The Australian Turf Club hosted Thoroughbred Breeders NSW (TBNSW) members and sponsors at the Directors’ Lunch during Colgate Optic White George Main Stakes Day on Saturday at Royal Randwick. Against the backdrop of magnificent racing, where Winx secured her 20th Gr1 win, TBNSW Director Hamish Esplin introduced the awards at the annual presentation for achievements during the 2017-2018 racing season. Winners were announced by Bred To Win’s Caroline Searcy and sponsors including IRT, Horsepower, G1 Goldmine, HQ Insurance, the ATC and Ranvet. Award winners were:
At iconic Torryburn Stud inNSW, it was a quiet start to the foaling season with just two foals on the ground in the first half of August however the past two days has seen a foal population explosion with a further five foals born! The highlight for the Cornish family's property so far is a chestnut colt for well performed Gr2-winning mare Serena Miss, "Again producing an outstanding foal by Snitzel with fantastic conformation and muscle tone. He has certainly set the standard very high for the season." Torryburn is looking particularly forward to foals with some exciting breeding this year, including a second foal for Miss Interiors, herself a half-sister to Russian Revolution and Turbo Miss, and in foal to I Am Invincible. Crimson Reign is again expecting another foal by Fastnet Rock with the hope of producing a full-sibling to multiple Gr2 winner Deploy, with G1-placed Imperial Lass due to have her maiden foal by the same sire in October.
Arrowfield’s all-conquering Champion Sire Snitzel has claimed his second consecutive Australian General Sires’ Premiership with a staggering total of more than $29 million. He also retains the 2YO Sires’ and 3YO Sires’ titles he won last season. Snitzel’s progeny have won almost twice the prize money of his nearest rivals I Am Invincible and two-time champion sire Fastnet Rock, who have both compiled outstanding seasons with career-best earnings in Australia. Despite that, they both fell short of Snitzel’s record 2016/17 prize money of $16.2 million. The sensational son of Redoute’s Choice also tops the 2017/18 table by winners, wins and stakes winners with 26 horses successful in Group & Listed company. That repeats his achievement with eight crops of racing age in 2016/17 and again equals the record of the great Danehill, set with nine crops of racing age in 2001/02. However, Snitzel’s tally of 43 Australian stakes victories this season is a record he holds on his own, ahead of the previous mark of 36 stakes wins set by Danehill in 2004/05. The quality of the performances put up by Snitzel’s best domestic performers this season is impressive. Eighteen (69%) of the 26 are Group winners, with a standout performer in each age category - 2YO Estijaab, 3YO Trapeze Artist, 4YO Russian Revolution & 5YO Redzel who between them won six Group 1 races. Click here to read more about Snitzel's sensational season.
Day one of the NZ Bloodstock Karaka May Sale saw two lots in the yearling session fetch over $100,000 with Curraghmore providing both highlights. A daughter of champion Australian sire Snitzel (Lot 64) out of stakes-winning mare Tip The Wink (Stravinsky) was in demand with New South Wales-based Champion Thoroughbreds securing the yearling for $120,000. "She is quite an athletic filly, not overly big, but Snitzel himself is not overly big," said Champion Thoroughbreds principal, Jason Abrahams. "There is plenty of attitude to her, she's out of a Stravinsky mare so it's on the same cross as Group One winner Russian Revolution who is going to Stud this year." Abrahams added: "She should go early, she's an early foal and we'll get a breaker in now and see if we can get her back for the Karaka Million in January." Curraghmore sold a Savabeel filly (Lot 36) earlier in the day to Te Akau Racing's David Ellis for $110,000. The filly is out of the Volksraad mare Invermoray, a full-sister to Gr1 Goodwood winning sprinter Velocitea. "We were satisfied with the prices both fillies made. They were pretty obvious fillies in the Sale and both had a good amount of positive inspection," commented Gordon Cunningham.
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:
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.
The connections of top-class sprinter Russian Revolution say a decision about his immediate future will be made soon. Raced by Newgate Farm and China Horse Club, the son of Snitzel and Ballet d'Amour (by Stravinsky) doubled his Gr1 tally with a typically brave win in the $500,000 Gr1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday. Henry Field, whose Newgate Farm is a major shareholder in the entire, was naturally delighted with the win particularly given the 4YO will commence stud duties at the Hunter Valley farm this spring. "He is a remarkable racehorse...blistering speed," Field said. "There are not exactly a heap of those 1000m, 1100m Group Ones and to win both the The Galaxy and now the Oakleigh, is really special. A lot of good stallions have won those races: Snippets won them both, while you also have Bletchingly, Luskin Star, Snitzel, Fastnet Rock and Starspangledbanner up on the honour board." China Horse Club Bloodstock & Racing Manager, Michael Wallace, said a decision on Russian Revolution’s immediate racing future would be made in the next few days. "It was a brilliant performance and we’ll sit down with Peter and Paul [Snowden] and the other partners and see where he goes from here," Wallace said. "One way or another he’ll be heading to Newgate this spring."
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) celebrated an elite race success when 4YO Australian-bred entire Russian Revolution (Snitzel-Ballet d'Amour, by Stravinsky) overcame a wide run on the speed to score a typically brave win in the $500,000 Gr1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) for 3YO+, defeating Snitty Kitty & Hellbent. Russian Revolution improved his record to 7 wins (including the Gr1 Galaxy, Gr2 McEwen Stakes, Gr2 Roman Consul Stakes & Gr3 Vain Stakes) from 11 starts for $1,284,225 in earnings. Russian Revolution races in the red and yellow star silks of the China Horse Club which secured him for $320,000 at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Vinery Stud. From the winning Stravinsky mare Ballet d'Amour, Russian Revolution is a direct descendant of celebrated blue hen Fanfreluche, ancestress of former champion Australian sires Encosta de Lago and Flying Spur, and Coolmore stallion Holy Roman Emperor. Co-trainer Paul Snowden praised Russian Revolution's owners Newgate Farm and China Horse Club for giving the valuable entire another campaign instead of retiring him to stud. "They could've probably put him to stud but they've left us alone and allowed us to bring him back," Paul Snowden said. "Now he's a two-time Group 1 winning son of Snitzel and there aren't too many of those around." Snowden said next month's Gr1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley was one of the options for Russian Revolution.
Trainer Henry Dwyer says Snitty Kitty has improved significantly leading into Saturday's Gr1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield. Snitty Kitty, who was unbeaten in the spring winning her only two starts, including the Gr2 Caulfield Sprint (1000m) in Melbourne, was narrowly denied when resuming with a close second to Lady Esprit in the Listed W.J. Adams Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield on 3 February. "She was always going to need the run first up and I probably just underestimated how much she would need the run," Dwyer told ANZ Bloodstock News. "We’ve just had to probably do a bit more in that three-week period than we thought we would have at the time. I think fitness-wise she’s pretty close to the mark now." Snitty Kitty is rated a $9.50 chance with TAB behind race favourite Russian Revolution at $4.60.
A decision on whether star sprinter Chautauqua (Encosta de Lago-Lovely Jubly, by Lion Hunter) resumes in Saturday's Gr1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield will be made this morning. Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes indicated the reason for the late call is because the Oakleigh Plate, which is run under handicap conditions, is not the ideal race for a horse like Chautauqua. "In [a] Toorak and Doncaster, there's a winner but there's six hard-luck stories. You have more chance and more luck in a weight-for-age race, because in handicaps most of the other horses shouldn't actually be in the race," Hawkes told racing.com. "The bottom line is there is a float booked for Thursday night to come to Melbourne. We'll decide in the morning whether to accept or not, and make the decision at the last minute." He added: "All plans are...to go towards the Oakleigh Plate, but that could change." Chautauqua is currently on the fourth line of betting for the Oakleigh Plate at $9 with TAB. Russian Revolution heads the market at $4.60 ahead of She Will Reign ($6.50) and Booker ($7.50).
Star sprinter Chautauqua headlines the 23 sprinters nominated for Saturday's $500,000 Gr1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield. Chautauqua (Encosta de Lago-Lovely Jubly, by Lion Hunter) is the highest rated horse in the race and Team Hawkes will be hoping the six-time Group 1 winner can once again reclaim his best after a disappointing spring campaign. The mighty grey was winless in four starts and has not tasted success since his breathtaking and unprecedented third successive victory in the Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes in June last year. Tab have installed Chautauqua on the fourth line of betting for the Oakleigh Plate at $9. Russian Revolution heads the market at $5 ahead of She Will Reign ($6.50) and Booker ($7.50). Click here to view all the nominations for Blue Diamond Day at Caulfield this Saturday.
Exciting sprinter Glenall is set to resume in the Boxing Day at Royal Randwick Sprint (1100m) at Rosehill tomorrow. Formerly trained by Les Bridge but now in the care of Team Hawkes, Glenall has only had five career starts but has displayed plenty of raw ability finishing second in the Listed Fireball Stakes (1100m) and fourth behind top sprinters Russian Revolution and Redzel in the Gr1 Galaxy in March. "Obviously he has the form there but he's only had the one win,'' co-trainer Michael Hawkes told racingnsw.com.au. "We've just taken him back to basics, it's a nice starting point. It's not where you start it's where you finish - with a bit of luck.'' The 4YO entire has had two barrier trials to prepare him for his return, the most recent a second over 1000m at Hawkesbury on Monday. "He's drawn well, he's a nice horse and he trialled okay and we're happy with how he is going,'' Hawkes said. By multiple champion sire Redoute's Choice, Glenall is out of the Gr3 SAJC Dermody Stakes winner Our Quivira making him a half-brother to smart multiple stakes winning sprinter Panipique.
She Will Reign will have to be at her brilliant best after drawing wide in Friday night's Gr1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley. Last season's Golden Slipper winner, who will use the sprint feature as her only lead-up run to the $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 October, came up with barrier 11 in the 13-horse capacity field. However, the star filly will jump from barrier eight if the four emergencies Hellbent, Supido, Super Cash, and Ability all fail to gain a start. The Gary Portelli-owned She Will Reign is currently the $3.90 TAB second favourite for the Moir behind Russian Revolution at $2.90. Click below to view the Gr1 Moir Stakes field.
Houtzen's performance in the Gr3 Scarborough Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night will determine if she presses on to next month's The Everest in Sydney, reports racing.com. The champion Queensland filly will be having the second start of her 3YO campaign after resuming with a moderate third behind Russian Revolution in the Gr2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on 9 September. "We'll get a good guide with her on Friday and see what sort of figure she returns and then work out whether we run in the Everest or not," trainer Toby Edmonds said. "If she didn't rate really well on Friday night there's a big chance we'd keep her here [Melbourne] for another three-year-old race." Edmonds added: "There's no excuses at all. It's time to turn on the tap now and if she's not up to it then she's not up to it." Should she line up, Houtzen will represent Aquis Farm in the inaugural running of the world's richest turf race, the $10 million The Everest (1200m), at Royal Randwick on 14 October.
At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group success when 4YO bay entire Russian Revolution (Snitzel-Ballet d'Amour, by Stravinsky) resumed with an impressive victory in the $200,000 Gr2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) for 3YO+, defeating Heatherly & Houtzen. Russian Revolution improved his record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Galaxy, Gr2 Roman Consul Stakes & Gr3 Vain Stakes) from 9 starts for $982,225 in earnings. Russian Revolution races in the red and yellow star silks of the China Horse Club which purchased him for $320,000 at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Vinery Stud. Russian Revolution is a direct descendant of celebrated blue hen Fanfreluche, ancestress of former champion Australian sires Encosta de Lago and Flying Spur, and Coolmore stallion Holy Roman Emperor.Co-trainer Paul Snowden said Russian Revolution will have his next start in the Gr1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Mooney Valley on 29 September and is hoping he can attract the support of a slot-holder for the inaugural $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 October. "We targeted this race on purpose because it was a barrier trial for the Moir Stakes in a couple of weeks' time so it was a good indication to see how he handled it," Snowden told racing.com. "The Moir will be a crucial lead-up to The Everest and it's probably going to be a lot stronger than what it's been in the last few years."
Meanwhile, at Rosehill Gardens tomorrow, trainer Ron Quinton will be looking to propel star mare Dixie Blossoms into her Spring campaign when she lines up in what looms as a challenging hurdle in the Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes, reports smh.com.au. Having run gallant thirds in the Gr2 Emancipation Stakes (behind Zanbagh) and Gr1 Queen Turf (behind Foxplay who has been scratched), her two trials on August 8 and August 31 have both resulted in wins. Her first trial saw her beat both Gr2 Furious Stakes runner-up Champagne Cuddles and McEwan Stakes bound Russian Revolution (see previous article). Quinton commented, "[Dixie Blossoms] is a little more advanced so is ready for 1300m. She has been going really well on the track but it is a quality field she is meeting on Saturday. I think her best is in front of her, so the spring is going to be interesting." The Theo Marks sees first up talent like Dixie Blossoms colliding with boom mare Egg Tart first up from a dual Oaks success in Adelaide and Brisbane, the talented Hayes / Dabernig raider Cannyescent, and hot second-up prospect Deploy.
Gr1-wining sprinter Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) could be in for the best preparation of his career, according to jockey Kerrin McEvoy. The Doomben 10,000 winner, who is set to resume in tomorrow's $150,000 Gr3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Royal Randwick, impressed McEvoy when he defeated fellow top-flight sprinter and stable-mate Russian Revolution in a 1045m trial on 21 August. "It's almost like he keeps improving,'' MvEvoy told racingnsw.com.au. "He's racing at a really high level and he is only a five-year-old so there's no reason to say he might not improve a bit more. He really pleased me in that trial so I'm looking forward to getting on his back in what looks like a nice race for him.'' Trainers Peter & Paul Snowden have previously nominated the inaugural $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on 14 October as one of Redzel's targets.
Group One-winning mare English (Encosta de Lago) will represent TAB in the inaugural running of the world's richest turf race – the $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 October. "With some of the world's best sprinters on show, we are thrilled to be part of such a great concept as The Everest," said Craig Nugent, Tabcorp Chief Operating Officer, Wagering and Media. "With English in our corner we think we have a great chance of being part of history and winning the inaugural race. We have been working closely with English's connections and will unveil some exciting initiatives for our customers in the build up to The Everest." Co-trained Gai Waterhouse said she is also looking forward to being part of The Everest with TAB. "I am absolutely delighted…I believe TAB have shown shrewd judgement in selecting English as their representative," said Waterhouse. "English is the Champion 2YO and 3YO filly of her generation, a proven Group 1 winner at Weight for Age level and, importantly, she has performed exceptionally well over the 1200m at Royal Randwick." English has firmed from $15 into $13 for The Everest. World champion sprinter Chautauqua is currently favourite at $4.60, ahead of boom Ballydoyle colt Caravaggio ($6), Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign ($8), and Russian Revolution and Winx at $11.
Peter Snowden has provided an update on the progress of several of his stable stars ahead of the spring, including Group One-winning sprinters Russian Revolution (The Galaxy) and Redzel (Doomben 10,000). Snowden is confident the sons of Snitzel can once again figure prominently in the feature sprints during the spring, including perhaps the inaugural $10 million The Everest at Randwick on 14 October. "They went out at the same time and came back in at the same time. They spelled well and have returned in sensational order," Snowden told Sky Sports Radio. "They are about five weeks into their prep and will probably trial at Randwick on the 10th (July)." He added: "Both have big assignments this preparation…maybe The Everest, who knows, only time will tell. They are both Group One winners now and they won't be out of place in any race we run them in."
At the halfway mark of Saturday afternoon's racing, Australia's leading sire Snitzel was already having a very good day. By then he had notched up a two-state 2YO stakes double thanks to convincing wins by Debonairly in the Listed Woodlands Stakes at Scone & Tangled in the Listed Gr2 Champagne Classic at Doomben. But the best was yet to come courtesy of Triple Crown Syndications' 4YO gelding Redzel who sealed his rise up the sprinting ranks with a strong win in the $700,000 Gr1 Doomben 10,000. Co-trainer Peter Snowden confirmed that Redzel and fourth-placed Russian Revolution (also by Snitzel) will head to the paddock for a richly earned break. Between them they have won seven of their 13 starts - six of them in Group company - and added more than $1.7 million to Snitzel's prize money. Snitzel's fourth stakes winner for the day came from an unlikely quarter when outsider Vienna Miss scored a tenacious win in the Listed Adelaide Guineas at odds of 80-1 to claim her maiden stakes victory. Redzel, Tangled, Debonairly and Vienna Miss boosted Snitzel's prize money to a new Australian premiership record total of $13.8 million, surpassing the previous record of $12.9 million set last season by Street Cry. Snitzel's lifetime & worldwide statistics now read:
Trainer Peter Snowden says the stable’s two Doomben 10,000 contenders, Russian Revolution and Redzel, are primed to run big races in the Gr1 sprint at Doomben tomorrow, reports racing.com. Snowden, who trains in partnership with his son Paul, said the stable-mates had coped surprisingly well with the arduous trip from Sydney to Brisbane. “I'm really surprised how they have come off [the float], it is a long trip, it is about 13 hours, it is a long haul but they have travelled up really well," Snowden said. Russian Revolution, who will be attempting to double his Gr1 tally after winning the Galaxy in the autumn, is the current $3.20 Tab favourite for the race ahead of Redzel and defending champion Music Magnate at $6.50. "He [Russian Revolution] has had five weeks between runs, which is good for him, he had a nice trial last Tuesday week and trialled strongly,” said Snowden. "The only downside, and there is no downside with the horse, he is 100 per cent, but just meeting really good horses at weight-for-age is not ideal for three-year-olds, they don't get much advantage.” He added: “[But] he is a good colt, he is there to run well and he will be hard to beat." As for Redzel, a last-start winner of the Gr3 Hall Mark Stakes in Sydney, Snowden commented: "Redzel loves wet ground, this track is definitely going to be wet come Saturday.” He added: "The last time these two met in The Galaxy, which is a handicap, Russian only beat him a neck. Under weight-for-age conditions he is a lot better off so he might turn the tables."
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $700,000 Gr1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) to be run at Doomben racecourse in Brisbane on Saturday. Favourite for the race is the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Gr1 Galaxy winner Russian Revolution who heads the Tab market at $3.20, ahead of defending champion Music Magnate and stable-mate Redzel at $6.50. The only other runner under double-figure odds is the Canberra sprinter Fell Swoop at $8. New Zealand Gr1 winner Star Wondering, Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes winner, and recent Gr2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint winner Derryn all occupy the fourth line of betting at $13. See below for full field and barriers.
Trainer Bjorn Baker will study the field before deciding whether or not top sprinter Music Magnate (Written Tycoon-Concert Girl, by Danehill Dancer) will run in Saturday's $200,000 Gr2 Victory Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm. A winner of last year's Gr1 Doomben 10,000, the 5YO hasn't raced since finishing a disappointing 12th behind Russian Revolution in the Gr1 Galaxy at Rosehill on 18 March. "At this stage I'm undecided and I'm probably leaning to staying at home," Baker told Racing Queensland Webnews. "But if I change my mind we can still leave by tomorrow night [Thursday] in plenty of time for the race. He's going well and won a trial at Warwick Farm last week." Baker added: "I think he's going as good now as when he won the Doomben 10,000 last year but the only thing is he doesn't like a shifty track." Baker said if Music Magnate does miss Saturday's race he will "go straight into the Doomben 10,000 without another run."
Snitzel's appetite for making history is clearly undiminished. The Sires' 1-2-3 in the Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday is the first trifecta achieved in an Australian Group 1 juvenile race by progeny of one sire in the past three decades, and Invader is Snitzel's third Group 1 winner in a remarkable 17 days, after Summer Passage (ARC Ellerslie Sires' Produce S. G1, 16 March) and Russian Revolution (ATC The Galaxy G1, 18 March). To that you can add his South African Gr1 winner Heavenly Blue – see story below. Invader is the sixth foal of the stakes-winning Encosta de Lago mare Flame of Sydney and was sold for $475,000 by Arrowfield at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale. He is raced by a syndicate that includes the China Horse Club, Newgate, Aquis Farm, Horse Ventures and Winstar Farm. Invader's breeder Michael Pitt said, "There's a lot of excitement here, it's a sensational result and a performance very much like his mother's best run." That wasn't only success on the Championship card for the son of Redoute's Choice. His 3YO daughter Diddums became the 12th Snitzel stakes winner prepared by Snitzel's own trainer, Gerald Ryan when she shot clear in the straight to win the $200,000 Gr3 ATC P.J. Bell Stakes (1200m). Snitzel now has 58 stakes winners, nine of them successful at Group 1 level, and has extended his lead on the 2016/17 Australian General Sires' premiership with 115 winners, 21 stakes winners and $11.5 million prize money.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $2.5 million weight-for-age Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick this Saturday. The highest rated horse in the race is 5-time Gr1 winner Chautauqua. The Team Hawkes-trained 6YO has drawn barrier 11 in the field of 15 and is the current Tab favourite at $4.60. Next in the market is last season's Gr1 Golden Rose winner Astern (barrier 4) at $6, followed by Gr1 Galaxy winner Russian Revolution (barrier 10) at $7, Spieth (barrier 13) at $8, and r1 winners Malaguerra (barrier 7) and English (barrier 1) at $11. Click here to view the TJ Smith Stakes field on day one of The Championships this Saturday.
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney on a heavy track, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning high profile stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) celebrated an elite quinella when 3YO colt Russian Revolution (Snitzel-Ballet d'Amour, by Stravinsky) resumed with a narrow but decisive 0.2 length win for trainers Peter & Paul Snowden in the $700,000 Gr1 Galaxy (11000m) for 3YO+, over 4YO gelding and stable-mate Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) & 6YO gelding Jungle Edge (Dubawi-Jungle Girl, by Carnegie). Russian Revolution improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr2 Roman Consul Stakes & Gr3 Vain Stakes) from 6 starts for $808,725 earnings. Russian Revolution races in the red and yellow star silks of the China Horse Club which purchased him for $320,000 at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Vinery Stud. His maiden Gr1 success means he has now secured his future at stud like so many of other his esteemed family members being a direct descendant of celebrated blue hen Fanfreluche, ancestress of former champion Australian sires Encosta de Lago and Flying Spur, and Coolmore stallion Holy Roman Emperor. Co-trainer Paul Snowden said Russian Revolution could make his next appearance in the $2.5 million Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 1 April. "We'll just have to make sure he comes through today's run all right," Snowden said. "He's put in a mighty performance today. The horse comes first." Henry Field, part-owner of Newgate Farm, said: "He's an incredibly well bred colt, an incredibly talented colt and he'll make a huge impact at stud,'' Field said. "He's won five from six, to be fair to Peter and Paul (Snowden) they said he was the real deal from the beginning, and that's been vindicated today with his Group 1.''
Two days after Summer Passage became Snitzel's 7th Group 1 winner, stable-mates Russian Revolution & Redzel gave him his first Group 1 quinella in the $700,000 ATC The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill. It was a tremendous performance by both horses and a notable achievement by their trainers Peter & Paul Snowden, especially as they presented 3YO colt Russian Revolution for the first time since his Spring campaign, which yielded two Group wins and a fourth in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes. Russian Revolution (ex Ballet d'Amour, by Stravinsky) is Snitzel's eighth Group 1 winner and second Galaxy winner after Sweet Idea in 2015. Like Redzel, he is among the 21 stakeswinners that are building a potentially record-setting season for the son of Redoute's Choice. Russian Revolution's five wins from his six starts have returned well over twice the $320,000 that Michael Wallace & China Horse Club paid for him at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale where he was offered by Vinery Stud. He is raced by China Horse Club and his breeder John Stuart Investments with Newgate Farm, Matthew Sandblom and Sir Owen Glenn. The $2.5 million weight-for-age Gr1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on 1 April, Day 1 of The Championships, must now be on the horizon for both Russian Revolution and Redzel. In the meantime, their quinella has pushed Snitzel through the $10 million mark in Australia for the first time, and he maintains his No. 1 position on the Australian General Sires' list, more than $1 million ahead of Street Cry.
Meanwhile, a powerful catalogue full of Stakes-winning race mares, broodmares in foal to some of the world's leading stallions, as well as stallion shares and blueblood weanlings, highlight Inglis' inaugural The Chairman's Sale – Session II for Elite Breeding Prospects. A total of 89 Lots have been catalogued for the sale, which will take place at Newmarket on Friday night, April 7, from 5pm, the day after the conclusion of the Australian Easter Yearling Sale. The catalogue contains:
Chautauqua, Black Heart Bart and defending title holder The Quarterback are among the 66 entries for the $1.25 million Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) to be run at Flemington on 11 March. Mick Price's star colts Flying Artie and Extreme Choice, along with Golden Rose winner Astern, Russian Revolution, and Gr1-winning filly I Am A Star esnure the classic generation is well represented. Click here to view the full nominations for the Newmarket Handicap.
Team Snowden has advised Racing Victoria stewards that star colt Capitalist will not be an acceptor in Saturday's $1 million Gr1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington. "Stable informed Stewards it won't be contesting the Darley Classic," Racing Victoria said in a statement. Capitalist, crowned champion Australian 2YO last season following his win in the Gr1 Golden Slipper and Magic Millions 2YO Classic, was last seen finishing third behind stable-mate Russian Revolution in the Gr2 Roman Consul Stakes at Randwick on 1 October.
This year’s renewal of the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes is without a doubt one of its best ever. While just 10 runners are carded to face the starter, there are at least half-a-dozen performers that might have been favourite in any other year. It’s a promoter’s gift to have the winners of the Gr1 Golden Slipper and Magic Millions 2YO Classic (Capitalist), Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (Extreme Choice) and Gr1 Golden Rose (Astern), but there’s also every chance tomorrow’s winner could come from Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes and Golden Slipper-placed Flying Artie, dominant Gr2 Schillaci Stakes hero Star Turn, or undefeated dual stakes-winner Russian Revolution. History beckons...
Co-trainer Paul Snowden says last season's Golden Slipper winner Capitalist will not run in Friday night's Gr1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley if the track is rain affected, reports ANZ Bloodstock News. “If it’s a wet track he’ll be pulled out and we’ll save him for the Coolmore [Gr1], so it’s not a 100 per cent thing that he has to run as he’s a dry track horse,” said Snowden, who trains the star colt in partnership with his father Peter. “If there is a bit of drizzle around at all he won’t be running.” Snowden said Capitalist is in top form heading into the $1 million sprint feature, and that he was pleased with his first-up performance when third behind Russian Revolution and Astern in the Gr2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) in Sydney 2.5 weeks ago. “On the times, Capitalist was 0.12 of a second slower for his last 600 metres than Astern,” he said. “They are all carrying on about the other horse (Astern), but Capitalist is going very well."
Star Sydney colt Astern has arrived safe in well in Melbourne to prepare for his next start in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on 29 October. Trainer John O'Shea said the 3YO would take part in a jump-out at Flemington on Friday week. "We'll probably give him a look down the straight at Flemington on Friday week. He's does very well between runs and he probably does need to stretch his legs," O'Shea told racenet. "We're happy with where he's at. When he got beat the other day he didn't embarrass himself. He seems to be holding his form." He added: "I think the three-year-olds have been strong all year and at the moment he's the king of the castle and hopefully he maintains his stature." Already a Gr1 winner of the Golden Rose last month, Astern (Medaglia d'Oro-Essaouira, by Exceed and Excel) is coming off a fast-finishing second to unbeaten colt Russian Revolution in the Gr2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Epsom day.
Star Godolphin colt Astern will make his next appearance in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on 29 October, reports AAP. Already a Gr1 winner of the Golden Rose last month, Astern (Medaglia d'Oro-Essaouira, by Exceed and Excel) is coming off a fast-finishing second to unbeaten colt Russian Revolution in the Gr2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Epsom day. "We made the decision overnight that he would run in the Coolmore," Godolphin Australia's managing director Henry Plumptre said. "We looked at the Manikato Stakes and the Darley Classic up the straight, but decided in the end to stick to his own age."
This year's New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale features two-year-olds by 123 high-quality sires, including those whose progeny have shone brightly on Australasian racetracks so far this season. The leading New Zealand sire through the first two months of the new season has been Savabeel, who also made a clean sweep of the New Zealand sire awards in 2015-16. Leading Savabeel's charge so far in 2016-17 is his son Kawi, winner of the opening two legs of the Hawke's Bay Triple Crown - the Gr1 Makfi Challenge Stakes and Gr1 Windsor Park Plate. Savabeel is the sire of 11 Group 1 winners overall, including this year's $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes heroine Lucia Valentina (NZ), and he will be represented by 13 two-year-olds at this year's Sale. Other leading sires represented include:
The 2016 NZB Ready to Run Sale catalogue has attracted 552 two-year-olds. Each horse entered 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. The NZB 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.
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning high profile stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group success when boom 3YO colt Russian Revolution (Snitzel-Ballet d'Amour, by Stravinsky) maintained his perfect record when scoring by 0.2 length for trainers Peter & Paul Snowden in the $300,000 Gr2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colts Astern (Medaglia d'Oro-Essaouira, by Exceed and Excel) & Capitalist (Written Tycoon-Kitalpha, by Fusaichi Pegasus). Russian Revolution extended his unbeaten record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Vain Stakes) from 4 starts for $372,725 earnings. Russian Revolution races in the red and yellow star silks of the China Horse Club which purchased him for $320,000 at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Vinery Stud. Russian Revolution is a direct descendant of celebrated blue hen Fanfreluche, ancestress of former champion Australian sires Encosta de Lago and Flying Spur and Coolmore stallion Holy Roman Emperor.
Trainer John O'Shea says that star colt Astern has fully recovered from the elevated temperature that forced Godolphin to abort his Caulfield Guineas campaign. The Gr1 Golden Rose winner will bid to get his spring campaigns back on track when he goes up against Golden Slipper winner Capitalist and the unbeaten Russian Revolution in tomorrow's Gr2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) at Randwick. "It's well known that he had a slightly elevated temperature and we had to give him some treatment that meant he couldn't run in the Guineas Prelude and therefore couldn't run in the Guineas," O'Shea told Godolphin.com. "He's certainly well and truly over it. He's in great form and he's looking a million dollars." Astern (Medaglia d'Oro-Essaouira, by Exceed and Excel) is a dominant $1.60 favourite for the Roman Consul, ahead of Capitalist at $3.50, Guard Of Honour at $11, and Russian Revolution at $13. Astern will be ridden by James McDonald has drawn barrier 7.
Meanwhile, trainer Mick Price says that promising 3YO Hardham (Redoute's Choice-Nureyev's Girl, by Nureyev) could be redirected north for next month's $1 million Golden Rose if he is successful in Saturday's Gr3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield. The beautifully bred colt - who is a full brother to 2010 Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas winner King's Rose - has won 1 of his 2 starts to date, and is coming off an excellent third behind boom Sydney colt Russian Revolution in the Gr3 Vain Stakes (1200m) two weeks ago. "The McNeil is a nice race for him," Price told Melbourne's Radio Sport National. "I'm looking forward to getting him to 1400 metres and a mile, but if he wins we will have a good look at the Golden Rose." Price confirmed that whether or not Hardham makes it to Sydney, his primary spring target remains the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on 8 October. "If he doesn't win we will keep him here [in Melbourne] and then hopefully end up in the Caulfield Guineas that way," he said. "But he's in very good order and hopefully he can finish right in the money."
Co-trainer Peter Snowden has confirmed that boom colt Russian Revolution (Snitzel-Ballet d'Amour, by Stravinsky) will miss the $1 million Gr1 Golden Rose and instead be freshened for the Gr2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on 1 October, reports Sky Racing. The 3YO extended his unbeaten record to 3 wins from 3 starts when claiming his maiden black-type success in last Saturday's Gr3 Vain Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield. A $320,000 Easter yearling purchase for the China Horse Club, Russian Revolution is a direct descendant of celebrated blue hen Fanfreluche, ancestress of former champion Australian sires Encosta de Lago and Flying Spur and Coolmore stallion Holy Roman Emperor.
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning high profile stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group success when boom 3YO colt Russian Revolution (Snitzel-Ballet d'Amour, by Stravinsky) scored by 0.4-length for trainers Peter & Paul Snowden in the $150,000 Gr3 Vain Stakes (1100m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colts Highland Beat (Exceed and Excel-Highland Daughter, by Kyllachy) & Hardham (Redoute's Choice-Nureyev's Girl, by Nureyev). This was the first stakes victory for Russian Revolution who extended his unbeaten record to 3 wins from 3 starts for $192,525 earnings. Russian Revolution, who races in the red and yellow star silks of the China Horse Club who picked him up for $320,000 at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Vinery Stud, is likely to have his next run in the Gr3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on 27 August. Russian Revolution is a direct descendant of celebrated blue hen Fanfreluche, ancestress of former champion Australian sires Encosta de Lago and Flying Spur and Coolmore stallion Holy Roman Emperor.