Rosebud victory opens Snitzel’s season, again

Sandbar’s gritty victory in Saturday’s $150,000 Rosebud H. LR looks very much like a good omen for Snitzel’s 2018/19 season, if recent history means anything…

Sandbar’s gritty victory in Saturday’s $150,000 Rosebud H. 1100m LR looks very much like a good omen for Snitzel’s 2018/19 season, if recent history means anything. 

Watch Sandbar’s win in the ATC Rosebud H. LR.

The neatly made colt is the third son of Snitzel to win the race in the past three years. Thronum won it in 2016 and Menari won it last year, each success kicking off a spectacular Championship season for their sire, now going for his third consecutive title. 

Sandbar’s five-start 2YO campaign added two wins, including a Listed 2YO success, and a Slipper eighth to Snitzel’s record-breaking 2017/18 season. Trainer Brad Widdup has justifiable confidence in the colt’s Golden Rose G1 prospects.

He says, “He’s a tough horse. He’s shown it all along. Last time in he had a long campaign and to get to the Slipper was a great effort.

“He’s come back and won off only one trial and a gallop at Warwick Farm. He’s just a very honest little fella.

“We’ve got a couple of options now. It’s nice to get this win out of the way.”

Bred by Strawberry Hill Stud from the Group-winning Street Cry mare Tallow, Sandbar was bought for $650,000 from the 2017 Magic Millions Sale by Damion Flower’s Jadeskye Racing, BK Racing & Gerald Ryan. Tallow has a yearling colt by Not A Single Doubt.

This is the 5th straight season that Snitzel has notched up his first stakeswinner inside the first fortnight, and Sandbar is his 42nd winner of a 3YO stakes race.

Snitzel stars quinella Expressway Stakes

Any doubts that Snitzel can maintain the ferocious pace he’s setting at the head of the current Australian General Sires’ Premiership were put aside on Saturday after impressive campaign openers by new and returning stars.

3YO colts Trapeze Artist and Showtime resumed with rousing performances to quinella the weight-for-age $200,000 ATC Expressway S. 1200m G2 at Rosehill. Already successful in last Spring’s Golden Rose G1 and Stutt S. G2 respectively, they made clear their readiness for sterner tests to come.

 Watch Trapeze Artist & Showtime quinella the ATC Expressway S. G2

Trapeze Artist’s trainer Gerald Ryan, recording his 32nd stakes win with Snitzel’s progeny, said, “I’ve always thought he’s flown under the radar and I think this Autumn you’re going to see a nice horse. Right from the word go this time in I said to his owner that I reckon this horse is really flying.”

Trapeze Artist was bred by Bert Vieira and his family who paid $190,000 for the Domesday mare Treppes in foal to Snitzel at the 2014 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. Two years later, the resulting yearling colt was passed in for $300,000 at the Inglis Easter Sale and so Trapeze Artist has earned more than $1 million in the Vieira family’s black and gold colours.  

Arrowfield Magic Millions graduate Showtime, raced by Katsumi Yoshida, Eric Koundouris, Alan Jones, Jonathan Munz, Greg & Barbara Ingham and the Stud, ran the the fastest last 600 metres of the race, and aims now at the VRC Australian Guineas G1 on 3 March.

Snitzel’s support acts at Rosehill were a pair of first-time-out 2YOs, the Snowden-trained colt Stratosphere and Arrowfield’s home-bred filly Adamina, prepared by Gerald Ryan and educated by master horseman Rick Worthington.

Stratosphere pushed the favourite Performer hard to finish a very close second in the Canonbury S. 1100m G3, and there was a similar margin between second-favourite Fiesta and 30/1 debutante Adamina in the Widden S. 1100m G3.

The ATC Sweet Embrace S. G2 at Randwick on 3 March may be Adamina’s next start, while Stratosphere’s price for the Golden Slipper G1 shortened from $51 to $15. His jockey Glyn Schofield believes he’s more than capable of stepping up to Group 1 level. “A bigger field and the pressure that comes with it will really suit him.”

At Caulfield 4YO mare Snitty Kitty (2nd, WJ Adams S. LR), 3YO colt Muraaqeb (3rd, Manfred S. G3) and 2YO debutant Prairie Fire (3rd, Chairman’s S. G3) took Snitzel’s stakes performers for the day to seven. They are all nominated for Group 1 races during Melbourne’s Festival of Racing which starts next weekend. 

The weekend’s racing has also brought Snitzel close to another piece of history. His season earnings of $16,162,616 mean he’s now only $57,520 away from breaking his own Australian prizemoney record, set in 2016/17  – with almost half of this season still to come. 

Time to rave about Ravi

Kia Ora Stud’s home-bred mare Ravi showed that her breakthrough to stakes success last season was no flash in the pan with a decisive first-up victory in the $150,000 ATC Sheraco S. 1200m G3 at Rosehill on Saturday.

Hampered by poor starts earlier in her career, Ravi began perfectly this time which allowed Kerrin Mcevoy to work her in from a wide draw to settle fourth, one off the fence. Eased wider on the turn, the daughter of Redoute’s Choice drove forward to challenge the favourite Bonny O’Reilly, then pulled clear to score by two lengths from Perizada and Daysee Doom.

Watch Ravi win the ATC Sheraco S. G3.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden  said,”We wanted to be a bit positive early, she stepped well, looked like she was going to get caught three deep but Kerrin persevered and got into a great spot.

“She travelled really well and there was a lot to like about her last 200 metres, she was very strong.”

With plenty of black type sprints programmed during the Spring, Ravi’s record is likely to improve further on the six wins and $406,000 prizemoney she’s already accumulated.

One of six winners out of Mambo In Freeport (by Kingmambo), Ravi is a full sister to English stakeswinner Elzaam, also runner-up in the 2010 Royal Ascot Coventry S. G2.

Ravi is the second stakeswinner this season for Redoute’s Choice, after Pariah, successful in the ATC San Domenico S. G3 on 26 August, and a fine second in the Run to the Rose G2, the race after the Sheraco Stakes. 

Redoute’s Choice is now only one away from a couple of career milestones, his 100th Group winner and 150th stakeswinner.

Smart Missile's barrage of August winners

Smart Missile has attacked the new season with a barrage of winners, most notably Special Missile, who recorded his fifth consecutive win at Rosehill on Saturday.

And he made it look easy. Settled close to the pace in the Benchmark 80 race over 1500 metres, the 4YO gelding rounded the turn just behind The Pharoah then edged closer  before jockey Blaike McDougall loosened his hold at the 250-metre mark. Special Missile made light of his 59kg and dashed clear to score by 1.3 lengths from Mapmaker and The Pharoah, cutting out the final 600 metres in 34.23.

Watch Special Missile win at Rosehill, 26 August.

A $180,000 Bill Mitchell buy for owner Kenneth Chung from the 2015 Magic Millions Sale, Special Missile was bred by Vinery Stud shareholder Greg Perry, also the breeder of Group 1-winning sisters Atlantic Jewel and Commanding Jewel. Special Missile’s dam Quiet Meadow (by Sadler’s Wells’ son El Prado) won three races in the US including a Listed event and counts Champion Sprinter Drefong and Champion 2YO Colt Action This Day among her relatives.

Trainer John Thompson said of Special Missile, “He’s a real little gutsy bugger that gives his all every time he goes around. You can’t instil that in horses and it’ll take him a long way.”

Special Missile’s win came after successes by 3YO Smartedge at Warwick Farm last Wednesday, and 4YO Malkara & 3YO Island Missile the previous Saturday, and was followed by 4YO Gadfly & 3YO Masculino, who scored on Sunday at Wyong and Cranbourne.

That takes Smart Missile’s Australian tally for August to eleven winners of 15 races, with earnings of more than $400,000 giving him an early lead on the 3rd Season Sires’ table. 

Pariah shines in San Domenico Stakes

Star 3YO colt Pariah heads the betting for next month’s Golden Rose G1 after his commanding win in Saturday’s $150,000 ATC San Domenico S. 1100m G3.

It was the perfect campaign opener for the son of Redoute’s Choice, who won last season’s ATC Canonbury S. G3 on debut and was runner-up in the MRC Blue Diamond S. G1. His jump from gate 9 required skilful direction by jockey Blake Shinn who quickly slipped Pariah through to the fence as the hot pace Taking Aim and Condor Heroes stretched the field out.

Eased out around the turn, Pariah drove through stylishly to master the challenging Madeenaty, sprint clear over the final 200 metres and score by a length from the fast-finishing Chauffeur (by Snitzel) and Jorda.

Watch Pariah win the ATC San Domenico S. G3.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden confirmed afterwards that the $1 million Golden Rose Stakes G1 on 23 September is Pariah’s first Spring goal.

“He’ll run in the Run To The Rose and then obviously the Golden Rose…hopefully we can tick that box and then we can really think about what his future holds.

“After that 1400-metre run we’ll determine what avenue we take with him, if we do press onto the mile or look at The Everest or freshen up for the Coolmore.

“They’re certainly good things to be thinking about.”

Bred by the partnership of Arrowfield, John Leaver, David Paradice and Paul Favretto, Pariah is the first foal of the city-winning Hussonet mare Secluded, which makes him a three-quarter brother to dual Group 1 winner Melito (also by Redoute’s Choice).

The colt was bought for $700,000 from Arrowfield’s 2016 Inglis Easter draft by James Harron for a group of owners including Belinda Bateman, Rob & Donna Love, Fergus Doyle, John & Fran Ingham and Steve Gillard. Arrowfield returned to Pariah’s ownership in April this year after buying a 50% interest in the colt, along with the standing rights for his future stud career.

Pariah’s full brother, already named Melik, was Australia’s top-priced yearling of 2017, selling for $2.5 million from Arrowfield at Inglis Easter to Tim Stakemire for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum. Secluded visits Redoute’s Choice again this Spring.

Pariah was among 18 worldwide stakeswinners last season for three-time Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice and is one of five Group winners from only 13 named foals bred on the electric Redoute’s Choice/Hussonet cross.

Smart Missile's fast start to new season

Smart Missile’s plentiful store of talent is making the most of the new season’s early opportunities. He’s already posted six winners of seven races, including Saturday’s two-state double.

The John Thompson-trained Special Missile extended his record to four consecutive wins with a powerhouse performance over 1500 metres at Rosehill. He led the field into the straight and simply out-gunned his rivals to score by 1.5 lengths from Mapmaker and Nat King Cu.

Watch Special Missile win at Rosehill
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Special Missile’s likely next start will be in either the Rowley Mile LR at Hawkesbury on 24 August or the Premier’s Cup LR over 1900m at Rosehill on 26 August. 

The son of Quiet Meadow (by El Prado) was bred by Vinery Stud partner Greg Perry and bought for $180,000 by Bill Mitchell from the Stud’s draft at the 2015 Magic Millions Sale.

Another member of Smart Missile’s second crop Malkara validated trainer Michael Costa’s decision to take the short back-up from last weekend, and seek a second Gold Coast win. He won with even more authority this time and is clearly beginning to fill the promise he showed last year. 

Watch Malkara win at the Gold Coast.

A product of John & Trish Muir’s Milburn Creek Stud, Malkara (ex Midnight Wine by Black Minnaloushe) was a $90,000 Inglis Classic buy for New Breed Racing from Rheinwood Pastoral.

Smart Missile’s other winners in the first fortnight of the 2017/18 Australian season are Bombardier, Liffy and Missile Coda and 3YO Island Missile. As a result, the brilliant son of Fastnet Rock has compiled almost $200,000 prizemoney in the first fortnight of the season.  

Snitzel colt too good in The Rosebud

Less than a fortnight after landing his first stallion Premiership, Snitzel has put up his first city treble of the new season, including Menari, a dashing winner of the $150,000 The Rosebud 1100m LR at Rosehill.

He is the second son of Snitzel to win The Rosebud, following Thronum’s success last year, and the 65th stakeswinner on Snitzel’s lifetime record.

Menari, carrying equal topweight of 60.5 kg, jumped marginally best of the field but as Siege Of Quebec and Perast moved forward on his inside, Josh Parr eased him  back towards the rear. Taken wide round the home turn, he balanced up quickly, took control of the race at the 200-metre mark and won by 1.3 lengths from Siege Of Quebec with Trekking a further length away in third.

Watch Menari win the ATC The Rosebud LR.

Trainer Gerald Ryan, recording his 13th stakeswinner by former stable star Snitzel, can justly feel that his assessment of Menari as an unlucky 2YO has been vindicated.

The $1 million Golden Rose G1 on 23 September is the obvious target for him, but Ryan believes he’s also a genuine prospect for The Everest. Whichever way Menari goes, the San Domenico S. G3, also over 1100 metres on 26 August is his likely next start.

Josh Parr said, “He’s an exceptionally talented horse. I know it sounds a little bit arrogant but I was so confident his ability could overcome the bias of the track today.

“He’s as good as anything I’ve sat on. I won’t say any more.”

Menari is the fifth foal and second winner out of 2YO stakeswinner Isurava (by General Nediym), a sister to Group 2 winner Ichihara, from the immediate family of Group 1 winner Whisked and her champion son Tie The Knot.

Corumbene Stud has also retained Menari’s year-younger full sister Sweet Ava, and Isurava is foaling this Spring to Not A Single Doubt. 

Menari supplied the final leg of Snitzel’s Rosehill treble, following the Waterhouse & Bott-trained Arbeitsam’s defiantwin over 1800 metres, and The Pharoah’s success over 1350 metres for owner-breeder Ottavio Galletta and Gerald Ryan.

Watch Arbeitsam’s win at Rosehill.

Watch The Pharoah’s win at Rosehill.

With 11 winners in the first 12 days of August, Snitzel is wasting no time putting his stamp on the 2017/18 Australian season.

Venerable matron celebrates a Slipper runner

Arrowfield’s home-bred filly Teaspoon is a 40/1 chance in Saturday’s $3.5 million Longines Golden Slipper G1, but she knocks it out of the park with the oldest dam of the 19 runners in the field.

The average age of those 19 mares at the birth of their Golden Slipper runners was 9.5, with eleven of them nine or younger and seven aged ten to 15.

Teaspoon, though, is the 16th and last foal of the unraced Patronella  (Mister C-All Sterling by One Pound Sterling) who was 23-years-old when she delivered the bay filly by Snitzel on 4 September 2014. The Arrowfield foaling team recorded a “normal foaling, foal of normal size with good body and bone” and similar observations were made of Patronella’s six previous deliveries at the Stud.

Assistant Operations Manager Kerry Stephens says, “We can’t recall any foaling issues with Patronella, and reproductively she’s been straightforward.”  Ditto her character too, although she’s no pushover, as Kerry points out.

“She’s an average sized mare, with an attractive head, plenty of bone and substance. She’s straightforward to handle, with no odd habits or quirks, but she has spirit –  if she doesn’t like something she’s quick to let you know. All the good ones have spirit!”

Unlike some mares, the now 25 year-old Patronella, pictured right at Arrowfield this week (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy) hasn’t had a special paddock mate and gets on well with most other horses. That’s made for an easy transition to her new life in retirement as a nanny mare.

Kerry explains, “Her latest assignment was baby-sitting the Easter Sale yearling fillies before they began their sale preparation. It’s very useful having an experienced older mare keeping an eye on the young ones, it helps to keep them settled in the paddock and reduces the chance of injury.”

Patronella has visited Starcraft, Charge Forward, Hussonet, All American, Beneteau and Snitzel (twice) during her eight-year breeding career at Arrowfield, failing to conceive only in 2011. Five of the resulting seven foals were sold as weanlings or yearlings for relatively modest prices, and three of those have won races. The best of them was Teaspoon’s full sister Aliyana Tilde, born in 2008 and bought for $50,000 by trainer Kerry Parker at the 2010 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Aliyana Tilde turned out to be very good indeed, even better than Patronella’s first two foals, two-time Listed winner Stella Artois and Group 3 winner Smytzer’s Trish, born back in the mid-nineties, when their mother was five and six.

Unlike Teaspoon though, Aliyana Tilde’s forte was classic stamina, evident in her ATC Epona S. G3 victory and three Group 1 placings in the Australian Oaks, Sydney Cup and Storm Queen Stakes. That record made her an appealing proposition when she retired in 2013 and so it was that she returned to the ownership of Arrowfield where she’s had two colts by Animal Kingdom and a Dundeel filly.

Research conducted by Arrowfield alumnus Byron Rogers of Performance Genetics confirms both the rarity of mares that produce one Group winner during their careers, and that around one in five of those select mares will go on to leave subsequent Group winners. Three Group winners put Patronella in elite company, though not in the league of the extraordinary Juddmonte mare Hasili, dam of seven Group winners, five of them successful at Group 1 level.  

Kerry notes that all of Patronella’s Arrowfield foals have resembled her, and the one most like her is the filly Bacarella (by Beneteau), a year older than Teaspoon and talented enough to win at two and place twice in Sydney Group 2 company last Spring.

However, Kerry adds, “Teaspoon was always a staff favourite as a foal, because she was a particularly attractive filly and a strong individual.”

Like Bacarella, Teaspoon was retained by Arrowfield because she’s a late filly from a wonderful broodmare so, while her fellow yearlings were being prepared for sale, she was being educated at Rick Worthington’s Danric Lodge before joining Michael Freedman’s stable last September.

Teaspoon opened her account with a debut win at Canterbury in November, spelled, then returned to win the ATC Widden S. G3 with a quality performance under pressure, and become Snitzel’s 48th stakeswinner at Rosehill on 28 January. She also completed an Arrowfield graduate Group double with her Golden Slipper rival Pariah (by Redoute’s Choice), successful on the same card in the ATC Canonbury S. G3.

Teaspoon, quirkily named by Arrowfield’s Sydney Office Manager Sophie Swain for Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer’s habit of leaving teaspoons around the office, goes into the Slipper off a game third in the ATC Sweet Embrace S. G2 and will be ridden by Zac Purton. 

Meanwhile, Patronella grazes peacefully in the Hill 5 paddock at Arrowfield, perhaps thinking occasionally of those 16 foals, among them thirteen winners of 43 races, and that final, vibrant daughter out to make her mark on Slipper history at 4.10 pm on Saturday.

Sweet Redemption joins Snitzel stakeswinners

Trainer Gerald Ryan’s status as “Mr Snitzel” is well-established, but there’s a “Mrs Snitzel” too, and it’s not too hard to work out who she is.

At Rosehill on Saturday Sweet Redemption joined an impressive list of Snitzel stakeswinners sent out from Tulloch Lodge by Gai Waterhouse and, since 1 August, by the champion trainer’s new partnership with Adrian Bott. 

The 4YO mare got the best of the start in the $150,000 ATC Festival S. 1500m G3 and, given a perfectly judged ride by Brenton Avdulla, was never headed, winning narrowly but well from Hazzabeel and Red Excitement.
 
Watch Sweet Redemption winning the ATC Festival S. G3.

It was Sweet Redemption’s fifth win from 18 starts – add eight placings and almost $300,000 prizemoney and it’s easy to see why the  Round Table Racing Syndicate that races her was so excited in the Rosehill mounting yard.

The Mackerells of Bell View Park Stud bred her and offered at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale where Bruce & Natasha Slade’s Round Table Racing & James Harron Bloodstock bought her for $120,000.

Adam Mackrell said, “She was a nice filly right from the word go … rangy type, very athletic. She’s out of a Red Ransom mare (Redeeming Lass) and that cross seems to have nicked well with Snitzel.

“One of the main reasons I like her though is that she’s so versatile and adaptable. Sweet Redemption has campaigned all over the place: won at Ipswich, won in Sydney, stakes placed in Melbourne, finished second in a Tasmanian Oaks and second in a Goulburn Cup. What a great horse for the owners.”

Snitzel’s 46th stakeswinner, and his 10th this season, Sweet Redemption has several juicy options over the next six weeks, including the $250,000 Villiers S. G2 on 17 December, a Listed Race in Brisbane and the $1 million Magic Millions Fillies & Mares on 14 January. Sweet Redemption joins Group 1 winners Sweet Idea & Wandjina, Group 3 winner El Divino and Listed winner Thronum as stakes-winning Snitzel progeny trained at Tulloch Lodge.

Snitzel will have 52 yearlings on offer at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

With grateful  acknowledgement to Aushorse Marketing for parts of this story.

Stakeswinner No. 33 for Not A Single Doubt

Six weeks ago Southern Legend was still a maiden. On Golden Slipper Saturday at Rosehill, he won his third consecutive race, the $125,000 ATC Sebring Darby Munro S. 1200m LR.

That rapid ascension to stakes-winning status signals a seriously progressive horse. As his jockey Tim Clark said, “He’s got a will to win. That was a big step up today and he handled it well.”

Bred & sold by Corumbene Stud, Southern Legend is the third foal of Donna’s Appeal (by Carnegie), a city-winning daughter of 2YO stakeswinner Donna Natalia, from the family of Group 1 winner & Group 1 sire Charge Forward.

Purchased for $280,000 by Neville Begg & Carmel Size from the 2014 Inglis Easter Sale, the 3YO gelding is owned by K. K. Ho and prepared at Randwick by veteran trainer Les Bridge, who indicated his latest star would now head to the spelling paddock.

Corumbene has retained Southern Legend’s two younger siblings, 2YO gelding Treviso (by Snitzel) and a yearling filly named Maxima (by Choisir). Donna’s Appeal is in foal to Not A Single Doubt, who has now left two stakeswinners to mares by Sadler’s Wells sons, and South African Group winner Castlethorpe to a Sadler’s Wells mare. 

Southern Legend is Not A Single Doubt’s 33rd stakeswinner, and his 10th this season. In fact, the son of Redoute’s Choice has posted six winners of seven Group & Listed Races since 1 February:  G1 & G3 winner Extreme Choice, G3 winners Don’t Doubt Mamma & Single Gaze and Listed winners Let It Slip, Selenia and now Southern Legend.

Street Cry and Written Tycoon have knocked him off the top spot on the General & 2YO Sires’ tables, but Not A Single Doubt is still the leading sire of 3YOs by earnings ($2,960,353), winners (39), wins (57), stakeswinners (5) & stakes wins (7).