Snitzel's busy 24 hours raises the bar – again

Four winners on Friday evening, then valuable Saturday victories by a 2YO filly at Flemington and a 4YO mare at Wyong have taken Snitzel past yet another milestone.

That’s the $18 million season prizemoney mark – never seen before in Australia and achieved only a week after Snitzel punched through $17 million.

3YO colt Leningrad at Canterbury in Sydney, Arrowfield Magic Millions graduate Bowerman & 4YO mare Sprightly Lass at Moonee Valley in Melbourne, and Shinnecock at the Sunshine Coast got the Snitzel train rolling on Friday evening.

On Saturday, Shadwell Stud’s smart 2YO filly Nomothaj gave Snitzel his 29th Australian stakes win of 2017/18 when she claimed the $120,000 VRC Festival of Racing S. 1000m LR from a determined Irukandji (by Dundeel) and Nomothaj’s Lindsay Park stablemates, Virtual Insanity and Absaroka (by Redoute’s Choice).

Watch Nomothaj win the VRC Festival of Racing S. LR.

Nomothaj defeated the Magic Millions winner and current Golden Slipper favourite Sunlight in last October’s Maribyrnong Trial S. LR, but a Slipper re-match is by no means certain for the Love Racing-bred, Shadwell-owned daughter of Real Stolle (by Elusive Quality).

Head trainer David Hayes said, “We’ll have a bit of a think about it. She’s very good up the straight (at Flemington). I wish the Slipper was up the straight.

“I put Nomothaj in the race mad fresh so she’ll be really improved and I thought the two stablemates who finished behind her are coming winners as well.”

The $175,000 Magic Night S. G3 on 17 March and the $600,000 Percy Sykes S. G2 on 14 April are also possible targets for Nomothaj.

Snitzel’s final push to a new Australian season earnings total of $18,033,494 was completed by Just Dreaming whose class prevailed in the $150,000 Wyong Provincial Championship Qualifier. The 4YO mare, trained by Kris Lees for breeder Judy Wanless, is now the favourite for the $500,000 Final at Randwick on 14 April.

Snitzel has eight colts on offer at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale which begins tomorrow, while April’s Inglis Easter catalogue features 64 yearlings by Snitzel, including 8 fillies and two colts in Arrowfield’s draft.

First stakes performer for Dundeel

There were several Arrowfield stories out of Saturday’s $130,000 VRC Festival of Racing S. 1000m LR at Flemington, but the most significant result was the gritty effort by Dundeel’s son Irukandji for second.

The 2YO Hawkes-trained colt has been a star of Dundeel’s stud career since his $240,000 sale as a Magic Millions weanling by Riversdale, on behalf of breeders Roger Langley & Alison Hodges.

Purchaser David Kobritz’s Musk Creek Farm then returned to Magic Millions to sell Irukandji as a yearling for $500,000 to Spendthrift Farm whose Orange & Purple silks the colt carried to become Dundeel’s first stakes performer.

In fact, Arrowfield stallions dominated the finish of the race, won by Snitzel’s daughter Nomothaj with debutante Absaroka (by Redoute’s Choice) finishing strongly for fourth.

Watch Nomothaj & Irukandji quinella the VRC Festival of Racing S. LR.

Irukandji, New Zealand debut winner Cutadeel and twice-placed Sunreel have all emerged from Dundeel’s first seven runners and buyers of his second-crop yearlings have clearly been paying attention. 

The 20 Dundeel yearlings sold at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast & Inglis Classic Sales averaged better than four times their sire’s $25,000 fee, with a top price of $280,000 paid for Arrowfield’s colt out of Opportunity by Duncan Ramage & Chris Anderson.

Dundeel’s likely affinity with Australian bloodlines is already evident in his first three performers. Cutadeel and Sunreel are both out of mares by Danehill sons Dylan Thomas & Danzero, while Irukandji’s Group-placed dam Cerberus Gal is by General Nediym from Danzero’s family.

Cerberus Gal has a yearling colt by Zoffany and a weanling full sister to Irukandji.

Dundeel has six colts on offer at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, which begins on Sunday, and they can be found in the Bombora Downs, Glentree, Henley Park, Phoenix & Three Bridges consignments. 

The Inglis Easter Sale catalogue includes 12 Dundeel yearlings, among them five fillies & five colts in the Arrowfield draft – eight of them featuring Danehill sons as damsires or grand-damsires.

Flemington stakes double for Snitzel

Eleven stakeswinners in the first 62 days of the season was impressive enough but, yet again, Snitzel has excelled himself.

The superstar son of Redoute’s Choice now claims 13 stakeswinners in 68 days after a black type double on Turnbull Stakes day – make that Winx day – at Flemington. 

First up was the Hayes & Dabernig-trained 2YO filly Nomothaj whose tenacity got her home just ahead of the Godolphin colt Rainier and eight other debutants in the $120,000 VRC Maribyrnong Trial S. 1000m LR. Nomothaj is Snitzel’s 28th juvenile stakeswinner.

Watch Nomothaj win the VRC Maribyrong Trial S. LR.

Bred by Love Racing, Nomothaj was a $420,000 buy for Shadwell Stud from the Newgate Farm draft at this year’s Magic Millions Sale. She’s the second foal and first winner out of 2011 VRC Maribyrnong Plate G3 winner Real Stolle (by Elusive Quality), who delivered another Snitzel filly on 28 August.

The Snitzel/Elusive Quality cross has also produced Arrowfield graduate Dracarys, successful in the ATC Up and Coming S. G3 on 19 August.

No sooner were Snitzel’s statistics updated than 3YO colt Snitzepeg chimed in with his maiden stakes win in the $120,000 VRC Poseidon S. 1400m LR.

Watch Snitzepeg win the VRC Poseidon S. LR.

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

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. 

Snitzel’s lifetime tally of stakeswinners now stands at 72, but it’s probably more significant that the 13 Australian black type winners he’s compiled since 1 August are exactly half of his final total in 2016/17. And he’s done it in little more than two months of the new season.

Snitzel currently leads the Australian Sires’ premiership with $4.2 million prizemoney and has powerhouse sprinter Redzel representing him in next Saturday’s $10 million The Everest.