Redoute's Choice reaches new milestone

Memo from Redoute’s Choice: “Don’t sign off on the news out of a day’s racing while I have a couple of stakes runners still to come.”

The champion sire sent that message on Saturday evening, after the celebrations of Winx’s three-peat Cox Plate victory, and after Snitzel’s fourth big-track stakes double of the season.

As if to remind his champion son who still occupies the No. 1 box at Arrowfield’s stallion quarters, Redoute’s Choice summoned 3YO Perth filly Perfect Jewel and 2YO French filly Lilac Fairy into action. 

Both daughters duly delivered, winning in the style of fillies likely to progress further this year.

Perfect Jewel became the 150th individual stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice when she won the $100,000 WATC Belgravia S. 1200m LR, her third consecutive win for owner-breeders Bob & Sandra Peters and trainers Grant & Alana Williams. 

She is the third stakeswinner from the Peters’ wonderful broodmare Star Encounter (by Jeune), herself a Listed winner and also dam of Perth Cup G2 winner Star Exhibit and stakeswinner Royal Star, a year-older full sister to Perfect Jewel. 

Richer prizes at Perth’s upcoming Summer Carnival now beckon Perfect Jewel, nominated for the WA Guineas G2, and Royal Star, entered for the Railway Stakes G1. Both fillies are also among the nominations for the Kingston Town Classic G1 on 9 December.

Three hours after Perfect Jewel’s win, around 10.30 pm Sydney time, Lilac Fairy lined up in the Prix des Sablonnets LR over 1600 metres at the picturesque course of Nantes in France. 

Built very much on the mould of her famous sire, Lilac Fairy became stakeswinner No. 151 in good style, winning by a half-length from Mon Amie Chop & Shenoya, and fulfilling the promise she had shown in two runner-up finishes last month. 

Bred by Guy Heald, Lilac Fairy is out of Border Bloom (by Selkirk) from the family of stakeswinner Dubai Rose and her Group 2-winning daughter The Juliet Rose.

She is the 37th juvenile stakeswinner by Redoute’s Choice and the third stakeswinner, after Gold Luck & Ibiza, conceived during his two-season stint at the Aga Khan ‘s Haras de Bonneval. 

Lilac Fairy was offered at the 2016 Arqana October Sale by Ecurie Monceaux and bought for €150,000 by Blandford Bloodstock and owner Golden East Horse. She is prepared by Francis-Henri Graffard, a graduate of the Darley Flying Start programme now making an impact as a trainer in France. 

This same-day stakes double is the first for Redoute’s Choice this season, but it’s been a common feature of his career. In fact, he has recorded similar doubles in all but two seasons, 2003/04 (with one crop racing), and 2007/08. 

His record includes two same-track Group 1 doubles, more than a decade apart: Nadeem (MRC Blue Diamond S. G1) & Snitzel (MRC Oakleigh Plate G1) at Caulfield on 25 February 2006, and the full brothers Mustaaqeem (South African Nursery G1) & Rafeef (Computaform Sprint G1) at Turffontein on 6 May 2017. 

Nadeem was also represented by a stakeswinner on Saturday, 2YO colt Sir Nate in the WRC Wellesley S. LR, while Burgundy, yet another son of Redoute’s Choice, is the sire of ARC Soliloquy S. LR winner Dijon Bleu. 

Snitzel doubles up at Moonee Valley

Snitzel’s success has been more plural than singular this Spring, with three doubles and two trebles accounting for 12 of his progeny’s 20 stakes victories in the first three months of the season.

The latest contributors to that record are 3YO gelding Eptimum and 4YO mare Lubiton who delivered a Group 3 double at Moonee Valley on a day made unforgettable by Winx’s dramatic third consecutive victory in the Cox Plate G1.

Toby Edmonds brought Eptimum, fifth in Brisbane at his only juvenile start, to Melbourne as a travelling companion for class sprinting filly Houtzen and he easily paid his way with wins at Ballarat and Bendigo. 

Winning the $150,000 MVRC Red Anchor S. 1200m G3 by three lengths from Single Bullet (by Not A Single Doubt) clearly exceeds his brief! It has also tripled his prizemoney and earned him a possible tilt at next Saturday’s $1 million VRC Coolmore Stud S. G1, where his rivals will include Houtzen.

Watch Eptimum win the MVRC Red Anchor S. G3.

Eptimum was bred and sold by the O’Brien family’s Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm from the Monashee Mountain mare Paramount, a winning sister to Stradbroke H. G1 winner La Montagna, and bought for $200,000 from the 2016 Magic Millions Sale.

Paramount also has an unraced 2YO filly, Of Importance (by Not A Single Doubt) in training with Mick Price, and a yearling colt by So You Think.

Eptimum takes Snitzel’s number of stakeswinners this season to 16 – he’s also the 16th stakeswinner to emerge so far from Snitzel’s stunning 2014 crop. 

Snitzel has been represented by 27 new stakeswinners since 1 January, and his lifetime total now stands at 74.

The $150,000 MVRC Tesio S. 1600m G3 is Lubiton’s second black type success this Spring, and she completed her task in convincing fashion, leading all the way to score by 1.25 lengths from Savapinski and favourite Invincibella.

Even better, she set a new track record of 1:34.42.

Watch Lubiton win the MVRC Tesio S. G3.

Lubiton was bred by Bell View Park Stud & Foote Street Investments from the Zabeel mare Rosa Stellata, and offered by Newgate Farm at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale, where she was bought for $250,000 by Sam Kavanagh. 

Lubiton is trained by Bjorn Baker for Steve and Louise Gillard, who also raced Snitzel’s Group 3-winning daughter Oakleigh Girl. The Baker stable also prepares Snitzel’s 3YO son Goodfella, winner of last Saturday’s ATC Brian Crowley S. LR.

Boom time for Spur & Single

They were there to make up the numbers. 

That was the message of the Caulfield Cup betting market which gave Boom Time and Single Gaze almost no chance of making the frame.

But at the business end of the $3 million race, it was the never-say-die son of Flying Spur and the bottomlessly brave daughter of Not A Single Doubt who fought out the finish. 

Watch Boom Time & Single Gaze quinella the MRC Caulfield Cup G1

Boom Time, previously a Group-placed dual Listed winner, was given a near-perfect run by Cory Parish who took advantage of gate 3 to slot the 6YO gelding in on the rail, behind the leading bunch, as Sir Isaac Newton took off in front. It took a little work to ease him into space at the top of the straight but when the break came, Boom Time sprinted to the lead.  

Single Gaze and Kathy O’Hara had a trickier task from gate 12 and took the make-your-own-luck route, spearing forward to lead the chase after Sir Isaac Newton, settling beautifully mid-race and responding heartily when the pressure came on. Boom Time just had a little more left at the end of the 2400-metre contest, and won by 1.25 lengths in 2:27.66, with Johannes Vermeer third.  

Boom Time was bred and raced with good success by Western Australian businessman Kim Loxton, until his sale earlier this year to champion trainer David Hayes, who celebrated three generations of Caulfield Cup success with his co-trainers, son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig. Colin Hayes won the race with How Now in 1976, while David already had two victories on his record, with Fraar (1993) and Tawqeet (2006).

It’s not uncommon for horses to out-run their pedigrees, but in Boom Time’s case, the disconnect is more than usually significant.

Yes, Golden Slipper winner Flying Spur took his brilliance out to 1600 metres in the Australian Guineas and All Aged Stakes. Yes, Boom Time’s damsire Snippets was a top-class 2YO and sprinter who sired winners of the Doomben Cup G1 and MacKinnon Stakes G1. However, neither stallion could be called a reliable source of stayers!

Boom Time’s female family is almost entirely dedicated to short-course speed. His dam Bit Of A Ride won seven races up to 1400 metres, and under his third dam Love Song sit the names of Magnus (AJC The Galaxy G1), Champion 3YO Colt All Too Hard and – the very definition of unrivalled speed in 21st century Australian racing – Black Caviar. 

Boom Time is the 13th Group 1 winner for 2007 Champion Sire Flying Spur, still in good health at the age of 25 and very happily enjoying his retirement at Arrowfield, on the farm he did so much to help build.

Flying Spur’s tally of stakeswinners is 99 and with his final crop now five-year-olds, time is running out to complete his century. Boom Time will get the chance to add a much bigger prize to Flying Spur’s CV by taking his place in the field for the $6 million Melbourne Cup G1 on 7 November. 

Snitty Kitty tops off Snitzel's stakes treble

Two 3YO colts and a mare – Dracarys, Jukebox and Sweet Redemption – supplied Snitzel’s first stakes treble of this season, on 19 August. 

Two months later, same story, a pair of 3YO colts and a mare – but three different horses. This time it was Snitzepeg, Goodfella and Snitty Kitty completing a snappy 1-2-3 on Caulfield Cup day in Melbourne and Sydney. 

And it’s Snitzel’s third same-day triple stakes success in less than seven months. (The series began with Invader & Diddums at Randwick, and Heavenly Blue in South Africa on 1 April. Invader, remember, led home a Snitzel trifecta in the ATC Inglis Sires’ Produce S. G1.) 

At Caulfield, Snitzepeg followed up his Poseidon Stakes win two weeks ago with a gritty performance to overhaul the pace-setting Lord Sundowner and claim the $120,000 MRC Gothic S. 1400m LR. It was the colt’s third success for Hong Kong-based owner Peter Law and trainer Darren Weir. 

Watch Snitzepeg win the MRC Gothic S. LR.

Hopes are that Snitzepeg can follow the example of the stable’s 2015 Gothic Stakes winner Mahuta, who went on to complete a sequence of five straight Group & Listed victories that season.

Snitzepeg was purchased for $260,000 by Darren Weir and John Foote at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Bred in Victoria by Jeff Allis from the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Pegasus Queen, he was offered by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds.

Pegasus Queen has a 2YO Not A Single Doubt filly named Killer Queen in training with Anthony Freedman, and a yearling colt by Deep Field. 

Next up was 3YO Goodfella who, like Snitzepeg, has progressed sharply this Spring after an active juvenile campaign. He started favourite in the $150,000 ATC Brian Crowley S. 1200m LR at Randwick, but his chances didn’t look bright as he swung five-wide round the turn and Piracy picked up ahead of him.

However, Jason Collett had plenty of horse beneath him and Goodfella responded generously in the final stages to win by a half-length from Piracy and Andaz. 

Watch Goodfella win the ATC Brian Crowley S. LR.

Goodfella is Snitzel’s 73rd stakeswinner and the first winner that his dam Movie (by Red Ransom) has produced for Newhaven Park Stud, which sold the colt for $200,000 to Bjorn Baker & Blandford Bloodstock at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale. 

Back in Melbourne, Snitzel’s 4YO daughter Snitty Kitty confirmed her star quality with a 2.25-length victory in the $200,000 MRC Caulfield Sprint 1000m G2 where she was simply too strong and too fast for Super Too and Fatinah.

Watch Snitty Kitty win the MRC Caulfield Sprint G2.

Snitty Kitty was bought from the Willow Park Stud draft by her trainer Henry Dwyer for $175,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions Sale and has earned almost $390,000 from six wins for a group of owners that includes her breeder Gordon Henderson. It’s a total she looks capable of increasing significantly over the next 12 months.

Snitty Kitty is the best of three winners left by Lassiter’s Cat, an unraced daughter of Tale of the Cat, from the well-known “Leica” family that has produced two Victoria Derby winners, Redding (in 1992) and Nothin’ Leica Dane (in 1995).

Remarkably, Snitzel is collecting plural stakes wins more often than singular ones this Spring. Ten of his progeny’s 18 stakes victories since 1 August have been either doubles or trebles, and all but two of them have been achieved in Sydney or Melbourne. 

Eight members of Snitzel’s outstanding 2014 crop, all of them colts, have contributed to that tally: Group 1 winner Trapeze Artist, Group 2 winners Menari & Showtime, Group 3 winners Dracarys, Jukebox & Perast and Listed winners Goodfella & Snitzepeg.

Boom Time for Flying Spur

Champion Sire Flying Spur retired from stud duties five years ago and, now 25 years-old, he lives happily at Arrowfield Stud, which his outstanding racing, breeding and sales success helped to build. We visited him a couple of days after his son Boom Time won the $3 million MRC Caulfield Cup G1:

Arrowfield Stud: Hey Spur, how are you this morning?

Flying Spur: I’m great, just enjoying the sunshine here with my old mate Iceman – what’s up?

AS: Well, quite a lot actually – one of your sons, from your second last crop of foals, has just won the Caulfield Cup!

FS: Er, what? The Caulfield Cup? But isn’t that a 2400-metre race, and one of Australia’s Big Cups?

AS: Spot on Spur, and Boom Time won it brilliantly. Mind you, he surprised almost everyone – he started at 50/1.

FS: Well, well, you just never know, do you? Who trains him?

AS: David Hayes, his son Ben and nephew Tom, and David owns him too, so a wonderful result for Lindsay Park. 

FS: I remember David, he trained Sleek Chassis for me too – lovely bloke, good on him. So who’s Boom Time’s mother?

AS: A nice bay mare called Bit Of A Ride, won seven races…remember her?

FS: Ah, I think I met quite a few mares like her in my time!  But good on her too, well done! 

AS: In fact, you’ve met a few members of her family and sired a couple of Boom Time’s smart relatives, Group 1 winner Magnus – he’s doing a good job at stud too – and stakeswinner Arctic Flight, both out of….

FS: ….Scandinavia, I’ve got you now. Isn’t that also the family of…

AS: Yep, Black Caviar – pretty amazing, eh?

FS: So where does Boom Time’s stamina come from? 

AS: Good question! It might even be you – you’ve sired several stakeswinners around 2000 metres, and Boom Time is your fourth stakeswinner at 2400 metres or more. He’s certainly improved the further he’s gone, and now he’s going for the Melbourne Cup.

FS: Well, that’s one trophy I know I don’t have in the cupboard. It would go nicely with Forensics’ Golden Slipper, Mentality’s Randwick Guineas, Sleek Chassis’ Blue Diamond, Magnus’ Galaxy, Alverta’s Coolmore Classic, All Time High’s Thousand Guineas and Inspiration’s Hong Kong Sprint. And all the rest!

AS: Nothing wrong with your memory, Spur! Something else to tuck away – you’re now ninth on the Australian Sires’ list with just over $2 million and only three winners this season.

FS: Gee, what are the rest of my kids doing? Gone on holiday?

AS: Hate to break it to you Spur, but your youngest kids are now five-year-olds, just a year younger than Boom Time. And you’ve been sitting on 99 stakeswinners for nearly two years now…

FS: …so time’s running out. I get the message. Still, 99 is pretty good – and how many Group 1 winners now?

AS: Thirteen, not as many as Redoute’s Choice, but still ahead of Snitzel – only just!

FS: That young whippersnapper! Where’s he on the Sires’ table?

AS: Easy old boy, he’s already won his first Premiership and is on top again this season, with Not A Single Doubt chasing him.

FS: I knew they’d go far, those boys. I never told Redoute’s Choice this, but he’s all class, the only other stallion I ever looked up to. Apart from Dad.

AS: And now, like Danehill, you’ve sired a Caulfield Cup winner. 

FS: How about that? Hey, better go now and catch up with my old mate. Thanks for the update!

AS: Good on you Spur, and maybe you’ll get that 100th stakeswinner yet!  

 

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Arrowfield farewells Champion Alinghi

The extraordinary life of Champion Alinghi ended early on Monday morning when she died foaling at Arrowfield Stud.

Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of Arrowfield’s dedicated foaling team and vet Dr Sean Finan, neither the 16-year-old mare nor her foal by Not A Single Doubt could be saved.

Arrowfield Chairman John Messara says, “It’s a sad day for all of us, losing Alinghi and her foal, she was a magnificent racehorse and after more than eleven years with us at Arrowfield, very much part of all our lives.

“We’re immensely grateful for the joy she gave us, co-owners John Leaver & Alan Jones, her breeders, trainers, original owners and many others, and for her contribution as a broodmare.

“She has also left us five daughters, four of them already breeding for us, and a gorgeous yearling filly by Deep Impact we’ll now keep.”

Alinghi’s first foal Line Honours (by Hussonet) won in Sydney and has left Group-placed fillies Regatta Rebel and Extra Olives (both by Redoute’s Choice).

Her second daughter Lahana, also by Hussonet, is the dam of Adelaide winner Arleigh (by Smart Missile and visiting Maurice) and produced a Not a Single Doubt colt earlier this month.

City winner Defender (by Redoute’s Choice) has a yearling colt by Animal Kingdom and foals to Dundeel this Spring, and Dame Pattie (by Snitzel) has been served by Mikki Isle.

Alinghi’s only son, by Snitzel, made headlines at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale where he was sold for $1.8 million to David Raphael. Named America, he has had three starts and is in training with Anthony Freedman.

Matching Alinghi’s superlative race record was always going to be a tall order for her progeny.

The imposing 16.2-hand daughter of Encosta de Lago and Oceanfast was bred by Piney Ridge & Edenkey Nominees and bought for $80,000 from the 2003 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale by syndicator Slade Bloodstock.

Named for the two-time America’s Cup-winning syndicate, Alinghi was trained in Australia by Lee Freedman for his own Markdel Racing Syndicate, Corinna Slade, the Real Deal Syndicate, Steve Saunderson, the Diamond Forehead Syndicate, Kathlee Syndicate, Alan Halse, Theo Menounnos, Karen Bytel and Clem Engelkamp.

Seventeen of Alinghi’s 18 starts were in black type company, and she won 11 and placed in five of them, earning $3.5 million. That record is even more impressive when her best performances are considered.

She won her first four starts at two including the MRC Blue Diamond S. G1 and was third in the fastest STC Golden Slipper G1, won by Dance Hero from Charge Forward with Fastnet Rock fourth.

Alinghi earned Champion 3YO Filly honours and a Timeform rating of 125 after winning the MRC 1000 Guineas G1, VRC Edward Manifold S. G2 and VRC Ascot Vale S. G2, besting Fastnet Rock in the VRC Newmarket H. G1 and Glamour Puss in the SAJC Robert Sangster S. G1.

She also placed in the MRC Invitation S. G1, VRC Empire Rose S. G1 and VRC Lightning S. G1, rounding out a program rarely contemplated, much less undertaken and completed with distinction by a 3YO filly.

A fourth in the 2005 AJC TJ Smith S. G1 was her only unplaced run in Australia, before her purchase by Arrowfield and an American campaign with US Hall of Famer Bobby Frankel. That began promisingly with a Grade 3 victory at Saratoga in August 2005 followed by an eighth in the Keeneland Turf Mile G1.

Soon afterwards a tendon injury ended Alinghi’s racing career and she returned to Arrowfield where she remained until her 2015 trip to Japan for her date with Champion Sire Deep Impact.

Alinghi will be buried in the Arrowfield cemetery alongside several distinguished former residents including Beneteau (out of Alinghi’s full sister Slice of Paradise), New Zealand Horse of the Year Tycoon Lil, champion sprinter Special, Champion Filly & blue hen mare Denise’s Joy, Lady Giselle (dam of Zabeel) and Singles Bar (dam of Not A Single Doubt).

Tosen Stardom presses Deep Impact's case

The outstanding performance by topweight Tosen Stardom in Saturday’s $500,000 MRC Toorak H. 1600m G1 has strengthened the case for backing the Deep Impact sire-line in Australia.

Arrowfield stands the only two Group 1-winning sons of Deep Impact available to breeders outside Japan: Real Impact, whose first Australian foals are arriving this Spring, and Japan’s 2016 Champion Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle, serving his first book of Australian mares.

Tosen Stardom became Deep Impact’s 31st Group 1 winner when he carried 57.5 kg and the Australian Bloodstock colours to victory after sitting three wide for most of the race, then widest of the field round the turn. Despite that testing run, he finished off with verve to score by a length from Sovereign Nation & Petrology in 1:35.86.

Watch Tosen Stardom win the MRC Toorak H. G1.

Bred and still part-owned by Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Racing, Tosen Stardom (ex Admire Kirameki by End Sweep) is Deep Impact’s second Group 1 winner from only three Australian runners.

The pioneer was Real Impact who came down under for The Championships in 2015, winning the ATC George Ryder S. G1 and finishing a close second in the Doncaster G1. At the same Sydney Autumn Carnival, Tosen Stardom was second in the Ranvet G1 and fifth in Criterion’s Queen Elizabeth S. G1.

Tosen Stardom, also placed twice in Melbourne Group 1 sprints this year, has won six races and $2.1 million and is likely to go for the $1 million Cantala Stakes G1, now known as the Kennedy Mile, on the last day of Cup Week at Flemington.

Deep Impact’s towering dominance in Japan is well-established, but his international record, from around 30 runners outside Japan, is equally imposing. Seven of them are Group 1 winners: Gentildonna (Dubai), A Shin Hikari (France & Hong Kong), Beauty Parlour (France), Real Steel & Vivlos (Dubai), as well as Real Impact and Tosen Stardom. 

Deep Impact is well on the way to securing his sixth Japanese Sires’ premiership, with 18 stakeswinners and almost $A53 million prizemoney – about $A13 million more than King Kamehameha. Echoing Snitzel’s category dominance in Australia last season, Deep Impact is also heading the 2YO and 3YO Sires’ tables. 

Real Impact’s first Japanese foals were sold at this year’s JRHA Select Sale, where Australian agent Robert Roulston paid approximately $A330,000 for the Real Impact filly from German Group 2 winner Selkis (by Monsun).

Roulston said afterwards, “I sent three mares to Real Impact in his first year, and when I saw his foals here I really loved them; they’re nice types… I’m quite bullish about Real Impact after seeing his foals.”

Tosen Stardom presses Deep Impact’s case

The outstanding performance by topweight Tosen Stardom in Saturday’s $500,000 MRC Toorak H. 1600m G1 has strengthened the case for backing the Deep Impact sire-line in Australia.

Arrowfield stands the only two Group 1-winning sons of Deep Impact available to breeders outside Japan: Real Impact, whose first Australian foals are arriving this Spring, and Japan’s 2016 Champion Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle, serving his first book of Australian mares.

Tosen Stardom became Deep Impact’s 31st Group 1 winner when he carried 57.5 kg and the Australian Bloodstock colours to victory after sitting three wide for most of the race, then widest of the field round the turn. Despite that testing run, he finished off with verve to score by a length from Sovereign Nation & Petrology in 1:35.86.

Watch Tosen Stardom win the MRC Toorak H. G1.

Bred and still part-owned by Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Racing, Tosen Stardom (ex Admire Kirameki by End Sweep) is Deep Impact’s second Group 1 winner from only three Australian runners.

The pioneer was Real Impact who came down under for The Championships in 2015, winning the ATC George Ryder S. G1 and finishing a close second in the Doncaster G1. At the same Sydney Autumn Carnival, Tosen Stardom was second in the Ranvet G1 and fifth in Criterion’s Queen Elizabeth S. G1.

Tosen Stardom, also placed twice in Melbourne Group 1 sprints this year, has won six races and $2.1 million and is likely to go for the $1 million Cantala Stakes G1, now known as the Kennedy Mile, on the last day of Cup Week at Flemington.

Deep Impact’s towering dominance in Japan is well-established, but his international record, from around 30 runners outside Japan, is equally imposing. Seven of them are Group 1 winners: Gentildonna (Dubai), A Shin Hikari (France & Hong Kong), Beauty Parlour (France), Real Steel & Vivlos (Dubai), as well as Real Impact and Tosen Stardom. 

Deep Impact is well on the way to securing his sixth Japanese Sires’ premiership, with 18 stakeswinners and almost $A53 million prizemoney – about $A13 million more than King Kamehameha. Echoing Snitzel’s category dominance in Australia last season, Deep Impact is also heading the 2YO and 3YO Sires’ tables. 

Real Impact’s first Japanese foals were sold at this year’s JRHA Select Sale, where Australian agent Robert Roulston paid approximately $A330,000 for the Real Impact filly from German Group 2 winner Selkis (by Monsun).

Roulston said afterwards, “I sent three mares to Real Impact in his first year, and when I saw his foals here I really loved them; they’re nice types… I’m quite bullish about Real Impact after seeing his foals.”

Redoute's Choice dynasty's cup runneth over

Saturday 14 October 2017 is a date that followers of the fortunes of the Redoute’s Choice dynasty and in particular, his spectacular sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt, will remember for a long, long time. 

By the end of it, Snitzel had cracked $10 million on the Australian General Sires’ premiership and Not A Single Doubt’s four new stakeswinners, emulating Snitzel’s feat on 13 May 2017, and including his 8th Group 1 winner, had taken him to second spot with $3.5 million. 

Here’s how the day unfolded across four extraordinary hours:

Caulfield, 12.20 pm – Sheikh Hamdan’s 2YO filly Qafila (Not A Single Doubt-Zighy Bay by Tapit) pounced late to claim the $120,000 MRC Inglis Debutant S. 1000m LR. from Sacred Sword and Encryption.

Watch Qafila win the MRC Inglis Debutant S. LR.

She’s trained by the Hayes & Dabernig team that turned out Snitzel’s 2YO daughter Nomathaj to win last Saturday’s VRC Maibyrong Trial S LR, carrying the same, famous blue and white silks.

Qafila is Woodpark Stud’s first stakeswinner as a breeder and was purchased from Attunga Stud at the Magic Millions Sale for $450,000, making her Not A Single Doubt’s second top-priced yearling filly this year. Qafila is now his 17th juvenile stakeswinner.

The Gerald Ryan-trained colt Legend Of Condor (ex Rhodamine by Success Express), gritty debut winner of  the  $100,000 Victory Vein Plate at Randwick 20 minutes after Qafila’s win, may well be Number 18.


Royal Randwick, 1.15 pm – 3YO filly Torvill (Not A Single Doubt-Bolero Queen by Iglesia) put up the best performance of her eight-start career to land the  $125,000 ATC Reginald Allen Quality 1400m LR, with Yulong Xingsheng and Workdrinks filling the placings.  

Torvill’s winning time of 1:22 flat was a new race record and trainer Clarry Conners indicated a race in Melbourne is now a possibility  for her.

Watch Torvill win the ATC Reginald Allen Quality LR.

From the family of Queensland Derby G1 winner Ruthven and multiple Group winner Cangronde, Torvill is raced by her breeders Barry Garforth and Max Kowalczuk.



Caulfield, 1.30 pm
– Former Western Australian mare Cool Passion (Not A Single Doubt-Hiavanna by Mister C) made Guineas Day memorable for her owners John & Anne McDonnell, Jane Henning & Mr D. Balian when she defeated Pedrena and Princess Of Queens in the $150,000 MRC Northwood Plume S. 1400m G3.

Watch  Cool Passion win the MRC Northwood Plume S. G3.

Bred by Michael MacDermott, Cool Passion was having her first start in Melbourne for trainer Tony McEvoy after eight wins in the West.


Royal Randwick, 4.15 pm – the inaugural running of the world’s richest turf race, the $10 million The Everest over 1200 metres ended with a perfect performance by Snitzel’s powerhouse son Redzel. The 5YO gelding jumped smartly, slotted in just behind the early leader Houtzen, took control soon after the turn and sprinted clear to score by almost a length from Vega Magic, Brave Smash and Chautauqua. Emotions over-flowed around the Randwick winner’s circle as trainers Peter & Paul Snowden, jockey Kerrin McEvoy, slot-holder James Harron and the ecstatic group of owners managed by Triple Crown Syndications’ Chris & Michael Ward began celebrations likely to last several days.

Watch Redzel win The Everest.

Bred by Lee Fleming from the Rubtion mare Millrich, Redzel was a $120,000 purchase by Triple Crown from the Marquee Stud draft at the 2014 Magic Millions Sale. He has now won ten of his 20 starts, including last season’s Doomben 10,000 G1, and $7.1 million.


Caulfield, 4.30 pm – an unexpected victory in the $2 million MRC Caulfield Guineas 1600m G1 by 100/1 shot Mighty Boss (Not A Single Doubt-Bullion Mansion by Encosta de Lago) completed an unforgettable day.

Watch Mighty Boss win the MRC Caulfield Guineas G1.

Mighty Boss gave co-owner  Muzaffar Yaseen of Teeley Assets his second Caulfield Guineas win, 18 years after Redoute’s Choice won a magnificent battle with Testa Rossa for the 1999 race.

Bullion Mansion was bought by Coolmore for $160,000 in foal to Not A Single Doubt from the 2014 Teeley Dispersal at the Magic Millions National Sale. The resulting colt was offered by Curraghmore Stud at the 2016 NZ Premier Sale where he was bought for $180,000 by trainer Mick Price, who shares the colt’s ownership with Teeley Assets.

Four hours and 10 minutes, a Group 1 Classic victory, three other Group & Listed stakes wins, one Everest and more than $7.2 million prizemoney – truly an amazing day at the office for the superstar sons of Redoute’s Choice.

Caulfield Photos by Bronwen Healy; Royal Randwick Photos by Sportpix.