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Level 1, 24 Young Street,
PO Box 432
Neutral Bay NSW, Australia 2089
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Arrowfield Stud

Gundy Rd, Scone
PO Box 445
Scone NSW, Australia 2337
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History

Arrowfield Stud was established in 1985 under the visionary and innovative leadership of John Messara.

In 1989 Arrowfield made one of the single most important purchases in Australian bloodstock history when it selected and secured a majority interest in Danehill, who proved to be a global breed-shaping influence, and the sire of 89 Group 1 winners – more than any other stallion in history.

After relocating in 1996 to the stud’s present location near Scone, Arrowfield enjoyed success with the leading sire Snippets before launching the careers of three Champion Sire sons of Danehill: Danzero, Flying Spur (retired from stud duties in 2012) and the exceptional three-time Champion Sire, sale-ring sensation and sire of sires Redoute’s Choice. Redoute’s Choice remains on the current roster and stood two northern hemisphere seasons in 2013 & 2014 at HH The Aga Khan's Haras de Bonneval in France.

Arrowfield stands the two best sire sons of Redoute's Choice in Not A Single Doubt (joined the roster in 2005) and Snitzel who arrived in 2006 and was crowned Champion Sire of Australia in 2017.

Redoute's Choice and Sons have been joined in recent years by a stellar group of young stallions from around the world. In 2012 Arrowfield launched the stud career of superstar colt Smart Missile (by Fastnet Rock) and four years later he claimed the title of Australia's Champion First Season Sire.

The 2013 addition of Kentucky Derby & subsequent Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom (by Leroidesanimaux) confirmed the Stud's commitment to offering Australian breeders diverse opportunities of the highest quality.

Six-time Group 1 winner Dundeel (by High Chaparral) joined Arrowfield's line-up in 2014 and Al Shaqab Racing's four-time European Group 1 winner Olympic Glory (by Choisir) stood his first season at Arrowfield in 2015.

2016 marked the arrival of Panzer Division & Scissor Kick, both Group-winning sons of Redoute's Choice, and dual Group 1-winning miler Real Impact, the first son of Japanese supersire Deep Impact to stand in Australia. Scissor Kick shuttled to Haras d'Etreham in France for the 2017 northern hemisphere breeding season.

Arrowfield's 2017 line-up is rounded out by three of the world's best racehorses of recent times: Al Shaqab's Champion 2YO Colt Shalaa (by Invincible Spirit),  the Yoshida family's sensational Horse of the Year Maurice (by Screen Hero) and Japan's Champion Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle (by Deep Impact).

Other stallions launched by Arrowfield in the past decade include Group 1 sires All American (at Arrowfield 2010-15), Beneteau (two seasons until his death in January 2013), Charge Forward (2005-16), Hussonet (2003-10), Manhattan Rain (2010-16) and Starcraft (2006-14).

Arrowfield made Australian breeding history in 2014 when Redoute's Choice & Snitzel finished 1st & 2nd on the Australian General Sires' Premiership - the first time this has been achieved by father-&-son stallions, and the first time since 1953 that it has been achieved by stallions standing at the same farm.

In 2017 Snitzel completed an unprecedented three-generation sequence of Champion Australian Sires, following Danehill (nine titles) and Redoute's Choice (Champion Sire 2006, 2010, 2014). He also set a new Australian prizemoney record of $16.2 million, a new benchmark of 35 2YO winners in a season and equalled Danehill's record of 26 stakeswinners in a season.

Arrowfield is a leading breeder and yearling vendor with Champion 2YO Miss Finland, Australian Horses of the Year Lankan Rupee & Weekend Hussler and champion sire Zabeel among 65 Group 1 winners on the Stud’s graduate record.

Group 1 winners added to Arrowfield's honour roll since 1 August 2014 are Heavenly Blue, Hot Snitzel, Majmu, Mustaaqeem, Rafeef, Secret Agenda, Shoals, Stay With Me, Stepitup, Sweet Idea, Wandjina & Whisky Baron (all bred solely or in partnership by Arrowfield); sale graduates Abbey Marie, Contentment, Howard Be Thy Name & Invader; and the Teeley Assets home-breds Lankan Rupee & Miracles of Life, both foaled & raised at Arrowfield.

Forty-three Arrowfield yearlings have sold for $1 million or more at auction since 2001, most recently seven lots at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale, headed by the sale-topping $2.5 million Redoute's Choice-Secluded colt.  He joins Musket ($2.5 million, G2 winner), Master of Design ($2.1 million, G1 winner) and Estee ($2.1 million, stakeswinner & Group 1-placed) as the four most expensive Arrowfield yearlings sold at auction.

Arrowfield topped the vendor lists by aggregate at the 2016 & 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sales and the 2015, 2016 & 2017 Inglis Easter Sales, and in 2017 achieved total yearling sales for the Stud & clients of more than $34 million.

In 2014 Arrowfield made history when it presented the Teeley Dispersal at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. Fifty-seven mares sold for just over $23 million, among them ten mares (nine of them from the immediate family of Redoute's Choice) knocked down for $1 million or more.

Arrowfield also enjoys its share of racetrack success. The Stud's famous Black & Yellow Diamonds with Yellow Cap have been carried by the likes of champion Australian 2YO & champion 3YO filly Miss Finland, her Group 1-winning daughter Stay With Me, Group 1 winner Alverta, Group-winning colts Beneteau, Panzer Division, Scissor Kick & Spill The Beans and, in 2017, by the Group-winning 2YO filly Teaspoon. 3YO filly Shoals, bred and raced in partnership with Pinecliff Racing, supplied Arrowfield's latest Group 1 racing success, in the 2017 VRC Myer Classic. In addition, Charge Forward, Snitzel, All American, Animal Kingdom & Dundeel all won Group 1 races after their purchase for stud duties by Arrowfield.

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The Stud

Traversed by the Pages River, the Arrowfield Estate comprises more than 2500 acres of prime land in the fertile Segenhoe Valley, near Scone in the Upper Hunter region of New South Wales, long famous as a source of great thoroughbred horses. Free-draining, undulating hill country complements the rich alluvial flats pastured with a mix of high production grasses in order to provide the perfect balance of nutritional requirements for raising thoroughbreds to achieve their maximum potential. When irrigation is required, Arrowfield has substantial access to water from the Glenbawn Dam. 

The Estate includes Arrowfield Stud, Arrowfield Broodmare Farm and the Arrowfield Sales Centre. The infrastructure and facilities at all three properties have been designed and constructed to ensure the best care of all resident horses and the safety of the people who work with them.

Arrowfield Broodmare Farm

Formerly known as Bellerive Stud, the Arrowfield Broodmare Farm is a boutique broodmare farm wholly owned by Arrowfield and adjoining the main Stud property. The Arrowfield Broodmare Farm provides excellent walk-in facilities and a fully integrated service, including sale preparation, for Australian and international clients.

Arrowfield Sales Centre

The Arrowfield Sales Centre, adjoining the main stud property, is a state-of-the-art sales preparation facility, featuring walking machines, an aqua-exerciser, swimming pool, day yards and large, rubber-lined boxes. 

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