Snitzel's busy 24 hours raises the bar – again

Four winners on Friday evening, then valuable Saturday victories by a 2YO filly at Flemington and a 4YO mare at Wyong have taken Snitzel past yet another milestone.

That’s the $18 million season prizemoney mark – never seen before in Australia and achieved only a week after Snitzel punched through $17 million.

3YO colt Leningrad at Canterbury in Sydney, Arrowfield Magic Millions graduate Bowerman & 4YO mare Sprightly Lass at Moonee Valley in Melbourne, and Shinnecock at the Sunshine Coast got the Snitzel train rolling on Friday evening.

On Saturday, Shadwell Stud’s smart 2YO filly Nomothaj gave Snitzel his 29th Australian stakes win of 2017/18 when she claimed the $120,000 VRC Festival of Racing S. 1000m LR from a determined Irukandji (by Dundeel) and Nomothaj’s Lindsay Park stablemates, Virtual Insanity and Absaroka (by Redoute’s Choice).

Watch Nomothaj win the VRC Festival of Racing S. LR.

Nomothaj defeated the Magic Millions winner and current Golden Slipper favourite Sunlight in last October’s Maribyrnong Trial S. LR, but a Slipper re-match is by no means certain for the Love Racing-bred, Shadwell-owned daughter of Real Stolle (by Elusive Quality).

Head trainer David Hayes said, “We’ll have a bit of a think about it. She’s very good up the straight (at Flemington). I wish the Slipper was up the straight.

“I put Nomothaj in the race mad fresh so she’ll be really improved and I thought the two stablemates who finished behind her are coming winners as well.”

The $175,000 Magic Night S. G3 on 17 March and the $600,000 Percy Sykes S. G2 on 14 April are also possible targets for Nomothaj.

Snitzel’s final push to a new Australian season earnings total of $18,033,494 was completed by Just Dreaming whose class prevailed in the $150,000 Wyong Provincial Championship Qualifier. The 4YO mare, trained by Kris Lees for breeder Judy Wanless, is now the favourite for the $500,000 Final at Randwick on 14 April.

Snitzel has eight colts on offer at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale which begins tomorrow, while April’s Inglis Easter catalogue features 64 yearlings by Snitzel, including 8 fillies and two colts in Arrowfield’s draft.

First winner for Animal Kingdom

Dubai World Cup and Kentucky Derby hero Animal Kingdom registered his first winner on Wednesday, when Arrowfield’s home-bred 2YO filly Earth Angel won on debut over 1200 metres at Ballarat.

There was no mistaking her parentage as the imposing chestnut filly stretched out in the home straight to score by a half-length from Holy Mind with a further 2.25 lengths back to Super Snob.

Watch Earth Angel’s debut win.

Jockey Damien Oliver said, “She is doing it on raw ability at the moment…She got a little whack over the head with the whip accidentally coming to the turn in a bit of a tight gap there, which just baulked her a little bit. She was full of running coming to the line and the further she went, the stronger she got.”

Like her champion dam Miss Finland (by Redoute’s Choice), Earth Angel is trained by David Hayes, now operating in partnership with his son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig. Miss Finland also won the first race in her stellar, $4.6 million career including the 2006 Golden Slipper, VRC Oaks and three other Group 1 races. 

Earth Angel is Miss Finland’s sixth foal and third winner after Stay With Me (MRC Thousand Guineas G1) and stakes-placed city winner Woodbine. Her yearling colt by Dundeel was bought by Boomer Bloodstock for $900,000 at January’s Magic Millions Sale and Miss Finland is now in foal to Japan’s supersire Deep Impact.

Both David Hayes and managing owner John Messara confirmed that Earth Angel will not be rushed along this season and, all going well, her next start will be in the 1600-metre Fernhill Handicap LR at Randwick on the second day of The Championships, 8 April.

John Messara told Racing.com, “Everything about her indicates she is going to be a filly that will develop in to a serious three-year-old. Her sire Animal Kingdom is a Derby winner and anything that his progeny are doing at two is simply a bonus.

“Earth Angel is still learning but what I liked most about her win was the last 50 metres, she exploded through the line, we think she is pretty special.”

In addition to Earth Angel, Animal Kingdom has had four placegetters including Momentum To Win in Sydney and another Arrowfield filly, Desert Flower.

He has 11 second-crop yearlings on offer at the upcoming Inglis Easter Sale, among them two colts out of the Aga Khan mares Vadaiyma and Zarakiysha, the daughter of a half-sister to Champion US Filly Beholder and a filly descended from Champion mare and great producer Horlicks.

View the 2017 Arrowfield Inglis Easter draft here.

All American's message heard at Magic Millions

The message delivered by All American’s early season 2YOs was heeded by the buyers who paid an average of almost $80,000 – around 5 times his 2013 fee – for his six yearlings at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Top price of $160,000 was paid by Cook Bloodstock and Henderson Racing & Breeding for Arrowfield’s quality filly out of Lahana, a daughter of Hussonet and champion filly Alinghi.

Belmont Bloodstock’s bid of $95,000 secured a colt bred on the same cross, out of city-winning juvenile Illusionary. Also offered by Arrowfield, he’s a full brother to the very talented Invisible whose Australian career was cut short by serious injury, from the family of Group winners Chase The Rainbow, Ms Funovits & Sonic Quest.

Syndicator Darby Racing bought two lots by All American, including Rheinwood Pastoral’s $85,000 half-brother to Listed winner So Anyway, from Addictive (by Flying Spur).

The champion stable of David Hayes & Tom Dabernig is the new home of the Gibraltar Moon colt, a close relation of Group winner Bachman. He was an $80,000 purchase by Dalziel Racing & Lindsay Park Racing from the draft of Queensland vendor Aquis Farm.

A trio of city-winning juveniles, Rampage (also 3rd, Inglis Nursery LR), Yankee Rose & Yankee Express have raised All American’s profile this season and shot him into the top 10 on the Australian 2YO Sires’ list.

Given All American’s Danehill-free pedigree, it’s no surprise to see him proving to be an effective outcross for mares carrying the supersire’s DNA. Bachman, Rampage and Yankee Express are all out of mares by Danehill sons, and Invisible’s grand-dam is by Redoute’s Choice.

However, All American has also done well with daughters of End Sweep, Hussonet, Unbridled’s Song & Xaar from the Mr. Prospector sireline, and Vice Regent’s sons Deputy Minister & Regal Classic.

The Group 1-winning son of Red Ransom has a strong group of 13 yearlings catalogued for next month’s Inglis Classic Sale, including colts from Listed winner Stormy Miss & Group winner Sylvaner, a colt from a Hussonet daughter of Group 1 winner Honor Lap, and two fillies and a colt out of Redoute’s Choice mares.