Snitzel 2YO colt wins South African stakes

Arrowfield’s famous black and yellow silks were carried to a stunning stakes victory overnight when Snitzel’s 2YO son Traces landed the R150,000 Kenilworth Summer Juvenile S. 1000m LR at his second start.

Sent to South Africa last July after an injury left him blind in his near-side eye, and so unable to race in Australia, Traces is raced by Arrowfield in partnership with Ridgemont Racing and trained by Brett Crawford. The connection was made by Paul Messara with Ridgemont’s Craig & Ross Kieswetter who have enjoyed Group 1 success with Arrowfield’s Inglis Easter graduate Whisky Baron. 

Traces obviously benefited from his first-up run, when all of his opponents were on his blind side, and was produced with perfect timing by jockey Greg Cheyne at the 200-metre mark. He finished off strongly to score by 2.25 lengths from the favourite Carlita and Royal Italian.

Bred by Arrowfield with long-time breeding partner John Leaver, Traces is the first foal of Traceability, an unraced daughter of Charge Forward and Urge To Merge, and so a half-sister to Group 1 winners Master Of Design and Suntagonal. This is, of course, the wonderful Princess Tracy family, also responsible for Australian Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy and her South African champion dam Tracy’s Element.

Traceability’s second foal, a colt by Redoute’s Choice, was bought for $750,000 by Hawkes Racing at the Magic Millions Sale earlier this month. The mating with Redoute’s Choice has been repeated twice, resulting in a 2017 colt and a foal-to-come by the three-time Champion Sire. 

Traces is the 21st worldwide stakeswinner for Snitzel this season, and the sixth stakeswinner for former Arrowfield resident Charge Forward as a damsire, a group headed by Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign and Magic Millions winner Sunlight. 

The colt is Snitzel’s second South African stakeswinner, after Arrowfield Inglis Easter graduate Heavenly Blue, winner of the Turffontein SA Classic G1 last April.

Snitzel has two fillies and a colt on offer at next month’s Inglis Classic Sale, and buyers looking for yearlings out of Charge Forward mares will find eight at Classic, including Lots 54 and 506 in Arrowfield’s draft.

Arrowfield graduates honoured in South Africa

Four  Group 1-winning Arrowfield graduates, all purchased from the Inglis Easter Sale, were the only Australian-bred finalists for South Africa’s 2016/17 Equus Awards, and two of them won their respective categories.

Sheikh Hamdan’s brilliant colt Mustaaqeem was named Champion 2YO Colt, and Whisky Baron won the Champion Middle Distance title at the Awards ceremony in Johannesburg on Tuesday evening.

Like his sire Redoute’s Choice, Mustaaqeem made only two juvenile appearances, but achieved maximum impact with a runaway debut win, followed by a four-length victory in the Turffontein South African Nursery G1 on 6 May. 

That performance very quickly turned into a rare piece of history when Mustaaqeem’s older full brother Rafeef – now standing at Highlands Stud in South Africa – won the Computaform Sprint G1 on the same Champions Day card. Rafeef was a finalist for the Champion Sprinter award won by Carry On Alice.

Mustaaqeem and Rafeef are sons of South African Horse of the Year National Colour, both of them bred by Arrowfield and Klawervlei Stud, both offered at successive Inglis Easter Sales and both purchased for Shadwell by master buyer Angus Gold. It took $800,000 to buy Rafeef in 2014, and more than twice that amount, $1.75 million, to secure Mustaaqeem two years later. 

National Colour has a 2YO Snitzel filly bought for $675,000 by Paul Messara at Inglis Easter and now part of Arrowfield’s racing team, and a yearling colt by Redoute’s Choice. The mare is in foal to Snitzel.

Whisky Baron (Manhattan Rain-Tazkara by Sinndar), a product of the Aga Khan Studs’ partnership with Arrowfield, was also bought from the 2014 Easter Sale, for just $50,000 by Craig Roscoe & Joey Ramsden. Trained by Brett Crawford for former international cricketer Craig Kieswetter and his brother Ross, Whisky Baron progressed dramatically from three to four, winning all five of his starts last season, which ended with a stunning success in the R5 million Kenilworth Sun Metropolitan H. G1 over 2000 metres. 

Tazkara is now in France, but has two daughters in Australia including Whisky Baron’s full sister Downtown Manhattan whose first foal is a yearling colt by Olympic Glory. 

The fourth Arrowfield graduate among the Equus Award finalists was 3YO colt Heavenly Blue (Snitzel-Simply Carina by El Prado), bred by the Stud in partnership with Cloros Bloodstock and bought for $200,000 by Jehan Malherbe’s Form Bloodstock.

Winner of both his 2YO starts, Heavenly Blue raced exclusively in Group company at three, winning the Turffontein South African Classic G1, and finishing third in the South African Derby G1.

He also hails from the yard of champion trainer Mike de Kock who received a Special Achievement Award after reaching the milestone of 3,000 career wins in March.

Simply Carina has a 3YO daughter, Play That Song (by Smart Missile), in the Mike Moroney stable, a 2YO filly by Snitzel and a yearling colt by Smart Missile. 

First Group 1 winner for Manhattan Rain

Several boxes were ticked on Saturday when Whisky Baron scored a spectacular victory in South Africa’s richest race, the ~$500,000 Kenwilworth Sun Met 2000m G1.

The 4YO gelding a is a new Group 1 winner for Arrowfield’s Inglis Easter Sale honour roll; he’s the first Group 1winner for the Aga Khan Studs/Arrowfield joint venture; and the first Group 1 winner for his sire Manhattan Rain.

Whisky Baron showed promise as a 3YO when he won and was twice second in Group 3 company, but he has progressed more rapidly as this season as a gelding, winning all four of his starts before the Met, including the Kenilworth Peninsula H. G3 on 7 January.

The big finish he unwound to over-power Horse of the Year Legal Eagle and Group 1 winner Captain America and win the Sun Met by 1.5 lengths in 2:02.71 left no doubt that Whisky Baron, trained by Brett Crawford for brothers Craig & Ross Kieswetter, is South African racing’s newest star.

Watch Whisky Baron win the Sun Met G1.

A $50,000 purchase by Craig Roscoe & Joey Ramsden from Arrowfield’s 2014 Inglis Easter draft, Whisky Baron is the fourth foal of the unraced Sinndar mare Tazkara. Like this season’s debut 2YO stakeswinner Azazel, and a pair of $500,000 yearlings sold at Magic Millions three weeks ago, he is a result of the Aga Khan/Arrowfield joint venture.

He joins the excellent record of the Aga Khan foundation mare Tonnera, herself winner of the 1966 Prix St Alary G1 over 2000 metres, and ancestress of  European Group 1 2YO winners Arcano, Carlotamix and Damson.

Tazkara has a 3YO filly named Pretty Snitzel (by Snitzel) in training with Kelly Doughty on the Gold Coast and, after returning to France in 2014, foaled a second filly by Snitzel. Now a southern hemisphere 2YO, that filly will be prepared by leading French trainer Jean-Claude Rouget. Tazkara also has a yearling colt by Excelebration and is foaling to the speedy young Shadwell stallion Muhaarar (by Oasis Dream).

Whisky Baron is Manhattan Rain’s third stakeswinner this season, after Group 2-winning sprinter Wild Rain and brilliant juvenile She Will Reign, an early favourite for the Golden Slipper. His Group 2-winning daughter Scarlet Rain, who returned from a long break to win stylishly at Rosehill on Saturday, must be a fine chance of adding more black type to her record in coming weeks.

The Group 1-winning son of Encosta de Lago has a small number of yearlings catalogued for upcoming sales, including NZ Select, Inglis Classic, Premier & Easter and Magic Millions Adelaide. Manhattan Rain’s top-priced lot at Magic Millions Gold Coast was the $360,000 filly out of Double Ranga, a full sister to Scarlet Rain. Offered by Arrowfield, she was purchased by Wu Jae’s Rifa Mustang Pty Ltd.

Five yearlings by Redoute’s Choice & Animal Kingdom out of Aga Khan broodmares from the families of Vadawina, Azamour, Manighar and Mandistana will be offered by Arrowfield at the Inglis Easter Sale in April.