Signs of a change of fortune for super Snitzel

Snitzel: looks certain to remain in the top 30 sires for some time to come. Photo: Arrowfield Stud

James Willoughby explains why one of the world’s great stallions is this week’s Sire of the Week.



Let’s update the rankings based on 2019 data only to get a sense of the movers and shakers in the Sire category of late. The best 22 performing sires are shown:

Most of the action is centred in Australia, for obvious reasons, though note the first appearance of the great Galileo (no change, stays #2) in this chart of recent form. At #20 here, and moving to #17 from #19 overall after a gain of 2pts, is SNITZEL.

Snitzel is a son of the late Redoute’s Choice standing at John Messara’s Arrowfield Stud. His yearlings remain very popular both in Australia and New Zealand and he is nigh-on certain to remain in the top 30 sires in TRC Global Rankings for some time to come.

This week, he was responsible for G2 Victory Stakes winner I Am Excited (who led home a 1-2 for the sire completed by the top sprinter Redzel) at Eagle Farm and G3 Hawkesbury Crown winner Irithea.

This took the sire to 4-59 (7%) in 2019, which is below the rate we normally expect from him. Our #1 Australian sire remains I Am Invincible (no change, stays #6) though he is also only 6-73 (8%) in a year that has so far seen Group race winners in Australia spread around a diverse group of sires.

Snitzel moved up to world #4 for one week last year, but he has slipped back a good deal since then. Expect him to move back towards a top ten ranking as the year goes on.

Full sire standings here

Click here for a list of all last week’s biggest TRC Global Rankings points gainers.

Click here for a list of all the week’s Group and Graded winners

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