SNITZEL TOPS DAY TWO IN ADELAIDE
Lyndhurst Farm Pay $140,000 For Cornerstone Stud Consigned Colt
Mark and Shelley Treweek’s Lyndhurst Farm paid $140,000 for a son of Sniztel (Redoute’s Choice) during day two of the 2014 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale yesterday.
Catalogued as Lot 276 the 2 September-foaled bay colt is out of the unraced Carnegie (Sadler’s Wells) mare Trois Couleurs. The colt is the sixth foal out of Trois Couleurs who to date has produced five winners from five foals to race including the stakes winner Excuse My French (French Deputy), who raced in Singapore as Excuse My Friends.
Consigned by Cornerstone Stud as agent this colt’s second dam is the placed mare Juliette Heights (Shirley Heights) who produced six winners including the stakes winners Dontellthewife (Volksraad), Julinsky Princess (Stravinsky) and Unknown Heights (Kaapstad).
“We thought he was a quality colt,” Mark Treweek told ANZ Bloodstock News.
“He is well balanced with an amazing temperament and in the end great value being by such a dominant sire.”
The Arrowfield Stud-based Snitzel currently sits at the head of table of leading sires in Australia by earnings. This season he has sired 62 winners who have earned $7,126,179 in prize money, over $1,110,000 clear of his nearest rival Exceed And Excel (Danehill), with his progeny headed by his dual Group One winning son Shamus Award.
Slipper Hopefuls Trial
Golden Slipper (Gr 1, 1200m) contenders Unencumbered (Testa Rossa) and Oakleigh Girl (Snizel), the first two home in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (RL, 1200m), impressed in winning their respective barrier trials at Warwick Farm on Tuesday morning.
The Bjorn Baker-trained Unencumbered was stepping out for the first time since disappointing in the Silver Slipper Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) on a Slow7 track which connections later said he failed to handle.
He sat back and wide in his heat taking the home turn on the outside of the field before accelerating impressively to score by four and a half lengths in 47.50 for the 800 metre heat.
Ridden by Tommy Berry for the first time due to his twin brother being in Singapore the leading jockey tweeted: "Very Impressive trial by Unencumbered at Warwick Farm this morning. Excited about @NathanBerry91 and @BBakerRacing slipper chances."
Unencumbered will run next in the Todman Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) at Rosehill on 22 March ahead of the Golden Slipper on 5 April.
The Pedigree Page
It All Began With Shantha's Choice
Anyone in attendance at the 1994 Inglis Melbourne Premier and who happened to be in the ring when a well-related daughter of Canny Lad (Bletchingly) entered the ring will remember the air of anticipation.
There is always one buzz horse at any major sale and that year, she was it.
And a new international player, Mr Muzaffar Yaseen, wanted her.
The successful Sri Lankan businessman bid, and bid successfully, securing the bay for $220,000. And his entourage cheered and applauded, almost as if they sensed that this was the start of something big.
Debuting in a Seymour maiden the following year, Shantha’s Choice won and won easily. She then headed to town where she was beaten by the barest of margins. All looked promising but injury unfortunately curtailed her career.