Dundeel 2YO sensational on debut

Up-and-coming second season sire Dundeel recorded his 20th individual winner in sensational style at Te Rapa, New Zealand when debutant Yourdeel raced away from his rivals to win by more than five lengths…

Up-and-coming second season sire Dundeel recorded his 20th individual winner in sensational style at Te Rapa, New Zealand when debutant Yourdeel raced away from his rivals to win by more than five lengths.

The third foal of city winner Miss Zapper (by Red Ransom), Yourdeel was offered by Little Avondale Stud at the 2018 Karaka Book 1 Sale and purchased for $100,000 by Chris Rutten who races him with John Norwood and Rod Preston.

Debut 2YO winner Yourdeel as a $100,000 Karaka yearling. (PHOTO: Little Avondale/NZ Bloodstock)

Trained by Jamie Richards under the Te Akau Racing banner, Yourdeel was ridden by Opie Bosson who said after the win, “Everything was spot-on today, he travelled up and he had heaps there when I needed it.

“A couple flicks and it was all over, he obviously took a lot out of his trials and fronted up today.”

Rutten and Norwood won the 2014 Karaka Million and now have a live chance of a repeat victory with Yourdeel who is the first runner from Dundeel’s second crop. He is also Dundeel’s 9th individual winner in the past month.

The six-time Group 1 winner has 14 yearlings catalogued for the 2019 Magic Millions Sale, among them 7 colts and a filly in the Arrowfield draft.

Record NZ price for Snitzel colt

Karaka’s perennial leading buyer David Ellis was busy on Day 2 of the new-format Karaka Book 1 Sale, securing nine lots including the top-priced Snitzel yearling sold in New Zealand.

Presented by Haunui Farm, the colt out of Floria was knocked down for $NZ625,000, a figure exceeded by five Snitzel yearlings at this year’s Magic Millions Sale, and $NZ100,000 above the previous record for a Karaka-sold Snitzel, set in 2017.

Floria (by Savabeel) is a multiple Group winner from the marvellous Princess Patine family nurtured over five decades by Richard Moore and his son David. Prospects for the Snitzel/Savabeel cross look bright, given the affinity of Danehill and Sir Tristram in various combinations, and the fact that Snitzel has already sired Group winners Time For War, Lubiton & Perast out of Zabeel mares.

Two Snitzel fillies, out of Irish Group 3 winner Scintillula (by Galileo) and multiple Group 1 winner Shez Sinsational (by Ekraar) were also sold, for $NZ400,000 and $NZ300,000 respectively.

Snitzel, who posted his 21st stakeswinner this season when 2YO Traces scored in South Africa on Saturday, has three lots catalogued for the upcoming Inglis Classic Sale and eight at Inglis Melbourne Premier. They will be followed by 64 Snitzel yearlings at Inglis Easter in April including eight fillies and two colts consigned by Arrowfield.  

$900,000 for Not A Single Doubt filly

A new record top price for a Not A Single Doubt yearling filly was set at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Sale on Tuesday when the half-sister to Champion 2YO Melody Belle was knocked down for $NZ900,000.

It took only two bids, an opener of $800,000, then a wink at $900,000 for syndicator David Ellis of Te Akau Racing to secure the filly, who was offered by Haunui Farm on behalf of her breeder Marie Leicester. 

The third foal of minor winner Meleka Belle (by Iffraaj), the filly is an outstanding type with size, strength & quality and her extended female family is one of New Zealand’s best, descended from the Foxbridge mare Belle Fox.

David Ellis said, “I’ve been watching this filly’s family for the last 40 years. The moment I saw her at Haunui Farm I thought she was a stunning filly. She came up here to the sale and didn’t turn a hair as she took it all in her stride.”

Marie Leicester’s long experience as an owner and breeder ensured she was not carried away by other people’s pre-sale assessments of the filly’s value.

“After fifty years in this game the one thing I can say is that I’m a realist. I’ve learnt not to get my hopes up as the minute you do they come crashing down pretty quickly. I did have a figure in my mind that I would like to have achieved and this has well and truly exceeded that.

“The Belle family, which was established by my parents back in 1938, has produced so many quality gallopers so I’m keen to see this filly now carry on that tradition.”

The record of other high-priced Not A Single Doubt fillies that have raced is certainly encouraging. The $650,000 filly Pretty Fast and $450,000 filly Qafila are both Listed winners with upside in the Snowden and Hayes & Dabernig stables.

The Meleka Belle filly was the only Not A Single Doubt yearling at Karaka. Buyers can now look forward to his 16 lots at the Inglis Classic Sale (among them two Arrowfield fillies), eight at Inglis Melbourne Premier and 19 at Inglis Easter including two colts in Arrowfield’s consignment.

Not A Single Doubt is currently 6th on the Australian General Sires’ Premiership with $6.4 million prizemoney and seven stakeswinners, including Caulfield Guineas G1 winner Mighty Boss.

A good week for Smart Missile

It’s been a good week for Smart Missile, with three new first-crop winners since 4 September.

First up on that day was Jonathan Munz’s home-bred filly Exocet, who showed plenty of grit to score over 1300 metres at Geelong.

Watch Exocet’s win at Geelong.

Trained by Lee & Anthony Freedman, Exocet is a half-sister to Caulfield Guineas-placed stakeswinner Ready For Victory, out of the Zabeel mare Crillon, herself a half-sister to Munz’s Champion 2YO Meurice. The third dam is  Ruby, dam of the multiple Group 1 winner and excellent sire Rubiton and his Group 1-winning brother Euclase.

Exocet is nominated for her first run in town at Caulfield on 17 September, with the Thousand Guineas G1 and the 2000-metre Caulfield Classic G3 as her October options.

Three days later, on Wednesday 7 September, Te Akau Racing sent Corporate Missile, one of their four Smart Missiles, to Matamata where she overcame a wide draw and a tardy start to drive past Saignon and Good Show close to home.

Watch Corporate Missile win at Matamata.

Corporate Missile’s dam is the unraced Mt Livermore mare Corporate, from the Best In Show family most famous in Australia for producing champion sire Redoute’s Choice.

Te Akau Racing, which turned out Smart Missile’s first stakeswinner Sassy ‘N’ Smart in New Zealand last season, bought Corporate Missile for $150,000 from the Jamieson Park draft at the 2015 New Zealand Premier Sale.  Both fillies are nominated for the New Zealand One Thousand Guineas G1 on 12 November.

Finally, on Sunday a third Smart Missile filly, Snip Missile showed the benefit of race experience when she scored over 1200 metres in fine style at Kembla Grange.

Watch Snip Missile win at Kembla Grange.

A member of the Snowden stable, Snip Missile is raced by Ron Finemore and John Leaver who bred her from the Snippets mare Snip Snip. That makes her a half-sister to four winners, including juvenile Group 3 winner Husson Lightning.

Smart Missile leads the current Australian Second Season Sires’ list by winners with eight and hold second on the earnings table with almost $225,000.

New Group performer for Smart Missile

The Phillip Stokes-trained filly Smart Manoeuvre has joined Sassy ‘N’ Smart and Smart Amelia to give Smart Missile three Group performers from his first crop – more than Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt at the same stage of their careers.

Smart Manoeuvre’s effort impressed because she had to circle the field round the home turn to put herself in contention and, although Tris had already pinched the winning break on the rail, Smart Manoeuvre found enough to challenge Ariaz (by Charge Forward) for second, missing by a head.

Watch Smart Manoeuvre’s 3rd in the SAJC Breeders’ S. G3.

Raced by a partnership including Mill Park Stud and her breeders Ray Bradmore and Wayne Raven, Smart Manoeuvre is the first foal of the stakes-placed city winner Furline (by Tale of the Cat), herself a daughter of dual Group 2 winner Umaline.

Smart Missile’s out-of-the-box ability on the track has been matched by his unprecedented popularity with breeders and buyers since he began stud duties at Arrowfield in 2012.

The son of Fastnet Rock has been one of Australia’s busiest stallions over the past four breeding seasons and tellingly, several leading buyers returned to buy his yearlings this year after snapping up members of his first crop in 2015.

New Zealand syndicator David Ellis at Te Akau Racing is one of them. He purchased Arrowfield’s Smart Missile-Panorama Ridge filly for $150,000 at Inglis Easter last year, named her Sassy ‘N’ Smart and watched her compile a debut win, a Listed success and a Group 2 second in her first three starts.

Ellis got to work early in the 2016 sales season, buying Smart Missile’s second-crop son out of Ocelot (by Take of the Cat) for $140,000 from Arrowfield at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Similarly, Debbie Keptis’ Woppitt Bloodstock paid $400,000 for Amarina Farm’s Smart Missile-Rain Melody filly at last year’s Magic Millions Sale. Named Missile Coda, that filly also won on debut at Kembla Grange on 2 April, three months after Woppitt Bloodstock paid $220,000 for Coolmore’s Smart Missile-Rubinacci colt on the Gold Coast.

Other repeat purchasers of Smart Missile’s yearlings include trainers Mick Price & Aquanita Racing, agents Paul Moroney, Duncan Ramage & Paul Willetts and syndicators Darby Racing, Prime Thoroughbreds, Star Thoroughbreds & Triple Crown Syndications.

Overall, at the first sessions of the Magic Millions, Inglis Easter, Melbourne Premier & Classic Sales, 66 lots by Smart Missile have sold for up to $500,000, averaging $129,772, more than six times his fee, which remains at $22,000 inc. GST.

Snitzel heads NZ Premier Sale sire averages

Once upon a time, it was unthinkable that Australian-based stallions would dominate the list of leading sires at New Zealand’s flagship yearling sale.

Yet that has been one of the key trends at the New Zealand Premier Sale over the past five years, especially as Zabeel’s stellar career wound down.  The supersire’s last appearance on top of the stallion averages was in 2011 when he headed off Red Ransom.

A year later Zabeel was the only New Zealand-based sire in the top ten, and Fastnet Rock claimed the No. 1 spot. He held it for the next three years ahead of seven other Australian-based stallions in 2013, and four in 2014 & 2015.

But when this year’s Premier Sale concluded on Tuesday evening there was a new name at the head of the sire averages: Snitzel.

He had four lots sell for an average price of $NZ280,000, ahead of Fastnet Rock, New Zealand’s champion sire Savabeel and the sale’s leading first season sire All Too Hard. As in 2014 & 2015, five of the top ten sires are based in Australia.

Snitzel’s top-priced lot was the $NZ500,000 colt from Malibu Road (by Malibu Moon), a US-bred mare descended from Best In Show, also the ancestress of Snitzel’s champion sire Redoute’s Choice. Offered by Gordon Cunningham’s Curraghmore Stud, he was bought by Te Akau Racing’s David Ellis and is Snitzel’s all-time top-priced yearling sold in New Zealand.

The other three yearlings by Snitzel also sold for healthy multiples of the $45,000 fee on which this crop of yearlings was conceived. China Horse Club signed for Pencarrow Stud’s Dance My Dance colt at $180,000, and David Ellis added Hallmark Stud’s $200,000 colt from My My Maree to his purchases.

Sydney agent James Harron, who bought two Snitzel colts for $1.525 million at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale earlier this month, paid $240,000 for Highview’s colt out of My Amazing Dream. This is the family of European champion filly Midway Lady and her Oaks-winning daughter Eswarah.

Snitzel, the sire of six Group 1 winners, continues to supply excellent reasons for his commercial popularity, notching up his 33rd stakeswinner, Sun Jewellery, in Hong Kong on Sunday evening.

Snitzel averaged almost $225,000 for 126 yearlings across all Australasian sales in 2015, but with two major sales completed this year, he has already broken through the $300,000 mark for 55 lots sold on the Gold Coast and at Karaka.

The next opportunities to buy his yearlings will be offered by Inglis over the next three months, at their Classic, Melbourne Premier & Easter Sales, including five lots consigned by Arrowfield.

Sassy first stakeswinner for Smart Missile

Te Akau Racing’s 2YO filly Sassy ‘N’ Smart has given her sire Smart Missile a fairytale start as his first runner & winner, and now first stakeswinner with a dominant victory in Saturday’s $50,000 CJC Welcome S. 1000m LR.

An impressive debut winner three weeks ago at Riccarton, Sassy ‘N’ Smart jumped more promptly today for jockey Matt Cameron, sat just off the pace and put the result beyond doubt with a decisive turn of foot. She won by 2.75 lengths from What Choux Want and Dontpokethetiger (by Beneteau) in 57.41.

Watch Sassy ‘N’ Smart’s CJC Welcome S. LR win.

Sassy ‘N’ Smart was part of a splendid day for the new training partnership of Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards, who turned out four winners on Riccarton’s marquee day, including Risque, successful in the NZ 1000 Guineas G1 for The Oaks Stud.

Sassy ‘N’ Smart was bred by Matt & Jo Cloros with Arrowfield and purchased for $150,000 by Te Akau Racing from the Arrowfield Stud draft at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale. 

She is the second foal of the US-bred mare Panorama Ridge (by Empire Maker), a daughter of French Oaks G1 winner Nebraska Tornado. Panorama Ridge also has a 3YO son King’s Choice (by Redoute’s Choice) in the Hawkes stable, a yearling colt by Redoute’s Choice, a colt foal by Snitzel and is once again in foal to Snitzel.

Sassy ‘N’ Smart’s stakes victory sealed a good week for Smart Missile, also represented by a pair of strong trial winners last Tuesday, the colt Jericho at Rosehill for Triple Crown Syndications, and the filly Strike For Victory at Hobart for Prime Thoroughbreds.

Smart Missile has 37 yearlings on offer at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, ten of them in the Arrowfield draft.

First runner, first winner for Smart Missile

First season sire Smart Missile posted his first winner when debutante Sassy ‘N’ Smart scored in dashing style on Saturday at the Riccarton Park metropolitan meeting in New Zealand.

The 2YO filly’s performance was all the more impressive because she missed the start by three lengths, then quickly closed the gap on the field, challenged the leader, last-start winner What Choux Want and pressed on to win by three-quarters of a length. Lord Ascot was three lengths away in third place. Sassy ‘N’ Smart winning time for the 800-metre trip was 45.99 on the Good3 track.

Watch Smart ‘N’ Sassy’s debut win.

Sassy “N’ Smart was bred by Matt & Jo Cloros with Arrowfield and purchased for $150,000 by Te Akau Racing from the Arrowfield Stud draft at the Inglis Easter Sale. 

She is the second foal of the US-bred mare Panorama Ridge (by Empire Maker), a daughter of dual French Group 1 winner Nebraska Tornado. Panorama Ridge also has a 3YO son King’s Choice (by Redoute’s Choice) in the Hawkes stable, a yearling colt by Redoute’s Choice, and a colt foal by Snitzel.