GLEN BOSS described him as “quite possibly one of the best horses I have ever thrown a leg over,” and as if we needed further evidence that the progeny of SMART MISSILE could run – and run quickly – the Champion First-Season sire has had somewhat of a stellar month on the racetrack, in what was a period of black-type and eyecatching performances from his sons and daughters.
The son of Fastnet Rock showed exuberance and brilliance in equal measure during his racing career, toppling the previously unbeaten careers of leading juveniles Sepoy and Foxwedge in emphatically taking the Group 2 Todman Stakes, and his unquestionable talent is clearly translating itself to his progeny.
Already with more winners than Snitzel at the same stage in their stallion careers, the fast-finishing sprinter scored his first Group 3 success as a sire to add to the Listed triumph of Smart ‘N’ Sassy with further breakthroughs at Stakes level seemingly imminent.
The Group 3 victory came courtesy of Debelliatio, who improved from his third at Group 2 level just two weeks before to win the WA Sires’ Produce on April 14. The two-year-old colt took control of what was a slowly-run race to prove a cut above his rivals, winning by two and a half lengths.
That success opened the floodgates for a succession of notable performances from the progeny of Smart Missile, with Smart Amelia continuing to knock on the door of a Stakes victory with an unfortunate third place finish in the Group 3 James Carr at Randwick on April 15, with the three-year-old filly forced wide for her run on a day where the track played to those on pace.
The leading son of Fastnet Rock boasted two further winners for the week, including two-year-old filly Memory Bank, who backed up her close-up third behind Group 3 Magic Night winner and Golden Slipper third Tulip, with a win at Seymour on April 20. The Lindsay Park-trained filly looks like yet another promising prospect for the Arrowfield Stud stallion, who currently commands a stud fee of $22,000 with an average sales price of $55,000 at this year’s Inglis Classic Sale.
Yet with the statistics seemingly suggesting Smart Missile to be heading on a similar path to stallion riches as fellow Arrowfield inmates Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt, those figures will be set to soar.
Snitzel now commands a mighty $176,000 at stud, with the average price of his yearlings eclipsing $500,000 at the recent Inglis Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney.
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MIDNIGHT SOLDIER took on the older horses at Canberra on Friday afternoon and emerged victorious after a battling display to hold off the race favourite Imitation Game.
The two-year-old was having his first career start at the track and leapt from the gates in the manner expected of a veteran of the game as he eased up to race on the speed under Nick Heywood.
Entering the straight and the leading pair drew clear of the field to contest a thrilling finish, with the son of Sepoy just able to hold off his rival and take a fantastic victory.
Triple Crown’s exceptional run of winning form continues as Midnight Soldier brought up a fifth win from our last six runners, and he became the second two-year-old to strike on debut in the space of a week following Moss Trip’s quite remarkable success at Kembla Grange on Saturday.
Peter Snowden was delighted with the run, and said there could be improvement to come from after this fantastic start.
“It was good to see him win today. The idea was to put him in an environment where he can be competitive and that’s what we saw today,” said Peter Snowden. “He did everything right and behaved well.
“A great result first-up and he can continue to improve at that level.”
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WE said it was coming. And it could not have been any more emphatic. Stepping up to 1200m for just the second time in his career for the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes at Randwick on Saturday, Redzel proved a class above his trailing rivals, drawing clear to claim a deserved success and leave his owners in raptures.
The wins continue to fly in for Triple Crown Syndications, with four winners from our last seven runners and, after going down a nose in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes and a short head at Group 1 level a month prior, this triumph was as sweet as they come.
It was no certainty that Redzel would stay the extended distance. After being agonizingly caught on the line in the closing stages of the Group 1 Galaxy Handicap by stablemate Russian Revolution over 1100m, the questions were there to be answered; and answer them he most certainly did.
Flying out of the gates like a coiled spring Redzel took the race to his rivals and, as he entered unknown territory down the home straight, the son of Snitzel kicked again under Kerrin McEvoy, drawing away from the well-fancied Counterattack and Hellbent.
Scenes of euphoria greeted the four-year-old in the winners’ enclosure, as his large band of supporters celebrated their duly earned success.
With the win, Redzel has taken his earnings from his three starts this preparation to beyond $300,00 and total career earnings to almost $750,000, a superb return for what was a $120,000 purchase from the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in 2014.
“There’s no better for a horse’s confidence than winning and he’s doing that well now,” said co-trainer Peter Snowden. “He’s about 60 to 70kg heavier than he used to be as a three-year-old. He’s really developed now.”
On future targets Snowden outlined his plans to take the sprinter back to Group 1 level, in a bid to strike at the highest level.
“He almost won a Group 1, got beaten a half head a month agom so I don’t see a Group 1 being out of reach,” he added.
“I was a little bit worried at the 650 that I might have steadied him a little bit too much!” Said jockey Kerrin McEvoy. “But at the top of the rise he was full of running. I sat for a bit longer, waited, and 1200 is as much as he wants but we had the gap on them!”
The red silks of Triple Crown had already been carried to success in the very first race at Kembla Grange on Saturday, as two-year-old filly Moss Trip, beginning her racing journey at the track, showed resolute desire after being knocked around in the straight to surge to the front on the line, and make it a perfect start with Courtney Van Der Werf in the saddle.
In an exciting moment for her owners, the filly demonstrated good speed and sparkle that could see a bright future ahead of her.
“She did a good job today,” said Peter Snowden. “She began well an really wanted to get running. When she got cover she settled beautifully. We got into a traffic jam down the straight and once she saw daylight she was able to make ground. She found the line super so a great result today.”
Congratulations to both sets of owners!
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