published: 10 Mar 2014 in Stallion profiles

Snitzel is out to create history this season by becoming the first son of Redoute’s Choice and grandson of Danehill to win the Australian Sires’ Premiership. The Arrowfield-based stallion holds a commanding lead at the half way mark and with runners like Gr.1 winners Snitzerland and Shamus Award leading the way he could easily take the prize.

​WHEN Golden Slipper runner-up Snitzerland raced away to win the Lightning Stakes-Gr.1 at Flemington on February 15 she added another highlight to the brilliant season being enjoyed by her Arrowfield Stud-based sire Snitzel. An Oakleigh Plate-Gr.1 winner, the son of Redoute’s Choice is leading the Australian Sires’ Premiership with earnings topping $6.85m at the half-way mark of the year, and his 10 stakes winners for the season also include Cox Plate-Gr.1 and Australian Guineas-Gr.1 hero Shamus Award.

Snitzel had 61 individual winners of 90 races for 2013-14 to March 1 and his latest Gr.1 winner proved something of a triumph for trainer Gerald Ryan who also trained her sire for Damien and Camilla Flower (and later Arrowfield) to win seven races and more than $1m and has a real affinity with his progeny. Snitzerland was a fitting winner of the race, now named the Black Caviar Lightning in honour of unbeaten sprint queen Black Caviar, as she is part-owned by Neil Werrett, who was part of the syndicate that also raced the great mare. There was more excitement for Snitzel fans a couple of weeks later when Shamus Award franked his Cox Plate win on March 1 with an all-the-way romp in the Australian Guineas-Gr.1 to extend his sire’s lead in the premiership over Exceed and Excel to about $1m and continue a stellar season.

Snitzel retired to stud in Australia in 2006 and Japan in 2007 (he also stood in Japan in 2011) and has 213 winners (71.2%) from 299 starters for earnings topping $29m. His 19 stakes winners represent 6.4% of starters and 160 of his winners (422 wins) have come in Australia where his earnings have topped $22m. He has 37 winners (113 wins) from 45 runners in Japan ($5.49m) plus winners in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, Macau, South Africa and the Philippines.

Snitzerland (dam by Fraar (USA)) became his third individual Gr.1 winner and the Lighting took her record to eight wins and earnings past $1.87m. Her other wins include the ATC Challenge Stakes-Gr.2 and VRC Danehill Stakes-Gr.2 and she was also runner-up in the Golden Slipper-Gr.1 and AJC The Galaxy-Gr.1. Sizzling (General Nediym), who counts the BRC T.J. Smith-Gr.1 among his seven wins (1000m-1600m, $1.32m) and who is due to retire to Newgate Farm at the end of his racing career, also won the Sires’ Produce-Gr.2 and Guineas-Gr.2 in Queensland and is likely to garner further glory for his sire before the end of the season.

Seamus Award (Success Express; 5fx5m Nijinsky) created history when he won the 2013 Cox Plate-Gr.1 (2040m) as a maiden but he’d been runner-up in the Sires’ Produce-Gr.2, Stutt Stakes-Gr.2 and third in the Caulfield Guineas-Gr.1 and Orr-Gr.1 in Melbourne, so his class was not in doubt going into Australia’s weight for age championship. He showed that win was no fluke with a remarkable Australian Guineas victory over 1600m at Flemington, leading all the way to defeat Criterion (Sebring) by a length in 1:36.41.

Like so many of Snitzel’s progeny Shamus Award had come to hand early at two and was also placed in a Maribyrnong Plate. His sire has a deserved reputation for getting good juveniles (69 winners of 105 races, 17 of them stakes winners). Snitzel is just as adept at getting good colts (117 winners) as well as fillies (96 winners) and the winning distance of his progeny is 1276m.

His other banner performers include Hot Snitzel (Blushing Groom), six wins, multiple Gr.2 winner, Gr.1 runner-up at two; Sweet Idea (Timber Country), four wins and $1.5m including Silver Shadow Stakes-Gr.2, Flying Snitzel (Hula Town), Kewney Stakes-Gr.2, fourth Champagne Stakes-Gr.1; Chance Bye (Red Ransom), STC Silver Slipper-Gr.2 and a flying filly from her sire’s first crop who was a great favourite with punters; second crop son Salade (Beautiful Crown), Pago Pago Stakes-Gr.2 (at Carrington Park Stud, NSW), Aliyana Tilde (Mister C), Epona Stakes Gr.3, runner-up ATC Australian Oaks-Gr.1, third Vinery Stud Stakes-Gr.1, Sydney Cup-Gr.1; and Malavio (Dehere), nine wins including Tramway Stakes-Gr.3.

Also Petrol Power (Charnwood Forest), Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic-Gr.3; Dances on Stars (Last Tycoon), ATC Kindergarten Stakes-Gr.3 and Oakleigh Girl (Mr Greeley), winner of the VRC 7news Plate-Gr.3 and BRC Calaway Gal Stakes-LR and runner-up in this season’s GCTC Magic Millions 2YO Classic-RL and one of nine individual juvenile winners (2SW) for her sire so far in 2013-14 ($981,000), putting him third on the juvenile sires’ list behind Testa Rossa (whose sole juvenile winner to mid-February, Unencumbered had won five of his seven starts including the rich Magic Millions feature and earned $1.78m) and second placed Exceed and Excel (sire of Blue Diamond winner Earthquake). Snitzel’s nine winners put him in the lead for most juvenile winners this season (to March 1).

Also Malavio (Dehere), nine wins including Tramway Stakes-Gr.3; Petrol Power (Charnwood Forest), Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic-Gr.3; Dances on Stars (Last Tycoon), ATC Kindergarten Stakes-Gr.3 and Oakleigh Girl (Mr Greeley), winner of the VRC 7news Plate-Gr.3 and BRC Calaway Gal Stakes-LR and runner-up in this season’s GCTC Magic Millions 2YO Classic-RL and one of seven individual juvenile winners (2SW) for her sire so far in 2013-14 ($928,775), putting him second on the juvenile sires’ list behind Testa Rossa (whose sole juvenile winner to mid-February, Unencumbered has won five of his six starts including the rich Magic Millions feature and earned $1.78m). Snitzel shares the lead for most juvenile winners this season (to mid-February) with barn mate Not a Single Doubt, also a son of Redoute’s Choice.

Snitzel also has stakes winners from daughters of Marauding, Local Talent, Darshaan, Jade Hunter, Semipalatinsk and Intergaze (tripling Lunchtime) and stakes placed performers from mares by Dehere, Keltrice, Kingmambo, Red Ransom, Distinctly North, Narita Brian, French Deputy and Fasliyev and seems to appreciate returns of Biscay and Sir Ivor (both in his pedigree), as well as Red Ransom and his sire Roberto, other lines of Star Kingdom and Danzig and mares who add a further line of the Best in Show family as well as those from the Deputy Minister sire line.

Snitzel started his stud career on a $33,000 fee (131 mares) and this dropped to $22,000 in 2009 when he covered his smallest book (88) and since then he has covered books of 132 ($27,500), 152, 249 ($33,000) and 225 in 2013 at a $49,500 fee, when the “book full” sign went up very early in the breeding season. Although he’s always covered nice mares at Arrowfield it’s fair to say that the quality of his books in the past couple of seasons has lifted to a new level, which should help consolidate his position as one of our major sires and heir apparent to his own sire at Arrowfield.

It’s easy to see why John Messara was so keen to acquire Snitzel for his Scone stud as the brilliant sprinter was from the second crop of Arrowfield’s favourite son Redoute’s Choice and from Snippets’ Lass, a stakeswinning daughter of one of Arrowfield’s early sires in Snippets (Lunchtime (GB)-Easy Date by Grand Chaudiere (CAN)), winner of the AJC Sires’ Produce, Galaxy and VATC Oakleigh Plate, all at Gr.1 level, before leaving a host of winners including Gr.1 star Pins, now a leading sire in NZ.

Bred by Mr F. Naude in Queensland and a $260,000 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling in 2004, Snitzel, racing initially for Camilla and Damien Flower and then in partnership with Arrowfield, displayed talent from the start under Gerald Ryan’s tutelage and won four of his six starts at two, landing the Breeders’ Plate-LR at Warwick Farm (1000m in 57.43) on debut on September 25, 2004. His juvenile victories also included the STC Skyine Stakes-Gr.3 (beating another Redoute’s Choice son and great stud rival Stratum, who went on to win the Golden Slipper) and the Strawberry Hill Slipper at Wyong and he was also a dead-heat third in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic-RL at the Gold Coast behind Bradbury’s Luck (Redoute’s Choice).

He developed into a wonderful sprinter at three and a first up third in the San Domenico Stakes-Gr.3 behind Media was followed with a defeat of Stratum in the Up and Coming Stakes-Gr.3 (1200m in 1:09.88) at Randwick and then an unlucky fourth behind the older sprinters in the MVRC Manikato Stakes-Gr.1 behind Spark of Life, Perfectly Ready and Our Egyptian Raine on September 10, 2005. Off the scene until the following February, he resumed with a mid-field finish on a dead track in the Lightning Stakes-Gr.1 behind Takeover Target.

Then three weeks later Snitzel gained his Gr.1 victory with a 1.75 length defeat of Virage de Fortune (51.5kg), a last start winner of the MVRC Australia Stakes-Gr.1, and with top weight and champion sprinter Takeover Target (57kg) 2.75 lengths back in third in the Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield, running the 1100m in 1:04.46 on a heavy track and leading all the way. The win capped a great day for Redoute’s Choice at his juvenile son Nadeem had taken the Blue Diamond-Gr.1 earlier on the program.

Ryan was unsure of how Snitzel would handle the rain sodden track, but knew the three year-old was unbeaten second-up and that his work during the week leading up to the Oakleigh Plate had been good. “He had trialled in the wet in Sydney and got through it OK and I thought he would get through it here, but you can never be sure,” Ryan said after the win. “But I knew when he put the pressure on at the 600m that the others were struggling and he would be hard to run down.”

Ryan has always held a high opinion of Snitzel and said after the Oakleigh Plate that would like to take the colt to America to race. “I had two races picked out for him as a three year-old, the Manikato last spring, which if he stays inside I think he wins, and the Oakleigh Plate. Now he’s won the second one I’m not sure what to do. I would like to take him to America. I haven’t looked at what’s available, but it’s something I would like to do with him as a four year-old.”

Arrowfield Stud paid a significant sum for a share in the colt when he was a two year-old, and has had to be patient for the first Gr.1 victory. Arrowfield Stud’s chairman John Messara was critical of the handicapping of the 2006 Oakleigh Plate in the lead up to the rich sprint, but the dominance of the win was such that Snitzel (51.5kg) scored on his merits. 

Two weeks later he chased home Takeover Target when runner-up in the Newmarket Handicap-Gr.1 (1200m in 1:08.3 on a dead track) with Stratum third, and the following month he confirmed his place among Australia’s best sprinters by beating Spark of Life and Media in the Challenge Stakes-Gr.2 (1000m in 56.80) on a dead track at Warwick Farm. His career came to an end following a third behind Red Oog and Glamour Puss in the T.J. Smith-Gr.1 (1200m) at Randwick (Virage de Fortune fourth) and a fourth in the All-Aged Stakes-Gr.1 (1400m) behind Paratroopers on April 22, 2006. He’d won seven of his 15 starts and had one second, three thirds and two fourths for earnings of $1,031,550, rating second on the 2005-06 Australasian 3YO Classifications (Sprint).

A powerfully built bay sprinter so typical of the Danzig male line, Snitzel stands 15.3 hands and is by one of the very best sons of Danehill (USA) in Redoute’s Choice (ex Shantha’s Choice by Canny Lad), Champion Sire in Australia in 2005-06 and 2009-10 and a winner of five of his 10 starts, four at Gr.1 level, the Blue Diamond Stakes at two and the Caulfield Guineas, C.F. Orr Stakes and Manikato Stakes at three. He retired to stud in 2000 and has shuttled to France for the past two seasons where he has been given great support, particularly from the Aga Khan who has sent some of his best mares.

Now sire of more than 700 winners (109SW, 23Gr.1) and with earnings close to $100m, his best runners include Champion Two and Three Year-Old Filly Miss Finland (Woodman), whose 11 wins include the Golden Slipper-Gr.1, VRC Oaks, Australian Guineas-Gr.1, 1000 Guineas-Gr.1 and Arrowfield Stud Stakes-Gr.1, triple Gr.1 winner Samantha Miss (Zabeel), dual Gr.1 winners Lotteria (Sir Tristram), Melito (Marauding), Gallica (Kingmambo) and Fashions Afield (Wild Again), all outstanding fillies, and colts such as Slipper winner Stratum (Luskin Star), Caulfield Guineas-Gr.1 winner God’s Own (Sky Chase), Blue Diamond winners Undoubtedly (Don’s Say Halo) and Nadeem (Sound Reason), T.J. Smith-Gr.1 winner Master of Design (Last Tycoon; doubling Best in Show) and Derby winners such as Redoute’s Dancer (El Gran Senor; doubling up Best in Show), Dariana (Last Tycoon, doubling Best in Show) and Empire’s Choice (Star Way). He has many sire sons doing well at stud and half a dozen of them have sired Gr.1 winners, while his daughters have already produced more than 200 winners of more than $20m and their 26 stakes winners include the Doncaster Handicap-Gr.1 winner Sacred Falls (by O’Reilly, a son of Last Tycoon) and dual Gr.1 winner Zoustar (Northern Meteor).

Shantha’s Choice produced eight winners including additional Gr.1 winners and sires Platinum Scissors (Danehill) and Manhattan Rain (Encosta de Lago), the latter also an Arrowfield based sire with his first runners this season. By Golden Slipper winner and successful sire Canny Lad (Bletchingly/Lunchtime cross), Shantha’s Choice is from Dancing Show (USA), a daughter of champion Nijinsky (Northern Dancer) and Show Lady by Sir Ivor from a US Broodmare of the Year in Best in Show (Traffic Judge). Dancing Show also produced the Gr.1 winners and sires Umatilla (Miswaki) and Hurricane Sky (by Bletchingly son Star Watch) and her thriving family in Australia also includes Emirates Park sire and Gr.1 winner Al Maher and boom juvenile Rubick, who is a son of Encosta de Lago and the Gr.3 winner Sliding Cube (Rock of Gibraltar), a three-quarter sister to Redoute’s Choice.

Snitzel’s dam Snippets’ Lass won seven races from 1200m-1300m including Listed events in Sydney and Melbourne and she is a sister to Missile Stakes-Gr.3 winner Captain Bax. Her five winners also include the speedy Viennese (Redoute’s Choice), winner of the SAJC Jantz-Gr.3 and Snitzel’s three-quarter brother Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock), winner of the Skyline Stakes-Gr.3 at two, when he was also third in the AJC Sires’ Produce-Gr.1. He produced further top class efforts in Gr.1 races at three when runner-up in the All-Aged Stakes and third in the Oakleigh Plate and William Reid Stakes. Hinchinbrook stands at Yarraman Park, Scone and his first yearlings are proving popular at sales in 2014.

Second dam is the Leopardstown Orby Stakes-LR winner Snow Finch, a daughter of Champion Sire Storm Bird (who has many pedigree connections with Nijinsky) and whose son Bluebird stood here with success, his daughters could be a good fit with Snitzel, as could mares from the Storm Cat (Storm Bird) line and mares carrying The Minstrel (a three-quarter brother to Nijinsky) in their pedigrees. Snow Finch is from A Realgirl (In Reality), a multiple stakes winner in the US whose dam Secret Verdict (Clandestine) won three races and was third in the CCA Oaks-Gr.1. This is the family (2c) of very good sire Valid Appeal (In Reality), a noted influence for speed who appears in the pedigree of Charge Forward (also at Arrowfield), Shrapnel and Wanted.

It is also the family of the six-times Gr.1 winner and US Hall of Fame member Desert Vixen (In Reality), dam of Champion Japanese Sire of 1993 Real Shadai (Roberto). Snitzel carries four lines of Northern Dancer (4m,5mx5m,4m) plus an additional line of that horse’s half-sister Spring Adieu in his five generation pedigree and is inbred 5fx3m to Dewhurst Stakes-Gr.1 winner Lunchtime (Silly Season-Great Occasion by Hornbeam), whose paternal grandsire Tom Fool is also the sire of Buckpasser, sire of Danehill’s second dam Spring Adieu.

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SNITZEL (AUS) 2002 Bay colt
by Redoute's Choice - Snippets' Lass, by Snippets


B. 1996
GW 5 wins
f:1277 r:990 w:764 SW:122
B. 1986
GW 4 wins
f:2413 r:2075 w:1626 SW:347
B. 1977
Wnr 3 wins
f:1075 r:837 w:658 SW:198
1 Northern Dancer   Nearctic   Nearco 4
  Lady Angela 14
  Natalma   Native Dancer 5
  Almahmoud 2
  Pas de Nom   Admiral's Voyage   Crafty Admiral 8
  Olympia Lou 4
  Petitioner   Petition 16
  Steady Aim 7
B. 1981
f:14 r:11 w:9 SW:5
  His Majesty   Ribot   Tenerani 6
  Romanella 4
  Flower Bowl   Alibhai 6
  Flower Bed 4
1 Spring Adieu   Buckpasser   Tom Fool 3
  Busanda 1
  Natalma   Native Dancer 5
  Almahmoud 2
  Shantha's Choice
B. 1992
Wnr 1 win
f:13 r:10 w:10 SW:5
  Canny Lad
Br. 1987
GW 8 wins
f:1420 r:1145 w:772 SW:54
  Bletchingly   Biscay   Star Kingdom 1
  Magic Symbol 2
  Coogee   Relic 8
  Last Judgement 7
  Jesmond Lass   Lunchtime   Silly Season 1
  Great Occasion 7
  Beautiful Dreamer   Coeur Volant II 9
  Adina Rose 14
  Dancing Show
B. 1983
Wnr 1 win
f:10 r:8 w:7 SW:2
  Nijinsky 1 Northern Dancer   Nearctic 14
  Natalma 2
  Flaming Page   Bull Page 4
  Flaring Top 8
  Show Lady   Sir Ivor   Sir Gaylord 2
  Attica 8
  Best In Show   Traffic Judge 3
  Stolen Hour 8
B. 1993
SW 7 wins
f:6 r:6 w:6 SW:3
B. 1984
GW 9 wins
f:826 r:739 w:602 SW:57
Ch. 1970
GW 3 wins
f:606 r:519 w:380 SW:32
  Silly Season   Tom Fool   Menow 8
  Gaga 3
  Double Deal   Straight Deal 1
  Nonats 1
  Great Occasion   Hornbeam   Hyperion 6
  Thicket 1
  Golden Wedding   Sunny Brae 3
  Flighty Falls 7
  Easy Date
B. 1977
Wnr 1 win
f:16 r:15 w:11 SW:4
  Grand Chaudiere 1 Northern Dancer   Nearctic 14
  Natalma 2
  Lachine   Grey Sovereign 6
  Loved One 19
  Scampering   Misty Day   Nasrullah 9
  Grey Flight 5
  Scamper Away   Hitting Away 1
  Omelet Souffle 20
  Snow Finch
B. 1984
SW 2 wins
f:14 r:13 w:10 SW:2
  Storm Bird
B. 1978
GW 5 wins
f:679 r:511 w:354 SW:63
1 Northern Dancer   Nearctic   Nearco 4
  Lady Angela 14
  Natalma   Native Dancer 5
  Almahmoud 2
  South Ocean   New Providence   Bull Page 4
  Fair Colleen 9
  Shining Sun   Chop Chop 2
  Solar Display 4
  A Realgirl
B. 1976
SW 4 wins
f:6 r:4 w:3 SW:2
  In Reality   Intentionally   Intent 8
  My Recipe 5
  My Dear Girl   Rough'n Tumble 1
  Iltis 21
  Secret Verdict   Clandestine   Double Jay 14
  Conniver 18
  Scotch Verdict   Alsab 27
  Glen Arvis 2

Lunchtime (GB ) 1970 : 5f x 3m
Northern Dancer (CAN) 1961 : 4m 5m x 5m 4m
Natalma (USA) 1957 : 5m 5f 6m x 6m 5m
Tom Fool (USA) 1949 : 6m x 5m
Bull Page (USA) 1947 : 6f x 6m