Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt colts top Weanling Session

A pair of $300,000 colts and a Session average of close $150,000 were the major highlights for Arrowfield stallions on Day 1 of the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale…

Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt shared top billing on Day 1 of the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, with a pair of $300,000 colts knocked down to two of the best judges in the business. 

James Bester struck first, securing Lot 53, Cornerstone Stud’s strongly built Not A Single Doubt colt out of Celebrity Appeal (by One Cool Cat), from the family of Group 1 winners Hauraki & Kidnapped. The price is a new weanling record for Not A Single Doubt, exceeding the $280,000 paid for the Wilde Irish Song colt at the same Sale three years ago. 

New Zealand-based agent Paul Willetts then paid $300,000 for Aquis Farm’s Lot 145, the dark brown son of Snitzel out of stakes-winning mare Euryale (by Lonhro), a grand-daughter of Group 1 winner Danglissa. 

Aquis Farm was also the vendor of Lot 44, the $280,000 Not A Single Doubt colt out of Cariad (by Sequalo), so a full brother to this season’s 2YO city winner Cardiff. He was bought by Ampulla Farm.

In all, Not A Single Doubt’s four Day 1 lots averaged $240,000.

Dundeel also had four weanlings sold in the opening session, averaging $103,750 with a top price of $165,000 paid for the colt out of Ice Cream Lady (by Not A Single Doubt). Offered by Yarraman Park Stud, he was purchased by New Zealanders Marc and Sarah Devcich, whose beautiful Waikato property was home to Dundeel between his spectacular racing Australian campaigns. 

International superstar Maurice and Champion 2YO Shalaa made a positive mark with their first Magic Millions weanlings. Edinglassie Stud’s Shalaa-Backless colt, descended from New Zealand Oaks winner Brown Satin, made $75,000 and was purchased by Platinum Breeding & Racing with Pinhook Bloodstock. 

Ampulla Lodge went to $130,000 to buy Lot 185, the Maurice half-brother to Caulfield Cup G1 winner Southern Speed offered by the NSW-based Kansas Plains Stud.

Thirteen lots by Arrowfield stallions sold for an average of $148,577, well above the Sale’s first day average of $59,926, which was slightly down on the Day 1 figure in 2018. 

The Sale continues at the Gold Coast on Thursday 23 May with Lots 266 to 530, including 19 Arrowfield-sired weanlings. 

An Exhilarating week for the Champion dynasty

Redoute’s Choice made headlines at the Magic Millions Sale with three glorious million-dollar colts and a Book 1 average of almost $550,000. Come the $10 million Magic Millions Gold Coast Raceday and it was the turn of his first-magnitude sire sons to shine. And shine they did…

Living legend Redoute’s Choice made headlines at the 2019 Magic Millions Sale with a Book 1 average of almost $550,000 and three glorious colts offered by Bhima Thoroughbreds, Segenhoe Stud & Newhaven Park fetching $1.6 million, $1.4 million and $1.075 million.

Redoute’s Choice has now notched up 79 million-dollar yearlings across 15 years, with at least one sale at that level every year since 2004 – a matchless span of elite Australasian sale-ring achievement.

Come the $10 million Magic Millions Gold Coast Raceday and it was the turn of Redoute’s Choice’s  first-magnitude sire sons to shine.

And shine they did as Godolphin’s outstanding filly Exhilarates (by Snitzel) stormed to victory in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic 1200m RL, with Not A Single Doubt’s resolute son Dubious completing an Arrowfield roster quinella.


Bred by Greg Perry, Echo Beach Bloodstock, Hybrook Pastoral Company, Encompass International & Werrett Bloodstock, Exhilarates is the second foal of Blue Diamond G1 winner Samaready (by More Than Ready). She was bought from the Vinery Stud draft for $600,000 by Godolphin on their 2018 return to the Australian yearling marketplace. 

Satisfying as it was to add another triumph to Snitzel’s list of big race wins, he also came very close to achieving an historic Magic Millions treble. His son Bondi was nosed out of victory by Boomsara in the $2 million 3YO Guineas 1400m RL, and 4YO colt Goodfella went down by less than a half-length in the $1 million Magic Millions Trophy over 2200 metres.

However, there was plenty of consolation when the General Sires’ table updated on Saturday evening. Snitzel’s earnings that day of $2.1 million, including doubles at Flemington & Randwick, gave him a new total of $16,033,986 and extended his lead on I Am Invincible to $6.5 million. 

The reigning Champion Sire also took charge of the 2YO Sires’ Premiership with $1.5 million prizemoney, ahead of I Am Invincible, Better Than Ready &  Not A Single Doubt. 

Redoute’s Choice joined the racetrack party when his excellent son Redouble took out the last race on the card, $1 million Magic Millions Cup 1400m RL.

Bred by Grant Sheldon & Macedon Park out of Group 1 winner Special Mission (by Towkay), Redouble is the 162nd stakeswinner for his three-time Champion Sire. 

Not A Single Doubt supplied the dynasty’s final flourish of the day during the festive evening session that traditionally concludes Book 1 of the Magic Millions Sale. Arrowfield’s Lot 853, the full sister to Group 1 winner Secret Agenda was knocked down for $875,000 to US-based Stonestreet Stables.

Stonestreet previously enjoyed Group 1 success with Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Miracles Of Life, dam of the $1 million filly bought by Godolphin earlier in the session.

Not A Single Doubt ended Book 1 with 27 lots sold at an average price of almost $290,000, while Snitzel’s 33 lots averaged $366,970, with a top price of $800,000 paid by Phoenix Thoroughbreds & Aquis Farm for Edinburgh Park’s colt out of Fortune Of War.

A Champion-making, Everest-conquering, Sale-topping year

At the end of an exceptional year in Arrowfield Stud’s 33-year history, it’s not hard to identify 10 very special achievements on the track and in the ring…

Thank you to everyone whose work, investment and passion supported the Australian thoroughbred industry, including Arrowfield, in 2018. We wish you all a generous share of success, happiness & prosperity in 2019 and look forward to welcoming clients, visitors & guests to our Magic Millions Sale marquee from Friday 4 January.

At the end of a truly remarkable year in Arrowfield Stud’s 33-year history, it’s not hard to identify 10 very special moments from 2018, in chronological order:

SALE-TOPPING SUCCESS AT MAGIC MILLIONS
13 January 2018 – Gold Coast, Queensland
Arrowfield and Champion Sire Snitzel complete a leading vendor & stallion double in Book 1 of the record-breaking 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Arrowfield is the Leading Vendor by aggregate sales for the third consecutive year with $13,680,000 paid for 46 of 49 lots sold. Results include two 7-figure sales: the top-priced filly, by Snitzel out of Flidais ($1.8 million, named EVENING SLIPPERS & placed at Randwick at her first start in October) and the Redoute’s Choice-Cat By The Tale colt ($1 million).

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

THE SENSATIONAL SPEED FILLY
3 March 2018  – Randwick, Sydney

SHOALS (Fastnet Rock-The Broken Shore by Hussonet) gave us one of our best moments in the 2017 VRC Myer Classic G1 and she does even better in 2018 with two elite victories, notably the first Group 1 running of the ATC Surround Stakes. Sent out at double-figure odds by the punters, the brilliant filly, bred & raced by Arrowfield in partnership with Jonathan Munz, proves simply too swift and too classy for her rivals.

Two months later Shoals lands the SAJC Robert Sangster S. G1, with another top-flight Arrowfield graduate SECRET AGENDA (Not A Single Doubt-Negotiate) filling the quinella. Thirteen starts, 7 wins (6 in Group & Listed company), 4 placings and $2.4 million prizemoney – Shoals is right up there among the very best horses to race in Arrowfield’s ownership. Best of all, she remains in training for 2019.

GOLDEN SLIPPER GLORY 
24 March 2018 – Rosehill, Sydney
Northern Farm-bred, Arrowfield-sold filly ESTIJAAB (Snitzel-Response by Charge Forward) fills the one serious gap in Snitzel’s CV with a scintillating, all-the-way win in the ATC Golden Slipper G1 for owner Emirates Park & trainers Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes.

Estijaab is the 7th Arrowfield-bred and/or –sold Golden Slipper winner after DANZERO (1994), FLYING SPUR (1995), CATBIRD (1999), BELLE DU JOUR (2000), MISS FINLAND (2006) and FORENSICS (2007).

THE YOUNG GUNS FIRE UP
31 March 2018 – Rosehill, Sydney

Spendthrift Australia’s Hawkes-trained 2YO colt IRUKANDJI (ex Cerberus Gal by General Nediym) wins the ATC The Schweppervescence G3 to give his sire, 6-time Group 1 winner Dundeel that all-important first stakeswinner.

Dundeel has kept up the good work and at year’s end has 22 winners on the board, a second stakeswinner  in New Zealand Derby favourite CUTADEEL, and plenty of rapidly emerging talent in major stables including Lincoln Falls, Dealmaker, The Closer, The Inevitable, 2YO debut winner Yourdeel, Global Exchange, Miss Einstein & Nordicus.

Olympic Glory
has been just as busy building an excellent first-crop record in Europe where he’s posted 21 2YO winners, including his first stakeswinner WATCH ME (ex Watchful by Galileo) in France on 10 November.

TWO MIGHTY SPRINTING CONTESTS
7 April 2018 & 13 October 2018 – Randwick, Sydney
The rivalry of Snitzel’s super sprinting sons delivers two mighty contests, six months apart. The Vieira family-owned & Gerald Ryan-trained TRAPEZE ARTIST (ex Treppes by Domesday) is too strong on Good4 ground in April, racing away from Redzel in the ATC TJC Smith S. G1 and setting a new race record of 1:08.29.

Six months later, the powerhouse, front-running pace of Triple Crown-owned & Snowden-trained REDZEL (ex Millrich by Rubiton) prevails in The Everest on a Heavy9 track, with Trapeze Artist sticking on bravely in second. It’s an unforgettable $8.6 million quinella that once again gives Snitzel early-season control of the General Sires’ premiership.

The $1.8 million Snitzel-Flidais filly at Magic Millions, now racing as Evening Slippers.

Champion 3YO Filly Shoals wins the ATC Surround S. G1.

Arrowfield graduate ESTIJAAB wins the ATC Golden Slipper G1.

IRUKANDJI becomes Dundeel's first stakeswinner in The Schweppervescence G3.

TRAPEZE ARTIST defeats Redzel in a titanic ATC T.J. Smith S. G1.

The top-priced Australian yearling of 2018, Arrowfield's $2.3 million full brother to Shoals.

Season 2017/18 belonged to SNITZEL, crowned Champion Sire for the second consecutive year.

Arrowfield graduate SHOWTIME wins the MRC P.B. Lawrence S. G2 for Katsumi Yoshida.

MAID OF HEAVEN wins a terrific battle with Godolphin's Aramayo to claim the ATC Spring Champion S. G1.

Snitzel's exceptional son REDZEL is again supreme in The Everest at Randwick.

Australia's new star THE AUTUMN SUN races away with the MRC Caulfield Guineas G1.

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A RARE VENDOR ACHIEVEMENT AT INGLIS EASTER
11 April 2018 – Riverside Stables, Warwick Farm, Sydney
The move from Newmarket to Riverside Stables was a major commitment for Inglis, vendors and buyers and Arrowfield honours the privilege of occupying the beautiful new “Big Barn” by heading the inaugural Book 1 Easter Sale vendor list on aggregate for the fourth consecutive year with 31 lots sold for $18,265,000 – that’s 15.7% of total sales from 9.3% of the yearlings sold.

Arrowfield also heads the table by average with $589,194, becoming the first vendor to achieve that rare double for at least a decade.  The Stud’s eight million-dollar lots include the sale-topping full brother to Shoals, knocked down for $2.3 million to Anthony Freedman and now named GROUNDSWELL. In all, Arrowfield & its stallions are responsible for 13 of the Sale’s 22 $1 million+ yearlings. 

SHOWTIME TURNS IT ON AT CAULFIELD
18 August 2018 – Caulfield, Melbourne
Carrying the famous silks of the great Japanese owner-breeder Katsumi Yoshida and trained by Team Hawkes, SHOWTIME (Snitzel-Flidais by Timber Country) is capable of outstanding performances when races unfold to suit him as the MRC P.B. Lawrence S. G2 does. He lands close to the pace and, relishing the contest as the leaders round the turn, fights like a tiger to defeat multiple Group 1 winner (and previous Lawrence Stakes winner) Hartnell.

FIVE WINNERS AT RACEHORSE OF THE YEAR AWARDS
4 October 2018 – The Forum, Melbourne
Winx
’s well-deserved elevation to three-time Horse of the Year status, alongside Sunline & Black Caviar, was easy to predict at the 2018 Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards. Equally newsworthy is Arrowfield’s association with five of the 7 national awards that Winx didn’t win:
SNITZEL – Champion Sire of Australia for the second time with staggering all-time record prizemoney of $29.2 million and a record-equalling 26 individual stakeswinners.
ESTIJAAB – Champion 2YO
TRAPEZE ARTIST – Champion 3YO Colt
REDZEL – Champion Sprinter
SHOALS – Champion 3YO Filly

MAID DELIVERS SPRING CHAMPION MILESTONES 
6 October 2018 – Randwick, Sydney
At her 5th start and backing up a week after an unlucky 6th in the Flight S. G1, Inglis Classic graduate MAID OF HEAVEN (Smart Missile-St. Therese by Dehere) carries the Arrowfield silks to a thrilling last-stride victory in the ATC Spring Champion S. G1, becoming only the second filly to win the race in its 47-year history. It’s also a heart-warming maiden Group 1 victory for trainer Mark Newnham & jockey Rachel King.

A NEW STAR RISES
13 October, 2018 – Caulfield, Melbourne
Going into the MRC Caulfield Guineas G1, the class of THE AUTUMN SUN (Redoute’s Choice-Azmiyna by Galileo) was well-established by his superlative victories in the BRC JJ Atkins S. G1 as a 2YO, and then September’s ATC Golden Rose S. G1.

But there is much more at stake for Arrowfield this time, after buying back into the glorious colt the Stud had sold for $700,000 on behalf of its partnership with HH The Aga Khan to Hermitage Thoroughbreds, trainer Chris Waller & agent Guy Mulcaster at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale. And The Autumn Sun exceeds all expectations, winning the Guineas by 4.5 lengths in breath-taking style. The colt’s return for a major Autumn campaign is set to be an early highlight of 2019. 

Arrowfield’s Class of 2017: no Editing needed

Arrowfield’s imposing yearling graduate record sets a high bar for the Class of 2017, but already they have shown themselves to be an exceptional group of horses…

Arrowfield’s imposing yearling graduate record sets a high bar for the Class of 2017, but already they have shown themselves to be an exceptional group of horses. 

The past week alone added four new performances to their record, starting with Katsumi Yoshida’s 3YO Camelot filly Re Edit, a strong debut winner from the Chris Waller stable at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

Kris Lees has an impeccable record with Dundeel’s progeny, sending out four runners for four winners of 7 races, including the filly Dundee Lee (ex Choice Blend), who posted her second win on Friday.

Two more successes followed at the weekend, by Perfect Match (Not A Single Doubt) for Danny Shum in Hong Kong, and Irving Lipschitz (Animal Kingdom) for Lee Freedman in Singapore.

The talent that has emerged so far from this Arrowfield cohort is headed by a superlative trio of Group 1 winners: JJ Atkins, Golden Rose & Caulfield Guineas superstar The Autumn Sun (Redoute’s Choice), Champion 2YO and Golden Slipper heroine Estijaab (Snitzel) and Spring Champion Stakes winner Maid Of Heaven (Smart Missile).

Listed winners Wild Planet (also Group-placed) and Diplomatico (Snitzel) are capable of boosting their records in the Autumn, along with 7 other stakes performers including Star Thoroughbreds’ colt Dealmaker (Dundeel), twice Group-placed in Sydney during the Spring. 

ARROWFIELD’S YEARLING CLASS OF 2017

Triple G1 winner THE AUTUMN SUN (Redoute's Choice-Azmiyna)
B: $700,000, Hermitage, Waller & Mulcaster T: Chris Waller

Champion 2YO ESTIJAAB (Snitzel-Response)
B: $1.7 million, Emirates Park & Bryan Carlson T: Hawkes Racing

G1 winner MAID OF HEAVEN (Smart Missile-St. Therese)
B: $60,000, Dean Hawthorne T: Mark Newnham

Listed winner DIPLOMATICO (Snitzel-Top Cuban)
B: $1.7 million, George Moore Bloodstock T: Hawkes Racing

Listed winner WILD PLANET (Animal Kingdom-Salutations)
B: $280,000, Hawkes Racing & Andrew Williams B/s T: Hawkes Racing

Group-placed Dealmaker (Dundeel-Sport Chic)
B: $160,000, Star Thoroughbreds & Chris Waller T: Chris Waller

Hong Kong winner Perfect Match (Not A Single Doubt-Modave)
B: $130,000, Chris McAnulty T: Danny Shum

Singapore winner Irving Lipschitz (Animal Kingdom-Intimation)
B: $50,000, Woodpark Stud T: Lee Freedman

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Arrowfield’s 2019 Magic Millions draft includes siblings to four of the 12 stakes performers from the Stud’s 2017 yearlings:

Lot 63: Snitzel-Response filly – sister to ESTIJAAB
Lot 89:  Dundeel-Salutations filly
– half-sister to WILD PLANET
Lot 171: Real Impact-Sport Chic colt
– half-brother to Dealmaker
Lot 447: Redoute’s Choice-Champagne Run filly
– half-sister to G3-placed winner Cristal Eyes

Other recent winners to watch from Arrowfield’s 2017 offering include Nordicus (Dundeel) in Sydney, Kaplumpich (All American) & VRC Oaks G1 4th Maracaibo (Redoute’s Choice) in Melbourne, Princess Amelie (Snitzel) in New Zealand, Al’s Kingdom (Animal Kingdom) in Brisbane, Yankee Eyes (All American) in Adelaide and a pair of up-and-comers: Skyray (Smart Missile) & Valario (Not A Single Doubt), both two-from-three this season.

Dundeel steps up with abundant 3YO talent

Three excellent winners in three days, and six in 25 days give Dundeel a strong hand for 3YO racing in Australia & New Zealand as the Summer & Autumn Carnivals roll around…

Three excellent winners in three days, and six in 25 days give Dundeel a strong hand for 3YO racing in Australia & New Zealand as the Summer & Autumn Carnivals roll around. 

Hard on the heels of the Anthony Freedman-trained Shake On It at Moe on Thursday, and the Maher & Eustace-trained The Closer at Ballarat on Saturday, came Cutadeel at Te Rapa on Sunday.

Cutadeel, raced by Dundeel’s co-owners Mike & Sharyn Craig, their sons Jamie Craig and Adrian, Brendon & Darren Herd, and friends Kathleeen Wright & Cheryl Leonard, lined up as the only 3YO in the Dunstan Feeds Stayers Championship Qualifier over 1600 metres.

Even a series of bumps in the straight could not blunt his finishing speed and he sped away in the final stages to score by 1.25 lengths from Masu and Summer Wind in 1:36.7 on the Dead6 track.

Watch Cutadeel win at Te Rapa

Jockey Opie Bosson said, “He’s not big, but he has a great turn of foot”, a comment equally descriptive of Dundeel during his own spectacular 3YO career.

Co-trainer Murray Baker indicated that Cutadeel will appreciate the Derby distance, so the New Zealand and perhaps the Australian Derby his sire won so brilliantly in 2013 are obvious targets for him.

Like another seven of Dundeel’s 18 first-crop winners, Cutadeel is out of a Danehill-line mare, in his case Dineeta (by Dylan Thomas), descended from the Aga Kahan-bred stakeswinner Kermiya. Cutadeel’s 2YO brother was a $90,000 buy for Lloyd Kennewell from Grenville Stud at the 2018 Magic Millions Tasmanian Sale.

Fourteen Dundeel yearlings are catalogued for the 2019 Magic Millions Sales, eight of them offered by Arrowfield.  

2019 Magic Millions draft online now

As Australia’s leading yearling vendor – and more importantly, the source of 11 Group 1 winners since 2014 – Arrowfield can expect to be among the busiest teams at Magic Millions in January where the Stud will present 64 yearlings…

This week’s online release of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale catalogue marks the launch of the 2019 Australian sales season.

It kicks off months of prepping & parading, inspecting & researching, hosting & marketing, bidding, auctioning & buying by thousands of stud & sale company staff, agents, vets, trainers & owners. 

As Australia’s leading yearling vendor – and more importantly, the source of 11 Group 1 winners since 2014 – Arrowfield can expect to be among the busiest teams at Magic Millions in January where the Stud will present 64 yearlings. 

Click here for the full Arrowfield draft list for the 2019 Magic Millions Sale.

First-crop yearlings always attract plenty of interest as buyers assess how they shape up against what their sires are expected to leave and what the market wants. 

Arrowfield launches the first crops of two superbly qualified young stallions in 2019, representing the dominant sire-lines of Japan and Australia. 

Real Impact made an immediate impact at the highest level of Australian racing with a superlative victory in the 2015 ATC George Ryder S. G1. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Real Impact put himself up as the first son of Japanese supersire Deep Impact to stand in Australia with a stunning ATC George Ryder S. G1 victory in 2015, on top of his history-making Yasuda Kinen G1 success as a three-year-old. He has 18 lots on offer at Magic Millions, among them six colts and 7 fillies in Arrowfield’s  consignment.

The Stud’s General Manager Paul Messara highlights Lot 231, the Real Impact-Timeless Choice colt as “a strong, athletic type, with a great hind-quarter and strong through the shoulder.”

Lot 443, Real Impact’s daughter out of US Grade 2 winner Cat By The Tale is also powerfully made, “a compact filly that looks like an early type.” 

Real Impact yearlings will also be offered by Baramul, Edenglassie, Lyndhurst & Westbury Studs, and Musk Creek Farm.

Arrowfield has not so far missed the mark with a son of the great Redoute’s Choice (think Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt & Beneteau) and that alone puts the first yearlings by Scissor Kick into the “must-see” category.

Scissor Kick was a star sprinting 3YO, winning twice in quality Group company & earning admiration for his courageous 2nd in the ATC Golden Rose S. G1. (PHOTO: Lisa Grimm)

Paul Messara knows Scissor Kick particularly well, as he trained the charismatic colt for double Group 3 success and a memorable Golden Rose G1 second. He picks out Lot 553, the Esprit Hi colt as very much in the mould of his sire. “He’s a lovely colt, with plenty of size and scope, and attractively marked like dad.”

A busy parade schedule is guaranteed for the 18 yearlings by the legendary Redoute’s Choice himself and his sensational sons, two-time Champion Sire Snitzel and leading sire Not A Single Doubt.

Star lots most definitely include full same-sex siblings to Snitzel’s Champion 2YO Estijaab (Lot 63), Redoute’s Choice’s Champion South African 2YO Colt Mustaaqeem (Lot 850), and Not A Single Doubt’s Group 1-winning daughter Secret Agenda (Lot 853).

2018 Champion 2YO ESTIJAAB

2018 Champion 2YO ESTIJAAB

2018 Champion 2YO ESTIJAAB

Champion South African 2YO Colt MUSTAAQEEM

Champion South African 2YO Colt MUSTAAQEEM

Champion South African 2YO Colt MUSTAAQEEM

Group 1 winner SECRET AGENDA

Group 1 winner SECRET AGENDA

Group 1 winner SECRET AGENDA

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Buyers won’t miss Lot 839, the Redoute’s Choice-Mount Zero filly either. As Paul says, “She’s outstanding, the kind of high quality filly that Redoute’s Choice is famous for.”

Yearlings from the second and third crops of promising young sires often represent excellent value at Magic Millions, and that puts Dundeel and Olympic Glory right in the frame in 2019.

Arrowfield will offer seven colts and a filly represent by six-time Group 1 winner Dundeel whose first 17 winners include 2YO Group winner Irukandji and Group-placed 3YO Dealmaker.

Lot 535, colt out of Dual Star (by Starcraft and descended from Blue Diamond G1 winner True Jewels) is “a forward type of Dundeel, he’s an August foal with plenty of substance.”

With 18 winners including French stakeswinner Watch Me from his first-crop European runners on the board, top-class European sprinter-miler Olympic Glory has four colts and three fillies in Arrowfield’s draft.

Lot 295, the colt out of Wingstack (by Lonhro from the family of Charge Forward) will appeal  to buyers as “a racy and athletic Magic Millions type.”

A pair of first-crop colts by Redoute’s Choice Group winner Panzer Division, and interesting single lots by Deep Impact, Lord Kanaloa, Exceed and Excel, Nicconi, Sebring, Smart Missile, Spill The Beans, Wandjina and Written Tycoon complete a consignment of yearlings that will surely generate plenty of success and pleasure for their buyers in the years ahead. 

Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt book-end Melbourne Cup Day

Group race victories by a Snitzel 2YO and a 7YO daughter of Not A Single Doubt book-ended the 2018 Melbourne Cup Day in challenging conditions at Flemington…

Group race victories by a Snitzel 2YO and a 7YO daughter of Not A Single Doubt book-ended the 2018 Melbourne Cup Day in challenging conditions at Flemington. 

The 11 juveniles – seven on debut – that lined up in the $150,000 VRC Ottawa S. 1000m G3  showed great professionalism and determination in the face of a large Cup Day crowd and the heavy rain that swept across the course before midday. 

“She looks forward enough to be competitive here”, was Racing.com broadcaster Jayne Ivil’s comment on Pick of the Yard Bella Rosa (Snitzel-Swiss Rose by Thorn Park) and so it proved. 

Settled just behind the early leaders, the filly responded gamely to pressure at the top of the straight and showed plenty of fight in a hard drive to the line, holding out Lankan Star and the favourite Champagne Boom, already a Listed winner.

Bred and offered by Segenhoe Thoroughbreds, which retains a share in her ownership, Bella Rosa was a $575,000 buy for co-trainer Ciaron Maher from the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. She is the third winner and first stakeswinner left by Listed winner Swiss Rose, herself a half-sister to the very precocious dual New Zealand Group winner Prom Queen.

Bella Rosa is the 85th lifetime stakeswinner and 33rd juvenile stakeswinner by two-time Champion Sire Snitzel who holds a clear lead on the current Australian General Sires’ Premiership. 

Arrowfield sires have supplied both of the juvenile Group race successes achieved this Spring by the Maher & Eustace team, which also prepares ATC Arrowfield Breeders’ Plate G3 winner Dubious (by Not A Single Doubt). 

Cool Passion (Not A Single Doubt-Hiavanna by Mister C) has taken a rather longer path to Group-winning status. She was bred and initially raced by Perth-based Michael & Jill MacDermott, made her debut as a 4YO and won eight of her first 15 starts before agent and pedigree analyst Jane Henning negotiated her sale to John & Anne McDonnell. 

Cool Passion (purple & white silks) was too strong for Princess Posh & Savatiano in the VRC Maybe Mahal S. G3. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Racing from the Tony McEvoy stable, Cool Passion won the MRC Northwood Plume S. G3 in October 2017 and has now added the $200,000 VRC Maybe Mahal S. 1400m G3 to her record. 

Tony McEvoy acknowledged the McDonnells’ willingness to give Cool Passion another year of racing before sending her to stud. “They just trusted me and gave the mare another chance and I’m so pleased for them.

“She’s a really good mare, this mare and you’ll probably see her in a race like the [Robert Sangster] in the Autumn in Adelaide…I think the 1400 was the key…she controlled the race and had a great kick.”

Watch Cool Passion win the VRC Maybe Mahal S. G3.

Cool Passion is Not A Single Doubt’s 5th stakeswinner this season, matching his performance at the same stage of 2017/18. 

The Gerald Ryan-trained 3YO colt Legend Of Condor provided Not A Single Doubt with the other half of a Cup Day double when he scored a valuable second career win in the Flemington Fling over 1000 metres.

Transact does the business at Newcastle

It’s not too often that a 3YO is sent out beyond 2000 metres against older horses twice inside a fortnight in September but Dundeel’s son Transact has done it and won handsomely on both occasions.

It’s not exactly common practice to send a 3YO out beyond 2000 metres against older horses in September, and not often that a 3YO will easily pass that test twice inside a fortnight. 

Never doubt the Waterhouse & Bott stable’s ability to assess a horse’s aptitude and set a program that gives him or her the best chance of success. 

Witness the back-to-back wins of Dundeel’s son Transact, first over 2125 metres on 17 September at Cessnock, where he took an early lead and was never headed, winning by more than two lengths.

Twelve days later he repeated that effort over 2320 metres at Newcastle, and won by 3 lengths, a victory that wouldn’t have surprised anyone who read the stable’s website comment before the race:

“Transact is back to the races at Newcastle over 2320 metres with Rory Hutchings set to ride. The gelding has done a treat since breaking his maiden and he’s been thumping his chest on the track, beaming with confidence. The step up in trip on Saturday will only aid his improvement, there looks to be little speed on in the race and we are hopeful he can make it back to back wins come race day. Solid winning chance.”

Watch Transact win at Newcastle on 29 September.

Transact has clearly inherited the stamina evident in his sire’s pedigree and race record, as well as a degree of the finishing acceleration seen to such devastating effect in Dundeel’s six Group 1 victories. 

Transact was a $220,000 purchase by Waterhouse & Bott from the 2017 Magic Millions Sale. (PHOTO: Magic Millions)

Transact’s dam Rap Tale was no slouch either, winning 7 races up to just beyond a mile in the United States, one of them a Listed event. Beyond the first remove of the pedigree sit Grade 1 winners No Review, Another Review & Leading 3YO Sprint Filly Cavorting. 

It all adds up to the promise of an interesting Spring for Steve & Louise Gillard and their fellow owners including Cathy Hains’ Burnewang North Pastoral which bred and sold him, and retains a share in the gelding.

Nothing Dubious about Arrowfield Breeders’ Plate win

Dubious came, saw and conquered at Randwick on Saturday when he powered home late to win the $160,000 ATC Arrowfield Breeders’ Plate G3 in race record time.

Dubious came, saw and conquered at Randwick on Saturday when he powered home late to win the $160,000 ATC Arrowfield Breeders’ Plate 1000m G3 in race record time of 56.45 seconds.

He also became Not A Single Doubt’s 21st 2YO stakeswinner & 59th lifetime stakeswinner, and the first Victorian-trained winner of the race, one of the season’s first two stakes races for 2YOs on the Australian calendar.

It was a performance succinctly described on Twitter by one observer, Anthony Jones @racingtheclock2: “Trained Melbourne way – only horse to come from out of town – re-shod at the barrier – wide and without cover – finished with an enormous will to win – race record – WOW.”

Trainers Ciaron Maher & David Eustace had identified Aquis Farm’s compact colt as the stable’s most precocious colt and sent him to Sydney for a professional trial win on 17 September.  Dubious progressed exactly as hoped, before taking his place alongside several other trial winners and placegetters in the field for the Breeders’ Plate.

He began smartly from gate 10 but was left in no-man’s land while Covert Ops drove forward and took up the running. At the 300-metre mark Covert Ops was not stopping and Dubious got down to serious work, responding with an impressive turn of foot to close the gap and secure victory in the last couple of strides.

Watch Dubious win the ATC Arrowfield Breeders’ Plate G3.

The yearling Dubious, offered by Kitchwin Hills at the 2018 Magic Millions Sale. (PHOTO: Magic Millions)

Bred by Anthony Roberts’ Chesapeake Thoroughbreds & Brian Toohey’s Winton Bloodstock, Dubious was bought for $350,000 by Aquis Farms & Ciaron Maher  at this year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. He is the first foal of the stakes-placed French-bred mare Suspicieuse (by Elusive City), a half-sister to G3 winner Sediciosa, from the family of Japanese sire Neo Universe. Suspicieuse was a €55,000 purchase by agent Sheamus Mills from the 2013 Arqana Breeding Stock Sale. 

Breeders’ Plate history offers plenty of encouragement that Dubious will play a leading role as the season unfolds, and perhaps beyond his racing career. Winners since 2000 include outstanding juveniles Capitalist, Vancouver, Pierro & Sebring, Champion Sire Snitzel, leading sire Choisir and Group 1 sire Charge Forward.

Showtime stars in Caulfield feature

Snitzel’s classy son Showtime added a second Group 2 victory to his CV  with a defiant performance in Saturday’s $200,000 MRC P.B. Lawrence S. G2 over 1400 metres at Caulfield… 

Snitzel’s classy son Showtime added a second Group 2 victory to his CV  with a defiant performance in Saturday’s weight-for-age feature at Caulfield, the $200,000 MRC P.B. Lawrence S. 1400m G2. 

The 4YO entire began well and tussled for the lead before taking a sit behind Jungle Edge, then pushing forward to challenge after the turn. 

Showtime found plenty in the fight to the line, applying high-cruise pressure and resolute determination to draw clear over the final 100 metres and defeat last year’s P.B. Lawrence winner Hartnell by almost a half-length with Widgee Turf third.

“It took us a little bit to get back from Jungle Edge and get away from him.  He did a good job to overcome that then fight it out in the straight. It was a good effort.” – jockey Dwayne Dunn on Showtime

Watch Showtime win the MRC P.B. Lawrence S. G2.

Add his MVRC Stutt S. G2 win, Group 1 placings behind Trapeze Artist & Brave Smash last season, good juvenile form, arresting good looks and top-drawer pedigree, and Showtime is already well-qualified for a stud career.

However, he has more to achieve on the track first, and the $1 million Memsie Stakes G1, also over 1400 metres at Caulfield on 1 September, is Showtime’s next target.

The $1.1 million yearling now known as dual Group 2 winner Showtime. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

Showtime is a result of Arrowfield’s highly successful, 20 year-old joint breeding venture with Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm. Sold by Arrowfield for $1.1 million at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale, he is trained by Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes for both his breeders, in partnership with Alan Jones, Jonathan Munz, Greg & Barb Ingham and Eric & Georgina Koundouris.

His dam Flidais (by Timber Country), a Group-placed daughter of dual Group 1 winner Electronic, has proved a gem at stud, generating more  than $4 million of yearling sale returns and leaving Showtime, his splendid Group 1-winning sister Sweet Idea and Malaysian stakeswinner Rush (by Charge Forward).

The $1.8 million Snitzel-Flidais filly sold to Reg Inglis, Jon Kelly & Paul Frampton at this year’s Magic Millions Sale has been named Evening Slippers and is in training with Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott.  Flidais is due to foal again to the two-time Champion Sire in September and will be making a return visit to his court.

Showtime and last weekend’s ATC The Rosebud LR winner Sandbar have given Snitzel a quick start to the season and taken his career tally of progeny stakes wins to 162.