RAFFLES 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Draft Preview

Year on year, RAFFLES has endeavoured to present our most precocious yearlings at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, and this year is no exception. In our 2019 draft, we bring to the sale ring three colts (SNITZEL / EXCEED AND EXCEL / PRESS STATEMENT) and three fillies (FASTNET ROCK / SAVABEEL) by prolific sires of G1 winners from families full of speed and 2YO winners.

In the breeding barn, RAFFLES has produced a number of black-type fillies, highlighted by the G1 winning NSW Horse Of The Year, FIRST SEAL and 2YO Stakes winner CASQUET (both by FASTNET ROCK); 3YO Stakes winner BALLET SUITE, and the recent G3 winning and dual G2 placed FRANCALETTA (both by HIGH CHAPARRAL). Similarly, our three fillies on offer this year were bred with pedigrees to impress, and interestingly the first filly (LOT 334), is by FASTNET ROCK out of a full sister to BALLET SUITE and is a three-quarter relation to CASQUET; the second filly (LOT 541), also by FASTNET ROCK, is a half-sister to four black-type fillies, including LA MINA, a dual 2YO Stakes winner and PACHATTACK, a dual G3 winner and three-times G1 placegetter; and the third filly (LOT 542) is out of a G3 placed half-sister to (LOT 541), whose black-type abundant family now also includes LIQUID AMBER the recent 2YO G3 winning daughter of PACHATTACK, and is by SAVABEEL, the sire of NZ’s current leading G1 winning 2YO, SWORD OF OSMAN.

Not to be outshined by the fillies, the three colts can certainly hold their own as well. All three were bred with an emphasis on speed and precociousness, and the first colt (LOT 148), is by prolific G1 winning sprinter sire SNITZEL and is a half-brother in blood to 2YO triple crown winner and G1 sire PIERRO; the second colt (LOT 180), is by the most successful sire of juvenile Stakes winners at stud, EXCEED AND EXCEL, and is out of the half-sister to GOLD-FUN, the HK Champion Miler and dual HK-G1 Sprint race winner; the third colt (LOT 787), is by RAFFLES-raced 2YO G1 JJ Atkins and 3YO Caulfield Guineas winner PRESS STATEMENT, out of sprint winning mare from a family full of black-type sprinters.

These six extremely well-bred yearlings, are consigned through Bhima Thoroughbreds (LOT 148541 & 542) , Glastonbury Farms (LOT 334) and Vinery Stud (LOT 180 & 787), where they are ready for your inspection.

LOT 148 – Ch. C. SNITZEL x SNOW SPELL, by DAYLAMI

LOT 148 – Ch. C. SNITZEL x
SNOW SPELL, by DAYLAMI

Account of BHIMA THOROUGHBREDS
(As agent for Raffles Dancers (NZ) Pty Ltd)

By twice Australian Champion Sire and current season Leading Sire SNITZEL, sire of 904 runners with 664 winners, including two-times Everest winner REDZEL, G1 TJ Smith S. winners TRAPEZE ARTIST and SIZZLING, G1 Oakleigh Plate and The Galaxy winner RUSSIAN REVOLUTION, G1 Cox Plate winner SHAMUS AWARD and G1 Golden Slipper winner ESTIJAAB.

This chestnut colt is out of SNOW SPELL, the twice winning full-sister of MISS RIGHT NOTE, dam of 2YO Triple Crown winner PIERRO and G2 Wakeful S. winner AMBIENCE, and half-sister to 2006 dual G1 winning Italian Champion, LAVEROCK.

Thus making LOT 148 the SNITZEL half-brother in blood to PIERRO, the Champion First and Second Season Australian Sire who has now sired three G1 winners at stud.

To view Significant Pedigree Updates to Lot 148, click HERE.

LOT 180 – B. C. EXCEED AND EXCEL x STELLA SENZA CIELO, by ELUSIVE CITY

LOT 180 – B. C. EXCEED AND EXCEL x
STELLA SENZA CIELO, by ELUSIVE CITY
Account of Vinery Stud (As Agent)
(As Agent for RAFFLES DANCER (NZ) Pty Ltd)

By Champion Australia Sire EXCEED AND EXCEL, sire of 1305 winners from 1858 runners and the most successful sire of juvenile Stakes winners at stud, including G1 Golden Slipper winner OVERREACH, G1 Sires Produce and Champagne S. winning stallion HELMET, G1 Blue Diamond S. winner EARTHQUAKE and winning stallion REWARD FOR EFFORT and G1 Champagne S. winner GUELPH.

This bay colt is out of 2YO 1200m sprint winner STELLA SENZA CIELO, the half-sister to 2YO Stakes winner BODY AND SOUL and Hong Kong Champion Miler GOLD-FUN, winner of 11 races from 1200m to 1600m including the HK-G1 Hong Kong Classic Mile, Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup, Chairman’s Sprint Prize and second in the G1 Longines Hong Kong Classic Mile and Diamond Jubilee S. at Royal Ascot.

With a strong matching of sprinting and precociousness genes from both his sire and dam’s pedigree, LOT 180 was clearly bred with being speedy and early in mind.

To view Significant Pedigree Updates to Lot 180, click HERE.

LOT 334 – B. F. FASTNET ROCK x ALDERNEY, by HIGH CHAPARRAL

LOT 334 – B. F. FASTNET ROCK x ALDERNEY, by HIGH CHAPARRAL
Account of Glastonbury Farms (As Agent)

By twice Australian Champion Sire FASTNET ROCK, sire of 1583 runners with 1128 winners, including five G1 winning 2YOs since the start of 2016 and six G1 winners in the past 12 months in AGE OF FIRE, SHOALS, COMING THROUGH, UNFORGOTTEN, NZ’s Champion 2YO AVANTAGE, and the dual hemisphere G1 Diamond Jubilee S. and G1 Coolmore Stud S. winner MERCHANT NAVY.

This bay filly is from a family full of black types and is out of ALDERNEY, the full-sister to 3YO Stakes winning filly BALLET SUITE, and half-sister to five other winners including 2YO Stakes winning filly CASQUET, by FASTNET ROCK.

Thus making LOT 334 a three-quarter relations to Listed juvenile Talindert S. winner, CASQUET.

To view Significant Pedigree Updates to Lot 334, click HERE.

LOT 541- B. F. FASTNET ROCK x EL LAOOB, by RED RANSOM

LOT 541- B. F. FASTNET ROCK x EL LAOOB, by RED RANSOM
Account of BHIMA THOROUGHBREDS
(As agent for Raffles Dancers (NZ) Pty Ltd)

By twice Australian Champion Sire FASTNET ROCK, sire of 1583 runners with 1128 winners, including five G1 winning 2YOs since the start of 2016 and six G1 winners in the past 12 months in AGE OF FIRE, SHOALS, COMING THROUGH, UNFORGOTTEN, NZ’s Champion 2YO AVANTAGE, and the dual hemisphere G1 Diamond Jubilee S. and G1 Coolmore Stud S. winner MERCHANT NAVY.

This bay filly is out of EL LAOOB, half-sister to Singapore’s Champion Sprinter BIG MAVERICK, and the dam of six winners including LA MINA, a three times winner at 2YO of which two at Stakes level, and dual G3 winner, PACHATTACK.

Interestingly, LOT 541′s full-sister ECLAIR STARLIGHT is a winner at 1206m and they are both bred on the same FASTNET ROCK – RED RANSOM cross that has produced 14 winners from 21 runners, including the dual 1200m to 1300m G2 winning sprinter, DEPLOY.

To view Significant Pedigree Updates to Lot 541, click HERE.

LOT 542 – B. F. SAVABEEL x EL SAGRADO, by AZAMOUR

LOT 542 – B. F. SAVABEEL x EL SAGRADO, by AZAMOUR
Account of BHIMA THOROUGHBREDS
(As agent for Raffles Dancers (NZ) Pty Ltd)

By incredibly versatile four-time Champion NZ Sire SAVABEEL, sire of 773 runners with 540 winners including 17 G1 winners at 2YOs over 1200m, 3YOs over 1600m to 2400m and older horses who have been successful at the highest level over a variety of distances.

This bay filly is the first foal out of G3 placed EL SAGRADO, the half-sister to LA MINA, a three-times winner at 2YO of which two at Stakes level, and dual G3 winner PACHATTACK who in turn is the dam of LIQUID AMBER, a G3 winner at 2YO.

From a family with prominent 2YO successes, and by a sire who has produced 2YO G1 Champagne S. winner PASADENA GIRL and G1 Diamond S. winning and current leading NZ 2YO SWORD OF OSMAN, it would not surprise if LOT 542 goes early.

To view Significant Pedigree Updates to Lot 542, click HERE.

LOT 787 – B. C. PRESS STATEMENT x MAX IT OUT, by NORTHERN METEOR

LOT 787 – B. C. PRESS STATEMENT x MAX IT OUT, by NORTHERN METEOR
Account of Vinery Stud (As Agent)
(As agent for Raffles Dancers (NZ) Pty Ltd)

By dual Group 1 champion PRESS STATEMENT, a winner of six out of 11 starts, including the G1 JJ Atkins S. at 2YO and the G1 Caulfield Guineas at 3YO.

This bay colt is the first foal out of MAX IT OUT, a winner at 1350m on three occasions, and half-sister to three other sprint race winners, all produced by LOT 787’s eleven-times winning second dam, the 1200m G3 winner, IS AMAZING.

From a family full of black type sprinters and by a sire who has won over 1100m and 1350m at 2YO and over 1400m at 3YO, LOT 787 clearly has a lot of speed in his genes.

To view Significant Pedigree Updates to Lot 787, click HERE.