How does Castelvecchio stack up on Timeform?

 Castlevecchio-Homepage1Castelvecchio’s 2YO rating by Timeform Australia’s Gary Crispe ranks him among the best juvenile colts of recent years. (PHOTO: Joan Faras)

The Australian Racing Pattern ensures a constant supply of internationally credible, high-class competition throughout each season. And thankfully, the dedicated efforts of administrators and participants have kept that quality racing going in this Year of Coronavirus.

The only downside of this abundance of high-quality sport is that it tends to shorten our memories and make it easy to forget the best performances of the previous season, much less five or 10 years ago.

Arrowfield Celebrate a Fourth Australian Sires Championship for Snitzel

Snitzel’s fourth consecutive General Sires’ Premiership, won with $17.8 million prizemoney, more than $2 million clear of I Am Invincible and Pierro,  confirms Arrowfield’s superstar as the dominant Australian sire of his era. 

It is the eighth Premiership won by an Arrowfield stallion in the past 15 years, following Redoute’s Choice (2006, 2010, 2014), Flying Spur (2007) and Snitzel’s titles in 2017, 2018 & 2019.

Snitzel also heads the 2019/20 General Sires’ table by Stakeswinners (18) & Stakes Wins (25), ahead of Exceed and Excel (14 & 20) and I Am Invincible (13 & 17). Most significantly, his lifetime SW/Runners strike rate from his Australian crops remains an imposing 9.8 per cent.


Written's book fills as winners continue to flow

Off the back of a stakes double from his progeny over the weekend, Written Tycoon's debut book at Arrowfield Stud is already full with breeders taking advantage of his recent relocation from Victoria.

Impressive sprinter Dirty Work became Written Tycoon's 34th stakes winner with his easy victory in the Listed Ortensia S. at Rosehill for Spendthrift, while Hightail added a second career stakes win to his resume in the G3 Gold Coast Guineas, shining a spotlight on their sire only a few weeks after it was confirmed he would move from Woodside Park.

Arrowfield Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer said Written Tycoon had settled in well in the Hunter Valley and breeders had wasted no time locking him in at his 2020 service fee of $77,000 (inc GST).

Cosmic Force retires to Newgate Farm

COSMIC-FORCE-Newgate1Group  2-winning  sprinter  Cosmic  Force  will  become  the  first  son  of Deep Field (Northern Meteor) to  stand at stud when he joins his sire on the Newgate Farm roster this spring, commanding a fee of $16,500 (inc GST).

Deep  Field,  who  was  retired  to  Newgate Farm in 2015, has had two crops to race so far. He currently leads the Australian second seaso sires table by winners, while he is also the leading overall sire of three-year-old winners in Australia this season.

His  talent as a stallion was once again to the fore on Saturday when his daughter Xilong won the Euclase Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m), stamping herself  as a genuine contender for The Goodwood (Gr 1, 1200m) Saturday week, while Fituese made it four wins from six starts with an emphatic win on the Kensington track at Randwick.

Cosmic Force to Stand Alongside Deep Field

COSMIC-FORCE-Newgate1Group II winning sprinter Cosmic Force has been retired and will stand alongside his sire Deep Field at Newgate Farm this spring at a fee of $16,500. Cosmic Force ran a race record in the G2 Roman Consul Stakes

Deep Field is the leading Australian second crop sire by winners and is also the leading sire of three year-old winners in the country with Cosmic Force his best colt to date.

Trained by Peter and Paul Snowden for a syndicate that included Newgate Farm, China Horse Club and partners, Cosmic Force was competitive with star colts Microphone and Bivouac at two.

He won the Group III ATC Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) by seven lengths and was favourite for the Golden Slipper won by Kiamichi.

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