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South African Awards For Arrowfield Products

A quartet of Arrowfield Stud graduates sold as yearlings in Australia were the only Australian-bred finalists for South Africa's 2016/17 Equus Awards and have won two of their respective categories.

South African Awards For Arrowfield Products

A quartet of Arrowfield Stud graduates sold as yearlings in Australia were the only Australian-bred finalists for South Africa's 2016/17 Equus Awards and have won two of their respective categories.

Sheikh Hamdan's brilliant Redoute’s Choice colt Mustaaqeem was named Champion 2YO Colt and Whisky Baron (Manhattan Rain) won the Champion Middle Distance title at the awards ceremony in Johannesburg on August 15.

Mustaaqeem made only two juvenile appearances, recording a runaway debut win followed by a four-lengths victory in the G1 Turffontein South African Nursery on May 6.


Mustaaqeem's older full brother Rafeef - now standing at Highlands Stud in South Africa - won the G1 Computaform Sprint on the same Champions Day card.

Rafeef was a finalist for the Champion Sprinter award won by Carry On Alice.

Mustaaqeem and Rafeef are sons of South African Horse of the Year National Colour and both were bred by Arrowfield in partnership with SOuth Africa’s Klawervlei Stud.

Offered at successive Sydney Easter sales, they were both purchased for Shadwell’s Angus Gold. Rafeef made $800,000 in 2014 while the final bid for Mustaaqeem was $1.75 million.

National Colour has a 2YO Snitzel filly bought for $675,000 by Arrowfield trainer Paul Messara and a yearling colt by Redoute's Choice. The mare is in foal to Snitzel.

Whisky Baron (Manhattan Rain x Tazkara by Sinndar), a product of the Aga Khan Studs' partnership with Arrowfield, was also bought from the 2014 Easter Sale for just $50,000 by South Africa’s Craig Roscoe and Joey Ramsden.

Trained by Brett Crawford for former international cricketer Craig Kieswetter and his brother Ross, Whisky Baron won all five of his starts last season including the G1 R5 million Kenilworth Metropolitan over 2000 metres.

Tazkara is now in France but has two daughters in Australia including Whisky Baron's full sister Downtown Manhattan whose first foal is a yearling colt by Olympic Glory.

The other Arrowfield graduate among the Equus Award finalists was 3YO colt Heavenly Blue (Snitzel x Simply Carina by El Prado), bred by the stud in partnership with Cloros Bloodstock and bought for $200,000 by Jehan Malherbe's Form Bloodstock.

Winner of both his 2YO starts, Heavenly Blue raced exclusively in Group company at three, winning the G1 Turffontein South African Classicand finishing third in the G1 South African Derby.

His champion trainer Mike de Kock received a Special Achievement Award after reaching the milestone of 3000 career wins in March.

Simply Carina has a 3YO daughter Play That Song (Smart Missile) in the Mike Moroney stable, a 2YO filly by Snitzel and a yearling colt by Smart Missile.

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