Global triumph for Snitzel

It proved to be a remarkable weekend for Snitzel, who was represented by three stakes winners in a little over 24 hours, taking his black type tally to 45.

But while Snitzel’s bona fides were well and truly established before Azazel ran away with the $250,000 Inglis Banner (R) LR at Moonee Valley on Saturday, before Young Man Power’s Group 3 victory in Japan, and before First Course’s first in Sunday’s Sale Cup LR, his three-peat perfectly illustrates the level of global and domestic investment in the Australian thoroughbred industry.

For instance, Azazel is the result of a long-standing joint venture between Arrowfield and one of the world’s most famous breeders in His Highness The Aga Khan.

Boasting a pedigree that includes European Champions such as Sakhee, Pressing and Mastercraftsman, Azazel was purchased by Tony McEvoy for $310,000 at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale and commenced his career with a clean slate by winning the Banner comfortably.

“That win (by Azazel) was a dream result in any language and really satisfying for both us and the Aga Khan studs,” Arrowfield’s Bloodstock Manager, Jon Freyer, enthused. “We’ve enjoyed a strong association with the Aga Khan over many years and apart from Azazel selling well, the colt looks to have a very bright future too.

“Naturally enough, all of us have been keeping a close eye on the two crops sired by Redoute’s Choice at the Aga Khan’s French stud, Haras de Bonneval, and we’re getting a lot of good feedback from over there.”

Similarly, Haras de Bonneval’s manager, Georges Rimaud, was excited by the win of Azazel and said: “We always felt that Aga Khan families would do well in Australia and this result should boost confidence in purchasing our stock as more representatives of those families become available on the Australian market. Redoute’s Choice’s first European crop is looking very promising – we’ll now have to work on a stallion to follow in his footsteps!”

Freyer was also buoyed by the win of Young Man Power who proved too strong in the Tokyo Fuji S. 1600m G3, a third career Group victory for the 4YO entire, which takes his earnings to around A$1.8 million.

“Young Man Power is the result of another important relationship, with the Yoshida family and the Shadai Stallion Station, which shuttled Snitzel to Japan in 2007 and 2011,” Freyer explains.

“Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm bred Young Man Power, and in Australia has worked with Arrowfield to breed Group One winners Hot Snitzel, Reaan, Sweet Idea and Weekend Hussler, among many other winners.

“These kind of long-term relationships have been instrumental in the success of Arrowfield over the past three decades and now Australian racing and bloodstock auctions are attracting a whole new wave of investors from around the world.

“Another great example is five-time Group One winner, Miss Finland, who was bred by Arrowfield with the late Sheikh Maktoum al Maktoum and is the dam of last year’s Thousand Guineas winner, Stay With Me.

“VRC Oaks winner, Brazilian Pulse, is yet another. She’s a granddaughter of an Aga Khan mare from Shergar’s family and she foaled a Redoute’s Choice filly last Friday for Arrowfield and Mr Yoshida.

“It’s terrific for Arrowfield of course, but more importantly, I think it underpins the faith that breeders from all over the world have in the Australian industry.”

The final leg of Snitzel’s trifecta, First Course, was bred Tasmanian thoroughbred royalty, Armidale Stud and close friends Ken & Jenny Breese.

Jon Freyer adds, “The domestic strength of our industry is equally important and that’s what First Course represents.

“The Whishaw family and the Breeses have earned great respect as breeders and vendors over several decades, and we’re very pleased to see an Arrowfield-sired horse join their list of stakeswinners.

“First Course is from Snitzel’s second crop, while Azazel is from his brand new crop of two-year-olds. A lot of success and a lot of good stories in between … and hopefully quite a few more to come. For everyone.”

Many thanks to Aushorse for this story.

Snitzel's international stakes double

Around five hours after 2YO colt Azazel won on debut at Moonee Valley, Young Man Power completed an international stakes double for Snitzel when he took out the ~$980,000 Tokyo Fuji S. 1600m G3.

He jumped well and briefly took up the lead before easing back into third on the rail. After the turn, as the leaders edged out and headed for home, Young Man Power drove through on the inside to take the lead. He galloped home strongly in a time of 1:34 to score by three-quarters of a length from Isla Bonita and Danon Platina and record his third consecutive victory from six starts this year.

Watch Young Man Power win the Tokyo Fuji S. G3.

The 4YO colt from Snitzel’s second Japanese crop has now won the equivalent of approximately $1.8 million from four wins – three at Group 3 level – and five placings in a 14-run career.

Bred by Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm from the Sunday Silence mare Snapshot, Young Man Power was sold to Yusuke Hoshino for ~$165,000 at the 2013 JRHA Select Yearling Sale. He is prepared by Takahisa Tezuka for Juichi Hoshino, a combination that enjoyed Group 1 success with the 2013 Japanese One Thousand Guineas winner Ayusan.

Young Man Power is one of his sire’s eight stakeswinners this season and, with Azazel, has completed Snitzel’s eighth same-day stakes double. 

Snitzel's international Group double

Two weeks into the new season and Snitzel has already posted his second stakes double, this time a pair of international Group successes.

3YO colt Russian Revolution opened this weekend’s batting with a defiant, all-the-way win in Saturday’s $150,000 MRC Vain S. 1100m G3, gamely holding out the fast-finishing Highland Beat with the Redoute’s Choice colt Hardham an eye-catching third.

Jackson Beers, representing Russian Revolution’s trainers Peter & Paul Snowden, said,”It was a tough win. He still learning his trade and had to do it out there on his own. They looked like they had their chance to run him down but couldn’t get him.

“He’s only had three starts but he’s a lovely colt and he’s got plenty of ability.”

Watch Russian Revolution win the MRC Vain S. G3.

Bred by John Stuart Investments, Russian Revolution was purchased by Michael Wallace & the China Horse Club for $320,000 from the Vinery Stud draft at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale. His owners include his breeder, China Horse Club, Newgate Farm and Matthew Sandblom.

He’s the fourth foal and fourth winner out of Ballet D’Amour, who shares her descent from blue hen mare Fanfreluche with champion sires Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago. Ballet D’Amour has a yearling filly by Smart Missile.

Russian Revolution won both his juvenile starts in Sydney in June, and is nominated for both the Golden Rose on 10 September and the Caulfield Guineas on 8 October. Recent winners of the Vain Stakes include winners of both those races Starspangledbanner (2009 Caulfield Guineas) and Toorak Toff (2010 Golden Rose).

4YO colt Young Man Power completed the weekend’s innings with his second Group 3 1600-metre victory, in the ~$1 million Niigata Sekiya Kinen.

Watch Young Man Power win the Niigata Sekiya Kinen G3.

Bred by Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm and from the second of Snitzel’s two Japanese crops, Young Man Power is the best of three winners out of four-time winner Snapshot (by Sunday Silence), a grand-daughter of dual Group 1-winning mare River Memories. His four wins and six placings from 14 starts have earned ~$1.8 million.

New Group winner for Snitzel in Japan

Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm has achieved many significant international successes, but on Saturday the stud made history much closer to home.

Northern Farm-bred Young Man Power became the first Japanese stakeswinner by Arrowfield’s leading young sire Snitzel, who shuttled to Japan in 2007 and 2011. He is the 29th stakeswinner and 18th Group winner by the brilliant son of Redoute’s Choice.

The 3YO colt prevailed in a desperately close finish of the Hanshin Arlington Cup G3, a 1600-metre contest on turf offering total prizemoney of approximately $760,000. Young Man Power won by a neck from Arma Waioli, with a nose back to Matenro Happiness.

Young Man Power is trained by Takahisa Tezuka for Juichi Hoshino, the team behind the Deep Impact filly Ayusan, winner of the 2013 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) G1.

Young Man Power is one of three winners out of Snapshot (by Sunday Silence), whose grand-dam is Alan Clore’s home-bred mare River Memories (by Riverman), a dual US Grade 1 winner in the 1980s.

Snitzel has had 54 winners to date from his two Japanese crops, including two Group-placed filies Leopardina & Rurinigana, and stakes-placed Floreal, as well as Young Man Power.

Among Snitzel’s seven Australian stakeswinners this season are 3YO colt Wandjina and 2YO filly Fireworks, both successful since New Year’s Day.

Snitzel was represented in Saturday’s Australasian racing by 2YO Odyssey Moon (2nd, ATC Skyline S. G2 at Warwick Farm) and new Group performer 3YO Mighty Maverick (3rd, ARC Mr Tiz Trophy G3 at Ellerslie in New Zealand).

Four yearlings by Snitzel have already sold for more than $500,000 this year, most recently the top-priced lot on the first day of the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.  That was Yallambee Stud’s filly from Belle of the City, knocked down to leading South African trainer Brett Crawford for $560,000.

Nineteen lots by Snitzel will be offered during the next two days of the Sale at Oaklands.