Arrowfield's strong record in Inglis Races

Ahead of the first Inglis Sale at the company’s new Riverside Stables at Warwick Farm in Sydney, it’s timely to review the record of Arrowfield graduates in the Inglis Race Series.

Arrowfield sells at the Inglis Classic and Easter Sales in 2018, with horses that would previously have been offered at Melbourne Premier now appearing in the Stud’s Classic consignment. All these yearlings will be eligible for the $8 million Inglis Race Series, for  horses which have been offered for sale through the ring at any Inglis Select eligible horse Sale.

Nine Arrowfield graduates appear on the list of Inglis Race winners since 2011 and several of them progressed to higher honours after their sale-related successes:

GRADUATE

YEAR
& INGLIS SALE

PRICE & BUYER

INGLIS RACE WIN 

OVERALL RECORD
& STATUS

GUNNISON
Not A Single Doubt-Colorado Claire

 2016 Easter

$850,000
James Harron

$50,000 Bonus Lightning Ridge Plate

G2 winner at two, $196,000; sold $1.4m, in 2017; now in HK  

AZAZEL
Snitzel-Allariza

 2016 Melbourne

$310,000
McEvoy Mitchell 

$250,000 2YO Inglis Banner RL

City winner at 3, $260,150; active  

LADY JIVAGO*
Beneteau-Hussterics

2014 Classic

$14,000
Dr Ule Crossan

$250,000 2YO Inglis Classic RL

City winner at 3, $291,840; active 

ODYSSEY MOON
Snitzel-Run to the Moon

 2014 Classic

$25,000
Adam Cook 

$250,000 2YO Inglis Nursery RL

G1-placed at 2, G3 winner at 4, $723,275; at stud 

GOLD FORCE
Flying Spur-Blue Note

 2013 Melbourne

$140,000
John Chalmers

$250,000 2YO Inglis Premier RL

2 wins, $183,470; retired 

CRACK A ROADIE
Charge Forward-Road to Damascus

2012 Melbourne 

$40,000
Stephen Theodore 

$250,000 2YO Inglis Banner RL

G3-placed at 2, $177,000; died at 3 

SNITZERLAND
Snitzel-Monte Rosa

2011 Melbourne

$125,000
Darby Racing 

$250,000 2YO Inglis Premier

GW & G1-placed at 2; multiple GW at 3; G1 winner at 4, $1.9 million; at stud 
ROAD TRIPPIN’
Charge Forward-Road to Damascus

2011 Melbourne  $22,000
Stephen Theodore 
$50,000 3YO Inglis Bonus  G2-placed at 2, city winner at 3, SW at 4, $454,065; retired
 
TINSZELDA
Snitzel-Kirby’s Song

2011 Scone  $19,000
Rod Northam
$100,000 2YO Inglis Challenge  3 wins at 2, $131,700; at stud

*Lady Jivago was sold by Arrowfield as a weanling to Luskin Park Stud which then re-sold her as a yearling.

Arrowfield’s 33-lot Classic Sale draft includes three yearlings each by Charge Forward & Not A Single Doubt and two relatives of Gunnison (Lot 506 & 635), as well as quality individuals by Animal Kingdom, Dundeel, Olympic Glory & Smart Missile.

View the Arrowfield draft for the 2018 Inglis Classic Sale here.

Snowdens enjoy a Group 1 season with Snitzel

Peter & Paul Snowden didn’t need to wait for 31 July to celebrate Snitzel’s first stallion Premiership. They were celebrating all season long as the trainers of five of his stakeswinners, including three of his five Group 1 winners in 2016/17.

Racing Manager Jackson Beirs says, “We’re very fortunate our clients, including James Harron and his ownership group, Sheikh Khalifa, Triple Crown and the partnership between Newgate, SF Bloodstock, China Horse Club, Matthew Sandblom and Winstar, provide us with such high quality horses.

“The three Group 1 wins are the obvious highlights. Russian Revolution’s Galaxy was an extremely tough win, beating the older horses. It was one of the bright moments of the year.”

“Invader’s Sires’ win was very special. He’s a stable favourite, the little engine that could, he danced every dance.”

5YO Redzel became Snitzel’s leading earner for the season when he took out the Doomben 10,000 G1 on 13 May.

“That was great, all the guys love him, nothing was going to get past Redzel that day.  He had a meteoric rise after Peter and Paul found the key to him, and just let him run.

“Redzel’s Group One was a very satisfying result for Triple Crown who were early fans of Snitzel with Hot Snitzel and Flying Snitzel.  They’re a perfect example of why syndication works, getting people into well-bred horses at affordable prices so they can compete against the richest owners and have a chance to win.”

Detective, who won a Flemington Listed Race last Spring, has been sold to Hong Kong, but Snitzel’s final stakeswinner of the season, Calanda will be seen this Spring, after a brief break. “He’s a beautiful, quiet horse who enjoys his racing.”

Beirs is clear about what makes Snitzel’s progeny so successful.

“They’re just nice horses to be around, there’s no fuss with them, they eat, sleep and do their work. And they’re really sound and durable, which is so important for Australian racing.“

The Snowden stable has a “whole heap of Snitzels” among their just-turned 2YOs including a quartet of  nice colts out of Ultimate Fever (by Gold Fever), Quench The Thirst (by Encosta de Lago), Good Weekend (by Hussonet) and Bondi Blonde (by Red Ransom).

Beirs says of the Quench The Thirst colt, now named Munich, “I really like him, he’s very tractable, and looks a very natural type of athlete, not huge but very strong.”

Other Snowden stars now in Hong Kong are Inglis 3YO Guineas (R ) LR winner France (by Redoute’s Choice) and Todman S. G2 winner Gunnison (by Not A Single Doubt), whose Snitzel three-quarter sister is among the stable’s new 2YOs.

Also in the Snowden kindergarten are three Not A Single Doubt colts – one from Imoto, bought by James Harron, one from Golden Edict (now named Legislation), bought by the Newgate/China Horse Club partnership, and the More Stories colt for Triple Crown Syndications.

Redoute’s Choice keeps a significant presence in the stable too, thanks to last season’s highly rated juvenile Pariah, whose ownership now includes Arrowfield and Pinecliff Racing, Pariah’s $2.5 million 2YO brother, and the $1.3 million colt out of Ballet Blue. 

Kia Ora Stud’s 5YO mare Ravi (Redoute’s Choice-Mambo In Freeport), winner of the BRC Just Now S. LR and twice Group-placed in 2016/17, has stayed in training with the aim of adding more black type to her pedigree page.

Jackson Beirs says, “It was a toss-up whether to retire her or not, but she drew a succession of bad gates last season and was very unlucky to only win one stakes race. She has that lovely Redoute’s Choice quality and has furnished into a beautiful mare.”

Given the progress with maturity made by Redoute’s Choice mares such as Abidewithme, Bonaria, Dystopia, Girl Gone Rockin’, She’s Clean and Sister Madly, Ravi joins the long list of Snowden-trained performers to watch this Spring. 

A Singularly Successful Year

One weekend in June 2010, Arrowfield’s Communications Manager Susan Archer went to Sunday Stables at Tulloch Lodge.

Susan recalls, “Of course, I was keen to see the young Arrowfield-sired talent in Gai’s stable, and we inspected several horses including a Not A Single Doubt colt for Star Thoroughbreds that the stable really liked.

“That was music to my ears because back in the winter of 2010 Not A Single Doubt was struggling to attract bookings, despite leaving lots of winners and receiving lots of praise from trainers who loved the straightforward ‘eat-sleep-train-race’ attitude of his progeny.”

The son of Redoute’s Choice had produced the respectable tally of 52 winners from his first two crops, seven stakes performers and several good city winners among them, but he needed stakeswinners, preferably out of major Sydney or Melbourne stables.

The tide finally turned for Not A Single Doubt when that 2YO colt Squamosa, bought for $140,000 from Arrowfield’s 2009 Magic Millions draft by Star Thoroughbreds’ Denise Martin, won his July debut, then progressed rapidly to Group 3 success and a narrow second in the ATC Golden Rose G1.

Along with first-crop gelding Doubtful Jack in Melbourne, he helped to fill Not A Single Doubt’s 2010 book with 192 mares and ignite the spectacular stud career that now includes three top 10 finishes on the Australian General Sires’ Premiership.

Not A Single Doubt has ended the 2016/17 season in fifth spot with $11.7 million prizemoney, slightly less than the $12.5 million that secured him the runner-up position behind Street Cry last year.  However, in terms of top-level racetrack performance and sale-ring results, 2016/17 has been Not A Single Doubt’s best ever season – so far.

Fourteen winners of 25 Australian stakes races (17 Group races) include four Group 1 winners in four states, at distances from 1000 to 1600 metres: 3YO Extreme Choice (MVRC Moir S. G1), 4YOs Scales Of Justice (WATC Railway S. G1) & Secret Agenda (SAJC Robert Sangster S. G1) and 5YO Clearly Innocent (BRC Kingsford-Smith Cup G1).

Over the past seven years, Not A Single Doubt has become a permanent fixture among Australia’s top ten 2YO sires and he closed out the 2016/17 season in 7th position. His 2014 crop produced a career-high four juvenile stakeswinners: Group winners Gunnison & Single Bullet, Moonee Valley Listed winner Doubt I’m Dreaming (sadly since deceased) and New Zealand stakeswinner Qiji Phoenix.

Gunnison was the star of Not A Single Doubt’s remarkable week at the Inglis Sales when he was knocked down for $1.4 million at the inaugural Chairman’s Sale of Racing Prospects on 30 March. He’s now in the stable of Champion Hong Kong trainer John Size.

At Inglis Easter, Arrowfield’s Quiet Maggy yearling colt made $1.25 million, helping Not A Single Doubt top the Sale’s sire averages for the first time. Finally, on 7 April, his grand Group-winning daughter Don’t Doubt Mamma was bought for $1.1 million by Arrowfield for its joint venture with Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm.  

In all, Not A Single Doubt’s 57 yearlings sold in 2017 averaged almost $250,000 off the $33,000 fee asked for him in 2014.

Now with 43 stakeswinners (7 at Group 1 level) on his CV and a full book of mares at his new fee of $88,000, Not A Single Doubt has come a very long way from the winter of 2010.

As Arrowfield’s Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer says, “Not A Single Doubt is a wonderful Arrowfield home-bred success story and we’re very grateful to all the breeders who have supported him, the buyers who’ve turned that support into profitable sales, and the  owners, trainers and jockeys who have given his sons and daughters their racing opportunities.

“He’s also a great reminder that we need to be very careful not to judge young stallions prematurely. Despite being an outstanding sire of juveniles, it took him 708 days to leave his first stakeswinner!

“Best of all, though, Not A Single Doubt has already shown how much he benefits from quality mares and his latest books are just superb. We’ve very excited about his future.”

That future might get off to a sensational start if his top-class son Fell Swoop, selected for the slot purchased by William Inglis & Son, can take out the inaugural $10 million The Everest at Randwick on 14 October.
  

Not A Single Doubt's million-dollar week

It was seven figures all the way for Not A Single Doubt last week as he posted new record or record-equalling prices in three sale categories at the Inglis Chairman’s and Easter Sales.

The run of million-dollar prices began on Thursday 30 March at the opening session of the inaugural Chairman’s Sale for Racing Prospects, when Queensland agent Chris McAnulty paid $1.4 million for star juvenile Gunnison.

The gelded son of Colorado Claire (by Hussonet) had already set a yearling record price for Not A Single Doubt when purchased for $850,000 by James Harron from Arrowfield’s 2016 Inglis Easter draft. The $550,000 difference is easily explained: Gunnison won on debut in February and then scored a gritty victory in last month’s ATC Todman S. G2, beating fellow Arrowfield graduate Invader.

Invader put a perfectly timed stamp on that form, when he led home the Snitzel-sired trifecta in the ATC Inglis Sires’ Produce S. G1 two days after Gunnison’s sale.

Then, on Wednesday 5 April, the second day of Inglis Easter, Arrowfield sent one of the Sale’s three Not A Single Doubt yearlings, the strapping colt out of US-bred mare Quiet Maggy, to the ring. A few minutes later, Domeland had secured him for a new record yearling price of $1.25 million.

Not A Single Doubt topped the Sale’s sires’ list with 3 lots sold for an average of $750,000, joining Redoute’s Choice (sire of the top-priced $2.5 million colt ex Secluded) & Snitzel (leading sire by aggregate sales of $21,065,000 for 39 lots) to dominate the key metrics of the final Inglis Easter auction at Newmarket Stables. 

Two days later, Arrowfield was working outside the ring to secure Not A Single Doubt’s splendid Group 2-winning daughter Don’t Doubt Mamma on behalf of Northern Farm’s Katsumi Yoshida who will send her to Japanese champion Maurice at Arrowfield this Spring. The price was $1.1 million, equalling the figure paid for Villa Verde, another classy daughter of Not A Single Doubt, at the 2015 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

It’s a long way from 2008 when Not A Single Doubt’s first 91 yearlings averaged little more than $50,000, still a respectable return off the $12,500 fee he attracted for the first six – yes, six – seasons of his stud career. It’s been one of Australian breeding’s most dramatic pathways to commercial stallion success, and Not A Single Doubt has done it because of what ultimately matters most: racetrack performance.

Gunnison sets Australian sale record

Not A Single Doubt 2YO Gunnison made history at the inaugural Inglis Chairman’s Sale on Thursday evening when he was knocked down to Chris McAnulty for $1.4 million.

That is the highest price paid for a gelding ever sold at auction in Australia and the top price paid for any progeny of Not A Single Doubt at auction. His outstanding daughter Villa Verde achieved his first seven-figure auction sale when purchased for $1.1 million by James Bester and the Deep Field Syndicate at the 2015 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

Gunnison, bred by Lincoln Farm from the Group 2-winning mare Colorado Claire (by Hussonet), has a habit of making history. He’s also Not A Single Doubt’s top-priced yearling – so far – after being sold by Arrowfield at last year’s Inglis Easter Sale for $850,000 to James Harron Bloodstock.

He’s hardly missed a beat since then, winning on debut at Canberra in February, before defeating fellow Arrowfield graduate Invader in the ATC Todman S. G2 on 4 March. Gunnison now lines up in Saturday’s $1 million Inglis Sires’ G1 where his rivals include five Snitzel colts (Chauffeur, Menari, Trapeze Artist, Invader & Summer Passage) and the Not A Single Doubt colt Single Bullet.

Between them, Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt and their champion sire Redoute’s Choice are responsible for nine of the 14 Australian and New Zealand juvenile colts and geldings rated 110 or better by Timeform.

However, Chris McAnulty confirmed Gunnison’s future racing would be in Asia.

“We targeted this horse for a specific reason and that is that sprinting events in Hong Kong at the moment are very open with not huge fields, so we see this as a great opportunity to get a high-quality sprinter from Australia over there.

“Gunnison is a lovely gelding, he’s proved in his short career already that he is loaded with ability and we’re looking forward to getting our hands on him and seeing what he can do in Hong Kong.’’

Arrowfield will offer Gunnison’s three-quarter sister (by Snitzel) as Lot 84 at the Inglis Easter Sale which begins next Tuesday 4 April. Arrowfield’s 46-lot consignment also features Colorado Claire’s half-brother, Lot 215 by Dundeel from Lunaspur.

Flood of updates for Arrowfield's Easter draft

Each weekend of Autumn racing sends the data managers and record-keepers into overdrive, as fresh black type is added to pedigrees and stallions statistics are updated.

Arrowfield stallions collected an abundance of updates last weekend, as Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt added six new stakeswinners and 11 new stakes performances to their combined records. 

$850,000 graduate wins Group 2 Todman

James Harron bought four colts – none of them cheap – from Arrowfield in 2016 and after Gunnison’s resolute win in Saturday’s $300,000 ATC Todman S. 1200m G2, he can take plenty of satisfaction from his work.

So far the results read: unbeaten Group 2 winner (the now-gelded Gunnison), Group 3 winner & Group 1 runner-up (Pariah), debut city winner (Dracarys) and Severence, fourth in both his starts.

All four are trained by Peter & Paul Snowden, as is the Todman runner-up Invader (Snitzel-Flame of Sydney) a $475,000 buy from Arrowfield’s Magic Millions draft by the China Horse Club.

Gunnison’s jockey Blake Shinn said after the Todman, “He travelled really nicely and handled the conditions well, which is really important here today.

“Invader challenged me at the 200 metres and it was a thrilling battle, especially going toe to toe with Joao [Moreira). My horse really dug deep and it was a great finish.”

Gunnison, the 37th stakeswinner for Not A Single Doubt and his all-time top-priced yearling at $850,000, was offered at Inglis Easter on behalf of breeder David Paradice, who raced Gunnison’s Group 2-winning dam Colorado Claire (by Hussonet).

Colorado Claire has a Snitzel filly in Arrowfield’s 48-lot consignment for this year’s edition of the Inglis Easter Sale.

Invader, a Snitzel half-brother to the fine Hong Kong sprinter Not Listenin’tome, was bred by Michael Pitt from Listed winner Flame of Sydney (by Encosta de Lago).

In all, Arrowfield’s Class of 2016 has already thrown up seven stakes performers: Gunnison, Pariah and Inglis Premier (R) LR winner Azazel; Group-placed Invader & Showtime (also 4th in the Todman); promising Queensland colt Snitzkraft (a stakes-placed city winner) and stakes-placed Bowerman.

Gunnison was followed at a rain-soaked Royal Randwick by a pair of new stakeswinners by Snitzel, 3YO filly Samantha and 5YO mare Elle Lou. In fact, almost a third of the black type spots on the card were filled by the progeny of Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt.

Snitzel remains on top of the Australian General, 3YO and 2YO Sires’ Premierships and the father-and-sons trio has collectively posted 34 stakeswinners worldwide this season.