Top prices for Arrowfield graduates at Broodmare Sale

Many owners have every reason to be smiling broadly after the opening day of the 2018 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

Among them are vendors of Arrowfield-sired  mares, and several buyers of Arrowfield yearling fillies who have enjoyed the pleasures of racing success and can now add their fillies’ realised value to their financial returns.

One of the day’s top-priced mares, Abbey Marie (Redoute’s Choice-Catshaan) was a $300,000 yearling purchase by Dermot Farrington for regular racing partners Peter Anastasiou & Ken Biddick from Arrowfield’s 2014 Inglis Easter draft.

Peter & Ken have had great fun & success racing several horses including another Arrowfield graduate, Group 2 winner Moonovermanhattan and, despite some setbacks, Abbey Marie didn’t let them down, winning the SAJC Australasian Oaks G1 and earning more than $540,000. However, it’s fair to say that the $1.4 million Arrowfield and Jonathan Munz paid to buy her as a broodmare is the icing on the cake!

Another example is Ocean Embers (Beneteau- Burningwood), pictured (PHOTO: Sportpix), bred by Arrowfield & Northern Farm and sold under the Cornerstone Stud banner at the 2014 Magic Millions Adelaide Sale for just $23,000. 

Young trainer Shea Eden was the buyer and Ocean Embers proved to be a breakthrough horse for his stable, winning three Group & Listed races and more than $400,000 in her 17-start, six-win career. 

Her sale for $525,000 to Newgate Farm means she has returned her owners around 40 times her yearling purchase price. 

Sadly Beneteau died in 2013, but Burningwood has a Panzer Division colt and is in foal to Mikki Isle, and Arrowfield is also breeding from her Danzero daughter Pyrography. 

It’s a similar story with another daughter of Beneteau, 2YO stakeswinner Lady Jivago (out of Hussterics). Offered by Arrowfield at the 2013 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, she was bought for $20,000, and re-sold for slightly less money as a yearling to owner Dr Ule Crossan. 

Lady Jivago won four races, including the rich ATC Inglis 2YO Classic (R) LR and almost $300,000, and has been bought by Widden Stud for $420,000. Hussterics remains at Arrowfield where she has most recently produced a yearling filly by Olympic Glory bought by Triple Crown Syndications, and a weanling filly by Scissor Kick. 

Other Arrowfield-sired mares sold during Tuesday’s session included:
French Emotion (Snitzel-Love and Emotion) – raced by her breeder; won 8 races including 2x Group 2 and $800,000+; bought for $850,000 by Widden Stud.

Hell Or Highwater  (Not A Single Doubt-Get Ready Bertie) – $210,000 yearling; won 8 races inc. the MRC Heatherlie S. LR and $400,000+; bought for $600,000 by Woodside Park & Belmont Bloodstock.

Selenia (Not A Single Doubt-Lunar Lady) – $30,000 yearling ; won G3 & Listed races in Melbourne, $260,000+; bought for $575,000 by Astute Bloodstock & Haras d’Etreham.

Modern Wonder (Snitzel-Elusive Wonder) – $175,000 yearling; 2YO Listed winner, $192,000 prizemoney; bought for $400,000 by Kia-Ora Stud.

Selenia scores in the Scarborough

Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt have perfected their tag-team act this Spring, with one or other producing at least one stakeswinner every weekend but one since 1 August. 

After Don’t Doubt Mamma at Flemington on 10 September and Secret Agenda at Caulfield on 17 September, Not A Single Doubt needed only a Group winner at Moonee Valley to complete a three-week, three-course sweep of Melbourne Group races.

He had only one runner in the only stakes race on Moonee Valley’s Friday night card on 24 September but that was enough. His 3YO daughter Selenia defied her double-figure odds to nail the $150,000 MVRC Scarborough S. 1200m G3, her second win and second stakes win from seven starts.

Watch Selenia win the MVRC Scarborough S. G3

Selenia was a $30,000 Inglis Easter buy from Middlebrook Valley Lodge by trainer Robbie Griffiths who tweeted after the race, “She’s a ripper. Gee, I love Not A Single Doubt. He’s a star.”

Bred by Jacob Park Thoroughbreds, Selenia is out of Lunar Lady (by Hussonet), an unraced sibling of Group 2 winners Colorado Claire (also by Hussonet) and Moonovermanhattan (by Manhattan Rain).

Colorado Claire is the dam of Not A Single Doubt’s top-priced yearling colt, knocked down for $850,000 to James Harron at the 2016 Inglis Easter Sale. Named Gunnison, he will race from the stable of Peter & Paul Snowden.

Selenia’s second dam is the Arrowfield mare Lunaspur, herself a stakeswinner at two and three. She has a yearling colt from the first crop of six-time Group 1 winner Dundeel and visits him again this season.

Not A Single Doubt, Snitzel and Redoute’s Choice have each cracked the million-dollar mark in Australia since 1 August, and together they’ve compiled 11 stakeswinners in the season’s first eight weeks.

31st stakeswinner for Not A Single Doubt

The Not A Single Doubt train kept rolling at Flemington on Saturday when 2YO filly Selenia scored a stylish victory in the $120,000 VRC Festival of Racing S. 1000m LR.

The placegetters completed a happy result for Arowfield which owns Response (dam of Alter Call, 2nd) and Comearoundsundown (half-sister to Creativity, 3rd).

Watch Selenia win the Festival of Racing S. LR.

Selenia is the 31st stakeswinner for the outstanding son of Redoute’s Choice, his 12th 2YO stakeswinners and one of eight stakeswinners that have rocketed him to the top of three Australian Sires’ lists this season.

Her solid fourth placings in both the Blue Diamond Preview & Prelude weren’t enough for a start in the Blue Diamond itself, but as trainer Robbie Griffiths said, it was probably a blessing in disguise.

It worked out well for Not A Single Doubt too, as his son Extreme Choice won the Group 1 feature and Griffiths lined up Selenia a week later, to add  $73,200 to her sire’s account.

There’s an even closer link between Extreme Choice and Selenia: they are both out of mares by Hussonet who now has 49 stakeswinners as a broodmare sire. 

The combination of Redoute’s Choice and his sons with Hussonet mares is fulfilling hopes for its effectiveness, with 7 stakeswinners – five of them Group winners – from 33 runners.

Selenia was bred by Jacob Park Thoroughbreds from Lunar Lady, an unraced sibling to Group 2 winners Colorado Claire (also by Hussonet) and Moonovermanhattan (by Manhattan Rain). The second dam is the Arrowfield mare Lunaspur, who has a yearling colt by Charge Forward and a weanling colt by Dundeel. 

Selenia has a close relative in the Arrowfield draft at next month’s Inglis Easter Sale. That’s Lot 240, the Not A Single Doubt colt from Colorado Claire.