Top prices for Arrowfield graduates at Broodmare Sale

Many owners have every reason to be smiling broadly after the opening day of the 2018 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

Among them are vendors of Arrowfield-sired  mares, and several buyers of Arrowfield yearling fillies who have enjoyed the pleasures of racing success and can now add their fillies’ realised value to their financial returns.

One of the day’s top-priced mares, Abbey Marie (Redoute’s Choice-Catshaan) was a $300,000 yearling purchase by Dermot Farrington for regular racing partners Peter Anastasiou & Ken Biddick from Arrowfield’s 2014 Inglis Easter draft.

Peter & Ken have had great fun & success racing several horses including another Arrowfield graduate, Group 2 winner Moonovermanhattan and, despite some setbacks, Abbey Marie didn’t let them down, winning the SAJC Australasian Oaks G1 and earning more than $540,000. However, it’s fair to say that the $1.4 million Arrowfield and Jonathan Munz paid to buy her as a broodmare is the icing on the cake!

Another example is Ocean Embers (Beneteau- Burningwood), pictured (PHOTO: Sportpix), bred by Arrowfield & Northern Farm and sold under the Cornerstone Stud banner at the 2014 Magic Millions Adelaide Sale for just $23,000. 

Young trainer Shea Eden was the buyer and Ocean Embers proved to be a breakthrough horse for his stable, winning three Group & Listed races and more than $400,000 in her 17-start, six-win career. 

Her sale for $525,000 to Newgate Farm means she has returned her owners around 40 times her yearling purchase price. 

Sadly Beneteau died in 2013, but Burningwood has a Panzer Division colt and is in foal to Mikki Isle, and Arrowfield is also breeding from her Danzero daughter Pyrography. 

It’s a similar story with another daughter of Beneteau, 2YO stakeswinner Lady Jivago (out of Hussterics). Offered by Arrowfield at the 2013 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, she was bought for $20,000, and re-sold for slightly less money as a yearling to owner Dr Ule Crossan. 

Lady Jivago won four races, including the rich ATC Inglis 2YO Classic (R) LR and almost $300,000, and has been bought by Widden Stud for $420,000. Hussterics remains at Arrowfield where she has most recently produced a yearling filly by Olympic Glory bought by Triple Crown Syndications, and a weanling filly by Scissor Kick. 

Other Arrowfield-sired mares sold during Tuesday’s session included:
French Emotion (Snitzel-Love and Emotion) – raced by her breeder; won 8 races including 2x Group 2 and $800,000+; bought for $850,000 by Widden Stud.

Hell Or Highwater  (Not A Single Doubt-Get Ready Bertie) – $210,000 yearling; won 8 races inc. the MRC Heatherlie S. LR and $400,000+; bought for $600,000 by Woodside Park & Belmont Bloodstock.

Selenia (Not A Single Doubt-Lunar Lady) – $30,000 yearling ; won G3 & Listed races in Melbourne, $260,000+; bought for $575,000 by Astute Bloodstock & Haras d’Etreham.

Modern Wonder (Snitzel-Elusive Wonder) – $175,000 yearling; 2YO Listed winner, $192,000 prizemoney; bought for $400,000 by Kia-Ora Stud.

French Emotion caps big weekend

The patience of French Emotion’s owner-breeders Valda Klaric and Ivan Cajkusic was rewarded when the 5YO daughter of Snitzel burst clear of her rivals to win Sunday’s $200,000 VRC Blazer S. 1400m G2 at Flemington.

Watch French Emotion win the VRC Blazer S. G2.

As Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria reported, the win rounded out a good weekend for Valda and Ivan, who also race Kaniana, runner-up to Don’t Doubt Mamma in the MVRC WH Stocks S. G2 on Friday night. Mind you, Valda’s standards are high – her interest in racing began when she worked for the late Alec Dodson, owner-breeder of champion 2YO and wonderful sire Canny Lad.

Valda said, “It was a tremendous thrill … I certainly haven’t had a weekend like that for a while. French Emotion really had to do it the hard way, coming from barrier 16 and I knew we’d need some luck.”

It was the mare’s fifth win and her third appearance in Group company, following unplaced runs behind Into the Mist (by Redoute’s Choice) at Morphettville last May, and Don’t Doubt Mamma (by Not A Single Doubt) in last month’s VRC Let’s Elope S. G2.

French Emotion’s story is one of steady progress rather than rapid rise.  Unraced at two, she was placed in her five 3YO starts in New South Waes then transferred from Chris Waller’s Sydney stable to his Melbourne base.  Perhaps natural improvement made the difference, or the shift to left-handed racing, but she immediately won a mid-week Benchmark 64 race at Sandown by more than four lengths.

As sometimes happens, once she won, French Emotion kept doing it, adding three more city wins in succession. In all, her 16 starts have yielded five wins, 13 placings, prizemoney of more than $300,000 and the increase in value that comes with a Group 2 victory. The VRC Myer Classic G1 at the end of the month is now an obvious target for her.

French Emotion is the 43rd stakeswinner for Snitzel and the best of three winners out of the Woodman mare Love and Emotion, a daughter of AJC Oaks G1 winner My Brilliant Star, also the dam of Shot of Thunder (MRC Toorak H. G1). This is also the family of Queensland Derby G1 winner Lachlan River and dual Group 1-winning sprinter Sudurka.

French Emotion is the first filly or mare among the six stakeswinners that have given Snitzel an early break on his rivals this season. She joins Group 3 winners Sooboog and Redzel from Snitzel’s 2012 crop and Saturday’s Group 2 winner at Randwick, Russian Revolution and Listed winners Detective & Thronum from his 2013 crop. 

After only nine weeks of the 2016/17 season, the son of Redoute’s Choice has broken through the $2 million mark and leads Street Cry and Not A Single Doubt (represented by Extreme Choice & Don’t Doubt Mamma at Moonee Valley on Friday evening) on the General Sires’ table.