Ortaire breaks maiden in Japan

$700,000 Magic Millions purchase shines at Tokyo.

Ortaire. Picture: Magic Millions

Expensive yearling Ortaire (3 c ex Politeness by Street Sense) got off the mark on Saturday as he posted an impressive win in a maiden over 1600 metres at Tokyo. 

The son of Snitzel (Redoute's Choice), who is still a two-year-old in Australia, had not been seen since finishing seventh on his second start in December and he stayed on impressively to beat Shirakawa Katsuko (Deep Brilliante) by a length and three-quarters with another neck back to Fuji Koki (Dunkirk) in third. 

The colt was purchased by Katsumi Yoshida for $700,000 at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the Arrowfield Stud draft and he is the first foal out of 2015 Myer Classic (registered as Empire Rose Stakes) (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Politeness (Street Sense). 

Further back this is the family of Group 2 Thackery (Al Talaq) and Listed winner Fairytales (Night Shift) - the dam of Group 2 winner Parables (Lonhro). 

Ortaire's sister was purchased by John and Jake Warren for $350,000 at this year's Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and in 2019 Politeness produced another filly by the stallion, while she was covered by the son of Redoute's Choice (Danehill) again last season. 

Snitzel will stand at Arrowfield Stud for a fee of $165,000 (inc GST) this spring.

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