Record NZ price for Snitzel colt

Karaka’s perennial leading buyer David Ellis was busy on Day 2 of the new-format Karaka Book 1 Sale, securing nine lots including the top-priced Snitzel yearling sold in New Zealand.

Presented by Haunui Farm, the colt out of Floria was knocked down for $NZ625,000, a figure exceeded by five Snitzel yearlings at this year’s Magic Millions Sale, and $NZ100,000 above the previous record for a Karaka-sold Snitzel, set in 2017.

Floria (by Savabeel) is a multiple Group winner from the marvellous Princess Patine family nurtured over five decades by Richard Moore and his son David. Prospects for the Snitzel/Savabeel cross look bright, given the affinity of Danehill and Sir Tristram in various combinations, and the fact that Snitzel has already sired Group winners Time For War, Lubiton & Perast out of Zabeel mares.

Two Snitzel fillies, out of Irish Group 3 winner Scintillula (by Galileo) and multiple Group 1 winner Shez Sinsational (by Ekraar) were also sold, for $NZ400,000 and $NZ300,000 respectively.

Snitzel, who posted his 21st stakeswinner this season when 2YO Traces scored in South Africa on Saturday, has three lots catalogued for the upcoming Inglis Classic Sale and eight at Inglis Melbourne Premier. They will be followed by 64 Snitzel yearlings at Inglis Easter in April including eight fillies and two colts consigned by Arrowfield.  

$900,000 for Not A Single Doubt filly

A new record top price for a Not A Single Doubt yearling filly was set at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Sale on Tuesday when the half-sister to Champion 2YO Melody Belle was knocked down for $NZ900,000.

It took only two bids, an opener of $800,000, then a wink at $900,000 for syndicator David Ellis of Te Akau Racing to secure the filly, who was offered by Haunui Farm on behalf of her breeder Marie Leicester. 

The third foal of minor winner Meleka Belle (by Iffraaj), the filly is an outstanding type with size, strength & quality and her extended female family is one of New Zealand’s best, descended from the Foxbridge mare Belle Fox.

David Ellis said, “I’ve been watching this filly’s family for the last 40 years. The moment I saw her at Haunui Farm I thought she was a stunning filly. She came up here to the sale and didn’t turn a hair as she took it all in her stride.”

Marie Leicester’s long experience as an owner and breeder ensured she was not carried away by other people’s pre-sale assessments of the filly’s value.

“After fifty years in this game the one thing I can say is that I’m a realist. I’ve learnt not to get my hopes up as the minute you do they come crashing down pretty quickly. I did have a figure in my mind that I would like to have achieved and this has well and truly exceeded that.

“The Belle family, which was established by my parents back in 1938, has produced so many quality gallopers so I’m keen to see this filly now carry on that tradition.”

The record of other high-priced Not A Single Doubt fillies that have raced is certainly encouraging. The $650,000 filly Pretty Fast and $450,000 filly Qafila are both Listed winners with upside in the Snowden and Hayes & Dabernig stables.

The Meleka Belle filly was the only Not A Single Doubt yearling at Karaka. Buyers can now look forward to his 16 lots at the Inglis Classic Sale (among them two Arrowfield fillies), eight at Inglis Melbourne Premier and 19 at Inglis Easter including two colts in Arrowfield’s consignment.

Not A Single Doubt is currently 6th on the Australian General Sires’ Premiership with $6.4 million prizemoney and seven stakeswinners, including Caulfield Guineas G1 winner Mighty Boss.

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.