Snitty Kitty tops off Snitzel's stakes treble

Two 3YO colts and a mare – Dracarys, Jukebox and Sweet Redemption – supplied Snitzel’s first stakes treble of this season, on 19 August. 

Two months later, same story, a pair of 3YO colts and a mare – but three different horses. This time it was Snitzepeg, Goodfella and Snitty Kitty completing a snappy 1-2-3 on Caulfield Cup day in Melbourne and Sydney. 

And it’s Snitzel’s third same-day triple stakes success in less than seven months. (The series began with Invader & Diddums at Randwick, and Heavenly Blue in South Africa on 1 April. Invader, remember, led home a Snitzel trifecta in the ATC Inglis Sires’ Produce S. G1.) 

At Caulfield, Snitzepeg followed up his Poseidon Stakes win two weeks ago with a gritty performance to overhaul the pace-setting Lord Sundowner and claim the $120,000 MRC Gothic S. 1400m LR. It was the colt’s third success for Hong Kong-based owner Peter Law and trainer Darren Weir. 

Watch Snitzepeg win the MRC Gothic S. LR.

Hopes are that Snitzepeg can follow the example of the stable’s 2015 Gothic Stakes winner Mahuta, who went on to complete a sequence of five straight Group & Listed victories that season.

Snitzepeg was purchased for $260,000 by Darren Weir and John Foote at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Bred in Victoria by Jeff Allis from the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Pegasus Queen, he was offered by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds.

Pegasus Queen has a 2YO Not A Single Doubt filly named Killer Queen in training with Anthony Freedman, and a yearling colt by Deep Field. 

Next up was 3YO Goodfella who, like Snitzepeg, has progressed sharply this Spring after an active juvenile campaign. He started favourite in the $150,000 ATC Brian Crowley S. 1200m LR at Randwick, but his chances didn’t look bright as he swung five-wide round the turn and Piracy picked up ahead of him.

However, Jason Collett had plenty of horse beneath him and Goodfella responded generously in the final stages to win by a half-length from Piracy and Andaz. 

Watch Goodfella win the ATC Brian Crowley S. LR.

Goodfella is Snitzel’s 73rd stakeswinner and the first winner that his dam Movie (by Red Ransom) has produced for Newhaven Park Stud, which sold the colt for $200,000 to Bjorn Baker & Blandford Bloodstock at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale. 

Back in Melbourne, Snitzel’s 4YO daughter Snitty Kitty confirmed her star quality with a 2.25-length victory in the $200,000 MRC Caulfield Sprint 1000m G2 where she was simply too strong and too fast for Super Too and Fatinah.

Watch Snitty Kitty win the MRC Caulfield Sprint G2.

Snitty Kitty was bought from the Willow Park Stud draft by her trainer Henry Dwyer for $175,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions Sale and has earned almost $390,000 from six wins for a group of owners that includes her breeder Gordon Henderson. It’s a total she looks capable of increasing significantly over the next 12 months.

Snitty Kitty is the best of three winners left by Lassiter’s Cat, an unraced daughter of Tale of the Cat, from the well-known “Leica” family that has produced two Victoria Derby winners, Redding (in 1992) and Nothin’ Leica Dane (in 1995).

Remarkably, Snitzel is collecting plural stakes wins more often than singular ones this Spring. Ten of his progeny’s 18 stakes victories since 1 August have been either doubles or trebles, and all but two of them have been achieved in Sydney or Melbourne. 

Eight members of Snitzel’s outstanding 2014 crop, all of them colts, have contributed to that tally: Group 1 winner Trapeze Artist, Group 2 winners Menari & Showtime, Group 3 winners Dracarys, Jukebox & Perast and Listed winners Goodfella & Snitzepeg.

Vive la France in Inglis Guineas

Just as the first French-conceived 3YOs by Redoute’s Choice start to appear in French Group 1 fields, his 147th stakeswinner turns up close to home, and his name happens to be…France.

If it’s an omen, it is surely a very good one because France’s performance to win the $400,000 Scone RC Inglis Guineas 1400m (R) LR was outstanding, after jumping from barrier 13 and settling well back off the pace.

Sent wide around the turn, France began to sprint home and was then pushed even wider by Calanda at the 200-metre mark. Tye Angland quickly re-balanced the colt who picked himself up in time to nab dual Group 1 winner Prized Icon on the line, with Spright third.

Watch France win the Scone RC Inglis Guineas (R) LR.

France will now be sent to Queensland for the Winter Carnival, according to part-owner Henry Field of Newgate Farm.

“There’s an abundance of options for him up there. He’s come from the back and run past a Victoria Derby winner today, so there’s no doubting he’s a very talented colt.”

France, a full brother to Group 1 winner Peeping, from two-time Group winner Miss Marielle (by Encosta de Lago), was bred by John Kelly and bought from the Newhaven Park draft for $475,000 by China Horse Club and Michael Wallace Bloodstock at the 2015 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. He is the 7th stakeswinner from 49 foals bred on the Redoute’s Choice/Encosta de Lago cross.

Trained by Peter & Paul Snowden, who also prepared Redzel to win the Doomben 10,000 G1 90 minutes later, France has now earned almost $300,000 in his two-win, six-start career.

France and Doomben 10,000 runner-up Counterattack were the major contributors to a very rewarding day for Redoute’s Choice, who moved back into the top 10 on the General Sires’ premiership dominated by his sons Snitzel (1st), Not A Single Doubt (5th) and Stratum (8th).

France is the sixth member of his champion sire’s 2013 Australian crop to score in stakes company this season, after Group winners Hardham, Royal Star, Swear & Table Bay and Listed winner Very Tempting. Redoute’s Choice has also registered the first stakeswinner from his 2014 French crop, Gold Luck, winner of the Prix Vanteaux G3 at Chantilly last month.

Zac Spirit takes his second Lion City Cup

For six months now, Flying Spur has been on the brink of his 100th stakeswinner, while Traveston Girl (no. 99), Mahuta (no. 98) and Sacred Star (no. 93) have added further Group 2 & Group 3 successes and a pair of Listed wins to his record.

No. 92, Zac Spirit chimed in on Sunday evening with an exhilarating victory, in near-course record time of 1:08.45, in the $S800,000 Lion City Cup 1200m Sgp-1, the third leg of the Singapore  Sprint Series.

Watch Zac Spirit’s second Lion City Cup Sgp-1 victory.

The result was greeted with considerable emotion by trainer Cliff Brown who sent Zac Spirit back to Australia to recover after surgery for a knee chip found after his unplaced run in last year’s Krisflyer Sprint G1.

Brown said, “There was a lot of work to bring him back and that goes across the board…it’s a huge team effort.

“I thought he was too far back in the race, but when I saw him improve before the home turn, I was like ‘Crikey! He really is travelling!’

“It’s amazing what he’s done. He’s won the Lion City Cup two years ago and he’s won it again, after injury.”

It’s the 6YO gelding’s fifth Singapore black type win and came after only one lead-up run, on 3 April, when he dead-heated for second with Wimbledon (by Snitzel) in the Kranji Sprint Sgp-3, the first leg of the Sprint Series.

Zac Spirit was bred by Newhaven Park Stud & the late Colin Tidy and is raced by Andy & Genni Wong’s Zac Stable which also enjoyed success with his stakes-winning half-brother Zac Influence.

Named Singapore’s Champion Sprinter of 2014, Zac Spirit has now won or placed in 20 of his 22 starts for prizemoney of more than $S1.7 million. That’s more than ten times the $140,000 Brown paid for him at the 2011 Inglis Easter Sale.

His dam Kidman (by Quest for Fame) is a great-grand-daughter of Mr Tidy’s marvellous broodmare Summoned, dam of five-time Group 1 winner & sire Zeditave and four other Group winners. Kidman’s other descendants include Group 1 winners Melito, Greys Inn and Norzita, and Group 2 winner Jet Spur, also by Flying Spur.

Zac Spirit’s 3YO half-sister Always (by Manhattan Rain) won on debut in January for Newhaven Park & Helen Tidy, and his 2YO three-quarter brother Preferred (by Redoute’s Choice)  is yet to race for James Harron Bloodstock & partners. Kidman has a weanling filly by Redoute’s Choice and is in foal to Exceed And Excel.

Flying Spur, happily retired at Arrowfield since 2012, still has plenty of runners competing for him, but it’s most likely that his 100th stakeswinner will emerge from the 129 foals in his final two crops (current 3YOs & 4YOs) that have already raced.

A Phillip Stokes-trained 4YO mare down to contest Saturday’s SAJC City of Adelaide H. LR is Flying Spur’s best immediate chance to complete his century and it would be fitting if she did. Like her sire, Rationality carries the Arrowfield silks and she is a full sister to one of his very best performers, the three-time Group 1 winner Mentality.

28th Group 1 winner for Redoute's Choice

Peeping’s Coolmore Classic victory at Rosehill on Saturday was a major milestone for everyone involved with the 4YO mare.

She is the 28th Group 1 winner, and first winner of the race for her champion sire Redoute’s Choice, and a new home-bred Group 1 winner for Tom Kelly and his family’s famous Newhaven Park Stud.

Watch Peeping win the ATC Coolmore Classic G1.

Arrowfield’s own home-bred filly Alverta (by Flying Spur) won the race in 2010 and almost four months later franked the form with a sensational third in the Newmarket July Cup G1.

Peeping also gave Sam Clipperton, her jockey throughout her 14-start, six-win career, his first success at the elite level. That was the icing on the cake for her astute and popular trainer Ron Quinton, who has mentored Clipperton for the past seven years.

It was Ron’s third Group 1 win after Easy Rocking (2000 VRC Salinger S. G1) & Bulla Borghese (2002 VRC Oaks G1), and his first Group 1 success in Sydney, where he won eight senior jockey premierships between 1970 and 1984.

Peeping’s success completed a Group race double on the day for Redoute’s Choice, whose 2YO daughter Thyme For Roses took out the VRC TBV Thoroughbred Breeders’ S. G3 at Flemington, becoming his 128th stakeswinner.

The great son of Danehill now has no fewer than 14 Group race doubles and a pair of trebles to his credit, eight of them involving a Group 1 winner.

Peeping’s talent has been evident since her debut win at Hawkesbury in September 2014. Four starts later she won the ATC Darby Munro S. LR and last Spring added the ATC Golden Pendant G2.

Her third behind the outstanding mare Solicit in the ATC Guy Walter S. G2 two weeks ago indicated that she was ready to tackle Group 1 distaff company, with the only doubt being how she might handle 1500 metres for the first time.

“With no trouble at all”, was the answer. Peeping jumped from gate 9 but Clipperton quickly found the perfect slot in clear air behind the early leaders, and timed her run perfectly, to get the better of the ever-gallant Solicit in the final 100 metres, and hold out runner-up Azkadellia, with Lucia Valentina fourth.

Peeping’s 14-start career has garnered almost $900,000 from six wins and five placings, and may now seek a second Group 1 success in the $1 million Queen of the Turf Stakes over 1600 metres on the the second day of The Championships, 9 April.

Peeping is the first foal of the very good dual Group 2-winning mare Miss Marielle (by Encosta de Lago), also a half-sister to Group 2 winner Eurozone.

The Redoute’s Choice/Encosta de Lago cross has produced four other stakeswinners from 27 runners, including Group 1 2YO winner Musir, and Beneteau, whose 19% Stakes Performers/Runners statistic as a sire has enlarged the gap left by his early death.

The catalogue for next month’s Inglis Easter Sale includes two yearlings bred the same way, Newhaven Park’s filly out of stakes-placed winner Fashion, and Element Hill’s colt from Fume Blanc, a three-quarter sister to Group winner One Last Dance.

In all, Redoute’s Choice has 24 Easter Sale yearlings, among them six colts and two fillies in the Arrowfield consignment.

Spring Champion tilt for Man Of Choice

The $500,000 ATC Spring Champion S. G1 on 10 October is the destination of Manhattan Rain’s promising 3YO son Man Of Choice after demolishing his rivals over 1600 metres at Kembla Grange last Saturday.

Man Of Choice settled fifth of seven runners, swung wide on the turn and took charge 200 metres from the post to score by almost 4 lengths in a time of 1:36.32, running his last 600 metres in 33.41. It was the gelding’s second win from 5 starts.

Trainer Luke Price now plans to start Man Of Choice in the 1800-metre ATC Gloaming S. G3 at Rosehill on 26 September, then the Spring Champion at Randwick two weeks later.

Price said, “He had to come here today and do what he did, but he did it more impressively even than I thought he was going to.

“He raced a bit fresh still but that was the three weeks between runs. He will go to the Spring Champion after the Gloaming if all is going well.

“He is a horse that only does what he has to, so to see him come here today and and put a gap on them really impressed me. I am pretty stoked.”

Bred by Bob Guth and Nick Curtis, Man Of Choice is out of the Melbourne winner Moonsong, a daughter of Redoute’s Choice from the family of Group 1 winners Ofcourseican & Gimmethegreenlight and Group-winning fillies Gregers & Girl Guide.

Man Of Choice was offered under the Newhaven Park banner at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and bought for $60,000 by part-owner Andrew Rose.

Manhattan Rain was Australia’s joint leading Second Season Sire by stakeswinners and fourth on the earnings list with almost $2 million.

 

Group 1 quinella for Redoute's Choice in South Africa

South African stars Wylie Hall and Majmu sealed a milestone month for Redoute’s Choice with a Group 1 quinella at Turffontein on Saturday.

Majmu started favourite for the President’s Champions Challenge G1, despite her trainer Mike de Kock’s reminders that she had not previously raced over 2000 metres and was meeting colts and geldings for the first time.

That caution was justified because, although the 3YO filly withstood extreme pressure and fought hard to claim the runner-up position, she could not overhaul the 5YO entire Wylie Hall who hit the finish-line 1.25 lengths ahead of Majmu with No Worries a further length away third.

Watch the Turffontein President’s Champions Challenge G1.

The result is the fourth Group 1 quinella for Australia’s champion sire, after the 2005 Golden Slipper (Stratum & Fashions Afield),  2006 Blue Diamond (Nadeem & Miss Finland) and the 2009 Australasian Oaks (Gallica & Estee).

It’s also the fifth South African Group 1 victory recorded by Redoute’s Choice’s progeny, and Wylie Hall becomes his sire’s ninth multiple Group 1 winner, after Miss Finland & Lankan Rupee (5 Group 1 wins each), Samantha Miss (3), Fashions Afield, Gallica, Lotteria, Majmu & Melito (2 each).

The de Kock stable won three races, two of them at Group 1 level, on the Turffontein card and filled the runner-up position in the SA Nursery G1 with another daughter of Redoute’s Choice, Shaama (ex Absolut Glam), having only her second start. 

Wylie Hall was a $205,000 purchase by South African agent Andy Williams from the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast draft of his breeder Newhaven Park.

Raced by Michael Leaf and trained by Weiho Marwing, Wylie Hall won the South African Derby G1 at three, and lost last season’s Greyville Durban July G1 in the stewards’ room.  He resumed three weeks ago with a win in the Turffontein Colorado King S. G2, his sixth success in 20 starts.

Wylie Hall’s dam Beauty Belle (by Ideal Planet), a multiple city winner, belongs to the celebrated New Zealand “Belle” family. This particular branch of it has also produced Group 1 winner Anamato and Group 3 winner Mearas to Redoute’s Choice, as well as champion Grand Armee and Wylie’s Hall’s half-brother Absolute Champion (2007 Champion Hong Kong Sprinter).

Beauty Belle has an unraced 2YO son Hong Kong Storm (by Manhattan Rain) in training with Gai Waterhouse, and is due to foal again to Redoute’s Choice in September. Newhaven Park is also the source of Redoute’s Choice’s 123rd stakeswinner Peeping, successful in Sydney last month.

With 7 Group 1 wins by five horses in 2014/15, Redoute’s Choice is close to equalling his best season as a sire of elite performers. That was in 2006/07 when he had five winners of 8 Group 1 events. 

Earlier this month Majmu added the 250th stakes win and 150th Group win to Redoute’s Choice’s record, and Saturday’s New Zealand Group 2 winner Abidewithme is the 75th individual Group winner for the three-time champion sire of Australia.

Stakeswinner No. 123 for Redoute's Choice

Newhaven Park’s lovely homebred filly Peeping became the 123rd stakeswinner by champion sire Redoute’s Choice when she won Saturday’s $125,000 ATC Sebring S. 1200m LR, registered as the Darby Munro Stakes.

It was the 3YO filly’s third win from five starts and followed a good second placing behind Nayeli in the ATC Fireball S. LR at Randwick two weeks ago.

Peeping’s trainer Ron Quinton said, “The first time I saw her I said this is a racehorse.

“The speed was drawn inside us and Sam [Clipperton] gave her a great ride…She’s only lightly framed but she’s got plenty of guts.”

Quinton added that the $200,000 P.J. Bell S. G3 on 4 April, the first day of The Championships, is Peeping’s next target. She is also nominated for the $500,000 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint G2 on Day 2 of The Championship, 11 April.

Peeping is the first foal of the Group 2-winning mare Miss Marielle and is bred on the Redoute’s Choice/Encosta de Lago cross that has produced four other stakeswinners from only 20 runners, among them Group 1 winner Musir, leading young sire Beneteau and this season’s brilliant debut 2YO stakeswinner Burnstone.

 Less than three hours after Peeping’s win, Newhaven Park also figured in the $3.5 million Golden Slipper G1 when Stud’s very good filly English finished less than a length from the winner Vancouver. Court, the dam of English, is in foal to Redoute’s Choice.

Newhaven Park will offer two colts by Redoute’s Choice at next month’s Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, including Peeping’s full brother as Lot 56.

Redoute’s Choice now has 12 stakeswinners worldwide this season, headed by Group 1 winners Lankan Rupee, Hampton Court, Bonaria & champion South African filly Majmu.

The three-time champion sire of Australia, still right at the top of his game, has 35 lots catalogued for the Easter Sale, including 6 fillies & 5 colts in the Arrowfield draft.

Zac Spirit named Singapore's Champion Sprinter

Flying Spur may be two years retired from stud duties, but he’s proving as reluctant to leave centre stage as baby boomers are to give way to Generations X, Y and Z.

 The latest evidence of that is this week’s naming of Zac Spirit as Singapore’s Champion Sprinter of 2014.

The splendidly consistent gelding had a terrific year, winning four and placing in three of his 7 starts between 19 January and 16 November, most notably the $S500,000 Lion City Cup 1200m Sgp-1 in 1:08.78 on 27 April. He subsequently finished third behind Lucky Nine & Emperor Max in the $1 million Krisflyer International Sprint G1 in May.

Zac Spirit, bred by Newhaven Park Stud & Colin Tidy and trained by Cliff Brown for Andy Wong’s Zac Stable, has won or placed in 14 of his 15 starts for prizemoney of more than $S940,000 – a handsome return on the $140,000 Brown paid for him at the 2011 Inglis Easter Sale.

His dam Kidman (by Quest for Fame) is a great-grand-daughter of Summoned, dam of Group 1 winner & sire Zeditave and four other Group winners. Kidman’s other descendants include Group 1 winners Melito, Greys Inn and Norzita, and Group 2 winner Jet Spur, also by Flying Spur.

Zac Spirit’s yearling three-quarter brother was the top-priced colt by Redoute’s Choice at the recent Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, where he was knocked down for $720,000 to James Harron Bloodstock and James Moynihan.

It’s been a very good 12 months for Flying Spur. He celebrated his 12th international Group 1 winner last weekend when Sacred Star won the WRC Telegraph H. G1 in New Zealand, and has also been represented over the past year by stakeswinners Mushreq (in Dubai) and Gold Force (MRC Inglis 2YO Premier S. (R) LR).

Their efforts have been supported by Flying Spur’s eight other stakes performers in the past year, among them Traveston Girl (2nd, MRC Thousand Guineas G1) and Group-placed Ataab (South Africa), Hazard, Recoinage, That’s A Good Idea (Australia) & The Glitzy One (New Zealand).

A top 10 sire in Singapore during 2014, the champion son of Danehill accumulated $4.3 million prizemoney in Australia’s 2013/14 season, and finished 5th on the Australian Broodmare Sires’ list with $8.1 million and nine stakeswinners. His reputation as a broodmare sire, already well-established, was enhanced last Spring by his 53rd stakeswinner, and fifth Group 1 winner in that role, the Victoria Derby winner Preferment.

Although overshadowed by Redoute’s Choice as a sire of sires, Flying Spur has eight stakes-siring sons, and the best of them, Casino Prince, has already left his own champion, four-time Group 1 winner All Too Hard, now receiving an excellent stud opportunity at Vinery.

With his sons & daughters making their own marks, and more than 230 named foals in his final three crops, the youngest of which are now 2YOs, Flying Spur’s time on stage is a long way from finished yet.

Record-breaking Christmas Parcel for Beneteau

Exactly 51.07 seconds after the Wez Hunter-trained 2YO filly Parcel sprang out of the gates at Bendigo on Sunday, Leading First Season Sire Beneteau had his fourth winner.

That time is a new track record for 900 metres, breaking subsequent multiple Group winner Innovation Girl’s 13 year-old record by 0.15 second.

Ridden by visiting Western Australian apprentice Chris Parnham, Parcel strode along easily in front and when challenged by the favourite Duhallow in the straight, she responded strongly to win the juvenile maiden by three-quarters of a length. Jameka came from the rear of the field to run second with Duhallow three lengths back in third place.

Parcel was bred by Danny Bourke and bought by Hunter & Leonard Russo’s Bluegrass Bloodstock for $12,500 from Newhaven Park at the 2014 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale.

The filly’s dam Gibraltar Range, by Rock of Gibraltar from the French stakeswinner Hancora, was a 2YO winner and has also left the Paul Messara-trained winner Battlefront. Now owned by Rosemont Stud, she foaled a colt by Starspangledbanner this Spring.

Beneteau has made a dream start to a stud career limited by his death in January 2013 to two crops totalling 135 live foals.

His first starter Prompt Return won on debut at Bendigo in October, and stepped straight up to win the VRC Maribyrnong Plate G3 in dominant fashion. It’s Vegas Baby became Beneteau’s second stakes performer when he was third to Wicked Intent in the BRC Phelan Ready S. LR on 13 December.

The filly Aegean Sea won at Randwick in November before injury sent her to the paddock for an extended break, and the gelding Voilier scored at Rosehill on 6 December to open a campaign aimed at the Golden Slipper.

With 49 foals in Beneteau’s second and final crop, demand for his yearlings in 2015 is very likely to outstrip supply.  Four fillies and three colts will be offered at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale by Holbrook Thoroughbreds, Lyndhurst Stud, Newhaven Park, Riversdale, Robyn Wise and Arrowfield.

Two colts and four fillies by Beneteau will be presented by Ascot Park, Fairview Park Stud, Sefton Park Thoroughbreds, Torryburn Stud & Arrowfield at the Inglis Classic Sale in February.

View Arrowfield’s four upcoming Beneteau yearlings here.

All American filly scores for Hayes & Newhaven Park

All American’s 3YO daughter Tender scored a well-deserved win at Geelong on Friday for her owner-breeder Newhaven Park Stud and trainers David Hayes & Tom Dabernig.

Unlucky not win at least one of her four starts at two, Tender earned black type when third in April’s SAJC Dequetteville S. LR and was sent out favorite in today’s 1100-metre maiden. She duly delivered, finishing strongly to hold out Lelawala by a half-length, with a further 1.8 lengths back to Miss Delima in third.  

David Hayes prepared All American during his three-season career which culminated in a record-breaking victory in the 2009 VRC Emirates S. G1.

Tender is from the Danehill mare Memoir, a full sister to the stakeswinner Princesa (dam of Group-winning fillies Solicit and Star of Giselle), and three-quarter sister to Group 3 winner Kaphero (by Danzero).

Tender is the first stakes performer and one of her dam’s four winners from five foals to race, but unfortunately Memoir died in January 2012.

All American now has eight winners on the board, among them a pair of talented colts, Bachman (Sydney Group 3 winner at two) and Zebulon (stakes-placed at Flemington).