Arrowfield’s best moments in a milestone season

It’s no easy task to choose the 10 – make that 11 – best moments from a milestone season in Arrowfield’s 33-year history, but here’s a spirited attempt…

It’s no easy task to choose the 10 – make that 11 – best moments from a milestone season in Arrowfield’s 33-year history, but here’s a spirited attempt, in chronological order:

Pariah joined General Nediym, Testa Rossa, Charge Forward & Snitzerland on the San Domenico G3 winners’ list. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Pariah at Rosehill, 26 August 2017
Team Arrowfield was busy hosting their annual Stallion Open House, and gathered around the marquee TV to watch star colt Pariah run in the ATC San Domenico S. G3. Arrowfield had bought back into Pariah after his Group-winning 2YO campaign for James Harron & partners, and his sparkling 3YO debut was greeted with jubilation. A year later Pariah has joined the Redoute’s Choice dynasty at Arrowfield and will parade at the Open House, 24-26 August.
Watch the Arrowfield team cheer Pariah home in the San Domenico S. G3.


Triple Crown syndicators Michael & Chris Ward celebrate Redzel’s superlative Everest victory. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Redzel at Randwick, 14 October 2017
The Everest was an instant hit with owners, trainers, punters, media, racegoers and that elusive beast, the general public. Redzel launched the race with a classic demonstration of unyielding powerhouse Aussie speed and sparked exuberant celebrations by his Triple Crown owners, slot-holder James Harron & partners and the Snowden stable. Snitzel had already established a decent lead on the General Sires’ list, but after The Everest he shot clear by $6.6 million and was not sighted by his rivals for the rest of the season.


The Mick Price-trained Mighty Boss gave Teeley Assets a second Caulfield Guineas win, after Redoute’s Choice in 1999. (PHOTO: Darren Tindale)

Not A Single Doubt’s big day, 14 October 2017
Everest Day turned out to be huge for Not A Single Doubt too. Upset Caulfield Guineas G1 winner Mighty Boss, Group 3 winner Cool Passion and Listed winners Qafila and Torvill gave him the first quadruple stakes day of his career – and all four horses were new stakeswinners. Not A Single Doubt ended a tremendous year with a career-high season tally of 16 stakeswinners and 6th spot on the Australian Premiership, his fourth top 10 finish.


Smiles all round from Tom Dabernig, David Hayes & Ben Hayes after Boom Time’s Caulfield Cup victory. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Caulfield Cup quinella, 21 October 2017
He started at 50/1 and she was 30/1 – neither given any serious chance of beating horses like Humidor, Johannes Vermeer, Bonneval and Harlem in  the $3 million Caulfield Cup G1. But no-one conveyed that message to Flying Spur’s son Boom Time or Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Single Gaze, and home they rolled, for the season’s most unexpected Group 1 quinella. It was also the perfect sign-off for Champion Sire Flying Spur, who died at Arrowfield in May, at the age of 25. 


Star filly Shoals held off a quality field of mares in the VRC Myer Classic G1. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Shoals at Flemington, 4 November 2017
Late on 16 August 2014, John Messara shared a photo of the newborn Fastnet Rock-The Broken Shore filly with the prediction that she would be a star. Three years later the filly, named Shoals, fulfilled that prophecy with an exhilarating victory in the VRC Myer Classic G1 for her owner-breeders Arrowfield and Jonathan Munz’s Pinecliff Racing, and trainer Anthony Freedman. Further success in the ATC Surround S. G1 and SAJC Robert Sangster S. G1 stamped Shoals as an exceptional talent worthy of The Star’s slot in this season’s running of The Everest. 


The Snitzel-Flidais filly will race as Evening Slippers from the Waterhouse & Bott stable. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, 10-14 January 2018
Arrowfield ended the record-breaking Sale with its all-time highest Magic Millions aggregate of $14.1 million, heading the Vendor list for the third successive year. Arrowfield’s $1.8 million Snitzel-Flidais filly was the Sale’s and her sire’s top-priced filly, and Snitzel led the Magic Million Sires table for the first time with 33 lots sold at an average price of $483,788. The Stud also sold the 75th million-dollar yearling by Redoute’s Choice and the $600,000 Olympic Glory-Downtown Manhattan colt.


Dr Shalabh Sahu, Hussain Lootah, Tariq Al Shamsi, Saif Al Ketbi and Bryan Carlson celebrate Estijaab’s victory in the 2018 Golden Slipper G1. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

The Golden Slipper, Rosehill, 24 March 2018
Snitzerland was 2nd in 2012, Sweet Idea was 3rd in 2013 and then along came Estijaab to add that precious first Golden Slipper victory to Snitzel’s progeny record – and the 7th by an Arrowfield graduate. Bred by Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm, raised and sold by Arrowfield, bought at Inglis Easter by Emirates Park and Bryan Carlson for $1.7 million and trained by Team Hawkes, Estijaab was the perfect poster girl for Arrowfield’s much admired “A Diamond is Forever” marketing campaign.


Dundeel’s 2YO son Irukandji earned Group-winning status at his fourth start. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Irukandji wins for Dundeel, Rosehill, 31 March 2018
A first-crop 2YO Group winner is always on the wish-list for a young sire and Spendthrift Farm’s Hawkes-trained colt Irukandji came through for Dundeel with a convincing victory in the ATC T.L. Baillieu S. G3. Irukandji has been a headliner from the start, as a $240,000 weanling, and $500,000 pin-hook result at Magic Millions, and there may be more headlines to come – he is nominated for the ATC Golden Rose G1 on 22 September.


Trapeze Artist & Redzel finished 6 & 4 lengths clear of their rivals in the ATC T.J. Smith S. G1. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

The T.J. Smith G1 quinella,  Randwick, 7 April 2018
Snitzel posted two Group 1 quinellas in 2017/18 and both were among the season’s most thrilling finishes. Russian Revolution and Snitty Kitty were terrific in the Oakleigh Plate, but 3YO Trapeze Artist’s performance to launch from a wide run and sweep past a top-of-his-game Redzel in the $2.5 million T.J. Smith was of seldom-seen quality. A return match in The Everest this October is something to savour.


The $2.3 million brother to Shoals was 2018’s top-priced yearling sold in Australia. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

Inglis Easter Sale, Sydney,
9-11 April 2018

Arrowfield celebrated the first Easter Sale held at the new Riverside Stables at Warwick Farm with a rarely achieved double: the highest aggregate (just over $20 million) and the highest average ($488,658). Leading vendor status for the fourth consecutive year, the top-priced $2.3 million brother to Shoals and 7 other million-dollar yearlings – including two daughters of Deep Impact – sealed an outstanding sales season for the Stud’s dedicated team and many very happy clients.


The Autumn Sun is out of Azmiyna, a Galileo half-sister to European champion Azamour. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

The Autumn Sun, Doomben,
9 June 2018
A Redoute’s Choice colt opened the best of Arrowfield’s season and a Redoute’s Choice colt closed it when The Autumn Sun drew clear of Zousain in the BRC J.J. Atkins Plate G1, becoming his mighty sire’s 33rd Group 1 winner, and his 9th Group 1 2YO winner. Another exciting prospect for 2018/19, The Autumn Sun capped a fine year for Arrowfield’s joint venture with the Aga Khan Studs, which also sold his three-quarter sister for $1.3 million at Inglis Easter.

Not A Single Doubt's fifth stakes double

After a very big week in the sale-ring, Not A Single Doubt returned to making racing news on Saturday with a stakes double, courtesy of his daughters Secret Agenda in Sydney and Kenedna in Adelaide.

Such performances explain Not A Single Doubt’s position at the top of the Inglis Easter sire averages and his stunning run of million-dollar sales over the past 12 days: his $1.25 million yearling colt out of Quiet Maggy, the $1.4 million paid for 2YO gelding Gunnison and Northern Farm’s $1.1 million purchase of Don’t Doubt Mamma.

Like Gunnison and the Quiet Maggy colt, Kenedna and Secret Agenda are Arrowfield graduates, sold respectively for $80,000 at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and $120,000 at the the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Secret Agenda (ex Negotiate by Red Ransom) claimed her fifth and most valuable win on the final day of The Championships at Randwick when she landed the $300,000 ATC Sapphire S. 1200m G2 for trainer Mick Price and a group of owners managed by Blueblood Thoroughbreds.

Watch Secret Agenda win the ATC Sapphire S. G2.

It was a career-best performance by the 4YO mare, already a dual Group 3 winner in Melbourne and second in last year’s Sapphire Stakes.

Her jockey Damien Oliver said, “She’s a sweetheart, she’s a real tank. She loves the soft, I think she might want to move up here. 

“They’ve [Victorians] done well, it’s nice to share it around, the prizemoney is so good up here, it’s nice to be a part of it.”

3YO filly Kenedna (ex Miss Dodwell by Falbrav) left her run late, but showed plenty of tenacity in the straight to drive into the available space and collar With a Bit of Dash to win the $110,000 SAJC Laelia S. 1600m LR  by three-quarters of a length.

Watch Kenedna win the SAJC Laelia S. LR.

It was Kenedna’s fourth career win from the Darren Weir stable and her second stakes victory this campaign, following her VRC Vanity S. G3 success in February. The Auraria S. G3 on 22 April and Australasian Oaks G1 on 6 May are likely targets for her, as she appears to have inherited more of Falbrav’s stamina than her classy three-quarter brother Spill The Beans, a three-time Group winner at sprint distances.

Secret Agenda and Kenedna completed Not A Single Doubt’s fifth lifetime same-day stakes double, and his third this season, following Extreme Choice & Don’t Doubt Mamma at Moonee Valley on 30 September, and Single Bullet & Final Salute at Rosehill and Ascot on 11 March.

These six performers are among Not A Single Doubt’s ten stakeswinners this season, with Group 1 winners Extreme Choice & Scales Of Justice the major contributors to his Australian earnings total of $8.1 million – sufficient to keep him comfortably in the country’s top five sires.

El Divino extends dynasty's sensational run

On a magical day at Randwick for owner-breeders John & Deborah Camilleri, Snitzel colt El Divino was a worthy support act for his older half-sister Winx, whose spectacular Doncaster Mile G1 win sealed her champion status.

El Divino met the Godolphin colt Astern in the $200,000 ATC Kindergarten S. 1100m G3 and, the pair opened The Championships with a thrilling, straight-long battle that neither would concede. The judge could not separate them and a dead-heat was declared, with the early leader Geneteau (by Beneteau) holding third, 3.5 lengths away. 

The Gai Waterhouse-trained El Divino is the fifth new stakeswinner for Snitzel since New Year’s Day, his 17th juvenile black type winner, his 37th lifetime stakeswinner and his second Kindergarten Stakes winner after Dances On Stars in 2012. 

El Divino’s success also takes the sequence of Group & Listed wins by Redoute’s Choice and his sons Not A Single Doubt & Snitzel to a remarkable 18 in ten weeks. The trio have posted at least one black type victory every weekend since 24 January, when Sun Jewellery (by Snitzel) won the Hong Kong Classic Mile HK-1. 

The whole sequence, which includes Australian Group 1 winners Extreme Choice, Peeping & Single Gaze, looks like this:

DATE

STAKESWINNER Year Foaled
Trainer

SIRE

GROUP & LISTED WIN

24 Jan

SUN JEWELLERY 2011
John Size

Snitzel

HKJC Hong Kong Classic Mile 1600m HK-1

30 Jan

HONESTY PREVAILS 2013
Rick Worthington

Redoute’s Choice

ATC Widden S. 1200m G3

6 Feb

SPILL THE BEANS 2012
Gerald Ryan

Snitzel

ATC Eskimo Prince S. 1200m G3

6 Feb

EXTREME CHOICE 2013
Mick Price

Not A Single Doubt

MRC Chairman’s S. 1000m G3

7 Feb

LET IT SLIP 2012
Daniel Pearce

Not A Single Doubt

Pinjarra RC MM Perth 3YO Trophy 1200m (R) LR

13 Feb

PERIGNON 2012
Gerald Ryan

Snitzel

ATC Light Fingers S. 1200m G2

20 Feb

DON’T DOUBT MAMMA 2012
Tony McEvoy

Not A Single Doubt

VRC Vanity S. 1400m G3

21 Feb

SUN JEWELLERY 2011

Snitzel

HKJC Hong Kong Classic Cup, 1800m HK-1

27 Feb

EXTREME CHOICE 2013
Mick Price

Not A Single Doubt

MRC Blue Diamond S. 1200m G1

5 Mar

REDZEL 2012
Peter & Paul Snowden

Snitzel

ATC Fireball S. 1100m LR

5 Mar

SELENIA 2013
Robbie Griffiths

Not A Single Doubt

VRC Festival of Racing S. 1000m LR

11 Mar

SINGLE GAZE 2012
Nick Olive

Not A Single Doubt

Illawarra TC Arrowfield Classic 1600m G3

12 Mar

THYME FOR ROSES 2013
Gai Waterhouse

Redoute’s Choice

VRC TBV Breeders’ S, 1200m G3

12 Mar

PEEPING 2011
Ron Quinton

Redoute’s Choice

ATC Coolmore Classic 1500m G1

18 Mar

ZAMZAM 2012
David Hayes & Tom Dabernig

Redoute’s Choice

MVRC Valley Pearl 1200m LR

19 Mar

SOUTHERN LEGEND 2012
Les Bridge

Not A Single Doubt

ATC Darby Munro S. 1200m LR

26 Mar

SINGLE GAZE 2012
Nick Olive

Not A Single Doubt

ATC Storm Queen S. 2000m G1

2 Apr

EL DIVINO 2013
Gai Waterhouse

Snitzel

ATC Kindergarten S. 1100m G3

In Australia the progeny of Not A Single Doubt (2nd on the General Sires’ list), Redoute’s Choice (7th) and Snitzel (9th) have earned $20.9 million this season, and 23 of them have won 31 Group & Listed Races. The three stallions also hold top ten positions on the 2YO Sires’ premiership, and Not A Single Doubt heads the 3YO Sires’ list.

Snitzel has the largest representation of the trio in the Inglis Easter Sale with 28 yearlings on offer. They include El Divino’s full brother, to be offered by Segenhoe Stud on behalf of Fairway Thoroughbreds, the three-quarter brother to Group 1 winner Hampton Court, consigned by Milburn Creek Thoroughbreds, and two lots in the Arrowfield draft.

The catalogue also features 23 yearlings by Redoute’s Choice, among them six colts & two fillies offered by Arrowfield; and two lots by Not A Single Doubt in the Arrowfield and Yarraman Park drafts. 

Not A Single Doubt cracks the century

It’s been a slightly below average week for Not A Single Doubt.

Only five wins, including Don’t Doubt Mamma’s Group 3 at Flemington, Clearly Innocent’s Country Championships Qualifier, a double at Goulburn, plus his 100th Australian winner for the season, the Robbie Griffiths-trained Song One at Sale last Tuesday. And another 2YO stakes placing, thanks to Jackson in Melbourne. 

It’s a tongue-in-cheek quibble, of course, because Not A Single Doubt is enjoying a spectacular 2015/16 season. The first 29 weeks have so far produced 167 wins in six countries – almost six wins a week – and he’s a more-or-less permanent fixture on the weekly Top Sires by Wins & Winners tables.

He heads the Australian General Sires’ table on both counts, with 101 winners and 151 wins, healthily in front of Written Tycoon, Fastnet Rock and Lonhro.

Not A Single Doubt has plenty of quality to match the volume and is giving the earnings list a good shake too. His tribe’s weekend work has nudged his prizemoney over $6 million, less than $240,000 behind table leader Street Cry, and almost $800,000 ahead of Fastnet Rock.

Both those rival stallions have major performers running for them over the coming weeks, but so does Not A Single Doubt. His 2YO son Extreme Choice is favourite for next Saturday’s $1.5 million MRC Blue Diamond S. G1, and second favourite for the $3.5 million Golden Slipper G1 on 19 March.

He has already helped Not A Single Doubt into third spot on the 2YO Sires’ list, where he splits his barnmates and fellow Redoute’s Choice sons Snitzel & the much-missed Beneteau. Together they’ve already notched up 15 juvenile winners this season, four of them stakeswinners.

Also in the mix for major Autumn prizes are Not A Single Doubt’s Group 1 winner Good Project, talented 3YO fillies Don’t Doubt Mamma & Secret Agenda, and Oakleigh Plate contender Fell Swoop. 

And there’s no doubt at all that Cressfield’s home-bred Clearly Innocent will be aiming to add the $400,000 Country Championship Final to the Provincial Final won last year by Not A Single Doubt’s son Sure And Fast.

Small wonder that demand for yearlings from Not A Single Doubt’s 2014 crop is so strong. The next opportunities to buy them come up at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale where he has four colts & three fillies catalogued, including Arrowfield’s colt from Time To Move. 

Dundeel is rated Australasia's best entire

Arrowfield’s latest acquisition Dundeel is rated the best entire in Australia and New Zealand this season, and among the top six entire performers in the world.

The latest Longines International World’s Best Racehorse Rankings, covering the period 1 January-4 May, award the champion 4YO son of High Chaparral a figure of 122 in the Intermediate (1900m-2100m) Turf category.

That equals the rating achieved in the same category last year by 2013 New Zealand Horse of the Year Ocean Park. 

So far this year in Australia & New Zealand, only the 4YO gelding Lankan Rupee (by Redoute’s Choice) with a figure of 123 is rated above Dundeel, who makes the world’s top 13 performers ahead of Sacred Falls (120), Boban, Carlton House & Fiorente (all on 118).

Among Turf performers in the Intermediate category, Dundeel is  the world’s best entire, ranked behind only the geldings Cirrus des Aigles (France), Designs on Rome (Hong Kong) & Military Attack (Hong Kong), all on 123.

Dundeel, the winner of six Group 1 races from 1600m to 2400m, sealed his world ranking at The Championships last month when he decisively defeated Sacred Falls, Carlton House & Silent Achiever in the 2000-metre ATC Queen Elizabeth S. G1.

Dundeel stands his first season at Arrowfield this year at a fee of $27,500 inc. GST.

Diamond shines for Not A Single Doubt

Gypsy Diamond’s part-owner and co-breeder Ron Finemore was smiling broadly after the 3YO filly ran out an impressive winner of the $200,000 ATC Carbine Club S. 1600m G3 on Day 1 of The Championships at Royal Randwick.

Topweight of 57kg and a Heavy9 track offered a serious test for the daughter of Not A Single Doubt and the race didn’t begin well for her when she missed the jump and ended up slightly worse than midfield during the running.

Jockey James McDonald had to wait until the field straightened and opened up before starting to drive Gypsy Diamond forward, but the filly responded quickly and generously to score by two lengths from Casino Dancer, with Rock Sturdy another half-length away, third.

Bred and raced by Finemore in partnership with John Leaver, Gypsy Diamond (ex Gypsy Tucker by Zabeel) won the Moonee Valley Fillies’ Classic G2 and was fourth in the VRC Oaks G1 last spring. She returned to finish second to Sweet Idea in the ATC Light Fingers S. G2 and fourth in Thump’s Surround S. G2 before an unplaced run in last month’s Coolmore Classic G1. She has now won more than $400,000 from three wins & three placings in a 13-start career.

Trainer John O’Shea said, “She’s a talented filly and I thought she would have acquitted herself very well in the Doncaster, so it was great to get her on the board today and get a win this preparation and she can line up here next week in the mares’  race [the $1 million Queen of the Turf S. G1] and see if she can go up another grade.”

It has been a productive week for Not A Single Doubt whose nine Session 1 lots at the Inglis Easter Sale averaged $190,000. They included Gypsy Diamond’s full brother, purchased for $200,000 by Snowden Racing from the Arrowfield draft.

Not A Single Doubt’s son Mystic Power won last Sunday’s Selangor Gold Cup LR and today his Blue Diamond-winning daughter Miracles of Life was second in the SAJC Redelva S. LR. They are among Not A Single Doubt’s 14 stakes performers this season.

Redoute's Choice & Snitzel head Sires' premiership

Two superlative Group 1 performances on the first day of The Championships at Royal Randwick have shot Redoute’s Choice to the top of the Australian General Sires’ list with $8.7 million, ahead of his brilliant son Snitzel on $8.2 million.

The world’s top-ranked sprinter Lankan Rupee (ex Estelle Collection by Stravinsky) staked his claim to Horse of the Year honours with a powerhouse victory in the $2.5 million ATC T.J. Smith S. 1200m G1, his first start in Sydney. He is Redoute’s Choice’s third winner of the race, after Melito (2010) and Master of Design (2012).

Lankan Rupee jumped well from barrier 1 and jockey Craig Newitt sent him forward to take the lead, with Buffering sitting almost a length away in second. That was as close as any of his rivals got to Lankan Rupee who sprinted clear at the 400-metre mark and won by two lengths from Rebel Dane, with Buffering a short half-head away in third place.

It  was Lankan Rupee’s sixth straight win and his third consecutive victory at Group 1 level following his successes in the Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield and the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington. He has now won nine of his 16 starts and prizemoney of $2.8 million for owner-breeder Muzaffar Yaseen’s Teeley Assets and trainer Mick Price.

That combination also produced stakeswinner number 112 for Redoute’s Choice at Morphettville on Saturday when 3YO filly Tango’s Daughter (ex Tango Fire by Anabaa) won the SAJC H.C. Nitschke S. LR 1400m LR.

Tango’s Daughter and Lankan Rupee were both foaled and reared at Arrowfield which will present the Teeley Dispersal, including Estelle Collection in foal to Redoute’s Choice, at the Magic Millions National Sale, 25 May-5 June. Click  here  for the Teeley Dispersal Catalogue Preview.

Redoute’s Choice’s final contribution to the inaugural Day 1 of The Championships was made in the $3 million ATC Doncaster Mile 1600m G1, won for the second consecutive year by Sacred Falls (ex Iguazu’s Girl by Redoute’s Choice), from Gerry Harvey’s high-class 4YO mare Royal Descent (ex Mulan Princess by Kaapstad).  

Snitzel, who had occupied top spot on the Sires’ Premiership since last October, added more than $300,000 to his season earnings on Saturday, thanks largely to 2YO colt Scratch Me Lucky, a very game runner-up to Peggy Jean in the $1 million ATC Sires’ Produce S. G1. Arrowfield graduate Time For War, also by Snitzel, was fourth in that race, and another 2YO colt Klammer chimed in with a third placing in the ATC Kindergarten S. G3. 

Bred by Stuart Ramsey & Laurel Oak Bloodstock from the stakes-placed city winner Radiant Star (by Success Express), Scratch Me Lucky is the 7th Group 1 performer for Snitzel.