2018

Coolmore Aim for Pure Elation

Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Team Snowden has confirmed that the primary spring target of smart filly Pure Elation will be the $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on 4 November, reports racingnsw.com.au. Raced by Sir Owen Glenn's Go Bloodstock Australia, Pure Elation (I Am Invincible-Members Joy, by Hussonet) showed plenty of promise in her juvenile season finishing runner-up to Golden Slipper winner Estijaab in the Gr2 Reisling Stakes, before rounding out her campaign with a strong win in the Gr2 Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) at Randwick. "She really put her hand up and had a good crack and showed she's a mentally tough filly," co-trainer Peter Snowden said. "She might measure up for a Coolmore as a three-year-old. It's hard for a filly to win it but she has good ability."

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Pure Elation (image: Steve Hart)

Autumn Sun Shines on Redoute's Choice

Tuesday, 12th June 2018

Eighteen years into his extraordinary stud career, Redoute's Choice has little to prove, but he demonstrated yet again the permanence of his class when boom colt The Autumn Sun overcame a testing run to win the $600,000 Group 1 BRC J.J. Atkins Plate (1600m) at Doomben. Trainer Chris Waller said of the unbeaten colt: "It was only his third race start and just to see him dig so deep and pull away from the third and fourth horses, it showed how smart he is. Only certain people and horses can take that step so quick and excel." Waller said the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas, won by Redoute's Choice himself in 1999, will be the colt's major Spring target. The Autumn Sun is stakes winner No. 158 for Redoute's Choice, his 33rd Group 1 winner, 38th 2YO stakes winner and his 9th Group 1 winner at two. The three-time Champion Sire has posted at least one Group 1 winner every season since 2004/05 and his lifetime stakes winners to runners strike rate is just over 12%. Bred by the partnership of the Aga Khan Studs & Arrowfield, The Autumn Sun is out of the beautifully bred Galileo mare Azmiyna, an unraced half-sister of European champion and four-time Group 1 winner Azamour. The colt was offered alongside Golden Slipper winner Estijaab in the Arrowfield draft at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale and bought for $700,000 by Waller, agent Guy Mulcaster & owner Hermitage Thoroughbreds.

Bombora Downs Announce 2018 Fees

Tuesday, 5th June 2018

Bombora Downs has announced its fees for its 2018 stallion roster. New to the roster is the beautifully bred De Gaulle, a half-brother to this year's brilliant Group 1 Golden Slipper winner Estijaab. By world-class sire Exceed And Excel from the dual Group 1 winning mare Response (Charge Forward), De Gaulle was injured before he could launch his racetrack career. De Gaulle joins a quality stallion line-up that also includes Group 1 winner and Champion New Zealand 2YO Warhorse, the internationally performed Group 2 winner Dandino, crowd favourite and iron horse sprinter Jungle Ruler, and the versatile Lago Delight. The full roster is:

  • Warhorse - $7,700
  • De Gaulle - $5,500
  • Dandino - $5,500
  • Jungle Ruler - $2,750
  • Lago Delight - $2,750

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Warhorse (image: Bombora Downs)

Equine Athletes Honoured at HTBA Awards Night

Thursday, 10th May 2018

The Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders' Association (HTBA) held its 27th annual awards  to recognise and celebrate the achievements of its champion thoroughbreds at Scone last night. Over 400 industry leaders, clients, supporters and VIPs attended the event, which showcases the best champion thoroughbreds and industry participants across all fields and categories. "As the second largest concentration of studs in the world, and Australia’s premier thoroughbred breeding industry, the breadth and depth of talent of our people and the success of our equine athletes is world renowned. We are very proud and privileged to recognise their achievements at tonight’s Annual Awards," said HTBA President, Dr Cameron Collins. The winners of the equine categories were:

  • Champion 2YO Colt - Santos
  • Champion 2YO Filly - Estijaab
  • Champion 3YO Colt - Kementari
  • Champion 3YO Filly - Shoals
  • Champion Racehorse - Winx
  • Champion Sire - Snitzel
  • Champion 1st Season Sire - Zoustar
  • Champion Broodmare - Vegas Showgirl

HTBA Announces Nominees for Awards Night

Thursday, 3rd May 2018

The Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association (HTBA) has announced the nominees for its 27th Annual Awards Night to be held at Australia's Horse Capital in Scone on Wednesday 9 May. The nominees from the major categories are:

  • Champion 2YO Colt - Encryption, Not A Single Cent, Santos
  • Champion 2YO Filly - Estijaab, Oohood, Sunlight
  • Champion 3YO Colt - Kementari, Merchant Navy, Pierata
  • Champion 3YO Filly - Alizee, She Will Reign, Shoals
  • Champion Racehorse - Winx, Redzel, Vega Magic
  • Champion Sire - Snitzel, Fastnet Rock, I Am Invincible
  • Champion 1st Season Sire - Epaulette, Sizzling, Zoustar
  • Champion Broodmare - Busking, Essaouira, Vegas Showgirl

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).

Online Catalogue for MM National Broodmares Online

Tuesday, 24th April 2018

Comprising almost 1,000 lots, the catalogue for the 2018 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale is now online. The auction will present a spectacular line up of breeding prospects – from race fillies and top young breeding prospects to proven Gr1 producers. "We are overwhelmed with the support that the vendors of Australasia have given the sale again this year," Magic Millions managing director Barry Bowditch said. "There will be so many opportunities for buyers across all levels of the market. This sale has produced so many elite results for both vendors and buyers – the dams of current day stars Winx, Trapeze Artist, Estijaab, Levendi, Shoals and Hiyaam were all purchased here providing buyers with immediate returns on investment." A supplementary catalogue is currently in production and will be released next month. To view the online catalogue for the 2018 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale click here. The catalogue is also available for download on the Equineline iPad app. Hard copies of the catalogue will be posted early May.

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A Week To Remember For Arrowfield Stud

Friday, 13th April 2018

The 2018 Inglis Easter Sale was an all-round success for many vendors, but for Arrowfield Stud it was particularly memorable. Highlights included:

  • Topping the Inglis Easter Sale Book 1 Vendor list by aggregate for the fourth consecutive year with 31 lots sold for $18,265,000 - that's 15.7% of total sales from 9.3% of the yearlings sold.
  • Heading the table by average with $589,194 (69.5% above the session average of $347,634), becoming the first vendor to achieve the double for at least a decade. Across Books 1 and 2 of the Sale, 41 Arrowfield yearlings sold for a total of $19,855,000.
  • After selling 5 seven-figure yearlings on Monday, Arrowfield closed out the auction with three $1 million-plus sales on Wednesday. That included the $2.3 million sale-topper, the Fastnet Rock-The Broken Shore colt, a full-brother to dual Group 1-winning filly Shoals. It was Shoals’ trainer Anthony Freedman who signed for the colt, with Arrowfield retaining 25% of him.
  • Arrowfield and its stallions supplied 13 of the Sale’s 22 million-dollar yearlings. Australia’s reigning Champion Sire Snitzel was responsible for seven of those horses among his 41 Book 1 lots sold for an average of $528,902, more than six times his 2015 fee. Milburn Creek, Kitchwin Hills, Yarraman Park and Bhima Thoroughbreds sold his top-priced colts for $1.55 million, $1.5 million, $1.4 million and $1.2 million respectively.
  • Snitzel now has a lifetime record of 24 million-dollar yearlings, among them Group 1 winners Estijaab & Wandjina, and Group winners Showtime, Dracarys & Sooboog - all sold by Arrowfield.

Easter Slingshots Off Estijaab Slipper Win

Wednesday, 28th March 2018
While Easter means different things to different people around the world, for the thoroughbred community it's a time that is synonymous with Inglis' time-honoured yearling sale. For the first time ever this year's renewal will take place at the stunningly appointed Riverside complex which has already hosted the Classic Sale to wide-spread acclaim. While Inglis Easter is always a significant drawcard for buyers both local and international, the addition of a new Easter graduate on the Golden Slipper Honours board like Estijaab adds just a little more sparkle to anticipation ahead of the bumper catalogue's ubiquitous inspections. With 534 yearlings consigned for the 9-11 April sale days, Breeding&Racing's Inglis Easter feature preview is now live. Click the below image for more.
 
2018 Easter Sale

Estijaab Wins Gr1 Golden Slipper

Monday, 26th March 2018

At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) celebrated an elite race success when 2YO Australian-bred filly Estijaab (Snitzel-Response, by Charge Forward) utilised her brilliant natural speed to overcome her wide barrier and win the world's richest race for 2YOs, the $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m), defeating fellow fillies Oohood & Sunlight. Co-trainer John Hawkes, who was celebrating his fourth Slipper success after the wins of Guineas (1997), Forensics (2007) and Mossfun (2104), was delighted to see Estijaab justify her hefty price tag on one of Australian racing's biggest days. "Everybody went off her after the other day but you've got have them peaking on the right day," Hawkes told Sky Racing. "It's no good having them win the Slipper two weeks before. Her biggest attribute is her gate speed. She has shown us a lot from day one." Hawkes added: "She doesn't know how much she cost but it's good to see the expensive ones win." From the dual Gr1-winning mare Response (Charge Forward), Estijaab races in the green and white colours of Emirates Park who purchased her from the Arrowfield draft for $1.7 million at the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. She improved her record to 3 wins (including the Gr2 Reisling Stakes) and 1 placing (the Gr2 ATC Silver Slipper Stakes) from 4 starts for $2,335,075 in earnings. Estijaab is the 13th Group 1 winner by Snitzel and his 4th Gr1 winner this season after Trapeze Artist (Golden Rose), Redzel (Darley Classic) and Russian Revolution (Oakleigh Plate). She is also one of 7 Group 1 winners by Snitzel that have been sold as yearlings by Arrowfield, after Heavenly Blue, Hot Snitzel, Invader, Snitzerland, Sweet Idea & Wandjina.

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Estijaab (image: Steve Hart)

Slipper Glory For Snitzel

Monday, 26th March 2018

Last year Arrowfield took what it believed was one of the best fillies it had ever consigned to the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. Offered on behalf of breeder Katsumi Yoshida's Northern Farm operation, the daughter of Snitzel and dual Group 1 winner Response (by Charge Forward) filled the eyes of the Emirates Park team led by Bryan Carlson and trainers John, Michael & Wayne Hawkes who purchased the filly for $1.7 million. On Saturday, their judgement and financial commitment was justified with a superlative display of sustained speed and gritty determination, aided by Brenton Avdulla's bold ride, to win the $3.5 million Gr1 ATC Golden Slipper (1200m). Estijaab's victory brought up several milestones for sensational Champion Sire Snitzel: his first Golden Slipper winner, his 13th Group 1 winner and his fourth Group 1 winner this season after Trapeze Artist, Redzel and Russian Revolution. Snitzel's Australian season earnings now approach an unprecedented $22 million, more than double those of his nearest rival I Am Invincible, and he moves into the No.1 spot on the 2YO Sires' list with $3,198,395 prize money. Arrowfield will offer 47 yearlings at the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale, including 8 fillies and two colts by Snitzel. Click here to view draft.

Golden Slipper Order of Entry

Tuesday, 13th March 2018

Racing NSW has released the latest order of entry (as at 12 March 2018) for the 2018 $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) to be run at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, 24 March. Occupying the top spot is the Team Hawkes-trained Estijaab with $273,075 in official prize money. She is also one of five juveniles with ballot exempt status for the race. The others are Sunlight, Santos, Aylmerton & Seabrook. Click here to view the latest order of entry.

Estijaab Wins Gr2 Reisling Stakes

Monday, 12th March 2018

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group race success when 2YO Australian-bred filly Estijaab (Snitzel-Response, by Charge Forward) rounded out her Golden Slipper preparation with a narrow but decisive win in the $300,000 Gr2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) for 2YO fillies, defeating Pure Elation & Sister Sledge. Co-trainer Michael Hawkes seemed pleased with Estijaab's performance despite the filly drifting slightly out to $6 with TAB for Saturday week's $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens. "She ran really good time. It was a very good win. She was there to be beaten but the thing with this girl is you just hit the go button and she really wants to attack the line," Hawkes told Sky Racing. "It's not about how far...it's all about winning. How much more do you have to improve? She ran 1.09". Hawkes added: "Her brilliant attribute is she just relaxes and comes back underneath you. Once again she's done that. Onwards and upwards." From the dual Gr1-winning mare Response (Charge Forward), Estijaab races in the green and white colours of Emirates Park who purchased her from the Arrowfield draft for $1.7 million at the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. She improved her record to 2 wins and 1 placing (the Gr2 ATC Silver Slipper Stakes) from 3 starts for $295,575 in earnings.

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Estijaab (image: Steve Hart)

Reisling Stakes To Top Estijaab Off For Slipper

Friday, 9th March 2018

With five weeks between her dazzling debut performance and her subsequent start, where she did all but hold off Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Sunlight in the Gr2 Silver Slipper, Estijaab will have derived plenty of benefit from the run. With the Gr1 Golden Slipper looming, though, the rocket-like daughter of Snitzel looked as though one more run would top her off perfectly before a two week break to the seasonal 2YO Championship decider. Currently equal favourite with Sunlight for the Rosehill Gardens feature, Estijaab will carry the hopes of many in tomorrow's Gr2 Reisling Stakes where she's a deserved $1.35 favourite. With the exception of talented Spirit Of Boom filly Outback Barbie, who placed behind Sunlight on the Gold Coast, it looks like Estijaab first, daylight second… and then onto the big one in a fortnight. If she does as is widely expected, she'll join past winners of the Reisling Stakes that include Frolic, English, Earthquake, Samaready, More Joyous, Fashions Afield, Alinghi, Polar Success and Belle du Jour. Not bad company.

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Sunlight Wins Gr2 Silver Slipper

Monday, 26th February 2018

At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, racegoers might well have seen the forthcoming Gr1 Golden Slipper quinella following an exceptional running of the $235,000 Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) for 2YOs. With a couple of scratchings reducing the field to just 5 runners, former 3YO champion Australian sprinter and now Woodside Park & Widden Stud stallion Zoustar (Northern Meteor-Zouzou, by Redoute's Choice) added a group success when brilliant Australian-bred juvenile filly Sunlight (Zoustar-Solar Charged, by Charge Forward) scored a 0.3-length victory for trainer Tony McEvoy over favoured filly Estijaab, with the previously undefeated filly Gongs almost 7-lengths behind in third. Forced to do more work than connections would have wanted, when taken on by Neutrality a long way from home, Estijaab lost nothing in defeat to remain a strong chance in the Golden Slipper. Racing NSW reports that the runner-up posted sub-11 second sectionals from the 1000m to the 400m making her effort even more gallant. The winner's assistant trainer Calvin McCoy beamed after Sunlight's narrow victory, "When the other two decided to go out in front, Tim (Clark) asked her to come back and she did. She raced like a true professional. It was all class. She was forward enough and we knew she'd run well but there is still improvement to come which is why I have a big smile on my face." Sunlight, a $300,000 yearling at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale from the draft of Widden Stud, advanced her record to 4 wins (including the Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast) and 1 placing (the Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes) from 5 starts for $1,441,450 earnings.

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Sunlight (image: Steve Hart)

Sunlight Ready for Sydney Debut

Thursday, 22nd February 2018

Brilliant Victorian filly Sunlight kicks off her Golden Slipper campaign when she makes her Sydney debut in Saturday's Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill. The Tony McEvoy-trained Sunlight is the $6 TAB favourite for the Gr1 Golden Slipper after stringing together three outstanding wins on the Gold Coast, including a dominant win in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic in January. McEvoy told Sky Sport Radio that the daughter of Zoustar was ready to continue on her winning ways. "She’s great. She’s settled into her routine up here really nicely," McEvoy said. "She’s very professional and she’s got such a winning, can-do attitude." Sunlight faces six quality rivals on Saturday including boom filly Estijaab and fellow Zoustar youngster Zousain from the Chris Waller yard.

Estijaab To Miss Blue Diamond

Thursday, 1st February 2018

Boom filly Estijaab is out of contention for the $1.5 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) after she was missing from the list of third declarations on Tuesday. Trained by Team Hawkes, the beautifully bred filly Estijaab announced herself as a genuine contender for the major juvenile races in the autumn when scoring a brilliant debut win at Randwick twelve days ago. Following her 4 length romp, bookmakers reacted by installing her as joint $11 favourite for Victoria's premier juvenile event at Caulfield on 24 February. It is expected connections will now turn their attention to the Gr1 Golden Slipper in March. By Arrowfield Stud's incumbent champion Australian sire Snitzel out of the dual Gr1-winning mare Response (Charge Forward), Estijaab races in the green and white colours of Emirates Park who purchased her from the Arrowfield draft for $1.7 million at the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. Final declarations for the Blue Diamond close at 9am (AEDT) on Tuesday 20 February.

Million Dollar Filly Dazzles on Debut

Monday, 22nd January 2018

Beautifully bred filly Estijaab announced herself as a genuine contender for the major juvenile races in the autumn when scoring a brilliant debut win at Randwick on Saturday. By Arrowfield Stud's incumbent champion Australian sire Snitzel out of the dual Gr1-winning mare Response (Charge Forward), Estijaab races in the green and white colours of Emirates Park who purchased her from the Arrowfield draft for $1.7 million at the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. TAB reacted to Estijaab's slashing win by winding her price in to be $11 equal favourite for the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on 24 February, as well as making her $15 equal third favourite for the Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on 24 March. Co-trainer Michael Hawkes said: "She's a very nice filly and we're really lucky to have her," he told Sky Racing. "Since she's stepped into our stable she's been very relaxed, has a very good attitude and today she really shone. Her mum was a very good racehorse and of course her dad was too..." Hawkes added: "Hopefully she is Slipper bound and we will have to plot a path but we will just take it one step at a time and get through today."

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Estijaab (image: Steve Hart)