New stakeswinner, new record for Snitzel

No sooner had Champion Sire Snitzel broken his own season earnings record, than 2YO colt Sandbar brought him a step closer to his next target. That’s the record he currently shares with Danehill of 26 stakeswinners in an Australian season.

Sandbar became Snitzel’s 20th Australian stakeswinner since 1 August at Warwick Farm on Saturday with a gritty performance in the $125,000 ATC Lonhro Plate 1100m LR, defeating the favourite, Gimcrack Stakes winner Satin Slipper, and Oxford Tycoon.

It was the colt’s second win from two starts for trainer Brad Widdup and owners Damion Flower (who also raced Snitzel himself), BK Racing, Strawberry Hill Stud, Nick Vass & Neil Werrett. 

Watch Sandbar win the ATC Lonhro Plate LR.

Sandbar is the fourth foal and first winner out of smart juvenile and Group 3 winner Tallow (by Street Cry)  and was bought for $650,000 from the Magic Millions draft of his breeder Strawberry Hill by Jadeskye Racing, BK Racing & Gerald Ryan.

Snitzel’s career record now shows 78 stakeswinners and 30 2YO stakeswinners, with Sandbar joining Traces (Kenilworth Summer Juvenile S. LR) and the filly Nomothaj (VRC Maribyrnong Trial S. LR) from Snitzel’s 2015 crop.

The champion sire has surpassed the all-time Australian prizemoney record of $16,220,135 he set last season, and has done it in little more than six months.
 
Snitzel has two fillies and a colt on offer by Amarina Farm, Bhima Thoroughbreds & Torryburn Stud at the Inglis Classic Sale, with eight yearlings catalogued for Inglis Melbourne Premier and 64 lots for Inglis Easter, including 8 fillies and 2 colts in Arrowfield’s Easter consignment.

Group double for dynamic dynasty

Redoute’s Choice and his Arrowfield barnmate sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt have barely missed a beat this Spring. 

The dynamic trio have posted stakes victories in all but two of the 16 weekends since 1 August. That’s a total of 33 Group & Listed victories in Australia, France & New Zealand.

The latest additions to that imposing record came at Sandown last Saturday courtesy of a Group race double by Payroll (by Not A Single Doubt) and Long Time Ago (by Redoute’s Choice).

Payroll has progressed every season since her debut 2YO win, and earned stakes-winning status in Brisbane during the winter. The 5YO mare went one better at Sandown, producing a resolute finish to snatch the $150,000 MRC Eclipse S. 1800m G3 from Kidmenever and Jacquinot Bay.

She has now earned almost $450,000, a handy return on the $80,000 that trainer Richard Laming paid breeder & vendor MacQuarie Stud for her at the 2014 Magic Millions Sale. 

Watch Payroll win the MRC Eclipse S. G3.

It’s been a wonderful Spring for Payroll’s dam Workhard, whose 4YO son Arbeitsam (by Snitzel) rounded off a strong winter campaign with success in the Hawkesbury Rowley Mile LR. A daughter of Red Ransom from the family of Group 1 winner Bawalaksana and Group 3 winner Shaaheq (by Redoute’s Choice), Workhard is foaling this Spring to Scissor Kick.

Payroll is one of Not A Single Doubt’s six stakeswinners this season, a group headed by Caulfield Guineas G1 winner Mighty Boss. Not A Single Doubt holds fifth spot on the General Sires’ list with close to $5 million.

A Doomben double by 2YO Singular Sensation & 3YO Winter Bride rounded out Not A Single Doubt’s day, while back in Sydney, his 3YO daughter Pretty Fast scored her third straight win at Rosehill for Sheikh Khalifa and the Snowden stable.

Not A Single Doubt finished a rewarding weekend with his first stakeswinner as a broodmare sire, when Seasons Bloom (by Captain Sonador) won the HKJC Jockey Club Mile G2.

Completing the Sandown Group double in the final race on the card, the $150,000 MRC Summoned S. 1500m G3, was John Singleton’s home-bred 4YO mare Long Time Ago, the first foal of Australian Oaks G1 winner Once Were Wild (by Johannesburg). 

She capped a tremendous fortnight in Melbourne for her trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, in the Group & Listed winner’s circle five times during Cup Week at Flemington, including after the VRC Oaks G1.

Waterhouse said of Long Time Ago, “We aimed her at this race all along and she’s been down here in Melbourne for a month getting ready so we’re delighted.”

Watch Long Time Ago win the MRC Summoned S. G3.

Long Time Ago is stakeswinner No. 152 and the 100th Group winner for Redoute’s Choice, represented in Australia this season by two other Group 3 winners, star colt Pariah and 5YO mare Ravi. A winning double at Rosehill on Saturday highlighted a pair of 4YOs, Redouble & Glenall, with a good chance of joining them. 

Success for Redoute's Choice daughters of Oaks winners

A couple of Sunday results highlighted the strong breeder support Redoute’s Choice continues to attract, and  a pair of likely 3YO fillies to follow through to Autumn Classic engagements.

First-up at Te Rapa in New Zealand was Fashionably, the first foal of 2011 Queensland Oaks G1 winner Scarlett Lady (by Savabeel), who went on to Group 1 weight-for-age success in the 2012 ARC New Zealand S.G1.

Fashionably, a $240,000 Inglis Easter buy for Te Akau Racing, started favourite in the1600-metre 3YO maiden and won well after being restrained early by Opie Bosson, then sweeping quickly around the field at the 800-metre mark to score by 1.5 lengths.

Watch Fashionably win at Te Rapa.

It was the filly’s third start for Garry Chittick & Waikato Stud, which also co-bred her dam, now owned by Australian breeders Max Whitby and Neil Werrett. Scarlett Lady has a 2YO filly Oh Miss Scarlett (by All Too Hard), a yearling colt by Snitzel, a colt foal by Fastnet Rock and is in foal again to Snitzel.

Fashionably is trained Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards and holds a nomination for the New Zealand Oaks G1 on 18 March.

Just over two hours later at Wyong, the Waterhouse & Bott stable lined up Strawberry Hill Stud’s home-bred filly Long Time Ago, the first foal of 2010 Australian Oaks G1 winner Once Were Wild (by Johannesburg).

Like Fashionably, Long Time Ago was sent out favourite, but contested a 1200-metre Fillies & Mares maiden. She jumped well from gate eight, was forced to sit four wide, wobbled slightly round the bend and impressed by picking up strongly in the straight to prevail quite comfortably.

Watch Long Time Ago win at Wyong.

She may well get her chance to emulate her mother in this year’s $1 million Australian Oaks G1 on 8 April and join the 7 Oaks winners already on the record of her champion sire: Absolutely & Royal Descent (Australian Oaks), Anamato, Abbey Marie & Gallica (Australasian Oaks) and Miss Finland & Samantha Miss (VRC Oaks).