Face Forward & Duibio score at Flemington

A pair of promising 3YOs gave Charge Forward and Not A Single Doubt valuable Anzac Day successes at Flemington.

Drawn 12 for a 1000-metre dash at her first appearance on the course, Charge Forward’s daughter Face Forward was kept wide by jockey Dwayne Dunn, a tactic that paid off handsomely when she bolted in by 3 lengths from Puzzle and Capri in the smart time of 58.44 on the Soft6 track. Face Forward also recorded the fastest last 600-metre sectional of the day, 34.01 seconds.

Face Forward’s record now reads three wins from six starts for the syndicate managed by First Light Racing which bought her for $105,000 from Torryburn Stud at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Her dam Endearment (by Danehill) is a grand-daughter of multiple US Grade 1 winner Tappiano, from the family of 2011 US Broodmare of the Year Oatsee, dam of Shackleford.

Charge Forward has now given First Light Racing two winners down the Flemington straight, with Face Forward joining Menage A Charge, successful as a juvenile.

Syndicate manager Tim Wilson says, “We’ve had two gun fillies by Charge Forward so fingers crossed we can keep the momentum going. We have a really nice 2-year-old by the sire called Seven Love that’s only 5-6 weeks from hopefully making her debut, while we added our first Charge Forward colt (ex Joy Ride) to the stable at this year’s Magic Millions.”

Four races after Face Forward’s win, Not A Single Doubt’s son Duibio booked a trip to Queensland with his third consecutive victory. It was achieved in spectacular style from a very long way off the pace, as he jumped from gate 15 and  jockey Nick Hall elected to take the chestnut gelding to the back of the field.

Duibio stayed there until the top of the home straight when Hall took him to the outside rail and turned him loose to score by 1.8 lengths from We’ve Got This and San Amaro.

Duibio is the third named foal and first winner from the Star Way mare Dazzling, whose pedigree page includes three Group 1 winners, Veyron, Boundless & Limitless, as well as multiple stakeswinners Twinkling & Zero Limit.

Dazzling’s subsequent foals include a weanling colt by Manhattan Rain for her current owners Paul & Cushla Smithies of Monovale Farm in New Zealand.

Duibio is trained by Ciaron Maher for Garry & Marianne Towzell and is nominated for the Queensland Derby G1 on 6 June.

 

Group 1 quinella for Redoute's Choice in South Africa

South African stars Wylie Hall and Majmu sealed a milestone month for Redoute’s Choice with a Group 1 quinella at Turffontein on Saturday.

Majmu started favourite for the President’s Champions Challenge G1, despite her trainer Mike de Kock’s reminders that she had not previously raced over 2000 metres and was meeting colts and geldings for the first time.

That caution was justified because, although the 3YO filly withstood extreme pressure and fought hard to claim the runner-up position, she could not overhaul the 5YO entire Wylie Hall who hit the finish-line 1.25 lengths ahead of Majmu with No Worries a further length away third.

Watch the Turffontein President’s Champions Challenge G1.

The result is the fourth Group 1 quinella for Australia’s champion sire, after the 2005 Golden Slipper (Stratum & Fashions Afield),  2006 Blue Diamond (Nadeem & Miss Finland) and the 2009 Australasian Oaks (Gallica & Estee).

It’s also the fifth South African Group 1 victory recorded by Redoute’s Choice’s progeny, and Wylie Hall becomes his sire’s ninth multiple Group 1 winner, after Miss Finland & Lankan Rupee (5 Group 1 wins each), Samantha Miss (3), Fashions Afield, Gallica, Lotteria, Majmu & Melito (2 each).

The de Kock stable won three races, two of them at Group 1 level, on the Turffontein card and filled the runner-up position in the SA Nursery G1 with another daughter of Redoute’s Choice, Shaama (ex Absolut Glam), having only her second start. 

Wylie Hall was a $205,000 purchase by South African agent Andy Williams from the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast draft of his breeder Newhaven Park.

Raced by Michael Leaf and trained by Weiho Marwing, Wylie Hall won the South African Derby G1 at three, and lost last season’s Greyville Durban July G1 in the stewards’ room.  He resumed three weeks ago with a win in the Turffontein Colorado King S. G2, his sixth success in 20 starts.

Wylie Hall’s dam Beauty Belle (by Ideal Planet), a multiple city winner, belongs to the celebrated New Zealand “Belle” family. This particular branch of it has also produced Group 1 winner Anamato and Group 3 winner Mearas to Redoute’s Choice, as well as champion Grand Armee and Wylie’s Hall’s half-brother Absolute Champion (2007 Champion Hong Kong Sprinter).

Beauty Belle has an unraced 2YO son Hong Kong Storm (by Manhattan Rain) in training with Gai Waterhouse, and is due to foal again to Redoute’s Choice in September. Newhaven Park is also the source of Redoute’s Choice’s 123rd stakeswinner Peeping, successful in Sydney last month.

With 7 Group 1 wins by five horses in 2014/15, Redoute’s Choice is close to equalling his best season as a sire of elite performers. That was in 2006/07 when he had five winners of 8 Group 1 events. 

Earlier this month Majmu added the 250th stakes win and 150th Group win to Redoute’s Choice’s record, and Saturday’s New Zealand Group 2 winner Abidewithme is the 75th individual Group winner for the three-time champion sire of Australia.

Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan celebrate Group 2 win

April 2015 has been a month of remarkable career milestones for champion sire Redoute’s Choice and Abidewithme brought up another one at Te Rapa in New Zealand on Saturday.

Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan’s 5YO homebred mare proved too staunch for her rivals in the $100,000 Cambridge JC Travis S. 2000m G2, her first Group victory after two wins at shorter distances in Listed stakes company at three and four.

The victory was more than usually significant for Sir Patrick, a past president & Life Member of the Cambridge Jockey Club.

He said, “I don’t think I’ve had a horse that deserves a big one as much as her. To get it in this race on my own club’s big day is very special.”

Trained by Jason Bridgeman, Abidewithme was ridden by Michael McNab who was full of praise for the mare. “I can’t speak highly enough of her…she gives 120 per cent…she’s got the best attitude and just wants to win.”

Abidewithme is the 75th indivdual Group winner, among 123 lifetime stakeswinners, for Redoute’s Choice, and her success was followed about 10 hours later by the champion sire’s fourth Group 1 quinella, when Wylie Hall and Majmu ran 1-2 in the President’s Champions Challenge G1 in South Africa.

Like the Melbourne stakeswinner Miss Scarlatti, Abidewithme is from the Group 2-winning Zabeel mare Crimson, and has now won seven of her 22 starts, for career earnings of almost $250,000.

The combination of Zabeel mares with sons of Danehill is responsible for 39 stakeswinners, eight of them by Redoute’s Choice, including three-time Group 1 winner Samantha Miss.

Sons of Redoute’s Choice like Zabeel mares too, with Group 1 winner Shootoff (by Duelled) and Group 2 winners Time For War (by Snitzel) & Gypsy Diamond (by Not A Single Doubt) among the results.

Snitzel's fourth Ken Russell Classic winner

Snitzel’s 31st stakeswinner and 16th juvenile stakeswinner is also his fourth winner of the $125,000 GCTC Ken Russell Memorial Classic G3 in the past five years.

Surprise $61 winner Big Tree joined Hot Snitzel (2011 winner), Sizzling (2012) & Le Val (2013) on the race’s honour roll with a defiant neck defeat of Blueberry Hill. The favourite Regatta Rebel (by Redoute’s Choice) boxed on well to finish a half-neck away third, her second Group 3 placing in as many starts.

Big Tree, as strapping and solid as his name implies, was having only his second start for his Gold Coast owner, breeder & trainer Peter Balzen,  co-owner and breeder Tom Ware and owners R.J. Mckay & M.W. Buggy.

The 2YO colt is the fourth foal of the Octagonal mare Croft, a city-winning relative of Group 1 winners Benfica, Neroli and the top-class filly Riverina Charm who won the VATC 1000 Guineas, Rosehill  & Canterbury Guineas during the 1988/89 season.

Croft’s 2013 filly by Snitzel was purchased for $150,000 from the Newgate Farm draft by Wylie Dalziel Racing & Peter Moody at this year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Big Tree is the third juvenile stakeswinner this season for Snitzel, after Fireworks (ATC Widden S. G3) and Group 1-placed stakeswinner Odyssey Moon.

All American Eisenhower presides at Canterbury

All American’s progressive son Eisenhower presided over a trio of Arrowfield-sired winners at Canterbury on Thursday.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse gave the 3YO gelding an each way chance on the basis of his two previous wins, unbeaten first-up record and two recent trials, but noted that 1100 metres was short of his best trip.

Jockey Blake Shinn accordingly settled Eisenhower well back off the pace, with plenty of galloping room. As the field began to straighten up, they took their opportunity on the fence, claimed the lead and came home strongly to win by a half-length from Lockroy with the favourite Prince Mayted a length away in third place.

It was Eisenhower’s third win from four starts and he can be expected to line up in stakes company fairly soon in this preparation. A $75,000 Star Thoroughbreds purchase from Musk Creek Farm’s draft at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Sale, Eisenhower is the best performer among four foals left by Princess Chutima (by Regal Classic), a winning sister to Group winner Thong Classic.

Earlier in the day the Waterhouse also sent out Snitzel filly Sweet Redemption to become the first 2YO winner for Round Table Racing and her sire’s 13th juvenile winner in Australia & New Zealand this season.

The Arrowfield treble was completed by 3YO filly Defender (Redoute’s Choice-Alinghi) who showed plenty of grit to defeat the favourite Miss Royale whose jockey Blake Shinn suffered a mid-race wardrobe malfunction and displayed rather more than a clean pair of heels to the third placegetter named, believe it or not, Modesty.

Defender, trained by Hawkes Racing for her owner-breeders Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones, is a three-quarter sister to the $1.8 million Snitzel-Alinghi colt purchased by David Raphael & Gerald Ryan at the Inglis Easter Sale earlier this month.She is also a half-sister to Line Honours (by Hussonet), dam of the 2YO Redoute’s Choice filly Regatta Rebel, second at her debut in the ATC Kindergarten S. G3 on 6 April.

Exceptional Easter returns by Arrowfield stallions

Eight times service fee – that’s what Arrowfield stallions achieved for Session 1 vendors at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale.

Eighty yearlings by Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel, Manhattan Rain, Smart Missile, Not A Single Doubt and Charge Forward sold for a total of $25,420,000. That’s an average price of $317,750 – 9% above the Session 1 average, and an exceptional return on the $41,667 average service fee commanded by the six stallions in 2012.

After a spectacular 12 months on the track, Snitzel topped the Sale for the first time with two outstanding colts among his 32 lots sold. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum paid $2.2. million for Milburn Creek’s Admirelle colt, while the final bid of $1.8 million on Arrowfield’s colt from Alinghi was made by David Raphael & Gerald Ryan.

A further 18 yearlings by Snitzel, who stood at a fee of $30,000 in 2012, sold for $200,000 or more, and his overall Session 1 average was $370,938. He signed off with a flourish by topping Session 2 with Newhaven Park’s colt from the Danzero mare Appear, purchased by Shadwell Australia for $500,000.

Key aspects of Snitzel’s progeny performance are his high percentage of Group winners (19 or 63% of his 30 stakeswinners), and his strong record as a sire of juveniles, with 15 stakeswinners in that category.  However, with four of his five Group 1 winners reaching that level at three or four, and three of them (Sizzling as a 2YO, Shamus Award & Wandjina as 3YOs) successful at 1600m or beyond, Snitzel has also demonstrated the versatility needed to claim stallion premierships.

The 25 Session 1 lots by Redoute’s Choice averaged $366,400 and included his 65th seven-figure yearling, the $1.1 million Weekend Beauty filly purchased from Arrowfield by Takaya Shimakawa’s Japan Health Summit. A further 12 Redoute’s Choice yearlings made $300,000 or more, to the bids of Shadwell Australia (3 fillies), Spendthrift Farm, John Foote, John Warren & the China Horse Club with Dean Hawthorne & Michael Wallace, Belmont Bloodstock, Cloros Bloodstock, Vinery Stud, Peter Moody & Paul Perry.

Although shaded by Snitzel on sale average, Redoute’s Choice continues to set the standard for lifetime performance among active Australian stallions. In fact, over the past 12 months he has improved his industry-leading figures in all key categories, including SW/Named Foals (9.4%), SW/Runners (12.0%) and Average Earnings/Runner ($112,850).

Buyers’ recognition of Manhattan Rain’s excellent progress in 2014/15 was reflected in his career-best sale average of $316,000 and a record top price of $700,000 paid by the Hong Kong Jockey Club for Arrowfield’s half-brother to Wandjina. Other Manhattan Rain yearling buyers included Gai Waterhouse & Julian Blaxland, James Harron & Rod Northam, Spicer Thoroughbreds & Lindsay Park and John Foote.

Even without that top price, Manhattan Rain’s Session 1 average of $220,000 represented a very healthy return of more than 7 times his 2012 fee. With four first-crop stakeswinners at 1600 metres and beyond, including the exciting South Australian Derby prospect Manapine, Manhattan Rain is beginning to plough the lucrative and prestigious field of Australian Classic, weight-for-age and Cup racing.

Snitzel, Redoute’s Choice & Manhattan Rain all finished within the top 10 sires by average in Session 1, echoing the positions they hold on the current Australian General Sires’ table (Redoute’s Choice & Snitzel) and the Second Season Sires’ list (Manhattan Rain).

The market’s enthusiasm for a quality group of first-crop sires has been a feature of the 2015 Australian sales season and Smart Missile has been in the thick of the action, posting his top price of $700,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Fourteen of Smart Missile’s 17 Easter Sale yearlings sold for an average of $174,286, more than 8 times the fee asked for him in 2012 and every season since. His top lot was the Ballet Society colt sold for $425,000 by Widden Stud to Anton Koolman & Hermitage Thoroughbreds; another nine yearlings made six figures.

Charge Forward and Not A Single Doubt have ended the major part of the 2015 yearling sales season with averages of around $80,000 and $90,000 respectively, and top prices achieved at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

The Ferguson family’s Bell River Thoroughbreds sold three of Not Single Doubt’s five $200,000+ yearlings this season at Magic Millions and Inglis Melbourne Premier, while Arrowfield sold his top-priced lot, the $280,000 sister to Squamosa purchased by Gai Waterhouse at Magic Millions. Other Not A Single Doubt buyers this year are Robbie Griffiths (who has already trained five winners by him), the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Lindsay Park Bloodstock, Corumbene Stud, James Harron, Mick Price, Tony McEvoy, Ciaron Maher, Clinton McDonald, Darren Weir, Cloud 9 Thoroughbreds, Dynamic Syndications &  First Light Racing.

Charge Forward has had seven yearlings fetch $100,000 or more this year, with Tony Gollan & John Foote combining to buy his most expensive lot, the $180,000 Laissez Faire colt from Arrowfield’s Magic Millions draft. Other purchasers of Charge Forward yearlings include the Ellerton/Zahra team that prepared his Group 1-winning daughter Response, Mt Hallowell Stud, syndicators First Light Racing, Darby Racing & Te Akau Racing.

Both Not A Single Doubt and Charge Forward have enhanced their records since the Easter Sale. Charge Forward’s 3YO daughter Slightly Sweet scored her second Group 3 win for the Esplin family & trainer Jason Coyle in last Saturday’s  James H.B. Carr S. at Randwick.

Trainer Robbie Laing produced Not A Single Doubt’s daughter The Grey Flash to take out the SAJC Sires’ Produce S. G3 on 11 April. Raced by the Laings with Santo Guagliardo, Lennie Ross and Michael White, the grey filly is Not A Single Doubt’s 23rd stakeswinner and ninth juvenile stakeswinner. The Grey Flash is also, like Not A Single Doubt’s Group 1-winning daughter Miracles of Life, out of a More Than Ready mare.

Also on 11 April, Not A Single Doubt’s 3YO son Sure and Fast won the $300,000 ATC Provincial Championship Final and a week later his classy 4YO daughter Gypsy Diamond added the ATC Japan Racing Association Plate G3 to her  excellent record.

Manapine impresses in Flemington stakes win

On the Saturday after Easter Sale buyers paid an average of $215,000 for the eight Manhattan Rain yearlings, Easter graduate Manapine endorsed their selections with a powerful victory in the $150,000 VRC Galilee Series Final 2500m LR.

He is Manhattan Rain’s fourth stakeswinner from his first 69 runners.

Jockey Dwayne Dunn gave the 3YO gelding a perfect ride, placing him midfield off the fence during the running, then setting him alight down the centre of the famous Flemington straight.

Oncidium Ruler then lauched a serious challenge, but Manapine responded strongly to edge clear and win by a half-neck, with All I Survey almost three lengths back in third place.

Nigel Blackiston, who trains him for Arrowfield, Tony & Judy Hodgson, Tony Cheung & David Boehm, said, “Manapine’s win showed me he has the class, strength and stamina to become a force in some good races in the future.”

His final target for the season is the $500,000 SAJC South Australian Derby G1, also over 2500 metres, on 9 May.

Manapine was bred by the Arrowfield-Jungle Pocket partnership from Anapine (by Anabaa), a city-winning sister to dual Group 3 winner Tall Timbers and half-sister to stakeswinner Taken, from the family of Yorkshire Oaks G1 winner Catchascatchcan.

He is the fifth Arrowfield-sold stakeswinner from the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale, after Group 1 winners Majmu and Wandjina, Group 2 winner Moonovermanhattan & stakeswinner Crafty.

Anapine has a yearling filly by Gio Ponti, and a weanling filly by Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom.

Manapine is Stakeswinner No. 4 for Manhattan Rain, following the successes of the Mick Price-trained colt Moonovermanhattan (MVRC Moonee Valley Vase G2), and the fillies Crafty (VRC Taj Rossi Series Final LR at two, and Group 2-placed at three) & Ondina (SAJC Laelia S. LR).

Ondina’s trainer Gai Waterhouse, John Foote, James Harron, Lindsay Park Racing, Spicer Thoroughbreds and First Light Racing were among the Australian buyers who signed for the four colts and four fillies by Manhattan Rain at the Inglis Easter Sale. 

Manhattan Rain joined his fellow second crop stallions I Am Invincible and Medaglia d’Oro on the top 10 sires’ list at Session 1 of the Easter Sale, with an average of $316,000, more than 20 times his 2015 fee, for five lots sold.

His top price of $700,000, paid by the Hong Kong Jockey Club for Arrowfield’s half-brother to Group 1 winner Wandjina, is a record figure for a Manhattan Rain yearling.

By Encosta de Lago, Manhattan Rain is free of Danehill and is showing a good affinity for Danehill- and Danzig-line mares, a combination already responsible for Moonovermanhattan, Manapine and Group-placed Manhattan Avenue. However, Crafty is from a Sadler’s Wells mare and both Ondina and Tony McEvoy’s exciting 2YO Manhattan Blues are from mares by Storm Bird-line sires.

Sire of 26 winners of 34 races in Australia this term, Manhattan Rain is fourth on the Second Season Sires’ table, with close to $1.5 million prizemoney.

Sixth stakes victory for Amorino

Snitzel’s state-trotting son Amorino scored his third stakes win this season when his trademark strong finish took him past the favourite Under the Louvre in Saturday’s $120,000 MRC Anniversary Vase 1400m LR.

Craig Williams, who has ridden Amorino in all three of his wins this year, said, “He is best when you can let him build into a race and he was able to do that today. It was a big effort under top weight.”

Amorino’s sixth black type success took his career record to 10 wins and $763,350 prizemoney, racing from three stables in three states over four seasons.

However, his ownership has been constant since Gerald Ryan bought him as the Snitzel-Steal My Love colt from Arrowfield for $70,000 on behalf of the Galante family at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Amorino’s current home is with promising young Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander who said after Saturday’s win, “I’m lucky the owners sent him to me to train. He was my first Group winner and he’s been very good to me.”

“He’s telling me he is probably at the end of this preparation, but he has done a super job to win a Group race and a Listed race from his past four starts.”

Amorino is among Snitzel’s 30 stakeswinners, ten of them successful this season, including two Group 1 winners Sweet Idea and Wandjina, also a brave runner-up to Dissident in Saturday’s thrilling ATC All Aged S. G1.

Majmu's milestone win for Redoute's Choice

Sheikh Hamdan’s sensational filly Majmu became the eighth multiple Group 1 winner by Redoute’s Choice when she won the Turffontein Empress Club S. 1600m G1 on Saturday.

She also brought up two significant milestones for her champion sire: the 250th stakes win, and the 150th Group win by his progeny. Turffontein was also the scene of Redoute’s Choice’s 149th Group win when Wylie Hall won the Colorado King S.  G2 on 4 April.

Described by trainer Mike de Kock as the best filly he has trained, Majmu was having her first start 18 weeks after her first Group 1 success, in the Kenilworth Cape Fillies Guineas on 6 December.

Sent out favourite at Turffontein, Majmu’s task was made easier when one of her leading rivals, Same Jurisdiction, was declared a nonrunner following a starting gate malfunction.

Jockey Anthony Delpech settled Majmu back midfield, as her fellow Australian-bred Tamaanee took the lead from Smart Call and Banbury,  until the 400-metre mark when Delpech asked Majmu to quicken. The grey filly quickly left the field behind her, to win by three lengths from  Trophy Wife & Tamaanee in a time of 1:37.50, and fill out a hat-trick for Sheikh Hamdan, the de Kock stable and Delpech on the day.

Mike de Kock said, “If she pulls up well she will definitely run again here in a fortnight’s time. She is in the SA Oaks but I would be leaning towards the President’s Champions Challenge (against older horses) over ten furlongs.

“She hasn’t run over her right distance yet. We believe 2,000 to 2,400 metres will not be an issue for her and her temperament and courage are a lot to do with that.”

The stable has since accepted Majmu for the R2 million President’s Champions Challenge G1 on 25 April.

Bred by Arrowfield Stud from the Chilean Group 1 winner Spontaneous (by Hussonet), Majmu was named South Africa’s Champion 2YO filly last season following an unbeaten three-race campaign that ended with an 8.75 length romp in the SA Fillies Nursery G2 on 26 April.

She opened her 3YO season with a Group 2 fourth at Turffontein in October, and has won her three subsequent starts, taking her earnings to R1.8 million.

Majmu was bought from the Arrowfield draft for $300,000 by Angus Gold for Shadwell Australia at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale. Sadly, Arrowfield lost her dam a few months before selling the Not A Single Doubt-Spontaneous colt for $380,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. 

Angus Gold says of Majmu, “She can be very tough in the box and has a mind of her own, but when she gets out on to the track, either in the morning or the afternoon, she is a thorough professional and a pleasure to work with and seems to be blessed with a  very good temperament which obviously helps her fulfil her potential.

He adds, “With regard to her best distance, I personally have always felt she would be a mile and a quarter filly at least, though she hasn’t yet had the opportunity to prove that either way.

“I very much hope that if all goes well with her in the meantime that Sheikh Hamdan will agree to bring her over to Europe to race at some stage, though it looks as if that won’t be for our upcoming season as she won’t get here in time to race this year.”

The prospect of an international campaign will not faze her champion trainer who is currently supervising the long journey UAE Derby winner Mubtaahij must make to compete in next month’s Kentucky Derby.

Majmu is one of 27 Group 1 winners by Redoute’s Choice who has been represented by 13 winners of 19 Group & Listed Races in Australia, South Africa & New Zealand so far this season.

Majmu is one of three Group performers from only five named foals so far bred on the Redoute’s Choice/Hussonet cross. The other two are Group 3-winning 3YO colt Panzer Division and 2YO filly Regatta Rebel, so impressively 2nd on debut in the ATC Kindergarten S. G3 on the first day of The Championships.

Third Group win for Not A Single Doubt mare

Gypsy Diamond made the most of her first opportunity at 2000 metres since her Spring 3YO campaign with a sparkling success in Saturday’s $150,000 ATC Japan Racing Association Plate G3.

The 4YO daughter of Not A Single Doubt missed the start but settled easily on the rail, near the back of the field. Faced with a wall of horses coming round the home bend and plenty of firepower beneath him, jockey Sam Clipperton waited patiently for space to open up in front of the mare.

The pair drove through on the inside of Index Linked and went after Leebaz who fought bravely but could not withstand the powerful finish of Gypsy Diamond who won by a half-length in 2:05.61.

Former AJC Chairman and “Wagga boy” Ron Finemore, who bred and races Gypsy Diamond with John Leaver, was delighted with the mare’s fourth success which takes her earnings close to $750,000 and seals a start in next month’s $150,000 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup LR, also over 2000 metres. 

Gypsy Diamond, Miracles of Life & The Grey Flash are all Group winners for Not A Single Doubt this season and their performances illustrate the impressive versatility of his progeny.

Like Gypsy Diamond, the 2013 Blue Diamond winner Miracles of Life is trained by Peter & Paul Snowden, but her forte is short-course sprinting. She has won two Group 2 races over 1000 and 1100 metres this season, and stormed home for third in Sweet Idea’s ATC The Galaxy G1 on 21 March.

The Grey Flash became Not A Single Doubt’s 9th juvenile stakeswinner when she won the 1400-metre SAJC Sires’ Produce S. G3 on 11 April. Interestingly, she and Miracles of Life are both from mares by More Than Ready.

Gypsy Diamond’s stamina can be credited to her dam, Gypsy Tucker, a daughter of champion sire Zabeel, from the female family of champion sire Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago.

Gypsy Diamond has two younger half-sisters by High Chaparral and a 2YO brother by Not A Single Doubt, named Not A Gyspy and also in training with the Snowdens.

Not A Single Doubt is among Australia’s top 5 sires of 2YOs this season, 11th on the General list with almost $5 million prizemoney and his 2015 yearlings have sold up to $280,000.