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.

Arrowfield buys interest in star 2YO colt

Arrowfield Stud has acquired a 50% interest in Australia’s top-rated 2YO colt Pariah (Redoute’s Choice-Secluded by Hussonet) along with the standing rights for his future stud career. He will now race for a partnership of Arrowfield with James Harron Bloodstock Colts and all his current owners, and will continue to be trained by Peter & Paul Snowden. 

An outstanding physical type, Pariah was purchased by James Harron Bloodstock for $700,000 from Arrowfield Stud’s 2016 Inglis Easter draft.

His class was evident at first asking in January when he won the ATC Canonbury S. G3 on debut in a race record time, followed two weeks later by an unlucky second in the MRC Blue Diamond Prelude G3.

Those performances earned Pariah favouritism for the MRC Blue Diamond S. G1 and he put up a tremendous performance to justify it. Despite a wide draw, he quickened at the top of the straight to put daylight on his rivals, and was caught only in the shadow of the post.

Pariah is Timeform’s second top-rated Australian 2YO colt with a figure of 118, ahead of Summer Passage (117), Chauffeur and Trapeze Artist (both rated 115).

James Harron says, “I’m delighted to finalise arrangements for Pariah to join the Redoute’s Choice stallion dynasty at Arrowfield. He’s the complete package of physique, precocity, pedigree and performance, and I’m certain that what he has shown us as a two-year-old is only the beginning.”

Arrowfield’s Chairman John Messara says, “We are very pleased to secure Pariah as a high-class son of the sire of sires Redoute’s Choice, and look forward to launching him on our roster alongside Australia’s leading sire Snitzel and last season’s leading active sire Not A Single Doubt, when his racing career is concluded.

“Arrowfield has achieved notable success with stallions we’ve bred and either sold and bought back, or raced before their stud careers. Golden Slipper winner and champion sire Flying Spur and brilliant Redoute’s Choice sons Beneteau and Not A Single Doubt are all in that category.

“Like those horses, Pariah is among Australia’s very best two-year-olds of his generation. He’s also a sensational type, a three-quarter brother to Group 1 winner Melito and is bred on the Redoute’s Choice/Hussonet cross which has left five Group winners from only ten foals.”

2YO Group double for Redoute's Choice & Snitzel

Redoute’s Choice and Snitzel delivered a one-two punch at Rosehill on Saturday when the Arrowfield-bred pair Pariah and Teaspoon took out both the Group 3 features for juveniles.

In the $150,000 Canonbury S. 1100m G3 Hualalai and Showtime took up the running ahead of the hot favourite Menari (by Snitzel), while Kerrin McEvoy settled debutant Pariah back off the pace.

Sent wide around the turn, Pariah got down to his work with real commitment to win by a length from Menari and Malahat in 1:04.63. Although Menari had to be counted unlucky, the Redoute’s Choice colt powered to the line in a manner that suggests there’s plenty more to come.

Watch Pariah win the ATC Canonbury S. G3.

Pariah’s co-trainer Peter Snowden said, “This horse has so much upside to him – it was only his first start today and he’s only going to improve from that.  He’s always been well above his years in everything he’s done.”

The $1.5 million Blue Diamond S. G1 at Caulfield on 25 February is the target proposed for Pariah, a $700,000 buy at last year’s Inglis Easter Sale.

He extends James Harron’s outstanding record with purchases from Arrowfield. Group 1 winners Sweet Idea & Wandjina, Group winner Odyssey Moon and Listed winner Detective have all been bought out of Arrowfield consignments by the Sydney-based agent. He signed for five Arrowfield yearlings at the 2017 Magic Millions Sale, including the sale-topping $1.3 million Redoute’s Choice-Ballet Blue colt.  

Pariah is raced by James Harron Bloodstock Colts with a group of regular JHB clients, among them Fergus Doyle, Belinda Bateman, Rob & Donna Love and John & Fran Ingham.

Harron said, “He’s a great-natured colt who has really matured into a beautiful horse and absolutely, things look good for him moving forward.’’

“When we saw him at Easter last year he had a lot of quality about him, was very masculine and he had a lovely shape, a really nice medium-sized horse, not too big and definitely not too small. Add to that his terrific pedigree and we were confident we were on a winner and, well, it’s off to a nice start.”

A three-quarter brother to dual Group1 winner Melito, Pariah is the first foal of the city-winning mare Secluded, and was bred by Arrowfield in partnership with John Leaver, David Paradice and Paul Favretto. Arrowfield will offer his full brother at this year’s Inglis Easter Sale and Secluded is again in foal to Redoute’s Choice.

The lifetime statistics for Redoute’s Choice now read 138 stakeswinners and 34 2YO stakeswinners and Pariah is his seventh stakeswinner this season. He is also the second stakeswinner to emerge from Arrowfield’s Graduate Class of  2016, after Inglis Melbourne Premier graduate Azazel, winner of October’s Inglis Banner S. (R) LR.

Forty minutes after the Canonbury, Arrowfield’s own Yellow and Black silks were seen in the winner’s circle after the Stud’s home-bred filly Teaspoon put up a quality performance to take out the $150,000 ATC Widden S.1100m G3 at her second start.

Teaspoon jumped smartly from gate 10 and Hugh Bowman elected to take advantage of her early speed by pressing forward to take up the running. The filly settled sweetly in front and went for home with plenty of determination, but briefly lost her lead as Mystic Empire drove at her in the straight.

However, when her champion jockey asked Teaspoon for another effort, she willingly gave it, and came away again to score by a half-length in 1:05.08 from Mystic Empire, Sweet Deal and the favourite Boorooj.

Watch Teaspoon win the ATC Widden S. G3
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Teaspoon’s trainer Michael Freedman said, “She’s given them weight today. Hugh has had to use her up a little bit from that wide gate. She was there to be run down and she kept fighting.”

The $3.5 million Golden Slipper on 18 March is now in the filly’s sights, with races like the Sweet Embrace and the Reisling as possible lead-ups.

Teaspoon is the 48th stakeswinner and 20th 2YO stakeswinner for Snitzel who topped the Magic Millions sires’ table with 42 lots sold for $13.9 million. He is also back on top of the Australian 2YO Sires’ list, though he remains in close battle with I Am Invincible.

Teaspoon is the fourth stakeswinner out of Arrowfield’s wonderful and now-retired matron Patronella, also dam of Group 2 winner Stella Artois, dual Listed winner Smytzer’s Trish, Group 3 winner Aliyana Tilde (by Snitzel) and Group 2-placed filly Bacarella (by Beneteau). Aliyana Tilde is already part of Arrowfield’s broodmare band, while Bacarella, recovering from injury, and Teaspoon run for the Arrowfield stable.