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Dairy Farmer Seeking Australian Riches

Wednesday, 4th July 2018

The former Stephen Marsh-trained duo Pierrocity and I Am Queen have joined Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young's Cranbourne stable in the hope of gaining black type, reports NZ Racing Desk. Their owner, Karapiro dairy farmer Roger Blunt, said it was a tough decision to send his fillies to Australia, but his hand was forced due to the current track conditions and lucrative prize money on offer in Victoria. "From the outset we said if we had horses that were good enough to go to Australia, that was where we were intending to go with them," explained Blunt. "Stephen had done a great job in prepping them...the decision to send them both to Australia was a really big call. Hopefully they are good enough to make it there. If they are not, then we can easily bring them home." Both fillies were bought by Blunt with a breeding career in mind, and both have showed enough promise in their three-year-old seasons to date. The beautifully bred Pierrocity (Pierro-Dane Ripper, by Danehill) has shown promise winning 1 of her 8 starts to date, while I Am Queen (Animal Kingdom-Cat by the Tale, by Tale of the Cat) has 1 of her 2 starts. "Stephen very much likes I Am Queen and Pierrocity came sixth in the Guineas [Gr1 NZ 1,000 Guineas], so she has got plenty of ability. She is better over longer distances," said Blunt. "In the short time that they have been over there, Trent and Natalie have taken a bit of a shine to I Am Queen and she's pretty close to going to the races, so we'll start finding out how good they really are." I Am Queen holds a nomination for Saturday's Listed Creswick Series Final (1200m) at Flemington where she will likely meet boom sprinter Nature Strip.

Craven Sale Day-1: 800K Guineas for Scat Daddy Colt

Thursday, 19th April 2018

A colt from the final crop of Coolmore's ill-fated sire sensation Scat Daddy topped Monday's opening session of the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale when selling to Charlie Gordon-Watson for 800,000 guineas - the third highest price ever achieved at this sale. A total of 38 lots sold for 5,222,500 guineas, with an average of 137,434 guineas and a median of 75,000 guineas. Consigned by Willie Browne's Mocklershill Stables, the sale-topping colt is out of the winning Cape Cross mare Alegendinmyownmind and a brother to three winners. The sale represented a pin-hooking windfall for his owners who had purchased him for $270,000 as a yearling. "The horse has been bought for Dr Johnny Hon and his global brand," said Gordon-Watson. "This is a beautiful horse and a very fast horse. The mare has done well and the pedigree stretches back strongly - second dam Midnight Line was a very good racemare and the family traces to the Coolmore line of Together and Jan Vermeer." Gordon-Watson added: "He is also by a fabulous stallion and he really does tick all the boxes - let's hope he is a headline horse." The second highest price of the night was for a daughter of WinStar Farm sire and Vinery Australia shuttler More Than Ready who fetched 500,000 guineas to the bid of Anthony Stroud on behalf of Godolphin. The filly is a daughter of Grade 1 Ashland Stakes winner Sis City. Meanwhile, Darley America-based sire and Arrowfield Stud shuttler Animal Kingdom was responsible for the third highest priced lot of the evening. The colt out of US stakes winner Sirmione was purchased for 420,000 guineas by Alex Elliott, who was standing with California based trainer Simon Callaghan, on behalf of American owner Kaleem Shah. Day two of the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale continues on Wednesday 18th April at 6.15pm (local time).

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Scat Daddy colt (image: Tattersalls)

Animal Kingdom Filly Roars To Debut Victory

Tuesday, 2nd January 2018

Meanwhile from the same 2016 Magic Millions Arrowfield Stud draft that has already produced stakes-winners Snitzkraft (see above), Invader, Dracarys, Showtime and Pretty Fast, an Animal Kingdom debutante I Am Queen (Animal Kingdom-Cat by The Tale, by Tale of the Cat) has made a mess of her rivals over 1000m at Taupo in New Zealand. Singled out by champion Animal Kingdom's trainer Graham Motion and jockey John Velazquez at the Gold Coast Sale as a promising type, the $310,000 yearling has been patiently held back by connections but there was no hiding what she'd shown at home, consequently starting a strong favourite before surging away to a facile 4.3-lengths victory. Trainer Stephen Marsh suggested post-race that I Am Queen, who made most of the running, is not a 1000m metre type which augurs well for what she might show in the autumn over a longer trip. With 13 individual winners from his first Australian crop, champion Animal Kingdom will be represented by 11 yearlings at next week's Gold Coast Sale, among them 9 in the Arrowfield Stud draft. Also in the consignment is a Redoute's Choice half-brother to I am Queen, whose elder siblings include Group-placed city winners Raphael's Cat and Tale of Choice.

I Am Queen

Graham Motion (right) & John Velazquez with I Am Queen


Impressive Winner for Animal Kingdom

Friday, 20th October 2017

Arrowfield shuttler Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux–Dalicia, by Acatenango) looks to have a smart prospect on his hands in the form of unbeaten juvenile filly Grace And Dignity (ex Precision Farming, by Smart Strike). Trained by Catherine Day Phillips, Grace And Dignity made it two wins from as many starts in a six furlong claiming race at Woodbine on Wednesday when destroying her rivals by 5.25 lengths in a slick time of 1:08.77. The win boosted Grace and Dignity's earnings to US$70,895. Animal Kingdom, a winner of the Kentucky Derby & Dubai World Cup, completed his fourth northern hemisphere season at Darley America earlier this year before returning to Arrowfield where he is currently standing at a fee of $27,500 inc. GST. Among Animal Kingdom's best progeny to date are Gr2 Woodbine Summer Classic winner Untamed Domain, and Listed winners Sunny Skies and Continental Divide. He has also been represented by Group-placed Australian 3YO Lord Cecil who was placed in the Gr3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic in May.

Ready To Run Catalogue Brimming With Quality

Monday, 11th September 2017

The catalogue for New Zealand Bloodstock's Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds is now available online. Graduates of the Sale have claimed 110 stakes wins including 19 Group 1 races in the past five seasons alone, cementing its position as a prolific producer of successful racehorses. Headlined by the recent Group 1-winning performances of Gingernuts (Iffraaj) and Hall of Fame (Savabeel), graduates of the Sale have won races such as the Rosehill Guineas, New Zealand Derby, Levin Classic, Futurity Stakes, Emirates Stakes, New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas, Caulfield Cup, Australian Derby & Victoria Derby. Catalogue highlights include:

  • 49 siblings to stakes performers including siblings to Group 1 winners Adventador, Savaria, Sofia Rosa, Magic Cape, Zabrasive, Able One, Kawi, Silent Achiever, Brambles and King Mufhasa, as well as Group 1-placed Strada Cavallo, Allez Eagle, Fazzle, Formality, Frolic and Kabayan.
  • New Zealand sires such as Alamosa, Dalghar, Darci Brahma, Guillotine, Iffraaj, Jimmy Choux, Keeper, Makfi, Niagara, Ocean Park, O'Reilly, Pins, Pentire, Per Incanto, Power, Redwood, Reliable Man, Rip Van Winkle, Rock 'n' Pop, Savabeel, Shamexpress, Shocking, Showcasing, Super Easy, Swiss Ace, Tavistock and Zacinto.
  • Australian sires such as All Too Hard, Animal Kingdom, Choisir, Delago Deluxe, Denman, Epaulette, Exceed And Excel, Fastnet Rock, Foxwedge, Hinchinbrook, I Am Invincible, Jakkalberry, Medaglia d'Oro, More Than Ready, Pierro, Redoute's Choice, Smart Missile, Snitzel, So You Think, The Factor and Written Tycoon.

Every horse entered in the Ready to Run Sale has the opportunity to Breeze Up with the last 200m of their work filmed and timed. Breeze-Ups are set to be conducted at Te Rapa Racecourse on 16 & 17 October, and the footage will be available online from 20 October. New Zealand Bloodstock's Ready to Run Sale will be held on 22 & 23 November with selling commencing at 11am each day. Click here to view the catalogue.

Arrowfield Shuttlers Join Locals Ahead Of Parades

Monday, 21st August 2017

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

Mikki Isle has arrived from Japan

Another Stakes Winner for Animal Kingdom

Tuesday, 8th August 2017

Arrowfield shuttler Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux–Dalicia, by Acatenango) sired his second stakes winner when juvenile colt Continental Divide scored by three-quarters of a length in the $100,000 Graduation Stakes (5.5 furlongs) at Del Mar on Sunday, reports Thoroughbred Daily News. "What a nice colt," said winning trainer Jim Cassidy. "That price we paid for him looks like a fair one now. Right from day one he has never, ever let anything bother him. You can set a bomb off next to him and he doesn't care. He's got the greatest mind." He added: "He's not fully prepared yet. I'd like to see a little more weight on him and a little more colour in him and get a little bigger and stronger. We'll give him a chance now and see when he makes me run him again." A US$245,000 yearling purchase, Continental Divide improved his record to 1 win and 1 placing from 2 starts for US$69,000 in earnings. Animal Kingdom's first stakes winner Sunny Skies was successful in the Listed Debutante Stakes (1200m) at Churchill Downs in June. The Kentucky Derby & World Cup winner has also been represented by Group-placed Australian 3YO Lord Cecil who was placed in the Gr3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic in May. Animal Kingdom has completed his fourth northern hemisphere season at Darley America and returns to Arrowfield where he will be available this spring at a fee of $27,500 inc. GST.

Ready2Race Sale Shaping As Strongest Ever

Wednesday, 26th July 2017

With 10 days remaining before entries close on Friday, 4 August, vendors are again lining up to be involved in the 2017 Inglis Ready2Race Sale, which this year will take place at Oaklands Junction, Melbourne on Wednesday, 4 October. Last year's Inglis Ready2Race Sale averaged $62,371, or 27% higher than its nearest competitor. The on-track results from last year's graduates have been impressive to date, with the likes of Smart Missile colt Debellatio, winner of the Gr3 WA Sires Produce Stakes at Ascot, and Go Daddy Go, who looks a highly progressive type after his win in the $125,000 Clarendon Stakes at the Hawkesbury stand-alone meeting earlier this year. In four short years, the Inglis Ready2Race Sale has now produced 18 individual stakes performers. Of the early entries, leading sires such as I Am Invincible, Fastnet Rock, High Chaparral, Sebring, Written Tycoon, More Than Ready, Medaglia d'Oro, Artie Schiller, All Too Hard, Foxwedge, Animal Kingdom, Pierro, Reward For Effort, Smart Missile, So You Think, Your Song, Star Witness and Choisir are represented. First Season Sires that are represented include Zoustar, Epaulette, Sizzling, Shamus Award, Fighting Sun, Kuroshio, Camelot, Declaration Of War, Eurozone, The Factor, Unencumbered and War.

Key dates:

  • Monday September 4 – Main breeze-up day at Cranbourne Turf Club
  • Friday September 8 – Breeze-up day at Canterbury racecourse
  • Monday October 2 – Alternative breeze-up day at Cranbourne Turf Club
  • Wednesday October 4 – 2017 Ready2Race Sale at Oaklands, Melbourne

First Stakes Winner for Animal Kingdom

Monday, 3rd July 2017

Sunny Skies became the first stakes winner for Arrowfield shuttler Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux–Dalicia, by Acatenango) when bounding clear for a decisive 1.5 length win in the Listed Debutante Stakes (1200m) at Churchill Downs on Friday, reports Thoroughbred Daily News. The juvenile chestnut filly is now unbeaten in her two starts after romping to an emphatic 9-length win on debut at Keeneland in April. Trainer Ken McPeek said Sunny Skies (Animal Kingdom-Sky Scrape, by Marquetry) would now be stepped up to Group company. "We'll probably keep her here this summer and point towards the Gr3 Pocahontas Stakes on 19 September," he said. Animal Kingdom’s first Australian 2YOs have given him a good start with 12 of his 16 runners  weighing in this season. His five winners include Group 3-placed winner Lord Cecil, Flemington winner Royal Phoenix and TDN Rising Star Earth Angel, who has major Spring targets on her 2017/18 agenda. Animal Kingdom has completed his fourth northern hemisphere season at Darley America and returns to Arrowfield where he will be available this Spring at a fee of $27,500 inc. GST.

First Flemington Winner for Animal Kingdom

Tuesday, 13th June 2017

Highly promising Animal Kingdom colt Royal Phoenix hinted at a bright future when dead-heating with Andaz in the Eugene Gorman Handicap (1100m) at Flemington on Saturday. Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said of Royal Phoenix: "He didn't get cover but neither did the other, but they both fought it out very strong to the line. He will get better - it's never easy first time up the straight, but he did it beautifully." Royal Phoenix is the second foal of Helena Girl, a winning daughter of Commands and also the dam of Macau stakes winner Sparta (by Beneteau). He's prepared for a group of owners, including his breeder Tony Pistikakis, by Team Hawkes, who bought him for $240,000 from Arrowfield's 2016 Magic Millions draft. Royal Phoenix is the fifth winner from Animal Kingdom's first Australian crop, sufficient to hold third on the First Season Sires' premiership by winners. His best performer this term is the Group-placed winner Lord Cecil who ran a meritorious sixth (beaten less than two lengths) in Saturday's Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m) after racing wide throughout. Add six placegetters from a representation of only 14 runners and the Dubai World Cup champion is a big watch for 2017/18. Animal Kingdom's second-crop yearlings averaged almost $155,000 at 2017's major sales and his top price of $340,000 was paid by Solis Litt Bloodstock at Inglis Easter for Arrowfield's filly out of Sammy's Girl. Other buyers of his second-crop yearlings include Andrew Williams, Phil Cataldo, Damon Gabbedy, Champion Thoroughbreds, Liam Birchley & Paul Perry.


Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up & Horses in Training Catalogue Online

Wednesday, 12th April 2017

The catalogue for the 2017 Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up and Horses in Training Sale is now available online. A total of 13 breeze-up two year olds and 91 horses in training have been catalogued, with the sale to take place May 4th and 5th, with the two year olds breezing at Newmarket's Rowley Mile Racecourse on Thursday 4th May starting at 9.00am. No less than 48 of the sires with two year olds catalogued have already sired Classic or Group 1 winners, including ACCLAMATION, CAPE CROSS, DARK ANGEL, EXCEED AND EXCEL. HELMET, HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, IFFRAAJ, KODIAC, LAWMAN, LE HAVRE, LONHRO, LOPE DE VEGA, MASTERCRAFTSMAN, PIVOTAL, SHOWCASING and ZOFFANY. Top class overseas based sires also feature prominently, with proven Group/Grade 1 USA based sires ELUSIVE QUALITY, EXCHANGE RATE, MEDAGLIA D’ORO, MIZZEN MAST, SCAT DADDY, and STREET BOSS all well represented. In addition there are 17 first crop sires with two year old catalogued including Group 1 winners ANIMAL KINGDOM, DABIRSIM, DAWN APPROACH, EPAULETTE, FARHH, HAVANA GOLD, LETHAL FORCE, MOST IMPROVED, SHANGHAI BOBBY and SOCIETY ROCK, as well as SWISS SPIRIT who is already off the mark with an impressive winner. “The Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up and Horses in Training Sale enjoyed another successful year in 2016 with Group and Listed performers not only throughout Europe but also in North America and Dubai and this year’s catalogue has an abundance of quality two year olds in training as well as high class proven horses in training,” Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony said.

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:


Pinhooks From Arrowfield Reward Buyers

Friday, 18th November 2016

Pinhookers who had invested in Arrowfield yearlings to on-sell at NZB’s Ready To Run Sale were particularly well rewarded over the past two days. Among the top-priced lots was the Starcraft-Vortex colt, originally secured for $130,000 from Arrowfield's Magic Millions Gold Coast draft last January. The buyer was Leanach Lodge which accepted Hong Kong trainer Ricky Yiu's bid of $NZ360,000 for the colt during Wednesday's session. Lot 67 was Kilmore Farm's Snitzel-Aussie Christmas colt,purchased by Anton Koolman Bloodstock for $NZ340,000, a healthy profit on the $150,000 paid for him at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale where he was part of the Arrowfield draft. The Animal Kingdom-Bella Cantata colt, a $25,000 buy from Arrowfield at the Magic Millions National Sale, was re-offered by Woburn Farm and knocked down for $NZ160,000 to Hong Kong buyer Michael Chang. The first opportunity to buy from the new crop of Arrowfield yearlings comes at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale in January when the Stud will present 22 fillies & 36 colts, including two colts from the first crop of six-time Gr1-winner Dundeel.

Snitzel-Aussie Christmas Colt

The Snitzel-Aussie Christmas colt (pic: NZB)

NZB Ready To Run Breeze Ups Online

Friday, 21st October 2016

The Breeze Up videos for New Zealand Bloodstock's 2016 Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs are now available online. A total of 513 two-year-olds breezed up at Te Rapa Racecourse on 17 & 18 October, with the final 200m of each Lot's work timed and filmed. A full spreadsheet of times can also be downloaded from the online catalogue. The NZB Ready to Run Sale has been the source of 16 Group 1 wins in the past four seasons. Four of those Group 1 victories came during the 2015-16 season, courtesy of dual Derby-winning hero Mongolian Khan, Turn Me Loose, and Dukedom. Catalogue highlights include:

  • 57 siblings to stakes winners including siblings to Gr1 winners Veloce Bella, Magic Cape, Captivate, Miss Mossman, Ruud Awakening,MacO'Reilly, I Do, Kirramosa, Irish Fling, Peggy Jean and Allez Wonder.
  • The progeny of 60 stakes winners including Gr1-winning dams Captivate, Honor Babe, Honor Bound, Prize Lady and Sharvasti.
  • 70 horses nominated for the Karaka Million, 24 fillies nominated for the Pearl Series, 112 horses that are BOBS eligible, 28 Super VOBIS nominated horses and one VOBIS Gold nominated horse.
  • New Zealand sires such as Darci Brahma, Iffraaj, Jimmy Choux, Keeper, Makfi, O'Reilly, Pentire, Per Incanto, Pins, Pour Moi, Power, Reliable Man, Savabeel, Shocking, Showcasing, Swiss Ace, Tavistock and Zacinto.
  • Australian sires such as All Too Hard, Americain, Animal Kingdom, Choisir, Encosta De Lago, Exceed And Excel, Foxwedge, Hinchinbrook, Hussonet, I Am Invincible, Manhattan Rain, Medaglia d'Oro, Pierro, Redoute's Choice, Smart Missile, Snitzel, So You Think, Starspangledbanner, Stryker, Street Cry and Written Tycoon.

Click here to view the online catalogue including videos and breeze up times.

Freshman Sires To Shine At NZB Ready To Run Sale

Monday, 10th October 2016

Next month's New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale at Karaka will showcase the first two-year-old crops of 21 exciting new sires. Sires with their eldest Australasian crop in the sale include All Too Hard, Americain, Animal Kingdom, Azamour, Bullet Train, Burgundy, Crowded House, Dalakhani, Delago Deluxe, Excelebration, He's Remarkable, Highly Recommended, Lucas Cranach, Niagara, Ocean Park, Pierro, Power, Reliable Man, Rock 'N' Pop, Super Easy and Your Song. The 2016 NZB Ready to Run Sale catalogue has attracted 552 two-year-olds. Every horse entered in the Sale has the opportunity to Breeze Up with the last 200m of their work filmed and timed. Breeze-Ups are set to be conducted at Te Rapa Racecourse on 17 & 18 October. New Zealand Bloodstock's Ready to Run Sale will be held on 16 & 17 November 2016 with selling starting at 10am each day. Click here to view the online catalogue.

4762 Catalogued For Keeneland Nov Breeding Sale

Thursday, 6th October 2016

Keeneland has 4,762 horses catalogued for its world-renowned November Breeding Stock Sale to be held from 8th - 20th November. The November Sale will comprise 2,287 broodmares and broodmare prospects, 1,836 weanlings, and 544 horses of racing age and three stallions. Last year, the November Sale featured the US$6 million sale of champion Take Charge Brandi, who was the most expensive thoroughbred sold at public auction anywhere in the world. A North American record price for a weanling was also set at the sale for the second year in a row when a filly by War Front out of Gr1 Take Charge Lady (Take Charge Brandi's second dam) sold for US$3.1 million. Broodmares catalogued this year are in foal to 217 proven and exciting young stallions around the world and include the first mares in foal to 2015 Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup Classic winner American Pharoah, Bernardini, Bodemeister, Candy Ride (ARG), Curlin, Declaration of War, Distorted Humor, Empire Maker, Ghostzapper, Giant's Causeway, Gleneagles (IRE), Honor Code, Liam's Map, Malibu Moon, Medaglia d'Oro, More Than Ready, Orb, Palace Malice, Pioneerof the Nile, Shanghai Bobby, Speightstown, Tapit, Uncle Mo and War Front. The 192 sires of weanlings in the catalog include Animal Kingdom, Australia (GB), Awesome Again, Bernardini, Bodemeister, Candy Ride (ARG), Curlin, Dansili (GB), Distorted Humor, Frankel (GB), Giant's Causeway, Kitten's Joy, Malibu Moon, Medaglia d'Oro, Orb, Pioneerof the Nile, Scat Daddy, Shanghai Bobby, Speightstown, Tapit, Tiznow, Uncle Mo, Verrazano and War Front.

Inglis Release Ready2Race 2YO Catalogue

Monday, 15th August 2016

The strongest catalogue of two-year-olds ever assembled in Australia is now online with 255 select juveniles to be showcased at the Inglis Ready2Race Sale in Sydney on Tuesday, 4 October. Vendors from Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and New Zealand have unequivocally increased their support of the sale, with the depth of sires and quality athletes undoubtedly delivering the best book of two-year-olds offered for auction in Australia. Australia's top 15 sires last season are all represented led by Street Cry, Not A Single Doubt, Written Tycoon, Fastnet Rock, Lonhro, Encosta de Lago, Redoute's Choice, Snitzel and Sebring. World-class sire Choisir is represented with seven two-year-olds in the Ready2Race Sale, including a full sister to Japonisme and a colt from a half-sister to Sacred Kingdom. Three lots by High Chaparral will be offered, while other leading stallions represented in the sale include More Than Ready, Exceed And Excel, Magnus, Stratum, Mossman, Savabeel, Commands, I Am Invincible, Hard Spun, Bel Esprit, Casino Prince, Medaglia D'Oro, Al Maher, Husson, Dane Shadow, Nicconi, Snippetson, Testa Rossa and Shamardal. The Champion First and Second Season Sires Smart Missile and Hinchinbrook are both represented with six two-year-olds each in the Ready2Race Sale, while first crop sires with two or more progeny each include All Too Hard, Americain, Animal Kingdom, Bullet Train, Excelebration, Harbour Watch, Pierro and Your Song. Progeny from 27 stakes winning mares and 22 stakes placed mares will be showcased at breeze ups on quality grass tracks at Cranbourne (Victoria) and Canterbury (Sydney) early next month. There are also 23 full or half relations to stakes winners and 23 stakes placegetters. The two-year-olds will be filmed galloping on the respective grass course proper at Cranbourne and Canterbury, with the last 200 metres of their gallops electronically timed. Click here for the online catalogue.


  • Tuesday, 6 September - Breeze Up Day at Cranbourne, Victoria
  • Friday, 9 September – Breeze Up Day at Canterbury Racecourse, Sydney
  • Tuesday, 4 October – Ready2Race Sale day at Newmarket, Sydney

Animal Kingdom Rested For 2016 Season

Tuesday, 5th July 2016

The decision has been taken to rest Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux-Dalicia, by Acatenango) for the 2016 Southern Hemisphere breeding season, which would have been his fourth in Australia. Animal Kingdom, whose first Australian-bred 2YOs run next season, will remain at Darley's Jonabell Farm in Kentucky after he completes the current US season. The Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup winner will, however, return to Arrowfield Stud for the 2017 Southern Hemisphere season. "Arrowfield and Darley are the majority owners of Animal Kingdom, we're firmly committed to him and we're very pleased with his first progeny both here in Australia and in the United States," commented Arrowfield's Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer. "His stock have good size and scope with a tremendous depth of girth and appeal as late season two-year-olds and Classic horses." Freyer added: "In a very competitive marketplace the fourth season is always the most difficult. We have great faith in Animal Kingdom and have decided to take a longer-term view of his stallion career so we're resting him now, after he's served three very big books in Kentucky and six consecutive seasons north and south. He's an exceptional horse, but not surprisingly as a Kentucky Derby winner he's been more popular in the US, so it makes sense to rest him from his Australian duties."

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Animal Kingdom (image: Bronwen Healy)

Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale Catalogue Online

Friday, 1st July 2016

Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 252 selected yearlings for its 96th Saratoga Sale to be held from 8th-9th August at Saratoga Springs in New York. Sessions will begin each evening at 6:30 pm in the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion. “Saratoga produced four Eclipse Champions in 2015 – American Pharoah, Songbird, Stellar Wind, and Tepin - more than any other individual Thoroughbred auction in the world,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning.  “And, not only are these horses great champions, they are arguably some of the most accomplished racehorses we’ve seen in some time – a testament to the type of quality our consignors offer at Saratoga.” In data recently released by The BloodHorse MarketWatch, The Saratoga Sale once again ranks at the top of all major North American yearling sales by percentage of Gr1 winners, Graded Stakes Winners, and Stakes Winners produced from horses sold. Sires with yearlings represented at the sale include Galileo, Frankel, Tapit, War Front, Distorted Humor, Scat Daddy, Uncle Mo, More Than Ready, Declaration Of War, The Factor, Animal Kingdom, Medaglia d'Oro, Bernardini, Giant's Causeway, Curlin, Malibu Moon, and American Pharoah's sire Pioneerof The Nile. Australian sire Lonhro has one yearling on offer. Catalogued as Lot 252, the bay filly is out of the Tale of The Cat mare Curry Cat. Click here to view the online catalogue.

Leroidesanimaux Dies at 16

Monday, 30th May 2016

Leroidesanimaux (Candy Stripes-Dissemble, by Ahonoora), the Eclipse champion turf male of 2005 and sire of Arrowfield's Gr1 Kentucky Derby & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom, has died at the age of 16, reports Thoroughbred Daily News. The Brazilian bred stallion passed away at his home at Lanwades Stud in Newmarket following complications from a paddock accident earlier this year. Leroidesanimaux won 9 of his 13 starts - including three Gr1 victories in the Citation Handicap, Woodbine Mile, and Frank E Kilroe Mile Handicap - for over US$1.65 million in earnings. He retired to Stonewall Farm in Kentucky in 2006 and later relocated to Stonewall Farm in Florida before being expatriated to Lanwades Stud where he stood the past three seasons. "We are extremely saddened at the tragic loss of Leroi," said Kirsten Rausing of Lanwades Stud. "He was still in the prime of life and would no doubt have proved an exceptional asset to the European Thoroughbred industry. We are absolutely delighted with the yearlings and foals he has produced during his time at Lanwades."

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

Habibi Retired

Wednesday, 24th February 2016

Highly talented New Zealand-bred mare Habibi (Ekraar-Danny Holiday, by Danasinga) has been retired and is set for a date with Arrowfield's Gr1 Kentucky Derby & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom, reports NZ Racing Desk. The winner of the 2013 New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie for trainers Donna and the late Dean Logan and owners Peter & Heather Crofskey, Gavin Crofskey and Pam McIntyre, Habibi has been campaigned in North America since that season. Her best performance since traversing hemispheres was her second in the Gr1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (2000m) at Woodbine, Canada, in September last year. Her American owner George Strawbridge opted to retire the daughter of Ekraar after she finished third in the Gr3 Suwanee River (1800m) at Gulfstream Park a fortnight ago. It was a bittersweet end for the Crofskeys, who have retained an interest in Habibi throughout her career. "We were there to see her last race and it was a pleasure to be there for it," Heather Crofskey said. "She should have won a Group One over there. She lost by a whisker and might not have if the jockey had pulled the whip. She had a chequered career in the US which was a shame." Plagued by injury since her 3YO season, Habibi won six of her seven starts in New Zealand, winning the Listed Trevor Eagle Memorial and the Gr2 Championship Stakes at Ellerslie as well as finishing third in the Gr2 Avondale Guineas in the lead-up to her Derby triumph. She then finished third in the Gr1 Storm Queen Stakes and a luckless fourth in the Gr1 Australian Oaks in Sydney before a joint deal negotiated by Otaki bloodstock agent Phill Cataldo and American agent Denny Boltinghouse saw her sold to Strawbridge. "She gave us so many great memories and it's a shame to see her retired, but we always knew that day would come," Crofskey said. "Her trainer over there, Mark Frostad, said she was a world-class mare and she'll get the best possible chance to start to her broodmare career with a visit to Animal Kingdom."

BOBS Yearlings On Offer At Upcoming Inglis Classic Sale

Tuesday, 2nd February 2016

The Inglis Classic Yearling Sale to be held from 6-8 February at Newmarket in Sydney will provide NSW owners and trainers with the chance to purchase BOBS eligible yearlings. There are 505 eligible yearlings in the catalogue by leading sires such as Sebring, Snitzel, I Am Invincible and High Chaparral. An exciting group of BOBS nominated first season sires are well represented including All Too Hard (4), Animal Kingdom (3), Bullet Train (12), Delago Deluxe (12), Excelebration (13), Harbour Watch (7), Pierro(2) and Your Song (14). In the 2015/16 season, BOBS has already paid out over $3.5 million in bonuses and double-up payments. Purchased yearlings with BOBS eligibility can be paid for through the double-up scheme, which allows a BOBS bonus to be doubled if reinvested into an eligible yearling. Click here for more information.

Pierro & Animal Kingdom Possible Delicacy Suitors

Wednesday, 6th January 2016

Meanwhile, owner Bob Peters says he is favouring sending Delicacy (by Danehill stallion Al Maher) to young stallions Pierro (Lonhro) or Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux) as his mind turns to her breeding career. "I have shares in a few stallions that offer an outcross for Danehill line mares," Peters told ANZ Bloodstock News. "Obviously we still have nine months to make a decision, it's a long way away but I'd imagine she will go to either Pierro, Vancouver or Animal Kingdom." He added: "The focus at the moment though is on her rehabilitation and making sure she is ready and ok."


Inglis Premier Sale Catalogue Now Online

Thursday, 10th December 2015

The catalogue is now available online for the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, to be held on 28, 29 February and 1, 2 March at the Inglis Oaklands Sales Complex. The catalogue will feature 755 select Lots for Victoria's headlining yearling sale. "The Premier Yearling Sale has experienced increases year on year due to outstanding vendor support from across Australasia and growth in the quality of bloodstock offered at the sale," said Inglis Victorian Manager Simon Vivian. The catalogue is littered with Australia's leading black type families, with 100 half or full relations to stakes winners to go under the hammer at Oaklands. Progeny from 98 stakes winning dams will be offered by 80 vendors. Proven stallions with strong representation (5 or more) include Redoute's Choice, Fastnet Rock, Snitzel, Smart Missile, Sebring, High Chaparral, I Am Invincible, Not A Single Doubt, Medaglia d'Oro, Choisir, Bel Esprit, Hinchinbrook, Star Witness, Starspangledbanner, Bernardini, Commands, Reward For Effort and Canford Cliffs. 2016's exciting group of first season sires are also well-represented, with progeny by Pierro, All Too Hard, Excelebration, Ocean Park, Dalakhani, Americain, Animal Kingdom, Delago Deluxe, Your Song, Bullet Train, Harbour Watch, Niagara, Needs Further, Reliable Man, Squamosa and Super Easy offered at the sale. One of the highlights of the catalogue, the Blue Riband Session, will be conducted at the conclusion of Day 1. 48 Lots have been expertly selected by Inglis' Bloodstock team on pedigree and conformation to excel at three-years-old and older, over distances of 1600m and further. "This season alone, 16 Premier graduates have won 19 stakes races, including three Group 1 races. With results like these it is obvious why the popularity of the Premier Sale continues to grow. We are confident the graduates of the 2016 sale will perpetuate this success," added Vivian. All yearlings offered at an Inglis Select Yearling Sale, including the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, are eligible for entry into the lucrative $5 million Inglis Race Series covering their 2YO, 3YO and 4YO racing seasons. Click here to view the online catalogue.

Animal Kingdom's Jockey & Trainer To Visit Magic Millions Sale

Thursday, 3rd December 2015

Champion American jockey Johnny Velazquez and leading US trainer Graham Motion played starring roles in Animal Kingdom's sensational 2011 Kentucky Derby victory, and now they're coming to Australia to inspect his first yearlings at next month's Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast. Velazquez, the all-time leading US prize money-winning rider, two-time Eclipse Award winner, and Hall of Fame inductee, will also be available for rides on Magic Millions day, Saturday 9 January. Puerto Rican-born Velazquez and English native Motion have both forged remarkable careers in American racing. The pair have been associated with many outstanding performers, including US Horse of the Year Wise Dan, and champions Speightstown and Lemon Drop Kid. Paradoxically, it took a horse with a pedigree more European than American to elevate them both to the special level of fame reserved for history-making Kentucky Derby winners. Animal Kingdom was the first horse in 137 years to win the Derby at his first start on dirt; in fact, Motion confirmed a start only after the charismatic colt worked brilliantly at Churchill Downs a week before the race.  Velazquez, left without a ride when Uncle Mo went amiss, piloted Animal Kingdom to a spectacular 2.75-length victory, posting the fastest last half-mile since Secretariat 38 years earlier. Injury derailed Animal Kingdom's 4YO career until a daring first-up tilt at the 2012 Breeders' Cup Mile on turf at Santa Anita where he flew home from an impossible position to run second to Wise Dan in track record time of 1:31.78. That performance clinched both Arrowfield Stud's purchase of a majority interest in Animal Kingdom and a challenge for the $US10 million Gr1 Dubai World Cup. At Meydan, Animal Kingdom simply dominated his eleven top-class rivals – collectively the winners of 24 Group 1 races in eight countries. After that victory, Animal Kingdom was rated the best entire on the World Thoroughbred Rankings, with a figure of 126. Retired to stud in 2013, Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux-Dalicia, by Acatenango) is represented in the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast catalogue by eight yearlings, seven of them in the Arrowfield draft. They include a daughter of Grade 2 winner Cat By The Tale, a grandson of champion filly Alinghi, and a half-sister to Wild Rain, one of five stakes winners from the Stud's 2013 Magic Millions consignment. As well as attending the Sale and the Magic Millions raceday on Saturday 9 January, Motion and Velazquez will visit Arrowfield and will be available for media interviews from Wednesday 6 January 2016.

Medaglia d'Oro Heads Darley 2016 US Roster

Thursday, 29th October 2015

Medaglia d'Oro will head Darley's US roster next year, standing for a fee of US$150,000 - up from US$125,000 this season and US$100,000 in 2014, reports Blood Horse. The son of El Prado has sired 14 individual Gr1 winners to date, including champion US mare Rachel Alexandra, Australian Golden Slipper winner Vancouver, and exciting US filly Songbird, who is favourite for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Keeneland on Saturday. Bernardini has enjoyed another successful year with 4 individual Gr1 winners, including Rachel's Valentina, the second foal of 2009 US Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, as well as Australian Memsie Stakes & Stradbroke Handicap winner Boban. He has had his fee increased from US$85,000 to US$100,000. Hard Spun and Street Sense have also had fee increases, with both stallions set to stand for US$45,000, up from US$35,000 in 2015. Darley's Jonabell Farm (Kentucky) roster for 2016 is:

  • Medaglia D'Oro $150,000 ($125,000)
  • Bernardini $100,000 ($85,000)
  • Hard Spun $45,000 ($35,000)
  • Street Sense $45,000 ($35,000)
  • Elusive Quality $40,000 ($40,000)
  • Animal Kingdom $35,000 ($35,000)
  • Girolamo $15,000 ($5,000)
  • Street Boss $12,500 ($10,000)
  • Midshipman $8,500 ($7,500)
  • Discreet Cat $7,500 ($7,500)
  • Regal Ransom $5,000 ($5,000)

Like Mother Like Daughter In Guineas Triumph

Monday, 12th October 2015

"She's a beauty!" was John Messara's reply to one of many messages of congratulation after Stay With Me's outstanding victory in Saturday's Gr1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield. It was an especially poignant success for Messara, fellow owner-breeders Alan Jones & John Leaver, and the Arrowfield Stud team because Stay With Me is a home-bred daughter of Street Cry and champion filly Miss Finland (Redoute's Choice), and the 41st Gr1 winner bred by Arrowfield since 1985. Miss Finland, bred & raced by the same three-way partnership, won the 2006 Thousand Guineas en route to Australia's Champion 3YO Filly title and was trained by David Hayes, who now prepares Stay With Me with his nephew Tom Dabernig. Stay With Me has now won three of her six starts and taken her earnings to almost $420,000. A decision on the filly's next start has yet to be made, but Hayes indicated that the VRC Oaks, MacKinnon Stakes & Myer Classic are all options under consideration. Miss Finland, whose five Gr1 victories included the 2006 Golden Slipper, is also the dam of stakes-placed city winner Woodbine (Hussonet) and a 2YO colt by More Than Ready, purchased for $500,000 by Katsumi Yoshida at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale. Arrowfield's queen has since produced a 2014 filly by Animal Kingdom and she recently foaled a colt by Dundeel. Stay With Me is the fourth Gr1 winner for Redoute's Choice as a broodmare sire, after Sacred Falls, Zoustar & Pasadena Girl, who finished a game fourth in the Thousand Guineas.

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Inglis Spring Thoroughbred Sale This Friday In Sydney

Tuesday, 11th August 2015

The 67 lot online catalogue for the 2015 Inglis Spring Thoroughbred Sale that will be held in Sydney this Friday 14 August is now available online. Broodmares, Yearlings, Stallions, Unbroken and Racing Stock are all set for auction including many part or fully owned by the late Oliver Wong, a great supporter of Australian breeding and racing. "Mr Oliver Wong is a big loss to thoroughbred breeding. Oliver loved his racing in Hong Kong and that passion flowed through to an extensive racing and breeding operation encompassing over 50 thoroughbreds in Australia and New Zealand," said Apollo Ng, nephew and representative of Mr Wong. Newhaven Park, Widden Stud, Coolmore Stud, Arrowfield Stud, John Sargent Racing, Lindsay Park Racing and Gai Waterhouse Racing will all offer horses on behalf of the Estate of the late Mr Oliver Wong at the Inglis Spring Thoroughbred Sale. Other vendors to sell on Friday include Attunga Stud, Kitchwin Hills, Letmar Investments, Strawberry Hill Stud and Turangga Farm. Turangga will offer stakes-placed stallion prospect Strive To Excel, a Redoute's Choice half-brother to five stakes winners including Group 1 winner Sky Cuddle. Broodmares will be offered in foal to first season sires Camelot and Dundeel, in addition to Excelebration, Canford Cliffs, Casino Prince, Nicconi and Toorak Toff. Three yearlings from the first crop of Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom and two by So You Think are among the 13 yearlings catalogued. Click here to view the online catalogue.

Inglis Broodmare & Weanling Sale Day-1: Top Sellers

Monday, 4th May 2015
  • $230,000 Medaglia d'Oro-Kiss the Sun colt (R Wachman)
  • $200,000 Pierro-Amazing Tale filly (Yu Long Investments Australia)
  • $200,000 Animal Kingdom-Johan's Toy filly (Lyndhurst Farm)
  • $190,000 Sepoy-Baby Corn filly (Laurel Oak Bloodstock)
  • $150,000 Snitzel-Tangerine Dream colt (Sheamus Mills Bloodstock/Two Bays Farm)
  • $150,000 Pierro-Euchre filly (Inglis As Agent)
  • $150,000 I Am Invincible-Flion Fenena colt (Musk Creek Farm)
  • $140,000 Lonhro-Pilbara Sand colt (Inglis As Agent)

MM National Weanling & Broodmare Catalogues Online

Wednesday, 22nd April 2015

The much anticipated catalogues for the Magic Millions National Weanling and Broodmare Sales are now online and will also be available via the equineline iPad app. Featuring the Wood Nook Farm Dispersal (18 broodmares, 7 race fillies and 12 weanlings) and the Heinrich Bloodstock Unreserved Dispersal (53 broodmares and 40 weanlings) the sales have brought together quality packed catalogues for the start of a two week selling extravaganza. The National Weanling Sale catalogue comprises 430 lots to be sold over two days - May 24 and 25. Firmly established as the number one sale of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, the National Weanling Sale boasts recent graduates including Driefontein, Peggy Jean, Zoustar and Pierro. Plenty of interest will surround the first weanlings by sires including the aforementioned Triple Crown winner Pierro as well as the likes of All Too Hard, Animal Kingdom, Bullet Train, Delago Deluxe and Your Song. The 2015 catalogue includes (at least half) relations to Gr1 winners including Arapaho Miss, Hasna, Liberator, Mongolian Khan, Response, Southern Lord and Young Centaur. Group winning mares with lots catalogued include Mythical Play, Rocha, Pane in the Glass, Lectrice, There's Only One, A Country Girl, Slapstick, Zatella, Crown Princess and Flying Object. To view the online catalogue for the 2015 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale click here. The National Broodmare Sale has attracted a star studded 848 lot catalogue with selling from May 27 to 31. Among the stars catalogued are over 175 black type mares including 94 stakes winners - among them Group One winners Diademe, Diana Cazadora, Private Steer, Response, Rostova and Viadana. Others set to go under the hammer include group winners Bellini Rose, Belmont Cat, Hera, Rocha, Sistine Angel, Varenna Miss, Villa Verde, Bashful Girl, Brockman's Lass, Fine Bubbles, Hi On Love, Lectrice, Leone Chiara, Lovemelikearock, Pane in the Glass, Slapstick, Thiamandi and dozens more. The covering sires of mares reads like a who's who of the breeding world with the Australasian stars including Redoute's Choice, Fastnet Rock, Sebring, Exceed and Excel, Snitzel and I Am Invincible joined by the unbeaten world champion Frankel. There's a great selection of proven producers catalogued with the dams of Kermadec, Star Witness, Eurozone, Fravashi, Thump, Thunder Fantasy and Willow Creek all entered. The list of well bred lots is endless but includes two half sisters to Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Criterion and a pair of three quarter sisters to star filly First Seal. To view the online catalogue for the 2015 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale click here. The Magic Millions National Weanling and Broodmare Sales will be followed by the National Yearling (2-4 June) and Racehorse Sales (5 June). Catalogues for the yearling and racehorse sections will be available in the coming weeks.

Arrowfield Stud Announces 2015 Sire Fees

Tuesday, 14th April 2015

Just over a week after topping the Inglis Easter Sale as leading vendor (by aggregate), Arrowfield Stud has announced its 2015 stallion fees. Arrowfield Chairman John Messara says, "We are delighted the past year has produced some superlative racing and sales results for our stallions. We have set our service fees to reflect both their achievements and their genuine commercial appeal in the marketplace. However, we are also very mindful of the pressures and risks experienced by breeders and so I trust our fees will afford every opportunity to breed profitably. In particular, I believe our new addition Olympic Glory is very competitively priced for a horse of his calibre." Messara concludes, "Nothing gives us more pleasure than seeing our clients achieve their breeding, selling and racing ambitions and our entire team looks forward to helping them make the best decisions for their mares in 2015." The full list of 2015 Arrowfield Stud service fees (all GST inclusive) is:

Inglis Aust Broodmare & Weanling Catalogue Online

Monday, 30th March 2015

884 quality Lots have been catalogued for the extended Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale, which is available online. Now a four day event, the sale will run on 3, 4, 5 and 6 May 2015 at Inglis' Newmarket complex in Sydney. "Buyers investing in bloodstock earlier in the year have a headstart in refreshing their broodmare band and securing their matings for the next breeding season," said Inglis' National Bloodstock Director, Jonathan D'Arcy. "The extension of this year's sale means vendors have shown confidence in the timing of the auction and buyers can be confident that there really is something for everyone at Newmarket this May," D'Arcy said. The catalogue oozes quality, with over 50 weanlings being siblings to stakes performers including full or half relations to Group Winners Pear Tart, Pressday, Sirmione, Toydini, Snort and Primus. Mares represented by progeny in the weanling sale include stakes winners Baby Corn, Chickens, Skyerush, Rhythm in Paris, Astounded, Johan's Toy, Penny Gem, Afraah, Sojustrememberthis and Marchelle Belle. Buyers will also have the opportunity to secure the first weanlings offered by this year's outstanding group of first season sires including Pierro, All Too Hard, Your Song, Animal Kingdom, Excelebration, Ocean Park, Dalakhani, Delago Deluxe, Americain, Bullet Train, Harbour Watch, Instinction and Golden Archer. Proven sires with weanlings on offer include Fastnet Rock, Street Cry, Snitzel, Sebring, Exceed and Excel, More Than Ready, High Chaparral, Medaglia d'Oro, Stratum, Not. Single Doubt, Bernadini and I am Invincible. No less than 47 stakes-winners are catalogued in the broodmare section including Group 1 ATC Golden Slipper winner Calaway Girl, and Group 1 ATC Coolmore Classic winner Eskimo Queen. Other highlights include young Group 3 winning mares Danesiri, Thiamandi and Neena Rock, Group 1 performer Golconda, and Group 3 winner Absolutelyfabulous in foal to More Than Ready. The dam of Group 2 winner Toydini, Johan's Toy will be offered in foal to Dundeel. Click here to view online catalogue.

Extended Inglis Aust Broodmare & Weanling Sale

Thursday, 19th March 2015

Due to overwhelming demand the 2015 Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale has been extended an extra day to accommodate a larger catalogue, and will now run on 3, 4, 5 and 6 May at Inglis Newmarket complex in Sydney. This year's sale has drawn high quality entries across both the broodmare and weanling sections. Also popular at this year's sale is the introduction of the Platinum Session, for weanlings which at the time of entry vendors have guaranteed will have x-rays lodged. Inglis is also offering free entry for weanlings by first season sires, ensuring buyers have the largest selection of youngsters by the highly anticipated stallions Pierro, All Too Hard, Your Song, Animal Kingdom, Excelebration, Dalakhani, Delago Deluxe, Americain, Bullet Train, Harbour Watch, Instinction and Golden Archer. Entries for the first breeding stock sale of the year must close at 5pm this Friday, 20 March. Click here for entry details.

Entries Closing For Inglis Breeding Stock Sale

Friday, 6th March 2015

Next Friday (13th) is the final entry date for this year's Inglis Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale. The 2015 renewal of the sale will run for three days from May 3. The 2014 select weanling average was up 48 percent and the select broodmare average was up 28 percent, while the clearance rates for last year's weanlings and broodmares was 87 percent and 85 percent respectively. Inglis has also announced that entry will be free for all progeny of first season sires. The sale will feature the initial Australian offering of youngsters by the highly anticipated stallions Pierro, All Too Hard, Your Song, Animal Kingdom, Excelebration, Dalakhani, Delago Deluxe, Americain, Bullet Train, Harbour Watch, Mulaazem and Squamosa. Vendors can ensure entry into the Platinum weanling session on the opening day of the sale by providing x-rays to the repository. "The weanling market has become a very important part of the Australian industry and we feel by elevating a select group of weanlings by guaranteeing they are x-rayed will increase buyer confidence and in turn breeder's returns in the sale ring, which is why we are making it possible for buyers to select stock more carefully by holding the Platinum session on the first sale day," commented Inglis' National Bloodstock Director Jonathan D'Arcy.

Stay With Me Makes Encouraging Debut

Monday, 23rd February 2015

Meanwhile, beautifully bred filly Stay With Me, a daughter of champion filly Miss Finland (Redoute's Choice), took the first step out of her famous mum's shadow when finishing a close-up second in Saturday's Listed Talindert Stakes at Flemington. The race was won by the Peter Moody-trained filly Pasadena Girl, also having her first start and, like Stay With Me, is out of a Redoute's Choice mare. She is the 34th stakes winner for Redoute's Choice as a broodmare sire. Miss Finland won the 2006 Talindert Stakes before finishing runner-up behind Nadeem in the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes, before emerging two starts later to win the Gr1 Golden Slipper at Rosehill Gardens. Stay With Me (Street Cry) is raced by her breeders Arrowfield Stud, John Leaver & Alan Jones and trained by David Hayes & Tom Dabernig. Hayes also nurtured the career of Miss Finland, the winner of over $4.6 million prize money and five Gr1 races including the Golden Slipper, VRC Oaks, Australian Guineas and One Thousand Guineas. Miss Finland, who is also the dam of stakes-placed multiple city winner Woodbine (by Hussonet), has a More Than Ready colt in Arrowfield's draft for the Inglis Easter Sale, a weanling filly by Animal Kingdom and is in foal to Dundeel.


Sea The Moon Fee Set

Tuesday, 11th November 2014

Sea The Moon, a stunning 11-length winner of this year's German Derby, will stand for £15,000 in his first breeding season at Lanwades Stud in Newmarket next year. The son of Sea The Stars joins Archipenko who has had his fee increased to £10,000 following a successful year in which his daughter Madame Chiang became his first Gr1 winner when landing the British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes at Ascot last month. Completing the roster are Aussie Rules and Sir Percy who will each stand at £7,000, while Leroidesanimaux, the sire of Dubai World Cup and Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, will stand at £14,000, down from £17,500.

First Animal Kingdom Foals

Wednesday, 10th September 2014

Arrowfield Stud says it is thrilled with the first foals of Dubai World Cup and Kentucky Derby superstar Animal Kingdom, who has sired some beautiful new arrivals. Arrowfield's Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer said: "Animal Kingdom is himself a stunning horse with charisma, strength and quality. It's really exciting now to see all of those attributes in his foals." Among the Animal Kingdom foals born so far are fillies from Miss Helsinki (daughter of champion Miss Finland, by Hussonet), Tumble Turn (city-winning 2YO by Redoute's Choice), Vitesse Dane (Queensland Oaks Gr1 winner by Danewin), Lilac Garden (full-sister to Gr3 Adrian Knox Stakes winner Miss Darcey by Hussonet from stakes winner Miss Bussell), and colts from Bella Cantata (city-winning half-sister to Gr1 winner Inaflury, by Stravinsky), Hokuspokus (by Red Ransom from the Easy Date family) and Line Honours (daughter of champion Alinghi, by Hussonet).

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A gorgeous Animal Kingdom x Lilac Garden filly

Novellist Owner Buys Lone Monsun Colt

Thursday, 4th September 2014

Tuesday's BBAG Yearling Sale in Baden-Baden featured the appearance of six lots from the final crop of outstanding German sire Monsun (sire of last year's Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente) and it was an owner who has enjoyed plenty of success with the breed that took home the only one that was sold, reports bloodstock.racingpost.com.au. Dr Christoph Berglar, who bred and owned Monsun's brilliant Gr1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes-winning son Novellist, paid €450,000 for Lot 142, a colt out of the Listed-winning Pivotal mare Flashing Colour, a half-sister to Chesham Stakes winner Tha'ir. The colt's fourth dam is Reprocolor, one of the foundation mares for the Weinfeld family's Meon Valley Stud in England, which is the family of Gr1-winners Opera House, Kayf Tara, Cezanne, and Colorspin. "Dr Berglar chose the horse, as he saw him on the farm and liked him," said Panorama Bloodstock's Beatrix Mulhens-Klemm, who purchased the colt on behalf of Dr Berglar from the consignment of Gestut Schlenderhan. "Obviously he enjoyed big success with Monsun and that was the main reason for this buy. The horse goes to Novellist's trainer Andreas Wohler." German breeders are notoriously protective of their stock and five of the Monsun's returned to their respective homes after being bought back or failing to reach their reserves. From an Australian perspective, a son of Exceed And Excel from the family of Arrowfield Stud's Kentucky Derby and World Cup winner Animal Kingdom sold for €100,000 to IVA-Alles from the consignment of Röttgen Gestüt.

First Foal For Animal Kingdom

Thursday, 7th August 2014

The first reported foal by Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux-Dalicia, by Acatenango) has been born at Arrowfield Stud in Australia, reports bloodstock.racingpost.com. The newborn is a filly out of the Redoute's Choice mare Tumble Turn, a winning daughter of Gr2 SAJC Breeders' Stakes winner Freestyle. This is also the family of stakes winner Stella Artois (Freestyle's dam), Gr2 Reisling Slipper Trial winner Ginzano, and Gr3 winners Smytzer's Trish and Australian Oaks runner-up Aliyana Tilde, who is in foal to the stallion. Animals Kingdom's first foal arrived in a timely manner given that Conrad Bandoroff, the son of Craig and Holly Bandoroff who own Denali Stud where the son of Leroidesanimaux was born, is currently working at Arrowfield. After his breeders Team Valor bought the colt back for $100,000 as a yearling at Keeneland, the family took a share in him. Commenting on the filly, Bandoroff said: "I'm really excited by this foal, especially because she's out of a mare by Redoute's Choice, and Arrowfield can send so many of his daughters to Animal Kingdom. It's great to see what that mating has produced - she's such a nice foal with good size, good substance and a great frame on her." Animal Kingdom, who is currently in quarantine following his northern hemisphere stint at Darley's Jonabell Farm in Kentucky, will stand at Arrowfield this spring at a fee of $33,000.

Animal KingdomArrowfield World Cup Champion Animal Kingdom

Mucho Macho Man Retired

Wednesday, 16th July 2014

Mucho Macho Man (Macho Uno-Ponche de Leona, by Ponche), winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Classic, has been retired and will stand at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm near Paris, Kentucky next season, reports bloodhorse.com. No stud fee has been announced. The 6YO retires with 9 wins and 11 placings from 25 starts for earnings of US$5.6 million. The son of Macho Uno won six stakes races including two at Gr1 level, namely in the Awesome Again Stakes & Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita. Among his other career highlights was his third placing behind Animal Kingdom in the 2011 Kentucky Derby. Trainer Kathy Ritvo said the time was right for Mucho Macho Man to embark on the next stage of his career. "Mucho Macho Man was so tough and genuine," she said. "He gave his all every time. After five seasons of training and racing, he shows signs of some minor wear and tear. He is still sound and happy, but we have decided that it is in his best interests to retire him. He has nothing more to prove to any of us." Frank Stronach, whose Adena Springs planned the mating which produced Mucho Macho Man before selling him in utero at the 2007 Keeneland November sale, said: "The Breeders' Cup Classic is a true championship race, and a forecaster of the industry's future top sires. Mucho Macho Man campaigned against the best every year ages two through six, and consistently excelled around two turns on the dirt. He will be an important addition to our roster."

Second Stakes Winner For Manhattan Rain

Monday, 14th July 2014

As mentioned above, Qatar Bloodstock celebrated its first stakes success in Australia when Manhattan Rain's 2YO daughter Crafty swept to victory in the $120,000 Taj Rossi Series Final at Flemington on Saturday. The Robert Smerdon-trained filly finished strongly from midfield to hold off the late challenge of Triple Gold by a nose, with All American's promising son Zebulon fighting on bravely for third after racing wide throughout. Winning jockey Mark Zahra said of Crafty: "She did a good job today, I let her be where she wanted today and she hit the line strongly. I think she will get further, she's a filly with a lovely temperament, so I think she will improve." Crafty is the second stakes winner by first season sire Manhattan Rain following Moonovermanhattan's Gr3 win at Morphettville in May. The Gr1-winning half-brother to Redoute's Choice has also been represented by stakes-placed colts Chengdu and Light Up Manhattan. Crafty is a half-sister to Flemington Gr3 winner Lunar Rise (by Starcraft) whose full brother was purchased at this year's Inglis Easter Sale by Badger's Bloodstock. Spirited Dancer, from the immediate family of champion Peintre Celebre, has a weanling filly by Gio Ponti and is in foal to Animal Kingdom.

Manhattan RainManhattan Rain (Image: Steve Hart)

Arrowfield Announces 2014 Service Fees

Tuesday, 22nd April 2014

Meanwhile, Arrowfield Stud has today announced the 2014 service fees for its 10-stallion roster headed by champion sire Redoute's Choice who will command a fee of $110,000 inc. GST as he challenges for his third Australian stallion premiership. Dundeel (High Chaparral-Stareel by Zabeel), whose retirement from racing as It's A Dundeel was confirmed on Monday, will stand his first season at a fee of $27,500 inc. GST. The 2014 Arrowfield Stud roster & fees are:

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Ruler Of The World Early World Cup Favourite

Friday, 28th March 2014

Meanwhile, Ruler of The World (Galileo-Love Me True, by Kingmambo) has been installed as the early favourite for Saturday night's Gr1 Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse despite drawing poorly for the US$10 million race, reports bloodhorse.com. The 4YO son of Galileo, who will be having his first race of the year, drew gate 12 in the 16-horse field, the same barrier Animal Kingdom started from when winning last year. As a consequence of his wide starting position he has drifted to 4-1 but maintains favouritism over second elect Military Attack at 7-1. Interestingly, Military Attack drew gate 8, considered a lucky number in Hong Kong where he races. Ruler of The World will race in the colours of Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani's Al Shaqab Racing, which signed a deal securing a significant share in the colt sometime in the past 48 hours. He is to remain in training with Aidan O'Brien at Ballydoyle and continue to be ridden by Joseph O'Brien. He will retire to stand at Coolmore at the end of his racing career. "Ideally we would have liked to have been two or three stalls lower, but Joseph O'Brien (jockey) is a master at getting a good position," said Harry Herbert, racing adviser to Al Shaqab Racing. "He will work it out with his father Aidan." Ruler of The World arrived in Dubai on Wednesday and will be cleared to come out of quarantine on Friday.

Arrowfield-Bred Blueblood Makes It Two From Three

Monday, 20th January 2014

Beautifully-bred sophomore colt Woodbine made it two wins from his first three starts when sizzling to a new class record win at Randwick last Friday. The 3YO son of Hussonet and champion filly Miss Finland (Redoute's Choice) was well positioned during the running of the competitive 1200-metre event by James McDonald who angled the winner into clear galloping room before finishing over the top of Charge Forward filly Dream Forward. A $750,000 purchase from Arrowfield for Gai Waterhouse and Blue Sky Bloodstock at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Sale, Woodbine is the second foal of five-time Group 1 winner Miss Finland, also the dam of 2YO and yearling fillies by Street Cry, and a More Than Ready colt born last spring. Miss Finland is in foal to Animal Kingdom.

Shackleford Sires First Foal

Tuesday, 7th January 2014

The first foal of former top-class US galloper Shackleford (Forestry-Oatsee, by Unbridled) has been born at Alastar Thoroughbreds near Nicholasville in Kentucky, reports bloodstock.racingpost.com. The chestnut filly, with a conspicuous white blaze like her sire, is out of the stakes-placed Saint Ballado mare Angel Flying, a daughter of two-time Gr1 winning English mare Donna Viola (Be My Chief). "She's gorgeous," said Luke Sullivan, manager of Alastar Farm. "She is a tall, racey filly with a face just like Shack." Following an impressive career that netted three Gr1 victories in the Preakness Stakes (defeating Animal Kingdom), Met Mile Handicap and Clark Handicap, Shackleford stood his first season in 2013 at Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky where he covered 168 mares. Shackleford will stand his second season at Darby Dan for a fee of US$20,000.


New Trainer For US-Based Gr1 Kiwi Filly

Tuesday, 10th December 2013

Dan Blacker, a relative newcomer to the US training ranks, has been selected as the new trainer for former champion Kiwi filly Habibi, reports the informant.co.nz. Habibi (Ekraar-Danny Holiday, by Danasinga) was originally destined to join the Californian stable of Graham Motion, who prepared Arrowfield stallion Animal Kingdom to win this year's Dubai World Cup, but a recent email to Habibi's former trainers, Donna and Dean Logan, has confirmed the change of plans. The email came from Denny Boltinghouse, the bloodstock agent for Pennsylvania-based owner-breeder George Strawbridge, who purchased Habibi last autumn. Habibi's Taranaki breeders Peter and Heather Crofskey retained a minority share for the rest of the Ekraar three-year-old's racing career. Habibi, winner of this year's Gr1 New Zealand Derby, is currently in pre-training and is scheduled to join the Santa Anita stable of Blacker within the next week to begin serious work. She will be aimed at the Winter-Spring meet at Santa Anita. Thirty one-year-old Blacker, a graduate of Darley's Flying Start program who began his training career in November 2011, says he often quips to the media about his youthful looks and need for ID when keen to celebrate after a win. "I still get carded when I go out for a drink, which isn't often," he says. Habibi was last seen finishing fourth in the ATC Oaks behind Royal Descent when she suffered a hairline fracture of the pastern.

Darley Unveils US Roster

Friday, 8th November 2013

Three of Darley's leading Kentucky-based sires, Bernardini, Street Cry and Medaglia D'Oro, will stand for a fee of US$100,000 in 2014, reports bloodstock.racingpost.com. Bernardini, a 4-time Gr1-winning son A.P. Indy, is the only stallion in the trio to have his fee reduced, having stood for US$150,000 in 2013 - a year in which he sired three Gr1 winners. Among the other notable announcements is that Lonhro, who will be shuttling from Australia for the third year, will be joined by his Gr1-winning son Denman. Lonhro's fee remains unchanged at US$30,000, while Denman will stand for US$15,000. This year's Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom will also be shuttling from Australia, following his first stint at Arrowfield Stud in New South Wales. Darley's 2014 US stallion fees are as follows:

  • Bernardini US$100,000
  • Medaglia d'Oro US$100,000
  • Street Cry US$100,000
  • Elusive Quality US$50,000
  • Street Sense US$40,000
  • Animal Kingdom US$35,000
  • Lonhro US$30,000
  • Discreet Cat US$20,000
  • Denman US$15,000
  • Girolamo US$12,500
  • Street Boss US$10,000
  • Midshipman US$7,500
  • Regal Ransom US$6,000

Animal Kingdom's Sire To Move To UK

Friday, 27th September 2013

Leroidesanimaux, Eclipse Champion Turf Horse and sire of Arrowfield Stud's Dubai World Cup & Kentucky Derby winning first season sire Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux-Dalicia, by Acatenango) is set to move to Newmarket based Lanwades Stud in the UK, reports thoroughbreddailynews.com. To date, Leroidesanimaux has produced the winners of in excess of US$16 million, including Gr1 winner Una Cabeza and a further three Gr2 winners. Lanwades principal Kirsten Rausing enthused, "We are delighted and very proud to welcome 'Leroi' to Lanwades ... He represents the reintroduction of the Blushing Groom sire line to the UK and with his pedigree, toughness and durability, marvelous racing form on both turf and dirt over distances up to 1 1/2 miles, as well as his proven ability to sire world-class performers, he will be an immensely important addition to the European breeding industry. His pedigree makes him a suitable mate for mares by Galileo, Danehill and his sons, Mr Prospector-line mares and others. It will be fascinating to breed him to daughters of Dansili. Leroi is the outcross stallion European breeders have been waiting for - and he is a proven stallion, too. We expect strong interest from mare owners throughout Europe." Leroidesanimaux stood previously at Florida's Stonewall Farm with HallMarc's Marc Haisfield adding, "We are excited to have Leroidesanimaux continue his stud career at the premier stallion operation of Lanwades Stud. European breeders will now have the opportunity to breed to this significant sire line again." A fee is yet to be announced.

All Positive For Animal Kingdom

Friday, 20th September 2013

Arrowfield Stud's Dubai World Cup & Kentucky Derby winning first season sire Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux-Dalicia, by Acatenango) has literally made a positive start to his stud career with six positive tests so far. His highly impressive debut book includes early coverings Vitesse Dane (Gr1 Queensland Oaks), Merlene de Lago (Gr2 winning daughter of Golden Slipper winner Merlene), Suspicion (Gr3 winner), Armed For Action (Listed winner and 3rd in the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes), Miss Bussell (Stakes-winning Gr1-placed dam of Gr3 winner Miss Darcey) & Gibraltar Campion (Listed Stakeswinner and dam of promising Starcraft filly and $220,000 Inglis Easter Yearling purchase Leia). Arrowfield Stud's operations manager Sam Fairgray enthused, "[Animal Kingdom is] the smartest first season stallion I have seen in the barn, an absolute natural and a pleasure to work with."

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