Snitzkraft earns stakes-winning status

Arrowfield’s Magic Millions “Class of 2016” posted its fifth stakeswinner on Saturday when Snitzkraft landed the $100,000 BRC Falvelon Quality 1050m LR at Doomben.

The 3YO Snitzel colt and pilot Larry Cassidy took no prisoners in the race, spearing straight to the front, kicking clear at the 250-metre mark and finding enough to hold off Flying Spur’s fast-finishing son Irish Constabulary.

Watch Snitzkraft win the BRC Falvelon Quality LR.

It was Snitzraft’s fourth win from 8 starts for his trainers Kelso Wood & Patricia Gesler and took his earnings beyond $220,000. However, his most valuable prize is the wildcard entry to the $1 million Magic Millions Snippets on 13 January.

That race, previously known simply as the Magic Millions Sprint, has been re-named in honour of the inaugural 1987 2YO Classic winner Snippets whose subsequent racing and stud success gave the Magic Millions concept the perfect launch. Snippets stood at Arrowfield from 1994 until his death in January 2002 and is the damsire of Snitzel.

Snitzel now claims 76 lifetime stakeswinners and 18 (including New Zealand Listed winner Untamed Diamond) for the first five months of this season. He has just broken through $14 million on the Australian General Sires’ premiership – only $2.2 million short of his record total for the entire 2016/17 season.

Snitzkraft is the second foal and second winner out of city-winning mare Power O’Raylee (by champion New Zealand sire O’Reilly), also the dam of unraced 2YO colt Proven Power (by Dundeel), a yearling filly by Sizzling and a filly foal by Dundeel. 1978 New Zealand Horse of the Year Uncle Remus, Group winners Cossack Warrior & Cossack Prince and Hong Kong sprinter Happy Zero appear further back in the pedigree.

Snitzkraft joins Champion 2YO colt Invader, Group winners Showtime & Dracarys and Listed winner Pretty Fast to make five stakeswinners, so far, from Arrowfield’s 2016 Magic Millions draft. Unlike the other four horses, Snitzkraft was passed in and so is raced by a group of five owners led by his breeders Mick & Diane Power.

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.” 

One, two, three Group wins for Snitzel

Australia’s newly crowned Champion Sire Snitzel has made an electrifying start to 2017/18, adding a Group race treble on Saturday and almost cracking the million-dollar mark – a mere 19 days into the new season.

First up was the $150,000 ATC Up and Coming S. 1300m G3 and, on a very fast Randwick track, jockey Andrew Adkins elected to drop 3YO Snowden-trained colt Dracarys back off the pace.

As Trapeze Artist led the field through the turn and into the straight, he was tackled by Sanctioned, but Gold Standard and Dracarys, who travelled four wide into the straight, swept past them and fought out the final 100 metres. Despite shifting a plate during the race, Dracarys won the battle by 0.2 length, setting a new track record of 1:14.76 for the 1300 metres, and Sanctioned finished third. 

Watch Dracarys win the ATC Up and Coming S. G3.

James Harron and clients bought four yearling colts from Arrowfield in 2016 and three of them are now Group winners: Gunnison (by Not A Single Doubt; ATC Todman S. G2; sold for $1.4 million as a 2YO and now in Hong Kong); Pariah (by Redoute’s Choice; ATC Canonbury S. G3), and Dracarys. The fourth colt, Severence (by Redoute’s Choice) is a recent maiden winner.


Pictured left to right, at Arrowfield’s marquee at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale
after buying Dracarys for $1 million, are Alison Harron, Rob & Donna Love,
Belinda Bateman, James Harron & Fergus Doyle. (PHOTO: Arrowfield Stud)

Dracarys is the first foal of dual stakeswinner Nocturnelle (by Elusive Quality) whose Redoute’s Choice filly was bought for $650,000 by Shadwell Stud at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale.

Nocturnelle, from the family of multiple Group 1 winners Buffering and Intergaze, is due to foal again to Snitzel this Spring.

Dracarys has now won twice in four starts and co-trainer Paul Snowden noted his development from two to three. “He’s a different animal, all he wants to do is relax and work with you.

“We’ve been very happy with what we’ve been seeing at home, his first prep was on raw ability, and what we’re seeing now is a much more relaxed horse.”

Dracarys, named after the word for dragonfire in the fictional Game of Thrones language High Valyrian, is stakeswinner No. 66 for Snitzel, who won the Up and Coming Stakes in 2005. 

He’s also the 7th stakeswinner to emerge from Arrowfield’s Yearling Class of 2016 after Group 1 winners Invader & Mustaaqeem, Group winners Gunnison & Pariah, and Listed winners Azazel & Ardrossan.

An hour later in Melbourne, juvenile stakeswinner Jukebox opened his 3YO campaign in the $150,000 MRC Vain S. 1100m G3. Craig Williams settled him in a perfect position just behind the early leaders, but Jukebox still had to summon up a gritty finish to overhaul the resolute Plutocracy and score by 0.2 length, with Poseidon’s Pool third and Ducimus (also by Snitzel) fourth.

Williams said, “At the top of the straight I was very concerned – he had a lovely run up till then, but I went from going comfortably to wanting, I was quite firm on him late and he really delivered. Today was the first time he’s had to be a tough seasoned horse.”

Watch Jukebox win the MRC Vain S. G3.

Bred by Oakland Park Stud (also the breeder of Ducimus), from the Perth 2YO Listed winner Jestatune (by Rory’s Jester), Jukebox was offered by Blue Gum Farm at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale where trainer Ciaron Maher bought him for $200,000. Unbeaten in three starts, including the rich Inglis 2YO Premier (R) LR, Jukebox has several options in front of him, with the VRC Danehill S. G2 on 16 September the likeliest target.

Back at Randwick, another of Snitzel’s 2016/17 stakeswinners made a winning season debut, and again it was a heady performance, this time by 5YO mare Sweet Redemption. Her victory in the $150,000 ATC Toy Show Quality 1300m G3 was summed up by her jockey Adam Hyeronimus as a “really tough on pace win.”

Watch Sweet Redemption win the ATC Toy Show Quality G3.

Bred by Bell View Park Stud, Sweet Redemption (ex Redeeming Lass by Red Ransom) was offered at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale where Bruce & Natasha Slade’s Round Table Racing & James Harron Bloodstock bought her for $120,000. She has now won six races, including last season ATC Festival S. G3, and prizemoney of almost $390,000.

Dracarys, Jukebox & Sweet Redemption completed Snitzel’s second stakes treble (after the Diddums-Invader-Heavenly Blue treble on 1 April 2017) and with Menari, have matched the four August stakes wins that opened Snitzel’s 2016/17 Australian Premiership season.

Flood of updates for Arrowfield's Easter draft

Each weekend of Autumn racing sends the data managers and record-keepers into overdrive, as fresh black type is added to pedigrees and stallions statistics are updated.

Arrowfield stallions collected an abundance of updates last weekend, as Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt added six new stakeswinners and 11 new stakes performances to their combined records.