A Closer Look at Snitzel

Tara Madgwick - Monday May 11

Our ‘ Closer Look’ statistical stories on active champion sires have proven a hit with our audience so this week we delve into Arrowfield Stud’s champion sire Snitzel, who has had a fee reduction this year and is on track for his fourth consecutive Australian General Sire’s title.

Snitzel’s service fee has been on an upward trajectory since 2009 when he covered the always tricky fourth book of mares at a fee of $22,000.

Snitzel has the record on the board

That book produced his smallest foal crop of 66 and ironically delivered his Cox Plate winner Shamus Award and the brilliant $2.4 million earner Sweet Idea, two horses that went a long way to establishing Snitzel as an elite stallion worthy to succeed his legendary sire Redoute’s Choice.

Bigger books of top quality mares in following years allowed Snitzel’s tally of stakes-winners to multiply quickly with his 2014 crop of foals smashing it right out of the park.

Those horses, now five year-olds, include last Saturday’s new stakes-winner Snitz, who has taken the stakes-winner to runners strike rate for just that crop to 15% stakes-winners to runners!

Due to the economic impact of the COVID pandemic this year, Arrowfield have elected to reduce Snitzel’s fee to $165,000, a sum that looks amazingly good value when you take into account what this horse has done and what he has in the pipeline.
 

Crop Year (SH)

Mares Covered / Service Fee

Stakes-Winners/ Best Performers

2007

131 / $33,000

3SW’s G2 Chance Bye

2008

99 / $33,000

6SW’s G1 Hot Snitzel

2009

103/ $33,000

8 SW’s G1 Snitzerland, Sizzling

2010

88/ $22,000

7 SW’s G1 Shamus Award, Sweet Idea

2011

132/ $27,500

9 SW’s G1 Wandjina

2012

152/ $27,500

10 SW’s G1 Redzel

2013

249/ $33,000

18 SW’s G1 Russian Revolution. Heavenly Blue (South Africa)

2014

226/ $49,500

21 SW’s G1 Trapeze Artist, I Am Excited, Invader, Summer Passage

2015

214 / $71,500

7 SW’s G1 Estijaab

2016

213/ $88,000

8SW’s G2 Splintex

2017

169/ $110,000

3SW’s G2 Away Game

2018

216/ $176,000

Yearlings

2019

172/ $220,000

Foals

2020

141 / $220,000

Yet to be born



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