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.

Perast wins Best at Doomben

The maroon, white & yellow silks of prominent Sydney owners Francis & Christine Cook featured in several finishes on Saturday. That included strong wins by Deep Impact’s son Fierce Impact & Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Touch of Mink at Randwick, and Another Dollar’s close second in the Queensland Oaks G1.

Things didn’t go quite as smoothly later in the day at Doomben where a long delay to remedy the deteriorating track meant that the $150,000 Fred Best Classic 1350m G3 was re-scheduled to run only minutes before sunset.

Then Sambro, one of the two Cook runners in the race, was a late scratching. Fortunately, their other runner, Snitzel colt Perast, ended the day on the right note when he led all the way to post his third stakes victory of the season.

Watch Perast win the BRC Fred Best Classic G3.

The Cooks and their trainer Paul Perry now have to decide whether to press on the Queensland Guineas G2 over 1600m on 9 June, or to make the most of Perast’s ballot-free status in the 1350-metre Stradbroke Handicap G1 on the same day.

The Stradbroke’s Group 1 status, history of three-year-old winners and additional $1.15 million prizemoney will, no doubt, be considered along with Perast’s aptitude and potential as a stallion.

Now the winner of four races from 1100 to 1400m and almost $400,000, Perast was bred by Jonathan Munz’s GSA Bloodstock and bought by Paul Perry for $100,000 from the Maluka Thoroughbreds draft at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

He is the best of four winners out of Zabeel’s South Australian St Leger-winning daughter Thousand Veils, and the third stakeswinner from 30 runners bred on the Snitzel/Zabeel cross, after Time For War and Lubiton. Sadly, Thousand Veils died in January, leaving behind her sixth and final foal, a colt by Smart Missile.

Perast is one of Snitzel’s 26 individual Australian stakeswinners this season – one short of a new outright record – and his Fred Best Classic success takes Snitzel’s tally for 2017/18 to 43 Group and Listed wins.

Perast all the way at Doomben

Snitzel’s son Perast showed his Group 3 win at Caulfield last Spring was no fluke when he ran his rivals ragged in Saturday’s $100,000 BRC Queensland Day S. 1350m LR. 

Watch Perast win the BRC Queensland Day S. LR.

The 3YO colt was bred by Jonathan Munz’s GSA Bloodstock and bought by trainer Paul Perry for $100,000 from the Maluka Thoroughbreds draft at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Paul, who also appears in the ownership alongside Francis & Christine Cook and partners, said, “He was a fit horse today and he’s had those few runs back, and once he settled and got past halfway, he looked good. I think that’s the best he’s been today and he should improve off that.”

Perast stays in Brisbane and will start again before tackling either the $350,000 Queensland Guineas G2 or the $1.5 million Stradbroke H. G1 on 9 June.

He is the best of four winners out of Listed winner Thousand Veils, and the third stakeswinner  from 30 runners bred on the Snitzel/Zabeel cross, after Time For War and Lubiton. Sadly, Thousand Veils died in January, leaving behind her sixth and final foal, a colt by Smart Missile.

Perast’s is one of Snitzel’s 26 individual Australian stakeswinners this season – just one short of a new outright record -and his  second stakes victory takes Snitzel’s tally for 2017/18 to 42 Group and Listed wins.

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

Snitzel rises to a new level of performance

After Snitzel’s record-setting feats in 2017/18, it seemed unlikely that he would find another level of performance this season. Yet that is exactly what he’s doing.

His spectacular work continued last weekend, as a pair of colts took his lifetime record to 70 stakeswinners.

Showtime has defined “knocking on the door of stakes success” after fourths to Pariah and Gunnison, a third to She Will Reign, a second to Doubt I’m Dreaming and a fifth to Royal Symphony. It’s surely a good omen that his breakthrough finally came at his first try over 1600 metres, in the $200,000 MVRC Bill Stutt S. G2 on Friday evening. A start in the $2 million Caulfield Guineas G1 on 14 October now beckons.

Watch Showtime win the MVRC Bill Stutt S. G2.

The Hawkes-trained Showtime (ex Flidais by Timber Country) is a full brother to Group 1 winner Sweet Idea, bred by the partnership of Arrowfield and Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm, and sold for $1.1 million at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale. His breeders remain in his ownership, alongside Alan Jones, Jonathan Munz, Eric Koundouris, JG Moore and Greg & Barbara Ingham.

Flidais has a 2YO Snitzel colt bought for $240,000 by Apollo Ng at Inglis Easter, a yearling full sister and was served again by Snitzel last week.

Snitzel has made a habit of siring the winner and one or both placegetters in black type races. He did it for the third time in a month when Perast led all the way to win Sunday’s $175,000 MRC Caulfield Guineas Prelude 1400m G3 and Summer Passage took the runner-up spot from Kementari. 

Watch Perast & Summer Passage quinella the MRC Caulfield Guineas Prelude G3

Perast was bred by Jonathan Munz’s GSA Bloodstock (he also part-owns the 1000 Guineas Prelude runner-up Shoals), and bought by trainer Paul Perry for $100,000 from the Maluka Thoroughbreds draft at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. 

He is the best of four winners out of Listed winner Thousand Veils, and the third stakeswinner bred on the Snitzel/Zabeel cross, after Time For War and Lubiton. 

Perast is among 13 stakeswinners from Snitzel’s 2014 crop which has supplied six of his 11 Group & Listed winners since 1 August. That’s easily the best season start of Snitzel’s career.

The champion son of Redoute’s Choice certainly set the bar very high in 2016/17, when he equalled Danehill’s season record of 26 stakeswinners, but two months into 2017/18, his reach already looks capable of exceeding his grasp.

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.

Beneteau quinella at Sydney 2YO Trials

A Newcastle-trained pair of fillies have given notice that Beneteau’s second and final crop is set to match the impact made by his first runners last season.

Twist Tops made it look easy  in Trial 5 at the Randwick 2YO Trials, taking control of proceedings after 300 metres and railing up smoothly to race away by 2.8 lengths from Arrowfield graduate Jeanneau (ex North Sea by Hussonet), with another 5 lengths back to Bella Vino. The time of 49.09 was third-fastest of the morning’s 12 juvenile trials, all held over 838 metres.

Watch the Beneteau trial quinella.

Twist Tops was bred by Bob Hannon, also the breeder of dual Group 1 winner Shamus Award, and is trained by Kris Lees for a partnership including Bob’s son David.

The filly is out of the smart city winner Imtops (by High Rolling), a half-sister to the dam of Group 1 winner Irish Darling, herself the dam of 2YO stakeswinner and young sire Fighting Sun. All are descended from one of New Zealand’s best racemares of the 1970s, Battle Eve (25 wins).

Jeanneau was bred and offered by Arrowfield at the Inglis Classic Sale where trainer Paul Perry bought her for $170,000, the second highest price paid for a filly at the sale. Her dam, from the family of champion sire Storm Bird and his sister, champion Canadian filly Northernette, has a 3YO filly, American At Sea (by All American), and a yearling colt by Smart Missile.

Beneteau (by Redoute’s Choice) was second on last season’s Australian First Season Sires’ premiership by earnings, winners & wins, but died in January 2013, leaving only 135 live foals, 49 of them in his second crop.