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.

Hair Trigger fires at Wyong

First season sire Smart Missile added a new winner to his record when the Arrowfield-owned Hair Trigger scored comfortably over 1200 metres at Wyong on Thursday.

The 2YO gelding jumped well from gate 10, but Blake Shinn opted to ease him back then send him forward round the turn before asking him to quicken up. Hair Trigger took the lead and, without further urging, stretched out to win by almost a length from Uthred with Spending To Win a length away in third place. 

Watch Hair Trigger win at Wyong.

It was the 2YO gelding’s second start after he flashed home for a debut fifth at Kembla Grange in April wearing the colours of his breeder, and Smart Missile’s owner-breeder, Eduardo Cojuangco’s Gooree Park Stud.  Mr Cojuangco prefers to race fillies and colts, so Hair Trigger was sold to Arrowfield.

Smart Missile’s sixth winner, Hair Trigger is the first foal out of the winning Don Eduardo mare Touch of Greatness who is due to foal again this Spring to the brilliant son of Fastnet Rock.

Shinn tweeted after the race, “Hair Trigger showed great race sense for a young gelding and displayed brilliant acceleration to win today.”

Trainer James Cummings has a Saturday start at Canterbury on 23 July in mind for Hair Trigger and, all going well, will aim him at the early Spring 3YO stakes races.

Smart Missile’s popularity with breeders since his launch in 2012 has been matched by the enthusiasm of buyers who have paid an average of around six times his service fee for his first two crops of yearlings.

Beneteau's fifth debut 2YO winner

It’s just over two years since Beneteau died, and his first crop juveniles are busy building the best possible memorial: a growing list of winners that may yet earn him Australia’s Champion First Season Sires’ title.

He’s now had five winners, all of them on debut, most recently Lady Jivago who put up a strong performance to defeat the favourite Sanasana and Badraan over 1000 metres at Wyong on Thursday. Ironically, Sanasana was subsequently relegated behind Badraan to third, the position Beneteau filled behind her sire Star Witness in the 2010 Blue Diamond S. G1.

Lady Jivago was bred by Arrowfield & International Equities, the same partnership that bred Beneteau himself, and was bought by Luskin Park Stud from Arrowfield’s draft at the 2013 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale. She was subsequently purchased from the Inglis Classic Sale (Winter Book) by Dr Ule Crossan who now races her in a nine-member partnership, including Wyong trainer Jeff Englebrecht.

Jeff said of the filly before Thursday’s win, “She is a nice filly, not overly big but very powerful and she has some brains. She has done everything right from the day we sent her to the breakers. Her long term goal is the Inglis Challenge at Scone in May, that’s what Ule bought her for.”

Lady Jivago’s dam Hussterics (by Hussonet) won two country races in a four-start career and hails from the wodnerful Easy Date family, responsible for Group 1 winners Snippets, Forensics & Rewaaya, as well as leading young sire Not A Single Doubt.  Hussterics has a yearling filly by Beneteau, a weanling colt by Snitzel and is in foal to All American.

Beneteau’s other winners are Prompt Return, winner of the VRC Maribyrnong Plate G3 at his second start, Sydney winner Aegean Sea & Voilier, and Parcel, who won at Bendigo in December. Aditionally, It’s Vegas Baby has been placed twice, including a third in the BRC Phelan Ready S. LR.

Beneteau leads Hinchinbrook, War Chant, Reward for Effort and Starspangledbanner on the Australian First Season Sires’ table with $360,505. From his final crop he has two colts and a filly on offer in next week’s NZ Select Sale, and two colts & four fillies in the Inglis Classic Sale which starts on 8 February.  As it happens, both of Arrowfield’s Beneteau fillies at the Classic Sale are, like Lady Jivago, from Hussonet mares. 
Click here to view Arrowfield’s 14-strong draft for the Inglis Classic Sale.

The combination of Redoute’s Choice and his sons with Hussonet’s daughters has emerged as a cross to watch this season, thanks to outstanding South African filly Majmu & Group 3-winning colt Panzer Division, as well as Magic Millions Sprint winner Straturbo and Raise No Doubt (3 wins in Singapore).