First Group 1 performer for Not a Single Doubt

Brilliant 3YO colt Squamosa enhanced Not a Single Doubt ‘s record with a wonderfully brave second in today’s $1 million STC Golden Rose S. 1400m G1 at Rosehill.

Drawn badly at 14, Squamosa, pictured right, winning at Randwick in July, was given a bold ride by Nash Rawiller, who made good use of the colt’s speed out of the gates and crossed to the rail in a manoeuvre that subsequently earned a suspension for the jockey. Once in front, Squamosa bowled along freely and soon after the turn he kicked clear with a burst that seemed likely to give Not a Single Doubt his first Group One winner, until Toorak Toff arrived on the scene to claim victory by a mere half-neck, with Ilovethiscity third, in a class record time of 1:21.90.

Squamosa has progressed rapidly since his winning debut at Randwick on 7 July, winning again on 24 July and taking out the STC Run to the Rose H. G3 on 14 August. His prizemoney from four starts now stands at $370,800.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse indicated after the race that Squamosa will now spell before a campaign aimed at two of Australia’s major Group 1 sprints, the Newmarket Handicap and Lightning Stakes at Flemington.

Squamosa was purchased from the Arrowfield draft for $140,000 by Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds at the 2009 Magic Millions Premier Sale, and is owned by Jeremy Tan, Gillian Tan & Grace Wong.

Not a Single Doubt has had a tremendous start to the 2010/11 season in Australia, with ten winners of 11 races since 1 August. His latest winner is the promising 3YO Roadtrain (ex Primarose by Royal Academy) who won his third race in three starts at Geelong yesterday, and may soon be seen in black type company.

That run of success is not limited to Australia. Not a Single Doubt’s smart 4YO son Always Certain (ex Akarana by Akaaber) won a $S75,000 Class 3 race over 1600m in Singapore on Friday evening. Trained by Michael Freedman and ridden as usual by Danny Beasley, Always Certain came from the rear of the field to sweep past Ten Ten Lai and win by three parts of a length in a time of 1:22.30. His record of 13 starts now includes four wins, and seven placings, among them four seconds to leading Singapore performer Better Than Ever.

Not a Single Doubt stands at Arrowfield in 2010 at a fee of $13,750 (inc. GST).

Youeffoh makes 10 for Starcraft

The cleverly named 3YO filly Youeffoh (ex Ribot’s Secret (IRE) by Danehill) won her second start easily at Geelong today, bringing up the 10th individual winner from the first Australian crop of the charismatic young Arrowfield sire Starcraft .

She lined up over 1000 metres in a field reduced by scratchings to only four runners, but the attractive, muscular filly could hardly have been more impressive, sitting outside the early leader before accelerating smoothly in the straight to win with her ears pricked, and break 34 seconds for the final 600 metres.

Jockey Danny Nikolic said afterwards, “Once she learns to settle, she’s going to be above average.” Trainer Lee Freedman has obviously thought something of her for a while: he chose the VRC Talindert S. LR for her debut in January and she finished a respectable sixth behind subsequent Group 1 winner Star Witness, also by Starcraft.

Bred by Arrowfield Group Pty Ltd & Jungle Pocket Pty Ltd, Youeffoh was sold for $100,000 by Bellerive Stud at the 2009 Magic Millions Premier Sale, and is raced by John O’Neill and partners. Ribot’s Secret, Group-placed in England, Ireland and the United States, also has a two-year-old colt by Starcraft and is booked this season to Not a Single Doubt.

Star Witness ran third, after racing wide without cover, at his season debut in the MRC Vain S. 1100m LR on 14 August, and will appear next in the VRC Danehill S. G2 on 4 September.

Starcraft stands at Arrowfield in 2010 at a fee of $38,500 (inc. GST).

All American to shuttle to Kentucky

Arrowfield’s freshman sire All American (Red Ransom (USA)-Milva (USA), by Strawberry Road) will shuttle to Darby Dan Farm, Kentucky for the 2011 northern hemisphere season.

The Group One-winning miler (pictured winning the 2009 VRC Emirates S. G1) will be the first Australian stallion ever to shuttle to the United States.

John Phillips, the owner of Darby Dan Farm, visited Arrowfield Stud earlier this week to inspect All American and conclude the shuttle agreement.

Arrowfield Chairman John Messara said, “When John Phillips approached us about shuttling All American, we were delighted because Darby Dan Farm bred, raced and stood his paternal grandsire, Roberto. John has a deep understanding of this great outcross sire-line and shares our faith in All American’s ability to transmit its best qualities.

“Everything about All American, including his name, makes him the perfect pioneer of the reverse shuttle to the United States.”

John Phillips said, “All American is sure to be significant, not because of my sentiment, but because of my familiarity with what makes this sire line work. He is a Group I winner with high class two-year-old performance, a turn of foot, and a masculine balance with ample length of leg.

“As a sire and as a sire line Roberto has paid incredible dividends to us and others who have supported him. Sadly, American breeders lost some promising Roberto-line sire candidates like Barbaro (by Dynaformer) and our own Coshocton (by Silver Hawk), which makes the opportunity to be a part of All American especially attractive.”

Phillips added, “As far as I am concerned the sky is the limit for All American. Darby Dan is excited to participate in his stud career with Arrowfield and the All American Syndicate, and we intend to make him a global success.”

All American stands his first southern hemisphere season in 2010 at Arrowfield, at a fee of $16,500 (inc. GST).

His 2011 US fee will be announced by Darby Dan shortly.

Starcraft's 2YO Award Finalist

Looking more like classy 3YOs-in-the-making than natural-born 2YOs, the first-crop Starcraft s made a big impression last season with their easy-moving athleticism, so reminiscent of their charismatic champion racehorse Dad.

Starcraft’s nine first-crop juvenile winners were headed by Star Witness, stunning winner of the MRC Arrowfield Stud Blue Diamond S. G1, and now giving his sire another highlight, as a finalist for the 2010 Australian Champion 2YO Award. The winner will be announced in Melbourne on Sunday 5 September.

Bred by Alma Vale Bloodstock Pty Ltd, Star Witness also won last season’s VRC Talindert S. LR and finished third at his 3YO debut in last weekend’s MRC Vain S. LR.

Ahead of that run, Star Witness’ trainer Danny O’Brien said, “There’s no guarantees about anything, but we have always thought he would be a better three-year-old, and the indications are he hasn’t gone backwards.

“He had a good break in the autumn, he’s had a long build-up and he’s had a faultless preparation.

“He’s definitely bigger and stronger. He’s showing us more than he did as a two-year-old and we’re hoping that translates into a big spring.”

Starcraft stands the 2010 season at a fee of $38,500 (inc. GST).

Three Award Finalists by Redoute's Choice

Australia’s reigning Champion sire Redoute’s Choice is represented by three category finalists in the 2010 Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards which

The trio are headed by the marvellous filly Melito (bred by Reavill Farm Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd), last week named NSW Champion Horse of the Year, and now up for national awards in the 3YO Filly and Champion Sprinter categories.

Brilliant Queensland Derby G1 winner Dariana (bred by Fairway Thoroughbreds) is also a finalist for the Champion 3YO Filly award, and the colt Musir (bred by Sheikh Mohammad Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum) has been recognised in the Champion Australian-Bred International category.

All three horses are from Redoute’s Choice’s splendid 2006 crop, which has so far produced 7 stakeswinners, five of them successful at Group level.

The winners of the seven category awards, the Sky Racing World Australian Racehorse of the Year and the latest inductees to the Hall of Fame will all be announced at a ceremonial dinner on Sunday 5 September at Melbourne’s Crown Palladium.

Register for Stallion Viewing, 28 August

Following our main Stallion Parade in May, Arrowfield will hold a courtesy viewing of our ten stallions for clients and friends visiting the Hunter Valley for other parades during the final weekend of August.

Details are:

DATE: Saturday 28 August 2010

TIME: Commencing at 10.30 am, for the parade at 11.00 am

VENUE: Arrowfield Stud, Gundy Road, Scone

A light morning tea will be served with all formalities concluding at 12 noon.

We ask those intending to visit us to register with Jess at the Stud office, Ph: (02) 6545 3999, Email: before 26 August.

For directions to Arrowfield, please click here.

Second SW for Not a Single Doubt

Not a Single Doubt ‘s splendid run of success continued this afternoon when his gifted 3YO son Squamosa (ex Class Success by Success Express) made all and kicked clear of a strong field to win the $125,000 STC The Run to the Rose H. 1300m G3 at Rosehill, his third win in three starts.

Squamosa is the second stakeswinner, and the first Group winner by Not a Single Doubt, after Doubtful Jack‘s 6.5 length victory in last month’s VRC Winter Championship Final LR.

Arrowfield-bred and -sold Squamosa (pictured as a yearling at the Stud) was purchased for $140,000 by Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds at the 2009 Magic Millions Premier Sale, and is trained by Gai Waterhouse for Jeremy Tan, Gillian Tan & Grace Wong. His earnings now exceed $170,000.

His dam Class Success was a dual stakeswinner in New Zealand at two, and is also the dam of Flying Success (by Flying Spur ), a stakes-placed winner in Sydney last season, and the winner Pulsify (by French Deputy). Class Success is foaling this season to Snitzel .

Represented by nine Australian winners in July, Not a Single Doubt has picked up the pace in the first fortnight of the new season, with seven individual winners since 1 August:

SQUAMOSA, 3c – G3, Rosehill, 14 August

Even Money, 4g – Wyong, 13 August

Pixiu, 3g – Ipswich, 13 August

Zulita, 3f – Canberra, 12 August

Shedaboss, 4m – Eagle Farm, 11 August

Roadtrain, 3g – Geelong, 6 August

Great Man, 4g – Doomben, 4 August

Himself a brilliant stakes-winning son of champion sire Redoute’s Choice, Not a Single Doubt was fifth on the 2009/10 Australian 2nd Season Sires’ list with prizemoney of $2.2 million and 43 winners. He stands at Arrowfield in 2010 at a fee of $13,750 (inc. GST).

Charge Forward vaults into the spring

Charge Forward has certainly made his presence felt in the early days of the new season, with strong performances by a pair of Peter Horwitz-bred 3YOs, Solar Charged and From the Vault, and 4YO mare Response in the past week.

“He has impressed all along and I haven’t got to the bottom of him. He is still a long way off but I’ll be shocked if he is not a good horse.” That’s how trainer Mark de Montfort described From the Vault (ex Lightly Dusted by Gilded Time) to the Sydney Morning Herald‘s Craig Young after his win at Canterbury on Thursday 12 August. It was the gelding’s second city win from as many starts following his two-length debut victory as a 2YO in February.

Raced by his breeder Peter Horwitz with Doug Thompson, From the Vault is related to three Sydney Group winners, Tarleton, Play Around and Kid George, the latter two also raced by the Horwitz-Thompson partnership.

Mr Horwitz enjoyed splendid success last season with his bonny homebred filly Solar Charged (ex Soul Singer by Danehill), who was among Charge Forward’s four Group winners in 2009/10. She opened her three-year-old campaign on 7 August with a brave effort for second in the AJC San Domenico S. G3.

4YO mare Response (ex Live It Up by Match Winner) chimed in today with a valiant second in the MRC WW Cockram S. 1200m G3. Bred by Freer Pty Ltd, Andrew & Lasca Bowcock, Response won the VRC Matron S. G3 last season, and has now accumulated prizemoney of $211,275 for her owners Barry and Midge Griffiths (of G1 Northwood Plume & G1 Mannerism fame), who purchased her for $50,000 from the 2008 Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Rounding out an excellent week for Charge Forward was the 4YO Charge Up (ex Lavender Rise by Gold Ace) who scored his second win from 5 starts at Darwin today.

Charge Forward finished the 2009/10 season in eighth position on the Australian 2nd Season Sires’ list with $1.4 million prizemoney and 23 winners, among them G1 Headway and G3 winner Shrapnel, as well as Solar Charged and Response. The Group One-winning son of Red Ransom stands the 2010 season at a fee of $33,000 (inc. GST).

First Japanese Group performer for Snitzel

Snitzel added the first black type to his Japanese progeny record when his two-year-old daughter Rurinigana (ex Dame Compagnie by Kingmambo) finished third, only 1.5 lengths from the winner, in the Hakodate Nisai S. 1200m G3 on Sunday.

The filly, bred and raced by Kawashima Bukojo, and trained by Daishi Ito, was having only her second start after winning on debut last month. She is one of three debut winners from Snitzel’s 1st Crop Japanese two-year-olds, the others being Floreal (ex Floreana, by Dance in the Dark) and Nahema (ex Taiki Prelude by Cozzene).

Snitzel finished second on the 2009/10 Australian 1st Season Sires’ list with ten individual winners headed by G2 CHANCE BYE and stakes-placed Jypsiere. A brilliant Group One-winning son of champion sire Redoute’s Choice , Snitzel stands the 2010 season at a fee of $27,500 (inc. GST).

Arrowfield opens 2010-11 with treble at Randwick

Arrowfield marked the start of the new season with a treble at Randwick today, courtesy of three impressive winners by Danzero, Hussonet (USA) and Redoute’s Choice.

Super-consistent six-year-old mare Hidden Wonder ( Danzero -Princess Shorna by Last Tycoon; bred by Arrowleave Joint Venture) was first up, sustaining a strong run in front over 1600 metres to score her eighth win, and take her earnings to $435,272. She was purchased at the 2006 Magic Millions Premier Sale for $50,000 by Prime Thoroughbreds and is trained by Kris Lees. Danzero, sire of 35 stakeswinners, including seven Group One winners, stands at a 2010 fee of $16,500 inc. GST.

Talented three-year-old filly Slow The Flow ( Hussonet -Waterwise by Zabeel) made it two wins from three starts with a powerful, swooping finish that took her more than two lengths clear of her rivals at the end of 1200 metres. She is raced by her breeder Gerry Harvey, and is trained by Matthew Smith. Hussonet, sire of 27 Group One winners, is available in 2010 by foal share only to approved mares.

Five races later it was the turn of four-year-old mare Dystopia ( Redoute’s Choice -Bourgeois by Luskin Star) who gained her second win from eight starts in a class record time of 1.06.63 for 1100 metres. Bred by Reavill Farm Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd, and trained by Chris Waller, Dystopia is a sister to Golden Slipper S. G1 winner Stratum. Redoute’s Choice, the Champion Sire of Australia in 2009/10, stands the 2010 season a fee of $176,000 inc. GST.