THE YEAR was 2012 and Warwick Farm the destination as future Group 1 winner Hot Snitzel stormed to victory in the Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes, defeating Golden Rose winner Manawanui by a quarter of a length.
The then three-year-old had three Stakes wins to his name, including in the Group 2 Sires Produce Stakes at Eagle Farm as a 2YO. Returning first-up, Hot Snitzel arrived after a preparation which included wins in the Listed Crowley Stakes at Randwick, and a two-length defeat in the Group 1 Coolmore Stakes at Flemington.
After tearing to the front pair from barrier 11 under Hugh Bowman, Hot Snitzel controlled proceedings sitting outside the leader, Moment Of Change, and after seeing off the challenge of Peter Moody’s charge on the soft 5 track, he held off the attentions of Manawanui, who had won six of his first nine starts, with the son of Oratorio making a late lunge under Tommy Berry.
Taking home the $105,000 first prize, victory took his career prizemoney through the $625,000 mark, adding to his $1.3 million in prizemoney earned at the time of his retirement in 2016.
Hot Snitzel became Triple Crown’s second individual Group 1 winner, when he took the BTC Cup as a five-year-old, a win which proved his last in a fantastic career in The Red!
Hot Snitzel now lives out his days a happy horse with two of his racing owners, Deb & Steve Graham, who look after Sniddy like a King after his exploits in the sport of kings!
CHRIS WARD’S belief in the talent of his stakes-winning three-year-old Military Zone (Epaulette) led the Triple Crown Syndications principal to target his younger half-brother from the first crop of Darley sire Kermadec (Teofilo), eventually securing the colt for $280,000 yesterday.
The Two Bays Farm-consigned colt, who was catalogued as Lot 457, is the third foal out of the placed mare Loading Zone (Street Sense), who is the dam of the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Gosford Guineas (Listed, 1200m) winner Military Zone.
“He was a smashing colt and he was the colt of the sale as far as we are concerned,” Ward told ANZ Bloodstock News. “He is a nice, strong sort of horse and he is similar in many respects to his half-brother in Military Zone, who we have a particularly high opinion of.
“He won the Gosford Guineas and we have some big targets in mind for him and hopefully this guy will follow suit.”
The Kermadec colt is set to join Military Zone in training with the Snowdens. The fact the colt was by Darley’s first season sire Kermadec (Teofilo) also added a appeal for Ward, one half of the Triple Crown Syndications team, having purchased another colt by the sire for $90,000 on Saturday night.
“We really like the progeny that Kermadec has been producing,” Ward continued. “They are nice strong horses and they are particularly good movers as well.”
Ward also revealed Military Zone, who has not raced since his Gosford Guineas success on December 28, had returned to training at Randwick and was being set for the Queensland Winter Carnival.
“He is in now and is building towards a campaign up in Brisbane, but whether he goes up there or starts in Sydney first, we are not too sure yet,” Ward said. “The potential is there (to be a Stradbroke Handicap horse) and I know James McDonald is rapted with him. The sky’s the limit for him but we’ll just take it step by step and see where we end up.”
TRIPLE CROWN’S dual Everest Champion Redzel returned to action today as he stepped out for a quiet trial in Heat 5 at Rosehill Gardens on Monday. Meanwhile, Group 3 winner Moss Trip caught the eye when surging home to claim trial 2 in impressive fashion.
The record breaking son of Snitzel, Redzel, came home in fourth in his trial over 900m at Rosehill, getting to the line under hold from Kerrin McEvoy to finish half a length behind the winner Dyslexic.
Redzel, the second highest prizemoney earner in Australian racing history, will return first up for an autumn preparation in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes on March 10, before targeting a first Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes in April.
Jockey McEvoy was pleased with his trial return “Very happy with the horse,” said McEvoy. “He didn’t have his blinkers on this morning and was in cruise mode. He travelled nicely and I just asked him to stretch out the last bit without asking for a full effort.
“I was very pleased with how he felt and he’s come back well.”
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Trainer Peter Snowden was happy with his effort. “He’s only had a soft trial today but I was happy with that, I thought he trialed nicely,” said Snowden. “He looks after himself and we’ll give him another trial to tune him up which will see him ready for his return in the Challenge Stakes.”
Four-year-old filly Moss Trip was having her second trial back and after settling near the rear she tore up the turf on the outside to take victory in trial 2. The leading progeny of Mossman for the 2017/18 season, Moss Trip was a $32,000 purchase from the Inglis Classic Sale, which is currently underway at Warwick Farm.
Co-trainer Peter Snowden was pleased with how she hit the line.
“I thought she trialed very well,” said Snowden. “We asked for an effort today and she responded brilliantly.
“She hit the line well and had a good blow. We’ll just look at what there is for her coming up, but look forward to getting her started and there are some nice races for her down the track.”
DUAL Everest winner Redzel returns to the trials on Monday ahead of an autumn preparation centred around claiming a first Group 1 TJ Smith trophy at Randwick.
The leading son of Snitzel will return in Heat 5 over 900m at Rosehill, scheduled for 8.51 am and will face 9 rivals.
His return at Rosehill will be the first of two trials, before he takes on the Group 2 Challenge Stakes over 1000m at Randwick on March 10, a race he won in track record time in 2018.
Redzel was given an extended break following a spring preparation where he claimed The Everest for a second year in succession at Royal Randwick, going on to become the second highest prizemoney earner in Australian racing history behind Winx with $15.4 million, and he’ll be looking to add to that tally during an autumn campaign targeting the Group 1 TJ Smith on April 6, a race in which he finished second behind Trapeze Artist in 2018, before reversing those placings in the $13 million The Everest.
Co-trainer Peter Snowden says he’s been delighted with how the six-year-old has returned ahead of his trial on Monday.
“He’s come back well and is coming along nicely,” said Snowden. “He’s come back in great condition from his spell and is very well in himself. He won’t be given a hard time on Monday but it’ll be good exercise for him and bring him along in fitness.
“His trackwork, as always, has been excellent and he’s exactly where we want him going into the autumn.”
THE first sale in Sydney starts with the Inglis Classic on February 9, and Triple Crown will be actively on the lookout for our next Champion of the Turf at a sale that’s reaped rewards in recent years for The Red.
So why race with Triple Crown? Here’s three reasons why you’d be mad not to!
More 2YO Inglis Classic winners than ANY other owner
Success on the track is as good a reason as any to side with Triple Crown, but in particular we have been able to find those early 2YO Champions out of this very sale. The Inglis Classic began in 1998 and since 2008 Triple Crown have won the feature event no less than three times – that’s more than any other owner in the race’s history! 2019 sees the race replaced by the new $2 million Inglis Millenium, making even more opportunities to win big with Triple Crown!
In 2008 Choisir filly Miss Independent swooped for victory under Nash Rawiller, with the $65,000 yearling purchase going on to win over $550,000 in prizemoney through her career.
Four years later, and Cavalry Rose struck for victory in the lucrative race. The Charge Forward filly was an $85,000 purchase in 2011 and earned $437,750 in prizemoney, including a Group 3 success in the Thoroughbred Club Stakes before being sold as a broodmare for $650,000.
While in 2014, Triple Crown’s first Group 1 winner Peggy Jean claimed victory in the race with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle, in a win that contributed a significant chunk towards her $920,525 in prizemoney. Peggy was sold for $1 million as a broodmare after a career in which she scored in the Group 1 Sires Produce Stakes in a brilliant 2YO campaign.
Five Stakes winners since 2012
In the last six years Triple Crown have had no less than five individual Stakes winners to have been purchased from the Inglis Classic Sale!
This includes our very first Group 1 winner, Peggy Jean, who won the Sires’ Produce during the inaugural running of The Championships in 2014, while three of those Stakes winners arrived in 2018 with Stakes victories for Brave Song, Moss Trip & Emperor’s Way.
Emperor’s Way scored four victories in succession in 2018, culminating in success in the Listed Randwick City Stakes, and after his yearling purchase for $55,000 in 2015 he has now earned over $400,000 in prizemoney. Brave Song had three Stakes placings to his name before breaking through for his maiden Stakes win in the Listed Caulfield Village Stakes during the spring of 2018, while Moss Trip became Triple Crown’s latest Group-race winner when landing the Group 3 James Carr Stakes at Randwick.
Cavalry Rose struck for Group-race success in October 2012 after winning the Inglis Classic as a 2YO, when she claimed the Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes under Nash Rawiller.
Our processes – a recipe for success!
In testament to our selection process, Brave Song & Emperor’s Way are the leading progeny for their sires, Your Song and Roman Emperor, while Moss Trip was the leading prizemoney earner for her sire Mossman during a fruitful 2017/18 season.
From the pedigree book to the physical inspections, our selection process has been a proven formula for success, and in the last 10 years we have delivered 30 Group-race wins, more than any other like-for-like syndicator! CLICK HERE to discover more about what we look for in a Champion yearling!
DISCOUNT Dothraki at your peril. That was the message coming from trainer Peter Snowden as he prepares the eight-year-old for battle in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill on Saturday.
Although a small field, it is not devoid of quality, with Everest second Trapeze Artist leading six acceptors for the race, which also include Group 1 winners Le Romain, Hartnell and Alizee.
Yet Snowden is confident Dothraki can more than serve it up to his decorated rivals.
“It’s not a big field and you might say these horses are a class above him,” says Snowden. “But he’s got fitness on his side and that’s a big thing. A lot of these are first-up or had one run and a wet track will certainly help his chances.
“In these small fields you get a surprise and stranger things have happened. He’s in good order and is fresh and well and whenever he’s like that he always runs a good race. I know he’s meeting some nice horses tomorrow, but he doesn’t know that, I haven’t let him read the paper all week, so we’re there to give it a good crack.
Dothraki comes in off the back of a solid run at the Magic Millions where he finished third in the sprint event, and has been in career best form over the last 6 months, as he looks to add to his $1.5 million in prizemoney.
WANT to relive Redzel’s historic second victory in The Everest? Tonight on Sky Thoroughbred Central will air Inside The Everest, which takes a look behind the scenes look at the world’s richest race on turf!
Get insight into Redzel’s incredible defence of The Everest, follow the players behind race, and watch the incredible scenes that saw Redzel become the second highest earning horse in Australian Racing history. The programme runs for 30 minutes, starting at 7.30pm on Sky Thoroughbred Central. Make sure you’re tuning in!
WE LOVE a SMART MISSILE at Triple Crown. The Champion First-Season sire and now Group 1 winning sire has proven a prolific source of winners since his first crop hit the track and is clearly delivering at stud.
And this colt has a top quality pedigree page, being out of Group 3 Sweet Embrace Stakes winner SHARED REFLECTIONS who finished sixth in the Golden Slipper during an exceptional juvenile campaign.
This is a strong colt – similar in mould to our other Smart Missile colts, of which we’ve had fantastic success including the Stakes placed ISLAND MISSILE and multiple city winner SMARTEDGE!
Smart Missile had a breakthrough year in 2018, with maiden Group 1 winner MAID OF HEAVEN delivering top level success on the track, as well as the brilliantly talented 1000 Guineas winner SMART MELODY!
“This is a really athletic, running type who caught our eye from the moment we saw him at the sales complex”
This is a really impressive pedigree page. SHARED REFLECTIONS was a top level performer on the racetrack and has thrown two winners from two foals to race thus far, including City winner Fiery Trail.
Further Stakes winners appear throughout the family, including Black Opal winner SPEED WEEK, JOLANDA & Group 1 runner-up EL CUENTO!
Shares will not be around for long in this colt, and at just $15,990 per 10% or $7,995 per 5% he represents super value!
TRIPLE CROWN kicked off sales season at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast with seven stunning yearling buys – with shares available shortly!!
Don’t miss your chance to join the two-time Everest winners, and Australia’s leading syndicators, in these crackings buys!
BY the established sire of Golden Slipper winner CAPITALIST, Blue Diamond winner WRITTEN BY as well as Group 1 winners LUNA ROSSA, TYCOON TARA and MUSIC MAGNATE, we our excited to offer this fantastic colt by WRITTEN TYCOON!
Out of the Stakes winning mare DORF COMMAND, who finished second in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes – a race which Redzel won in 2018 – this is a strong, fluent moving colt of the highest calibre!
Written Tycoon is a fantastic source of precocious 2YO talent, and this is a real speed pedigree!
“What an athlete! Quite apart from being a colt by incredible 2YO source in WRITTEN TYCOON, from a proven producer, this special colt is a seriously good mover. He is a lovely type – a beautifully balanced and fluent mover, just like all the good ones.” – Michael Ward
THE Smart Missile breed has proven an incredibly reliable source of winners! The Champion First-Season Sire had a break through year in 2018, with Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes winner MAID OF HEAVEN and talented Group 2 winning filly SMART MELODY! We’ve had fantastic success with the progeny of Smart Missile, with multiple city winners Smartedge and Island Missile, and talented two-time winning filly Ballistica within the team!
This colt is out Group 3 Sweet Embrace Stakes winner SHARED REFLECTIONS, who was fourth in the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes as a two-year-old, and from a prolific Stakes-winning family of JOLANDA, EL CUENTO and Black Opal winner SPEED WEEK!
“This is a really athletic, running type who caught our eye from the moment we saw him at the sales complex” – Michael Ward
DEEP FIELD ex LAZUMBA filly
OUR final purchase from the Magic Millions sale, we waited patiently to capture this gorgeous filly by DEEP FIELD!
From the sought after NORTHERN METEOR bloodline, Deep Field was a dominant front-running sprinter, landing a Group 2 down the Flemington straight after going unbeaten in his first five starts. His first 2YOs have caught the eye on the track, including Hawker Hurricane, who took the Magic Millions Clockwise Classic at Ballarat.
LAZUMBA is a two time winning mare who was runner-up in the Group 2 VRC Sires Produce as a 2YO and is a granddaughter of Group 2 winner EXCITED ANGEL and from the family of Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes winner MONTOYA’S SECRET.
A WINNER of the sire-making Group 1 Golden Rose, EXOSPHERE has been a standout at the Magic Millions Sale with his yearlings, and this colt is a pick of the bunch!
Out of the multiple Stakes-placed mare ABSOLUTE FAITH (including in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes), our colt is from a global multiple Stakes winning family. In Australia, we see the Champion 3YO colt HELENUS on the pedigree page – A winner of the Group 1 trio in the Victoria Derby, Caulfield Guineas and Rosehill Guineas and over $2 million in prizemoney.
MARLEY’S FREEDOM & NOBLE BIRD are both Group 1 winners in America, while the third Dam TENDER CAMILLA is a Group 2 winner in Ireland and Royal Ascot runner-up.
DISSIDENT has had another strong sale after an impressive 1st crop to pass through the ring last year, and this filly is a wonderful, elegant mover, with good size and strength about her.
DISSIDENT was a Group 1 winner at 3, 4 and 5, collecting both the Horse of the Year and Champion Sprinter awards in 2015.
This filly has a pedigree page as impressive as her physique, and is out a half sister to the Stakes winner HARLEM RIVER, and from the superb family of Group 1 winner IN HER TIME!
Fourteen Stakes winners have been produced on this SEBRING/DANEHILL cross, including this season’s brilliant 1,000 Guineas winner AMPHITRITE!
WHO doesn’t love a grey?! And this filly is as elegant as they come!
Her sire SCISSOR KICK, exploded onto the scene in 2014, winning twice as a 2YO before defeating Panzer Division in the Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes. He then went within 0.2 lengths of becoming a Group 1 winner, when just touched off by Hallowed Crown in the Group 1 Golden Rose, defeating Shooting To Win in third.
DE GROOVE has already produced two Stakes placed sons in TOP ME UP and GENERAL GROOVE, while she has a son in Hong Kong was a four-length winner at Sha Tin in January, and looks to have Group-race potential.
REAL IMPACT is an exciting addition to the Stallion ranks this year with the Japanese sensation having stood at Arrowfield Stud.
The son of DEEP IMPACT was a Group 1 winner in his native Japan, before coming to Australia during his final racing preparation, winning the Group 1 George Ryder and was runner-up in the Group 1 Donacaster Handicap.
The filly is out of the Group 2 winner RIBE and a half-sister to Group 1 Blue Diamond winner REAAN! A brilliant physical type and a really exciting prospect!
Onslaught gave Triple Crown owners a major thrill in a spectacular three-way finish in the $125,000 Australian Turf Club BenchMark 88 Handicap (1400m) and Randwick on January 12.
Ridden to perfection by Christian Reith, the pair sat comfortably off the hot tempo behind Samadoubt, before knuckling down and getting to the business end of things at the 300 metres.
The five-year-old Snitzel gelding fought it out hard all the way to the line to reel in the leader while holding out Organza in the tightest of margins, so tight in the fact that the placings for second were declared a dead heat.
From 21 career starts, Onslaught has won six, placed second once and third on four occasions, for total prizemoney of more than $222,000, having been purchased by Chris & Michael Ward as a yearling for $125,000.
“He’s such a good little trier this horse,” explained co-trainer Paul Snowden.
“All the breaks went his way today but he was not going to give in and let the other two beat him to the line, it was a simple as that. It was a very gutsy performance and a top ride by Christian.”