Arrowfield drives major broodmare sale results

Many studs, stallions, breeders and vendors leave this week’s Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale with considerable satisfaction and, most importantly, the financial returns they need to drive the next stage of their bloodstock investment strategies.

Arrowfield stallions and graduates featured at the top end of a very buoyant Book One sale that exceeded even Magic Millions’ highest hopes, grossing $105,530,000 at an average price of $148,425.

The top 10 lots included two mares, Comprende and The Party Stand, sold in foal to Snitzel for $1.1 million and $1.05 million respectively, while Arrowfield graduate Scarlet Rain (Manhattan Rain-Double Ranga) was knocked down for $950,000 to James Harron Bloodstock.

Scarlet Rain was originally offered by Arrowfield at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale where she was bought by Darby Racing for $100,000. She quickly returned that price with interest, winning four races, three of them as a juvenile incuding the ATC Sweet Embrace S. G2, and $341,000 prizemoney.

Joe O’Neill’s Prime Thoroughbreds also produced a great result for the owners of Listed winner Hijack Hussy, bought for $62,000 from Arrowfield’s 2013 Magic Millions consignment. She earned $304,000 on the track, and this time through the ring was knocked down for $400,000 to Neil Jenkinson and Glenlogan Park.

Arrowfield itself offered a number of maiden mares on behalf of US owner Jon Kelly, achieving $800,000 each for Group 3 winner Thyme For Roses (Redoute’s Choice-Augusta Proud) and Slumber Party (Snitzel-Hokuspokus), and $450,000 for Group-placed city winner Extra Olives (Redoute’s Choice-Line Honours).

Like Hijack Hussy, Extra Olives and Slumber Party were both bred and sold as yearlings by Arrowfield. Several other past Arrowfield graduates that sold well this week were:

Bubble Below (Hussonet-Lunaliona), dam of Group 1 winner Lucky Bubbles; V: Riversdale/B: E Thoroughbred, $700,000
Primavera (Redoute’s Choice-Flame of Sydney), 3/4 sister to G1 Invader – Bhima/Bruce Perry, $550,000
She’s Got Power (Redoute’s Choice-Flame of Sydney), 3/4 sister to G1 Invader – Yarraman Park/Hilldene, $450,000
Sweet Sister (Snitzel-Flidais), sister to G1 Sweet Idea, in foal to I Am Invincible – Newgate/Hilldene, $550,000
Scrum (Flying Spur-Extremely), half-sister to G1 Extreme Choice, in foal to Written Tycoon – Newgate/China Horse Club, $525,000
Miles of Krishan (Snitzel-Nishaani), Group-placed city winner & half-sister to Ge Il Quello Veloce – Newhaven Park/Vinery, $500,000.

The market’s assessment of Arrowfield’s flagship stallions was evident in these sales:

Fairy Star (more Than Ready-Bourgogne), in foal to Redoute’s Choice – Widden Stud/ Spendthrift Australia, $700,000
Shirley, dam of G1 Dear Demi, in foal to Snitzel – Strawberry Hill Stud/ Tom Magnier, $700,000
Eyes of Love (Tavistock-Lovetrista), in foal to Snitzel – Bhima Thoroughbreds/Peachester Lodge, $450,000
Bourgogne, half-sister to G1 Bulla Borghese, in foal to Sitzel – Widden/Rosemont, $410,000
Lady Oracle, in foal to Not A Single Doubt – Baystone Farm/Phoenix Thoroughbreds, $400,000
Typing, Listed winner, in foal to Snitzel – Newgate Farm/Nick Vass Bloodstock, $400,000
Lot Three Four One, city winner, in foal to Not A Single Doubt – Baystone Farm/China Horse Club, $380,000
Zenon, city-winning half-sister to SW I Have No Fear, in foal to Snitzel – Kitchwin Hills/China Horse Club, $360,000
Sucker Punch (Encosta de Lago-Merlene), in foal to Not A Single Doubt – Strawberry Hill/Andrew Williams Bloodstock, $350,000.

Snitzel topped the list of covering sires with an average price of $599,375 for eight mares in foal to him, while two mares in foal to Redoute’s Choice averaged $495,000, and seven mares with positive tests to Not A Single Doubt averaged $269,286.

Arrowfield's Magic Millions strike rate is compelling

Eighteen stakeswinners from 203 lots offered is Arrowfield’s record from the past six Magic Millions Gold Coast Sales, 2011-16. That’s the best strike rate among the Sale’s vendors with 100+ lots offered during that period.

One of the Arrowfield Magic Millions graduates on show in the past year is quality Melbourne sprinter Wild Rain (by Manhattan Rain). Already a multiple stakeswinner, she stepped up this Spring to win the MVRC Ian McEwen S. G2 and run the bravest of thirds behind Extreme Choice in the MVRC A.J. Moir S. G1. Purchased from Arrowfield’s 2013 draft, Wild Rain has so far earned more than five times her $150,000 purchase price.

Syndicators have also done well with yearlings bought from Arrowfield. Darby Racing spotted another daughter of Manhattan Rain in the 2015 Magic Millions consignment and secured her for $100,000. Named Scarlet Rain, she didn’t take long to put smiles on her owners’ faces, winning three of her four 2YO starts, including the ATC Sweet Embrace S. G2. Her full sister is offered in Arrowfield’s 2017 Magic Millions consignment.

Melbourne syndicator Blueblood Thoroughbreds paid $120,000 for the Not A Single Doubt-Negotiate filly in 2014 and now own the valuable dual Group winner and $400,000 earner Secret Agenda.

2013 graduate Hijack Hussy (Hussonet-Joy Ride) has returned almost $300,000 on the $62,000 paid for her by Joe O’Neill’s Prime Thoroughbreds.Her four wins feature a Listed win at Flemington and a Group 3 placing at the Gold Coast where she’s nominated for next Saturday’s $1 million Magic Millions Fillies & Mares.

Also among Arrowfield’s 18 stakes-winning Magic Millions graduates since 2011 are Group 1 winner Sweet Idea (bought by Gai Waterhouse & James Harron), Group 2 winner Perignon (Gerald Ryan), Group 3-winning juveniles Honesty Prevails (Rick Worthington & Scone Bloodstock), Bachman (Jadeskye Racing) & Oakleigh Girl (Dan Bourgoure) and Flemington Listed winner Detective (James Harron).

On paper and in the flesh, this year’s 55-lot Arrowfield Magic Millions draft has all the credentials to give that list a substantial boost.

The Stud’s champion and proven sires are well-represented: Redoute’s Choice (three colts & two fillies) and his leading sons Snitzel (five colts & four fillies) & Not A Single Doubt (four colts & a filly); Manhattan Rain (three lots including Scarlet Rain’s full sister); and Group 1 sire Charge Forward (three fillies & a colt).  Golden Slipper favourite She Will Reign and the latest Australian-bred Group winner in South Africa, Whisky Baron, are both by Manhattan Rain.

Three new and emerging Arrowfield sires offer plenty of appealing options for buyers. The catalogue’s 12 first-crop yearlings by six-time Group 1 winner Dundeel include’s Arrowfield’s colts out of Hokuspokus (from Not A Single Doubt’s family) and Champion 2YO & Group 1 producer Miss Finland.

The draft’s seven yearlings from the second crop of Dubai World Cup champion Animal Kingdom are out of mares by Charge Forward, Choisir, Commands, Danzero, Flying Spur, More Than Ready and Snitzel.

Three fillies & five colts by the 2015/16 Champion First Season Sire and current leading Second Season Sire Smart Missile include Secret Agenda’s half-brother and relatives of Special, Inaflury and We Can Say It Now.

Former Arrowfield residents All American, sire of dual Group 1 winner Yankee Rose, and Starcraft, whose 10 winners in Hong Kong feature recent Group 3 winner Blizzard, have seven colts between them.

Buyers will also find full or half siblings of dual Group 2 winner Time For War, juvenile Group winner Honesty Prevails and debut 2YO stakeswinners Azazel & Burnstone; a filly out of multiple stakeswinner Moonlight Bay; and a filly by Japanese Horse of the Year and six-time Group 1 winner Lord Kanaloa.

Tango Rain scores again in Sydney

Manhattan Rain is assembling a strong group of rising 3YOs for Spring racing and one of them, Tango Rain underlined his readiness for the challenge with his second Sydney win on Saturday.

The powerfully built colt got the best of the start, speared to the lead and, despite the windy conditions, bowled along easily in front before going clear to score by 1.3 lengths.

The quality of Tango Rain’s performance was underlined by the good efforts of the next four horses who completed an Arrowfield-sired first five.  Thronum (by Snitzel) recovered from a slow start to claim second and Arrowfield’s own runner Hair Trigger (by Smart Missile) powered home from the rear for third, with Decorated Soldier (by Snitzel) fourth and the first filly home, Tickling (by Not A Single Doubt), a brave fifth.

Watch Tango Rain’s second win at Canterbury.
Read: Tango Rain wins on debut in Sydney.

Tango Rain’s jockey Kerrin McEvoy said, “That was pleasing. That was a handy little race here today and he did everything right, got out and controlled it then kicked strongly. They’ve got options going forward.”

Those options include the $1 million ATC Golden Rose S. G1 over 1400m at Rosehill on 10 September but Tango Rain’s trainer Gerald Ryan isn’t sure that’s the best race for the Teeley Assets home-bred.

Ryan said, “He’s one of my better ones, he’s a nice horse, always has been, he’s always been an easy horse to train.

“But about the Golden Rose; I’m not sure, I’ve got a question mark about him, the way he’s built and there’s plenty of other races you can go to.”

A future stallion career for Tango Rain (ex Tango Fire by Anabaa) is already being considered by Ryan and Teeley Assets. It’s a subject they know something about, given their former charges include Manhattan Rain himself, Redoute’s Choice, Hurricane Sky and Snitzel. 

A happy consequence of Tango Rain’s victory was a novel photo opportunity for legendary Sydney racing photographer Martin King, honoured by the Australian Turf Club with the 2YO race named the Happy 70th Birthday Martin King Handicap. Most often active on the other side of the camera, he’s pictured here (right) after presenting the victory ribbon to Gerald Ryan.

Tango Rain wins on debut in Sydney

Manhattan Rain has left smart 2YOs in each of his three crops but statistics show that his current juveniles are his most precocious yet.

The Teeley Assets colt Tango Rain made his contribution to those figures with a strong debut win over 1100 metres at Canterbury on Wednesday.

He jumped well from the gates and joined Fanning and Regenesis in a contest for the lead which he won, held comfortably and then extended with a good burst of speed to score by a length from the fast-finishing Golden Organic. Fanning held on for third, 2.3 lengths further back.

Watch Tango Rain’s debut win at Canterbury.

Tango Rain started at double figures but his performance didn’t surprise trainer Gerald Ryan, who has previously trained Group winners Rubick and Lucky Raquie for owner-breeder Muzaffar Yaseen. 

Ryan said, “His work on Friday morning was exceptional, he worked against an open class horse and gave it a three length start and beat it by three lengths in really good time. Great debut. He’s a nice horse this horse.”

Tango Rain is the third winner out of city-winning 2YO Tango Fire (by Anabaa), and a three-quarter brother to Group 2 winner Tango’s Daughter (by Redoute’s Choice).

He’s also Manhattan Rain’s fifth winner from 18 juvenile runners this season, after Scarlet Rain (ATC Sweet Embrace G2), Speeding Comet (also stakes-placed in Perth), the Teeley Assets home-bred Inspired Estelle (at Sandown on 4 June), and Hanover Square (successful last month at Kembla Grange).

All five are in leading stables (Gai Waterhouse, Simon Miller, Mick Price, Peter & Paul Snowden and Gerald Ryan) and more can be expected of them with further maturity next season. The Lady Trainer’s latest reports on Twitter indicate that Scarlet Rain is already working well over 800 metres at three-quarter pace.

Manhattan Rain is among this season’s top six Third Crop Sires with Australian earnings of more than $2 million, to which his 2YOs have contributed a handy $430,000.   

Tulloch Lodge & Arrowfield = 2YO winners

Champion trainer Gai Waterhouse declared herself “tickled pink” when 2YO Snitzel colt Orleans defied all challengers and a protest to score on debut at Newcastle last Saturday for Kate Waterhouse and long-time stable owners Frank and Barbara Kennedy.

Watch Orleans win at Newcastle.

Waterhouse is already looking ahead to Spring’s major racing with the muscular son of city winner Take Charge (by Dehere), who is also nominated for the J.J. Atkins G1 at Eagle Farm on 11 June.  

She writes, “It is a long way from Beaumont to Flemington, but this colt has gears. He has plenty of scope for improvement and the sky really is the limit. He is flying!”

Orleans was a $260,000 Inglis Easter buy for Waterhouse & Julian Blaxland from Newhaven Park. He is the latest of 15 juvenile winners sent out from Tulloch Lodge this season – and the eighth by an Arrowfield stallion.

The list is headed by Group winners Scarlet Rain (by Manhattan Rain), Thyme For Roses (by Redoute’s Choice) & El Divino (by Snitzel) and completed by Hussterical & Prompt Response (both by Beneteau) and Wilcannia & Vienna Waltz (both by Snitzel). Scarlet Rain & Hussterical are Arrowfield graduates, purchased by Darby Racing at Magic Millions sales.

Collectively, these eight Arrowfield-sired, Waterhouse-trained 2YOs have won 12 of their 23 starts this season for prizemoney of $764,435.

Past & present Arrowfield stallions dominate the 2015/16 Australian 2YO Sires’ list with five entries inside the top dozen: Not A Single Doubt (2nd), Snitzel (3rd), All American (4th), Redoute’s Choice (9th) & Beneteau (11th). 

Add Manhattan Rain & Charge Forward and they have notched up 45 Australian 2YO winners, including 12 stakeswinners, of more than $7.5 million this term.

Snitzel holds a comfortable lead on the table by individual winners with a total of 18, giving him a shot at matching Not A Single Doubt’s record of 25 winners, the best tally of the past 15 years, set in 2013/14.

Scarlet Rain wins Sweet Embrace Stakes

Given the manner of Scarlet Rain’s Sweet Embrace Stakes victory last Saturday, Arrowfield’s young sire Manhattan Rain may soon be adding more than a Group 2 winner to his steadily growing record.

An attractive chestnut with four white stockings, Scarlet Rain isn’t hard to find in a field, but she made it easier by sprinting quickly to a clear lead from gate 12.

She rolled along comfortably on her own until jockey Kathy O’Hara asked her to drive clear which she duly did, winning by a length from In The Vanguard to maintain her unbeaten record and boost her prizemoney to $244,500. Vinery Stud’s filly Tale Of Choice (by Redoute’s Choice), bought from Arrowfield at the Inglis Easter Sale, was third, almost three lengths away.

Purchased for $100,000 from Arrowfield’s 2015 Magic Millions consignment by Darby Racing, Scarlet Rain is trained by Gai Waterhouse who also prepared Manhattan Rain to win or place in all three legs of the Sydney 2YO Triple Crown.

The champion trainer already has six Golden Slippers on her record and immediately confirmed, in typically direct fashion, that the filly would take her place in the $3.5 million race on 19 March. 

“How could they doubt her? Does the Slipper fit? Yes.”

Scarlet Rain is the first foal of city-winning 2YO Double Ranga (by Exceed And Excel), a half-sister to stakeswinners Happy Forever & Super Lacuna, from the family of dual Group 1 winner Toorak Toff.

Double Ranga’s second foal, a similarly striking, athletic colt by Starcraft was a $110,000 buy for Robert Roulston at this year’s Magic Millions Sale. The mare also has a weanling full sister to Scarlet Rain, and is in foal to Animal Kingdom.

Scarlet Rain is the sixth stakeswinner, and second Group winner for Manhattan Rain, firmly stamping his patch among Australia’s best stallions from the Class of 2010.

Sydney 2YO quinellas for Arrowfield sires

Gai Waterhouse, Darby Racing & Arrowfield sires were all the clues punters needed to nail two juvenile quinellas in Sydney over the weekend.

On Friday evening Snitzel’s daughter Vienna Waltz  took up an early lead over 1200 metres, kicked clear on the turn and stuck on gamely to hold out the resolute Hussterical (by Beneteau), with Volpino third.

A $140,000 Waterhouse & Julian Blaxland purchase from the Edinglassie draft at last year’s Inglis Easter Sale, Vienna Waltz, from Marju’s 2YO Group winner Burning Sands, is Snitzel’s fifth 2YO winner this season.

Hussterical, a full sister to stakeswinner Lady Jivago, was bought by Darby Racing for $90,000 from Arrowfield’s consignment at the the 2015 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale. From the second and final crop of Beneteau, she is out of the winning Hussonet mare Hussterics, a member of the celebrated Easy Date family of Snippets, Forensics, Rewaaya, Sharnee Rose & Not A Single Doubt.

Less than 18 hours later at Randwick, Scarlet Rain (by Manhattan Rain) sealed a Golden Slipper campaign with an easy victory over 1000 metres. Her superior gate speed allowed her to cross the field from barrier 8 to take up a lead she extended in the straight, while Twist Tops (by Beneteau) boxed on well for second, with the fast-finishing Prized Icon third. 

It was Scarlet Rain’s second win following her successful debut for the Waterhouse/Darby Racing combination at Rosehill on 2 January. She is Manhattan Rain’s second winner, after Speeding Comet (also from a Hussonet mare) in Perth, from only four juvenile runners this season.

Scarlet Rain is the first foal of the 2YO city winner Double Ranga (by Exceed and Excel) and, like Hussterical, is an Arrowfield graduate. Darby Racing paid $100,000 for her at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Earlier this month on the Gold Coast Robert Roulston paid $110,000 for the Starcraft-Double Ranga colt, while the Snitzel-Hussterics colt comes up next month in Arrowfield’s draft for the Inglis Classic Sale.

Manhattan Rain delivers on Promise

A smart maiden winner by Manhattan Rain promises to give him another runner in a major Classic over the next couple of months.

Trainer Moira Murdoch has held a good opinion of Promise To Reign for some time now and the 3YO filly justified her confidence with a strong win over 1600m at Te Rapa in New Zealand.

Watch Promise To Reign’s win at Te Rapa.

Promise To Reign was a $270,000 purchase from Arrowfield’s 2014 Inglis Easter draft by John Foote for Brendan & Jo Lindsay and has been handled with all the patience required to develop an Oaks filly.

Murdoch indicated after Wednesday’s win that the $300,000 New Zealand Oaks G1 on 19 March was the filly’s main target this Autumn, with the Sir Tristram Fillies Classic G2 on 13 February her most likely next start.

Promise To Reign was bred by Matt & Jo Cloros and Arrowfield from the winning El Prado mare Certain Promise, a full sister to French Group 1 winner Spanish Moon and Royal Ascot Group 2 winner Spanish Sun. There’s plenty of top-class European middle-distance form in the pedigree, most notably contributed by Flintshire whose gallant Arc second earned him an international rating of 123, surpassed only by Golden Horn & Treve among the world’s best 2400-metre turf performers of 2015.

Certain Promise has a 2YO colt by Smart Missile in the Star Thoroughbreds stable, a yearling filly by Animal Kingdom for this year’s Inglis Easter Sale and a filly foal by Smart Missile.

Manhattan Rain has already shown he’s capable of leaving serious Classic contenders including Moonovermanhattan (Moonee Valley Vase G2), Light Up Manhattan (4th, Victoria Derby G1), Man of Choice (2nd, Spring Champion S. G1), Manapine & Crafty.  However, he was classy enough himself to win at Group 1 level at two, then run second in the Cox Plate at three and he’s building a similar range of achievement as a sire.  

His 4YO daughter Wild Rain is something of a 1000-metre specialist, winning in Melbourne Listed company at that distance and finding only Husson Eagle too strong for her in the 1100-metre Magic Millions Sprint on 9 January. The Mick Price-trained 3YO gelding Twisting Typhoon showed similar zip when winning his debut at Sandown on 2 December, followed a month later by a Saturday third placing over 1200m at Moonee Valley.

Manhattan Rain has also had two city winners, both of them Arrowfield graduates, from four 2YO starters this season: Darby Racing’s filly Scarlet Rain (ex Double Ranga) who lines up again at Randwick this Saturday, and Speeding Comet (ex Brazen Hussey), first & second in his two starts in Perth.

These performances have not been lost on buyers who paid an average of $123,333 – almost five times his 2013 fee – for six lots by the son of Encosta de Lago at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. All but one were sold in Book 1 and four of them made $130,000 (2 lots), $160,000 and $230,000.

That top price of $230,000 was achieved by Turangga Farm for their filly out of Convene, a half-sister to Group 1 winner Headway. She was purchased by Shadwell Australasia; other Manhattan Rain yearling buyers included Gai Waterhouse (trainer of Scarlet Rain) & Julian Blaxland, and Lindsay Park Racing.

Manhattan Rain is also proving a valuable outcross option because, unlike his illustrious big brother Redoute’s Choice, he does not have Danehill or Danzig in his pedigree. Mares by stallions from that dominant line have already left Group 2 winner Moonovermanhattan, Group 1-placed Man Of Choice, stakeswinner Manapine, stakes-placed Manhattan Avenue & Right Or Wrong and city winners Boundary, Long Face Grace, Manna Trust & Scarlet Rain.

Manhattan Rain has 8 lots catalogued for the Inglis Classic Sale including two colts & a filly in the Arrowfield draft, and three fillies and two colts in the Inglis Melbourne Premier catalogue, among them Arrowfield’s daughter of Group-placed city winner Simply Put.