Sunday, May 21, 2017
May has been a terrific month for Snitzel.
He's increased his Australian prizemoney by more than $1.3 million, slipping past Street Cry to claim the No. 1 spot, and an all-time earnings record, on the Australian General Sires' premiership. And within a few hours on 13 May, he added a new Group 1 winner and three new stakeswinners to his season statistics.
But one thing he hadn't done, since Risen and General Mu on Anzac Day, was put up any new 2YO winners. Instead, he sat on 30 alongside Without Fear, who achieved that number in 1975/76 from a crop of fewer than 50 foals, and his own tally in 2015/16.
Snitzel has taken care of that this weekend, marching straight on to 32 juvenile winners, after trans-Tasman wins by Pymble at Newcastle on Saturday, and Shadow Dancer at Rotorua in New Zealand on Sunday.
The cosmos must have been paying attention, because Pymble is prepared by the man who has had more success with Snitzel's progeny than anyone else, and trained Snitzel himself, Gerald Ryan.
He's sent out 58 winners by his former stable star, including Snitzel's first winner Intertidal and 12 stakeswinners headed by the wonderful Group 1-winning filly Snitzerland and Group 2 winners Flying Snitzel, Hot Snitzel, Perignon, Spill The Beans & Time For War - all Arrowfield graduates.
Bred by Hobartville Stud, Pymble is the last foal of Ravenswood (by Woodman), and a half-brother to Hurtle Myrtle (VRC Myer Classic G1). He was bought for $360,000 by Damon Gabbedy's Belmont Bloodstock from the Kitchwin Hills draft at last year's Magic Millions Sale.
Watch Pymble win over 900m at Newcastle
Shadow Dancer offered a very professional effort in her first raceday appearance for owner-breeder Whakanui Stud at Rotorua and it was enough to achieve a 1.25 length victory. The early Spring 3YO fillies races in New Zealand look realistic targets for the daughter of Dubai Express (by Zabeel).
Watch Shadow Dancer win over 1050m at Rotorua
Shadow Dancer is Snitzel's third winner from only four juvenile runners in New Zealand this season, after Aquilo (also stakes-placed) and exciting colt Summer Passage, winner of the Ellerslie Sires' Produce S. G1 and runner-up to Invader in the Sydney equivalent.