An Exhilarating week for the Champion dynasty

Redoute’s Choice made headlines at the Magic Millions Sale with three glorious million-dollar colts and a Book 1 average of almost $550,000. Come the $10 million Magic Millions Gold Coast Raceday and it was the turn of his first-magnitude sire sons to shine. And shine they did…

Living legend Redoute’s Choice made headlines at the 2019 Magic Millions Sale with a Book 1 average of almost $550,000 and three glorious colts offered by Bhima Thoroughbreds, Segenhoe Stud & Newhaven Park fetching $1.6 million, $1.4 million and $1.075 million.

Redoute’s Choice has now notched up 79 million-dollar yearlings across 15 years, with at least one sale at that level every year since 2004 – a matchless span of elite Australasian sale-ring achievement.

Come the $10 million Magic Millions Gold Coast Raceday and it was the turn of Redoute’s Choice’s  first-magnitude sire sons to shine.

And shine they did as Godolphin’s outstanding filly Exhilarates (by Snitzel) stormed to victory in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic 1200m RL, with Not A Single Doubt’s resolute son Dubious completing an Arrowfield roster quinella.


Bred by Greg Perry, Echo Beach Bloodstock, Hybrook Pastoral Company, Encompass International & Werrett Bloodstock, Exhilarates is the second foal of Blue Diamond G1 winner Samaready (by More Than Ready). She was bought from the Vinery Stud draft for $600,000 by Godolphin on their 2018 return to the Australian yearling marketplace. 

Satisfying as it was to add another triumph to Snitzel’s list of big race wins, he also came very close to achieving an historic Magic Millions treble. His son Bondi was nosed out of victory by Boomsara in the $2 million 3YO Guineas 1400m RL, and 4YO colt Goodfella went down by less than a half-length in the $1 million Magic Millions Trophy over 2200 metres.

However, there was plenty of consolation when the General Sires’ table updated on Saturday evening. Snitzel’s earnings that day of $2.1 million, including doubles at Flemington & Randwick, gave him a new total of $16,033,986 and extended his lead on I Am Invincible to $6.5 million. 

The reigning Champion Sire also took charge of the 2YO Sires’ Premiership with $1.5 million prizemoney, ahead of I Am Invincible, Better Than Ready &  Not A Single Doubt. 

Redoute’s Choice joined the racetrack party when his excellent son Redouble took out the last race on the card, $1 million Magic Millions Cup 1400m RL.

Bred by Grant Sheldon & Macedon Park out of Group 1 winner Special Mission (by Towkay), Redouble is the 162nd stakeswinner for his three-time Champion Sire. 

Not A Single Doubt supplied the dynasty’s final flourish of the day during the festive evening session that traditionally concludes Book 1 of the Magic Millions Sale. Arrowfield’s Lot 853, the full sister to Group 1 winner Secret Agenda was knocked down for $875,000 to US-based Stonestreet Stables.

Stonestreet previously enjoyed Group 1 success with Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Miracles Of Life, dam of the $1 million filly bought by Godolphin earlier in the session.

Not A Single Doubt ended Book 1 with 27 lots sold at an average price of almost $290,000, while Snitzel’s 33 lots averaged $366,970, with a top price of $800,000 paid by Phoenix Thoroughbreds & Aquis Farm for Edinburgh Park’s colt out of Fortune Of War.

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

Animal Kingdom's first Group 1 performer

It’s been a progressive fortnight for second season sire Animal Kingdom, with three new winners in Australia and his first Group 1 performer in the United States.

Untamed Domain, already a Grade 2 winner this northern summer, made a big impression when second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf G1 on 3 November, after coming from the back of the pack and running 68 feet further than the winner Mendelssohn.

Sent out by Animal Kingdom’s trainer Graham Motion, Untamed Domain, out of two-time stakeswinner Ciao (by Lear Fan), is raced by West Point Thoroughbreds who have every reason to look forward to plenty more success with him. 

Untamed Domain heads a group of seven winners that have driven Animal Kingdom’s rise to third position on the US First Crop Sires’ list. with prizemoney of $US803,254. 

Back in Australia this week, two Arrowfield graduates from Animal Kingdom’s first Southern Hemisphere crop won successive races at Ballarat.  

First-up was Peaceful State who fought out the finish of the 1400-metre maiden with his stablemate Captain Henry, leaving six lengths of daylight back to the third horse.

Watch Peaceful State win at Ballarat.

Peaceful State is the last foal of Weekend Beauty (by Helissio), celebrated as the dam of Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler, and he is trained by Darren Weir for Katsumi Yoshida, who bred him with Arrowfield. The colt’s likely next assignment will be the $250,000 Sandown Guineas G2 on 18 November.

In the next race, Roar (ex Line Honours by Hussonet)  led all the way and proved too strong over 1600 metres, winning by a length from Pollinator & Bradbury.

Watch Roar win at Ballarat.

Roar (ex Line Honours by Hussonet) was a $200,000 purchase for Champion Thoroughbreds & Matchem Genetics from Arrowfield’s 2016 Magic Millions draft. He is trained by Robert Smerdon who said after the win, “[Roar] has really improved with blinkers and he enjoyed getting out to 1600m today…he will only get better the further he goes.” 

A couple of promising placegetters look close to breakthrough wins. Team Valor’s 3YO filly Oleksandra was third at Randwick on Tuesday, and Godolphin’s 2YO colt Rheingau was third on debut at Rosehill on Saturday.

Third stakeswinner for Animal Kingdom

It’s been a progressive weekend in both hemispheres for Animal Kingdom, thanks to his third stakeswinner, an impressive debut winner, a repeat winner and a Grade 2 placegetter.

His 2YO son Untamed Domain, already a winner and Grade 3-placed, started second favourite for the $US200,000 Summer S. G2 over one mile on turf at Woodbine on Sunday. The favourite Hemp Hemp Hooray looked likely to take the race out until Untamed Domain rallied late to catch him just short of the line.

The race is a Win & You’re In qualifier for the  $US1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf G1 in November. 

Watch Untamed Domain win the Woodbine Summer S. G2.

Bred by Clearsky Farms, Untamed Domain is prepared by Animal Kingdom’s trainer Graham Motion for West Point Thoroughbreds. The colt is the fourth and best winner out of the stakes-winning mare Ciao (by Roberto’s son Lear Fan), a grand-daughter of French Group 1 winner Smuggly.

Untamed Domain completed a Woodbine weekend double for Animal Kingdom, following the five-length debut success of 2YO filly Grace And Dignity in a six-furlong maiden  on Saturday. She is the fourth winner from Animal Kingdom’s first Northern Hemisphere crop. 

Watch Grace And Dignity win on debut at Woodbine.

Grace And Dignity’s dam is 7-time winner Precision Farming, by Mr. Prospector’s son Smart Strike, from the family of Grade 2 winners Dream About and Deeply Undervalued. Go a little further back in the pedigree, and up pops Secret Verdict, the fifth dam of Champion Sire Snitzel. 

Meanwhile in Australia, the Darley home-bred 3YO Animalia posted his second win over 1600 metres at Newcastle on Friday. His dam is the grand producer Hold To Ransom (by Red Ransom), whose earlier progeny include Group 3 winner Retrieve and Listed winners Abduction and Reparations. 

Watch Animalia win at Newcastle.

Animal Kingdom, currently serving his fourth Australian book of mares at Arrowfield, is also the sire of US stakeswinnerContinental Divide and the filly Sunny Skies, third in the Churchill Downs Pocahontas S. G2, a few hours after Grace And Dignity’s success.

The Dubai World Cup champion’s other Australian winners are TDN Rising Star Earth Angel, Lord Cecil (also Group-placed at two), Barbary, Royal Phoenix and Platinum.

Quality wins by Animal Kingdom 2YOs

As Arrowfield prepares to welcome Animal Kingdom back for the 2017 season, excitement is growing about his future as a sire, thanks to six first-crop winners in Australia and two, including a Listed winner, in the United States.

His latest winners, one in each hemisphere in the past week, have advertised his prospects with quality maiden victories for leading stables.

The second day of Saratoga’s famous Summer Meet, on 22 July, brought up Animal Kngdom’s second winner from his first five US runners. 2YO colt Untamed Domain joined Animal Kingdom’s Australian daughter Earth Angel as a TDN Rising Star when he overcame a mid-race hold-up to power home for a stylish win over 8.5 furlongs on turf.

Watch Untamed Domain win at Saratoga. (courtesy of TDN)

Fourth at his debut on 2 July, Untamed Domain is in the care of his sire’s trainer, Graham Motion and is raced by West Point Thoroughbreds, which purchased him from the 2016 Keeneland September Sale for $US90,000.

Motion, who visited Australia in January 2016 to see Animal Kingdom’s first yearlings sold at Magic Millions, said, “I’m so impressed with Untamed Domain who got stopped in his tracks three furlongs out and won for fun.

“He showed his Dad’s turn of foot and seems to have his calm demeanour. I hope to run him back in the Grade 3 With Anticipation later in the meet which is a prep for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.”

The $US150,000 With Anticipation Stakes G3, also run over 8.5 furlongs on turf, will be held on Wednesday 30 August.

Untamed Domain’s stakes-winning dam Ciao (by Roberto’s son Lear Fan) is descended from French Group 1 winner Smuggly whose daughters have been successful producers in Japan, South Africa and Brazil as well as North America.

Animal Kingdom has already sired his first US stakeswinner, the Ken McPeek-trained filly Sunny Skies who followed up her April debut win with success in the Debutante S. LR at Churchill Downs on 30 June.

Godolphin’s 2YO gelding Animalia tackled 1600 metres at Gosford on 20 July and gave those who backed him into favouritism no worries at all as he began sharply, took an easy sit behind Dashing Special and sprinted clear to win by 7.5 lengths.

Watch Animalia win at Gosford.

Animalia is the sixth winner left by Royal Ascot stakeswinner Hold To Ransom (by Red Ransom), already the dam of Group winner Retrieve and Listed winners Reparations & Abduction. This is also the family of Prince Bishop who, like Animal Kingdom, won the Dubai World Cup G1.

Animal Kingdom’s other Australian winners this season include Flemington winner Royal Phoenix, Earth Angel (also fourth in the ATC Fernhill S. LR), and Group 3-placed Lord Cecil.

Second winner for Animal Kingdom

John O’Shea has consistently expressed his enthusiasm for Godolphin’s first group of Animal Kingdom juveniles and today he sent out the Dubai World Cup champion’s second winner.

Platinum scored a determined win at his third start over 1200 metres at Ballarat, after sitting four wide most of the way and then out-finishing the rapidly closing Give, with Super Snob almost 1.5 lengths back, third.

Watch Platinum win at Ballarat.

A homebred for Darley, Platinum is out of the city-winning mare Swishes, a half-sister to Group winner Le Zagaletta. Swishes is the dam of six winners from as many foals to race, including stakes-placed gelding Demonstrate.

Animal Kingdom has now compiled two smart winners, Platinum and TDN Rising Star Earth Angel (ex Miss Finland by Redoute’s Choice) on 8 March, and four placegetters (Momentum To Win, Animalia, Desert Flower & Seductive Miss) from eight runners. Earth Angel’s next assignment is likely to be in Melbourne stakes company next month.

Animal Kingdom has a quality consignment of 11 yearlings on offer at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale: five colts and four fillies in Arrowfield’s draft, and a pair of fillies presented by Tartan Fields.

Hannah Discovers Arrowfield

Hannah Marks is in her second year on the Godolphin Flying Start programme, where she is completing her four week work placement with the Head Office at Arrowfield Stud. Godolphin Flying Start is an international two year management and leadership training programme that combines a dynamic range of lectures, visits, hands-on experience in Ireland, England, USA, Australia, and Dubai. Hannah describes her experience of discovering Arrowfield.

My experience at Arrowfield began with an introduction to some of the best stallions Australia has to offer. Arrowfield Stud held their annual stallions show just before the breeding season kicked off, and what a show it was. From champion sires to those just starting their careers, Arrowfield’s parade was a great introduction to what makes a top Australian sire. As an Irish landing for the first time in Australia, Arrowfield provided me with my initial experience of learning about the Australian ‘type’. Redoute’s Choice and his sons, Not A Single Doubt, Snitzel, and new sires Panzer Division and Scissor Kick show off the classic strength and toughness that is synonymous with the Australian breed. These are horses built for speed and stand up to the rigours of training, with plenty of bone and athletic ability. Outcross sires such as Manhattan Rain, Dundeel, Real Impact and Olympic Glory showed the influence that different stallion lines can have on the Australian markets.

I had the great opportunity to work at Arrowfield for my Godolphin Flying Start work rotation, where I helped out with all aspects of stud duty for three weeks. In my short amount of time the team welcomed me and helped me get stuck in to a variety of work. I assisted in the breeding shed, worked with yearlings, vet work and had the chance to work with top class foals. My favourite part was working in the foaling division alongside the great team. I got the chance to see amazing families, foals out of top class racemares, work hands on with future racehorses and potential future champions.

Working with mares and foals in Australia is still a bizarre concept to me. I will never get used to seeing a foal walk loose behind the mare coming in from a paddock, or leading mares off quad bikes. While it would never become practiced in Ireland, unfortunately, I will always think back to the days of driving on a quad bike in a paddock during feed runs or when running in horses when I have to walk to the back corner of a field on a wet day. Another different concept in Australia is foaling mares. When I was first shown the typical foaling unit, my initial thought was ‘so where is the barn?’ Mares here are foaled outdoors in small individual pens. They move into slightly bigger pens for a week and then usually get paired with other foals of similar age by the second week in small paddocks. Foals here seems to grow quicker. I would swear that a five day old foal looks like a month old at home. Maybe it is the climate, maybe it is the outdoor living, or the strong Aussie type that is so prominent, but these foals are tough and lively.

Working at Arrowfield has been a great experience and stands out as one of the best farms I have worked on, offering a broad yet hands on experience. The team are open, willing to teach and are always up for a laugh. Three weeks was a short amount of time to work across all divisions, stallions, mares and foals and yearlings, but I was able to get stuck in and learn some great new techniques. The classic Aussie foal wrangling will come back to Ireland with me, though I might keep the head collars on. I only wish I could have stayed for longer.

Fortunately, I have been lucky to join the Arrowfield team again, but this time in the Head Office based in Sydney for my four week Flying Start work placement. Having seen the work done on the farm, I will now get the opportunity to explore what is done in the office and understand different marketing, sales and branding methods.

Tune in for the next instalment on my experience with the Head Office.

Hazard's ripper season

At the start of this season Flying Spur’s 5YO daughter Hazard looked like a candidate for that unlucky band of talented mares who build good records, but retire to stud without the stakes-winning status they really deserve.

Thankfully, Godolphin kept her in training and Hazard is now a dual Group winner after her success in last Saturday’s $200,000 BRC Dane Ripper S. 1350m G2.

That performance, defeating multiple Group winner & Group 1 placegetter Catkins, confirmed Hazard’s coming of age after more than three years of steady development by Anthony Freedman, now training in partnership with brother Lee.

A debut win can be a sign of stakes-winning potential and Hazard delivered it as a 2YO when she narrowly defeated subsequent Group 2 winner & Group 1 performer Angelic Light at Geelong in April 2012.

Eight months later she began a sequence of four consecutive 3YO successes, three of them in Melbourne at 1200m, 1400m & 1600m, and a black type win seemed imminent.

However, her career stalled after a runner-up finish in the SAJC Laelia S. LR at three and her 4YO season was a little disappointing, despite a valuable win at Bendigo, a Group 3 second and a Listed third.

It took five starts this term for Hazard to find the winner’s circle again, over 1000 metres at Caulfield in April. Unplaced in the MRC Bel Esprit S. LR later that month, she then hit her most rewarding patch of form, winning three races in three states from 2 May to 6 June, including the SAJC Proud Miss S. G3 and now the Dane Ripper.

That brings her record to a thoroughly admirable 10 wins, five placings and $551,615 from 25 starts, and elevated status as the best of four Group winners left by her outstanding dam Dawn Attack (by Fantastic Light) to four different stallions before her premature death in 2013. 

Dawn Attack’s other three performers are the fillies Crucial (by Nadeem) and Antelucan (by Domesday), and the gelding Java (by Medaglia d’Oro).

Darley’s Managing Director Henry Plumptre says, “Interestingly, Hazard has been the most backward of the four mentally, with Antelucan a two-year-old stakeswinner and both Java and Crucial  showing plenty as two- and three-year-olds.  

“As a type, she is a big strong girl now. Plenty of strength and scope, with a preference for good tracks.

“Dawn Attack was a great mare for our operation and it is good fortune that we have three stakes-winning daughters.”

Hazard, dual New Zealand Group 1 winner Sacred Star and Singapore speedster Zac Spirit head Flying Spur’s seven stakeswinners among 90 winners worldwide this season.

The now-retired champion sire now has a career tally of 97 stakeswinners and a century is in sight with the 173 foals from his last two crops about to turn three and four. 

Flying Spur still appears in the top 30 stallions on the Australian General Sires’ list, but his best performance is now on the Broodmare Sires’ table where he’s become a regular fixture behind Danehill and Zabeel, and alongside his relative Encosta de Lago and, more recently, Redoute’s Choice.

In 2014/15 Flying Spur’s best second-generation runner has been Victoria Derby G1 winner Preferment, one of three Group winners from only 8 named foals bred on the Zabeel/Flying Spur cross.