Brilliant Doomben double for Beneteau & Not A Single Doubt

Beneteau’s second Group 1 winner and Not A Single Doubt’s latest juvenile star produced two of the best performances on the penultimate day of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.

4YO mare Prompt Response (Beneteau-Prompt by Exceed and Excel) has been an outstanding competitor in virtually all of Australia’s best distaff contests this season. In fact, she’s lined up in 12 Group races – four at Group 1 level – in three states since last September and has finished fifth or better in 11 of them.

Her superlative victory in Saturday’s $500,000 Qld Tatt’s RC Tattersall’s Club Tiara 1350m G1, a year after she was second to Tycoon Tara in the same race, is nothing less than Prompt Response deserves for unflinching, high-class service to the 2017/18 Australian racing season.

Watch Prompt Response win the Tattersall’s Club Tiara G1.

Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Granny Red Shoes raced away with the $100,000 Qld Tatt’s Winning Edge Presentations S. 1350m LR, her second Listed win, beating Soaring Heart and Light Up The Room by more than 4 lengths.

Watch Granny Red Shoes win the Winning Edge Presentations S. LR
 
Granny Red Shoes was bred by Bruce Neill’s Cressfield from the Show A Heart mare Shoboard, herself a juvenile stakeswinner from the high class family of Group 1 winner Star Satire.  The family is anchored a little further back by the 1980 New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Crestello.

Granny Red Shoes is trained by Toby Edmonds for Segenhoe Thoroughbreds which paid $280,000 for her at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and can now anticipate an exciting 3YO Spring campaign with her. 

Prompt Response, like her year-older brother Prompt Return, is raced by Mark Sowerby and her breeder Ron Hamer, and is a result of their desire to extend their racing involvement with Beneteau by breeding to him and racing his progeny. 

A $45,000 outlay for Hamer at the 2011 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale by Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Julian Blaxland supplied Prompt, a non-winning daughter of the good New Zealand racemare Amnesia (by Desert Sun).

Prompt lived up to her name, producing two of the earliest and most attractive foals in each of Beneteau’s two crops. Prompt Return became Beneteau’s first stakeswinner in spectacular fashion, claiming the 2014 VRC Maribyrnong Plate G3 on debut, with a further six wins taking his career-to-date prizemoney beyond $360,000.

As for Prompt Response, her six wins (4 at Group level) and 11 placings from 27 starts have returned $1,481,350 prizemoney, a figure that may grow significantly if the call by her trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott for an Everest slot is heeded.

Beneteau died in January 2013 leaving 131 named foals, of which 105 have  started, and 73 have won. Twenty-one (16% of his foals) are stakes performers, ten are stakeswinners and six of those have been successful at Group level, including Group 1 winners Prompt Response & Lasqueti Spirit (2016 VRC Oaks G1). 

Not A Single Doubt’s seriously impressive season

Snitzel’s record-smashing season has deservedly attracted the lion’s share of industry attention, but his barnmate Not A Single Doubt has been compiling a seriously impressive season record of his own. 

On the Australian General Sires’ Premiership he’s been in the top half-dozen since his son Mighty Boss won the MRC Caulfield Guineas G1 last October.

His current prizemoney of $10.4 million isn’t his best-ever total – he ended 2015/16 in second position with $12.4 million behind Street Cry . However, it is his fourth consecutive season among Australia’s top 10 sires, something only Snitzel (who’s been there since 2012), Fastnet Rock (since 2010), Street Cry and Sebring can also claim.

But that’s not all. Not A Single Doubt is a member of the select quartet that appears in the top 10 on the 2017/18 General, 2YO and 3YO Sires’ Premierships. (The others are Snitzel, who heads all three lists, I Am Invincible & Sebring). 

It’s been a year of quality too. Not A Single Doubt is fourth on the General list by stakeswinners with 16, just one behind Fastnet Rock & I Am Invincible, both with more runners. Nine of these 16 have been Group winners including 3YOs Mighty Boss, Summer Sham, Champagne Cuddles & Special Alert. 

He’s also put up four 2YO stakeswinners (the fillies Qafila, Fundamentalist & Granny Red Shoes, and the colt Not A Single Cent, pictured, winning the VRC Sires’ Produce S. G2) and it was his 2015 crop that produced his 100th Australian winner for the season. That milestone was reached on Monday when the Mick Kent-trained filly Cupidity won on debut at Moe.

She is Not A Single Doubt’s 17th individual winner from 29 2YO runners in Australia this term, which puts him on top of that table, alongside first season sire Spirit of Boom, with 17 winners from 48 runners.

That sets up a secondary contest which will undoubtedly add interest to the final six weeks of the season.

New European stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice

Eight days after posting his 33rd lifetime Group 1 winner, The Autumn Sun in Australia, the mighty Redoute’s Choice has added a new stakeswinner from the first of his two European-conceived crops. 

That’s Al Shaqab Racing’s 4YO mare Wajnah who landed her third and most valuable win in Sunday’s Prix Urban Sea 2000m LR at Le Lion-d’Angers in Western France.

Trained by her co-breeder Francois Rohaut, Wajnah had shown enough ability earlier in her career to be sent to the French 1000 Guineas G1, where she finished a decent fourth before unplaced finishes over longer distances in Group 3 company.

Wajnah resumed in April with a second and then a fourth over 1600 metres, and in this contest settled near back of the field before being asked to pick up round the turn. She wound up steadily to sweep past Baltic Duchess in the final 50 metres,  with Illaunmore third. 

Wajnah was bred by Rohaut and Haras de Saint Pair which offered her at the 2015 Arqana October Sale where she was sold for €260,000 to Mandore International acting for Al Shaqab. 

She is the third stakeswinner out of three-time winner Benzolina (by Second Empire), from the family of Group 1 winners Balbonella and her brilliant son Anabaa. Benzolina has a 2YO filly by Siyouni and a yearling filly by Olympic Glory.

Wajnah is the latest of 10 stakeswinners by Redoute’s Choice out of mares by Fairy King sons, a combination well-known in Australia where Encosta de Lago mares have left Group 1 winners Musir & Peeping and leading sire Beneteau to the three-time Champion Sire. 

Haras de Saint Pair also played a part in the history of Redoute’s Choice’s 3YO daughter Lady Athena, who put up a fine effort for sixth in Sunday’s €1 million Chantilly Prix de Diane (French Oaks) 2100m G1. 

Lady Athena settled near the rear of the field and struggled for a clear run at the top of the straight, but stayed on well in the final 200 metres to finish just ahead of the favourite Shahnaza. 

Haras de Saint Pair sold Lady Athena’s dam, Listed winner Monblue (by Monsun), for €400,000 at the 2013 Arqana December Sale. The buyer was Damon Gabbedy’s Belmont Bloodstock acting for Australian owner & breeder John Hutchins and his family, who  sent Monblue to Redoute’s Choice at HH Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in 2014.

Lady Athena has won two of her four starts including an impressive win over the Prix de Diane course last month. She looks capable of joining the 7 stakeswinners that have so far emerged from Redoute’s Choice’s two French-conceived crops: Group 3 winners Gold Luck (also Group 1-placed), Ibiza & Sevenna Star, and Listed winners Spotify, Time’s Arrow, Lilac Fairy & Wajnah. 

Worldwide during the 2017/18 Southern Hemisphere season, Redoute’s Choice has been represented by 14 stakeswinners of 15 Group & Listed Races. His career tally now stands at 159 stakeswinners, or just over 12 per cent of all his runners.

The Star secures Shoals for The Everest

Outstanding filly Shoals will run for The Star Entertainment Group, Arrowfield & Jonathan Munz in the $13 million The Everest on 13 October…

The Star Entertainment Group is delighted to announce the best three-year-old filly in Australia will be the company’s entry for the world’s richest turf race – The Everest – at Royal Randwick on 13 October.

Shoals (Fastnet Rock-The Broken Shore), with Group 1 victories in three states and prizemoney earnings of more than $2 million, will contest the 1200m weight-for-age sprint that is now the jewel of Sydney Spring Racing.

Launched last year as a ground-breaking $10 million race, The Everest in 2018 will have an even more staggering prizemoney pool of $13 million, well above the $7.3 million on offer for the Melbourne Cup.

Shoals will be The Star’s runner in The Everest’s elite 12-horse field following discussions between the ASX Top 100 listed company and Arrowfield Stud chairman John Messara.

“Like The Everest, The Star offers a premium entertainment experience for visitors to Sydney, and with three Group 1 victories on her record, Shoals has the kind of star power that can light up Royal Randwick,” said Messara.

Trained by Anthony Freedman for owner-breeders Messara and Jonathan Munz, Shoals has had a stellar three-year-old season, winning the Myer Classic in Melbourne , the Surround Stakes in Sydney and completing a Group One hat-trick with the Robert Sangster Stakes in Adelaide.

Unbeaten in three starts as a two-year-old, Shoals has now become one of only five horses to win three or more Australian Group One races in the current 2017-18 season.

Winx has won six. Shoals, Happy Clapper, Santa Ana Lane and Trapeze Artist have secured three apiece.

Shoals is already a Group 1 winner at Royal Randwick, in the ATC Surround Stakes on 3 March. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

“Jonathan and I are delighted to conclude an arrangement with The Star for Shoals to run in The Everest,” Messara said.

“We think she is a great chance to win the race and we’re all looking forward to her return in the Spring.”

The Star was an original slot owner for The Everest and continues to support the unique concept behind the race, won in its inaugural year by Redzel, a son of the Arrowfield-based Champion Sire Snitzel.

“We’re excited to be fielding a runner this year in partnership with Arrowfield’s John Messara,” said Michael Hodgson, GM Business Development and Partnerships at The Star Entertainment Group.

“He’s one of the most knowledgeable and esteemed racing men in the world, and in Shoals we believe we have an outstanding filly capable of claiming the event.”

Hodgson said The Star Entertainment Group was committed to delivering thrilling experiences to its domestic and international guests.“The Everest is certainly aligned to that promise,” he added.

“It also provides an opportunity to bring VIP guests from around the world to Australia to participate in an event unlike any other.

“There is no doubt The Everest, after successfully launching last year, is the new summit of thoroughbred racing and the star attraction for the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

“We were excited to be involved in year one and delighted to be back for the second iteration.”

Watch Shoals’ three Group 1 victories in 2017/18:
VRC Myer Classic G1, Flemington, 4 November 2017
ATC Surround S. G1, Randwick, 3 March 2018
SAJC Robert Sangster S. G1, Morphettville, 5 May 2018

Dundeel colt impresses with gritty Sydney win

Like father, like son – a hard-fought city win shows that 2YO colt Dealmaker has inherited his sire Dundeel’s resolute competitive spirit…

No horse wins six Group 1 races in Sydney and Melbourne without an indomitable competitive spirit, and the tougher the competition, the harder Dundeel fought to win.

That attribute was evident in the gritty win of Dundeel’s 2YO son Dealmaker over 1550 metres at Randwick’s Kensington track on Monday. 

Sent out at $5.50 after his third at Gosford on 31 May, Dealmaker jumped smartly and settled just behind the early leader Battle Plane before Kerrin McEvoy drove him forward round the turn.

His lead seemed likely to be short-lived as the favourite and last-start winner Morpheus (by Snitzel) loomed on the outside, but Dealmaker had other ideas. He held his ground and the pair wrestled up the straight until the Dundeel colt pulled away in the final 100 metres to win by 0.4 length, with Miss Earth 2.7 lengths back in third place.

Watch Dealmaker win at Randwick.

Dealmaker carries the famous Purple & White Stars of Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds which bought the colt for $160,000 from Arrowfield’s 2017 Inglis Classic Sale draft.

His win was the third for Star owners in three days, after Invincibella’s Dane Ripper S. G2 victory, and Noire’s win at Randwick on Saturday. Dealmaker’s success capped a memorable Queen’s Birthday weekend for Chris Waller and his team who added nine wins to their season record, including the J.J. Atkins Plate G1 with The Autumn Sun.

Dealmaker is the fourth winner from Dundeel’s first crop of juveniles, after Group 3 winner Irukandji, New Zealand winner Cutadeel and Atyaab, successful in South Africa. He is also the first winner for his dam Sport Chic, a city-winning daughter of Redoute’s Choice and Listed winner Cinque. 

Arrowfield sold Dealmaker’s full brother for $140,000 to Payne Racing at this year’s Inglis Easter Sale, while Sport Chic has a weanling colt by Real Impact and is again in foal to Dundeel. 

Demand for Dundeel’s second-crop yearlings was strong across all major 2018 sales, with his top lots selling for up to $500,000 (Inglis Easter), $280,000 (Magic Millions), $NZ270,000 (NZ Premier), $150,000 (Inglis Classic) and $180,000 (Inglis Melbourne Premier).  

The Autumn Sun shines on Redoute’s Choice

Eighteen years into his extraordinary stud career, Redoute’s Choice has little to prove, whether as a sire of stakeswinners and Group 1 winners, sensational sire sons and valuable broodmare daughters or  profitable yearlings.

He also has little time for lingering in the past tense, and on Saturday he demonstrated yet again the permanence of his class.

This time it was unbeaten 2YO colt The Autumn Sun who updated the Redoute’s Choice record when he and jockey Kerrin McEvoy overcame a testing run to win the $600,000 BRC J.J. Atkins Plate 1600m G1 by a long neck and 1.5 lengths from Zousain and Fundamentalist.
 
Watch The Autumn Sun win the BRC J.J. Atkins Plate G1.

In fact, Redoute’s Choice appears in the pedigrees of all three horses. He’s also the damsire of Zousain’s sire Zoustar, and his son Not A Single Doubt is responsible for the filly Fundamentalist, who fought hard to add a Group 1 placing to her Adelaide Listed win in April.

The result was notable for champion trainer Chris Waller who prepares both The Autumn Sun and Zousain.

He said of The Autumn Sun, “It was only his third race start and just to see him dig so deep and pull away from the third and fourth horses, it showed how smart he is….Only certain people and horses can take that step so quick and excel.”  The Caulfield Guineas, won by Redoute’s Choice himself in 1999, will be the colt’s major Spring target.

The Autumn Sun is Stakeswinner No. 158 for Redoute’s Choice, his 33rd Group 1 winner, 38th 2YO stakeswinner and his 9th Group 1 winner at two. The three-time Champion Sire has posted at least one Group 1 winner every season since 2004/05 and his lifetime Stakeswinners/Runners strike rate is just over 12%.

Bred by the partnership of the Aga Khan Studs & Arrowfield, The Autumn Sun is out of the beautifully bred Galileo mare Azmiyna, an unraced half-sister of European champion and four-time Group 1 winner Azamour.

The colt was offered alongside Golden Slipper G1 winner Estijaab in the Arrowfield draft at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale and bought for $700,000 by trainer Chris Waller, agent Guy Mulcaster & owner Hermitage Thoroughbreds. The Dark Green & Red Hermitage silks are also carried by Group 1 winners Summer Passage & Egg Tart.

The Waller-Mulcaster team returned to Inglis Easter this year to purchase the stunning Snitzel-Azmiyna filly for $1.3 million. Azmiyna has a weanling colt by Not A Single Doubt and is again in foal to Snitzel.

The Autumn Sun is the second Group 1 winner bred by the Aga Khan Studs-Arrowfield partnership, after Whisky Baron, last season’s  Champion Middle Distance Horse in South Africa.

Japan’s supersire Deep Impact goes global

It seems a little strange to say that 2018 is proving to be a breakout year for a stallion that has won his country’s last six General Sire Premierships.

Nevertheless, it’s an accurate description of Deep Impact’s enhanced global status after Classic victories by his sons Saxon Warrior for Coolmore in the Newmarket Two Thousand Guineas G1 on 5 May and Study Of Man for the Niarchos family in last Sunday’s Chantilly Prix du Jockey Club G1.

They are among Deep Impact’s eight Group 1 winners in four countries over the past 12 months, helping him into third position on the TRC Global Sire Rankings behind Galileo and Dubawi.

In fact, Deep Impact’s rise from Japanese to international dominance is a longer story and one that Arrowfield has played a small part in by identifying his sire Sunday Silence as “breed shaper” and breeding a few mares to him Southern time some twenty years ago.  The resultant offspring included AJC Oaks winner Sunday Joy, herself dam of the incomparable More Joyous.

Arrowfield’s relationship with the Yoshida family & Shadai Stallion Station has been consolidated by the joint breeding venture with Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm and stallion business, most recently the shuttling of dual Group 1-winning sprinter-milers Real Impact (pictured above) and Mikki Isle (pictured below).  They are the first sons of Deep Impact to stand in Australia, and breeders using them are poised to catch the rising wave of demand for this dynamic Danehill outcross. Real Impact’s first Australian yearlings sell in 2019, while Mikki Isle’s first foals are due this coming Spring.

Mikki Isle, his first foals arrive this Spring

Arrowfield has doubled-down on Deep Impact by sending mares to his court in Japan, with the first group producing three fillies and two colts that are now rising 2YOs. Two of the fillies, out of Alverta and Charming Estelle, were sold for a total of $2.1 million at Inglis Easter, bought respectively by Waller Racing & Guy Mulcaster and Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum.

Critical to the Australian market’s enthusiasm for Deep Impact has been the top-level success in domestic racing conditions by his progeny. His half-dozen runners here so far include three Group 1 performers: dual Group 1 winner Tosen Stardom (at stud this year), ATC George Ryder S. G1 winner Real Impact and Ambitious, twice Group 1-placed this season.

Deep Impact is the sire of seven other offshore Group 1 winners since 2012: Gentildonna (Dubai), A Shin Hikari (France & Hong Kong), Vivlos (Dubai), Real Steel (Dubai) & Beauty Parlour (France), as well as Saxon Warrior and Study Of Man.

They are among Deep Impact’s 114 stakeswinners (10.1% of his runners) with Study Of Man his 37th lifetime Group 1 winner. Less than halfway through the 2018 season he is once again dominating the Japanese General Sires’ premiership with around $A36 million prizemoney – a cool $A16 million ahead of his closest rival Heart’s Cry (also by Sunday Silence).

Olympic Glory gets off the mark

Four-time Group 1 winner Olympic Glory is off the mark in Europe with his first crop of 2YOs. 

Doing the honours are Blury, successful in Italy last month, and the filly Mintd, who scored by 3 lengths at Listowel in Ireland on Sunday. 

Mintd gave an indication of her ability when second on 7 May to the Ballydoyle filly Fairyland, who subsequently won a Listed Race at The Curragh.  This time Mint’d’s trainer Willie McCreery said, “We had the draw and had to use it and she quickened up nicely.

“She is a nice filly and was second to probably the best filly (Fairyland) in Ireland the last day and it’s good that she has gone and won and franked that form.

“We’ll start looking at black-type now…she is a lovely filly and has grown again.”

Mintd is out of the Raven’s Pass mare Lisanor, from the immediate family of stakes-winning fillies Maid of Camelot and Apple Charlotte. Blury’s dam Marablu is a 2YO winner by Invincible Spirit, and a sister to Listed winner Moonlife. 

Olympic Glory’s first Australian yearlings attracted plenty of lively bidding at the major 2018 sales. Twenty-three of his 24 Magic Millions & Inglis Easter yearlings sold for an average price of $147,304, more than 8 times his fee, with top prices of $600,000 paid for the Downtown Manhattan colt, and $400,000 for the Lets Make Adeal filly. 

Buyers included Paul Perry, who added 9 Olympic Glory yearlings to his stable, Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, Gerald Ryan & David Payne, Craig Rounsefell, Paul Moroney, Julian Blaxland, George Moore & Carmel Size,   Darby Racing, Triple Crown Syndications, Proven Thoroughbreds & Spicer Thoroughbreds.

Olympic Glory’s four Group 1 victories were achieved over 1400 metres and a mile, at two, three and four, and he ended his career with a Timeform figure of 130.

New 2YO stakeswinner for Not A Single Doubt

Not A Single Doubt took his season tally of individual stakeswinners to a new career-best figure of 17 when his 2YO daughter Granny Red Shoes won Saturday’s BRC Hampden S. 1200m LR at the Sunshine Coast.

The win was a well-deserved reward for the filly’s  consistent effort in her six previous starts, including a maiden win and three runner-up finishes, two of them in Listed company.

Watch Granny Red Shoes win the BRC Hampden S. LR.

Granny Red Shoes was bred by Bruce Neill’s Cressfield from the Show A Heart mare Shoboard, herself a juvenile stakeswinner from the high class family of Group 1 winner Star Satire.  

The filly is trained by Toby Edmonds for Segenhoe Thoroughbreds which paid $280,000 for her at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and the rich Magic Millions day next January is an obvious target for her.

There are now 57 stakeswinners on Not A Single Doubt’s lifetime record and Granny Red Shoes is his 20th 2YO stakeswinner, and his fourth this term, after Qafila, Not A Single Cent and Fundamentalist. She is also his third stakeswinner in the past month, following Champagne Cuddles (Gold Coast Guineas G3) and Southern Legend (Kranji Mile LR). 

Not A Single Doubt is ranked 10th on the latest Thoroughbred Racing Commentary Global Sire Rankings (as at 27 May 2018). He has just nudged over $10 million prizemoney in Australia this season, and heads towards his fourth consecutive top 10 finish on the Australian General Sires’ Premiership.