016/17 season.  The Arrowfield triumvirate has posted 12 winners of 14 Australian Group & Listed Races since 1 August, and Snitzel heads the General Sires’ list with 39 winners and $1.9 million.

He doesn’t have to look far to see his closest rival: it’s Not A Single Doubt, with 36 winners and almost $1.7 million prizemoney. 

Group 1 night for Not A Single Doubt

Not A Single Doubt made his first same-card Group race double really count, when Extreme Choice and Don’t Doubt Mamma won the feature races at Moonee Valley on Friday evening.

He also completed a notable milestone for the Redoute’s Choice dynasty at Moonee Valley.  The champion sire and his sensational sons have now sired the winners of 3 of the Club’s four Group 1 races, with Extreme Choice joining Snitzel’s son Shamus Award (2013 WS Cox Plate) & Redoute’s Choice’s son Lankan Rupee (2014 Manikato Stakes).

3YO colt Extreme Choice simply couldn’t have been more impressive in the $500,000 MVRC AJ Moir S. 1000m G1, defeating a quality field, including last season’s Champion Sprinter Chautauqua, with superior speed.

His jockey Craig Newitt said, “He’s as good a horse as I’ve sat on – the acceleration around that bend was unbelievable. He picked up a high class field and put them away in a couple of strides.”

The placegetters Heatherly and Arrowfield graduate Wild Rain (by Manhattan Rain) were both very game in defeat, and outfinished Chautauqua and Buffering, but the effort told on Heatherly who bled and so cannot race for three months.

Watch Extreme Choice win the MVRC AJ Moir S. G1.

Trainer Mick Price and his racing manager Luke Wilkinson bought Extreme Choice for $100,000 from the Bell River Thoroughbreds draft at the 2015 Inglis Classic Sale.  Bell River’s Andrew Ferguson and his wife Georgie, long-time supporters of Not A Single Doubt, bred Extreme Choice in partnership with good friends Lloyd Walker & Bob Hogno.

The colt is raced by a Newgate Farm-led partnership that includes Aquis Farm, China Horse Club & Matthew Sandblom and has now won $1.6 million and four of his five starts, including the MRC Blue Diamond S. G1. His main target is the $500,000 VRC Coolmore Stud S. G1 in a month’s time, but his next start is likely to be in the $350,000 MRC Blue Sapphire S. G3 on 12 October.

Extreme Choice’s dam Extremely (by Hussonet) is an unraced daughter of Canadian Group winner Going To Extremes, and has left three other winners, including multiple Singapore winner Raise No Doubt (also by Not A Single Doubt).  Extreme Choice is yet another outstanding result of the sustained investment in Australian breeding by the great Japanese breeder Katsumi Yoshida, who sent Going To Extremes 13 years ago to Arrowfield where she left two colts and two fillies, including Extremely.

Extremely, in foal again to Not A Single Doubt, was purchased for $735,000 from Bell River earlier this year by Yulong Investments at the Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale. She also has a yearling colt by Smart Missile.

4YO mare Don’t Doubt Mamma was at her brilliant best defeating Kaniana and Miss Rose de Lago in the $200,000 MVRC WH Stocks S. G2, her first success at 1600 metres.

Trainer Tony McEvoy confirmed that Don’t Doubt Mamma would now go for the $500,000 VRC Myer Classic G1, also over 1600 metres, on 29 October.

“The Myer’s her race. It’s a big Group 1, against the mares, and she probably won’t run before it.”

Five of her seven wins have been at Group or Listed level, and her earnings now exceed $600,000.

Watch Don’t Doubt Mamma win the MVRC WH Stocks S. G2.

The daughter of Coconut Mamma (by Fantastic Light) was bred by Dean Fleming and purchased privately as a yearling by Blue Sky Bloodstock for Katelanis, his son Jordan, Peter Hunt, Andrew Lathlean, Darren Thomas & Seymour Bloodstock.

Coconut Mamma’s only other Australian-based daughter, Miss St Tropez (by Magnus), was purchased in 2011 by Blue Sky for Arrowfield. She has a yearling filly by All American and visits Not A Single Doubt this Spring.

Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt have compiled 13 Australian Group & Listed wins in the first two months of the 2016/17 season. Unofficial figures indicate that after Friday evening Not A Single Doubt is breathing down Snitzel’s neck at the top of the General Sires’ premiership. 

Not A Single Doubt colt stars at 2YO Trials

The Official 2YO Trials attract what might be Randwick’s most high-powered crowd of the season, as studs, breeders, agents & media join owners & trainers to watch the first of each year’s babies run.

They come to check the progress of horses that in many cases represent substantial investments in genetics, environment, selection and horsemanship, and ardent hopes for a favourable turn of fortune’s wheel.

At the end of this year’s program of 12 trials, all held over 850 metres on Monday on a Soft7 track, Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt claimed four winners and six placegetters from 14 runners.

Watch all 12 Randwick 2YO trials.

There’s always a 2YO who stands out with the fastest time or the biggest winning margin and this year both prizes went to the Not A Single Doubt colt Condor Heroes who blitzed his rivals in Trial 11 by more than 9 lengths in 50.52.

The third foal of the Sydney 2YO winner Gosetgo (by More Than Ready), he was a $190,000 buy for Sun Bloodstock from the Riversdale draft at Magic Millions and is prepared by Gerald Ryan. The Not A Single Doubt/More Than Ready cross has produced juvenile brilliance before, in the distinctive form of Blue Diamond G1 winner Miracles Of Life, as well as Adelaide Group 3 winner The Grey Flash.
 
The remaining winners included a trio of Arrowfield-bred-and-sold colts, Bowerman, Misty Lad & Invader.

Bowerman (Snitzel-Sabanci by Encosta de Lago) turned in a very professional effort to win the opening trial on the program, bouncing out to take up the lead, roll along comfortably in front and win by almost a length from Thy Kingdom Come & Sulaymanee in 51.84 seconds.

Bowerman is trained by Michael Freedman for the China Horse Club & Winstar Farm partnership which paid $525,000 for him at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. From the family of Group 1 winners Casino Prince, Onemorenomore & Green Birdie, Bowerman is the first foal of his dam who has a yearling colt by Snitzel and was served again by him earlier this month.

Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott produced the winner of Trial 3, Misty Lad (Redoute’s Choice-Anadan by Anabaa), who also took up the lead and travelled easily throughout to win by almost a length in 51.38.

The grandson of Group 1 winner Demerger was a $150,000 buy for owner Mount Hallowell Stud, co-trainer Gai Waterhouse and agent Julian Blaxland at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Anadan’s subsequent matings pursue the Redoute’s Choice theme: she has a yearling filly by Snitzel, is foaling to Not A Single Doubt this Spring and visits Panzer Division.

Trial 10 belonged to a pair of Snitzel colts with Invader (ex Flame of Sydney by Encosta de Lago) just edging just the $1.6 million Magic Millions sale-topper Chauffeur (ex Mirror Mirror by Dehere) in 51.21.

Invader was a $475,000 Magic Millions purchase by the China Horse Club and is trained by Peter & Paul Snowden; Chauffeur was bought by Gerald Ryan and lead owner Damion Flower of Jadeskye Racing. Flame of Sydney has a yearling filly and a foal-to-come by Snitzel.

It’s fascinating to review the past six years’ results which show the trials consistently unveil some of each crop’s very best performers at two, and beyond.

For instance, the last two Golden Slipper winners, Capitalist and Vancouver both won at the Randwick trials, and Pierro was second in 2011.

Sensational 2YO and now leading young sire Smart Missile posted the second-fastest time of the day when winning his trial by 3.5 lengths in 2010.

Australian Guineas G1 winner Wandjina and recent Group winner Sooboog – both million-dollar Snitzel colts bred & sold by Arrowfield – won their respective trials in 2013 and 2014.

Other subsequent Group winners to win their Randwick trials in recent years are Calliope & Defcon (2015), Alpha Miss & Ghibellines (2013), Havana, Va Pensiero & War (2012) and Wild and Proud (2010).

However, owners and trainers of those 2YOs who didn’t win their trials this year can also take encouragement from history. That’s because there are always star performers that don’t win or even place in their first trials.

Champagne S. G1 winner Prized Icon was 7th at his trial debut last Spring; amazon queen Sweet Idea (by Snitzel) was third to subsequent Champion 3YO Filly Guelph and Gimcrack S. LR winner Brilliant Bisc in 2012; and, like Pierro, VRC Oaks G1 winner Dear Demi was a trial runner-up in 2012.

Trial 8 in 2013 produced Not A Single Doubt’s Provincial Championship winner Sure And Fast (2nd), $1.9 million earner Unencumbered (6th) and Snitzel’s dual Group 2 winner Time For War (7th).  Fourth placegetter in Trial 12 the same year was dual Group 3 winner Scissor Kick (by Redoute’s Choice), now serving his first book of mares at Arrowfield. 

In 2010 trial placegetters included subsequent Group 2 winners Elite Falls & Hallowell Belle (by Starcraft), while Flying Spur’s daughter Satin Shoes (Silver Slipper S. G2) and multiple Group 1 winner Helmet were both unplaced.

Placegetters that caught the eye this year include Sweet Idea’s $1.1 million full brother Showtime (Snitzel-Flidais), a close 2nd to Khan in Trial 5, and Red Zephyr (Snitzel-Red Typhoon), who completed a Waterhouse/Bott quinella with Conservation in Trial 9.

Snitzel's 26th 2YO winner this season

Snitzel’s 26th juvenile winner for the season came up on Tuesday when the Freedman-trained colt Curvature proved too strong over 1300 metres on Geelong’s synthetic surface. 

The cleverly named Curvature (ex Orbiting Belle by Spinning World) had been placed three times in his first four starts, including a second in February’s MRC Inglis Premier S. (R) LR. He qualified for that race when the China Horse Club bought him for $300,000 from the Three Bridges draft at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. 

Snitzel’s 25 Australian 2YO winners in 2015/16 are headed by Group winner El Divino and debut stakeswinner Modern Wonder. Heavenly Blue, his only juvenile runner in South Africa this season, won first-up from the Mike de Kock stable last month.

Snitzel has already equalled Not A Single Doubt’s 16-year record of 25 Australian juvenile winners, set during the 2013/14 season, and he now has more than six weeks to build an even more significant tally.

As for Not A Single Doubt, he has a comfortable lead on the General Sires’ list by winners with 140, and heads the 3YO Sires’ table by winners (52) and earnings ($4.2 million).

Not A Single Doubt (2nd), Redoute’s Choice (7th) and Snitzel (9th) all sit inside the top ten on the main Australian Sires’ Premiership with collective season earnings of almost $27 million.