A stakes win every four days and a Group 1 victory almost every month. That’s the dazzling success celebrated over the past 12 months by owners of Arrowfield graduates and runners by the Arrowfield stallions represented in the Stud’s 2018 Inglis Easter consignment.
The Stud’s recent star graduates are headed by Mustaaqeem & Rafeef, both by Redoute’s Choice out of National Colour, both bought by Angus Gold for Sheikh Hamdan at Inglis Easter and both Group 1 winners at Turffontein last May.
Arrowfield’s Inglis Easter Class of 2017 has already opened its account, thanks to Emirates Park’s glorious filly Estijaab, winner of the ATC Reisling S. G2 and a leading chance for the Golden Slipper.
In the past five years alone, buyers have found 10 Group 1 winners in Arrowfield’s yearling drafts – 7 of them at Inglis Easter. And that doesn’t include South Australian Derby G1 winner Howard Be Thy Name, passed in at the 2014 Sale.
Arrowfield’s offering at this year’s Easter Sale features 21 lots by the triumvirate that make up Australia’s leading stallion dynasty, three-time Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice and his best sire sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt.
No sire has made a bigger impact on Australian racing in the past 12 months than Arrowfield’s superstar Snitzel. He sealed the 2017 General Sires’ Premiership, as well as the 2YO and 3YO Sires’ titles, with an unprecedented series of history-making achievements:
- Equalling Danehill’s single-season record of 26 Australian stakeswinners
- Setting a new Australian record for stallion earnings in a season with $16.2 million
- Siring the first Australian Group 1 2YO trifecta by the same stallion since 1982
(Invader, Summer Passage & Trapeze Artist in the ATC Inglis Sires’ G1)
- Claiming sole ownership of the Australian-sired 2YO winners record, with a season tally of 35 (including three in New Zealand)
- Completing the first-ever three-generation sequence of Champion Australian Sires: Danehill (9 titles), Redoute’s Choice (2006, 2010, 2014) & Snitzel (2017).
Even more astonishing is that, with 20 weeks of the current season still ahead of him, Snitzel has already smashed his own Australian earnings record and compiled 23 stakeswinners, led by Triple Crown’s Everest conqueror & Group 1 winner Redzel, Oakleigh Plate G1 winner Russian Revolution and Golden Rose G1 winner Trapeze Artist.
Arrowfield Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer draws attention to a pair of Snitzel fillies and a colt.
Lot 25, the Snitzel-Asterix filly
“A medium-sized, very well-made filly so typical of the best Snitzel fillies like Snitzerland.”
Lot 32, the Snitzel-Azmiyna filly
“Such a stylish, elegant filly, and beautifully balanced with a tremendous walk and a great outlook.”
Lot 417 – Snitzel-Vaayala colt
“Also medium-sized, a very strong, attractive colt in the Redoute’s Choice-Danehill mould. He looks a very early type.”
Firmly established as a top 10 sire since 2015, Not A Single Doubt added his eighth Group 1 winner Mighty Boss (MRC Caulfield Guineas G1) last Spring and reached a half-century of stakeswinners when Faraway Town won the ATC Triscay S. G3 in February.
Arrowfield offers two Not A Single Doubt colts out of young mares, My Prerogative (by I Am Invincible) and Star Pupil (by Starcraft), both with Group 1-producing pedigrees. A lifetime record of one stakeswinner in every 8 or so of his runners gives any yearling by Redoute’s Choice an immediate tick. Being offered by Arrowfield is another plus, because the farm has presented almost a third of the Redoute’s Choice Group 1 winners sent through a yearling sale-ring.
Lot 103, the Redoute’s Choice-Dream Date filly, has immediate on-the-page appeal because she’s a three-quarter sister to Not A Single Doubt from the prolific Easy Date family. She doesn’t disappoint in the flesh either as a “power-packed filly with a deep front and a great hip to her, and so like Not A Single Doubt.”
Lot 259, the Redoute’s Choice-National Colour colt “has lovely balance like his two Group 1- winning brothers. Smaller than Rafeef and a bit bigger than Mustaqeem, he’s nonetheless cast in the same mould. Quality personified.”
Arrowfield’s young guns Animal Kingdom, Dundeel and Olympic Glory have 20 yearlings in the draft, a measure of the Stud’s confidence in this trio of champions from the United States, Australia and Europe.
That confidence is already being matched by racetrack results. Animal Kingdom registered his first Group 1 performer downunder, Australian Guineas runner-up Peaceful State, on the same day that Dundeel posted his first stakes performer, 2YO colt Irukandji at Flemington.
Jon Freyer picks out Lot 101, the Animal Kingdom-Double Ranga colt, a half-brother to 2YO Group winner Scarlet Rain, and Lot 182, the Dundeel-Joy Ride colt, from the family of Group 1 winners Wandjina, Complacent, Dracula and Inspiration.
“The Double Ranga colt is big, strong and short-coupled and looks particularly early, like his half- sister. Gorgeous head, deep girth, great strength and a good walk to him.”
“Joy Ride’s son is a powerful, well-made and most attractive colt with plenty of size and scope.”
Trainer Paul Perry is already enthusiastic about four-time European Group 1 winner Olympic Glory and his first Australian yearlings. He says, “They’re outstanding types, with a great shoulder and good bone. I think he’s a standout among the first season sires.”
Paul’s opinion carries some weight, because he trained Olympic Glory’s sire Choisir to ground-breaking Royal Ascot glory, and because he’s already bought a bunch of Olympic Glory yearlings.
Lot 203, the Olympic Glory-Let’s Make Adeal filly is described by Jon as “a beautiful filly with a lovely rein, nice leg and a truly elegant head. She has a really stylish athletic walk.”
Arrowfield’s substantial investment in quality broodmares and their matings is evident in the three fillies by Deep Impact and Lot 400, the Fastnet Rock colt of The Broken Shore. As a full brother to this season’s dual Group 1-winning filly Shoals and the son of a champion sire out of a half-sister to Redoute’s Choice, the colt has “stallion prospect” written all over him. “He’s a masculine, powerful, classy type, and medium-sized like Shoals, with an excellent, purposeful walk and no-nonsense attitude.”
Jon Freyer suggests that Lot 442, the Deep Impact daughter of You’re So Good, could be “the filly of the sale. She exudes quality and is very typical of the best Deep Impact fillies with a splash of Savabeel. She’s almost black and moves like a panther.”
Lot 70, the Deep Impact filly out of Charming Estelle, a full-sister to Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee, is “a big strong girl, with a massive girth and a great shoulder – every inch an Oaks filly.”
The Arrowfield team warmly welcomes clients, guests & visitors to the Stud’s new Inglis Easter base at the Garden Pavilion, adjacent to the magnificent Big Barn at the Riverside Stables.