Magnificent Shoals leads home Arrowfield Group 1 quinella

Sensational at Flemington in the Spring, dominant at Randwick in March and now magnificent at Morphettville in May.

That’s the story of Shoals’ season for her owner-breeders Arrowfield & Jonathan Munz after meeting and beating three Group 1 fields of quality fillies and mares. 

The daughter of Fastnet Rock and The Broken Shore has firmly established herself as Australia’s best 3YO filly and one of the most valuable distaff performers of any age in the country.

Saturday’s  victory in the $1 million SAJC Robert Sangster S. 1200m G1 was made even sweeter for Arrowfield by Secret Agenda’s gallant second placing, sealing a graduate Group 1 quinella for the farm. 

Secret Agenda (Not A Single Doubt-Negotiate) was a $120,000 buy from Arrowfield’s 2014 Magic Millions draft by Blueblood Thoroughbreds. Her sterling 4-season, 7-win, $1.5 million career includes the 2017 Robert Sangster Classic G1.

Watch Shoals win the SAJC Robert Sangster S. G1.

Three Group 1 wins in her first 10 starts stamp Shoals as something special and trainer Anthony Freedman and his team can be proud of preparing her for peak performances at 1600, 1400 and 1200 metres in two campaigns this season.

“What next for Shoals?” is the question that Jonathan Munz and John Messara are now considering.  The Freedman stable reported on Monday evening that Royal Ascot, at least for this year, is off the table, in favour of The Everest at Randwick in October, subject to accessing a slot.

In the meantime, Shoals’ excellent recovery after Saturday keeps open the possibility of a start in the $1 million Goodwood G1, also over 1200m at Morphettville on 19 May.

It has been a remarkable few weeks for The Broken Shore (by Hussonet), whose third foal is last month’s  $2.3 million Inglis Easter sale-topper, a full brother to Shoals. 

The eight year-old mare’s work-in-progress also includes 2YO filly Tides, retained by Arrowfield and Pineciff Racing, a weanling colt by Medaglia d’Oro and a fourth Fastnet Rock foal due this coming Spring.

Hussonet mares are compiling an impressive record with Danehill sons. Shoals and another Arrowfield graduate, dual Group 1 winner Majmu (by Redoute’s Choice), head the nine stakeswinners from 87 runners bred that way.

Redoute's Choice & Sons: an extraordinary year

As 2017 winds down, breeder & buyer clients of Arrowfield can look back on an extraordinary 12 months of racetrack excellence and sale-ring dominance by Redoute’s Choice and his sons Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt.

Highlights of the dynasty’s sensational year are:

67 winners of 92 worldwide Group & Listed Races – 81 in Australia, 4 in South Africa, 3 each in France & New Zealand and one in Hong Kong.

11 winners of 12 Group 1 races:
CLEARLY INNOCENT (Not A Single Doubt) – BRC Kingsford-Smith Cup G1
HEAVENLY BLUE (Snitzel) – Turffontein SA Classic G1
INVADER (Snitzel) – ATC Inglis Sires’ Produce S. G1
MIGHTY BOSS (Not A Single Doubt) – MRC Caulfield Guineas G1
MUSTAAQEEM (Redoute’s Choice) – Turffontein South African Nursery G1
RAFEEF (Redoute’s Choice) – Turffontein Computaform Sprint G1
REDZEL (Snitzel) – BRC Doomben 10,000 G1 & VRC Darley Classic G1
RUSSIAN REVOLUTION (Snitzel) – ATC The Galaxy G1
SECRET AGENDA (Not A Single Doubt) – SAJC Robert Sangster S. G1
SUMMER PASSAGE (Snitzel) – ARC Ellerslie Sires’ Produce S. G1
TRAPEZE ARTIST (Snitzel) – ATC Golden Rose S. G1

18 2YO Stakeswinners inc. G1 winners INVADER, MUSTAAQEEM & SUMMER PASSAGE

Six of Timeform’s 10 top-rated Australian 2YOs in 2016/17 inc. the three best colts: Snitzel’s sons INVADER (119) & SUMMER PASSAGE (117) and Redoute’s Choice’s son PARIAH (118).

16 Arrowfield Sale Graduates
Inglis Sales
Easter: GUNNISON, HEAVENLY BLUE, MUSTAAQEEM, PARIAH, RAFEEF, ROCK MAGIC 
Melbourne: ARDROSSAN, KENEDNA
Classic: ODYSSEY MOON, UNTAMED DIAMOND
Magic Millions Sales
Gold Coast: DRACARYS, INVADER, PRETTY FAST, SECRET AGENDA, SHOWTIME 
National: ZESTFUL

10 of the 23 $1 million+ yearlings sold in Australia during 2017. 

The three-time Champion Sire and his brilliant sons each added milestone achievements to their records during the past 12 months: 

SNITZEL
Career:
75 SW, 12 G1 winners, 28 2YO Stakeswinners
In 2017: 32 Stakeswinners (inc. 9 2YOs), 21 Group winners, 6 Group 1 winners
Champion Sire of Australia, Champion Sire of 2YOs & Champion Sire of 3YOs, 2016/17

  • Equalled Danehill’s single-season record of 26 Australian stakeswinners
  • Set a new Australian record for stallion earnings in a season with $16.2 million
  • Claimed sole ownership of the Australian-sired 2YO winners record, with a season tally of 35 (inc. three in New Zealand)
  • Completed an unprecedented three-generation sequence of Champion Australian Sires: Danehill (9 titles), Redoute’s Choice (2006, 2010, 2014) & Snitzel (2017).
  • Sired the first Australian Group 1 2YO trifecta by the same stallion since 1982 (INVADER, SUMMER PASSAGE & TRAPEZE ARTIST in the ATC Sires’ Produce S. G1)
  • Sire of REDZEL, winner of the inaugural $10 million The Everest at Royal Randwick
  • Currently heads the 2017/18 Australian General Sires’ Premiership with 16 SW and $13.5 million (to 16 December)
  • The only stallion with top 10 performers in every age category of the current Australian Timeform rankings:
    2YO BONDI (112); 3YOs MENARI (122p) & TRAPEZE ARTIST (122); 4YO RUSSIAN REVOLUTION (120); 5YO REDZEL (126).

REDOUTE’S CHOICE
Career: 152 SW, 32 G1 winners, 37 2YO Stakeswinners
In 2017: 17 Stakeswinners (inc. 4 2YOs), 13 Group winners, 2 Group 1 winners

  • Sired a rare Group 1 sibling double with MUSTAQEEM & RAFEEF at Turffontein, South Africa, 6 May 2017 – his 14th same-track Group race double, and his second Group 1 double.
  • Sire of 3 top 10 Australian sires in 2016/17: Snitzel (1st), Not A Single Doubt (5th) & Stratum (10th)
  • Australia’s Leading Active Broodmare Sire, 2016/17 & again this season (to 16 December) with $12.1 million & 10 SW
  • Sire of New Zealand’s current Leading 2nd Season Sire Burgundy
  • Sire of Australia’s top-priced colt ($2.5 million colt ex Secluded, Arrowfield/Tim Stakemire), and top-priced filly ($1.8 million filly ex Court, Newhaven Park/Tim Stakemire)

NOT A SINGLE DOUBT
Career:
49 SW, 8 Group 1 winners, 17 2YO Stakeswinners
In 2017: 18 Stakeswinners (inc. 5 2YOs) 10 Group winners, 3 Group 1 winners

  • 5th, 2016/17 Australian General Sires’ Premiership  with $11.7 million & 14 Stakeswinners
  • Sired his first 3YO Classic winner, MIGHTY BOSS (MRC Caulfield Guineas G1), part of his first same-day stakes quadruple, with QAFILA, TORVILL & COOL PASSION on 14 October 2017.
  • Sire of three $1 million+ lots in three categories, Inglis, April 2017: 2YO gelding GUNNISON ($1.4 million), Yearling colt ex Quiet Maggy ($1.25 million) & Broodmare DON’T DOUBT MAMMA ($1.1 million).

The 2018 sales season opens with the irresistible festive spirit of Magic Millions at the Gold Coast, and the 97 yearlings (17 in the Arrowfield draft) on offer by Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt are set to fill buyers’ short-lists and orders. 

Not A Single Doubt & Snitzel, in particular, are assembling a strong team for the $10 million Magic Millions Raceday on 13 January. Among them are 2YO Classic prospects Bondi, Orcein & Nomothaj (by Snitzel) and Legislation, Singular Sensation & Granny Red Shoes (by Not A Single Doubt), and 3YO Guineas entries Debonairly, Goodfella, Chauffeur & Dinnigan (by Snitzel) and Pretty Fast, From Within & Single Bullet (by Not A Single Doubt).

Seven Group 1 winners head Arrowfield's 2016/17 season

The Arrowfield stallion roster has deservedly claimed most attention in 2016/17 season summaries, but the farm’s own graduate and sale results were equally spectacular.

Invader (ATC Inglis Sires’ Produce S. G1) and Secret Agenda (SAJC Robert Sangster S. G1) were only two of the Stud’s seven Group 1 winning-graduates in 2016/17. The other five were successful in South Africa (full brothers Rafeef & Mustaaqeem, Heavenly Blue and Whisky Baron) and Hong Kong (Contentment).

They head a group of 20 stakeswinners of 33 Group & Listed Races last season that were bred and/or sold by Arrowfield. All but two (Group-winning juvenile fillies Shoals & Teaspoon) were offered at Australian yearling sales: seven at Inglis Easter, four at Magic Millions Gold Coast, three at Inglis Melbourne Premier, two at Inglis Classic, one at each of the Magic Millions National and Adelaide Sales. 

Their prices ranged from the $1.75 million paid by Shadwell Stud for Mustaaqeem to the $23,000 trainer Shea Eden gave for dual Group 3 winner Ocean Embers at Magic Millions Adelaide, where she was offered under the banner of Cornerstone Stud. The median price of the 17 horses sold at auction was $210,000, and the average was just over $460,000.

Only Western Australian sprinter Rock Magic, winner of three Group 3 events and a Listed Race last term, failed to sell as a yearling. He was prepared by Paul Messara to win four races before his sale as a 4YO to clients of Perth trainer Chris Gangemi for whom he has now won more than $900,000.

Arrowfield’s Class of 2016 contributed eight stakeswinners: Invader & Mustaaqeem, Group 2 winners Gunnison & Shoals, Group 3 winners Pariah & Teaspoon and Listed winners Ardrossan (in New Zealand) & Azazel. All remain in training, although Gunnison, sold for $1.4 million at the Inglis Chairman’s Sale, is now in Hong Kong, and Ardrossan has been transferred to Mick Price in Melbourne. 

The season’s honour roll was completed by 3YOs Heavenly Blue, Kenedna and Detective, six 4YOs headed by Secret Agenda, Rafeef & Whisky Baron, 5YO mare Wild Rain, 6YO Contentment and 7YO Rock Magic.

Peter & Paul Snowden (trainers of Invader, Gunnison, Pariah & Detective) and James Harron (buyer of Detective, Gunnison & Pariah) enjoyed most success with Arrowfield graduates last season. The famous team of Shadwell Stud and champion South African trainer Mike de Kock earn a special mention for their Group 1 double with Mustaaqeem and Rafeef at Turffontein on 6 May.

Against this background of top-level performance, outstanding sale-ring results were achieved for the Stud and several long-standing clients. By the end of the yearling sales season Arrowfield had sold 138 lots for a total of $34.7 million, among them eight colts and a filly sold for $1 million or more. 

They included the top-priced Australian yearling of 2017, the $2.5 million Redoute’s Choice-Secluded colt bought at Inglis Easter by Tim Stakemire for Sheikh Khalifa bin Mohammed al Maktoum. 

Arrowfield sold the joint top-priced Redoute’s Choice-Ballet Blue colt at Magic Millions, secured for $1.3 million by James Harron, who also signed for three other colts from Arrowfield’s Magic Millions draft. 

Other buyers who bought multiple yearlings from Arrowfield were: Andrew Williams Bloodstock (6 lots), Darby Racing (5), Australian Bloodstock (4) and Shadwell Stud, Boomer Bloodstock & Cameron Cooke (3 each).

A Singularly Successful Year

One weekend in June 2010, Arrowfield’s Communications Manager Susan Archer went to Sunday Stables at Tulloch Lodge.

Susan recalls, “Of course, I was keen to see the young Arrowfield-sired talent in Gai’s stable, and we inspected several horses including a Not A Single Doubt colt for Star Thoroughbreds that the stable really liked.

“That was music to my ears because back in the winter of 2010 Not A Single Doubt was struggling to attract bookings, despite leaving lots of winners and receiving lots of praise from trainers who loved the straightforward ‘eat-sleep-train-race’ attitude of his progeny.”

The son of Redoute’s Choice had produced the respectable tally of 52 winners from his first two crops, seven stakes performers and several good city winners among them, but he needed stakeswinners, preferably out of major Sydney or Melbourne stables.

The tide finally turned for Not A Single Doubt when that 2YO colt Squamosa, bought for $140,000 from Arrowfield’s 2009 Magic Millions draft by Star Thoroughbreds’ Denise Martin, won his July debut, then progressed rapidly to Group 3 success and a narrow second in the ATC Golden Rose G1.

Along with first-crop gelding Doubtful Jack in Melbourne, he helped to fill Not A Single Doubt’s 2010 book with 192 mares and ignite the spectacular stud career that now includes three top 10 finishes on the Australian General Sires’ Premiership.

Not A Single Doubt has ended the 2016/17 season in fifth spot with $11.7 million prizemoney, slightly less than the $12.5 million that secured him the runner-up position behind Street Cry last year.  However, in terms of top-level racetrack performance and sale-ring results, 2016/17 has been Not A Single Doubt’s best ever season – so far.

Fourteen winners of 25 Australian stakes races (17 Group races) include four Group 1 winners in four states, at distances from 1000 to 1600 metres: 3YO Extreme Choice (MVRC Moir S. G1), 4YOs Scales Of Justice (WATC Railway S. G1) & Secret Agenda (SAJC Robert Sangster S. G1) and 5YO Clearly Innocent (BRC Kingsford-Smith Cup G1).

Over the past seven years, Not A Single Doubt has become a permanent fixture among Australia’s top ten 2YO sires and he closed out the 2016/17 season in 7th position. His 2014 crop produced a career-high four juvenile stakeswinners: Group winners Gunnison & Single Bullet, Moonee Valley Listed winner Doubt I’m Dreaming (sadly since deceased) and New Zealand stakeswinner Qiji Phoenix.

Gunnison was the star of Not A Single Doubt’s remarkable week at the Inglis Sales when he was knocked down for $1.4 million at the inaugural Chairman’s Sale of Racing Prospects on 30 March. He’s now in the stable of Champion Hong Kong trainer John Size.

At Inglis Easter, Arrowfield’s Quiet Maggy yearling colt made $1.25 million, helping Not A Single Doubt top the Sale’s sire averages for the first time. Finally, on 7 April, his grand Group-winning daughter Don’t Doubt Mamma was bought for $1.1 million by Arrowfield for its joint venture with Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm.  

In all, Not A Single Doubt’s 57 yearlings sold in 2017 averaged almost $250,000 off the $33,000 fee asked for him in 2014.

Now with 43 stakeswinners (7 at Group 1 level) on his CV and a full book of mares at his new fee of $88,000, Not A Single Doubt has come a very long way from the winter of 2010.

As Arrowfield’s Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer says, “Not A Single Doubt is a wonderful Arrowfield home-bred success story and we’re very grateful to all the breeders who have supported him, the buyers who’ve turned that support into profitable sales, and the  owners, trainers and jockeys who have given his sons and daughters their racing opportunities.

“He’s also a great reminder that we need to be very careful not to judge young stallions prematurely. Despite being an outstanding sire of juveniles, it took him 708 days to leave his first stakeswinner!

“Best of all, though, Not A Single Doubt has already shown how much he benefits from quality mares and his latest books are just superb. We’ve very excited about his future.”

That future might get off to a sensational start if his top-class son Fell Swoop, selected for the slot purchased by William Inglis & Son, can take out the inaugural $10 million The Everest at Randwick on 14 October.
  

A Group 1 weekend for Arrowfield graduates

Arrowfield has had many Group 1 weekends in its 32-year history, but few better than 6-7 May 2017 when four sale graduates by three different stallions won elite races in three countries.

Heading the quartet were Mustaaqeem & Rafeef who achieved a rare sibling Group 1 double in the SA Nursery and Computaform Sprint on Turffontein’s Champions Day. The sons of champion sire Redoute’s Choice & South African Horse of the Year National Colour were both purchased from the Inglis Easter Sale by Shadwell Stud’s master buyer Angus Gold and are trained in South Africa by Mike de Kock.

Rafeef and Mustaqeem, bred by Arrowfield in partnership with leading South African farm Klawervlei Stud, are the latest of Shadwell’s four Group 1-winning Inglis Easter graduates by Redoute’s Choice. Champion South African filly Majmu, also trained by de Kock, was a $300,000 buy from Arrowfield in 2013, and the David Hayes-trained Blue Diamond winner Nadeem was bought for $700,000 from Edinglassie’s 2005 draft.

With a new lifetime tally of 32 individual Group 1 winners, Redoute’s Choice has edged past the great US sire Giant’s Causeway (31 G1 winners) on the global Group 1 sires’ list. It’s a figure now bested only by Galileo (64 G1 winners) among active international sires.
 
Arrowfield’s third success on Saturday came in Adelaide when Blueblood Thoroughbreds’ $120,000 Magic Millions purchase Secret Agenda  overcame a wide draw to win the Robert Sangster S. G1. She is Not A Single Doubt’s sixth Group 1 winner and his third this season after Extreme Choice (MVRC A.J. Moir S. G1) and Scales of Justice (WATC Railway S. G1).

Secret Agenda was bred by the long-standing partnership of Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones, also successful at Group 1 level with Miss Finland and her daughter Stay With Me. Arrowfield has a record that includes all five Group 1 2YO races and six Australian Guineas winners.

Not A Single Doubt is on track to match or better his career-high 2015/16 performance, with 12 winners of 18 Group & Listed Races – just three black type wins short of his total last season.|

Three new Group 1 winners were enough to make the weekend memorable, but Contentment made it spectacular with a dramatic victory in the The Champions Mile G1 at Sha Tin on Sunday evening.

Contentment was described in post-race interviews as “quirky” by his jockey Brett Prebble, but it’s not a word that matches his quality record of 10 wins, six placings and more than $6 million from 29 starts, 21 of them in Hong Kong Group company.

His breeders Paul Favretto, Tony Hodgson, Paul Rowe and David & Peter Sinn are certainly proud of the 6YO son of Hussonet and their mare Jemison, who has yearling & weanling fillies by Animal Kingdom & Dundeel, and is again in foal to Dundeel.

A $65,000 purchase by John Foote from Arrowfield at the 2012, Contentment is trained by John Size for Benson Lo Tak Wing and, with a new figure of 126, is a top five performer in Hong Kong this season.

Rounding out the weekend’s graduate results were a couple of meritorious Group 1 placings, by Kenedna (Not A Single Doubt-Miss Dodwell), runner-up in the Australasian Oaks G1, and  Heavenly Blue (Snitzel-Simply Carina), third in the South African Derby G1, and a New Zealand Listed stakes win by 2YO Ardrossan (Redoute’s Choice-Miss Argyle).

Not A Single Doubt's 6th Group 1 winner

Not A Single Doubt put up three cracking fillies in two Group 1 races and a Group 2 event on Saturday and the single-figure odds offered on two of them suggested that a Group double was well within his grasp.

Racing is rarely that straightforward. Those two favoured daughters, Single Gaze in the GCTC Hollindale S. G2 and Kenedna in the SAJC Australasian Oaks G1, raced right up to their best form, but went down by the proverbial whisker to It’s Somewhat and Egg Tart respectively.

It was left to 4YO mare Secret Agenda to turn things around in the $1 million SAJC Robert Sangster S. 1200m G1 at Morphettville. However, despite three previous Group wins at sprint distances, she was rated no better than a $15 chance by punters after drawing gate 16.

Trainer Mick Price’s perfect Plan A involved a soft track and taking a sit back off the pace, but when the mare jumped brilliantly on a Good4 track Damien Oliver activated Plan B and sent her across the field to take up the lead.

Lake Como, Super Cash and Beautiful Flyer applied mid-race pressure which Secret Agenda repelled before the turn and, after balancing up, she gave her rivals no opportunity to catch her in the final run home, winning by 1.8 lengths from Viddora and I Am A Star in 1:09.15.

Watch Secret Agenda win the SAJC Robert Sangster S. G1.

Secret Agenda has now returned around ten times the $120,000 that Blueblood Thoroughbreds paid for her at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale where she was offered by Arrowfield, which bred her in partnership with Alan Jones & John Leaver.

Blueblood’s Director Carol Walsh recalls, “She was on our list, I absolutely love Not A Single Doubt, she had the right conformation and a superb pedigree.

“She’s a lovely mare, she does everything right and there’s still plenty ahead of her. The Goodwood is the plan and her owners are happy to race her on next season.” The Goodwood 1200m G1, also worth $1 million this year, will be run at Morphettville on 20 May.

Carol is proud of achieving Blueblood’s first Group 1 win only six years after the company began operation and this season has signed for 14 yearlings, including a pair of colts by Smart Missile.

Secret Agenda opened her career with a 3.5 length debut win at Moonee Valley in December 2014, but an injury suffered in the Blue Diamond Prelude prematurely ended her first campaign. Since then, Secret Agenda has progressed steadily, winning five of her 15 starts at three & four including Group wins in Melbourne and Sydney.

Her dam Negotiate, an unraced daughter of Red Ransom and Group 1 winner Euphoria, has four younger progeny by Smart Missile, including a yearling colt bought for $260,000 by Hong Kong trainer Ricky Yiu from Arrowfield’s Magic Millions consignment. A full sibling to her Group 1-winning daughter is due this coming Spring.

Secret Agenda’s efforts have taken Not A Single Doubt’s domestic prizemoney beyond $9 million for the season, with three Group 1 winners among a dozen stakeswinners equalling his career-best 2015/16 tally.

Not A Single Doubt's fifth stakes double

After a very big week in the sale-ring, Not A Single Doubt returned to making racing news on Saturday with a stakes double, courtesy of his daughters Secret Agenda in Sydney and Kenedna in Adelaide.

Such performances explain Not A Single Doubt’s position at the top of the Inglis Easter sire averages and his stunning run of million-dollar sales over the past 12 days: his $1.25 million yearling colt out of Quiet Maggy, the $1.4 million paid for 2YO gelding Gunnison and Northern Farm’s $1.1 million purchase of Don’t Doubt Mamma.

Like Gunnison and the Quiet Maggy colt, Kenedna and Secret Agenda are Arrowfield graduates, sold respectively for $80,000 at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and $120,000 at the the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Secret Agenda (ex Negotiate by Red Ransom) claimed her fifth and most valuable win on the final day of The Championships at Randwick when she landed the $300,000 ATC Sapphire S. 1200m G2 for trainer Mick Price and a group of owners managed by Blueblood Thoroughbreds.

Watch Secret Agenda win the ATC Sapphire S. G2.

It was a career-best performance by the 4YO mare, already a dual Group 3 winner in Melbourne and second in last year’s Sapphire Stakes.

Her jockey Damien Oliver said, “She’s a sweetheart, she’s a real tank. She loves the soft, I think she might want to move up here. 

“They’ve [Victorians] done well, it’s nice to share it around, the prizemoney is so good up here, it’s nice to be a part of it.”

3YO filly Kenedna (ex Miss Dodwell by Falbrav) left her run late, but showed plenty of tenacity in the straight to drive into the available space and collar With a Bit of Dash to win the $110,000 SAJC Laelia S. 1600m LR  by three-quarters of a length.

Watch Kenedna win the SAJC Laelia S. LR.

It was Kenedna’s fourth career win from the Darren Weir stable and her second stakes victory this campaign, following her VRC Vanity S. G3 success in February. The Auraria S. G3 on 22 April and Australasian Oaks G1 on 6 May are likely targets for her, as she appears to have inherited more of Falbrav’s stamina than her classy three-quarter brother Spill The Beans, a three-time Group winner at sprint distances.

Secret Agenda and Kenedna completed Not A Single Doubt’s fifth lifetime same-day stakes double, and his third this season, following Extreme Choice & Don’t Doubt Mamma at Moonee Valley on 30 September, and Single Bullet & Final Salute at Rosehill and Ascot on 11 March.

These six performers are among Not A Single Doubt’s ten stakeswinners this season, with Group 1 winners Extreme Choice & Scales Of Justice the major contributors to his Australian earnings total of $8.1 million – sufficient to keep him comfortably in the country’s top five sires.

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.

Group 3 quinella for Not A Single Doubt

No surprise to see Blueblood Thoroughbreds’ quality sprinting mare Secret Agenda win the $150,000 MRC How Now S. 1200m G3 – she was the favourite, and her first-up record is very good.

The surprise was Every Faith, who steamed home to nab second, despite a record that did not favour the course, the distance or her first campaign run.  A Listed winner and Group-placed at three, she’s since won three times over 1600 metres in Melbourne and the style of her 6YO debut indicates she’s very capable of extending her record this Spring.

Both mares are daughters of Not A Single Doubt and Secret Agenda is his second stakeswinner this season, following Don’t  Doubt Mamma’s VRC Let’s Elope S. G3 victory last Saturday. 

Trainer Mick Price indicated after the race that Secret Agenda would target Melbourne’s excellent program of mares’ races this Spring, and that there was plenty of improvement in her.

“She’s still got her winter coat and is in between phases at the moment. It’s good that she won and she’ll definitely improve – the give in the ground was the key to her.

“She’s a little bit more relaxed than she used to be, now we’ve worked her out and can ride a race on her.”

Secret Agenda was bred by the highly successful partnership of Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones, and sent in Arrowfield’s draft to the 2014 Magic Millions Sale, where she was purchased for $120,000 by Blueblood Thoroughbreds.

Her two juvenile starts included a Moonee Valley success, but she came into her own last season, winning the VRC Red Roses S. G3 and placing three times in Group company, including the ATC Sapphire S. G2.  Secret Agenda’s record now reads four wins and $431,000 from a dozen starts.

Secret Agenda is the fourth winner out of Negotiate, an unraced daughter of Red Ransom and Group 1 winner Euphoria, a grand-daughter of Denise’s Joy – who also appears as the fourth dam of Don’t Doubt Mamma.

Negotiate has not missed a beat in her breeding career.  Since foaling Secret Agenda she has visited Smart Missile four times, leaving the now 3YO colt Missile Strike (placed in Sydney at his second start), a filly bought for $200,000 by Phillip Stokes at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale, a yearling colt and a colt foal born on 11 September. 

Every Faith, a half-sister to Group 2 winner Alpine Eagle, has earned $334,000 from 5 wins and six placings for her owners Barry, Barbara & Rebecca Saunders and trainer Robert Smerdon.

Australia’s leading active sire of 2015/16, Not A Single Doubt is the sire of 34 stakeswinners, sixteen of them fillies including Group 1 winners Miracles of Life and Single Gaze.

Not A Single Doubt, Snitzel and their sire Redoute’s Choice have tag-teamed to put up 10 Australian stakeswinners in the first seven weeks of 2016/17 and are already eighth, first and fifth respectively on the General Sires’ table.

Not A Single Doubt leads Sires' premiership

“It’s surreal,” was how breeder Andrew Ferguson described his experience of watching Extreme Choice win the $1.5 million MRC Blue Diamond S. 1200m G1 on Saturday.

The number 11 gate and being forced to race wide without cover weren’t enough to stop the colt from scoring an outstanding victory in 1:08.95, almost two lengths in front of his stablemate Flying Artie, with the Redoute’s Choice filly Zamzam six lengths away in third place.

Watch Extreme Choice win the MRC Blue Diamond S. G1.

The $900,000 winner’s cheque has swept Extreme Choice’s sire Not A Single Doubt past Street Cry to the head of the Australian General Sires’ premiership with a new figure of $7,244,601. Not A Single Doubt also tops the table by winners (102) and wins (155), and has claimed the No. 1 spot on both the 2YO & 3YO Sires’ lists.

The result was a career highlight for Mick Price who trained the quinella and, with his Bloodstock Manager Luke Wilkinson, bought Extreme Choice for $100,000 from the Bell River Thoroughbreds draft at the 2015 Inglis Classic Sale. 

Bell River, near Wellington in central NSW, is owned & managed by Andrew Ferguson and his wife Georgie who bred Extreme Choice in partnership with good friends Lloyd Walker & Bob Hogno.

The colt’s dam Extremely (by Hussonet) is an unraced daughter of Canadian Group winner Going To Extremes, and has left three other winners, including multiple Singapore winner Raise No Doubt (also by Not A Single Doubt). She has a yearling filly by Duporth, a weanling colt by Smart Missile and is back in foal to Not A Single Doubt.

Unbeaten in three starts, Extreme Choice has now earned almost $1.3 million for his owners Anthony Bongiorno, Matthew Davidson, Anthony Davis, Dennis Foley, Louie Gonzy, Karen & Ross Greer, Paul Horton, Gary Jones, George MacDonald, Paul Marsh, Arch Staver, Jim Turner, Dennis Turner, Shane Walter, Matthew Ward, Brad & Lisa Wheeler, Luke Wilkinson & the Newgate Farm Extreme Choice Syndicate.

Extreme Choice is Not A Single Doubt’s third Group 1 winner after Miracles Of Life and Good Project, and Fell Swoop did his very best to become the fourth, in the race after the Blue Diamond, the $500,000 MRC Oakleigh Plate 1400m G1. He went down by the narrowest of margins to a very determined and deserving winner Flamberge.

Between the two Caulfield features, Good Project was third in the $150,000 ATC Liverpool City Cup 1300m G3 and, earlier in the day, 3YO filly Single Gaze split Ghisoni and Stay With Me in the $175,000 ATC Surround S. 1400m G2.

On Friday evening Secret Agenda, another member of Not A Single Doubt’s 2012 crop, was beaten only by the Beneteau filly Almighty Girl in the $150,000 Typhoon Tracy S. 1200m G3.

In total, the Blue Diamond win and four Group placings have added $1,082,000 to Not A Single Doubt’s earnings in just over 20 hours – that’s around $54,000 per hour.

The son of Redoute’s Choice has four colts and three fillies on offer at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale which starts on Sunday. They include a powerfully built colt from Time To Move in the Arrowfield draft, Lot 396.