Outstanding colt by a Japanese Horse Of The Year out of a half-sister to a Hong Kong Horse Of The Year!
“He’s an outstanding athletic style of horse. We all know how good the Japanese horses are and Maurice was the best of them.”– Chris Ward.
This colt is by the exciting first season sire MAURICE, a six time Group 1 winner and named Japan’s Horse of the Year, Champion Sprinter & Champion Miler in 2015.
The second foal out of Ausbred Friend, who is a half-sister to four-time Group 1 winner and Hong Kong champion ABLE FRIEND, he is certainly bred to be a star!
Selected by Triple Crown’s Chris & Michael Ward. Selectors of REDZEL, HOT SNITZEL, PEGGY JEAN, DOTHRAKI, CHARLIE BOY, FLYING SNITZEL, CAVALRY ROSE, MOSS TRIP, MILITARY ZONE, MISSILE MANTRA etc etc.
To be trained by world renowned pair of Peter and Paul Snowden, trainers of Triple Crown’s 2017 ($10 million) and 2018 ($13 million) The Everest winner REDZEL and 2016 Golden Slipper winner CAPITALIST, EPAULETTE, RUSSIAN REVOULTION, SHOOTING TO WIN, SEPOY, PRIDE OF DUBAI, HOT SNITZEL, FORENSICS, PEGGY JEAN, DENMAN, GUELPH, EARTHQUAKE, HELMET, SKILLED, PURPLE, MENTAL, COMPLACENT, & BENFICA etc etc.
What a wonderful opportunity! Not only is this colt an outstanding athlete, he hails from the first crop of a Japanese Horse of the Year in MAURICE, from a ½ sister to one of the world’s best sprinter/milers during the last decade in ABLE FRIEND.
First off though … ‘type’. Gee, this colt has a good walk on him: and so much presence. He caught our eye from the moment we first saw him and we are just so happy to have secured him.
There was a lot of talk too about his sire around the Gold Coast complex. We all know just what good horses come out of Japan: Lys Gracieux won last year’s Cox Plate, while Mer De Glace took out the Caulfield Cup. That said, plenty will line up to tell you that Maurice is the best they’ve seen in Japan.
Another huge factor in our decision to go after this colt though is the female side of his family. Quite apart from being out of a ½ sister to World ChampionABLE FRIEND, he really has a global pedigree with other close relations including South African Group 1 winner GLOBAL NEWS. Also on the page are Group 1 winning sprintersOVERREACH, REWARD FOR EFFORT and TURFFONTEIN, with the latter two going on to enjoy successful careers at stud.
Maurice is unquestionably one of the most exciting young sires in Australia!
Rated the best Japanese racehorse to ever stand at stud outside of Japan, this outstanding colt is from the first crop of Maurice in Australia.
In a remarkable racetrack career, Maurice was named Japan’s Horse of the Year and, importantly, also regarded as the country’s best sprinter AND No.1 miler.
A multiple winner and Group performed at 2, Maurice would go on to capture 3 Group 1s aged 4 and 5, including the Yasuda Kinen – consistently ranked among the world’s best mile contests.
Not only that, Maurice would travel to Hong Kong where he captured the international Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Mile, returning 6 months later to double his Group 1 tally overseas in the Hong Kong Champions Mile.
As a 5YO, Maurice would depart racing on a memorable high, winning the Group 1 Tokyo Tenno Sho on home turf before his swansong in Hong Kong, where he blew away a high-class field (by 3 lengths) in the Group 1 Hong Kong Cup.
Ultimately, Maurice would be allotted a World Thoroughbred Ranking of 127 in 2016 – the 3rd highest turf horse on the planet.
Maurice is the best son of Roberto-line stallion Screen Hero, a winner of the Group 1 Japan Cup and from a daughter of Japan’s greatest ever stud influence, Sunday Silence.
The first thing that really stands out about this colt’s pedigree is that it works anywhere!
On the catalogue page alone you have a Horse of the Year in Hong Kong, Group 1 winner in South Africa, along with stakes winners in Australia and New Zealand, but the extended pedigree also reveals black type winners throughout Europe and South East Asia.
First up though, this colt is only the second foal of a half sister to Able Friend, one of the best racehorses in Hong Kong over the past decade. What a superstar … Horse of the Year and Champion Miler, Able Friend won 13 races including the Hong Kong Mile, Champions Mile, Stewards’ Cup, and Queen’s Silver Jubilee – all at a Group 1 level.
(Interestingly, Able Friend won the same Group 1s in Hong Kong as the colt’s sire, Maurice, and, indeed, finished third behind Maurice in the Hong Kong Mile!).
Ausbred Friend, meanwhile, is out of the stakes winner and multiple Group placed mare Ponte Piccolo, in turn a half sister to South Africa’s Group 1 hero and 4-time Group winner Global News (also bred in Australia).
Prizemoney opportunities like never before. . .
Please note that this outstanding colt is eligible and suited to target the following races:
$12,700,000 MAGIC MILLIONS race series (already nominated)
$3,500,000 Golden Slipper (already nominated)
$1,000,000 Golden Rose (already nominated)
In 2018/19, there was $809,109,018 distributed in prizemoney throughout Australia with stakes increasing by 92% in the last 10 years: the highest of any racing nation in the world. There are also 60 races worth $1 million or greater – including 9 x 2YO races – in Australia, whilst the phenomenal $14m The Everest is the pinnacle for the older horses.
The colt is also BOBS (Breeder Owner Bonus Scheme), and BOBS EXTRA eligible which means he will be running for millions of dollars in extra bonuses over and above any prizemoney. For example (using some standard race figures):
Metro Race (Saturday) – Prizemoney = $125,000 plus BOBS up to $40,000. Total on offer = $165,000!
Metro Race (Midweek) – Prizemoney = $50,000 plus BOBS up to $20,000. Total on offer = $70,000!
Provincial Race – Prizemoney = $35,000 plus BOBS up to $10,000. Total on offer = $45,000!
Country Race – Prizemoney = $22,000 plus BOBS up to $10,000. Total on offer = $32,000!
Peter Snowden was appointed Head Trainer of the Australian leg of world-class breeding and racing operation, Darley (now Godolphin) in 2008, a role in which he dominated Sydney racing for six years. During his time at Darley he enjoyed unmatched success winning the Sydney Trainer’s Premiership, notching 29 Group 1’s and 214 other stakes wins, amassing $76,743,659 in prizemoney.
Throughout his career, Peter has proved himself a superior trainer of 2yo’s. In May 2016 he won the world’s most valuable and prestigious juvenile race – the Golden Slipper – for a third time with CAPITALIST, adding to the list of multiple wins in the Blue Diamond, Sire’s Produce, T.J Smith and Champagne Stakes. In 2011, he oversaw a clean sweep of every juvenile Group 1 race, with SEPOY (Blue Diamond, Golden Slipper), HELMET (Sires’ Produce Stakes, Champagne Stakes) and BENFICA (T.J. Smith), a feat that had never before been accomplished.
Peter, also known as the modern day King of the Caulfield Guineas, has demonstrated himself as a superb developer of a horse into their third year, having won Australia’s most coveted 3yo race three times over the last eight years. Peter is rightly regarded as the most astute trainer in the industry.
Paul Snowden commenced his career as a track work rider before graduating to Assistant Trainer for Darley, where he ran the Melbourne stables with outstanding success. Paul prepared approximately 80-100 winners each season and oversaw SEPOY’S clean sweep of Melbourne’s 3yo and Open class sprinting events including Group 1 wins in the Manikato and Coolmore Stud Stakes.
Peter & Paul commenced their training partnership in 2014 and within their first 12 months recorded a remarkable five Group 1 wins including Caulfield Guineas winner SHOOTING TO WIN, as well as PRIDE OF DUBAI, HOT SNITZEL & MIRACLES OF LIFE. Peter & Paul have produced an endless list of outstanding racehorses including REDZEL, CAPITALIST, SEPOY, DENMAN, SHOOTING TO WIN, HOT SNITZEL, FORENSICS, PRIDE OF DUBAI, PEGGY JEAN, GUELPH, EARTHQUAKE, HELMET, EPAULETTE, SKILLED, CHARLIE BOY, MENTAL, COMPLACENT, BENFICA, BEADED, DOTHRAKI, INVADER, TYCOON TARA and RUSSIAN REVOLUTION etc.
In what was a great coup for both sides, Triple Crown and Team Snowden proudly announced an exclusive partnership in September 2014, which ensures that you, the Triple Crown owners, will always have a chance to race a horse with Team Snowden located at Sydney’s newly improved, world class racecourse Royal Randwick.
The syndicate is being formed at $16,990 per 10% share or $8,495 per 5% including GST.
The share price includes the purchase of the horse, breaking-in, Golden Slipper & Golden Rose nomination fee, Magic Millions Race Series fee, agistment, transport, ASIC compliance, insurance, pre-training, training, professional indemnity insurance, transport, vet, farrier, registration fees and all expenses prior to 1 April 2020.
Please note we are also able to accept Racing NSW BOBS vouchers as part payment, should you have any.
a) Naming Rights – Each owner will be entitled to the submission of one name suggestion for the horse per 5% shareholding. Once all shares have been sold Triple Crown will call for your name suggestions. A vote will then be conducted to select the name to be submitted to the Registrar of Racehorses.
b)Racing Colours– Red with white Triple Crown Syndications logo.