Four success stories, one Easter draft

Ever wanted a Listed Race winner?  Hoped for a Group 3 winner?

Longed for a Group 2 winner?  Fantasised about owning a Group 1 winner?

At the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale, buyers needed to visit only one draft to find all four kinds of success stories.

You guessed right, it was the Arrowfield draft.

The latest star to emerge from the 32 yearlings the Stud offered at Easter that year is Saturday’s heroic VRC C.S. Hayes S. G3 winner Wandjina (Snitzel-La Bamba by Last Tycoon). He was one of the most popular Arrowfield yearlings in 2013 and sold for $1 million to James Harron, acting for leading owners Edmund & Belinda Bateman.

Champion South African 2YO filly Majmu (Redoute’s Choice-Spontaneous by Hussonet) was a $300,000 purchase by Angus Gold for Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Stud. She has raced only in black type company, winning all three of her juvenile starts, and achieving elite status with a dominant victory in December’s Kenilworth Cape Fillies Guineas G1.  Champion trainer Mike de Kock already rates her one of the best fillies he’s trained.

Well-known bloodstock agent Dermot Farrington was the successful bidder at $100,000 for the Manhattan Rain colt from Lunaspur (by Flying Spur). Sent to Mick Price by his owners Peter Anastasiou & Ken Biddick, he was named Moonovermanhattan and  made a dream debut, winning the SAJC National S. G3 and most of his purchase price in May 2014.

He progressed steadily to win the MVRC Moonee Valley Vase G2 as a Spring 3YO and has recently returned with Group 1 glory in his sights this Autumn.

Qatar Bloodstock’s agent David Redvers bought Crafty (Moonovermanhattan-Spirited Dancer by Sadler’s Wells) for $150,000. Sent to Robert Smerdon, she made her debut 10 months later, placing twice before a 3-length debut win at Sandown.

Two starts later she was a 2YO Listed Race winner and then, as a Spring 3YO, earned Oaks favouritism with placings in the VRC Edward Manifold S. G2 and MRC Caulfield Classic G3. Sadly, injury prematurely ended her racing career, but Crafty had already done enough to warrant the first-class stud opportunities she will now receive in the northern hemisphere.

Of these four Arrowfield graduates, only Wandjina has a sibling in this year’s Easter consignment from the Stud. That’s Lot 8, the Manhattan Rain colt from La Bamba.

However, buyers need not fear any disappointment when they arrive in a few weeks’ time at the historic Big Barn where Arrowfield’s yearlings are housed at the Inglis Easter Sale. Thirty-five yearlings await them, including colts from Miss Finland, Alinghi, Brazilian Pulse, Hollow Bullet & US grade 1 winner Miss Match, Alverta’s first daughter, Weekend Hussler’s half-sister by Redoute’s Choice, Sweet Idea’s full sister, Smart Missile’s full brother & the half-brother to Dundeel.

 

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).

Second stakeswinner for Manhattan Rain

Qatar Bloodstock celebrated its first stakes success in Australia when Manhattan Rain’s 2YO daughter Crafty swept to victory in the $120,000 Taj Rossi Series Final LR at Flemington on Saturday.

The Robert Smerdon-trained filly drove home strongly from the middle of the field to outfinish Triple Gold by a nose, with 1.8 lengths back to All American’s son Zebulon in third place. Zebulon won at Flemington two weeks ago and his run was full of merit, given he drew 13 and was four wide coming into the straight.

Jockey Mark Zahra said of Crafty, “She did a good job today, I let her be where she wanted today and she hit the line strongly. I think she will get further, she’s a filly with a lovely temperament, so I think she will improve.”

Crafty is the second stakeswinner by first season sire Manhattan Rain following Moonovermanhattan’s Group 3 win at Morphettville in May. The Group 1-winning half-brother to Redoute’s Choice has also been represented by the stakes-placed colts Chengdu and Light Up Manhattan.

Manhattan Rain and All American are among the four first season sires that have left Australian stakeswinners this season.

Crafty (ex Spirited Dancer by Sadler’s Wells) has now won two of her five starts and returned much of the $150,000 David Redvers bid for her on behalf of Qatar Bloodstock at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale where she was offered by her breeder Arrowfield Stud. 

Crafty is a half-sister to Flemington Group 3 winner Lunar Rise (by Starcraft) whose full brother was purchased at this year’s Inglis Easter Sale by Badger’s Bloodstock. Spirited Dancer, from the immediate family of champion Peintre Celebre, has a weanling filly by Gio Ponti and is in foal to Animal Kingdom.

Impressive new winner for Manhattan Rain

The exuberant claret and gold silks of Qatar Bloodstock entered the Australian city winner’s circle for the second time in eight days when Manhattan Rain’s 2YO daughter Crafty won by 3 lengths in Melbourne on Wednesday.

The Arrowfield-bred filly powered home by 3 lengths over 1200 metres on the Slow6 track at Sandown-Lakeside, sprinting her final 600 metres in 33.53 seconds, the best time of the day. Race favourite Puzzle was second and another Arrowfield graduate, Electric Charge (Charge Forward-Miss Bussell) was third for the Robbie Griffiths stable.

Like last week’s Sandown winner Cautious, Crafty was purchased at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale by David Redvers for the bloodstock investment company established in 2010 by Sheikh Fahad al Thani and his brothers.

Crafty, from the Sadler’s Wells mare Spirited Dancer, was bought from Arrowfield for $150,000 and was making her first appearance since a pair of third placings in February and March.

Her trainer Robert Smerdon said, “I must say I conceded the top two runners (Puzzle and Fairy Star) might be too good for her but she stepped up and she has always shown ability.

“I wasn’t quite sure she had made the improvement but she was terrific. We are thinking that she will be better at middle distance and beyond, so it is a case of seeing how far we can get her out, possibly over a mile this preparation.

“I think spring may be too close so we will keep her going and look at the autumn with her.”

Crafty is the third winner for first season sire Manhattan Rain, also represented by the Mick Price-trained Moonovermanhattan (SAJC National S. G3 on debut), winning filly Downtown Manhattan and stakes-placed colts Chengdu (in Perth) and Light Up Manhattan (in Melbourne & Adelaide).

Manhattan Rain, All American, I Am Invincible and Denman are the only first season sires that have left Australian stakeswinners this season.

Crafty is a half-sister to Flemington Group 3 winner Lunar Rise (by Starcraft) whose full brother was purchased at this year’s Inglis Easter Sale by Badger’s Bloodstock. Spirited Dancer,  from the immediate family of champion Peintre Celebre, has a weanling filly by Gio Ponti and is in foal to Animal Kingdom.

Mill Park sells record-priced Starcraft filly

The Watson family of Mill Park Stud extended their outstanding record as vendors of yearlings by Starcraft when they sold his daughter from Dane Belltar for $650,000 on the final day of the Inglis Australian Easter Sale.

That figure is a new benchmark for Starcraft and was paid by David Redvers, acting on behalf of Qatar Bloodstock, who said, “I thought she was the best filly in the sale.”

The grey filly is the third six-figure sale that Mill Park has achieved with yearlings by Starcraft. The Stud also sold the stakeswinner Perfect Punch for $300,000 at the 2010 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, and a $320,000 filly by Victory Cry at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

The filly is a half-sister to last spring’s Caulfield Cup G1 winner Fawkner and Group 2 winner Tanby, from the VRC Oaks-placed Group 3 winner Dane Belltar (by Danewin).

Starcraft’s top-priced colt at the Easter Sale was Lot 255, the brother to Group-placed city winner Havana, from Top Cuban (by Anabaa). Offered by Arrowfield, he was purchased for $360,000 by the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Three other colts made six figures and all ten of Starcraft’s Session 1 entries sold for the excellent average price of $170,500.