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2018

160th Stakes Winner for Redoute's Choice

Monday, 20th August 2018

Super Maxi became his 160th stakes winner for his multiple champion sire Redoute's Choice when landing the Listed Belmont Newmarket (1200m) in Perth on Saturday. Originally an Australian Easter Yearling Sale purchase, Super Maxi was then sold to trainer Chris Gangemi who has enjoyed considerable success with Arrowfield stable graduates, notably the multiple Group winner and Group 1 performer Rock Magic (also by Redoute’s Choice). Super Maxi was bred by Dr Dennis Bowden, David Goldfinch & Wayne McGuire from their fine racemare Ocean Challenger (Rubiton), whose eight wins included the 2011 Gr3 MVRC Tesio Stakes. The mare has an unraced full brother to Super Maxi, bought for $100,000 by Gangemi and Cameron Cooke Bloodstock from the Lyndhurst Farm draft at the 2017 New Zealand Premier Sale.  The 2YO Olympic Glory-Ocean Challenger filly was also a $100,000 purchase, this time by Paul Perry from the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale. A few hours after Super Maxi’s stakes win, Ocean Challenger delivered his three-quarter sister by Scissor Kick and she will be served this Spring by Pariah, the latest addition to Arrowfield’s dynamic dynasty. Redoute’s Choice had 14 stakes winners in Australia, France, England and New Zealand last season, and has just clicked over 1000 winners and his 160 stakes winners maintain his world-class 12% SW/Runners strike rate.

Arrowfield Announces 2018 Service Fees

Tuesday, 24th April 2018

Arrowfield Stud today announced the service fees for the Stud’s 2018 roster headed by dominant Champion Sire Snitzel, with Group-winning 2YO & 3YO Pariah (see separate item above) joining the Stud’s powerful line-up of Redoute’s Choice sons. The 2018 sire complement (with comments) includes:

  • After a record-breaking performance to win the General, 2YO & 3YO Sires’ Premierships in 2016/17, Snitzel is setting new Australian benchmarks again this season with $26 million prizemoney and 25 stakes-winners, including Gr1 winners Trapeze Artist, Redzel, Russian Revolution and Golden Slipper winner Estijaab. Demand for Snitzel’s yearlings has risen accordingly, resulting in ten $1 million-plus yearlings this season, and a 2018 major sale average of just over $500,000. Snitzel’s 2018 fee has been set at $220,000 inc GST (LFT).
  • Pariah (Redoute’s Choice-Secluded by Hussonet) will join his sire’s dynasty at Arrowfield as a dual Group winner, Blue Diamond S. G1 runner-up and the second top-rated 2YO colt of his year. Pariah's fee is $22,000 inc GST.
  • Redoute's Choice himself will be available to a strictly limited book of mares at $137,500 inc GST (LFT). The three-time Champion Sire is an asset anywhere he appears in a pedigree, as the sire of 32 Gr1 winners, 76 million-dollar yearlings and ten Gr1-siring sons, and damsire of 70 stakes-winners, including this season’s Classic-winning colts Ace High, D’Argento, Kementari and Levendi.
  • The superbly consistent leading sire Not A Single Doubt’s fee has been set at $99,000 inc GST (LFT). His 14 stakes-winners this season, among them Caulfield Guineas G1 winner Mighty Boss, are close to a career-best tally. Breeders continue to be well-rewarded for their Not a Single Doubt yearlings, which have achieved a major sale average of almost $300,000 over the past two years, and sold up to $1.05 million this year. 
  • Classic and weight-for-age champion Dundeel has already thrown Group 3 winner Irukandji from his first crop of 2YOs, and his second-crop yearlings have sold up to $500,000. Dundeel's fee is unchanged at $27,500 inc GST.
  • Buyers have clearly liked the first yearlings by Champion sprinter-miler Olympic Glory, paying an average of six times his fee for them, with $600,000 and $400,000 paid for his top-priced colt and filly. Olympic Glory's 2018 fee is $16,500 inc GST.
  • Deep Impact’s top-class son Real Impact will stand his third season at an unchanged fee of $19,250 inc GST. Dual Group winner Scissor Kick stands again at $16,500 inc GST.  Both stallions have left very attractive first foals and their first Australian yearlings will be offered at 2019 sales.
  • Fees for the three international champions Arrowfield launched last year are all unchanged: Japan's Horse of the Year Maurice ($33,000 inc GST) and Champion Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle ($13,750 inc GST), and European 2YO sprinting star Shalaa ($33,000 inc GST).

Aust Broodmare & Weanling Sale Catalogue Released

Thursday, 15th March 2018

The catalogue for the 2018 Inglis Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale is now available online. A total of 649 Lots - comprising 483 broodmares and 166 weanlings - have been catalogued for the sale, which will bring to an end a huge fortnight of Inglis sales. The weanlings include those by leading sires such as I Am Invincible, Written Tycoon, Pierro, Brazen Beau, Choisir, Foxwedge, Hinchinbrook, Nicconi, So You Think and Star Witness as well as the first offerings for the likes of Criterion, Bull Point, Headwater, Kermadec, Press Statement, Real Impact, Scissor Kick and Vancouver. There are also mares in foal to the likes of Lonhro, Medaglia d'Oro, More Than Ready, Vancouver, Choisir and Hinchinbrook and First Season Sires like Winning Rupert, Star Turn, Sooboog, Odyssey Moon, Maurice and Extreme Choice. The Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale will be held at Riverside Stables from Sunday 15 April until Tuesday 17 April. Click here to view catalogue.

2017

Arrowfield Announce 2017 Fees

Monday, 10th April 2017

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

2016

Scissor Kick To Shuttle To France

Thursday, 30th June 2016

Arrowfield's freshman sire Scissor Kick (Redoute's Choice-Back Pass, by Quest For Fame) will shuttle to leading French stud Haras d'Etreham for the 2017 Northern Hemisphere season after he completes his first book in Australia this coming Spring. International interest in the Group-winning colt has been sparked by the global success of Danehill's great sons Redoute's Choice and Dansili. Dansili's celebrated dam Hasili is a half-sister to Scissor Kick's grand-dam Skiable. Apart from Dansili, Hasili has produced Gr1 winners Intercontinental (Danehill), Champs Elysees (Danehill), Cacique (Danehill), Banks Hill (Danehill) and Heat Haze (Green Desert) to establish herself as one of the most exceptional broodmares of all time. Nicolas de Chambure, General Manager of Haras d'Etreham, inspected Scissor Kick during a recent visit to Arrowfield and immediately began negotiations to shuttle him to France. "Redoute's Choice was really well received when he spent two years in France and I think French and European breeders were very impressed by the quality of his stock. He is a champion sire and the best sire of sires from the Danehill line," said Chambure. "I was therefore very keen to find one of his sons and Scissor Kick has everything I was looking for. He hails from one of the best families in Europe, he is an outstanding individual and he was a Group 1 performer with class and courage. " He added: "It didn't take me long to make up my mind about him and I am very pleased to be working with Arrowfield to offer such an exciting prospect in France next year." Redoute's Choice was resident for two Northern Hemisphere seasons in France at the Aga Khan's Haras de Bonneval in 2013 and 2014. Haras d'Etreham consigned the top-priced Redoute's Choice yearling colt in 2015, the son of Group 1 winner Vadawina, bought for €950,000 by John Ferguson at the Arqana August Sale. The Gianluca Bietolini-trained filly Deep Inside became the first winner from that crop when she scored over 1400 metres at Compiegne in France last Saturday. John Messara, Chairman of Arrowfield Stud commented: "Arrowfield has a perfect record with Redoute's Choice sire sons and I believe Scissor Kick has all the physical, mental and genetic attributes to extend it, here and in France."

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Scissor Kick (image: Steve Hart)

Arrowfield Announces 2016 Service Fees

Thursday, 14th April 2016

Arrowfield Stud has today announced the service fees for the 12 stallions on its 2016 roster. Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice and his sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt head the roster in the wake of their outstanding racetrack and sales results this season. Redoute’s Choice, sire of his 28th Gr1 winner last month and two seven-figure colts at last week’s Inglis Easter Sale where he had 20 yearlings average $573,250, stands at an unchanged fee of $110,000 inc. GST (Live Foal). Snitzel joins his famous sire at the same fee of $110,000 inc. GST (Live Foal) after supplying five million-dollar yearlings in 2016 and the sale-toppers at all three major Australian auctions. Already responsible for seven Gr1 winners, he has added five new stakes winners to his record since 1 January. Australia’s current leading active sire Not A Single Doubt has posted 10 stakes winners this season, including three Gr1 winners, and demand for his yearlings has driven their prices up to the $850,000 paid for the Colorado Claire colt at Inglis Easter. His 2016 fee has been set at $71,500 inc. GST (Live Foal). Three new stallions join the Arrowfield roster in 2016. Top-class sprinter-miler Real Impact, a Gr1 winner in Australia & Japan, is the first son of the great Deep Impact to stand in this part of the world. His first season fee is $19,250 inc. GST. Two exceptionally handsome sons of Redoute’s Choice join their sire. Scissor Kick earned a world ranking as a 3YO with Group victories in the Gr3 ATC Up and Coming Stakes, Gr3 ATC Eskimo Prince Stakes, a Listed win, the unluckiest of Gr1 seconds in the ATC Golden Rose Stakes and defeats of Delectation, Srikandi, Terravista and Rubick. Closely related to Champion Sire Dansili, Scissor Kick will stand his first season at $16,500 inc. GST. Panzer Division also made his mark at three, defeating Shooting To Win to claim the Gr3 ATC Ming Dynasty Handicap and, at only his fourth career start, achieving a Timeform rating of 120 when fifth in the weight-for-age Gr1 ATC George Main Stakes. Panzer Division’s first season fee is $9,900 inc. GST. Dubai World Cup champion Animal Kingdom, whose first yearlings have sold up to $310,000 this year, will stand at $27,500 inc. GST, the same fee as six-time Gr1 winner & New Zealand Horse of the Year Dundeel, whose first yearlings will sell in 2017.  Smart Missile, already sire of stakes-winning Kiwi 2YO Sassy ‘N’ Smart and Group-placed Smart Amelia from his first crop, has averaged more than six times his fee at Magic Millions and Inglis Easter. One of Australia’s most popular young sires, he is again available at $22,000 inc. GST. Al Shaqab Racing’s multiple Gr1-winning European sprinter-miler Olympic Glory was very well-supported in 2015 and will serve his second book of mares at an unchanged fee of $19,250 inc. GST. Manhattan Rain has proved his versatility this season as the sire of brilliant Gr2 juvenile winner Scarlet Rain, 3YOs Man of Choice & Promise To Reign (Group 1 & Group 2-placed respectively at 2000 metres) and stakes-winning sprinter Wild Rain. His Inglis Easter Session 1 & Magic Millions Book 1 yearlings have averaged nine times his 2016 fee of $16,500 inc. GST. Proven Gr1 sire Charge Forward’s top-priced yearling in 2016 made $210,000 and his Magic Millions Book 1 average is 14 times his new fee of $11,000 inc. GST.  Arrowfield Stud Chairman John Messara said: “These 12 stallions represent the best lines of Danehill and the best outcross options we can source for Australian & New Zealand breeders. Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt continue to write a spectacular father-and-sons story on the track and in the ring." Mr Messara added: "We believe our three new stallions are priced very attractively. Real Impact offers breeders their first opportunity to use a world-class son of Deep Impact for less than $20,000, while Scissor Kick and Panzer Division are great prospects to repeat the success of Not A Single Doubt and Beneteau who began their careers at similar fees.” The service fees for Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt are all now payable upon a Live Foal. Animal Kingdom, Charge Forward, Dundeel, Manhattan Rain, Olympic Glory, Panzer Division, Real Impact, Scissor Kick & Smart Missile stand on a Free Return basis, subject to conditions including the full payment of fees by 31 May 2017. The Arrowfield stallions and their 2016 fees (inc. GST) are:

  • ANIMAL KINGDOM (Leroidesanimaux) - $27,500
  • CHARGE FORWARD (Red Ransom) - $11,000
  • DUNDEEL (High Chaparral) - $27,500
  • MANHATTAN RAIN (Encosta De Lago) - $16,500
  • NOT A SINGLE DOUBT (Redoute’s Choice) - $71,500
  • OLYMPIC GLORY (Choisir) - $19,250
  • PANZER DIVISION (Redoute’s Choice) - $9,900
  • REAL IMPACT (Deep Impact) - $19,250
  • REDOUTE’S CHOICE (Danehill) - $110,000
  • SCISSOR KICK (Redoute’s Choice) - $16,500
  • SMART MISSILE (Fastnet Rock) - $22,000
  • SNITZEL (Redoute’s Choice) - $110,000

Arrowfield Adds Three New Sires To 2016 Roster

Tuesday, 15th March 2016

This morning Arrowfield Stud announced three exciting new stallions joining its 2016 Roster:  the multiple Group 1-winning sprinter-miler Real Impact, and Scissor Kick & Panzer Division, both Group-winning sons of Redoute’s Choice. John Messara, Arrowfield’s Chairman, says, “These additions to the Arrowfield roster reflect our twin strategies of sourcing effective international outcrosses for Australian breeders while still pursuing the strongest branches of the Danehill sire-line.” Messara added, “We are delighted to secure a top-drawer son of Japan’s dominant sire Deep Impact that has demonstrated his racing class in Australian conditions, against our best milers. Scissor Kick and Panzer Division offer all the physical, genetic and racing attributes required to build the Redoute’s Choice legacy, alongside Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt, and to fill the gap left by Beneteau.”

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New for 2016: Scissor Kick (pic: Steve Hart)

Scissor Kick Close To Return

Friday, 29th January 2016

Trainer Paul Messara, who also manages Arrowfield Stud at Scone, has provided an update on the progress of Gr1-performed galloper Scissor Kick. The beautifully bred Redoute's Choice entire has not raced since pulling up with an injury when finishing 17th in the Gr1 Doomben 10,000 in May of last year, but Messara said the 4YO is not far off a return to the track. "He came out of that race [Doomben 10,000] very poorly. He jarred up very badly and had some bone bruising so we just had to give him a decent break," Messara told Radio Sport National's Shane Anderson. "We had to give him a good two months off. We've been through the whole process of working on his bone density and making sure he is 100% before he resumes." He added: "That's where we are at now. I'd say he's probably around 3-4 weeks from possibly having a race. The Futurity is what we have in the back of our mind." Apart from the Gr1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on 27 February, Messara confirmed Scissor Kick  also holds a nomination for the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on 12 March. "That's a possibility," Messara said. "When they've had a bit of bone pain like he has it can take a while for the inflammation to settle down, and when you come back it's not a traditional preparation. You have to let the horse tell you when he's ready to come back. Because of that I just wanted to leave our options open. That's why the Newmarket is a possibility." Messara said he has no doubt Scissor Kick can recapture the form that he saw him run second in the Gr1 Golden Rose as a 3YO if he has fully recovered from his setback. "He's a top-class horse, there's no doubt," he said. "He's certainly got that Gr1 ability and that ability doesn't go away. It's just a matter of getting him back and making sure that he is 100% and feeling well, and I'm sure we'll see the best of him on the track."

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Scissor Kick (image: Steve Hart)

2015

NSW Horse of The Year Equine Winners

Friday, 21st August 2015

The major equine winners at Thursday's NSW Horse of the Year awards function, which also saw trainer Chris Waller earn a fifth consecutive Bart Cummings Medal, are:

  • Horse of the Year: First Seal
  • Champion 2YO: Pride of Dubai
  • Champion 3YO: First Seal
  • Champion Sprinter: Chautauqua
  • Champion Miler: Royal Descent
  • Champion Middle Distance: Criterion
  • Champion Stayer: Grand Marshal
  • Champion Country Horse: Scissor Kick
  • Champion Provincial Horse: Lucia Valentina

Doomben 10,000 Field & Barriers

Thursday, 21st May 2015

The $750,000 Gr1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) will be run at Doomben on Saturday, 23 May at 3:57pm AEST. The field is:

1. Temple of Boom (Tony Gollan-Michael Rodd) 59kg (17)

2. Boban (Chris Waller-Glyn Schofield) 59kg (8)

3. Fontelina (Anthony Cummings-Tegan Harrison) 59kg (13)

4. Knoydart (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 59kg (15)

5. Big Money (Rodney Northam-Robert Thompson) 59kg (9)

6. Sacred Star (Tony Pike-Zac Purton) 59kg (7)

7. Our Boy Malachi (Team Hawkes-Tommy Berry) 59kg (12)

8. Generalife (John O'Shea-Hugh Bowman) 59kg (6)

9. Charlie Boy (Peter & Paul Snowden-Blake Shinn) 59kg (16)

10. Rock Sturdy (Joseph Pride-Timothy Bell) 59kg (4)

11. Neo (Stuart Kendrick-Bobby El-Issa) 59kg (14)

12. Flamingo Star (Chris Waller-Tye Angland) 59kg (1)

13. Srikandi (Ciaron Maher-Damian Browne) 57kg (5)

14. Scissor Kick (Paul Messara-Glen Boss) 57kg (11)

15. Time For War (Stuart Kendrick-Jim Byrne) 57kg (10)

16. Bring Me The Maid (Peter Moody-Kerrin McEvoy) 55kg (2)

17e. Nite Rocker (Lloyd Kennewell-Joe Bowditch) 59kg (3)

Hallowed Crown Retired

Friday, 24th April 2015

Dual Gr1-winning 3YO Hallowed Crown (Street Sense-Crowned Glory, by Danehill) has been retired from racing and will join Darley's stallion roster at its Kelvinside property this season. Unbeaten as a 2YO including victory in the Gr3 Kindergarten Stakes, Hallowed Crown returned at three in the spring to win the Gr1 Golden Rose defeating Scissor Kick and Shooting To Win. His autumn 3YO campaign began with a first-up win in a star-studded Gr2 Hobartville Stakes before doubling his Gr1 tally when scoring a thrilling win in the Gr1 Randwick Guineas. The son of Street Sense then finished third behind Volkstok'n'barrell in the Gr1 Rosehill Guineas, before finishing down the track in the Gr1 Doncaster Mile on his final racetrack appearance when a wide barrier thwarted any chance of a dream finale. Co-trainer James Cummings told racing.com: "He's got a fantastic record having won two championship three-year-old Group 1s and the horse should get every chance at stud given the strength of his record and the depth of his pedigree." Hallowed Crown, who is co-owned by his breeder Eduardo Cojuangco's Gooree Stud and Sheikh Mohammed's breeding arm Darley Australia, retires with an elite horse's record of 6 wins from 9 starts for $1,398,475 prize money. The Gooree bred colt is out of Golden Slipper runner-up Crowned Glory and descends from the same female line as champion New Zealand stallion Zabeel, Australian Guineas winner Baryshnikov, and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winning mother and son Detroit and Carnegie.

Weather To Determine Scissor Kick Return

Wednesday, 8th April 2015

Trainer Paul Messara says the weather will be a key factor in whether he runs Scissor Kick (Redoute's Choice-Back Pass, by Quest for Fame) in Saturday's Arrowfield Sprint at Royal Randwick or saves the classy 3YO for the Gr1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at the same track a week later, reports horseracing.com.au. Messara said he wants to avoid running the beautifully bred colt on a wet track and may instead give him a trial on Friday before returning in the All Aged. "A lot depends on the weather," Messara told Sky's Racing HQ. "We are in a little bit of a tricky position with him." He continued, "He had a little virus and we had to back-up off him, so the option is either to run Saturday depending on the weather or we can trial him against this Friday and put him in the All Aged." Messara said that Scissor Kick's medium-term targets include the Gr1 Doomben 10,000 and Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap during the Brisbane winter carnival. Bred by Jonathan Munz's GSA Bloodstock, Scissor Kick was a $200,000 purchase at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Broadwater Thoroughbreds and is raced by Arrowfield in partnership with Munz's Pinecliff Racing. Scissor Kick is a full-brother to stakes winner Shark Bite, who stands at Eliza Park Stud in Victoria. Both Scissor Kick and Shark Bite are from the Quest For Fame mare Back Pass, a half-sister to Gr2-winning sire Three Chimneys from the family of Juddmonte Farms' exceptional producer Hasili, dam of outstanding European sire Dansili (Danehill) and Gr1 winners Intercontinental (Danehill), Champs Elysees (Danehill), Cacique (Danehill), Banks Hill (Danehill) and Heat Haze (Green Desert).

Hallowed Crown Primed To Claim Second Gr1

Friday, 6th March 2015

Trainer James Cummings is confident that top-class 3YO Hallowed Crown (Street Sense-Crowned Glory, by Danehill) has made the necessary progress to win tomorrow's Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) at Royal Randwick, reports horseracing.com.au. A winner of the Gr1 Golden Rose (see below) in the spring, Hallowed Crown resumed with a strong victory in the Gr2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill two weeks ago, but Cummings believes the valuable colt must improve as there is very little separating Sydney's top 3YOs. "I think that given the bunched finish between the first seven or eight horses, the critical factor going forward will be how those horses progress from that race," Cummings said. "I know that the whole stable is very comfortable with where the horse is at, he has had a very good two weeks and he will hopefully have made the progression required to rate well enough to win one of the strongest Randwick Guineas we have seen for a long time. Due to the unfortunate situation that sees the Australian Guineas programmed on the same day, the Randwick Guineas has attracted a small field of just seven runners, but what it lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in quality with the likes of Gr1 Caulfield Guineas winner Shooting To Win, Gr1 VRC Derby winner Preferment, and Gr1 performers Sweynesse and Scissor Kick all lining up. Click here to view Randwick Guineas field.

Hobartville Possible For Thunder Lady

Tuesday, 17th February 2015

Trainer John Sargent says he will wait until after Thunder Lady (Mastercraftsman-Thunderchine, by Thunder Gulch) works this morning before deciding whether to take on the boys in the Gr2 Hobartville Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday, reports racingandsports.com.au. The Mastercraftsman filly will be returning from a successful spring campaign that earned her top honours in the Gr2 Wakeful Stakes before finishing runner-up in the Gr1 VRC Oaks. "I won't decide until after she works on Tuesday morning whether she runs in the Hobartville or waits another week for the Surround," Sargent said. "I'm happy so far and if I think she is ready she will go to the Hobartville which is going to be a top race." He added, "She is a big, loping filly and obviously we won't see the best of her until she gets to the longer distances but she has to start somewhere." The Hobartville has indeed attracted a top quality line-up of males, with Caulfield Guineas winner Shooting To Win, Golden Rose winner Hallowed Crown, Spring Champion Stakes winner Hampton Court, Sweynesse, and Gr1 performed stable-mates Scissor Kick and Panzer Division, among the 3YOs contest the 1400m feature.

Vavasour Wins Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic

Monday, 9th February 2015

At Te Rapa in New Zealand, Arrowfield Stud's Champion Australian Sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) added a Group success when 3YO filly Vavasour (Redoute's Choice-Valpolicella, by Red Ransom) scored by 0.75-length for trainers Peter & Dawn Williams in the NZ$100,000 Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic (2000m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Saavoya (Savabeel-Royal Prize, by Prized) & Charmont (High Chaparral-Martique, by Danehill). This was the first stakes victory for Vavasour who took her record to 3 wins and 5 placings (including the Gr2 Royal Stakes) from 8 starts for NZ$115,000 earnings. Purchased for NZ$425,000 at the 2013 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Haunui Farm, Vavasour is a three-quarter sister to Gr2 Autumn Classic winner Vilanova from the Gr3-winning Red Ransom mare Valpolicella. Vavasour is stakeswinner 122 for Redoute's Choice, and the fifth Group winner to emerge so far from his 2011 crop, after Group 1 winners Hampton Court & Majmu and Arrowfield's Group 3-winning colts Panzer Division & Scissor Kick.

Scissor Kick Wins Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes

Monday, 9th February 2015

At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's Champion Australian Sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) added a Group success when richly talented 3YO colt Scissor Kick (Redoute's Choice-Back Pass, by Quest for Fame) scored by ? for trainer Paul Messara in the $150,000 Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) for 3YOs, over 3YO geldings Delectation (Shamardal-Grace and Power, by More Than Ready) & Harrier Jet (Dane Shadow-Borobodur, by Strategic). Scissor Kick took his record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Up And Coming Stakes & Listed Rosebud Handicap) and 2 placings (including the Gr1 Golden Rose Stakes & Gr2 Stan Fox Stakes) from 8 starts for $499,275 earnings. Trainer Paul Messara said the handsome colt owuld have his next start in the Gr2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on 21 February en route to his major autumn target, the Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) at Randwick on 7 March. "He's outstanding. Always has been right through," Messara told TVN. "He's a Group One horse - it's just a matter of time now until he gets it. He's a top colt." He added, "I was pretty confident. I thought he was fit and well enough to win today but by no means is he fully wound up. There's plenty of improvement to come. We go to the Hobartville in two weeks and then the Randwick Guineas." Bred by Jonathan Munz's GSA Bloodstock, Scissor Kick was a $200,000 purchase at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Broadwater Thoroughbreds and is raced by Arrowfield in partnership with Munz's Pinecliff Racing. Scissor Kick is a full-brother to stakes winner Shark Bite, who stands at Eliza Park Stud in Victoria. Both Scissor Kick and Shark Bite are from the Quest For Fame mare Back Pass, a half-sister to Gr2-winning sire Three Chimneys from the family of Juddmonte Farms' exceptional producer Hasili, dam of outstanding European sire Dansili (Danehill) and Gr1 winners Intercontinental (Danehill), Champs Elysees (Danehill), Cacique (Danehill), Banks Hill (Danehill) and Heat Haze (Green Desert).

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Scissor Kick (image: Steve Hart)

Sprinting Caper For Panzer Division

Friday, 16th January 2015

Trainer Paul Messara will restrict smart 3YO Panzer Division (Redoute's Choice-Desert Fight, by Hussonet) to a sprint campaign during the autumn, reports racingnetwork.com.au. Messara said the Redoute's Choice colt showed that staying probably wasn't his forte when finishing a well beaten fifth (13-lengths behind the winner Hampton Court) in the Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes last spring. "It is easy to look back now and say it probably wasn't the right decision but we had to find out," Messara said. "We have learned from that and I think I'll keep him to a sprinter this time in." He added, "I think 1400m is probably as far as he wants, a front-running blinkers-on type of 1400m horse." Messara said Panzer Division, and his equally talented stable-mate Scissor Kick, will both return to racing in the Gr3 Eskimo Prince (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on 7 February.

Shooting To Win Heads Star Randwick Trials

Tuesday, 13th January 2015

Caulfield Guineas winner Shooting To Win (Northern Meteor-Listen Here, by Elusive Quality) will be among the big names at Thursday's barrier trials at Randwick, reports ANZ Bloodstock News. The colt, whose primary autumn target is the Gr1 Doncaster Mile at Randwick on 4 April, will line up in the third trial of the morning over 1050 metres. Trainer Peter Snowden said that he was not expecting too much from the 3YO, who will have several more trials before resuming in the Gr2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on 21 February. "He looks really well and he's in good order, we've had him back in with us for about six weeks now and we will be giving him two, maybe three more trials after this," Snowden said. "This first trial will just be a very easy gallop for him." He added, "We are looking at starting him off in the Hobartville Stakes and all being well go on to the Randwick Guineas, the Ryder and then the Doncaster is the race I am really eyeing up with him." Some of the other stars that will be in action on Thursday include Hampton Court, Scissor Kick, Panzer Division, Catkins, Contributer, Hawkspur, Sarajevo, Pornichet and Cauthen.

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Shooting To Win (image: Mark Gatt)

2014

Scissor Kick Resting Before Coolmore

Friday, 17th October 2014

Trainer Paul Messara says he is pleased with the condition of Scissor Kick ahead of the colt's next start in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington (1 November), reports racingandsports.com.au. The son of Redoute's Choice is currently enjoying a brief let-up following his brave second in the Stan Fox Stakes behind subsequent Caulfield Guineas winner Shooting To Win. "He is going great. I am really pleased with him," Messara told Sky Sports Radio. "I have given him a good freshen up since his last start and he will head down for the Coolmore." He added, "He is going down to Melbourne next week and will spend two weeks leading into the race in Melbourne and give him a couple of looks down the straight. He will have the blinkers on in the race for the first time to help sharpen him up." A Gr1 victory would make Scissor Kick a highly commercial stallion prospect being a full-brother to stakes winner Shark Bite, who stands at Eliza Park Stud in Victoria. Both Scissor Kick and Shark Bite are from the Quest For Fame mare Back Pass, a half-sister to Gr2-winning sire Three Chimneys from the family of Juddmonte Farms' exceptional producer Hasili, dam of outstanding European sire Dansili (Danehill) and Gr1 winners Intercontinental (Danehill), Champs Elysees (Danehill), Cacique (Danehill), Banks Hill (Danehill) and Heat Haze (Green Desert). "I feel the straight six will be perfect for him," Messara added. "He is pretty much a foolproof horse. He catches onto things pretty quickly and is an easy horse to train. One of the horse's main attributes is he has a massive action. He has got a huge, big action and gets into a lovely rhythm."

Shooting To Win Wins Gr2 Stan Fox Stakes

Monday, 29th September 2014

At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, ill-fated Widden Stud sire Northern Meteor (Encosta de Lago-Explosive, by Fappiano) celebrated a Group success when smart 3YO colt Shooting To Win (Northern Meteor-Listen Here, by Elusive Quality) scored by 3-lengths for trainers Peter & Paul Snowden in the $200,000 Gr2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colts Scissor Kick (Redoute's Choice-Back Pass, by Quest for Fame) & Valentia (Fastnet Rock-Smart Company, by Mister C). This was the first stakes victory for the highly promising Shooting To Win who took his record to 3 wins and 2 placings (including the Gr1 Golden Rose & Gr3 Ming Dynasty Handicap) from 6 starts for $298,225 earnings. Shooting To Win, who is a full-brother to budding star Deep Field, was purchased by John O'Shea Racing for $160,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Edinglassie Stud. Co-trainer Peter Snowden said he would talk to the colt's owners before deciding whether to give him one more start in the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas on 11 October. "He might even go to the paddock now, I'll need to talk to the owners tonight," Snowden told TVN. "They've got a very special horse and they should probably give him the opportunity to go to that next level. This fella is such a tough horse that has untapped ability." Both Shooting To Win and Deep Field descend from arguably the most outstanding family in the studbook. Their fifth dam is none other than the legendary Eight Carat, dam of champion galloper Octagonal, his freakishly talented brother Mouawad, and fellow Gr1 winners Kaapstad, Diamond Lover and Marquise. Other esteemed family members include Viscount, Tristalove, Shower Of Roses, Viking Ruler and Don Eduardo.

Shooting To Win

Shooting To Win (image: Steve Hart)

Panzer Division Out To Defy History

Tuesday, 16th September 2014

High-class 3YO Panzer Division (Redoute's Choice-Desert Fight, by Hussonet) will bid to become the first 3YO since Viscount 13 years ago to win the weight-for-age George Main Stakes (1600m) when he contests the Gr1 feature at Royal Randwick on Saturday, reports racingandsports.com.au. Panzer Division has met defeat just once in his three-start career, going down to stable-mate Scissor Kick by a nose in the Gr3 Up And Coming Stakes on 23 August. Trainer Paul Messara opted to bypass the Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) and step Panzer Division up to a mile in the George Main after his impressive last-start victory in the Gr3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) on 6 September. The colt will have to be every bit as good as Messara believes him to be if he is to prevail on Saturday, with Gr1 winners Lucia Valentina, Sacred Falls, Hawkspur, Rising Romance, and Royal Descent among his rivals.

Hallowed Crown Wins Gr1 Golden Rose

Monday, 15th September 2014

At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Darley's 2006 Champion 2YO Colt & 2007 Gr1 Kentucky Derby-winning shuttler Street Sense (Street Cry-Bedazzle, by Dixieland Band) celebrated a Gr1 success when 3YO colt Hallowed Crown (Street Sense-Crowned Glory, by Danehill) scored by 0.2-length for trainers Bart & James Cummings in the $1 million Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colts Scissor Kick (Redoute's Choice-Back Pass, by Quest for Fame) & Shooting To Win (Northern Meteor-Listen Here, by Elusive Quality). Not only did Hallowed Crown maintain his perfect record, but the star colt earned the distinction of being the first Australian Gr1 winner for his young sire Street Sense who has now sired three Gr1 winners worldwide. Hallowed Crown took his record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Run To The Rose & Gr3 Kindergarten Stakes) from 4 starts for $851,025 earnings. A homebred for Eduardo Cojuangco's Gooree Stud, Hallowed Crown is out of Golden Slipper runner-up Crowned Glory and descends from the same female line as champion New Zealand stallion Zabeel, Australian Guineas winner Baryshnikov, and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winning mother and son Detroit and Carnegie. "This means so much to the team. There's a great young team behind us and it's amazing that we have won Sydney's biggest race of the spring. This horse could be anything," said co-trainer James Cummings. "That's what good the horses have to do. They have to keep taking that next step. We thought he was one of the best three-year-olds on his return two weeks ago. The world's his oyster. Who knows how far he can go." The victory represented the first Gr1 success for Bart and James Cummings since forming their training partnership in August last year.

Hallowed Crown

Hallowed Crown (image: Steve Hart)

Scissor Kick Wins Gr3 Up And Coming Stakes

Monday, 25th August 2014

At Royal Randwick, Arrowfield Stud's Australian champion sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) added a Group quinella when talented 3YO colt Scissor Kick (Redoute's Choice-Back Pass, by Quest for Fame) scored by 0.1-length for trainer Paul Messara in the $125,000 Gr3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colt and stable-mate Panzer Division (Redoute's Choice-Desert Fight, by Hussonet) & 3YO colt Valentia (Fastnet Rock-Smart Company, by Mister C). Scissor Kick took his record to 3 wins (including the Listed Rosebud Handicap) from 4 starts for $169,275 earnings. "A great result for the team obviously," a delighted Paul Messara told TVN. "They are two outstanding colts that both have unlimited ability." He added, "They both have stallion potential. Panzer Division was headed to the Spring Champion Stakes while Scissor Kick is definitely going to the Golden Rose, but they may both head there now." Bred by Jonathan Munz's GSA Bloodstock, Scissor Kick was a $200,000 purchase at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Broadwater Thoroughbreds as is raced by Arrowfield in partnership with Munz's Pinecliff Racing. Scissor Kick is a full-brother to stakes winner Shark Bite, who stands at Eliza Park Stud in Victoria. Both Scissor Kick and Shark Bite are from the Quest For Fame mare Back Pass, a half-sister to Gr2 winning sire Three Chimneys from the family of Juddmonte Farms' exceptional producer Hasili, dam of outstanding European sire Dansili (Danehill) and Gr1 winners Intercontinental (Danehill), Champs Elysees (Danehill), Cacique (Danehill), Banks Hill (Danehill) and Heat Haze (Green Desert).

Scissor Kick Wins Listed The Rosebud

Monday, 11th August 2014

At Royal Randwick, Arrowfield Stud's Australian champion sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) celebrated his 116th individual stakes winner when promising 3YO colt Scissor Kick (Redoute's Choice-Back Pass, by Quest for Fame) scored by 0.8-length for trainer Paul Messara in the $100,000 Listed The Rosebud (1200m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colts Better Land (Shamardal-Amelia's Dream, by Redoute's Choice) & Inkling (Duporth-Tarcoola Diamond, by Last Tycoon). This was the first stakes victory for the well bred Scissors Kick who took his record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 3 starts for $93,475 earnings. The 3YO colt's trainer Paul Messara said, "It was a big effort today. He always gives us the impression he wants a bit further as he's such a casual customer. He'll go towards the Golden Rose and then maybe Melbourne for the Caulfield Guineas. That's a race I'd love to get him to." Bred by Jonathan Munz's GSA Bloodstock from Back Pass (by Quest For Fame), Scissor Kick was a $200,000 purchase from the Broadwater Thoroughbreds draft at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale, and is raced by Arrowfield in partnership with Munz's Pinecliff Racing. Scissor Kick is a full-brother to stakes winner Shark Bite, who stands at Eliza Park Stud in Victoria. Both Scissor Kick and Shark Bite are from the Quest For Fame mare Back Pass, a half-sister to Gr2 winning sire Three Chimneys from the family of Juddmonte Farms' exceptional producer Hasili, dam of outstanding European sire Dansili (Danehill) and Gr1 winners Intercontinental (Danehill), Champs Elysees (Danehill), Cacique (Danehill), Banks Hill (Danehill) and Heat Haze (Green Desert).

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