Fairytale finish for Spill The Beans

Snitzel’s crackerjack son Spill The Beans signed off on his career in fairytale fashion when he won Saturday’s $175,000 BRC QTC Cup 1300m G2.

The victory sealed his status as an exciting stallion prospect for his new majority owner Aquis Farm, and brought up a remarkable milestone for trainer Gerald Ryan: his 100th success with Snitzel’s progeny.

Read more about Gerald Ryan’s Snitzel century.

Spill The Beans drew 11 in the 13-horse field but a quick break from the gate allowed jockey Tim Clark to work him up on the pace, where he settled comfortably outside the early leader Eloping.

The colt took control just after the turn and drove clear at the 300-metre mark, as Miss Cover Girl led the challenges behind him. But Spill The Beans isn’t short of fortitude and he pressed on stubbornly to score by a head from Federal and  Stratum Star who burst late from the pack, and Miss Cover Girl fourth.

Watch Spill The Beans’ BRC QTC Cup G2 victory.

Clark, who was posting his third win from four rides on the colt, said, “He travelled really well. You can’t wait on him and the leader sort of left me there a bit soon. But he toughed it out really well and showed good fight.”  

Spill The Beans ends his racing career with five wins, three placings and just over $560,000 in prizemoney. Eight of his runs were at stakes level and he won three of them, all in the last four months: the ATC Eskimo Prince S. G3 in February, the Hawkesbury Guineas G3 in April and Saturday’s Group 2 contest.

Spill The Beans was bred by Arrowfield and offered at the 2014 Inglis Classic Sale, but failed to find a buyer, so he joined the Stud’s racing team. He will stand his first season this Spring at the Fung family’s new Queensland stud, Aquis Farm, with Arrowfield retaining an interest in him.

He is the best of three winners out of Miss Dodwell (by Falbrav), from the classy speed family of this season’s Group 1 winner Speak Fondly and 1986 Horse of the Year Bounding Away (five Group 1 wins including the Golden Slipper).

Miss Dodwell’s 2YO daughter Kenedna (by Not A Single Doubt) won her second start for Darren Weir last month, and her yearling filly by Smart Missile was bought for $110,000 by Dermot Farrington at the Inglis Melbourne Sale. The mare produced a second Smart Missile filly last Spring and is in foal to Snitzel. 

Spill The Beans wins Hawkesbury Guineas

Arrowfield’s crack sprinting colt Spill The Beans left his rivals no excuses when taking out Saturday’s $200,000 Hawkesbury Guineas 1400m G3 under topweight of 58kg and in track record time of 1:22.10.

It’s the second time in a decade that the Stud’s colours have been carried by the Hawkesbury Guineas winner. The race was won by Alverta in 2007, three years before her Coolmore Classic G1 victory and third in the Newmarket July Cup G1.

Spill The Beans jumped smartly from gate 9 and Tim Clark elected to stay wide as the colt took control of the pace. He rolled along sweetly in front until the turn when Clark asked him to sprint, and received a decisive response that put the race in his keeping. Spill The Beans ran the last 600 metres in 34 flat, with Denmagic and Serene Magic filling the minor placings, more than two lengths away.

Watch Spill The Beans win the Hawkesbury Guineas G3 in track record time.

Trainer Gerald Ryan, only two wins away from a century of wins by Snitzel’s progeny, said, “He was the best horse in the race. Class factor. The bit of sting out of the ground suited him too.”

Spill The Beans has now won four of his nine starts, including both his juvenile runs and February’s Eskimo Prince S. G3, for prizemoney of more than $360,000.

From the family of Group 1 winners Bounding Away, Glastonbury and Speak Fondly, Spill The Beans was offered by Arrowfield at the 2014 Inglis Classic Sale, but failed to meet his reserve.

His winning dam Miss Dodwell (by Falbrav) has an unraced 2YO filly, Kenedna (by Not A Single Doubt) in the Darren Weir stable, and her yearling filly by Smart Missile was purchased for $110,000 by Dermot Farrington & Tony Karakatsanis at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Miss Dodwell also has a weanling filly by Smart Missile and is in foal again to Snitzel.

The next target for Spill The Beans will be the $400,000 Inglis 3YO Guineas over 1400 metres at Scone on 14 May and that’s likely to be his final appearance this season.

April was busy for Snitzel’s progeny who averaged a win a day for the month. Five of his April winners were 2YOs, including the colt El Divino (ATC Kindergarten S. G3) and the filly Modern Wonder, so impressive when winning the SAJC Dequetteville S. LR on debut.

Snitzel closed out the month with a tri-state flourish as Spill The Beans was joined in the winner’s circle on Saturday by fellow Arrowfield-breds Kayjay’s Joy who posted her 7th career win at Caulfield, and Bourne Supremacy, who notched up win number 5 at Ascot in Perth.