Stakes double for Arrowfield graduates

The two fillies were foaled 22 days apart in the Spring of 2011, grew up together at Arrowfield and were sold as Lots 69 and 111 at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

On Saturday Wild Rain (by Manhattan Rain) and Traveston Girl (by Flying Spur) both won their second Listed Races, and are right on track for a serious tilt at Magic Millions riches next month.

Wild Rain earned black capital status with her SAJC Lightning S. LR victory at Morphettville in July, and resumed with strong second placings at Flemington & Ballarat last month.

This time, she lined up at Sandown in the $120,000 MRC Doveton S. 1000m LR and settled close to the pace, then claimed the lead on the turn and kicked clear to score by 1.75 lengths from Office Bearer, with a half-length further back to Tried And Tired.  The $1 million Magic Millions Sprint over 1100 metres is the main goal of her summer campaign.

Watch Wild Rain’s MRC Doveton S. LR win at Sandown.

Bred by Arrowfield & John Leaver, Wild Rain was a $150,000 purchase by her trainer Mark Kavanagh whose wife Isobel and son Levi are among her owners.

Wild Rain’s dam North Flower (by Rory’s Jester) is a 2YO city-winning half-sister to the dam of 2003 Horse of the Year Northerly, and Group winners North Boy and Northern Song.

North Flower has also left the stakes-placed city winner Flowerchild to Redoute’s Choice and an unraced 3YO daughter, Tahlia Star, to Starcraft. The Animal Kingdom half-sister to Wild Rain will be offered in Arrowfield’s 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast draft.

Manhattan Rain has six fillies and a colt in the Magic Millions catalogue, among them Arrowfield’s filly from the Not A Single Doubt mare Zing and Swing.

At Doomben Traveston Girl took up her usual leading role in the $100,000 BRC Brisbane H. 1640m LR and fought hard to hold out Hopfgarten by a half-head, with a length back to Shotover River in third.

It was Traveston Girl’s second black type success in a fortnight and the Bernborough Handicap LR on 19 December will be her final tune-up before the $1 million Magic Millions Trophy over 1800 metres on 9 January.

Traveston Girl is the fourth foal and fourth winner out of Milande (by Dehere), an unraced sister to multiple Group 1 winner Defier from the family of champion 3YO Triscay and Group 1 winners La Baraka & Demerger.  The Flying Spur/Dehere cross has previously produced the Arrowfield-sold three-time Group 1 winner Forensics.

Bred by the partnership of Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones, Traveston Girl was purchased for $60,000 from Arrowfield’s 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale draft. She is prepared by Tony Gollan for Troy Schmidt’s River Junction Racing which now also owns Milande and has a yearling half-brother to Traveston Girl by All American.

So far, Arrowfield graduates from the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast auction include five stakeswinners: Group 3 juvenile winners Bachman (who won his season debut at Randwick on Saturday) & Oakleigh Girl, and Listed winner Hijack Hussy, as well as Traveston Girl & Wild Rain. 

Arrowfield graduate makes 99 for Spur

A century of stakeswinners is one of the few achievements missing from Flying Spur’s CV, but now an Arrowfield graduate has upgraded its status to “imminent.”

4YO mare Traveston Girl became the retired champion sire’s 99th stakeswinner in Saturday’s $100,000 BRC Recognition S. 1600m LR at Doomben, where she led all the way to win by 1.5 lengths from Shotover River & Blue Lion.

Traveston Girl has been a star-in-the-wings ever since she split Amicus and Sabatini in last year’s MRC Thousand Guineas G1, but her next five black type appearances produced only a couple of placings during the Queensland Winter Carnival.

She resumed in October with a third at Doomben, and a second trip south for a solid fifth in Group 3 company at Flemington on Cup Day proved to be the turning point.

Her trainer Tony Gollan said, “We’ve never lost faith in her. Since she won that race as a two-year-old she’s stepped up and raced in the best company in Melbourne and Brisbane.”

“She’s come back in superb order and she’s still got improvement to come.”

Traveston Girl has several opportunities to add further stakes success, and major prizemoney to her three-win, quarter-million-dollar career. All going well, she’ll line up in the Brisbane Handicap LR on 5 December, the Bernborough Handicap LR on 19 December and the $1 million Magic Millions Trophy on 9 January.

Traveston Girl is the fourth foal and fourth winner out of Milande (by Dehere), an unraced sister to multiple Group 1 winner Defier from the family of champion 3YO Triscay and Group 1 winners La Baraka & Demerger.  The Flying Spur/Dehere cross is already responsible for a top-class Arrowfield graduate, three-time Group 1 winner Forensics.

Bred by the partnership of Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones, Traveston Girl was purchased for $60,000 from Arrowfield’s 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale draft for Troy Schmidt’s River Junction Racing.  Mr Schmidt now owns Milande as well and has a yearling half-brother to Traveston Girl by All American.

Flying Spur’s other Spring star is dual Melbourne Group winner Mahuta, from his final, 2012 crop of 59 foals.  The Darren Weir-trained colt has contributed more than $360,000 to his sire’s $126 million+ lifetime earnings.

Traveston Girl is the fifth stakeswinner sold by Arrowfield from its 2013 Magic Millions draft, after Group 3 winners Oakleigh Girl (by Snitzel) & Bachman (by All American), and Listed winners Hijack Hussy (by Hussonet) & Wild Rain (by Manhattan Rain).

Arrowfield graduates place in Group 1 Guineas

Trainers Gai Waterhouse and Tony Gollan were spot on with their assessments of Arrowfield graduates Wandjina and Traveston Girl ahead of Saturday’s Group 1 Guineas races at Caulfield.

In the $1 million MRC Caulfield Guineas G1, Wandjina made up several lengths in the straight to run into third place, only a neck and a length from the winner Shooting To Win. He was the only runner to break 47 seconds for the final 800 metres, and also posted the fastest last 600m, 400m and 200m of the race.

Jockey Dwayne Dunn’s summary backed up the evidence of the sectional times. “Huge run. He was finishing off very strongly.”

Waterhouse had instructed punters to forget about Wandjina’s unplaced previous start. “He has a good barrier, a big time jockey aboard and all the talent required to run well…Each way chance.”

Wandjina was a $1 million purchase by James Harron Bloodstock for Edmund & Belinda Bateman from the Arrowfield draft at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale.

By Snitzel from La Bamba (by Last Tycoon), Wandjina is a half-brother to Group 1 winner Inspiration and three-quarter brother to stakeswinners Lucky Unicorn & Provence (both by Redoute’s Choice). La Bamba has a 2YO colt by Flying Spur, a yearling colt by Manhattan Rain and foaled a precious sister to Wandjina for Arrowfield on 30 September.

Wandjina is the 8th Group 1 performer by Snitzel, also represented on Saturday by Estonian Princess, a long head second in the ATC Angst S. G3.

In the $500,000 MRC Thousand Guineas G1 Traveston Girl began with her customary speed from gate 10, crossed to set a strong pace and fought on bravely to hold off all her rivals except Amicus who by three-quarters of a length.

Jockey Damien Browne said, “She ran super. I was able to put a bit of pressure a fair way out and got them chasing her. She gave 100 percent.”

Gollan said of Traveston Girl on Friday, “I think she’s closing the gap on the other fillies. I’ve always thought she’s a real miler, and she’ll enjoy the mile as long as she’s allowed to roll along at her tempo.”

The daughter of retired champion sire Flying Spur and Milande (by Dehere) was bred by Arrowfield and John Leaver in partnership with Sydney broadcaster Alan Jones. As it happened, Jones led in Spring Champion Stakes G1 winner Hampton Court at Randwick less than an hour before the Thousand Guineas.  

Traveston Girl was purchased for $60,000 from Arrowfield’s 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale draft for Troy Schmidt, also a part-owner of talented colt Looks Like The Cat.

Gollan rates his Girl in the Guineas

Queensland trainer Tony Gollan’s long-range plan to make an impact on the 2014 Melbourne Spring Carnival is ready to bear fruit at Caulfield on Saturday when he saddles up a runner in each of the Group 1 Guineas races.

The colt Looks Like The Cat has already attracted plenty of attention with a pair of excellent Group race  seconds behind Guineas favourite Rich Enuff and is a top chance to be in the finish of the $1 million Caulfield Guineas G1.

By contrast, Traveston Girl, the stable’s runner in the Thousand Guineas G1, has been slightly forgotten in pre-race discussions, but Gollan rates her a good chance in an open field for the fillies’ Classic.

He says, “She’s really well and has trained on perfectly. She’s come on in her work and has had her best week in Melbourne. I think she’s closing the gap on the other fillies.

“I’ve always thought she’s a real miler, and she’ll enjoy the mile as long as she’s allowed to roll along at her tempo.”

Like Caulfield Guineas contenders Moonovermanhattan & Wandjina, Traveston Girl is an Arrowfield graduate, bred by the Stud in partnership with John Leaver & Alan Jones.

By retired champion sire Flying Spur, Traveston Girl was purchased for $60,000 from Arrowfield’s 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale draft for  Troy Schmidt, also a part-owner of Looks Like The Cat.

Traveston Girl won two of her three starts in Brisbane as a late 2YO, and has run fourth in both her Melbourne runs this campaign, most recently beaten only 1.3 lengths in the MRC Thousand Guineas Prelude G2 won by Afleet Spirit.

Troy Schmidt expressed early confidence in Traveston Girl’s prospects when he purchased her dam Milande, in foal to All American, for $46,000 from Arrowfield at the 2014 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

Milande (by Dehere) is an unraced sister to the outstanding Group 1 winner Defier, from the family of champion 3YO Triscay and Group 1-winning fillies la Baraka and Demerger.

Flying Spur’s wonderful record includes 11 Group 1 winners, among them Champion 2YO Filly and three-time Group 1 winner Forensics who, like Traveston Girl, is out of a mare by Dehere.

Black type weekend for Arrowfield graduates

Qatar Bloodstock’s filly Crafty became the 21st stakes-winning Arrowfield graduate this season when she stormed to victory in Saturday’s $120,000 VRC Taj Rossi Series Final LR.

The daughter of Manhattan Rain and Spirited Dancer (by Sadler’s Wells) is among the eight 2YO stakeswinners this season that were purchased from Arrowfield at last year’s Australian sales.  The others are Group 2 winners Majmu (Redoute’s Choice) & Time For War (Snitzel), Group 3 winners Bachman (All American), Moonovermanhattan (Manhattan Rain) & Oakleigh Girl (Snitzel) and Listed winners Gold Force (Flying Spur) & Moonlight Hussler (Hussonet).

Three members of Arrowfield’s notable 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier draft were also active over the weekend and all three embellished their records.

Honorine (Redoute’s Choice-Zaldivar) saluted for the second time this season when she took out the Clairwood Pinnacle Stakes in South Africa for trainer Mike de Kock and owner Mary Slack of Wilgerbosdrift Stud. Honorine achieved black type status when she won the Turffontein Camellia S. G2 in April.

At Kranji on Sunday evening, Stepitup (Hussonet-Ain’t Seen Nothin’) raced gallantly from gate 16 to finish second to Spalato in the 2000-metre $S1.15 million Singapore Derby Sgp-1. Stepitup was last year’s Champion 3YO in Singapore and has won five domestic Group races there, including the Singapore Guineas Sgp-1.

At Belmont in Perth, Frank & Josie Fiore’s gelding Smoko (Snitzel-London Lights) started favourite on the strength of his 5-from-5 record, despite not racing for eight months, and ran a terrific race for second, beaten a length by Pininci in the $100,000 WATC Beaufine S. LR over 1000 metres.

Back on Arrowfield’s home turf in Sydney, Rifleman (Hussonet-Opportunity) capped a satisfying weekend with his fourth win, over 1000 metres at Randwick. He was bred by the triumvirate of Arrowfield, Alan Jones & John Leaver but sold by Little Avondale Stud at the 2010 New Zealand Premier Sale where he was bought by Mark Pilkington for $220,000. The 5YO gelding is trained by Tony McEvoy for Arrowfield, Rupert & Cheryl Legh, Wayne Mitchell & David Hayes.

The dams of three of these performers remain part of the Arrowfield broodmare band. Spirited Dancer & Opportunity are both in foal to Animal Kingdom, and Ain’t Seen Nothin’ (also the dam of Bachman) is due to foal to All American.