Oakleigh Plate quinella for Snitzel

Twelve years ago Snitzel defeated Virage de Fortune and Takeover Target with a bravura display of classic Australian speed in the MRC Oakleigh Plate 1100m G1. 

On Saturday his son Russian Revolution and daughter Snitty Kitty, from the same 2013 crop, turned in an equally impressive performance to quinella the 2018 running of the great Caulfield sprint, first held in 1884, and now worth $500,000. Hellbent, Booker & Bons Away rounded out a heart-stopping finish, with a length covering the quintet.

Watch Russian Revolution & Snitty Kitty win the MRC Oakleigh Plate G1.

It’s the Champion Sire’s second Group 1 quinella, after Russian Revolution beat Redzel home in last year’s ATC The Galaxy G1. (Two weeks later his then-2YO sons Invader, Summer Passage & Trapeze Artist filled the Inglis Sires’ G1 trifecta.)

Russian Revolution was bred by John Stuart Investments and bought for $320,000 by China Horse Club & Michael Wallace from the Vinery Stud draft at the Inglis Easter Sale. His dam Ballet D’Amour (by Stravinsky), now owned by Belinda Bateman, has a 2YO filly Galina (by Smart Missile), a yearling colt by Wandjina and is in foal to Redoute’s Choice, while her Group-winning daughter Turbo Miss is in foal to Not A Single Doubt.

The Oakleigh Plate 1-2, plus quality placings by Arrowfield graduates Showtime (3rd, MRC Futurity S. G1) and Estijaab (2nd, ATC Silver Slipper S. G2) takes Snitzel well past $17 million prizemoney for the season – a mark never seen before in Australia.

Russian Revolution is Snitzel’s third Group 1 winner in 2017/18 after Trapeze Artist (ATC Golden Rose S. G1) and Redzel (VRC Darley Classic G1). Like Redzel, Invader and BTC Cup G1 winner Hot Snitzel, he is prepared by Peter & Paul Snowden.

Snitzel has eight colts on offer at next week’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, while April’s Inglis Easter catalogue features 64 yearlings by Snitzel, including 8 fillies and two colts in Arrowfield’s draft.

Snitzel stars quinella Expressway Stakes

Any doubts that Snitzel can maintain the ferocious pace he’s setting at the head of the current Australian General Sires’ Premiership were put aside on Saturday after impressive campaign openers by new and returning stars.

3YO colts Trapeze Artist and Showtime resumed with rousing performances to quinella the weight-for-age $200,000 ATC Expressway S. 1200m G2 at Rosehill. Already successful in last Spring’s Golden Rose G1 and Stutt S. G2 respectively, they made clear their readiness for sterner tests to come.

 Watch Trapeze Artist & Showtime quinella the ATC Expressway S. G2

Trapeze Artist’s trainer Gerald Ryan, recording his 32nd stakes win with Snitzel’s progeny, said, “I’ve always thought he’s flown under the radar and I think this Autumn you’re going to see a nice horse. Right from the word go this time in I said to his owner that I reckon this horse is really flying.”

Trapeze Artist was bred by Bert Vieira and his family who paid $190,000 for the Domesday mare Treppes in foal to Snitzel at the 2014 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. Two years later, the resulting yearling colt was passed in for $300,000 at the Inglis Easter Sale and so Trapeze Artist has earned more than $1 million in the Vieira family’s black and gold colours.  

Arrowfield Magic Millions graduate Showtime, raced by Katsumi Yoshida, Eric Koundouris, Alan Jones, Jonathan Munz, Greg & Barbara Ingham and the Stud, ran the the fastest last 600 metres of the race, and aims now at the VRC Australian Guineas G1 on 3 March.

Snitzel’s support acts at Rosehill were a pair of first-time-out 2YOs, the Snowden-trained colt Stratosphere and Arrowfield’s home-bred filly Adamina, prepared by Gerald Ryan and educated by master horseman Rick Worthington.

Stratosphere pushed the favourite Performer hard to finish a very close second in the Canonbury S. 1100m G3, and there was a similar margin between second-favourite Fiesta and 30/1 debutante Adamina in the Widden S. 1100m G3.

The ATC Sweet Embrace S. G2 at Randwick on 3 March may be Adamina’s next start, while Stratosphere’s price for the Golden Slipper G1 shortened from $51 to $15. His jockey Glyn Schofield believes he’s more than capable of stepping up to Group 1 level. “A bigger field and the pressure that comes with it will really suit him.”

At Caulfield 4YO mare Snitty Kitty (2nd, WJ Adams S. LR), 3YO colt Muraaqeb (3rd, Manfred S. G3) and 2YO debutant Prairie Fire (3rd, Chairman’s S. G3) took Snitzel’s stakes performers for the day to seven. They are all nominated for Group 1 races during Melbourne’s Festival of Racing which starts next weekend. 

The weekend’s racing has also brought Snitzel close to another piece of history. His season earnings of $16,162,616 mean he’s now only $57,520 away from breaking his own Australian prizemoney record, set in 2016/17  – with almost half of this season still to come. 

Snitty Kitty tops off Snitzel's stakes treble

Two 3YO colts and a mare – Dracarys, Jukebox and Sweet Redemption – supplied Snitzel’s first stakes treble of this season, on 19 August. 

Two months later, same story, a pair of 3YO colts and a mare – but three different horses. This time it was Snitzepeg, Goodfella and Snitty Kitty completing a snappy 1-2-3 on Caulfield Cup day in Melbourne and Sydney. 

And it’s Snitzel’s third same-day triple stakes success in less than seven months. (The series began with Invader & Diddums at Randwick, and Heavenly Blue in South Africa on 1 April. Invader, remember, led home a Snitzel trifecta in the ATC Inglis Sires’ Produce S. G1.) 

At Caulfield, Snitzepeg followed up his Poseidon Stakes win two weeks ago with a gritty performance to overhaul the pace-setting Lord Sundowner and claim the $120,000 MRC Gothic S. 1400m LR. It was the colt’s third success for Hong Kong-based owner Peter Law and trainer Darren Weir. 

Watch Snitzepeg win the MRC Gothic S. LR.

Hopes are that Snitzepeg can follow the example of the stable’s 2015 Gothic Stakes winner Mahuta, who went on to complete a sequence of five straight Group & Listed victories that season.

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

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. 

Next up was 3YO Goodfella who, like Snitzepeg, has progressed sharply this Spring after an active juvenile campaign. He started favourite in the $150,000 ATC Brian Crowley S. 1200m LR at Randwick, but his chances didn’t look bright as he swung five-wide round the turn and Piracy picked up ahead of him.

However, Jason Collett had plenty of horse beneath him and Goodfella responded generously in the final stages to win by a half-length from Piracy and Andaz. 

Watch Goodfella win the ATC Brian Crowley S. LR.

Goodfella is Snitzel’s 73rd stakeswinner and the first winner that his dam Movie (by Red Ransom) has produced for Newhaven Park Stud, which sold the colt for $200,000 to Bjorn Baker & Blandford Bloodstock at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale. 

Back in Melbourne, Snitzel’s 4YO daughter Snitty Kitty confirmed her star quality with a 2.25-length victory in the $200,000 MRC Caulfield Sprint 1000m G2 where she was simply too strong and too fast for Super Too and Fatinah.

Watch Snitty Kitty win the MRC Caulfield Sprint G2.

Snitty Kitty was bought from the Willow Park Stud draft by her trainer Henry Dwyer for $175,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions Sale and has earned almost $390,000 from six wins for a group of owners that includes her breeder Gordon Henderson. It’s a total she looks capable of increasing significantly over the next 12 months.

Snitty Kitty is the best of three winners left by Lassiter’s Cat, an unraced daughter of Tale of the Cat, from the well-known “Leica” family that has produced two Victoria Derby winners, Redding (in 1992) and Nothin’ Leica Dane (in 1995).

Remarkably, Snitzel is collecting plural stakes wins more often than singular ones this Spring. Ten of his progeny’s 18 stakes victories since 1 August have been either doubles or trebles, and all but two of them have been achieved in Sydney or Melbourne. 

Eight members of Snitzel’s outstanding 2014 crop, all of them colts, have contributed to that tally: Group 1 winner Trapeze Artist, Group 2 winners Menari & Showtime, Group 3 winners Dracarys, Jukebox & Perast and Listed winners Goodfella & Snitzepeg.

Redoute's Choice & sons on a roll

Only three weeks after a stunning sequence of six stakes wins in three states, Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt have tag-teamed again to compile four Group & Listed victories on Saturday’s feature Queensland & Western Australian cards.

That takes their worldwide record for this season to 59 winners of 79 Group & Listed Races = a best-ever collective tally for Arrowfield’s father-and-sons trio.

Watch Payroll, Single Gaze & Snitty Kitty win Races 3, 4 & 5 at Doomben.

Not A Single Doubt’s 43rd stakeswinner, 4YO mare Payroll opened the day with a determined finish in the $100,000 BRC Spear Chief H. 1650m LR, taking her career earnings beyond $260,000 for her  part-owner & trainer Richard Laming, who paid $80,000 for her at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Payroll is the second foal out of MacQuarie Stud’s mare Workhard (by Red Ransom), from the family of Group 1-winning New Zealand sprinter Bawalaksana, and Group winners Damaschino & her daughter Shaaheq (by Redoute’s Choice). Workhard is due to foal to Scissor Kick this comng Spring.

Forty minutes later, indomitable mare Single Gaze (Not A Single Doubt-Redaluca’s Gaze by Intergaze), born nine days after Payroll, picked up her third Group race success, the $200,000 BRC P.J. O’Shea S.2200m G2, for a group of owners including two of her breeders Redbank North and Wayne Oxford. Already a Group 1 winner, Single Gaze has returned almost $1.5 million on the $70,000 trainer Nick Olive paid for her at the 2014 Magic Millions Sale.

Race 5 at Doomben, the $100,000 BRC Lightning H. 1050m LR, was Snitzel’s turn to chime in with his 63rd career stakeswinner, 3YO filly Snitty Kitty who prevailed in a close battle with Upstart Pride and Prompt Return (by Beneteau).  The daughter of Lassiter’s Cat (by Tale Of The Cat) has progressed steadily from her Mornington maiden win last September, to city success in Melbourne, a Listed placing at Scone and now her first black type victory which takes her record to four wins and almost $200,000 from nine starts.

Snitty Kitty was bought from the Willow Park Stud draft by her trainer Henry Dwyer for $175,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions Sale and is raced by a group of owners that includes her breeder Gordon Henderson. Dwyer has already sent the filly for a spell and will bring her back for a late Spring campaign and a start in next January’s Magic Millions Sprint.

A lucrative day for Redoute’s Choice & Sons wound up at Belmont in Perth when Chris Gangemi’s wonderful 7YO sprinter – and Arrowfield graduate – Rock Magic (Redoute’s Choice-Rockabubble by Bubble Gum Fellow) won his third Group race this season, the $150,000 WATC Belmont Sprint 1400m G3. Not A Single Doubt’s Group 1-winning son Scales of Justice, having his first start since December, completed the quinella.

Watch Rock Magic win the WATC Belmont Sprint G3 – Race 7.

The final eight weeks of the 2016/17 Australian season hold plenty of interest for stallion-watchers, as Snitzel chases his first Australian General Sires’ title & Danehill’s season record of 26 Australian stakeswinners. He has already broken the all-time season prizemoney and 2YO winners records and now has the opportunity to set the bar even higher for future challengers.

Snitzel’s milestone achievements are all the more impressive because the current top 20 Australian sires are an exceptionally powerful group. They include a record five stallions with prizemoney of $10 million or more (Snitzel, Street Cry, Fastnet Rock, I Am Invincible & Not A Single Doubt), and six champion sires (Street Cry, Fastnet Rock, Redoute’s Choice, Encosta de Lago, Exceed and Excel and Lonhro). 

Measured by worldwide stakeswinners, Group 1 winners and 2YO stakeswinners, 2016/17 is already a career-best year for Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt.  It’s also the 12th season their champion sire has been represented by the winners of at least 20 Group & Listed Races. Here’s how the season looks so far for Australia’s dominant stallion dynasty:

2016/17 SEASON
WORLDWIDE to 5 June 2017

REDOUTE’S CHOICE

SNITZEL

NOT A SINGLE DOUBT

Stakeswinners/Stakes Wins

16/20

28/35

15/24

G1 Winners

2 – RAFEEF & MUSTAAQEEM

5 – HEAVENLY BLUE,  INVADER, REDZEL, RUSSIAN REVOLUTION, SUMMER PASSAGE

4 – CLEARLY INNOCENT, EXTREME CHOICE, SCALES OF JUSTICE, SECRET AGENDA

2YO Stakeswinners

3 – MUSTAAQEEM, PARIAH, ARDROSSAN

5 – INVADER, SUMMER PASSAGE, TANGLED, TEASPOON, TRAPEZE ARTIST

4 – GUNNISON, SINGLE BULLET, DOUBT I’M DREAMING, QIJI PHOENIX

Offshore Stakeswinners

MUSTAAQEEM, RAFEEF, TABLE BAY (South Africa); GOLD LUCK (France); ABIDEWITHME, ARDROSSAN (New Zealand)

SUMMER PASSAGE (New Zealand); HEAVENLY BLUE (South Africa); YOUNG MAN POWER (Japan)

QIJI PHOENIX (New Zealand)