Animal Kingdom states his case

Animal Kingdom isn’t on this year’s Arrowfield Stallion Roster, but he has a couple of quality 3YOs, both graduates of the Stud, putting up a strong case for his future prospects as a sire in Australia.

Today at Morphettville his daughter Earth Angel, an Arrowfield home-bred produced a staunch run for second in the $175,000 SAJC SA Fillies Classic 2500m G3, her third placing from five starts in stakes company this Autumn. 

As a daughter of Champion filly Miss Finland and half-sister to Group 1 winner Stay With Me, Earth Angel is already a valuable filly. However, she looks more than capable of doing her own work to enhance her status.

Another member of Animal Kingdom’s 2014 crop, Katsumi Yoshida’s home-bred colt Peaceful State has put together two really impressive Listed victories at Morphettville, in the HC Nitschke S. LR and last weekend’s Adelaide Guineas LR.

They came after his resolute second in Grunt’s Australian Guineas G1, and his season isn’t finished yet. He now goes to Queensland for either the Queensland Derby G1 or the Stradbroke Handicap G1 on 9 June.

Peaceful State, a half-brother to Australian Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler, is Animal Kingdom’s fifth stakeswinner, and the first from his first Australian crop. 

Animal Kingdom is fifth on the Australian Second Season Sires’ list with $1.2 million and his top-priced 2018 Australian yearling, the colt out of Double Ranga, sold for $350,000 at Inglis Easter.

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.

First winner for Animal Kingdom

Dubai World Cup and Kentucky Derby hero Animal Kingdom registered his first winner on Wednesday, when Arrowfield’s home-bred 2YO filly Earth Angel won on debut over 1200 metres at Ballarat.

There was no mistaking her parentage as the imposing chestnut filly stretched out in the home straight to score by a half-length from Holy Mind with a further 2.25 lengths back to Super Snob.

Watch Earth Angel’s debut win.

Jockey Damien Oliver said, “She is doing it on raw ability at the moment…She got a little whack over the head with the whip accidentally coming to the turn in a bit of a tight gap there, which just baulked her a little bit. She was full of running coming to the line and the further she went, the stronger she got.”

Like her champion dam Miss Finland (by Redoute’s Choice), Earth Angel is trained by David Hayes, now operating in partnership with his son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig. Miss Finland also won the first race in her stellar, $4.6 million career including the 2006 Golden Slipper, VRC Oaks and three other Group 1 races. 

Earth Angel is Miss Finland’s sixth foal and third winner after Stay With Me (MRC Thousand Guineas G1) and stakes-placed city winner Woodbine. Her yearling colt by Dundeel was bought by Boomer Bloodstock for $900,000 at January’s Magic Millions Sale and Miss Finland is now in foal to Japan’s supersire Deep Impact.

Both David Hayes and managing owner John Messara confirmed that Earth Angel will not be rushed along this season and, all going well, her next start will be in the 1600-metre Fernhill Handicap LR at Randwick on the second day of The Championships, 8 April.

John Messara told Racing.com, “Everything about her indicates she is going to be a filly that will develop in to a serious three-year-old. Her sire Animal Kingdom is a Derby winner and anything that his progeny are doing at two is simply a bonus.

“Earth Angel is still learning but what I liked most about her win was the last 50 metres, she exploded through the line, we think she is pretty special.”

In addition to Earth Angel, Animal Kingdom has had four placegetters including Momentum To Win in Sydney and another Arrowfield filly, Desert Flower.

He has 11 second-crop yearlings on offer at the upcoming Inglis Easter Sale, among them two colts out of the Aga Khan mares Vadaiyma and Zarakiysha, the daughter of a half-sister to Champion US Filly Beholder and a filly descended from Champion mare and great producer Horlicks.

View the 2017 Arrowfield Inglis Easter draft here.