Top prices for Arrowfield graduates at Broodmare Sale

Many owners have every reason to be smiling broadly after the opening day of the 2018 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

Among them are vendors of Arrowfield-sired  mares, and several buyers of Arrowfield yearling fillies who have enjoyed the pleasures of racing success and can now add their fillies’ realised value to their financial returns.

One of the day’s top-priced mares, Abbey Marie (Redoute’s Choice-Catshaan) was a $300,000 yearling purchase by Dermot Farrington for regular racing partners Peter Anastasiou & Ken Biddick from Arrowfield’s 2014 Inglis Easter draft.

Peter & Ken have had great fun & success racing several horses including another Arrowfield graduate, Group 2 winner Moonovermanhattan and, despite some setbacks, Abbey Marie didn’t let them down, winning the SAJC Australasian Oaks G1 and earning more than $540,000. However, it’s fair to say that the $1.4 million Arrowfield and Jonathan Munz paid to buy her as a broodmare is the icing on the cake!

Another example is Ocean Embers (Beneteau- Burningwood), pictured (PHOTO: Sportpix), bred by Arrowfield & Northern Farm and sold under the Cornerstone Stud banner at the 2014 Magic Millions Adelaide Sale for just $23,000. 

Young trainer Shea Eden was the buyer and Ocean Embers proved to be a breakthrough horse for his stable, winning three Group & Listed races and more than $400,000 in her 17-start, six-win career. 

Her sale for $525,000 to Newgate Farm means she has returned her owners around 40 times her yearling purchase price. 

Sadly Beneteau died in 2013, but Burningwood has a Panzer Division colt and is in foal to Mikki Isle, and Arrowfield is also breeding from her Danzero daughter Pyrography. 

It’s a similar story with another daughter of Beneteau, 2YO stakeswinner Lady Jivago (out of Hussterics). Offered by Arrowfield at the 2013 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, she was bought for $20,000, and re-sold for slightly less money as a yearling to owner Dr Ule Crossan. 

Lady Jivago won four races, including the rich ATC Inglis 2YO Classic (R) LR and almost $300,000, and has been bought by Widden Stud for $420,000. Hussterics remains at Arrowfield where she has most recently produced a yearling filly by Olympic Glory bought by Triple Crown Syndications, and a weanling filly by Scissor Kick. 

Other Arrowfield-sired mares sold during Tuesday’s session included:
French Emotion (Snitzel-Love and Emotion) – raced by her breeder; won 8 races including 2x Group 2 and $800,000+; bought for $850,000 by Widden Stud.

Hell Or Highwater  (Not A Single Doubt-Get Ready Bertie) – $210,000 yearling; won 8 races inc. the MRC Heatherlie S. LR and $400,000+; bought for $600,000 by Woodside Park & Belmont Bloodstock.

Selenia (Not A Single Doubt-Lunar Lady) – $30,000 yearling ; won G3 & Listed races in Melbourne, $260,000+; bought for $575,000 by Astute Bloodstock & Haras d’Etreham.

Modern Wonder (Snitzel-Elusive Wonder) – $175,000 yearling; 2YO Listed winner, $192,000 prizemoney; bought for $400,000 by Kia-Ora Stud.

Top-class mares join Arrowfield breeding ventures

Almost five months after topping the Vendor list at the Gold Coast Yearling Sale for the third consecutive year,  Arrowfield was back in action at Magic Millions, but this time as a buyer on the very strong opening day of the National Broodmare Sale. 

The Stud’s Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer explains, “We have to re-invest in the best quality bloodstock we can find, so we can keep on breeding and selling top-class racehorses – it’s as simple as that.”

Jon joined agent Dean Hawthorne, who manages the racing & breeding interests of Jonathan Munz, to purchase Group 1 winner Abbey Marie (by Redoute’s Choice), pictured, (PHOTO: Sportpix), for $1.4 million and Group 2 winner Omei Sword (by High Chaparral) for $1.7 million. 

Both mares will be sent to Japan to visit supersire Deep Impact whose son Saxon Warrior is hot favourite for the Epsom Derby G1 this Saturday.

Abbey Marie’s purchase closes a circle of sorts, as she was offered by Arrowfield on behalf of breeder Teeley Assets at the 2014 Inglis Easter Sale where she was bought for $300,000 by Dermot Farrington.

Trained by Mick Kent for her owners Peter Anastasiou, Ken Biddick & partners, she emulated her Australian Oaks-winning full sister Absolutely with a dominant performance in the 2016 SAJC Australasian Oaks G1. 

Jon Freyer says, “Abbey Marie is a beautiful, quality filly, very typical of Redoute’s Choice and a glorious mover.

“Her race record could easily have been even better, she had no luck this season in the Orr, the Caulfield Cup and the Queen of the Turf but still managed a top six finish in all of them.”

Omei Sword, a daughter of MRC 1000 Guineas G1 winner Irish Lights, was bought by Guy Mulcaster for $675,000 from the Coolmore draft at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale. A Group-placed winner at two, she progressed to win the ATC Silver Shadow S. G2 and place in the Golden Rose G1 at three.

Jon Freyer says, “Omei Sword is just a queen, a big, strong, imposing filly from the great taproot family of Fall Aspen. We consider her a Group 1 quality mare, she was a good two-year-old and unlucky to be beaten in a very strong Golden Rose, beating Group 1 colts Impending and Divine Prophet.”

The Arrowfield-Munz partnership has already struck gold at Magic Millions, buying The Broken Shore in foal to Fastnet Rock for $1.9 million from the 2014 Teeley Dispersal. The resulting foal is brilliant 3YO filly Shoals, winner of three Group 1 races this season for the partnership and one of the most valuable racemares in Australia.

Sent back to Fastnet Rock, The Broken Shore, a Hussonet half-sister to Redoute’s Choice, left this year’s $2.3 million colt, the top-priced lot at Inglis Easter. 

Arrowfield was also busy later in today’s session, bidding on behalf of eminent Japanese owner-breeder Katsumi Yoshida to buy Lot 784, Group 1-winning sprinter Silent Sedition (War Chant-Fiorentina) for $1.5 million.  As Jon Freyer explains, Arrowfield is familiar with her pedigree on a couple of counts.

“We know War Chant as the damsire of our young sire Shalaa, and we’ve also had good success with another mare from her family, Road to Damascus. 

“Katsumi loved Silent Sedition’s page and she competed very consistently in top company, beating Hellbent and Star Turn in the William Reid and winning four other Group races.”

Silent Sedition will join Northern Farm’s highly successful  breeding venture with Arrowfield, responsible for, among others, Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler, Group 1 winners Sweet Idea, Hot Snitzel & Reaan and Group-winning colts Dracarys & Showtime. In his own right, Mr Yoshida is also the breeder of this year’s Golden Slipper winner Estijaab.  

Silent Sedition will visit champion sire Snitzel this coming Spring. 

Not A Single Doubt’s son wins the Kranji Mile

The ripples from Southern Legend’s runaway victory in Saturday ‘s $S1.5 million Kranji Mile 1600m LR were felt most immediately by his Hong Kong owners Boniface & Henrietta Ho, trainer Caspar Fownes and jockey Zac Purton.

Watch Southern Legend win the 2018 Kranji Mile LR.

But they spread quickly to Australia where the 5YO son of Not A Single Doubt was bred by Corumbene Stud and sent to the 2014 Inglis Easter Sale where he was bought for $280,000 by Carmel Size and her father, celebrated trainer Neville Begg.

Carmel Size, centre, with Southern Legend’s owners Boniface & Henrietta Ho at the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale. (PHOTO: Arrowfield Stud)

As Carmel explains on her Twitter profile, she is the yearling purchaser and manager of a team of “Legends” – the horses raced by Mr & Mrs Ho  all have “Legend” in their names. 

Southern Legend’s 2YO season was educational with four trials and two starts for a fourth & a fifth in Sydney. That period of development was rewarded with three consecutive wins as an Autumn 3YO, culminating with Listed success in the ATC Darby Munro S. LR (featured image, PHOTO: Sportpix).

The following Spring he added a couple of Group 2 placings to his record before his January 2017 departure for Hong Kong where has won four races and, two months ago, finished third in the Champions Mile G1.

Sent out in Singapore as the even-money favourite, Southern Legend romped home in 1:33.79 by three lengths from fellow Hong Kong raider Horse of Fortune and Nova Strike. 

Caspar Fownes said, “He’s a real dude this horse. He was chilled throughout his stay here and has really enjoyed himself.

“He’s a versatile horse who can handle any type of going and obviously any direction as well, as we saw tonight.”

Southern Legend’s Singapore triumph marks the end of his current campaign and he will now return to Hong Kong with December’s International Meeting his next major target.

Southern Legend is the best of three winners out of Donna’s Appeal (by Sadler’s Wells’ son Carnegie), herself a city winner from the family of Charge Forward. Corumbene sold a full brother to Southern Legend for $185,000 to trainer Danny Williams at this year’s Inglis Easter Sale. Donna’s Appeal also has a weanling filly by Not A Single Doubt.

Southern Legend takes Not A Single Doubt’s season record to 16 individual stakeswinners, a career-best tally. Back in Australia, Champagne Cuddles’ 3rd in the BRC Kingsford-Smith Cup G1 and city wins by Touch of Mink & He’s A Moral have helped to consolidate Not A Single Doubt’s position among the top half-dozen sires with $9.8 million prizemoney.

Perast wins Best at Doomben

The maroon, white & yellow silks of prominent Sydney owners Francis & Christine Cook featured in several finishes on Saturday. That included strong wins by Deep Impact’s son Fierce Impact & Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Touch of Mink at Randwick, and Another Dollar’s close second in the Queensland Oaks G1.

Things didn’t go quite as smoothly later in the day at Doomben where a long delay to remedy the deteriorating track meant that the $150,000 Fred Best Classic 1350m G3 was re-scheduled to run only minutes before sunset.

Then Sambro, one of the two Cook runners in the race, was a late scratching. Fortunately, their other runner, Snitzel colt Perast, ended the day on the right note when he led all the way to post his third stakes victory of the season.

Watch Perast win the BRC Fred Best Classic G3.

The Cooks and their trainer Paul Perry now have to decide whether to press on the Queensland Guineas G2 over 1600m on 9 June, or to make the most of Perast’s ballot-free status in the 1350-metre Stradbroke Handicap G1 on the same day.

The Stradbroke’s Group 1 status, history of three-year-old winners and additional $1.15 million prizemoney will, no doubt, be considered along with Perast’s aptitude and potential as a stallion.

Now the winner of four races from 1100 to 1400m and almost $400,000, Perast was bred by Jonathan Munz’s GSA Bloodstock and bought by Paul Perry for $100,000 from the Maluka Thoroughbreds draft at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

He is the best of four winners out of Zabeel’s South Australian St Leger-winning daughter Thousand Veils, and the third stakeswinner from 30 runners bred on the Snitzel/Zabeel cross, after Time For War and Lubiton. Sadly, Thousand Veils died in January, leaving behind her sixth and final foal, a colt by Smart Missile.

Perast is one of Snitzel’s 26 individual Australian stakeswinners this season – one short of a new outright record – and his Fred Best Classic success takes Snitzel’s tally for 2017/18 to 43 Group and Listed wins.

The Magic continues for Redoute's Choice

A new Classic prospect in France and a senior sprint star in Australia have added the latest flourishes to the remarkable record of champion sire Redoute’s Choice.

On Saturday star Western Australian sprinter Rock Magic  became the first horse in 25 years to win consecutive runnings of the $150,000 Roma Cup 1200m  G3. Rock Magic’s stablemates Battle Hero and Durendal completed the trifecta. 

The race is extra-special for trainer Chris Gangemi and his brother Michael because their grandfather Michele helped to introduce the Roma Cup in 1966. 

Chris said, “The trifecta’s an unbelievable result. To get the job done I’m sure nonno, dad and the whole family would be proud.”

“Rocky looks like he’s getting better as he’s getting older which is ridiculous.”

Rock Magic and Battle Hero will meet again on 2 June in the Belmont Sprint G3 – also won by Rock Magic in 2017.

Bred by Arrowfield’s partnership with John Leaver, Rock Magic began his career with Paul Messara who prepared him to win four races before his sale as a late 4YO to the Gangemi stable. Now rising nine, he has rewarded his large group of Perth owners with 10 wins, eight of them Group or Listed Races.

He’s also won enough prizemoney to join the elite group of 15 million-dollar earners by Redoute’s Choice, a group headed by 2006 Champion 2YO Miss Finland & 2014 Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee. 

Rock Magic is one of only three living foals out of Group 1 winner Rockabubble (by Bubble Gum Fellow) who continues to live in happy retirement at Arrowfield. 

On Friday Redoute’s Choice’s French-bred daughter Lady Athena, a debut 2YO winner last season, showed a lovely turn of foot to score over 2100m at Chantilly, inspiring a tweeted comment from her trainer Yan Durepaire, “The French Oaks has always been on our mind, hopefully that will be next run!”

The French Oaks (Prix de Diane) is held at Chantilly on 17 June. 

Although she was foaled in France by the stakes-winning Monsun mare Monblue, Lady Athena has connections with Australia beyond Redoute’s Choice. She is a home-bred for John Hutchins of the Queensland farm Element Hill, also responsible for 2010 Australian Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy. 

Monblue was a €400,000 purchase from the 2013 Arqana Breeding Stock Sale by Damon Gabbedy’s Belmont Bloodstock for Element Hill. She  delivered a colt by Soldier Hollow in 2014 and then visited Redoute’s Choice  during his second and final season at Haras de Bonneval. 

Another exciting Redoute’s Choice 3YO in Europe is the John Gosden-trained colt Sevenna Star, winner of the Sandown Classic Trial G3 on 27 April and heading to the King Edward S. G2 at next month’s Royal Ascot meeting.  

So far in 2017/18, Redoute’s Choice has compiled 12 winners of 13 stakes races in Australia & Europe, with Time’s Arrow (France), Sevenna Star, Glenall (New South Wales) and Rock Magic all successful within the past month. 

The three-time Champion Sire ended the weekend with a pedigree update from Japan, where Silk Racing’s outstanding filly Almond Eye raced away with the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) G1 in near-record time. Like Redoute’s Choice, Almond Eye (by Lord Kanaloa) is descended from 1982 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Best In Show.

Animal Kingdom states his case

Animal Kingdom isn’t on this year’s Arrowfield Stallion Roster, but he has a couple of quality 3YOs, both graduates of the Stud, putting up a strong case for his future prospects as a sire in Australia.

Today at Morphettville his daughter Earth Angel, an Arrowfield home-bred produced a staunch run for second in the $175,000 SAJC SA Fillies Classic 2500m G3, her third placing from five starts in stakes company this Autumn. 

As a daughter of Champion filly Miss Finland and half-sister to Group 1 winner Stay With Me, Earth Angel is already a valuable filly. However, she looks more than capable of doing her own work to enhance her status.

Another member of Animal Kingdom’s 2014 crop, Katsumi Yoshida’s home-bred colt Peaceful State has put together two really impressive Listed victories at Morphettville, in the HC Nitschke S. LR and last weekend’s Adelaide Guineas LR.

They came after his resolute second in Grunt’s Australian Guineas G1, and his season isn’t finished yet. He now goes to Queensland for either the Queensland Derby G1 or the Stradbroke Handicap G1 on 9 June.

Peaceful State, a half-brother to Australian Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler, is Animal Kingdom’s fifth stakeswinner, and the first from his first Australian crop. 

Animal Kingdom is fifth on the Australian Second Season Sires’ list with $1.2 million and his top-priced 2018 Australian yearling, the colt out of Double Ranga, sold for $350,000 at Inglis Easter.

Pariah's brother stars at Randwick trials

There was more than usual interest in Melik’s first appearance at the Randwick trials on Tuesday and he obliged with a quality performance.

The $2.5 million son of Redoute’s Choice and Secluded ran home strongly in the 735-metre trial to  score by 4.8 lengths in 42.98 – the last and fastest of five 2YO trials held over 735 metres on the Heavy8 track.

Watch Melik win his first trial at Randwick.

Melik was bought from the 2017 Arrowfield draft at Inglis Easter by Tim Stakemire for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum, with Arrowfield retaining a share in him. Like his year-older brother Pariah, he is trained by Peter & Paul Snowden.

It’s early days, but Melik’s display of natural racing ability is a good omen for Pariah, now standing at Arrowfield after a Group-winning career at two and three.

Talented younger siblings also feature in the pedigrees of  Arrowfield’s Champion Sires Redoute’s Choice and Snitzel.

The Group 1 successes of Platinum Scissors and Manhattan Rain supplied further evidence of the genetic strength that has powered the extraordinary career of Redoute’s Choice.

 Ditto Snitzel’s three-quarter brother Hinchinbrook who was, like Pariah, a Group 3 winner and Group 1-placed, and is now a leading young sire.

Perast all the way at Doomben

Snitzel’s son Perast showed his Group 3 win at Caulfield last Spring was no fluke when he ran his rivals ragged in Saturday’s $100,000 BRC Queensland Day S. 1350m LR. 

Watch Perast win the BRC Queensland Day S. LR.

The 3YO colt was bred by Jonathan Munz’s GSA Bloodstock and bought by trainer Paul Perry for $100,000 from the Maluka Thoroughbreds draft at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Paul, who also appears in the ownership alongside Francis & Christine Cook and partners, said, “He was a fit horse today and he’s had those few runs back, and once he settled and got past halfway, he looked good. I think that’s the best he’s been today and he should improve off that.”

Perast stays in Brisbane and will start again before tackling either the $350,000 Queensland Guineas G2 or the $1.5 million Stradbroke H. G1 on 9 June.

He is the best of four winners out of Listed winner Thousand Veils, and the third stakeswinner  from 30 runners bred on the Snitzel/Zabeel cross, after Time For War and Lubiton. Sadly, Thousand Veils died in January, leaving behind her sixth and final foal, a colt by Smart Missile.

Perast’s is one of Snitzel’s 26 individual Australian stakeswinners this season – just one short of a new outright record -and his  second stakes victory takes Snitzel’s tally for 2017/18 to 42 Group and Listed wins.

Farewell Flying Spur, and thank you for everything

Arrowfield’s beloved Champion sire and Golden Slipper winner Flying Spur died peacefully early on Wednesday morning at the Stud which had been his home for most of his 25-year lifespan.

Arrowfield Chairman John Messara said, “I have memories of many special moments with Spur, both as a  racehorse and a stallion. He was a great contributor to Arrowfield in the early years and his wonderful influence will continue to be felt, especially through his daughters.”

Arrowfield’s broodmare band includes 13 Flying Spur mares and six of his best sons and daughters appear on the Stud’s list of Group 1 graduates: Alverta, Forensics, Inspiration, Juanmo, Mentality & San Luis.  

A second-crop son of Danehill, from the royally-bred mare Rolls (a Mr. Prospector grand-daughter of the influential matron Fanfreluche), Flying Spur was bred and born at Arrowfield on 4 November 1992. 

He was sent to the 1994 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale where he was bought for $160,000 by trainer Lee Freedman for a group of owners headed by Arrowfield, whose Black & Yellow Diamonds silks he carried during his 20-start racing career.

Always an imposing, quality colt, Flying Spur won on debut in November 1994, and at his third start in February 1995 he became Danehill’s 9th Australian stakeswinner in the Blue Diamond Prelude G3.

An exuberant Glen Boss drives Flying Spur to victory in the 1995 Golden Slipper at Rosehill. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

A month later he scored a dramatic victory in the Golden Slipper G1, defeating Octagonal and Millrich (later the dam of current sprinting star Redzel). 

Watch Flying Spur’s 1995 Golden Slipper G1 victory.

His Slipper jockey Glen Boss, called up as a late replacement for Jim Cassidy, said, “Flying Spur was the horse that really put me on the map. I owe a lot in my career to him and it is sad to hear of his passing.”

The colt returned the following season to win the Peter Pan S. G2, the Australian Guineas G1 and, at his final start, the All Aged S. G1. In all, he won six times, won or placed in all seven of the Group 1 races he contested and retired to stud in 1996 with prizemoney of just over $2 million. 

Flying Spur’s first crop of 99 foals produced four 2YO stakeswinners, beginning with Ponton Flyer, successful in the Blue Diamond Preview G3 on 5 February 2000. French Braids, Blab and She’s Purring soon followed, helping their sire to claim the 1999/2000 title of Champion First Season Sire.

Eight months later, he notched up his first Group 1 winner, All Time High in the Thousand Guineas G1, while in New Zealand Flying Babe compiled a series of stakes wins that earned her Champion 2YO honours. 

Flying Spur’s first six stakeswinners were all fillies, but second-crop colt San Luis opened the boys’ account with wins across the Tasman, including the Manawatu Sires’ Produce S. G1. Flying Spur’s final tally of stakeswinners is almost evenly split between the sexes, 50 fillies and 49 colts & geldings. 

It was during this early period of his stud career that Flying Spur stood the 1997, 1998 and 1999 seasons at the Irish National Stud where he sired 72 winners, among them the Group winners Steenberg, Osterhase, Mister Links & Volata  (also a Group 1-placed stakeswinner in Hong Kong, where he raced as Firebolt).

Back in Australia, he made an early impact on the General Sires’ Premiership, finishing 7th in 2000/01 with only two crops racing and $3.4 million in progeny earnings. Only one other second season sire has achieved a higher top 10 position since 2000 and that was Flying Spur’s barnmate Redoute’s Choice (3rd in 2004/05). 

Flying Spur returned to the top 10 in 2003/04 and remained there for the next four years, including his spectacular Championship season of 2006/07 when he was represented by 17 winners of 24 stakes races and $10.4 million. A highlight of that year was a majestic sequence of Group 1 winners in the Autumn: Sleek Chassis (Blue Diamond), Mentality (Randwick Guineas), Magnus (The Galaxy) and Champion 2YO Forensics (Golden Slipper).

Forensics emulates her sire with victory in the 2007 Golden Slipper G1, beating Zizou & Maurice. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

He continued as a top 20 sire for a further four seasons with the last three of his 13 Group 1 winners spread out over seven years: Alverta (2010 Coolmore Classic and subsequently a brilliant 3rd in the Newmarket July Cup G1), Champion NZ Sprinter Sacred Star (2015 Telegraph Handicap & Waikato Sprint) and finally, last October’s upset Caulfield Cup winner Boom Time.  

Flying Spur recorded his 99th stakeswinner, Traveston Girl, in November 2015, three years after his retirement from stud duties. With only 38 Australian runners this season it seems that his tally of black type winners will conclude like Bradman’s batting average, just short of a century. In all, he sired 1023 winners of 3590 races in 22 countries, and his progeny earnings exceeded $135 million – almost $90,000 per runner. 

Around 1000 yearlings were sold from Flying Spur’s 17 Australian crops, among them just one $1 million yearling, although three-time Group 1 winner Forensics came close, when Ingham Bloodstock bought her for $900,000 from Arrowfield at the 2006 Inglis Easter Sale.

Flying Spur turned heads at every stage of his career, including at his final public parade, in 2012. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Flying Spur’s remarkable effectiveness as a broodmare sire is evident in 76 stakeswinners to date, featuring Group 1 winners Preferment, Delago Deluxe, Sebring, Speak Fondly, Headway, Grand Journey and Shillelagh. He has been a top 10 fixture on the Australian Broodmare Sires’ Premiership for the past nine seasons and is currently fourth, with $104 million and 10 stakeswinners headed by Pierata.

Flying Spur’s best sire sons Magnus and Casino Prince have each left 15 stakeswinners and his grandson, four-time Group 1 winner All Too Hard is second on the current Second Season Sires’ table.

Flying Spur, whose DNA is entwined with the history of the Stud he did so much to build, will be buried at Arrowfield.

Champagne Cuddles sets Gold Coast track record

Every so often a horse comes along that earns widespread affection for consistent effort unrewarded by victory.

Not A Single Doubt’s 3YO daughter Champagne Cuddles is a great example. 

Her career started well, in fact even better than it seemed at the time, with a debut win as a 2YO, defeating subsequent Derby winner Ace High at Rosehill in October 2016.

She returned to score again at Randwick last June and looked set for a successful Spring after trials where she kept pace with Trapeze Artist, Dixie Blossoms and Russian Revolution. 

And indeed she did have a successful Spring, never out of the frame in five Group races, the Golden Rose and the Flight among them, earning $375,000 and winning hearts, if not black type.

There was plenty for breeder & part-owner Stuart Ramsey and trainer Bjorn Baker to look forward to in the Autumn. The only problem was that Champagne Cuddles missed the Sydney Autumn Carnival because of bone-chip surgery.

The filly quickly – very quickly – put everything right in Saturday’s $125,000 Gold Coast Guineas 1200m G3. She showed all of her trademark determination to challenge the high-rolling leader Whypeeo, and then sprinted past him, setting a new track record of 1:07.65 in the process.

Watch Champagne Cuddles win the Gold Coast Guineas G3.

As Bjorn Baker said, “She’s hard not to love. She’s got a great attitude and a great racing pattern.”

Champagne Cuddles is the third winner produced by Sky Cuddle, whose five wins included the 2004 VRC Emirates S. G1. The filly’s pedigree features a 3×3 double-up of Easy Date, through Not A Single Doubt’s dam Singles Bar and Sky Cuddle’s sire Snippets. 

Sadly, Sky Cuddle died in January 2016, a few months after foaling a Not A Single Doubt colt later bought by Singapore trainer Stephen Gray for $70,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions National Sale.

Champagne Cuddles is Not A Single Doubt’s 56th lifetime stakeswinner, and his 15th this season, a figure that equals his career-best tally of 2016/17. 

These are statistics the filly will have a chance to increase again, with the Kingsford-Smith Cup G1 and the Fred Best Classic G3 at Doomben on 26 May both being considered for her.