Third stakes win for Arrowfield graduate

Snitzel’s Arrowfield-bred son Amorino added a third Listed Race victory to his record at Ascot in Perth on Saturday, after a successful protest by jockey William Pike.

Given topweight of 59kg, the 4YO gelding started favourite in the $100,000 WATC Grandstand Cup 1500m LR, his first attempt beyond 1400 metres. He jumped well from barrier 1, but soon found himself awkwardly positioned, midfield on the rails.

The stewards accepted that first-past-the-post winner Mr Utopia caused interference to Amorino as Pike tried to get clear, and judged that it was sufficient to reverse the placings.

Amorino has now won seven races and almost $500,000 for owners Elio Galante and family. That’s a healthy return on the $70,000 that Gerald Ryan paid to secure him from the Arrowfield draft at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Amorino was bred by Arrowfield in partnership with Jungle Pocket Pty Ltd from the Marauding mare Steal My Love, a close relative of two champion 3YO fillies, Danendri and Faint Perfume.

Seven of the 9 Group & Listed Races claimed by Snitzel’s progeny since 1 January have been won by Arrowfield sale graduates: Snitzerland (VRC Lightning S. G1), Sweet Idea (ATC Light Fingers S. G2, Magic Millions Guineas (R) LR), My Sister Lil (WATC Ascot 1000 Guineas LR) and Amorino (3 Listed Races).

Sweet Idea almost added today’s ATC Coolmore Classic G1 to that record, instead finishing the most valiant of seconds, beaten a lip by Steps In Time; while Snitzel’s 5YO son Malavio finished third behind Messene & Weary in the ATC Ajax S. G2.

Snitzel remains on top of the current Australian General Sires’ table with $7.4 million prizemoney. His offering at the Inglis Australian Easter Sale comprises 17 yearlings, among them two colts and a filly in the Arrowfield draft –  view photos & pedigrees here.

Bright futures for brilliant Bendigo winners

Brilliant wins at Bendigo on Sunday promise bright futures for an Arrowfield Easter Sale graduate and a daughter of Redoute’s Choice.

3YO gelding Not Listenin’tome (Dylan Thomas-Flame of Sydney by Encosta de Lago) cruised to a 5.5 length on debut over 1100 metres for the Hawkes training team and owner Gary Moore, indicating that his future racing is likely to be in Hong Kong.

Bred by Michael Pitt, Not Listenin’tome was purchased for $270,000 from the Arrowfield draft at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Sale. His dam Flame of Sydney is a Melbourne stakeswinner from the family of Group winners What Can I Say, Only Words and Wry Hero. She has subsequently produced fillies by Starcraft and Redoute’s Choice, and foals again this spring to Redoute’s Choice.

Three races later 4YO mare Maraatib (Redoute’s Choice-Valadon by Woodman) was equally impressive in her maiden success over 1600 metres. 

The win comes after 10 placings, including a second in Zydeco’s VRC Wakeful S. G2, as well as a fourth-place finish in Dear Demi’s VRC Oaks G1. Bred on the same cross as champion filly Miss Finland, Maraatib races in the famous blue and white colours of Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Stud, which bought her for $700,000 from her breeder Highgrove Stud’s 2011 Inglis Easter Sale consignment. 

Her immediate family is packed with talented fillies. Valadon, also the dam of the stakes-placed winners Global Dream and Valoura, is a three-quarter sister to Group 2 winner Timbourina, and half-sister to Media, a dual Group winner in Sydney.