Global triumph for Snitzel

It proved to be a remarkable weekend for Snitzel, who was represented by three stakes winners in a little over 24 hours, taking his black type tally to 45.

But while Snitzel’s bona fides were well and truly established before Azazel ran away with the $250,000 Inglis Banner (R) LR at Moonee Valley on Saturday, before Young Man Power’s Group 3 victory in Japan, and before First Course’s first in Sunday’s Sale Cup LR, his three-peat perfectly illustrates the level of global and domestic investment in the Australian thoroughbred industry.

For instance, Azazel is the result of a long-standing joint venture between Arrowfield and one of the world’s most famous breeders in His Highness The Aga Khan.

Boasting a pedigree that includes European Champions such as Sakhee, Pressing and Mastercraftsman, Azazel was purchased by Tony McEvoy for $310,000 at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale and commenced his career with a clean slate by winning the Banner comfortably.

“That win (by Azazel) was a dream result in any language and really satisfying for both us and the Aga Khan studs,” Arrowfield’s Bloodstock Manager, Jon Freyer, enthused. “We’ve enjoyed a strong association with the Aga Khan over many years and apart from Azazel selling well, the colt looks to have a very bright future too.

“Naturally enough, all of us have been keeping a close eye on the two crops sired by Redoute’s Choice at the Aga Khan’s French stud, Haras de Bonneval, and we’re getting a lot of good feedback from over there.”

Similarly, Haras de Bonneval’s manager, Georges Rimaud, was excited by the win of Azazel and said: “We always felt that Aga Khan families would do well in Australia and this result should boost confidence in purchasing our stock as more representatives of those families become available on the Australian market. Redoute’s Choice’s first European crop is looking very promising – we’ll now have to work on a stallion to follow in his footsteps!”

Freyer was also buoyed by the win of Young Man Power who proved too strong in the Tokyo Fuji S. 1600m G3, a third career Group victory for the 4YO entire, which takes his earnings to around A$1.8 million.

“Young Man Power is the result of another important relationship, with the Yoshida family and the Shadai Stallion Station, which shuttled Snitzel to Japan in 2007 and 2011,” Freyer explains.

“Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm bred Young Man Power, and in Australia has worked with Arrowfield to breed Group One winners Hot Snitzel, Reaan, Sweet Idea and Weekend Hussler, among many other winners.

“These kind of long-term relationships have been instrumental in the success of Arrowfield over the past three decades and now Australian racing and bloodstock auctions are attracting a whole new wave of investors from around the world.

“Another great example is five-time Group One winner, Miss Finland, who was bred by Arrowfield with the late Sheikh Maktoum al Maktoum and is the dam of last year’s Thousand Guineas winner, Stay With Me.

“VRC Oaks winner, Brazilian Pulse, is yet another. She’s a granddaughter of an Aga Khan mare from Shergar’s family and she foaled a Redoute’s Choice filly last Friday for Arrowfield and Mr Yoshida.

“It’s terrific for Arrowfield of course, but more importantly, I think it underpins the faith that breeders from all over the world have in the Australian industry.”

The final leg of Snitzel’s trifecta, First Course, was bred Tasmanian thoroughbred royalty, Armidale Stud and close friends Ken & Jenny Breese.

Jon Freyer adds, “The domestic strength of our industry is equally important and that’s what First Course represents.

“The Whishaw family and the Breeses have earned great respect as breeders and vendors over several decades, and we’re very pleased to see an Arrowfield-sired horse join their list of stakeswinners.

“First Course is from Snitzel’s second crop, while Azazel is from his brand new crop of two-year-olds. A lot of success and a lot of good stories in between … and hopefully quite a few more to come. For everyone.”

Many thanks to Aushorse for this story.

Azazel rewards Aga Khan joint venture

Tony McEvoy paid $310,000 to secure the standout Snitzel-Allariza colt offered by Arrowfield at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

The colt, now named Azazel, has wasted no time at all franking his trainer’s judgment, winning Saturday’s $250,000 MVRC Inglis Banner 2YO S. 1000m (R) LR at his very first start.

It was achieved in some style too, after jockey Luke Currie settled the strapping, dark grey colt well off the pace, while the favourite Luiza led the field through the turn. Currie chose to go wide and Azazel powered up quickly to take command of the race 150 metres out and win by almost two lengths from Can’t Remember and Ephesian.

Watch Azazel win the MVRC Inglis Banner (R) LR.

Tony McEvoy said, “I’ve got a really good batch of babies and we’ve bought really well at the sales. He’s been at the pointy end all the way through and just continued to impress me and step up to the plate.

“I thought he’d be beautifully placed in this race restricted to (Inglis) sale horses. He’s a big, strong horse and he’s sound. He wants to be here and wants to be two.

“I think we can go to the Maribyrnong Plate then sweeten him for the Autumn.”

The $150,000 Maribyrnong Plate G3 will be held over 1000 metres at Flemington on 5 November.

Azazel, raced by a group including well-known Melbourne owner Bruce Mathieson, is a notable success for the joint venture between Arrowfield and the Aga Khan Studs. His dam Allariza, an unraced daughter of champion French sire Linamix, was sent to Australia as a maiden mare in 2009.

Allariza has also left Alligator (by Charge Forward), placed at his only start to date, and a yearling colt by Not A Single Doubt. She has been served this Spring by Olympic Glory.

Allariza and her dam Alharir are among the mares HH The Aga Khan acquired in 2005 from the estate of leading French businessman and breeder Jean-Luc Lagardere. Alharir, a half-sister to 2001 Arc winner & top-class international performer Sakhee, is also the dam of Listed winners Albahri & Alnamara, and grand-dam of Group 3 winner Alnadana.

Azazel is the 44th lifetime stakeswinner for Snitzel, his 19th juvenile stakeswinner and his 8th stakeswinner this season. After Saturday’s racing, the son of Redoute’s Choice has taken over as Australia’s leading active sire with $2.3 million prizemoney, bettered only by the deceased Street Cry, sire of Cox Plate heroine Winx.

Azazel is the second Arrowfield graduate to win the Inglis Banner, the first of the nine-race series for 2YO Inglis sale graduates this season. The Arrowfield-bred Crack A Roadie (by Charge Forward) won the race in 2012, defeating Snitzel’s son, the subsequent Cox Plate & Australian Guineas winner Shamus Award.

Redoute's Choice colt makes $1.4 million at Arqana

The first European yearlings by Redoute’s Choice made a big impact on the opening two days of the Arqana August Sale, averaging almost $600,000 and including the 66th seven-figure yearling of his stellar sale-ring career.

Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock adviser John Ferguson bought three colts by the champion sire including the son of Group 1 winner Vadawina (by Unfuwain), offered by Haras d’Etreham and knocked down for  €950,000 (~$1.4 million). That makes him the top-priced Redoute’s Choice yearling sold worldwide in 2015.

Ferguson struck early on the first day, bidding €450,000 (~$670,000) for the colt from Copernica presented by Richard Powell’s Haras du Lieu des Champs.

He said after that purchase, “Redoute’s Choice has been a superb stallion in Australia, and there’s no reason why he won’t repeat his success in the Northern Hemisphere.
“This is a Redoute’s Choice out of a Galileo mare going back to a great family, including High Chaparral, and he was a very athletic horse and we’re delighted to have him.”

That sale was a great result for Joe Foley of Ballyhane Stud who bought the colt as a foal for 175,000gns at Tattersalls December last year.

Foley said, “He was an outstanding foal with a stallion’s pedigree and I’m a great believer in Redoute’s Choice, as I stand his son Elzaam, whose first foals head to the sales later this year. Everybody had looked at him and Richard filled me with confidence that he would sell well. Best of luck to Godolphin.”

Haras des Capucines was the vendor of John Ferguson’s third Redoute’s Choice colt, out of Sandy Girl (by Footstepsinthesand), a winning half-sister to six-time Group 1 winner Stacelita. He was secured for €660,000 (~$990,000).

Asked to compare Redoute’s Choice’s European and Australian progeny, Ferguson said,  “I’ve been looking at them in Australia for many years, so I’d say they’re fairly similar to those in Australia. There’s not a huge difference. Some horses with different mares can produce different types, but he’s such a pre-eminent and dominant stallion; Redoute’s Choices look like Redoute’s Choices.”

Ferguson’s past Australian purchases by the great son of Danehill include Group 1 winner Master of Design and Group 1-placed stakeswinners Estee & Time Thief.

Other successful bidders included Jehan Malherbe’s Form Bloodstock, which has already enjoyed success with Group 2-winning Redoute’s Choice filly Honorine in South Africa, and UK trainer Roger Varian.

In all, nine of the first 11 Arqana yearlings by Redoute’s Choice sold for an average of  €386,000 (~$580,000), well above the to-date average of  €245,791 (~$370,000) and placing him fourth on the Sale’s leading sires list.

Georges Rimaud, Manager of the Aga Khan’s French Studs, says, “At the time we brought Redoute’s Choice over from Arrowfield Stud there was concern that there weren’t enough good stallions in France. He was probably way above the standard of what people expected but they supported him and the rewards are coming now.”

Arrowfield’s Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer says, “We’re delighted with these results and acknowledge the wonderful support Redoute’s Choice has received in Europe from breeders, vendors & buyers. We’re also very grateful to the Aga Khan, Georges Rimaud and the team at Haras de Bonneval for giving Redoute’s Choice the best opportunity to make his mark in Europe.”

Haras des Capucines & La Motteraye Consignment will present the final two Arqana yearlings by Redoute’s Choice at the Sale’s closing session which begins at 9.00 pm on Monday evening (AEST).

Arqana opens new chapter for Redoute's Choice

Fifteen yearlings at the Arqana August Sale in Deauville will open a new chapter in the already spectacular story of Redoute’s Choice.

View the Arqana yearlings by Redoute’s Choice here.

Georges Rimaud, Manager of HH The Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval, home to Redoute’s Choice during the 2013 and 2014 northern hemisphere seasons, has inspected most of the champion sire’s first European crop.

He says, “I am very pleased with what I have seen, they are well developed with very good frames, good bone, lots of scope and generally correct with lots of presence. I think they are a very good representation of what their sire can produce.

“The two European crops by Redoute’s Choice offer a great opportunity to access Danehill’s blood close up in the pedigree. He will bring scope and speed to most European families and we have seen that specifically with the Aga Khan families. He is bringing exactly what we wanted. The frame and bone are there, and I am sure speed will show on the racecourse.”

Georges adds, “Redoute’s Choice is also turning out to be a fantastic broodmare sire, so his fillies should be very attractive to breeders looking to diversify their bloodlines.”

Henri Bozo is the Manager of the Ecurie des Monceaux,  leading vendor at Arqana August Sale for the last three years. He says, “We have three yearlings and two foals by Redoute’s Choice, and all of them have great power with a lot of substance. We have an impressive yearling filly from a classic pedigree. It will be very interesting to see them run over here.”

The Monceaux filly is out of Astronomy Domine, a Galileo half-sister to Group 3 winner Pacifique, and to the dam of Irish Oaks G1 winner Chicquita, from the family of dual Oaks winner Alexandrova.

She is one of three Redoute’s Choice yearlings at Arqana out of mares by Galileo, whose sire Sadler’s Wells is second damsire of Redoute’s Choice’s champion daughter Miss Finland.

Lot 82, the filly from Katyusha and Lot 173, the colt from Thislillightofmine boast the Redoute’s Choice/Kingmambo combination responsible for dual Group 1 winner Gallica and English stakeswinner Elzaam, also fourth in the Royal Ascot Golden Jubilee S. G1. In all, mares by sons of Mr. Prospector have left 13 stakeswinners to Redoute’s Choice, among them Miss Finland and champion South African filly Majmu.

A pair of fillies from the Mezeray and Etreham consignments are bred on the Redoute’s Choice/Rainbow Quest cross, already seen in dual Group 2 winner and Cox Plate third Rekindled Interest.

The Arqana Sale, which last year averaged 147,864 Euros (~$217,000), with a top price of 1.2 million Euros (~$1.76 million), will be held from 15-17 August.

To Redoute's Choice & Zarkava, a colt

Champion unbeaten mare Zarkava safely foaled a colt by champion sire Redoute’s Choice on Monday morning  at the Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in France.

The colt is described by Georges Rimaud, manager of the Aga Khan Studs in France as “a very elegant foal that is correct and strong.”

Zarkava (Zamindar-Zarkasha by Kahyasi) whose seven victories included five at Group 1 level, will now visit the unbeaten champion Frankel.

Redoute’s Choice is covering a second high-class book of mares at Haras de Bonneval, among them 18 Aga Khan mares. They include the dams of Group  winner Valyra & Bayrir, a sister to Classic sire Azamour, and the Group 1 winners Rosanara, Shalanaya, Daryakana & Mandesha.

Redoute’s Choice is enjoying a splendid season in Australia with progeny earnings of almost $6 million and seven stakeswinners headed by the sprinting sensation Lankan Rupee, winner of the Oakleigh Plate G1 & last Saturday’s Newmarket H. G1.

Thirty-four yearlings by Redoute’s Choice will be offered at next month’s Inglis Australian Easter Sale, among them 6 colts & 3 fillies in the Arrowfield draft.