Singapore 2YO debut winner for Not A Single Doubt
The Mummify Stable and Michael Freedman can take it as a very good omen that 2YO gelding Desert Fox won on debut in Singapore on Friday evening.
That’s because nine of the 16 stakeswinners by his brilliant sire Not A Single Doubt have also won on debut – all of them as 2YOs.
Click here to watch the race video, courtesy of the Singapore Turf Club.
Desert Fox’s win was particularly impressive, as he settled back fifth during the running of the 1000-metre Open Two-Year-Old Stakes and had to muster a strong late finish to over-take the favorite Silver Dollar and win by a half-length.
Freedman said, “I’ve liked him all along. He’d shown us some ability on the track and in the trials but I was concerned about the gate.
“Even though it was a small field he was caught wide early, but Corey [Brown] didn’t panic and was able to get into a good spot.
“I was particularly rapt with the way he finished the race off. Even though he is only small he should have no problems getting up to 1200m, 1400m and even 1600m a little later on. I think he has the makings of a nice horse.”
The Freedman stable includes three other sons of Not A Single Doubt: Singapore Group 1 winner Always Certain, Australian 2YO stakeswinner Cheyenne Warrior and 3-time winner Machfive.
Desert Fox is out of the US-bred mare Sandy Desert (by Line in the Sand, a son of Mr. Prospector), from the same family as multiple New Zealand group winner Millennium, multiple US Grade 1 winner Desert Vixen and sire Valid Appeal.
Desert Fox was bred by Ross Taylor and Mike O’Donnell of Fairhill Farm, which sold Not A Single Doubt’s top-priced yearling, the $300,000 colt from Euchre, at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Fairhill Farm sold Desert Fox for $56,000 at the 2011 Inglis Sydney Weanling Sale, and he was re-sold for $120,000 to Michael Freedman & Michael Wallace Bloodstock at the 2012 New Zealand Premier Sale.
It has been another excellent week in Not A Single Doubt’s splendid season. He also notched up his 36th stakes performer, 2YO filly Gypsy Diamond at Eagle Farm, and his brilliant 3YO daughter Arenzano set another track record (58.51 seconds for 1000m) in Tasmania.
The son of Redoute’s Choice is now only 5 winners short of a season’s century in Australia and sits inside the country’s top 15 sires with $4.6 million prizemoney and 6 stakeswinners including dazzling 2YO Group 1 winner Miracles of Life.