New All American 2YO winner for Darby Racing

A week after Golden Slipper prospect Yankee Rose won so well at Rosehill, Darby Racing has unleashed a second eye-catching 2YO by All American.

This time it was the colt Rampage who won his debut in Saturday’s $80,000 MVRC John Paraskevas Plate over 1000 metres. He showed plenty of grit and pace, after racing wide most of the way, to catch Giroux on the line, with Legerity (by Snitzel) a further length away in third.

Watch Rampage’s debut win at Moonee Valley.

Yankee Rose & Rampage are All American’s only juvenile starters so far this season and they have shot him to second position on the Australian 2YO Sires’ list with $221,200 prizemoney, less than $25,000 behind his barnmate Not A Single Doubt.

Co-trainer David Hayes, who also prepared All American to win on debut at Moonee Valley in 2007, immediately confirmed that Rampage would go to Sydney for the $500,000 Inglis Nursery (R) LR at Randwick on 12 December.

He said, “I think he’s a smart horse. He’ll be hard to beat (in Sydney) because he was three-wide the trip and he’s got a lot of improvement left in him. With a $500,000 race and an in-form horse, we’ve got to go for it.

“I thought he’d run well but there were some big wraps on horses in this race. He hasn’t been overly schooled to get here so I’m thrilled.”

Originally sold by Arrowfield at the 2014 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, Rampage was a $20,000 buy for Darby Racing from the Denns Park draft at this year’s Inglis Classic Summer Sale.

Rampage’s dam is the Danzero mare Sleight of Hand, a daughter of champion New Zealand 2YO Lodore Magic, whose grand-daughter Illusionary (by Hussonet) has left the smart juvenile Invisible to All American.

Arrowfield’s 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast draft includes Illusionary’s second All American colt as Lot 319. 

Other All American yearlings in Arrowfield’s Magic Millions draft are Lot 920, the Catalina Winemixer colt, a close relation of Yankee Rose; and Lot 373, the filly from a Hussonet daughter of champion filly Alinghi.

Arrowfield graduate makes 99 for Spur

A century of stakeswinners is one of the few achievements missing from Flying Spur’s CV, but now an Arrowfield graduate has upgraded its status to “imminent.”

4YO mare Traveston Girl became the retired champion sire’s 99th stakeswinner in Saturday’s $100,000 BRC Recognition S. 1600m LR at Doomben, where she led all the way to win by 1.5 lengths from Shotover River & Blue Lion.

Traveston Girl has been a star-in-the-wings ever since she split Amicus and Sabatini in last year’s MRC Thousand Guineas G1, but her next five black type appearances produced only a couple of placings during the Queensland Winter Carnival.

She resumed in October with a third at Doomben, and a second trip south for a solid fifth in Group 3 company at Flemington on Cup Day proved to be the turning point.

Her trainer Tony Gollan said, “We’ve never lost faith in her. Since she won that race as a two-year-old she’s stepped up and raced in the best company in Melbourne and Brisbane.”

“She’s come back in superb order and she’s still got improvement to come.”

Traveston Girl has several opportunities to add further stakes success, and major prizemoney to her three-win, quarter-million-dollar career. All going well, she’ll line up in the Brisbane Handicap LR on 5 December, the Bernborough Handicap LR on 19 December and the $1 million Magic Millions Trophy on 9 January.

Traveston Girl is the fourth foal and fourth winner out of Milande (by Dehere), an unraced sister to multiple Group 1 winner Defier from the family of champion 3YO Triscay and Group 1 winners La Baraka & Demerger.  The Flying Spur/Dehere cross is already responsible for a top-class Arrowfield graduate, three-time Group 1 winner Forensics.

Bred by the partnership of Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones, Traveston Girl was purchased for $60,000 from Arrowfield’s 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale draft for Troy Schmidt’s River Junction Racing.  Mr Schmidt now owns Milande as well and has a yearling half-brother to Traveston Girl by All American.

Flying Spur’s other Spring star is dual Melbourne Group winner Mahuta, from his final, 2012 crop of 59 foals.  The Darren Weir-trained colt has contributed more than $360,000 to his sire’s $126 million+ lifetime earnings.

Traveston Girl is the fifth stakeswinner sold by Arrowfield from its 2013 Magic Millions draft, after Group 3 winners Oakleigh Girl (by Snitzel) & Bachman (by All American), and Listed winners Hijack Hussy (by Hussonet) & Wild Rain (by Manhattan Rain).

Second Group win for Vavasour

A prolific stakes-producing family, a Group 3-winning mare whose yearlings routinely sell for six figures and a once-in-a-generation champion sire – that’s the recipe which has produced grand New Zealand mare Vavasour.

On Saturday at Avondale the daughter of Redoute’s Choice showed plenty of fight to defeat Farm Boy and add the $100,000 Counties Cup 2100m G3 to the Sir Tristram Fillies Classic G2 she won last season.

Watch Vavasour’s Counties Cup G3 win.

Vavasour is a three-quarter sister to Melbourne Group 2 winner Vilanova, from the Red Ransom mare Valpolicella. Bred by Garry Cranny, Cathy Franich’s Frantic Bloodstock & Haunui Farm, she is raced by Ger Beemsterboer and Chris & Sarah Green of Barneswood Farm who wnet to $425,000 to secure her from Haunui’s 2013 NZ Premier Sale draft.

The mare’s co-trainer Peter Williams said, “She’s getting better all the time. And she’s showing us she could win a big one.”

The Waikato Cup, also a Group 3 race, on 12 December is her likely next target, with either the Auckland Cup or an Australian campaign possible after that.

Vavasour takes her champion sire’s tally of worldwide stakeswinners this season to eight.

Redoute’s Choice has 23 lots catalogued for the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, including 3 fillies and 4 colts in the Arrowfield draft.

Group 1 winner caps Not A Single Doubt's day

Multiple winners in a day isn’t that unusual for Not A Single Doubt, but it’s always special to cap five wins in four states with two new stakeswinners, one of them at Group 1 level.

That’s what Not A Single Doubt did on Super Saturday in Perth where Good Project won the $1 million Railway S. 1600m G1 and 3YO filly Let It Slip took out the $100,000 Placid Ark S. 1200m LR.

Chris Waller’s inspired decision to send four-time Sydney winner Good Project to Perth and book big-time rider Craig Williams delivered a stunning all-the-way victory at the 4YO entire’s first try in Group 1 company.

Watch Good Project’s Railway S. G1 win.

Stable representative Justine Hales praised Williams’ ride, “He summed it up perfectly before the race, he said he had to jump out and get handy and we didn’t think that he would get to the lead that easily.

“He slowed them up and he waited to pinch that break coming around to the top of the straight. He is a great rider, he thinks about things so well and he knew that horse had no weight and they just had to try and catch him.”

She said of Good Project, “He is a lovely colt and he is a lovely horse to deal with. Everything he does he just takes in his stride and that is what has helped him. Going to Brisbane taught him how to travel.”

Williams’ perfect judgement of pace, and Good Project’s generous kick at the top of the straight allowed them to steal another length their rivals could not find. Messene (from a Redoute’s Choice mare) fought on well for second, two lengths away,  and Balmont Girl was a half-length further back in third place. The favourite, last season’s Champion Australian 3YO Filly Delicacy, finished in sixth position, more than three lengths from Good Project.

Bred by Richard Pietrykowski from the winning mare Euchre (by Final Card), Good Project is a half-brother to five winners including dual Singapore Group winner World Airlines (10 wins) and stakes-placed Singapore winner Alacarte (11 wins). Bred on the same cross as Magic Millions star Karuta Queen, he is Not A Single Doubt’s equal second top-priced yearling, sold from Mike & Debbie O’Donnell’s Fairhill Farm draft for $300,000 at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Sale.

Mike O’Donnell said after Good Project’s Group 1 victory, “He was an outstanding yearling that had great presence. He always had the right attributes to be a Group 1 horse, and he’s proven that today.”

He added, “Not A Single Doubt gives everyone a chance, broodmare, breeder, sale company, trainer and owner! We love him.”

Good Project is owned by Macau businessman C.C. Lai whose red & yellow silks have also been carried by Sydney Cup winner Grand Marshal and Group 1 winner Delectation. Good Project’s five wins and 11 placings from 21 starts have added almost $1 million to Mr Lai’s racing account.

3YO filly Let It Slip, only a month past her maiden win, added another black type success to Not A Single Doubt’s day when she prevailed in the $100,000 WATC Placid Ark S. 1200m LR.

Watch Let It Slip’s Placid Ark S. LR win.

Let It Slip was bred by Chris Gales out of the city winner Oopsy Doopsy (by General Nediym), from the family of dual Group 1 winner Hollow Bullet. Offered by Gales’ Gervase Park Stud at the 2014 Magic Millions Perth Sale, she was purchased for $130,000 by trainer and part-owner Daniel Pearce.

Good Project and Let It Slip take Not A Single Doubt’s tally of stakeswinners to 29, and with Berlutti (Ballarat), Not A Zerprise (Morphettville) and Hesitation (Doomben) gave the brilliant son of Redoute’s Choice five wins for the day.

They have also helped him leap to fourth position on the current Australian General Sires’ table, with earnings of $3.3 million.

Not A Single Doubt has 32 lots catalogued for the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, including Arrowfield’s filly from Miss Sharapova – she’s a three-quarter sister to Not A Single Doubt’s Group 2-winning daughter Villa Verde.
The NZ Bloodstock Premier Sale catalogue includes three fillies and a colt by Not A Single Doubt, and three colts and two fillies are listed for February’s Inglis Classic Sale.

All American 2YO wins again at Rosehill

Darby Racing’s sharp eye for an athletic yearling put a large group of owners into the winner’s circle at Rosehill for the second time in three weeks, when Yankee Rose scored again in Saturday’s $150,000 Golden Gift over 1100 metres.

The 2YO daughter of All American once again proved too strong for her male rivals, making up several lengths in spectacular fashion to overhaul Good Standing by a half-neck, with Julius Caesar third.

Watch Yankee Rose win the Golden Gift at Rosehill.

Apart from the thrill of two wins from two starts, her owners have reaped big financial returns on the $10,000 Darby Racing paid for Yankee Rose at the Inglis Classic Sale where she was offered by Widden Stud. Her prizemoney is already close to $160,000, including BOBS bonuses of $40,000 – sufficient to book a place in next year’s $3.5 million Golden Slipper G1 on 19 March.

Her trainer David Vandyke said, “I’m still coming to grips with that performance and the fact that we have a runner in the Golden Slipper.”

“I know this filly will get over further – the Champagne Stakes is actually the race I had tagged for her long term but to see her finish like that over 1100 (metres), she’s quality.

“She’s very exciting and the thing she has got going for her is she’s tough, real tough.”

Yankee Rose, physically very typical of All American’s stock, is the fourth foal and third winner out of Condesaar (by Xaar), a half-sister to New Zealand Derby G1 winner Redoute’s Dancer.

All American has six lots catalogued for January’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale including Arrowfield’s colt from Catalina Winemixer (by Stratum), making him a three-quarter brother to Yankee Rose.

Smart Missile tops Ready to Run Sale

Arrowfield’s first season sire Smart Missile headed the stallion averages at the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale which concluded at Karaka on Thursday.

All four of the Smart Missile 2YOs offered were sold, with a top price of $275,000 paid by Dennis Yip for Lyndhurst Farm’s colt from Dashie Diva (by Dash For Cash). That’s $75,000 more than Mark & Shelley Treweek paid for him at February’s Inglis Classic Sale, where he was offered by Andrew & George Ferguson’s Bell River Thoroughbreds. 

The colts out of Venetian Lady & Zabelka both fetched $260,000, bought respectively by Hong Kong trainers Manfred Man and Ricky Yiu.

The Hula Here gelding, sold for $200,000 by Anzac Lodge to New Zealand Bloodstock as agent for a Malaysian client, completed the quartet which averaged $248,750 – 2.7 times the record average achieved by the Sale.

The strong demand for Smart Missile’s first crop 2YOs follows his first stakeswinner, the unbeaten filly Sassy ‘N’ Smart, successful for Te Akau Racing in last Saturday’s CJC Welcome S. LR at Riccarton in Christchurch.

Smart Missile has also had two impressive trial winners in Australia, Triple Crown Syndications’ colt Jericho (ex Advance to Go by Red Ransom) in Sydney, and the Prime Thoroughbreds’ filly Strike for Victory (ex Reve De Victoire by Anabaa) in Tasmania.

Smart Missile has 32 yearlings catalogued for the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, ten of them to be offered by Arrowfield.

Profitable pinhooks by Arrowfield sires

Arrowfield-sired 2YOs attracted three of the five highest bids on the first day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready To Run Sale at Karaka on Wednesday. All three colts were bought by Hong Kong trainers.

First up was the Not A Single Doubt-Plain Crazy colt, knocked down to David Ferraris for $270,000 – a great return on the $60,000 paid for him at February’s Inglis Classic Sale by the Van Dyk family’s Prima Park.

The result pays a further compliment to Ambergate Farm which sold Not A Single Doubt’s latest stakeswinner, Jackson, from the same draft.

Manfred Man signed for Riversley Park’s colt by Smart Missile from Venetian Lady (by Woodman) at $260,000. That’s more than eight times the price Sam Beatson paid for him at the Inglis Classic Sale, where he was presented by Broadwater Thoroughbreds.

$260,000 was also paid for Prima Park’s Smart Missile-Zabelka (by Zabeel) colt, purchased by Ricky Yiu. The strongly made colt was originally bought for $90,000 from the Arrowfield consignment at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Today’s session set an Australasian record for a 2YO auction with an average price of $91,036. The Sale concludes on Thursday.

27th stakeswinner for Not A Single Doubt

Not A Single Doubt has added two new winners, including his 27th stakeswinner, to his imposing record as a sire of juveniles.

Jackson continued a tremendous run of success by trainer Tony McEvoy when he powered home on debut in Saturday’s $120,000 MRC Merson Cooper S. 1000m LR at Sandown.  Soviet Secret and Emphatically (also by Not A Single Doubt) filled the placings.  The $500,000 Inglis Nursery (R) LR at Randwick on 12 December will be the gelding’s next target.

Watch Jackson win the MRC Merson Cooper S. LR.

McEvoy said of Jackson, “He’s a big gangly sort of gelding, he gets run off his feet early by some of my other babies at home, but when they hit the hill at Kildalton Park he’s the one that just powers up it. He’s got a lot of scope, big stride and he will improve a good bit.”

The stakes victory is a well-deserved reward for NSW breeder Fred Moses’ staunch support of Not A Single Doubt who has seen Jackson’s dam Elegant Angela (by Perugino) five times for four foals, three of them winners.

Jackson attracted the highest bid as a yearling, being knocked down to McEvoy Mitchell Racing for $76,000 at this year’s Inglis Classic Sale where he was offered by Ambergate Farm.

Elegant Angela, a city-winning 2YO, is out of a Sir Tristram half-sister to Group 2 winner Kenfair, from the family of champion sire Marscay, champion 3YO filly Alacrity and Melbourne Cup winner Subzero.

Less than thirty minutes before Jackson’s win, another member of Not A Single Doubt’s 2013 crop, Faraway Town (ex London Calling by Dehere) scored a narrow maiden win at Rosehill. Her trainer Matthew Smith confirmed after the race that the filly will head to January’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR.

Watch Faraway Town win at Rosehill.

Faraway Town was bought for $200,000 by Mystery Downs from Andrew & Georgie Ferguson’s Bell River Thoroughbreds draft at this year’s Magic Millions Sale.

Not A Single Doubt is enjoying a tremendous Spring in Australia with 57 winners, four of them stakeswinners (Secret Agenda, Fell Swoop, Don’t Doubt Mamma & Jackson), and more than $2.4 million prizemoney.

The son of Redoute’s Choice has 32 lots catalogued for the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, including a filly in the Arrowfield draft, and a filly & a colt in the Bell River consignment.