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Flame Of Sydney Keeps Producing

Arrowfield graduate Not Listenin'tome returned to the winner's circle with a polished performance in the $HK4 million HKJC Sprint at Sha Tin on November 20.

Flame Of Sydney Keeps Producing

Arrowfield graduate Not Listenin'tome returned to the winner's circle with a polished performance in the $HK4 million HKJC Sprint at Sha Tin on November 20.

Not Listenin'tome wins the Jockey Club Sprint
Not Listenin'tome wins the Jockey Club Sprint Picture:HKJC

His half-length defeat of a quality G2 field added to his excellent record of eight wins and seven placings in his 27 starts for $2.4 million prizemoney.

He's also won four G3 races and has placed three times at G1 level.


One of those G1 placings was in last year's Hong Kong Sprint and Hugh Bowman, who rode him then and on again on Sunday, is happy to be on board on December 11 when he again takes on the world’s best.

Not Listenin'tome Horseform (Dylan Thomas-Flame of Sydney by Encosta de Lago) was a $270,000 purchase by George Moore Bloodstock from Arrowfield's draft at the 2012 Easter Sale and is prepared for Matthew Wong Leung Pak for champion Hong Kong trainer John Moore.

The 6YO gelding was bred with Mark Read by long-time Arrowfield client Michael Pitt.

"It's wonderful to see Not Listenin'tome back in form. I've done really well with Flame Of Sydney and I might try to do it all again, as I do want to keep an involvement,” Pitt said.

Flame Of Sydney has been a wonderful racing and breeding story over the past decade. A $NZ230,000 buy out of Karaka in 2005, she earned $315,000 in a career that featured a Listed win at Flemington and multiple Group placings.

Her five yearlings, her broodmare daughter Star of Sydney and finally Flame Of Sydney herself, sold for $605,000 at the 2015 Inglis Broodmare Sale, have returned a healthy seven-figure sum, undoubtedly aided by Not Listenin'tome's racetrack success.

And the story's not over yet. Flame Of Sydney's current 2YO Invader (Snitzel) was fourth in the Listed Breeders' Plate and she has since produced a yearling filly and colt foal by Snitzel for her new owner Yulong Investments.

Meanwhile, Michael Pitt's only current mare Tennessee Sunrise, from the brilliant family of dual G1 winner Malaguerra, has an attractive Smart Missile filly in Arrowfield's draft for the 2017 Classic Sale in February.

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