Four new faces join 100 winners club

Reward For Effort and All Too Hard are among four stallions to have cracked the 100 winners-in-a-season mark for the first time.RFE-300x293

Four new stallions have joined the 100-club this season, with 12 in all notching 100 winners for the 2018-19 season to date.

Another six stallions sit in the 90s, awaiting their chance to reach triple figures over the final five weeks of the season.

The four new inductees into the 100-club are Coolmore pair Pierro (103) and So You Think (NZ) (101) and Chatswood Stud's Reward For Effort (105) and Vinery Stud's All Too Hard (101).

They join I Am Invincible (170), Snitzel (168), Sebring (143), Written Tycoon (138), Fastnet Rock (106) and High Chaparral (Ire) (109) as well as Smart Missile (123) and Star Witness (115), who both broke through the triple figures for the first time last season.

Star In The Making

In his first shuttle season at Tweenhills Stud in Britain, Zoustar has been equipped with all the right ingredients to build on his early success in Australia.

Zoustar has been perfect at stud so far in Australia. Widden Stud’s record-breaking champion first-season sire is currently heading the table for the second-zoustar2019season sires, his treble Group 1-winning daughter Sunlight having helped him into what appears to be an unassailable lead with a little over two months of the current season still to run, and he is the leading sire of 3-year-olds ahead of such established names as Redoute’s Choice, I Am Invincible and Snitzel.

Now, in effect, he has to start all over again in the northern hemisphere but, judging by the reception he has been given by European breeders, the odds of success are stacked in his favour.

We’ve seen support for reverse shuttlers to Europe dwindle markedly after their first season: witness the case of Sidestep, who dropped from just over 100 mares to 23 in two years and did not return to France in 2019, the year his daughter Kiamichi announced his arrival on the stallion scene with victory in the Golden Slipper.

The Autumn Sun Joins The Arrowfield Roster

theautumnsun jamesmac 400Sensational colt The Autumn Sun (Redoute's Choice-Azmiyna by Galileo) has retired from racing and will join the Arrowfield Stud roster for the 2019 season.

The Autumn Sun's owners Hermitage Thoroughbreds and Arrowfield met this week to consider the options for the five-time Group 1 winner. After extensive discussions, the opportunity to return the colt to his spiritual home and fill the gap left by the death of Redoute's Choice proved too compelling.

Arrowfield's John Messara says, "We backed Redoute's Choice as a sire of sires early in his career, we stand Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt, and Beneteau was also highly successful for us. That history makes the best colt by Redoute's Choice an irresistible prospect."

After his debut 2YO win over 1200 metres in Class record time, The Autumn Sun progressed rapidly to compile five Group 1 victories from 1400 to 2000 metres over a nine-month period, including the BRC JJ Atkins S. G1 at two. The only horse to win the Caulfield, Randwick & Rosehill Guineas, he retires to stud with 8 wins and $3.4 million prizemoney from nine starts.

Champion will make his sale ring presence felt again

Arrowfield Stud suffered a devastating blow in the lead-up to the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale with the loss of Redoute’s Choice, but there will also be a sense of pride when they present a high-quality draft of his sons and daughters at the Riverside Stables next week.

It will be the 17th consecutive occasion they have offered representatives of the multiple champion sire, who for so many years gave such outstanding service to John Messara’s famed Hunter Valley operation.

Redoute’s Choice, who tragically died last week, carved out a remarkable record after his retirement to stud off the back of a distinguished racing career.

Paul and John Messara with Redoute's Choice

Dundeel juvenile completes Group 1 double

Yourdeel  (Dundeel)  belied  a  below  par  gallop  last  week  to  lay  claim  to  being  New  Zealand’s  best  juvenile  after  the  gelding  produced  a  barnstorming finish to take out the Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m).

Trainer Jamie Richards admitted Yourdeel, who completed the Group 1  double  having  taking  out  the  Sistema  Stakes  (Gr  1,  1200m)  at  his  previous  start,  was  nearly  a  non-runner  at  Awapuni  and  then  appeared  out of contention mid-race yesterday.“He has really stood up and raised the bar this season hasn’t he, he’s quite an incredible horse,” Richards said.“

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