snitzel-overviewSNITZEL (AUS) 2002, Bay, 15.3HH; Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) – Snippets’ Lass, by Snippets.  Raced at 2 and 3yrs; 15-7-1-3 and A$1,031,550 in earnings.

At 2yrs: STC Skyline S., Gr.3 (1200m beating Stratum and Paratroopers), AJC Breeders’ P., L (1000m beating Banished and Al Samer), BTC Tommy Smith Slipper S., L (1200m beating Street Smart and Blizzardly), Wyong RC Strawberry Hill Slipper S. (1000m), 3d GCTC Magic Millions 2YO Classic S. (R), L (1200m to Bradbury’s Luck and Emit Time).

At 3yrs: MRC Oakleigh P., Gr.1 (1100m beating Virage de Fortune and Takeover Target), AJC Challenge S., Gr.2 (1000m beating Spark of Life and Media), Up and Coming S., Gr.3 (1200m beating Stratum and Denmarket), 2d VRC Newmarket H., Gr.1 (1200m to Takeover Target and beating Stratum), 3d AJC TJ Smith S., Gr.1 (1200m to Red Oog and Glamour Puss), San Domenico S., Gr.3 (1000m to Media and Written Tycoon), 4th AJC All-Aged S., Gr.1 (1400m), MVRC Manikato S., Gr.1 (1200m)

Second on The 2005-06 Australasian 3YO Classification (sprint).

 From 343 foals, and 262 runners to-date, Snitzel has sired an impressive 187 winners, including 15 Stakes winners.  His percentage winners/runners is 71.4% while his percentage Stakes winners/runners is 5.7% . Of his 15 Stakes winners, 10 are Group/Graded winners – that is a highly commendable 3.8% GSWs/runners.  For such a young sire, these are impressive statistics indeed.

2013 saw Snitzel achieve his first $1million yearling, with the colt from La Bamba (Last Tycoon) selling for this figure at the Inglis Easter yearling sale.  He had 10 yearlings sell at Easter at an average of $335,000.

In 2012, Snitzel was crowned Australia’s Champion Third Season Sire. In the same year, he also ranked 9th on the Austraian General Sires’ List – the first son of Redoute’s Choice to make it into the Top 10.  In 2011, Snitzel was 2nd on the Australian Second Season Sires’ List and in 2010 he ranked as the 2nd Leading First Season Sire in Australia.  Snitzel’s progeny excel between 1000m and 1400m in particular.

It is no surprise that 2012 saw Snitzel as the most active stallion standing in Australia. The Australian Stud Book reports that he covered a staggering 248 mares.  The only other two sires to break the 200 mark in Australia in 2012 were Fastnet Rock (208) and Sebring (203).

The previously mentioned $1million yearling, now named Wandjina, who was bought by bloodstock agent James Harron on behalf of Dr.Edmund and Belinda Bateman, debuts tomorrow in the Listed NSW Thoroughbred Breeders’ Plate at Randwick. It was this same race in 2004 that catapulted Snitzel into the limelight with a facile three length victory over Banished and Al Samer. Wandjina, trained by Gai Waterhouse, goes into this race with a Randwick Trial win to his name and jockey Tommy Berry bullish about the colt’s ability.

Scratch Me Lucky (Snitzel – Radiant Star, by Success Express) also runs in tomorrow’s Breeders’ Plate. Like Wandjina, he too is a Randwick Trial winner. Trained by Paul Perry, this colt could well give his sire another strong hand in this race, and wouldn’t it be fitting indeed to see Snitzel sire the quinella in the race that set him on his path to stardom.

Snitzel has a further 26 Stakes performers to his credit thus far, and progeny earnings in excess of A$25milliion.

The beauty of Snitzel is his ability to nick successfully with a number of different sire lines.  From sire lines with 4 or more runners, his statistics are as follows: Sunday Silence (6 winners/7 runners), Last Tycoon (5/6), Dehere (4/5), Woodman (4/5), Hurricane Sky (4/5), End Sweep (3/4), Red Ransom (6/9), and Zabeel (6/9).

Snitzel stands at Arrowfield Stud at a fee of $49,500 for 2013.