The Star secures Shoals for The Everest

Outstanding filly Shoals will run for The Star Entertainment Group, Arrowfield & Jonathan Munz in the $13 million The Everest on 13 October…

The Star Entertainment Group is delighted to announce the best three-year-old filly in Australia will be the company’s entry for the world’s richest turf race – The Everest – at Royal Randwick on 13 October.

Shoals (Fastnet Rock-The Broken Shore), with Group 1 victories in three states and prizemoney earnings of more than $2 million, will contest the 1200m weight-for-age sprint that is now the jewel of Sydney Spring Racing.

Launched last year as a ground-breaking $10 million race, The Everest in 2018 will have an even more staggering prizemoney pool of $13 million, well above the $7.3 million on offer for the Melbourne Cup.

Shoals will be The Star’s runner in The Everest’s elite 12-horse field following discussions between the ASX Top 100 listed company and Arrowfield Stud chairman John Messara.

“Like The Everest, The Star offers a premium entertainment experience for visitors to Sydney, and with three Group 1 victories on her record, Shoals has the kind of star power that can light up Royal Randwick,” said Messara.

Trained by Anthony Freedman for owner-breeders Messara and Jonathan Munz, Shoals has had a stellar three-year-old season, winning the Myer Classic in Melbourne , the Surround Stakes in Sydney and completing a Group One hat-trick with the Robert Sangster Stakes in Adelaide.

Unbeaten in three starts as a two-year-old, Shoals has now become one of only five horses to win three or more Australian Group One races in the current 2017-18 season.

Winx has won six. Shoals, Happy Clapper, Santa Ana Lane and Trapeze Artist have secured three apiece.

Shoals is already a Group 1 winner at Royal Randwick, in the ATC Surround Stakes on 3 March. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

“Jonathan and I are delighted to conclude an arrangement with The Star for Shoals to run in The Everest,” Messara said.

“We think she is a great chance to win the race and we’re all looking forward to her return in the Spring.”

The Star was an original slot owner for The Everest and continues to support the unique concept behind the race, won in its inaugural year by Redzel, a son of the Arrowfield-based Champion Sire Snitzel.

“We’re excited to be fielding a runner this year in partnership with Arrowfield’s John Messara,” said Michael Hodgson, GM Business Development and Partnerships at The Star Entertainment Group.

“He’s one of the most knowledgeable and esteemed racing men in the world, and in Shoals we believe we have an outstanding filly capable of claiming the event.”

Hodgson said The Star Entertainment Group was committed to delivering thrilling experiences to its domestic and international guests.“The Everest is certainly aligned to that promise,” he added.

“It also provides an opportunity to bring VIP guests from around the world to Australia to participate in an event unlike any other.

“There is no doubt The Everest, after successfully launching last year, is the new summit of thoroughbred racing and the star attraction for the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

“We were excited to be involved in year one and delighted to be back for the second iteration.”

Watch Shoals’ three Group 1 victories in 2017/18:
VRC Myer Classic G1, Flemington, 4 November 2017
ATC Surround S. G1, Randwick, 3 March 2018
SAJC Robert Sangster S. G1, Morphettville, 5 May 2018

New stars rise for Redoute’s Choice

Glenall, seen here at Randwick in 2017, is the 157th stakeswinner by Redoute’s Choice. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

He has three Champion Sire awards in the Arrowfield trophy cabinet, he’s just posted his 76th million-dollar yearling, he appears on the 2018 Arrowfield roster for the 19th year,  and his sire sons make headlines every week.

And still, Redoute’s Choice can reel out new stakeswinners at a rate most of his rivals cannot match.

He’s done it again this week, starting in France with 4YO colt Time’s Arrow, successful in the Maisons-Laffitte Prix Servanne 1200m LR on Wednesday.

Prix de l’Abbaye G1 winner Gilt Edge Girl (by Danehill Dancer’s son Monsieur Bond) was carrying Time’s Arrow when she was bought for €550,000 by Flaxman Stables Ireland at the 2013 Goffs Breeding Stock Sale.

Prepared by Philippe Sogorb, Time’s Arrow had won four of his previous 13 starts, but this was his first try at six furlongs and he won by two lengths, with recent Listed winner Cheikeljack’s third franking the quality of the performance.

Two days later in England 3YO colt Sevenna Star pressed his Classic aspirations with a fighting win in Sandown Classic Trial 2000m G3 for owner-breeder Gestut Ammerland and trainer John Gosden.

Gosden said: “He is a big horse, as you can see, and he is still learning. He didn’t really see anyone around Windsor last time. He did a nice piece of work around there.

“It was a good race. The second, third and fourth are good horses. It was a quality trial.”

Sevenna Star was placed twice at three, but his progress over the winter was evident in his 14-length maiden win at Windsor on 16 April. 

He is the fourth stakeswinner out of Group 3 winner Sevenna (by Galileo) from a German family that has also produced Sydney 2YO Group winner Replicator and Hong Kong stakeswinner Green Treasure.

Stakeswinner Number 3 for the week appeared in Australia on Saturday at the Hawkesbury standalone meeting when Stuart Ramsey’s home-bred 4YO colt Glenall won the $125,000 Hawkesbury Gold Rush 1100m LR. Spending To Win (by Snitzel) and multiple Listed winner Kuro filled the placings.

Watch Glenall win the Hawkesbury Gold Rush LR.

Glenall’s potential has been evident since his classy debut win in August 2016 and jockey Brenton Avdulla can now confirm it. “He’s got good Group class ability. He’s a very talented horse.”

Glenall is trained by Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes for owner-breeder Stuart Ramsey and is a half-brother to multiple Listed winner Panipique, out of Group 3 winner Our Quivira (by Spinning World).

Time’s Arrow, Sevenna Star and Glenall take Redoute’s Choice’s lifetime record to 157 stakeswinners, a figure that maintains his world-class 12% SW/Runners strike rate.

The week’s racing also revealed a likely future addition to that record in the shape of 2YO colt The Autumn Sun, who could not have been more impressive in his debut at Randwick on Anzac Day. After settling near the rear of the field, he emerged at the top of the straight to round up his rivals and score by 1.5 lengths in class record time of 1:08.61 for the 1200 metres.

The Autumn Sun was bred by Arrowfield and the Aga Khan Studs and purchased for $700,000 by trainer Chris Waller & owner Hermitage Thoroughbreds from the Arrowfield draft at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale.  

His promise is more than matched by his pedigree. He is bred on the same Redoute’s Choice/Galileo cross as Sevenna Star, and his dam Azmiyna is a half-sister to European Champion Azamour.

The stunning  Snitzel-Azmiyna yearling filly will soon be a stablemate of The Autumn Sun after being knocked down for $1.3 million to Waller Racing & Guy Mulcaster at this year’s edition of Inglis Easter.

Arrowfield celebrates inaugural Snitzel Sprint

Arrowfield celebrated the inaugural $100,000 Snitzel Sprint with the delighted owners and trainer of the wonderfully competitive Isorich who has now returned more than $500,000 on his $7,000 Inglis Scone purchase price. 

The buyer was owner-trainer Wayne Seelin who prepares the 7YO gelding with minimum fuss at Wyong and races him with his father and their good friend Paul Watson.

Driven hard out of gate six by 3-kilogram claiming apprentice Lee Magorrian, Isorich rolled along easily behind Tango Rain with the favourite I Thought So third, then began applying pressure at the 300-metre mark. All three horses were in for the fight, but Isorich’s weight advantage and determination prevailed in a time of 1:08.63 on the Good3 track.

Often under-rated by punters on city racing, Isorich paid a juicy $21 for the win, a result warmly greeted by several members of Team Arrowfield who selected him for a group bet on the race!

Bred by Colin Flynn, Isorich is by Choisir from seven-time winner A Little Naughty (by Rustic Amber), from the family of Group 1 winner Danni Martine.  

Arrowfield also sponsored the $150,000 Breeders’ Plate 1000m LR, always fascinating as the first Sydney 2YO race for colts and geldings, and a handy guide to the season’s juvenile talent.

First run in 1906, the Breeders’ Plate has an illustrious list of winners including Hall of Famers Heroic, Sky High, Luskin Star and Choisir and more recently, Snitzel, Charge Forward, Smart Missile, Sebring, Pierro, Vancouver & Capitalist. 

The Snitzel colt Bondi (ex Bondi Blonde by Red Ransom) very nearly matched the sponsorship with an Arrowfield-sired victory, but had to settle for second behind the fast-finishing Performer.

Bondi’s jockey Blake Shinn said, “It was a great run, nearly as a good as a win. He did everything right, he ran as well as he could, the winner was just a bit better.’’

Snitzel's stakes double at Randwick

The Snitzel express kept rolling on Saturday with a second stakes double to follow last weekend’s successes by Farson at Caulfield and Summer Passage in New Zealand.

This time, however, the brilliant son of Redoute’s Choice landed his 1-2 at on Guineas Day at Royal Randwick where a Heavy9 track tested determination as well as class.

First into the stakeswinner’s circle was 3YO filly Samantha, who nabbed the $125,000 ATC Fireball S. 1100m LR with a big run from near the back of the field to collar the Redoute’s Choice pair Glenall & Super Maxi in the final 50 metres.

Early in her career, Samantha reminded trainer Gerald Ryan of Group 1 winner Snitzerland and she joins that wonderful filly and several other stakeswinners by Snitzel on the Ryan stable’s record. She is also Snitzel’s second consecutive winner of the Fireball Stakes, following Redzel’s win last year.

Watch Samantha win the ATC Fireball S. LR.

Gerald said of Samantha, “She is as good a wet tracker as I’ve seen at home. She just ploughs through it…She is a bonny little filly that just tries her heart out.”

A home-bred for Corumbene Stud, Samantha is the second foal of Icedginger (by Tale of the Cat), from the family of Blue Diamond G1 winner True Jewels. She has now won three of her five starts and will be aimed at the $200,000 P.J. Bell S. G3 at Randwick on the first day of The Championships, 1 April.

Five races later it was the turn of consistent 5YO mare Elle Lou to step out in the $150,000 ATC Aspiration Quality H.1600m G3. She too settled at the rear of the field, but jockey Glyn Schofield kept her on the fence until well into the straight when she joined battle with Song and Laughter. Elle Lou kept up a strong gallop to pinch the winning break while Alegria and Vandancer rattled home to fill the placings.

Watch Elle Lou win the ATC Aspiration Quality H. 1600m G3.

Schofield was not surprised by the mare’s effort. “She just did her thing, gets back and runs on. I was a bit unsure at the mile but she motored home.”

For trainer Chris Waller it was mission accomplished. “It’s been a bit of a plan since she was unplaced at the Magic Millions to find this race. Anything from now will be a bonus.”

Elle Lou was bred by Scott Gibson and bought for $70,000 from the Widden Stud draft at the 2013 Magic Millions National Sale. Now the winner of 7 races and more than $450,000 for her six owners, she’s the first stakes performer out of Snipify, a stakes-placed daughter of Snippets. Snipify has a weanling colt by Snitzel and is again in foal to him.

Snitzel has 44 yearlings catalogued for next month’s Inglis Easter Sale, fourteen of them to be offered by Arrowfield.

Mr Manhattan scores third city win

Manhattan Rain’s son Mr Manhattan continued his steady progress through the grades with his third city success, at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

The 4YO gelding started favourite despite drawing the widest gate, and jumped best of the ten runners in the Benchmark 78, 1000-metre event. Josh Parr eased him back to settle third last, but the pair spent little time in that position, as Mr Manhattan quickly tracked forward around the home turn.

He over-hauled the determined leader Eminent Duke just before the 50-metre mark and drove home strongly enough to stave off Orujo by a quarter-length, with Eminent Duke holding third.

Watch Mr Manhattan win at Randwick.

Mr Manhattan has now won four of his 7 starts for his trainer Joe Pride and a large group of owners including his breeders Paul Whelan’s Luskin Park Stud & Wilf & Rosemary Mula’s Aston Bloodstock.

Mr Manhattan is a half-brother to Listed winner Dublin Lass from Fashion Police (by Elusive Quality), and traces to the significant broodmare Lady Lustre whose other descendants include Champion 2YO Filly Midnight Fever, Group 1 winner Rock Classic and Group winners Astrodame, Carnegie House, Spurtonic, Startling Lass, Leveller & Mahisara.

Fashion Police also has a 2YO colt named Crafty Cop (by Starcraft) and in August foaled a filly by Snitzel.

Diamond shines for Not A Single Doubt

Gypsy Diamond’s part-owner and co-breeder Ron Finemore was smiling broadly after the 3YO filly ran out an impressive winner of the $200,000 ATC Carbine Club S. 1600m G3 on Day 1 of The Championships at Royal Randwick.

Topweight of 57kg and a Heavy9 track offered a serious test for the daughter of Not A Single Doubt and the race didn’t begin well for her when she missed the jump and ended up slightly worse than midfield during the running.

Jockey James McDonald had to wait until the field straightened and opened up before starting to drive Gypsy Diamond forward, but the filly responded quickly and generously to score by two lengths from Casino Dancer, with Rock Sturdy another half-length away, third.

Bred and raced by Finemore in partnership with John Leaver, Gypsy Diamond (ex Gypsy Tucker by Zabeel) won the Moonee Valley Fillies’ Classic G2 and was fourth in the VRC Oaks G1 last spring. She returned to finish second to Sweet Idea in the ATC Light Fingers S. G2 and fourth in Thump’s Surround S. G2 before an unplaced run in last month’s Coolmore Classic G1. She has now won more than $400,000 from three wins & three placings in a 13-start career.

Trainer John O’Shea said, “She’s a talented filly and I thought she would have acquitted herself very well in the Doncaster, so it was great to get her on the board today and get a win this preparation and she can line up here next week in the mares’  race [the $1 million Queen of the Turf S. G1] and see if she can go up another grade.”

It has been a productive week for Not A Single Doubt whose nine Session 1 lots at the Inglis Easter Sale averaged $190,000. They included Gypsy Diamond’s full brother, purchased for $200,000 by Snowden Racing from the Arrowfield draft.

Not A Single Doubt’s son Mystic Power won last Sunday’s Selangor Gold Cup LR and today his Blue Diamond-winning daughter Miracles of Life was second in the SAJC Redelva S. LR. They are among Not A Single Doubt’s 14 stakes performers this season.