Ryan close to a Snitzel century

Leading Sydney trainer Gerald Ryan has three Saturday runners (Spill The Beans & Dances On Stars at Eagle Farm, and Argie Bargie at Kembla Grange) capable of delivering his 100th win with the progeny of his former stable star Snitzel.

It’s a big milestone for Gerald, who has trained plenty of notable winners by other stallions (including Group 1 winners Melito, Mrs Onassis & Peggy Jean), but is widely known as Mr Snitzel, thanks to his 43 winners of 99 races and $8.3 million prizemoney by the sensational son of Redoute’s Choice.  

Nine of those winners are among Snitzel’s 38 stakeswinners and all of them, except Dances On Stars & Fireworks, were bred & sold by Arrowfield:

  • Snitzerland (VRC Lightning S. G1) for Neil Werrett & Steve McCann
  • Darby Racing’s dual Group 2 winner Time For War
  • Triple Crown Syndications’ Group 2 winners Flying Snitzel & Hot Snitzel (who later won the BTC Cup G1 for Peter & Paul Snowden)
  • Perignon (ATC Light Fingers S. G2) for Camilla Flower & Sylvana Surace
  • Group 3 winner Dances On Stars for Brian Mullins, Donna Keegan and Anne & Richard Glenister
  • Fairway Thoroughbreds’ home-bred 2YO stakeswinner Fireworks
  • Arrowfield’s dual Group 3-winning colt Spill The Beans
  • and Listed winner Ygritte for Carl Holt.

Gerald and owner Damion Flower bought Snitzel himself for $260,000 from Yarraman Park Stud & breeder Francois Naude at the 2004 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Gerald then prepared Snitzel throughout his 15-start, seven-win, $1 million career, including the 2006 MRC Oakleigh Plate G1, beating Virage de Fortune & Takeover Target.

He says, “Damion and I said before we bought him as a yearling, if this horse can gallop he will make a stallion, so to see what he’s doing is very pleasing. I’m very proud of him.”

Gerald nominates toughness, durability and speed as Snitzel’s best racing qualities. In fact, he was so sound and healthy when he retired that his vet record was almost blank.  

“He doesn’t stamp his progeny as types, but most of them are really athletic and, like him, they don’t go shinsore.  They have pretty good temperaments too, and if they’re feisty, they improve with each prep.

“I train the Snitzels similar to how I trained him. When he galloped, he went fast, but I kept him sharp.”

Group 1 winner Snitzerland is an easy choice for the best Snitzel progeny Gerald has trained, but he has several favourites.

“Snitzerland went through from her breaker’s prep to run second at her first start in a Listed Race on Melbourne Cup Day.  She was so tough, and always did everything you wanted her to do.

“I also have a soft spot for Intertidal, Snitzel’s first winner. I raced and trained his mum Miss Rainmaker, as well as her sire Hurricane Sky.”

Second-crop filly Schiffer was special too. “She was so tough and so arrogant. I bought her So You Think daughter last year and she’s the same.” Yet to race, the 2YO filly is named Schifty Thinker.

“And my staff cried when Hot Snitzel left the stable!”

Gerald has bought and advised on the purchase of Snitzel’s yearlings since the first crop went through the ring in 2009, and this year he joined Damion Flower’s Jadeskye Racing to buy the $1.6 million Magic Millions Sale-topping colt out of Mirror Mirror. However, his stable of Snitzels continues to draw from various sources, at a range of prices.

2YO colt Sahara Emaar (ex Lady of the Desert by Desert Prince) was a $50,000 David Raphael buy from Milburn Creek’s Inglis Melbourne Premier draft. “A nice, big colt”, he was a good third to Prized Icon and Attention in his first trial and returned to work this week.

Another 2YO, Corumbene Stud’s home-bred filly Samantha (ex Icedginger by Tale Of The Cat) trials next week. Gerald says, “Based on what she’s shown me, she could be my best filly since Snitzerland.”

As for the 2016 yearlings, the Mirror Mirror and Maid For Me colts, and the Perfect Truth filly have all “broken in sensationally.”

The odds on Gerald Ryan’s second Snitzel century are already shortening.

Grateful acknowledgement to Racing & Sports: www.racingandsports.com.au for the data on Gerald Ryan’s record with Snitzel’s progeny.

Snitzel filly nabs Light Fingers Stakes

Snitzel’s blazing hot summer continued at Randwick on Saturday when his daughter Perignon became his 35th stakeswinner, and third stakeswinner since 24 January, in the $175,000 ATC Light Fingers S. 1200m G2.

It was a well-deserved success for the 3YO filly who has chased Speak Fondly home three times in Group company, as a juvenile and in last Spring’s Furious S. G2 and Flight S. G1. This time, she showed the benefit of further development since her Spring campaign by making up several lengths in the straight to catch Kangarilla Joy and Tempt Me Not, and score a thrilling win.

Jockey Tim Clark said of Perignon, “A classy filly. First up against a couple of race fit horses was always going to be a tough ask, but I was really happy when I found Hughie’s back [Hugh Bowman, on Kangarilla Joy] down the side. I just wanted to hold onto her for as long as I could and fortunately we timed it right and got there in the end.”

Perignon takes her trainer Gerald Ryan’s record of success with Snitzel’s progeny to nine stakeswinners, all of them except Dances On Stars & Fireworks bred & sold by Arrowfield: Snitzerland (VRC Lightning S. G1), Group 2 winners Flying Snitzel, Hot Snitzel (who later won the BTC Cup for Peter & Paul Snowden), Perignon & Time For War; Group 3 winners Dances On Stars, Fireworks and Spill The Beans; & Listed winner Ygritte.

Perignon was bred by the Arrowfield-Jungle Pocket partnership, also repsonsible for Group 1 winners Sweet Idea, Hot Snitzel, Reaan & Weekend Hussler. She was a $350,000 Ryan purchase for owners Camilla Flower & Sylvana Surace from Arrowfield’s 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast draft. 

Perignon’s dam is the Japanese-bred mare Last Blaze, a daughter of Narita Brian and Melbourne Group 2 winner Rubidium. Last Blaze’s four earlier foals, two by Snitzel and two Not A Single Doubt, have all won including Perignon’s sister, the Group-placed city winner Hollyweird, also trained by Gerald Ryan.

Now owned by Oakland Park Stud, Last Blaze has a colt among the 24 Snitzel yearlings to be offered at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale later ths month.

Snitzel’s latest run of black type success began with Sun Jewellery’s Hong Kong Classic Mile HK-1 victory on 24 January and continued with last Saturday’s ATC Eskimo Prince S. G3 win by Spill The Beans. With fresh talent such as China Dream (third in Saturday’s Blue Diamond Prelude G3) emerging each week,  Snitzel’s Autumn attack is only beginning.

Mr Snitzel strikes again with Perignon

Gai Waterhouse, Peter Moody, Mick Price, John O’Shea & Neville Parnham all have excellent winning strike rates with the progeny of Snitzel, but no-one has prepared more winners by him than his own trainer, Gerald Ryan.

On Saturday he produced Arrowfield graduate Perignon to confirm a place among the top 10 qualifiers for next month’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR with a strong win over 1200 metres at Canterbury.

Perignon, fourth on debut in the Wyong Magic Millions Classic (R) LR nine days ago, settled back and wide from gate 10 during the early running. Jockey Brenton Avdulla did not press her until the 300-metre mark when Perignon sprinted sharply to score by a neck, with her ears pricked, from Look To The Stars, with Racy the same margin away in third place.

From the Japanese-bred mare Last Blaze, Perignon is yet another result of the highly successful Arrowfield-Jungle Pocket Partnership, and was a $350,000 purchase for Gerald Ryan from the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Last Blaze is a winning daughter of Narita Brian and the Australian Group 2 winner Rubidium, from the immediate family of dual Group 1 winner Dash For Cash. She has already left smart juvenile (and Group-placed 3YO) Hollyweird, also trained by Ryan, to Snitzel.

Unfortunately, Last Blaze slipped to Beneteau in 2013, but foaled a Snitzel colt this Spring for her new owner Oakland Park Stud in Western Australia.

Snitzel, himself third in Bradbury’s Luck’s 2005 Magic Millions 2YO Classic, has supplied placegetters in three of the past four runnings of the race, all of them sold by Arrowfield: Oakleigh Girl (2014, 2nd, trained by Dan Bougoure); Sweet Idea (2nd, 2013, Gai Waterhouse); and Schiffer (trained by Gerald Ryan to finish 3rd in 2011).

Perignon is the 29th individual winner by Snitzel to be trained by Gerald Ryan and she has plenty to live up to. The Ryan stable’s past and current Team Snitzel includes Group 1 winner Snitzerland and Group 2 winners Hot Snitzel, Flying Snitzel & Time For War who have collectively returned $3.5 million on the $266,000 they cost as yearlings.

Like Perignon – and Ryan’s Magic Millions Guineas runner Aerobar – they were all bred, raised and sold by Arrowfield. View the Stud’s 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast & Inglis Classic drafts, including three fillies and two colts by Snitzel, here.