THE SUN SHINES WHERE GREATNESS IS FOUND
No claim to greatness can be made without great evidence and only consistent high-level performance justifies a tagline inviting yearling buyers to discover it.
In the past 12 months, three exceptional Arrowfield graduates of the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale have made the Stud’s 2019 invitation to buyers irresistible. Sensational colt The Autumn Sun, bought for $700,000, emulated his sire Redoute’s Choice and champion Pierro by winning three Group 1 races in his first six starts.
The 2018 Golden Slipper G1 was won by the $1.7 million filly Estijaab (by Snitzel), who played catch-me-if-you-can with a quality field to win one of the world’s most coveted juvenile trophies. Australia Day this year brought victory in South Africa by Dundeel’s Arrowfield-bred son Atyaab. Bought for $260,000, he won the Kenilworth Cape Derby G1 at his 7th start.
Inglis Easter results show that the Messara family’s Hunter Valley farm has sent 9 Group 1 winners to the Inglis Easter Sale over the past five years. That’s a third of all the Group 1 winners offered at the 2014-18 Sales.
Add the other eight Group & Listed winners Arrowfield has sold at Inglis Easter in that period, and the farm’s strike rate is almost twice the average figure achieved across the entire Sale. If there’s a secret to such exceptional results, it’s in plain sight on the catalogue pages and in the dedicated work of the team that breeds and rears, prepares and presents Arrowfield’s 54-lot consignment at Inglis Easter 2019.
The draft is anchored by three-time Champion Sire and fair dinkum legend Redoute’s Choice, his sons the record-breaking Champion Sire Snitzel and super-versatile top 10 sire Not A Single Doubt, and major-sire-in-the-making Dundeel.
That’s top-drawer stallion power in anyone’s language. Redoute’s Choice (1st), Snitzel (2nd) and Not A Single Doubt (9th) all appear in the top 10 on Bill Oppenheim’s latest Southern Hemisphere APEX A Runner list, and Dundeel has emerged to rank second on the Second-Crop list with an A Runner index of 4.11.
John & Paul Messara and their bloodstock team pay just as much attention to the other side of the breeding equation and this Inglis Easter draft showcases their work. For example, the dams of Arrowfield’s Easter yearlings include six Group 1 winners, seven other Group winners and five Listed winners.
Buyers will also discover siblings to The Autumn Sun, Dundeel, Shoals, Hong Kong star Contentment, Japanese Group 1 winner Aerolithe and a dozen other stakeswinners. And, quite likely, their own slice of greatness.
Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer casts his eye over Arrowfield’s 2019 Inglis Easter draft to highlight eight yearlings:
Lot 38 – Deep Impact-Grito colt: Dam is a Redoute’s Choice half-sister to Champion Sprinter Yell, family of Holler, Anthems and Microphone. “A handsome colt with scope, he has the shoulder of a really top horse and a terrific walk.”
Lot 100 – Snitzel-Lucky Raquie filly: Stakes-winning dam is from the family of Champions Redoute’s Choice and Shoals. “A medium sized, quality filly, with a very stylish, attractive head, a great walk and real presence.”
Lot 102 – Dundeel-Lunaspur colt: Half-brother to GW and producer Colorado Claire from the family of Group 1 winners Soqrat & Lucky Bubbles. “Big, powerful colt with plenty of bone, scope and excellent natural muscle. All over a Guineas/ Derby colt.”
Lot 169 – Not A Single Doubt–Panorama Ridge colt: Half-brother to SW Sassy ‘N’ Smart and grandson of French Group 1 winner Nebraska Tornado. “He’s stunning, neatly made, very powerful and early-looking. A real Breeders’ Plate type.”
Lot 315 – Redoute’s Choice-Traceability colt: Three-quarter brother to G1 winner Master Of Design and SW Traces from the Princess Tracy family. “A beautifully balanced, medium-sized quality colt. Very good mover with a lovely front and a big hindquarter.”
Lot 320 – Dundeel-Tuusula filly: Half-sister to stakes-placed winner Crockett from a daughter of Champion and G1 producer Miss Finland. “Classy, imposing filly with a magnificent walk who really uses herself beautifully, a definite Oaks filly.”
Lot 338 – Snitzel-You’re So Good filly: Dam is a G1-placed stakeswinner, family of G1 Melito and dual Group winner Pariah. “Glorious, big strong filly. Similar type to Estijaab, great presence and an impressive powerful walk”
Lot 369 – Not A Single Doubt-Azmiyna colt: Three-quarter brother to The Autumn Sun from the family of European Champion Azamour. “Medium-sized colt with an appealing head and eye, a good shoulder and an easy walk.”