Not A Single Doubt filly smashes track record

Not A Single Doubt ‘s 3YO daughter Arenzano turned heads at Devonport in Tasmania today when she won a 1000-metre maiden by 15 lengths in track record time of 59.40 seconds.

The previous mark of 59.47 seconds was set in January this year by subsequent Group 3 winner Rebel Bride.

Pictured: Arenzano and jockey Anthony Darmanin on their way to a new track record for 1000 metres at Devonport. (PHOTO: Tasracing)

Sydneysiders watching the race might wonder why she carries the famous “Purple, White Stars & Cap” of Star Thoroughbreds. A glance at the list of owners and a little bit of background information explains all. “Ms D.J. Martin” is more familiar as Star Thoroughbreds’ Tasmanian-born principal Denise Martin, whose sister Anne is married to Arenzano’s trainer Barry Campbell.

Denise is a regular visitor to the annual Magic Millions Tasmanian Thoroughbred Yearling Sale and in 2011 she spotted a well-made filly, by Not A Single Doubt from the Grand Lodge mare Marina Miss, offered under the Reibey Lodge banner by breeders Rob & Liz Dixon. The filly was knocked down for $60,000, the Sale’s second-highest price.

In an interview with Tasracing’s Peter Staples, Barry Campbell expressed little surprise about the filly’s performance today, after two facile trial wins and a debut third last season. He suggested that she will be well-suited to 1400 metres, given the way she finishes her work and her races, and that the upcoming Tasmanian summer carnival holds plenty of appealing options for her.

Arenzano was one of four weekend winners for Not A Single Doubt who is among the top 10 Australian sires so far this season with 26 individual winners and $806,350 prizemoney.

Obvious inexperience did not prevent debutante Spontaneity (ex Kimash by Jeune) from romping home by more than 3 lengths over 900 metres at the Gold Coast yesterday. Spontaneity is trained and raced in partnership by her breeder Steve Tregea of Windemere Stud, who has already had success with Not A Single Doubt: he also bred last season’s 2YO stakeswinner Cheyenne Warrior.

6YO gelding So So Sure, a winner of five races in Sydney from the Joe Pride stable, also won at the Gold Coast, while in Perth 3YO gelding Make Your Move (ex Time To Move by Canny Lad) put up a very game effort under 59kg topweight to secure his third consecutive win from the stable of Lou & Dion Luciani. Bred by Jess Hood, Make Your Move was purchased for $70,000 by well-known Perth agent John Chalmers from the Bellerive Stud draft at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Nothing subUrban about Charge Forward filly

Setbacks in racing aren’t always followed by success, but it happens often enough to give the phrase “blessing in disguise” a regular airing around owners faced with funding and waiting out a horse’s recuperation from injury.

The patience of Nick Vass, David & Luke Henderson and their fellow owners was rewarded today when their gorgeous Arrowfield-bred 3YO filly Urban Groove trounced the $100,000 ATC Reginald Allen H. 1200m LR field at Rosehill, becoming the 7th individual stakeswinner for her sire Charge Forward .

Pictured: Arrowfield-bred Urban Groove earns black capitals at only her second start, in the ATC Reginald Allen H. LR at Rosehill today. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

She is also the the 33rd stakeswinner from a Flying Spur mare, in this case the city-winning Morton, a daughter of champion filly Heat of the Moment; and the third stakeswinner from 17 runners bred on the Charge Forward/Flying Spur cross.

Urban Groove was a $240,000 Gai Waterhouse purchase from the Arrowfield draft at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and showed enough in her trackwork and a November trial win to be an early favourite for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, until she was sidelined by a pelvic fracture. (The Vass-Henderson team still had a Magic Millions runner, the Redoute’s Choice filly No Looking Back who was first past the post but subsequently relegated to second.)

Urban Groove finally made her debut two weeks ago at Kembla Grange where she bolted in by 5 lengths and has stepped up immediately to black type company in the manner of a seriously classy filly. Sent out favourite, she had to mount a determined chase after a resolute Brave Soul, but Tommy Berry’s call for acceleration was met instantly and Urban Groove’s half-length winning margin was decisive. Next Saturday’s Flight S. G1 is now a possibility the stable will consider for her in consultation with her owners.

Charge Forward was launched in 2005 as an ideal outcross for mares by Northern Dancer-line stallions, in particular the Danzig tribe. His success has matched that expectation, and almost two-thirds of his stakes performers are by sons or grandsons of Danzig.

Urban Groove’s dam Morton has a yearling colt by All American (like Charge Forward, a son of Red Ransom) and is foaling again to him this spring before returning to Charge Forward.

Snitzel's million-dollar daughter sparkles at the Valley

Snitzerland. Quite simply, a gun. Adore her.

So tweeted Melbourne racing broadcaster Shane Anderson after Snitzerland’s fourth Group victory, in tonight’s $150,000 MVRC Champagne S. 1200m G3 at Moonee Valley.

Pictured: Jockey Corey Brown needs only to hang on and steer as Snitzerland posts her 5th career win at Moonee Valley this evening. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

And how much there is to adore about the daughter of brilliant young sire Snitzel and Monte Rosa: five wins from 8 starts, four of them at Group level; the bravest of Golden Slipper seconds; more than $1.1 million in prizemoney; a splendid competitive temperament; and a scintillating turn of foot that will next be seen in the $250,000 Blue Sapphire at Caulfield on 13 October.

Snitzerland’s trainer Gerald Ryan is sticking to his 5-race plan for the spring, as he explained to The Courier-Mail last week. “Our aim is to win a Group 1 race with her. The only three-year-old Group 1 over a sprint journey is the Coolmore and when you have a filly like her, why not just aim at it?”

The Arrowfield-bred, Bellerive-sold filly was a $125,000 Inglis Melbourne Premier purchase by Darby Bloodstock, and is raced by Neil Werrett of Black Caviar fame, and Steve McCann. Her dam Monte Rosa foaled a Snitzel colt on 17 September and returns to the outstanding son of champion sire Redoute’s Choice this spring.

Speed machine Snitzem completed a Moonee Valley double for Snitzel when he scorched over 955 metres in the opening heat of the novel 55 Second Challenge. It was also a memorable result for Spicer Thoroughbreds and trainer Leon Corstens, who sent out four runners in Victoria today, and won with all four of them.

Snitzem (ex Jubilee Kate by Distinctly North) who won in 55.85 seconds, is the early leader in the race for the $55,000 Mazda BT-50 that goes to the trainer of the horse clocking the fastest time across the 18 heats. Brad Spicer said afterwards that bar would probably now be raised for the 4YO entire, with the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield in February a long-term option.

Snitzem was bred by Holbrook Thoroughbreds and sold from their draft for $160,000 at the 2010 Inglis Australian Easter Sale.

It's a filly for Miss Finland

Arrowfield’s pride & joy Miss Finland safely foaled a bay/brown filly to Street Cry at 12.45 am this morning.

Pictured: Miss Finland’s new filly by Street Cry, born today at Arrowfield Stud. (PHOTO: Sam Fairgray)

Already christened Finella by the Stud’s Operations Manager (and Miss Finland’s first and most devoted fan) Sam Fairgray, the filly is her dam’s fourth foal following Miss Helsinki (3YO by Hussonet, in training with Paul Messara), Woodbine (2YO colt by Hussonet, with Gai Waterhouse) and a yearling filly by Street Cry.

Co-incidentally, Woodbine had his first trial this morning at Warwick Farm, finishing third, and Miss Helsinki is due to trial in the next fortnight.

Miss Finland was the champion 2YO and champion 3YO filly of her generation, with 11 wins from 26 starts including the STC Golden Slipper G1, VRC Oaks G1, VRC Australian Guineas G1, MRC The Thousand Guineas G1 & STC Storm Queen S. G1.

By Redoute’s Choice from the US-bred mare Forest Pearl (by Woodman), Miss Finland was bred by the partnership of Gainsborough Stud Australia with Arrowfield, and raced by Arrowfield in partnership with long-time friends and clients of the Stud, Alan Jones & John Leaver.

Daughters of Redoute’s Choice have already left 11 stakeswinners, most recently the promising New Zealand 3YO colt Sacred Falls (by O’Reilly). Perhaps not surprisingly, all 11 stakeswinners are by stallions from lines with which Redoute’s Choice himself has enjoyed success: Mr Prospector, Last Tycoon, Sir Tristram, Snippets, Encosta de Lago, Biscay & Storm Cat.

91st Redoute's Choice stakeswinner is Pure Elegance

Leading New Zealand owners and breeders Peter & Philip Vela of Pencarrow Stud continued their outstanding success with the progeny of Redoute’s Choice when their 3YO filly Pure Elegance won today’s Hawke’s Bay Breeders’ Gold Trail S. 1200m G3 at only her second start.

Pictured: Mr Muzaffar Yaseen’s handsome Redoute’s Choice colt Lankan Rupee, from the same crop as Pure Elegance, also won in stylish fashion today, over 1000 metres at Caulfield. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

The daughter of Our Echezeaux (by Zabeel) showed abundant class in defeating a talented group of fillies headed by Rollout the Carpet (a Group 1-placed Group 2 winner last season) and Waterford (stakes-placed at two).

Pure Elegance is the fourth stakeswinner the Velas have bred by Redoute’s Choice, following her older sister G2 Dolmabache, G3 Burgundy (from Grand Echezeaux, a full sister to Our Echezeaux) and SW Papilio. All four horses are from Zabeel mares whose combination with Redoute’s Choice now has a 13% stakeswinners/runners strike rate.

It was a good day for Redoute’s Choice at home too, as a pair of 3YO colts showed their readiness for black type company with strong city wins. At Caulfield Lankan Rupee (ex Estelle Collection by Stravinsky) carried his sire’s racing colours to victory over 1000 metres, and confirmed trainer Mick Price’s plan to aim him for the VRC Ascot Vale S. G1 on 3 November.

Reflectance (ex Lady Capel by Last Tycoon) is also destined for better races and a trip south after scoring over 1200 metres at Doomben for Patinack Farm.

Redoute’s Choice is currently second on the Australian General Sires’ list with $1.4 million prizemoney, and Pure Elegance is his third stakeswinner in the first 8 weeks of the season, after Albrecht and Dystopia.

To Alverta & Charge Forward, a bay colt

Grand racemare Alverta has delivered her first foal, a bay colt by Charge Forward , born about 11.30 pm last night at Arrowfield Stud.

The Stud’s Operations Manager Sam Fairgray says, “He’s a good size, with a good body and head, and a very nice effort for a first foal.”

Pictured: Arrowfield’s newest mum of 2012, Alverta leads the field home in the 2010 STC Coolmore Classic G1. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Although she earned more than $100,000 in each of her first three racing seasons, the imposing daughter of Flying Spur hit her best form as a 6YO in 2010, when she claimed the STC Coolmore Classic G1 & AJC Breeders’ Classic G2, before campaigning in Europe.

Alverta lost more than 40kg during the trip to England and it took all the skills of her trainer Paul Messara to get her back in top conditon for the July Cup over a stiff 6 furlongs at Newmarket. Alverta rewarded her owners Arrowfield Stud, John Leaver & Alan Jones with a magnificent performance for third, beaten less than a length by Starspangledbanner & Equiano.

On the strength of that effort, Alverta was rated that year’s Joint Champion Older Female Sprinter in Great Britain.

The courage she showed at Newmarket was evident again in the best run of her final campaign, when a fighting fourth behind the champion Black Caviar, Hay List & Triple Honour in the 2011 ATC T.J. Smith S. G1.

Alverta retired to stud with a 42-start record spanning five seasons for eight wins, 13 placings and $1.1 million prizemoney.

From the US-bred Rahy mare Grilse, Alverta was bred by the partnership of Arrowfield with Gainsborough Stud Australia, also responsible for champion filly Miss Finland.

Alverta’s mating with Charge Forward was not difficult to work out, given his success with Flying Spur mares (evident again in last Saturday’s brilliant debut winner Urban Groove), and their complementary physiques.

Eleven winners in 7 days for Not A Single Doubt

“Sorry, Stratum, nice work on the new stakeswinner, but I’ve got a couple of lengths on you in the recent winners department.”

That’s Not A Single Doubt , interviewed this morning after Breednet’s news story on the latest success of Stratum (another of Redoute’s Choice ‘s 10 stakes-siring sons).

Pictured: Not A Single Doubt struts his stuff at Arrowfield Stud. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

A quick check of Breednet’s handy table tracking the top sires by their most recent run of winners confirms Not A Single Doubt’s assertion.

He’s had 11 winners in New Zealand & six states of Australia during the past seven days, including 7 last weekend and a pair of smart 4YO winners yesterday, Flash of Doubt at Sandown and Brown Doubt at Newcastle.

Grazing happily in his paddock at Arrowfield this morning after serving his first mare for the day, Not A Single Doubt said, “If I say so myself, yesterday’s winners are typical of my tribe, really genuine & professional competitors that everyone wants to have in their stable.”

Flash of Doubt, bred by Summerset Park Stud, South Australia, won by two lengths over 1000 metres, taking her record to 5 wins, five placings and more than $116,000 from 14 starts.

A $17,000 purchase by Doncaster Bloodstock from the 2010 Magic Millions Adelaide Sale, the 4YO mare is trained by Robbie Griffths for Maurice Sinclair, Colin Bell, Mandy Hunnam, Victorian Equine Tuition Services, Wally Trautsch, The Band Of Brothers, Rob Davey & Graeme Colless.

Brown Doubt won by a similar margin over 1200 metres at Newcastle for a group of owners including David Agius, Troy Clarke, John Drew, Maurice Melville, David Reid, Nathan Snow & Andrew Weinman. The 4YO gelding was bred by the late Bruce Reid and is trained by David Pfieffer who paid $40,000 for him at the 2010 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Not A Single Doubt’s latest streak of success also includes last Saturday’s Adelaide winner My Ex Mate (his 8th victory from 20 starts), and 3YO Not A Single Drop, who justified his favouritism to break his maiden in Perth.

A last word from the proud sire as he basks in the Hunter Valley spring sunshine: “Don’t forget the latest of my 10 stakeswinners, Cavallo Pazzo, and that super-impressive debut 2YO winner in New Zealand!”

Not A Single Doubt’s strong start to the season has put him in 7th position on the Australian General Sires’ list with $685,330 and 22 individual winners. His 2012 fee is $24,750 inc. GST.

Albrecht heads a good day's work for Redoute's Choice

Five Group placegetters from seven starters and almost $280,000 prizemoney is a very good day at the office for any stallion. That includes Redoute’s Choice , who compiled that record from today’s premier racing at Rosehill & Moonee Valley.

Pictured: Kerrin McEvoy & Albrecht (left) and Tommy Berry & Epaulette are locked in battle for the season’s first Group 1 prize, the Golden Rose at Rosehill today. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

3YO colt Albrecht (ex O’Giselle by Octagonal) was the undoubted star for Redoute’s Choice today after his outstanding run for second in the $1 million ATC Golden Rose S. 1400m G1, beaten a head by his Darley stablemate Epaulette in race record time of 1:22.30.

The quinella was a memorable result for owner and breeder Sheikh Mohammed who has regularly supported Redoute’s Choice with quality mares over the past decade and can expect further success with both colts this season.

Redoute’s Choice’s 2008 crop contributed two impressive new Group performers, in the shape of Strawberry Boy (3rd, ATC Kingston Town S. 2000m G3) and Chateau Margaux (3rd, MVRC W.H. Stocks S. 1600m G2) who stepped up for their respective owner-breeders John Singleton and Gerry Harvey.

Jonathan Munz’s high-class, home-bred 5YO gelding Rekindled Interest added a 7th Group performance to his record with a strong third in the MVRC Dato Tan Chin Nam S. 1600m G2, a race he won last year en route to placings in the Cox Plate G1 and Mackinnon S. G1.

The Ingham family‘s 6YO mare Dystopia followed up her stakes win at Warwick Farm three weeks ago with a good effort for third in the ATC Theo Marks S. 1400m G2.

These five horses lead a powerful strike force this spring for their champion sire whose Australian earnings this season have already passed the million-dollar mark.

Early 2YO quinella for Arrowfield sires

Brilliant young Arrowfield sires Not A Single Doubt and Charge Forward combined to quinella the 2YO race over 880 metres at Ruakaka in New Zealand today.

Doubtless (Not A Single Doubt-Miss Elusive by Elusive Quality) was a most impressive winner for his owner-breeders, and co-trainer, Tony, Vicky & Wayne Pike, jumping quickly to the front from the widest gate and keeping up a strong gallop to score by 5.5 lengths in 48.91 seconds.

The best chaser was Zaragoza (Charge Forward-Portrayal by Flying Spur), with Desert View third, ahead of Almansa (also by Charge Forward, from Miss Victoria by Viscount).

The Pikes bought Miss Elusive in foal to Not A Single Doubt for $16,000 from the Bellerive Stud draft at the 2010 Inglis Weanling & Broodmare Sale. The resulting colt delighted the Pikes who planned to sell him under their Longlands Stud banner at the 2012 New Zealand Premier Sale. A minor setback forced his late withdrawal and retention for development as a racehorse, with a very satisfying early reward today.

Miss Elusive, a city-placed winner, is a daughter of the fine performer Miss Jugah who counted the VATC Mannerism S. G3 among her 10 wins. Doubtless is her first foal and the 49th 2YO winner for Not A Single Doubt.

There was another Arrowfield connection with Pike family success five races later at Ruakaka when the Tony Pike & Mark Donoghue- trained Sacred Falls (O’Reilly-Iguazu’s Girl by Redoute’s Choice) to win the Westbury Stud Northland Challenge S. LR. Sacred Falls is the 11th stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice as a broodmare sire.

Zaragosa and Almansa were both bred by the Arrowfield & Planette partnership, and sold under the Arrowfield banner at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale for $37,500 and $55,000 respectively. The purchaser of both colts was Matamata trainer Peter McKay, who races the pair in partnership with his wife Kim and major stable client Trevor Luke. They are the first graduates of the 2012 Arrowfield & Bellerive yearling sale consignments to race.

Not A Single Doubt & Charge Forward, with 41 stakes performers between them, both stand at Arrowfield this season at $24,750 inc. GST.

Charge Forward filly finds her groove

“Won’t be beaten” was the verdict from jockey Jason Lee, quoted on trainer Gai Waterhouse‘s blog, after riding Urban Groove on Tuesday.

That judgement proved spot on when the 3YO daughter of Charge Forward and Morton (by Flying Spur) bolted in by 5 lengths on debut at Kembla Grange this afternoon. In the process she posted a time of 33.39 seconds for the last 600 metres.

Recoinage ( Flying Spur -Sovereign Duchess by Last Tycoon) completed an Arrowfield-sired quinella.

Pictured: Urban Groove as a yearling before her 2011 sale from the Arrowfield Magic Millions draft which also included recent Flemington stakeswinner Members Joy. (PHOTO: Katrina Partridge)

Bred and sold by Arrowfield, Urban Groove was a $240,000 purchase by the Waterhouse stable from the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. She displayed abundant ability in training early last season and was on the Magic Millions trail until an injury ended her campaign. An easy win and a placing in two trials last month indicated she had lost none of her talent, which will no doubt soon be seen in city company.

Morton, a city-winning daughter of dual Group 1 winner Heat of the Moment, has a 2YO full brother to Urban Groove and a yearling colt by All American who, like Charge Forward, is a Danzig-free son of Red Ransom. Morton is due to foal again to All American this spring.

Urban Groove is the 10th winner from 16 runners bred on the Charge Forward/Flying Spur cross, also responsible for G1 Headway, G1-placed stakeswinner Fort Lincoln & G2-placed winner Road Trippin’.

Charge Forward, the sire of five Group 1 performers among his 15 stakes performers, stands at a 2012 fee of $24,750 inc. GST.