Arrowfield & Snitzel head Magic Millions results

Arrowfield Stud and its Champion Sire Snitzel completed a leading vendor & stallion double at the record-breaking 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, which wound up its Book 1 catalogue this evening. 

Arrowfield is the Leading Vendor by aggregate sales for the third consecutive year with $13,680,000 paid for 46 of forty-nine lots sold. 

Snitzel headed the Sires’ table by average for the first time with 33 lots sold for an average price of $483,788.

Arrowfield’s top lot was Snitzel’s and the Sale’s top-priced filly, the much-admired sister to Group 1 winner Sweet Idea and Group 2 winner Showtime, all out of Flidais. She was purchased for $1.8 million by Reg Inglis, Paul Frampton & American owner Jon Kelly and will be trained by Gai Waterhouse. 

The Stud also sold the $1 million Redoute’s Choice-Cat by the Tale colt, knocked down to James Moore Racing. That colt is the 75th million-dollar yearling by the three-time champion sire.

James Harron, who has enjoyed success with previous Arrowfield Magic Millions buys Sweet Idea & Dracarys, signed for the farm’s Snitzel colt from Madame Andree on the Sale’s opening day. The price was $900,000.

The top-priced son of Snitzel was the $1.6 million colt out of Admirelle and so a full brother to Group 1 winner and young sire Sizzling. That purchase was made by Phoenix Thoroughbreds, Aquis Farm, Yulong Investments and trainer Ciaron Maher.

Snitzel’s achieved his third seven-figure sale of the auction in tonight’s session when trainer Mark Newnham paid $1.1 million for the filly out of Intimate Moment. In all, Arrowfield and Snitzel accounted for five of the Sale’s top 10 lots. 

Arrowfield concluded its Book One offering with the $575,000 Snitzel-Just Dancing filly, bought by Damon Gabbedy’s Belmont Bloodstock. 

Arrowfield graduates quinella The Vanity

A pair of fillies from Arrowfield’s graduate Class of 2015 quinella-ed last Saturday’s $150,000 VRC The Vanity S. 1400m G3, giving Not A Single Doubt his 36th stakeswinner, and Redoute’s Choice a new Group performer.

It was Extra Olives (Redoute’s Choice-Line Honours) who began best, taking up the early lead from Cassadee and Legless Veuve, while Kenedna (Not A Single Doubt-Miss Dodwell), in blinkers for the first time, settled a little worse than midfield.

Extra Olives gave no sign of surrender round the turn and for a few moments it looked like Kenedna had a little too much to do as she launched her finishing run. However, she had plenty to give and drove past Extra Olives in the final 200 metres to win by 1.25 lengths, with VRC Oaks G1 runner-up Harlow Gold third.

Watch Kenedna win the VRC The Vanity G3.

Trainer Darren Weir indicated after the race that the 2000-metre Australasian Oaks G1 in May was a likely target  for Kenedna.

“She needs a mile. She will run further than that, she has a very relaxed attitude. The Oaks in Adelaide is definitely on the radar for sure. You have to be able to run 10 furlongs, but she gives us every indication she will.”

Not A Single Doubt’s five Group 1 winners already include Single Gaze, who won last year’s ATC Storm Queen Stakes over that distance.

Kenedna has now won three of her nine starts since her debut as a 2YO last May, easily covering the $80,000 Weir paid for her at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and increasing her future broodmare value. Mind you, that was already significant because she’s a three-quarter sister to Group 2 winner Spill The Beans (by Snitzel), from the family of Group 1 winners Speak Fondly and Bounding Away.

Miss Dodwell has a Smart Missile filly in Arrowfield’s 2017 Inglis Easter draft and a weanling sister to Spill The Beans.

Extra Olives has won four races for trainers Lee & Anthony Freedman and owner Jon Kelly who paid $500,000 for her at the 2015 Magic Millions Sale. She is the second foal of Line Honours (by Hussonet), a winning daughter of champion filly Alinghi and also the dam of Group-placed Regatta Rebel (by Redoute’s Choice), the unraced 2YO colt Roar (by Animal Kingdom) and two more Redoute’s Choice fillies, the first of which will be offered by Arrowfield at Inglis Easter.

Kenedna is the fifth Arrowfield stakes-winning graduate from the 2015 yearling sales, after Group winners Scarlet Rain & Honesty Prevails, and Listed winners Detective & Sassy ‘N’ Smart.

Arrowfield will offer 48 yearlings at the Inglis Easter Sale, including seven fillies & four colts by Redoute’s Choice, and a colt by Not A Single Doubt.

Thyme for champion sire's 31st 2YO stakeswinner

Star juveniles are a bright thread in the tapestry of Redoute’s Choice’s career and a pair of fillies have added their own sparkle to the fabric this season.

Arrowfield graduate Honesty Prevails saluted in the ATC Widden S. G3 on 30 January and on Saturday Thyme For Roses scored a strong win in the $150,000 VRC TBV Thoroughbred Breeders S. 1200m G3. 

Emphatically (by Not A Single Doubt) boxed on well to claim second and complete a father-son quinella, just ahead of Soviet Secret and Not A Single Doubt’s latest stakeswinner Selenia.

Watch Thyme For Roses win the VRC TBV Thoroughbred Breeders S. G3.

She is the 128th stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice and the 31st of his progeny to achieve that status at two. 

A debut winner at Warwick Farm back in October, Thyme For Roses has now earned $127,525 after four starts.

Gai Waterhouse’s Racing Manager Adrian Bott said, “She was very impressive. She was running away from them and it was a strong win.

“Gai trains her horses to get up on the speed and she was just too strong for them.”

Thyme For Roses is the first foal of the talented juvenile, two-time Group 3 and Magic Millions Classic winner Augusta Proud (by More Than Ready), and was bred by Kerry O’Brien and Gerard McConnal, who also raced her dam.  Augusta Proud is in foal to Snitzel.

Offered under the Broadwater Thoroughbreds banner at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, Thyme For Roses was knocked down at $450,000 to Waterhouse and US owner Jon Kelly. That partnership also bought Group 3-placed filly Slumber Party (by Snitzel) & debut winner Extra Olives (by Redoute’s Choice) from the Arrowfield draft at the same sale.

Few mares by More Than Ready have visited Redoute’s Choice, but all six of the resulting runners have won, five of them in city company. Arrowfield will offer the only yearling at next month’s Inglis Easter Sale bred this way, Lot 378, the filly out of Lator Gator.

Thyme For Roses and Honesty Prevails head a lively group of Redoute’s Choice juveniles this season with six winners so far, including Blue Diamond G1 third Zamzam, Group 2-placed Tale of Choice.

Along with his sons Not A Single Doubt (1st), Snitzel (3rd) and Beneteau (7th), the two-time Champion Sire of 2YOs has a firm family hold on the top of this season’s premiership table.

First black type for Arrowfield 2YOs

Hard on the heels of an Arrowfield graduate treble in Hong Kong, came a trio of Arrowfield-sold 2YOs to fill three of the available six placings in the season’s first Australian juvenile stakes races, held at Randwick on Saturday.

The ATC Breeders’ Plate 1000m LR provided a notable result for agent James Harron & trainers Peter & Paul Snowden who bought the impressive winner Capitalist and the runner-up Detective at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Snitzel’s son Detective, bred by the Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones partnership, was a $220,000 purchase from Arrowfield’s draft.

Detective is out of Western Australian Group 1 winner Covertly (by Metal Storm), also dam of Bourne Supremacy (by Redoute’s Choice), a two-time city winner from the Perth stable of Chris Gangemi.

Covertly has a yearling full brother to Detective & a Snitzel colt born last month, and visits four-time Group 1-winning sprinter-miler Olympic Glory.

In the ATC Gimcrack S. 1000m LR for 2YO fillies Arrowfield supplied Jeanneau and Slumber Party, who filled the placings behind the Darley home-bred Calliope.

Jeanneau (Beneteau-North Sea by Hussonet) was bought by her trainer Paul Perry from the Inglis Classic (Summer) Sale for $170,000, Arrowfield’s top price and the second-highest price paid for a filly at that sale.

North Sea, from the family of champion sire Storm Bird, also has an unraced 3YO daughter American At Sea (by All American) and a yearling colt by Smart Missile.

Jeanneau is the sixth stakes performer from 40 runners for Arrowfield’s gifted home-bred colt Beneteau, who sired two crops before his death in January 2013.

Slumber Party (Snitzel-Hokuspokus by Red Ransom) gave trainer Gai Waterhouse, US owner Jon Kelly and New South Wales-based Paul Frampton an early black type return on the $620,000 they paid for her at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale where she was Arrowfield’s second top-priced filly.

Hokuspokus, a city-winning half-sister to juvenile stakeswinners Come Hither & Fun In Flight from the Easy Date family, has a yearling colt by Animal Kingdom, and in August produced a colt to Dundeel.

Detective & Slumber Party take Snitzel’s tally of 2YO stakes performers to 42 – more than 13% of all his juvenile runners.

Slumber Party wideawake at 2YO Trials

The way Snitzel’s powerfully built daughter Slumber Party won her trial on Monday delighted her trainer, who saddled up two winners and a pair of placegetters at the Randwick 2YO Trials.

Gai Waterhouse commented on her website, “She has participated in every gallop, she has done all the work, and she has not missed a beat.

“This morning she was very much awake. She sprung the gates, sat outside the lead, cornered well, and then the daughter of leading stallion Snitzel powered away to win impressively. I like this filly a lot and I was confident she would run well this morning.”

Watch Slumber Party’s trial win.

Slumber Party was a $620,000 purchase by Waterhouse and American owner Jon Kelly from the Arrowfield draft at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, and she is raced by Kelly in partnership with Paul Frampton.

Her dam is the juvenile winner Hokuspokus (by Red Ransom), a half-sister to a pair of stakes-winning 2YO fillies, Come Hither and Fun In Flight, from the notably precocious Easy Date family of Forensics, Snippets, Not A Single Doubt & Zizou.

Hokuspokus has a yearling colt by Animal Kingdom and foaled a colt by Dundeel just over three weeks ago.

Other Randwick 2YO trialists from the Waterhouse stable included the Arrowfield Inglis Easter graduate Piping Hot (More Than Ready-Ribe), who ran on well for fourth in the trial won by Desirable Miss, and Overreactive (Redoute’s Choice-Reactive), runner-up to Calliope in the fastest fillies’ trial of the morning.

Sixteen of Snitzel’s 32 stakeswinners have been successful in that company at two and he has been a top 5 Australian sire in that category for the past four years. This season he has more juvenile firepower than ever before, with 185 live foals in his 2013 crop.

Redoute's Choice to serve Northern Hemisphere time in Australia

The Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale results achieved last month by Redoute’s Choice spotlight a potentially smart play now available to Australian breeders.

It has been decided that the three-time Champion Sire will serve a limited number of mares to Northern Hemisphere time commencing 14 February from his home base at Arrowfield Stud, near Scone.

The growing international recognition of Redoute’s Choice was evident in the activity of three major United States buyers who purchased four of his 19 yearlings sold on the Gold Coast.

Kentucky bloodstock agent John Moynihan in association with James Harron paid $720,000 for Newhaven Park’s colt from Kidman.

Californian-based Jon Kelly joined Gai Waterhouse to purchase Broadwater Thoroughbreds’ Augusta Proud filly for $450,000 and, with Lee Freedman, signed for Arrowfield’s $500,000 filly from Line Honours.

B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm bought the Special Mission colt for $200,000 from Torryburn Stud.

These purchases are well-timed ahead of the sale later this year of the first Redoute’s Choice yearlings conceived during his two-year stint at HH The Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in France. Any European racing success by these two superbly bred NHT crops will boost the already tremendous commercial appeal of NHT-bred Redoute’s Choice yearlings conceived subsequently in Australia, particularly to the growing international buying bench.

The debut victory of his northern time-bred daughter Zestful in Sydney soon after the Magic Millions Sale demonstrated what’s also possible here in Australia. Trainer Sam Kavanagh has ambitious Autumn plans for the Arrowfield graduate who is raced by Paul Frampton and Widden Stud.

Arrowfield’s Chairman John Messara says, “We have already accepted a small number of northern time bookings to Redoute’s Choice from existing clients, so we’re pleased to extend that to other breeders interested in using him.

“The support of the Aga Khan, among other powerful European and US owners and breeders, and the outstanding quality of his two French books give Redoute’s Choice a solid platform for enduring global recognition.”

Of course, his legacy in Australia has been assured for some time, but Redoute’s Choice relentlessly continues to build his imposing southern hemisphere record. In the past three weeks he has notched up his 121st & 122nd stakeswinners in 2YO colt Burnstone and 3YO filly Vavasour, and his 12% SW/Runners statistic has hardly budged since 2010. 

Furthermore, Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee and Group 1 winners Bonaria, Hampton Court, Majmu, Royal Descent and Wylie Hall have all emerged among his 31 stakeswinners within the past two years alone.

That still-unfolding record, last season’s historic third Australian Sires’ Premiership and the vaulting success of his sons and daughters at stud provide further incentive to book a northern time nomination to Redoute’s Choice at a special NHT fee available upon application.