Menari magnificent in Run to the Rose

A quality field in Saturday’s $200,000 ATC Run to the Rose 1200m G2 unveiled a genuine star as Corumbene Stud’s magnificent colt Menari led home a Snitzel-Redoute’s Choice-Snitzel trifecta.

The pace was hot from the start as Perast took up the lead from Menari with Pariah settling in third. Perast kept going gamely into the straight, but Menari took control in the final 250 metres to win by 1.5 lengths in 1:08.59 from the gritty Pariah, with Perast the same margin away in third.

Watch Menari win the ATC Run to the Rose G2.

Menari’s jockey Josh Parr said, “Look at the size of the horse. It is just phenomenal to ride an animal like this. His turn of foot is second to none.”

Trainer Gerald Ryan’s suggestion a month ago that Menari was an Everest prospect now looks prescient, but the $1 million Golden Rose G1 on 23 September is the obvious interim target.

After today’s race Ryan said, “I was lucky enough to have a horse like Snitzel who I thought was a very good horse, then I had Snitzerland, then along came Rubick, who you never saw the best of, but this horse, what he showed us in the Autumn before he raced I thought this is a fair dinkum genuine horse.

“The way he worked last Friday morning, I reckon there’s only been two other horses I’ve clocked sectionals as quick as him and that’s been Chautauqua and All Too Hard when they were flying. He burnt the track last Friday.”

Pariah’s jockey Blake Shinn welcomes a Golden Rose re-match with Menari, saying, “He ran really well, had a lovely run behind the winner. Travelled beautifully, just maybe the weight swing, Menari had 1kg difference, in saying that full credit to the winner he was too good on the day, but level weights at 1400 metres in the Golden Rose, it’s going to be an exciting race.”

Menari is raced by George Altomonte’s Corumbene Stud which bred him from Isurava (by General Nediym), a stakes-winning juvenile and sister to Group 2 winner Ichihara, from the family of champion stayer Tie The Knot. 

Mr Altomonte has also placed Menari’s 2YO full sister Sweet Ava with Gerald Ryan, and Isurava is due to produce a Not A Single Doubt foal this Spring.

After today’s Group 2 successes by Russian Revolution and Menari, Snitzel’s stakes record in the first 40 days of this season stands at 8 winners of nine Group and Listed Races.

Snitzel colt too good in The Rosebud

Less than a fortnight after landing his first stallion Premiership, Snitzel has put up his first city treble of the new season, including Menari, a dashing winner of the $150,000 The Rosebud 1100m LR at Rosehill.

He is the second son of Snitzel to win The Rosebud, following Thronum’s success last year, and the 65th stakeswinner on Snitzel’s lifetime record.

Menari, carrying equal topweight of 60.5 kg, jumped marginally best of the field but as Siege Of Quebec and Perast moved forward on his inside, Josh Parr eased him  back towards the rear. Taken wide round the home turn, he balanced up quickly, took control of the race at the 200-metre mark and won by 1.3 lengths from Siege Of Quebec with Trekking a further length away in third.

Watch Menari win the ATC The Rosebud LR.

Trainer Gerald Ryan, recording his 13th stakeswinner by former stable star Snitzel, can justly feel that his assessment of Menari as an unlucky 2YO has been vindicated.

The $1 million Golden Rose G1 on 23 September is the obvious target for him, but Ryan believes he’s also a genuine prospect for The Everest. Whichever way Menari goes, the San Domenico S. G3, also over 1100 metres on 26 August is his likely next start.

Josh Parr said, “He’s an exceptionally talented horse. I know it sounds a little bit arrogant but I was so confident his ability could overcome the bias of the track today.

“He’s as good as anything I’ve sat on. I won’t say any more.”

Menari is the fifth foal and second winner out of 2YO stakeswinner Isurava (by General Nediym), a sister to Group 2 winner Ichihara, from the immediate family of Group 1 winner Whisked and her champion son Tie The Knot.

Corumbene Stud has also retained Menari’s year-younger full sister Sweet Ava, and Isurava is foaling this Spring to Not A Single Doubt. 

Menari supplied the final leg of Snitzel’s Rosehill treble, following the Waterhouse & Bott-trained Arbeitsam’s defiantwin over 1800 metres, and The Pharoah’s success over 1350 metres for owner-breeder Ottavio Galletta and Gerald Ryan.

Watch Arbeitsam’s win at Rosehill.

Watch The Pharoah’s win at Rosehill.

With 11 winners in the first 12 days of August, Snitzel is wasting no time putting his stamp on the 2017/18 Australian season.

Snitzel's stakes double at Randwick

The Snitzel express kept rolling on Saturday with a second stakes double to follow last weekend’s successes by Farson at Caulfield and Summer Passage in New Zealand.

This time, however, the brilliant son of Redoute’s Choice landed his 1-2 at on Guineas Day at Royal Randwick where a Heavy9 track tested determination as well as class.

First into the stakeswinner’s circle was 3YO filly Samantha, who nabbed the $125,000 ATC Fireball S. 1100m LR with a big run from near the back of the field to collar the Redoute’s Choice pair Glenall & Super Maxi in the final 50 metres.

Early in her career, Samantha reminded trainer Gerald Ryan of Group 1 winner Snitzerland and she joins that wonderful filly and several other stakeswinners by Snitzel on the Ryan stable’s record. She is also Snitzel’s second consecutive winner of the Fireball Stakes, following Redzel’s win last year.

Watch Samantha win the ATC Fireball S. LR.

Gerald said of Samantha, “She is as good a wet tracker as I’ve seen at home. She just ploughs through it…She is a bonny little filly that just tries her heart out.”

A home-bred for Corumbene Stud, Samantha is the second foal of Icedginger (by Tale of the Cat), from the family of Blue Diamond G1 winner True Jewels. She has now won three of her five starts and will be aimed at the $200,000 P.J. Bell S. G3 at Randwick on the first day of The Championships, 1 April.

Five races later it was the turn of consistent 5YO mare Elle Lou to step out in the $150,000 ATC Aspiration Quality H.1600m G3. She too settled at the rear of the field, but jockey Glyn Schofield kept her on the fence until well into the straight when she joined battle with Song and Laughter. Elle Lou kept up a strong gallop to pinch the winning break while Alegria and Vandancer rattled home to fill the placings.

Watch Elle Lou win the ATC Aspiration Quality H. 1600m G3.

Schofield was not surprised by the mare’s effort. “She just did her thing, gets back and runs on. I was a bit unsure at the mile but she motored home.”

For trainer Chris Waller it was mission accomplished. “It’s been a bit of a plan since she was unplaced at the Magic Millions to find this race. Anything from now will be a bonus.”

Elle Lou was bred by Scott Gibson and bought for $70,000 from the Widden Stud draft at the 2013 Magic Millions National Sale. Now the winner of 7 races and more than $450,000 for her six owners, she’s the first stakes performer out of Snipify, a stakes-placed daughter of Snippets. Snipify has a weanling colt by Snitzel and is again in foal to him.

Snitzel has 44 yearlings catalogued for next month’s Inglis Easter Sale, fourteen of them to be offered by Arrowfield.