A Champion-making, Everest-conquering, Sale-topping year

At the end of an exceptional year in Arrowfield Stud’s 33-year history, it’s not hard to identify 10 very special achievements on the track and in the ring…

Thank you to everyone whose work, investment and passion supported the Australian thoroughbred industry, including Arrowfield, in 2018. We wish you all a generous share of success, happiness & prosperity in 2019 and look forward to welcoming clients, visitors & guests to our Magic Millions Sale marquee from Friday 4 January.

At the end of a truly remarkable year in Arrowfield Stud’s 33-year history, it’s not hard to identify 10 very special moments from 2018, in chronological order:

SALE-TOPPING SUCCESS AT MAGIC MILLIONS
13 January 2018 – Gold Coast, Queensland
Arrowfield and Champion Sire Snitzel complete a leading vendor & stallion double in Book 1 of the record-breaking 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Arrowfield is the Leading Vendor by aggregate sales for the third consecutive year with $13,680,000 paid for 46 of 49 lots sold. Results include two 7-figure sales: the top-priced filly, by Snitzel out of Flidais ($1.8 million, named EVENING SLIPPERS & placed at Randwick at her first start in October) and the Redoute’s Choice-Cat By The Tale colt ($1 million).

Snitzel heads the Sires’ table by average for the first time at Magic Millions with 33 lots sold for an average price of $483,788.

THE SENSATIONAL SPEED FILLY
3 March 2018  – Randwick, Sydney

SHOALS (Fastnet Rock-The Broken Shore by Hussonet) gave us one of our best moments in the 2017 VRC Myer Classic G1 and she does even better in 2018 with two elite victories, notably the first Group 1 running of the ATC Surround Stakes. Sent out at double-figure odds by the punters, the brilliant filly, bred & raced by Arrowfield in partnership with Jonathan Munz, proves simply too swift and too classy for her rivals.

Two months later Shoals lands the SAJC Robert Sangster S. G1, with another top-flight Arrowfield graduate SECRET AGENDA (Not A Single Doubt-Negotiate) filling the quinella. Thirteen starts, 7 wins (6 in Group & Listed company), 4 placings and $2.4 million prizemoney – Shoals is right up there among the very best horses to race in Arrowfield’s ownership. Best of all, she remains in training for 2019.

GOLDEN SLIPPER GLORY 
24 March 2018 – Rosehill, Sydney
Northern Farm-bred, Arrowfield-sold filly ESTIJAAB (Snitzel-Response by Charge Forward) fills the one serious gap in Snitzel’s CV with a scintillating, all-the-way win in the ATC Golden Slipper G1 for owner Emirates Park & trainers Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes.

Estijaab is the 7th Arrowfield-bred and/or –sold Golden Slipper winner after DANZERO (1994), FLYING SPUR (1995), CATBIRD (1999), BELLE DU JOUR (2000), MISS FINLAND (2006) and FORENSICS (2007).

THE YOUNG GUNS FIRE UP
31 March 2018 – Rosehill, Sydney

Spendthrift Australia’s Hawkes-trained 2YO colt IRUKANDJI (ex Cerberus Gal by General Nediym) wins the ATC The Schweppervescence G3 to give his sire, 6-time Group 1 winner Dundeel that all-important first stakeswinner.

Dundeel has kept up the good work and at year’s end has 22 winners on the board, a second stakeswinner  in New Zealand Derby favourite CUTADEEL, and plenty of rapidly emerging talent in major stables including Lincoln Falls, Dealmaker, The Closer, The Inevitable, 2YO debut winner Yourdeel, Global Exchange, Miss Einstein & Nordicus.

Olympic Glory
has been just as busy building an excellent first-crop record in Europe where he’s posted 21 2YO winners, including his first stakeswinner WATCH ME (ex Watchful by Galileo) in France on 10 November.

TWO MIGHTY SPRINTING CONTESTS
7 April 2018 & 13 October 2018 – Randwick, Sydney
The rivalry of Snitzel’s super sprinting sons delivers two mighty contests, six months apart. The Vieira family-owned & Gerald Ryan-trained TRAPEZE ARTIST (ex Treppes by Domesday) is too strong on Good4 ground in April, racing away from Redzel in the ATC TJC Smith S. G1 and setting a new race record of 1:08.29.

Six months later, the powerhouse, front-running pace of Triple Crown-owned & Snowden-trained REDZEL (ex Millrich by Rubiton) prevails in The Everest on a Heavy9 track, with Trapeze Artist sticking on bravely in second. It’s an unforgettable $8.6 million quinella that once again gives Snitzel early-season control of the General Sires’ premiership.

The $1.8 million Snitzel-Flidais filly at Magic Millions, now racing as Evening Slippers.

Champion 3YO Filly Shoals wins the ATC Surround S. G1.

Arrowfield graduate ESTIJAAB wins the ATC Golden Slipper G1.

IRUKANDJI becomes Dundeel's first stakeswinner in The Schweppervescence G3.

TRAPEZE ARTIST defeats Redzel in a titanic ATC T.J. Smith S. G1.

The top-priced Australian yearling of 2018, Arrowfield's $2.3 million full brother to Shoals.

Season 2017/18 belonged to SNITZEL, crowned Champion Sire for the second consecutive year.

Arrowfield graduate SHOWTIME wins the MRC P.B. Lawrence S. G2 for Katsumi Yoshida.

MAID OF HEAVEN wins a terrific battle with Godolphin's Aramayo to claim the ATC Spring Champion S. G1.

Snitzel's exceptional son REDZEL is again supreme in The Everest at Randwick.

Australia's new star THE AUTUMN SUN races away with the MRC Caulfield Guineas G1.

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A RARE VENDOR ACHIEVEMENT AT INGLIS EASTER
11 April 2018 – Riverside Stables, Warwick Farm, Sydney
The move from Newmarket to Riverside Stables was a major commitment for Inglis, vendors and buyers and Arrowfield honours the privilege of occupying the beautiful new “Big Barn” by heading the inaugural Book 1 Easter Sale vendor list on aggregate for the fourth consecutive year with 31 lots sold for $18,265,000 – that’s 15.7% of total sales from 9.3% of the yearlings sold.

Arrowfield also heads the table by average with $589,194, becoming the first vendor to achieve that rare double for at least a decade.  The Stud’s eight million-dollar lots include the sale-topping full brother to Shoals, knocked down for $2.3 million to Anthony Freedman and now named GROUNDSWELL. In all, Arrowfield & its stallions are responsible for 13 of the Sale’s 22 $1 million+ yearlings. 

SHOWTIME TURNS IT ON AT CAULFIELD
18 August 2018 – Caulfield, Melbourne
Carrying the famous silks of the great Japanese owner-breeder Katsumi Yoshida and trained by Team Hawkes, SHOWTIME (Snitzel-Flidais by Timber Country) is capable of outstanding performances when races unfold to suit him as the MRC P.B. Lawrence S. G2 does. He lands close to the pace and, relishing the contest as the leaders round the turn, fights like a tiger to defeat multiple Group 1 winner (and previous Lawrence Stakes winner) Hartnell.

FIVE WINNERS AT RACEHORSE OF THE YEAR AWARDS
4 October 2018 – The Forum, Melbourne
Winx
’s well-deserved elevation to three-time Horse of the Year status, alongside Sunline & Black Caviar, was easy to predict at the 2018 Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards. Equally newsworthy is Arrowfield’s association with five of the 7 national awards that Winx didn’t win:
SNITZEL – Champion Sire of Australia for the second time with staggering all-time record prizemoney of $29.2 million and a record-equalling 26 individual stakeswinners.
ESTIJAAB – Champion 2YO
TRAPEZE ARTIST – Champion 3YO Colt
REDZEL – Champion Sprinter
SHOALS – Champion 3YO Filly

MAID DELIVERS SPRING CHAMPION MILESTONES 
6 October 2018 – Randwick, Sydney
At her 5th start and backing up a week after an unlucky 6th in the Flight S. G1, Inglis Classic graduate MAID OF HEAVEN (Smart Missile-St. Therese by Dehere) carries the Arrowfield silks to a thrilling last-stride victory in the ATC Spring Champion S. G1, becoming only the second filly to win the race in its 47-year history. It’s also a heart-warming maiden Group 1 victory for trainer Mark Newnham & jockey Rachel King.

A NEW STAR RISES
13 October, 2018 – Caulfield, Melbourne
Going into the MRC Caulfield Guineas G1, the class of THE AUTUMN SUN (Redoute’s Choice-Azmiyna by Galileo) was well-established by his superlative victories in the BRC JJ Atkins S. G1 as a 2YO, and then September’s ATC Golden Rose S. G1.

But there is much more at stake for Arrowfield this time, after buying back into the glorious colt the Stud had sold for $700,000 on behalf of its partnership with HH The Aga Khan to Hermitage Thoroughbreds, trainer Chris Waller & agent Guy Mulcaster at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale. And The Autumn Sun exceeds all expectations, winning the Guineas by 4.5 lengths in breath-taking style. The colt’s return for a major Autumn campaign is set to be an early highlight of 2019. 

2019 Magic Millions draft online now

As Australia’s leading yearling vendor – and more importantly, the source of 11 Group 1 winners since 2014 – Arrowfield can expect to be among the busiest teams at Magic Millions in January where the Stud will present 64 yearlings…

This week’s online release of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale catalogue marks the launch of the 2019 Australian sales season.

It kicks off months of prepping & parading, inspecting & researching, hosting & marketing, bidding, auctioning & buying by thousands of stud & sale company staff, agents, vets, trainers & owners. 

As Australia’s leading yearling vendor – and more importantly, the source of 11 Group 1 winners since 2014 – Arrowfield can expect to be among the busiest teams at Magic Millions in January where the Stud will present 64 yearlings. 

Click here for the full Arrowfield draft list for the 2019 Magic Millions Sale.

First-crop yearlings always attract plenty of interest as buyers assess how they shape up against what their sires are expected to leave and what the market wants. 

Arrowfield launches the first crops of two superbly qualified young stallions in 2019, representing the dominant sire-lines of Japan and Australia. 

Real Impact made an immediate impact at the highest level of Australian racing with a superlative victory in the 2015 ATC George Ryder S. G1. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Real Impact put himself up as the first son of Japanese supersire Deep Impact to stand in Australia with a stunning ATC George Ryder S. G1 victory in 2015, on top of his history-making Yasuda Kinen G1 success as a three-year-old. He has 18 lots on offer at Magic Millions, among them six colts and 7 fillies in Arrowfield’s  consignment.

The Stud’s General Manager Paul Messara highlights Lot 231, the Real Impact-Timeless Choice colt as “a strong, athletic type, with a great hind-quarter and strong through the shoulder.”

Lot 443, Real Impact’s daughter out of US Grade 2 winner Cat By The Tale is also powerfully made, “a compact filly that looks like an early type.” 

Real Impact yearlings will also be offered by Baramul, Edenglassie, Lyndhurst & Westbury Studs, and Musk Creek Farm.

Arrowfield has not so far missed the mark with a son of the great Redoute’s Choice (think Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt & Beneteau) and that alone puts the first yearlings by Scissor Kick into the “must-see” category.

Scissor Kick was a star sprinting 3YO, winning twice in quality Group company & earning admiration for his courageous 2nd in the ATC Golden Rose S. G1. (PHOTO: Lisa Grimm)

Paul Messara knows Scissor Kick particularly well, as he trained the charismatic colt for double Group 3 success and a memorable Golden Rose G1 second. He picks out Lot 553, the Esprit Hi colt as very much in the mould of his sire. “He’s a lovely colt, with plenty of size and scope, and attractively marked like dad.”

A busy parade schedule is guaranteed for the 18 yearlings by the legendary Redoute’s Choice himself and his sensational sons, two-time Champion Sire Snitzel and leading sire Not A Single Doubt.

Star lots most definitely include full same-sex siblings to Snitzel’s Champion 2YO Estijaab (Lot 63), Redoute’s Choice’s Champion South African 2YO Colt Mustaaqeem (Lot 850), and Not A Single Doubt’s Group 1-winning daughter Secret Agenda (Lot 853).

2018 Champion 2YO ESTIJAAB

2018 Champion 2YO ESTIJAAB

2018 Champion 2YO ESTIJAAB

Champion South African 2YO Colt MUSTAAQEEM

Champion South African 2YO Colt MUSTAAQEEM

Champion South African 2YO Colt MUSTAAQEEM

Group 1 winner SECRET AGENDA

Group 1 winner SECRET AGENDA

Group 1 winner SECRET AGENDA

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Buyers won’t miss Lot 839, the Redoute’s Choice-Mount Zero filly either. As Paul says, “She’s outstanding, the kind of high quality filly that Redoute’s Choice is famous for.”

Yearlings from the second and third crops of promising young sires often represent excellent value at Magic Millions, and that puts Dundeel and Olympic Glory right in the frame in 2019.

Arrowfield will offer seven colts and a filly represent by six-time Group 1 winner Dundeel whose first 17 winners include 2YO Group winner Irukandji and Group-placed 3YO Dealmaker.

Lot 535, colt out of Dual Star (by Starcraft and descended from Blue Diamond G1 winner True Jewels) is “a forward type of Dundeel, he’s an August foal with plenty of substance.”

With 18 winners including French stakeswinner Watch Me from his first-crop European runners on the board, top-class European sprinter-miler Olympic Glory has four colts and three fillies in Arrowfield’s draft.

Lot 295, the colt out of Wingstack (by Lonhro from the family of Charge Forward) will appeal  to buyers as “a racy and athletic Magic Millions type.”

A pair of first-crop colts by Redoute’s Choice Group winner Panzer Division, and interesting single lots by Deep Impact, Lord Kanaloa, Exceed and Excel, Nicconi, Sebring, Smart Missile, Spill The Beans, Wandjina and Written Tycoon complete a consignment of yearlings that will surely generate plenty of success and pleasure for their buyers in the years ahead. 

First stakeswinner for Olympic Glory

Olympic Glory’s first stakeswinner may well be prophetically named – Watch Me – if the champion sprinter-miler builds on the good start he’s made with his first-crop European juveniles in 2018…

Olympic Glory’s first stakeswinner may well be prophetically named – Watch Me – if the champion sprinter-miler builds on the good start he’s made with his first-crop European juveniles in 2018.

Watch Me (ex Watchful by Galileo) put up a strong performance at her second start to win Saturday’s Criterium du Languedoc-Prix Bernard de Marmiesse 1600m LR at Toulouse in France. 

Trained by Francis-Henri Graffard for owners Alexander Tamagni-Bodmer & Mme Regula Vannod, the filly coped admirably with the big jump in class from her debut third at Saint-Cloud  to score by 1.25 lengths from Go To Hollywood, with Good Complicity a length away in third place. 

It was the Graffard stable’s third win in the race after the colt Cornwallville in 2014 & subsequently Group 1-placed filly Heuristique in 2016.

Watch Me and the Simon Brogi-trained colt Karaktair (ex Feelin Foxy by Foxhound) completed a double for Olympic Glory at Toulouse, and took his tally of 2YO winners from his first European crop to 18. 

Olympic Glory’s first 62 Australian yearlings offered at the 2018 sales averaged more than $85,000, with a top price of $600,000 for the colt out of Dowtown Manhattan. Named Sandre, he will be raced in Japan by Northern Farm.

Olympic Glory’s Australian-based 2YOs will race from the stables of several leading trainers including Peter & Paul Snowden, Darren Weir, Mick Price, Paul Perry, John O’Shea, Gerald Ryan, Ron Quinton, Tony Gollan, Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra and Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young.

Olympic Glory makes a strong start in Europe

If aspirations can be expressed in a name, then first season sire Olympic Glory is aiming for nowhere except the top of the mountain. On that basis, even loftier goals might be ascribed to his 12th individual winner in Europe, the William Haggas-trained colt Astronaut…

If aspirations can be expressed in a name, then first season sire Olympic Glory is aiming for nowhere except the top of the mountain. 

On that basis, even loftier goals might be ascribed to his 12th individual winner in Europe, the William Haggas-trained colt Astronaut who won his third start over 5 furlongs at Sandown on 14 September. 

It was a tidy performance summarised by the Racing Post thus: “Held up, good progress on wide outside halfway, led over 1f out, shaken up and stayed on well final furlong.”

That success came two days after Olympic Glory’s fifth winner in France, the colt Inde who led all the way over 1400 metres at Longchamp.

Olympic Glory is now fifth on the First Season Sires’ table in France and fourth on the equivalent Irish list.

This all serves as an encouraging preview for the owners and trainers who purchased 62 of the first 69 Olympic Glory yearlings offered at Australian sales earlier this year.

Averaging five times Olympic Glory’s opening fee, those yearlings will race from the stables of, for example, Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, Peter & Paul Snowden, John O’Shea, Gerald Ryan, David Payne, Paul Perry in New South Wales, and Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young and Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra in Victoria.

Olympic Glory gets off the mark

Four-time Group 1 winner Olympic Glory is off the mark in Europe with his first crop of 2YOs. 

Doing the honours are Blury, successful in Italy last month, and the filly Mintd, who scored by 3 lengths at Listowel in Ireland on Sunday. 

Mintd gave an indication of her ability when second on 7 May to the Ballydoyle filly Fairyland, who subsequently won a Listed Race at The Curragh.  This time Mint’d’s trainer Willie McCreery said, “We had the draw and had to use it and she quickened up nicely.

“She is a nice filly and was second to probably the best filly (Fairyland) in Ireland the last day and it’s good that she has gone and won and franked that form.

“We’ll start looking at black-type now…she is a lovely filly and has grown again.”

Mintd is out of the Raven’s Pass mare Lisanor, from the immediate family of stakes-winning fillies Maid of Camelot and Apple Charlotte. Blury’s dam Marablu is a 2YO winner by Invincible Spirit, and a sister to Listed winner Moonlife. 

Olympic Glory’s first Australian yearlings attracted plenty of lively bidding at the major 2018 sales. Twenty-three of his 24 Magic Millions & Inglis Easter yearlings sold for an average price of $147,304, more than 8 times his fee, with top prices of $600,000 paid for the Downtown Manhattan colt, and $400,000 for the Lets Make Adeal filly. 

Buyers included Paul Perry, who added 9 Olympic Glory yearlings to his stable, Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, Gerald Ryan & David Payne, Craig Rounsefell, Paul Moroney, Julian Blaxland, George Moore & Carmel Size,   Darby Racing, Triple Crown Syndications, Proven Thoroughbreds & Spicer Thoroughbreds.

Olympic Glory’s four Group 1 victories were achieved over 1400 metres and a mile, at two, three and four, and he ended his career with a Timeform figure of 130.

Quality & value in Arrowfield's Classic yearlings

There is a compelling reason to buy at the 2018 Inglis Classic Sale, especially if the budget is tight.

Twenty of the last 32 stakeswinners offered at Inglis Classic were sold or passed in for $50,000 or less. That includes Group 1 winners I Am A Star ($40,000), She Will Reign ($20,000), and Yankee Rose ($10,000).

There’s also a good reason to make sure the 33-strong Arrowfield consignment is on the inspection list. An outlay of $115,000 at the 2014 Classic Sale would have bought Arrowfield graduates Spill The Beans, Odyssey Moon & Untamed Diamond, all by Snitzel.  Their earnings total a cool $1.5 million, and that’s not including their combined residual value. 

Spill The Beans was passed in at $45,000, and $60,000 would have secured him. With sale options exhausted, he raced in Arrowfield’s silks from the Gerald Ryan stable, winning five of his 11 starts including three Group races and $560,000 before retiring to stud at Aquis Farm.

Adam Cook had to bid only $25,000 to buy Odyssey Moon, subsequently sold for $120,000 to James Harron on behalf of Edmund & Belinda Bateman.  The colt won the $250,000 ATC Inglis Nursery (R) LR, then proved competitive in 2YO Group company, finishing second in the ATC Sires’ Produce S. G1. He sealed his $720,000 career with a Group 3 sprint success at Flemington before retirement to Twin Hills Stud.

Untamed Diamond was knocked down to New Zealand trainer Richard Collett for $30,000, about $5000 less than the Sale average and an investment her owners, Richard among them, have no cause to regret. She’s won 7 races including this season’s Waikato Racing Club Sprint LR and three races in Sydney for prizemoney of almost $300,000.

Yes, it’s true that the Classic Sale has strengthened considerably since 2014, supported by greatly improved rewards for racing in New South Wales. The 2017 Sale average was more than twice the figure achieved three years earlier.

Yet Arrowfield’s 2017 draft still offered attractive options for buyers on a budget, with 15 lots sold for $50,000 or less. One of those purchases, the Zoustar-Jessica Rose colt bought by Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, has already turned a handy profit, selling for $150,000 at October’s Inglis Ready2Race Sale.

What can value-seekers find in Arrowfield’s 2018 Classic draft, the first to be presented by the Stud at the spectacular new Inglis Riverside Stables?

First season, emerging and progressive stallions with good numbers in leading stables offer the same opportunity presented by those three Snitzel yearlings in 2014. Happily, Arrowfield has a strong collection of yearlings by four young sires in those categories.

Freshman sire Olympic Glory is not only a close physical match for Snitzel, he also had a similar racing profile as a precocious, high-class sprinter. However, he was an even better racehorse, achieving Champion status at two, winning four European Group 1 races at two, three & four and retiring with a Timeform rating of 130. Olympic Glory has five colts and three fillies in Arrowfield’s draft, with Group 1 winners Bonneval, Macedon Lady, Malaguerra, Tawqeet, Tycoon Lil & Victory Vein among their relations.

Dundeel, already off the mark with his first 2YO winner Cutadeel and placegetter Sunreel, has three fillies & two colts in Arrowfield’s Classic consignment out of mares by Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel, Encosta de Lago and Dehere.

Animal Kingdom’s ten 3YO winners this season include Group-placed Peaceful State, Melbourne winner Shalya and impressive debutante I Am Queen. He has two fillies and two colts on offer under Arrowfield’s banner.

Smart Missile has shot to the top of the current Third Season Sires’ table, thanks to his fourth 2YO stakeswinner Irish Bet and a host of city winners, among them Jane’s Angel, Memory Bank, Sparky Lad, Stylish Missile and The Avenger. Fully booked in his first five seasons at stud, Smart Missile is represented in major stables from Baker, Freedman, Hawkes & Hayes to Lees, Price, Ryan, Snowden & Waller, and has more than enough firepower to maintain his upward mobility.  Arrowfield will present five colts and a filly by Smart Missile at Inglis Classic, including relatives of Serenade Rose, Gunnison & Heatherly, and a son of Group 1 winner Clean Sweep. 

View the Arrowfield draft here.

Olympic Glory yearlings in demand at Magic Millions

Olympic Glory more than held his own in a strong field of first-crop sires at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale which opened the 2018 selling season.

Al Shaqab’s four-time Group 1 winner was represented by 12 lots in Book 1 and they all sold, averaging $181,667, around 10 times his 2015 fee. A further five yearlings sold up to $90,000 from Book 2.

Top price of $600,000 was paid by Katsumi Yoshida for the colt out of Downtown Manhattan, a full sister to South African Group 1 winner Whisky Baron, from the family of European Group winners Tashtiya, Tashelka and Tasaday. The colt’s grand-dam Tazkara was among the first mares sent to Australia for the joint breeding venture undertaken by HH The Aga Khan and Arrowfield. 

Another six colts made six-figure prices, notably Kenmore Lodge’s $260,000 son of Flighty (by Zabeel), knocked down to Spicer Thoroughbreds and champion trainer Darren Weir. Other buyers of those colts were trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott with Blue Sky, Gerald Ryan & David Payne, Guy Mulcaster & Dynamic Syndications.

The top-priced filly was Arrowfield’s daughter of Lanai (by Gone West), bought for $160,000 by trainer Paul Perry. He also signed for the colts out of Catalina Winemixer & Malukar and is enthusiastic about Olympic Glory’s prospects.

“His yearlings are outstanding types, a lot like Olympic Glory himself, with a great shoulder and good bone. I think he’s a standout among the first season sires.”

Paul sees much of Choisir, his former stable star and Olympic Glory’s sire, in these yearlings, especially in the Downtown Manhattan colt on which he was the under-bidder.   

Other buyers of Olympic Glory fillies included syndicators Triple Crown and Dalziel Racing with Peter Moody. 

Olympic Glory has 22 yearlings on offer by a dozen vendors at next month’s Inglis Classic Sale, among them 5 colts and three fillies in Arrowfield’s consignment

Arrowfield & Snitzel head Magic Millions results

Arrowfield Stud and its Champion Sire Snitzel completed a leading vendor & stallion double at the record-breaking 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, which wound up its Book 1 catalogue this evening. 

Arrowfield is the Leading Vendor by aggregate sales for the third consecutive year with $13,680,000 paid for 46 of forty-nine lots sold. 

Snitzel headed the Sires’ table by average for the first time with 33 lots sold for an average price of $483,788.

Arrowfield’s top lot was Snitzel’s and the Sale’s top-priced filly, the much-admired sister to Group 1 winner Sweet Idea and Group 2 winner Showtime, all out of Flidais. She was purchased for $1.8 million by Reg Inglis, Paul Frampton & American owner Jon Kelly and will be trained by Gai Waterhouse. 

The Stud also sold the $1 million Redoute’s Choice-Cat by the Tale colt, knocked down to James Moore Racing. That colt is the 75th million-dollar yearling by the three-time champion sire.

James Harron, who has enjoyed success with previous Arrowfield Magic Millions buys Sweet Idea & Dracarys, signed for the farm’s Snitzel colt from Madame Andree on the Sale’s opening day. The price was $900,000.

The top-priced son of Snitzel was the $1.6 million colt out of Admirelle and so a full brother to Group 1 winner and young sire Sizzling. That purchase was made by Phoenix Thoroughbreds, Aquis Farm, Yulong Investments and trainer Ciaron Maher.

Snitzel’s achieved his third seven-figure sale of the auction in tonight’s session when trainer Mark Newnham paid $1.1 million for the filly out of Intimate Moment. In all, Arrowfield and Snitzel accounted for five of the Sale’s top 10 lots. 

Arrowfield concluded its Book One offering with the $575,000 Snitzel-Just Dancing filly, bought by Damon Gabbedy’s Belmont Bloodstock. 

Gold medal stallion power at Magic Millions

It’s almost 25 years since the first yearlings by Danehill went through the sale-ring in Australia and his name has been up in lights ever since. As a multiple champion sire and founder of a mighty global stallion dynasty, his influence remains vibrant around the world.
 
Arrowfield has played a major part in the Danehill  story from the start, securing and launching the great breed-shaper himself, followed by three Champion sire sons, including his best, Redoute’s Choice, whose 152 stakeswinners include 32 at Group 1 level.

Redoute’s Choice anchors his own dynasty at Arrowfield, standing alongside his sons, Champion Sire Snitzel and leading sire Not A Single Doubt.

Four-time Group 1-winning sprinter-miler Olympic Glory, whose first Australian yearlings sell at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, is right at home in that line-up. He is a great-grandson of Danehill and son of Royal Ascot hero Choisir, and strongly resembles the compact, supremely athletic Snitzel, so it’s no surprise that he was also a top-class performer.

Racing against Europe’s best sprinter-milers, Olympic Glory won eight of his 15 starts from 1200 to 1600 metres at two, three and four. He was a Group 1 winner in each of those three seasons. And he was unbeaten at 1400 metres.

Timeform awarded Olympic Glory a final rating of 130, ranking him among the world’s top dozen performers in 2014, alongside Hong Kong stars Able Friend and Designs on Rome and a pound above Cirrus des Aigles, his stablemate Treve & Arrowfield’s own superstar Dundeel.

Champion jockey Frankie Dettori said of Olympic Glory, “He’s uncomplicated, he has gears and a great attitude, in fact he’s a jockey’s dream.”

Eleven of the 17 Olympic Glory yearlings at Magic Millions will be offered by Arrowfield, with the other six lots consigned by Meredith Park, Kenmore Lodge, Rushton Park, Riversdale, Southern Cross Breeders & Millbrook.

Arrowfield’s Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer highlights a pair of colts, Lot 177 out of Phaedra (by Hussonet) and Lot 675, out of Downtown Manhattan (by Manhattan Rain). “Both are great examples of what Olympic Glory is leaving, with great strength, balance and athleticism.”

For filly buyers, Lot 24 out of the Gone West mare Lanai is a must-see. Jon Freyer says, “She’s a gorgeous, eye-catching type from a sister to Group 1 winner Marsh Side. She has balance, strength and scope, and will be the first Olympic Glory yearling offered in Australia.” 

View Arrowfield’s 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast draft, including three fillies & 8 colts by Olympic Glory here.

Visit Arowfield's Stallion Open House in August

It’s time to start planning to visit the beautiful Hunter Valley for Stallion Showcase Week in August, just before the new breeding season begins on 1 September.

So far 21 new stallions have been announced for New South Wales in 2017, and Arrowfield is delighted to be introducing three of them: the “Beast from the East” Maurice, European 2YO sprinting star Shalaa and Japan’s 2016 Champion Sprinter & Miler Mikki Isle.

They join one of the most formidable stallion rosters in the world right now, headed by the magnificent champion sire Redoute’s Choice and his sensational sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt, collectively responsible for 253 stakeswinners, 59 of them this season alone.

Arrowfield will be open to visitors for morning and afternoon sessions over three days, as follows:

FRIDAY 25 AUGUST
9am – 12 noon (full stallion parade at 9.30am) & 2pm – 4pm

SATURDAY 26 AUGUST
9am – 12 noon (full parade at 9.30am) & 2pm – 4pm

SUNDAY 27 AUGUST
9am – 12 noon (full parade at 9.30am); no afternoon session.

Join us for great coffee & food, inspect the stallions and meet the Arrowfield team. To help our event planning, please email Sophie with numbers and your preferred day.