published: 01 Oct 2018 in Stallion profiles

IT IS hardly surprising stud masters are signing up sons of Snitzel, the country’s champion sire for the past two seasons and a grandson of super sire Danehill (USA). Newgate Farm has several on its roster and the first with runners is Sizzling, a two year-old Gr.1 winner who was third on the freshman sires’ table last season.

HENRY Field and his partners at Newgate Farm have spent millions on stallion prospects at yearling sales and off the track in a great vote of confidence in the Australian bloodstock industry. They have an enviable roster of young sires at the Aberdeen property and while most are yet to have runners, one who is already off the mark is Gr.1-winning juvenile Sizzling, whose first crop made quite an impression last season.

  The son of dual champion sire and Oakleigh Plate-Gr.1 winner Snitzel finished third on the first crop sires’ list behind Zoustar and Spirit of Boom with nine winners of 14 races and earnings of $897,897. His stars included Black Opal-Gr.3 runner-up Sizzling Belle (Magic Albert), SAJC Sires’ Produce-Gr.3 third Secret Blaze (Galileo (IRE)), Gr.2 placed Sizzling Ace (Exceed and Excel) and Listed third Sizzleme (Zabeel). With winners out of mares by Danehill Dancer, Flying Spur, Catbird and Exceed and Excel, all sons of Danehill, he has shown that good results can be achieved by breeding back to the male line founded by his great-grandsire, a nine-times champion Australian sire and the dominant force in our modern pedigrees. 

  Sizzleme’s third dam is by Danehill, so she has a sex-linked cross 4mx4f, while Sizzling Ace and others out of dams by sons of Danehill are 4mx3m. Sizzling Ace has a further line of Danehill’s sire Danzig as his second dam is by Volksraad (by Green Desert by Danzig) and he also has a third dam by Sir Tristram. Sizzling’s dam is inbred 3fx3f to Without Fear (FR) (Baldric-Never Too Late by Never Say Day), a very good juvenile in France who became a champion sire for Colin Hayes at Lindsay Park.

  To late September Sizzling had 12 winners of 20 races and $1,207,510. In addition to those already mentioned, he has winners out of mares by Marju, Delago Brom, Show a Heart, Catrail and Zabeel. The Sir Tristram connection is also strong in pedigrees of his winners, particularly via Zabeel and there also seems to be an affinity with Sadler’s Wells, his brother Fairy King and three-quarter brothers Nureyev (dam sire of Zabeel) and Perugino. 

  Sizzling, whose dam Admirelle won at two and is a stakes placed daughter of another Gr.1 speed influence in General Nediym (Nediym (IRE)-Military Belle by Without Fear), winner of the VRC Newmarket-Gr.1 and VRC Lightning-Gr.1, was also quick off the mark at two, winning five of eight starts at that age, twice placing second and once fourth. The $260,000 yearling, bred by John Muir’s Milburn Creek Thoroughbreds, won over 1000m at Eagle Farm on debut for trainer Kelso Wood and jockey Chris Munce on November 12, 2011, creating a big impression when coming from third at the 400m to score by six lengths in 57.43. He was narrowly beaten by Noogoora Burr in a 1000m Listed event at the same track next time out (December 17), was runner-up to the very good filly Driefontein in the B.J. McLachlan-Gr.3 (1200m) on December 31 and then 1.75 lengths fourth to that filly in the Magic Millions Classic-RL at the Gold Coast on January 14.

  Put away until May 5, 2012, this talented grandson of Redoute’s Choice then won four races in succession, starting with the Listed Ken Russell Stakes (1200m) at the Gold Coast, where he made light of the heavy (8) track to beat Dances on Stars by 4.5 lengths and then backed up on May 19 to win the Champagne Classic-Gr.2 (1200m, 1:09.96) at Doomben. He struck a heavy track (8) for the Sires’ Produce-Gr.2 at Eagle Farm on June 2 but came from seventh in a field of nine at the 400m to win this 1400m event by 1.75 lengths from Academus and Dances on Stars, who had also filled the minors at his previous outing. His major juvenile test came next start at Eagle Farm on June 9 where he faced a field of 13 in the T.J. Smith-Gr.1 (1600m), sitting third at the 400m before coming with his trademark late run to defeat Kabayan and Academus on a track rated soft (5).

  “I was really worried about 100m out and wasn’t sure he would get there,” Wood said after the colt’s short head win in the Gr.1 feature. “Somehow he found another gear, he’s a marvellous horse and we will give him a decent rest now.”  Sizzling was not seen out again until October 13 when a close fourth behind Snitzerland in the Blue Sapphire (1200m) at Caulfield and then was beaten under two lengths when sixth of 11 behind Nechita in the Coolmore (Ascot Vale) Stakes-Gr.1 at Flemington on November 3. Back at his home state on December 15, he won the Listed Gold Edition (1200m, 1:09.47) at Eagle Farm, beating Platinum State by 1.5 lengths and coming with his usual whirlwind run after sitting ninth (of 14) at the 400m.

  Sizzling was then runner-up behind Lucky Hussler in the Vo Rogue-Gr.3 (1350m) on December 29 and split Saluter and Driefontein when a narrow second in the Magic Millions Guineas-Gr.3 at the Gold Coast on January 12, again coming from 11th at the 400m. Given a break, he was back on May 4 when fifth in the Gold Coast Guineas-Gr.3 behind Academus and was then sixth of 16 in the Fred Best-Gr.3 (1350m) behind Platinum Kingdom on May 18.

  Sizzling made a return to the winner’s circle at Eagle Farm on June 1 when he defeated Dances on Stars and Lucky Hussler in the Queensland Guineas-Gr.2 (1400m, soft) and was then unplaced behind Linton in the Stradbroke-Gr.1 on June 8. He won a trial at Doomben on August 6, but his best efforts in six subsequent starts was a fourth in the Bill Ritchie behind Boban on September 21 and a third behind Appearance and River Lad in the Expressway-Gr.2 at Randwick on his penultimate start on February 8, 2014. He retired with a tendon injury after an unplaced effort on the Futurity Stakes-Gr.1 at Caulfield on February 22 for new trainer Chris Waller. He recorded seven wins, four seconds, a third and three fourth placings in 23 starts for earnings of $1,332,375. Newgate purchased Sizzling in mid-October 2013 with Henry Field describing him as “a horse of immense natural ability, a Gr.1-winning two year-old with a lot of speed in his pedigree.”

  Breeders obviously though so too, as the young horse covered 176 mares in his first season in 2014 at a fee of $16,500. This fee has remained unchanged in subsequent seasons when he covered books of 109 (2015), 108 and 116 and he is busy again in 2018.

  Sizzling, a powerful bay (15.3h) very much in the mould of his sire, is part of a large young cohort of stallions by Snitzel and one of the first to have runners. Cox Plate-Gr.1 winner Shamus Award also got off the mark last season with a top 10 spot on the freshman sires’ list, while others like dual Gr.1 winners Russian Revolution (to stud 2018), Gr.2 winner Menari (2018), whose dam is also by General Nediym, and Australian Guineas-Gr.1 winner Wandjina (to stud 2015), who are also on the Newgate Roster, are yet to have runners.

  Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice-Snippets’ Lass by Snippets), who has won the past two Australian Sires’ Championship honours, is standing this season at Arrowfield at $220,000, the stud he retired to in 2006 to stand alongside his own sire, another multiple champion sire and a son of nine-time Australian Champion Sire Danehill (USA) (Danzig-Razyana by His Majesty). A Gr.1-winning sprinter in the UK, Danehill got Redoute’s Choice from Shantha’s Choice, a daughter of Golden Slipper-Gr.1 winner Canny Lad (Bletchingly-Jesmond Lass by Lunchtime (GB)) and the star broodmare Dancing Show (GB) (Nijinsky-Show Lady by Sir Ivor) whose produce included the Gr.1 winners and sires Hurricane Sky (by Bletchingly son Star Watch) and Umatilla (by Miswaki). Dancing Show is a granddaughter of another superb broodmare in Best in Show.

  Snitzel’s dam is by the fastest son of Dewhurst winner Lunchtime in the shape of Snippets, whose nine wins included the AJC Sires’ Produce, Galaxy and Oakleigh Plate at Gr.1 level and whose dam Easy Date (Grand Chaudiere (CAN)-Scampering by Misty Day), although a modest performer on the track, was also a dynamo at stud. Snippets has four lines of Northern Dancer (4m,5mx5m,4m) via Danzig, Nijinsky, Grand Chaudiere and Storm Bird and a double of Lunchtime (5fx3m), thanks to Jesmond Lass and Snippets. Lunchtime (Silly Season-Great Occasion by Hornbeam) is a grandson of Tom Fool (Menow-Gaga by Bull Dog), also sire of Buckpasser, sire of Spring Adieu, second dam of Danehill. Menow’s sire Pharamond (Phalaris-Selene by Chaucer) is a brother to Sickle (great grandsire of Native Dancer, sire of Natalma) and a half-brother to Hyperion (Gainsborough), a horse who features strongly in the extended pedigree of Sizzling. It’s worth remembering too that Sir Tristram (IRE) (Sir Ivor) has the half-siblings Pharamond and All Moonshine (by Gainsborough’s son Bobsleigh), both from Selene, 4x3 and this reinforcement to a strong factor in Sizzling’s pedigree could be why he works so well with the Sir Tristram line. Sizzling also has the Sir Ivor daughters Show Lady and Lady Rebecca, both outstanding producers, 5x4.

  Snitzel led the Australian sires’ premiership last season with 173 winners (26SW) and record earnings of $29.2m, helped by the likes of The Everest winner Redzel (Rubiton), Golden Slipper winner Estijaab (Charge Forward) and Gr.1 star Trapeze Artist (Domesday). He has nicked well with mares carrying lines of Bletchingly (sire of Canny Lad in his pedigree) and with further returns of Best in Show (as has his sire) and Lunchtime. He produces winners from many other sources though, including with mares from the Encosta de Lago (Fairy King), Red Ransom (Roberto), Mr. Prospector, Halo, Zabeel, and Storm Cat lines and surely this is another reason why he is so successful.

  As mentioned earlier, Sizzling’s stakes placed dam is a daughter of General Nediym and his second dam is Listed winner Laudemio, a daughter of international stud success Alzao (USA) (Lyphard-Lady Rebecca by Sir Ivor), also broodmare sire of Japanese champion Deep Impact. Laudemio produced six winners and her descendants include Gr.3 winner Written Dash (by Written Tycoon, whose daughters should suit Sizzling). Next dam is the city winner Estate Label (Without Fear-Clinging Vine by Romantic (GB)) whose eight winners include the juvenile Listed winner and producer Loving Cup (Bluebird (USA)) and stakes winner Vintage Dance (Salmon Leap (USA)). Her daughter Battonage (Kenmare (FR)) is dam of Rosehill Guineas-Gr.1 winner d’Argento (So You Think), also Gr.1 placed at his past two starts and with earnings of $790,000. Sizzling’s fifth and sixth dams, Sherry Label (GB) and Sherry Party, are by influential sires Arctic Explorer (GB) and Gold Nib (GB).

  This is family 5, tracing to Chand Beebee (GB) (Royal Hampton-Miss Baba by Springfield), imported in the 1890s and responsible for a long line of ‘good ‘uns’ including her daughter Chantress (Bill of Portland (GB)), winner of the VRC Newmarket and All-Aged Stakes and other descendants like Melbourne Cup winner Piastre (Positano (GB)), Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and dual Epsom Handicap winner Amounis (Magpie (GB), Gold Script (Gold Nib (GB)), Golden Chariot (Golden Sovereign (GB) and her daughter, champion Wenona Girl (Wilkes (FR)). Sizzling’s branch of the family descends through Great Northern Oaks winner My Own (Lord Quex (IRE)) and her daughter Cardoness (Foxbridge), the latter is Sizzling’s seventh dam. n