Golden Slipper good news for Snitzel

Snitzel’s daughter Oakleigh Girl put up a fine effort to finish sixth in Saturday’s ATC Golden Slipper G1 at Rosehill, but the race produced even better news for Arrowfield’s dominant young sire.

Firstly, the winner Mossfun is the first runner, the first winner, the first stakeswinner and now the first Group 1 winner from a mare by Snitzel.

Mossfun was bred by Ian & Linda Duckworth of Fairview Park, with Heather McKinnon & Darren Pullman. Her dam Eye For Fun suffered a paddock accident which required the removal of an eye, so the Duckworths sent her to Mossman (by Success Express) as a 3YO. Another version of the same cross produced dual Group 1 winner Shamus Award (by Snitzel from a Success Express mare).

The result was a bay filly purchased for $85,000 by Emirates Park at last year’s Inglis Easter Sale and sent to the powerhouse Hawkes stable.

Mossfun has progressed rapidly from her stakes-winning debut in December, through Group 3 and Group 2 wins to success in the world’s richest juvenile race and earnings of $2,500,500.

That has pushed Snitzel up into 23rd position on the Australian Broodmare Sires’ list. In fact, the sensational son of Redoute’s Choice is the only stallion born in the 21st century to appear among the top 50 sires on that table.

Secondly, even after the distribution of the $3.5 million Golden Slipper prizemoney, Snitzel retains his lead on the General Sires’ list, with $7.8 million, almost $500,000 ahead of Exceed and Excel, whose daughter Earthquake ran very bravely for second in the Slipper.

Oakleigh Girl, Hot Snitzel (runner-up in the Sebring S. G3), and Scratch Me Lucky (second in The Schweppervescence G3), all helped Snitzel’s cause at Rosehill, earning $110,000 prizemoney among them.

Sixteen sought-after lots by Snitzel will be offered at the Inglis Easter Sale this coming week, among them two colts and a filly in the Arrowfield draft – view their videos, photos & pedigrees  here.

Graduate record makes Arrowfield unmissable

Six Golden Slipper winners are only part of the record that each year attracts new and returning buyers to the Big Barn at the Inglis Easter Sale.

Forensics (2007), Miss Finland (2006), Belle du Jour (2000), Catbird (1999), Flying Spur (1995) & Danzero (1994) were all bred and/or sold by Arrowfield Stud.

So were 2007 Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler and Group 1 winners Fashions Afield, Inspiration, Mentality, Reaan, Master of Design and Alverta. 

There’s no shortage of current stars either. The posters decorating Arrowfield’s Easter marquee this year feature Snitzerland (VRC Lightning S. G1), Sweet Idea (ATC Light Fingers S. G2; 2nd, Coolmore Classic G1) and Oakleigh Girl (VRC Ottawa S. G3).

The Golden Slipper figures in the careers of all three fillies. Snitzerland was runner-up to Pierro in 2012, Sweet Idea was third to Overreach in 2013 and Oakleigh Girl will jump from barrier 10 in the 2014 Slipper this Saturday.

Oakleigh Girl, her fellow 2YO stakeswinners Gold Force, Majmu, Moonlight Hussler & Time For War, and stakes-placed Aerobar, Donelle, Geromayo & Ygritte were all bred and sold by Arrowfield. (Moonlight Hussler was offered by Glenelg Stud as agent at the Magic Millions Adelaide Sale).  

With a total of 16 winners, including promising city performers like Bachman, Hold Your Tongue, Hijack Hussy, Statton & Ygritte already emerging from Arrowfield’s current 2YO graduates, the list of black type horses is sure to grow over the next few seasons.   

Active bearers of Arrowfield’s famous jockey cap & diamonds brand also include Group winner Not Listenin’tome, multiple Singapore Group winner Stepitup and stakeswinners Amorino and Road Trippin’.

All of which makes the 30 Arrowfield yearlings housed in the Big Barn at the 2014 edition of the Inglis Easter Sale essential viewing for buyers. Their pedigrees, photos and videos can be seen here.

Arrowfield graduates favoured for Magic Millions glory

Arrowfield stallions are set to dominate both feature races at the $4.2 million Gold Coast meeting on 11 January after providing four of the six placegetters in last Thursday’s Wyong Magic Millions races.

Arrowfield graduate Sweet Idea (Snitzel-Flidais by Timber Country) drew on all her reserves of toughness and courage to win the $100,000 Wyong Magic Millions 3YO S. by a long neck from Weinholt, with Estonian Princess (Snitzel) another three-quarters of a length back in third place.

Purchased by Gai Waterhouse & James Harron for $240,000 from Arrowfield’s 2012 Magic Millions draft, Sweet Idea has now won more than $940,000 and has won or placed in all of her eight starts. Her record includes success in the ATC Silver Slipper S. G2, and a gallant third in the Golden Slipper G1.

Sweet Idea is the current favourite for the $1 million GCTC Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (R) LR, with her stablemate Aussies Love Sport (Redoute’s Choice) and recent Brisbane stakeswinner Into The Red (Not A Single Doubt) also at single-figure odds.

Arrowfield’s 2014 Magic Millions draft features four Snitzel fillies, among them Sweet Idea’s full sister.

Another Arrowfield graduate Geromayo (Charge Forward-Opportunity by Redoute’s Choice) found Unencumbered just a length too good for him in the $200,000 Magic Millions Wyong 2YO Classic 1100m, which has Restricted Listed Race status. Race favourite Sheer Style (Snitzel) was a half-length back in third place.

Geromayo, winner of $75,000 from his three starts, was a $42,500 purchase from Arrowfield’s draft by the Altieri family’s Newlands Thoroughbreds and is trained by Mick Price. The Stud’s 2014 consignment includes two colts and three fillies by Charge Forward, among them Lot 241 from the Redoute’s Choice mare Belle Giselle, a relative of the recently retired champion sire Zabeel.

Snitzel’s unbeaten Arrowfield-bred daughter Oakleigh Girl shares favouritism with Echo Gal for the $2 million GCTC Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR, with Geromayo, Sheer Style and Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Totally Sure (fourth in Oakleigh Girl’s Calaway Gal S. LR), all quoted at double-figure odds.

The Arrowfield roster has supplied either the winner or runner-up in each of the last three runnings of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic: Sweet Idea (2nd, 2013), No Looking Back (by Redoute’s Choice; 2nd, 2012) and Karuta Queen (by Not A Single Doubt; won, 2011).

Four Arrowfield-sired runners have placed in the Magic Millions Guineas over the past three years: Sizzling (by Snitzel; 2nd, 2013), Happy Hussy (by Hussonet; 3rd, 2012), Startsmeup (by Danzero; 2nd, 2011), and Top Drop (by Snitzel; 3rd, 2011).

Snitzel, with only five crops of racing age, currently heads the Australian 2YO and 3YO Sires’ lists, and is the leading Australian-based stallion on the General list.

Photos and pedigrees for the 28 lots Arrowfield is proud to offer at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale can be viewed here.

Unbeaten Snitzel filly is Magic Millions favourite

Star Arrowfield Magic Millions graduate Oakleigh Girl is unbeaten in two black type starts after a powerful victory in today’s $100,000 BRC Calaway Gal S. 1010m LR at Doomben.

The strapping daughter of Snitzel and Miss Kournikova is the current favourite for next month’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

Arrowfield graduates by Snitzel have filled placings in two of the past three runnings of the race: Schiffer (3rd in 2011) and Sweet Idea (2nd in 2013).

Oakleigh Girl was a brilliant debut winner of the VRC Ottawa S. G3 at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day and then spelled briefly before returning to the stable of Dan Bougoure who prepares her for owner Louise Gillard. It was Bougoure’s bid of $400,000 that secured the filly at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, where she was offered on behalf of breeders Arrowfield & Planette Thoroughbred.

Oakleigh Girl, named in honour of her parents’ 2001 and 2006 successes in the MRC Oakleigh Plate G1, is one of Sntizel’s five stakeswinners this season, a list headed by Cox Plate G1 winner Shamus Award. The sensational son of Redoute’s Choice, with 117 runners, has just been shaded by Fastnet Rock (211 runners) as the leading Australian-based sire on the current General Sires’ list by progeny earnings.

Miss Kournikova has a colt by All American in the Arrowfield draft for the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Sale.

Oakleigh Girl headed a fine winning day at Doomben for champion sire Redoute’s Choice and his sons who also supplied Gold Edition Plate LR winner Into The Red (by Not A Single Doubt), and Arrowfield graduate Borehole (by Redoute’s Choice) who posted his sixth city win this season in the opening event.

Snitzel has 19 fillies and 19 colts catalogued for the Magic Millions Sale that begins on the Gold Coast on 8 January, including four fillies in the Arrowfield draft.



Debut Group win for Oakleigh Girl at Flemington

Owners Steve & Louise Gillard and trainer Dan Bougoure liked Arrowfield’s Snitzel-Miss Kournikova filly enough to pay $400,000 for her at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale in January.

Today, only 10 months later, they stood in the Group winner’s circle at Flemington after the filly, named Oakleigh Girl in honour of her Oakleigh Plate-winning parents, won the $120,000 VRC Ottawa S. 1000m G3 at her first start.

Oakleigh Girl jumped well and led up the outside division before taking control of the race at the 300-metre mark and bounding away to win by 1.25 lengths from the favourite Top Dolly. Singularity (by Snitzel’s Arrowfield barn-mate Not A Single Doubt) and Golconda (also by Snitzel) finished strongly to fill third & fourth placings.

Oakleigh Girl’s winning time was 57.51 seconds and she ran her final 600 metres in 32.89.

Brisbane-based Dan Bougoure, well-known as the trainer of champion sprinter Falvelon, said, “She’s the fastest horse I’ve had. I’m not saying she’s the best, but she’s the fastest.

“For a two-year-old filly she’s got a fantastic attitude, she bounces and does everything right. She’s just totally bombproof. First gallop we gave her she just went dead straight and she’s got a very good, professional attitude.”

Oakleigh Girl will now have a week off before returning to Brisbane next Wednesday to begin her build-up to the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic on 11 January.

Oakleigh Girl was bred by Arrowfield Stud & John Leaver and she is the fifth winner from her dam’s six foals to race. Miss Kournikova has an All American colt entered in the 2014 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale and returns to Snitzel this season.

Arrowfield’s yearling Class of 2013 has produced two other winners in the past four days: More Vino (by Hussonet) in Adelaide and Time for War (by Snitzel) in Sydney on Saturday. Arrowfield is also the co-breeder of 2YO Moonlight Hussler, winner of last month’s MRC Debutant S. LR.

Oakleigh Girl is Snitzel’s third Group winner this season after Shamus Award (MVRC Cox Plate G1) and Malavio (ATC Tramway S. G3), his ninth juvenile Group winner and his 17th lifetime stakeswinner.

Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt occupy the top two spots on the current Australian 2YO Sires’ list, and only Monsun, the deceased German sire of Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente, heads Snitzel on the General Sires’ table.