Not A Single Doubt's season ends with certainty

The rise and rise of Not A Single Doubt has been one of the 2010/11 season’s best stories and it has ended on the perfect note, with Always Certain‘s victory in this evening’s $S300,000 Singapore TC Chairman’s Trophy 1800m Sing-2 at Kranji.

Pictured: Always Certain runs past Gingerbread Man to win his second stakes race in Singapore. (PHOTO: Singapore Turf Club)

The 4YO gelding, bred by Dr Paul Cradock from Akarana (by Akaaber) produced a powerful finish to claim the favourite Gingerbread Man and score by a half-length in 1.48.16.

Always Certain’s trainer Michael Freedman – who also prepared Mr Big and Rush (by Charge Forward ) to quinella the feature 2YO race of the evening – said afterwards, “He’s such a talented horse and it’s very satisfying to see him finally win a big race for my friend Bernard [Lee] who has been one of my supporters from day one.

“I will now seriously look at the [Singapore] Gold Cup as I’m sure he will run a great 2200 metres.”

Purchased for $60,000 by Badgers Bloodstock from the Swettenham Stud draft at the 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Always Certain has now earned more than $790,000 from six wins and nine placings for the Horizon Stable. His first black type win came last September, in the 1600-metre Committee’s Prize Sing-3, and he is one of Not A Single Doubt’s six stakeswinners this season.

Not A Single Doubt closed out the Australian racing season with wins by 2YO filly Jackpot Queen at Caulfield yesterday, and Arrowfield’s own 3YO colt Dashing Dunlop at the Sunshine Coast today. With 60 winners and almost $4.5 million prizemoney from only three crops of racing age, the son of Redoute’s Choice ends 2010/11 inside the top 20 Australian sires.

Not A Single Doubt stands at a 2011 fee of $24,750 inc. GST.

New stakes performer for Charge Forward

The Mummify Stable’s smart 2YO colt Rush became Charge Forward ‘s latest stakes performer with a brave run for second in the $S200,000 Singapore TC Magic Millions Juvenile Championship 1200m Sing-3 at Kranji this evening.

Pictured: Rush as a foal at Arrowfield in the spring of 2008. (PHOTO: Katrina Partridge)

Rush jumped out well then settled nicely behind the leaders, headed by his stablemate and second favourite Mr Big. As Mr Big kicked clear around the turn Rush peeled out to attack with an effort that took him past Kaiser, and 1.5 lengths from Mr Big, who won in a time of 1.09.92.

The result was a notable quinella for trainer Michael Freedman, who said of Rush after the race, “The second horse ran very well and also has a very good future over a bit more ground here.”

Rush (ex Group 3-placed Flidais by Timber Country) was bred by Arrowfield and Planette Thoroughbred Trading Pty Ltd, and purchased for $75,000 from the Arrowfield draft at the 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. Flidais foaled a filly by Snitzel in 2010 and is due to foal a sibling to Rush in October.

Charge Forward is one of the most exciting members of a high quality group of Australian sires that began their stud careers in 2005. He has been represented by 11 juvenile winners this season, including Group 1-placed New Zealand 2YO stakeswinner Fort Lincoln, whose lucrative Karaka Million victory has put Charge Forward on top of the 2010/11 NZ 2YO Sires’ list. In Australia, dual Group 1 winner Response and Group winners Shrapnel and Solar Charged have helped the son of Red Ransom to season-end tallies of 45 winners and $2.1 million prizemoney.

Charge Forward’s 2011 service fee is $33,000 inc. GST.

G1 stud success for All American relative

All American has plenty going for him in the physique, performance and sire-line departments, but this week it was another stallion from his female family making the news.

Specifically, his close relation Rock Hard Ten who stands at Lane’s End in Kentucky and last weekend recorded his first Grade 1 winner when 3YO filly Nereid dead-heated for first with Cambina in the $US250,000 Hollywood American Oaks over one-and-a-half miles on turf.

Pictured: All American at Darby Dan Farm, Kentucky, June 2011. (PHOTO: Suzie Oldham)

Like All American, Rock Hard Ten is a Group 1-winning grandson of Roberto, who stood at Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky, where All American served his first northern hemisphere book of mares in 2011. All American’s dam Milva is Rock Hard Ten’s half-sister – both of them from champion French 2YO filly Tersa.

Now the winner of three of her four starts, Nereid is raced by Eric Kronfeld, famous as the breeder of US racing superstar Zenyatta. Asked after Nereid’s win if it was the presence of Kris S. (sire of Rock Hard Ten and damsire of Zenyatta) in her pedigree that attracted him to her, Kronfeld replied, “Go back one more generation – Roberto. I think Roberto is absolutely an underappreciated supersire. He does nothing but throw winners.”

Nereid is one of five Rock Hard Ten’s five Graded Stakes winners and the first from his second crop. Her pedigree pattern holds a relevant clue for Australian breeders booking to All American this year: she is from a mare by Danzig’s son Belong To Me.

All American returns next month to Arrowfield where he will stand the 2011 season at a fee of $16,500 inc. GST.

Snitzel 3YOs impress in city wins

Snitzel ‘s second crop 2YOs, headed by Group 2 winners Hot Snitzel and Salade, have supplied most of his black type highlights this season, but his first crop 3YOs have not been idle. Twenty-four of them have recorded Australian victories in 2010/11 and two extended their winning records today.

At Caulfield, Snitza led all the way over 2000 metres to score by almost four lengths in the style of a class stayer in the making. It was the fourth win from 13 starts for the Rick Hore-Lacy-trained colt, whose three previous wins were over longer distances at Mornington and Ballarat.

The sources of Snitza’s stamina are easily located: his dam Alba Zitta is a daughter of champion sire Zabeel, whose affinity with the Danehill sire-line is well-established, and the SAJC Australasian Oaks G1 winner Yelgun Dawn. His fifth dam is the outstanding miler Chantal, whose daughter Lacy left the fine stayer Chagemar (VRC Dalgety H. G2 – twice, 2nd VRC Melbourne Cup G1).

Snitza was passed in at the 2009 Melbourne Premier Sale and is raced in partnership by his breeder Bill Cockram of Glentree Downs, Victoria.

Snitzel’s second city winner today was Weekend Special (ex Frescante by Peintre Celebre), successful over 1050 metres at Morphettville for the second time in four starts. Bred by Dr Jack Woolridge, Weekend Special was a $25,000 purchase from the 2009 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale by trainer Mark Kavanagh.

Other talented 3YOs by Snitzel include Flemington stakes-winning filly Zelsnitz, Group 2-placed Top Drop, stakes-placed Yorkshire Lad, and last weekend’s easy Brisbane winner Alvitas – also from a Peintre Celebre mare.

Snitzel stands the 2011 season at a fee of $27,500 inc. GST.

Motspur still flying for champion sire

Flying Spur has added more than $300,000 to his season earnings in the past month and his handsome 8YO son Motspur is the latest contributor, after posting his fourth black type performance when third in yesterday’s $130,000 Clarence River JC Ramornie H. 1200m LR.

Pictured: Motspur winning at Rosehill in January 2011. (PHOTO: Martin King/Sportpix)

Trained by Kris Lees for breeder Bruce Neill and co-owners Wayne & Michelle Bedggood, Motspur won the BRC Falvelon H. LR in 2010, but has earned most of his $525,210 prizemoney in the past two seasons. He claimed the biggest cheque of his career ($66,200) with a popular victory on Scone Cup day two months ago, and followed that effort with a third in the Gosford RC Takeover Target S. LR on 24 June. In all, Motspur has won eleven and placed in 16 of his 45 starts across a remarkable seven-season career, and like many of Flying Spur’s notably good-looking progeny, never fails to turn heads in the mounting yard.

From the US-bred mare Crusading Lil (by Crusader Sword), Motspur descends from Ciboulette, dam of the champion Canadian filly and great broodmare Fanfreluche – Flying Spur’s third dam.

Flying Spur’s excellent 2010/11 record has also been boosted in recent weeks by the bonny 3YO filly Spurcific, who was second in the VRC A.R. Creswick S. LR on 11 June, and returned a fortnight later to record her first win at Flemington for owners Craig Pearce, Shiranee Griffiths, Scott Wendt and Tony Aravanis, and trainer Robbie Griffiths.

There have been fresh highlights offshore too. Sheikh Hamdan‘s home-bred 2YO colt Mushreq (ex Alharir by Jeune) completed a notable Australian-bred quinella in the Greyville Golden Horsehoe G1 in South Africa on 2 July, and 4YO gelding Flying Fulton (bred by Anthony & Joseph Bongiorno from the Zabeel mare Fulton) was third in the Singapore TC Patron’s Bowl Sing-1 on 26 June.

For the seventh year running, Flying Spur is among Australia’s top 15 sires by prizemoney, with $4.9 million, and sits inside the top 10 by stakeswinners, with a total of eight for the season. (Hong Kong-based Sapelli makes it nine worldwide.) And for the fifth time in the past decade, Flying Spur has joined the select group of stallions represented by 100 or more Australian winners in 2010/11, with a current tally of 103.

Flying Spur, Australia’s champion sire of 2007, stands at Arrowfield in 2011 at a fee of $49,500 inc. GST.

Vicky Leonard joins Arrowfield

Arrowfield is pleased to announce that Victoria (Vicky) Leonard has joined the Sydney Office to focus on special projects and work with the Stud’s bloodstock and marketing teams.

Vicky has just completed a two-year traineeship with the Darley Flying Start programme and was acknowledged as the top trainee of the 2011 class, with an overall grade of 88%, during the graduation ceremony held at Kildnagan House, Ireland on 2 July.

Pictured: Darley Flying Start Graduate Vicky Leonard.

New Zealand-born Vicky was educated at Roncalli College, Timaru, and graduated from the Univerity of Otago with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Zoology. Stints at White Robe Lodge and Cambridge Stud were followed by 18 months on the Graduate Development Programme of the New Zealand Racing Board.

Her Darley Flying Start traineeship included work placements with Arrowfield, US-based pedigree consultant Byron Rogers, Ascot racecourse in England, and Dubai trainer Erwan Charpy.

There are now 82 graduates of the Darley Flying Start programme working in thoroughbred breeding & racing around the world – already a tremendous legacy of Sheikh Mohammed’s vision to recruit and develop the industry’s future leaders.

Redoute's Choice moves up Sires' list

Today’s Listed Stakes quinella at Eagle Farm by 4YOs Essington and Metallurgical, plus a Melbourne win by 3YO filly Maraaseem have elevated Redoute’s Choice to second position on the 2010/11 Australian General Sires’ list.

Arrowfield’s champion sire now has Australian prizemoney this season of $7,160,851, splitting Lonhro and High Chaparral, and with 13 domestic stakeswinners, shares the lead on that table with Encosta de Lago.

The $80,000 BRC Ascot H. 1200m LR was the second stakes victory this year for Essington, who was bred by Michael Ryan from the Encosta de Lago mare Besame Mucho, and originally purchased for $150,000 by Nick Williams at the 2008 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. He has now won 10 of his 18 starts and earned just over $300,000 for his owners Messrs Katsanevas & Lawrence and trainer Darryl Hansen.

For Metallurgical (ex Lady Capel by Last Tycoon), the race provided his third consecutive second placing in a Listed Stakes race, among nine placings and five wins in a 21-start career.

Shadwell Stud‘s 3YO filly Maraaseem (ex Warm Smytzer by Zabeel) scored her fourth and most valuable win from 14 starts this season when she won the $100,000 VRC Rivette Series Final Handicap over 1600 metres. Bred by Emily Krstina (Aust) Pty Ltd, Maraaseem was a $400,000 Easter Sale yearling in 2009, and is trained by David Hayes.

Redoute’s Choice has ended all but one of the last six seasons among Australia’s top 3 sires on prizemoney – a record not matched by any other stallion. He will stand the 2011 season at a fee of $137,500 inc. GST.

Rush charges forward in winning debut

Charge Forward ‘s Arrowfield-bred-and-sold son Rush (ex Flidais by Timber Country) matched speed with steely resolve to score an impressive debut win over 1200 metres at Kranji in Singapore this evening.

Pictured: Rush (inside) prevails in a tight finish at Kranji this evening. (PHOTO: Singapore Turf Club)

Raced by the Mummify Stable, the 2YO gelding came through on the rails to upstage more seasoned juvenile Kaiser by a head, with 1.5 lengths back to the third placegetter, Tsar.

Trainer Michael Freedman said, “It was a good tough effort for a two-year-old to beat a more experienced two-year-old like Kaiser…We’ll have to see how he pulls up. At this stage he’s 50/50 to head for the Juvenile Championship at the end of the month.”

Rush was bred by Arrowfield and Planette Thoroughbred Trading Pty Ltd, Rush was purchased for $75,000 from the Arrowfield draft at the 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Charge Forward has been represented by three Australian stakeswinners this season: dual Group 1 winner Response, Shrapnel and Solar Charged, as well as the Group 1-placed New Zealand 2YO stakeswinner Fort Lincoln who heads a group of ten juvenile winners by Charge Forward in 2010/11.

Charge Forward’s 2011 service fee is $33,000 inc. GST.