Third stakeswinner for Animal Kingdom

It’s been a progressive weekend in both hemispheres for Animal Kingdom, thanks to his third stakeswinner, an impressive debut winner, a repeat winner and a Grade 2 placegetter.

His 2YO son Untamed Domain, already a winner and Grade 3-placed, started second favourite for the $US200,000 Summer S. G2 over one mile on turf at Woodbine on Sunday. The favourite Hemp Hemp Hooray looked likely to take the race out until Untamed Domain rallied late to catch him just short of the line.

The race is a Win & You’re In qualifier for the  $US1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf G1 in November. 

Watch Untamed Domain win the Woodbine Summer S. G2.

Bred by Clearsky Farms, Untamed Domain is prepared by Animal Kingdom’s trainer Graham Motion for West Point Thoroughbreds. The colt is the fourth and best winner out of the stakes-winning mare Ciao (by Roberto’s son Lear Fan), a grand-daughter of French Group 1 winner Smuggly.

Untamed Domain completed a Woodbine weekend double for Animal Kingdom, following the five-length debut success of 2YO filly Grace And Dignity in a six-furlong maiden  on Saturday. She is the fourth winner from Animal Kingdom’s first Northern Hemisphere crop. 

Watch Grace And Dignity win on debut at Woodbine.

Grace And Dignity’s dam is 7-time winner Precision Farming, by Mr. Prospector’s son Smart Strike, from the family of Grade 2 winners Dream About and Deeply Undervalued. Go a little further back in the pedigree, and up pops Secret Verdict, the fifth dam of Champion Sire Snitzel. 

Meanwhile in Australia, the Darley home-bred 3YO Animalia posted his second win over 1600 metres at Newcastle on Friday. His dam is the grand producer Hold To Ransom (by Red Ransom), whose earlier progeny include Group 3 winner Retrieve and Listed winners Abduction and Reparations. 

Watch Animalia win at Newcastle.

Animal Kingdom, currently serving his fourth Australian book of mares at Arrowfield, is also the sire of US stakeswinnerContinental Divide and the filly Sunny Skies, third in the Churchill Downs Pocahontas S. G2, a few hours after Grace And Dignity’s success.

The Dubai World Cup champion’s other Australian winners are TDN Rising Star Earth Angel, Lord Cecil (also Group-placed at two), Barbary, Royal Phoenix and Platinum.

Snitzel sets new 2YO winners record

May has been a terrific month for Snitzel.

He’s increased his Australian prizemoney by more than $1.3 million, slipping past Street Cry to claim the No. 1 spot, and an all-time earnings record, on the Australian General Sires’ premiership. And within a few hours on 13 May, he added a new Group 1 winner and three new stakeswinners to his season statistics.

But one thing he hadn’t done, since Risen and General Mu on Anzac Day, was put up any new 2YO winners. Instead, he sat on 30 alongside Without Fear, who achieved that number in 1975/76 from a crop of fewer than 50 foals, and his own tally in 2015/16.

Snitzel has taken care of that this weekend, marching straight on to 32 juvenile winners, after trans-Tasman wins by Pymble at Newcastle on Saturday, and Shadow Dancer at Rotorua in New Zealand on Sunday. 

The cosmos must have been paying attention, because Pymble is prepared by the man who has had more success with Snitzel’s progeny than anyone else, and trained Snitzel himself, Gerald Ryan.

He’s sent out 58 winners by his former stable star, including Snitzel’s first winner Intertidal and 12 stakeswinners headed by the wonderful Group 1-winning filly Snitzerland and Group 2 winners Flying Snitzel, Hot Snitzel, Perignon, Spill The Beans & Time For War – all Arrowfield graduates.

Bred by Hobartville Stud, Pymble is the last foal of Ravenswood (by Woodman), and a half-brother to Hurtle Myrtle (VRC Myer Classic G1). He was bought for $360,000 by Damon Gabbedy’s Belmont Bloodstock from the Kitchwin Hills draft at last year’s Magic Millions Sale.

Watch Pymble win over 900m at Newcastle.

Shadow Dancer offered a very professional effort in her first raceday appearance for owner-breeder Whakanui Stud at Rotorua and it was enough to achieve a 1.25 length victory. The early Spring 3YO fillies races in New Zealand look realistic targets for the daughter of Dubai Express (by Zabeel).

Watch Shadow Dancer win over 1050m at Rotorua.

Shadow Dancer is Snitzel’s third winner from only four juvenile runners in New Zealand this season, after Aquilo (also stakes-placed) and exciting colt Summer Passage, winner of the Ellerslie Sires’ Produce S. G1 and runner-up to Invader in the Sydney equivalent.

Unstoppable Snitzel dominates stallion premierships

Snitzel’s grip on stallion premiership honours has tightened after the weekend’s racing, with 2YO Jukebox supplying the highlight at Caulfield on Saturday.

The strongly built Ciaron Maher-trained colt backed up his debut win at Geelong last month with a polished performance to win the $250,000 MRC Inglis Premier 1200m (R) LR by two lengths from Coppergate, with Perast (also by Snitzel) third.

Watch Jukebox win the MRC Inglis Premier (R) LR.

Jukebox is the 49th stakeswinner and the 21st juvenile stakeswinner for Snitzel, and he is the latest of 14 runners by the sensational son of Redoute’s Choice to succeed in black type company this season. (That total includes Young Man Power, a dual Group 3 winner in Japan).

Bred by Oakland Park Stud from the Perth 2YO Listed winner Jestatune (by Rory’s Jester), Jukebox was offered by Blue Gum Farm at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale where Ciaron Maher bought him for $200,000.

He is Snitzel’s second winner of the Inglis Premier after Arrowfield graduate and subsequent Group 1 winner Snitzerland, who romped away with the 2012 race. Snitzel’s progeny have won all four Inglis sale-related 2YO races that carry Restricted Listed status:
Inglis Premier, Caulfield – Jukebox (2017) & Snitzerland (2012)
Inglis Classic, Randwick – Chance Bye (2010)
Inglis Banner, Moonee Valley – Azazel (2016)
Inglis Nursery, Randwick – Odyssey Moon (2014) & Chance Bye (2009).

Snitzel now leads not only the Australian General, but also the 3YO and 2YO Sires’ premierships by prizemoney and winners, and his 13 domestic stakeswinners give him the overall top spot in that category too.

Beating his own jointly held Australian record of 30 2YO winners in a season becomes ever more likely, after the colt Trapeze Artist scored on debut at Newcastle. That gives Snitzel the remarkable tally of 18 juvenile winners this term, and takes trainer Gerald Ryan’s record of winners by Snitzel to a milestone fifty, with cumulative earnings exceeding $9 million.

Snitzel’s success has rippled out to many breeders, vendors, owners and trainers, with Arrowfield figuring as breeder and/or vendor of 22 of his 49 stakeswinners to date. Among them are Group 1 winners Hot Snitzel, Snitzerland, Sweet Idea and Wandjina; Group 2 winners Flying Snitzel, Perignon, Spill The Beans and Time For War; and current juveniles Azazel and Teaspoon.

Teaspoon heads the current Order of Entry for the $3.5 million Longines Golden Slipper G1 on 18 March, with her paternal siblings Menari, Exceeds, Chauffeur, Spoils and Azazel joining her inside the top 25 qualifiers.

Snitzel’s ten lots at the upcoming Inglis Classic Sale include Arrowfield’s strapping filly out of Miss Victoria, while his 44 entries for April’s Inglis Easter Sale feature eight fillies and 6 colts by him in the Arrowfield consignment.

View Arrowfield’s 2017 Inglis Classic Sale draft.