Sensational Snitzel supplies first three home in Inglis Sires'
Arrowfield Stud sire confirms his brilliance with juveniles
If there were any remaining doubts about Australian sire Snitzel's awesome ability with two-year-olds, they were banished by the result of the Group 1 Inglis Sires' at Randwick on Saturday.
The Arrowfield Stud stallion supplied the first three home in the seven-furlong contest, one of the most prestigious races for two-year-olds in Australia.
Invader, trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, led home the Snitzel tricast, with Summer Passage three quarters of a length in second and Trapeze Artist another three quarters of a length back in third.
Invader had been beaten a short head when second in the Group 2 Todman Stakes last month. The winner that day, Gunnison, was sold for A$1.4 million (£850,000/€1 million) to continue his career in Hong Kong at the inaugural Inglis Chairman's Sale on Thursday.
Michael Pitt bred Invader out of the Encosta De Lago mare Flame Of Sydney, who won the Listed Desirable Stakes and finished second in the Group 2 Sandown Guineas.
The dam has also produced Not Listenin'tome, a high-class sprinter by Dylan Thomas who won the Group 2 Jockey Club Sprint at Sha Tin and Group 3 Zeditave Stakes at Caulfield and notched multiple Group 1 placings.
Flame Of Sydney is now owned by YuLong Investments, who bought the mare for A$605,000 (£368,000/€433,000) at the 2015 Inglis Sydney Broodmare Sale, and she has a yearling filly and colt foal by Snitzel.
Invader was sold for A$475,000 (£289,000/€340,000) as a yearling at Magic Millions last year to China Horse Club, which races him with Newgate Farm, SF Bloodstock, Aquis Farm, Horse Ventures and WinStar Farm.
The Inglis Sires' on Saturday recorded the first tricast for a sire in an Australian top-level two-year-old race in the last 30 years.
Snitzel now has 58 stakes winners, nine of them successful at Group 1 level, and has extended his lead in this season's Australian sires' championship with 115 winners, 21 stakes winners and $11.5 million in prize-money.
He stood last year's covering season at Arrowfield Stud at a fee of A$110,000 - the same as his own sire and studmate Redoute's Choice - and is probably in line for another increase when the operation announces its 2017 tariff in the coming weeks.