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."
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 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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."