Top prices for Arrowfield graduates at Broodmare Sale

Many owners have every reason to be smiling broadly after the opening day of the 2018 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

Among them are vendors of Arrowfield-sired  mares, and several buyers of Arrowfield yearling fillies who have enjoyed the pleasures of racing success and can now add their fillies’ realised value to their financial returns.

One of the day’s top-priced mares, Abbey Marie (Redoute’s Choice-Catshaan) was a $300,000 yearling purchase by Dermot Farrington for regular racing partners Peter Anastasiou & Ken Biddick from Arrowfield’s 2014 Inglis Easter draft.

Peter & Ken have had great fun & success racing several horses including another Arrowfield graduate, Group 2 winner Moonovermanhattan and, despite some setbacks, Abbey Marie didn’t let them down, winning the SAJC Australasian Oaks G1 and earning more than $540,000. However, it’s fair to say that the $1.4 million Arrowfield and Jonathan Munz paid to buy her as a broodmare is the icing on the cake!

Another example is Ocean Embers (Beneteau- Burningwood), pictured (PHOTO: Sportpix), bred by Arrowfield & Northern Farm and sold under the Cornerstone Stud banner at the 2014 Magic Millions Adelaide Sale for just $23,000. 

Young trainer Shea Eden was the buyer and Ocean Embers proved to be a breakthrough horse for his stable, winning three Group & Listed races and more than $400,000 in her 17-start, six-win career. 

Her sale for $525,000 to Newgate Farm means she has returned her owners around 40 times her yearling purchase price. 

Sadly Beneteau died in 2013, but Burningwood has a Panzer Division colt and is in foal to Mikki Isle, and Arrowfield is also breeding from her Danzero daughter Pyrography. 

It’s a similar story with another daughter of Beneteau, 2YO stakeswinner Lady Jivago (out of Hussterics). Offered by Arrowfield at the 2013 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, she was bought for $20,000, and re-sold for slightly less money as a yearling to owner Dr Ule Crossan. 

Lady Jivago won four races, including the rich ATC Inglis 2YO Classic (R) LR and almost $300,000, and has been bought by Widden Stud for $420,000. Hussterics remains at Arrowfield where she has most recently produced a yearling filly by Olympic Glory bought by Triple Crown Syndications, and a weanling filly by Scissor Kick. 

Other Arrowfield-sired mares sold during Tuesday’s session included:
French Emotion (Snitzel-Love and Emotion) – raced by her breeder; won 8 races including 2x Group 2 and $800,000+; bought for $850,000 by Widden Stud.

Hell Or Highwater  (Not A Single Doubt-Get Ready Bertie) – $210,000 yearling; won 8 races inc. the MRC Heatherlie S. LR and $400,000+; bought for $600,000 by Woodside Park & Belmont Bloodstock.

Selenia (Not A Single Doubt-Lunar Lady) – $30,000 yearling ; won G3 & Listed races in Melbourne, $260,000+; bought for $575,000 by Astute Bloodstock & Haras d’Etreham.

Modern Wonder (Snitzel-Elusive Wonder) – $175,000 yearling; 2YO Listed winner, $192,000 prizemoney; bought for $400,000 by Kia-Ora Stud.

Celebrating Beneteau's first-crop success

It’s the one experience every stud farm hopes to avoid, when a young stallion’s every winner elicits more sorrow than excitement, because their sire is dead.

Yet almost every well-established stud has a “What if?” stallion in its history, and every breeding industry has several gaps left by shooting stars who burned out far too soon.

Think of champion 2YO Star Watch, who died at Woodlands Stud in February 1991 leaving two crops that produced 10 stakeswinners, including three Group 1 winners, from only 126 live foals.

A more recent keenly felt loss is that of Widden Stud’s Northern Meteor, who died a day before he claimed the 2012/13 title of Champion Australian First Season Sire.

Arrowfield is reluctantly writing its own What if? story with Beneteau, runner-up on the 2014/15 Australian First Season Sires’ list by earnings ($812,725), individual winners (12) & wins (15) and level with Hinchinbrook and Star Wtiness by stakeswinners (2).  Like Star Watch, Beneteau died before his first runners appeared, and left two crops totalling 135 live foals.

Beneteau was very much more than a stallion acquisition for Arrowfield, which bred him in partnership with International Equities after sending Slice of Paradise (by Encosta de Lago) to Redoute’s Choice in 2006. Slice of Paradise, a very attractive, strongly made mare, was a city-winning & stakes-placed juvenile, but her major appeal lies in her status as a full sister to champion filly Alinghi.

Foaled at Arrowfield on 2 September 2007, Beneteau was sent to the 2009 Inglis Easter Sale, where he was knocked down for $1 million to Blue Sky Thoroughbreds with Arrowfield retaining a share of him.

He proved to be easily the best of that Sale’s eight 7-figure yearlings, progressing from a sparkling January debut win at Randwick to success in the MRC Blue Diamond Prelude G3 and an unlucky third behind Star Witness & Shaaheq in the Blue Diamond S. G1. 

Beneteau’s trainer Paul Messara has steadfastly maintained that he possessed the class and ability of a multiple Group 1 winner, but a spelling paddock injury curtailed his Spring 3YO preparation. He was retired to stud at a fee of $11,000 inc. GST in 2011.

Beneteau died in January 2013, just as 47 of his first-crop yearlings headed to the sale-ring where they averaged more than four times his fee, with a top price of $170,000.

The most expensive of his first four 2YO stakes performers was Prompt Return (ex Prompt by Exceed and Excel) bought for $60,000 by Beneteau’s original fan, Julian Blaxland at Blue Sky Bloodstock, from the Newgate Farm draft at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. 

The good-looking colt quickly put his sire’s name in lights with an exuberant two-length victory in the VRC Maribyrnong Plate G3 on Oaks Day. That performance gave Beneteau an early lead on the Freshman Sires’ list that he held until Snitzel’s half-brother Hinchinbrook overtook him in early June.

That perfect start was backed up in December by Voilier (ex Ivyrose by Strategic) who scored by 3.5 lengths on debut at Rosehill. He later returned after a short break to run second in Headwater’s ATC Silver Slipper S. G2.

Arrowfield graduate Lady Jivago (ex Hussterics by Hussonet) chimed in with a debut win in January, before taking out the ATC Inglis 2YO Classic (R) LR in February to become Beneteau’s second stakeswinner.

The filly Aegean Sea (ex Tyche by Saltgrass) looked a genuine Slipper prospect when she won first up at Randwick on 22 November for Mark Sowerby & Ron Hamer (who also race Prompt Return) and trainer Clarry Conners. However, injury ended her 2YO season prematurely and she remains in the spelling paddock.

Other pre-Christmas performers for Beneteau were It’s Vegas Baby (ex Anigma by Machiavellian), placed in the BRC Phelan Ready S. LR, and debut winner Parcel (ex Gibraltar Range by Rock of Gibraltar) who was subsequently fourth in the MRC Chairman’s S. G3.

In the final third of the 2014/15 season Beneteau was represented by two-time winner Tatoosh (ex Miss Columbus by Spinning World), also placed twice in Sydney, and a pair of July debut winners: Geoff (ex Granma Gertey by Danzero) successful at Pakenham for Robbie Griffiths, and Universal Law, (ex Simply Wicked by Scenic) impressive in Perth for Grant Williams.

Beneteau’s second and final crop of yearlings met a more enthusiastic market this year, averaging more than ten times his fee, with a top price of $340,000 paid for the Zaldivar colt offered by Yarradale Stud at the Magic Millions Perth Sale. The opportunities they’ll receive in the wake of his first-crop success, and the physical scope of his progeny ensure that this What if? story is far from finished.

The bittersweetness of Beneteau’s stud career is balanced by Arrowfield’s perfect record with the Redoute’s Choice sire-line and the “Coming Soon” sign already posted for the Stud’s next son of the great champion sire: another classy & charismatic colt called Scissor Kick.

Second stakeswinner for Beneteau

Leading First Season Sire Beneteau posted his second stakeswinner when Arrowfield graduate Lady Jivago prevailed in the $250,000 ATC Inglis Classic 1200m (R) LR.

The Wyong-trained filly settled mid-field in a fast-run race and showed plenty of determination when asked by jockey Grant Buckley to peel out and overhaul the leaders in the straight.

Lady Jivago, who won on debut at Wyong last month, has now earned more than 12 times her yearling purchase price and taken Beneteau’s season earnings beyond the $500,000 mark.

The filly was bred from Hussonet’s winning daughter Hussterics by Arrowfield & International Equities, the same partnership that bred Beneteau himself.

Originally bought by Luskin Park Stud from Arrowfield’s draft at the 2013 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, she was subsequently purchased for from the Inglis Classic Sale (Winter Book) by Dr Ule Crossan. He now races her in a nine-member partnership, including trainer Jeff Englebrecht.

Lady Jivago gets a double dose of precocity from her Blue Diamond-placed sire and as a member of the noted Easy Date family that has also produced Golden Slipper winner Forensics, Snippets, Zizou and Not A Single Doubt – all brilliant juveniles.

Beneteau, whose final yearlings are being offered at 2015 sales, is also the sire of Group 3 winner Prompt Return, city winners Aegean Sea & Voilier and the winner Parcel.

The son of Redoute’s Choice has six lots catalogued for this week’s Inglis Classic Sale, including two fillies in the Arrowfield draft. As it happens, both of them are out of Hussonet mares.

Beneteau's fifth debut 2YO winner

It’s just over two years since Beneteau died, and his first crop juveniles are busy building the best possible memorial: a growing list of winners that may yet earn him Australia’s Champion First Season Sires’ title.

He’s now had five winners, all of them on debut, most recently Lady Jivago who put up a strong performance to defeat the favourite Sanasana and Badraan over 1000 metres at Wyong on Thursday. Ironically, Sanasana was subsequently relegated behind Badraan to third, the position Beneteau filled behind her sire Star Witness in the 2010 Blue Diamond S. G1.

Lady Jivago was bred by Arrowfield & International Equities, the same partnership that bred Beneteau himself, and was bought by Luskin Park Stud from Arrowfield’s draft at the 2013 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale. She was subsequently purchased from the Inglis Classic Sale (Winter Book) by Dr Ule Crossan who now races her in a nine-member partnership, including Wyong trainer Jeff Englebrecht.

Jeff said of the filly before Thursday’s win, “She is a nice filly, not overly big but very powerful and she has some brains. She has done everything right from the day we sent her to the breakers. Her long term goal is the Inglis Challenge at Scone in May, that’s what Ule bought her for.”

Lady Jivago’s dam Hussterics (by Hussonet) won two country races in a four-start career and hails from the wodnerful Easy Date family, responsible for Group 1 winners Snippets, Forensics & Rewaaya, as well as leading young sire Not A Single Doubt.  Hussterics has a yearling filly by Beneteau, a weanling colt by Snitzel and is in foal to All American.

Beneteau’s other winners are Prompt Return, winner of the VRC Maribyrnong Plate G3 at his second start, Sydney winner Aegean Sea & Voilier, and Parcel, who won at Bendigo in December. Aditionally, It’s Vegas Baby has been placed twice, including a third in the BRC Phelan Ready S. LR.

Beneteau leads Hinchinbrook, War Chant, Reward for Effort and Starspangledbanner on the Australian First Season Sires’ table with $360,505. From his final crop he has two colts and a filly on offer in next week’s NZ Select Sale, and two colts & four fillies in the Inglis Classic Sale which starts on 8 February.  As it happens, both of Arrowfield’s Beneteau fillies at the Classic Sale are, like Lady Jivago, from Hussonet mares. 
Click here to view Arrowfield’s 14-strong draft for the Inglis Classic Sale.

The combination of Redoute’s Choice and his sons with Hussonet’s daughters has emerged as a cross to watch this season, thanks to outstanding South African filly Majmu & Group 3-winning colt Panzer Division, as well as Magic Millions Sprint winner Straturbo and Raise No Doubt (3 wins in Singapore).