Dual Group 1 winner Miracles of Life retires

Owner Stonestreet Stables has announced that dual Group 1 winner Miracles Of Life has been retired to stud.

The daughter of Not A Single Doubt and Dazzling Gazelle (by More Than Ready) was bred by Muzaffar Yaseen’s Teeley Assets and foaled at Arrowfield on 2 September 2010.

The cute-as-pie chestnut filly with the big white blaze, described in the Stud’s records as a “very nice first foal”, was considered a little too small to offer for sale as a yearling, so she remained in Arrowfield’s care until February 2012. She then left to be broken in and was sent to the Adelaide stable of Dan Clarken.

It wasn’t long before the filly, now named Miracles Of Life, began making headlines. She won her first start by 5.5 lengths at Morphettville on 22 December 2012, and returned two weeks later to score by 9 lengths.

it was clearly time for a trip to Melbourne where she stepped up to black type company and won the MRC Blue Diamond Preview LR on 26 January 2013. A month later Miracles Of Life lined up as favourite in the $1 million MRC Blue Diamond S. G1 and defeated a field that included Shamus Award, Dissident & Guelph to become Not A Single Doubt’s first international Group 1 winner.

It was a fairytale result for Clarken and jockey Lauren Stojakovic who rode Miracles Of Life in her first four victories. It was also the second Blue Diamond success for Mr Yaseen and his bloodstock manager Iris O’Farrell, 14 years after Not A Single Doubt’s champion sire Redoute’s Choice won the race at his second start.

The filly’s 3YO season yielded a fifth win, in the SAJC Euclase Classic G2 and three black type placings before she returned briefly to Arrowfield which prepared her for sale as part of the record-breaking Teeley Dispersal at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale in May 2014. 

Barbara Banke’s US-based Stonestreet Stables was the successful bidder for Miracles Of Life at $900,000 and elected to entrust her to Peter & Paul Snowden for a 4YO campaign.

That decision was quickly justified by a first-up dead-heat win in the MRC Caulfield Sprint G2, followed in the Autumn of 2015 by a sizzling 56.72-second, 2.3 length victory in the ATC Challenge S. G2. Two weeks later she powered home for third in Sweet Idea’s ATC Galaxy H. G1 and was freshened for her swansong performance on 2 May 2015, a tremendous last-stride win in the SAJC Robert Sangster S. G1.

Miracles Of Life, so far the best of Not A Single Doubt’s 23 stakeswinners, bows out with a race record of eight wins (five of of them Group races), four placings & more than $1.5 million prizemoney from 17 starts.

Second Group 1 victory for Miracles of Life

Not A Single Doubt’s star daughter Miracles of Life has a hoof in four states, and two nations, but there is no doubt where she is most warmly applauded.

That’s South Australia where the 4YO mare – not as small as she’s frequently described – claimed her second Group 1 victory in Saturday’s $400,000 SAJC Robert Sangster S. 1200m G1.

Jockey Hugh Bowman rode Miracles of Life with confidence, settling her midfield and three deep with cover behind Sabatini. Bowman set her alight down the middle of the track and the pair caught the defiant Gregers in the last stride before the post, in a time of 1:09.72. I Love It was a length away, third.

The Arrowfield-raised Miracles of Life won the 2013 MRC Blue Diamond S. G1, four other races and more than $950,000 for her breeder and first owner Teeley Assets who sent her to Adelaide to be trained for two seasons by Dan Clarken.

Miracles of Life was then sent to Queensland for last year’s Magic Millions National Sale where she was purchased for $900,000 from the Teeley Dispersal by Stonestreet Farms. The mare has now returned two-thirds of that price with a second Group 1 win, three Group 2 wins and a third in the ATC Galaxy H. G1 from the Sydney stable of Peter & Paul Snowden.

Paul Snowden said, “It was great for her to come back and do what she did. It is fantastic. They all love her over here and so they should.

“It is testament to herself. That is just how she is. You saw what she did at two and now she is doing it again at four. She is a really special horse.”

Hugh Bowman said, “Everyone knows what her record is like. She is so consistent, an absolute pleasure to deal with and to get a Group 1 as an older mare, I know it means a lot to the Snowden stable, it means a lot to me and I am sure it means a lot to her owners in America.”

“She is a class mare, I had the momentum, I was very confident approaching the 100m and she certainly didn’t let me down.”

Miracles of Life is the first foal of Dazzling Gazelle (by More Than Ready), also purchased by Stonestreet Farms from the Teeley Dispersal, for $400,000. The mare has a yearling colt (retained by Teeley Assets) and a weanling filly (bred by Stonestreet) by Not A Single Doubt.

Miracles of Life is Not A Single Doubt’s third major winner in the past three weeks, following Gypsy Diamond (ATC Japan Racing Association Plate G3 & 2nd, Wagga Wagga Gold Cup LR) and The Grey Flash (also out of a More Than Ready mare and winner of the SAJC Sires’ Produce S. G3).  Their combined efforts, and those of 103 other winners have put Not A Single Doubt among Australia’s top 10 sires this season, with earnings of $5.4 million.

A pair of smart juveniles by Not A Single Doubt made their own impact on Saturday’s results. The Richard Laming-trained  Payroll was a close second in the MRC Redoute’s Choice S. LR and Twelve Rounds won on debut in Perth from the Chris Gangemi stable.

With eleven winners and just over $1 million prizemoney, Not A Single Doubt is also fifth on the current Australian 2YO Sires’ table.

Bumper black type day for Arrowfield graduates

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Wandjina spearheaded Arrowfield graduates’ attack upon feature races at Flemington & Royal Randwick on Saturday.

The high-class 3YO son of Snitzel made all in the $500,000 VRC Australian Guineas 1600m G1 and showed plenty of courage to defy his rapidly closing rivals down the long Flemington straight. Alpine Eagle finished second, a half-neck away, and Stratum Star was a long neck further back in third.

Wandjina’s jockey Brett Prebble said, “He gave me a good feeling and he dug deep. I knew the others were there, but the more they came at him, the more he gave me.”

Wandjina is the leading earner among nine stakeswinners this season for Snitzel and the 30th individual Group 1 winner sold at auction by Arrowfield since 1994. He was offered by Arrowfield at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale where agent James Harron bought him for $1 million on behalf of his owners Dr Edmund & Belinda Bateman.

Wandjina is the second Group 1 winner from Arrowfield’s outstanding broodmare La Bamba (by Last Tycoon), also the dam of Inspiration (Hong Kong Sprint G1) and Listed stakeswinners Lucky Unicorn and Provence. He is Snitzel’s fourth Group 1 winner after Sizzling, Snitzerland, and Shamus Award who won last year’s Australian Guineas and the 2013 Cox Plate.

Arrowfield’s 2015 Inglis Easter draft includes Wandjina’s half-brother by Manhattan Rain. La Bamba also has a 2YO colt, Battle Of Troy (by Flying Spur), in the Hawkes Racing stable for Tony Pistikakis, and a weanling filly by Snitzel.

The Guineas win completed a Flemington Group double for Snitzel and Arrowfield, following the victory of 5YO gelding Amorino (ex Steal My Love by Marauding) in the $150,000 VRC Shaftesbury Avenue H. 1400m G3.

Amorino, who gave Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander his first Group success, has won eight races from three stables in three States, and more than $600,000 for owner Elio Galante and his family. Amorino’s original trainer Gerald Ryan bid $70,000 secure him from the Arrowfield draft at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Arrowfield signed off a very good day when Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Miracles of Life (ex Dazzling Gazelle by More Than Ready) bounced clear to take out the $400,000 ATC Challenge S. 1000m G2 by more than two lengths from Va Pensiero & Rubick. 

It was the second Group success the popular 4YO mare has given her celebrated American owner Stonestreet Stables since they purchased her for $900,000 from last year’s Teeley Dispersal and sent her to Peter & Paul Snowden. Her record now reads 7 wins, including the 2013 Blue Diamond S. G1, and $1.2 million from 15 starts.

Miracles of Life was foaled and raised at Arrowfield for her breeder Teeley Assets, while Amorino was bred by Arrowfield in partnership with Katsumi Yoshida’s Jungle Pocket Pty Ltd, and Wandjina was bred by Arrowfield alone.  

Arrowfield’s consignment for the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale can be viewed here.

Life is Sweet at Caulfield

They were both born at Arrowfield in the Spring of 2010, just 21 days apart, and on Saturday they both scored tremendous Group victories at Caulfield.

The Snitzel-Flidais filly, bred by the Arrowfield & Jungle Pocket partnership, left the farm first. She travelled in January 2012 to the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale where she was bought by her trainer Gai Waterhouse and James Harron Bloodstock for $240,000, making her Arrowfield’s top-priced filly of the sale.

The Not A Single Doubt-Dazzling Gazelle filly, bred by Teeley Assets, left about five weeks later to be broken in and sent to her first trainer Daniel Clarken in Adelaide.

The paths of the two fillies did not cross again until Saturday when they took major roles on an outstanding Caulfield Cup day.

The Snitzel filly, Sweet Idea began with her customary speed in the $200,000 MRC Tristarc S. 1400m G2 and controlled the pace, with Enquare and Catkins leading the chasing pack.  Sweet Idea’s familiar courage kicked in over the final stages and she proved too strong for the fast-finishing Girl Guide and the gallant Catkins, winning by almost a length in 1:25.42.

It was Sweet Idea’s fourth Group 2 success among her seven wins in a 17-start, $2 million career that began almost exactly two years ago when she won on debut at Randwick.  She is raced by the Gold Coast-based brothers David & Luke Henderson with Nick & Amy Vass, Wayne Cook, Danny Maher, Grant Scott, Campbell Brown, Beric Lynton, Gary & Graeme Diamond and Matt Allen.

As Sweet Idea’s jockey Tommy Berry  later tweeted, “She’s a star.” Sweet Idea is the leading earner this season for Snitzel, represented by four stakeswinners since 1 August and currently 7th on the Australian General Sires’ list with $1.6 million prizemoney.

Gai Waterhouse purchased Sweet Idea’s 2YO full sister, now named Sweet Sister, for $200,000 from Arrowfield at the 2014 Magic Millions Sale. Flidais also has a yearling filly and a colt foal by Snitzel and, not surprisingly, visits him again this Spring.

The Not A Single Doubt filly, Miracles Of Life made her season debut in the $200,000 MRC Caulfield Sprint 1100m G2 for her new owner Stonestreet Stables and new trainers Peter & Paul Snowden after being sold for $900,000 at the Teeley Dispersal Sale conducted by Magic Millions earlier this year.

Already a Group 1 Blue Diamond winner at two, and a Group 2 winner last season, the diminutive mare settled behind the speed and hit the front halfway down the straight, only to be challenged by Bel Sprinter.  Miracles of Life refused to concede, Bel Sprinter did not relent and the result was a spectacular dead-heat finish.

Peter Snowden said of Miracles Of Life, “I knew her size when she got to us but she’s strong. I’ve had plenty of small horses and it’s not how big they are, but it’s the ticker that counts.

“It was a matter of her wanting to do it and getting her back to that mindset. In her work, she’s always been brave and Hughie (Bowman) says she’s a dream to ride.”

Miracles Of Life’s sixth win from 13 starts takes her earnings beyond $1 million. She has also taken Not A Single Doubt past that mark for the season – he’s among Australia’s top 20 sires by prizemoney, and fourth by individual winners (37).

Dazzling Gazelle, also now owned by Stonestreet Stables, has a yearling colt by Not A Single Doubt and delivered a full sister to Miracles Of Life in August.