Sire: Scissor Kick
Dam: Simply Put
Trainer: Richard Litt
Foal Date: 29/10/2017
THOMPSON AND LITT SET TO SCORE
The TTSC’s Authorised Representative Thompson Thoroughbreds Australia are offering shares in this brown colt by Scissor Kick.
Scissor Kick entered-into covering duties at his owners’ famous property in the Hunter Valley, Arrowfield Stud, in 2016. Standing alongside the horses’ sire, Redoute’s Choice (34 Group 1 winners), while his son Snitzel (13 Group 1 winners) looks to build a similar legacy; Not A Single Doubt (eight Group 1 winners) and former stallion Beneteau (two Group 1 winners).
A win as a juvenile at Scissor Kick’s second race track appearance and improved into early spring winning the Listed ATC Rosebud (1200 m.) training on to defeat Panzer Division in the Group 3 ATC Up and Coming Stakes (1300 m.).
The following, summer Scissor Kick’s campaign began with success in the Group 3 ATC Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200 m.), beating subsequent Group 1 winner Delectation (by Shamardal). Scissor Kick then finished a length behind Dissident (by Sebring), Wandjina (by Sniztel) and Chautauqua (Encosta de Lago) when fourth in the Group 1 2015 ATC All Aged Stakes (1400 m.).
This colt is out of Simply Put, winner of four of 17-race starts and placed another six times, a winner of three metropolitan races including Moonee Valley in a Fillies and Mares Benchmark 82 (1200 m.), Sandown Lakeside Mares Benchmark 89 (1200 m.) and at Sandown on the Hillside course in a Fillies and Mares Handicap (1300 m). By Charge Forward Simply Put ran a gallant second in the 2011 Group 3 Mannerism Stakes over (1400 m.) to go under by less than a length to finish second.
Her sire Charge Forward has two Group 1 winners in Headway winner of the 2009 VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes (Registered Name: Ascot Vale 1200 m.) and Response winner of the 2010 MRC Sir Rupert Clark Stakes (1400 m.) and the 2011 SAJC Classic (1200 m.). As a broodmare sire the son of Red Ransom daughters have produced eight stakes winners, another four stakes placegetters, with three winners at the highest level including the 2018 Group 1 Ascot Vale Stakes-Sunlight (ex Solar Charged); Estijaab ((ex Response) winner of the Golden Slipper); as well as the 2017 Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign (ex Courgette) and the Group 2 winner Time to Reign (ex Courgette) as well as the Group 3 winner Limestone (ex Limerock). As of late February 2019 the horses’ daughters have produced 137 runners for 82 individual winners with earnings more than $14 million.
NOT ENOUGH? Scissor Kick is out of the winning Quest for Fame mare Back Pass also the dam of the group winning full-brother Sharkbite. The grandam is the stakes placed Skiable (by Ninisk) and descends from a branch of a female line that’s produced Danehill’s champion European older Male Miler & joint Champion Male Miler in Great Britain in 2000 Dansili (sire of over 130 stakes winners (SW) among those are 21 Group 1 winners), Canada’s Horse of the Year in 2009 Champs Elysees (sire of 22 stakes winners and three Group 1 winners) and the 2005 Champion Turf Miler Leroidesanimaux (23 stakes winners and two Group 1 winners).
Once the Horse Racing Syndicate has been formed it will be managed by Thompson Thoroughbreds Australia.
Saturday, February 9th, 2019 is a date Richard Litt will never forget when the former New Zealander made his mark in the Sydney training ranks when Castelvecchio won the Restricted 2YO Listed $2M Inglis Millennium. To make the win on his home track that much sweeter was to share the thrill with his wife Laura, the connections of the horse, and with their good friend, Pentathlon gold medallist, Chloe Esposito (Rio Olympics) who has been a loyal supporter since her father taught Richard & Laura’s children to swim at his Casula Swim School.
Based at Warwick Farm, Litt is from a family of horse trainers. His father Jim and his grandfather were both trainers and in 2012 Jim decided to take up the challenge in Australia and move to Warwick Farm. Richard was already working in Australia at this stage and had been working and learning his craft from some of the best in the business including Bart Cummings, John O’Shea and Graeme Rogerson. When his father, Jim decided to return to New Zealand, Richard stepped into his Warwick Farm stables and set up his own enterprise, Litt Racing.
Litt’s first runner under this banner was at Royal Randwick, December 17th, 2016 when he saddled-up Song and Laughter in a Fillies and Mares Benchmark 85. On a heavy track the daughter of Song of Tara ran a cracking third. By seasons end Litt had earned more than $200,000 in prizemoney for all his stable connections under the Litt Racing banner which was admirable considering his small stable consisted of tried horses with no defined stable stars. His figures then improved significantly during the 2017/18 season with returns to owners’ of more than $620,000. It was also during this season that an un-named colt by Dundeel (that set his owner Ottavio Galletta back $150,000 in an Inglis auction) walked into his yard. As they say the rest is history.
Castelvecchio appeared at a crucial time for Litt as he strived to establish his business. Litt has now shown he can develop a raw colt like Castelvecchio (that possessed ability at his first trial) to win on debut then back up again to win big races like the inaugural Inglis Millennium. In doing so Litt has maintained the colts perfect record of two wins from as many starts and has boosted the colt’s earnings to $1.2million for his connections (the company syndicate of Galletta Construction). Together they will now ponder the next start for the colt including nominations for the Group 2 Schweppes Skyline Stakes in March as a potential stepping stone towards the Group 1 Inglis Sires (1400m) at Randwick in April.
For Litt, the success of Castelvecchio comes after a lifetime’s involvement with horses. Litt took the biggest step of his career when his father handed him the keys to his Warwick Farm stable and he is now focused increasing the calibre of his stable whilst further developing his brand. His recent success has declared him as a trainer on the rise in the Sydney training ranks and his drive to further develop his skills and to keep winners flowing has further been buoyed after securing support from public syndicator, Thompson Thoroughbreds Australia.
Litt currently has a stable of 23 horses, including two new unnamed purchases by Thompson Thoroughbreds out of the 2019 Inglis Classic Sale.
The share price is inclusive of the breaking-in fee with Rob Quinn, the insurance policy is held with Logan Livestock Insurance and is paid until 4pm on February 11th, 2020. All transport, agistment, pre-training costs along with incidental costs are paid until July 1st, 2019. Thompson Thoroughbreds have paid the Inglis race series nomination fee, and will pay all Racing New South Wales BOBS and BOBS Extra scheme fees along with all Horse Racing Syndicate fees with Racing Australia too. Thompson Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd (Authorised Representative: 001 267 012) will manage the syndicate on behalf of all owners and will pay all authorised invoices in-turn invoice owners pro-rata shareholding. Thompson Thoroughbreds have estimated the upkeep cost of a two percent share when the colt is in full training to be $116.00 (inc. GST) per month which includes their monthly management fee of $38.50 (inc. GST) which approximately equates to $30 a-week.