Arrowfield Stud’s South African Connection

Capetonian Genna Bombardieri may have been born in South Africa but she has made a successful transition to life in Australia where she is based at one of the Southern Hemisphere’s most successful stud farms, Arrowfield Stud, major sale consignor since 2013 of more G1 winners than any other Australian thoroughbred farm. Those G1 winners include Champion 2YO Colt Mustaaqeem (Redoute’s Choice), the Ridgemont Highlands based stallion Rafeef (Redoute’s Choice), Cape Derby hero Atyaab (Dundeel), Champion 2YO Filly Majmu (Redoute’s Choice) and the Ascot Stud-based Heavenly Blue (Snitzel) – more than any other Australian thoroughbred farm.

Based in the Hunter Valley, Arrowfield Stud (whose previous notable residents included triple Australian Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice) is currently home to 11 stallions notably Redoute’s Choice’s reigning Australian Champion Sire son Snitzel, the extremely exciting Dundeel and the 11-time G1-producing sire Not A Single Doubt.

Genna, who moved to Durban during her schooling years, had musical aspirations early on and was originally studying classically piano at UKZN (University of KwaZulu-Natal), before being bitten by the horse bug.

She duly studied SANEF certificates 1-4 in Plettenberg Bay before furthering her equine experience while working in all the UK, Germany and the USA.

Inspired to move to Australia in part by the well-known film “The Man From Snowy River”, Genna has been based in Australia for nearly five years now, but Arrowfield Stud wasn’t her first port of call.

“I was involved in breaking yearlings whilst working for Shane Rose in Western Sydney. Many horses we worked with were Arrowfield-bred horses which came to us after different sales. It was here I learned about Arrowfield and came in to contact with their horses, which were always a crop above the rest and beautifully presented.”

She has been based at the Hunter Valley farm for nearly a year, with Genna spending her time preparing and working with the farm’s large yearling crops.

Describing life at Arrowfield as “educational, rewarding, and BUSY”, Genna admits to having a soft spot for the yearlings sired by the farm’s consistently successful Redoute’s Choice sire Not A Single Doubt, admiring the latter’s progeny for their athleticism and temperaments.

Arrowfield is known for its outstanding staff and attention to detail, facets which allow the John and Paul Messara-operated farm to be a globally recognised, and respected brand within the industry.

“Arrowfield is one of the most successful studs in Australia and it’s because of the team here and their wealth of knowledge. You can only really fully appreciate that and learn for yourself when you see the behind the scenes of what it takes to run an organisation like this,” enthused Genna.

“Because of that there is not just one or even two people that have helped me, absolutely everyone has helped me and taught me. From Matt Hill who hired me, to Steve Irwin, Nigel Bentley, and Kerry Stephens, my managers, who are masters of their trade and constant teachers. Also my colleagues, who come from varied backgrounds and bring different experiences in the horse industry, I learn from them all too.”

When asked about her personal pick of Arrowfield’s imposing draft for the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Genna says, “The Snitzel -Politeness filly (Lot 642), as from the video, is a lovely type. Tall, athletic, well-proportioned and has coped really well with the prep so far, loves her feed and enjoys the work.”

“With the colts I really like the Cavaloce colt by Dundeel (Lot 164). He is simply stunning with an amazing walk that gives you goosebumps as well as being a well-behaved boy.”

Genna is also taken by the Redoute’s Choice three-parts brother (Lot 877) to South Africa’s Listed Tattersalls Summer Juvenile Stakes winner Traces (pictured below) and describes him “as super colt, well put together and is muscling up nicely ahead of the sale in January.”

Her one for the notebook in yearling sales to come is the well-bred Redoute’s Choice filly out of African Piano (a Deep Impact own sister to G1 winner World Premiere from the family of outstanding racehorse Manduro). A filly with a classic pedigree, “she is a natural speed filly in the paddock and really catches your eye. Look out for her.”

Arrowfield’s South African connections don’t end with Genna. The farm’s broodmare band includes former dual South African champion, and five-time G1 winner Carry On Alice, who foaled an impressive looking Snitzel colt this season.

Arrowfield Stud’s 2020 Magic Millions Yearling Sale draft numbers 70 in total, including the first Australian conceived foals by Shalaa (IRE), Maurice (JPN) and Mikki Isle (JPN), with the draft able to be viewed by clicking HERE.