Snitzel filly nabs Light Fingers Stakes

Snitzel’s blazing hot summer continued at Randwick on Saturday when his daughter Perignon became his 35th stakeswinner, and third stakeswinner since 24 January, in the $175,000 ATC Light Fingers S. 1200m G2.

It was a well-deserved success for the 3YO filly who has chased Speak Fondly home three times in Group company, as a juvenile and in last Spring’s Furious S. G2 and Flight S. G1. This time, she showed the benefit of further development since her Spring campaign by making up several lengths in the straight to catch Kangarilla Joy and Tempt Me Not, and score a thrilling win.

Jockey Tim Clark said of Perignon, “A classy filly. First up against a couple of race fit horses was always going to be a tough ask, but I was really happy when I found Hughie’s back [Hugh Bowman, on Kangarilla Joy] down the side. I just wanted to hold onto her for as long as I could and fortunately we timed it right and got there in the end.”

Perignon takes her trainer Gerald Ryan’s record of success with Snitzel’s progeny to nine stakeswinners, all of them except Dances On Stars & Fireworks bred & sold by Arrowfield: Snitzerland (VRC Lightning S. G1), Group 2 winners Flying Snitzel, Hot Snitzel (who later won the BTC Cup for Peter & Paul Snowden), Perignon & Time For War; Group 3 winners Dances On Stars, Fireworks and Spill The Beans; & Listed winner Ygritte.

Perignon was bred by the Arrowfield-Jungle Pocket partnership, also repsonsible for Group 1 winners Sweet Idea, Hot Snitzel, Reaan & Weekend Hussler. She was a $350,000 Ryan purchase for owners Camilla Flower & Sylvana Surace from Arrowfield’s 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast draft. 

Perignon’s dam is the Japanese-bred mare Last Blaze, a daughter of Narita Brian and Melbourne Group 2 winner Rubidium. Last Blaze’s four earlier foals, two by Snitzel and two Not A Single Doubt, have all won including Perignon’s sister, the Group-placed city winner Hollyweird, also trained by Gerald Ryan.

Now owned by Oakland Park Stud, Last Blaze has a colt among the 24 Snitzel yearlings to be offered at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale later ths month.

Snitzel’s latest run of black type success began with Sun Jewellery’s Hong Kong Classic Mile HK-1 victory on 24 January and continued with last Saturday’s ATC Eskimo Prince S. G3 win by Spill The Beans. With fresh talent such as China Dream (third in Saturday’s Blue Diamond Prelude G3) emerging each week,  Snitzel’s Autumn attack is only beginning.

Big Spring beckons for Beneteau winners

Beneteau’s first crop has quickly picked up where they off last season, adding a couple of smart debut winners to their record in the past week. Both have major Melbourne targets on their Spring programs.

At Sale on 30 August 3YO gelding Puritan (ex Mina by Dracula) came with a big run from the back of the field to score by 2.5 lengths over 1112 metres at Sale on 30 August.

Watch Puritan’s debut win at Sale.

Bred by Simon Cox, Puritan was sold initially for $46,000 at the Inglis Classic Sale, then purchased by his trainer for $80,000 at the 2014 NZ Ready to Run Sale.

Warren says, “He is one of the most talented horses to come through Denistoun Park for a while. He is still very raw and new and has a stack of improvement to come which is pretty scary.”

Puritan will now head to Flemington on 12 September for a crack at the Group 2 Danehill Stakes.  “It’s a big jump in grade but I am pretty confident that he will measure up. What he lacks in experience and race smarts, he makes up with sheer talent which will take him a long way”.

Five days later on Friday 4 September, it was the turn of the filly Ocean Embers to step out at Bendigo where she won an 1100-metre maiden in very professional style, by 3 lengths.

Watch Ocean Embers’ debut win at Bendigo.

Her trainer Shea Eden has nominated Ocean Embers for the Thousand Guineas G1 on 10 October, and was thrilled with her win.  He said, “She’s got a bright future…she’s showed us she’s got really good natural ability at home.”

Ocean Embers was bred by Arrowfield’s highly successful partnership with Katsumi Yoshida from the US-bred mare Burningwood (by Tabasco Cat) who left Group 3 winner Fireflaught in Japan before arriving in Australia nine years ago. The best of her foals since then is the speedy Pyrography (by Danzero), winner of four races including two in Sydney & Brisbane.

Burningwood has a 2YO filly Flame of Love (by Smart Missile), a yearling filly by All American and produced a Manhattan Rain filly a day before Ocean Embers won.

Beneteau has also been represented by a pair of 3YO Group performers: Voilier, second in the ATC Up and Coming S. G3 and the Rosebud H. LR, and Tatoosh, runner-up in Saturday’s Ming Dynasty Quality G3.

Second on the 2014/15 Australian First Season Sires’ Premiership, Beneteau’s final crop of 2YOs will race this season.

Sixth Group 1 winner for Snitzel

In May 2011 Arrowfield graduate Hot Snitzel won the Ken Russell Memorial Classic, becoming the fourth stakeswinner for Snitzel.

Almost exactly four years later Hot Snitzel is Snitzel’s sixth Group 1 winner, joining Sweet Idea, Wandjina, Snitzerland, Shamus Award and Sizzling, after taking out out the $500,000 BRC BTC Cup 1200m G1.

Chris and Michael Ward manage the gelding’s ownership group under the Triple Crown banner and are understandably delighted with his success.

Michael says, “Hot Snitzel is every owner’s dream come true! Purchased for only $60,000, he has gone on to win over $1.2 million so far. He has won a Group race each season at 2, 3, 4 and 5 and has now added a Group 1 race to his achievements as a six-year-old. What a fairy tale he has been for all involved!”

Hot Snitzel’s proven competitiveness at Group level and his juvenile successes in Brisbane were overlooked by punters who let him start at $26 at Doomben.

They also forgot how effective he is when fresh, as he was on Saturday, six weeks after his good third in the ATC Star Kingdom S. G3 at Rosehill. The last essential ingredient was a perfect ride by Blake Shinn, one of his five wins on the card.

Hot Snitzel settled behind the early leader and favourite Our Boy Malachi, then challenged within the final 200 metres and won by three-quarters of a length from a fast-finishing Knoydart with a neck back to Our Boy Malachi, third.

Peter Snowden, whose stable picked up Hot Snitzel only in the past month, acknowledged the work of his previous trainer Gerald Ryan in preparing the gelding for this campaign, now likely to culminate in the $2 million Stradbroke H. G1 on 6 June.

Hot Snitzel is the ninth and last foal out of the Blushing Groom mare Flames of Paris, an unraced half-sister to dual Group 1 winner Park Appeal, the dam of champion miler and leading sire Cape Cross.

Bred by the Arrowfield-Jungle Pocket partnership that has also produced Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler, and Group 1 winners Reaan and Sweet Idea, Hot Snitzel was bought from Arrowfield at the 2010 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Triple Crown clients have previously occupied the Group winner’s circle with Snitzel’s daughter Flying Snitzel – also bred by Arrowfield & Jungle Pocket.

Manapine impresses in Flemington stakes win

On the Saturday after Easter Sale buyers paid an average of $215,000 for the eight Manhattan Rain yearlings, Easter graduate Manapine endorsed their selections with a powerful victory in the $150,000 VRC Galilee Series Final 2500m LR.

He is Manhattan Rain’s fourth stakeswinner from his first 69 runners.

Jockey Dwayne Dunn gave the 3YO gelding a perfect ride, placing him midfield off the fence during the running, then setting him alight down the centre of the famous Flemington straight.

Oncidium Ruler then lauched a serious challenge, but Manapine responded strongly to edge clear and win by a half-neck, with All I Survey almost three lengths back in third place.

Nigel Blackiston, who trains him for Arrowfield, Tony & Judy Hodgson, Tony Cheung & David Boehm, said, “Manapine’s win showed me he has the class, strength and stamina to become a force in some good races in the future.”

His final target for the season is the $500,000 SAJC South Australian Derby G1, also over 2500 metres, on 9 May.

Manapine was bred by the Arrowfield-Jungle Pocket partnership from Anapine (by Anabaa), a city-winning sister to dual Group 3 winner Tall Timbers and half-sister to stakeswinner Taken, from the family of Yorkshire Oaks G1 winner Catchascatchcan.

He is the fifth Arrowfield-sold stakeswinner from the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale, after Group 1 winners Majmu and Wandjina, Group 2 winner Moonovermanhattan & stakeswinner Crafty.

Anapine has a yearling filly by Gio Ponti, and a weanling filly by Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom.

Manapine is Stakeswinner No. 4 for Manhattan Rain, following the successes of the Mick Price-trained colt Moonovermanhattan (MVRC Moonee Valley Vase G2), and the fillies Crafty (VRC Taj Rossi Series Final LR at two, and Group 2-placed at three) & Ondina (SAJC Laelia S. LR).

Ondina’s trainer Gai Waterhouse, John Foote, James Harron, Lindsay Park Racing, Spicer Thoroughbreds and First Light Racing were among the Australian buyers who signed for the four colts and four fillies by Manhattan Rain at the Inglis Easter Sale. 

Manhattan Rain joined his fellow second crop stallions I Am Invincible and Medaglia d’Oro on the top 10 sires’ list at Session 1 of the Easter Sale, with an average of $316,000, more than 20 times his 2015 fee, for five lots sold.

His top price of $700,000, paid by the Hong Kong Jockey Club for Arrowfield’s half-brother to Group 1 winner Wandjina, is a record figure for a Manhattan Rain yearling.

By Encosta de Lago, Manhattan Rain is free of Danehill and is showing a good affinity for Danehill- and Danzig-line mares, a combination already responsible for Moonovermanhattan, Manapine and Group-placed Manhattan Avenue. However, Crafty is from a Sadler’s Wells mare and both Ondina and Tony McEvoy’s exciting 2YO Manhattan Blues are from mares by Storm Bird-line sires.

Sire of 26 winners of 34 races in Australia this term, Manhattan Rain is fourth on the Second Season Sires’ table, with close to $1.5 million prizemoney.

Mr Snitzel strikes again with Perignon

Gai Waterhouse, Peter Moody, Mick Price, John O’Shea & Neville Parnham all have excellent winning strike rates with the progeny of Snitzel, but no-one has prepared more winners by him than his own trainer, Gerald Ryan.

On Saturday he produced Arrowfield graduate Perignon to confirm a place among the top 10 qualifiers for next month’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR with a strong win over 1200 metres at Canterbury.

Perignon, fourth on debut in the Wyong Magic Millions Classic (R) LR nine days ago, settled back and wide from gate 10 during the early running. Jockey Brenton Avdulla did not press her until the 300-metre mark when Perignon sprinted sharply to score by a neck, with her ears pricked, from Look To The Stars, with Racy the same margin away in third place.

From the Japanese-bred mare Last Blaze, Perignon is yet another result of the highly successful Arrowfield-Jungle Pocket Partnership, and was a $350,000 purchase for Gerald Ryan from the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Last Blaze is a winning daughter of Narita Brian and the Australian Group 2 winner Rubidium, from the immediate family of dual Group 1 winner Dash For Cash. She has already left smart juvenile (and Group-placed 3YO) Hollyweird, also trained by Ryan, to Snitzel.

Unfortunately, Last Blaze slipped to Beneteau in 2013, but foaled a Snitzel colt this Spring for her new owner Oakland Park Stud in Western Australia.

Snitzel, himself third in Bradbury’s Luck’s 2005 Magic Millions 2YO Classic, has supplied placegetters in three of the past four runnings of the race, all of them sold by Arrowfield: Oakleigh Girl (2014, 2nd, trained by Dan Bougoure); Sweet Idea (2nd, 2013, Gai Waterhouse); and Schiffer (trained by Gerald Ryan to finish 3rd in 2011).

Perignon is the 29th individual winner by Snitzel to be trained by Gerald Ryan and she has plenty to live up to. The Ryan stable’s past and current Team Snitzel includes Group 1 winner Snitzerland and Group 2 winners Hot Snitzel, Flying Snitzel & Time For War who have collectively returned $3.5 million on the $266,000 they cost as yearlings.

Like Perignon – and Ryan’s Magic Millions Guineas runner Aerobar – they were all bred, raised and sold by Arrowfield. View the Stud’s 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast & Inglis Classic drafts, including three fillies and two colts by Snitzel, here.