Arrowfield's strong record in Inglis Races

Ahead of the first Inglis Sale at the company’s new Riverside Stables at Warwick Farm in Sydney, it’s timely to review the record of Arrowfield graduates in the Inglis Race Series.

Arrowfield sells at the Inglis Classic and Easter Sales in 2018, with horses that would previously have been offered at Melbourne Premier now appearing in the Stud’s Classic consignment. All these yearlings will be eligible for the $8 million Inglis Race Series, for  horses which have been offered for sale through the ring at any Inglis Select eligible horse Sale.

Nine Arrowfield graduates appear on the list of Inglis Race winners since 2011 and several of them progressed to higher honours after their sale-related successes:

GRADUATE

YEAR
& INGLIS SALE

PRICE & BUYER

INGLIS RACE WIN 

OVERALL RECORD
& STATUS

GUNNISON
Not A Single Doubt-Colorado Claire

 2016 Easter

$850,000
James Harron

$50,000 Bonus Lightning Ridge Plate

G2 winner at two, $196,000; sold $1.4m, in 2017; now in HK  

AZAZEL
Snitzel-Allariza

 2016 Melbourne

$310,000
McEvoy Mitchell 

$250,000 2YO Inglis Banner RL

City winner at 3, $260,150; active  

LADY JIVAGO*
Beneteau-Hussterics

2014 Classic

$14,000
Dr Ule Crossan

$250,000 2YO Inglis Classic RL

City winner at 3, $291,840; active 

ODYSSEY MOON
Snitzel-Run to the Moon

 2014 Classic

$25,000
Adam Cook 

$250,000 2YO Inglis Nursery RL

G1-placed at 2, G3 winner at 4, $723,275; at stud 

GOLD FORCE
Flying Spur-Blue Note

 2013 Melbourne

$140,000
John Chalmers

$250,000 2YO Inglis Premier RL

2 wins, $183,470; retired 

CRACK A ROADIE
Charge Forward-Road to Damascus

2012 Melbourne 

$40,000
Stephen Theodore 

$250,000 2YO Inglis Banner RL

G3-placed at 2, $177,000; died at 3 

SNITZERLAND
Snitzel-Monte Rosa

2011 Melbourne

$125,000
Darby Racing 

$250,000 2YO Inglis Premier

GW & G1-placed at 2; multiple GW at 3; G1 winner at 4, $1.9 million; at stud 
ROAD TRIPPIN’
Charge Forward-Road to Damascus

2011 Melbourne  $22,000
Stephen Theodore 
$50,000 3YO Inglis Bonus  G2-placed at 2, city winner at 3, SW at 4, $454,065; retired
 
TINSZELDA
Snitzel-Kirby’s Song

2011 Scone  $19,000
Rod Northam
$100,000 2YO Inglis Challenge  3 wins at 2, $131,700; at stud

*Lady Jivago was sold by Arrowfield as a weanling to Luskin Park Stud which then re-sold her as a yearling.

Arrowfield’s 33-lot Classic Sale draft includes three yearlings each by Charge Forward & Not A Single Doubt and two relatives of Gunnison (Lot 506 & 635), as well as quality individuals by Animal Kingdom, Dundeel, Olympic Glory & Smart Missile.

View the Arrowfield draft for the 2018 Inglis Classic Sale here.

Ryan adds milestone winner to Snitzel's record

Snitzel has exceeded even the high hopes that owner Damion Flower & trainer Gerald Ryan had of him when they bought the Redoute’s Choice-Snippets’ Lass colt for $260,000 at the 2004 Magic Millions Sale.

And Gerald has been part of Snitzel’s story ever since as the man who prepared him to win the Oakleigh Plate G1 and six other races, then trained his first winner Intertidal, his third stakeswinner Hot Snitzel and his first female Group 1 winner Snitzerland.  Last Saturday, the Ryan stable sent out Snitzel’s 31st 2YO winner for the season, the Vinery Stud-and-partners-owned Pymble successful at Newcastle at his fourth start.

That gave the son of Redoute’s Choice sole ownership of the Australian sire record for 2YO winners in a season. Whakanui Stud’s filly Shadow Dancer made it 32 in New Zealand on Sunday and Prime Thoroughbreds’ filly Zelsignoret became No. 33 with a strong debut at Seymour on Tuesday.

Gerald said after Pymble’s win, “I’m a bit surprised it took him this long to win one, he’s a bit of a colt but he’s certainly got the ability. He should learn a lot from this win and we might look at 1000-metre race at Randwick in two weeks.”

Pymble takes Gerald’s record with the Snitzel tribe to 53 winners of 121 races, twelve of them stakeswinners with 28 Group & Listed Race victories on the board.

Arrowfield’s staunch early support for Snitzel is evident in the Stud’s 7 graduates among those stakeswinners, but the most recent additions to Gerald’s list, Diddums, Trapeze Artist and Samantha, are homebreds for Torryburn Stud, the Vieira family and Corumbene Stud.

Gerald nominates Arrowfield graduate Snitzerland as the filly most like Snitzel, “in stature, her attitude, with a little bit of aggression, and her speed.”

Dual Group 2-winning juvenile Time For War, also sold by Arrowfield, was the colt most like Dad. “To look at, he was very much like Snitzel, and his mannerisms too. He was hotter than Snitzel, but he settled down.”

All of Gerald’s current 2YOs by Snitzel have now raced, with 7 of them contributing to their sire’s record and he’s particularly excited about the Spring 3YO prospects of two colts already back in the stable.

“Menari and Trapeze Artist both returned to work last Friday and I’m happy with both of them. Trapeze Artist has done really well and all going well he’ll aim at the Golden Rose, he’s already proven at the 1400 metres.

“Menari was unlucky to strike heavy tracks but he still finished third, relegated to fourth in the Golden Slipper. The Coolmore is likely for him, I think he’ll run a great straight six.”

Arrowfield’s filly Dame Pattie, out of champion mare Alinghi, is a yet-to-race rising 3YO daughter of Snitzel to watch out for in the Ryan stable next season. “I’m looking forward to having her back, she has really good ability and a great nature.”

Ryan close to a Snitzel century

Leading Sydney trainer Gerald Ryan has three Saturday runners (Spill The Beans & Dances On Stars at Eagle Farm, and Argie Bargie at Kembla Grange) capable of delivering his 100th win with the progeny of his former stable star Snitzel.

It’s a big milestone for Gerald, who has trained plenty of notable winners by other stallions (including Group 1 winners Melito, Mrs Onassis & Peggy Jean), but is widely known as Mr Snitzel, thanks to his 43 winners of 99 races and $8.3 million prizemoney by the sensational son of Redoute’s Choice.  

Nine of those winners are among Snitzel’s 38 stakeswinners and all of them, except Dances On Stars & Fireworks, were bred & sold by Arrowfield:

  • Snitzerland (VRC Lightning S. G1) for Neil Werrett & Steve McCann
  • Darby Racing’s dual Group 2 winner Time For War
  • Triple Crown Syndications’ Group 2 winners Flying Snitzel & Hot Snitzel (who later won the BTC Cup G1 for Peter & Paul Snowden)
  • Perignon (ATC Light Fingers S. G2) for Camilla Flower & Sylvana Surace
  • Group 3 winner Dances On Stars for Brian Mullins, Donna Keegan and Anne & Richard Glenister
  • Fairway Thoroughbreds’ home-bred 2YO stakeswinner Fireworks
  • Arrowfield’s dual Group 3-winning colt Spill The Beans
  • and Listed winner Ygritte for Carl Holt.

Gerald and owner Damion Flower bought Snitzel himself for $260,000 from Yarraman Park Stud & breeder Francois Naude at the 2004 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Gerald then prepared Snitzel throughout his 15-start, seven-win, $1 million career, including the 2006 MRC Oakleigh Plate G1, beating Virage de Fortune & Takeover Target.

He says, “Damion and I said before we bought him as a yearling, if this horse can gallop he will make a stallion, so to see what he’s doing is very pleasing. I’m very proud of him.”

Gerald nominates toughness, durability and speed as Snitzel’s best racing qualities. In fact, he was so sound and healthy when he retired that his vet record was almost blank.  

“He doesn’t stamp his progeny as types, but most of them are really athletic and, like him, they don’t go shinsore.  They have pretty good temperaments too, and if they’re feisty, they improve with each prep.

“I train the Snitzels similar to how I trained him. When he galloped, he went fast, but I kept him sharp.”

Group 1 winner Snitzerland is an easy choice for the best Snitzel progeny Gerald has trained, but he has several favourites.

“Snitzerland went through from her breaker’s prep to run second at her first start in a Listed Race on Melbourne Cup Day.  She was so tough, and always did everything you wanted her to do.

“I also have a soft spot for Intertidal, Snitzel’s first winner. I raced and trained his mum Miss Rainmaker, as well as her sire Hurricane Sky.”

Second-crop filly Schiffer was special too. “She was so tough and so arrogant. I bought her So You Think daughter last year and she’s the same.” Yet to race, the 2YO filly is named Schifty Thinker.

“And my staff cried when Hot Snitzel left the stable!”

Gerald has bought and advised on the purchase of Snitzel’s yearlings since the first crop went through the ring in 2009, and this year he joined Damion Flower’s Jadeskye Racing to buy the $1.6 million Magic Millions Sale-topping colt out of Mirror Mirror. However, his stable of Snitzels continues to draw from various sources, at a range of prices.

2YO colt Sahara Emaar (ex Lady of the Desert by Desert Prince) was a $50,000 David Raphael buy from Milburn Creek’s Inglis Melbourne Premier draft. “A nice, big colt”, he was a good third to Prized Icon and Attention in his first trial and returned to work this week.

Another 2YO, Corumbene Stud’s home-bred filly Samantha (ex Icedginger by Tale Of The Cat) trials next week. Gerald says, “Based on what she’s shown me, she could be my best filly since Snitzerland.”

As for the 2016 yearlings, the Mirror Mirror and Maid For Me colts, and the Perfect Truth filly have all “broken in sensationally.”

The odds on Gerald Ryan’s second Snitzel century are already shortening.

Grateful acknowledgement to Racing & Sports: www.racingandsports.com.au for the data on Gerald Ryan’s record with Snitzel’s progeny.

Graduate record makes Arrowfield unmissable

Six Golden Slipper winners are only part of the record that each year attracts new and returning buyers to the Big Barn at the Inglis Easter Sale.

Forensics (2007), Miss Finland (2006), Belle du Jour (2000), Catbird (1999), Flying Spur (1995) & Danzero (1994) were all bred and/or sold by Arrowfield Stud.

So were 2007 Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler and Group 1 winners Fashions Afield, Inspiration, Mentality, Reaan, Master of Design and Alverta. 

There’s no shortage of current stars either. The posters decorating Arrowfield’s Easter marquee this year feature Snitzerland (VRC Lightning S. G1), Sweet Idea (ATC Light Fingers S. G2; 2nd, Coolmore Classic G1) and Oakleigh Girl (VRC Ottawa S. G3).

The Golden Slipper figures in the careers of all three fillies. Snitzerland was runner-up to Pierro in 2012, Sweet Idea was third to Overreach in 2013 and Oakleigh Girl will jump from barrier 10 in the 2014 Slipper this Saturday.

Oakleigh Girl, her fellow 2YO stakeswinners Gold Force, Majmu, Moonlight Hussler & Time For War, and stakes-placed Aerobar, Donelle, Geromayo & Ygritte were all bred and sold by Arrowfield. (Moonlight Hussler was offered by Glenelg Stud as agent at the Magic Millions Adelaide Sale).  

With a total of 16 winners, including promising city performers like Bachman, Hold Your Tongue, Hijack Hussy, Statton & Ygritte already emerging from Arrowfield’s current 2YO graduates, the list of black type horses is sure to grow over the next few seasons.   

Active bearers of Arrowfield’s famous jockey cap & diamonds brand also include Group winner Not Listenin’tome, multiple Singapore Group winner Stepitup and stakeswinners Amorino and Road Trippin’.

All of which makes the 30 Arrowfield yearlings housed in the Big Barn at the 2014 edition of the Inglis Easter Sale essential viewing for buyers. Their pedigrees, photos and videos can be seen here.

Villa Verde challenges in Sydney

The Redoute’s Choice versus Snitzel rivalry has had plenty of attention over the past five weekends, but on Saturday at Randwick it was Not A Single Doubt’s turn to step into the Autumn limelight.

His 3YO daughter Villa Verde could not have been more impressive as she stormed to victory in the $400,000 ATC Challenge S. 1000m G2, defeating the favourite and last year’s race winner, the ever-courageous Snitzerland (by Snitzel) and Famous Seamus in 57.30.

It was Villa Verde’s first start from the stable of Anthony Cummings, following a recommendation by previous trainer Shaun Dwyer that she would be better suited in Sydney.

Cummings said, “We had a long chat and he really helped, he’s given her a great grounding to do this today. I honestly came here expecting to win.” Villa Verde will run in The Galaxy G1 at Rosehill in a fortnight before a shot at the $2.5 million T.J. Smith Stakes G1 at Randwick on the first day of The Championshops, 12 April.

The grey filly was bred by Todd Lichti and purchased by Shaun Dwyer for $95,000 from the Kiah Glenn draft at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. The daughter of Young and Free (by Kenmare from a half-sister to Rory’s Jester) is owned by Mike Buys and Rob Willis.

Villa Verde is among Not A Single Doubt’s four stakeswinners this season and has taken his Australian earnings since 1 August past the $3 million mark.

Not A Single Doubt’s largest-ever group of Inglis Easter Sale yearlings, 9 colts and five fillies, will be offered next month. It includes two colts and filly in the Arrowfield draft –  view them here.

Snitzerland wins Group 1 Lightning Stakes

A little over two years after she made her debut at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day in 2011, Snitzel’s superstar Arrowfield-bred daughter Snitzerland crowned her career with Group 1 success in today’s $500,000 VRC Black Caviar Lightning S. 1000m G1.

Perhaps the best description of her performance is supplied by Damien Oliver, who rode the runner-up Shamexpress: “”He was cruising, I bided my time and I thought I had Snitzerland 200m out but she found another gear.”

That extra gear is Snitzerland’s special gift, employed with great effect in all of the eight wins – six of them at Group level – that have earned the bulk of her $1.8 million prizemoney.

The 4YO mare left the gates today with the same zest she displayed two seasons ago, and travelled beautifully for Brenton Avdulla who had to amend his race plan soon after the start.

“I was just going to sit off Bernabeu and after they went 200 metres, I couldn’t so I just let her stride. Inside the 600, I just kept letting her improve and improve. At the 300, I was just full of horse and even when I got to the clocktower, she did the rest.”

Snitzerland held off Shamexpress by a half-length with a further length back to the fast-finishing Samaready, and cut out her final 600 metres in 33.52 to compile a winning time of 57.16.

Snitzerland was bred by Arrowfield and offered at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale where trainer Gerald Ryan bought her for $125,000 on behalf of Darby Racing which subsequently on-sold her to Neil Werrett & Steve McCann.

Today’s victory was particularly notable for Neil Werrett, best-known as the managing owner of world champion Black Caviar who won the three previous runnings of the Lightning Stakes and was honoured in the name of today’s race.

Snitzerland is the third Group 1 winner for Snitzel (after Shamus Award & Sizzling) and one of his nine stakeswinners this season. The sensational son of Redoute’s Choice leads the current Australian General Sires’ list with prizemoney of more than $6 million.

Snitzerland’s dam Monte Rosa (by 1993 Caulfield Cup winner Fraar) is an unraced member of the wonderful “Tennessee” family  and is the dam of five winners from six named foals, including stakes-placed Red Dress Marley (by Hussonet) & city winners Akmal (by Flying Spur) & Deleque (by French Deputy), as well as Snitzerland. 

Monte Rosa has a yearling full brother to Snitzerland to be offered as Lot 118 in the Arrowfield draft for April’s Inglis Australian Easter Sale and is again in foal to Snitzel.

Snitzel has 18 yearlings catalogued for next month’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, and 17 lots in the Inglis Australian Easter catalogue.