Australia’s King of Sires Redoute’s Choice dies at Arrowfield

World-class stallion, sale-ring sensation, dominant sire of sires & broodmares and major industry influence Redoute’s Choice has died at Arrowfield Stud…

Arrowfield Stud announces with great sorrow that the Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice died this morning at the farm, near Scone in the Hunter Valley.

The rising 23 year-old son of Danehill and Shantha’s Choice was humanely euthanised after suffering a traumatic loss of mobility which could not be restored, despite intensive care by Arrowfield’s veterinary and stallion teams.
 
Arrowfield’s John Messara said, “Redoute’s Choice is such a big part of all our lives, and right now it’s hard to imagine Arrowfield without him.

“He has given us so much, Arrowfield has been built on his back and he’s allowed all of us and many, many other people to fulfil our dreams and ambitions.

“I thank Muzaffar Yaseen for allowing us to buy into Redoute’s Choice almost two decades ago. Our partnership has always been amicable and it has achieved all that we could hope for, and more.

“I’m grateful to all my team, past and present, who are part of his story, especially those who have cared for and worked with Redoute’s Choice every day, and have ensured that he’s had the long and wonderful life he deserved. There are many tears being shed at Arrowfield today.

“I also thank everyone who helped us launch his stud career, his shareholders, and those who bred to him, and bought, raced, trained and rode his progeny. He has blessed us all.”

REDOUTE'S CHOICE
Champion. Hero. Friend.
1996 - 2019
Redoute's Choice wins the 1999 Blue Diamond S. G1 at his second start.
Redoute's Choice defeats Testa Rossa in the dramatic 1999 Caulfield Guineas G1.
Champion 2YO Miss Finland wins the 2006 Golden Slipper G1.
World Champion Sprinter & Australian Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee
John & Paul Messara with Redoute's Choice at Arrowfield in 2014.
Redoute's Choice with Stallion Manager Joe Hickey, August 2018.
The magnificent Tanya Bartlett statue of Redoute's Choice greets visitors to Arrowfield.
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Redoute’s Choice was the rarest of thoroughbred horses, who exceeded even the lofty expectations of his glorious physique, powerful pedigree and brilliant racing career, to become a world-class stallion, a sale-ring sensation, a dominant sire of sires & broodmares and a major influence for years to come. 

His death comes in a season of fresh recognition and achievement, including his 34th Group 1 winner Galaxy Star, a trio of million-dollar colts at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and a spectacular 3YO campaign by his best racing son, The Autumn Sun, who won his fifth Group 1 race, the Rosehill Guineas, last Saturday.

The Autumn Sun’s place on the Arrowfield roster is already reserved, alongside four other Redoute’s Choice sons: record-breaking Champion Sire Snitzel, leading sire Not A Single Doubt, Scissor Kick, whose first yearlings are being offered at 2019 sales, and Pariah, who served his first book in 2018.  

Almost 13 years after he won the first of his three General Sires’ Premierships, Redoute’s Choice remains a top 5 sire and is likely to secure his first Australian Broodmare Sires’ title this season with earnings of $15.2 million and 15 stakeswinners to date, among them Group 1 winners Extra Brut, Amphitrite and Arcadia Queen.

Redoute’s Choice was bred by Muzaffar Yaseen, foaled on 15 August 1996 and retained to race in the now-famous yellow, red, lime & orange Teeley Assets colours. Mr Yaseen sent him to Melbourne trainer Rick Hore-Lacy who prepared the strikingly handsome colt throughout his 10-start, 5-win, $1.6 million racing career.

He made headlines and history immediately, after winning a Listed Race at his 2YO debut on 20 February 1999 and lining up a mere seven days later in the Blue Diamond S. G1, which he won by two lengths from his great rival Testa Rossa.

His Spring 3YO campaign began with a 1200-metre weight-for-age victory in the Manikato S. G1 and peaked in the heroic, one-for-the-ages battle with Testa Rossa for the Caulfield Guineas G1, won by Redoute’s Choice only in the final metres.

Redoute’s Choice returned in the Autumn to add a fourth Group 1 success, defeating Miss Pennymoney and Intergaze in the C.F. Orr S. G1, and retired to Arrowfield as Australia’s Champion 3YO Miler.

He served 134 mares in 2000 at a fee of $30,000 which did not increase until his fifth season, in 2004. That was after the appearance of his first stakeswinners Not A Single Doubt and Tahni Girl, the 2003/04 Champion First Season Sire title and his first million-dollar yearling.

It was in the 2004/05 racing season that Redoute’s Choice, with 137 runners from two crops of racing age, emerged as a potential champion stallion and the inheritor of Danehill’s crown. He unleashed a staggering 15 stakeswinners, four at Group 1 level: 3YO filly Lotteria and 2YOs Fashions Afield, Stratum and Undoubtedly. Only Danehill and Zabeel headed him on the Australian General Sires’ Premiership and his 2005 Inglis Easter Sale results included the Tugela colt, sold for a then all-time Australian record price of $2.5 million.

He served a full book of 196 mares in 2005 and continued to serve at least 100 mares each year until the last two seasons when his book was restricted to 74 and 45 mares.

Redoute’s Choice claimed his first General Sires’ Premiership with three crops racing in 2005/06, the season of six Group 1 winners: Champion 2YO Miss Finland, Snitzel (Oakleigh Plate), God’s Own (Caulfield Guineas), Nadeem (Blue Diamond S.), Fashions Afield (Flight S.) and Lotteria (Myer Classic).

His second Premiership came in 2009/10, the year of diversely gifted  fillies, the dual Group 1 winning-sprinter Melito, Queensland Derby winner Dariana and Toorak Handicap winner Allez Wonder.

That season also marked the arrival of his statistically most notable crop, eventually the source of 21 stakeswinners from 107 named foals – a remarkable strike rate of 19.6%.  Flag-bearer for that 2009 cohort was World Champion Sprinter, Horse of the Year and five-time Group 1 winner Lankan Rupee who helped propel Redoute’s Choice to his third and final Premiership, in 2013/14.

Snitzel’s second-place finish in 2014 resulted in a father-&-son Premiership quinella unprecedented in Australian thoroughbred history and signalled the passing of the baton to the next generation of the Danehill dynasty at Arrowfield.

Redoute’s Choice now has 22 stakes-siring sons, 10 of them also Group 1 sires. They are responsible for 279 stakeswinners, while his daughters have left 86 stakeswinners, including 13 at Group 1 level.

International recognition of Redoute’s Choice’s contribution to the Australian thoroughbred industry has grown steadily in recent years. Only last month leading bloodstock analyst Bill Oppenheim announced that his APEX A Runner index of 3.82 earned him the No. 1 spot among Australasian sires, ahead of Snitzel, I Am Invincible, Savabeel and Fastnet Rock.

John Messara said, “It is a great consolation to me that Redoute’s Choice leaves us at the top of his game, having sustained his greatness as a sire from start to finish, across the full span of his career.

“His legacy to Australian breeding and racing is immense, through his sire sons, his broodmare daughters, his final crops still to come and all the people he touched over the past two decades.

“Thank you Redoute’s, for everything.”

Dundeel's half-brother wins impressively

Dundeel’s 4YO half-brother Diehard won at Pukekohe, New Zealand on Wednesday in the manner of a horse likely to make an impact over middle distances this season.

It was the fourth start for the son of Pour Moi and Stareel and capped his progress from educational 2YO start last December and two placings last month to stylish maiden winner.

Racing over 1600 metres on heavy ground, he settled back before improving wide around the turn. As his rivals began to struggle, Diehard began to do his best work and  picked up gamely to score by more than four lengths from Avant and Florence Ivy.

Watch Diehard win at Pukekohe.

Diehard’s owners include Arrowfield, Paul Favretto, Greg Ingham and his breeder Waimarama NZ Ltd, comprising several members of Dundeel’s racing partnership. He is trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman who also prepared Dundeel to win six Group 1 races. 

Stareel has a 2YO colt by Redoute’s Choice, bought by Paul Perry for $1 million from Arrowfield’s Inglis Easter draft and a yearling filly by Redoute’s Choice that’s now in New Zealand. The now 17-year-old mare is due to foal again to the three-time Champion Sire this Spring. 

Like Dundeel, Pour Moi is a Derby-winning grandson of Sadler’s Wells who has left two Group 1 winners, 2YO Sacred Elixir in Australia, and this year’s Epsom Derby winner Wings Of Eagles in England.  

Fifty-three yearlings from Dundeel’s first crop sold for an average of $132,330, just over five times his fee, and he was the Magic Millions Leading First Crop Sire with an average price of $272,500. His top-priced yearling, the Miss Finland colt, was sold for $900,000 to Boomer Bloodstock and is in training with Bjorn Baker. 

Other stables with Dundeel 2YOs on the books include Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, Chris Waller, Kris Lees, Anthony Freedman, Ciaron Maher and Mick Kent.

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.

Dundeel colt tops Magic Millions Day 1

The top price of the opening session of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale came shortly before the end of the day’s selling when Arrowfield horseman Jarryd Stennett led Lot 232 into the ring.

The Dundeel colt out of Arrowfield’s prized mare Miss Finland had attracted very strong pre-sale interest which was reflected in spirited bidding that eventually concluded on the $900,000 bid of Craig Rounsefell’s Boomer Bloodstock.

Rounsefell said, “He’s an absolute standout. We couldn’t find a fault in him physically.

“It’s a stallion we love and there’s been some pressure from Bjorn Baker – I’ve got some horses with him – so he is probably leading to be the trainer.

“If you look in the book he’s by a freshman sire but from a mare who was a champion and she’s proven to throw a Group One winner.”

Bjorn Baker’s father Murray prepared Dundeel to win six Group 1 races from 1600 to 2400 metres, while five-time Group 1 winner Miss Finland is the dam of Thousand Guineas G1 winner Stay With Me.

The sale of Lot 232 cemented both vendor and stallion on top of the first day sale lists. Dundeel heads the Freshman Sire averages after Day 1 with six lots sold for an average price of $291,667.

Arrowfield Stud, overall leading Magic Millions vendor in 2016, leads by aggregate after selling 14 yearlings for $3,395,000.

Boomer Bloodstock was second on the buyers’ table with four lots purchased for a total of $1,542,000, including another Arrowfield yearling, the $320,000 Not A Single Doubt-MIss Sharapova colt.

Strong interest in Dundeel's dozen at Magic Millions

Buyers have shown strong interest in Dundeel’s first dozen yearlings during inspections at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale this week and it’s now only a few hours until his first yearling, Lot 37, Marquee Stud’s filly out of Funzero (by Danzero), enters the ring.

She will be followed by five Dundeel colts on Day 1 of the Sale:

Lot 91 – Arrowfield’s colt ex Hokuspokus (by Red Ransom) – from the family of Snippets & Not A Single Doubt.

Lot 125 – Bhima Thoroughbreds’ colt ex Johan’s Toy (by Johann Cruyff)
– half-brother to multiple Group winner Toydini out of dual stakeswinner Johan’s Toy, a half-sister to Group winners Extra Zero& Operetta Lass.

Lot 155 – RedbankNorth/Huntworth Stud’s colt ex Lady of Choice (by Redoute’s Choice)
– half-brother to 2YO Group winner Direct Charge, from the family of Group winners Burrito, Posadas, Collate, Petrol Power and talented Western Australian filly Caipirinha.

Lot 210 – Raheen Stud’s colt ex Matilda’s Dance (by Danehill Dancer)
– from a city-winning half-sister of Listed winner Rockolicious; descended from Canny Lad’s multiple Group 1-winning sister Canny Lass.

Lot 232 – Arrowfield’s colt ex Miss Finland (by Redoute’s Choice) – half-brother of Group 1 winner Stay With Me; sire & dam won 11 Group 1 races between them.

The next four Dundeel yearlings will be offered during Thursday’s session:

Lot 327 – Riversdale’s colt ex Power O’Raylee (by O’Reilly) – dam is a multiple city winner, from the family of Group 1 winners Our Heavenly Body and Uncle Remus.

Lot 355 – Burnewang North’s colt ex Rap Tale (by Tale of the Cat) – out of a US-bred stakeswinner, from the family of Grade 1 winners No Review, Another Review & Cavorting.

Lot 401 – Riversdale’s filly ex Royal Emerger (by Flying Spur) – half-sister to Listed winner Royal Rada, out of a winning half-sister to G1 winner Demerger.

Lot 453 – Newhaven Park’s filly ex Simply Brilliant (by Starcraft) – first foal of a city winner, from the family of dual G1 winner and sire Nothin’ Leica Dane and recent Listed winner Hall Of Fame.

The final two Dundeel yearlings at Magic Millions go through the ring on Friday:

Lot 686 – Willow Park’s colt ex Breccia (by Fastnet Rock) – half-sister to dual Group 3 winner Tivaci (also Group 1-placed), out of a winning half-sister to Group 1 winner Allez Wonder and Group 3 winner Pretty Pins.

Lot 709 – Musk Creek Farm’s colt ex Cerberus Gal (by General Nediym) – out of a Group-placed city winner, from the family of Golden Slipper winner & leading sire Danzero.

Like mother, like daughter in Guineas triumph

“She’s a beauty!” was John Messara’s reply to one of many messages of congratulation after Stay With Me’s outstanding victory in Saturday’s $500,000 MRC Thousand Guineas 1600m G1.

It was an especially meaningful success for Messara, fellow owner-breeders Alan Jones & John Leaver, and the Arrowfield Stud team because Stay With Me is a home-bred daughter of Street Cry and champion filly Miss Finland (by Redoute’s Choice), and the 41st Group 1 winner bred by Arrowfield since 1985.

Miss Finland, bred & raced by the same three-way partnership, won the 2006 Thousand Guineas en route to Australia’s Champion 3YO Filly title and was trained by David Hayes, who now prepares Stay With Me with his nephew Tom Dabernig.

The race didn’t start well for Stay With Me who missed the jump, forcing jockey Dwayne Dunn to settle her near the rear of the field and ride for luck. However, that may have worked in the filly’s favour because she switched off while Take Pride set a solid pace up front.

Dunn began to push Stay With Me forward at the 600-metre mark and 300 metres later, just after the turn, the filly was in clear air with room to run. And run she did, hitting the lead 100 metres out to win by 1.75 lengths from Jameka, with Badawiya third. Stay With Me’s winning time was 1:35.89, a half-second faster than Press Statement ran to win the Caulfield Guineas thirty-five minutes later.

Watch Stay With Me’s Thousand Guineas win.

David Hayes said, “Top marks to Dwayne, he obviously had a lot of horse under him, but he rode her perfectly after the start she had.”

Criterion, winner of the Caulfield Stakes, and Stay With Me gave the stable a memorable Group 1 double.

Stay With Me has now won three of her six starts and taken her earnings to almost $420,000. A decision on the filly’s next start has yet to be made, but Hayes indicated that the VRC Oaks, MacKinnon Stakes & Myer Classic are all options under consideration.

Miss Finland, whose five Group 1 victories included the 2006 Golden Slipper, is also the dam of stakes-placed city winner Woodbine (by Hussonet) and a 2YO colt by More Than Ready, purchased for $500,000 by Katsumi Yoshida at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale.  Arrowfield’s queen has since produced a 2014 filly by Animal Kingdom and she recently foaled a colt by Dundeel. 

Stay With Me is the 18th Group 1 winner for her sire Street Cry, who died just over a year ago, and the fourth Group 1 winner for Redoute’s Choice as a broodmare sire, after Sacred Falls, Zoustar & Pasadena Girl, who finished a game fourth in the Thousand Guineas.

Stay With Me sensational in Listed win

Champion filly Miss Finland was simply exceptional on the racetrack, winning five Group 1 races during a stellar 11-win, $4.6 million career, including the Golden Slippper and the VRC Oaks.

Now she has a daughter in something close to her own mould. 3YO filly Stay With Me (by Street Cry) didn’t just win Saturday’s MVRC Atlantic Jewel S. LR: she put it away with the authority of a filly on her way to stardom.

Stay With Me jumped well enough from gate 13, then settled back and wide with only a couple of runners behind her.  She held her place with cover and made ground mid-race, then quickened up before the turn which she rounded with alacrity, before powering clear to win by 1.5 lengths in 1:11.37.

Her performance was franked by the good efforts of the runner-up, juvenile Group 1 winner Pasadena Girl and Jameka, a further 1.5 lengths away in third place.  Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Don’t Doubt Mamma was an eye-catching fourth.

Watch Stay With Me’s Atlantic Jewel S. LR win.

Co-trainer Tom Dabernig said, “She’s a high-class filly and I thought there was a lot of merit to her win.

“She drew a wide gate today and she had to sit back, she was caught deep, and she showed an excellent turn of foot. She’s got a lot of improvement in her. Her coat is a bit of a patchwork quilt and she’ll improve.”

Dabernig’s uncle and training partner David Hayes also prepared Miss Finland and, like her dam, Stay With Me is owned by the long-standing breeding & racing partnership of Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones.

Stay With Me is the 90th stakeswinner by Street Cry, and the 36th stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice as a broodmare sire. Her principal Spring target is the $500,000 MRC Thousand Guineas G1 – won by her mother nine years ago – on 10 October.

Miss Finland (by Redoute’s Choice) retired to stud at Arrowfield in 2008 and adapted beautifully to her new life as a broodmare.

Her first foal to race, Woodbine (by Hussonet), has compiled a respectable record in Sydney from the Gai Waterhouse stable, winning three city races and earning black type in the ATC South Pacific Classic LR at three. He will do his future racing from the Chris Gangemi stable in Perth. 

Stay With Me is the first of Miss Finland’s fillies to race. Woodbine’s sister Miss Helsinki has a yearling filly by Smart Missile and last month delivered a filly by Dundeel, while Stay With Me’s year-older sister Tuusula foaled a colt by All American on 22 August.

Katsumi Yoshida purchased the More Than Ready-Miss Finland colt for $500,000 at the 2015 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale and last year Miss Finland produced a filly to Animal Kingdom that will be retained by her breeders. The champion mare and stakes producer is due to foal to Dundeel later this month.

Stay With Me earns black type on debut

It’s a tough gig being the daughter of a champion filly, but Stay With Me took the first step out of Miss Finland’s shadow when she flew home for second in Saturday’s $120,000 VRC Talindert S. 1100m LR.

The race was won by the Peter Moody-trained filly Pasadena Girl, also having her first start and, like Stay With Me, from a Redoute’s Choice mare.  She is the 34th stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice as a broodmare sire.

Miss Finland won the 2006 Talindert Stakes before finishing second in Nadeem’s Blue Diamond S. G1 and, two starts later, carrying the Arrowfield silks to a memorable Golden Slipper victory.

Stay With Me (by Street Cry) is raced by her breeders Arrowfield Stud, John Leaver & Alan Jones and trained by David Hayes & Tom Dabernig. Hayes also directed Miss Finland’s 11-win, $4.6 million career.

Miss Finland, also the dam of stakes-placed multiple city winner Woodbine (by Hussonet), has a More Than Ready colt in Arrowfield’s draft for the Inglis Easter Sale, a weanling filly by Animal Kingdom and is in foal to Dundeel.

Woodbine steps into Epsom frame

“Sensational looker, sensational pedigree & sensational run today.”

That was the tweeted verdict of trainer Gai Waterhouse after Woodbine’s fourth career victory over 1350 metres at Rosehill last Saturday.

The son of champion sire Hussonet and champion filly Miss Finland jumped well from barrier 14 and settled midfield with cover for Tommy Berry before peeling out on the turn, driving hard to the lead and galloping home strongly to hold out Amovatio by a short neck, with Murder of Crows a neck away in third place.

It was a performance that convinced his champion trainer to line him up in this Saturday’s $500,000 ATC Epsom H. G1 – a race she has already won seven times.

Waterhouse comments in her tip sheet on Woodbine’s chances in the great Randwick mile. “He is a very talented entire and he is only getting better and better. This is of course his biggest test to date, but he is not without a hope especially considering it is not every day you get a four-year-old in a Group One with just 52kg.”

Woodbine was sold for $750,000 to Gai Waterhouse and Blue Sky Thoroughbreds at the 2012 Inglis Easter Sale and is raced by Blue Sky in partnership with Jeremy Tan, David Paradice and his breeders Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones.

Miss Finland (Redoute’s Choice-Forest Pearl by Woodman) has a 2YO filly by Street Cry, a yearling colt by More Than Ready and, around 17 hours before Woodbine’s latest win, a chestnut filly by Animal Kingdom. 

New Group 1 performer for Not A Single Doubt

It’s A Dundeel was the undoubted star for Arrowfield at The Championships on Saturday, but three runner-up finishes by a home-bred colt, a sale graduate and a daughter of Not A Single Doubt were also very pleasing.

Ron Finemore & John Leaver’s home-bred 3YO filly Gypsy Diamond became the 8th Group 1 performer for Not A Single Doubt when she overcame a tardy start to claim second in the $1 million ATC Queen of the Turf S. 1600m G1.

Jockey James McDonald settled Gypsy Diamond near-last on the fence and drove her through to a momentary lead at the 400-metre mark, but the challenges came quickly, first from dual Group 1-winning 6YO Red Tracer and then from 4YO Diamond Drille. Gyspy Diamond kept up a strong enough gallop to shade Red Tracer for second, just a short neck from the winner Diamond Drille.

The John O’Shea-trained Gypsy Diamond (ex Gypsy Tucker by Zabeel) is among Not A Single Doubt’s six stakeswinners this season, with successes in the MVRC Fillies Classic G2 last Spring, and the ATC Carbine Club S. G3 on 12 April. Her three wins and four placings have earned her $605,710.

Gypsy Tucker also has a very promising 2YO daughter Veloce Forte (by High Chaparral) and a yearling brother to Gypsy Diamond purchased for $200,000 by Snowden Racing.

2YO Arrowfield graduate Ygritte (Snitzel-Deputy Lil by French Deputy) maintained her consistent form with her third consecutive Group placing in the $500,000 ATC Royal Randwick S. G3. Eloping was a most impressive winner, but Ygritte showed plenty of courage to get within a length of her, and hold second, a half-length ahead of Shaumari.

A $135,000 purchase by Kitchwin Hills from Arrowfield’s 2013 Inglis Classic draft, Ygritte is trained by Gerald Ryan for owner Carl Holt. Deputy Lil’s last foal, a filly by Not A Single Doubt, was bought by trainer Stuart Kendrick for $70,000 from Arrowfield’s 2014 Classic Sale consignment. 

Ygritte is one of 21 stakes performers this season by leading young sire Snitzel – an outstanding tally that includes Ygritte’s stakes-winning 3YO sister My Sister Lil, and the Group 1 winners Shamus Award & Snitzerland.

3YO colt Woodbine rounded out Arrowfield’s day with what jockey Tommy Berry described as “his best run to date”, a solid second behind the exciting New Zealand gelding Beauty’s Beast in the $150,000 ATC South Pacific Classic 1400m LR.

A son of Hussonet and champion filly Miss Finland, Woodbine is trained by Gai Waterhouse for his breeders Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones and fellow owners Blue Sky Thoroughbreds, David Paradice & Jeremy Tan. 

Miss Finland has 2YO & yearling fillies by Street Cry, a weanling colt by More Than Ready and is in foal to Animal Kingdom. Woodbine’s year-older sister Miss Helsinki, unraced due to injury, is in foal to Smart Missile.