Snitzel starts the new season with a bang
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