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Arrowfield Shuttlers Join Locals Ahead Of Parades
Meanwhile, all of Arrowfield's 2017 shuttle stallions have now arrived at the Hunter Valley farm, ready to parade for guests and visitors at next week's Open House. Champion European 2YO colt Shalaa arrived first from Haras de Bouqeutot in France, while last week’s arrivals are Animal Kingdom, soon to serve his fourth Australian book; Real Impact, making his second trip south; and newcomers Maurice & Mikki Isle. Fittingly, dual Gr1 winner Real Impact arrived only a few days after his first Arrowfield foal was born – out of the Flying Spur mare Laissez Faire from the family of Colorado Claire (dam of Gunnison), Lunaspur (dam of Moonovermanhattan) and Bubble Below (dam of Lucky Bubbles). Japan's 2015 Horse of the Year Maurice and 2016 Champion Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle complete Arrowfield's triumvirate of Japanese superstars and will serve their first Australian mares this Spring. Real Impact & Mikki Isle are the only sons of Japanese super-sire Deep Impact standing in Australia. Arrowfield Stud’s stallion parades feature its 12-stallion roster headed by Champion Sires Redoute's Choice & Snitzel during morning and afternoon sessions over three days, as follows:
FRIDAY 25 AUGUST: 9am – 12 noon (full stallion parade at 9.30am) & 2pm – 4pm
SATURDAY 26 AUGUST: 9am – 12 noon (full parade at 9.30am) & 2pm – 4pm
SUNDAY 27 AUGUST: 9am – 12 noon (full parade at 9.30am); no afternoon session.
Mikki Isle has arrived from Japan
Tattersalls July Sale Catalogue Online
The catalogue for Europe’s premier midsummer sale – the 2017 Tattersalls July Sale (Wednesday 12th - Friday 14th July) - is available online. Comprising 910 lots, the sale will offer 747 horses and fillies in/out of training and 163 broodmares, 10 of which have foals at foot. The owner/breeder super powers of Cheveley Park Stud, Godolphin, Juddmonte Farms and Shadwell Estates have almost 200 lots catalogued between them, while the 163 broodmares include mares in foal to proven Gr1 sires Dutch Art, Exceed And Excel, Helmet, Iffraaj, Kodiac, Lawman, Lope de Vega, Nathaniel, and Teofilo. Young sires are equally well represented with mares in foal to exciting Gr1 winners Al Kazeem, Belardo, Bobby’s Kitten, Brazen Beau, Dawn Approach, Fascinating Rock, Intello, Pride of Dubai, Sea The Moon, Shalaa, The Last Lion, Territories & Toronado, among others. Eye catching lots amongst the broodmares include the Godolphin owned Gr2 & Gr3 winners Raw Silk and Lady’s Purse in foal to Dawn Approach and Belardo. Also amongst the 73 strong Godolphin team are the Listed winning stake producer Portrayal, in foal to Teofilo, and the young Listed placed quartet La Patria, La Pieta, Light And Shade and You’re Back, carrying February and March covers to Gr1 winners Belardo, Slade Power, Exceed And Excel and Belardo respectively. Click here to view the catalogue.
Arrowfield Announce 2017 Fees
Following on from the news that Redoute’s Choice has recorded his 144th stakes winner and his first from his first European-conceived crop with 3YO filly Gold Luck – a half-sister to champion French mare Goldikova – winning the Gr3 Prix Vanteaux (9 furlongs) at Chantilly overnight, Arrowfield Stud have announced their stallion fees for the 2017 season (all fees include GST). The roster is:
- Snitzel - $176,000
- Redoute’s Choice - $137,500
- Not a Single Doubt - $88,000
- Maurice - $33,000
- Shalaa - $33,000
- Animal Kingdom - $27,500
- Dundeel - $27,500
- Smart Missile - $22,000
- Real Impact - $19,250
- Olympic Glory - $16,500
- Scissor Kick - $16,500
- Mikki Isle - $13,750
- Panzer Division - $9,900
First Foal By Treve Born
Champion French mare Treve gave birth to her first foal, a bay colt by Darley's flagship stallion Dubawi, at midday on Wednesday at Haras de Bouquetot, reports Racing Post. "Treve has produced a good first foal. Everything went well and after being a few days overdue she decided to foal at lunchtime," said Benoit Jeffroy, stud manager at Haras de Bouquetot. "Treve and her foal are doing really well. The next chapter to the story starts now, and we can only hope this colt will be as fast as his parents!" Treve's 2017 scheduled mating is with Haras de Bouquetot's new stallion Shalaa. Trained by Criquette Head-Maarek, Treve (Motivator), who will best remembered as a two-time winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, retired in October 2015 with 9 wins - six at Gr1 level - from 13 starts for £5,939,665 earnings. She is one of only seven horses to have won Europe's weight-for-age championship twice.
Dual Champion 2YO Shuttling To Arrowfield
Al Shaqab’s Champion 2YO Shalaa (Invincible Spirit-Ghurra by War Chant) will shuttle to Arrowfield Stud in Australia from 2017. The Irish-bred stallion was a prolific top flight juvenile performer in the 2015 European season with five consecutive 1200-metre victories, including Europe’s premier 2YO sprinting tests, France’s Deauville Gr1 Prix Morny and the UK’s Newmarket Gr1 Middle Park Stakes. Those performances ultimately cemented Shalaa’s status as Champion 2YO Colt in both Great Britain and France, with Jockey Frankie Dettori and trainer John Gosden both describing him as the best 2YO they’ve been associated with. Timeform rated Shalaa at 123+ in July 2015, declaring him the best two-year-old in the world at that time. Shalaa is now about to start serving his first mares in France at owner Al Shaqab's Haras de Bouquetot, among them World Champion and dual Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Treve. Shalaa is a son of the remarkable success story Invincible Spirit, who now commands a €120,000 fee at The Irish National Stud. His 98 stakes-winners include European Horse of the Year Kingman, Champion European Sprinter Moonlight Cloud and successful young Australian stallion I Am Invincible, sire of recent mgaic Millions 2YO Classic heroine Houtzen. Shalaa will stand his first Australian season in 2017 at a fee of $33,000 inc. GST.
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Champion 2YO Shalaa wins at Ascot
High Class Arrowfield Mares Confirmed For Shalaa
Meanwhile, following the overnight announcement that Champion 2YO Shalaa will shuttle to Arrowfield Stud from 2017, Arrowfield’s Chairman John Messara said, “We’re excited to stand Europe's dominant sprinting two-year-old Shalaa at Arrowfield in association with Al Shaqab, alongside their Champion sprinter-miler Olympic Glory.” Messara observed, “Shalaa displayed the high quality, early-maturing speed that Australian breeders demand and offers a fresh take on the Danzig sire-line that is clearly working here. I have inspected him personally and he is a great physical type, ideally suited to the Australian market. Arrowfield will support him strongly with a significant number of our quality mares.” Benoit Jeffroy, Manager of the Al Shaqab breeding operation, commented, “Shalaa is a standout individual, well balanced, correct and he is a great mover. As a son of Invincible Spirit he should undoubtedly prove as popular with Australian breeders as he has been in Europe.” And Khalifa Al Attiya, Al Shaqab Racing‘s General Manager, said, “We are delighted that Shalaa will be shuttling to Arrowfield Stud in Australia. After his tremendous racing career we have all the hopes he will become a top sire, and we’ve entrusted him with some of our own top quality mares including dual [Gr1] Arc winner Treve.”
Treve To Visit Shalaa
Champion French mare Treve will be covered by dual Gr1 winner Shalaa (Invincible Spirit) who will stand his first season at owner Al Shaqab's stud Haras de Bouquetot in France next year, reports Thoroughbred Daily News. Treve (Motivator), who will best remembered as a two-time winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, retired in October last year with 9 wins - six at Gr1 level - from 13 starts for £5,939,665 earnings. She is one of only seven horses to have won Europe's weight-for-age championship twice. "It is important for us to support our stallions and this year Treve will go to Shalaa, along with Twyla Tharp (Sadler’s Wells), the dam of The Fugue, and between 20 and 30 good black-type mares," said Haras de Bouquetot’s manager Benoit Jeffroy. "We’re going to breed about 150 mares to Shalaa and about 25% of those are Irish and 25% English. The rest are split between our own mares and French mares.” Trained by John Gosden, Shalaa proved himself to be the best juvenile in Europe last season winning 5 of his 6 starts including Gr1 victories in the Middle Park Stakes and Prix Morny. Frankie Dettori labelled Shalaa the best juvenile he had ever ridden.
Stud Fee Set For Shalaa
Outstanding UK colt Shalaa (Invincible Spirit-Ghurra, by War Chant) will stand at an introductory fee of €27,500 during his first season at owner Al Shaqab's stud Haras de Bouquetot in France, reports bloodstock.racingpost.com. Trained by John Gosden, Shalaa proved himself to be the best juvenile in Europe last season winning 5 of his 6 starts including Gr1 victories in the Middle Park Stakes and Prix Morny. A pelvis injury forced the brilliant son of Invincible Spirit to miss the majority of his classic season, but he did return with a win in the Gr3 Bengough Stakes at Ascot in early October before bowing out with a tenth place finish behind The Tin Man in the Gr1 British Champions Sprint Stakes two weeks ago. Frankie Dettori labelled Shalaa the best juvenile he had ever ridden.
Star Shalaa Returns Saturday
Outstanding UK colt Shalaa (Invincible Spirit-Ghurra, by War Chant) is scheduled to make his eagerly awaited return to racing in the Gr3 John Guest Bengough Stakes (6 furlongs) at Ascot on Saturday, reports Sky Sports. The John Gosden-trained 3YO has won 5 of his 6 starts hitherto, including juvenile Gr1 victories in the Middle Park Stakes and Prix Morny. The Al Shaqab-owned colt has not been seen since injuring his pelvis earlier this season, but is ready to make his comeback ahead of intended start in the Gr1 Champions Sprint on British Champions Day in two weeks time. "He's due to run on Saturday and it will be very exciting to see him back on the racecourse," said Harry Herbert, racing manager for Al Shaqab Racing. "It would have been a very big ask to run him on Champions Day without having had a run beforehand. I think it's a good sign John is keen to run him. I know he's very happy with the horse." He added: "I'm sure whatever he does he'll improve, but hopefully he'll run very well and it will leave him spot-on for a fortnight later. There are no easy races, but he's a special horse."
Invincible Spirit To Stand At 120,000 Euros
High profile European stallion Invincible Spirit will stand at the Irish National Stud in 2016 at an increased service fee of €120,000, up from €100,000 this year, reports Racing Post. The son of Green Desert enjoyed another strong year, headlined by Al Shaqab Racing's star 2YO Shalaa, who won five of six starts including the Gr1 double of the Prix Morny and Middle Park Stakes. Yearlings by Invincible Spirit have also been in high demand at the sales this year, averaging 225,443 guineas and headed by a colt who sold for €1.4 million at the Arqana August Yearling Sale.
Shalaa Wins Gr1 Middle Park Stakes
At Newmarket in the UK, retained Al Shaqab Racing rider Frankie Dettori guided 2YO colt Shalaa (Invincible Spirit-Ghurra, by War Chant) to a half-length victory for trainer John Gosden in the £180,000 Gr1 Middle Park Stakes (6 furlongs), over fellow colts Buratino (Exceed and Excel-Bergamask, by Kingmambo) & Steady Pace (Dark Angel-Cool Kitten, by One Cool Cat). Considered the best juvenile in Europe and duly sent off at $1.40 after winning his past four starts in a row, Shalaa took his record to 5 wins (also including the Gr1 Prix Morny, Gr2 Richmond Stakes & Gr2 July Stakes) from 6 starts for £410,511. Dettori claims Shalaa is the best juvenile he has ever ridden.
Air Force Blue Heads Dewhurst Entries
Sunday's impressive National Stakes winner Air Force Blue heads 13 entries from the Aidan O'Brien stable in the Gr1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on 10 October, reports Sky Sports. The son of War Front was promoted to favouritism for next year's 2000 Guineas following his emphatic 3-length victory over Herald The Dawn at the Curragh. O'Brien has assembled a very strong Dewhurst team that also includes Royal Ascot winners Washington DC and Waterloo Bridge and the unbeaten Gr3 winner Deauville. Unbeaten Godolphin colt Emotionless, a stunning winner of the Gr2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster on Saturday, is the sole entry from Charlie Appleby's yard, while John Gosden has seven representatives including the brilliant Shalaa, last start winner of the Gr1 Prix Morny at Deauville.
Shalaa Wins Gr1 Prix Morny
At Deauville in France, former European Champion First Season Sire & Chatswood Stud shuttler Invincible Spirit (Green Desert-Rafha, by Kris) celebrated a Gr1 success when outstanding 2YO colt Shalaa (Invincible Spirit-Ghurra, by War Chant) scored by 2-lengths for trainer John Gosden in the Gr1 Prix Morny (1200m) for 2YOs, over fellow 2YO colt Gutaifan (Dark Angel-Alikhlas, by Lahib) & 2YO filly Tourny (Country Reel-Maka, by Slickly). This was a brilliant victory by Shalaa who took his record to 4 wins (including the Gr2 July Stakes & Gr2 Richmond Stakes) from 5 starts. It was also the second successive Prix Morny victory for Shalaa's owners Al Shaqab racing, who won the 2014 edition of the race with retired Starspangledbanner colt The Wow Signal. Shalaa's victory stamped him as the best juvenile in Europe, a rating winning jockey Frankie Dettori certainly endorsed after the race. "I didn't want to say before he had won a Group 1 but he is the best two-year-old I have ridden," Dettori said in an interview with French TV channel Equidia. "It was heavy ground but his class got him through. He is better on good ground." Trainer John Gosden said Shalaa would now head towards the Gr1 Middle Park Stakes (6 furlongs) at Newmarket on 26 September. "He's a horse who has a great mind. It is a pleasure to train him. All credit to the owner for having the courage to run. We'll look to the Middle Park now," he said.