Arrowfield announces 2019 Stallion Roster & Fees

Arrowfield Stud has announced its 2019 roster including three new stallions and a new fee for exciting young sire Dundeel…

Arrowfield Stud today announced its 2019 roster of 11 stallions headed by Champion Sire Snitzel, whose fee is unchanged at $220,000 inc. GST.

Now with a $6.5 million lead in his bid for a third consecutive Australian Sires’ Premiership, Snitzel continues to achieve exceptional sale-ring returns for breeders, with total yearling sales in the past three years of more than $100 million, including this year’s $2.8 million Inglis Easter sale-topping colt out of Ichihara.

Arrowfield’s Chairman John Messara says, “We are delighted with the racecourse and sale-ring results achieved for breeders, vendors, owners and trainers by Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt and Dundeel over the past 12 months.

“However, we are always mindful of the risks and additional costs of breeding and the highly competitive marketplace we work in, and that shapes our approach to setting fees.”

Messara adds, “This is a pivotal year for us, the first time in two decades that Redoute’s Choice is absent from our roster, and we look back with profound gratitude for all that he contributed to Arrowfield and the industry.

“Our 2019 roster is very much his legacy, with five of his sons and a grandson, and five other outstanding young stallions that 20 years ago even I could not have imagined we would stand at Arrowfield. Collectively, they give us 11 very good reasons to be confident and excited about the future.”

Not A Single Doubt will stand at a fee of $110,000 inc. GST. He has furthered his record as a sire of high-class and versatile performers with 12 stakeswinners in 2018/19, including his ninth Group 1 winner Kenedna. His progeny are keenly sought by buyers who recently paid a career-high average of $528,000 for his 15 Inglis Easter yearlings, among them two million-dollar colts.

Dundeel has stamped himself a potential champion sire in a breakout season of seven stakeswinners from his first 72 runners, including Group 1-winning 2YOs Castelvecchio & Yourdeel, and 3YO Atyaab. The market’s opinion of Dundeel is already clear with a $309,000 average price at Inglis Easter and a top price of $525,000 paid for the Lady Moura filly. Dundeel’s fee is set at $66,000 inc. GST.

Sensational 5-time Group 1 winner The Autumn Sun (Redoute’s Choice-Azmiyna by Galileo) heads a trio of new sires at Arrowfield this year. An unbeaten Group 1 winner at two, The Autumn Sun is the only 3YO to win the Golden Rose and the Caulfield, Randwick & Rosehill Guineas. He will stand his first season at $77,000 inc. GST.

Also joining the Arrowfield roster is Group 1 winner Real Steel (Deep Impact-Loves Only Me by Storm Cat), a descendant of Champion racemare & blue hen Miesque, also the ancestress of Danehill’s Champion 2YO daughter Rumpelstiltskin, Champion Sire Kingmambo and Champion 3YO Filly Alpha Centauri. A debut winner at two, Real Steel capped a stellar career in Japan with his Meydan Dubai Turf G1 victory on World Cup night in 2016. He is currently serving his first book at Shadai Stallion Station and is offered to Australian breeders at a first-season fee of $16,500 inc. GST.

Arrowfield’s third newcomer is, like The Autumn Sun and Flying Spur, Danzero, Not A Single Doubt, Beneteau & Pariah before them, returning home to begin his stallion career. Showtime (Snitzel-Flidais by Timber Country), a full brother to Group 1 winner Sweet Idea, was sold by Arrowfield for $1.1 million at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale and trained by Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes to race in the best company at two and three. Twice successful in Melbourne at Group 2 level including a defeat of Group 1 winners Hartnell, Grunt & Black Heart Bart in the weight-for-age MRC P.B. Lawrence S. G2 (formerly J.J. Liston S.), Showtime was also placed in the ATC All Aged S. G1 and MRC Futurity S. G1. He will stand his first season at $11,000 inc. GST.

The first yearlings by the Group-winning sprinter Scissor Kick (by Redoute’s Choice) have been purchased for up to $150,000 this season by trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, Bjorn Baker, Paul Perry & Kim Waugh, syndicators Champion Thoroughbreds, Triple Crown Syndications, Proven Thoroughbreds, Dalziel Racing & Blueblood Thoroughbreds and agents John Foote & Ric Wylie. Scissor Kick’s fourth season fee is $11,000 inc. GST.

Shalaa, Maurice & Mikki Isle all return to Arrowfield this year, and their first Australian yearlings will be offered for sale in 2020.

The fee for Invincible Spirit’s brilliant dual Group 1-winning son Shalaa remains at $33,000 inc. GST, while six-time Group 1 winner and Japanese Horse of the Year Maurice (by Screen Hero) stands at $27,500 inc. GST and Champion Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle (by Deep Impact) is again offered at $13,750 inc. GST.

Group-winning 2YO & 3YO Pariah (by Redoute’s Choice) served a full book of quality mares in his first season and remains at a fee of $22,000 inc. GST.

Real Impact rests after serving his fourth book of mares in Japan. His first Australian yearlings have sold this year for up to $240,000 and their trainers include Paul Perry, Matthew Smith, Brad Widdup, Peter & Paul Snowden, Robert & Luke Price, Clarry Conners and Neville Parnham. Olympic Glory, sire of 21 first-crop 2YO winners in Europe last year, will not shuttle to Arrowfield in 2019.

The 2019 Arrowfield Stallion Roster is:

SNITZEL
Redoute’s Choice-Snippets’ Lass

$220,000*

NOT A SINGLE DOUBT
Redoute’s Choice-Singles Bar

$110,000*

THE AUTUMN SUN – New
Redoute’s Choice-Azmiyna

$77,000

DUNDEEL (NZ)
High Chaparral-Stareel

$66,000

SHALAA (IRE)
Invincible Spirit-Ghurra

$33,000

MAURICE (JPN) 
Screen Hero-Mejiro Frances

$27,500

PARIAH
Redoute’s Choice-Secluded

$22,000

REAL STEEL (JPN) – New
Deep Impact-Loves Only Me

$16,500

MIKKI ISLE (JPN)
Deep Impact-Star Isle

$13,750

SCISSOR KICK
Redoute’s Choice-Back Pass

$11,000

SHOWTIME – New
Snitzel-Flidais

$11,000

All Fees inc. GST.
* = Live Foal Terms

 

2019 Magic Millions draft online now

As Australia’s leading yearling vendor – and more importantly, the source of 11 Group 1 winners since 2014 – Arrowfield can expect to be among the busiest teams at Magic Millions in January where the Stud will present 64 yearlings…

This week’s online release of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale catalogue marks the launch of the 2019 Australian sales season.

It kicks off months of prepping & parading, inspecting & researching, hosting & marketing, bidding, auctioning & buying by thousands of stud & sale company staff, agents, vets, trainers & owners. 

As Australia’s leading yearling vendor – and more importantly, the source of 11 Group 1 winners since 2014 – Arrowfield can expect to be among the busiest teams at Magic Millions in January where the Stud will present 64 yearlings. 

Click here for the full Arrowfield draft list for the 2019 Magic Millions Sale.

First-crop yearlings always attract plenty of interest as buyers assess how they shape up against what their sires are expected to leave and what the market wants. 

Arrowfield launches the first crops of two superbly qualified young stallions in 2019, representing the dominant sire-lines of Japan and Australia. 

Real Impact made an immediate impact at the highest level of Australian racing with a superlative victory in the 2015 ATC George Ryder S. G1. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Real Impact put himself up as the first son of Japanese supersire Deep Impact to stand in Australia with a stunning ATC George Ryder S. G1 victory in 2015, on top of his history-making Yasuda Kinen G1 success as a three-year-old. He has 18 lots on offer at Magic Millions, among them six colts and 7 fillies in Arrowfield’s  consignment.

The Stud’s General Manager Paul Messara highlights Lot 231, the Real Impact-Timeless Choice colt as “a strong, athletic type, with a great hind-quarter and strong through the shoulder.”

Lot 443, Real Impact’s daughter out of US Grade 2 winner Cat By The Tale is also powerfully made, “a compact filly that looks like an early type.” 

Real Impact yearlings will also be offered by Baramul, Edenglassie, Lyndhurst & Westbury Studs, and Musk Creek Farm.

Arrowfield has not so far missed the mark with a son of the great Redoute’s Choice (think Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt & Beneteau) and that alone puts the first yearlings by Scissor Kick into the “must-see” category.

Scissor Kick was a star sprinting 3YO, winning twice in quality Group company & earning admiration for his courageous 2nd in the ATC Golden Rose S. G1. (PHOTO: Lisa Grimm)

Paul Messara knows Scissor Kick particularly well, as he trained the charismatic colt for double Group 3 success and a memorable Golden Rose G1 second. He picks out Lot 553, the Esprit Hi colt as very much in the mould of his sire. “He’s a lovely colt, with plenty of size and scope, and attractively marked like dad.”

A busy parade schedule is guaranteed for the 18 yearlings by the legendary Redoute’s Choice himself and his sensational sons, two-time Champion Sire Snitzel and leading sire Not A Single Doubt.

Star lots most definitely include full same-sex siblings to Snitzel’s Champion 2YO Estijaab (Lot 63), Redoute’s Choice’s Champion South African 2YO Colt Mustaaqeem (Lot 850), and Not A Single Doubt’s Group 1-winning daughter Secret Agenda (Lot 853).

2018 Champion 2YO ESTIJAAB

2018 Champion 2YO ESTIJAAB

2018 Champion 2YO ESTIJAAB

Champion South African 2YO Colt MUSTAAQEEM

Champion South African 2YO Colt MUSTAAQEEM

Champion South African 2YO Colt MUSTAAQEEM

Group 1 winner SECRET AGENDA

Group 1 winner SECRET AGENDA

Group 1 winner SECRET AGENDA

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Buyers won’t miss Lot 839, the Redoute’s Choice-Mount Zero filly either. As Paul says, “She’s outstanding, the kind of high quality filly that Redoute’s Choice is famous for.”

Yearlings from the second and third crops of promising young sires often represent excellent value at Magic Millions, and that puts Dundeel and Olympic Glory right in the frame in 2019.

Arrowfield will offer seven colts and a filly represent by six-time Group 1 winner Dundeel whose first 17 winners include 2YO Group winner Irukandji and Group-placed 3YO Dealmaker.

Lot 535, colt out of Dual Star (by Starcraft and descended from Blue Diamond G1 winner True Jewels) is “a forward type of Dundeel, he’s an August foal with plenty of substance.”

With 18 winners including French stakeswinner Watch Me from his first-crop European runners on the board, top-class European sprinter-miler Olympic Glory has four colts and three fillies in Arrowfield’s draft.

Lot 295, the colt out of Wingstack (by Lonhro from the family of Charge Forward) will appeal  to buyers as “a racy and athletic Magic Millions type.”

A pair of first-crop colts by Redoute’s Choice Group winner Panzer Division, and interesting single lots by Deep Impact, Lord Kanaloa, Exceed and Excel, Nicconi, Sebring, Smart Missile, Spill The Beans, Wandjina and Written Tycoon complete a consignment of yearlings that will surely generate plenty of success and pleasure for their buyers in the years ahead. 

Open House

2019 Arrowfield Stallion Open House

We warmly invite you to visit Arrowfield Stud in August to inspect our 11 magnificent stallions,
including freshmen The Autumn Sun, Real Steel & Showtime, 
finalise your 2019 breeding decisions and enjoy great chat, coffee & food
in the beautiful surrounds of one of the world’s best thoroughbred stud farms.
Please RSVP using the form below to assist us with catering.
Our 2019 Open House program is:

Friday 23rd August

9am – 11am (full stallion parade at 9.30am)
2pm – 4pm (full parade at 2.30pm)

Saturday 24th August

9am – 11am (full parade at 9.30am)
2pm – 4pm (full parade at 2.30pm)

Sunday 25th August

9am – 11.30am (full parade at 10.00am)

All welcome

Please complete the form to confirm your attendance
or email celia.cole@arrowfield.com.au
For more information please call (02) 9909 5555.

Thank you for visiting Arrowfield!

Arrowfield was among several Hunter Valley stud farms that opened their gates last weekend to welcome hundreds of clients, guests and other visitors for the annual stallion parades.

Glorious Spring weather, a stunning line-up of stallions, plus the warm hospitality and hard work of Team Arrowfield all helped to make the Stud’s 2017 Stallion Open House a resounding success.

Increased numbers of new and returning breeders were a feature of the weekend, so much so that Arrowfield added full parades to the Stud’s schedule on Friday and Saturday afternoons.

Described by John Messara as “probably the best collection of stallions we’ve assembled in Arrowfield’s 37-year history”, the 2017 roster is shaped around three major themes: the Best of Danehill (Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt, Smart Missile, Panzer Division & Scissor Kick);  Japanese Champions (Maurice, Mikki Isle & Real Impact); and Global Superstars (Animal Kingdom, Dundeel & Shalaa). 

Japanese Horse of the Year Maurice, dual Group 1-winning sprinter-miler Mikki Isle and Champion British & French 2YO Shalaa are the new boys on Arrowfield’s 2017 roster and they all attracted plenty of admiration. Mikki Isle and Maurice join the returning Real Impact to complete a powerful triumvirate offering fresh genetic options for Australian mares.

Newly crowned Champion Sire Snitzel is in fine fettle for his upcoming busy season, and required a little more parade time to review his history-making 2016/17, and the rocketing start he’s made this season, with five stakeswinners already on the board.

Perfect Spring weather, a beautiful setting, gorgeous stallions and warm hospitality made for a busy & enjoyable weekend at Arrowfield.

John Messara with New Zealand visitors Sarah & Marc Devcich who cared for Dundeel between his racing campaigns.

Scissor Kick, led by Jarryd Stennett, certainly lived up to his tag as “Australia’s top model stallion”…

…and his gorgeous two-week-old son, with his mother Serenade Lily, was an instant hit with the crowd!

Former NSW Premier, now Racing Australia’s Barry O’Farrell & his wife Rosemary, and former NSW Minister for Racing George Souris & his wife Vassy were among the guests at the Arrowfield Stallion Open House.

Origami horse decorations celebrated the three Japanese stallions on the 2017 Arrowfield roster.

With Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt now among Australia’s most sought-after stallions, Scissor Kick and Panzer Division represent the next cohort of Redoute’s Choice sons poised to make their mark at stud. Panzer Division is very much in his celebrated sire’s mould, while the top model looks of Scissor Kick and his two lively, lookalike foals, paraded with their mothers, drew “oohs” and “aahs” from the crowds.

Dundeel, whose first crop are 2YOs this season, was frequently mentioned by guests asked for their pick of the parade, and Animal Kingdom’s dynamic presence is evident in his first-crop Australian runners, now 3YOs. 

A couple of race results from the Saturday meeting at Rosehill were duly noted at Arrowfield’s final parade on Sunday morning. The John Thompson-trained Special Missile posted his fifth consecutive win in great style, taking Smart Missile to an early lead on the 3rd Season Sires’ table, with 15 wins and more than $400,000 prizemoney.

Three sons in last season’s top 10 might signal time to ease up for three-time Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice, but he’s having none of it. He was represented by 18 winners of 22 stakes races in 2016/17, sired the year’s top-priced $2.5 million yearling and a rare Group 1 double by full brothers Mustaaqeem & Rafeef in South Africa.

Redoute’s Choice colt Pariah drove the point home with a splendid victory in the ATC San Domenico S. G3, cheered on from the farm by the Arrowfield team whose excitement was caught on video by Paul Messara and posted on Twitter. Pariah, bred, sold and once again part-owned by Arrowfield, which bought into him in April, now heads to the Run to the Rose G2 on 9 September and, all going well, the Golden Rose G1 a fortnight later.

Visit Arowfield's Stallion Open House in August

It’s time to start planning to visit the beautiful Hunter Valley for Stallion Showcase Week in August, just before the new breeding season begins on 1 September.

So far 21 new stallions have been announced for New South Wales in 2017, and Arrowfield is delighted to be introducing three of them: the “Beast from the East” Maurice, European 2YO sprinting star Shalaa and Japan’s 2016 Champion Sprinter & Miler Mikki Isle.

They join one of the most formidable stallion rosters in the world right now, headed by the magnificent champion sire Redoute’s Choice and his sensational sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt, collectively responsible for 253 stakeswinners, 59 of them this season alone.

Arrowfield will be open to visitors for morning and afternoon sessions over three days, as follows:

FRIDAY 25 AUGUST
9am – 12 noon (full stallion parade at 9.30am) & 2pm – 4pm

SATURDAY 26 AUGUST
9am – 12 noon (full parade at 9.30am) & 2pm – 4pm

SUNDAY 27 AUGUST
9am – 12 noon (full parade at 9.30am); no afternoon session.

Join us for great coffee & food, inspect the stallions and meet the Arrowfield team. To help our event planning, please email Sophie with numbers and your preferred day.

Arrowfield announces 2017 service fees

Arrowfield has announced the service fees for the 13 stallions on its 2017 roster, headed by Australia’s leading active sire Snitzel whose fee has been set at $176,000 inc. GST.

Three-time Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice will stand at $137,500 inc. GST, and Not A Single Doubt is offered at $88,000 inc. GST.

This extraordinary father-and-sons dynasty is collectively responsible for 47 worldwide stakeswinners and ten million-dollar yearlings in 2016/17 and dominated the metrics of last week’s Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. Redoute’s Choice provided the Sale’s top-priced lot, the $2.5 million colt ex Secluded, Not A Single Doubt headed one category of the sires’ list with three lots sold for an average of $750,000 and Snitzel led the second category, by aggregate, with 39 yearlings sold for $21,065,000.

Three new stallions join the Arrowfield line-up in 2017: Japan’s Horse of the Year Maurice ($33,000 inc. GST) and Champion Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle ($13,750 inc. GST), and European 2YO sprinting star Shalaa ($33,000 inc. GST).

Dubai World Cup champion Animal Kingdom and six-time Group 1 winner Dundeel, whose first yearlings averaged $272,500 at Magic Millions, are both available this year at $27,500 (inc. GST).

The 2015/16 Champion First Season Sire Smart Missile’s fee is unchanged at $22,000 inc. GST, and dual Group 1 winner Real Impact (like Mikki Isle a son of champion Japanese sire Deep Impact) stands at $19,250 inc. GST.

Olympic Glory, the four-time Group One-winning European sprinter-miler, and Scissor Kick, the very fast Group-winning son of Redoute’s Choice, both stand at $16,500 inc. GST.
Group-winning colt Panzer Division, bred on the electric Redoute’s Choice-Hussonet cross, is offered at $9,900 inc. GST.

The full 2017 Arrowfield Stallion Roster is:

SNITZEL*
Redoute’s Choice-Snippets’ Lass

$176,000

REDOUTE’S CHOICE*
Danehill- Shantha’s Choice

$137,500

NOT A SINGLE DOUBT*
Redoute’s Choice-Singles Bar

$88,000

MAURICE (JPN) New
Screen Hero-Mejiro Frances

$33,000

SHALAA (IRE) – New
Invincible Spirit-Ghurra

$33,000

ANIMAL KINGDOM (USA)
Leroidesanimaux-Dalicia

$27,500

DUNDEEL (NZ)
High Chaparral-Stareel

$27,500

SMART MISSILE
Fastnet Rock-Comical Smile

$22,000

REAL IMPACT (JPN)
Deep Impact-Tokio Reality

$19,250

OLYMPIC GLORY (IRE)
Choisir-Acidanthera

$16,500

SCISSOR KICK
Redoute’s Choice-Back Pass

$16,500

MIKKI ISLE (JPN)New
Deep Impact-Star Isle

$13,750

PANZER DIVISION
Redoute’s Choice-Desert Fight

$9,900

All Fees inc. GST.
* = Live Foal Terms

Redoute's Choice the surest bet

As 2016 winds down and the world looks back at a turbulent 12 months, a few certainties for 2017 would be welcome, but they seem in short supply and in racing that shortage is more-or-less a permanent condition.

Occasionally, though, something emerges that can be relied upon over several years, perhaps a decade or more if we’re lucky. In Australian racing and breeding one pillar of consistently top-class performance has been, and still is, Redoute’s Choice.

An all-up bet that Redoute’s Choice would leave double-figure stakeswinners, including at least one Group 1 winner, in each of the past dozen years would have made a December 2004 punter rather rich, and his or her bookmaker increasingly unwell. And there’s no sign of the pace slackening either – in fact, over the past two years he’s averaged a stakes win every 17 days.

In 2016 the three-time Champion Sire has put up 15 individual winners of 19 Group and Listed Races, among them Group 1 winners Peeping (ATC Coolmore Classic G1), Howard Be Thy Name (South Australian Derby G1) & Abbey Marie (Australasian Oaks G1). His 30 lifetime Group 1 winners place him firmly among the world’s elite stallions.

2016 Group winners Honesty Prevails & Thyme For Roses and Listed winner Zamzam in Australia, and Table Bay in South Africa boosted Redoute’s Choice’s tally of 2YO stakeswinners to thirty-three. And don’t worry about the durability of his progeny – Rock Magic and Abidewithme from his 2009 crop both won in Group company this year.

Redoute’s Choice is already shaping future generations through 17 stakes-siring sire sons headed by Snitzel (47 SW), Not A Single Doubt (35 SW) & the deceased Stratum (31 SW).

Irish-based Elzaam and New Zealand-based Burgundy seem likely to join that group soon, after making very favourable impressions with their first runners in 2016. Scissor Kick’s arrival at Haras d’Etreham strengthens the dynasty’s foothold in Europe, as Redoute’s Choice’s own second crop of French-conceived 2YOs prepares to race in 2017.

Daughters of Redoute’s Choice are similarly proving their worth as transmitters of his class with 50 stakeswinners (14 of them in 2016 and number 50, Hong Kong Group winner Blizzard, scoring on 1 January), including Group 1 winners Sacred Falls, Zoustar, Pasadena Girl and Stay With Me.

Thirteen Redoute’s Choice yearlings will be offered at the upcoming Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, among them three colts and two fillies in the Arrowfield consignment.

Dundeel's dozen Magic Millions yearlings: Lot 125

Mike & Kate Fleming brought an outstanding record of success from Broadwater Thoroughbreds to their new base at the famous Bhima property near Scone, which they purchased from the White family in mid-2015. More than 200 Broadwater graduates, including Group 1 winners First Seal & I Am A Star and champion Singapore 2YO Super One, have already earned close to $30 million, and Bhima was once home to champion sire Biscay. But Mike is most excited by what the farm’s current 20 Magic Millions yearlings, among them the Dundeel-Johan’s Toy colt, can add to that history.

The Dundeel-Johan’s Toy colt, a $110,000 Magic Millions weanling buy, has plenty of pluses on the pedigree page. He’s a half-brother to Bob & Jan Bergstrom’s multiple Group winner Toydini out of the dual Listed winner & Group 1-placed mare Johan’s Toy (by Johann Cruyff), herself a half-sister to Group winners Extra Zero and Operetta Lass.

However, Mike Fleming says he paid more attention to the individual standing in front of him. “The thing that attracted me most was the way he moved and carried himself, he was a lovely, well-balanced, good moving horse.

“I’m very happy with the way he’s developed, he’s furnished into a nice yearling, not a precocious two-year-old type, but he looks like he’ll make a lovely three-year-old.”

Star 3YOs are as much a part of the Magic Millions Gold Coast story as brilliant juveniles, a point proven by the likes of Global Glamour (ATC Flight S. G1), Lasqueti Spirit & Dear Demi (VRC Oaks G1), Shooting To Win (MRC Caulfield Guineas G1), Single Gaze (ATC Storm Queen S. G1), Dissident (ATC Randwick Guineas G1) & Zoustar (ATC Golden Rose S. G1 & VRC Coolmore Stud S. G1).

It’s a space in the market that Mike believes Dundeel is well-qualified to fill. “I think he’s a stallion that will fit well into the Australian market by supplying some of those Classic three-year-old horses that are generally sourced out of New Zealand.”

Mike says that picking out any other yearlings from Bhima’s Magic Millions draft of 11 fillies and nine colts is “almost impossible”, but he can expect to be busy parading, for example, First Seal’s half-brother by Exceed and Excel, the Snitzel-Miss Iguacu filly from the Shantha’s Choice family, the More Than Ready colt out of Group 1 winner Quintessential and a pair of Redoute’s Choice fillies.

Asked for this year’s highlights from previous drafts, Mike says “Being the vendor of Myer Classic winner I Am A Star for a very good client of ours, Wentwood Grange in New Zealand. And given we’re a small farm, we’re proud to see three graduate colts head to stud this year:  Super One to Newgate Farm, Ready For Victory to Sun Stud and, of course, Scissor Kick to Arrowfield.“

2016 Arrowfield Stallion Open House

Arrowfield is ready to open its gates again during the 2016 Hunter Valley Stallion Week, with a full parade each morning from Friday 19 August to Sunday 21 August.

To get ‘up close and personal’ with Arrowfield’s exceptional roster, the Friday and Saturday afternoon sessions are highly recommended. Join one of the small groups for a laneway inspection of each stallion and plenty of opportunities to ask questions of Arrowfield staff, then stay on for refreshments and Saturday’s racing on TV.

The Stud’s three new stallions, Real Impact, Scissor Kick and Panzer Division will make their first public appearances at this year’s Open House, joining the great Redoute’s Choice, his sensational sons Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt, Champion First Season Sire Smart Missile, Group 1 sire Charge Forward, the up-and-coming Manhattan Rain and Champions Dundeel & Olympic Glory.

The full schedule is:

FRIDAY 19 AUGUST
9.00 am-12 noon

including a full parade at 9:30 am
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

SATURDAY 20 AUGUST
9:00 am – 12 noon

including a full parade at 9:30 am
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

SUNDAY 21 AUGUST
9:00 am – 12 noon
including a full parade at 9:30 am

To assist with catering please RSVP to arrowfield@arrowfield.com.au.

Spectacular season for Arrowfield roster

From every angle, the 2015/16 Australian season has been spectacular for Arrowfield’s powerhouse stallion roster.

Redoute’s Choice and his sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt all end the year in the top 10 on the Australian General Sires’ Premiership with collective earnings of $29.6 million and 390 winners of 638 races.

The trio also achieved top 10 finishes on the 2YO and 3YO Sires’ lists.

Not A Single Doubt, who began his career with six seasons at a $12,500 fee, tops multiple categories. He is Australia’s leading active sire, headed off only by the deceased Premiership winner Street Cry.  He also heads the table on Winners (154), Wins (257), matches Street Cry and Fastnet Rock with 12 stakeswinners and is the nation’s leading sire of 3YOs.

Most significantly though, Not A Single Doubt is the Leading Australian Sire by Worldwide Earnings (SH-bred progeny only) with a remarkable total of $14.8 million – almost $1 million ahead of Fastnet Rock.

Redoute’s Choice bests both of them, and Street Cry when it comes to Southern Hemisphere stakeswinners with 15, headed by his three latest Group 1 winners Abbey Marie, Howard Be Thy Name and Peeping. 

Snitzel’s flagship performer Sun Jewellery broke new ground for him in Hong Kong as a dual Group 1 winner and recipient of the Champion Miler Award.

 At home Snitzel equalled Without Fear’s 40-year-old record of 30 individual 2YO winners in a single season and provided the top lots at all three major sales, including the season’s highest-priced yearling, the $2.3 million half-brother to Winx.

The tally of seven-figure yearlings by Redoute’s Choice rose to 70, thanks to a trio of Inglis Easter colts, plus a colt and a filly from his first European crop sold at Arqana last August and Tattersalls in October 2015.

In all, Redoute’s Choice & Snitzel sired eight of the 15 million-dollar yearlings sold in Australia during 2016.

Not A Single Doubt’s brilliant season, headlined by Group 1 winners Extreme Choice, Single Gaze and Good Project, took his yearling prices to record levels. Tim Stakemire, acting for Sheikh Khalifa, paid $650,000 for the Miss Sharapova filly at Magic Millions, and the Colorado Claire colt was knocked down for $850,000 to James Harron at Inglis Easter.

Smart Missile has won Arrowfield its third First Season Sires’ title in the past dozen years, following Redoute’s Choice (2004) and Charge Forward (2009). One of the most popular young stallions in recent Australian history, Smart Missile was represented by eight first-crop winners, including New Zealand Listed winner Sassy ‘N’ Smart. Four other stakes performers rounded out the season for the son of Fastnet Rock.

His yearlings have been keenly sought again in 2016, selling up to the $500,000 paid by Little Hung & Bahen Bloodstock for Arrowfield’s colt out of Pyrography at Magic Millions 1 – where Smart Missile had 26 lots sell for an average price of $147,308.

Arrowfield’s third season sire Manhattan Rain continued his excellent progress with the impressive 2YOs Scarlet Rain & Manhattan Street, smart Melbourne sprinter Wild Rain and six other stakes performers. The sale-ring highlight for the son of Encosta de Lago came in Hong Kong where the 2YO colt out of La Bamba made just under $1.2 million.

Back in Australia, buyers paid up to $230,000 for his yearlings and leading trainers Gai Waterhouse, David Hayes & Tom Dabernig, Darren Weir, Ciaron Maher & Tony McEvoy all added at least one Manhattan Rain to their stable.

Yearlings by Group 1 sire Charge Forward also found an appreciative market, especially at Magic Millions Book 1 where seven of his 8 lots sold, averaging almost $143,000. However, his top price this year was paid at Inglis Melbourne where the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s bid of $210,000 secured Glentree’s colt out of Emanday.

Dubai World Cup champion Animal Kingdom’s first yearlings went through the ring in 2016, selling up to the $310,000 paid for the striking Cat by the Tale filly at Magic Millions. Look out for his first runners this season from the stables of Godolphin, Chris Waller, Team Hawkes, Mike Moroney, Nigel Blackiston, John Sargent and David Payne.

Dundeel was the Leading First Season Sire at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale where all six of his foals sold for an average of $143,333. The six-time Group 1 winner’s top price of $240,000 was paid by Musk Creek Farm for the Cerberus Gal colt consigned by Riversdale. 

It’s easy to think that after three decades in the stallion-making business, Arrowfield’s Chairman John Messara might be blase about such an extraordinary year, but he isn’t. 

He says, “What experience gives you is a deeper appreciation of just how hard it is to build a strong stallion roster, and breed and sell successfully at any level, so the highs seem even bigger to me now than they did thirty years ago.

“Kris, Paul, Alice and I are very proud of our whole team at the farm, the training centre and in Sydney, everyone contributes enormously to our results and there’s great satisfaction for me, and I hope all our staff, in achieving special things together.”

Messara adds, “It’s difficult to pick out just a few highlights but the flourishing of the Redoute’s Choice dynasty, while he’s still expanding his own record,  here and in Europe, is something I’m privileged to witness. 

“Sharing success with breeder friends and partners always means a lot, and for that reason the performances of Contentment in Hong Kong, Sassy ‘N’ Smart in New Zealand and Stay With Me and Weatherly in Australia stand out for me.

“I’m also grateful for the immense support we receive from breeders, owners, trainers, agents and syndicators.  We start each stallion’s story, but their investment, skill and hard work completes it.”

Fresh Arrowfield stallion stories are already being written. Coming up in 2016/17 are Smart Missile’s first 3YOs, Animal Kingdom’s first 2YOs, Dundeel’s first yearlings, the first Australian foals by four-time European Group 1 winner Olympic Glory and the launch of Arrowfield’s new boys, Real Impact, Panzer Division and Scissor Kick.