Eleven stakeswinners in the first 62 days of the season was impressive enough but, yet again, Snitzel has excelled himself.
The superstar son of Redoute’s Choice now claims 13 stakeswinners in 68 days after a black type double on Turnbull Stakes day – make that Winx day – at Flemington.
First up was the Hayes & Dabernig-trained 2YO filly Nomothaj whose tenacity got her home just ahead of the Godolphin colt Rainier and eight other debutants in the $120,000 VRC Maribyrnong Trial S. 1000m LR. Nomothaj is Snitzel’s 28th juvenile stakeswinner.
Bred by Love Racing, Nomothaj was a $420,000 buy for Shadwell Stud from the Newgate Farm draft at this year’s Magic Millions Sale. She’s the second foal and first winner out of 2011 VRC Maribyrnong Plate G3 winner Real Stolle (by Elusive Quality), who delivered another Snitzel filly on 28 August.
The Snitzel/Elusive Quality cross has also produced Arrowfield graduate Dracarys, successful in the ATC Up and Coming S. G3 on 19 August.
No sooner were Snitzel’s statistics updated than 3YO colt Snitzepeg chimed in with his maiden stakes win in the $120,000 VRC Poseidon S. 1400m LR.
Bred in Victoria by Jeff Allis from the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Pegasus Queen, Snitzepeg was purchased for $260,000 by Darren Weir and John Foote. He was offered by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.
Pegasus Queen has a 2YO Not A Single Doubt filly named Killer Queen in training with Anthony Freedman, and a yearling colt by Deep Field.
Snitzel’s lifetime tally of stakeswinners now stands at 72, but it’s probably more significant that the 13 Australian black type winners he’s compiled since 1 August are exactly half of his final total in 2016/17. And he’s done it in little more than two months of the new season.
Snitzel currently leads the Australian Sires’ premiership with $4.2 million prizemoney and has powerhouse sprinter Redzel representing him in next Saturday’s $10 million The Everest.
After Snitzel’s record-setting feats in 2017/18, it seemed unlikely that he would find another level of performance this season. Yet that is exactly what he’s doing.
His spectacular work continued last weekend, as a pair of colts took his lifetime record to 70 stakeswinners.
Showtime has defined “knocking on the door of stakes success” after fourths to Pariah and Gunnison, a third to She Will Reign, a second to Doubt I’m Dreaming and a fifth to Royal Symphony. It’s surely a good omen that his breakthrough finally came at his first try over 1600 metres, in the $200,000 MVRC Bill Stutt S. G2 on Friday evening. A start in the $2 million Caulfield Guineas G1 on 14 October now beckons.
The Hawkes-trained Showtime (ex Flidais by Timber Country) is a full brother to Group 1 winner Sweet Idea, bred by the partnership of Arrowfield and Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm, and sold for $1.1 million at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale. His breeders remain in his ownership, alongside Alan Jones, Jonathan Munz, Eric Koundouris, JG Moore and Greg & Barbara Ingham.
Flidais has a 2YO Snitzel colt bought for $240,000 by Apollo Ng at Inglis Easter, a yearling full sister and was served again by Snitzel last week.
Snitzel has made a habit of siring the winner and one or both placegetters in black type races. He did it for the third time in a month when Perast led all the way to win Sunday’s $175,000 MRC Caulfield Guineas Prelude 1400m G3 and Summer Passage took the runner-up spot from Kementari.
Perast was bred by Jonathan Munz’s GSA Bloodstock (he also part-owns the 1000 Guineas Prelude runner-up Shoals), and bought by trainer Paul Perry for $100,000 from the Maluka Thoroughbreds draft at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.
He is the best of four winners out of Listed winner Thousand Veils, and the third stakeswinner bred on the Snitzel/Zabeel cross, after Time For War and Lubiton.
Perast is among 13 stakeswinners from Snitzel’s 2014 crop which has supplied six of his 11 Group & Listed winners since 1 August. That’s easily the best season start of Snitzel’s career.
The champion son of Redoute’s Choice certainly set the bar very high in 2016/17, when he equalled Danehill’s season record of 26 stakeswinners, but two months into 2017/18, his reach already looks capable of exceeding his grasp.