Snitzel starts the new sea­son with a bang

The Sportsman Weekend - - Friday Races -

NEWLY crowned cham­pion sire Snitzel kicked off the 2017/18 sea­son with a bang last Satur­day with a tre­ble at Rose­hill Gar­dens headed by Me­nari who be­came his 65th stakes win­ner in the ATC Rose­bud (Listed, 1100m).

Me­nari promised much as a twoyear-old, now looks more ma­ture and could be in for a big spring.

His dam, Listed win­ner Isurava, is by the speed­ster Gen­eral Nediym so Me­nari may prove most ef­fec­tive at dis­tances no longer than 1400m.

Isurava’s full sis­ters Ichi­hara and Au Cho­co­lat were also black­type win­ners while the fam­ily is that of clas­sic win­ner Whisked and her cham­pion son Tie The Knot.

An­other stal­lion to have a spe­cial day last Satur­day was Red Ran­som’s son Du­porth, also rep­re­sented by three city win­ners, most no­table of them his Group 1 VRC Aus­tralian Guineas win­ner Hey Doc who charged home to take out the VRC Aurie’s Star Hand­i­cap (Listed, 1200m) at Flem­ing­ton.

Du­porth’s other two win­ners both scored on de­but, An­other Sin who was sen­sa­tion­ally backed at Rose­hill Gar­dens, and Let’s Party Marty at Doomben.

Orig­i­nally based in the Hunter Val­ley, Du­porth last year was moved to a new stud in south­ern NSW but fol­low­ing its clo­sure he will stand the 2017 sea­son at the long es­tab­lished Koorin­gal Stud at Wagga Wagga where he should re­ceive good sup­port at his fee of $7,700.

SATUR­DAY’S meet­ing at Rose­hill Gar­dens pro­vided some solid point­ers for pun­ters for later in the spring with the 1400m Spring Pre­view won by Kings­guard (Rip Van Win­kle) be­ing one race to stand out.

Tom Mel­bourne and Wash­ing­ton Heights both seemed un­lucky in this race in which Godol­phin’s Ety­mol­ogy re­ally im­pressed but I think the horse to fol­low in races over 2400m and be­yond is Sar­rasin (Mon­sun) who came from last to fin­ish fifth.

STAND­ING Grade 1 win­ner Bobby’s Kit­ten, one of the best sons of lead­ing US sire Kit­ten’s Joy (El Prado) at his Twin Hills Stud, Coota­mundra, NSW this sea­son may prove a mas­ter­stroke for studmas­ter Olly Tait.

Kit­ten’s Joy has in re­cent years es­tab­lished him­self as the dom­i­nant source of mid­dle dis­tance per­form­ers on turf in United States and in the last 12 months or so he has also de­vel­oped a pro­file in Europe through the deeds of such top class horses as Hawk­bill.

Last week­end in United States Kit­ten’s Joy’s son Os­car Per­for­mance proved him­self the best three-year-old on turf in 2017 with an im­pres­sive vic­tory Sec­re­tariat Stakes (Gr. 1, 2000m) at Ar­ling­ton Park.

A brother to stakes win­ner Os­car Nom­i­nated, Os­car Per­for­mance is now a three time Grade 1 win­ner hav­ing ear­lier in the year won the Bel­mont Derby In­vi­ta­tional and last year taken the Breed­ers’ Cup Ju­ve­nile Turf, his ca­reer earn­ings al­ready to­talling $US 1,737,632.

A LIST of the lead­ing ac­tive stal­lions in Europe in 2017 up to early Au­gust makes in­ter­est­ing read­ing for Aus­tralian breed­ers.

The great Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) is well ahead of the pack ahead of Dubawi, Dark An­gel, Sea The Stars, In­vin­ci­ble Spirit, Nathaniel, Ko­diac and Ac­cla­ma­tion.

New Zealand shut­tler If­fraaj is cur­rently ninth on the list with Te­ofilo, Fast­net Rock, Ex­ceed and Ex­cel, Frankel and Holy Ro­man Em­peror all in the top 20.

FOR­MER Cool­more Aus­tralia shut­tle sire Zof­fany had a fea­ture win­ner in Ire­land last Sun­day when four-year-old en­tire Wash­ing­ton DC nar­rowly cap­tured the Phoenix Sprint Stakes (Gr. 3, 1200m) at Cur­ragh.

An­other im­por­tant re­cent win­ner for Zof­fany was Sir Her­man in the 2400m Dansk Derby in Den­mark.

DE­CEASED Scat Daddy (Jo­han­nes­burg), sire of Cool­more Aus­tralia’s young shut­tler No Nay Never, had two Group/Grade 1 win­ners last week­end, the mare Dacita in the United States and two-year-old colt Sioux Na­tion in Ire­land.

Bred in Chile where she was rated a cham­pion, Dacita won her se­cond Amer­i­can Grade 1 in the Bev­er­ley D. Stakes (1900m) at Ar­ling­ton Park.

Sioux Na­tion ( ex Dream The Blues, by Oa­sis Dream) gave trainer Ai­dan O’Brien a re­mark­able 16th suc­cess in the Phoenix Stakes (1200m) at Cur­ragh.

TRIPLE Group 1 win­ning filly En­able is the un­doubted star of the first crop of Nathaniel (Galileo) but an­other highly tal­ented stay­ing three-year-old filly named God Given emerged last week­end in France by tak­ing the Prix de Min­erve (Gr. 3, 2500m) in im­pres­sive style at Deauville.

God Given is a half-sis­ter to cham­pion Post­poned (Dubawi) from Ever Rigg, by for­mer Aus­tralian shut­tler Dubai Des­ti­na­tion (King­mambo).

In the United States on Sun­day Vin­ery Stud’s top sire More Than Ready had stakes win­ner 174 when two-year-old colt Cop­per Bul­let (ex Al­le­gory, by Un­bri­dled’s Song) romped in four lengths in the Saratoga Spe­cial Stakes (1300m).

Me­nari be­came Snitzel’s 65th stakes win­ner when he saluted in the Rose­bud last week­end

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