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by Sarah Whitelaw

Arrowfield Stud’s outstanding sire Snitzel has had another fine season in 2021-2022. The already four times Australian Champion Sire has, at the time of writing, been responsible for more than 150 winners in Australian this season, with his 18 individual stakes winners having captured 26 black type races this season thus far.

Snitzel’s tally of 18 stakes winners for the current season includes the G1 winners In The Congo (XXXX Golden Rose), Yearning (Schweppes 1000 Guineas), and Wild Ruler (Charter Keck Cramer Moir Stakes).

Snitzel, who shares his legendary sire Redoute’s Choice with current boom South African sire Rafeef, is responsible for a total of 123 stakes winners thus far, with his tally of G1 winners currently standing at 18.

Among the numerous top mares Snitzel covered last season were some well known to South African racing enthusiasts -dual Equus Champion Carry On Alice and Via Africa (dam of Snitzel’s G1 winning son In The Congo) as well as G2 Golden Slipper winner Alexandra Rose, dam of US G1 winner Oleksandra.

A former G1 Oakleigh Plate winner, Snitzel is also enjoying growing success as a sire of sires, and already has a plethora of sire sons at stud in Australasia. His Cox Plate/Australian Guineas winning son Shamus Award has enjoyed a break out year this season with Shamus Award’s flagbearers including such Australian G1 winners as Incentivise (Caulfield Cup, Turnbull Stakes, Makybe Diva Stakes), Duais (Australian Cup, Tancred Stakes), and El Patroness (Australian Oaks), and Shamus Award is set to stand for a fee of AUS$88 000.

Snitzel is also sire of Russian Revolution -currently the Leading First Season Sire in Australia for 2021-2022, while another son Menari has come up with four winners from his first nine runners.

Already represented in the South African stallion band by the Ascot Stud based G1 SA Classic winning Heavenly Blue, Snitzel is poised to extend his influence in this country with his speedy son Real Gone Kid set to stand at Ridgemont Highlands this year.

Real Gone Kid hails from one of the best families in the stud book, and his dam is a champion daughter of seven times South African champion sire Jet Master.

His dam In The Fast Lane, one of 22 G1 winners sired by Jet Master, was Equus Champion 3YO Filly of 2013-2014 and her three graded triumphs included wins in both the 2013 G1 Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas and 2014 G1 Woolavington 2000.

In The Fast Lane, bred on the same Jet Master/ Northern Guest cross as champion sprinter J J The Jet Plane and successful sire Pomodoro, is a half-sister to seven stakes horses, including fellow G1 winner and Equus Champion Let’s Rock’N Roll, G2 Peninsula Handicap/G3 Abu Dhabi Championship winner Light The Lights and G2 Track And Ball Oaks heroine Keep On Dancing.

In The Fast Lane’s Zimbabwe Oaks winning dam, and Zimbabwean champion, First Arrival is also the dam of Hadlow Stud’s blue blooded young sire Summa Cum Laude (a son of sensational South African stallion Vercingetorix).

Picture: Real Gone Kid (Chase Liebenberg)