Panzer Division Overview
Transferred for the 2018 season to Dr Brianna Vandyke's respected Pepper Tree Farm, highly rated Group 3 winner Panzer Division started his career at Arrowfield, as a son of champion sire Redoute’s Choice with untapped talent.
Panzer Division progressed from an impressive debut 2YO win straight to a thrilling Spring 3YO quinella with Scissor Kick in the ATC Up and Coming S. G3 over 1300 metres.
He then claimed his own Group 3 success in the 1400-metre ATC Ming Dynasty H., giving weight and a 1.3 length beating to Group 1 winner Shooting To Win.
At only his fourth start in the weight-for-age ATC George Main S. 1600m G1, Panzer Division raced outside the leader to the turn and fought on in the straight for what Timeform described as a “most creditable” fifth. That performance, finishing only 2.6 lengths from the winner Sacred Falls, and ahead of three-time Group 1 winner Lucia Valentina, earned Panzer Division a Timeform rating of 120. His Autumn prospects looked bright, but his career ended after only seven starts.
Trainer Paul Messara enthused, “Panzer Division is close to the perfect thoroughbred horse on conformation and presence, he’s a stunning individual, and very like Redoute’s Choice himself. He also had a huge amount of ability and we had high aspirations for him, but his career was cut short by injury in the Hobartville Stakes.”
Panzer Division and his Group 2-winning full sister Kebede descend from a half-sister to the influential broodmare Cinna through a strong South American branch of the family established in the 1930s.
Panzer Division’s dam is the dual Group 1 winner Desert Fight, the 2006 Champion 2YO Filly in Chile, by multiple champion sire Hussonet, also a leading broodmare sire of Blue Diamond G1 winner Extreme Choice (by Not A Single Doubt) and champion filly Majmu (by Redoute’s Choice).
*All data courtesy Arion Pedigrees
Panzer Division Pedigree
|REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS)|
|PAS DE NOM|
|SHANTHAS CHOICE (AUS)|
|CANNY LAD |
|DANCING SHOW |
|DESERT FIGHT (CHI)|
|MR. PROSPECTOR |
|RAISE A NATIVE|
|NALEES FLYING FLAG|
|MOCITO FELIZ |
|FULL OF GO|
Panzer Division Freshman Yearlings
|965||B||C||Fernande (AUS)||Arrowfield Stud Scone NSW||2019 MM Gold Coast|
|978||B||C||Frenchs Forest (AUS)||Arrowfield Stud Scone NSW||2019 MM Gold Coast|
|8||Br.||F||West Love||Arrowfield Stud, Scone||2019 Inglis Classic|
|216||B.||F||Clean Sweep (NZ)||Arrowfield Stud, Scone||2019 Inglis Classic|
|535||B.||C||Moonrush||Arrowfield Stud, Scone||2019 Inglis Classic|
|572||B.||F||Operetta Lass||Twin Hills Stud, Cootamundra||2019 Inglis Classic|
|840||B. or Br.||F||Charge to Bank||Mane Lodge, Sutton||2019 Inglis Classic|
|902||B.||C||Katoucha||Fasteedious Pty Ltd, Sydney||2019 Inglis Classic|
|942||B.||C||Naeb||Huntworth Stud, Exeter||2019 Inglis Classic|
Panzer Division BR News
Largest Ever Inglis Classic Catalogue OfferedThu, 17 Jan 2019
This year's quality Inglis Classic Yearling Sale catalogue is the largest ever offered. It contains relations to 76 stakes-winners including Gr1 winners such as Youngstar, Your Song, Under the Louvre, In Her Time, Headway, Long John, Questing New and Signify. There are also progeny of 103 stakes winning mares, including 10 who are Gr1 winners. In terms of stallion representation, there are progeny of 110 sires including Snitzel, I Am Invincible, Zoustar, Exceed And Excel, Fastnet Rock, Written Tycoon, Hinchinbrook, Lonhro, Not A Single Doubt, Pierro, Sebring, Spirit of Boom, Star Witness and Choisir. Among the freshman yearling sires are progeny by 22 young stallions such as Vancouver, Pride of Dubai, Exosphere, Press Statement, No Nay Never, Super One, Rich Enuff, Bull Point, Contributer, Criterion, Headwater, Kermadec, Outreach, Panzer Division and Real Impact. To view the 2019 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale catalogue, CLICK HERE.
Stallion Services Highlight Clifford Park FundraiserMon, 8 May 2017
Stallion service donations totalling almost $50,000 have been donated to the Racing Reaches Out Fundraiser to be held at Clifford Park, Toowoomba on Saturday, 13 May. The generous service donations have been made by:
- Sizzling – Newgate Stud
- Hidden Dragon – Lyndhurst Stud
- Panzer Division – Arrowfield Stud
- Spirit of Boom – Eureka Stud
- Mahisara – Wattle Brae Stud
The service donations will be included in an online auction to support the event. "The racing community, particularly the breeders and stud farms, have proved incredibly generous," said Toowoomba Turf Club Chairman, Kent Woodford. There will also be memorabilia on offer that will be sure to attract the interest of buyers, according to TTC Chief Executive Office Blair Odgers. "We have a framed, signed shoe belonging champion horse Buffering from his trainer Robert Heathcote at Eagle Farm, Peter Moody has donated a signed, framed Black Caviar piece, and we have items featuring Makybe Diva, Takeover Target and signed, framed breeches from champion jockeys Michelle Payne and Joao Moreira," said Odgers. "We have amazing hospitality packages from Coolmore, Gai Waterhouse, Aquis Farm (Gold Coast Titans corporate box), Godolphin and much more." Odgers added: "There will be several auction platforms on the night. Online, a silent auction and a live auction, all inside the Wippells Autos Grande Marquee." Tickets for the event are $75 and are available by contacting Clifford Park administration.
Arrowfield Announce 2017 FeesMon, 10 Apr 2017
Following on from the news that Redoute’s Choice has recorded his 144th stakes winner and his first from his first European-conceived crop with 3YO filly Gold Luck – a half-sister to champion French mare Goldikova – winning the Gr3 Prix Vanteaux (9 furlongs) at Chantilly overnight, Arrowfield Stud have announced their stallion fees for the 2017 season (all fees include GST). The roster is:
- Snitzel - $176,000
- Redoute’s Choice - $137,500
- Not a Single Doubt - $88,000
- Maurice - $33,000
- Shalaa - $33,000
- Animal Kingdom - $27,500
- Dundeel - $27,500
- Smart Missile - $22,000
- Real Impact - $19,250
- Olympic Glory - $16,500
- Scissor Kick - $16,500
- Mikki Isle - $13,750
- Panzer Division - $9,900
Swear Makes It 136 For Redoute's ChoiceMon, 5 Sep 2016
A trio of stakes winners in the first 34 days of 2016/17 has given champion sire Redoute's Choice his fastest season start since 2008. Spendthrift Australia's colt Swear joined August stakes winners Great Esteem and Rock Magic with a professional effort on heavy ground to claim Saturday's Gr3 Ming Dynasty Quality over 1400m. Swear is the fourth Ming Dynasty winner by Redoute's Choice, after Mearas (2006), Aussies Love Sport (2013) and Panzer Division (2014). Bred by Dean Fleming, Swear was sold for $725,000 at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale by Tyreel Stud and he is the first Australian stakes winner for his owner Spendthrift Australia. He is also the 136th lifetime stakes winner for Redoute's Choice who has averaged a remarkable 14 individual stakes winners per season across the 14 years his progeny have graced racetracks in Australia and around the world. After Saturday's racing, the Australian General Sires' table is headed by Snitzel (4 stakes winners & $982,113 prize money) and Redoute's Choice (3 stakes winners, $697,715).
Kebede Wins Gr2 The RosesMon, 23 May 2016
At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Arrowfield Stud's multiple Champion Australian Sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) added a Group success when 3YO filly Kebede (Redoute's Choice-Desert Fight, by Hussonet) scored by 0.2-length for trainer Matthew Dunn in the $175,000 Gr2 The Roses (2000m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Sebring Sally (Sebring-Donna Amata, by Anabaa) & Imposing Lass (Makfi-Imposingly, by Zabeel). Kebede, who advanced her record to 4 wins and 2 placings (including the Listed GCTC Gold Coast Bracelet) from 9 starts for $198,460 earnings, will now head to the Gr1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Eagle Farm on 4 June. "It's pretty hard for us to match the southerners with our horses, but since I jumped on this horse she has always earmarked herself for an Oaks," jockey Jim Byrne told Sky Racing. "She has put herself straight into Oaks contention and I really think that she is a live chance." Kebede, who is a full-sister to former high class 3YO and now Arrowfield stallion Panzer Division, was an $80,000 purchase at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Lustre Lodge.
Doomben Group Double For Redoute's ChoiceMon, 23 May 2016
Big race doubles are a feature of the Redoute's Choice story, but Arrowfield's champion sire has outdone himself this month with two same-track, same-day Group doubles in a fortnight. Abbey Marie (Gr1 Australasian Oaks) & Into The Mist (Gr2 Queen of the South Stakes) obliged at Morphettville on 7 May, and on Saturday 3YOs Kebede & Counterattack added the first Doomben Group race double to Redoute's Choice's record. Kebede completed the first part of a long-term plan for trainer Matthew Dunn and his fellow owners when she strode to victory in the $175,000 BRC The Roses 2000m G2, defeating Sebring Sally and the favourite Imposing Lass. Dunn said, "She's done an amazing job and we've earmarked this race and the Oaks from the time we bought her. I thought any races she won on the way through to the Oaks would be a bonus." Kebede is now listed as a $12 chance for the $500,000 Queensland Oaks G1 on 4 June. The 3YO filly is the 133rd stakeswinner by Redoute's Choice and the 15th stakeswinner to represent him worldwide this season. Bred by Brent & Judy Hudson and bought by Neil Jenkinson for $80,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Sale, Kebede is out of Champion Chilean 2YO Filly Desert Fight (by Hussonet), making her a full sister of Arrowfield's freshman sire Panzer Division. Now part of the Arrowfield broodmare band, Desert Fight has a weanling filly by Redoute's Choice and is in foal to Snitzel. The Redoute's Choice x Hussonet cross is proving sensational, throwing four Group winners (dual Group 1 winner Majmu, Kebede, Panzer Division & Honesty Prevails) and Group-placed Regatta Rebel from only eight named foals. Like Kebede, Counterattack has an accomplished sibling and a Gr1 target at Eagle Farm in June. The half-brother of dual Gr1 winner Red Tracer booked a berth in the $1.5 million Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap on 11 June when he overcame a wide trip to win the Gr3 BRC Fred Best Classic (1350m). Jockey James MacDonald likes his chances. "He was strong through the line at the end of 1350 metres today and he's right on track for the Stradbroke. You need a horse with plenty of strength to win that race and he's exactly the right type especially with the big weight drop in his favour." Counterattack's super-consistent record this season for owner-breeders Geoff & Mary Grimish and trainer Chris Waller also includes two Listed wins in Sydney and a third in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes last Spring.
Redoute's Choice (image: Bronwen Healy)
Arrowfield Announces 2016 Service FeesThu, 14 Apr 2016
Arrowfield Stud has today announced the service fees for the 12 stallions on its 2016 roster. Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice and his sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt head the roster in the wake of their outstanding racetrack and sales results this season. Redoute’s Choice, sire of his 28th Gr1 winner last month and two seven-figure colts at last week’s Inglis Easter Sale where he had 20 yearlings average $573,250, stands at an unchanged fee of $110,000 inc. GST (Live Foal). Snitzel joins his famous sire at the same fee of $110,000 inc. GST (Live Foal) after supplying five million-dollar yearlings in 2016 and the sale-toppers at all three major Australian auctions. Already responsible for seven Gr1 winners, he has added five new stakes winners to his record since 1 January. Australia’s current leading active sire Not A Single Doubt has posted 10 stakes winners this season, including three Gr1 winners, and demand for his yearlings has driven their prices up to the $850,000 paid for the Colorado Claire colt at Inglis Easter. His 2016 fee has been set at $71,500 inc. GST (Live Foal). Three new stallions join the Arrowfield roster in 2016. Top-class sprinter-miler Real Impact, a Gr1 winner in Australia & Japan, is the first son of the great Deep Impact to stand in this part of the world. His first season fee is $19,250 inc. GST. Two exceptionally handsome sons of Redoute’s Choice join their sire. Scissor Kick earned a world ranking as a 3YO with Group victories in the Gr3 ATC Up and Coming Stakes, Gr3 ATC Eskimo Prince Stakes, a Listed win, the unluckiest of Gr1 seconds in the ATC Golden Rose Stakes and defeats of Delectation, Srikandi, Terravista and Rubick. Closely related to Champion Sire Dansili, Scissor Kick will stand his first season at $16,500 inc. GST. Panzer Division also made his mark at three, defeating Shooting To Win to claim the Gr3 ATC Ming Dynasty Handicap and, at only his fourth career start, achieving a Timeform rating of 120 when fifth in the weight-for-age Gr1 ATC George Main Stakes. Panzer Division’s first season fee is $9,900 inc. GST. Dubai World Cup champion Animal Kingdom, whose first yearlings have sold up to $310,000 this year, will stand at $27,500 inc. GST, the same fee as six-time Gr1 winner & New Zealand Horse of the Year Dundeel, whose first yearlings will sell in 2017. Smart Missile, already sire of stakes-winning Kiwi 2YO Sassy ‘N’ Smart and Group-placed Smart Amelia from his first crop, has averaged more than six times his fee at Magic Millions and Inglis Easter. One of Australia’s most popular young sires, he is again available at $22,000 inc. GST. Al Shaqab Racing’s multiple Gr1-winning European sprinter-miler Olympic Glory was very well-supported in 2015 and will serve his second book of mares at an unchanged fee of $19,250 inc. GST. Manhattan Rain has proved his versatility this season as the sire of brilliant Gr2 juvenile winner Scarlet Rain, 3YOs Man of Choice & Promise To Reign (Group 1 & Group 2-placed respectively at 2000 metres) and stakes-winning sprinter Wild Rain. His Inglis Easter Session 1 & Magic Millions Book 1 yearlings have averaged nine times his 2016 fee of $16,500 inc. GST. Proven Gr1 sire Charge Forward’s top-priced yearling in 2016 made $210,000 and his Magic Millions Book 1 average is 14 times his new fee of $11,000 inc. GST. Arrowfield Stud Chairman John Messara said: “These 12 stallions represent the best lines of Danehill and the best outcross options we can source for Australian & New Zealand breeders. Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt continue to write a spectacular father-and-sons story on the track and in the ring." Mr Messara added: "We believe our three new stallions are priced very attractively. Real Impact offers breeders their first opportunity to use a world-class son of Deep Impact for less than $20,000, while Scissor Kick and Panzer Division are great prospects to repeat the success of Not A Single Doubt and Beneteau who began their careers at similar fees.” The service fees for Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt are all now payable upon a Live Foal. Animal Kingdom, Charge Forward, Dundeel, Manhattan Rain, Olympic Glory, Panzer Division, Real Impact, Scissor Kick & Smart Missile stand on a Free Return basis, subject to conditions including the full payment of fees by 31 May 2017. The Arrowfield stallions and their 2016 fees (inc. GST) are:
- ANIMAL KINGDOM (Leroidesanimaux) - $27,500
- CHARGE FORWARD (Red Ransom) - $11,000
- DUNDEEL (High Chaparral) - $27,500
- MANHATTAN RAIN (Encosta De Lago) - $16,500
- NOT A SINGLE DOUBT (Redoute’s Choice) - $71,500
- OLYMPIC GLORY (Choisir) - $19,250
- PANZER DIVISION (Redoute’s Choice) - $9,900
- REAL IMPACT (Deep Impact) - $19,250
- REDOUTE’S CHOICE (Danehill) - $110,000
- SCISSOR KICK (Redoute’s Choice) - $16,500
- SMART MISSILE (Fastnet Rock) - $22,000
- SNITZEL (Redoute’s Choice) - $110,000
Arrowfield Adds Three New Sires To 2016 RosterTue, 15 Mar 2016
This morning Arrowfield Stud announced three exciting new stallions joining its 2016 Roster: the multiple Group 1-winning sprinter-miler Real Impact, and Scissor Kick & Panzer Division, both Group-winning sons of Redoute’s Choice. John Messara, Arrowfield’s Chairman, says, “These additions to the Arrowfield roster reflect our twin strategies of sourcing effective international outcrosses for Australian breeders while still pursuing the strongest branches of the Danehill sire-line.” Messara added, “We are delighted to secure a top-drawer son of Japan’s dominant sire Deep Impact that has demonstrated his racing class in Australian conditions, against our best milers. Scissor Kick and Panzer Division offer all the physical, genetic and racing attributes required to build the Redoute’s Choice legacy, alongside Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt, and to fill the gap left by Beneteau.”
New for 2016: Scissor Kick (pic: Steve Hart)
Hampton Court To Stand At Spendthrift AustraliaMon, 18 May 2015
Hampton Court, Redoute's Choice's track record-breaking winner of the Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes, has been retired and will stand the 2015 breeding season at the new Spendthrift Australia in Victoria. Hampton Court becomes the first colonial horse announced to stand at Spendthrift Australia, and the regally-bred three-year-old colt will participate in the farm's renowned Share The Upside Program at a fee of $11,000 Inc GST. He will also be offered at $8,800 Inc GST on a standard live foal contract in 2015. "We are thrilled to be able to stand Hampton Court at Spendthrift Australia in our inaugural season," said B. Wayne Hughes, owner of Spendthrift Australia. "It was important for us to bring in a colonial horse that will be exciting for breeders. He's a record-breaking, G1-winning son of sire of sires Redoute's Choice, and we're looking forward to sharing him with the Australian breeders through our Share The Upside Program." A $500,000 Australia Easter yearling purchase by International Bloodstock agent John Warren, Hampton Court placed on debut behind future multiple Gr1 and Gr2 winner Brazen Beau, before becoming a winner as a two-year-old. This season at three, Hampton Court won the Dulcify Handicap, defeating stakes horses Bachman, Scratch Me Lucky and Thunder Lady. Just one week later, he went on to score his biggest career triumph in the form of a 2.3-length win in the Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes, setting a new track record at Royal Randwick and defeating Gr1 winner First Seal, along with Group winners Valentia, Panzer Division, and Sweynesse. By Redoute's Choice, Hampton Court is out of the stakes-winning Broken Vow (US) mare Roses 'n' Wine (CAN), and hails from the female family of champion race mare Makybe Diva. Trained by Gai Waterhouse, Hampton Court retires sound with earnings of $398,230.
Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes winner Hampton Court (image: Steve Hart)
Hobartville Possible For Thunder LadyTue, 17 Feb 2015
Trainer John Sargent says he will wait until after Thunder Lady (Mastercraftsman-Thunderchine, by Thunder Gulch) works this morning before deciding whether to take on the boys in the Gr2 Hobartville Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday, reports racingandsports.com.au. The Mastercraftsman filly will be returning from a successful spring campaign that earned her top honours in the Gr2 Wakeful Stakes before finishing runner-up in the Gr1 VRC Oaks. "I won't decide until after she works on Tuesday morning whether she runs in the Hobartville or waits another week for the Surround," Sargent said. "I'm happy so far and if I think she is ready she will go to the Hobartville which is going to be a top race." He added, "She is a big, loping filly and obviously we won't see the best of her until she gets to the longer distances but she has to start somewhere." The Hobartville has indeed attracted a top quality line-up of males, with Caulfield Guineas winner Shooting To Win, Golden Rose winner Hallowed Crown, Spring Champion Stakes winner Hampton Court, Sweynesse, and Gr1 performed stable-mates Scissor Kick and Panzer Division, among the 3YOs contest the 1400m feature.
Vavasour Wins Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies ClassicMon, 9 Feb 2015
At Te Rapa in New Zealand, Arrowfield Stud's Champion Australian Sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) added a Group success when 3YO filly Vavasour (Redoute's Choice-Valpolicella, by Red Ransom) scored by 0.75-length for trainers Peter & Dawn Williams in the NZ$100,000 Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic (2000m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Saavoya (Savabeel-Royal Prize, by Prized) & Charmont (High Chaparral-Martique, by Danehill). This was the first stakes victory for Vavasour who took her record to 3 wins and 5 placings (including the Gr2 Royal Stakes) from 8 starts for NZ$115,000 earnings. Purchased for NZ$425,000 at the 2013 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Haunui Farm, Vavasour is a three-quarter sister to Gr2 Autumn Classic winner Vilanova from the Gr3-winning Red Ransom mare Valpolicella. Vavasour is stakeswinner 122 for Redoute's Choice, and the fifth Group winner to emerge so far from his 2011 crop, after Group 1 winners Hampton Court & Majmu and Arrowfield's Group 3-winning colts Panzer Division & Scissor Kick.
Sprinting Caper For Panzer DivisionFri, 16 Jan 2015
Trainer Paul Messara will restrict smart 3YO Panzer Division (Redoute's Choice-Desert Fight, by Hussonet) to a sprint campaign during the autumn, reports racingnetwork.com.au. Messara said the Redoute's Choice colt showed that staying probably wasn't his forte when finishing a well beaten fifth (13-lengths behind the winner Hampton Court) in the Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes last spring. "It is easy to look back now and say it probably wasn't the right decision but we had to find out," Messara said. "We have learned from that and I think I'll keep him to a sprinter this time in." He added, "I think 1400m is probably as far as he wants, a front-running blinkers-on type of 1400m horse." Messara said Panzer Division, and his equally talented stable-mate Scissor Kick, will both return to racing in the Gr3 Eskimo Prince (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on 7 February.
Shooting To Win Heads Star Randwick TrialsTue, 13 Jan 2015
Caulfield Guineas winner Shooting To Win (Northern Meteor-Listen Here, by Elusive Quality) will be among the big names at Thursday's barrier trials at Randwick, reports ANZ Bloodstock News. The colt, whose primary autumn target is the Gr1 Doncaster Mile at Randwick on 4 April, will line up in the third trial of the morning over 1050 metres. Trainer Peter Snowden said that he was not expecting too much from the 3YO, who will have several more trials before resuming in the Gr2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on 21 February. "He looks really well and he's in good order, we've had him back in with us for about six weeks now and we will be giving him two, maybe three more trials after this," Snowden said. "This first trial will just be a very easy gallop for him." He added, "We are looking at starting him off in the Hobartville Stakes and all being well go on to the Randwick Guineas, the Ryder and then the Doncaster is the race I am really eyeing up with him." Some of the other stars that will be in action on Thursday include Hampton Court, Scissor Kick, Panzer Division, Catkins, Contributer, Hawkspur, Sarajevo, Pornichet and Cauthen.
Shooting To Win (image: Mark Gatt)
VRC Derby NominationsWed, 24 Sep 2014
A total of 84 colts and geldings have been nominated for Victoria's time-honoured blue riband staying race for 3YOs on 31 October – four less than 2013. Last-start Listed winner Merion is one of three entries for 2009 Derby-winning trainer Mike Moroney, while Godolphin trainer John O'Shea has nominated five horses for the race, headlined by unbeaten colt Sweynesse, a last-start winner of the Gr3 Spring Stakes (1600m) at Newcastle. Other entries of note include Paul Messara's Ming Dynasty winner Panzer Division, Lloyd Williams' untapped colt Divan, and VRC Sires' Produce Stakes winner Zululand. First acceptances for the Victoria Derby will close at 12 noon on Tuesday, 21 October.
Panzer Division Out To Defy HistoryTue, 16 Sep 2014
High-class 3YO Panzer Division (Redoute's Choice-Desert Fight, by Hussonet) will bid to become the first 3YO since Viscount 13 years ago to win the weight-for-age George Main Stakes (1600m) when he contests the Gr1 feature at Royal Randwick on Saturday, reports racingandsports.com.au. Panzer Division has met defeat just once in his three-start career, going down to stable-mate Scissor Kick by a nose in the Gr3 Up And Coming Stakes on 23 August. Trainer Paul Messara opted to bypass the Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) and step Panzer Division up to a mile in the George Main after his impressive last-start victory in the Gr3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) on 6 September. The colt will have to be every bit as good as Messara believes him to be if he is to prevail on Saturday, with Gr1 winners Lucia Valentina, Sacred Falls, Hawkspur, Rising Romance, and Royal Descent among his rivals.
Panzer Division Wins Gr3 Ming Dynasty QualityMon, 8 Sep 2014
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's Champion Australian Sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) added a Group success when prodigiously talented colt Panzer Division (Redoute's Choice-Desert Fight, by Hussonet) scored by 1.3-lengths for trainer Paul Messara in the $125,000 Gr3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colt Shooting To Win (Northern Meteor-Listen Here, by Elusive Quality) & 3YO filly Lady Sharapova (Fastnet Rock-Perfect Persuasion, by Encosta de Lago). This was the first stakes victory for Panzer Division who took his record to 2 wins and 1 placing (the Gr3 Up And Coming Stakes) from 3 starts for $118,050 earnings. Panzer Division was purchased by Paul Messara Racing for $120,000 at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Lustre Lodge. "He was still really green last start and I knew he would take plenty of improvement out of the run. I knew he was coming here a fitter, faster horse but you never know on this sort of ground (a heavy rated track). He blundered a few times in the straight so it was a big effort." He added, "He's always shown us plenty and with three runs now behind him he's going to be a very nice horse going forward." When asked if Panzer Division would back-up in Saturday's Gr1 Golden Rose, Messara said he wait to see how the valuable colt pulled up. "I want to see what the weather does. Obviously he got through it today but he does struggle a little bit in that kind of ground. We'll just wait and see. I'll let the dust settle and go from there." Panzer Division is the 117th stakes winner for Arrowfield's incumbent champion stallion Redoute's Choice.
Scissor Kick Wins Gr3 Up And Coming StakesMon, 25 Aug 2014
At Royal Randwick, Arrowfield Stud's Australian champion sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) added a Group quinella when talented 3YO colt Scissor Kick (Redoute's Choice-Back Pass, by Quest for Fame) scored by 0.1-length for trainer Paul Messara in the $125,000 Gr3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colt and stable-mate Panzer Division (Redoute's Choice-Desert Fight, by Hussonet) & 3YO colt Valentia (Fastnet Rock-Smart Company, by Mister C). Scissor Kick took his record to 3 wins (including the Listed Rosebud Handicap) from 4 starts for $169,275 earnings. "A great result for the team obviously," a delighted Paul Messara told TVN. "They are two outstanding colts that both have unlimited ability." He added, "They both have stallion potential. Panzer Division was headed to the Spring Champion Stakes while Scissor Kick is definitely going to the Golden Rose, but they may both head there now." Bred by Jonathan Munz's GSA Bloodstock, Scissor Kick was a $200,000 purchase at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Broadwater Thoroughbreds as is raced by Arrowfield in partnership with Munz's Pinecliff Racing. Scissor Kick is a full-brother to stakes winner Shark Bite, who stands at Eliza Park Stud in Victoria. Both Scissor Kick and Shark Bite are from the Quest For Fame mare Back Pass, a half-sister to Gr2 winning sire Three Chimneys from the family of Juddmonte Farms' exceptional producer Hasili, dam of outstanding European sire Dansili (Danehill) and Gr1 winners Intercontinental (Danehill), Champs Elysees (Danehill), Cacique (Danehill), Banks Hill (Danehill) and Heat Haze (Green Desert).