Search
where the horse is always the hero
Article Item
Posted 2017-04-03 11:09:33  
Blue's Heavenly Pedigree

South Africa’s latest Gr1 winner, Saturday’s SA Classic winner Heavenly Blue, is certainly bred for the job. A grandson of triple Australian Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice, Heavenly Blue is the first South African Grade One winner for his sire Snitzel.


Snitzel, who stands at Arrowfield Stud in Australia for a fee of AUS$110 000 (or over R1 million!) , won seven of 15 outings and earned over AUS$1 million in stakes.
He scored the biggest win of his career when landing the 2006 Gr1 Oakleigh Plate, where Snitzel accounted for the outstanding sprinters Virage de Fortune (Anabaa) and Takeover Target (Celtic Swing) among others.

Snitzel, whose half-brother is rising Australian sire star Hinchinbrook (who will stand for a fee of AUS$44 000 this season), has rapidly established himself as one of Australia’s top sires, whose offspring excel on the track and who are much sought after in the sales ring.

His 58 stakes winners include such G1 winners as Shamus Award, Wandjina, Hot Snitzel, Russian Revolution, Sizzling, Sweet Idea, and Heavenly Blue, while Snitzel also made headlines when his sons Invader, Summer Passage and Trapeze Artist ran 1-2-3 in Saturday’s G1 Inglis Sires’ at Randwick.

Heavenly Blue aside, Snitzel’s other local runners include Unannounced (who won the first six races of his career) and the useful Raasmaal who ran fifth in Saturday’s Gr3 Man O’War Sprint.


Heavenly Blue is from an equally illustrious female line. Tracing back directly to the great broodmare Hilldene (dam of US champions First Landing and Hill Prince, and second dam of multiple champion Cicada), he is out of a winning daughter of US champion sire El Prado (Sadler’s Wells) and multiple Gr1 winner Astra (Theatrical).

The latter, who died after producing just 3 foals –one of them being Heavenly Blue’s winning dam Simply Carina, won 11 of 16 outings including the Gr1 Beverly Hills Handicap-twice, and the Gr1 Gamely Handicap.

Heavenly Blue himself was an AUS$200 000 buy from the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

 

Rate:
Email link to a friend | Printable Version
  • International
    Displaying 10 ResultsSee All
    dettori contract halved 2018-01-30

    Frankie Dettori has become the latest casualty of the financial problems engulfing Al Shaqab Racing,...

    View | Add Comment
    massive international interest for h.h. the emir’s sword festival2018-01-29

    Preliminary entries for the top races at H.H. The Emir’s Sword Festival have been announced ...

    View | Add Comment
    arrogate crowned the longines world's best racehorse2018-01-23

    Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) were proud to distingui...

    View | Add Comment
    faugheen set for return in irish champion hurdle2018-01-23

    Faugheen is set to return to action next month in the Irish Champion Hurdle where connections will...

    View | Add Comment
    2018 global sprinter challenge cancelled 2018-01-18

    The ongoing bio-security standoff between the Australian Government and Hong Kong Jockey Club has pr...

    View | Add Comment
    betting on a winning horse: 3 tips to keep in mind2017-12-21

    Watching horses race around the track can send a huge adrenaline rush down your spine. Horse racin...

    View | Add Comment
    what should you think about before betting on a horse?2017-12-21

      Placing a bet on a horse can be both profitable and frustrating and there is help at hand to...

    View | Add Comment
    opinion: top 12 racehorses of the past 50 years2017-12-18

    Now, there is something called passion, and when you have it about something, it takes you very deep...

    View | Add Comment
    what to consider when betting on a horse2017-11-23

    Betting on a horse can be both fun and frustrating at the same time, with the margins between profit...

    View | Add Comment
    10 of the most popular horse breeds2017-11-15

    There are a lot of horse breeds out there and if you don’t believe that, just remember it to...

    View | Add Comment