No Cooling of this Passion at Sandown

Cool Passion’s third Group 3 victory, in Saturday’s $150,000 MRC Kevin Heffernan S. 1300m G3,  is the latest prize in a sterling career that now includes 11 wins and earnings of more $600,000….

Cool Passion’s third Group 3 victory, in Saturday’s $150,000 MRC Kevin Heffernan S. 1300m G3  is the latest prize in a sterling career that began almost three years ago with a debut second at Bunbury, splitting a couple of useful horses that stayed in Western Australia and have won eight races between them. 

Bigger things awaited the daughter of Not A Single Doubt and Hiavanna and she quickly made it clear she was ready for them with eight wins from her next 14 starts, all but one in Perth for her owner-breeders Michael & Jill MacDermott.

At the end of her 5YO season, a private sale to John & Anne McDonnell – of Sebring & Fiorente fame – was negotiated with agent & pedigree analyst Jane Henning, who also joined the mare’s ownership. 

Cool Passion has rewarded her new owners with her three best wins, very much increased value as a broodmare and $404,000 prizemoney. It’s adds up to a tremendous result for a mare conceived in the last of Not A Single Doubt’s six seasons at a fee of $12,500 +GST.

Cool Passion has earned her summer break in the paddock and, all going well, will return next year for a campaign aimed at the SAJC Robert Sangster S. G1 in May.

Tony McEvoy says, “She’s lightly raced and she’s got more to come. She loves her role and she’s a big, strong mare.”

Not A Single Doubt has now sent out six winners aged from 2 to 7, of eight Group & Listed Races from 1000m to 2000m this Spring, consolidating his position among Australia’s leading sires after the first third of 2018/19.  The brilliantly versatile son of Redoute’s Choice has 30 lots catalogued for the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, among them 5 fillies and a colt in the Arrowfield consignment. 

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.
 

A big Autumn ahead of Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom has given notice of a big Autumn with a 3YO winning double, courtesy of Peaceful State in Melbourne on Wednesday and Raw Emotion at Kembla Grange on Tuesday.

Luke Sheehan at Racing.com summed up Peaceful State’s storming victory from near the back of the field, achieved in the style of a genuine Classic prospect and despite giving weight to older horses:

Peaceful State stamped himself on the scene with a huge win in the Mitavite Summer Challenge Heat 1 (1300m) for Japanese owner Katsumi Yoshida, punched out strongly by popular Irish hoop John Allen. He reeled in the likes of Call Me Handsome and Kaching in the shadows of the post, and is as short as $7.50 (Sportsbet), but as much as $15 (Bet365), for the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m).

Watch Peaceful State win at Sandown.

Bred by the partnership of Arrowfield and Mr Yoshida’s Northern Farm, Peaceful State is the last foal of Weekend Beauty (by Helissio), celebrated as the dam of 7-time Group 1 winner and 2008 Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler. The Darren Weir-trained colt has now won two of his four starts and was a close second to Villermont in last November’s Sandown Guineas G2.

Animal Kingdom’s daughter Raw Emotion confirmed her progress over three starts in the past month with success over 1600 metres at Kembla Grange. 

Watch Raw Emotion win at Kembla Grange.

The first foal of Lilac Garden (by Hussonet from stakeswinner Miss Bussell), Raw Emotion was bought for $135,000 by Star Thoroughbreds from Arrowfield’s 2016 Inglis Easter draft and is prepared by Chris Waller. Lilac Garden has a weanling colt by Olympic Glory and is in foal again to Animal Kingdom. 

Earth Angel (also an Australian Guineas contender and a pleasing second in her campaign debut at Caulfield last Saturday), Lord Cecil (a dual acceptor for Canterbury on Friday, and Saturday’s ATC Eskimo Prince S. G3), debut winner I Am Queen and New Zealand Oaks prospect Toy Kingdom are all set to keep the ball rolling for Animal Kingdom through the Autumn. 

Meanwhile, in the United States where Animal Kingdom finished 4th on the 2017 First Season Sires’ premiership, his Grade 2-winning son Untamed Domain remains on the Kentucky Derby trail after his season-opening third in last Saturday’s Dania Beach S. G3.

Animal Kingdom has 7 yearlings, including two fillies & two colts in Arrowfield’s draft for the Inglis Classic Sale which begins on Saturday evening at the new Riverside Stables in Sydney. 

Group double for dynamic dynasty

Redoute’s Choice and his Arrowfield barnmate sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt have barely missed a beat this Spring. 

The dynamic trio have posted stakes victories in all but two of the 16 weekends since 1 August. That’s a total of 33 Group & Listed victories in Australia, France & New Zealand.

The latest additions to that imposing record came at Sandown last Saturday courtesy of a Group race double by Payroll (by Not A Single Doubt) and Long Time Ago (by Redoute’s Choice).

Payroll has progressed every season since her debut 2YO win, and earned stakes-winning status in Brisbane during the winter. The 5YO mare went one better at Sandown, producing a resolute finish to snatch the $150,000 MRC Eclipse S. 1800m G3 from Kidmenever and Jacquinot Bay.

She has now earned almost $450,000, a handy return on the $80,000 that trainer Richard Laming paid breeder & vendor MacQuarie Stud for her at the 2014 Magic Millions Sale. 

Watch Payroll win the MRC Eclipse S. G3.

It’s been a wonderful Spring for Payroll’s dam Workhard, whose 4YO son Arbeitsam (by Snitzel) rounded off a strong winter campaign with success in the Hawkesbury Rowley Mile LR. A daughter of Red Ransom from the family of Group 1 winner Bawalaksana and Group 3 winner Shaaheq (by Redoute’s Choice), Workhard is foaling this Spring to Scissor Kick.

Payroll is one of Not A Single Doubt’s six stakeswinners this season, a group headed by Caulfield Guineas G1 winner Mighty Boss. Not A Single Doubt holds fifth spot on the General Sires’ list with close to $5 million.

A Doomben double by 2YO Singular Sensation & 3YO Winter Bride rounded out Not A Single Doubt’s day, while back in Sydney, his 3YO daughter Pretty Fast scored her third straight win at Rosehill for Sheikh Khalifa and the Snowden stable.

Not A Single Doubt finished a rewarding weekend with his first stakeswinner as a broodmare sire, when Seasons Bloom (by Captain Sonador) won the HKJC Jockey Club Mile G2.

Completing the Sandown Group double in the final race on the card, the $150,000 MRC Summoned S. 1500m G3, was John Singleton’s home-bred 4YO mare Long Time Ago, the first foal of Australian Oaks G1 winner Once Were Wild (by Johannesburg). 

She capped a tremendous fortnight in Melbourne for her trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, in the Group & Listed winner’s circle five times during Cup Week at Flemington, including after the VRC Oaks G1.

Waterhouse said of Long Time Ago, “We aimed her at this race all along and she’s been down here in Melbourne for a month getting ready so we’re delighted.”

Watch Long Time Ago win the MRC Summoned S. G3.

Long Time Ago is stakeswinner No. 152 and the 100th Group winner for Redoute’s Choice, represented in Australia this season by two other Group 3 winners, star colt Pariah and 5YO mare Ravi. A winning double at Rosehill on Saturday highlighted a pair of 4YOs, Redouble & Glenall, with a good chance of joining them.