Monday, January 1, 2018
It’s almost 25 years since the first yearlings by Danehill went through the sale-ring in Australia and his name has been up in lights ever since. As a multiple champion sire and founder of a mighty global stallion dynasty, his influence remains vibrant around the world.
Arrowfield has played a major part in the Danehill story from the start, securing and launching the great breed-shaper himself, followed by three Champion sire sons, including his best, Redoute’s Choice, whose 152 stakeswinners include 32 at Group 1 level.
Redoute’s Choice anchors his own dynasty at Arrowfield, standing alongside his sons, Champion Sire Snitzel and leading sire Not A Single Doubt.
Four-time Group 1-winning sprinter-miler Olympic Glory, whose first Australian yearlings sell at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, is right at home in that line-up. He is a great-grandson of Danehill and son of Royal Ascot hero Choisir, and strongly resembles the compact, supremely athletic Snitzel, so it's no surprise that he was also a top-class performer.
Racing against Europe’s best sprinter-milers, Olympic Glory won eight of his 15 starts from 1200 to 1600 metres at two, three and four. He was a Group 1 winner in each of those three seasons. And he was unbeaten at 1400 metres.
Timeform awarded Olympic Glory a final rating of 130, ranking him among the world's top dozen performers in 2014, alongside Hong Kong stars Able Friend and Designs on Rome and a pound above Cirrus des Aigles, his stablemate Treve & Arrowfield's own superstar Dundeel.
Champion jockey Frankie Dettori said of Olympic Glory, “He's uncomplicated, he has gears and a great attitude, in fact he's a jockey's dream.”
Eleven of the 17 Olympic Glory yearlings at Magic Millions will be offered by Arrowfield, with the other six lots consigned by Meredith Park, Kenmore Lodge, Rushton Park, Riversdale, Southern Cross Breeders & Millbrook.
Arrowfield's Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer highlights a pair of colts, Lot 177 out of Phaedra (by Hussonet) and Lot 675, out of Downtown Manhattan (by Manhattan Rain). “Both are great examples of what Olympic Glory is leaving, with great strength, balance and athleticism.”
For filly buyers, Lot 24 out of the Gone West mare Lanai is a must-see. Jon Freyer says, “She's a gorgeous, eye-catching type from a sister to Group 1 winner Marsh Side. She has balance, strength and scope, and will be the first Olympic Glory yearling offered in Australia.”
View Arrowfield's 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast draft, including three fillies & 8 colts by Olympic Glory here