Arrowfield’s best moments in a milestone season

It’s no easy task to choose the 10 – make that 11 – best moments from a milestone season in Arrowfield’s 33-year history, but here’s a spirited attempt…

It’s no easy task to choose the 10 – make that 11 – best moments from a milestone season in Arrowfield’s 33-year history, but here’s a spirited attempt, in chronological order:

Pariah joined General Nediym, Testa Rossa, Charge Forward & Snitzerland on the San Domenico G3 winners’ list. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Pariah at Rosehill, 26 August 2017
Team Arrowfield was busy hosting their annual Stallion Open House, and gathered around the marquee TV to watch star colt Pariah run in the ATC San Domenico S. G3. Arrowfield had bought back into Pariah after his Group-winning 2YO campaign for James Harron & partners, and his sparkling 3YO debut was greeted with jubilation. A year later Pariah has joined the Redoute’s Choice dynasty at Arrowfield and will parade at the Open House, 24-26 August.
Watch the Arrowfield team cheer Pariah home in the San Domenico S. G3.


Triple Crown syndicators Michael & Chris Ward celebrate Redzel’s superlative Everest victory. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Redzel at Randwick, 14 October 2017
The Everest was an instant hit with owners, trainers, punters, media, racegoers and that elusive beast, the general public. Redzel launched the race with a classic demonstration of unyielding powerhouse Aussie speed and sparked exuberant celebrations by his Triple Crown owners, slot-holder James Harron & partners and the Snowden stable. Snitzel had already established a decent lead on the General Sires’ list, but after The Everest he shot clear by $6.6 million and was not sighted by his rivals for the rest of the season.


The Mick Price-trained Mighty Boss gave Teeley Assets a second Caulfield Guineas win, after Redoute’s Choice in 1999. (PHOTO: Darren Tindale)

Not A Single Doubt’s big day, 14 October 2017
Everest Day turned out to be huge for Not A Single Doubt too. Upset Caulfield Guineas G1 winner Mighty Boss, Group 3 winner Cool Passion and Listed winners Qafila and Torvill gave him the first quadruple stakes day of his career – and all four horses were new stakeswinners. Not A Single Doubt ended a tremendous year with a career-high season tally of 16 stakeswinners and 6th spot on the Australian Premiership, his fourth top 10 finish.


Smiles all round from Tom Dabernig, David Hayes & Ben Hayes after Boom Time’s Caulfield Cup victory. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Caulfield Cup quinella, 21 October 2017
He started at 50/1 and she was 30/1 – neither given any serious chance of beating horses like Humidor, Johannes Vermeer, Bonneval and Harlem in  the $3 million Caulfield Cup G1. But no-one conveyed that message to Flying Spur’s son Boom Time or Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Single Gaze, and home they rolled, for the season’s most unexpected Group 1 quinella. It was also the perfect sign-off for Champion Sire Flying Spur, who died at Arrowfield in May, at the age of 25. 


Star filly Shoals held off a quality field of mares in the VRC Myer Classic G1. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Shoals at Flemington, 4 November 2017
Late on 16 August 2014, John Messara shared a photo of the newborn Fastnet Rock-The Broken Shore filly with the prediction that she would be a star. Three years later the filly, named Shoals, fulfilled that prophecy with an exhilarating victory in the VRC Myer Classic G1 for her owner-breeders Arrowfield and Jonathan Munz’s Pinecliff Racing, and trainer Anthony Freedman. Further success in the ATC Surround S. G1 and SAJC Robert Sangster S. G1 stamped Shoals as an exceptional talent worthy of The Star’s slot in this season’s running of The Everest. 


The Snitzel-Flidais filly will race as Evening Slippers from the Waterhouse & Bott stable. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, 10-14 January 2018
Arrowfield ended the record-breaking Sale with its all-time highest Magic Millions aggregate of $14.1 million, heading the Vendor list for the third successive year. Arrowfield’s $1.8 million Snitzel-Flidais filly was the Sale’s and her sire’s top-priced filly, and Snitzel led the Magic Million Sires table for the first time with 33 lots sold at an average price of $483,788. The Stud also sold the 75th million-dollar yearling by Redoute’s Choice and the $600,000 Olympic Glory-Downtown Manhattan colt.


Dr Shalabh Sahu, Hussain Lootah, Tariq Al Shamsi, Saif Al Ketbi and Bryan Carlson celebrate Estijaab’s victory in the 2018 Golden Slipper G1. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

The Golden Slipper, Rosehill, 24 March 2018
Snitzerland was 2nd in 2012, Sweet Idea was 3rd in 2013 and then along came Estijaab to add that precious first Golden Slipper victory to Snitzel’s progeny record – and the 7th by an Arrowfield graduate. Bred by Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm, raised and sold by Arrowfield, bought at Inglis Easter by Emirates Park and Bryan Carlson for $1.7 million and trained by Team Hawkes, Estijaab was the perfect poster girl for Arrowfield’s much admired “A Diamond is Forever” marketing campaign.


Dundeel’s 2YO son Irukandji earned Group-winning status at his fourth start. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Irukandji wins for Dundeel, Rosehill, 31 March 2018
A first-crop 2YO Group winner is always on the wish-list for a young sire and Spendthrift Farm’s Hawkes-trained colt Irukandji came through for Dundeel with a convincing victory in the ATC T.L. Baillieu S. G3. Irukandji has been a headliner from the start, as a $240,000 weanling, and $500,000 pin-hook result at Magic Millions, and there may be more headlines to come – he is nominated for the ATC Golden Rose G1 on 22 September.


Trapeze Artist & Redzel finished 6 & 4 lengths clear of their rivals in the ATC T.J. Smith S. G1. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

The T.J. Smith G1 quinella,  Randwick, 7 April 2018
Snitzel posted two Group 1 quinellas in 2017/18 and both were among the season’s most thrilling finishes. Russian Revolution and Snitty Kitty were terrific in the Oakleigh Plate, but 3YO Trapeze Artist’s performance to launch from a wide run and sweep past a top-of-his-game Redzel in the $2.5 million T.J. Smith was of seldom-seen quality. A return match in The Everest this October is something to savour.


The $2.3 million brother to Shoals was 2018’s top-priced yearling sold in Australia. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

Inglis Easter Sale, Sydney,
9-11 April 2018

Arrowfield celebrated the first Easter Sale held at the new Riverside Stables at Warwick Farm with a rarely achieved double: the highest aggregate (just over $20 million) and the highest average ($488,658). Leading vendor status for the fourth consecutive year, the top-priced $2.3 million brother to Shoals and 7 other million-dollar yearlings – including two daughters of Deep Impact – sealed an outstanding sales season for the Stud’s dedicated team and many very happy clients.


The Autumn Sun is out of Azmiyna, a Galileo half-sister to European champion Azamour. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

The Autumn Sun, Doomben,
9 June 2018
A Redoute’s Choice colt opened the best of Arrowfield’s season and a Redoute’s Choice colt closed it when The Autumn Sun drew clear of Zousain in the BRC J.J. Atkins Plate G1, becoming his mighty sire’s 33rd Group 1 winner, and his 9th Group 1 2YO winner. Another exciting prospect for 2018/19, The Autumn Sun capped a fine year for Arrowfield’s joint venture with the Aga Khan Studs, which also sold his three-quarter sister for $1.3 million at Inglis Easter.

Snitzel celebrates a spectacular second Premiership season

Arrowfield’s all-conquering Champion Sire Snitzel has made breaking records his dedicated profession…

Arrowfield’s all-conquering Champion Sire Snitzel has made breaking records his dedicated profession.

He swept past his own Australian season earnings record back in February and is about to claim his second consecutive Australian General Sires’ Premiership with a staggering total of more than $29 million. He also retains the 2YO Sires’ and 3YO Sires’ titles he won last season.

Snitzel’s progeny have won almost twice the prizemoney of his nearest rivals I Am Invincible, and two-time champion sire Fastnet Rock, who have compiled outstanding seasons with career-best earnings in Australia. Despite that, they both fell short of Snitzel’s record 2016/17 prizemoney of $16.2 million.

The sensational son of Redoute’s Choice also tops the 2017/18 table by winners, wins and stakeswinners with 26 horses successful in Group & Listed company.  That repeats his achievement with eight crops of racing age in 2016/17 and again equals Danehill’s record, set with nine crops of racing age in 2001/02.

Redzel dominated The Everest from start to finish, landing the $5.8 million first prize for his Triple Crown owners & slot-holder James Harron and partners. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

However, Snitzel’s tally of 43 Australian stakes victories this season is a record he holds on his own, ahead of the previous mark of 36 stakes wins set by Danehill in 2004/05.

The quality of the performances put up by Snitzel’s best domestic performers this season is impressive. Eighteen (69%) of the 26 are Group winners, with a standout performer in each age category: 2YO Estijaab, 3YO Trapeze Artist, 4YO Russian Revolution & 5YO Redzel.  This quartet  won six Group 1 races, the multiple winner being Trapeze Artist, successful against his own age group in the ATC Golden Rose G1, and then beating the older sprinters at weight-for-age in the ATC TJ Smith S. G1 and ATC All Aged S. G1.

Trapeze Artist & Redzel delivered one of the season’s most thrilling finishes in April’s ATC T.J. Smith S. G1 at The Championships. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Estijaab, Trapeze Artist and Redzel all won more than $2 million during the season, with Redzel’s $7,532,300 prizemoney making him the country’s leading earner. Remove them from Snitzel’s total, and he still wins the Premiership with a new record figure.  

A further eight horses were Group 1-placed in 2017/18, among them the valiant Tangled, runner-up in the Rosehill Guineas & Spring Champion Stakes, and third in the Australian Derby. 

Snitzel’s 26 stakeswinners come from his 2011 to 2015 crops and it is no accident that his remarkable 2014 crop (currently on 14.4% SW/Runners)  has produced 12 of them. Ten of the 35 juvenile winners that last season gave Snitzel another record, exceeding the mark set by Without Fear in 1975/76, have won stakes races this term:  Dracarys, Goodfella, I Am Excited, Jukebox, Menari, Muraaqeb, Perast, Snitzepeg, Snitzkraft & Trapeze Artist. Showtime (MVRC Stutt S. G2) and Eptimum (MVRC Red Anchor S. G3) posted their maiden successes as 3YOs last September.

The Northern Farm-bred, Arrowfield-sold filly Estijaab gave Snitzel his first Golden Slipper victory. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

As that male-dominated cohort shows, it has been a boys’ year at Team Snitzel. Eighteen of his Australian stakeswinners are colts & geldings, but it was Emirates Park’s filly Estijaab who delivered that precious Golden Slipper victory and 4YO mare Snitty Kitty (MRC Caulfield Sprint G2) joined Russian Revolution to give Snitzel a Group 1 quinella in the MRC Oakleigh Plate G1. (Trapeze Artist and Redzel did the same in April’s thrilling ATC TJ Smith S. G1.)

Snitzel’s multitude of stakes runners  most weekends explains why his Australian record since 1 August 2017 includes three same-day stakes trebles (on 19 August, 21 October and 10 March), seven stakes doubles and five Group race quinellas. One treble (I Am Excited, Estijaab & Redzel at Randwick on 10 March) and all but two of the doubles were also achieved at the same track.  

New track records set on firmer-than-usual surfaces were a feature of the season’s racing and Snitzel’s progeny were responsible for four of them: Redzel, 1000m & 1100m at Randwick; Trapeze Artist, 1400m at Randwick; and Lubiton, 1600m at Moonee Valley.  

Snitzel’s 43 stakes wins are distributed across 11 tracks in New South Wales, Victoria & Queensland, with Randwick the most regular scene of success (11 wins inc. the TJ Smith & All Aged), followed by Rosehill  (7 inc. the Golden Slipper & Golden Rose), Caulfield (6 inc. the Oakleigh Plate), Flemington (5 inc. the Darley Classic) and Moonee Valley (5 Group wins).

Stars of Snitzel’s 2013 crop, Russian Revolution & Snitty Kitty (right) quinella-ed the MRC Oakleigh Plate G1 in February. (PHOTO: Darren Tindale)

It’s no surprise that 37 Group & Listed wins have been at distances from 1000-1400 metres, all six Group 1 victories among them. Success beyond 1400 metres by Arbeitsam (2 wins at 1600m & 2000m), French Emotion, Lubiton, Muraaqeb & Showtime (all successful in Group company at 1600 metres) indicate the versatility evident in Snitzel’s lifetime record.

A total of 16 Australian stables can claim at least one Snitzel stakeswinner this season, and six have had more than one: Peter & Paul Snowden (Redzel, Russian Revolution, Dracarys & Calanda – 8 Group & Listed wins in all); Michael, John & Wayne Hawkes (Estijaab, Showtime & Sprightly Lass – 5 wins); David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig (Thronum, Muraaqeb & Nomothaj – 4 wins), Gerald Ryan (Trapeze Artist & Menari – 6 wins); Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott (Arbeitsam & Sweet Redemption – 3 wins); and Bjorn Baker (Lubiton & Goodfella – 3 wins).

Snitzel’s Super 26 are the work of 26 different breeders and groups of breeders headed by Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm, responsible for Estijaab and, with Arrowfield, for Showtime & Dracarys; and Bell View Park Stud, breeder of Sweet Redemption and co-breeder of Lubiton. Lee Fleming (breeder of Redzel) and the Vieira Group (owner-breeder of Trapeze Artist) can celebrate their roles in eight Group & Listed victories (four Group 1) and The Everest, and combined season earnings of $10.2 million.

The sire-lines of Mr. Prospector (8 stakeswinners including Group 2 winners French Emotion, Showtime & Thronum) and Roberto (6 stakeswinners including Estijaab and Trapeze Artist) have enjoyed notable success with Snitzel this season. Most-represented damsires among Snitzel’s 26 stakeswinners are: Red Ransom (damsire of Arbeitsam, Goodfella & Sweet Redemption), Elusive Quality (Dracarys & Nomothaj), General Nediym (Menari & I Am Excited) and Zabeel (Lubiton & Perast).

With his second Premiership Snitzel joins an elite group of multiple Champion Sires of Australia headed, of course, by his grandsire Danehill. His campaign to match his sire Redoute’s Choice and win a third title begins early with Showtime nominated for the new season’s first stakes race, the ATC Missile S. G2 on Saturday at Randwick. 
 

Venerable matron celebrates a Slipper runner

Arrowfield’s home-bred filly Teaspoon is a 40/1 chance in Saturday’s $3.5 million Longines Golden Slipper G1, but she knocks it out of the park with the oldest dam of the 19 runners in the field.

The average age of those 19 mares at the birth of their Golden Slipper runners was 9.5, with eleven of them nine or younger and seven aged ten to 15.

Teaspoon, though, is the 16th and last foal of the unraced Patronella  (Mister C-All Sterling by One Pound Sterling) who was 23-years-old when she delivered the bay filly by Snitzel on 4 September 2014. The Arrowfield foaling team recorded a “normal foaling, foal of normal size with good body and bone” and similar observations were made of Patronella’s six previous deliveries at the Stud.

Assistant Operations Manager Kerry Stephens says, “We can’t recall any foaling issues with Patronella, and reproductively she’s been straightforward.”  Ditto her character too, although she’s no pushover, as Kerry points out.

“She’s an average sized mare, with an attractive head, plenty of bone and substance. She’s straightforward to handle, with no odd habits or quirks, but she has spirit –  if she doesn’t like something she’s quick to let you know. All the good ones have spirit!”

Unlike some mares, the now 25 year-old Patronella, pictured right at Arrowfield this week (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy) hasn’t had a special paddock mate and gets on well with most other horses. That’s made for an easy transition to her new life in retirement as a nanny mare.

Kerry explains, “Her latest assignment was baby-sitting the Easter Sale yearling fillies before they began their sale preparation. It’s very useful having an experienced older mare keeping an eye on the young ones, it helps to keep them settled in the paddock and reduces the chance of injury.”

Patronella has visited Starcraft, Charge Forward, Hussonet, All American, Beneteau and Snitzel (twice) during her eight-year breeding career at Arrowfield, failing to conceive only in 2011. Five of the resulting seven foals were sold as weanlings or yearlings for relatively modest prices, and three of those have won races. The best of them was Teaspoon’s full sister Aliyana Tilde, born in 2008 and bought for $50,000 by trainer Kerry Parker at the 2010 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Aliyana Tilde turned out to be very good indeed, even better than Patronella’s first two foals, two-time Listed winner Stella Artois and Group 3 winner Smytzer’s Trish, born back in the mid-nineties, when their mother was five and six.

Unlike Teaspoon though, Aliyana Tilde’s forte was classic stamina, evident in her ATC Epona S. G3 victory and three Group 1 placings in the Australian Oaks, Sydney Cup and Storm Queen Stakes. That record made her an appealing proposition when she retired in 2013 and so it was that she returned to the ownership of Arrowfield where she’s had two colts by Animal Kingdom and a Dundeel filly.

Research conducted by Arrowfield alumnus Byron Rogers of Performance Genetics confirms both the rarity of mares that produce one Group winner during their careers, and that around one in five of those select mares will go on to leave subsequent Group winners. Three Group winners put Patronella in elite company, though not in the league of the extraordinary Juddmonte mare Hasili, dam of seven Group winners, five of them successful at Group 1 level.  

Kerry notes that all of Patronella’s Arrowfield foals have resembled her, and the one most like her is the filly Bacarella (by Beneteau), a year older than Teaspoon and talented enough to win at two and place twice in Sydney Group 2 company last Spring.

However, Kerry adds, “Teaspoon was always a staff favourite as a foal, because she was a particularly attractive filly and a strong individual.”

Like Bacarella, Teaspoon was retained by Arrowfield because she’s a late filly from a wonderful broodmare so, while her fellow yearlings were being prepared for sale, she was being educated at Rick Worthington’s Danric Lodge before joining Michael Freedman’s stable last September.

Teaspoon opened her account with a debut win at Canterbury in November, spelled, then returned to win the ATC Widden S. G3 with a quality performance under pressure, and become Snitzel’s 48th stakeswinner at Rosehill on 28 January. She also completed an Arrowfield graduate Group double with her Golden Slipper rival Pariah (by Redoute’s Choice), successful on the same card in the ATC Canonbury S. G3.

Teaspoon, quirkily named by Arrowfield’s Sydney Office Manager Sophie Swain for Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer’s habit of leaving teaspoons around the office, goes into the Slipper off a game third in the ATC Sweet Embrace S. G2 and will be ridden by Zac Purton. 

Meanwhile, Patronella grazes peacefully in the Hill 5 paddock at Arrowfield, perhaps thinking occasionally of those 16 foals, among them thirteen winners of 43 races, and that final, vibrant daughter out to make her mark on Slipper history at 4.10 pm on Saturday.

Redoute's Choice dominates Golden Slipper pedigrees

Redoute’s Choice, already the sire of two Golden Slipper winners, appears in the immediate pedigrees of no fewer than 11 of the 19 juveniles in the field for this year’s $3.5 million event, sponsored for the second time by Longines.

Pariah is his 17th Slipper runner, bidding to join the 2006 winner Miss Finland, and Stratum, who defeated Fashions Afield in 2005 to give their champion sire a memorable quinella. 

This year Redoute’s Choice also appears as the damsire of Trekking, Frolic and 3rd emergency The Mission, and as the paternal grandsire of Single Bullet (by Not A Single Doubt), and Trapeze Artist, Invader, Menari, Teaspoon and emergency runners Chauffeur & Showtime (all by Snitzel).

Given that Snitzel heads the 2YO Sires’ premiership by earnings, winners and stakeswinners, it’s not surprising this is his best-ever contingent in the Slipper. He’s already the damsire of a Slipper winner (Mossfun in 2014) and two placegetters, Snitzerland, the gallant runner-up to Pierro in 2012, and Showtime’s sister Sweet Idea, third to Overreach in 2013. 

A fourth Arrowfield stallion, Charge Forward, figures as the damsire of Single Bullet’s stablemate She Will Reign, a daughter of former Arrowfield resident (and half-brother of Redoute’s Choice) Manhattan Rain. Charge Forward, himself a close second to Dance Hero in the record-breaking 2004 Slipper, is also the sire of 2009 runner-up Headway.

Arrowfield is attempting to add a third Golden Slipper to the trophies won by Miss Finland and Flying Spur (in 1995) as the owner-breeder of Teaspoon, the last foal of venerable matron Patronella, now in happy retirement as a nanny mare at the Stud. Trained by Michael Freedman, Teaspoon has won two of her three starts including the ATC Widden S. G3 (pictured, right; PHOTO: Sportpix) and will be ridden by Zac Purton.

Arrowfield bred and sold Inglis Easter graduate Pariah (in partnership with John Leaver, David Paradice & Paul Favretto), and Magic Millions colt Showtime (in partnership with Katsumi Yoshida), and sold Invader on behalf of his breeeder Michael Pitt. Two other breeders have multiple runners: Darley (Veranillo & Trekking) and Corumbene Stud (Single Bullet & Menari).

An interesting aspect of the 16-strong 2017 Golden Slipper field is its exactly even distribution between the sexes, eight colts and eight fillies, though the three emergencies are all colts. History favours colts and geldings with 35 wins, compared with 25 by fillies, but the split by runners (165 male, 146 female), top five finishes (51 male, 49 female) and winners (11 male, 9 female) is a little more evenly balanced over the past two decades, 1997-2016.

Apart from being a thrilling contest that can determine both the season’s best 2YO and the champion sire of juveniles, the Golden Slipper frequently previews other top performers. Subsequent Group 1 winners that ran in, but didn’t win the race include: English, Single Gaze & Speak Fondly (2015), Sweet Idea, Guelph & Criterion (2013), Snitzerland & Epaulette (2012), Mosheen, Foxwedge & Hot Snitzel (2011), Melito, Wanted & More Joyous (2009), Empires Choice, Gold Edition & Casino Prince (2006),  Snitzel (2005), Charge Forward, Alinghi & Fastnet Rock (2004), Shamekha & Exceed and Excel (2003) and Choisir & Yell (2002). 

The Longines Golden Slipper S. 1200m G1, offering winner’s prizemoney of $2 million, will be held for the 61st time at Rosehill this Saturday 18 March at 4.10 pm AEDT.

Scarlet Rain wins Sweet Embrace Stakes

Given the manner of Scarlet Rain’s Sweet Embrace Stakes victory last Saturday, Arrowfield’s young sire Manhattan Rain may soon be adding more than a Group 2 winner to his steadily growing record.

An attractive chestnut with four white stockings, Scarlet Rain isn’t hard to find in a field, but she made it easier by sprinting quickly to a clear lead from gate 12.

She rolled along comfortably on her own until jockey Kathy O’Hara asked her to drive clear which she duly did, winning by a length from In The Vanguard to maintain her unbeaten record and boost her prizemoney to $244,500. Vinery Stud’s filly Tale Of Choice (by Redoute’s Choice), bought from Arrowfield at the Inglis Easter Sale, was third, almost three lengths away.

Purchased for $100,000 from Arrowfield’s 2015 Magic Millions consignment by Darby Racing, Scarlet Rain is trained by Gai Waterhouse who also prepared Manhattan Rain to win or place in all three legs of the Sydney 2YO Triple Crown.

The champion trainer already has six Golden Slippers on her record and immediately confirmed, in typically direct fashion, that the filly would take her place in the $3.5 million race on 19 March. 

“How could they doubt her? Does the Slipper fit? Yes.”

Scarlet Rain is the first foal of city-winning 2YO Double Ranga (by Exceed And Excel), a half-sister to stakeswinners Happy Forever & Super Lacuna, from the family of dual Group 1 winner Toorak Toff.

Double Ranga’s second foal, a similarly striking, athletic colt by Starcraft was a $110,000 buy for Robert Roulston at this year’s Magic Millions Sale. The mare also has a weanling full sister to Scarlet Rain, and is in foal to Animal Kingdom.

Scarlet Rain is the sixth stakeswinner, and second Group winner for Manhattan Rain, firmly stamping his patch among Australia’s best stallions from the Class of 2010.

Widden Stakes quinella for Arrowfield sires

The Arrowfield roster’s challenge for the season’s major 2YO prizes was given another boost at Rosehill on Saturday when Honesty Prevails (by Redoute’s Choice) and Smart Amelia (by Smart Missile) ran one-two in the $150,000 ATC Widden S. 1100m G3 at their first starts.

It was a terrific performance by both fillies in a strong field that may well yield plenty of good form this Autumn. Honesty Prevails jumped well for Jason Collett who settled her in fourth position on the fence, with Smart Amelia behind her, but forced to travel wide throughout.

Kentucky Miss and Vixen Lass led into the straight while Collett found space for Honesty Prevails who then sprinted clear to win by 2.3 lengths in 1:05.73 – slightly faster than the colt Tessera posted a race earlier in the Canonbury Stakes G3.

Smart Amelia had more ground to make up, but found enough to snatch second from Chipanda and impress her jockey Christian Reith who said, “Super run. Still doing a couple of things wrong but once she irons them out she’ll be a very nice filly.”

Watch Honesty Prevails win the ATC Widden S. G3.

Collett was even more impressed with Honesty Prevails.

“She destroyed them. Just an out and out racehorse. She’s got a great head on her. Just took it in her stride. Puts herself in the spot, races professionally and coming to the turn I was pretty confident when I’m the only one travelling.”

Honesty Prevails is trained by Rick Worthington who purchased the filly with owner Trevor Gluck and agent John Hutchinson of Scone Bloodstock from the Arrowfield draft at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Knocked down for $720,000, Honesty Prevails is the second living foal of Flavoured (by Hussonet), also dam of stakes-placed city winner Aerobar, from the family of champion US racehorse & sire A. P. Indy.  Flavoured has a weanling colt by Exceed and Excel and is in foal again to Redoute’s Choice.

Honesty Prevails takes her three-time Australian champion sire’s tally of stakeswinners to 127; she is also his 30th juvenile stakeswinner.

Redoute’s Choice also appears in Smart Amelia’s pedigree, as the sire of her dam My Amelia, a More Than Ready daughter of Carry On Cutie (AJC Champagne S. G1). Smart Amelia is trained by James Cummings for her breeder Richard Pegum, Matthew Sandblom and Westcode Pty Ltd.

Smart Amelia is Smart Missile’s second stakes performer from his first 11 runners, after New Zealand Listed winner Sassy ‘N’ Smart.

The Golden Slipper is now on the radar for Honesty Prevails, while another Redoute’s Choice filly, Sheikh Hamdan’s Zamzam put herself in play for the Blue Diamond after a super debut win at Moonee Valley on Friday evening.

Redoute’s Choice already has two Golden Slippers and two Blue Diamonds on his record, but there is, of course, always room for more…

Voilier wins on debut at Rosehill

Leading first season sire Beneteau unveiled another smart 2YO at Rosehill on Saturday when Steve Vardy’s home-bred Voilier scored a strong debut win.

The good-looking gelding was most impressive when winning an 808-metre trial at Warwick Farm by 5 lengths on 20 November, but started third favourite on raceday, behind Zoutenant & Invincible Dame. 

Voilier was driven hard out of the gates by Tye Angland, but soon settled comfortably in third position, reserving his challenge for the top of the straight.

By the 250-metre mark, Voilier had control of the race and extended stylishly to score by 3.5 lengths in 1:05.28 for the 1100 metres. Zoutenant (Zizou) and Skyclad (Snitzel), both also having their first raceday outings, filled the placings.

Steve Vardy bred Voilier from Ivyrose (by Strategic), a non-winning half-sister to dual Group 2 winner Miss Zoe, and offered him at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale under the Holbrook Thoroughbreds banner. When the subsequent sale fell through, Steve decided to keep the colt and sent him to Warwick Farm trainer Gary Nickson, who also prepares talented filly Alpha Miss.

Gary said of Voilier, “He is a pretty good horse. He is the best horse I’ve had for a long time.

“I was worried about the soft track, I was worried about the 1100m, I kept trying to find excuses but in the end he did the job.

“He is a beautiful horse to train, very natural and athletic. He relaxes beautifully and is fantastic natured. We will put him away now and wait for the Autumn Carnival, we feel we’ve got something.”

Voilier, named for the French word for sailing boat, is not entered for the Golden Slipper but his trainer indicated that the late payment fee of $150,000 would be made if Voilier can qualify for the $3.5 million race on 21 March.

Voilier’s success consolidates Beneteau’s position at the head of the Australian First Season Sires’ list with three debut winners, Flemington Group 3 winner Prompt Return among them, and prizemoney approaching $300,000.

It also enlarges the gap left by Beneteau’s death in January 2013. However, buyers have one more sales season to buy his yearlings, beginning with the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale where three colts & four fillies from his final crop will be offered. They include a colt and a filly in the Arrowfield draft.

Golden Slipper good news for Snitzel

Snitzel’s daughter Oakleigh Girl put up a fine effort to finish sixth in Saturday’s ATC Golden Slipper G1 at Rosehill, but the race produced even better news for Arrowfield’s dominant young sire.

Firstly, the winner Mossfun is the first runner, the first winner, the first stakeswinner and now the first Group 1 winner from a mare by Snitzel.

Mossfun was bred by Ian & Linda Duckworth of Fairview Park, with Heather McKinnon & Darren Pullman. Her dam Eye For Fun suffered a paddock accident which required the removal of an eye, so the Duckworths sent her to Mossman (by Success Express) as a 3YO. Another version of the same cross produced dual Group 1 winner Shamus Award (by Snitzel from a Success Express mare).

The result was a bay filly purchased for $85,000 by Emirates Park at last year’s Inglis Easter Sale and sent to the powerhouse Hawkes stable.

Mossfun has progressed rapidly from her stakes-winning debut in December, through Group 3 and Group 2 wins to success in the world’s richest juvenile race and earnings of $2,500,500.

That has pushed Snitzel up into 23rd position on the Australian Broodmare Sires’ list. In fact, the sensational son of Redoute’s Choice is the only stallion born in the 21st century to appear among the top 50 sires on that table.

Secondly, even after the distribution of the $3.5 million Golden Slipper prizemoney, Snitzel retains his lead on the General Sires’ list, with $7.8 million, almost $500,000 ahead of Exceed and Excel, whose daughter Earthquake ran very bravely for second in the Slipper.

Oakleigh Girl, Hot Snitzel (runner-up in the Sebring S. G3), and Scratch Me Lucky (second in The Schweppervescence G3), all helped Snitzel’s cause at Rosehill, earning $110,000 prizemoney among them.

Sixteen sought-after lots by Snitzel will be offered at the Inglis Easter Sale this coming week, among them two colts and a filly in the Arrowfield draft – view their videos, photos & pedigrees  here.