Second winner for Animal Kingdom

John O’Shea has consistently expressed his enthusiasm for Godolphin’s first group of Animal Kingdom juveniles and today he sent out the Dubai World Cup champion’s second winner.

Platinum scored a determined win at his third start over 1200 metres at Ballarat, after sitting four wide most of the way and then out-finishing the rapidly closing Give, with Super Snob almost 1.5 lengths back, third.

Watch Platinum win at Ballarat.

A homebred for Darley, Platinum is out of the city-winning mare Swishes, a half-sister to Group winner Le Zagaletta. Swishes is the dam of six winners from as many foals to race, including stakes-placed gelding Demonstrate.

Animal Kingdom has now compiled two smart winners, Platinum and TDN Rising Star Earth Angel (ex Miss Finland by Redoute’s Choice) on 8 March, and four placegetters (Momentum To Win, Animalia, Desert Flower & Seductive Miss) from eight runners. Earth Angel’s next assignment is likely to be in Melbourne stakes company next month.

Animal Kingdom has a quality consignment of 11 yearlings on offer at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale: five colts and four fillies in Arrowfield’s draft, and a pair of fillies presented by Tartan Fields.

Animal Kingdom filly makes $400,000 at Keeneland

Animal Kingdom, whose first Australian-bred 2YOs run this season, began the US sales season with a $US310,000 filly at Saratoga and has followed up with strong results by his first NH-bred yearlings at the Keeneland September Sale.

His top price in Book 1 was $US400,000, paid for his daughter out of Eltimaas (by Ghostzapper). The filly’s pedigree was given a significant update when her half-brother Drefong won the King’s Bishop G1 on 27 August, and Drefong’s owner, Juddmonte Farm, was the winning bidder.

Also in Book 1, Lot 38 from the Taylor Made consignment, a filly out of multiple stakeswinner and G3-placed Somethinaboutbetty (by Forestry), sold for $US300,000 to Animal Kingdom’s racing owner Team Valor International. 

Since then, the Dubai World Cup champion has added the $US350,000 Queens Carousel colt and the $US210,000 filly out of Blumen (by Dynaformer). With three of the Sale’s six books completed, Animal Kingdom is averaging just over $US118,000 for 31 lots sold.

Animal Kingdom’s first Australian crop averaged $186,000 at the major 2016 sales, with a top price of $310,000 paid by New Zealand owner Roger Blunt for Arrowfield’s stunning filly out of Cat By The Tale at Magic Millions.

After covering three full books at Darley’s Jonabell Farm, Animal Kingdom has been rested from his Australian duties this Spring and returns to Arrowfield in 2017.

The Arrowfield stable includes several Animal Kingdom 2YOs to be trained by David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, Team Hawkes, Nigel Blackiston, Grahame Begg,  John Sargent, Marcus Wilson & Paul Messara.

Animal Kingdom to rest for the 2016 season

The decision has been taken to rest Animal Kingdom for the 2016 Southern Hemisphere breeding season, which would have been his fourth in Australia.

Animal Kingdom, whose first Australian-bred 2YOs run next season, will remain at Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Kentucky after he completes the current US season.

The Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup winner will, however, return to Arrowfield Stud for the 2017 Southern Hemisphere season.

Arrowfield’s Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer says, “Arrowfield and Darley are the majority owners of Animal Kingdom, we’re firmly committed to him and we’re very pleased with his first progeny both here in Australia and in the United States.

“His stock have good size and scope with a tremendous depth of girth and appeal as late season two-year-olds and Classic horses.”

Freyer adds, “In a very competitive marketplace the fourth season is always the most difficult. We have great faith in Animal Kingdom and have decided to take a longer-term view of his stallion career so we’re resting him now, after he’s served three very big books in Kentucky and six consecutive seasons north and south .

“He’s an exceptional horse, but not surprisingly as a Kentucky Derby winner he’s been more popular in the US, so it makes sense to rest him from his Australian duties.”