Nothing Dubious about Arrowfield Breeders’ Plate win

Dubious came, saw and conquered at Randwick on Saturday when he powered home late to win the $160,000 ATC Arrowfield Breeders’ Plate G3 in race record time.

Dubious came, saw and conquered at Randwick on Saturday when he powered home late to win the $160,000 ATC Arrowfield Breeders’ Plate 1000m G3 in race record time of 56.45 seconds.

He also became Not A Single Doubt’s 21st 2YO stakeswinner & 59th lifetime stakeswinner, and the first Victorian-trained winner of the race, one of the season’s first two stakes races for 2YOs on the Australian calendar.

It was a performance succinctly described on Twitter by one observer, Anthony Jones @racingtheclock2: “Trained Melbourne way – only horse to come from out of town – re-shod at the barrier – wide and without cover – finished with an enormous will to win – race record – WOW.”

Trainers Ciaron Maher & David Eustace had identified Aquis Farm’s compact colt as the stable’s most precocious colt and sent him to Sydney for a professional trial win on 17 September.  Dubious progressed exactly as hoped, before taking his place alongside several other trial winners and placegetters in the field for the Breeders’ Plate.

He began smartly from gate 10 but was left in no-man’s land while Covert Ops drove forward and took up the running. At the 300-metre mark Covert Ops was not stopping and Dubious got down to serious work, responding with an impressive turn of foot to close the gap and secure victory in the last couple of strides.

Watch Dubious win the ATC Arrowfield Breeders’ Plate G3.

The yearling Dubious, offered by Kitchwin Hills at the 2018 Magic Millions Sale. (PHOTO: Magic Millions)

Bred by Anthony Roberts’ Chesapeake Thoroughbreds & Brian Toohey’s Winton Bloodstock, Dubious was bought for $350,000 by Aquis Farms & Ciaron Maher  at this year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. He is the first foal of the stakes-placed French-bred mare Suspicieuse (by Elusive City), a half-sister to G3 winner Sediciosa, from the family of Japanese sire Neo Universe. Suspicieuse was a €55,000 purchase by agent Sheamus Mills from the 2013 Arqana Breeding Stock Sale. 

Breeders’ Plate history offers plenty of encouragement that Dubious will play a leading role as the season unfolds, and perhaps beyond his racing career. Winners since 2000 include outstanding juveniles Capitalist, Vancouver, Pierro & Sebring, Champion Sire Snitzel, leading sire Choisir and Group 1 sire Charge Forward.

Six winners in 7 days for Animal Kingdom

Six winners in seven days have made it a productive week in Australia for Animal Kingdom whose fourth crop of Southern Hemisphere foals arrive this Spring…

Six winners in seven days have made it a productive week in Australia for Animal Kingdom whose fourth crop of Southern Hemisphere foals arrive this Spring while he remains at Darley America in 2018.

Four of those winners are Arrowfield graduates and all but one of them are 3YOs, including the latest, Wild Planet (ex Salutations by Redoute’s Choice). He confirmed the promise shown in his two Listed seconds last season with a 2.5 length win over 1200 metres at Ballarat on Sunday.

Watch Wild Planet win at Ballarat.

New maiden winner and already stakes-placed, Wild Planet is a grandson of Group 2 winner Toast Of The Coast. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

He was a $280,000 Inglis Easter buy for trainers Hawkes Racing & agent Andrew Williams and is raced by Rupert & Cheryl Legh and partners.

Bob & Sandra Peters’ home-bred filly Mystery Miss (ex Mystical Miss by More Than Ready) was equally convincing at Belmont in Perth, and on the Gold Coast, The Kingdom (ex Helena Girl by Commands) prevailed despite covering more ground than any other runner.  

I Am Queen is a daughter of US Group 2 winner Cat By The Tale and a half-sister to two Group-placed performers. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

On Wednesday Animal Kingdom posted a double, thanks to  3.5 length Doomben maiden winner Al’s Kingdom (ex Alexandrova by Snitzel), and the New Zealand-owned 4YO mare I Am Queen (ex Cat By The Tale by Tale of the Cat), who sustained a big finish to win at Cranbourne. These two horses and The Kingdom are all graduates of Arrowfield’s Magic Millions consignments. 

Watch Al’s Kingdom win at Doomben.

This sequence of success began with a game country maiden win by the Paul Perry-trained Onyar (ex Girona by Giant’s Causeway) on 17 September.

Other winners for Animal Kingdom earlier this month were  Seductive Miss (ex Armed For Action by Exceed and Excel) who notched up her fourth victory at Moonee Valley on 8 September, and Doctor Doolittle (ex Miss Diagnosis by Medicean) who broke his maiden on 5 September. 

This steady accumulation of results has allowed the Dubai World Cup champion to move into fourth position on the list of Australia’s Third Season Sires after the first 8 weeks of 2018/19. 

Mares that have already foaled to Animal Kingdom this Spring include dual Group 2 winner Dilly Dally (by Rubiton); Double Ranga (by Exceed and Excel), dam of G2 winner Scarlet Rain; La Pelegrina (by Redoute’s Choice), full sister to champion Miss Finland; Ouachita (by Canny Lad), sister to G1 winner Preserve & half-sister to G1 winner Denman; and Group 3-placed city winner Smart Manoeuvre (by Smart Missile).

Winter Bride flourishes in Melbourne’s Spring

Two years after Not A Single Doubt’s splendid daughter Secret Agenda won the MRC How Now S. 1200m G3, he has done it again, this time with his 58th lifetime stakeswinner, Winter Bride…

Two years after Not A Single Doubt’s splendid daughter Secret Agenda won the MRC How Now S. 1200m G3, he has done it again, this time with his 58th lifetime stakeswinner.

Winter Bride won three of her four starts in Queensland during her namesake season and placed in the Daybreak Lover P. LR.

Sent south by trainer Toby Edmonds, the now 4YO mare has measured up in strong distaff company at her first campaign start, defeating the favourite Ellicazoom by a half-length, with Platinum Angel (by Snitzel) third. 

Watch Winter Bride win the MRC How Now S. G3.

Winter Bride has now won seven of her 15 starts and $320,000 prizemoney.

Stable foreman Trent Edmonds said, “She had a good record and was carrying big weights at home and doing it easily, so we had to give her a crack down here.

“We were confident until the barrier came out but she’s so tough and versatile, it was a fantastic win.” 

A home-bred for Kevin Maloney’s Segenhoe Thoroughbreds, Winter Bride is the third foal and best winner out of the very good racemare Amberino (by Perugino), whose 10 wins included the ATC Emancipation S. G2.

Earlier in the day at the Sunshine Coast Winter Bride’s stablemate From Within, also by Not A Single Doubt, scored her third consecutive win, by four lengths.

That’s not the end of the stable’s success with Not A Single Doubt’s daughters. Toby Edmonds prepares Segenhoe’s 3YO filly Granny Red Shoes, who won a pair of Queensland juvenile Listed Races in June, but hasn’t so far had the same good fortune in Melbourne.

The Autumn Sun rises to Golden Rose glory

Hermitage Thoroughbreds’ colt The Autumn Sun added the 50th Group 1 win to Redoute’s Choice’s extraordinary record with a breath-taking finish in Saturday’s $1 million ATC Golden Rose S. G1…

The Autumn Sun became the 10th multiple Group 1 winner for his peerless sire Redoute’s Choice with a breath-taking finish in Saturday’s $1 million ATC Golden Rose S. 1400m G1.

It was an appropriately high-class performance to mark the 50th Group 1 win on Redoute’s Choice’s remarkable 16-season record.

The colt had all his rivals ahead of him at the 300-metre mark, and 100 metres later had caught only one of them, while up front his stablemate Zousain made what looked like a winning break.

Then Kerrin McEvoy swung The Autumn Sun wide, giving him the space he needed to let rip with the big, raking stride that swept him to victory in last season’s J.J. Atkins G1 and is now even more effective. 

He defeated the gallant Zousain, also runner-up in the Atkins, by a short neck, in 1:22.24, with the favourite Graff a length away, third. 

Watch The Autumn Sun win the ATC Golden Rose G1.

McEvoy said, “He had to do it all, he was still last at the 300 metres but what a powerful engine he’s got. To do that in what I really think is below his best trip shows how classy he is…He’s got a great attitude and a great temperament and I’m thrilled to be on his back.”

Chris Waller, Oliver & Anton Koolman and Kerrin McEvoy celebrate The Autumn Sun’s Golden Rose victory. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Bred by Arrowfield’s joint venture with HH The Aga Khan, The Autumn Sun was purchased for $700,000 from the Stud’s 2017 Inglis Easter draft by Hermitage Thoroughbreds & Chris Waller Racing, assisted by agent Guy Mulcaster. 

The Golden Rose prizemoney takes his earnings to $1.1 million and so he becomes the 16th million-dollar earner by Redoute’s Choice. 

Dual Group 1 winner The Autumn Sun as a yearling. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

The Autumn Sun is the second foal of the young Galileo mare Azmiyna, an unraced half-sister to European Champion Azamour & Group 2 winner Arazan, from Listed winner Asmara.

The $1.3 million Snitzel-Azmiyna filly sold at the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

His three-quarter sister by Snitzel was secured for $1.3 million by the same Hermitage/Waller/Mulcaster team at this year’s Easter Sale. Azmiyna has a yearling colt by Not A Single Doubt and is due to foal again to Snitzel this Spring. 

The Autumn Sun now heads Timeform’s Australian 3YO rankings with 120+, ahead of Zousain (119) and Graff & Lean Mean Machine (both on 117) and his next target is the $2 million Caulfield Guineas G1 on 13 October. 

Olympic Glory makes a strong start in Europe

If aspirations can be expressed in a name, then first season sire Olympic Glory is aiming for nowhere except the top of the mountain. On that basis, even loftier goals might be ascribed to his 12th individual winner in Europe, the William Haggas-trained colt Astronaut…

If aspirations can be expressed in a name, then first season sire Olympic Glory is aiming for nowhere except the top of the mountain. 

On that basis, even loftier goals might be ascribed to his 12th individual winner in Europe, the William Haggas-trained colt Astronaut who won his third start over 5 furlongs at Sandown on 14 September. 

It was a tidy performance summarised by the Racing Post thus: “Held up, good progress on wide outside halfway, led over 1f out, shaken up and stayed on well final furlong.”

That success came two days after Olympic Glory’s fifth winner in France, the colt Inde who led all the way over 1400 metres at Longchamp.

Olympic Glory is now fifth on the First Season Sires’ table in France and fourth on the equivalent Irish list.

This all serves as an encouraging preview for the owners and trainers who purchased 62 of the first 69 Olympic Glory yearlings offered at Australian sales earlier this year.

Averaging five times Olympic Glory’s opening fee, those yearlings will race from the stables of, for example, Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, Peter & Paul Snowden, John O’Shea, Gerald Ryan, David Payne, Paul Perry in New South Wales, and Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young and Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra in Victoria.

Trans-Tasman double for Dundeel debutants

Dundeel’s six first-crop 2YO winners gave an encouraging preview of his capabilities as a sire, but he has picked up the pace dramatically in the first six weeks of the new season…

Dundeel’s six first-crop 2YO winners gave an encouraging preview of his capabilities as a sire, but he has picked up the pace dramatically in the first six weeks of the new season.

A pair of quality debut performances on Friday took his tally of 3YO winners to five. Add Dealmaker and Irukandji who have already shown up in Group company this term, and it will be no surprise to see his next stakeswinner emerge from this group.

Lincoln Falls’ trainer Lisa Latta is in no hurry to test him in black type company, but on the evidence of his excellent win over 1100m at Woodville, he has what’s required to step up to that level. 

Settled mid-field and wide by jockey Johnathan Parkes, Lincoln Falls rounded up his rivals in the straight to score untouched by 1.5 lengths from Heart Of Stone and Got The Call.

Watch Lincoln Falls win at Woodville.

Latta said afterwards, “He’s got a ton of improvement in him. We’ve never really had to let his head go on the track or at the trials, so it is always a bit of a worry heading into raceday.

“Johnathan did the right thing going back, and I have to admit I was a little bit worried at the 600m how relaxed he was, but he will learn a lot from that and really go ahead.

“He holds a nomination for the 2000 Guineas, but we will just take him along lightly. There is a special conditions maiden at Hastings on the last day of their carnival and something like that might be a soft option for him.”

Bred by Nearco Stud, Lincoln Falls is the fourth foal of dual Listed winner Causeway Queen, a Giant’s Causeway half-sister to the brilliant sprinter Solar Charged, dam of the equally brilliant Sunlight.

Sent to the 2017 New Zealand Ready To Run Sale, Lincoln Falls was bought for $200,000 from the JK Farm draft by John Street’s Lincoln Farms. His half-sister by Olympic Glory was a $155,000 buy from this year’s Inglis Classic Sale for Blue Sky Bloodstock and as Love Handles, is in training with Danny O’Brien at Flemington. Causeway Queen’s next two foals are colts by Dundeel.

Three hours after Lincoln Falls’ success, Miss Einstein made her debut on Newcastle Cup day count when Jason Collett sent her through on the rail for a convincing 1.3 length victory over 1200 metres.

Watch Miss Einstein win at Newcastle.

Bred by Bob & Fiona Guth’s Galaxy Breeding Syndicate and sold for $170,000 by Newhaven Park at Magic Millions Gold Coast,  Miss Einstein is the first foal of the talented, but unlucky Starcraft mare Simply Brilliant who, like her daughter, was trained by Bjorn Baker. 

The Guths have retained Green Jacket, Simply Brilliant’s 2YO son by More Than Ready, and the mare is due to foal again to Dundeel later this Spring.

Add Dealmaker’s two Group placings in Sydney  and wins by Global Exchange, I’m Dun Dreamin’ (on debut) and Sunreel, and Dundeel’s prospects for major Spring success are bright indeed.

Dundeel’s 3YOs target major Spring prizes

Dundeel’s  progressive 3YO son Dealmaker lost no admirers when going down very narrowly to Tarka in the ATC Stan Fox S. 1500m G2 – his second Group placing after his Ming Dynasty G3 third a fortnight earlier… 

Success with Arrowfield graduate The Avenger at Moonee Valley, and a Group 2 quinella  by the splendid mares Invincibella & Noire at Rosehill headlined a tremendous day for Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds on 8 September. 

A trio of Group 2 runners-up also carried the Purple, White Stars, among them Dundeel’s  progressive 3YO son Dealmaker. 

He lost no admirers when going down very narrowly to Tarka in the ATC Stan Fox S. 1500m G2, after a blunder soon after the start cost him a better position early in the race.  It was Dealmaker’s second Group placing after his Ming Dynasty G3 third a fortnight earlier. 

A second Dundeel colt, Spendthrift Australia’s Irukandji ran on solidly for fourth in the Stan Fox, the pair split by another Classic contender, The Autumn Sun (Redoute’s Choice). 

Watch Dealmaker’s 2nd in the ATC Stan Fox S. G2.

Even better, Dealmaker posted the best last 600 metres of 36.45 in the race, and was the only runner to break 12 seconds between the 400 and 200 metres (11.80).

The numbers were backed by Hugh Bowman’s comments, “Delighted with him. Progressive type of horse and the best is still ahead of him.”

Three recent eye-catching winners, Global Exchange, I’m Dun Dreamin’ & Sunreel, only enhance Dundeel’s up-and-coming sire status. 

On debut the Maher & Eustace-trained  colt Global Exchange was third to the highly touted Approach Discreet who subsequently won by 8 lengths in Adelaide.

The Andrew Payne-trained gelding I’m Dun Dreamin’ was an emphatic winner on debut last month at Cranbourne despite being very green, coming wide from the tail of the field and being at massive odds.

Kris Lees sends the filly Sunreel to the Spring Stakes G3 at Newcastle this coming Friday after her 4.8 length win over the course and distance last month.

Other Dundeel 3YOs likely to progress this Spring are debut juvenile winner The Closer (also in the Maher & Eustace stable), and Ron Quinton’s charge Seel The Deel, aiming for better things after two placings from as many starts, one of them behind Group performer Primitivo.