Arrowfield drives major broodmare sale results

Many studs, stallions, breeders and vendors leave this week’s Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale with considerable satisfaction and, most importantly, the financial returns they need to drive the next stage of their bloodstock investment strategies.

Arrowfield stallions and graduates featured at the top end of a very buoyant Book One sale that exceeded even Magic Millions’ highest hopes, grossing $105,530,000 at an average price of $148,425.

The top 10 lots included two mares, Comprende and The Party Stand, sold in foal to Snitzel for $1.1 million and $1.05 million respectively, while Arrowfield graduate Scarlet Rain (Manhattan Rain-Double Ranga) was knocked down for $950,000 to James Harron Bloodstock.

Scarlet Rain was originally offered by Arrowfield at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale where she was bought by Darby Racing for $100,000. She quickly returned that price with interest, winning four races, three of them as a juvenile incuding the ATC Sweet Embrace S. G2, and $341,000 prizemoney.

Joe O’Neill’s Prime Thoroughbreds also produced a great result for the owners of Listed winner Hijack Hussy, bought for $62,000 from Arrowfield’s 2013 Magic Millions consignment. She earned $304,000 on the track, and this time through the ring was knocked down for $400,000 to Neil Jenkinson and Glenlogan Park.

Arrowfield itself offered a number of maiden mares on behalf of US owner Jon Kelly, achieving $800,000 each for Group 3 winner Thyme For Roses (Redoute’s Choice-Augusta Proud) and Slumber Party (Snitzel-Hokuspokus), and $450,000 for Group-placed city winner Extra Olives (Redoute’s Choice-Line Honours).

Like Hijack Hussy, Extra Olives and Slumber Party were both bred and sold as yearlings by Arrowfield. Several other past Arrowfield graduates that sold well this week were:

Bubble Below (Hussonet-Lunaliona), dam of Group 1 winner Lucky Bubbles; V: Riversdale/B: E Thoroughbred, $700,000
Primavera (Redoute’s Choice-Flame of Sydney), 3/4 sister to G1 Invader – Bhima/Bruce Perry, $550,000
She’s Got Power (Redoute’s Choice-Flame of Sydney), 3/4 sister to G1 Invader – Yarraman Park/Hilldene, $450,000
Sweet Sister (Snitzel-Flidais), sister to G1 Sweet Idea, in foal to I Am Invincible – Newgate/Hilldene, $550,000
Scrum (Flying Spur-Extremely), half-sister to G1 Extreme Choice, in foal to Written Tycoon – Newgate/China Horse Club, $525,000
Miles of Krishan (Snitzel-Nishaani), Group-placed city winner & half-sister to Ge Il Quello Veloce – Newhaven Park/Vinery, $500,000.

The market’s assessment of Arrowfield’s flagship stallions was evident in these sales:

Fairy Star (more Than Ready-Bourgogne), in foal to Redoute’s Choice – Widden Stud/ Spendthrift Australia, $700,000
Shirley, dam of G1 Dear Demi, in foal to Snitzel – Strawberry Hill Stud/ Tom Magnier, $700,000
Eyes of Love (Tavistock-Lovetrista), in foal to Snitzel – Bhima Thoroughbreds/Peachester Lodge, $450,000
Bourgogne, half-sister to G1 Bulla Borghese, in foal to Sitzel – Widden/Rosemont, $410,000
Lady Oracle, in foal to Not A Single Doubt – Baystone Farm/Phoenix Thoroughbreds, $400,000
Typing, Listed winner, in foal to Snitzel – Newgate Farm/Nick Vass Bloodstock, $400,000
Lot Three Four One, city winner, in foal to Not A Single Doubt – Baystone Farm/China Horse Club, $380,000
Zenon, city-winning half-sister to SW I Have No Fear, in foal to Snitzel – Kitchwin Hills/China Horse Club, $360,000
Sucker Punch (Encosta de Lago-Merlene), in foal to Not A Single Doubt – Strawberry Hill/Andrew Williams Bloodstock, $350,000.

Snitzel topped the list of covering sires with an average price of $599,375 for eight mares in foal to him, while two mares in foal to Redoute’s Choice averaged $495,000, and seven mares with positive tests to Not A Single Doubt averaged $269,286.

Arrowfield's Magic Millions strike rate is compelling

Eighteen stakeswinners from 203 lots offered is Arrowfield’s record from the past six Magic Millions Gold Coast Sales, 2011-16. That’s the best strike rate among the Sale’s vendors with 100+ lots offered during that period.

One of the Arrowfield Magic Millions graduates on show in the past year is quality Melbourne sprinter Wild Rain (by Manhattan Rain). Already a multiple stakeswinner, she stepped up this Spring to win the MVRC Ian McEwen S. G2 and run the bravest of thirds behind Extreme Choice in the MVRC A.J. Moir S. G1. Purchased from Arrowfield’s 2013 draft, Wild Rain has so far earned more than five times her $150,000 purchase price.

Syndicators have also done well with yearlings bought from Arrowfield. Darby Racing spotted another daughter of Manhattan Rain in the 2015 Magic Millions consignment and secured her for $100,000. Named Scarlet Rain, she didn’t take long to put smiles on her owners’ faces, winning three of her four 2YO starts, including the ATC Sweet Embrace S. G2. Her full sister is offered in Arrowfield’s 2017 Magic Millions consignment.

Melbourne syndicator Blueblood Thoroughbreds paid $120,000 for the Not A Single Doubt-Negotiate filly in 2014 and now own the valuable dual Group winner and $400,000 earner Secret Agenda.

2013 graduate Hijack Hussy (Hussonet-Joy Ride) has returned almost $300,000 on the $62,000 paid for her by Joe O’Neill’s Prime Thoroughbreds.Her four wins feature a Listed win at Flemington and a Group 3 placing at the Gold Coast where she’s nominated for next Saturday’s $1 million Magic Millions Fillies & Mares.

Also among Arrowfield’s 18 stakes-winning Magic Millions graduates since 2011 are Group 1 winner Sweet Idea (bought by Gai Waterhouse & James Harron), Group 2 winner Perignon (Gerald Ryan), Group 3-winning juveniles Honesty Prevails (Rick Worthington & Scone Bloodstock), Bachman (Jadeskye Racing) & Oakleigh Girl (Dan Bourgoure) and Flemington Listed winner Detective (James Harron).

On paper and in the flesh, this year’s 55-lot Arrowfield Magic Millions draft has all the credentials to give that list a substantial boost.

The Stud’s champion and proven sires are well-represented: Redoute’s Choice (three colts & two fillies) and his leading sons Snitzel (five colts & four fillies) & Not A Single Doubt (four colts & a filly); Manhattan Rain (three lots including Scarlet Rain’s full sister); and Group 1 sire Charge Forward (three fillies & a colt).  Golden Slipper favourite She Will Reign and the latest Australian-bred Group winner in South Africa, Whisky Baron, are both by Manhattan Rain.

Three new and emerging Arrowfield sires offer plenty of appealing options for buyers. The catalogue’s 12 first-crop yearlings by six-time Group 1 winner Dundeel include’s Arrowfield’s colts out of Hokuspokus (from Not A Single Doubt’s family) and Champion 2YO & Group 1 producer Miss Finland.

The draft’s seven yearlings from the second crop of Dubai World Cup champion Animal Kingdom are out of mares by Charge Forward, Choisir, Commands, Danzero, Flying Spur, More Than Ready and Snitzel.

Three fillies & five colts by the 2015/16 Champion First Season Sire and current leading Second Season Sire Smart Missile include Secret Agenda’s half-brother and relatives of Special, Inaflury and We Can Say It Now.

Former Arrowfield residents All American, sire of dual Group 1 winner Yankee Rose, and Starcraft, whose 10 winners in Hong Kong feature recent Group 3 winner Blizzard, have seven colts between them.

Buyers will also find full or half siblings of dual Group 2 winner Time For War, juvenile Group winner Honesty Prevails and debut 2YO stakeswinners Azazel & Burnstone; a filly out of multiple stakeswinner Moonlight Bay; and a filly by Japanese Horse of the Year and six-time Group 1 winner Lord Kanaloa.

Hussy hijacks Desirable Stakes

“She’s pretty good, isn’t she?”

That was Joe O’Neill’s purely rhetorical question after Hijack Hussy swept to victory in the $150,000 VRC Desirable S. 1400m LR on Melbourne Cup day at Flemington.

The 3YO daughter of Hussonet is the third Arrowfield graduate stakeswinner in the past fortnight, following Moonovermanhattan (MVRC Moonee Valley Vase G2) on 25 October & Majmu (Turffontein Starling S. G3) last Saturday.

Joe, the principal of Prime Thoroughbreds, bought Hijack Hussy from Arrowfield for $62,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

He explains, “I was the underbidder on Members Joy from the Arrowfield draft the year before, so I decided that when I saw the next Hussonet filly I liked, I’d buy her.  

“When I saw the Joy Ride filly, I couldn’t believe she was in Book 5, she had a great girth, strong hind-quarters and a good head.”

Joe is especially thrilled for his fellow owners, “all lovely people”: Greg Althaus, Ron & Shane Chipperfield from Bribie Island, first-time owners Terry & Maree Mitchell from Brisbane, Matthew Taylor and long-time clients James Treloar & Mark Snowden.

For one owner, Walter Power, Hijack Hussy’s win was the first highlight of a day made unforgettable by Protectionist’s outstanding victory in the Cup itself. Power Thoroughbreds appears in the ownership of both horses.

Hijack Hussy adds to the strong results achieved in Melbourne this Spring by Eagle Farm trainer Tony Gollan who also prepares Arrowfield graduate Traveston Girl (2nd, Thousand Guineas G1), Looks Like The Cat (2nd, Danehill S. G2 & Caulfield Guineas Prelude G3), Alma’s Fury (2nd, Chatham S. G3) & Temple of Boom (2nd, Bobbie Lewis H. G3).

Prime Thoroughbreds’ Royal Blue, White Star & Red Cap were carried by an earlier Arrowfield graduate, the bonny mare Hidden Wonder, winner of almost $600,000 and the Gosford RC Belle of the Turf S. LR among her nine wins. 

Not A Single Doubt’s 2YO daughter Atalanta Miss, a smart winner on debut in Adelaide last month, will represent the Prime Thoroughbreds stable in the Magic Millions Ballarat 2YO Clockwise Classic on 22 November.

Hijack Hussy will now have a short-let-up before a brief summer campaign aimed at the $1 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas, then another short break ahead of the Brisbane Winter Carnival and, all going well, a tilt at next year’s Myer Classic G1.

Hijack Hussy is the 93rd stakeswinner by champion sire Hussonet, whose Australian stud career began at Arrowfield in 2003 and continues at Cornerstone Stud in South Australia.

The filly was bred by the partnership of Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones from the Redoute’s Choice mare Joy Ride, an unraced three-quarter sister to stakeswinners Lucky Unicorn and Provence, from the family of Group 1 winners Inspiration, Festal, Masked Party & Dracula. Joy Ride has 2YO and yearling colts by Charge Forward, and has been served this Spring by Dundeel.

Redoute’s Choice now has 31 stakeswinners on his record as a broodmare sire and Hijack Hussy is the fourth by Hussonet.

Quick start by Not A Single Doubt's juveniles

Last season’s leading Australian sire of 2YO winners Not A Single Doubt has been characteristically quick out of the gates again in 2014/15 with two early juvenile winners in Adelaide and Perth, both of them Magic Millions graduates.

The Neville Parnham-trained colt Fremond claimed the season’s first 2YO race in Perth on Saturday with a brilliant off-the-canvas effort  after jumping slowly from barrier five in the 1000-metre dash.

Parnham bought Fremond for $55,000 from the Magic Millions Perth consignment of breeder Mogumber Park, the relatively new farm owned by Colin Brown & Fiona Lacey at Bullsbrook north of Perth. The colt has already earned more than his purchase price, thanks to the WestSpeed bonus of $27,500 on top of his $38,400 winner’s prizemoney.

Fremond is the fourth winner left by Fiddly (by Red Ransom), from the immediate family of Group 2-winning fillies Piper Star, Melora & Shinakima.

At Morphettville on 4 October Prime Thoroughbreds’ filly Atalanta Miss (ex Our Greta by Rory’s Jester) finished over the top of her opposition after jumping from the outside barrier over 1000 metres. Described on the website of her trainer Patrick Payne as “not big but has strength and an excellent temperament”, Atalanta Miss will have her next start in the $200,000 Magic Millions Clockwise Classic at Ballarat on 2 November.

Bred by Brenton & Elizabeth Parker, Atalanta Miss was consigned by Mill Park Stud at the Magic Millions Adelaide Sale where she was purchased for $55,000 by Prime Thoroughbreds’ Joe O’Neill.

A grand-daughter of New Zealand Group 1 winner Silky Oak, Atalanta Miss is a full sister to multiple Hong Kong winner Victorius, the pair being in-bred 3 x 2 to Rory’s Jester. The filly’s debut win earned prizemoney of $22,000 plus a $4000 SABOIS bonus.

Prime Thoroughbreds’ four winners this month also include Hijack Hussy (Hussonet-Joy Ride by Redoute’s Choice), a $62,000 buy from Arrowfield at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.  The Tony Gollan-trained filly scored over 1400 metres in smart time at the Gold Coast on 4 October and is being aimed at the VRC Desirable S. LR on Melbourne Cup day.

Arrowfield's Class of 2013 fires up

Graduates of Arrowfield’s “Class of 2013” are rapidly making their mark on Australian and international racing.

Saturday’s results from Australia and South Africa featured Group successes by Snitzel’s son Time For War (ATC Pago Pago S. G2) and Redoute’s Choice’s daughter Majmu (Turffontein Pretty Polly S. G3). They join Oakleigh Girl (Snitzel), Moonlight Hussler (Hussonet) and Gold Force (Flying Spur) as the first five stakeswinners to emerge from Arrowfield’s 2013 yearling sale graduates.

Hijack Hussy’s win at Doomben on Saturday takes the total of 2YO winners purchased from Arrowfield last year to sixteen – 13 of them successful in stakes or city company.

View videos, photos & pedigrees for Arrowfield’s 2014 Easter Sale draft  here.

Majmu, from Hussonet’s Group 1-winning daughter Spontaneous, was a $300,000 buy for Shadwell Australia from Arrowfield’s Inglis Easter Sale consignment. Prepared for Sheikh Hamdan by champion trainer Mike de Kock, she won the Turffontein Ruffian S. LR on debut earlier this month.

Majmu’s effort to win the 1100-metre Pretty Polly Stakes was particularly good in light of the stable’s pre-race comments: “Majmu should run a little less green this time…She might be outpaced a little as she needs further. But she is very good.”

Nine stakeswinners, led by the outstanding dual Group 1 winner Lankan Rupee, and another 20 stakes performers have flown the Redoute’s Choice flag around the world this season.

The Inglis Easter Sale features 32 yearlings by Redoute’s Choice, among them 3 fillies and six colts cosnigned under the Arrowfield banner.