Arrowfield Stud

published: 17 Mar 2015 in Inglis Easter 2015 - Vendors

Thirty-four spectacular Arrowfield yearlings await buyers at the Newmarket Barn including colts from Gr. 1 winners Miss Finland, Alinghi, Brazilian Pulse, Hollow Bullet, Miss Match & a filly from South African champion National Colour.

WHEN three year-old colt Wandjina (Snitzel) won the VRC C.S. Hayes S.-Gr.3 in February, and then the VRC Australian Guineas-Gr.1 in March, he joined Majmu, Moonovermanhattan & Crafty to make a quartet of notable success stories for purchasers from Arrowfield’s draft at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale. 

Wandjina, also third in last spring’s MRC Caulfield Guineas Gr.1, was bought for $1m by James Harron, acting for leading owners Edmund and Belinda Bateman who placed him with champion trainer Gai Waterhouse. 

After Wandjina’s heroic, front-running Guineas victory at Flemington jockey Brett Prebble said, “He gave me an awesome feel…I knew the others were there, but the more they came at him the more he gave me. He’s a serious horse. He has the makings of a top weight-for-age miler.” 

Wandjina is the 30th Gr.1 winner Arrowfield has sold at auction since 1994. Four of those elite performers are by Redoute’s Choice: Fashions Afield, Miss Finland, Master of Design and, at Inglis Easter in 2013, Sheikh Hamdan’s glorious grey filly Majmu. A daughter of Chilean Gr.1 winner Spontaneous (Hussonet), Majmu was a $300,000 purchase for Shadwell Australia by Sheikh Hamdan’s racing manager Angus Gold who clearly recalls his first inspection of Majmu as a yearling. 

“The thing that struck me immediately about her was the great depth of her shoulder and that she had lovely length of rein and great ears, which I always like to see,” he said. “She also looked a 

good sized filly although she is not over tall, which just emphasised her great shoulder and heart room. My final note just said that she was a lovely classy filly who could be an Oaks filly.” 

Majmu quickly set about living up to that assessment. She has raced only in Group and Listed events from the South African stable of champion trainer Mike de Kock, winning all three of her juvenile starts and South Africa’s Champion Two Year-Old Filly award. She achieved elite status with a dominant victory in December’s Kenilworth Cape Fillies Guineas-Gr.1 and her next appearance will be in the Turffontein SA Fillies’ Classic-Gr.1 at the end of March. The 2400m South African Oaks Gr.1 may follow a month later, with a campaign in Europe a possibility for 2016. 

Well known bloodstock agent Dermot Farrington made the final bid of $100,000 for Arrowfield’s Manhattan Rain colt from Lunaspur (Flying Spur) at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale. Sent to Mick Price by his owners Peter Anastasiou and Ken Biddick, he was named Moonovermanhattan and made a dream debut, winning the SAJC National Stakes-Gr.3 and most of his purchase price in May 2014. He progressed steadily to win the MVRC Moonee Valley Vase-Gr.2 as a spring three year-old and give Ken and Peter their biggest thrill in racing so far. Moonovermanhattan, described by his trainer as “a big clean-winded colt with a lovely temperament,” has recently resumed with further Group races in his sights this autumn. 

Qatar Bloodstock’s agent David Redvers bought Crafty (Manhattan Rain), the fourth star in Arrowfield’s Inglis Easter “Class of 2013”, for $150,000. Sent to Robert Smerdon, she made her debut 10 months later, placing twice before a three length maiden win at Sandown. Two starts later she was a two year-old Listed race winner at Flemington and then, as a spring three year-old, was a leading Oaks contender after placings in the VRC Edward Manifold Stakes-Gr.2 and MRC Caulfield Classic-Gr.3. Sadly, injury prematurely ended Crafty’s racing career, but she had already done enough to warrant the excellent stud opportunities she will now receive in the northern hemisphere. 

Of these four Arrowfield graduates, only Wandjina has a sibling in this year’s Easter consignment from the stud. He is Lot 8, the Manhattan Rain colt from broodmare gem La Bamba (Last Tycoon), also dam of Gr.1 winner Inspiration and stakes winners Lucky Unicorn and Provence. 

Buyers will be spoilt for choice when they arrive in April at the famous Newmarket Barn where Arrowfield is based for the Inglis Easter Sale. Thirty-four spectacular yearlings await them, including colts from Gr.1 winners Miss Finland, Alinghi, Brazilian Pulse, Hollow Bullet and Miss Match, and a filly from South African champion National Colour. Then there’s Alverta’s first daughter, Weekend Hussler’s half-sister, the half-sister to Reaan, Sweet Idea’s sister, Smart Missile’s brother and the half-brother to I Am Invincible. These top-drawer distaff connections are supported by Arrowfield’s stallion power: in-demand first crop sire Smart Missile; Manhattan Rain, firmly stamping his patch as a classic sire; and the father and son who made history with their 2014 Australian Sires’ Premiership quinella, Redoute’s Choice and Snitzel. 

Angus Gold knows a thing or two about the Redoute’s Choice breed after buying and managing Shadwell horses such as Blue Diamond-Gr.1 winner Nadeem, this year’s Blue Diamond runner-up Reemah, Arrowfield Easter graduates El Daana & Shaaheq, and UK stakes winners Elzaam & Tazahum. He says, “From my personal point of view, as you can imagine, there is no greater fan of Redoute’s Choice in the world, and we have been lucky with his progeny. They are tough and straightforward to deal with and he passes on his enormous class in abundance over all distances.”

Session 1 lot list - click on the $ sign to see sale history for that mare

Year Sale Lot Name Sex Type Sire Dam Sire of Dam Price Buyer Vendor
2015 ISE Unnamed (AUS) F Y Manhattan Rain  $ Keratiya Iron Mask (USA) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE Unnamed (AUS) C Y Manhattan Rain  $ La Bamba  Last Tycoon (IRE) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 30  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Manhattan Rain  $ Love Wings  Grand Slam (USA) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 54  Unnamed (AUS) C Y More Than Ready  $ Miss Finland  Redoute's Choice (AUS) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 57  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Redoute's Choice  $ Miss Match  Indygo Shiner (USA) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 74  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Redoute's Choice  $ National Colour  National Assembly (CAN) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 77  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Redoute's Choice  $ New Light  Galileo (IRE) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 84  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Redoute's Choice  $ Ocean Challenger  Rubiton (AUS) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 94  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Smart Missile  $ Panorama Ridge  Empire Maker (USA) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 132  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Redoute's Choice  $ Rekindled Applause Royal Applause (GB) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 134  Unnamed (AUS) F Y More Than Ready  $ Ribe  Danehill (USA) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 187  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Snitzel  $ Simply Carina  El Prado (IRE) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 194  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Commands  $ So Divine High Chaparral (IRE) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 206  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Pour Moi  $ Stareel Zabeel (NZ) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 209  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Smart Missile  $ Stormy Hussey  Hussonet (USA) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 247  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Redoute's Choice  $ Weekend Beauty  Helissio (FR) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 270  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Snitzel  $ Alexandra Rose  Caesour (USA) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 271  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Snitzel  $ Alinghi  Encosta de Lago (AUS) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 274  Unnamed (AUS) F Y More Than Ready  $ Alverta  Flying Spur (AUS) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 291  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Foxwedge  $ Aussie Christmas  Johannesburg (USA) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 306  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Gio Ponti  $ Belle Giselle  Redoute's Choice (AUS) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 307  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Snitzel  $ Bellini Rose Faltaat (USA) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 316  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Redoute's Choice  $ Brazilian Pulse Captain Rio (GB) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 319  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Redoute's Choice  $ Caerless  Caerleon (USA) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 326  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Redoute's Choice  $ Cat by the Tale  Tale of the Cat (USA) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 328  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Smart Missile  $ Certain Promise  El Prado (IRE) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 343  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Fastnet Rock  $ Comical Smile  Comic Strip (USA) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 384  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Redoute's Choice  $ Empress Lily  Zabeel (NZ) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 407  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Redoute's Choice  $ Flame of Sydney  Encosta de Lago (AUS) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 410  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Snitzel  $ Flidais  Timber Country (USA) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 421  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Manhattan Rain  $ Gibraltar Campion Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 438  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Snitzel  $ Hollow Bullet  Tayasu Tsuyoshi (JPN) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
2015 ISE 464  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Redoute's Choice  $ Just Dancing  Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) NS NULL Arrowfield Stud
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