The season that was: the most successful breeders in 2021/22

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Following the culmination of the 2021/22 racing season last Sunday, we take a look at where the majority of the Australian 450 stakes winners were bred.

Cover image courtesy of Bronwen Healy

Headlined by their star homebred Anamoe (Street Boss {USA}), Godolphin Australia enjoyed another hugely successful season of results, with the boys in blue producing 35 stakes wins in Australia in 2021/22 – the most by any breeder.

Six of those victories took place in Group 1 grade, with Anamoe responsible for two of them, the Caulfield Guineas and the Rosehill Guineas. Anamoe also produced two of Godolphin’s 11 Group 2 triumphs, The Run To The Rose and the Hobartville S.

Multiple Group 1 winner Anamoe blitzes the field in the G1 Rosehill Guineas, winning by 6l | Image courtesy of Bronwen Healy

Godolphin’s four other Group 1 winners were Cascadian (GB) (New Approach {Ire}) in the All Aged S., Colette (Hallowed Crown) in the Empire Rose S., Willowy (Kermadec {NZ}) in the VRC Oaks and Daumier (Epaulette) in the Blue Diamond S.

Accumulative prizemoney for Godolphin’s six Group 1 successes was $4,588,000, with $1,500,000 of that coming from Daumier’s Blue Diamond win.

At Group 2 level, Godolphin had nine individual winners combine for 11 victories. Character (Teofilo {Ire}), who won the Tulloch S. and Queensland Guineas, and Anamoe, were the two Godolphin-bred horses that won multiple Group 2s.

Joining them as winners in the grade were Gilgai S. victor Kementari (Lonhro), Peter Young S. winner Cascadian, Emancipation S. victress Promise Of Success (GB) (Dansili {GB}), Danehill S. hero Kallos (Medaglia D’Oro {USA}), Roman Consul S. winner Paulele (Dawn Approach {Ire}), Tristarc S. winner Colette and Wakeful S. heroine Willowy.

Gallery: Godolphin's other Group 1 winners this season, images courtesy of Bronwen Healy

Godolphin also had seven individual Group 3 winners - Kementari, Ingratiating (Frosted {USA}), Paulele, Emanate (Lonhro), Honeycreeper (Teofilo {Ire}), Heresy (Street Boss {USA}) and Vilana (Hallowed Crown).

At Listed level 11 wins were notched: Roheryn (Lonhro), Skelm (Animal Kingdom {USA}), Paulele, Bachanalia (Exceed And Excel), Daumier, Bistro (Street Boss {USA}), Vilana, Alegron (Teofilo {Ire}), Zapateo (Brazen Beau), Athelric (Exceed And Excel) and Mamounia (Medaglia D’oro {USA}).

Street Boss (USA) did a wonderful job; the shuttle stallion, who stands this season at Darley for $77,000 (inc GST), was responsible for six stakes victories.

Teofilo (Ire) produced five stakes wins for Godolphin, while Hallowed Crown added four.

Hitotsu delivers for Arrowfield Stud

Arrowfield Stud enjoyed another magnificent 12 months, with three individual Group 1 winners coming from their Upper Hunter Valley property.

Hitotsu, a homebred son of last season’s Champion Second Season Sire Maurice (Jpn), won three Group 1s – the Victoria Derby, the Australian Guineas and the ATC Australian Derby. He netted connections $2,960,000 from those three wins alone.

Three-time Group 1 winner Hitotsu | Image courtesy of Bronwen Healy

Arrowfield Stud’s two other Group 1 winners were Yearning (Snitzel) in the Thousand Guineas and Profondo (Deep Impact {Jpn}) in the Spring Champion S. Prizemoney for their Group 1s totals $1,180,000.

Count De Rupee (Real Impact {Jpn}) won the G2 Victory S. and then there were Group 3 winners Flying Evelyn (Not A Single Doubt) and Williamsburg (Snitzel). Bend The Knee (Snitzel) and Dzsenifer (Scissor Kick) won at Listed class, while Soaring Ambition (Not A Single Doubt) took out the R. Listed Magic Millions Wyong 2YO Classic.

Gallery: Some of Arrowfield Stud's other stakes winners this season

Four for Peters Investments

Leviathan breeders and owners Bob and Sandra Peters continued their dominance of Western Australian racing and breeding. The Peters’ bred four Group 1 winners in 2021/22 were by four separate sires. There was one at Flemington; Superstorm (Sebring), who was triumphant in the Cantala S., then Western Empire (NZ) (Iffraaj {GB}) took out the Railway S., Regal Power (Pierro) claimed the Kingston Town Classic and Graceful Girl (Nicconi) proved superior in the Winterbottom S.

The Peters’ quarter of Group 1 winners netted them $2,940,000 in prizemoney, accompanied by four Group 2 wins – Superstorm, Treasured Star (Toronado {Ire}), Regal Power and Midnight Blue (So You Think {NZ}), while Western Empire won at Group 3 level. True Attraction (More Than Ready {USA}) was one of their three individual Listed winners (the gelding won twice in that grade), with Midnight Blue and Devoted (Xtravagant {NZ}) the two others.

Gallery: Bob and Sandra Peters' Group 1 winners this season

An Aussie treble for Waikato Stud

New Zealand-based Waikato Stud had three Australian Group 1 winners from 2021/22 come off their farm. The first of those was Mo’unga (NZ) (Savabeel), who claimed the first Group 1 of the season, the G1 Winx S., at Randwick in August. He was bought out of the 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Sale, Book 1 for NZ$325,000.

Never Been Kissed (NZ) (Tivaci), who runs in the Waikato Stud silks, repeated the dose when she won the Flight S., before gun mare Probabeel (NZ) (Savabeel) was victorious in the Might And Power S. Probabeel was NZ$380,000 buy from 2018 New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Book 1.

Waikato Stud also had two Group 1 successes in their homeland; Tiptronic (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}) in the Zabeel Classic and Noverre (NZ) in the 2000 Guineas, bringing their total to an exceptional five.

Gallery: Some of Waikato Stud's Group 1 winners this season

Promising stayer Forgot You (NZ) (Savabeel) became a dual Group 2 winner, while Group 1 heroine Probabeel added two Group 3 triumphs. Atishu (NZ) and Milford (NZ) also added a Group 3 victory each to their respective form cards, while Ocean Beyond (NZ) (Ocean Park {NZ}) scored in Listed grade.

Verry Elleegant (NZ) (Zed {NZ}) delivered her Kiwi breeder, Don Goodwin, three Group 1 victories. None more remarkable than the Melbourne Cup, where the champion mare produced one of the greatest wins in the history of the iconic race.

Verry Elleegant also won the George Main S. and Chipping Norton S., with her prizemoney for that trio of races a whopping $5,324,000.

Fireburn flies the flag for Laurel Oak Bloodstock and Co.

One of the sires to jump out of the ground in 2021/22 was Rebel Dane, who has found a new home at Widden Stud, where he will stand for $27,500 (inc GST).

Rebel Dane’s star performer was the brilliant filly Fireburn (Rebel Dane), who was bred and is raced by Laurel Oak Bloodstock, Grant Bloodstock and Carpe Diem Syndicate. She won the first two legs of the Australian 2-Year-Old Triple Crown – the G1 Golden Slipper S. and the G1 ATC Sires' Produce S., before running second in the G1 Champagne S.

Also a winner of the G2 Sweet Embrace S., Fireburn netted $2,800,000 for her Slipper success and $580,000 for her Sires’ victory.

Fireburn, winner of the G1 Golden Slipper S. and the G1 ATC Sires' Produce S. | Image courtesy of Bronwen Healy

A hat-trick of Group 1s for Windemere Stud

Steve Tregea’s Windemere Stud celebrated three Group 1s, with all of them coming from Shamus Award gelding Incentivise, who was arguably the most improved horse for the season.

Incentivise won the Makybe Diva S., Turnbull S. and Caulfield Cup with the space of six weeks, tallying $4,200,000 in prizemoney.

The star stayer started a pronounced favourite in the Melbourne and lost no admirers when running second to Verry Elleegant.

Tregea has sold out of Incentivise, with Ozzie Kheir to manage the ownership base of the now 6-year-old.

Three-time Group 1 winner Incentivise | Image courtesy of Bronwen Healy

The team at Torryburn Stud would doubtless be well pleased with their season, which saw Home Affairs net two Group 1s – the Coolmore Stud S. and the Black Caviar Lightning. Torryburn Stud also had two Group 3 winners - Straight Arron (Fastnet Rock) and Espiona (Extreme Choice), while the latter also won in Listed grade.

Home Affairs (navy cap), winner of the G1 Coolmore Stud S. and the G1 Black Caviar Lightning S. | Standing at Coolmore, image courtesy of Bronwen Healy

Tarzino stayer heads Harvey’s haul

Gerry Harvey’s fine season was capped by his homebred, Jungle Magnate’s (NZ) (Tarzino {NZ}), G1 South Australian Derby victory, which carried a $275,225 winners’ purse.

Harvey had four Group 2 winners – Best of Bordeaux (Snitzel), Swiss Exile (Pariah), Baller (High Chaparral {Ire}) and The Inferno (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}), while Ho Ho Khan (NZ) (Makfi {GB}) and Jungle Magnate were his two Group 3 victors.

The prominent owner-breeder had a stack of Listed winners – Chaillot (Testa Rossa), Palazzo Spirit (Spirit Of Boom), Me Me Lagarde (Star Turn), Blondeau (I Am Invincible), Aitch Two Oh (Headwater) and Stroll (Snitzel).

Jungle Magnate (NZ), winner of the G1 South Australian Derby | Image courtesy of Bronwen Healy

Eight for Aquis Farm

Top filly She’s Extreme (Extreme Choice) was the flagbearer for Aquis Farm, who cheered home eight stakes winners. Bought by trainer Anthony Cummings for $275,000 from Aquis Farm’s draft at the 2021 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, She’s Extreme’s consistency was reward with a Group 1 victory in the $287,000-to-first Champagne S.

That filly was one of three individual Group 3 winners for Aquis Farm, with See You In Heaven (Divine Prophet) and Splendiferous (Pride Of Dubai) the other two. That trio combined for four Group 3 triumphs.

Aquis Farm also enjoyed three Listed victories, courtesy of See You In Heaven, Splendiferous and Not An Option (Not A Single Doubt).

She's Extreme, winner of the G1 Champagne S. | Image courtesy of Ashlea Brennan

The Kerry Parker-trained Think It Over (So You Think {NZ}) was one of the stars of the season, winning five stakes races, with the highlight being the G1 Queen Elizabeth S, which carried a winner’s cheque of $2,300,000.

The tough stayer was bred and is raced by Bylong Park.

A Group 1 double for former NZTBA president

John Fokerd, a past president of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Association (NZTBA) and of the Wellington Racing Club, bred Sierra Sue (NZ) (Darci Brahma {NZ}). She was simply awesome during her 5-year-old season, winning two Group 1s – the Sir Rupert Clarke S. and Futurity S. – and the G2 PB Lawrence S.

She recently sold for NZ$1,550,000 via a recent bespoke Inglis Digital online auction.

Sierra Sue (NZ), winner of the G1 Sir Rupert Clarke S. and the G1 Futurity S. | Image courtesy of Bronwen Healy

A further four breeders also enjoyed Group 1 doubles.

Forbidden Love (All Too Hard), who was bred by Kerry O’Brien, won the Canterbury S. and the George Ryder S. in the space of a fortnight. She was offered by Bhima Thoroughbreds at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, where Richard and Anthony Freedman paid $150,000 for her.

Zaaki (GB) (Leroidesanimaux {Brz}) provided her breeder, Kirsten Rausing of Lanwades Stud, with a further two wins in top company. The imported gelding won the Underwood S. and the Mackinnon S., as well at the All-Star Mile, which isn’t a stakes race, and two Group 2s – the Tramway S. and the Hollindale S.

The Geoff Russell-bred Montefilia (Kermadec {NZ}) – a $130,00 purchase by David Payne from the draft of Tyreel Stud at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale - landed the Ranvet S. and The Metropolitan.

Montefilia, winner of the G1 Ranvet S. and G1 The Metropolitan | Image courtesy of Bronwen Healy

Duais (Shamus Award) emerged as one of the country’s top stayers and her win in the G1 Tancred S. was mesmerising. That victory came after her Australian Cup triumph, while she also took out the G3 Coongy H. Duais was bred by Matthew Irwin and he races her alongside the Harris family.

Other noteworthy achievements

Emirates Park bred seven individual stakes winners, including G2 victor Hilal (Fastnet Rock).

Western Australia’s Mungrup Stud bred four stakes winners, who combined for six stakes wins. Alaskan God (Playing God) won two stakes races, including the G2 WATC Derby.

Alaskan God, winner of the G2 WATC Derby | Image courtesy of Western Racepix

Yarraman Park bred four stakes winners and they combined for five stakes wins, one one of which was a R. Listed event. Nettuno (I Am Invincible) and King Of Sparta (I Am Invincible) both saluted at Group 3 level.

China Horse Club’s four individual stakes winners were led by Group 2 winners Revolutionary Miss (Russian Revolution) and Marine One (Capitalist).

Longtime owner-breeder Robert Crabtree enjoyed five stakes wins, one of which was a R. Listed event. Both Semillion (Shalaa {Ire}) and Maximillius (Written Tycoon) scored at Group 3 level.

Arrowfield Stud
China Horse Club
Yarraman Park Stud
Aquis Farm
Gerry Harvey
Bylong Park
Waikato Stud
Bob Peters
Laurel Oak Bloodstock
Don Goodwin
Golden Grove
Torryburn Stud
Windemere Stud