Snitzel rises to a new level of performance

After Snitzel’s record-setting feats in 2017/18, it seemed unlikely that he would find another level of performance this season. Yet that is exactly what he’s doing.

His spectacular work continued last weekend, as a pair of colts took his lifetime record to 70 stakeswinners.

Showtime has defined “knocking on the door of stakes success” after fourths to Pariah and Gunnison, a third to She Will Reign, a second to Doubt I’m Dreaming and a fifth to Royal Symphony. It’s surely a good omen that his breakthrough finally came at his first try over 1600 metres, in the $200,000 MVRC Bill Stutt S. G2 on Friday evening. A start in the $2 million Caulfield Guineas G1 on 14 October now beckons.

Watch Showtime win the MVRC Bill Stutt S. G2.

The Hawkes-trained Showtime (ex Flidais by Timber Country) is a full brother to Group 1 winner Sweet Idea, bred by the partnership of Arrowfield and Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm, and sold for $1.1 million at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale. His breeders remain in his ownership, alongside Alan Jones, Jonathan Munz, Eric Koundouris, JG Moore and Greg & Barbara Ingham.

Flidais has a 2YO Snitzel colt bought for $240,000 by Apollo Ng at Inglis Easter, a yearling full sister and was served again by Snitzel last week.

Snitzel has made a habit of siring the winner and one or both placegetters in black type races. He did it for the third time in a month when Perast led all the way to win Sunday’s $175,000 MRC Caulfield Guineas Prelude 1400m G3 and Summer Passage took the runner-up spot from Kementari. 

Watch Perast & Summer Passage quinella the MRC Caulfield Guineas Prelude G3

Perast was bred by Jonathan Munz’s GSA Bloodstock (he also part-owns the 1000 Guineas Prelude runner-up Shoals), and bought by trainer Paul Perry for $100,000 from the Maluka Thoroughbreds draft at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. 

He is the best of four winners out of Listed winner Thousand Veils, and the third stakeswinner bred on the Snitzel/Zabeel cross, after Time For War and Lubiton. 

Perast is among 13 stakeswinners from Snitzel’s 2014 crop which has supplied six of his 11 Group & Listed winners since 1 August. That’s easily the best season start of Snitzel’s career.

The champion son of Redoute’s Choice certainly set the bar very high in 2016/17, when he equalled Danehill’s season record of 26 stakeswinners, but two months into 2017/18, his reach already looks capable of exceeding his grasp.

Arrowfield sires dominate Timeform 2YO ranking

The 2016/17 season featured a bumper crop of juveniles by Arrowfield stallions, and two of them head the 2YO rankings on either side of the Tasman.

On Australia’s Timeform rankings, compiled by Gary Crispe of Racing & Sports, six of the top dozen 2YOs are by Snitzel (Invader, Summer Passage, Chauffeur & Trapeze Artist), Redoute’s Choice (Pariah) and Not A Single Doubt (Gunnison).

ATC Inglis Sires’ G1 winner Invader is rated alongside Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign on 119, with Pariah (118) and Summer Passage (117) in close attendance. Chauffeur, Gunnison and Trapeze Artist have all been given a figure of 115.

Invader, Pariah and Gunnison are all Arrowfield sale graduates, while She Will Reign and Property (awarded 116) are by former residents Manhattan Rain and Starcraft. She Will Reign is out of a mare by yet another former Arrowfield sire, Charge Forward, The Mission (116) is from a Redoute’s Choice mare and both Pariah & Gunnison claim Hussonet as their damsire. 

Invader, Pariah and Chauffeur will line up in the next enthralling battle of Sydney’s Spring 3YOs, Saturday’s ATC The Run to the Rose G2 at Rosehill. Their eight rivals also include Tangled, Menari & Perast (all by Snitzel) and Not A Single Doubt’s son Qiji Phoenix.

Summer Passage, trained in New Zealand by Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott for Hong Kong owner Eugene Chuang, is rated on top of the NZ 2YO Free Handicap, released this week by the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association. 

The colt was awarded 59.5kg after winning the ARC Ellerslie Sires’ Produce S. G1 and Matamata Slipper S. LR, with the leading filly, Melody Belle allotted 57.5kg, and the second top-weighted colt Star Treasure, given 56 kg. 

Summer Passage’s trainers report that he will travel to Melbourne on Sunday and run in the VRC Danehill S. G2 on 16 September, with the VRC Coolmore Stud S. G1 on 4 November his principal target.

Champion Sire Snitzel dominates every category

Such was Snitzel’s history-making 2016/17 Championship season in Australia, that it’s easier to list what he didn’t do.

He’s not the Champion Broodmare Sire, but otherwise, Snitzel dominated every category he contested.

Arrowfield’s new superstar headed the key columns of the General Premiership table, with $16.1 million prizemoney (breaking Street Cry’s 2015/16 record by almost $3.2 million), 159 winners (one short of Lohnro’s record, set in 2013/14) and equalling Danehill’s 2001/02 record of 26 stakeswinners. 

Snitzel’s first Premiership completes an unprecedented three-generation sequence of Champion Australian Sires, following Danehill’s nine titles (won between 1995 and 2005) and Redoute’s Choice’s three titles (2006, 2010, 2014).

He is the fifth Arrowfield resident to become Australia’s Champion Sire, following Redoute’s Choice, Flying Spur (2007), Danehill (1995) & Last Tycoon (1994). 

Across-the-board prizemoney increases, especially in New South Wales, have certainly made it easier for Snitzel and a record six other stallions, including his barnmate Not A Single Doubt, to crack $10 million. However, Snitzel is the only one among the top five whose major earner, Redzel with $962,000, didn’t win $1 million or more, and his 26 stakeswinners contributed only 43% of his total earnings – a good indication of the deep quality that characterises Snitzel’s stud record.

Nine fillies and mares joined the list of Snitzel’s stakeswinners in 2016/17, headed by Group winners French Emotion, Elle Lou, Sweet Redemption, Teaspoon & Diddums. Like most of his Championship season’s best male performers, they all remain in training.

Invader was his top-earning juvenile, contributing $960,125 to the $4.9 million that won Snitzel the 2YO Sires’ Premiership by a comfortable margin from his former Arrowfield barnmate Manhattan Rain, sire of the Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign.

Remarkably, Snitzel’s list of 31 Australian stakes wins during the season includes only one of Australia’s million-dollar races, the ATC Inglis Sires’ Produce S. G1. He made the most of it though, siring the first three horses home, Invader, Summer Passage & Trapeze Artist to complete the country’s first single-stallion Group 1 2YO trifecta since 1982.

Invader headed Snitzel’s eight list-topping Australian 2YO stakeswinners this season, a quarter of his national record-setting tally of 32 juvenile winners of 46 races. (Three New Zealand winners from his 2014 crop gave him a final tally of 35.)

It was the same story on the 3YO Sires’ Premiership, where Snitzel ended the season on top by earnings (just over $6 million, more than $1.3 million in front of Sebring), winners (68), wins (120), stakeswinners (9) and stakes wins (11).

His principal 3YO earner was Russian Revolution, winner of the ATC The Galaxy G1 in March, and two other Group races last Spring. He was one of ten Snitzel stakeswinners who emerged in the first five months of the season and, along with Redzel, he progressed to elite success in the Autumn.

Snitzel’s Australian stakeswinners were prepared by 13 stables with Peter & Paul Snowden enjoying most success, thanks to Group 1 winners Invader, Redzel & Russian Revolution, Snitzel’s last stakeswinner of the season, Calanda, and Detective, who will do his future racing in Hong Kong.

Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott sent out five Snitzel stakeswinners, including Group winners Farson & Sweet Redemption, while Diddums, Trapeze Artist & Samantha took Gerald Ryan’s career tally of stakeswinners by his former stable star to twelve.

Snitzel did his bit to promote the Australian thoroughbred offshore, with the help of Group 1 winners Heavenly Blue (South Africa) & Summer Passage (New Zealand) and dual Group 3 winner Young Man Power (Japan). They boosted his 2016/17 worldwide statistics to 29 stakeswinners (5 at Group 1 level and nine of them juveniles) of 36 Group & Listed Races, for total prizemoney of $20.4 million.

Snitzel’s dominance of the 2016/17 season extended to Australia’s major yearling sales. He was the Leading Sire by aggregate at the Magic Millions & Inglis Easter Sales, and ended the auction season with total sales of $41.7 million and 111 lots sold for an average price of $375,732.

His five million-dollar yearlings were headed by the Top Cuban colt and the Response filly, both sold for $1.7 million by Arrowfield at Inglis Easter.

Snitzel’s achievements are magnified by the class of the stallions behind him in the top 15, among them six other Champion Sires (Street Cry, Fastnet Rock, Lonhro, Redoute’s Choice, Exceed and Excel and Encosta de Lago), his fellow Redoute’s Choice sons, Not A Single Doubt & Stratum, and an impressive group of emerging younger sires.

Snitzel has set the bar exceptionally high for all of them, as well as himself, but with three large, superb quality crops in the pipeline, and a dazzling book of mares visiting him at his 2017 fee of $176,000 inc. GST, his passage to greatness may have only just begun.

All-Snitzel 2YO trifecta in Group 1 Sires' at Randwick

Arrowfield graduate Invader led home an all-Snitzel trifecta in Saturday’s $1 million ATC Inglis Sires’ 1400m G1 on a spectacular first day of The Championships at Royal Randwick.

New Zealand visitor Summer Passage and Trapeze Artist were gallant placegetters, after racing close to the pace and fighting on staunchly to finish 0.8 and 1.6 lengths behind Invader, who punched out a big final sprint in the space that Hugh Bowman’s wizardry found for him.

Watch Invader win the ATC Inglis Sires’ G1.

Snitzel’s appetite for making history is clearly undiminished. The Sires’ 1-2-3 is the first trifecta achieved in an Australian Group 1 juvenile race by progeny of one sire in the past three decades, and Invader is Snitzel’s third Group 1 winner in a remarkable 17 days, after Summer Passage (ARC Ellerslie Sires’ Produce S. G1, 16 March) and Russian Revolution (ATC The Galaxy G1, 18 March).

Invader is the sixth foal of the stakes-winning mare Flame of Sydney (by Encosta de Lago) and was sold for $475,000 by Arrowfield at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale. He is trained by Peter & Paul Snowden for buyer China Horse Club which races him with Newgate, Aquis Farm, Horse Ventures and Winstar Farm.

Flame of Sydney, also dam of the fine Hong Kong sprinter Not Listenin’tome, was sold for $605,000 to Yu Long Investments at the 2015 Inglis Sydney Broodmare Sale. She has since delivered her new owners a filly and a colt by Snitzel.

Invader’s breeder Michael Pitt said, “There’s a lot of excitement here, it’s a sensational result and a performance very much like his mother’s best run.”

The Sires’ wasn’t the only success on the Championship card for the son of Redoute’s Choice. His 3YO daughter Diddums became the 12th Snitzel stakeswinner prepared by Snitzel’s own trainer, Gerald Ryan when she shot clear in the straight to win the $200,000 ATC P.J. Bell S. 1200m G3.

Prompt Response (by Beneteau) and Smart Amelia (by Smart Missile) completed a trifecta for Arrowfield stallions.

Watch Diddums win the ATC P.J. Bell S. G3.

A home-bred for Torryburn Stud, Diddums is the fourth foal of Raheights (by Rahy) and is one Sydney’s most consistent 3YO fillies this season, winning or placing in all but one of her seven starts.

Gerald Ryan said, “She is a filly who has kept improving. She is as honest as they come…It’s good when a plan comes off. Good for Torryburn Stud and John.

“It’s good for her as a filly who has basically come from nowhere to win a stakes race. I’m rapt for her because she is by Snitzel.”

Snitzel now has 58 stakeswinners, nine of them successful at Group 1 level, and has extended his lead on the 2016/17 Australian General Sires’ premiership with 115 winners, 21 stakeswinners and $11.5 million prizemoney.

Snitzel’s 40-strong consignment is set to make the final Inglis Easter Sale at Newmarket Stables very memorable indeed.

Summer Passage wins Group 1 Sires' Produce

Snitzel’s headline-making season continued on Thursday when his 2YO son Summer Passage stepped up from Listed success at Matamata last month to take out the $200,000 ARC Ellerslie Sires’ Produce S. 1200m G1.

The race, sponsored by Brendan & Jo Lindsay’s recently sold company Sistema Plastics, began with a three-horse battle for the lead as Summer Passage sped forward from the outside gate to join Ujjayyi and Felton Road. The trio settled in front and jockey Blake Shinn let Summer Passage get round the home turn before applying pressure which dropped off his co-leaders as Star Treasure and Gold Fever emerged from the pack.

However, placings were their lot as the Snitzel colt’s class shone in the final stages and he pulled away for a convincing three-quarter length win, his second from three starts since his late January debut for owner Hermitage Thoroughbreds and trainers Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott. 

Watch Summer Passage win the ARC Ellerslie Sires’ Produce S. G1.

The result was also a triumph for Ron & Deb Gilbert’s Highgrove Stud, based in the famous Darling Downs region of Queensland. Summer Passage was knocked down to Wexford Stables for $800,000 at the 2016 Inglis Easter Sale and joins Group 1 winners Porto Roca & Wanted, Group 2 winner Shrapnel (by Charge Forward) and Listed winner Thronum (also by Snitzel) on the boutique farm’s graduate list.

Summer Passage is the second foal of Subsequent, a winning daughter of Encosta De Lago and he was as much a star of Highgrove’s draft as he was at Ellerslie.

Ron Gilbert recalls, “He was a very good sort. The good yearlings tend to pick themselves and this bloke certainly did that.
“They’re standouts from day one, there’s never an issue with them, they’ve very popular with potential buyers and they never turn a hair.”

Subsequent, from the family of Group 2 winner Shania Dane and Group winners Order Of The Sun (in Singapore) and Scintillation (in Hong Kong) has a yearling colt by Sebring, a weanling filly by Snitzel and is again in foal to the superstar son of Redoute’s Choice.

Summer Passage, previously nominated for the Golden Slipper, is now likely to make the trip across the Tasman for the $1 million Inglis Sires’ 1400m G1 on 1 April, the first day of The Championships at Randwick.

Snizel shows no sign of breaking his record-setting habit, with 21 stakeswinners for the season to date, and 24 individual 2YO winners, six of them stakeswinners: Summer Passage, Azazel, Ducimus, Jukebox and two of his four Golden Slipper G1 runners on Saturday, Teaspoon & Trapeze Artist.

Snitzel has 42 yearlings on offer at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale which begins on 4 April, among them Highgrove’s colt out of Simply Spiteful (by Speightstown), and six colts & 8 fillies in Arrowfield’s consignment.

Snitzel's trans-Tasman stakes double day

Melbourne 3YO Farson and New Zealand-based juvenile Summer Passage gave the sensational Snitzel his ninth same-day stakes double on Saturday, taking his tally of stakeswinners to 52.

Farson started favourite in the $200,000 MRC Autumn Classic 1800m G2 after consecutive wins at Caulfield and Moonee Valley.He kept punters happy when he took control of the race round the turn and kicked clear to score by almost two lengths from Cliff Hanger with Captain Rhett third.

Watch Farson win the MRC Autumn Classic G2.

Jockey Stephen Baster was impressed, saying afterwards, “He’s a beauty – he’s still learning and improving every time he goes around. Today we got there a little bit too soon, I didn’t want to be getting there at the top of the straight but I had no choice and to his credit he just kept hitting the line.”

Farson was a $180,000 Gai Waterhouse buy from the draft of breeder Stuart Ramsey’s Turangga Farm at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. His stakes-winning dam Clear View is a daughter of Gallo Di Ferro (by Deputy Minister), from a family that produced New Zealand Group 1 winners So Casual & Zola almost 20 years ago.

Farson is the third stakeswinner by Snitzel for the new Waterhouse & Bott partnership after Thronum (ATC The Rosebud LR) and Sweet Redemption (ATC Festival S. G3).

Inglis Easter graduate Summer Passage extended Snitzel’s record on several fronts with a stylish defeat of Summer Monsoon & Hanger in Saturday’s $50,000 Matamata Slipper 1200m LR in New Zealand.

It was a fine effort by the colt who was second to Aim Smart (by Smart Missile) on debut on 28 January and may now cross the Tasman to see if a rather bigger Slipper fits on 18 March.

Watch Summer Passage win the Matamata Slipper LR.

Bred and offered by Ron & Deb Gilbert’s Highgrove Stud, Summer Passage was bought for $800,000 by owner Hermitage Thoroughbreds and is trained by Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott. He’s the second foal out of Subsequent (by Encosta De Lago), a winning sibling of Listed winners Get To Work and Order Of The Sun, from the family of current smart 3YOs Northwest Passage and Man From Uncle.

Subsequent foaled a Snitzel filly last Spring and is in foal to him again.

Summer Passage is both Snitzel’s 23rd juvenile winner this season and his 23rd lifetime 2YO stakeswinner, as well as his first black type winner in New Zealand. He and Farson take Snitzel’s 2016/17 record to 17 stakeswinners – his best-ever season total, and it’s only February.

The next opportuity to buy a Snitzel yearling comes up on Sunday, when the first of eight colts and five fillies by the boom son of Redoute’s Choice enters the ring at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.