Snitzkraft earns stakes-winning status

Arrowfield’s Magic Millions “Class of 2016” posted its fifth stakeswinner on Saturday when Snitzkraft landed the $100,000 BRC Falvelon Quality 1050m LR at Doomben.

The 3YO Snitzel colt and pilot Larry Cassidy took no prisoners in the race, spearing straight to the front, kicking clear at the 250-metre mark and finding enough to hold off Flying Spur’s fast-finishing son Irish Constabulary.

Watch Snitzkraft win the BRC Falvelon Quality LR.

It was Snitzraft’s fourth win from 8 starts for his trainers Kelso Wood & Patricia Gesler and took his earnings beyond $220,000. However, his most valuable prize is the wildcard entry to the $1 million Magic Millions Snippets on 13 January.

That race, previously known simply as the Magic Millions Sprint, has been re-named in honour of the inaugural 1987 2YO Classic winner Snippets whose subsequent racing and stud success gave the Magic Millions concept the perfect launch. Snippets stood at Arrowfield from 1994 until his death in January 2002 and is the damsire of Snitzel.

Snitzel now claims 76 lifetime stakeswinners and 18 (including New Zealand Listed winner Untamed Diamond) for the first five months of this season. He has just broken through $14 million on the Australian General Sires’ premiership – only $2.2 million short of his record total for the entire 2016/17 season.

Snitzkraft is the second foal and second winner out of city-winning mare Power O’Raylee (by champion New Zealand sire O’Reilly), also the dam of unraced 2YO colt Proven Power (by Dundeel), a yearling filly by Sizzling and a filly foal by Dundeel. 1978 New Zealand Horse of the Year Uncle Remus, Group winners Cossack Warrior & Cossack Prince and Hong Kong sprinter Happy Zero appear further back in the pedigree.

Snitzkraft joins Champion 2YO colt Invader, Group winners Showtime & Dracarys and Listed winner Pretty Fast to make five stakeswinners, so far, from Arrowfield’s 2016 Magic Millions draft. Unlike the other four horses, Snitzkraft was passed in and so is raced by a group of five owners led by his breeders Mick & Diane Power.

Redoute's Choice & Sons: an extraordinary year

As 2017 winds down, breeder & buyer clients of Arrowfield can look back on an extraordinary 12 months of racetrack excellence and sale-ring dominance by Redoute’s Choice and his sons Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt.

Highlights of the dynasty’s sensational year are:

67 winners of 92 worldwide Group & Listed Races – 81 in Australia, 4 in South Africa, 3 each in France & New Zealand and one in Hong Kong.

11 winners of 12 Group 1 races:
CLEARLY INNOCENT (Not A Single Doubt) – BRC Kingsford-Smith Cup G1
HEAVENLY BLUE (Snitzel) – Turffontein SA Classic G1
INVADER (Snitzel) – ATC Inglis Sires’ Produce S. G1
MIGHTY BOSS (Not A Single Doubt) – MRC Caulfield Guineas G1
MUSTAAQEEM (Redoute’s Choice) – Turffontein South African Nursery G1
RAFEEF (Redoute’s Choice) – Turffontein Computaform Sprint G1
REDZEL (Snitzel) – BRC Doomben 10,000 G1 & VRC Darley Classic G1
RUSSIAN REVOLUTION (Snitzel) – ATC The Galaxy G1
SECRET AGENDA (Not A Single Doubt) – SAJC Robert Sangster S. G1
SUMMER PASSAGE (Snitzel) – ARC Ellerslie Sires’ Produce S. G1
TRAPEZE ARTIST (Snitzel) – ATC Golden Rose S. G1

18 2YO Stakeswinners inc. G1 winners INVADER, MUSTAAQEEM & SUMMER PASSAGE

Six of Timeform’s 10 top-rated Australian 2YOs in 2016/17 inc. the three best colts: Snitzel’s sons INVADER (119) & SUMMER PASSAGE (117) and Redoute’s Choice’s son PARIAH (118).

16 Arrowfield Sale Graduates
Inglis Sales
Easter: GUNNISON, HEAVENLY BLUE, MUSTAAQEEM, PARIAH, RAFEEF, ROCK MAGIC 
Melbourne: ARDROSSAN, KENEDNA
Classic: ODYSSEY MOON, UNTAMED DIAMOND
Magic Millions Sales
Gold Coast: DRACARYS, INVADER, PRETTY FAST, SECRET AGENDA, SHOWTIME 
National: ZESTFUL

10 of the 23 $1 million+ yearlings sold in Australia during 2017. 

The three-time Champion Sire and his brilliant sons each added milestone achievements to their records during the past 12 months: 

SNITZEL
Career:
75 SW, 12 G1 winners, 28 2YO Stakeswinners
In 2017: 32 Stakeswinners (inc. 9 2YOs), 21 Group winners, 6 Group 1 winners
Champion Sire of Australia, Champion Sire of 2YOs & Champion Sire of 3YOs, 2016/17

  • Equalled Danehill’s single-season record of 26 Australian stakeswinners
  • Set a new Australian record for stallion earnings in a season with $16.2 million
  • Claimed sole ownership of the Australian-sired 2YO winners record, with a season tally of 35 (inc. three in New Zealand)
  • Completed an unprecedented three-generation sequence of Champion Australian Sires: Danehill (9 titles), Redoute’s Choice (2006, 2010, 2014) & Snitzel (2017).
  • Sired the first Australian Group 1 2YO trifecta by the same stallion since 1982 (INVADER, SUMMER PASSAGE & TRAPEZE ARTIST in the ATC Sires’ Produce S. G1)
  • Sire of REDZEL, winner of the inaugural $10 million The Everest at Royal Randwick
  • Currently heads the 2017/18 Australian General Sires’ Premiership with 16 SW and $13.5 million (to 16 December)
  • The only stallion with top 10 performers in every age category of the current Australian Timeform rankings:
    2YO BONDI (112); 3YOs MENARI (122p) & TRAPEZE ARTIST (122); 4YO RUSSIAN REVOLUTION (120); 5YO REDZEL (126).

REDOUTE’S CHOICE
Career: 152 SW, 32 G1 winners, 37 2YO Stakeswinners
In 2017: 17 Stakeswinners (inc. 4 2YOs), 13 Group winners, 2 Group 1 winners

  • Sired a rare Group 1 sibling double with MUSTAQEEM & RAFEEF at Turffontein, South Africa, 6 May 2017 – his 14th same-track Group race double, and his second Group 1 double.
  • Sire of 3 top 10 Australian sires in 2016/17: Snitzel (1st), Not A Single Doubt (5th) & Stratum (10th)
  • Australia’s Leading Active Broodmare Sire, 2016/17 & again this season (to 16 December) with $12.1 million & 10 SW
  • Sire of New Zealand’s current Leading 2nd Season Sire Burgundy
  • Sire of Australia’s top-priced colt ($2.5 million colt ex Secluded, Arrowfield/Tim Stakemire), and top-priced filly ($1.8 million filly ex Court, Newhaven Park/Tim Stakemire)

NOT A SINGLE DOUBT
Career:
49 SW, 8 Group 1 winners, 17 2YO Stakeswinners
In 2017: 18 Stakeswinners (inc. 5 2YOs) 10 Group winners, 3 Group 1 winners

  • 5th, 2016/17 Australian General Sires’ Premiership  with $11.7 million & 14 Stakeswinners
  • Sired his first 3YO Classic winner, MIGHTY BOSS (MRC Caulfield Guineas G1), part of his first same-day stakes quadruple, with QAFILA, TORVILL & COOL PASSION on 14 October 2017.
  • Sire of three $1 million+ lots in three categories, Inglis, April 2017: 2YO gelding GUNNISON ($1.4 million), Yearling colt ex Quiet Maggy ($1.25 million) & Broodmare DON’T DOUBT MAMMA ($1.1 million).

The 2018 sales season opens with the irresistible festive spirit of Magic Millions at the Gold Coast, and the 97 yearlings (17 in the Arrowfield draft) on offer by Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt are set to fill buyers’ short-lists and orders. 

Not A Single Doubt & Snitzel, in particular, are assembling a strong team for the $10 million Magic Millions Raceday on 13 January. Among them are 2YO Classic prospects Bondi, Orcein & Nomothaj (by Snitzel) and Legislation, Singular Sensation & Granny Red Shoes (by Not A Single Doubt), and 3YO Guineas entries Debonairly, Goodfella, Chauffeur & Dinnigan (by Snitzel) and Pretty Fast, From Within & Single Bullet (by Not A Single Doubt).

Maximising buyers' chances of success

Being a leading buyer at a yearling sale takes plenty of hard work as well as money and, naturally enough, sale companies and vendors are generous with their congratulations!

But as every experienced buyer knows, securing the yearlings of your choice is only the start of the job and the real accolades are handed out at the track after Group and Listed Races.

By that much tougher measure China Horse Club, James Harron, Gai Waterhouse, Darby Racing & Scone Bloodstock are among the most successful buyers from recent Magic Millions Gold Coast Sales – and all have bought Group winners from Arrowfield.

China Horse Club was the leading buyer by total spend at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale and the best of their 21 purchases came from the Arrowfield barn. That’s the Michael Pitt-bred Champion 2YO Colt Invader, bought for $475,000 and now worth many times that amount after leading home the Snitzel trifecta in the $1 million ATC Sires’ Produce S. G1. 

James Harron’s eight lots from the same Sale were headed then, and are headed now by the $1 million Arrowfield graduate Dracarys, winner of the ATC Up and Coming S. G3 in August. Both Dracarys and Invader are trained by Peter & Paul Snowden, also in charge of recent Listed winner Pretty Fast, a $650,000 Magic Millions purchase from Arrowfield by Tim Stakemire for Sheikh Khalifa bin Mohammed al Maktoum.

The third Group-winning colt from Arrowfield’s Magic Millions Class of 2016 is Showtime, successful in September’s MVRC Bill Stutt S. G2. He races for Team Hawkes and a group of owners including his breeders Arrowfield and Katsumi Yoshida who retained a share in the handsome son of Snitzel and Flidais. Agent Dean Hawthorne signed for him at $1.1 million.

A year earlier, at the 2015 Magic Millions auction, Gai Waterhouse and Darby Racing secured two fillies and it didn’t take long for their Arrowfield buy, Scarlet Rain to justify her $100,000 price-tag. Almost exactly a year later, she won on debut at Rosehill, again three weeks later and at her third start landed the ATC Sweet Embrace S. G2. 

Her owners’ original investment was handsomely rewarded with $340,000 prizemoney and Scarlet Rain’s subsequent sale price of $950,000, paid by James Harron at the 2017 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. 

Scone Bloodstock’s John Hutchinson purchased four yearlings at Magic Millions in 2015, including Listed winner Guard of Honour, but his best result was the gorgeous $720,000 Redoute’s Choice filly he and trainer Rick Worthington found in Arrowfield’s consignment. 

Named Honesty Prevails, she won just one race in her short career for owner Trevor Gluck, but she made it count, because it was the ATC Widden S. G3 at her 2YO debut in January 2016. Now a member of the Arrowfield broodmare band, Honesty Prevails is safely in foal to Japan’s multiple Champion Sire Deep Impact. 

All told, Arrowfield has sold 22 stakeswinners from  203 lots offered at the 2011-16 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sales. So what talent awaits discovery by Magic Millions buyers in Arrowfield’s Class of 2018?

Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer picks out a few lots from the 63-strong consignment that are likely to attract buyers’ early attention:

Lot 24 – Olympic Glory-Lanai filly
“A gorgeous, eye-catching type from a sister to G1 winner Marsh Side. She has balance, strength and scope, and will be the first Olympic Glory yearling offered in Australia.”

Lot 126 – Smart Missile-Negotiate colt  
“Half-brother to Magic Millions graduate & Group 1 winner Secret Agenda, from a tremendous producer who always leaves an athletic type, and this boy is no exception.”

Lot 294 – Not A Single Doubt-She Loves You colt
“A typical, racy Not A Single Doubt type bred on the Gunnison cross, and with a similar physical. He’s the mare’s second foal and a grandson of Group 2 winner She Will Be Loved from a prolific stakes-producing family.” 

Lot 479 – Lord Kanaloa-Adempiano filly     
“A quality sprinting daughter of Japan’s leading first season sire, she’s had size and substance from the start and looks fast and early.”

Lot 573 – Animal Kingdom-Butters colt
“Strongly made, attractive, athletic half-brother to Group 1 winner Foxplay and descended from champion US 2YO filly Eliza.”

Lot 668 – Dundeel-Opportunity colt
“He’s an excellent, fluent mover, typical of what Dundeel leaves, his dam was a very smart 2YO and has produced two stakes performers.”

Lot 731 – Redoute’s Choice-Flavoured filly     
“A lovely, big, strong full sister to Group 3-winning juvenile Honesty Prevails. And the Redoute’s Choice/Hussonet cross is magic: five Group winners from 10 runners.”

Lot 733 – Snitzel-Flidais filly
“The Snitzel-Flidais mating has already produced Showtime and Group 1 winner Sweet Idea, and this is a star filly who reminds us very much of her big sister.” 

Arrowfield sires dominate Timeform 2YO ranking

The 2016/17 season featured a bumper crop of juveniles by Arrowfield stallions, and two of them head the 2YO rankings on either side of the Tasman.

On Australia’s Timeform rankings, compiled by Gary Crispe of Racing & Sports, six of the top dozen 2YOs are by Snitzel (Invader, Summer Passage, Chauffeur & Trapeze Artist), Redoute’s Choice (Pariah) and Not A Single Doubt (Gunnison).

ATC Inglis Sires’ G1 winner Invader is rated alongside Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign on 119, with Pariah (118) and Summer Passage (117) in close attendance. Chauffeur, Gunnison and Trapeze Artist have all been given a figure of 115.

Invader, Pariah and Gunnison are all Arrowfield sale graduates, while She Will Reign and Property (awarded 116) are by former residents Manhattan Rain and Starcraft. She Will Reign is out of a mare by yet another former Arrowfield sire, Charge Forward, The Mission (116) is from a Redoute’s Choice mare and both Pariah & Gunnison claim Hussonet as their damsire. 

Invader, Pariah and Chauffeur will line up in the next enthralling battle of Sydney’s Spring 3YOs, Saturday’s ATC The Run to the Rose G2 at Rosehill. Their eight rivals also include Tangled, Menari & Perast (all by Snitzel) and Not A Single Doubt’s son Qiji Phoenix.

Summer Passage, trained in New Zealand by Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott for Hong Kong owner Eugene Chuang, is rated on top of the NZ 2YO Free Handicap, released this week by the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association. 

The colt was awarded 59.5kg after winning the ARC Ellerslie Sires’ Produce S. G1 and Matamata Slipper S. LR, with the leading filly, Melody Belle allotted 57.5kg, and the second top-weighted colt Star Treasure, given 56 kg. 

Summer Passage’s trainers report that he will travel to Melbourne on Sunday and run in the VRC Danehill S. G2 on 16 September, with the VRC Coolmore Stud S. G1 on 4 November his principal target.

Seven Group 1 winners head Arrowfield's 2016/17 season

The Arrowfield stallion roster has deservedly claimed most attention in 2016/17 season summaries, but the farm’s own graduate and sale results were equally spectacular.

Invader (ATC Inglis Sires’ Produce S. G1) and Secret Agenda (SAJC Robert Sangster S. G1) were only two of the Stud’s seven Group 1 winning-graduates in 2016/17. The other five were successful in South Africa (full brothers Rafeef & Mustaaqeem, Heavenly Blue and Whisky Baron) and Hong Kong (Contentment).

They head a group of 20 stakeswinners of 33 Group & Listed Races last season that were bred and/or sold by Arrowfield. All but two (Group-winning juvenile fillies Shoals & Teaspoon) were offered at Australian yearling sales: seven at Inglis Easter, four at Magic Millions Gold Coast, three at Inglis Melbourne Premier, two at Inglis Classic, one at each of the Magic Millions National and Adelaide Sales. 

Their prices ranged from the $1.75 million paid by Shadwell Stud for Mustaaqeem to the $23,000 trainer Shea Eden gave for dual Group 3 winner Ocean Embers at Magic Millions Adelaide, where she was offered under the banner of Cornerstone Stud. The median price of the 17 horses sold at auction was $210,000, and the average was just over $460,000.

Only Western Australian sprinter Rock Magic, winner of three Group 3 events and a Listed Race last term, failed to sell as a yearling. He was prepared by Paul Messara to win four races before his sale as a 4YO to clients of Perth trainer Chris Gangemi for whom he has now won more than $900,000.

Arrowfield’s Class of 2016 contributed eight stakeswinners: Invader & Mustaaqeem, Group 2 winners Gunnison & Shoals, Group 3 winners Pariah & Teaspoon and Listed winners Ardrossan (in New Zealand) & Azazel. All remain in training, although Gunnison, sold for $1.4 million at the Inglis Chairman’s Sale, is now in Hong Kong, and Ardrossan has been transferred to Mick Price in Melbourne. 

The season’s honour roll was completed by 3YOs Heavenly Blue, Kenedna and Detective, six 4YOs headed by Secret Agenda, Rafeef & Whisky Baron, 5YO mare Wild Rain, 6YO Contentment and 7YO Rock Magic.

Peter & Paul Snowden (trainers of Invader, Gunnison, Pariah & Detective) and James Harron (buyer of Detective, Gunnison & Pariah) enjoyed most success with Arrowfield graduates last season. The famous team of Shadwell Stud and champion South African trainer Mike de Kock earn a special mention for their Group 1 double with Mustaaqeem and Rafeef at Turffontein on 6 May.

Against this background of top-level performance, outstanding sale-ring results were achieved for the Stud and several long-standing clients. By the end of the yearling sales season Arrowfield had sold 138 lots for a total of $34.7 million, among them eight colts and a filly sold for $1 million or more. 

They included the top-priced Australian yearling of 2017, the $2.5 million Redoute’s Choice-Secluded colt bought at Inglis Easter by Tim Stakemire for Sheikh Khalifa bin Mohammed al Maktoum. 

Arrowfield sold the joint top-priced Redoute’s Choice-Ballet Blue colt at Magic Millions, secured for $1.3 million by James Harron, who also signed for three other colts from Arrowfield’s Magic Millions draft. 

Other buyers who bought multiple yearlings from Arrowfield were: Andrew Williams Bloodstock (6 lots), Darby Racing (5), Australian Bloodstock (4) and Shadwell Stud, Boomer Bloodstock & Cameron Cooke (3 each).

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. 

Champion Sire Snitzel dominates every category

Such was Snitzel’s history-making 2016/17 Championship season in Australia, that it’s easier to list what he didn’t do.

He’s not the Champion Broodmare Sire, but otherwise, Snitzel dominated every category he contested.

Arrowfield’s new superstar headed the key columns of the General Premiership table, with $16.1 million prizemoney (breaking Street Cry’s 2015/16 record by almost $3.2 million), 159 winners (one short of Lohnro’s record, set in 2013/14) and equalling Danehill’s 2001/02 record of 26 stakeswinners. 

Snitzel’s first Premiership completes an unprecedented three-generation sequence of Champion Australian Sires, following Danehill’s nine titles (won between 1995 and 2005) and Redoute’s Choice’s three titles (2006, 2010, 2014).

He is the fifth Arrowfield resident to become Australia’s Champion Sire, following Redoute’s Choice, Flying Spur (2007), Danehill (1995) & Last Tycoon (1994). 

Across-the-board prizemoney increases, especially in New South Wales, have certainly made it easier for Snitzel and a record six other stallions, including his barnmate Not A Single Doubt, to crack $10 million. However, Snitzel is the only one among the top five whose major earner, Redzel with $962,000, didn’t win $1 million or more, and his 26 stakeswinners contributed only 43% of his total earnings – a good indication of the deep quality that characterises Snitzel’s stud record.

Nine fillies and mares joined the list of Snitzel’s stakeswinners in 2016/17, headed by Group winners French Emotion, Elle Lou, Sweet Redemption, Teaspoon & Diddums. Like most of his Championship season’s best male performers, they all remain in training.

Invader was his top-earning juvenile, contributing $960,125 to the $4.9 million that won Snitzel the 2YO Sires’ Premiership by a comfortable margin from his former Arrowfield barnmate Manhattan Rain, sire of the Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign.

Remarkably, Snitzel’s list of 31 Australian stakes wins during the season includes only one of Australia’s million-dollar races, the ATC Inglis Sires’ Produce S. G1. He made the most of it though, siring the first three horses home, Invader, Summer Passage & Trapeze Artist to complete the country’s first single-stallion Group 1 2YO trifecta since 1982.

Invader headed Snitzel’s eight list-topping Australian 2YO stakeswinners this season, a quarter of his national record-setting tally of 32 juvenile winners of 46 races. (Three New Zealand winners from his 2014 crop gave him a final tally of 35.)

It was the same story on the 3YO Sires’ Premiership, where Snitzel ended the season on top by earnings (just over $6 million, more than $1.3 million in front of Sebring), winners (68), wins (120), stakeswinners (9) and stakes wins (11).

His principal 3YO earner was Russian Revolution, winner of the ATC The Galaxy G1 in March, and two other Group races last Spring. He was one of ten Snitzel stakeswinners who emerged in the first five months of the season and, along with Redzel, he progressed to elite success in the Autumn.

Snitzel’s Australian stakeswinners were prepared by 13 stables with Peter & Paul Snowden enjoying most success, thanks to Group 1 winners Invader, Redzel & Russian Revolution, Snitzel’s last stakeswinner of the season, Calanda, and Detective, who will do his future racing in Hong Kong.

Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott sent out five Snitzel stakeswinners, including Group winners Farson & Sweet Redemption, while Diddums, Trapeze Artist & Samantha took Gerald Ryan’s career tally of stakeswinners by his former stable star to twelve.

Snitzel did his bit to promote the Australian thoroughbred offshore, with the help of Group 1 winners Heavenly Blue (South Africa) & Summer Passage (New Zealand) and dual Group 3 winner Young Man Power (Japan). They boosted his 2016/17 worldwide statistics to 29 stakeswinners (5 at Group 1 level and nine of them juveniles) of 36 Group & Listed Races, for total prizemoney of $20.4 million.

Snitzel’s dominance of the 2016/17 season extended to Australia’s major yearling sales. He was the Leading Sire by aggregate at the Magic Millions & Inglis Easter Sales, and ended the auction season with total sales of $41.7 million and 111 lots sold for an average price of $375,732.

His five million-dollar yearlings were headed by the Top Cuban colt and the Response filly, both sold for $1.7 million by Arrowfield at Inglis Easter.

Snitzel’s achievements are magnified by the class of the stallions behind him in the top 15, among them six other Champion Sires (Street Cry, Fastnet Rock, Lonhro, Redoute’s Choice, Exceed and Excel and Encosta de Lago), his fellow Redoute’s Choice sons, Not A Single Doubt & Stratum, and an impressive group of emerging younger sires.

Snitzel has set the bar exceptionally high for all of them, as well as himself, but with three large, superb quality crops in the pipeline, and a dazzling book of mares visiting him at his 2017 fee of $176,000 inc. GST, his passage to greatness may have only just begun.

All-Snitzel 2YO trifecta in Group 1 Sires' at Randwick

Arrowfield graduate Invader led home an all-Snitzel trifecta in Saturday’s $1 million ATC Inglis Sires’ 1400m G1 on a spectacular first day of The Championships at Royal Randwick.

New Zealand visitor Summer Passage and Trapeze Artist were gallant placegetters, after racing close to the pace and fighting on staunchly to finish 0.8 and 1.6 lengths behind Invader, who punched out a big final sprint in the space that Hugh Bowman’s wizardry found for him.

Watch Invader win the ATC Inglis Sires’ G1.

Snitzel’s appetite for making history is clearly undiminished. The Sires’ 1-2-3 is the first trifecta achieved in an Australian Group 1 juvenile race by progeny of one sire in the past three decades, and Invader is Snitzel’s third Group 1 winner in a remarkable 17 days, after Summer Passage (ARC Ellerslie Sires’ Produce S. G1, 16 March) and Russian Revolution (ATC The Galaxy G1, 18 March).

Invader is the sixth foal of the stakes-winning mare Flame of Sydney (by Encosta de Lago) and was sold for $475,000 by Arrowfield at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale. He is trained by Peter & Paul Snowden for buyer China Horse Club which races him with Newgate, Aquis Farm, Horse Ventures and Winstar Farm.

Flame of Sydney, also dam of the fine Hong Kong sprinter Not Listenin’tome, was sold for $605,000 to Yu Long Investments at the 2015 Inglis Sydney Broodmare Sale. She has since delivered her new owners a filly and a colt by Snitzel.

Invader’s breeder Michael Pitt said, “There’s a lot of excitement here, it’s a sensational result and a performance very much like his mother’s best run.”

The Sires’ wasn’t the only success on the Championship card for the son of Redoute’s Choice. His 3YO daughter Diddums became the 12th Snitzel stakeswinner prepared by Snitzel’s own trainer, Gerald Ryan when she shot clear in the straight to win the $200,000 ATC P.J. Bell S. 1200m G3.

Prompt Response (by Beneteau) and Smart Amelia (by Smart Missile) completed a trifecta for Arrowfield stallions.

Watch Diddums win the ATC P.J. Bell S. G3.

A home-bred for Torryburn Stud, Diddums is the fourth foal of Raheights (by Rahy) and is one Sydney’s most consistent 3YO fillies this season, winning or placing in all but one of her seven starts.

Gerald Ryan said, “She is a filly who has kept improving. She is as honest as they come…It’s good when a plan comes off. Good for Torryburn Stud and John.

“It’s good for her as a filly who has basically come from nowhere to win a stakes race. I’m rapt for her because she is by Snitzel.”

Snitzel now has 58 stakeswinners, nine of them successful at Group 1 level, and has extended his lead on the 2016/17 Australian General Sires’ premiership with 115 winners, 21 stakeswinners and $11.5 million prizemoney.

Snitzel’s 40-strong consignment is set to make the final Inglis Easter Sale at Newmarket Stables very memorable indeed.

Redoute's Choice dominates Golden Slipper pedigrees

Redoute’s Choice, already the sire of two Golden Slipper winners, appears in the immediate pedigrees of no fewer than 11 of the 19 juveniles in the field for this year’s $3.5 million event, sponsored for the second time by Longines.

Pariah is his 17th Slipper runner, bidding to join the 2006 winner Miss Finland, and Stratum, who defeated Fashions Afield in 2005 to give their champion sire a memorable quinella. 

This year Redoute’s Choice also appears as the damsire of Trekking, Frolic and 3rd emergency The Mission, and as the paternal grandsire of Single Bullet (by Not A Single Doubt), and Trapeze Artist, Invader, Menari, Teaspoon and emergency runners Chauffeur & Showtime (all by Snitzel).

Given that Snitzel heads the 2YO Sires’ premiership by earnings, winners and stakeswinners, it’s not surprising this is his best-ever contingent in the Slipper. He’s already the damsire of a Slipper winner (Mossfun in 2014) and two placegetters, Snitzerland, the gallant runner-up to Pierro in 2012, and Showtime’s sister Sweet Idea, third to Overreach in 2013. 

A fourth Arrowfield stallion, Charge Forward, figures as the damsire of Single Bullet’s stablemate She Will Reign, a daughter of former Arrowfield resident (and half-brother of Redoute’s Choice) Manhattan Rain. Charge Forward, himself a close second to Dance Hero in the record-breaking 2004 Slipper, is also the sire of 2009 runner-up Headway.

Arrowfield is attempting to add a third Golden Slipper to the trophies won by Miss Finland and Flying Spur (in 1995) as the owner-breeder of Teaspoon, the last foal of venerable matron Patronella, now in happy retirement as a nanny mare at the Stud. Trained by Michael Freedman, Teaspoon has won two of her three starts including the ATC Widden S. G3 (pictured, right; PHOTO: Sportpix) and will be ridden by Zac Purton.

Arrowfield bred and sold Inglis Easter graduate Pariah (in partnership with John Leaver, David Paradice & Paul Favretto), and Magic Millions colt Showtime (in partnership with Katsumi Yoshida), and sold Invader on behalf of his breeeder Michael Pitt. Two other breeders have multiple runners: Darley (Veranillo & Trekking) and Corumbene Stud (Single Bullet & Menari).

An interesting aspect of the 16-strong 2017 Golden Slipper field is its exactly even distribution between the sexes, eight colts and eight fillies, though the three emergencies are all colts. History favours colts and geldings with 35 wins, compared with 25 by fillies, but the split by runners (165 male, 146 female), top five finishes (51 male, 49 female) and winners (11 male, 9 female) is a little more evenly balanced over the past two decades, 1997-2016.

Apart from being a thrilling contest that can determine both the season’s best 2YO and the champion sire of juveniles, the Golden Slipper frequently previews other top performers. Subsequent Group 1 winners that ran in, but didn’t win the race include: English, Single Gaze & Speak Fondly (2015), Sweet Idea, Guelph & Criterion (2013), Snitzerland & Epaulette (2012), Mosheen, Foxwedge & Hot Snitzel (2011), Melito, Wanted & More Joyous (2009), Empires Choice, Gold Edition & Casino Prince (2006),  Snitzel (2005), Charge Forward, Alinghi & Fastnet Rock (2004), Shamekha & Exceed and Excel (2003) and Choisir & Yell (2002). 

The Longines Golden Slipper S. 1200m G1, offering winner’s prizemoney of $2 million, will be held for the 61st time at Rosehill this Saturday 18 March at 4.10 pm AEDT.

Not A Single Doubt colt stars at 2YO Trials

The Official 2YO Trials attract what might be Randwick’s most high-powered crowd of the season, as studs, breeders, agents & media join owners & trainers to watch the first of each year’s babies run.

They come to check the progress of horses that in many cases represent substantial investments in genetics, environment, selection and horsemanship, and ardent hopes for a favourable turn of fortune’s wheel.

At the end of this year’s program of 12 trials, all held over 850 metres on Monday on a Soft7 track, Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt claimed four winners and six placegetters from 14 runners.

Watch all 12 Randwick 2YO trials.

There’s always a 2YO who stands out with the fastest time or the biggest winning margin and this year both prizes went to the Not A Single Doubt colt Condor Heroes who blitzed his rivals in Trial 11 by more than 9 lengths in 50.52.

The third foal of the Sydney 2YO winner Gosetgo (by More Than Ready), he was a $190,000 buy for Sun Bloodstock from the Riversdale draft at Magic Millions and is prepared by Gerald Ryan. The Not A Single Doubt/More Than Ready cross has produced juvenile brilliance before, in the distinctive form of Blue Diamond G1 winner Miracles Of Life, as well as Adelaide Group 3 winner The Grey Flash.
 
The remaining winners included a trio of Arrowfield-bred-and-sold colts, Bowerman, Misty Lad & Invader.

Bowerman (Snitzel-Sabanci by Encosta de Lago) turned in a very professional effort to win the opening trial on the program, bouncing out to take up the lead, roll along comfortably in front and win by almost a length from Thy Kingdom Come & Sulaymanee in 51.84 seconds.

Bowerman is trained by Michael Freedman for the China Horse Club & Winstar Farm partnership which paid $525,000 for him at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. From the family of Group 1 winners Casino Prince, Onemorenomore & Green Birdie, Bowerman is the first foal of his dam who has a yearling colt by Snitzel and was served again by him earlier this month.

Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott produced the winner of Trial 3, Misty Lad (Redoute’s Choice-Anadan by Anabaa), who also took up the lead and travelled easily throughout to win by almost a length in 51.38.

The grandson of Group 1 winner Demerger was a $150,000 buy for owner Mount Hallowell Stud, co-trainer Gai Waterhouse and agent Julian Blaxland at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Anadan’s subsequent matings pursue the Redoute’s Choice theme: she has a yearling filly by Snitzel, is foaling to Not A Single Doubt this Spring and visits Panzer Division.

Trial 10 belonged to a pair of Snitzel colts with Invader (ex Flame of Sydney by Encosta de Lago) just edging just the $1.6 million Magic Millions sale-topper Chauffeur (ex Mirror Mirror by Dehere) in 51.21.

Invader was a $475,000 Magic Millions purchase by the China Horse Club and is trained by Peter & Paul Snowden; Chauffeur was bought by Gerald Ryan and lead owner Damion Flower of Jadeskye Racing. Flame of Sydney has a yearling filly and a foal-to-come by Snitzel.

It’s fascinating to review the past six years’ results which show the trials consistently unveil some of each crop’s very best performers at two, and beyond.

For instance, the last two Golden Slipper winners, Capitalist and Vancouver both won at the Randwick trials, and Pierro was second in 2011.

Sensational 2YO and now leading young sire Smart Missile posted the second-fastest time of the day when winning his trial by 3.5 lengths in 2010.

Australian Guineas G1 winner Wandjina and recent Group winner Sooboog – both million-dollar Snitzel colts bred & sold by Arrowfield – won their respective trials in 2013 and 2014.

Other subsequent Group winners to win their Randwick trials in recent years are Calliope & Defcon (2015), Alpha Miss & Ghibellines (2013), Havana, Va Pensiero & War (2012) and Wild and Proud (2010).

However, owners and trainers of those 2YOs who didn’t win their trials this year can also take encouragement from history. That’s because there are always star performers that don’t win or even place in their first trials.

Champagne S. G1 winner Prized Icon was 7th at his trial debut last Spring; amazon queen Sweet Idea (by Snitzel) was third to subsequent Champion 3YO Filly Guelph and Gimcrack S. LR winner Brilliant Bisc in 2012; and, like Pierro, VRC Oaks G1 winner Dear Demi was a trial runner-up in 2012.

Trial 8 in 2013 produced Not A Single Doubt’s Provincial Championship winner Sure And Fast (2nd), $1.9 million earner Unencumbered (6th) and Snitzel’s dual Group 2 winner Time For War (7th).  Fourth placegetter in Trial 12 the same year was dual Group 3 winner Scissor Kick (by Redoute’s Choice), now serving his first book of mares at Arrowfield. 

In 2010 trial placegetters included subsequent Group 2 winners Elite Falls & Hallowell Belle (by Starcraft), while Flying Spur’s daughter Satin Shoes (Silver Slipper S. G2) and multiple Group 1 winner Helmet were both unplaced.

Placegetters that caught the eye this year include Sweet Idea’s $1.1 million full brother Showtime (Snitzel-Flidais), a close 2nd to Khan in Trial 5, and Red Zephyr (Snitzel-Red Typhoon), who completed a Waterhouse/Bott quinella with Conservation in Trial 9.