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Messara Reflects On Snitzel's Success

As he celebrates Arrowfield Stud’s fifth Australian General Sires’ Premiership in 12 years, John Messara has reflects on the time when champion sire Snitzel first crossed his radar back in the 2004/05 season.

Messara Reflects On Snitzel's Success

As he celebrates Arrowfield Stud’s fifth Australian General Sires’ Premiership in 12 years, John Messara has reflects on the time when champion sire Snitzel first crossed his radar back in the 2004/05 season.

Bred by Francois Naude from the stakes-winning Snippets mare Snippets’ Lass, Snitzel was purchased for $260,000 by Gerald Ryan for owners Damion and Camilla Flower at the 2004 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Snitzel won his first three starts as a spring 2YO, including the Listed Breeders’ Plate, and progressed to win the G3 Skyline Stakes in February of 2005.


He then returned at three to win two Group races in Sydney and defeat Virage de Fortune and Takeover Target in the G1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield.

He retired to stud at Arrowfield with seven wins, four placings and just over $1 million prizemoney from 15 starts

“I could see he was a precocious two-year-old and a talented sprinter with a pedigree to match and of course, sired by Redoute’s Choice,” Messara recalled.

“ While he was not very big, he had great balance and was exactly the type of horse that makes a successful stallion in Australia.

John Messara
John Messara

“I believed at the time that he was a Group 1 winner-in-waiting, and I had faith in his trainer Gerald Ryan who has proved himself a whiz not only with Snitzel, but also with his progeny.”

The son of Snippets’ Lass wasn’t built in the same mould as his imposing sire, but that was only a fleeting concern for Messara, who bought into the colt before his autumn 2YO campaign.

“I liked him, and I liked his natural speed,”Messara said.

“I was slightly concerned about his height, but I looked at him as an individual and, while he didn’t have the imposing size of Redoute’s Choice, he was a most athletic type.

“He has since developed into a lovely, beautifully balanced stallion.

“Having Snippets, who had stood at Arrowfield, as his dam sire was another bonus for me, and you can see that influence in him too.”

Messara’s selection of Snitzel won’t surprise anyone who knows he’s the man who found the breed-shaping multiple champion sire Danehill and launched him in Australia.

“While Snitzel broke a number of records this season, I think matching Danehill’s record of 26 individual Australian stakeswinners in a season was a magnificent achievement,” Messara said.

Snitzel has now set the bar very high on prizemoney, stakeswinners, 2YO winners and multiple premierships and Messara is confident he will continue to be a major force in Australian breeding and racing for some years to come.

“He’s actually built up to this level of performance over several years. Bill Oppenheim’s APEX ratings first identified him in 2012, so the past year isn’t a flash in the pan.

“Snitzel’s achievements this season were so dominant and so widespread that I believe his success will spill over into subsequent years.

"Many of his current best sons and daughters remain in training, and he has great work in progress in terms of the quality and numbers of foals in utero, yearlings and two-year-olds. I can’t wait to see what he does next.”

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