Stakeswinner No. 9 for Not A Single Doubt

Leading young sire Not A Single Doubt posted his ninth stakeswinner at Randwick this afternoon when his 2YO daughter Single Style won the $100,000 ATC Keith Mackay Quality 1200m LR.

Pictured: Single Style bounds to her first stakes victory at Randwick this afternoon, taking her three-start career prizemoney close to $90,000. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Jockey James McDonald positioned Single Style just behind the leader Driefontein during the running and launched a challenge just after the turn. Driefontein fought gamely under her topweight of 60.5 kg, but Single Style’s persistence paid off with a last-stride victory by a head, with Meidung a half-length back in third place.

Single Style was bred by Queenslander John Lynch from the Spartacus mare Furla, and is a three-quarter sister to Not A Single Doubt’s Group 3-winning son Doubtful Jack. It’s an admirable family descending from the wonderful racemare Chicquita that has made good use of its recent opportunities: Group 1-placed stakeswinner Curtana is another talented relative.

Furla is also the dam of stakes-placed winner Fab Fevola, and Single Style’s brother Pixiu (four wins), and is once again in foal to Not A Single Doubt.

Trainer Gary Portelli, who purchased Single Style for $150,000 from the Esker Lodge draft at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, was full of enthusiasm for the filly after today’s win, her second from three starts.

“I put my reputation on her. I would not like to say that a horse is a black type horse before they go in, but I almost guaranteed this one and I don’t do that too often.

“I thought at the weights we had a show against Driefontein, particularly if it was dry, but when it was wet, I thought, well, I know she goes through it, but she doesn’t really like it. So for her to win under these conditions today, means there is plenty of upside to her.”

Single Style is Not A Single Doubt’s sixth stakeswinner worldwide in 2011/12, and his fourth 2YO stakeswinner after Karuta Queen, Single Spice & Cheyenne Warrior. The efforts of his eight juvenile winners this season have put him in 6th position on the Australian 2YO Sires’ list, just behind his own champion sire Redoute’s Choice and Arrowfield’s other brilliant source of early speed, Snitzel .

Not A Single Doubt stands the 2012 season at a fee of $24,750 inc. GST.

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