Snitzel 2YO colt wins South African stakes

Arrowfield’s famous black and yellow silks were carried to a stunning stakes victory overnight when Snitzel’s 2YO son Traces landed the R150,000 Kenilworth Summer Juvenile S. 1000m LR at his second start.

Sent to South Africa last July after an injury left him blind in his near-side eye, and so unable to race in Australia, Traces is raced by Arrowfield in partnership with Ridgemont Racing and trained by Brett Crawford. The connection was made by Paul Messara with Ridgemont’s Craig & Ross Kieswetter who have enjoyed Group 1 success with Arrowfield’s Inglis Easter graduate Whisky Baron. 

Traces obviously benefited from his first-up run, when all of his opponents were on his blind side, and was produced with perfect timing by jockey Greg Cheyne at the 200-metre mark. He finished off strongly to score by 2.25 lengths from the favourite Carlita and Royal Italian.

Bred by Arrowfield with long-time breeding partner John Leaver, Traces is the first foal of Traceability, an unraced daughter of Charge Forward and Urge To Merge, and so a half-sister to Group 1 winners Master Of Design and Suntagonal. This is, of course, the wonderful Princess Tracy family, also responsible for Australian Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy and her South African champion dam Tracy’s Element.

Traceability’s second foal, a colt by Redoute’s Choice, was bought for $750,000 by Hawkes Racing at the Magic Millions Sale earlier this month. The mating with Redoute’s Choice has been repeated twice, resulting in a 2017 colt and a foal-to-come by the three-time Champion Sire. 

Traces is the 21st worldwide stakeswinner for Snitzel this season, and the sixth stakeswinner for former Arrowfield resident Charge Forward as a damsire, a group headed by Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign and Magic Millions winner Sunlight. 

The colt is Snitzel’s second South African stakeswinner, after Arrowfield Inglis Easter graduate Heavenly Blue, winner of the Turffontein SA Classic G1 last April.

Snitzel has two fillies and a colt on offer at next month’s Inglis Classic Sale, and buyers looking for yearlings out of Charge Forward mares will find eight at Classic, including Lots 54 and 506 in Arrowfield’s draft.

Fruitful season for Manhattan Rain

The 2016/17 season is certainly proving fruitful for Arrowfield’s quiet achiever Manhattan Rain, sire of quality Melbourne sprinter Wild Rain, Golden Slipper favourite She Will Reign and South African Group winner Whisky Baron.

Whisky Baron, unbeaten in four runs this season, earned himself a start in the ~$500,000 Sun Met 2000m G1 on South Africa’s richest raceday, 28 January, when he won the Kenilworth Peninsula H. 1800m G2 earlier this month.  He’s the ninth stakeswinner and one of 21 stakes performers from Manhattan Rain’s 155 runners.

The 4YO colt was bought for $50,000 by Craig Roscoe & Joey Ramsden from Arrowfield’s 2014 Inglis Easter draft and is trained by Brett Crawford for Craig & Ross Kieswetter whose family has recently purchased the long-established Highlands Stud in the Western Cape.

Like this season’s debut 2YO stakeswinner Azazel, Whisky Baron is a result of the Aga Khan/Arrowfield joint venture, which also sold a colt and a filly for $1 million at last week’s Magic Millions Sale.

His unraced dam Tazkara, by the dual Derby and Arc winner Sinndar, is a grand-daughter of Tashtiya (by Shergar), winner of the 1983 Ascot Princess Royal S. G3 over the equivalent of 2400 metres. All four of Tazkara’s Australian-bred foals to race have won, with Flying Force (by Flying Spur) successful at 2200 metres.

Tazkara has a 3YO filly named Pretty Snitzel (by Snitzel) in training with Kelly Doughty on the Gold Coast and, after returning to France in 2014, foaled a second filly by Snitzel. Now a southern hemisphere 2YO, that filly will be prepared by leading French trainer Jean-Claude Rouget. Tazkara also has a yearling colt by Excelebration and is in foal to the young Shadwell stallion Muhaarar (by Oasis Dream).

Other performers by Manhattan Rain this term include Greg & Donna Kolivos’ 3YO filly Gibraltar Girl (two-time winner in Sydney and stakes-placed in Brisbane); Brendan & Jo Lindsay’s 4YO mare Promise To Reign (Group-placed in New Zealand), Teeley Assets’ smart 3YO colt Tango Rain (second in Star Turn’s ATC San Domenico S. G3 ), city winners Mr Manhattan, New Summer Night & Sunny Fame and debut 2YO winner Aunt Liberty.

Arrowfield sold all three of Manhattan Rain’s yearlings at Magic Millions, notably the sister to Group 2 winner Scarlet Rain, bought by RIFA Mustang Pty Ltd for $360,000 – equalling her sire’s top price for a filly.

Manhattan Rain has three fillies and two colts catalogued for February’s Inglis Classic Sale, and a colt and a filly for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale later that month.

19th Group double for Redoute's Choice

Arrowfield graduate Rock Magic in Perth and the Raffles Dancers-bred Table Bay in South Africa gave champion sire Redoute’s Choice his 19th same-day Group race double on Saturday.

Jockey Anton Marcus said, “He is a smashing horse to ride and Joey wanted me to rev him up a bit today and give him a good hard race. As it turned out, it would have not been the end of the world if we had led.

Trainer Joey Ramsden Table Bay was a ‘lovely laid back horse’ to train.

“My thanks to Drakenstein for the sponsorship and also to Markus (Jooste) for putting up the investment and to Derek (Brugman) for always waking me up. It is lovely to be able to go out and buy these smashing horses,” he said modestly.

Table Bay heads Group 3 trifecta for Australia

Redoute’s Choice colt Table Bay headed an Australian-bred Group 3 trifecta in South Africa that offered some – though not quite sufficient! – consolation for the Wallabies’ Third Rugby Test and series loss to England a few hours earlier.

The 2YO colt unleashed a big late run in Saturday’s Kenilworth Langerman H. 1500m G3 to defeat the favourite Our Mate Art (by Artie Schiller) by a head, with Newlands (by High Chaparral) 1.25 lengths back in third place.

It was Table Bay’s third consecutive win and the ninth Langerman Handicap success for Joey Ramsden who paid $120,000 on behalf of Markus & Ingrid Jooste for the Raffles Dancers-bred colt at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Ramsden describes Table Bay as, “really smart…a lovely horse for the future”, an assessment supported by the colt’s distaff pedigree. He is the fifth foal, fifth winner and first stakeswinner out of the unraced Cape Cross mare Gabriella, a half-sister to the international sprinter Cape Of Good Hope, who became the inaugural Global Sprint Challenge champion in 2005, at the age of seven.

Now owned by well-known Queensland breeders Peter & Wendy Moran, Gabriella has a rising 2YO filly Beechal (by Lonhro) and a weanling colt by Snitzel. 

Table Bay is the 33rd 2YO stakeswinner by Redoute’s Choice, and his fourth this season after Honesty Prevails, Thyme For Roses and Zamzam. He brings the champion sire’s lifetime tally of stakeswinners to 134 – sixteen of them responsible for 23 Group & Listed victories in 2015/16.

Redoute’s Choice and his sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt are poised to end the season with the remarkable father-and-sons achievement of top 10 positions on the Australian General, 3YO and 2YO Sires’ premierships.