Sebring Stayer Ready for G1 Metrop

Progressive staying mare Miss Admiration was twice placed in Group I Oaks races last season and the four year-old daughter of Sebring scored a well-deserved victory in the Group III ATC JRA Trophy at Rosehill on Saturday. 

Trained by Mick Price for a syndicate headed be Segenhoe Thoroughbreds in whose colours she runs, Miss Admiration as third up from a spell in the 2400 meter staying contest and won with authority, cruising home to score by a length and three-quarters with Jay Ford in the saddle.

160 for The Legend

Soon after his grandson Showtime won the P B Lawrence Stakes G2 at Caulfield, Redoute's Choice himself took the stage, when his son Super Maxi became his 160th stakeswinner. The 5YO gelding capped a good winter campaign in with a convincing, all-the-way victory in the $100,000 WATC Belmont Newmarket 1200m LR, defeating Yeah Dardy and Rebel King.

It was his first success beyond 1100 metres which puts a Perth summer sprint campaign on the cards. Team Hawkes have prepared both horses, with Showtime among their current stars, and Super Maxi the winner of four races as a 3YO in Sydney for Arrowfield and Wayne McGuire.

Super Maxi as a yearling

Super Maxi as a yearling

Super Maxi was then sold to Perth trainer Chris Gangemi who has enjoyed considerable success with Arrowfield stable graduates, notably the multiple Group winner and Group 1 performer Rock Magic (also by Redoute's Choice).

Super Maxi was bred by Dr Dennis Bowden, David Goldfinch & Wayne McGuire from their fine racemare Ocean Challenger (by Rubiton), whose eight wins included the 2011 MVRC Tesio S. G3.

Another Rewarding Season

The 2017/18 Australian Racing season has concluded and Reward for Effort has again provided a model of consistency for Victorian Breeders.

Reward for Effort

Reward for Effort

In the past season, Reward For Effort sired a whopping 96 individual Australian Winners of 146 wins.  

In the past week he's sired a tough 2YO winner Reward For Silence, Sydney Winner Gwenneth as well as the exciting prospect of Fancy Rumble who placed third behind Nature Strip and Sunlight in the Lightning Stakes. The dam of Fancy Rumble has been booked back to Reward For Effort this season. Placing fourth in the Lightning Stakes was Thompson's Reward.

96 individual Winners puts Reward For Effort in the top 20 for Australian Sires and 3rd in Victoria behind Written Tycoon and Magnus who respectively have 4 and 3 extra crops of racing age.

Business as Usual for Zoustar


It's official, Widden Stud's Zoustar is the reigning Champion Australian First Season Sire for 2017/2018 and he was quickly back in a winning vein at Warwick Farm on Wednesday with three runners for an impressive winner in Charge and two second place-getters, all of them entered for the Golden Rose.

The best son of the late Northern Meteor, who was Champion First Season Sire of 2012/2013 for Widden Stud, Zoustar has done everything asked of him to date delivering 10 first crop winners of $3.2 million headed by his brilliant Group II winners Sunlight, Lean Mean Machine and Zousain.

Charge as a yearling

Charge as a yearling

Two of those Group winners are prepared by Zoustar's former trainer Chris Waller, who also puts the polish on promising colt Charge.

Never worse than fifth in four previous starts last season in good metropolitan company, Charge seems a stronger, more focused individual this time around with two recent barrier trial wins ensuring punters sent him out favourite for this 1100 metre colts and geldings maiden.

Snitzel - History Maker and Record Breaker

Arrowfield's all-conquering Champion Sire Snitzel has made breaking records his dedicated profession.

He swept past his own Australian season earnings record back in February and is about to claim his second consecutive Australian General Sires' Premiership with a staggering total of more than $29 million. He also retains the 2YO Sires' and 3YO Sires' titles he won last season.



Snitzel's progeny have won almost twice the prizemoney of his nearest rivals I Am Invincible, and two-time champion sire Fastnet Rock, who have compiled outstanding seasons with career-best earnings in Australia. Despite that, they both fell short of Snitzel's record 2016/17 prizemoney of $16.2 million.

The sensational son of Redoute's Choice also tops the 2017/18 table by winners, wins and stakeswinners with 26 horses successful in Group & Listed company. That repeats his achievement with eight crops of racing age in 2016/17 and again equals Danehill's record, set with nine crops of racing age in 2001/02.

However, Snitzel's tally of 43 Australian stakes victories this season is a record he holds on his own, ahead of the previous mark of 36 stakes wins set by Danehill in 2004/05.

The quality of the performances put up by Snitzel's best domestic performers this season is impressive. Eighteen (69%) of the 26 are Group winners, with a standout performer in each age category: 2YO Estijaab, 3YO Trapeze Artist, 4YO Russian Revolution & 5YO Redzel. This quartet won six Group 1 races, the multiple winner being Trapeze Artist, successful against his own age group in the ATC Golden Rose G1, and then beating the older sprinters at weight-for-age in the ATC TJ Smith S. G1 and ATC All Aged S. G1.

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