The Sun shines where Greatness is found

In the past 12 months, three exceptional Arrowfield graduates of the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale have made the Stud’s 2019 invitation to discover greatness simply irresistible….

In the past 12 months, three exceptional Arrowfield graduates of the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale have made the Stud’s 2019 invitation to discover greatness simply irresistible.

Sensational colt The Autumn Sun, bought for $700,000, emulated his sire Redoute’s Choice and champion Pierro by winning three Group 1 races in his first six starts. He then stepped past those two great colts to add two more: an out-of-this-world Randwick Guineas victory, followed by the Rosehill Guineas on 23 March.

The 2018 Golden Slipper G1 was won by the $1.7 million filly Estijaab (by Snitzel), who played catch-me-if-you-can with a quality field to win one of the world’s most coveted juvenile trophies, and claim Champion 2YO honours. 

Australia Day this year brought victory in South Africa by Dundeel’s Arrowfield-bred son Atyaab. Bought for $260,000, he won the Kenilworth Cape Derby G1 at his 7th start for Sheikh Hamdan.

Inglis Easter results show that the Messara family’s Hunter Valley farm has sent 9 Group 1 winners to the Sale over the past five years.

That’s a third of all the Group 1 winners offered at the 2014-18 Easter Sales.

Add the other eight Group & Listed winners Arrowfield has sold at Inglis Easter in that period, and the farm’s strike rate is almost twice the figure achieved across the entire Sale.

The Stud’s 52-lot 2019 Inglis Easter draft is anchored by the late, great, fair dinkum legend Redoute’s Choice, his sons the record-breaking Champion Sire Snitzel and super-versatile top 10 sire Not A Single Doubt, and major-sire-in-the-making Dundeel. That’s top-drawer stallion power in anyone’s language. 

John & Paul Messara and their bloodstock team pay just as much attention to the other side of the breeding equation. That’s why the dams of Arrowfield’s Easter yearlings include six Group 1 winners and 11 other Group & Listed winners.  

Buyers will also find siblings to The Autumn Sun, Dundeel, Hong Kong star Contentment, Japanese Group 1 winner Aerolithe and a dozen other stakeswinners.

And, quite likely, their own slice of greatness.

Arrowfield welcomes buyers, clients & guests to the Big Barn, Barn B and our Pavilion, where delicious breakfast & lunch, cold drinks & award-winning Art of Espresso coffee  are served from Tuesday 2 April. 

Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer casts his eye over Arrowfield’s 2019 Inglis Easter draft to highlight eight yearlings:

LOT 38 Deep Impact-Grito colt

LOT 100 Snitzel-Lucky Raquie filly

LOT 102 Dundeel-Lunaspur colt

LOT 169 Not A Single Doubt-Panorama Ridge colt

LOT 315 Redoute's Choice-Traceability colt

LOT 320 Dundeel-Tuusula filly

LOT 338 Snitzel-You're So Good filly

LOT 369 Not A Single Doubt-Azmiyna colt

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Lot 38 – Deep Impact-Grito colt
Dam is a Redoute’s Choice half-sister to Champion Sprinter Yell, family of Holler & Anthems.
“A handsome colt with scope, he has the shoulder of a really top horse and a terrific walk.”  

Lot 100 – Snitzel-Lucky Raquie filly
Stakes-winning dam is from the family of Redoute’s Choice and Shoals.
“A medium-sized, quality filly, with a very attractive head, a great walk and real presence.” 

Lot 102 – Dundeel-Lunaspur colt
Half-brother to GW & producer Colorado Claire from the family of Group 1 winners Soqrat & Lucky Bubbles.
“Big, powerful colt with plenty of bone, scope and excellent natural muscle. All over a Guineas/ Derby colt.”

Lot 169 – Not A Single Doubt – Panorama Ridge colt
Half-brother to SW Sassy ‘N’ Smart & grandson of French Group 1 winner Nebraska Tornado.
“He’s stunning, neatly made, very powerful and early-looking. A real Breeders’ Plate type.”

Lot 315 – Redoute’s Choice-Traceability colt
Three-quarter brother to G1 winner Master Of Design & SW Traces from the Princess Tracy family.
“A beautifully balanced, medium-sized quality colt. Very good mover with a lovely front and a big hindquarter.”

Lot 320 – Dundeel-Tuusula filly
From a daughter of Champion & G1 producer Miss Finland.
“Classy, imposing filly with a magnificent walk who really uses herself beautifully, a definite Oaks filly.”

Lot 338 – Snitzel-You’re So Good filly
Dam is a G1-placed stakeswinner, family of G1 Melito and dual Group winner Pariah.
“Glorious, big strong filly. Similar type to Estijaab, great presence and an impressive powerful walk”

Lot 369 – Not A Single Doubt-Azmiyna colt
Three-quarter brother to The Autumn Sun from the family of European Champion Azamour.
“Medium-sized colt with an appealing head and eye, a good shoulder and an easy walk.”

Arrowfield’s Class of 2017: no Editing needed

Arrowfield’s imposing yearling graduate record sets a high bar for the Class of 2017, but already they have shown themselves to be an exceptional group of horses…

Arrowfield’s imposing yearling graduate record sets a high bar for the Class of 2017, but already they have shown themselves to be an exceptional group of horses. 

The past week alone added four new performances to their record, starting with Katsumi Yoshida’s 3YO Camelot filly Re Edit, a strong debut winner from the Chris Waller stable at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

Kris Lees has an impeccable record with Dundeel’s progeny, sending out four runners for four winners of 7 races, including the filly Dundee Lee (ex Choice Blend), who posted her second win on Friday.

Two more successes followed at the weekend, by Perfect Match (Not A Single Doubt) for Danny Shum in Hong Kong, and Irving Lipschitz (Animal Kingdom) for Lee Freedman in Singapore.

The talent that has emerged so far from this Arrowfield cohort is headed by a superlative trio of Group 1 winners: JJ Atkins, Golden Rose & Caulfield Guineas superstar The Autumn Sun (Redoute’s Choice), Champion 2YO and Golden Slipper heroine Estijaab (Snitzel) and Spring Champion Stakes winner Maid Of Heaven (Smart Missile).

Listed winners Wild Planet (also Group-placed) and Diplomatico (Snitzel) are capable of boosting their records in the Autumn, along with 7 other stakes performers including Star Thoroughbreds’ colt Dealmaker (Dundeel), twice Group-placed in Sydney during the Spring. 

ARROWFIELD’S YEARLING CLASS OF 2017

Triple G1 winner THE AUTUMN SUN (Redoute's Choice-Azmiyna)
B: $700,000, Hermitage, Waller & Mulcaster T: Chris Waller

Champion 2YO ESTIJAAB (Snitzel-Response)
B: $1.7 million, Emirates Park & Bryan Carlson T: Hawkes Racing

G1 winner MAID OF HEAVEN (Smart Missile-St. Therese)
B: $60,000, Dean Hawthorne T: Mark Newnham

Listed winner DIPLOMATICO (Snitzel-Top Cuban)
B: $1.7 million, George Moore Bloodstock T: Hawkes Racing

Listed winner WILD PLANET (Animal Kingdom-Salutations)
B: $280,000, Hawkes Racing & Andrew Williams B/s T: Hawkes Racing

Group-placed Dealmaker (Dundeel-Sport Chic)
B: $160,000, Star Thoroughbreds & Chris Waller T: Chris Waller

Hong Kong winner Perfect Match (Not A Single Doubt-Modave)
B: $130,000, Chris McAnulty T: Danny Shum

Singapore winner Irving Lipschitz (Animal Kingdom-Intimation)
B: $50,000, Woodpark Stud T: Lee Freedman

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Arrowfield’s 2019 Magic Millions draft includes siblings to four of the 12 stakes performers from the Stud’s 2017 yearlings:

Lot 63: Snitzel-Response filly – sister to ESTIJAAB
Lot 89:  Dundeel-Salutations filly
– half-sister to WILD PLANET
Lot 171: Real Impact-Sport Chic colt
– half-brother to Dealmaker
Lot 447: Redoute’s Choice-Champagne Run filly
– half-sister to G3-placed winner Cristal Eyes

Other recent winners to watch from Arrowfield’s 2017 offering include Nordicus (Dundeel) in Sydney, Kaplumpich (All American) & VRC Oaks G1 4th Maracaibo (Redoute’s Choice) in Melbourne, Princess Amelie (Snitzel) in New Zealand, Al’s Kingdom (Animal Kingdom) in Brisbane, Yankee Eyes (All American) in Adelaide and a pair of up-and-comers: Skyray (Smart Missile) & Valario (Not A Single Doubt), both two-from-three this season.

Arrowfield’s night at Racehorse of the Year Awards

Winx justly filled the headlines when she won her third Australian Racehorse of the Year award, but it was also a very big night for Arrowfield which celebrated Champion Sire Snitzel and four other awards…

World champion Winx was naturally the centre of attention at the 2018 Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards, held at the Forum, Melbourne on 4 October.

No gift for prophecy was required to predict that she would be crowned Racehorse of the Year for the third consecutive season, joining the elite company of Sunline (2000, 2001, 2002) and Black Caviar (2001, 2012, 2013) as a three-time winner of the ultimate accolade.

Winx, unbeaten in her eight starts in 2017/18, six at Group 1 level, also won the awards for Champion Middle Distance Performer and Victorian Horse of the Year.

Outside Winx, though, it was Arrowfield’s night as the Stud celebrated its connections with five of the other seven national awards.

Snitzel claimed the Champion Sire Award for the second consecutive year, with all-time record prizemoney of $29.2 million and a record-equalling tally of 26 individual stakeswinners. It is the sixth time in the past 13 years that an Arrowfield stallion has won the coveted title, after Snitzel’s sire Redoute’s Choice (2006, 2010 & 2014) and Flying Spur (2007).

Arrowfield’s Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer accepted the award on behalf of the Stud and the Snitzel Syndicate, acknowledging the quality of Snitzel’s competition, “possibly the strongest stallion roster ever assembled in Australia” and thanking all who had supported his stud career.
 
However, Freyer noted that it hadn’t all been plain sailing. “In Snitzel’s fourth year at stud we were cajoling, coercing and downright pleading with breeders to send their mares  to him and fickle as this business can be, he garnered little outside support.

“In fact, a great number of his relatively modest 63 foals in 2010 were bred by Arrowfield – but the crop included the Cox Plate winner Shamus Award and the wonderful mare Sweet Idea, now a resident of Her Majesty the Queen’s broodmare band.

“That crop was conceived on a fee of $20,000 and today’s it’s $200,000. What a ride it’s been and how much we look forward to what’s yet to come with Snitzel.”

Snitzel’s dominance of last season was demonstrated when his progeny collected three of the category awards, which are decided by the votes of racing administrators and media.

It is the first time, in the 14 seasons since 2004/05 when the 3YO Filly & Colt awards were introduced, that progeny of the reigning Champion Sire 

Emirates Park’s filly Estijaab (Snitzel-Response by Charge Forward) was named Champion 2YO after winning three of her four starts last season, including the ATC Golden Slipper G1 and Reisling S. G2 and $2.3 million prizemoney.

The third foal of her dual Group 1-winning dam, Estijaab was bred by Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm and purchased by Emirates Park & Bryan Carlson for $1.7 million from Arrowfield’s draft at the Inglis Easter Sale. She is trained by Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes and is spelling after a setback cut short her 3YO Spring preparation. She is expected to return in the Autumn.

Also an Inglis Easter graduate, though not finding a buyer there, is the Champion 3YO colt Trapeze Artist (Snitzel-Treppes by Domesday). He won four of his 9 starts and $2.7 million in 2017/18, a record headed by three tremendous Group 1 victories, in the ATC T.J. Smith S. & All Aged S. against older horses and the Golden Rose  in his own age-group.

He is the second Snitzel son to be named Champion 3YO Colt, following Cox Plate & Australian Guineas winner Shamus Award in 2013/14.

Trapeze Artist is trained by Gerald Ryan for his owner-breeder Bert Vieira and success in The Everest, for which the colt is joint favourite, would be a timely boost for the Vieira family. Bert’s wife Gai is recovering in hospital from serious injuries suffered in a car crash on 5 September.  

The inaugural Everest winner Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich by Rubiton) won the Champion Sprinter title after a spectacular, five-win, $7.5 million season that also featured the VRC Darley Classic G1 and three other Group race wins. 

Redzel was bred by Lee Fleming and initially sold as a weanling, then offered by Marquee Stud at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale where he was bought for $120,000 by Triple Crown Syndications’ Chris & Michael Ward. He is trained by Peter & Paul Snowden for a large group of Triple Crown owners and is at single-figure odds for this year’s $13 million second running of The Everest on 13 October.

Snitzel, his sire Redoute’s Choice (with Lankan Rupee in 2013/14) and  grand-sire Danehill (with Exceed and Excel in 2003/04 & Fastnet Rock in 2004/05) are the only three stallions in the past 20 years to claim the Champion Sprinter in at least one of their own championship seasons. 

And it is the first time, in the 14 years since 2004/05 when the 3YO title was split by gender, that progeny of the reigning Champion Sire have won the 2YO, 3YO Colt or Filly & Sprinter awards in the same season.

Arrowfield’s trophy haul was completed by Shoals (Fastnet Rock-The Broken Shore by Hussonet), bred and raced in partnership with Jonathan Munz and trained by Anthony Freedman. She was voted Champion 3YO Filly after a stunning season against older mares, winning the Myer Classic G1 at Flemington, Surround Stakes G1 at Randwick and the Sangster Stakes G1 at Morphettville.

She is the second Arrowfield home-bred filly to win the title after Miss Finland in 2006/07.  

In all, Shoals won four of her 7 starts and $1.4 million last season while her full brother – cleverly named Groundswell – was the top-priced Australian yearling of 2018, knocked down for $2.3 million at Inglis Easter. 

Groundswell and another full sibling, 3YO filly Tides join their big sister in the Freedman stable, and The Broken Shore is due to foal again to Fastnet Rock this month. 

Snitzel’s history-making habit

Snitzel has secured his second consecutive Australian General Sires’ Premiership with a staggering all-time prizemoney record of $29.2 million and record totals of winners, wins, stakeswinners and stakes wins…

Snitzel has secured his second consecutive Australian General Sires’ Premiership with a new all-time prizemoney record of $29.2 million, and record totals of winners (173), wins (307), stakeswinners (26) and stakes wins (43).

Redzel was Snitzel’s and Australia’s leading earner in 2017/18 with $7.5 million prizemoney. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy

Worldwide, Snitzel’s progeny earnings topped $31 million and Traces (in South Africa) and Untamed Diamond (in New Zealand) gave him a global tally of 28 stakeswinners and 45 stakes wins. He ends the 2017/18 season at No. 6 on the TRC Global Sires Rankings.

Snitzel has made plenty of history in the seven years since he first appeared among Australia’s top 10 sires in 2011/12.

After his second top 10 appearance in 2012/13, Snitzel rose rapidly to finish second on the 2013/14 Australian General Sires’ Premiership, with $9.8 million, less than $450,000 behind his sire Redoute’s Choice. It was the first time in Australian history that father-and-son sires standing at the same stud have completed a Premiership quinella.  

Snitzel’s 13 stakeswinners that season, including Cox Plate & Australian Guineas winner Shamus Award and dual Group 2 winner Time For War, put Snitzel among the top 5 on the 2YO and 3YO Sires’ tables as well. That pattern of success across age groups is a hallmark of his career.

In 2015/16, on the way to his fifth straight top 10 General Sires’ table finish, Snitzel matched Without Fear’s 40 year-old record of 30 juvenile winners in a season.

Trapeze Artist’s three Group 1 wins in 2017/18 included two defeats of older horses at weight-for-age. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

A year later in 2016/17 he claimed that record for himself with a total of 35 and underlined his dominance with the first single-sire Australian Group 1 2YO trifecta since 1982. That was achieved by Invader, Summer Passage & Trapeze Artist in the ATC Inglis Sires’ Produce Stakes.

Most significantly, Snitzel became the first grandson of Danehill to be crowned Australia’s Champion Sire with record prizemoney of $16.2 million – surpassing by $3.2 million Street Cry’s record set the previous season.

That wasn’t all. Snitzel’s 26 Australian stakeswinners equalled Danehill’s record set in 2001/02, and he completed a clean sweep of all the titles he contested by topping the 2YO and 3YO Sires’ Premierships.

Furthermore, he headed every category (earnings, winners, wins, stakeswinners, stakes wins) on all three lists, except overall wins where he was beaten a whisker by I Am Invincible, 274 wins to 273.

Matching such a spectacular season would have been remarkable enough, but Snitzel has left remarkable behind.

He led the 2017/18 General Premiership for almost the entire season, notching up $4.3 million and 15 stakes wins even before Redzel’s blitzkrieg victory in the inaugural $10 million Everest on 14 October.

Snitzel broke his own Australian earnings record in February, strode through $20 million in March, $25 million in April and $28 million in June and cracked $29 million in July. He has also retained his No. 1 position on the 2YO and 3YO Sires’ Premierships.

His final figure of $29.2 million is more than $13 million ahead of I Am Invincible and Fastnet Rock, who both compiled outstanding figures of their own. Even allowing for recent prizemoney increases, that margin is astonishing.

Perhaps of most relevance to owners, breeders and trainers is Snitzel’s representation in Group 1 races. In 2017/18 he had 31 Australian runners (almost 10% of his total) deemed worthy of at least one Group 1 start, and 12 of those horses won or placed in 20 Group 1 races. 

Snitzel’s 2014 crop, 3YOs of 2017/18, was the major contributor to his Australian season, turning out 12 winners of 20 Group & Listed Races and $10.9 million (37% of his total prizemoney).  All up, that crop has now produced 19 stakeswinners and earned $16.1 million, an amount exceeded only by the 2012 crop that produced Everest winner Redzel. 

The closest title race was for the 2YO Sires’ Premiership which Snitzel won with $3,648,965, just over $200,000 ahead of I Am Invincible. Golden Slipper winner Estijaab’s prizemoney made up almost two-thirds of that figure, with Listed winners Nomothaj, Sandbar & Prairie Fire and four other stakes performers in support roles. 

Snitzel celebrates a spectacular second Premiership season

Arrowfield’s all-conquering Champion Sire Snitzel has made breaking records his dedicated profession…

Arrowfield’s all-conquering Champion Sire Snitzel has made breaking records his dedicated profession.

He swept past his own Australian season earnings record back in February and is about to claim his second consecutive Australian General Sires’ Premiership with a staggering total of more than $29 million. He also retains the 2YO Sires’ and 3YO Sires’ titles he won last season.

Snitzel’s progeny have won almost twice the prizemoney of his nearest rivals I Am Invincible, and two-time champion sire Fastnet Rock, who have compiled outstanding seasons with career-best earnings in Australia. Despite that, they both fell short of Snitzel’s record 2016/17 prizemoney of $16.2 million.

The sensational son of Redoute’s Choice also tops the 2017/18 table by winners, wins and stakeswinners with 26 horses successful in Group & Listed company.  That repeats his achievement with eight crops of racing age in 2016/17 and again equals Danehill’s record, set with nine crops of racing age in 2001/02.

Redzel dominated The Everest from start to finish, landing the $5.8 million first prize for his Triple Crown owners & slot-holder James Harron and partners. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

However, Snitzel’s tally of 43 Australian stakes victories this season is a record he holds on his own, ahead of the previous mark of 36 stakes wins set by Danehill in 2004/05.

The quality of the performances put up by Snitzel’s best domestic performers this season is impressive. Eighteen (69%) of the 26 are Group winners, with a standout performer in each age category: 2YO Estijaab, 3YO Trapeze Artist, 4YO Russian Revolution & 5YO Redzel.  This quartet  won six Group 1 races, the multiple winner being Trapeze Artist, successful against his own age group in the ATC Golden Rose G1, and then beating the older sprinters at weight-for-age in the ATC TJ Smith S. G1 and ATC All Aged S. G1.

Trapeze Artist & Redzel delivered one of the season’s most thrilling finishes in April’s ATC T.J. Smith S. G1 at The Championships. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Estijaab, Trapeze Artist and Redzel all won more than $2 million during the season, with Redzel’s $7,532,300 prizemoney making him the country’s leading earner. Remove them from Snitzel’s total, and he still wins the Premiership with a new record figure.  

A further eight horses were Group 1-placed in 2017/18, among them the valiant Tangled, runner-up in the Rosehill Guineas & Spring Champion Stakes, and third in the Australian Derby. 

Snitzel’s 26 stakeswinners come from his 2011 to 2015 crops and it is no accident that his remarkable 2014 crop (currently on 14.4% SW/Runners)  has produced 12 of them. Ten of the 35 juvenile winners that last season gave Snitzel another record, exceeding the mark set by Without Fear in 1975/76, have won stakes races this term:  Dracarys, Goodfella, I Am Excited, Jukebox, Menari, Muraaqeb, Perast, Snitzepeg, Snitzkraft & Trapeze Artist. Showtime (MVRC Stutt S. G2) and Eptimum (MVRC Red Anchor S. G3) posted their maiden successes as 3YOs last September.

The Northern Farm-bred, Arrowfield-sold filly Estijaab gave Snitzel his first Golden Slipper victory. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

As that male-dominated cohort shows, it has been a boys’ year at Team Snitzel. Eighteen of his Australian stakeswinners are colts & geldings, but it was Emirates Park’s filly Estijaab who delivered that precious Golden Slipper victory and 4YO mare Snitty Kitty (MRC Caulfield Sprint G2) joined Russian Revolution to give Snitzel a Group 1 quinella in the MRC Oakleigh Plate G1. (Trapeze Artist and Redzel did the same in April’s thrilling ATC TJ Smith S. G1.)

Snitzel’s multitude of stakes runners  most weekends explains why his Australian record since 1 August 2017 includes three same-day stakes trebles (on 19 August, 21 October and 10 March), seven stakes doubles and five Group race quinellas. One treble (I Am Excited, Estijaab & Redzel at Randwick on 10 March) and all but two of the doubles were also achieved at the same track.  

New track records set on firmer-than-usual surfaces were a feature of the season’s racing and Snitzel’s progeny were responsible for four of them: Redzel, 1000m & 1100m at Randwick; Trapeze Artist, 1400m at Randwick; and Lubiton, 1600m at Moonee Valley.  

Snitzel’s 43 stakes wins are distributed across 11 tracks in New South Wales, Victoria & Queensland, with Randwick the most regular scene of success (11 wins inc. the TJ Smith & All Aged), followed by Rosehill  (7 inc. the Golden Slipper & Golden Rose), Caulfield (6 inc. the Oakleigh Plate), Flemington (5 inc. the Darley Classic) and Moonee Valley (5 Group wins).

Stars of Snitzel’s 2013 crop, Russian Revolution & Snitty Kitty (right) quinella-ed the MRC Oakleigh Plate G1 in February. (PHOTO: Darren Tindale)

It’s no surprise that 37 Group & Listed wins have been at distances from 1000-1400 metres, all six Group 1 victories among them. Success beyond 1400 metres by Arbeitsam (2 wins at 1600m & 2000m), French Emotion, Lubiton, Muraaqeb & Showtime (all successful in Group company at 1600 metres) indicate the versatility evident in Snitzel’s lifetime record.

A total of 16 Australian stables can claim at least one Snitzel stakeswinner this season, and six have had more than one: Peter & Paul Snowden (Redzel, Russian Revolution, Dracarys & Calanda – 8 Group & Listed wins in all); Michael, John & Wayne Hawkes (Estijaab, Showtime & Sprightly Lass – 5 wins); David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig (Thronum, Muraaqeb & Nomothaj – 4 wins), Gerald Ryan (Trapeze Artist & Menari – 6 wins); Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott (Arbeitsam & Sweet Redemption – 3 wins); and Bjorn Baker (Lubiton & Goodfella – 3 wins).

Snitzel’s Super 26 are the work of 26 different breeders and groups of breeders headed by Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm, responsible for Estijaab and, with Arrowfield, for Showtime & Dracarys; and Bell View Park Stud, breeder of Sweet Redemption and co-breeder of Lubiton. Lee Fleming (breeder of Redzel) and the Vieira Group (owner-breeder of Trapeze Artist) can celebrate their roles in eight Group & Listed victories (four Group 1) and The Everest, and combined season earnings of $10.2 million.

The sire-lines of Mr. Prospector (8 stakeswinners including Group 2 winners French Emotion, Showtime & Thronum) and Roberto (6 stakeswinners including Estijaab and Trapeze Artist) have enjoyed notable success with Snitzel this season. Most-represented damsires among Snitzel’s 26 stakeswinners are: Red Ransom (damsire of Arbeitsam, Goodfella & Sweet Redemption), Elusive Quality (Dracarys & Nomothaj), General Nediym (Menari & I Am Excited) and Zabeel (Lubiton & Perast).

With his second Premiership Snitzel joins an elite group of multiple Champion Sires of Australia headed, of course, by his grandsire Danehill. His campaign to match his sire Redoute’s Choice and win a third title begins early with Showtime nominated for the new season’s first stakes race, the ATC Missile S. G2 on Saturday at Randwick. 
 

Snitzel's stakes treble at Randwick

Before Saturday, Snitzel had notched up three same-day stakes trebles, all within the past 12 months, on 1 April, 19 August and 21 October 2017.

What was missing was a black type treble achieved on the same day and the same track. That gap in Snitzel’s dazzling CV is now filled after Arrowfield Inglis Easter graduate Estijaab, 3YO filly I Am Excited and scintillating 5YO sprinter Redzel won on Randwick Guineas day at Royal Randwick. 

2YO filly Estijaab started favourite in the $300,000 ATC Reisling S. 1200m G2 after her excellent Silver Slipper second to Sunlight a fortnight earlier. 

The Snitzel-Response filly was a star of Arrowfield’s 2017 Inglis Easter draft and on Saturday she put in a performance worthy of the $1.7 million that Emirates Park and Bryan Carlson paid for her, setting a new race record of 1:09.10 in the process.

Watch Estijaab win the ATC Reisling S. G2.

Dual Group 1 winner Response (by Charge Forward) found her best form at four and, although the Golden Slipper appears to be firmly on her agenda, her daughter looks capable of similar progression beyond her juvenile year.

Jockey Brenton Avdulla said, “She relaxed well and travelled comfortably. I would have been happy for something to come with me – she just wandered around a bit in the straight.

“She had a runner to her inside and her outside from the furlong on and that spurred her on again. I never felt like I was going to be run down, she was just waiting for them.”

Trained by the Hawkes team, Estijaab is a new success for the great Japanese breeder Katsumi Yoshida and his partnership with Arrowfield. Response has a yearling filly by Snitzel bought for $350,000 by Moody Racing at the Magic Millions Sale, a weanling full sister and is again in foal to the Champion Sire.  

3YO filly I Am Excited put herself on the watch-list with a strong win at her campaign debut on 24 February, and was a convincing winner of the $125,000 ATC Fireball S. 1100m LR.

Watch I Am Excited win the ATC Fireball S. LR.

Trained by David Pfieffer for her breeders, the Ferguson family of Bell River Thoroughbreds, I Am Excited is a half-sister to multiple stakeswinner Flippant, out of Lady Beckworth (by General Nediym).

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy said, “She’s a nice filly. She’s a bit more seasoned this time in and sprinting is her go. David has handled her well and she there is more to come. She’s got a great turn of foot, she’s a big strong girl.”

I Am Excited is nominated for the $600,000 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint G2 on 14 April, the second day of The Championships.

A fast Randwick track certainly helped, but the major ingredient in the new track and race record of 55:73 set for the $500,000 ATC Challenge S. 1000m G2 was the powerhouse pace of the season’s dominant sprinter Redzel.

Watch Redzel win the ATC Challenge S. G2 in track record time.

It was the 7th Group victory for the 5YO son of Snitzel and Millrich (by Rubiton) who has now earned $8.2 million – more than any other Australian sprinter – for his Triple Crown-managed owners and trainers Peter & Paul Snowden. Redzel’s next target is the $2.5 million T.J. Smith S. G1 on 7 April.

Paul Snowden said of Redzel, “I’d love to have about 10 of him. Actually, I won’t be greedy, five would do. He’s so quiet, so relaxed, so tough, so fast, he handles it wet, he handles it dry. He ticks every box.

“He’s now the finished product and it’s been great to be a part of him evolving into the perfect racehorse. When you talk bombproof horses, Sepoy’s the only horse I think I could compare with him.”

Snitzel ended the day with Australian season totals of $18.7 million prizemoney – already a new record – and 23 individual stakeswinners, only four away from an all-time record.

Snitzel’s 64 yearlings catalogued for Inglis Easter include two colts and 8 fillies offered by Arrowfield