Applications invited for new Explorer Cadetship

Thoroughbred Industry Careers invites young Australians with a passion for horses or racing to apply for the new Explorer Cadetship – a thoroughbred industry-designed and-managed 12-month stud and stable horsemanship program… 

Thoroughbred Industry Careers is inviting those who have a passion for horses or racing to consider applying to join the ‘Explorer Cadetship’ Program – a thoroughbred industry designed and managed 12-month stud and stable horsemanship program. 
 
For the first time in Australia, the country’s leading stables and stud farms are working together to offer an educational pathway which will guide and mentor young Australians into careers within the world-leading Australian Thoroughbred Industry.

Leading trainer Chris Waller says it’s an exciting time for anyone looking to become involved.

“The racing and breeding industry is enjoying exceptional growth at the moment, which means there’s job opportunities as far as the eye can see,” Waller said.

“With a program like the Explorer Cadetship, young people will be able to experience these opportunities whilst getting valuable hands-on experience learning from the best horse people in the thoroughbred industry.”

The program will commence with a three-month practical and theoretical learning block at the Australian Racing and Equine Academy (Richmond, NSW), with students residing at Western Sydney University (Richmond Campus). 

The students will then be allocated to a leading trainer where they will spend 4.5 months on their first paid work-experience in a racing stable, followed by 4.5 months on a leading stud farm. Upon Graduation of the program students will be further guided and mentored into an area which interests them.

The first intake of 40 students will commence studies in February 2019 with further information on the program and how to apply available here: www.tbindustrycareers.com.au/explorer-cadetship2.

Applications are now open.

This training program is part of a wider push by newly established not for profit organization Thoroughbred Industry Careers (TIC) which aims to promote career pathways into the industry along with introducing new educational opportunities for young people.

Leading thoroughbred employers Adrian Bott/Gai Waterhouse Racing, Arrowfield Stud, the Australian Turf Club, Chris Waller Racing, Godolphin Australia, Lindsay Park Racing and McEvoy Mitchell Racing are amongst those offering knowledge and expertise to TIC. 

TIC CEO Lindy Maurice said applications close end of November and anticipated entry to be competitive.

“When you are first starting out, it’s very difficult to know what to do and the choices are endless, so we have designed the Explorer Cadetship to give young people an opportunity to experience both the breeding and racing industries before they decide which area they would like to pursue further.

“This is the first time a program like this has been offered in Australia and for those who want to pursue a life around horses, this is a great opportunity”, Maurice said.

Students will need to be 18 years or over at the commencement of the program and 24 years or under. Applications close on November 30, 2018.

Applications for the first intake of the Explorer Program can be made via tbindustrycareers.com.au/explorer-cadetship2/

For further information and/or interviews please contact: Lindy Maurice – 0488 066 604

Making the thoroughbred industry an employer of choice

Thoroughbred Industry Careers launches as a not for profit organisation seeking to safeguard the long-term future of the billion-dollar industry by making it an employer of choice for future generations of Australians….

Leading thoroughbred racing and breeding figures have today launched Thoroughbred Industry Careers – a not for profit organisation seeking to safeguard the long-term future of the billion dollar industry by strengthening its reputation amongst the young and making it an employer of choice for future generations of Australians.

Adrian Bott/Gai Waterhouse Racing, Arrowfield Stud, the Australian Turf Club, Chris Waller Racing, Godolphin Australia, Lindsay Park Racing and McEvoy Mitchell Racing are among those providing the knowledge, expertise and investment necessary for Thoroughbred Industry Careers (TIC) to address the critical staff shortages facing the industry.

Arrowfield’s owner John Messara says, “I have never been more confident about the future of Australian racing and breeding, but our capacity for growth is threatened by diminishing numbers of people to fill the many roles within the industry.

“We can offer not only excellent career options, but also a lifestyle connected with the land, an extraordinary animal, a vibrant global community and an incredibly exciting sport.

“Thoroughbred Industry Careers will make it much easier for people to find us, learn about what we do and access quality training and assistance, and I’m very pleased to support it.”

The yearling sale season is a busy & exciting time of the year for everyone in the thoroughbred industry.

Thoroughbred racing and breeding currently employs 75,000 people in full-time positions across the country and with the 6.6% employment growth forecasted by the Department of Employment for the racing industry over the next five years, the industry is banding together to ensure staffing levels can meet demand now and into the future.

Central to the plan is the launch of www.thoroughbredindustrycareers.com.au which provides a one-stop shop for information on employment and educational opportunities available to anyone considering a career in the thoroughbred industry in Australia. The website caters for students, parents and careers advisors, outlining the breadth and depth of employment opportunities available.

Another cornerstone of the initiative will be the ‘Explorer Cadetship’- a 12-month stud and stable horsemanship and mentoring program. This will include a 12-week residential component with practical and theoretical training, followed by two paid work-experience placements at leading racing stables and stud farms. The program is designed to allow young people the opportunity to explore the thoroughbred industry before deciding which area they may like to pursue as a career. The first intake of 40 students will commence study in 2019 and applications will open in November.

Planning is also underway for TIC to: 

  • launch Pony Racing in partnership with Racing NSW in 2019 as a way of encouraging Grass Roots involvement for young riders and their communities in the sport. This will be modelled on similar programs running in Ireland, England and America,
  • develop a numeracy and literacy program for school children based on the successful British charity ‘Racing to School’,
  • integrate further with school and tertiary career expos and create awareness amongst careers advisors on opportunities available for their students,
  • develop additional educational programs to expand pathways into the industry, with particular focus on a Graduate Program,
  • develop relationships with government, equestrian communities and inter-school events and leading brands like the Royal Agricultural Society to implement education initiatives and create awareness of industry careers and their pathways,
  • work with the racing and breeding industries to improve existing staff retention and welfare levels.
First-class care of mares & foals is critical to every thoroughbred breeding business.

Lindy Maurice, who has extensive marketing experience within the thoroughbred industry, has been appointed to oversee the organisation. She has engaged with all sectors of the equine industry during its development.

“You can’t be what you can’t see, so Thoroughbred Industry Careers is on a mission to raise the curtain on all the wonderful and rewarding careers our industry and our sport offers,” says Maurice.

“High-profile industry figures like Chris Waller and Hugh Bowman are excellent examples of how much individuals can achieve in the thoroughbred industry. Thoroughbred Industry Careers, however, will also showcase the whole army of people working behind the scenes.

Maurice said to help the industry secure a future workforce, we need to collaborate on an education platform which showcases the industry as a whole; promotes Principal Racing Authority and Breeder initiatives; engages with schools and equine communities; promotes an industry brand; and positions our industry as an ‘employer of choice’.”

Transact does the business at Newcastle

It’s not too often that a 3YO is sent out beyond 2000 metres against older horses twice inside a fortnight in September but Dundeel’s son Transact has done it and won handsomely on both occasions.

It’s not exactly common practice to send a 3YO out beyond 2000 metres against older horses in September, and not often that a 3YO will easily pass that test twice inside a fortnight. 

Never doubt the Waterhouse & Bott stable’s ability to assess a horse’s aptitude and set a program that gives him or her the best chance of success. 

Witness the back-to-back wins of Dundeel’s son Transact, first over 2125 metres on 17 September at Cessnock, where he took an early lead and was never headed, winning by more than two lengths.

Twelve days later he repeated that effort over 2320 metres at Newcastle, and won by 3 lengths, a victory that wouldn’t have surprised anyone who read the stable’s website comment before the race:

“Transact is back to the races at Newcastle over 2320 metres with Rory Hutchings set to ride. The gelding has done a treat since breaking his maiden and he’s been thumping his chest on the track, beaming with confidence. The step up in trip on Saturday will only aid his improvement, there looks to be little speed on in the race and we are hopeful he can make it back to back wins come race day. Solid winning chance.”

Watch Transact win at Newcastle on 29 September.

Transact has clearly inherited the stamina evident in his sire’s pedigree and race record, as well as a degree of the finishing acceleration seen to such devastating effect in Dundeel’s six Group 1 victories. 

Transact was a $220,000 purchase by Waterhouse & Bott from the 2017 Magic Millions Sale. (PHOTO: Magic Millions)

Transact’s dam Rap Tale was no slouch either, winning 7 races up to just beyond a mile in the United States, one of them a Listed event. Beyond the first remove of the pedigree sit Grade 1 winners No Review, Another Review & Leading 3YO Sprint Filly Cavorting. 

It all adds up to the promise of an interesting Spring for Steve & Louise Gillard and their fellow owners including Cathy Hains’ Burnewang North Pastoral which bred and sold him, and retains a share in the gelding.

Brilliant Doomben double for Beneteau & Not A Single Doubt

Beneteau’s second Group 1 winner and Not A Single Doubt’s latest juvenile star produced two of the best performances on the penultimate day of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.

4YO mare Prompt Response (Beneteau-Prompt by Exceed and Excel) has been an outstanding competitor in virtually all of Australia’s best distaff contests this season. In fact, she’s lined up in 12 Group races – four at Group 1 level – in three states since last September and has finished fifth or better in 11 of them.

Her superlative victory in Saturday’s $500,000 Qld Tatt’s RC Tattersall’s Club Tiara 1350m G1, a year after she was second to Tycoon Tara in the same race, is nothing less than Prompt Response deserves for unflinching, high-class service to the 2017/18 Australian racing season.

Watch Prompt Response win the Tattersall’s Club Tiara G1.

Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Granny Red Shoes raced away with the $100,000 Qld Tatt’s Winning Edge Presentations S. 1350m LR, her second Listed win, beating Soaring Heart and Light Up The Room by more than 4 lengths.

Watch Granny Red Shoes win the Winning Edge Presentations S. LR
 
Granny Red Shoes was bred by Bruce Neill’s Cressfield from the Show A Heart mare Shoboard, herself a juvenile stakeswinner from the high class family of Group 1 winner Star Satire.  The family is anchored a little further back by the 1980 New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Crestello.

Granny Red Shoes is trained by Toby Edmonds for Segenhoe Thoroughbreds which paid $280,000 for her at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and can now anticipate an exciting 3YO Spring campaign with her. 

Prompt Response, like her year-older brother Prompt Return, is raced by Mark Sowerby and her breeder Ron Hamer, and is a result of their desire to extend their racing involvement with Beneteau by breeding to him and racing his progeny. 

A $45,000 outlay for Hamer at the 2011 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale by Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Julian Blaxland supplied Prompt, a non-winning daughter of the good New Zealand racemare Amnesia (by Desert Sun).

Prompt lived up to her name, producing two of the earliest and most attractive foals in each of Beneteau’s two crops. Prompt Return became Beneteau’s first stakeswinner in spectacular fashion, claiming the 2014 VRC Maribyrnong Plate G3 on debut, with a further six wins taking his career-to-date prizemoney beyond $360,000.

As for Prompt Response, her six wins (4 at Group level) and 11 placings from 27 starts have returned $1,481,350 prizemoney, a figure that may grow significantly if the call by her trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott for an Everest slot is heeded.

Beneteau died in January 2013 leaving 131 named foals, of which 105 have  started, and 73 have won. Twenty-one (16% of his foals) are stakes performers, ten are stakeswinners and six of those have been successful at Group level, including Group 1 winners Prompt Response & Lasqueti Spirit (2016 VRC Oaks G1). 

Olympic Glory yearlings in demand at Magic Millions

Olympic Glory more than held his own in a strong field of first-crop sires at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale which opened the 2018 selling season.

Al Shaqab’s four-time Group 1 winner was represented by 12 lots in Book 1 and they all sold, averaging $181,667, around 10 times his 2015 fee. A further five yearlings sold up to $90,000 from Book 2.

Top price of $600,000 was paid by Katsumi Yoshida for the colt out of Downtown Manhattan, a full sister to South African Group 1 winner Whisky Baron, from the family of European Group winners Tashtiya, Tashelka and Tasaday. The colt’s grand-dam Tazkara was among the first mares sent to Australia for the joint breeding venture undertaken by HH The Aga Khan and Arrowfield. 

Another six colts made six-figure prices, notably Kenmore Lodge’s $260,000 son of Flighty (by Zabeel), knocked down to Spicer Thoroughbreds and champion trainer Darren Weir. Other buyers of those colts were trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott with Blue Sky, Gerald Ryan & David Payne, Guy Mulcaster & Dynamic Syndications.

The top-priced filly was Arrowfield’s daughter of Lanai (by Gone West), bought for $160,000 by trainer Paul Perry. He also signed for the colts out of Catalina Winemixer & Malukar and is enthusiastic about Olympic Glory’s prospects.

“His yearlings are outstanding types, a lot like Olympic Glory himself, with a great shoulder and good bone. I think he’s a standout among the first season sires.”

Paul sees much of Choisir, his former stable star and Olympic Glory’s sire, in these yearlings, especially in the Downtown Manhattan colt on which he was the under-bidder.   

Other buyers of Olympic Glory fillies included syndicators Triple Crown and Dalziel Racing with Peter Moody. 

Olympic Glory has 22 yearlings on offer by a dozen vendors at next month’s Inglis Classic Sale, among them 5 colts and three fillies in Arrowfield’s consignment

Arrowfield & Snitzel head Magic Millions results

Arrowfield Stud and its Champion Sire Snitzel completed a leading vendor & stallion double at the record-breaking 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, which wound up its Book 1 catalogue this evening. 

Arrowfield is the Leading Vendor by aggregate sales for the third consecutive year with $13,680,000 paid for 46 of forty-nine lots sold. 

Snitzel headed the Sires’ table by average for the first time with 33 lots sold for an average price of $483,788.

Arrowfield’s top lot was Snitzel’s and the Sale’s top-priced filly, the much-admired sister to Group 1 winner Sweet Idea and Group 2 winner Showtime, all out of Flidais. She was purchased for $1.8 million by Reg Inglis, Paul Frampton & American owner Jon Kelly and will be trained by Gai Waterhouse. 

The Stud also sold the $1 million Redoute’s Choice-Cat by the Tale colt, knocked down to James Moore Racing. That colt is the 75th million-dollar yearling by the three-time champion sire.

James Harron, who has enjoyed success with previous Arrowfield Magic Millions buys Sweet Idea & Dracarys, signed for the farm’s Snitzel colt from Madame Andree on the Sale’s opening day. The price was $900,000.

The top-priced son of Snitzel was the $1.6 million colt out of Admirelle and so a full brother to Group 1 winner and young sire Sizzling. That purchase was made by Phoenix Thoroughbreds, Aquis Farm, Yulong Investments and trainer Ciaron Maher.

Snitzel’s achieved his third seven-figure sale of the auction in tonight’s session when trainer Mark Newnham paid $1.1 million for the filly out of Intimate Moment. In all, Arrowfield and Snitzel accounted for five of the Sale’s top 10 lots. 

Arrowfield concluded its Book One offering with the $575,000 Snitzel-Just Dancing filly, bought by Damon Gabbedy’s Belmont Bloodstock. 

Group double for dynamic dynasty

Redoute’s Choice and his Arrowfield barnmate sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt have barely missed a beat this Spring. 

The dynamic trio have posted stakes victories in all but two of the 16 weekends since 1 August. That’s a total of 33 Group & Listed victories in Australia, France & New Zealand.

The latest additions to that imposing record came at Sandown last Saturday courtesy of a Group race double by Payroll (by Not A Single Doubt) and Long Time Ago (by Redoute’s Choice).

Payroll has progressed every season since her debut 2YO win, and earned stakes-winning status in Brisbane during the winter. The 5YO mare went one better at Sandown, producing a resolute finish to snatch the $150,000 MRC Eclipse S. 1800m G3 from Kidmenever and Jacquinot Bay.

She has now earned almost $450,000, a handy return on the $80,000 that trainer Richard Laming paid breeder & vendor MacQuarie Stud for her at the 2014 Magic Millions Sale. 

Watch Payroll win the MRC Eclipse S. G3.

It’s been a wonderful Spring for Payroll’s dam Workhard, whose 4YO son Arbeitsam (by Snitzel) rounded off a strong winter campaign with success in the Hawkesbury Rowley Mile LR. A daughter of Red Ransom from the family of Group 1 winner Bawalaksana and Group 3 winner Shaaheq (by Redoute’s Choice), Workhard is foaling this Spring to Scissor Kick.

Payroll is one of Not A Single Doubt’s six stakeswinners this season, a group headed by Caulfield Guineas G1 winner Mighty Boss. Not A Single Doubt holds fifth spot on the General Sires’ list with close to $5 million.

A Doomben double by 2YO Singular Sensation & 3YO Winter Bride rounded out Not A Single Doubt’s day, while back in Sydney, his 3YO daughter Pretty Fast scored her third straight win at Rosehill for Sheikh Khalifa and the Snowden stable.

Not A Single Doubt finished a rewarding weekend with his first stakeswinner as a broodmare sire, when Seasons Bloom (by Captain Sonador) won the HKJC Jockey Club Mile G2.

Completing the Sandown Group double in the final race on the card, the $150,000 MRC Summoned S. 1500m G3, was John Singleton’s home-bred 4YO mare Long Time Ago, the first foal of Australian Oaks G1 winner Once Were Wild (by Johannesburg). 

She capped a tremendous fortnight in Melbourne for her trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, in the Group & Listed winner’s circle five times during Cup Week at Flemington, including after the VRC Oaks G1.

Waterhouse said of Long Time Ago, “We aimed her at this race all along and she’s been down here in Melbourne for a month getting ready so we’re delighted.”

Watch Long Time Ago win the MRC Summoned S. G3.

Long Time Ago is stakeswinner No. 152 and the 100th Group winner for Redoute’s Choice, represented in Australia this season by two other Group 3 winners, star colt Pariah and 5YO mare Ravi. A winning double at Rosehill on Saturday highlighted a pair of 4YOs, Redouble & Glenall, with a good chance of joining them. 

Damien's journey from newbie to horseman

Not growing up surrounded by horses has been no barrier for Arrowfield employee Damien Fitton, whose passion and enthusiasm for the thoroughbred industry has allowed him to establish a rewarding career. He recently returned home to Arrowfield having completed the Irish National Stud Breeding Course as a scholar sponsored by the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

Damien was first introduced to the world of horse racing at a young age when he attended races on the weekend with his dad and brother. Attracted to the athleticism and energy of the horses, Damien found it wasn’t long until he was hooked and yearning to learn more.

As fate would have it, one day at the races Damien met trainer Gai Waterhouse and her then-Racing Manager, Bruce Slade. With enthusiasm and confidence on his side Damien spoke about his passion for the sport and his lack of experience with horses.

It was quickly organised that Damien would join the Waterhouse Stable to complete his Year 10 work experience and gain an insight to the industry. He’d never touched a horse before joining the Stable, but with the encouragement and kindness of Mark Newnham and a gentle mare by the name of Kontiki Dane, Damien was soon handling thoroughbreds with confidence.

At the end of his work experience Damien was even more passionate about the industry and planned to drop out of school to continue working. However, a stern word from Gai convinced him that finishing his education was important, and he commenced a school-based apprenticeship which saw him at school for four days a week with one day spent at the stables learning about the industry. In his school holidays Damien would pack up and head to the stables to pursue his practical education. After finishing school, Damien continued working with Gai and was promoted to  Foreman just after his 18th birthday.

Damien joined the Arrowfield team in 2016 to gain a more holistic view of the industry. “I joined Arrowfield because I wanted to learn about the other half of the industry. I was lucky to join a stud where I was able to participate in the full operation of serving, foaling and sales.”

Fellow workers who were graduates of the Irish National Stud breeding course told him about the program and Paul Messara encouraged him to apply. Paul nominated Damien for the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association Irish National Stud Scholarship and within a week of his interview Damien received the news that he was the recipient of the 2017 Scholarship.

Pictured:  HTBA Irish National Stud scholar Damien with Champion Sire Galileo at Coolmore Ireland. 

Life on the breeding program involved daily stud work as well as evening lectures and classes. Students were involved in assisting with daily vet work as well as night watch and foaling. A particular highlight of the course was when Damien foaled down one of the best National Hunt mares in Europe, Quevega, who gave birth with no complications to a healthy colt by Walk In The Park. In the classroom Damien particularly enjoyed John Osborne’s lectures on purchasing stallions, as well as lectures by veterinarians which provided him with a more technical understanding of the breeding process.

Damien has returned to Arrowfield with a new skill set and increased ability. “My horsemanship skills have definitely increased, and I am far more capable and experienced in all aspects of my job. In particular, I have a grounded understanding of the entire breeding process and I’m able to evaluate all situations with more depth having learnt the European ways of doing things and comparing those methods to those used back here.”

Damien also credits course co-ordinator Sally Carroll for encouraging him to step outside his comfort zone and increase his communication skills. “Whenever visitors were on a tour of the stud Sally would encourage me to explain processes to them. I had no previous experience speaking in front of large groups, but doing this really gave me a lot of confidence to talk to people and teach them about the industry.”

So far Damien’s Arrowfield highlight is being a part of the 2017 Magic Millions sales team, and seeing Dundeel become the Leading First Crop Sire by sale average. As for the future, Damien hopes to “continue learning and progressing within the industry. My long-term goal is to become a bloodstock agent.

“I am also very passionate about encouraging younger people to become involved with the industry. Coming from a background where I didn’t grow up with horses, I feel so lucky to now be involved with such a dynamic industry and I would love to encourage other young people to pursue this path too.”

When asked what the experience meant to him, Damien replied with a smile, “The Irish National Stud Breeding program allowed me to develop not only as a horseman, but as an employee and as a person. I will forever be grateful to the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association for believing in me and for sponsoring me on this learning trip.

“I would also like to thank Gai Waterhouse for giving me such a good start, and John and Paul Messara for recommending me for the Scholarship and for encouraging all employees at Arrowfield to achieve their personal best. And finally to my family and friends – thank you for backing me always.”

Snitzel's fifth stakeswinner in 13 days

Snitzel’s fifth stakeswinner in the past 13 days could hardly be better named.

Arbeitsam, the third foal of the Red Ransom mare Workhard, is named for the German word meaning “hard-working.” And it’s easy to conclude that work is what he thrives on after his fourth and career-best win from five starts since 8 July.

That came in Thursday’s $150,000 Hawkesbury RC Rowley Mile 1600m LR where Arbeitsam speared out of the widest gate, took the lead, had all his rivals in trouble before the turn and proved far too tough in the run home. Rated beautifully in front by jockey Tim Clark, Arbeitsam made the most of carrying only one kilogram over the limit to win by almost a length from Kingsguard & Reiby The Red in 1:35.31 – the fastest time since the race earned Listed status seven years ago.

Watch Arbeitsam win the Hawkesbury RC Rowley Mile LR.

Arbeitsam was a $120,000 purchase by Dynamic Sundications from the 2015 Magic Millions draft of his breeder MacQuarie Stud. He is the second stakeswinner by Snitzel sent out already this season by the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott partnership, following Sweet Redemption’s Toy Show Quality G3 win last Saturday.

The stable and the horse share the credit for Arbeitsam’s successive wins at 1400 metres (twice), then 1800 metres and back to 1600 metres inside seven weeks – with next Friday’s Wyong Gold Cup LR over 2100 metres a possible next assignment. Arbeitsam has now won six and placed in five of his 13 starts and more than $470,000, a total that includes BOBS bonuses worth $87,500.

His dam Workhard has also left Listed winner Payroll to Not A Single Doubt, so it’s not surprising she is due to foal this Spring to another son of Redoute’s Choice, Scissor Kick. Other stakeswinners from this family include top-flight New Zealand sprinter Bawalaksana, Group-winning mare Damaschino and her daughter, the classy 2YO Shaaheq (by Redoute’s Choice).

Celebrations of Snitzel’s remarkable Premiership season in 2016/17 have been quickly over-taken by his new season’s stakeswinners Menari (ATC Rosebud LR), Jukebox (MRC Vain S. G3), Dracarys (ATC Up and Coming S. G3), Sweet Redemption & Arbeitsam. It’s a pace that puts the newly crowned Champion Sire on target to break a fresh set of records in 2017/18. 

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.