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When trainer Natalie Young first saw Tagaloa in Arrowfield’s 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast draft she wrote one word on his catalogue page: Mine!.
A few days later Natalie and Trent Busuttin were rapt to buy the colt for $300,000. Little more than a year after that, they celebrated his tenacious victory in the $1.5 million Blue Diamond S. G1 and a stallion deal believed to be worth $25 million.
Tagaloa is one of Arrowfield’s 17 Group 1-winning sale graduates since 2014. Most significantly for buyers, the Stud out-performs the black type success rate of every major yearling auction where it is a vendor.
The Australian thoroughbred industry has shown remarkable resilience in a year of global crisis and the team led by John and Paul Messara cannot wait to present their 67-strong Magic Millions 2021 consignment.
It features 16 yearlings by four-time Champion Sire Snitzel, sire of the last two Magic Millions 2YO Classic winners Away Game and Exhilarates. There’s a quartet by fast-rising Group 1 sire Dundeel and a trio of outstanding colts from the final crop of Redoute’s Choice.
Shalaa, already the sire of Breeders’ Plate G3 winner Shaquero, will be represented by 10 second-crop yearlings in Arrowfield’s barns at the Gold Coast. Lord Kanaloa, Maurice, Mikki Isle and Real Impact have 18 lots for sale under the Stud’s banner – one of the best collections of Japanese-sired yearlings ever presented outside Japan.
Arrowfield will offer a pair of fillies from the penultimate crop of current General Sires’ Premiership leader Not A Single Doubt, sire of Arrowfield’s Group-winning Magic Millions graduate Anders (reportedly syndicated for $14 million) and Everest winner Classique Legend. Fans of Not A Single Doubt will be impressed with the eight first-crop yearlings by the stallion poised to succeed him, 2YO and 3YO Group winner Pariah.
It’s a draft that reflects the many highlights of Arrowfield’s year which opened when Alabama Express – yet another multi-million-dollar stallion prospect sold as a yearling by Arrowfield – won the weight-for-age C.F. Orr S. G1 in February. He and 2YO colt King’s Legacy took Redoute’s Choice’s tally of Group 1 winners to 38 and are among the legendary sire’s 14 new stakeswinners since his death in March 2019.
Dundeel, Not A Single Doubt and Snitzel compiled a rare Group 1 treble on a necessarily crowdless Golden Slipper day, when graduate Castelvecchio’s Rosehill Guineas and I Am Excited’s Galaxy bracketed the Farnan-Away Game quinella in the Slipper.
Real Impact recorded his first Group 1 winner, Lauda Sion in the Tokyo NHK Mile, and his first Australian winners include stakes-placed Outburst and Real Peace, third in the $1 million Bondi Stakes – both of them Arrowfield Magic Millions graduates.
Mikki Isle followed suit with dual Group-winning Japanese juvenile Meikei Yell, and his first winner downunder, the Arrowfield-bred-and-sold 2YO Oriental Princess. Mel O’Gorman’s smart $82,500 buy from Arrowfield’s 2020 Magic Millions draft became the $500,000 2YO Sale-topping Mikki Isle-In the Clear colt.
Maurice headed Japan’s First Season Sires’ list with 27 winners including Group-placed Infinite, and Lord Kanaloa consolidated his status as Japan’s leading active sire with 15 worldwide stakeswinners in 2020, including superstar Almond Eye.
At the end of the 2019/20 season, Snitzel joined an elite group of six great Australian stallions with his fourth consecutive General Sires’ Premiership and claimed his third Champion 2YO Sires’ title for good measure. Ten Group winners in 2020 confirm he’s at the top of his game, and his best bred crops are still coming on stream.
The same can be said of Group 1 sire Dundeel whose ferociously talented 3YOs include Victoria Quay (Wakeful S. G2), two-time Listed winner Ain’tnodeeldun, VRC Derby G1 runner-up Hit The Shot, stakes performers Azaly and Let’s Karaka Deel, Derby trial winner Cetshwayo & promising winners Leeward, Maid of Iron, Miss Guggenheim and Pure Deal.
At the end of the Melbourne Spring Carnival, Missile Mantra underlined the value that can be found at Arrowfield. Purchased from the Stud’s 2018 Magic Millions draft for just $30,000 by Triple Crown syndicators Chris and Michael Ward, she took her career earnings close to $500,000 with victory in the Summoned S. G3.