Interstate stakes double for Arrowfield graduates

Saturday’s interstate Arrowfield graduate stakes double was good news for two of the Stud’s former stallions, as well a pair of Arrowfield mares now in foal to boom young sire Dundeel…

Saturday’s interstate Arrowfield graduate stakes double was good news for two of the Stud’s former stallions, as well a pair of Arrowfield mares now in foal to boom young sire Dundeel.

Wild Planet struck first in front of a Hunter Valley home crowd at the Scone Cup Carnival, taking the $300,000 Inglis 3YO Guineas 1400m RLR by the scruff of the neck and staving off the challenges of the favourite Military Zone and third-placed Total Power (by Dundeel).

Tommy Berry & co-trainer Michael Hawkes celebrate after Wild Planet’s Inglis Guineas win. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

It was Wild Planet’s second stakes victory after last Spring’s VRC Poseidon S. LR,  but earned him more than twice the prizemoney and adds further gloss to the record of his dam Salutations (by Redoute’s Choice), also the dam of stakes-placed 2YO winner Super Seth (by Dundeel), and a Dundeel filly sold at the this year’s Magic Millions Sale.  

Wild Planet’s sire Animal Kingdom no longer shuttles to Arrowfield but his record here has improved markedly this season, thanks to Australian Derby G1 winner Angel of Truth, Listed winner Mystery Miss, Group 1-placed Peaceful State, Group 2-placed Victory Kingdom, stakes-placed Earth Angel and a swag of city winners.  Animal Kingdom’s final Australian yearlings will be offered for sale in 2020.

“Wild Planet dug deep under pressure like he always does. He’s a fighter, he’s a winner and he is going the right way.’’
– Co-trainer Michael Hawkes

Wild Planet was Animal Kingdom’s top-priced colt of 2017, bought for $280,000 by Hawkes Racing & Andrew Williams Bloodstock from the Arrowfield Inglis Easter draft that has also produced Group 1 winners The Autumn Sun, Estijaab & Atyaab, and Listed winner Diplomatico.

Around three hours later at Caulfield, the Melbourne Racing Club presented  the 2YO 1200-metre race named for Arrowfield’s late, great Champion Sire,  but amended the name slightly to Vale Redoute’s Choice S. LR. 

Arrowfield-bred & -sold filly Missile Mantra then completed the tribute by unwinding a big run down the outside to win the race for her Triple Crown-managed syndicate of owners and  trainers Peter & Paul Snowden. 

Magic Millions yearling and now unbeaten 2YO stakeswinner Missile Mantra. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

By Smart Missile, who now stands at Twin Hills Stud, Missile Mantra was a $30,000 Magic Millions buy for Triple Crown. She is the second foal of the Starcraft mare Wecansay Mak, a sister to dual Group 1 winner We Can Say It Now.  

Missile Mantra is the third stakes-winning graduate of Arrowfield’s Class of 2018, after Group 1 winner Castelvecchio and last weekend’s Group 3 winner Stronger (also out of a Starcraft mare). 

A Champion-making, Everest-conquering, Sale-topping year

At the end of an exceptional year in Arrowfield Stud’s 33-year history, it’s not hard to identify 10 very special achievements on the track and in the ring…

Thank you to everyone whose work, investment and passion supported the Australian thoroughbred industry, including Arrowfield, in 2018. We wish you all a generous share of success, happiness & prosperity in 2019 and look forward to welcoming clients, visitors & guests to our Magic Millions Sale marquee from Friday 4 January.

At the end of a truly remarkable year in Arrowfield Stud’s 33-year history, it’s not hard to identify 10 very special moments from 2018, in chronological order:

SALE-TOPPING SUCCESS AT MAGIC MILLIONS
13 January 2018 – Gold Coast, Queensland
Arrowfield and Champion Sire Snitzel complete a leading vendor & stallion double in Book 1 of the record-breaking 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Arrowfield is the Leading Vendor by aggregate sales for the third consecutive year with $13,680,000 paid for 46 of 49 lots sold. Results include two 7-figure sales: the top-priced filly, by Snitzel out of Flidais ($1.8 million, named EVENING SLIPPERS & placed at Randwick at her first start in October) and the Redoute’s Choice-Cat By The Tale colt ($1 million).

Snitzel heads the Sires’ table by average for the first time at Magic Millions with 33 lots sold for an average price of $483,788.

THE SENSATIONAL SPEED FILLY
3 March 2018  – Randwick, Sydney

SHOALS (Fastnet Rock-The Broken Shore by Hussonet) gave us one of our best moments in the 2017 VRC Myer Classic G1 and she does even better in 2018 with two elite victories, notably the first Group 1 running of the ATC Surround Stakes. Sent out at double-figure odds by the punters, the brilliant filly, bred & raced by Arrowfield in partnership with Jonathan Munz, proves simply too swift and too classy for her rivals.

Two months later Shoals lands the SAJC Robert Sangster S. G1, with another top-flight Arrowfield graduate SECRET AGENDA (Not A Single Doubt-Negotiate) filling the quinella. Thirteen starts, 7 wins (6 in Group & Listed company), 4 placings and $2.4 million prizemoney – Shoals is right up there among the very best horses to race in Arrowfield’s ownership. Best of all, she remains in training for 2019.

GOLDEN SLIPPER GLORY 
24 March 2018 – Rosehill, Sydney
Northern Farm-bred, Arrowfield-sold filly ESTIJAAB (Snitzel-Response by Charge Forward) fills the one serious gap in Snitzel’s CV with a scintillating, all-the-way win in the ATC Golden Slipper G1 for owner Emirates Park & trainers Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes.

Estijaab is the 7th Arrowfield-bred and/or –sold Golden Slipper winner after DANZERO (1994), FLYING SPUR (1995), CATBIRD (1999), BELLE DU JOUR (2000), MISS FINLAND (2006) and FORENSICS (2007).

THE YOUNG GUNS FIRE UP
31 March 2018 – Rosehill, Sydney

Spendthrift Australia’s Hawkes-trained 2YO colt IRUKANDJI (ex Cerberus Gal by General Nediym) wins the ATC The Schweppervescence G3 to give his sire, 6-time Group 1 winner Dundeel that all-important first stakeswinner.

Dundeel has kept up the good work and at year’s end has 22 winners on the board, a second stakeswinner  in New Zealand Derby favourite CUTADEEL, and plenty of rapidly emerging talent in major stables including Lincoln Falls, Dealmaker, The Closer, The Inevitable, 2YO debut winner Yourdeel, Global Exchange, Miss Einstein & Nordicus.

Olympic Glory
has been just as busy building an excellent first-crop record in Europe where he’s posted 21 2YO winners, including his first stakeswinner WATCH ME (ex Watchful by Galileo) in France on 10 November.

TWO MIGHTY SPRINTING CONTESTS
7 April 2018 & 13 October 2018 – Randwick, Sydney
The rivalry of Snitzel’s super sprinting sons delivers two mighty contests, six months apart. The Vieira family-owned & Gerald Ryan-trained TRAPEZE ARTIST (ex Treppes by Domesday) is too strong on Good4 ground in April, racing away from Redzel in the ATC TJC Smith S. G1 and setting a new race record of 1:08.29.

Six months later, the powerhouse, front-running pace of Triple Crown-owned & Snowden-trained REDZEL (ex Millrich by Rubiton) prevails in The Everest on a Heavy9 track, with Trapeze Artist sticking on bravely in second. It’s an unforgettable $8.6 million quinella that once again gives Snitzel early-season control of the General Sires’ premiership.

The $1.8 million Snitzel-Flidais filly at Magic Millions, now racing as Evening Slippers.

Champion 3YO Filly Shoals wins the ATC Surround S. G1.

Arrowfield graduate ESTIJAAB wins the ATC Golden Slipper G1.

IRUKANDJI becomes Dundeel's first stakeswinner in The Schweppervescence G3.

TRAPEZE ARTIST defeats Redzel in a titanic ATC T.J. Smith S. G1.

The top-priced Australian yearling of 2018, Arrowfield's $2.3 million full brother to Shoals.

Season 2017/18 belonged to SNITZEL, crowned Champion Sire for the second consecutive year.

Arrowfield graduate SHOWTIME wins the MRC P.B. Lawrence S. G2 for Katsumi Yoshida.

MAID OF HEAVEN wins a terrific battle with Godolphin's Aramayo to claim the ATC Spring Champion S. G1.

Snitzel's exceptional son REDZEL is again supreme in The Everest at Randwick.

Australia's new star THE AUTUMN SUN races away with the MRC Caulfield Guineas G1.

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A RARE VENDOR ACHIEVEMENT AT INGLIS EASTER
11 April 2018 – Riverside Stables, Warwick Farm, Sydney
The move from Newmarket to Riverside Stables was a major commitment for Inglis, vendors and buyers and Arrowfield honours the privilege of occupying the beautiful new “Big Barn” by heading the inaugural Book 1 Easter Sale vendor list on aggregate for the fourth consecutive year with 31 lots sold for $18,265,000 – that’s 15.7% of total sales from 9.3% of the yearlings sold.

Arrowfield also heads the table by average with $589,194, becoming the first vendor to achieve that rare double for at least a decade.  The Stud’s eight million-dollar lots include the sale-topping full brother to Shoals, knocked down for $2.3 million to Anthony Freedman and now named GROUNDSWELL. In all, Arrowfield & its stallions are responsible for 13 of the Sale’s 22 $1 million+ yearlings. 

SHOWTIME TURNS IT ON AT CAULFIELD
18 August 2018 – Caulfield, Melbourne
Carrying the famous silks of the great Japanese owner-breeder Katsumi Yoshida and trained by Team Hawkes, SHOWTIME (Snitzel-Flidais by Timber Country) is capable of outstanding performances when races unfold to suit him as the MRC P.B. Lawrence S. G2 does. He lands close to the pace and, relishing the contest as the leaders round the turn, fights like a tiger to defeat multiple Group 1 winner (and previous Lawrence Stakes winner) Hartnell.

FIVE WINNERS AT RACEHORSE OF THE YEAR AWARDS
4 October 2018 – The Forum, Melbourne
Winx
’s well-deserved elevation to three-time Horse of the Year status, alongside Sunline & Black Caviar, was easy to predict at the 2018 Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards. Equally newsworthy is Arrowfield’s association with five of the 7 national awards that Winx didn’t win:
SNITZEL – Champion Sire of Australia for the second time with staggering all-time record prizemoney of $29.2 million and a record-equalling 26 individual stakeswinners.
ESTIJAAB – Champion 2YO
TRAPEZE ARTIST – Champion 3YO Colt
REDZEL – Champion Sprinter
SHOALS – Champion 3YO Filly

MAID DELIVERS SPRING CHAMPION MILESTONES 
6 October 2018 – Randwick, Sydney
At her 5th start and backing up a week after an unlucky 6th in the Flight S. G1, Inglis Classic graduate MAID OF HEAVEN (Smart Missile-St. Therese by Dehere) carries the Arrowfield silks to a thrilling last-stride victory in the ATC Spring Champion S. G1, becoming only the second filly to win the race in its 47-year history. It’s also a heart-warming maiden Group 1 victory for trainer Mark Newnham & jockey Rachel King.

A NEW STAR RISES
13 October, 2018 – Caulfield, Melbourne
Going into the MRC Caulfield Guineas G1, the class of THE AUTUMN SUN (Redoute’s Choice-Azmiyna by Galileo) was well-established by his superlative victories in the BRC JJ Atkins S. G1 as a 2YO, and then September’s ATC Golden Rose S. G1.

But there is much more at stake for Arrowfield this time, after buying back into the glorious colt the Stud had sold for $700,000 on behalf of its partnership with HH The Aga Khan to Hermitage Thoroughbreds, trainer Chris Waller & agent Guy Mulcaster at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale. And The Autumn Sun exceeds all expectations, winning the Guineas by 4.5 lengths in breath-taking style. The colt’s return for a major Autumn campaign is set to be an early highlight of 2019. 

Snitzel's stakes treble at Randwick

Before Saturday, Snitzel had notched up three same-day stakes trebles, all within the past 12 months, on 1 April, 19 August and 21 October 2017.

What was missing was a black type treble achieved on the same day and the same track. That gap in Snitzel’s dazzling CV is now filled after Arrowfield Inglis Easter graduate Estijaab, 3YO filly I Am Excited and scintillating 5YO sprinter Redzel won on Randwick Guineas day at Royal Randwick. 

2YO filly Estijaab started favourite in the $300,000 ATC Reisling S. 1200m G2 after her excellent Silver Slipper second to Sunlight a fortnight earlier. 

The Snitzel-Response filly was a star of Arrowfield’s 2017 Inglis Easter draft and on Saturday she put in a performance worthy of the $1.7 million that Emirates Park and Bryan Carlson paid for her, setting a new race record of 1:09.10 in the process.

Watch Estijaab win the ATC Reisling S. G2.

Dual Group 1 winner Response (by Charge Forward) found her best form at four and, although the Golden Slipper appears to be firmly on her agenda, her daughter looks capable of similar progression beyond her juvenile year.

Jockey Brenton Avdulla said, “She relaxed well and travelled comfortably. I would have been happy for something to come with me – she just wandered around a bit in the straight.

“She had a runner to her inside and her outside from the furlong on and that spurred her on again. I never felt like I was going to be run down, she was just waiting for them.”

Trained by the Hawkes team, Estijaab is a new success for the great Japanese breeder Katsumi Yoshida and his partnership with Arrowfield. Response has a yearling filly by Snitzel bought for $350,000 by Moody Racing at the Magic Millions Sale, a weanling full sister and is again in foal to the Champion Sire.  

3YO filly I Am Excited put herself on the watch-list with a strong win at her campaign debut on 24 February, and was a convincing winner of the $125,000 ATC Fireball S. 1100m LR.

Watch I Am Excited win the ATC Fireball S. LR.

Trained by David Pfieffer for her breeders, the Ferguson family of Bell River Thoroughbreds, I Am Excited is a half-sister to multiple stakeswinner Flippant, out of Lady Beckworth (by General Nediym).

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy said, “She’s a nice filly. She’s a bit more seasoned this time in and sprinting is her go. David has handled her well and she there is more to come. She’s got a great turn of foot, she’s a big strong girl.”

I Am Excited is nominated for the $600,000 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint G2 on 14 April, the second day of The Championships.

A fast Randwick track certainly helped, but the major ingredient in the new track and race record of 55:73 set for the $500,000 ATC Challenge S. 1000m G2 was the powerhouse pace of the season’s dominant sprinter Redzel.

Watch Redzel win the ATC Challenge S. G2 in track record time.

It was the 7th Group victory for the 5YO son of Snitzel and Millrich (by Rubiton) who has now earned $8.2 million – more than any other Australian sprinter – for his Triple Crown-managed owners and trainers Peter & Paul Snowden. Redzel’s next target is the $2.5 million T.J. Smith S. G1 on 7 April.

Paul Snowden said of Redzel, “I’d love to have about 10 of him. Actually, I won’t be greedy, five would do. He’s so quiet, so relaxed, so tough, so fast, he handles it wet, he handles it dry. He ticks every box.

“He’s now the finished product and it’s been great to be a part of him evolving into the perfect racehorse. When you talk bombproof horses, Sepoy’s the only horse I think I could compare with him.”

Snitzel ended the day with Australian season totals of $18.7 million prizemoney – already a new record – and 23 individual stakeswinners, only four away from an all-time record.

Snitzel’s 64 yearlings catalogued for Inglis Easter include two colts and 8 fillies offered by Arrowfield

Smart Missile 2YO pleases Triple Crown

Chris & Michael Ward’s Triple Crown Syndications have a knack for spotting stallion talent early.

They did it with Snitzel, buying Hot Snitzel in 2010, Flying Snitzel a year later & Redzel in 2014. The rewards for their owners have been spectacular: almost $9.5 million prizemoney and 22 wins, 13 of them at Group level, including three Group 1 victories and, with Redzel still racing, surely more to come.

They have taken a similar approach to Smart Missile, backing up their first-crop purchase of 2YO stakes-placed city winner Jericho with city winner Smartedge and stakes-placed winner Island Missile, all still in training with Peter & Paul Snowden. 

In 2017, they bought a $40,000 Inglis Classic filly from Davali Thoroughbreds that may turn out to be their best Smart Missile buy. Named Ballistica, she has made a big impression with two trial wins, at Warwick Farm on 22 January and today at Gosford, where she defeated another Smart Missile filly, Elenara. Both fillies are trained by Bjorn Baker.

Watch Ballistica’s trial win at Gosford.

Soon after the trial quinella, Baker tweeted enthusiastically about the Smart Missile-Whatevs filly he and Hughes Bloodstock purchased for $NZ80,000 from the Koru Thoroughbreds draft at Karaka. The top-priced Smart Missile yearling at the Sale, a colt out of Petrushka, was sold by the same vendor for $NZ170,000 to Tartan Meadow Bloodstock & Edmond Wong.

Smart Missile, who leads the current Third Season Sires’ list, has a strong line-up of 35 yearlings in the Inglis Classic Sale including five colts & a filly in Arrowfield’s draft.

And if you’re interested in the next Arrowfield stallion Triple Crown has ear-marked for success….Chris & Michael bought Arrowfield’s Olympic Glory-Hussterics filly for $85,000 at the Magic Millions Sale.   

Olympic Glory yearlings in demand at Magic Millions

Olympic Glory more than held his own in a strong field of first-crop sires at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale which opened the 2018 selling season.

Al Shaqab’s four-time Group 1 winner was represented by 12 lots in Book 1 and they all sold, averaging $181,667, around 10 times his 2015 fee. A further five yearlings sold up to $90,000 from Book 2.

Top price of $600,000 was paid by Katsumi Yoshida for the colt out of Downtown Manhattan, a full sister to South African Group 1 winner Whisky Baron, from the family of European Group winners Tashtiya, Tashelka and Tasaday. The colt’s grand-dam Tazkara was among the first mares sent to Australia for the joint breeding venture undertaken by HH The Aga Khan and Arrowfield. 

Another six colts made six-figure prices, notably Kenmore Lodge’s $260,000 son of Flighty (by Zabeel), knocked down to Spicer Thoroughbreds and champion trainer Darren Weir. Other buyers of those colts were trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott with Blue Sky, Gerald Ryan & David Payne, Guy Mulcaster & Dynamic Syndications.

The top-priced filly was Arrowfield’s daughter of Lanai (by Gone West), bought for $160,000 by trainer Paul Perry. He also signed for the colts out of Catalina Winemixer & Malukar and is enthusiastic about Olympic Glory’s prospects.

“His yearlings are outstanding types, a lot like Olympic Glory himself, with a great shoulder and good bone. I think he’s a standout among the first season sires.”

Paul sees much of Choisir, his former stable star and Olympic Glory’s sire, in these yearlings, especially in the Downtown Manhattan colt on which he was the under-bidder.   

Other buyers of Olympic Glory fillies included syndicators Triple Crown and Dalziel Racing with Peter Moody. 

Olympic Glory has 22 yearlings on offer by a dozen vendors at next month’s Inglis Classic Sale, among them 5 colts and three fillies in Arrowfield’s consignment

Redzel ready to climb Everest

Triple Crown’s rising superstar Redzel gave a clear signal of his readiness for The Everest with a record-setting victory in Saturday’s $200,000 ATC The Shorts 1100m G2.

Four days after the announcement that Redzel will take up James Harron’s Everest slot, The Shorts unfolded in straightforward fashion. Ball Of Muscle took the lead and Redzel sat comfortably outside him before producing a sub 33-second last 600 metres to score by 1.3 lengths from Ball Of Muscle and Nieta in 1:01.83. That bettered Famous Seamus’ five-year-old record by 0.13 second.

Watch Redzel win the ATC The Shorts G2.

Bred by Lee Fleming, Redzel (ex Millrich by Rubiton) was bought for $120,000 by Triple Crown from Marquee Stud’s draft at the 2014 Magic Millions Sale. Like many of Australia’s best sprinters, the son of Snitzel has developed steadily from promising juvenile to top-flight performer as a four- and five-year-old.

He began his career with Group-placed city success at two, and achieved stakes-winning status at three. Four black type successes last season, including the Doomben 10,000 G1, marked his arrival in elite company, but he has found found a whole new level of excellence this Spring. 

The Shorts featured four of the six horses already confirmed for Everest slots and there was plenty to like about the efforts of English (4th), Fell Swoop (6th) and Chautauqua (7th), but with four weeks to go, Redzel is the horse any jockey would love to be on. 

Champion jockey Hugh Bowman did the honours this time and plainly put himself up for piloting duty on 14 October. “I would love to be on him in The Everest if Kerrin is not available.” Kerrin McEvoy rode Redzel to victory in the NSW Tatt’s RC Concorde S. G2 on 2 September, but was committed to Hartnell, second in Saturday’s VRC Makybe Diva S. G1.

Redzel has now put together a sequence of four straight Group wins since April’s Hall Mark S. G3, and completed a run of three Group-winning Saturdays for Snitzel. With eight winners of 10 Group & Listed Races inside the new season’s first 50 days, Snitzel is taking no prisoners in his quest for back-to-back Sires’ Premierships. 

7 stakeswinners in 33 days for Snitzel

Snitzel has raced to seven stakeswinners in the first 33 days of the season about as fast as his son Redzel sped to victory in Saturday’s $150,000 ATC Concorde S. 1000m G3.

Redzel took early control of the race, set a strong pace through the middle stages, then opened up in the final 300 metres to score by 2 lengths from Spieth in 56.23.

Watch Redzel win the ATC Concorde S. G3.

Co-trainer Paul Snowden said, “This horse has come back in fine fettle. I have been quoted as saying early in the prep that this is his best preparation yet, the way he can idle when he gets to a cruising speed. We have all seen how he can sustain that over six furlongs.

“It has been all about an Everest preparation, today just started that. We will space his runs to get a result as we have done in the last two preparations. It is four weeks to the Moir and no doubt he is going to be mighty hard to beat there and hopefully we pick up a (Everest) slot very soon.”

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy, who rode five winners on the card, said, “It is funny, when I looked at his form, you think he has been around for ages, but he’s actually only five years old. He is a lovely horse and great to be on him today.”

Redzel was a $120,000 purchase for Chris & Michael Ward’s Triple Crown Syndications from the Marquee Stud draft at the 2014 Magic Millions sale. Bred by Lee Fleming, he is the last foal of the Rubiton mare Millrich, herself winner of the STC Sweet Embrace S. G3 and also dam of Group winner Danerich.

Six of Redzel’s eight wins have been in black type company, including last season’s Doomben 10,000 G1 and his career prizemoney approaches $1.3 million. 

Redzel’s success came a day after Snitzel’s 4YO daughter Lubiton proved too strong for her stablemate Imposing Lass & Hetty Heights in the $125,000 Wyong RC Mona Lisa S. 1350m LR. 

Watch Lubiton win the Wyong RC Mona Lisa S. LR.

Lubiton was bred by Bell View Park Stud & Foote Street Investments from the Zabeel mare Rosa Stellata, and offered by Newgate Farm at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale, where she was bought for $250,000 by Sam Kavanagh.

Now the winner of four races and almost $230,000, she is trained by Bjorn Baker for Steve and Louise Gillard, who also raced Snitzel’s Group 3-winning daughter Oakleigh Girl.

Lubiton is Snitzel’s 68th lifetime stakeswinner and, with Redzel, has joined 3YOs Menari, Dracarys, Jukebox, 4YO Arbeitsam and 5YO Sweet Redemption to give the champion sire an exceptionally fast start to the 2017/18 season. 

Just over a month into the new season, Snitzel once again heads the General Sires’ table by winners, wins, stakeswinners and earnings of just over $1.5 million.

Redzel wins Hall Mark Stakes

Chris & Michael Ward of Triple Crown Syndications were among the early fans of Snitzel’s progeny and their Arrowfield purchases Hot Snitzel (in 2010) and Flying Snitzel (in 2011) for a total of $85,000 proved very shrewd indeed.

Around $2 million prizemoney and sale proceeds, a Group 1 victory and multiple Group 2 successes later, the brothers could be well-satisified with their work, but their connection with Snitzel wasn’t finished, despite the increasing demand for yearlings by the sensational son of Redoute’s Choice.

Among their 2014 purchases were Group winners Charlie Boy, Dothraki, Gold Symphony and the $120,000 Snitzel-Millrich colt from Marquee Stud at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Named Redzel, the now 4YO gelding has put his large group of Triple Crown owners in the stakeswinner’s circle four times in little more than 12 months, most recently after last Saturday’s $150,000 ATC Hall Mark S. 1200m G3 – also won by Hot Snitzel in 2014.

Redzel was narrowly beaten by top-class sprinters English in the Challenge S. G2, and Russian Revolution (also by Snitzel) in The Galaxy G1 at his previous two starts, and bounced out of the gates this time to lead in his trademark take-no-prisoners style. Counterattack and Hellbent stayed in close attendance throughout, but Redzel had the edge coming round the turn and quickly put paid to their challenges with a final burst of speed which took him clear.  Counterattack boxed on gamely for second, with Hellbent holding third.

Watch Redzel win the ATC Hall Mark S. G3.

Redzel has paid a dividend in eleven of his 16 starts and returned more than six times his purchase price, making him the kind of utterly genuine, admirable and classy performer every owner would love to race.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden said, “He’s really toughened up now for recent racing, just taking him quietly and giving him plenty of time between runs really suits him. He did a good job today in very testing conditions.

“He’s about 60-70kg heavier than he used to be as a three-year-old, he’s really developed now. Because he races so hard he’s so taxing on himself, I give him plenty of time to get over it and it works really well.”

A Brisbane campaign and possibly an even bigger target now beckon for Redzel as Triple Crown’s Chris Ward notes.

“He deserved to be favourite for the Hall Mark, especially after his two runs this time in. The only query was the extra distance, but he handled it well.

“Redzel has shown he can compete with the best sprinters around and has plenty of options going forward,” Ward adds. “There is a possibility he could head to Brisbane for a race like the Doomben 10,000 and we might even consider The Everest in October.”

Redzel is one of Snitzel’s 24 worldwide stakeswinners so far in 2016/17 and it would be no surprise to see him join 2YOs Invader & Summer Passage, and 3YOs Heavenly Blue and Russian Revolution to make a quintet of Group 1 winners for the season.

Snitzel equals 40-year-old record

On 28 July 1976, Lindsay Park’s great sire Without Fear set an Australian and world record of 30 2YO winners in a season when the filly Point Blank scored at Gawler in South Australia.

The world record endured until 1998 when End Sweep, who subsequently stood at Arrowfield, posted 33 individual winners from his first US-bred crop.

The Australian record has been much harder to crack but, almost exactly 40 years later, Snitzel has equalled it.

The critical victory was finally achieved on Saturday 23 July by the filly Bukzel, who scored on debut at Newcastle for trainers Peter & Paul Snowden and apprentice jockey Nick Heywood.

It’s fitting that Bukzel delivered the milestone win because her breeder and owners spotted Snitzel early in his career, before seven Group 1 winners and nine million-dollar yearlings made him Australia’s hottest young sire. 

Bukzel is out of the unraced Jeune mare Bukhoor from the celebrated Easy Date family and was bred by Stuart Ramsey’s Turangga Farm which has used Snitzel regularly since his second season at stud. Sent to the 2015 Magic Millions Sale, Bukzel was bought for $135,000 by Chris & Michael Ward of Triple Crown Syndications.

Said Chris after Bukzel’s win, “We’re thrilled to provide Snitzel’s milestone two-year-old winner today with Bukzel. She’s a promising filly we have plenty of time for.

“She was sent to the races today to get race experience before going to the paddock and we thought she would be tough to beat. This will stand her in good stead for next prep when she returns late in the Spring. There is plenty of upside with her.”

Chris added, “Snitzel has been so good to us. He’s a stallion we identified early and he’s repaid us many times over. Not only does he produce fast and precocious horses, but tough horses too.

“Hot Snitzel typified everything that he’s about: winning as a pre-Christmas two-year-old before winning stakes races every season right through to his Group 1 win as a six-year-old. They don’t come much better.”

Triple Crown bought Hot Snitzel for $60,000 from Arrowfield’s draft at the 2010 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. The ebullient chestnut colt matured into the classy, professional sprinter who ended his career with the 2015 BTC Cup G1 and earnings of $1.3 million.

Chris & Michael returned to Arrowfield’s draft at the 2011 Melbourne Sale to pick up Flying Snitzel for just $25,000. Three years, two Group wins and $340,000 prizemoney later, she was sold to Widden Stud as a broodmare for $410,000.

Triple Crown syndicates have enjoyed success with other Snitzel progeny, including El Sasso (six wins, most recently at Rosehill on 2 July) and Listed winner Redzel who also won on Saturday, over 1100 metres at Canterbury.

Snitzel’s 30 winners of forty races from his 2013 crop include his 17th & 18th juvenile stakeswinners, El Divino and Modern Wonder, and another 13 city winners. Queensland filly Spot The Diff gets the award for Most Wins with five, ahead of six two-time winners: El Divino, Russian Revolution & Thronum (Sydney), The Seductress (Melbourne), High Conviction (Perth) and the South African-owned colt Simply Blue (Turffontein).

With eight days left of the 2015/16 season, Snitzel has time to claim exclusive ownership of the 2YO winners record.  Three first starters at Hawkesbury on Sunday are his next chances of getting winner No. 31: America & Samantha (both trained by Gerald Ryan) and another Snowden runner, Calanda.

The making of juvenile sire history is only part of Snitzel’s story this season. He’s about to complete his fifth consecutive top 10 finish on the Australian General Sires’ premiership, and his lifetime record of stakeswinners has increased to thirty-eight. New stars for him this season include Hong Kong Champion Miler Sun Jewellery, Group-winning 3YOs Spill The Beans (now at stud) & Perignon and his 17th & 18th juvenile stakeswinners El Divino and Modern Wonder.

The good news continued in the sale-ring too. A trio of Snitzel colts topped each of the three major Australian yearling sales (Magic Millions Gold Coast, Inglis Easter & Inglis Melbourne), and his Easter 1 average was $438,000.

In all, five colts by Snitzel made $1 million or more this year, among them Australia’s top-priced yearling of 2016, the brother to El Divino & half-brother to Winx offered by Segenhoe Stud for breeder Fairway Thoroughbreds. He was knocked down for $2.3 million to Gai Waterhouse & Julian Blaxland at Inglis Easter.

Racetrack results and sale-ring demand have firmly established Snitzel’s quality as a sire, and he has the numbers to maintain the momentum. Breeders have sent him an average of 225 mares for each of the past four seasons, and he is once again fully booked in 2016.

Smart Missile's month of metro winners

First season sire Smart Missile is on a mission in May and it’s all about winning – so far he’s added three new city-class winners to his CV in a fortnight.

The latest landed at Randwick on Wednesday when Bob & Fiona Guth’s home-bred colt Cadogan sprinted brilliantly in the straight to down the favourite Flow by 1.8 lengths over 1400 metres.

Watch 2YO colt Cadogan win at Randwick.

The good-looking colt first attracted attention with a trial win last October. He was fifth on debut in April and then third to another Smart Missile colt, Jericho, at Warwick Farm on 4 May.

Between Jericho and Cadogan, first-starter Blazing Steel contributed a smart debut win to Smart Missile’s May mission when he defeated older rivals at Scone’s Cup meeting last Friday. Bearing the same name as a very good 1990s sprinter, and prepared by Kris Lees for Ron & Judy Wanless, Blazing Steel is out of Beebop (by Success Express), a half-sister to Sydney stakeswinner More Than Great.

Watch 2YO gelding Blazing Steel win on debut at Scone.

Cadogan and Jericho may meet again in Queensland where the Sires’ Produce S. G2 on 28 May and the J.J. Atkins G1 on 11 June are live targets for both colts.

Trainer Bjorn Baker said after Cadogan’s win, “Winning Rupert and this fellow are the two clear leaders of my two-year-olds.

“It’s nice to see him [Cadogan] put his hand up. Winning Rupert is off for a spell and this one will go up to Queensland for the Sires’ Produce on Saturday week.

“The way he handled the 1400 metres today shows he should be suited in the Sires’.”

Cadogan is the result of an exercise that began for the Guths when bloodstock agent Vin Cox bought the Malibu Moon filly Cadazzle for $US115,000 at the 2010 Keeneland November Sale. Imported to Australia the following year, she was trained by Grahame Begg to win at Wyong, but was retired to her new home at Newhaven Park in August 2012 and served the following month by Smart Missile.

Bob & Fiona decided to race Cadogan themselves after his sale as a yearling fell through, but have continued to give Cadazzle good opportunities, resulting in a 2013 Pierro colt and 2014 Smart Missile filly. The mare is currently in foal to Snitzel.

Smart Missile has now had five winners, including Listed winner Sassy ‘N’ Smart, and the stakes performers Smart Amelia (Sydney), Smart Manoeuvre (Adelaide) & Fromparis With Love (Melbourne).