Million-Dollar Filly Wins Dramatic Cup Day Finish

There were shades of another Arrowfield graduate daughter of Snitzel carrying Neil Werrett’s silks in the dramatic charge for victory that Akari launched in the $175,000 VRC Desirable S. 1400m LR a couple of hours after Vow And Declare won the Melbourne Cup for Australia.

Akari winning the The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stks
Akari winning the The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stks Picture: Racing and Sports

That was Snitzerland who made a remarkable 2YO debut at Flemington on Cup day eight years ago and very nearly won the VRC Ottawa S. LR. She went on to build a stellar $1.9 million career, winning the VRC Lightning S. G1 and five other Group races. 

Although she's a different style of filly, Akari  looks capable of progressing to a similar level and if she can, she will not lack on the score of finishing speed or determination. 

Akari's jockey James McDonald was effusive about her performance. "Gee, I'm proud of her effort. She jumped from the widest stall, wide throughout and then she had the audacity to fight like a tiger. She didn't want to be beat, this filly."

The Hong Kong Jockey Club-sponsored feature is the sixth stakes success for Snitzel this season, following Akari's maiden stakes win at Randwick on 19 October and the work of Exhilarates, Redzel and Wayupinthesky earlier in the Spring. 

Akari was bred by Arrowfield's highly successful partnership with Katsumi Yoshida's Northern Farm and she has a pedigree of global significance as the daughter of a three-time Champion Sire and Asterix (by Neo Universe) whose first, Japanese-born foal Aerolithe is a Group 1-winning miler, rated behind only Almond Eye, Lys Gracieux & Vivlos among 4YO+ mares in Japan. This is also the family of Champion Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle, whose first Australian yearlings sell this season.

Akari was purchased for $1.05 million from Arrowfield's Inglis Easter consignment by Jadeskye Racing, her trainer Brad Widdup & Andrew Williams Bloodstock, with Neil Werrett subsequently  joining the ownership. Asterix produced a second Snitzel filly at Arrowfield last year before returning to Japan.

Akari was the cherry on top of a rewarding day for Snitzel, as she completed a Flemington double opened with a dominant win by Ingham Racing's 4YO mare Sure Knee (ex Shawnee Girl by Encosta de Lago) in the $125,000 VRC TAB Trophy over 1700 metres. Meanwhile at Randwick, Mr Snitzel himself, Gerald Ryan sent out Mansa Musa (ex One Sweet Day by Elusive Quality) for his third win from 6 starts.

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