Second Group 1 winner for Dundeel

Classic & weight-for-age Champion Dundeel is making a serious impact as a sire with a talented bunch of second-crop juveniles and two Group 1 winners from his first 60 runners…

Expectations for Dundeel’s stud career were naturally shaped by his Classic pedigree and race record, which indicated that his progeny would start to make an impact as 3YOs racing at 1600 metres and beyond.

They have certainly done that – think South African Group 1 winner Atyaab, Melbourne Group winners  Global Exchange & The Inevitable, New Zealand stakeswinner Cutadeel and Group-placed colt Dealmaker. 

More of a surprise is the rocketing juvenile success of Dundeel’s second crop, which has produced three brilliant debut winners: NZ-based Yourdeel in December, Castelvecchio in Sydney and Pandano at Newcastle in January.  

Pandano is now spelling, but Castelvecchio progressed to win the $2 million ATC Inglis Millennium (R) LR on 9 February and run third in the Skyline S. G3. His Autumn campaign is now aimed at the $1 million Inglis Sires G1 on 6 April.

Yourdeel’s trajectory has been even more dramatic. He impressed when dead-heating for third in the ARC Karaka Million (R) on 26 January, ran away from his rivals to win the Matamata RC Slipper S. G3 a month later and on Saturday he became Dundeel’s first 2YO Group 1 winner.

And he did it the hard way in the $200,000 ARC Ellerslie Sires’ Produce S. 1200m G1, driving forward early to travel energetically on the pace, making his move at the top of the straight and fighting off five challengers to prevail by a short head from Aalaalune & Aretha, with Snitzel’s daughter Bavella fourth.

It was a record-equalling 62nd Group 1 victory for jockey Opie Bosson who said, “He over-raced a bit early and I thought surely he can’t keep going. When I got stuck in, he fought so hard, he’s a top-quality horse.”

Trained by Te Akau Racing’s Jamie Richards at Matamata, Yourdeel (ex Miss Zapper by Red Ransom) was originally bought by Little Avondale Stud from breeder Dan Myers at the 2017 NZ National Weanling Sale.

Offered at the 2018 National Yearling Sale at Karaka by Little Avondale, he was knocked down to the $100,000 bid of Chris Rutten who races the gelding with John Norwood and Rod Preston.

Dundeel now heads the New Zealand 2nd Season Sires table, and is third, behind Savabeel & Showcasing, on the New Zealand 2YO Sires’ Premiership. In Australia he’s a clear third on the 2nd Season Sires list with  21 winners, 3 stakeswinners and  $2.5 million prizemoney.

Dundeel’s eight stakeswinners from his first 60 runners give him an excellent strike rate of 13.3%. Furthermore, international bloodstock analyst Bill Oppenheim’s APEX ratings, which identified Snitzel & Savabeel back in 2012, recently highlighted Dundeel with an A Runner index of 4.11.

The 2019 Inglis Easter Sale catalogue includes 14 yearlings by Dundeel, all but three of them in Arrowfield’s consignment. 

Summer Passage wins Group 1 Sires' Produce

Snitzel’s headline-making season continued on Thursday when his 2YO son Summer Passage stepped up from Listed success at Matamata last month to take out the $200,000 ARC Ellerslie Sires’ Produce S. 1200m G1.

The race, sponsored by Brendan & Jo Lindsay’s recently sold company Sistema Plastics, began with a three-horse battle for the lead as Summer Passage sped forward from the outside gate to join Ujjayyi and Felton Road. The trio settled in front and jockey Blake Shinn let Summer Passage get round the home turn before applying pressure which dropped off his co-leaders as Star Treasure and Gold Fever emerged from the pack.

However, placings were their lot as the Snitzel colt’s class shone in the final stages and he pulled away for a convincing three-quarter length win, his second from three starts since his late January debut for owner Hermitage Thoroughbreds and trainers Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott. 

Watch Summer Passage win the ARC Ellerslie Sires’ Produce S. G1.

The result was also a triumph for Ron & Deb Gilbert’s Highgrove Stud, based in the famous Darling Downs region of Queensland. Summer Passage was knocked down to Wexford Stables for $800,000 at the 2016 Inglis Easter Sale and joins Group 1 winners Porto Roca & Wanted, Group 2 winner Shrapnel (by Charge Forward) and Listed winner Thronum (also by Snitzel) on the boutique farm’s graduate list.

Summer Passage is the second foal of Subsequent, a winning daughter of Encosta De Lago and he was as much a star of Highgrove’s draft as he was at Ellerslie.

Ron Gilbert recalls, “He was a very good sort. The good yearlings tend to pick themselves and this bloke certainly did that.
“They’re standouts from day one, there’s never an issue with them, they’ve very popular with potential buyers and they never turn a hair.”

Subsequent, from the family of Group 2 winner Shania Dane and Group winners Order Of The Sun (in Singapore) and Scintillation (in Hong Kong) has a yearling colt by Sebring, a weanling filly by Snitzel and is again in foal to the superstar son of Redoute’s Choice.

Summer Passage, previously nominated for the Golden Slipper, is now likely to make the trip across the Tasman for the $1 million Inglis Sires’ 1400m G1 on 1 April, the first day of The Championships at Randwick.

Snizel shows no sign of breaking his record-setting habit, with 21 stakeswinners for the season to date, and 24 individual 2YO winners, six of them stakeswinners: Summer Passage, Azazel, Ducimus, Jukebox and two of his four Golden Slipper G1 runners on Saturday, Teaspoon & Trapeze Artist.

Snitzel has 42 yearlings on offer at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale which begins on 4 April, among them Highgrove’s colt out of Simply Spiteful (by Speightstown), and six colts & 8 fillies in Arrowfield’s consignment.