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Picture: Arrogate (TDN)


The late Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song) (pictured) has his first horse registered in Australia, a two-year-old named Sacredarro with Robbie Griffiths and Matthew de Kock.

The youngster is owned by South African heavyweights like Mike De Kock, Lindsay Ralphs and Larry Nestadt.

He is a half-brother to Argentine G1 winner Rabid In The Rye (Catcher In The Rye).

Arrogate won the Travers Stakes in a track record time in his first stakes appearance in 2016. He then won the Breeders’ Cup Classic and was named the American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse and World’s Best Racehorse of 2016.

To start his four-year-campaign, he won the 2017 Pegasus World Cup in a new track record followed by a win in the Dubai World Cup. On returning to the United States however, he suffered three straight defeats and retired with a record of seven wins from eleven starts.

Arrogate had a Grade 1 winner in his first crop at stud, the Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Oath.

In the last week of May 2020 Arrogate’s stud schedule was suspended when he appeared to be suffering from soreness in his neck. He then fell in his stall, was unable to get back to his feet. He was sent for treatment which was unsuccessful and he was humanely euthanased. 

The Griffiths/De Kock yard had a fine 2021/2022 season with 43 winners, including a Group 3 and two Listed wins.

They have started this season in good form with 4 winners at a strike rate of 15.4% and 7 places at a strike rate of 42.3%.

Rabid In The Rye won two Grade 1s over 2000m and 2400m respectively, so Sacredarro is a potential Melbourne Cup horse.