Dam: Spring Collection
Trainer: Chris Munce
Foal Date: 05/09/2016
TAP INTO THE BLOODLINES OF AUSTRALIA’S CHAMPION SIRE SNITZEL THROUGH HIS GROUP 1 WINNING SON, SIZZLING.
Adrenaline Thoroughbreds loved this colt’s strength, balance, athleticism and fluid action. He ticked all their boxes – a colt who appears to have the physical presence to develop next season.
By Sizzling more than handy two-year-old that won on debut as a November juvenile by six-lengths. He went on to run second in the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes and second in the Gr.3 BJ Mclachlan before finishing fourth to Driefontein in the two-year-old Magic Millions.
After his Magic Millions Classic run Sizzling embarked on a winning spree during the Brisbane Winter Carnival – successful at his next four starts, taking out the two-year-old Triple Crown including the Listed Ken Russell Classic (by 4-1/2 lengths), the Gr.2 Champagne Classic, the Gr.2 Sires’ Produce Stakes and the Gr.1 T.J Smith Classic. Each time he was ridden by Adrenaline’s trainer Chris Munce who described Sizzling as “an amazing animal.”
Still in great form at three, Sizzling added to his already race record dominant victories in the Listed Gold Edition Stakes and the Gr.2 Queensland Guineas. It was a case of what might have been with a most unlucky fast finishing 2 1/4 length seventh against the country’s best sprinters in the Gr.1 Stradbroke Handicap.
Sizzling retired to stud in 2014 as the winner of seven of his 23 starts, amassing over $1.3 million in stakes. The horses first crop statistics reveal 45-runners, nine individual winners that won 14 races, with Sizzleme (ex Parnissius by Zabeel) third in the VRC Listed Anzac Stakes; Secret Blaze (ex Abscond by Galileo) a winner at two and third in the G3 SAJC Sires’ Produce Stakes; Sizzling Ace (ex Big Birdie by Exceed and Excel) third in the G2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes and Sizzling Belle (ex Greenmount Belle by Magic Albert) a winner of three races that finished runner-up in the ACT Group 3 Black Opal Stakes. The horses second crop have kicked off the 2018/19 racing season in fine style too with five winners so far.
This colt’s dam, Spring Collection, is a daughter of Group 1 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus and was passed in for $140k as a yearling. She showed good speed on the track winning four of her five starts before being retired to stud. Purchased by Daandine Stud who have proven they can produce quality gallopers such as Champion Sire Written Tycoon and the Golden Slipper winner, Capitalist, both coming from small numbers from their boutique operation. With three runners Spring Collection has produced two winners the three-time winner Pound Sterling (more than $100k) and the provincial Victorian placegetter Temerity.
NOT ENOUGH? Adrenaline Thoroughbred facts up front:
* By Sizzling – a Juvenile 2yo Gr 1 winner by Snitzel (by Redoute’s Choice).
* Oldest progeny are 3yo’s with first crop numbers 45 runners nine winners winning 14 races.
* Adrenaline’s trainer Chris Munce rode Sizzling to all his career wins.
* Dam won four from five and shares the same sire as the dam of Capitalist.
* From the family of November Rain (G1 AJC, VRC & QLD Oaks) Stormy Hill & Bridal Hill.
* Bought at the premier Magic Millions yearling sale in January 2018.
* Fully paid up for Magic Millions Race Series.
Who better to train your horse than a man who knows how a champion racehorse must move, who can talk to jockeys in their own language, and who has the known hunger to win at the highest level?
Chris Munce is one of only seven jockeys ever to win Australia’s thoroughbred racing grand slam: the Melbourne Cup, the Caulfield Cup, the Cox Plate, and the Golden Slipper. He was one of the nation’s premier horsemen. Trusted by Australia’s top trainers, Chris rode some of the best gallopers of our generation, including Desert War, Dance Hero, Dane Ripper and Savabeel. When Chris finished his riding career with a staggering 42 Group victories, becoming a trainer was a natural progression.
Not every jockey can transition to the other side of the rails, but Chris Munce’s background in racing and working with horses has seen him make the change successfully. He has always applied a considered analytical approach to riding and his father-in-law is trainer Barry Mitchell.
Chris has seen first-hand the practices of Australia’s most experienced trainers and is now applying all he has learned in his own stable. And it’s paying off.
Now in his fourth season of training, Chris is one of the leading trainers in Brisbane. He has shown he can work with horses with diverse strengths – sprinters, stayers, older horses, and two-year-olds – and he dedicates effort and attention towards getting the best out of all horses with his positive approach.
That approach saw Chris saddle-up two stakes winners within 40-minutes of each other during the last month of 2016. The first was Ours To Keep in the Listed Phelan Ready the second and more importantly for Adrenaline Thoroughbreds was Champ Elect in the Listed Calaway Gal, both were over 1100 m., giving Munce a double of stakes wins as his career transitions from professional jockey to trainer. Chris continues to ride track work, giving him unparalleled insights into the movement and temperament of the horses in his care.
Munce Racing’s boutique stable is a great fit for Adrenaline Thoroughbreds as they have known Chris for a number of years and Adrenaline are proud to be partnering with one of Brisbane’s best to get the most out of their thoroughbreds.