Arrowfield Stud sire Snitzel equalled a 40 year-old record when Bukzel scored first-up at Newcastle on Saturday.
The Peter & Paul Snowden trained filly is the 30th individual juvenile winner by Snitzel this season and he’s now level with Lindsay Park champion Without Fear (Fr) who set the record in 1976.
It’s fitting that Bukzel delivered the milestone win because her breeder and owners spotted Snitzel early in his career, before 7 Group 1 winners and 9 million-dollar yearlings made him Australia’s hottest young sire.
Bukzel is out of the unraced Jeune mare Bukhoor from the celebrated Easy Date family and was bred by Stuart Ramsey’s Turangga Farm which has used Snitzel regularly since his second season at stud. Sent to the 2015 Magic Millions Sale, Bukzel was bought for $135,000 by Chris & Michael Ward of Triple Crown Syndications.
“We’re thrilled to provide Snitzel’s milestone two-year-old winner today with Bukzel,” Chris Ward said. “She’s a promising filly and this will stand her in good stead for next prep when she returns late in the spring.
“Snitzel has been so good to us. He’s a stallion we identified early and he’s repaid us many times over. Not only does he produce fast and precocious horses, but tough horses too.
“Hot Snitzel typified everything that he’s about: winning as a pre-Christmas two-year-old before winning stakes races every season right through to his Group 1 win as a six-year-old. They don’t come much better.”
Triple Crown bought Hot Snitzel for $60,000 from Arrowfield’s draft at the 2010 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and they returned to Arrowfield’s draft at the following year at Oaklands to pick up Flying Snitzel for just $25,000. Three years, two Group wins and $340,000 prizemoney later, she was sold to Yarraman Park Stud as a broodmare for $410,000.
Triple Crown syndicates have enjoyed success with other Snitzel progeny, including Listed winner Redzel who also won over 1100 metres at Canterbury on Saturday.
The making of juvenile sire history is only part of Snitzel’s story this season. He’s about to complete his fifth consecutive Top 10 finish on the Australian General Sires’ premiership, and his lifetime record of stakes winners has increased to 38.
Racetrack results and sale-ring demand have firmly established Snitzel’s quality as a sire, and he has the numbers to maintain the momentum. Breeders have sent him an average of 225 mares for each of the past four seasons, and he is once again fully booked in 2016.