Snitzel again level with Without Fear but this time new record looks assured
High of 30 two-year-old winners has stood since 1975-75
Arrowfield Stud’s Snitzel has equalled the all-time Australian record for the number of two-year-old winners sired in a season, with Risen and General Mu taking his tally to 30 on Anzac Day.
The record was set by Lindsay Park’s Without Fear, a son of Baldric, back in the 1975-76 season - and matched by Snitzel himself in 2015-16. In the last campaign, however, he only reached the milestone in late July. Having got there so much sooner, this time round, it is surely a case of by how far clear Snitzel can go in setting an outright record.
Both Tuesday's latest winners were making their debuts: the colt Risen, a A$200,000 purchase by the China Horse Club and WinStar Farm, winning for Gary Moore at Gosford, and the Gerald Ryan-trained filly General Mu scoring at Bathurst. Of the 30 individual juvenile winners, 28 have been in Australia.
Snitzel has built up a huge lead on the Australian two-year-old sires’ table, and is second only to Street Cry on the general sires’ list. With a greater weight of numbers behind him, he looks to have Winx’s sire firmly in his sights.
The exploits of his progeny both on the course and in the sales ring will have buoyed those breeders with mares booked into Snitzel for the upcoming southern hemisphere covering season.
In 2017 his yearlings have sold at an average of A$385,565 (£224,680/€264,575) and a median of A$300,000, returns that compare healthily even with a career-high fee for the new season of A$176,000. That tag takes him above his own sire, Redoute’s Choice, for the first time in his career.