Snitzel takes the early lead

Much like his progeny on the track, Snitzel has shot to an early lead on the 2016/17 Australian General Sires’ table, with 22 winners and more than $870,000 prizemoney.

Four of those winners have been in Group & Listed stakes races on three of the first four weekends of the new season:

3YO colt THRONUM (ex Helena’s Secret by Five Star Day)
ATC The Rosebud H. LR – 6 August
Bred by Highgrove Stud, RMA Bloodstock & Widden Stud
Sold Inglis Easter, $300,000, Highgrove Stud/Sun Bloodstock
Trained by Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott for Sun Bloodstock & Sun Stud

4YO colt SOOBOOG (ex Monte Rosa by Fraar)
VRC Aurie’s Star H. G3 – 6 August
Bred by Arrowfield Stud
Sold Inglis Easter, $1.5 million, Arrowfield/Sheikh Mohammed bon Khalifa al Maktoum
Trained by Darren Weir for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum

3YO colt RUSSIAN REVOLUTION (ex Ballet d’Amour by Stravinsky)
VRC Vain S. G3 – 13 August
Bred by John Stuart Investments
Sold Inglis Easter, $320,000, Vinery/China Horse Club
Trained by Peter & Paul Snowden for Newgate, China Horse Club, John Stuart Investments & D.W. Wallace

4YO gelding REDZEL (ex Millrich by Rubiton)
MRC Heath S. G3 – 27 August
Bred by Lee Fleming
Sold Magic Millions, $120,000, Marquee Stud/Triple Crown Syndications
Trained by Peter & Paul Snowden for Triple Crown Syndications & partners

These headline acts have been supported by the Group-placed 3YO fillies Athena Lass & Elle Lou, and the durable gelding Checkpoint, who added a Listed placing to the five wins and five Group placings he’s notched up over six seasons in Perth.

This is easily the fastest season start of Snitzel’s career. With more than half of his 185-strong 2013 crop yet to race, as well as 175 just-turned 2YOs conceived on a $45,000 fee, it’s a fair bet he’s only warming up.

Snitzel's stakes double starts the season

There was no warm-up required for Snitzel to make an early impact on the new season. One Saturday in and he’s already notched two new stakeswinners, Thronum in Sydney and Sooboog in Melbourne. 

The quick start is an ominous sign for Snitzel’s rivals. Two years ago he posted his first stakeswinner on 9 August and by season-end he’d added a further 11 winners of 16 stakes races, including three Group 1 winners. 

In testing conditions at Randwick, Sun Stud’s 3YO colt Thronum jumped smartly, took control of the pace and under topweight of 58kg, grittily held off his rivals in the $100,000 ATC The Rosebud 1200m LR. 

Staunch finishes by Mediterranean (a new stakes performer for Smart Missile) and Miss Beneteau (ditto for Beneteau) brought them within a half-length of Thronum, and completed an Arrowfield-sired trifecta.

Watch Thronum win the ATC The Rosebud LR.

Thronum is the first winner and the first stakeswinner for the new training partnership of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.

Bott said after the race, “We were confident coming here today when we saw the rain throughout the week. The long range plan has always been the Golden Rose.

“He’s a colt that keeps improving. We’ll just see how he comes through the race. He’s done enough to get in so we’ll just take it from there.”

The last three winners of The Rosebud, Sebring Sun, Scissor Kick & Eurozone, all went on to Group 1 form during the Spring.

Thronum is the second foal of the US-bred mare Helena’s Secret (by Five Star Day), from the family of champion sire Street Cry and Shamardal. Bred by Ron & Deb Gilbert’s Highgrove Stud, Robert Anderson and Widden Stud, he was purchased for $300,000 by James Harron from Highgrove’s draft at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale. 

An hour later at Flemington Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum’s colt Sooboog decisively won the $150,000 VRC Aurie’s Star H. 1200m G3 by almost two lengths from Dibayani and Tashbeeh. 

Watch Sooboog win the VRC Aurie’s Star H. G3.

Sooboog’s first black type success was one of five wins on the card for champion Melbourne trainer Darren Weir who said, “He’s a really good galloper – he’s shown us that at home and we knew that the day he got things fall his way he’d be winning a good race.

“He’s a Group 3 winner which is important for him as a stallion. We’ll look at targeting another good race with him in the Spring, I can’t see any reason why he can’t get a strong 1400 either.”

Sooboog, Arrowfield’s $1.5 million draft-topper from the 2014 Inglis Easter Sale, is the second of Snitzel’s nine million-dollar yearlings to achieve Group-winning status, after Australian Guineas winner Wandjina. (Five of those nine are just-turned 2YOs.)

Sooboog and his Group 1-winning older sister Snitzerland are the best of seven winners out of Arrowfield gem Monte Rosa (by Fraar), who has a yearling filly by Snitzel and is due to foal to him again this Spring. 

Thronum and Sooboog take Snitzel’s tally of stakeswinners to 40 and his record of same-day stakes race doubles to seven. Expect plenty more of that kind of performance from the son of Redoute’s Choice: his 175-strong Class of 2014, conceived on a fee of $49,500, comes on stream this season, with 171 yearlings right behind them.

Snitzel notches up his 25th stakeswinner

Snitzel’s admirable son Modello made it look easy in Saturday’s WATC Birthday S. 1200m LR, going straight to the front and staying there to notch up the first black type success among his eight career wins.

Fuchsia Bandana, favourite for the Perth feature, was 1.25 lengths away second, with two lengths separating her from third-placed Ron’s Call.

Modello is the 25th stakeswinner for Snitzel, and the fourth this season, after Sweet Idea, Smoko and Bouzy Rouge. All four are Arrowfield sale graduates.

Bred by Riverslea Farm and Scott Cameron, Modello is out of the city-winning mare Sacred Model (by Canonise), from the family of Group winners Patterns and Pride of Kellina. He has now earned more than $320,000 for his trainer Lindsey Smith and prominent Western Australian owner Elio Galante who purchased him from Arrowfield’s draft at the 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. 

Arrowfield was also the source of Snitzel’s second stakes performer on Saturday, 2YO colt Sooboog who finished second in the $100,000 ATC Breeders’ Plate LR over 1000 metres at Randwick.

“Went really nice and he’ll improve a lot,” was jockey James McDonald’s verdict on Sooboog, trained by Hawkes Racing for Sheik Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum who bought him for $1.5 million at this year’s Inglis Easter Sale.

Sooboog is a full brother to the brilliant Group 1-winning sprinter Snitzerland and their dam Monte Rosa (by Fraar) is once again visiting Snitzel this Spring.

Arrowfield graduates star at 2YO trials

The top-priced colt and the top-priced filly from Arrowfield’s 2014 yearling drafts were among the stars at the Official 2YO Trials held over 840 metres on the Kensington track at Randwick on Monday morning.

The fastest time and the biggest winning margin of the morning were posted by Sooboog (Snitzel-Monte Rosa by Fraar), trained by Hawkes Racing for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum, who paid $1.5 million for the Arrowfield-bred colt at the Inglis Easter Sale.

The powerfully built brother to Group 1 winner Snitzerland won Heat 3 by 5.2 lengths from Multitude & Rhode Assassin in a time of 49.15 seconds. He received Racenet’s tick as the best colt of the morning.

Gai Waterhouse produced the filly Prevail (Redoute’s Choice-Luna Bella by Stravinsky) for Edmund & Belinda Bateman to win Heat 2 by 1.3 lengths in 49.77 seconds.  Chasing her home were Helford River (by Fastnet Rock from Charge Forward’s Group 1-winning daughter Headway) and Elle Snitz (Snitzel-Makemeasupermodel).

Prevail’s performance earned her selection as Racenet’s best filly of the morning, “with plenty of scope for improvement.”

Prevail was a $500,000 purchase for the Batemans by James Harron Bloodstock from Arrowfield’s Magic Millions Gold Coast consignment. Her dam, an unraced sister to Group 2 winner Hips Don’t Lie, has a yearling colt by Beneteau, and foals this Spring to Animal Kingdom.

The Batemans also enjoyed success as breeders of Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Themis (ex Thebe by Galileo) who defeated Rose Quadrille & Igraine in a bunched finish to Heat 4. 

Themis, from the family of Group 1 winner Regal Cheer, was a $160,000 Gai Waterhouse purchase from the Newgate Farm draft at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.