Australia’s leading syndicators: Part three – 10 individual Stakes performers in 2017/18

EVERY owner in racing wants their horse to compete at the elite level. That upper echelon of racing where the best are separated from the rest with a bold black pen on the pedigree page that indicates a horse to have won or been placed in a Stakes race.

Redzel might be bearing the flag after two Group 1 wins and, of course, that win in the world’s richest race on turf, The Everest, but the depth in quality of the Triple Crown team sees Redzel as one of a remarkable ten individual Triple Crown horses who were at least placed in Stakes races during a record-breaking 2017/18 season.

Furthermore, at the close of the season, an incredible 36% of our active horses in training had been Stakes placed at some stage during their career.

Redzel, Australia’s highest earning racehorse during the 2017/18 season, won the Group 3 Concorde Stakes, the Group 2 pair of The Shorts and Challenge Stakes, as well the Group 1 Darley Classic in addition to his Everest success, to become Australia’s leading sprinter in what was a stellar season for the top line son of Champion Sire Snitzel.

Dothraki, Moss Trip, Emperor’s Way and Secret Trail joined Redzel as winners of Stakes races during the 2017/18 season. Dothraki proving age to be just a number as the now eight-year-old won the Group 3 Maurice McCarten Stakes at Royal Randwick – a race in which Secret Trail flashed home for fourth. Yet the Denman mare would get her just rewards, as she burst clear to win the Listed Bright Shadow Stakes at Doomben in June.

Moss Trip, who like Dothraki is also by Mossman, took the Group 3 James Carr Stakes at Royal Randwick in April for Triple Crown’s 27th Group-race win since 2010, before going on to win the Listed Scone Guineas in a blistering performance in May.

Emperor’s Way, a winner of five races during the 2017/18 season, finished the preparation with a fantastic win at Stakes level in the Listed Randwick City Stakes over 2000m in May.

Island Missile was denied a Stakes victory by just a nose in the Listed Gosford Guineas, while Brave Song put up an impressive performance to finish third in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes behind star colt Kementari.

Invincible Lad has a 2YO Stakes placing next to his name after finishing third in the Listed Asian Executive Stakes at Flemington, while in Queensland the Tony Gollan-trained pair of Brazen Moss and Charlie Boy earned Stakes placings last season.

Dothraki battles to Group 2 triumph

EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Dothraki continues to raise the bar after taking out a first Group 2 success of his career in the Bobbie Lewis over 1200m at Flemington.

A multiple Group 3 winner and Group 1 runner-up, Dothraki displayed no signs of relenting into his eight-year-old year, as he travelled strongly and kicked clear down the straight under Damian Lane to defeat First Among Equals and Kemono.

A Golden Slipper runner in his two-year-old year, Dothraki takes his earnings to almost $1.5 million with the win, an eighth of his career, with the remarkable son of Mossman continuing to show superb longevity, winning two of his last five starts, all at Stakes level, and only finishing outside the top three in his last six runs.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden was elated at the result. “There’s been Group 1s he should’ve won through his career but on his day he’s a good horse,” said Snowden.

“He was ridden perfectly today. He stalked the speed and went at him late and was timed to perfection. It’s good to see the older horses run as well as they are.

“He works well at home and takes improvement from his first-up runs. He runs well down the straight.

“We’ll see where we go from here but a fantastic win today.”

Redzel in final Everest rehearsal

REDZEL will have his final lead up ahead of the defence of his Everest title when he takes on the Group 2 The Shorts at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Stepping up to 1100m, Redzel won this race in track record time 12 months ago, securing the first of his two track records at Royal Randwick, and is the only horse in the modern era to hold two track records at the same metropolitan racecourse.

In his attempt to win back to back renewals of the Group 2 event, Redzel is looking to become the first horse since 1977 to retain The Shorts title, and just the fifth horse to win it more than once.

Richie faces eight rivals on the day, with one third of The Everest field lining up in the race, as Invincible Star, English and Brave Smash all take their chance against the reigning champion, with Redzel having drawn nicely in Barrier 3.

Redzel now holds favouritism for the World’s richest race on turf on October 13 following an eyecatching win in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes first up, matched with defeats for some of the principal players in The Everest make up.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden has been happy with how he’s trained on from his first-up win in the Concorde Stakes.

“Redzel is in terrific order,” said Snowden. “He’s trained on nicely since the Concorde and I;m happy with his work.

“He’s tightened up for the run as you’d expect but there’s still improvement to come out of him for Saturday’s run.

“He’s going the right way and we’ll look forward to Saturday.”

Triple Crown have horses in action across three Stakes races on Saturday, with Emperor’s Way joining Redzel at  Randwick as he looks to bounce back to form in the Group 3 Kingston Town over 2000m. And in Melbourne Dothraki takes his chance second up in the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality at Flemington.

Australia’s leading syndicators: Part two – Average of $50k earnings per start in 2017/18

IN part one of this series looking into Triple Crown’s syndication success, we looked into Triple Crown’s selection processes in highlighting the four leading prizemoney earners  for four different stallions that raced in the Triple Crown red during the 2017/18 season. In this second part, it’s all about prizemoney in the pockets of our owners, as the Triple Crown team of horses with Snowden Racing earned on average a remarkable $49,398 per start during 2017/18.

THE Triple Crown team of horses with exclusive trainers Snowden Racing earned on average almost $50,000 per start during the 2017/18 season. That’s just shy of being the equivalent of winning a metropolitan Saturday race, every single start.

Triple Crown horses trained by Peter & Paul Snowden earned a mammoth total of $9.59 million during the 2017/18 season, by far the largest prizemoney haul of any Australian syndicator. This total was achieved from 194 starters, leaving an average of $49,398 earned per start.

These figures include Redzel’s $5.8 million won in taking out the inaugural running of The Everest, yet even excluding this victory in the world’s richest race on turf, the average prizemoney per starter lies at just short of $20,000.

For comparative purposes, these figures present favourably to the $7,632 earned on average per start by another prominent Sydney Syndicator.

Redzel, Australia’s highest earning racehorse during the 2017/18 season, headed the Triple Crown team with wins in The Everest and the Group 1 Darley Classic, as well as track-record performances in winning the Group 2 Challenge Stakes over 1000m, and Group 2 The Shorts over 1100m.

Other significant prizemoney earners include Moss Trip, who won the Group 3 James Carr Stakes and $400,000 Listed Scone Guineas, Group 3 winner Dothraki, and Listed winner Emperor’s Way, who won five races during the 2017/18 season.

From selecting and racing the leading progeny of four top line sires last season, to our team of horses earning an average of almost $50,000 every start during the 2017/18 season, Triple Crown lead the way when it comes to racehorse syndication!

Redzel favourite to climb Everest once more

LAST YEAR’S inaugural Everest Champion, Redzel, has assumed favouritism to repeat the feat of winning the world’s richest race on turf on October 13 at Royal Randwick.

Australia’s highest earning horse last season, Redzel was dominant in winning the Group 3 Concorde Stakes on his return this spring, and that impressive display combined with a defeat for TJ Smith winner Trapeze Artist saw Redzel elevated to the head of the market at a $5 chance.

Trapeze Artist is on the second line of betting at $6, last year’s runner-up Vega Magic at $7, while Nature Strip – the latest horse to earn a slot in the race – is a $9 chance and it’s $11 bar.

Many Everest contenders have stepped out in the last fortnight, with just Redzel and Nature Strip winning their respective races, while Vega Magic, Shoals, Santa Ana Lane, Brave Smash, Invincible Star and Trapeze Artist all suffered defeats.

Redzel will next race on September 15 in the Group 2 The Shorts, a race he won in track record time 12 months ago before going on to win The Everest, and he’ll likely meet Everest rivals English, Invincible Star and Brave Smash in what will be an intriguing race before the $13 million showpiece on October 13.

Three to watch for Spring Carnivals

ON the eve on The Everest carnival beginning in Sydney, Triple Crown’s Michael Ward picks out three to follow in The Red as the elite racing returns to both Sydney and Melbourne!


Brave Song

BRAVE SONG was last season’s leading son for his exciting young sire Your Song, and is arguably the most picturesque horse in training!

A wonderful type, Brave Song earned a placing at Group 3 level in the Eskimo Prince Stakes behind leading colt Kementari as a three-year-old, and after winning at Flemington this preparation he went on to finish third at Group level once more in the Aurie’s Star Handicap over 1200m, before again finishing placed in the Listed Regal Roller at Caulfield on his most recent start.

A $67,500 purchase from the Inglis Classic Sale, Brave Song has earned $263,320 in prizemoney during his career so far, and has been knocking on the door of that win at Stakes level.

His next start could be the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis at Flemington over 1200m on September 15.


Emperor’s Way

A revelation last preparation winning four races in succession, including the Listed Randwick City Stakes over 2000m.

A horse that has won over $75,000 in BOBs bonuses during his career, the now five-year-old has improved out of sight to become a spring contender for some valuable races.

With almost $400,000 in prizemoney earned during his career to date, Emperor’s Way is the leading earner for his sire Roman Emperor after being purchased for $55,000 at the Inglis Classic Yearling sale.

He’ll next tackle the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes over 2000m at Randwick on September 15 as he bids for a first Group-race win of his career.



THE EVEREST Champion needs no introduction and gave his Everest rivals a real warning shot when running away to retain his Group 3 Concorde Stakes title at Randwick on September 1, beating fellow Everest contender Invincible Star.

That performance suggests he’s returned better than ever and will be following the same route to The Everest as 12 months ago, with Redzel next tackling the Group 2 Shorts on September 15.

His career prizemoney return of $8.8 million sees him placed fifth on the all-time list of Australian earners, and is the sprinter they all have to beat heading into this Everest Carnival!


An exciting crop of 2Yos!

SPRING sees the first 2YO races of the year with the Breeders’ Plate and Gimcrack Stakes taking place towards the end of September, and Triple Crown have an exciting crop of two-year-olds making excellent progression with Snowden Racing.

Keep your eyes peeled for the early trials on September 17, with several Triple Crown 2YOs showing precocious speed in the early stages of their career. Watch this space!


Photos: Bradley Photographers

Group 2 winner Charlie Boy retires

GROUP 2 winner Charlie Boy has retired from racing after an illustrious career in which he collected $907,175 for his owners.

A Golden Slipper runner as a juvenile, the leading son of Myboycharlie went on to contest the Group 1 pair of the Sires Produce and Champagne Stakes over a mile as a two-year-old, before returning on his first start as a three-year-old to win the Group 2 Danehill Stakes at Flemington over 1200m, the highest achievement of his career.

Further Group-race success came in the BRC Sprint at Doomben and the Liverpool City Cup at Randwick – both at Group 3 level, as Charlie Boy struck for five wins during his long and successful time on the racecourse.

A win at Group 1 level was so nearly forthcoming, as Charlie went down just a neck to Boban in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 in May 2015.

A consistent horse at the highest level for many years, Charlie was again placed in the Doomben 10,000 in 2016, among six placings at Stakes level.

A terrific servant to his owners and the Triple Crown silks during his career, we wish the very best to a now eight-year-old Charlie in retirement, with one of his adorning owners having taken him on to see out the remainder of his years.

Triple Crown – Australia’s leading syndicators: Top progeny of four sires in 2017/18

TRIPLE CROWN have selected and syndicated the leading Australian progeny of no less than four individual sires during the 2017/18 season, in further testament to Triple Crown’s superior selection of quality and affordable racehorses.

The NSW Champion Sprinter of the year, Redzel, ended the season as the highest earning racehorse in Australia for the 2017/18 season with $7,532,300 in prizemoney, winning two Group 1s and the world’s richest race on turf, The Everest, seeing him named as the all-time top earning progeny from over 700 runners on the ground for Arrowfield’s Champion Sire Snitzel.

A $120,000 purchase from the 2014 Magic Millions Yearling Sale, Redzel has now earned $8,840,750 in career prizemoney, becoming the 5th highest earning horse in Australian Racing history.

A filly that was sourced at exceptional value, Moss Trip ended the season as the leading progeny for her sire Mossman. The $32,000 Inglis Classic purchase struck for Triple Crown’s 27th Group-race victory since 2010 when winning the Group 3 James Carr Stakes at Royal Randwick. Moss Trip followed up with a dominant victory in the valuable Listed Inglis Guineas at Scone and a placing in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes at Doomben to take her earnings for the season to $445,235.

No less than 10 individual horses were Stakes performed in the Triple Crown red during the 2017/18 season, a remarkable return demonstrating the strength and depth of the team. Brave Song, who was Group 3 placed and a three-time city winner last season, was the leading progeny of Widden’s up and coming sire Your Song. The $67,500 yearling purchase finished third in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes behind Kementari at Warwick Farm, earning just shy of $200,000 for the season.

A horse that was a revelation throughout last season, Emperor’s Way scored four victories in succession, culminating in winning the Listed Randwick City Stakes for a maiden win at Stakes level, becoming the leading all-time progeny for his sire Roman Emperor. With just short of $400,000 in career earnings, Emperor’s Way has earned over seven times his $55,000 purchase fee as a yearling.

Furthermore, Triple Crown selected and race the leading career earner of sire Reward For Effort, with dual Group 3 winner Gold Symphony hauling in $528,875 in prizemoney throughout his career so far.

A prudent eye for racehorse selection, the table-topping Australian earners of four leading sires during the 2017/18 season that race in the red silks suggests that for the best chance of success, it pays to be with Triple Crown.

Redzel makes Everest statement after Concorde takeoff

CHAMPION Sprinter Redzel flew to victory in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes at Royal Randwick on Saturday, making a real statement of intent that The Everest hero is back in devastating form to defend his title in October.

In what the markets were calling a match race between Redzel and fellow Everest contender Invincible Star, resulted in a show of dominance from the multiple Group 1 winner, who had the Gai Waterhouse-trained beaten off at the furlong marker and convincingly saw off the attentions of Kaepernick in the closing stages to win by a length.

The result made it back-to-back wins in the Concorde, with Redzel running close to his track record of 55.73 seconds, coming home in 56.19 secs and 32.82 secs for the final 600m.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden was delighted with the manner of victory.

“Super run, you’ve got to be really pleased with that,” said Snowden. “He did everything we asked of him and more.

“It was a great ride by Kerrin, he waited and waited, gave him as soft a run as he could, and he went on to win with authority.

“He’s pulled up really well and anyone that would have seen him today would know that there’s a good bit of improvement to come. His coats not quite right yet and he’ still carrying a bit of belly.”

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy was equally impressed with the run.

“He’s showed he’s back today,” said McEvoy. “He was in good spirits and jumped out really well and travelled superbly.

“At the top of the rise as James McDonald pushed the button on his mare I knew we had the race won and he was solid through the line.

“His enthusiasm and endeavour is still there and it’s onwards and upwards from here.”

The six-year-old elevated himself to fifth on the all-time leading earners list of Australian racehorses, moving above Chautauqua and So You Think as he took his career earnings to $8,840,750.

Redzel will be following same flight path to The Everest as he did 12 months ago, with The Shorts over 1100m on September 15 at Royal Randwick his next assignment, and Snowden says the horse is right on track for a defence of the world’s richest race on turf.

“I think we’re on track,” added Snowden. “We’ll go two weeks into The Shorts and a month to The Everest. To my eye he’s on track to be somewhere just as near as good as last year.”

Redzel to take flight in Concorde

TRIPLE CROWN’s Everest hero Redzel will kick off his spring preparation on Saturday in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes at Royal Randwick, as he begins a defence of his Everest crown.

The reigning champion trialed smartly heading into his first up assignment, defeating a strong field including Everest rivals Trapeze Artist and English to win by two lengths over 1000m at Rosehill on August 20, with Peter Snowden saying he’s there to run very well on Saturday.

“His prep’s been excellent so far,” said Snowden. “His work’s been good and trials great. He’s possibly carrying a little more belly than this time last year, but that’s not uncommon in a horse a year older.

“I’ve been very pleased with his work and he’s there to run very well on Saturday.”

Redzel will follow the same path which took him to Everest glory 12 months ago, with the son of Snitzel tackling The Shorts over 1100m on September 15, before going third up into The Everest on October 13.

“It’s a recipe that worked absolutely perfect last year so we’ll tempt fate again and try and do a similar sort of thing,” added Snowden.

“His work has been blistering and Kerrin has even said to me that he might have come back better again.

“We’ll get him as good as we can and hopefully we can stay out of trouble and if we do he’ll give us 110% on raceday.”