The Sun shines where Greatness is found

In the past 12 months, three exceptional Arrowfield graduates of the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale have made the Stud’s 2019 invitation to discover greatness simply irresistible….

In the past 12 months, three exceptional Arrowfield graduates of the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale have made the Stud’s 2019 invitation to discover greatness simply irresistible.

Sensational colt The Autumn Sun, bought for $700,000, emulated his sire Redoute’s Choice and champion Pierro by winning three Group 1 races in his first six starts. He then stepped past those two great colts to add two more: an out-of-this-world Randwick Guineas victory, followed by the Rosehill Guineas on 23 March.

The 2018 Golden Slipper G1 was won by the $1.7 million filly Estijaab (by Snitzel), who played catch-me-if-you-can with a quality field to win one of the world’s most coveted juvenile trophies, and claim Champion 2YO honours. 

Australia Day this year brought victory in South Africa by Dundeel’s Arrowfield-bred son Atyaab. Bought for $260,000, he won the Kenilworth Cape Derby G1 at his 7th start for Sheikh Hamdan.

Inglis Easter results show that the Messara family’s Hunter Valley farm has sent 9 Group 1 winners to the Sale over the past five years.

That’s a third of all the Group 1 winners offered at the 2014-18 Easter Sales.

Add the other eight Group & Listed winners Arrowfield has sold at Inglis Easter in that period, and the farm’s strike rate is almost twice the figure achieved across the entire Sale.

The Stud’s 52-lot 2019 Inglis Easter draft is anchored by the late, great, fair dinkum legend Redoute’s Choice, his sons the record-breaking Champion Sire Snitzel and super-versatile top 10 sire Not A Single Doubt, and major-sire-in-the-making Dundeel. That’s top-drawer stallion power in anyone’s language. 

John & Paul Messara and their bloodstock team pay just as much attention to the other side of the breeding equation. That’s why the dams of Arrowfield’s Easter yearlings include six Group 1 winners and 11 other Group & Listed winners.  

Buyers will also find siblings to The Autumn Sun, Dundeel, Hong Kong star Contentment, Japanese Group 1 winner Aerolithe and a dozen other stakeswinners.

And, quite likely, their own slice of greatness.

Arrowfield welcomes buyers, clients & guests to the Big Barn, Barn B and our Pavilion, where delicious breakfast & lunch, cold drinks & award-winning Art of Espresso coffee  are served from Tuesday 2 April. 

Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer casts his eye over Arrowfield’s 2019 Inglis Easter draft to highlight eight yearlings:

LOT 38 Deep Impact-Grito colt

LOT 100 Snitzel-Lucky Raquie filly

LOT 102 Dundeel-Lunaspur colt

LOT 169 Not A Single Doubt-Panorama Ridge colt

LOT 315 Redoute's Choice-Traceability colt

LOT 320 Dundeel-Tuusula filly

LOT 338 Snitzel-You're So Good filly

LOT 369 Not A Single Doubt-Azmiyna colt

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Lot 38 – Deep Impact-Grito colt
Dam is a Redoute’s Choice half-sister to Champion Sprinter Yell, family of Holler & Anthems.
“A handsome colt with scope, he has the shoulder of a really top horse and a terrific walk.”  

Lot 100 – Snitzel-Lucky Raquie filly
Stakes-winning dam is from the family of Redoute’s Choice and Shoals.
“A medium-sized, quality filly, with a very attractive head, a great walk and real presence.” 

Lot 102 – Dundeel-Lunaspur colt
Half-brother to GW & producer Colorado Claire from the family of Group 1 winners Soqrat & Lucky Bubbles.
“Big, powerful colt with plenty of bone, scope and excellent natural muscle. All over a Guineas/ Derby colt.”

Lot 169 – Not A Single Doubt – Panorama Ridge colt
Half-brother to SW Sassy ‘N’ Smart & grandson of French Group 1 winner Nebraska Tornado.
“He’s stunning, neatly made, very powerful and early-looking. A real Breeders’ Plate type.”

Lot 315 – Redoute’s Choice-Traceability colt
Three-quarter brother to G1 winner Master Of Design & SW Traces from the Princess Tracy family.
“A beautifully balanced, medium-sized quality colt. Very good mover with a lovely front and a big hindquarter.”

Lot 320 – Dundeel-Tuusula filly
From a daughter of Champion & G1 producer Miss Finland.
“Classy, imposing filly with a magnificent walk who really uses herself beautifully, a definite Oaks filly.”

Lot 338 – Snitzel-You’re So Good filly
Dam is a G1-placed stakeswinner, family of G1 Melito and dual Group winner Pariah.
“Glorious, big strong filly. Similar type to Estijaab, great presence and an impressive powerful walk”

Lot 369 – Not A Single Doubt-Azmiyna colt
Three-quarter brother to The Autumn Sun from the family of European Champion Azamour.
“Medium-sized colt with an appealing head and eye, a good shoulder and an easy walk.”

Olympic Glory gets off the mark

Four-time Group 1 winner Olympic Glory is off the mark in Europe with his first crop of 2YOs. 

Doing the honours are Blury, successful in Italy last month, and the filly Mintd, who scored by 3 lengths at Listowel in Ireland on Sunday. 

Mintd gave an indication of her ability when second on 7 May to the Ballydoyle filly Fairyland, who subsequently won a Listed Race at The Curragh.  This time Mint’d’s trainer Willie McCreery said, “We had the draw and had to use it and she quickened up nicely.

“She is a nice filly and was second to probably the best filly (Fairyland) in Ireland the last day and it’s good that she has gone and won and franked that form.

“We’ll start looking at black-type now…she is a lovely filly and has grown again.”

Mintd is out of the Raven’s Pass mare Lisanor, from the immediate family of stakes-winning fillies Maid of Camelot and Apple Charlotte. Blury’s dam Marablu is a 2YO winner by Invincible Spirit, and a sister to Listed winner Moonlife. 

Olympic Glory’s first Australian yearlings attracted plenty of lively bidding at the major 2018 sales. Twenty-three of his 24 Magic Millions & Inglis Easter yearlings sold for an average price of $147,304, more than 8 times his fee, with top prices of $600,000 paid for the Downtown Manhattan colt, and $400,000 for the Lets Make Adeal filly. 

Buyers included Paul Perry, who added 9 Olympic Glory yearlings to his stable, Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, Gerald Ryan & David Payne, Craig Rounsefell, Paul Moroney, Julian Blaxland, George Moore & Carmel Size,   Darby Racing, Triple Crown Syndications, Proven Thoroughbreds & Spicer Thoroughbreds.

Olympic Glory’s four Group 1 victories were achieved over 1400 metres and a mile, at two, three and four, and he ended his career with a Timeform figure of 130.

Maximising buyers' chances of success

Being a leading buyer at a yearling sale takes plenty of hard work as well as money and, naturally enough, sale companies and vendors are generous with their congratulations!

But as every experienced buyer knows, securing the yearlings of your choice is only the start of the job and the real accolades are handed out at the track after Group and Listed Races.

By that much tougher measure China Horse Club, James Harron, Gai Waterhouse, Darby Racing & Scone Bloodstock are among the most successful buyers from recent Magic Millions Gold Coast Sales – and all have bought Group winners from Arrowfield.

China Horse Club was the leading buyer by total spend at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale and the best of their 21 purchases came from the Arrowfield barn. That’s the Michael Pitt-bred Champion 2YO Colt Invader, bought for $475,000 and now worth many times that amount after leading home the Snitzel trifecta in the $1 million ATC Sires’ Produce S. G1. 

James Harron’s eight lots from the same Sale were headed then, and are headed now by the $1 million Arrowfield graduate Dracarys, winner of the ATC Up and Coming S. G3 in August. Both Dracarys and Invader are trained by Peter & Paul Snowden, also in charge of recent Listed winner Pretty Fast, a $650,000 Magic Millions purchase from Arrowfield by Tim Stakemire for Sheikh Khalifa bin Mohammed al Maktoum.

The third Group-winning colt from Arrowfield’s Magic Millions Class of 2016 is Showtime, successful in September’s MVRC Bill Stutt S. G2. He races for Team Hawkes and a group of owners including his breeders Arrowfield and Katsumi Yoshida who retained a share in the handsome son of Snitzel and Flidais. Agent Dean Hawthorne signed for him at $1.1 million.

A year earlier, at the 2015 Magic Millions auction, Gai Waterhouse and Darby Racing secured two fillies and it didn’t take long for their Arrowfield buy, Scarlet Rain to justify her $100,000 price-tag. Almost exactly a year later, she won on debut at Rosehill, again three weeks later and at her third start landed the ATC Sweet Embrace S. G2. 

Her owners’ original investment was handsomely rewarded with $340,000 prizemoney and Scarlet Rain’s subsequent sale price of $950,000, paid by James Harron at the 2017 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. 

Scone Bloodstock’s John Hutchinson purchased four yearlings at Magic Millions in 2015, including Listed winner Guard of Honour, but his best result was the gorgeous $720,000 Redoute’s Choice filly he and trainer Rick Worthington found in Arrowfield’s consignment. 

Named Honesty Prevails, she won just one race in her short career for owner Trevor Gluck, but she made it count, because it was the ATC Widden S. G3 at her 2YO debut in January 2016. Now a member of the Arrowfield broodmare band, Honesty Prevails is safely in foal to Japan’s multiple Champion Sire Deep Impact. 

All told, Arrowfield has sold 22 stakeswinners from  203 lots offered at the 2011-16 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sales. So what talent awaits discovery by Magic Millions buyers in Arrowfield’s Class of 2018?

Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer picks out a few lots from the 63-strong consignment that are likely to attract buyers’ early attention:

Lot 24 – Olympic Glory-Lanai filly
“A gorgeous, eye-catching type from a sister to G1 winner Marsh Side. She has balance, strength and scope, and will be the first Olympic Glory yearling offered in Australia.”

Lot 126 – Smart Missile-Negotiate colt  
“Half-brother to Magic Millions graduate & Group 1 winner Secret Agenda, from a tremendous producer who always leaves an athletic type, and this boy is no exception.”

Lot 294 – Not A Single Doubt-She Loves You colt
“A typical, racy Not A Single Doubt type bred on the Gunnison cross, and with a similar physical. He’s the mare’s second foal and a grandson of Group 2 winner She Will Be Loved from a prolific stakes-producing family.” 

Lot 479 – Lord Kanaloa-Adempiano filly     
“A quality sprinting daughter of Japan’s leading first season sire, she’s had size and substance from the start and looks fast and early.”

Lot 573 – Animal Kingdom-Butters colt
“Strongly made, attractive, athletic half-brother to Group 1 winner Foxplay and descended from champion US 2YO filly Eliza.”

Lot 668 – Dundeel-Opportunity colt
“He’s an excellent, fluent mover, typical of what Dundeel leaves, his dam was a very smart 2YO and has produced two stakes performers.”

Lot 731 – Redoute’s Choice-Flavoured filly     
“A lovely, big, strong full sister to Group 3-winning juvenile Honesty Prevails. And the Redoute’s Choice/Hussonet cross is magic: five Group winners from 10 runners.”

Lot 733 – Snitzel-Flidais filly
“The Snitzel-Flidais mating has already produced Showtime and Group 1 winner Sweet Idea, and this is a star filly who reminds us very much of her big sister.” 

Arrowfield graduates top Hong Kong Sale

The only two Arrowfield graduates in Friday evening’s Hong Kong International Sale have topped the results of the auction, which grossed $HK100.5 million, 5.9% up on last year’s figure, for 24 lots. 

The top price of $HK8.5 million ($1,455,479) was paid by businessman Liu Yu Wen for the athletic 3YO Starcraft gelding out of Top Cuban, bred by Paul Favretto & Paul Rowe and sold by Arrowfield for $360,000 at the 2014 Inglis Easter Sale. 

This is the all-time highest price for any progeny of Starcraft, and the second-highest price ever achieved at the Hong Kong Sale.

A full brother to Group 3 winner Havana, the gelding’s appeal has been enhanced by the recent outstanding performances of another Arrowfield-sold son of Starcraft. That’s Blizzard, unplaced in Sunday evening’s Hong Kong Derby HK-1,  but otherwise a top-three finisher in 11 of his 15 starts for earnings of $HK7.7 million.

Top Cuban has an impressive Redoute’s Choice colt catalogued as Lot 113 in Arrowfield’s draft for this year’s Inglis Easter Sale.

Ho Ka Kui Boniface paid the Sale’s second-highest price of $HK7 million ($1,198,630) for the 2YO colt by Manhattan Rain from La Bamba.

A half-brother to Hong Kong star Inspiration & Australian Guineas G1 winner Wandjina, he was a $700,000 purchase from Arrowfield’s offering at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale.  La Bamba’s yearling filly by Snitzel has been retained by the Stud.

Arrowfield will offer another superbly bred Manhattan Rain colt as Lot 233 at next month’s Easter Sale. He’s out of  Charming Estelle, full sister to Australian Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee.

Arrowfield heads Inglis Easter Sale vendor list

Arrowfield has topped the vendor list at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale for the first time since 2006.

Always among the leading three Easter Sale vendors by aggregate during the past decade, Arrowfield returned to the head of the list with 28 lots sold for a total of $10,695,000.

All but two of those horses were sold in Session 1 where Arrowfield achieved an average price of $402,500 and a top price of $1.8 million paid by David Raphael & Gerald Ryan for the magnificent Snitzel colt from champion filly Alinghi.

The Stud’s top-priced filly was Weekend Beauty’s daughter by Redoute’s Choice, knocked down to Takaya Shimakawa’s Japan Health Summit for $1.1 million. A half-sister to Australian Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler, she is the last of only three fillies left by Weekend Beauty who died last November after foaling a colt by Animal Kingdom. An earlier daughter, Talaq Dancer, is the dam of this season’s Group 1 winner Lucky Hussler.

The Weekend Beauty filly is the 65th yearling by Redoute’s Choice to sell for $1 million or more. It’s an accomplished collection of horses, so far including Group 1 winners Samantha Miss and Master of Design, and 11 other Group & Listed winners, among them this season’s leading first season sire Beneteau.

Mr Shimakawa also bought the More Than Ready filly from Group 1 winner Alverta for $500,000.

Celebrated Japanese breeder and owner Katsumi Yoshida signed for the $500,000 More Than Ready colt from champion filly Miss Finland, and the $200,000 Snitzel-Flidais filly, a full sister to Group 1 winner Sweet Idea.  

The Hong Kong Jockey Club set a new record price of $700,000 for a Manhattan Rain yearling by purchasing Arrowfield’s colt from the marvellous broodmare La Bamba, dam of Group 1 winners Inspiration and Wandjina.

Angus Gold, buying for Shadwell Australia, returned to the Arrowfield barn where he has previously bought Group 1 winners Reaan and Majmu, and secured the Redoute’s Choice filly from South African champion National Colour.

Like Majmu and the Snitzel-Simply Carina colt, bought by Jehan Malherbe’s Form Bloodstock for $200,000, she is destined for the South African stable of champion trainer Mike de Kock.

Leading Australian agent John Foote, who bought current Hong Kong talent Contentment from Arrowfield three years ago, left Sydney with two Session 1 Arrowfield yearlings, the Redoute’s Choice-New Light colt ($575,000) & the Manhattan Rain-Keratiya filly ($180,000). He then joined Victorian trainer Darren Weir to buy the colt by Manhattan Rain from Astral Promise for $80,000.

UK agent John Warren was involved in two purchases from the Arrowfield consignment: the $520,000 Redoute’s Choice-Flame of Sydney filly, bought with the China Horse Club and Dean Hawthorne, and the $320,000 More Than Ready-Ribe filly, bought with his son Jake.

Vinery Stud bought six yearlings at the Easter Sale, among them Arrowfield’s Snitzel-Hollow Bullet colt for $450,000, and the $400,000 Redoute’s Choice-Cat by the Tale filly.

Gai Waterhouse & Julian Blaxland have both had great success with Arrowfield graduates – think Sweet Idea & Beneteau – and they joined forces this year to buy 14 Easter yearlings, including the $360,000 filly by Manhattan Rain from dual stakeswinner Gibraltar Campion.

Ssyndicators Star Thoroughbreds and Te Akau Racing each snapped up Arrowfield yearlings by first season sire Smart Missile from well-credentialled young US-bred mares. Denise Martin paid $145,000 for the colt from Certain Promise (by El Prado), while David Ellis paid $150,000 for the filly from Panorama Ridge (by Empire Maker).

A third syndicator, Spicer Thoroughbreds joined Darren Weir to secure the Commands-So Divine filly for $120,000. Brad Spicer struck gold with the Commands filly he purchased in 2011, Group 1 winner Commanding Jewel.

Bloodstock agent James Harron, who already has Group 1-winning Arrowfield graduates Wandjina and Sweet Idea on his record, joined trainer Rod Northam to buy the Manhattan Rain-Love Wings colt for $250,000. Northam has enjoyed stakes success this season with Arrowfield & Jungle Pocket-bred 2YO Odyssey Moon, purchased by Harron for his clients Edmund & Belinda Bateman.

Hawkes Racing, buyer of Arrowfield’s top-priced Magic Millions yearling, the $700,000 Smart Missile-Negotiate colt, purchased seven Easter Sale lots, including the $150,000 Foxwedge-Aussie Christmas filly consigned by Arrowfield.

Those who have purchased Arrowfield yearlings at the 2015 Magic Millions, Inglis Classic, Inglis Melbourne Premier & Inglis Easter Sales can look forward with confidence to experiencing “That Winning Feeling”, as illustrated by many happy owners in the Stud’s 2015 sale marketing campaign.

That campaign’s style is matched by the heavyweight substance of the three Group 1 winners, eight Group 2 winners, eight Group 3 winners and 22 Listed stakeswinners among Arrowfield graduates of Australian yearling sales from 2010 to 2014.

Arrowfield graduate is Snitzel's 30th stakeswinner

Ygritte delivered a perfectly timed reminder for Easter Sale buyers when she proved too strong in Thursday’s $150,000 Gosford Guineas 1200m LR.

The 3YO filly, trained by Gerald Ryan for owner Carl Holt, is the 30th career stakeswinner by Snitzel, who is fifth on the current Australian General Sires’ list with $5.2 million prizemoney. His nine Australian stakeswinners this season include two new Group 1 winners Wandjina and Sweet Idea, both bred and sold by Arrowfield.

In fact, that pair and Ygritte are among 15 stakeswinners by Snitzel sold by Arrowfield. Ygritte was purchased by Kitchwin Hills for $135,000 from Arrowfield’s draft at the 2013 Inglis Classic Sale.

Although the Gosford Guineas is only Ygritte’s second win, her 11-start record includes five Group 3 placings behind top-class talent such as Hallowed Crown, Mossfun and Eloping.  She will tackle Group 3 company again at her likely next start, in the ATC J.H.B. Carr Stakes on 18 April.

Ygritte is one of several quality fillies in her immediate family. Her year-older sibling My Sister Lil is a stakeswinner in Perth, and their dam Deputy Lil (by French Deputy) is a half-sister to Group 1-placed stakeswinner Estee. Ygritte’s second dam is the three-time Group 1 winner and New Zealand Horse of the Year Tycoon Lil.

Sadly, Deputy Lil died in 2013 after leaving a third filly to Not A Single Doubt in 2012. That filly, named My Girl Lil, was bought by Sunshine Coast trainer Stuart Kendrick for $70,000 from last year’s Inglis Classic Sale. 

However, Arrowfield and Katsumi Yoshida continue to breed from Tycoon Lil’s daughter Empress Lily who has a Redoute’s Choice filly in the Stud’s consignment for next week’s Easter Sale.

Arrowfield’s 2015 Easter draft also includes two fillies and four colts among Snitzel’s 42-lot representation at the Sale.

View pedigrees, photos and videos of the Arrowfield draft here.

Arrowfield's spectacular Inglis Premier record

Buyers in search of that winning feeling need venture no further than Arrowfield’s 22-lot consignment at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale which begins on Sunday 1 March.

In the past five years alone purchasers of Arrowfield yearlings in Melbourne have left Oaklands with Group 1 winner Snitzerland, Group 2 winners Flying Snitzel, Hot Snitzel & Honorine and Group 3 winner Aliyana Tilde.

Then there’s Group 2 winner Tango’s Daughter (passed in), Listed stakeswinners Crack A Roadie, Gold Force, Road Trippin’, brilliant Perth sprinter Smoko and champion Singapore three-year-old Stepitup.

It’s a list that keeps on growing: the latest addition is the Australia Day debut stakeswinner Burnstone, a graduate of Arrowfield’s Melbourne “Class of 2014″ who sadly died before racing again.

Recent Hong Kong winners Blizzard and Winning Novel head a further group of 22 city-winning Arrowfield Melbourne graduates since 2010.

Snitzerland is among the more expensive yearlings sold by Arrowfield at Melbourne Premier in that period. After six Group victories, including the 2014 VRC Lightning S. G1, and $1.9 million prizemoney, no-one could doubt she was worth every dollar of the $125,000 bid by Darby Racing and paid by her owners Neil Werrett & Steve McCann.

Stepitup cost $90,000 but has earned $S1.3 million in a nine-win career  featuring five Singapore Group successes for his owner the Tivic Stable.

Chris & Michael Ward’s Triple Crown Syndications have fished regularly in Arrowfield’s waters, landing Hot Snitzel and Flying Snitzel whose combined earnings have returned more than 14 times the $85,000 needed to buy them both. They also bought El Sasso who resumed with a win at Warwick Farm last month.

Cranbourne trainer Stephen Theodore kept it simple and bought full brothers by Charge Forward from Road to Damascus, the first in 2011 for $22,500, the second in 2012 for $40,000. They turned out to be Listed stakeswinners Road Trippin’ and Crack A Roadie, winners of almost $650,000 between them.

Robbie Griffiths paid just $40,000 for Burnstone who became the 29th two-year-old stakeswinner by Redoute’s Choice when he won the $120,000 MRC Blue Diamond Preview LR by 3.5 lengths at his first start. His half-brother by Starcraft from Merlene de Lago will be offered by Arrowfield at Oaklands this year.

Four purchases by South Africa’s Form Bloodstock have all won and include Honorine (Turffontein Camellia S. G2 & Group 1-placed at two), juvenile Group performer Nisa’s Machine and recent 3YO winner Alice Springs.

Arrowfield’s consignment for Melbourne in 2015 is at short odds to extend that spectacular record. Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer’s picks from the draft are:

  • Lot 46: Smart Missile-Bianca filly – “smart precocious type in the mould of her quality racemare mother.”
  • Lot 245: Snitzel-Lady Annaliese colt – “big, strong colt typical of so many of the good Snitzels.”
  • Lot 218: Gio Ponti –Illusionary filly – “beautiful filly who looks a late two-year-old type with potential to become a Classic filly at 3.”
  • Lot 258: Redoute’s Choice-Possessed colt – “handsome, strong, quality colt, sure to be admired.”
  • Lot 616: Smart Missile-Zabelka colt – “well-balanced athletic type with lots of scope and strength.”

The Arrowfield draft will be available for inspection from Wednesday morning 25 February – the Stud’s hospitality marquee will open on the same day.

Arrowfield graduate steps it up in Singapore

Stepitup’s local hero status in Singapore is assured after his fifth feature win tonight, in the $S200,000 Fortune Bowl Sgp-3 which celebrates Chinese New Year.

The 4YO Arrowfield graduate settled comfortably in third position at his first attempt over 2000 metres but was checked from behind as the field approached the home turn, momentarily unbalancing the horse and worrying his regular rider Ivaldo Santana.

However, it neither injured nor halted Stepitup, who set sail for the winning post with an easy victory in sight, until the fast-finishing Martin challenged him in the final stages. Stepitup responded bravely to hold him out by a half-length in 2:03.44, with Nandowra 2.5 lengths back in third place.

Santana said, “It was his first time over 2000m, but today he gave me the feeling he could see out the distance. The Derby should be okay, but we’ll see how it goes.

“I am very lucky to be the jockey of such a horse. Even though I’ve ridden many good horses in Brazil and it is different there and hard to compare, I will still say he’s the best horse I’ve ridden in my career – just on his big heart.”

Trainer Sonny Yeoh said, “I’ll have to check him first. I will probably give him a short break, but tentatively, the (Singapore Group 3) Polytrack Mile Championship (on 7 March) is his next big race.

“The Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge is further down the road, and even then, I may look at only two legs, the first (Stewards’ Cup over 1400m) and the last (Emirates Singapore Derby over 2000m).”

Stepitup was purchased for $90,000 by Cliff Brown from Arrowfield at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. He has now recorded nine wins, including five at Singapore Group level, over distances ranging from 1000 to 2000 metres, and has earned almost $S1 million for the Tivic Stable.

Bred by Arrowfield and John Leaver, Stepitup is by Hussonet from the fine racemare Ain’t Seen Nothin’ (by Nothin’ Leica Dane), also the dam of dual stakeswinner Ain’tnofallenstar (by Starcraft), her sister Star Pupil (placed at 3 this season) and Bachman (2YO colt by All American). Ain’t Seen Nothin’ is again in foal to All American.

Arrowfield will offer Stepitup’s yearling half-brother by Starcraft at the 2014 Inglis Easter Sale.

Snitzel colt tops Inglis Classic Sale

A Snitzel colt offered by Wayne & Pauline Alchin’s Carramar Park has topped the two-day Inglis Sydney Classic Sale, which concluded this evening.

Purchased for $200,000 by McEvoy Mitchell Racing, the well-made colt is out of the 2YO stakes performer Sharp Hill (by Danehill), whose third dam is the wonderful Aga Khan mare Dumka, dam of classic winner Doyoun and four other Group & Listed stakeswinners.

Not A Single Doubt supplied the second highest-priced yearling, a colt from Red Alert, a Red Ransom half-sister to Group 1 winner Lady of the Pines. He was a $170,000 buy for trainer Ron Quinton from the draft of Broadwater Thoroughbreds.

Middlebrook Valley Lodge’s Not A Single Doubt filly from Foxy (by Canny Lad) topped the first day’s results, selling for $105,000 to Kitchwin Hills. From the family of Spring Champion S. G1 winner Doctor Doom, she was the second highest-priced filly of the sale.

Not A Single Doubt was the only sire represented by a filly and a colt among the 15 lots which sold for $100,000 or more.

Redoute’s Choice figured as the damsire of the most expensive filly, by Northern Meteor from Luscillas Choice, from the family of Australian Oaks G1 winner Royal Descent (also by Redoute’s Choice). She was sold by Broadwater Thoroughbreds for $130,000 to Laurel Oak Bloodstock.

All but one of the 15 lots offered by Arrowfield Stud sold, with the draft’s best price of $75,000 achieved by the Not A Single Doubt-Drifting Ice colt, whose flashy looks are reminiscent of Not A Single Doubt’s high-class daughters Miracles of Life and Karuta Queen.

The Sale posted an average price of just over $35,000, an increase of 4% on last year’s figure. Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster said, “This sale is really making a name for itself as the place to offer strong athletic types regardless of pedigree. Our bloodstock team focus on identifying those types and buyers have swarmed to snap them up here in Sydney.”

Snitzel filly sells for $350,000

He trained Snitzel to Group 1 success and has trained a remarkable 22 winners by him, including Arrowfield graduates Snitzerland, Hot Snitzel and Flying Snitzel.

So it was no surprise to see Gerald Ryan secure Arrowfield’s filly from Last Blaze with a bid of $350,000 during the third session of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. He also trained the filly’s sister Hollyweird to Group-placed city success.

Thirty-three lots later, Ryan added another Snitzel yearling to his stable, this time Yarraman Park’s filly from the Catbird mare Makemeasupermodel, bought for $120,000.

The top-priced Snitzel colt of the Sale to date also went through the ring today. A son of Keela (by Woodman), he was offered by Rosemont Stud and bought for $280,000 by trainer Paul Perry.

Group 2 winner Sweet Idea, who starts in tomorrow’s $1 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas, will be joined in the Gai Waterhouse stable by her sister, sold by Arrowfield for $200,000 to the champion trainer and James Harron Bloodstock today.

David Henderson, co-owner of Sweet Idea, paid the same price for the Snitzel-Helvetia colt offered by Robyn Wise.

In all, 25 lots by Snitzel have sold at an average price of $143,600.

The son of Redoute’s Choice heads the Australian General, 2YO & 3YO Sires’ premierships and has a grand chance of boosting his season earnings with four runners in Saturday’s rich Magic Millions races.

Oakleigh Girl and Sheer Style line up in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR, while Sweet Idea is joined in the $1 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (R) LR by Estonian Princess, who made the field after Charlie Boy was scratched on Friday morning.

Buyers have a further six opportunities to buy Snitzel yearlings at the Magic Millions Sale, among them Arrowfield’s fillies from Modave and Oceanette, to be offered on Saturday evening. They can be viewed online here.