World Champion Black Caviar to visit Snitzel

The owners of Black Caviar have announced that the unbeaten World Champion & three-time Australian Horse of the Year will visit Arrowfield’s sensational young sire Snitzel in 2015.

Black Caviar (Bel Esprit-Helsinge by Desert Sun) has a yearling filly by Exceed and Excel and a colt foal by Sebring born on 23 September.

The mare’s part-owner Gary Wilkie said all was progressing well with Black Caviar, ahead of her date with Snitzel.

“Black Caviar’s first two foals are a real credit to this champion racemare…she has given us a lot to look forward to with both foals to date.”

Black Caviar, bred in Victoria by Ric Jamieson and trained by Peter Moody, captivated Australia during her unbeaten, 25- start, four-year career in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane & England. 

Her superlative record includes 15 Group 1 victories headed by the Royal Ascot Golden Jubilee Stakes, VRC Lightning S.-three times, ATC T.J. Smith S.-twice, VRC Victoria Racing Club S.-twice, MVRC William Reid S.- twice & the VRC Newmarket Handicap.

Black Caviar achieved a peak rating of 132 on the 2011 World Thoroughbred Rankings, and two years later joined the great French filly Treve to head the rankings with a figure of 130. Her peak Timeform rating of 136 ranks her alongside Todman, Vain & Manikato, and is the highest figure ever earned by a mare racing in Australia.

Black Caviar was inducted to the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2013, and is one of only ten mares to receive that honour.

No slouch himself, Snitzel won the 2006 MRC Oakleigh Plate 1100m G1, a race that Black Caviar never contested, and three other Group races in a brilliant two-season career.

At stud, thirty-two stakeswinners, including Group 1 winners Shamus Award, Sweet Idea, Wandjina, Snitzerland, Hot Snitzel & Sizzling, and four million-dollar yearlings have consolidated Snitzel’s status as Australia’s hottest young sire.

Black Caviar’s dam and grand-dam have already visited Arrowfield with spectacular racetrack and sale-ring results.

Her dam Helsinge left a filly and a colt by three-time champion sire Redoute’s Choice that sold for a total of $7.6 million at the 2012 & 2013 Inglis Easter Yearling Sales. Black Caviar’s second dam Scandinavia (by Snippets) left Group 1-winning sprinter & sire Magnus, and Group-placed stakeswinner Arctic Flight to now-retired champion sire Flying Spur.

Abidewithme scores at Caulfield

The 2009 crop of Redoute’s Choice is one of his very best, with 21 stakeswinners from 107 named foals – an exceptional strike rate of 19.6%.

They are not short of quality either: 13 of them have won in Group company and three of those, champion sprinter Lankan Rupee, South African star Wylie Hall and Oaks winner Royal Descent, are Group 1 winners.

Nor is their record complete. A week after Royal Descent returned this season to claim the ATC Warwick S. G2 on 22 August, Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan’s homebred mare Abidewithme has won her season debut at Caulfield.

Watch Abidewithme’s win at Caulfield.

Already the winner of eight races in New Zealand, including last season’s Waikato RC Travis S. G2, Abidewithme was making her first raceday appearance since being transferred to the Melbourne stable of Peter Moody. 

The Mares Handicap over 1400 metres also attracted last season’s VRC Oaks G1 winner Set Square who settled just ahead of Abidewithme at the rear, while Danestroem and Kansas Sunflower made the pace up front.

As the field swung round the turn, Patrick Moloney took Abidewithme wide, while Michael Dee directed Set Square towards the rail.  The pair were more-or-less level at the 200-metre mark, but the 3kg Abidewithme received from Set Square began to tell and she forged to a narrow lead she held over the closing stages of the race.

It was a fine effort by both mares and Abidewithme’s winning time of 1:23.02 was faster than the other three 1400-metre races on the Caulfield card, including Boban’s Memsie Stakes G1.

Abidewithme and her stakes-winning half-sister Miss Scarlatti are the best of six winners from the dual Group winner Crimson (by Zabeel), a three-quarter sister to 1987 Victoria Derby winner Omnicorp, from the family of Singpore Group 1 winner Always Certain (by Not A Single Doubt). Crimson is now retired after foaling a 2014 filly to Group 3 winner Burgundy (by Redoute’s Choice).

Guineas prospect for Qatar Bloodstock

A 3YO filly defeating older horses on debut in the Spring is usually noteworthy and that was the case on Thursday when Qatar Bloodstock’s Betsy won by 4 lengths at Cranbourne.

The daughter of Redoute’s Choice started favourite and jumped well to settle second, on the outside of Talaawa, where she strode along sweetly for jockey Luke Nolen.  Betsy responded strongly when urged forward around the home bend, extended at the 200-metre mark and sprinted clear for an easy win.

Nolen said,  “I think she is a really nice filly going places. Hopefully, that ride will secure me a ride on her in the future. I really think she has a bright future.

“She has a wonderful attitude, and more importantly she has a nice motor and a real presence about her.”

Betsy’s TAB odds for the $500,000 MRC Thousand Guineas G1 on 11 October fell from $51 before the win, to $21 afterwards.

However, trainer Peter Moody is keeping his options open with her. “I’m just not sure just how deep she will go in her first preparation. I’ll just be guided by her.”

Bred by John & Deborah Camilleri’s Fairway Thoroughbreds, Betsy is out of the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes winner Quays (by Royal Academy).  David Redvers bid $250,000 for the Coolmore-offered filly at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale but was quick to credit Moody with selecting her for Qatar Bloodstock.

Betsy is one of several exciting members of Redoute’s Choice’s 2011 crop, a group headed by Scissor Kick (ATC Up and Coming S. G3, Rosebud LR) and Majmu (last season’s Champion South African 2YO filly, unbeaten in 3 starts).

Randwick Group quinella for Redoute's Choice

For the past five weekends Redoute’s Choice has been matching strides with his son Snitzel, as they’ve compiled 14 Group & Listed stakes wins between them since 8 February.

This family rivalry took a new turn on Saturday at Randwick when Not A Single Doubt’s 3YO daughter Villa Verde stepped up to the plate and defeated Group 1 winner Snitzerland (by Snitzel) in the ATC Challenge S. 1000m G2.

Redoute’s Choice responded in the very next race, when his grand 4YO daughters A Time For Julia and Lilliburlero fought out the finish of the $150,000 ATC Roy Higgins Tribute Quality 1200m G3. Retired champion sire Flying Spur made it a clean sweep for Arrowfield with his third-placed daughter Recoinage.

It was the second Group success this campaign for A Time For Julia (ex Procrastinate by Jade Hunter) who is raced by her owner-breeders John & Deborah Camilleri. John’s delight was evident in his comment on Saturday evening, after several replays of the race video: “I love this mare – I bred her and she carries my daughter’s name – for me it is just so complete!”

A Time For Julia’s record now reads four wins and a touch over $350,000 prizemoney from ten starts, and a start in next Saturday’s Coolmore Classic G1 beckons.

Trainer Peter Moody said, “It was good and pleasing for where we are going in seven days – 1500 metres around Rosehill, and you want to be winning that but the manner in which she did it was the pleasing thing.

“She came off a tempo that was not as strong as we might have liked to have seen but she closed it out well. We’ve always had this opinion of her and I’m just glad to see it.”

A Time For Julia’s jockey Blake Shinn said, “She got further back than I anticipated, but I rode her where she was comfortable and she was there for me when I asked her. A great performance.”

All the jockeys in the race wore black armbands as a mark of respect for champion jockey and sporting hero Roy Higgins, who died last Saturday.

A Time For Julia is one of 7 Australian stakeswinners this season for Redoute’s Choice, currently third on the General Sires’ Premiership with prizemoney of $6.1 million.

Redoute’s Choice has 34 yearlings in next month’s Inglis Australian Easter Sale, among them three fillies and six colts consigned by Arrowfield –  view them here.