At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) celebrated an elite race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Kementari (Lonhro-Yavanna, by Redoute's Choice) confirmed himself as one of the rising stars of Australian racing with a brilliant win in the $1 million Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs, defeating Pierata & Trapeze Artist. Trainer James Cummings was in awe of Kementari's dominant victory. "He is a serious horse," Cummings told Godolphin.com. "He's put them away in the style of a really high class colt. On that performance, he has to be one of the best in the country." He added: "This is the sort of horse that Sheikh Mohammed is in racing for." Cummings would not be drawn on whether Kementari would now head to next month's Gr1 Doncaster Mile where he will carry just 51kg. "We make no decisions on race day," he said. A homebred for Darley and Godolphin, Kementari advanced his record to 4 wins (including the Gr2 ATC Hobartville Stakes & Gr3 ATC Eskimo Prince Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas) from 9 starts for $1,368,250 in earnings. Kementari is out of the Redoute's Choice mare Yavanna making him a half-brother to the very talented Listed Lonhro Plate winner & Gr1 ATC Sires' Produce Stakes runner-up Telperion. Yavanna, herself, is a daughter of dual Gr3 winner Wild Queen and is a direct descendant of VRC & Queensland Oaks winner and celebrated blue hen Denise's Joy. This is one of the most sought-after families in the Australian Stud Book and includes the likes of 8-time Gr1 winner More Joyous, Australian Oaks winner Sunday Joy, 4-time Gr1 winner Tuesday Joy, deceased Gr1-winning stallion Thorn Park, and Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes winner Fenway, among many others.
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, what is likely to prove one of the form races of the season for 3YOs could equally turn out to have posed more questions than answers. Over the 1400m journey, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Kementari (Lonhro-Yavanna, by Redoute's Choice) made it back-to-back stakes wins in saluting by a length for trainer James Cummings in the $400,000 Gr2 Hobartville Stakes for 3YO colts & geldings. Not content to ride for luck, jockey Glyn Schofield pinged favourite Kementari from his wide barrier to sit just off Gr1 Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist before wresting control soon after entering the straight. A significant plunge on recent Magic Millions 3YO Guineas hero Pierata after he had left the mounting yard was close to the money with the rising star 3YO colt closing strongly to finish just ahead of equally impressive hitherto unbeaten colt D'Argento. Godolphin's assistant trainer Darren Beadman was hugely impressed with the run, enthusing, "To run past a horse like Trapeze Artist, who has the runs on the board, was very impressive. This was a test for him (Kementari) today and he has put them away nicely. We have seen a star in the making." Kementari's win took his record to 3 wins (including last start's Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes) & 3 placings (including the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas & Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude) from 8 starts for $781,250 earnings. The result sets up a hugely intriguing Gr1 Randwick Guineas in less than two weeks. Bookies have priced Kementari $3 favourite for the Sydney 3YO mile feature ahead of D'Argento ($4.20) and Pierata ($6.00). Fifth-placed dual Gr1 winner Ace High ran a bottler and will be much better suited over the mile for which he is at $15. Looking ahead to Kementari's Randwick Guineas engagement, Beadman was emphatic: "This colt has a mile written all over him. He is very brilliant but is a clean-winded horse and that will assist him in getting a strong 1600m."
Trainer Greg Hickman is quietly confident that rising star colt Pierata (Pierro-November Flight, by Flying Spur) will acquit himself well in tomorrow's Gr2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill. Pierata - who has built an imposing record of 4 wins from 8 starts including the Gr3 Vo Rogue Plate at Doomben and Listed (R) Magic Millions 3YO Guineas at the Gold Coast - faces the biggest challenge of his career in the $400,000 3YO feature. The son of Pierro will be up against a high-class line-up that includes Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist, VRC Derby & Spring Champion Stakes winner Ace High, Kementari, and boom colt D'Argento. "My jockey [Corey Brown] loves my horse and he's done well through the week," Hickman told racingnsw.com.au. "If he comes out and beats them all it'll be happy days. You don't get many horses that have had eight starts and won nearly $2 million and if worse comes to worse we can go back to the Gold Coast next year." Hickman added: "He's just improved every time he's gone around. He's done everything right and whatever happens, happens." Hickman says Pierata has the potential to be the best horse he has ever trained. That's high praise indeed when you consider he has prepared horses such as Gr2 winners Sportsman, Sir Dex, and the enigmatic but richly talented Private Secretary. "This bloke has been unassuming. Yes he's done everything right but he's not doing anything different to the other horses," he said. "The only thing with this bloke is there's nothing wrong with him. If he stays sound that's why he'll end up being better. I'm just happy to be racing in Group races again, having some nice horses around."
Highly regarded colt Kementari (Lonhro-Yavanna, by Redoute's Choice) will be out to test his Guineas credentials when he contests the $400,000 Gr2 ATC Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday. Kementari turned in one of the most eye-catching performances by a 3YO this season when resuming with a dashing win in the Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm on 10 February. The dynamic nature of the win prompted Godolphin trainer James Cummings to label the son of Lonhro "world class" and showed why the royal blue army consider him a leading contender for the $1 million Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) in Sydney on 10 March. "He was well-treated under the conditions of his last race. Now he has to step up again at level weights against some very good three-year-olds in the Hobartville," Cummings told Godolphin.com. "This is all about who's the best." Cummings added: "His first-up win spoke for itself...he was able to take his first-up run very well and he's held his form nicely. He's made me eager to get him back to the races." Chief among Kementari's rivals on Saturday are Magic Millions 3YO Guineas winner Pierata, Gr1 Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist, and Chris Waller's exciting unbeaten colt D'Argento.
Trainer Bjorn Baker has not lost faith in talented 3YO Addictive Nature and will run him in weight-for-age company inSaturday's Gr2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick. Addictive Nature (Savabeel-Generous Nature, by Carnegie) was a solid third behind Trapeze Artist when resuming in the Gr2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill twelve days ago, and Bjorn is expecting a fitter version of the colt to prove highly competitive in his upcoming assignment. However, the Apollo has not been kind to 3YOs with the last of that age group to win the race being Ha Ha back in 2002. "We threw him in the deep end and if he can run in the money again we will be thrilled," Baker told racingnsw.com.au. "We are yet to see the best of him and hopefully that will be Saturday. I'm very confident he is better on top of the ground. As long as he runs a good race we are on target and we have options going forward." Addictive Nature's primary autumn target is the Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) at Royal Randwick in Sydney on 10 March.
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group race quinella when 3YO Australian-bred colt Trapeze Artist (Snitzel-Treppes, by Domesday) resumed with a promising win in the $200,000 weight-for-age Gr2 Expressway Stakes (1200m), defeating Showtime & Addictive Nature. Trainer Gerald Ryan said he would immediately raise the bar with newly minted millionaire Trapeze Artist by running him against champion mare Winx when she resumes in the Gr2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on 17 February. "He's won at weight-for-age now so we may well take on Winx next," Ryan told Sky Racing. Trapeze Artist improved his record to 4 wins (including the Gr1 Golden Rose & Gr3 Black Opal Stakes) and 1 placing (the Gr1 Inglis Sires' Produce Stakes) from 10 starts for $1,073,550 in earnings. Hailing from the female family of Gr1 winners Crawl and Boardwalk Angel, Trapeze Artist was passed in for $250,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Vieira Group. His record now reads 2 wins from 3 starts for $195,200 earnings. Interestingly, Trapeze Artist also traces his female line back to New Zealand mare Entreaty, the dam of legendary racehorse Phar Lap.
Trainer David Payne says he is considering running Ace High (High Chaparral-Come Sunday, by Redoute's Choice) first-up in the Gr2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday week after his impressive barrier trial performance on Monday. Ace High, a winner of the Gr1 Victoria Derby & Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes last spring, finished fifth in a star-studded 900 metre trial won by Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist that also featured champion mare Winx (6th), and Australia's best sprinter Redzel (7th). "He's always shown a bit of speed but what I like about him is he's got more gate speed now," Payne told racenet. "He's got a lot stronger. If you look at him, his hindquarters have filled out, he was a bit light behind before. He carries a lot of condition for a High Chaparral." Running Ace High under weight-for-age conditions in the Expressway would see the 3YO carry just 55kg. The alternative would be 60.5kg in the Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) against his own age group. "He would have a lot of weight to carry so he might go to the Expressway," Payne said. "His first couple of runs will be just to get him fit. The main target is still the Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas and Derby."
Trainers Peter & Paul Snowden say they will give star sprinter Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) a slow build-up to the autumn, reports racenet. Redzel, who established himself as the best sprinter in Australia last season, was given an easy time in his 900m trial at Rosehill on Monday finishing seventh behind Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist. The 5YO is set to launch his autumn campaign in the Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on 17 February, with his primary target the $2.5 million Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 7 April. "He trialled nicely and jumped and showed his natural speed," Peter Snowden said. "He does well in the paddock but he's a horse you have to bring up very slowly. He's not a horse you want to jam a lot of work into too quickly. We know him quite well now and I was happy with what I saw." Snowden added: "He's pulled up really well from it, all's good. He's an amazing horse to work with and he's certainly given us a great ride and hopefully there is more to come this prep."
Top-class 3YO Ace High (High Chaparral-Come Sunday, by Redoute's Choice) will make his first public appearance in star-studded barrier trial at Rosehill this morning. A winner of the Gr1 Victoria Derby & Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes in the spring, Ace High will trial over 900m in the opening heat of the morning (8:15am) that will also include champion mare Winx, star sprinter Redzel, and Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist. Trainer David Payne said Ace High's primary autumn targets are the Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas and Australian Derby in Sydney. "They will be too sharp for him tomorrow but he has got to have a blow out to get him a bit fitter," Payne told ANZ Bloodstock News. "He is quite a lazy bugger and you have to make him work. We swim him as well, so the fitness is there, but he will wear a set of blinkers just to make him focus a bit more." Payne added: "He will race in Sydney first up and it will either be over 1200 metres or 1400 metres and then we’ll get him to the Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas and hopefully the Derby."
Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist is being aimed at the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) in the autumn, reports Sky Racing. "Trapeze Artist is back in the stable and looks terrific," trainer Gerald Ryan said. "He put on 30 kilos in three weeks. His aim will be the Randwick Guineas and maybe the All Aged Stakes but how he gets there is still to be decided." Ryan added: "The Randwick Guineas is the main aim." Trapeze Artist (Snitzel-Treppes, by Domesday) was spelled after finishing a well beaten 15th of 20 in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) in the spring.
Group 1 performed Sydney filly Champagne Cuddles has been ruled out of next month's Magic Millions 3YO Guineas on the Gold Coast, reports racenet. The Bjorn Baker trained 3YO will miss the $2 million sales restricted feature on 13 January after having bone chips removed from a fetlock joint. A winner of 2 of her 7 starts, Champagne Cuddles (Not a Single Doubt-Sky Cuddle, by Snippets) is yet to win a black-type race but has nonetheless performed at a high level with five Group placings including Group 1 placings in the Golden Rose (second behind Trapeze Artist) and Flight Stakes (second behind Alizee). "We'll just take it one step at a time with the filly and see if we can target a race in the autumn," Baker said.
TAB have opened defending champion Redzel as $8 favourite for the 2018 The Everest (1200m) to be run at Royal Randwick on 13 October, reports racingnsw.com.au. Prize money for next year's Everest, now the richest turf race in the world, will jump from $10 million to $13 million. The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Redzel has established himself as the pre-eminent sprinter in Australia stringing together six consecutive wins since April, including Gr1 victories in the Darley Classic and Doomben 10,000.
TAB Everest Market
$8 - Redzel
$11 - Chautauqua, Vega Magic
$15 - Menari, Merchant Navy, Winx
$26 - Brave Smash, Clearly Innocent, English, In Her Time, Invincible Star, She Will Reign
$51 - Deploy, Hey Doc, Houtzen, Impending, Nature Strip, Performer, Redkirk Warrior, Terravista, Trapeze Artist, Tulip, Viddora
$101 - Ball of Muscle, Fell Swoop, Formality, Malaguerra, Rock Magic, Sheidel, Spieth
Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist is set to resume racing in Saturday’s $1 million Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington, reports ANZ Bloodstock News. Trapeze Artist (Snitzel-Treppes, by Domesday) missed a scheduled run in the Sydney Stakes on 14 October due to a minor neck issue, but trainer Gerald Ryan says he has fully recovered and ready to take his place in the stallion-making feature. “He is a cool dude and nothing worries him,” Ryan said. “He is very quiet and never a problem in the stable. We treated him with anti-inflammatories and he only missed one day of work.” Trapeze Artist is one of 22 three-year-olds nominated for the Coolmore with Godolphin’s unbeaten colt Viridine heading the market at $6.
Trainer Gerald Ryan has revealed that Menari's (Snitzel- Isurava, by General Nediym) spring carnival campaign is over with the prodigiously talented colt set to undergo throat surgery, reports racing.com. It means the George Altomonte owned colt will miss his next scheduled assignment in the stallion-making Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on 4 November. The spring began with such promise for Menari when he resumed with a brilliant win in the Listed Rosebud (1100m) followed by an equally stylish victory in the Gr2 Run To The Rose (1200m) in Sydney. He then went around as an even money favourite in the $1 million Gr1 Golden Rose on 23 September, but could only manage fourth behind stable-mate Trapeze Artist when failing to run out a strong seven furlongs.
Meanwhile, if form counts for anything, lightly raced Khan (Exceed and Excel-Mandawara) appears to have slipped under the guard of odds makers in Race 7 at Canterbury today. Quoted at $10, the Team Snowden-trained 3YO colt showed enough as a juvenile before being sent to the spelling paddock in March to suggest he's each way, all day. Campaigned in the familiar James Harron silks, Khan won the Listed Breeders Plate on debut, before taking on what, in retrospect, was among the crème of the crop in his only two other starts. While last of seven in the Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes, Khan was only beaten 6.4-lengths behind subsequent Gr1 Golden Slipper and Gr1 Moir Stakes heroine She Will Reign. He followed that up by finishing just out of the money in Canberra's Black Opal, 5.3-lengths adrift of recent Gr1 Golden Rose conqueror Trapeze Artist. He will be super-fresh over the 1100m for a stable that knows what it takes to win first-up, but wherever he finishes this afternoon, Khan appears destined to furnish into a quality sophomore.
After eight weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel has established a sizable early lead at the top of the national sires' leader board courtesy of Trapeze Artist's victory in Saturday's $1 million Gr1 Golden Rose. Snitzel's progeny earnings are now in excess of $3.1 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock with $1.87 million, while Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry rounds out the top three with $1.82 million. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 25 September) are:
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 3YO brown colt Trapeze Artist (Snitzel-Treppes, by Domesday) scored an upset win at odds of 40-1 when powering clear at the top of the straight for a dominant win in the $1 million Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) for 3YOs, defeating Champagne Cuddles & Menari. Trainer Gerald Ryan said Trapeze Artist could back up in Saturday's Gr1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick where he will carry just 48kg. "I wasn't surprised. I have been saying for two weeks this horse has been flying under the radar," Ryan said. "He was aimed at this race and he's done the job today." Ryan said Trapeze Artist would now be aimed at the the stallion-making Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on 4 November. Hot favourite Menari was galloped on and lost a plate but Ryan refused to use that as an excuse for the colt's defeat. Trapeze Artist improved his record to 3 wins (including the Gr3 Black Opal Stakes) and 1 placing (the Gr1 Inglis Sires' Produce Stakes) from 8 starts for $957,750 in earnings. Hailing from the female family of Gr1 winners Crawl and Boardwalk Angel, Trapeze Artist was passed in for $250,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Vieira Group. His record now reads 2 wins from 3 starts for $195,200 earnings. Interestingly, Trapeze Artist also traces his female line back to New Zealand mare Entreaty, the dam of legendary racehorse Phar Lap.
Godolphin will be hoping that Trekking can begin to live up to the promise displayed during his juvenile season when he resumes in tomorrow's Listed Rosebud (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens. The son of Street Cry won impressively on debut last December before stepping up to Gr3 level in the Black Opal Stakes where he finished third behind the highly regarded Trapeze Artist. He then rounded out his 2YO campaign when finishing well beaten in the Gr1 Golden Slipper on an unsuitable heavy track. "He showed nice, raw ability as a two-year-old and I loved the look of him in his first barrier trial," head Godolphin trainer James Cummings told Godolphin.com. The level of natural ability possessed by the colt was clearly apparent and according to assistant trainer Darren Beadman, he has retained every bit of it. "We always liked him and he ended up being a Golden Slipper runner, but that race came a bit soon for him," Beadman said. "He went nicely winning a barrier trial last month and he had a strong gallop in between races at Canterbury last week."
Such was Snitzel’s history-making 2016/17 Championship season in Australia that it’s easier to list what he didn’t do. He’s not the Champion Broodmare Sire, but otherwise Snitzel dominated every category he contested. Arrowfield’s new superstar headed the key columns of the General Premiership table, with $16.1 million prize money (breaking Street Cry’s 2015/16 record by almost $3.2 million), 159 winners (one short of Lohnro’s record, set in 2013/14) and equalling the legendary Danehill’s 2001/02 record of 26 stakes winners. Worldwide, his progeny won 29 stakes winners (5 at Group 1 level and nine of them juveniles) of 36 Group & Listed Races, for total prize money of $20.4 million. Snitzel’s first Premiership completes an unprecedented three-generation sequence of Champion Australian Sires, following Danehill’s nine titles (won between 1995 and 2005) and Redoute’s Choice’s three titles (2006, 2010, 2014). He is the fifth Arrowfield resident to become Australia’s Champion Sire, following Redoute’s Choice, Flying Spur (2007), Danehill (1995) & Last Tycoon (1994). Snitzel has also made history with five very special achievements in 2017:
Trainer Gerald Ryan has confirmed that exciting 3YOs Menari, Trapeze Artist and Condor Heroes will trial over 900 metres at Rosehill today. Ryan says the classy trio has improved significantly from their juvenile seasons, and is expecting them to play major roles in the upcoming 3YO features in the spring. Trapeze Artist (Snitzel) and Condor Heroes (Not A Single Doubt) are being aimed at the Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) in Sydney, while Ryan has previously indicated that Menari (Snitzel) could be pointed at the stallion-making Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) in Melbourne. Ryan said that he believed Menari's forte was sprinting, and that he is therefore unlikely to join his stable-mates in next month's Golden Rose. "Menari's a big, strong horse that weighs about 580 kilograms," Ryan told racing.com. "I'll just see how he goes at his first few back. He'll kick off in the Rosebud [Listed Rosebud over 1200m at Rosehill on 12 August] before we go to the San Domenico [Gr3 over 1100m at Rosehill on 26 August] and then we'll see if he's racing like he can go to 1400 or whether we keep him to pure sprinting." Ryan said he rated Menari slightly superior at this stage of the colts' preparation. "I would have a leaning towards Menari but in saying that Trapeze Artist did nothing wrong in the autumn," he said. "[And] Condor Heroes had an interrupted preparation last time," Ryan said. "He seems a lot more relaxed now. He's a more mature horse."
Classy juvenile colts Trapeze Artist and Menari will trial at Rosehill today, reports ANZ Bloodstock News. The Gerald Ryan-trained stable-mates, who were last seen finishing third and tenth respectively in the Gr1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on 1 April, will take part in separate heats over 900 metres. Trapeze Artist is being aimed at the Gr1 Golden Rose in Sydney, while Ryan has previously indicated that Menari could be pointed at the stallion-making Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes in Melbourne. "They have both come back big, strong colts," Ryan said. "Trapeze Artist will be on a path to the Golden Rose while we will decide after he gets going where Menari heads. I think he might be a sprinter but he will show us which way to go."
The fillies dominated the 2YO division in the autumn, but trainer Gerald Ryan is predicting the colts to turn the tables in the spring, reports racenet. Houtzen won the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m), Catchy saluted in the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), and She Will Reign landed the Gold Slipper to give the females a clean sweep of the feature 2YO races last season. But Ryan, who has three potential top-class colts in Menari, Trapeze Artist and Condor Heroes, believes the boys will come into their own as 3YOs. "I don't think the fillies are going to improve from the autumn but the colts could jump out of the ground," Ryan said. Arguably the best of Ryan’s trio is the richly talented Menari (Snitzel), who had his juvenile season, and his brilliant acceleration, thwarted by wet tracks. The George Altomonte-owned colt is being aimed at the stallion-making Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on 4 November. "He's come back big and strong – really well," Ryan said. "Him, Trapeze Artist and Condor Heroes all look really good. Trapeze Artist will probably kick off in the Rosebud and I'm thinking about the San Domenico (Stakes) with Condor Heroes.” Ryan added: “They're all around the same time but we'll just keep them apart and aim them towards to the Golden Rose. Maybe Menari will stick to the sprints."
Arrowfield Stud has acquired a 50% interest in Australia's top-rated 2YO colt Pariah (Redoute's Choice-Secluded, by Hussonet) along with the standing rights for his future stud career. He will now race for a partnership of Arrowfield with James Harron Bloodstock Colts and all his current owners, and will continue to be trained by Peter & Paul Snowden. Pariah's class was evident on debut in January when he won the Gr3 ATC Canonbury Stakes in race record time, followed two weeks later by an unlucky second in the Gr3 MRC Blue Diamond Prelude. Those performances earned him favouritism for the Gr1 MRC Blue Diamond Stakes and he put up a tremendous performance to justify it finishing a narrow second after starting from a wide draw. An outstanding physical type, Pariah was purchased by James Harron for $700,000 from Arrowfield Stud's 2016 Inglis Easter draft. Pariah is Timeform's second top-rated Australian 2YO colt with a figure of 118, ahead of Summer Passage (117), Chauffeur and Trapeze Artist (both rated 115). "We are very pleased to secure Pariah as a high-class son of the sire of sires Redoute's Choice, and look forward to launching him on our roster alongside Australia's leading sire Snitzel and last season's leading active sire Not A Single Doubt, when his racing career is concluded," Arrowfield's Chairman John Messara said. "Arrowfield has achieved notable success with stallions we've bred and either sold and bought back, or raced before their stud careers. Golden Slipper winner and champion sire Flying Spur and brilliant Redoute's Choice sons Beneteau and Not A Single Doubt are all in that category." Messara added: "Like those horses, Pariah is among Australia's very best two-year-olds of his generation. He's also a sensational type, a three-quarter brother to Group 1 winner Melito and is bred on the Redoute's Choice x Hussonet cross which has left five Group winners from only ten foals." Pariah is now spelling in preparation for his Spring 3YO campaign.
Pariah (image: Steve Hart)
On day one of The Championships at Royal Randwick in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning high profile stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) celebrated an elite race trifecta when 2YO colt Invader (Snitzel-Flame of Sydney, by Encosta de Lago) scored by 0.8 length for trainers Peter & Paul Snowden in the $1 million Gr1 Inglis Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) for 2YOs, over fellow 2YO New Zealand-bred colt Summer Passage (Snitzel-Subsequent, by Encosta de Lago) & 2YO colt Trapeze Artist (Snitzel-Treppes, by Domesday). Bred by Arrowfield Stud, Invader is raced by the China Horse Club who paid $475,000 for him at the 2016 Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast. Others to share in the ownership of the valuable youngster are Newgate Farm, Aquis Farm, Matthew Sandblom's Horse Ventures and America's WinStar Farm. Invader, who is a three-quarter brother to Hong Kong-based Gr2 winner and Gr1-placed sprinter Not Listenin'tome, improved his record to 2 wins and 2 placings (including the Gr2 ATC Todman Stakes) from 6 starts for $865,125 earnings.
The final field has been declared (16 plus three emergencies) and the barrier draw conducted for the world's richest juvenile race – the $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) to be run at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday, 18th March. Boom Queensland filly Houtzen is the current $4.40 tab favourite for the race despite drawing wide in barrier 16. Fellow unbeaten filly She Will Reign also fared poorly, with connections coming up with gate 13. The Gary Portelli-trained filly is second favourite at $5. Next best is Blue Diamond winner Catchy at $7 (barrier 8), followed by Blue Diamond runner-up Pariah at $8 (barrier 4). All other runners are at double figure odds headed by Tulip at $11 (barrier 10). The final field is:
At Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory, Arrowfield Stud's high profile Gr1-winning stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group success when 2YO bay colt Trapeze Artist (Snitzel-Treppes, by Domesday) scored by 3 lengths for trainer Gerald Ryan in the $300,000 Gr3 Black Opal Stakes (1200m) for 2YOs, over fellow 2YO colts Trekking (Street Cry-Outdoor, by Redoute's Choice) & Muraaqeb (Snitzel-Tafseel, by Starcraft). Trainer Gerald Ryan said Trapeze Artist would miss the Golden Slipper and be saved for the $1 million Gr1 ATC Sires' Produce Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on 1 April. "At home through the week he has been going terrific. I always thought that he was a good horse and he proved that today," Ryan told Sky Racing. "We haven't left him in the Slipper, his aim has always been the Sires and Champagne." Trapeze Artist, who hails from the female family of Gr1 winners Crawl and Boardwalk Angel, was passed in for $250,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Vieira Group. His record now reads 2 wins from 3 starts for $195,200 earnings.