Beneteau colt sells for $340,000

Beneteau’s 135 live foals are not wasting a minute of the short time their sire has to make an impact on Australian racing and sales.

On the opening day of the Magic Millions Perth Sale, the Beneteau colt from Zaldivar (by Honour And Glory) was knocked down to leading trainer Neville Parnham for $340,000 – the highest price paid at the Sale since 2007.

It sets a fresh record for a yearling by Beneteau, whose previous top price was $220,000, for the Sassy Peg colt bought last month from Arrowfield’s Magic Millions Gold Coast draft by Blue Sky Bloodstock.

The colt, offered by Yarradale Stud, is a three-quarter brother to South African Group 2 winner Honorine from the distinguished Aga Khan family of European Group 1 winners Darsi, Darjina and Daryaba.

Yarradale Stud also presented the only other Beneteau yearling in Perth, the filly from Hasty Bird. A $4,000 weanling purchase, she made $50,000 this time round and was bought by Boomer Bloodstock, Queensland.

The year’s top price of $170,000 paid for a Beneteau filly is shared by  the daughter bought by Liam Birchley from the Riversdale consignment at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, and the North Sea filly sold by Arrowfield to Paul Perry at the Inglius Classic Sale.

Four of Beneteau’s five winners to date have succeeded in city company and include the stakeswinners Prompt Return (VRC Maribyrnong Plate G3) and Arrowfield graduate Lady Jivago (ATC Inglis 2YO Classic (R) LR).

Beneteau holds a clear lead on the Australian First Season Sires’ list with earnings of $557,230, and has just one lot, a colt out of Free Friday, catalogued for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. He will be consigned by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds.

Beneteau, who stood at a $10,000 fee for two seasons before his January 2013 death, Not A Single Doubt and Snitzel are the only three sons of champion sire Redoute’s Choice that Arrowfield Stud has so far chosen to stand. It’s a slot on the Stud’s roster that seems likely to attract plenty of breeder support next time it’s filled.

Black type weekend for Arrowfield graduates

Qatar Bloodstock’s filly Crafty became the 21st stakes-winning Arrowfield graduate this season when she stormed to victory in Saturday’s $120,000 VRC Taj Rossi Series Final LR.

The daughter of Manhattan Rain and Spirited Dancer (by Sadler’s Wells) is among the eight 2YO stakeswinners this season that were purchased from Arrowfield at last year’s Australian sales.  The others are Group 2 winners Majmu (Redoute’s Choice) & Time For War (Snitzel), Group 3 winners Bachman (All American), Moonovermanhattan (Manhattan Rain) & Oakleigh Girl (Snitzel) and Listed winners Gold Force (Flying Spur) & Moonlight Hussler (Hussonet).

Three members of Arrowfield’s notable 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier draft were also active over the weekend and all three embellished their records.

Honorine (Redoute’s Choice-Zaldivar) saluted for the second time this season when she took out the Clairwood Pinnacle Stakes in South Africa for trainer Mike de Kock and owner Mary Slack of Wilgerbosdrift Stud. Honorine achieved black type status when she won the Turffontein Camellia S. G2 in April.

At Kranji on Sunday evening, Stepitup (Hussonet-Ain’t Seen Nothin’) raced gallantly from gate 16 to finish second to Spalato in the 2000-metre $S1.15 million Singapore Derby Sgp-1. Stepitup was last year’s Champion 3YO in Singapore and has won five domestic Group races there, including the Singapore Guineas Sgp-1.

At Belmont in Perth, Frank & Josie Fiore’s gelding Smoko (Snitzel-London Lights) started favourite on the strength of his 5-from-5 record, despite not racing for eight months, and ran a terrific race for second, beaten a length by Pininci in the $100,000 WATC Beaufine S. LR over 1000 metres.

Back on Arrowfield’s home turf in Sydney, Rifleman (Hussonet-Opportunity) capped a satisfying weekend with his fourth win, over 1000 metres at Randwick. He was bred by the triumvirate of Arrowfield, Alan Jones & John Leaver but sold by Little Avondale Stud at the 2010 New Zealand Premier Sale where he was bought by Mark Pilkington for $220,000. The 5YO gelding is trained by Tony McEvoy for Arrowfield, Rupert & Cheryl Legh, Wayne Mitchell & David Hayes.

The dams of three of these performers remain part of the Arrowfield broodmare band. Spirited Dancer & Opportunity are both in foal to Animal Kingdom, and Ain’t Seen Nothin’ (also the dam of Bachman) is due to foal to All American.

Honorine makes it a Group treble for Redoute's Choice

With a international Group race double in the bag, thanks to Tango’s Daughter in Adelaide, and the brilliant 2YO filly Majmu at Turffontein, Redoute’s Choice could have signed off for the weekend, well-satisfied with an excellent day’s work.

But, no, he wasn’t quite finished yet. His 4YO daughter Honorine lined up in the fnal race at Turffontein, the Camellia Stakes over 1160m G2 for owner Mary Slack’s Wilgerbosdrift and trainer Mike de Kock who expected her to run well after a cramped run last time out.

Honorine duly won by a half-length from fellow Australian-bred Tiger Quest to become the 113th career stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice, and the 18th stakeswinner from his stellar 2009 crop.

The daughter of Zaldivar (by Honour and Glory) was bred by Arrowfield and purchased for $80,000 by Form Bloodstock from the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. She joins Snitzerland (VRC Lightning S. G1), Group 2 winner Flying Snitzel, champion Singapore 3YO Stepitup and Listed Race winner Road Trippin’ as stakes-winning graduates from Arrowfield’s draft at that Sale.

Honorine had shown juvenile promise, winning her first two starts and being Group 1-placed at two. The Camellia Stakes is her fourth win and makes her a valuable future breeding prospect for Wilgerbosdrift, established almost 20 years ago in the Western Cape region and now one of South Africa’s leading studs.

Back in Australia, Redoute’s Choice has become the first stallion this season to top $9 million prizemoney as he chases his third Australian General Sires’ premiership.  He is available to breeders in 2014 at a fee of $110,000 inc. GST.