Zestful wins the Razor Sharp at Randwick

Arrowfield Magic Millions National graduate Zestful has ended 2017 as she began it, with black type success at Randwick and the bonus of a shot at the $1 million Magic Millions Fillies & Mares on 13 January.  

“Zest” is exactly what the 6YO mare displayed in the $125,000 ATC Razor Sharp H. 1200m LR. She settled midfield for Christian Reith and powered up quickly at the top of the straight to claim the lead 200 metres out. Her determination shone through when I Thought So challenged hard in the final 100 metres, but Zestful prevailed, taking her record to six wins and prizemoney of just over $400,000.

Watch Zestful win the ATC Razor Sharp H. LR.

Zestful is the fifth Australian stakeswinner this season for her champion sire Redoute’s Choice, and the best of nine winners left by Zest, by Marauding from Newhaven Park’s celebrated matron Summoned. 

She’s also one of nine stakeswinners from the 92 foals in Redoute’s Choice’s 2011 crop, a group headed by Group 1 winners Majmu, Peeping and Hampton Court.

Originally purchased for $90,000 by Frampton Racing from Arrowfield’s 2013 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale draft, Zestful is now owned by Paul Frampton and Widden Stud.

Arrowfield and John Leaver are breeding from her siblings Zing and Swing (by Not A Single Doubt), in foal to Maurice, and Tang (by Redoute’s Choice), in foal to Dundeel after delivering a colt by the six-time Group 1 winner this Spring.

First black type for Arrowfield 2YOs

Hard on the heels of an Arrowfield graduate treble in Hong Kong, came a trio of Arrowfield-sold 2YOs to fill three of the available six placings in the season’s first Australian juvenile stakes races, held at Randwick on Saturday.

The ATC Breeders’ Plate 1000m LR provided a notable result for agent James Harron & trainers Peter & Paul Snowden who bought the impressive winner Capitalist and the runner-up Detective at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Snitzel’s son Detective, bred by the Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones partnership, was a $220,000 purchase from Arrowfield’s draft.

Detective is out of Western Australian Group 1 winner Covertly (by Metal Storm), also dam of Bourne Supremacy (by Redoute’s Choice), a two-time city winner from the Perth stable of Chris Gangemi.

Covertly has a yearling full brother to Detective & a Snitzel colt born last month, and visits four-time Group 1-winning sprinter-miler Olympic Glory.

In the ATC Gimcrack S. 1000m LR for 2YO fillies Arrowfield supplied Jeanneau and Slumber Party, who filled the placings behind the Darley home-bred Calliope.

Jeanneau (Beneteau-North Sea by Hussonet) was bought by her trainer Paul Perry from the Inglis Classic (Summer) Sale for $170,000, Arrowfield’s top price and the second-highest price paid for a filly at that sale.

North Sea, from the family of champion sire Storm Bird, also has an unraced 3YO daughter American At Sea (by All American) and a yearling colt by Smart Missile.

Jeanneau is the sixth stakes performer from 40 runners for Arrowfield’s gifted home-bred colt Beneteau, who sired two crops before his death in January 2013.

Slumber Party (Snitzel-Hokuspokus by Red Ransom) gave trainer Gai Waterhouse, US owner Jon Kelly and New South Wales-based Paul Frampton an early black type return on the $620,000 they paid for her at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale where she was Arrowfield’s second top-priced filly.

Hokuspokus, a city-winning half-sister to juvenile stakeswinners Come Hither & Fun In Flight from the Easy Date family, has a yearling colt by Animal Kingdom, and in August produced a colt to Dundeel.

Detective & Slumber Party take Snitzel’s tally of 2YO stakes performers to 42 – more than 13% of all his juvenile runners.

Slumber Party wideawake at 2YO Trials

The way Snitzel’s powerfully built daughter Slumber Party won her trial on Monday delighted her trainer, who saddled up two winners and a pair of placegetters at the Randwick 2YO Trials.

Gai Waterhouse commented on her website, “She has participated in every gallop, she has done all the work, and she has not missed a beat.

“This morning she was very much awake. She sprung the gates, sat outside the lead, cornered well, and then the daughter of leading stallion Snitzel powered away to win impressively. I like this filly a lot and I was confident she would run well this morning.”

Watch Slumber Party’s trial win.

Slumber Party was a $620,000 purchase by Waterhouse and American owner Jon Kelly from the Arrowfield draft at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, and she is raced by Kelly in partnership with Paul Frampton.

Her dam is the juvenile winner Hokuspokus (by Red Ransom), a half-sister to a pair of stakes-winning 2YO fillies, Come Hither and Fun In Flight, from the notably precocious Easy Date family of Forensics, Snippets, Not A Single Doubt & Zizou.

Hokuspokus has a yearling colt by Animal Kingdom and foaled a colt by Dundeel just over three weeks ago.

Other Randwick 2YO trialists from the Waterhouse stable included the Arrowfield Inglis Easter graduate Piping Hot (More Than Ready-Ribe), who ran on well for fourth in the trial won by Desirable Miss, and Overreactive (Redoute’s Choice-Reactive), runner-up to Calliope in the fastest fillies’ trial of the morning.

Sixteen of Snitzel’s 32 stakeswinners have been successful in that company at two and he has been a top 5 Australian sire in that category for the past four years. This season he has more juvenile firepower than ever before, with 185 live foals in his 2013 crop.