Top prices for Arrowfield graduates at Broodmare Sale

Many owners have every reason to be smiling broadly after the opening day of the 2018 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

Among them are vendors of Arrowfield-sired  mares, and several buyers of Arrowfield yearling fillies who have enjoyed the pleasures of racing success and can now add their fillies’ realised value to their financial returns.

One of the day’s top-priced mares, Abbey Marie (Redoute’s Choice-Catshaan) was a $300,000 yearling purchase by Dermot Farrington for regular racing partners Peter Anastasiou & Ken Biddick from Arrowfield’s 2014 Inglis Easter draft.

Peter & Ken have had great fun & success racing several horses including another Arrowfield graduate, Group 2 winner Moonovermanhattan and, despite some setbacks, Abbey Marie didn’t let them down, winning the SAJC Australasian Oaks G1 and earning more than $540,000. However, it’s fair to say that the $1.4 million Arrowfield and Jonathan Munz paid to buy her as a broodmare is the icing on the cake!

Another example is Ocean Embers (Beneteau- Burningwood), pictured (PHOTO: Sportpix), bred by Arrowfield & Northern Farm and sold under the Cornerstone Stud banner at the 2014 Magic Millions Adelaide Sale for just $23,000. 

Young trainer Shea Eden was the buyer and Ocean Embers proved to be a breakthrough horse for his stable, winning three Group & Listed races and more than $400,000 in her 17-start, six-win career. 

Her sale for $525,000 to Newgate Farm means she has returned her owners around 40 times her yearling purchase price. 

Sadly Beneteau died in 2013, but Burningwood has a Panzer Division colt and is in foal to Mikki Isle, and Arrowfield is also breeding from her Danzero daughter Pyrography. 

It’s a similar story with another daughter of Beneteau, 2YO stakeswinner Lady Jivago (out of Hussterics). Offered by Arrowfield at the 2013 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, she was bought for $20,000, and re-sold for slightly less money as a yearling to owner Dr Ule Crossan. 

Lady Jivago won four races, including the rich ATC Inglis 2YO Classic (R) LR and almost $300,000, and has been bought by Widden Stud for $420,000. Hussterics remains at Arrowfield where she has most recently produced a yearling filly by Olympic Glory bought by Triple Crown Syndications, and a weanling filly by Scissor Kick. 

Other Arrowfield-sired mares sold during Tuesday’s session included:
French Emotion (Snitzel-Love and Emotion) – raced by her breeder; won 8 races including 2x Group 2 and $800,000+; bought for $850,000 by Widden Stud.

Hell Or Highwater  (Not A Single Doubt-Get Ready Bertie) – $210,000 yearling; won 8 races inc. the MRC Heatherlie S. LR and $400,000+; bought for $600,000 by Woodside Park & Belmont Bloodstock.

Selenia (Not A Single Doubt-Lunar Lady) – $30,000 yearling ; won G3 & Listed races in Melbourne, $260,000+; bought for $575,000 by Astute Bloodstock & Haras d’Etreham.

Modern Wonder (Snitzel-Elusive Wonder) – $175,000 yearling; 2YO Listed winner, $192,000 prizemoney; bought for $400,000 by Kia-Ora Stud.

Snitzel filly makes stakes-winning debut

2YO filly Modern Wonder surprised everyone, includng her trainers, with her easy debut victory at double-figure odds in Saturday’s $100,000 SAJC Dequetteville S. 1050m LR.

Modern Wonder jumped well and settled comfortably just behind the early leader and second favourite Moshki, who led the field into the straight.

As the pressure came on, it was clear that Modern Wonder was travelling better than all her rivals. Jockey Stephen Baster’s urging was met with an instant response and she powered home to score by two lengths from Motown Lil and Neapolitan.

Watch Modern Wonder’s SAJC Dequetteville S. LR win.

Modern Wonder is the 38th stakeswinner for Snitzel and the 18th to score in stakes company at two. Snitzel leads the Australian 2YO Sires’ table by winners (14) and wins (19) and has added six new stakeswinners to his record since New Year’s Day, including dual Hong Kong Group 1 winner Sun Jewellery.  

Troy Corstens, who prepares the filly in partnership with his father Leon, admitted, “I didn’t expect her to win like that. Everything she’s done she’s shown that she’s above average. I think she might be a bit of a freak, actually.

“I always said she’d only have one run and then go to the paddock, but we’ll wait and see how she comes through it and what’s around.”

Closer analysis of the race confirm the brightness of Modern Wonder’s prospects. She returned fast closing sectional times of 56.86 for her last 1000 metres, 44.02 (last 800m), 33.53 (last 600m), and posted 22.81 for her last 200 metres.

Modern Wonder hails from the celebrated South Australian farm, Mill Park Stud which bred her with the Mill Thoroughbred Breeding Partnership and sold her for $175,000 to Malua Racing & Bahen Bloodstock at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. China Horse Club paid $420,000 for her full sister at this year’s Magic Millions Sale.

The fillies’ dam, Elusive Wonder (by Elusive Quality) was also a smart 2YO, winning on debut and finishing third in a Listed Race at her second start. Other recent members of this family, which descends from 1926 French Oaks winner Dorina, include Adelaide stakeswinner Liberty Rose and her son, the stakes-winning Perth sprinter Grand Jardin, by Snitzel’s sire Redoute’s Choice.

Modern Wonder is the sixth stakeswinner by Snitzel out of a mare by a grandson of Mr. Prospector, a group that includes Arrowfield graduates Sweet Idea and Oakleigh Girl.