Second Consecutive Stakes Win for Million Dollar Snitzel Filly

Mark Smith - Tuesday November 5

Following her last start win in the Listed ATC Reginald Allen Quality (1400m) at Randwick on Everest day, the million dollar Snitzel filly Akari arrived in the nick of time in the Listed Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400m) for three-year-old fillies at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day.

Ridden by James McDonald for trainer Brad Widdup, Akari came with a sweeping run from worse than midfield to deny Chris Waller a 4-timer when nosing out Betcha Flying (Uncle Mo) with  Xilong (Deep Field) a neck back in third in a thriller where was less than three-quarters of a length covering the first five home.Akari leaves it late - image Grant Courtney

“My gut feeling was that I got beat but I was proud of the effort because she jumped from the widest stall, I was wide throughout and she had the audacity to fight like a tiger,” McDonald said.

“She didn’t want to get beat so credit to her and Brad who has done a marvellous job. To do what she did today was just remarkable.”

Widdup said the Snitzel filly will be given a break and prepare for the autumn.   

Purchased by Jadeskye Racing / Brad Widdup Racing / Andrew Williams Bloodstock for $1.050,000 from the Arrowfield Stud drat at the 2018 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Akari advances her record to 3 wins, 2 seconds and 1 third from 6 starts with earnings of $250,465.

Bred by Arrowfield and Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm, Akiri is a half-brother to Aerolithe (Kurofune) a Group 1-wining miler in Japan, out of  the Neo Universe mare Asterix from the family of Champion Sprinter-Miler and two-time Group 1 winner Mikki Isle, currently serving his second book of mares at Arrowfield.Akari - image Grant Courtney

Granddam Stella Madrid (Aydar) was an elite performer in America with wins in the Gr 1 Matron Stakes, Gr 1 Frizette Stakes, Gr 1 Acorn Stakes and Gr 1 Spinaway Stakes.

Akari’s dam Asterix (JPN) (Neo Universe) was imported to Australia carrying the consistent Lord Kanaloa filly Achondrite who sports the colours of her breeder Katsumi Yoshida.

After being covered by Snitzel in 2017, Asterix was repatriated to Japan along with her Redoute’s Choice colt named Black Saladin.







Race Result - The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stks LR 1400m

Flemington Track: Soft(5) Time: 1:23.93
T: Brad Widdup J: J B Mc Donald 57
3f Snitzel (AUS) x Asterix (JPN) (Neo Universe (JPN))
Betcha Flying
T: C J Waller J: J Bowman 55
3f Uncle Mo (USA) x We Betcha (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Uncle Mo
T: T & C McEvoy J: L Currie 56
3f Deep Field (AUS) x Pane In The Glass (AUS) (Testa Rossa (AUS))
It's Kind Of Magic
T: Brent Stanley J: H Coffey 55
3f So You Think (NZ) x Magically (AUS) (Danehill (USA))
Pretty Brazen
T: T & C McEvoy J: M J Dee 56
3f Brazen Beau (AUS) x Pretty Penny (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra J: Damien Thornton 55
3f Foxwedge (AUS) x Hiddnah (USA) (Affirmed (USA))
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig J: Craig Williams 55
3f Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x Pardon (USA) (Elusive Quality (USA))
Wild Vixen
T: Levi Kavanagh J: D Yendall 55
3f Foxwedge (AUS) x Amy's Glen (AUS) (Shamardal (USA))
California Salto
T: P & P Snowden J: Tommy Berry 55
3f Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Comaneci (AUS) (High Chaparral (IRE))
T: Matthew Cumani J: Ms L J Meech 55
3f Manhattan Rain (AUS) x Flying Flanders (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig J: B Prebble 55
3f So You Think (NZ) x Mumbai Rock (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Ready Set Sail
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: D Dunn 58
3f More Than Ready (USA) x Jolie Brise (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
T: P & P Snowden J: K Mc Evoy 55
3f Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Maysoon (AUS) (Eavesdropper (USA))
Night Express
T: Henry Dwyer J: Ben Allen 55
3f Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Express Street (AUS) (Street Sense (USA))
T: Matthew Cumani J: D Oliver 55
3f Dundeel (NZ) x Statuette (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
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