Arrowfield drives major broodmare sale results

Many studs, stallions, breeders and vendors leave this week’s Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale with considerable satisfaction and, most importantly, the financial returns they need to drive the next stage of their bloodstock investment strategies.

Arrowfield stallions and graduates featured at the top end of a very buoyant Book One sale that exceeded even Magic Millions’ highest hopes, grossing $105,530,000 at an average price of $148,425.

The top 10 lots included two mares, Comprende and The Party Stand, sold in foal to Snitzel for $1.1 million and $1.05 million respectively, while Arrowfield graduate Scarlet Rain (Manhattan Rain-Double Ranga) was knocked down for $950,000 to James Harron Bloodstock.

Scarlet Rain was originally offered by Arrowfield at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale where she was bought by Darby Racing for $100,000. She quickly returned that price with interest, winning four races, three of them as a juvenile incuding the ATC Sweet Embrace S. G2, and $341,000 prizemoney.

Joe O’Neill’s Prime Thoroughbreds also produced a great result for the owners of Listed winner Hijack Hussy, bought for $62,000 from Arrowfield’s 2013 Magic Millions consignment. She earned $304,000 on the track, and this time through the ring was knocked down for $400,000 to Neil Jenkinson and Glenlogan Park.

Arrowfield itself offered a number of maiden mares on behalf of US owner Jon Kelly, achieving $800,000 each for Group 3 winner Thyme For Roses (Redoute’s Choice-Augusta Proud) and Slumber Party (Snitzel-Hokuspokus), and $450,000 for Group-placed city winner Extra Olives (Redoute’s Choice-Line Honours).

Like Hijack Hussy, Extra Olives and Slumber Party were both bred and sold as yearlings by Arrowfield. Several other past Arrowfield graduates that sold well this week were:

Bubble Below (Hussonet-Lunaliona), dam of Group 1 winner Lucky Bubbles; V: Riversdale/B: E Thoroughbred, $700,000
Primavera (Redoute’s Choice-Flame of Sydney), 3/4 sister to G1 Invader – Bhima/Bruce Perry, $550,000
She’s Got Power (Redoute’s Choice-Flame of Sydney), 3/4 sister to G1 Invader – Yarraman Park/Hilldene, $450,000
Sweet Sister (Snitzel-Flidais), sister to G1 Sweet Idea, in foal to I Am Invincible – Newgate/Hilldene, $550,000
Scrum (Flying Spur-Extremely), half-sister to G1 Extreme Choice, in foal to Written Tycoon – Newgate/China Horse Club, $525,000
Miles of Krishan (Snitzel-Nishaani), Group-placed city winner & half-sister to Ge Il Quello Veloce – Newhaven Park/Vinery, $500,000.

The market’s assessment of Arrowfield’s flagship stallions was evident in these sales:

Fairy Star (more Than Ready-Bourgogne), in foal to Redoute’s Choice – Widden Stud/ Spendthrift Australia, $700,000
Shirley, dam of G1 Dear Demi, in foal to Snitzel – Strawberry Hill Stud/ Tom Magnier, $700,000
Eyes of Love (Tavistock-Lovetrista), in foal to Snitzel – Bhima Thoroughbreds/Peachester Lodge, $450,000
Bourgogne, half-sister to G1 Bulla Borghese, in foal to Sitzel – Widden/Rosemont, $410,000
Lady Oracle, in foal to Not A Single Doubt – Baystone Farm/Phoenix Thoroughbreds, $400,000
Typing, Listed winner, in foal to Snitzel – Newgate Farm/Nick Vass Bloodstock, $400,000
Lot Three Four One, city winner, in foal to Not A Single Doubt – Baystone Farm/China Horse Club, $380,000
Zenon, city-winning half-sister to SW I Have No Fear, in foal to Snitzel – Kitchwin Hills/China Horse Club, $360,000
Sucker Punch (Encosta de Lago-Merlene), in foal to Not A Single Doubt – Strawberry Hill/Andrew Williams Bloodstock, $350,000.

Snitzel topped the list of covering sires with an average price of $599,375 for eight mares in foal to him, while two mares in foal to Redoute’s Choice averaged $495,000, and seven mares with positive tests to Not A Single Doubt averaged $269,286.

Canberra's turn for a Snitzel stakes double

Not content with a stakes double at Randwick on Saturday, Snitzel did it all over again on Sunday at Canberra, ending the weekend with four new stakeswinners and a $600,000 lead on the General Sires’ premiership.

2YO colt Trapeze Artist’s three-length victory in the $300,000 Black Opal S.1200m G3 has firmed up, if not quite finalised plans for a tilt at the $1 million ATC Inglis Sires’ G1 on 1 April.

Watch Trapeze Artist win the Canberra RC Black Opal S. G3.

Trainer Gerald Ryan said, “He’s always had the talent…he went really good the other day and I said to Bert with the blinkers on he’ll be really, really hard to beat, but I just wasn’t sure if he was up to this class.

“We haven’t left him in the Slipper – his main aim has always been the Sires’ and the Champagne but we’ll just see how we go from here.”

Trapeze Artist is the first winner out of Treppes (by Domesday), a half-sister to Group 1 winner Crawl, and he was offered at last year’s Inglis Easter Sale.When he didn’t reach his reserve, he was put into training by his breeders Bert Vieira and family, and has now won two of his 3 starts and almost $200,000. 

Remarkably, Gerald Ryan has now trained 11 stakeswinners by his former stable star Snitzel: Group 1 winner Snitzerland; Group 2 winners Flying Snitzel, Hot Snitzel, Perignon, Spill The Beans & Time For War; Group 3 winners Dances On Stars, Fireworks & Trapeze Artist; and Listed winners Samantha & Ygritte. All of them except Dances On Stars, Fireworks, Samantha & Trapeze Artist are Arrowfield graduates.

Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott also have a very good record with Snitzel’s progeny and notched up their 7th stakeswinner by him when 4YO gelding Dark Eyes scored by a head in the $200,000 Canberra Cup 2000m LR.

Watch Dark Eyes win the Canberra Cup LR.

It was also the 7th win for Dark Eyes (ex Cinnamon Dove by Gulch),who was bred by Warringah Stud Farm and bought from the Widden Stud draft for $68,000 by Darby Racing.

Snitzel’s stakes double-double over the weekend was backed up by another eight stakes performers in four countries: Invader & Redzel (Randwick), Snitzson (Flemington), Muraaqeb (Canberra), Spoils (Morphettville), Royal Fashion (Ellerslie, NZ), Heavenly Blue (Turffontein, South Africa) and Wimbledon (Kranji, Singapore).

With 21 winners of 24 Group & Listed Races on the board, this is already a record season for Snitzel whose career statistics now feature 56 stakeswinners, 11 same-day stakes doubles and a very healthy 8 per cent Stakeswinners/Runners.

Arrowfield's Magic Millions strike rate is compelling

Eighteen stakeswinners from 203 lots offered is Arrowfield’s record from the past six Magic Millions Gold Coast Sales, 2011-16. That’s the best strike rate among the Sale’s vendors with 100+ lots offered during that period.

One of the Arrowfield Magic Millions graduates on show in the past year is quality Melbourne sprinter Wild Rain (by Manhattan Rain). Already a multiple stakeswinner, she stepped up this Spring to win the MVRC Ian McEwen S. G2 and run the bravest of thirds behind Extreme Choice in the MVRC A.J. Moir S. G1. Purchased from Arrowfield’s 2013 draft, Wild Rain has so far earned more than five times her $150,000 purchase price.

Syndicators have also done well with yearlings bought from Arrowfield. Darby Racing spotted another daughter of Manhattan Rain in the 2015 Magic Millions consignment and secured her for $100,000. Named Scarlet Rain, she didn’t take long to put smiles on her owners’ faces, winning three of her four 2YO starts, including the ATC Sweet Embrace S. G2. Her full sister is offered in Arrowfield’s 2017 Magic Millions consignment.

Melbourne syndicator Blueblood Thoroughbreds paid $120,000 for the Not A Single Doubt-Negotiate filly in 2014 and now own the valuable dual Group winner and $400,000 earner Secret Agenda.

2013 graduate Hijack Hussy (Hussonet-Joy Ride) has returned almost $300,000 on the $62,000 paid for her by Joe O’Neill’s Prime Thoroughbreds.Her four wins feature a Listed win at Flemington and a Group 3 placing at the Gold Coast where she’s nominated for next Saturday’s $1 million Magic Millions Fillies & Mares.

Also among Arrowfield’s 18 stakes-winning Magic Millions graduates since 2011 are Group 1 winner Sweet Idea (bought by Gai Waterhouse & James Harron), Group 2 winner Perignon (Gerald Ryan), Group 3-winning juveniles Honesty Prevails (Rick Worthington & Scone Bloodstock), Bachman (Jadeskye Racing) & Oakleigh Girl (Dan Bourgoure) and Flemington Listed winner Detective (James Harron).

On paper and in the flesh, this year’s 55-lot Arrowfield Magic Millions draft has all the credentials to give that list a substantial boost.

The Stud’s champion and proven sires are well-represented: Redoute’s Choice (three colts & two fillies) and his leading sons Snitzel (five colts & four fillies) & Not A Single Doubt (four colts & a filly); Manhattan Rain (three lots including Scarlet Rain’s full sister); and Group 1 sire Charge Forward (three fillies & a colt).  Golden Slipper favourite She Will Reign and the latest Australian-bred Group winner in South Africa, Whisky Baron, are both by Manhattan Rain.

Three new and emerging Arrowfield sires offer plenty of appealing options for buyers. The catalogue’s 12 first-crop yearlings by six-time Group 1 winner Dundeel include’s Arrowfield’s colts out of Hokuspokus (from Not A Single Doubt’s family) and Champion 2YO & Group 1 producer Miss Finland.

The draft’s seven yearlings from the second crop of Dubai World Cup champion Animal Kingdom are out of mares by Charge Forward, Choisir, Commands, Danzero, Flying Spur, More Than Ready and Snitzel.

Three fillies & five colts by the 2015/16 Champion First Season Sire and current leading Second Season Sire Smart Missile include Secret Agenda’s half-brother and relatives of Special, Inaflury and We Can Say It Now.

Former Arrowfield residents All American, sire of dual Group 1 winner Yankee Rose, and Starcraft, whose 10 winners in Hong Kong feature recent Group 3 winner Blizzard, have seven colts between them.

Buyers will also find full or half siblings of dual Group 2 winner Time For War, juvenile Group winner Honesty Prevails and debut 2YO stakeswinners Azazel & Burnstone; a filly out of multiple stakeswinner Moonlight Bay; and a filly by Japanese Horse of the Year and six-time Group 1 winner Lord Kanaloa.

Scarlet Rain wins Sweet Embrace Stakes

Given the manner of Scarlet Rain’s Sweet Embrace Stakes victory last Saturday, Arrowfield’s young sire Manhattan Rain may soon be adding more than a Group 2 winner to his steadily growing record.

An attractive chestnut with four white stockings, Scarlet Rain isn’t hard to find in a field, but she made it easier by sprinting quickly to a clear lead from gate 12.

She rolled along comfortably on her own until jockey Kathy O’Hara asked her to drive clear which she duly did, winning by a length from In The Vanguard to maintain her unbeaten record and boost her prizemoney to $244,500. Vinery Stud’s filly Tale Of Choice (by Redoute’s Choice), bought from Arrowfield at the Inglis Easter Sale, was third, almost three lengths away.

Purchased for $100,000 from Arrowfield’s 2015 Magic Millions consignment by Darby Racing, Scarlet Rain is trained by Gai Waterhouse who also prepared Manhattan Rain to win or place in all three legs of the Sydney 2YO Triple Crown.

The champion trainer already has six Golden Slippers on her record and immediately confirmed, in typically direct fashion, that the filly would take her place in the $3.5 million race on 19 March. 

“How could they doubt her? Does the Slipper fit? Yes.”

Scarlet Rain is the first foal of city-winning 2YO Double Ranga (by Exceed And Excel), a half-sister to stakeswinners Happy Forever & Super Lacuna, from the family of dual Group 1 winner Toorak Toff.

Double Ranga’s second foal, a similarly striking, athletic colt by Starcraft was a $110,000 buy for Robert Roulston at this year’s Magic Millions Sale. The mare also has a weanling full sister to Scarlet Rain, and is in foal to Animal Kingdom.

Scarlet Rain is the sixth stakeswinner, and second Group winner for Manhattan Rain, firmly stamping his patch among Australia’s best stallions from the Class of 2010.

Sydney 2YO quinellas for Arrowfield sires

Gai Waterhouse, Darby Racing & Arrowfield sires were all the clues punters needed to nail two juvenile quinellas in Sydney over the weekend.

On Friday evening Snitzel’s daughter Vienna Waltz  took up an early lead over 1200 metres, kicked clear on the turn and stuck on gamely to hold out the resolute Hussterical (by Beneteau), with Volpino third.

A $140,000 Waterhouse & Julian Blaxland purchase from the Edinglassie draft at last year’s Inglis Easter Sale, Vienna Waltz, from Marju’s 2YO Group winner Burning Sands, is Snitzel’s fifth 2YO winner this season.

Hussterical, a full sister to stakeswinner Lady Jivago, was bought by Darby Racing for $90,000 from Arrowfield’s consignment at the the 2015 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale. From the second and final crop of Beneteau, she is out of the winning Hussonet mare Hussterics, a member of the celebrated Easy Date family of Snippets, Forensics, Rewaaya, Sharnee Rose & Not A Single Doubt.

Less than 18 hours later at Randwick, Scarlet Rain (by Manhattan Rain) sealed a Golden Slipper campaign with an easy victory over 1000 metres. Her superior gate speed allowed her to cross the field from barrier 8 to take up a lead she extended in the straight, while Twist Tops (by Beneteau) boxed on well for second, with the fast-finishing Prized Icon third. 

It was Scarlet Rain’s second win following her successful debut for the Waterhouse/Darby Racing combination at Rosehill on 2 January. She is Manhattan Rain’s second winner, after Speeding Comet (also from a Hussonet mare) in Perth, from only four juvenile runners this season.

Scarlet Rain is the first foal of the 2YO city winner Double Ranga (by Exceed and Excel) and, like Hussterical, is an Arrowfield graduate. Darby Racing paid $100,000 for her at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Earlier this month on the Gold Coast Robert Roulston paid $110,000 for the Starcraft-Double Ranga colt, while the Snitzel-Hussterics colt comes up next month in Arrowfield’s draft for the Inglis Classic Sale.

Manhattan Rain delivers on Promise

A smart maiden winner by Manhattan Rain promises to give him another runner in a major Classic over the next couple of months.

Trainer Moira Murdoch has held a good opinion of Promise To Reign for some time now and the 3YO filly justified her confidence with a strong win over 1600m at Te Rapa in New Zealand.

Watch Promise To Reign’s win at Te Rapa.

Promise To Reign was a $270,000 purchase from Arrowfield’s 2014 Inglis Easter draft by John Foote for Brendan & Jo Lindsay and has been handled with all the patience required to develop an Oaks filly.

Murdoch indicated after Wednesday’s win that the $300,000 New Zealand Oaks G1 on 19 March was the filly’s main target this Autumn, with the Sir Tristram Fillies Classic G2 on 13 February her most likely next start.

Promise To Reign was bred by Matt & Jo Cloros and Arrowfield from the winning El Prado mare Certain Promise, a full sister to French Group 1 winner Spanish Moon and Royal Ascot Group 2 winner Spanish Sun. There’s plenty of top-class European middle-distance form in the pedigree, most notably contributed by Flintshire whose gallant Arc second earned him an international rating of 123, surpassed only by Golden Horn & Treve among the world’s best 2400-metre turf performers of 2015.

Certain Promise has a 2YO colt by Smart Missile in the Star Thoroughbreds stable, a yearling filly by Animal Kingdom for this year’s Inglis Easter Sale and a filly foal by Smart Missile.

Manhattan Rain has already shown he’s capable of leaving serious Classic contenders including Moonovermanhattan (Moonee Valley Vase G2), Light Up Manhattan (4th, Victoria Derby G1), Man of Choice (2nd, Spring Champion S. G1), Manapine & Crafty.  However, he was classy enough himself to win at Group 1 level at two, then run second in the Cox Plate at three and he’s building a similar range of achievement as a sire.  

His 4YO daughter Wild Rain is something of a 1000-metre specialist, winning in Melbourne Listed company at that distance and finding only Husson Eagle too strong for her in the 1100-metre Magic Millions Sprint on 9 January. The Mick Price-trained 3YO gelding Twisting Typhoon showed similar zip when winning his debut at Sandown on 2 December, followed a month later by a Saturday third placing over 1200m at Moonee Valley.

Manhattan Rain has also had two city winners, both of them Arrowfield graduates, from four 2YO starters this season: Darby Racing’s filly Scarlet Rain (ex Double Ranga) who lines up again at Randwick this Saturday, and Speeding Comet (ex Brazen Hussey), first & second in his two starts in Perth.

These performances have not been lost on buyers who paid an average of $123,333 – almost five times his 2013 fee – for six lots by the son of Encosta de Lago at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. All but one were sold in Book 1 and four of them made $130,000 (2 lots), $160,000 and $230,000.

That top price of $230,000 was achieved by Turangga Farm for their filly out of Convene, a half-sister to Group 1 winner Headway. She was purchased by Shadwell Australasia; other Manhattan Rain yearling buyers included Gai Waterhouse (trainer of Scarlet Rain) & Julian Blaxland, and Lindsay Park Racing.

Manhattan Rain is also proving a valuable outcross option because, unlike his illustrious big brother Redoute’s Choice, he does not have Danehill or Danzig in his pedigree. Mares by stallions from that dominant line have already left Group 2 winner Moonovermanhattan, Group 1-placed Man Of Choice, stakeswinner Manapine, stakes-placed Manhattan Avenue & Right Or Wrong and city winners Boundary, Long Face Grace, Manna Trust & Scarlet Rain.

Manhattan Rain has 8 lots catalogued for the Inglis Classic Sale including two colts & a filly in the Arrowfield draft, and three fillies and two colts in the Inglis Melbourne Premier catalogue, among them Arrowfield’s daughter of Group-placed city winner Simply Put.

All American's message heard at Magic Millions

The message delivered by All American’s early season 2YOs was heeded by the buyers who paid an average of almost $80,000 – around 5 times his 2013 fee – for his six yearlings at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Top price of $160,000 was paid by Cook Bloodstock and Henderson Racing & Breeding for Arrowfield’s quality filly out of Lahana, a daughter of Hussonet and champion filly Alinghi.

Belmont Bloodstock’s bid of $95,000 secured a colt bred on the same cross, out of city-winning juvenile Illusionary. Also offered by Arrowfield, he’s a full brother to the very talented Invisible whose Australian career was cut short by serious injury, from the family of Group winners Chase The Rainbow, Ms Funovits & Sonic Quest.

Syndicator Darby Racing bought two lots by All American, including Rheinwood Pastoral’s $85,000 half-brother to Listed winner So Anyway, from Addictive (by Flying Spur).

The champion stable of David Hayes & Tom Dabernig is the new home of the Gibraltar Moon colt, a close relation of Group winner Bachman. He was an $80,000 purchase by Dalziel Racing & Lindsay Park Racing from the draft of Queensland vendor Aquis Farm.

A trio of city-winning juveniles, Rampage (also 3rd, Inglis Nursery LR), Yankee Rose & Yankee Express have raised All American’s profile this season and shot him into the top 10 on the Australian 2YO Sires’ list.

Given All American’s Danehill-free pedigree, it’s no surprise to see him proving to be an effective outcross for mares carrying the supersire’s DNA. Bachman, Rampage and Yankee Express are all out of mares by Danehill sons, and Invisible’s grand-dam is by Redoute’s Choice.

However, All American has also done well with daughters of End Sweep, Hussonet, Unbridled’s Song & Xaar from the Mr. Prospector sireline, and Vice Regent’s sons Deputy Minister & Regal Classic.

The Group 1-winning son of Red Ransom has a strong group of 13 yearlings catalogued for next month’s Inglis Classic Sale, including colts from Listed winner Stormy Miss & Group winner Sylvaner, a colt from a Hussonet daughter of Group 1 winner Honor Lap, and two fillies and a colt out of Redoute’s Choice mares.

New All American 2YO winner for Darby Racing

A week after Golden Slipper prospect Yankee Rose won so well at Rosehill, Darby Racing has unleashed a second eye-catching 2YO by All American.

This time it was the colt Rampage who won his debut in Saturday’s $80,000 MVRC John Paraskevas Plate over 1000 metres. He showed plenty of grit and pace, after racing wide most of the way, to catch Giroux on the line, with Legerity (by Snitzel) a further length away in third.

Watch Rampage’s debut win at Moonee Valley.

Yankee Rose & Rampage are All American’s only juvenile starters so far this season and they have shot him to second position on the Australian 2YO Sires’ list with $221,200 prizemoney, less than $25,000 behind his barnmate Not A Single Doubt.

Co-trainer David Hayes, who also prepared All American to win on debut at Moonee Valley in 2007, immediately confirmed that Rampage would go to Sydney for the $500,000 Inglis Nursery (R) LR at Randwick on 12 December.

He said, “I think he’s a smart horse. He’ll be hard to beat (in Sydney) because he was three-wide the trip and he’s got a lot of improvement left in him. With a $500,000 race and an in-form horse, we’ve got to go for it.

“I thought he’d run well but there were some big wraps on horses in this race. He hasn’t been overly schooled to get here so I’m thrilled.”

Originally sold by Arrowfield at the 2014 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, Rampage was a $20,000 buy for Darby Racing from the Denns Park draft at this year’s Inglis Classic Summer Sale.

Rampage’s dam is the Danzero mare Sleight of Hand, a daughter of champion New Zealand 2YO Lodore Magic, whose grand-daughter Illusionary (by Hussonet) has left the smart juvenile Invisible to All American.

Arrowfield’s 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast draft includes Illusionary’s second All American colt as Lot 319. 

Other All American yearlings in Arrowfield’s Magic Millions draft are Lot 920, the Catalina Winemixer colt, a close relation of Yankee Rose; and Lot 373, the filly from a Hussonet daughter of champion filly Alinghi.

All American 2YO wins again at Rosehill

Darby Racing’s sharp eye for an athletic yearling put a large group of owners into the winner’s circle at Rosehill for the second time in three weeks, when Yankee Rose scored again in Saturday’s $150,000 Golden Gift over 1100 metres.

The 2YO daughter of All American once again proved too strong for her male rivals, making up several lengths in spectacular fashion to overhaul Good Standing by a half-neck, with Julius Caesar third.

Watch Yankee Rose win the Golden Gift at Rosehill.

Apart from the thrill of two wins from two starts, her owners have reaped big financial returns on the $10,000 Darby Racing paid for Yankee Rose at the Inglis Classic Sale where she was offered by Widden Stud. Her prizemoney is already close to $160,000, including BOBS bonuses of $40,000 – sufficient to book a place in next year’s $3.5 million Golden Slipper G1 on 19 March.

Her trainer David Vandyke said, “I’m still coming to grips with that performance and the fact that we have a runner in the Golden Slipper.”

“I know this filly will get over further – the Champagne Stakes is actually the race I had tagged for her long term but to see her finish like that over 1100 (metres), she’s quality.

“She’s very exciting and the thing she has got going for her is she’s tough, real tough.”

Yankee Rose, physically very typical of All American’s stock, is the fourth foal and third winner out of Condesaar (by Xaar), a half-sister to New Zealand Derby G1 winner Redoute’s Dancer.

All American has six lots catalogued for January’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale including Arrowfield’s colt from Catalina Winemixer (by Stratum), making him a three-quarter brother to Yankee Rose.

Group One target for Snitzel colt

Dual Group 2 winner Time For War has a Group 1 race in his sights – trainer Gerald Ryan and managing owner Scott Darby just have to work out which race to target.

Scott rates the colt a fifty-fifty chance of running in the $500,000 J.J. Atkins G1 at Eagle Farm, after his all-the-way win in Saturday’s Sires’ Produce S. G2 at Doomben.  “He carved out some good sectionals and Tye said he was actually playing with them in the straight, but he perked up when Brazen Beau came at him.”

Given that fillies have won every Australian Group 1 2YO race already run this season, the talented son of Snitzel could be the year’s champion 2YO colt  if he can extend his speed to the 1600 metres of the Atkins.

There are good reasons to be confident that Time For War will get the longer distance. Snitzel is already the sire of two Group 1 winners at 1600 metres, Shamus Award (Australian Guineas) and Sizzling, who won the 2012 Atkins when it was known as the T.J. Smith Stakes.

Time For War’s dam Lady Zabelia is by the great source of high-class stamina, Zabeel, from the family which produced Zabeel’s champion son Might And Power, whose wins beyond 1600 metres included the Cox Plate and the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.

However, Gerald Ryan has his eye on next season’s first Group 1 race for 3YOs, the 1400-metre Golden Rose in September.  That would require the colt to head for the spelling paddock immediately and miss the Atkins.

Scott Darby spotted Time For War in the Arrowfield draft at last year’s Inglis Scone Yearling Sale. “I have a very good rapport with the Arrowfield team and they paraded four or five horses for me. He was the second one out and my first comment was, “What is he doing here?’

“There was just something about him, and I rated him one of the nicer yearlings we bought that year, with good scope and a great pedigree. He looked every bit a Snitzel to me.”

Scott secured the colt for $56,000 , the second-highest price of the Sale. Little more than 12 months later Time For War, with two Group 2 victories in his first five starts and almost $400,000 prizemoney,  is worth a substantial multiple of that figure.

Darby Racing, also the original buyer of Group 1 winner Snitzerland, is syndicating three fillies by Snitzel this year, one of them also out of a Zabeel mare, the multiple city winner Zacushla.