Flemington stakes double for Snitzel

Eleven stakeswinners in the first 62 days of the season was impressive enough but, yet again, Snitzel has excelled himself.

The superstar son of Redoute’s Choice now claims 13 stakeswinners in 68 days after a black type double on Turnbull Stakes day – make that Winx day – at Flemington. 

First up was the Hayes & Dabernig-trained 2YO filly Nomothaj whose tenacity got her home just ahead of the Godolphin colt Rainier and eight other debutants in the $120,000 VRC Maribyrnong Trial S. 1000m LR. Nomothaj is Snitzel’s 28th juvenile stakeswinner.

Watch Nomothaj win the VRC Maribyrong Trial S. LR.

Bred by Love Racing, Nomothaj was a $420,000 buy for Shadwell Stud from the Newgate Farm draft at this year’s Magic Millions Sale. She’s the second foal and first winner out of 2011 VRC Maribyrnong Plate G3 winner Real Stolle (by Elusive Quality), who delivered another Snitzel filly on 28 August.

The Snitzel/Elusive Quality cross has also produced Arrowfield graduate Dracarys, successful in the ATC Up and Coming S. G3 on 19 August.

No sooner were Snitzel’s statistics updated than 3YO colt Snitzepeg chimed in with his maiden stakes win in the $120,000 VRC Poseidon S. 1400m LR.

Watch Snitzepeg win the VRC Poseidon S. LR.

Bred in Victoria by Jeff Allis from the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Pegasus Queen, Snitzepeg was purchased for $260,000 by Darren Weir and John Foote. He was offered by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. 

Pegasus Queen has a 2YO Not A Single Doubt filly named Killer Queen in training with Anthony Freedman, and a yearling colt by Deep Field. 

Snitzel’s lifetime tally of stakeswinners now stands at 72, but it’s probably more significant that the 13 Australian black type winners he’s compiled since 1 August are exactly half of his final total in 2016/17. And he’s done it in little more than two months of the new season.

Snitzel currently leads the Australian Sires’ premiership with $4.2 million prizemoney and has powerhouse sprinter Redzel representing him in next Saturday’s $10 million The Everest.

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).

Rafeef makes 140 for Redoute's Choice

Snitzel’s four new stakeswinners and eight other stakes performers took centre stage last weekend, but don’t assume his champion sire Redoute’s Choice was quietly waiting his turn in the wings.

Late on Saturday evening Sydney time, he recorded his 140th stakeswinner when Sheikh Hamdan’s 4YO colt Rafeef toughed it out in good style to defeat the season Group performer New Predator in the Turffontein Hawaii S. 1400m G2.

Mathew de Kock, representing his father, champion trainer Mike de Kock, said, “Rafeef took a big step up but he’s a top horse and we expected a good run. 

“It’s bye-bye to his low merit rating now, but we have some options with him, like the Group 1 Horse Chestnut on Classic Day and a few features later in the KZN Champions Season. He will remain competitive because he’s lightly raced and still improving.”

He added: “This win secured Rafeef a place at stud and he’s got the looks to go with it. Everyone in the stable loves him!”

Rafeef was bred by Arrowfield in partnership with South Africa’s Klawervlei Stud and bought for $800,000 by Shadwell Australasia at the 2014 Inglis Easter Sale. He’s the second foal of South African Horse of the Year National Colour, whose yearling filly by Snitzel will be offered as Lot 256 by Arrowfield at Newmarket Stables next month.

Redoute’s Choice has an exceptional 26 per cent Group Winners/Runners strike rate in South Africa and Rafeef is his 7th stakeswinner there, after Group 1 winners Musir, Wylie Hall & Majmu (also an Arrowfield Inglis graduate bought by Angus Gold for Sheikh Hamdan, and trained by Mike de Kock) and Bishops Rock, Honorine & Table Bay.

The Shadwell team’s record of success with Redoute’s Choice progeny in Australia is equally impressive. Nadeem (MRC Blue Diamond S. G1), El Daana, Shaaheq, Rawnaq & Zamzam have all carried Sheikh Hamdan’s celebrated Royal Blue & White Epaulettes with distinction.

The weekend produced three other stakes performers by Redoute’s Choice: 3YOs Glenall and Super Maxi, who filled the placings behind Snitzel filly Samantha in the ATC Fireball S. LR, and 5YO mare Zestful, 3rd in the ATC Wenona Girl S. G3.

Let’s not forget 3YO Redoute’s Choice gelding Caerless Choice who scored a dramatic, last-stride victory for Arrowfield and the Paul Messara team in Sunday’s Hunter & North West Country Championships Qualifier, earning a place in the $400,000 Final at Randwick on 1 April.

Add Group 3 winner & Blue Diamond runner-up Pariah, seven other stakeswinners this season, a quartet of progressive 3YO winners in Europe and the joint Magic Millions sale-topper and it’s clear there is always room on stage for Redoute’s Choice.

Thirty-four yearlings by Redoute’s Choice will be offered at next month’s Inglis Easter Sale, including four colts and seven fillies under the Arrowfield banner.

View the 2017 Arrowfield Inglis Easter draft here.

De Kock double with Redoute's Choice colts

“Redoute’s Choice winner in South Africa” is a headline that’s had more frequent use than most during the champion sire’s storied career.

This week it’s had two airings, after debut victories by  Sheikh Hamdan’s home-bred Al Fahad at Tuesday’s Vaal meeting, and Springhills for Arrowfield and breeders Rob & Jenny Ferguson at the same course two days later.

Both 3YO colts are trained by Mike de Kock who said of Al Fahad, “He’s a nice type of horse with lots of scope and 1200 metres is his minimum trip, he’s from a mare by Zabeel and should go a mile or more.

“Al Fahad has been showing us good work and we thought that he could go on and win first time out if he was good enough, and he proved it. “

Al Fahad is the second winner out of Albakoor, a non-winning half-sister of Group 1 winner Rewaaya from the wonderful Easy Date family. That means Al Fahad’s relatives include Snippets, Forensics & Not A Single Doubt, as well as Ertijaal and Mushreq, both also trained by de Kock for Sheikh Hamdan.

De Kock was similarly happy with Springhills’ lead-up work, and he put up a very staunch effort to make ground on Mind Shade inside the last third of Thursday’s 1000-metre maiden, and then edge past him just before the line.

The third of four Redoute’s Choice colts out of Volksraad’s Group 1-winning daughter Velocitea, Springhills was sent to South Africa in July 2015.

His older brothers are both winners, Limehills showing talent as a stakes-placed juvenile, and Kepler’s Law winning in Victoria before being sold to Macau. Velocitea’s current 2YO colt by Redoute’s Choice was bought by Mick Price for $340,000 from Rheinwood’s draft at this year’s Magic Millions Sale. 

Al Fahad and Springhills take Redoute’s Choice’s record in South Africa to 22 winners from 25 runners, among them six stakeswinners headed by Group 1 stars Majmu, Wylie Hall and Musir.

International Group double by Redoute's Choice fillies

Champion sire Redoute’s Choice today posted his fourth Group race double since 1 February when his daughters Tango’s Daughter & Majmu scored in Australia and South Africa.

3YO Tango’s Daughter continued the tremendous run of success this season for owner-breeder Teeley Assets when she prevailed in a straight-long duel with the tenacious 5YO mare Floria in the $175,000 SAJC Queen of the South S. 1600m G2 at Morphettville.

The Mick Price-trained daughter of Tango Fire (by Anabaa) won her first stakes race, the SAJC H.C. Nitschke S. LR, only two weeks ago, and has now won five of her 9 starts for prizemoney of more than $250,000. She was offered for sale by Arrowfield at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale but was passed in after failing to meet her reserve price of $180,000.

Tango Fire, in foal to Manhattan Rain, will be offered for sale as part of the Teeley Dispersal at the Magic Millions National Sale which begins on 25 May.

Sheikh Hamdan’s 2YO filly Majmu gave her rivals no chance to threaten her unbeaten status in the Turffontein South African Fillies Nursery 1160m G2. She simply streeted them by almost 9 lengths and has now won a Listed Race, a Group 3 event and a Group 2 race in her first three starts.

Arrowfield bred Majmu from the Chilean Group 1 winner Spontaneous (by Hussonet), and offered her at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Sale where she was purchased for $300,000 by Shadwell Australia.

As reported by South Africa’s Sporting Post, Sheikh Hamdan’s representative Angus Gold said that he had always felt that she was an Oaks filly when seen at the sales and that she was winning on class, as she would go further in time to come.

Later in the Turffontein programme, Banaadeer (More Than Ready-Provence by Redoute’s Choice) finished second in the South African Colts Nursery G2, and last year’s South African Derby G1 winner Wylie Hall (Redoute’s Choice-Beauty Belle) was fourth in the President’s Champions Challenge G1.

The other three Group race doubles (in fact, one was a treble) achieved by Redoute’s Choice’s progeny since 1 February are:
8 February – Lankan Rupee (MRC Rubiton S. G2) & A Time For Julia (MRC Geoffrey Bellmaine S. G3)
22 February – Lankan Rupee (MRC Oakleigh Plate G1), Bonaria (MRC Mannerism S. G3) & Lilliburlero (ATC Triscay S. G3)
8 March – Lankan Rupee (VRC Newmarket H. G1) & Bonaria (VRC Matron S. G3).

In all, runners by Redoute’s Choice have notched up a remarkable 12 Group wins and two Listed Race successes in Australia and South Africa over the past 12 weeks.

Already a two-time winner of the Australian General Sires’ title, Redoute’s Choice leads the current list, where his prizemoney has just topped $9 million. His nearest rival is his son Snitzel, who also enjoyed a Group race double today, with Hot Snitzel & Estonian Princess in Sydney.

Redoute’s Choice will stand the 2014 season at a fee of $110,000 inc. GST.

Leading buyers secure Choice yearlings

Leading Australian and international buyers ensured strong demand for yearlings by Redoute’s Choice at the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Sale which concluded on Thursday.

Twenty-two lots by the champion sire sold for an average price of $380,909, and a median price of $355,000, with eleven yearlings knocked down for $400,000 or more.

Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Stud Australasia bought four yearlings by Redoute’s Choice, a group headed by the $800,000 colt out of South African champion National Colour, offered by Arrowfield. Shadwell’s buyer Angus Gold also signed for Highgrove Stud’s much-admired colt from Figmentation ($700,000), Kitchwin Hills’ filly from Vormista ($600,000) and the Absolut Glam filly consigned by Newgate Farm ($450,000).

Shadwell has achieved significant success with previous purchases of yearlings by Redoute’s Choice, including Nadeem (Blue Diamond S. G1), Shaaheq (Blue Diamond Prelude G3; 2nd, Blue Diamond S. G1) and this season’s 2YO Group winner Majmu, bought from Arrowfield’s 2013 Easter draft and trained in South Africa by Mike de Kock.

UK bloodstock agent John Warren signed for three lots by Redoute’s Choice, all from the Arrowfield Stud draft. The colts from Lago Ovation ($500,000) & Panorama Ridge ($440,000) were bought for the China Horse Club, while the filly from Clean Sweep ($310,000) was purchased for Kia Ora Stud’s Ananda Krishnan. 

Agent James Harron joined trainer Gai Waterhouse to buy a three-quarter brother to Snitzel for $600,000 from Kitchwin Hills, and Round Table Racing made it a three-way partnership to purchase Arrowfield’s Cat by the Tale colt for $160,000.

Other buyers of Redoute’s Choice yearlings included David Raphael, who bought Widden Stud’s Fleeting Touch colt for $600,000, trainer Peter Moody, owner Eric Koundouris and bloodstock agents Damon Gabbedy & Sheamus Mills (Australia), Dermot Farrington (Ireland), Andy Williams (South Africa) and Dean Hawthorne (New Zealand).

That Redoute’s Choice continues to attract such interest is no surprise when his lifetime and 12-month records are examined.

In the past year Redoute’s Choice has been represented by 15 stakeswinners worldwide, 12 of them Group winners and three (Lankan Rupee, Wylie Hall & Royal Descent) successful at Group 1 level.

In the past two years he has managed the rare feat of improving his lifetime statistics in every key category: Stakeswinners/Foals (9.3%), Stakeswinners/Runners (11.9%), Stakes Performers/Foals (16.6%), Stakes Performers/Runners (21.2%) and Average Earnings per Runner ($108,064).

His newest rival in all categories is his sensational son Snitzel who, with only five crops of racing age, has headed the Australian General Sires’ list since last October. Snitzel generated outstanding Easter Sale returns for vendors,with 11 lots sold for an average price of $351,818
– 14 times his 2012 fee of $25,000 +GST.