All-Snitzel 2YO trifecta in Group 1 Sires' at Randwick

Arrowfield graduate Invader led home an all-Snitzel trifecta in Saturday’s $1 million ATC Inglis Sires’ 1400m G1 on a spectacular first day of The Championships at Royal Randwick.

New Zealand visitor Summer Passage and Trapeze Artist were gallant placegetters, after racing close to the pace and fighting on staunchly to finish 0.8 and 1.6 lengths behind Invader, who punched out a big final sprint in the space that Hugh Bowman’s wizardry found for him.

Watch Invader win the ATC Inglis Sires’ G1.

Snitzel’s appetite for making history is clearly undiminished. The Sires’ 1-2-3 is the first trifecta achieved in an Australian Group 1 juvenile race by progeny of one sire in the past three decades, and Invader is Snitzel’s third Group 1 winner in a remarkable 17 days, after Summer Passage (ARC Ellerslie Sires’ Produce S. G1, 16 March) and Russian Revolution (ATC The Galaxy G1, 18 March).

Invader is the sixth foal of the stakes-winning mare Flame of Sydney (by Encosta de Lago) and was sold for $475,000 by Arrowfield at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale. He is trained by Peter & Paul Snowden for buyer China Horse Club which races him with Newgate, Aquis Farm, Horse Ventures and Winstar Farm.

Flame of Sydney, also dam of the fine Hong Kong sprinter Not Listenin’tome, was sold for $605,000 to Yu Long Investments at the 2015 Inglis Sydney Broodmare Sale. She has since delivered her new owners a filly and a colt by Snitzel.

Invader’s breeder Michael Pitt said, “There’s a lot of excitement here, it’s a sensational result and a performance very much like his mother’s best run.”

The Sires’ wasn’t the only success on the Championship card for the son of Redoute’s Choice. His 3YO daughter Diddums became the 12th Snitzel stakeswinner prepared by Snitzel’s own trainer, Gerald Ryan when she shot clear in the straight to win the $200,000 ATC P.J. Bell S. 1200m G3.

Prompt Response (by Beneteau) and Smart Amelia (by Smart Missile) completed a trifecta for Arrowfield stallions.

Watch Diddums win the ATC P.J. Bell S. G3.

A home-bred for Torryburn Stud, Diddums is the fourth foal of Raheights (by Rahy) and is one Sydney’s most consistent 3YO fillies this season, winning or placing in all but one of her seven starts.

Gerald Ryan said, “She is a filly who has kept improving. She is as honest as they come…It’s good when a plan comes off. Good for Torryburn Stud and John.

“It’s good for her as a filly who has basically come from nowhere to win a stakes race. I’m rapt for her because she is by Snitzel.”

Snitzel now has 58 stakeswinners, nine of them successful at Group 1 level, and has extended his lead on the 2016/17 Australian General Sires’ premiership with 115 winners, 21 stakeswinners and $11.5 million prizemoney.

Snitzel’s 40-strong consignment is set to make the final Inglis Easter Sale at Newmarket Stables very memorable indeed.

Moore family makes them Listen

If you thought Hong Kong Group winner Not Listenin’tome was named by a slightly frustrated parent, you’d be right.

George Moore, who bought him for $270,000 from Arrowfield’s draft at the 2012 Inglis Easter Sale, recalls, “My late mother actually named him. I can’t remember the exact situation, but one of us wasn’t listening to her, and she said ‘Not Listenin’tome.'”

He adds, “Not Listenin’tome was a stand out on type at the Easter Sale. In our minds he was a no-brainer, being out of a good producing mare in Flame Of Sydney, and a fluid mover with great drive behind.”

Bred by Michael Pitt & Mark Read, the son of Dylan Thomas has paid serious attention to the business of winning races since his successful debut at Bendigo three years ago. Team Hawkes initially trained Not Listenin’tome for George’s father, multiple champion Hong Kong trainer John Moore, and the result from six starts was three wins, notably the MRC Zeditave S. G3, and three placings, including a second in Zoustar’s VRC Coolmore Stud S. G1. 

After a winless Spring 4YO campaign, the bay gelding was sent in December 2014 to his owner’s Hong Kong stable and quickly made his mark, with a first-up Group placing and success in the Sha Tin Vase HK-3 at his third appearance.

Although he physically resembles his champion Derby-and-Arc-winning sire, Not Listenin’tome’s racing aptitude is obviously closer to that of  his dam who won three 1000-metre juvenile races, and  the 1400-metre VRC Desirable S. LR at three. His victory in last weekend’s Jockey Club Sprint 1200m G2 was his fourth Hong Kong Group success and took his career earnings to $2.4 million.

Not Listenin’tome goes into next month’s ~$3.2 million Longines Hong Kong Sprint G1 with an international rating of 118, one point below last year’s winner Peniaphobia, the 2014 winner Aerovelocity & Lucky Bubbles, who all finished behind him on Sunday.

However, jockey Hugh Bowman doesn’t under-estimate the task ahead of Not Listenin’tome, who was a fine third in last year’s International Sprint. He said, “I feel he will have to run a little bit better than he did today to win in three weeks, because… it will be a stronger race. But that being said, if I can have the same run as I did last year, it will be very welcome, because I think I have the better horse.”

John Moore’s long list of major victories includes the 2008 Hong Kong Sprint with Flying Spur’s son Inspiration, while Not Listenin’tome’s owner Matthew Wong also raced Horse of the Year Makarpura Star and the very good sprinter Sunny Sing.

The Moore stable will be represented in all four of this year’s Hong Kong International Races by Designs On Rome (Hong Kong Cup), 2015 Horse of the Year Able Friend, Helene Paragon & Joyful Trinity (Hong Kong Mile) and Helene Happy Star (Hong Kong Vase), as well as Not Listenin’tome in the Sprint.

George has played a key role in the family business for more than a decade and is regularly seen at Australian yearling sales where he purchased Inspiration, Able Friend, 2016 Queensland Derby G1 winner Eagle Way and Group winners Admiration, Dashing Fellow & Running Tall.

His recent buys include another Arrowfield graduate, this time a $300,000 colt by Starcraft from the Redoute’s Choice mare Salutations, sourced from the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Bought for Sebastian Man Shiu Wai, owner of this year’s Derby runner-up Victory Magic, he’s been named Victory Music. George reports, “He’s had two trials to date and is showing some nice ability at this stage.” 

Starcraft, currently second on the Hong Kong Sires’ list, has only two lots catalogued for the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Cast Sale, both of them offered by Arrowfield: a colt from Purring Flying and a filly out of Vortex. Arrowfield will offer Salutations’ colt by Animal Kingdom at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale.

Group 2 goes to Arrowfield graduate

Arrowfield graduate Not Listenin’tome returned to the winner’s circle on a Sunday evening with a polished performance in the $HK4 million HKJC Jockey Club Sprint 1200m G2.

His half-length defeat of a quality field, including his champion stablemate Able Friend (4th), Lucky Bubbles (2nd) and Group 1 winner Aerovelocity (3rd), surprised punters but it’s not out of place on his excellent record. He’s now won eight and placed in seven of his 27 starts for $2.4 million prizemoney and, while this win is his best, he’s also won four Group 3 races, and placed three times at Group 1 level.

One of those Group 1 placings was in last year’s Hong Kong Sprint and Hugh Bowman, who rode him then and on Sunday, is happy tobe  on board on 11 December.

He said, “I got a lovely run, he settled the best he’s ever settled for me. All the times I’ve ridden him have been over 1200m and in that time, all his best form has been over 1000 metres.

“Twelve months ago, after the Hong Kong Sprint, I thought that the 1200m was too far for him, or at least for him to produce his best, but obviously after what he produced this afternoon, it makes me very excited going into the international meeting.”

Not Listenin’tome (Dylan Thomas-Flame of Sydney by Encosta de Lago) was a $270,000 purchase by George Moore Bloodstock from Arrowfield’s draft at the 2012 Inglis Easter Sale and is prepared for Matthew Wong Leung Pak for champion Hong Kong trainer John Moore.

The 6YO gelding was bred with Mark Read by long-time Arrowfield client Michael Pitt, who said, “It’s wonderful to see Not Listenin’tome back in form. I’ve done really well with Flame Of Sydney and I might try to do it all again, as I do want to keep an involvement.”

Flame Of Sydney has been a wonderful racing and breeding story for Michael over the past decade. A $NZ230,000 buy out of Karaka in 2005, she earned $315,000 in a career that featured a Listed win at Flemington and multiple Group placings.

Her five yearlings, her broodmare daughter Star of Sydney and finally Flame Of Sydney herself, sold for $605,000 at the 2015 Inglis Broodmare Sale, have returned a healthy seven-figure sum, undoubtedly aided by Not Listenin’tome’s racetrack success.

And the story’s not over yet. Flame Of Sydney’s current 2YO Invader (by Snitzel) was fourth on debut for the China Horse Club and partners in the ATC Breeders’ Plate LR, and she has since produced a yearling filly and colt foal by Snitzel for her new owner Yulong Investments.

Meanwhile, Michael’s only current mare Tennessee Sunrise, from the brilliant family of dual Group 1 winner Malaguerra, has an attractive Smart Missile filly in Arrowfield’s draft for the 2017 Inglis Classic Sale in February.