Posted on Monday, 27 March 2017
SINCE being shuttled over to Australia in 2010 to cover mares, three time Group 1 winner Medaglia d’Oro has been a huge success – and the breeding cross with mares deriving from the sire line of Danehill has taken centre stage with Spectroscope becoming an incredible sixth Stakes winner to be bred on this cross since August 2014 when winning the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude in stylish fashion.
Godolphin-owned Spectroscope has followed in the footsteps of electric Group 1 Golden Slipper winner Vancouver, and Group 1 Golden Rose winner Astern in striking at Stakes level having also been bred on the Medaglia d’Oro / Danehill cross and, in a stellar season for the American stallion, he was also represented in this year’s Golden Slipper through Veranillo.
The cross has the chance to add two further Group 1 victories this coming weekend as Spectroscope will bid to follow up his recent success with victory in the $3,000,000 Doncaster Mile, while Astern returns to action as he looks set to contest the $2,500,000 TJ Smith Stakes over 1200m at Royal Randwick.
In Astern and Vancouver the cross has produced two exceptional racehorses to grace Australian turf in recent years, and with the spectacular international family of our Medaglia d’Oro filly, she could be the ideal candidate to add this highly successful cross’s list of Stakes winners.
The family has produced six Group 1 winners and four Royal Ascot winners in recent years, including Melbourne Cup third placer finisher Mahler, who is out of a half-sister to our filly’s dam. Further Group-race winners include future stallions Footstepsinthesand, Pedro The Great and Power, and exceptional fillies Superstar Leo, Glatisant, Dancing Rocks and Thakafaat.
Our filly has progressed through breaking-in with flying colours and her trainer Bjorn Baker has been highly impressed with her during a recent educational preparation at his Warwick Farm stables.
Limited shares are still available in our Medaglia d’Oro ex Compton Rainbow filly and start at $8,495 per 5% shareholding. Get yours now to avoid missing out!
Posted on Friday, 24 March 2017
WHEN looking through this filly’s pedigree you’ll see more bold black ink than an edition of the Daily Mail – most Poms will understand – and it may also take a sound knowledge of British (and Irish) racing to relate to that black ink on her pedigree page which spell out the names of some of the best horses the land has produced.
Step forward Footstepsinthesand, Pedro The Great, Curvy, Power, Dancing Rocks, Thakafaat, Superstar Leo and most recently, strong 2,000 Guineas contender, Rivet. Furthermore, in a name that may well also be familiar to Aussie ears, our filly is out of a mare who is a half-sister to Melbourne Cup third place-getter Mahler, as the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt finished behind Efficient in the 2007 running of Australia’s most iconic race.
No less than four of the above have triumphed at Britain’s premier Flat racing carnival, Royal Ascot, while two are Classic winners in Britain and Ireland through Footstepsinthesand and Power, both of who have gone on to become highly successful sires, with Power having sired four two-year-old Stakes winners from his first crop alone.
Quantifying the talent of Footstepsinthesand (pictured below) is a difficult task as the son of Giants Causeway raced just the three times in an undefeated career, however his scintillating Guineas display in which he abruptly ended the unbeaten record of the mighty Dubawi puts his ability into context.
Pedro The Great, after claiming the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes – a key trial race for the 2,000 Guineas, will have his first two-year-olds enter a race track in 2017, while the latest crack colt from the family to become a Group 1 winner is Rivet, who is third favourite for this year’s 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.
The fillies aren’t half bad either. In Superstar Leo, the family has produced a Champion 2YO in both Britain and France who, among her five wins at two, took Royal Ascot’s valuable two-year-old race, the Norfolk Stakes. Further Group-race winning fillies include Glatisant, Thakafaat and Dancing Rocks, the third dam to our filly, while in America Lady Lara is the winner of three Stakes races.
G1 winners: 6
Stakes winners: 23
MAHLER 1st Royal Ascot (Queen’s Vase) 3rd Melbourne Cup
FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND 1st 2,000 Guineas (beating DUBAWI)
POWER 1st Royal Ascot (Coventry Stakes) 1st Irish 2,000 Guineas
CURVY 1st Royal Ascot (Ribblesdale Stakes) 1st Group 1 EP Taylor Stakes
SUPERSTAR LEO 1st Royal Ascot (Norfolk Stakes)
RIVET 1st Group 1 Racing Post Trophy (Leading contender for 2017 2,000 Guineas)
PEDRO THE GREAT 1st Group 1 Phoenix Stakes
DECEMBER DRAW 1st Group 1 Turnbull Stakes
The frequency with which the family consistently delivers horses of high class is incredible. And it comes as no surprise considering the pedigree, which reveals some of the most potent international bloodlines in thoroughbred racing.
Tracing the damline back and we arrive at Crepello. An incredible 2,000 Guineas winner, Crepello went on to take his second Classic victory in the Derby, however was robbed the chance of Triple Crown immortality due to injury.
On her sire side, third dam Dancing Rocks can trace her sire line back to Nijinsky, the greatest horse of his generation.
Nijinsky became the first horse in 35 years to win the English Triple Crown in 1970. It’s a feat that hasn’t been achieved since.
The family is now making inroads in Australia, with Group 1 Turnbull Stakes winner December Draw striking at the highest level and through the match between our filly’s sire Medaglia d’Oro (sire of Golden Slipper winner Vancouver) and her dam Compton Rainbow, she is bred on the exact same cross as a very familiar name – Golden Rose winner Astern.
Medaglia d’Oro has four of his progeny in Stakes action this weekend, including Spectroscope, who goes in Race 4 at Rosehill, and is bred on the same Medaglia d’Oro / Danehill cross as our filly.
Posted on Wednesday, 22 March 2017
THE trials are often a source of clues to exciting talent and at Wyong on Wednesday morning it was no different, as eyecatching two-year-olds edge closer to a racecourse start. And none was more impressive than Lankan Pharaoh, a full brother to our recently purchased All Too Hard x Chakvetadze filly, as he put all of six lengths on his rivals to bolt up in heat 13.
The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained colt clocked up his second trial victory in succession as he scampered through the wet to beat Smart Missile filly Off The Dial, and holds an entry for the $1,000,000 Inglis Sires’ at Randwick on April 1.
It comes as no surprise that Chakvetadze is now a producer of precocious talent as the exceptionally quick mare won eight of her 11 starts, including black-type success with an emphatic victory in the Gold Coast Guineas.
Through the evidence of Lankan Pharaoh’s exploits thus far, Chakvetadze’s match with All Too Hard appears to have installed an added element of toughness and class to her progeny, with the record-breaking half-brother to Black Caviar having made an excellent start at stud.
All Too Hard is the only three-year-old to win the Group 1 quartet of the Caulfield Guineas (defeating Champion 2yo Pierro), C.F Orr Stakes, Futurity Stakes and All Aged Stakes in one season and with the same stellar sprinting bloodlines as Black Caviar, it would be no surprise to now see him sire numerous Stakes winners.
Our All Too Hard filly has made tremendous strides since her breaking in, and has impressed trainer Bjorn Baker in her brief educational work to date.
A two-year-old colt racing in the red of Triple Crown also turned a few heads in the Wyong trials, as Poetic Charmer travelled strongly throughout his race to reduce the lead of runaway leader Dordogne to just one and a quarter lengths.
The son of Your Song was never asked too much of a question by Travis Wolfgram, who allowed the colt out of three-time Stakes winner Hoss Amor to glide up to the leader on his own terms.
Posted on Monday, 20 March 2017
TRIPLE CROWN struck at the Gold Coast on Saturday as Brazen Moss dominated Race 5 under Jim Byrne, shortly before Redzel was agonizingly denied Group 1 glory by Russian Revolution, in a superb Quinella for Snowden Racing.
The ecstasy and the agony: Racing can bring joy and celebration as well as despair and heartache but it always delivers excitement.
Brazen Moss is arguably our most consistent horse in training as he continuously delivers prizemoney to his owners, and he turned on the style in the Class 6 Plate at the Gold Coast to take an emphatic victory by one and a half lengths as Jim Byrne unleashed his challenge to perfection.
In 35 starts Brazen has now won five and been placed in a further 16 races – and is no stranger to heartbreak himself having finished second on 12 occasions – yet his place strike-rate of 60% has helped the five-year-old earn over $250,000 for his owners after his $75,000 purchase at the Magic Millions.
Brazen Moss wins at the Gold Coast
For Redzel it was a second Group-race second in the space of a fortnight as the stable star backed up his runner-up performance in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes with second place in the Group 1 Galaxy at Rosehill on Golden Slipper day.
Beaten in a photo on both occasions, Redzel never fails to get the heart pumping as he gives his all each and every race. Despite turning the tables with English, he found just one too good again and this time it came in the form of stablemate Russian Revolution, giving Snowden Racing an excellent Group 1 Quinella.
At the 400 Redzel surged to the front and looked to be holding off the challenge of his China Horse Club-owned rival, however he was caught on the line in a thrilling encounter.
Redzel continues to improve and his form continues to stand up, as we hope his time in the limelight will come. In adding a further $133,000 to his career earnings, the son of Snitzel has now won over $650,000 and has plenty of racing left in him yet!
Congratulations to the owners of Brazen Moss. And it’s congratulations to those of Redzel, as we hope you enjoyed the experience on racing’s biggest stage.
Feature photo: Bradley Photographers
Posted on Wednesday, 15 March 2017
IT’S every racehorse owners’ dream to step on to the winners’ rostrum and collect a glistening Group 1 trophy. It represents a triumph at the pinnacle of our sport and a day that no racing fan will forget.
If this doesn’t get your hair raising and heart racing we’re unaware of what else will!
For the Triple Crown owners in Redzel this dream has the potential to become reality as the son of Snitzel is tuned up for an attack at the Group 1 Galaxy on the prestigious Golden Slipper day at Rosehill this weekend.
Five Group 1s will be staged on an afternoon of exhilarating racing, where the very best will rub shoulders in competition and champions will emerge, and for Redzel this will be a second attempt at serving it up on the highest level as he looks to build on a superb second in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes two weekends ago.
That day he was denied by a Group 1 winner in English as the hardened mare held off a battling charge by a nose from Redzel, who ran out of turf as glory was in sight.
Yet if there’s any way of winning a Group 1 it’s in overturning a defeat and the pair will meet again on Saturday in a highly anticipated rematch with Redzel 3kg better off in the weights.
A total of 13 rivals stand in his way after acceptances on Tuesday morning, including established Group 1 performers Music Magnate, Fell Swoop and Heatherly. Renowned Melbourne jockey Dwayne Dunn is booked to ride and Redzel will jump from barrier 11 in his quest to become Triple Crown’s third Group 1 winner, following in the footsteps of Peggy Jean and Hot Snitzel.
Peter Snowden said on Tuesday: “I’m happy with him. He’s worked well and is in good order. It’s no ordinary race being a Group 1 and he’s well weighted. It’s the right race for him and we’re looking forward to it.”
After taking his joyous owners on a journey encompassing Stakes wins at Randwick, Caulfield and Flemington, Redzel faces his most defining challenge yet. But it’s days like this we’re in racing for, and in tandem with his owners, we’ll enjoy every minute of it!
Posted on Tuesday, 14 March 2017
IN another feather in the cap of Not A Single Doubt, quality juvenile filly Undoubtable Miss is set to embark on a Group 1 campaign during the Spring Carnival after a stylish win in Monday’s Magic Millions Adelaide 2YO Classic at Morphettville.
Facing the starter for the third time, Undoubtable Miss produced a strong burst of speed in the straight to win South Australia’s richest juvenile race by a length.
“It’s a great series the Magic Millions series and the hardest part is getting a horse good enough to run in the series,” said trainer Robbie Griffiths.
“But this filly has always shown great talent, she was very good on her first start at Ballarat and that form’s been franked with Ducimus running so well, and then she was good at Sandown, so to come here and win was a great result.”
The emergence of Undoubtable Miss as a Stakes-race player is the latest success story of thriving sire Not A Single Doubt, who has scored big-race wins in consecutive weekends following Gunnison’s Todman Stakes victory and Single Bullet’s success in the Pago Pago Stakes on Saturday.
The son of Redoute’s Choice finished second in the Sires’ Premiership last season, and with nine Stakes winners to his name this time around, he is second only behind Snitzel as he looks to surpass the 12 Stakes winners to his name last term.
The leading sire is also set for his fourth runner in the Golden Slipper on Saturday, after Single Bullet was drawn barrier 3 for the world’s richest juvenile race.
Become involved with the success of Not A Single Doubt and race this fantastic colt out of More Than Ready mare More Stories – the same highly successful cross that produced Group-race winners Miracles Of Life, The Grey Flash and Single Bullet.
Posted on Monday, 13 March 2017
SOME crosses just work. And time and time again they produce Group-race performers. The Not A Single Doubt / More Than Ready cross is exactly this, giving our Not A Single Doubt x More Stories colt the best chance of success.
With Single Bullet claiming the Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday, the cross has now produced three Group winners since Miracles Of Life swooped for the Group 1 Blue Diamond at Caulfield in February 2013, making this cross the most successful breeding cross for in-demand sire Not A Single Doubt in terms of Stakes winners and place-getters.
From 12 runners bred on this cross, a phenomenal 25% have emerged as Stakes winners, with total earnings in excess of $2.5 million.
The third Stakes winner on this cross is The Grey Flash, who took out the Group 3 Sires’ Produce at Morphettville in April 2015, while the cross would have had a second high-profile contender in the weekend’s Pago Pago Stakes if the well fancied Condor Heroes, who finished second in the Breeders’ Plate on debut in October, was not made a late scratching.
He looks to be an inevitable fourth Stakes winner for the cross, but the headline act is without doubt Not A Single Doubt’s best-performing progeny Miracales Of Life.
Triple Crown’s Not A Single Doubt x More Stories colt
Out of Dazzling Gazelle, Miracles Of Life followed up his win in the Blue Diamond with three further wins at Group level, including the Caulfield Sprint and Randwick’s Challenge Stakes, before claiming his second Group 1 on his final career start in the Robert Sangster Stakes at Morphettville in May 2015.
With our Not A Single Doubt / More Stories colt bred on this exact same cross, the stats alone suggest he has an excellent chance of making an exceptional racehorse. Yet being out of a half-sister to three-time Group 1 winner Shamekha, and from the family of Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Brave Warrior, this colt has everything on the pedigree page to conform to the stats.
Posted on Monday, 13 March 2017
THE result was never in doubt, or at least it wasn’t in the mind of Steyne, as he ran out an authoritative winner stepping up to a mile at Kembla Grange on Friday night.
Barrier 13 proved no obstacle to the four-year-old – neither running six-wide at the bend – and the son of Snitzel cruised up to the leaders entering the straight having made eyecatching progress around the bend under a motionless Blake Shinn.
After hitting the front at the 200, Steyne lengthened clear of the pack to win in style, proving a class above his 13 opponents.
Steyne has relished the opportunity to show the racing world what he’s got after an interrupted start to his career. This win on his final run of the preparation represented his second success and the lightly-raced gelding has bags of potential to make a further impression when he returns.
The success of Steyne is testament to the ability of Peter & Paul Snowden to nurture him to not only a return to the racecourse, but a dual-winning return, and we thank all their efforts in preparing this horse to two victories and a mightily unlucky second this preparation.
Congratulations to the owners as your unwavering patience has been rewarded, and we hope you have enjoyed the experience as much as we have delighted in seeing his successful return!
Steyne will now head to the paddock for a well-earned two-week rest before tackling further riches on his return.
Peter Snowden said: “Another good win and a big effort by the horse. Well done to all. There’s definitely a future for him and I’m sure he’s going to reward us further on track.”
Photo: Bradley Photographers
Posted on Wednesday, 8 March 2017
The son of Fastnet Rock is following a similar path to his illustrious stud companion, Snitzel, with remarkably close statistics at this stage in their career
FOR all a horse’s success on the racetrack, establishing themselves as a recognized sire can be a whole different task altogether.
Yet the eyecatching progress of Smart Missile’s progeny suggests he is on an upward path to the top – and the stats support him.
Snitzel is arguably the leading sire in Australia today. The son of Redoute’s Choice heads this season’s Sires Premiership across all counts with not only the highest amount of earnings, but also through number of winners, wins, Stakes wins and Stakes winners, and he is the leading sire of both two-year-olds and three-year-olds.
And with headline progeny such as Snitzerland, Shamus Award and Triple Crown’s very own Group 1 winner Hot Snitzel, he possesses an enviable source of talent to his name.
Yet Smart Missile could be well on his way to emulating his illustrious Arrowfield Stud companion, as the numbers of the brilliant winner of the Todman Stakes indicate a remarkable similarity to Snitzel.
Now into his second season at stud, Smart Missile delivered 38 winners in 2016, following on from Smart ‘N’ Sassy’s Stakes victory in 2015.
In 2017, he picked up from where he left off and has 12 winners to his name from the 65 runners to have taken to the track up until March this year for a total of 47 winners from 113 runners.
In comparison, established sire Snitzel achieved 44 winners from his 101 runners by the same stage in his stud career.
Opening at a fee of $33,000, Snitzel’s service fee is now up to the soaring heights of his much-lauded sire Redoute’s Choice, at $110,000, with the average for his progeny in the sales ring up to $331,000 at the recent January Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.
Race a Smart Missile filly with Triple Crown
Triple Crown recognized the talent of Snitzel early, picking up Group 1 winner Hot Snitzel for $60,000 and Group 2 winner Flying Snitzel for just $25,000 and, with Smart Missile heading in the same direction, we have secured two excellent fillies by Smart Missile to race in The Red. These follow on from our Stakes runner-up Jericho, purchased last year, and recent trial eyecatcher Smartedge, bought from the Magic Millions Premier Sale last year.
They don’t come much more impeccably bred than a gorgeous filly from the family of prolific Group 1 winner Malaguerra, Snitzerland and Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Mirror Mirror, while our second Smart Missile filly is bred on the similar Smart Missile/More Than Ready cross as Group 3 Caulfield Classic runner-up Rocketeer.
Click here for more information on our Smart Missile fillies and race the progeny of Smart Missile now before their sales price rockets!
Posted on Wednesday, 8 March 2017
TRIPLE CROWN’s Smartedge caught the eye at Randwick’s trials on Tuesday morning with a surging late show under Corey Brown.
The son of Smart Missile showed flashes of ability in his first trial, where he finished fifth when not given a hard time by Tuesday’s same jockey, and, having travelled smoothly behind the leading trio on this occasion, Corey Brown asked the question of Smartedge entering the straight.
With all of six lengths to make up on the leaders, Smartedge was cajoled into giving chase before effortlessly lengthening to finish an impressive third in the 740m clip, 1.7 lengths behind Spencer, who was having his second trial after contesting the valuable Breeders’ Plate at Randwick in October.
Having gathered an education, Smartedge will be given time in the paddock to develop before reentering the Snowden stables in preparation for his debut run.
Yet Smartedge was not the only son of Smart Missile to make an impression on Tuesday, as the Bjorn Baker-trained Magic Missile won his second successive trial.
Smartedge follows Jericho, a fellow son of Smart Missile and Listed runner-up, in racing for Triple Crown, with the gelding out of Couredge showing similar levels of ability.
Smart Missile has made a flying start to his life at stud, having already sired a Stakes winner in Smart ‘N’ Sassy, and is on an upward trajectory to the top, posting similar numbers to leading Australian sire Snitzel at the same point in their stud careers.
Shares available in two Smart Missile fillies
Triple Crown recognize considerable talent in the emphatic Todman Stakes winner and have invested in two fillies by the boom son of Fastnet Rock from the recent sales, who are showing encouraging levels of talent and temperament.
Purchased from the Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney, they don’t come better bred than a beautiful filly from the extensive family of Group 1 winners Malaguerra, Snitzerland and Mirror Mirror, with filly to be trained by 2016 Golden Slipper-winning trainers Peter & Paul Snowden.
Our other Smart Missile filly to be trained by the emerging talent of Bjorn Baker, is an impressive filly bred on the same Smart Missile/More Than Ready cross as Group 3 Caulfield Stakes runner-up Rocketeer.