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John Messara Looks Back & Forward With Snitzel

Tuesday, 1st August 2017

As he celebrates Arrowfield’s fifth Australian General Sires’ Premiership in a dozen years, John Messara remembers when Snitzel first crossed his radar, back in the 2004/05 season. “I could see he was a precocious two-year-old and a talented sprinter with a pedigree to match and of course, sired by Redoute’s Choice. While he was not very big, he had great balance and was exactly the type of horse that makes a successful stallion in Australia…I believed at the time that he was a Group 1 winner-in-waiting,” said Messara, said who bought into the colt before his autumn 2YO campaign. “I liked him, and I liked his natural speed. I was slightly concerned about his height, but I looked at him as an individual and, while he didn’t have the imposing size of Redoute’s Choice, he was a most athletic type. He has since developed into a lovely, beautifully balanced stallion.” Messara’s selection as the highlight of Snitzel's season won’t surprise anyone who knows he’s the man who found the breed-shaping multiple Champion Sire Danehill and launched him in Australia. “While he broke a number of records this season, I think matching Danehill’s record of 26 individual Australian stakes winners in a season was a magnificent achievement.” Although Snitzel has now set the bar very high on prize money, stakes winners, 2YO winners and multiple premierships, Messara is confident he will continue to be a major force in Australian breeding and racing for some years to come. “Snitzel’s achievements this season were so dominant and so widespread that I believe his success will spill over into subsequent years. I can’t wait to see what he does next!”

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