Redzel wins Hall Mark Stakes

Chris & Michael Ward of Triple Crown Syndications were among the early fans of Snitzel’s progeny and their Arrowfield purchases Hot Snitzel (in 2010) and Flying Snitzel (in 2011) for a total of $85,000 proved very shrewd indeed.

Around $2 million prizemoney and sale proceeds, a Group 1 victory and multiple Group 2 successes later, the brothers could be well-satisified with their work, but their connection with Snitzel wasn’t finished, despite the increasing demand for yearlings by the sensational son of Redoute’s Choice.

Among their 2014 purchases were Group winners Charlie Boy, Dothraki, Gold Symphony and the $120,000 Snitzel-Millrich colt from Marquee Stud at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Named Redzel, the now 4YO gelding has put his large group of Triple Crown owners in the stakeswinner’s circle four times in little more than 12 months, most recently after last Saturday’s $150,000 ATC Hall Mark S. 1200m G3 – also won by Hot Snitzel in 2014.

Redzel was narrowly beaten by top-class sprinters English in the Challenge S. G2, and Russian Revolution (also by Snitzel) in The Galaxy G1 at his previous two starts, and bounced out of the gates this time to lead in his trademark take-no-prisoners style. Counterattack and Hellbent stayed in close attendance throughout, but Redzel had the edge coming round the turn and quickly put paid to their challenges with a final burst of speed which took him clear.  Counterattack boxed on gamely for second, with Hellbent holding third.

Watch Redzel win the ATC Hall Mark S. G3.

Redzel has paid a dividend in eleven of his 16 starts and returned more than six times his purchase price, making him the kind of utterly genuine, admirable and classy performer every owner would love to race.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden said, “He’s really toughened up now for recent racing, just taking him quietly and giving him plenty of time between runs really suits him. He did a good job today in very testing conditions.

“He’s about 60-70kg heavier than he used to be as a three-year-old, he’s really developed now. Because he races so hard he’s so taxing on himself, I give him plenty of time to get over it and it works really well.”

A Brisbane campaign and possibly an even bigger target now beckon for Redzel as Triple Crown’s Chris Ward notes.

“He deserved to be favourite for the Hall Mark, especially after his two runs this time in. The only query was the extra distance, but he handled it well.

“Redzel has shown he can compete with the best sprinters around and has plenty of options going forward,” Ward adds. “There is a possibility he could head to Brisbane for a race like the Doomben 10,000 and we might even consider The Everest in October.”

Redzel is one of Snitzel’s 24 worldwide stakeswinners so far in 2016/17 and it would be no surprise to see him join 2YOs Invader & Summer Passage, and 3YOs Heavenly Blue and Russian Revolution to make a quintet of Group 1 winners for the season.

Hot Snitzel wins Hall Mark Stakes

If there is a prescription for the ideal syndicate horse it would surely read something like this:

At two, wins on debut before Christmas, progresses to win a stakes race & place in Group 1 company, and earns 7 times the purchase price after nine starts.

At three, wins a stakes race first-up in the Spring, runs respectably in a Group 1 contest and returns in the late Summer to beat a Group 1 winner in a Group 2 race.

At four, wins only once but makes it count in a Group 3 race, finishes 2 lengths from the winner in a Group 1 and adds more than $100,000 to the kitty.

At five, runs a Group 3 second in the Spring beaten only 2.3 lengths by a subsequent triple Group 1 winner and Horse of the Year contender, then fronts up again in the Autumn to win a fourth Group race and boost career earnings to 14 times purchase price.

That is the career of Hot Snitzel in a nutshell. No wonder that Triple Crown Syndications tweeted after his win in today’s $150,000 ATC Hall Mark S. 1200m G3, “Love this horse!!!”

Or that his jockey Hugh Bowman said, “He’s the type of horse that’s a good advertisement for anyone that wants to own a horse. He just keeps coming back and getting the job done. It’s a pleasure to ride a horse like him.”

Hot Snitzel is one of 13 stakeswinners this season by Snitzel, and the last and best foal from the beautifully bred mare Flames Of Paris (by Blushing Groom).

Flames of Paris is an unraced relative of European Group 1 winners Park Appeal, Cape Cross, Diktat & Alydaress among others, and was imported in 2002 from Japan to Australia where she had four foals for the Arrowfield/Jungle Pocket partnership.

Hot Snitzel was purchased by Triple Crown Syndications for $60,000 from Arrowfield at the 2010 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. A year later Triple Crown’s Chris & Michael Ward returned to the same sale to purchase Group 2 winner Flying Snitzel, also from Arrowfield. Like Hot Snitzel, she was prepared by Snitzel’s own trainer Gerald Ryan, who has turned out a remarkable 24 winners by his former stable star.

Ryan said after Hot Snitzel’s win today, “He ran in the Golden Slipper three years ago and he is the only one out of that whole field who is still racing.

“He keeps backing up. He is a good little horse who always gives his best. He’ll head up to Queensland, he’s going to go to the BTC Cup.”

Snitzel’s 22nd stakeswinner, 3YO filly Estonian Princess (ATC J.H.B. Carr S. G3), and Snitzerland (3rd, BRC Victory S. G2) joined Hot Snitzel today to keep their sire in clear air behind their grandsire Redoute’s Choice in the race for the Australian General Sires’ premiership. 

Snitzel stands this coming season at a fee of $71,500 inc. GST.