First Group 1 winner caps Dundeel’s big weekend

Sheikh Hamdan’s colt Atyaab sealed a heady 36 hours for Arrowfield’s young sire Dundeel when he won Saturday’s R1 million Cape Derby G1 in South Africa…

Sheikh Hamdan’s colt Atyaab capped an action-packed 36 hours for Arrowfield’s young sire Dundeel when he won the R1 million Cape Derby 2000m G1 in South Africa on 26 January.

Bred by Arrowfield & John Leaver, Atyaab was bought for $260,000 by Shadwell Stud from the Stud’s 2017 Inglis Easter draft and is trained by Mike de Kock. He is Dundeel’s fourth stakeswinner and the fourth Group 1 winner to emerge – so far – from Arrowfield’s Class of 2017, after The Autumn Sun, Estijaab & Maid Of Heaven. 

Dundeel’s first Group 1 winner, Sheikh Hamdan’s colt Atyaab, pictured as a yearling at Arrowfield. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

Atyaab is also the fifth Group 1 winner found by Shadwell’s master buyer Angus Gold in Arrowfield’s Easter consignments, joining Mustaaqeem (2016), Rafeef (2014), Majmu (2013) and Reaan (2007).

The colt’s dam is the now 21 year-old multiple Group 2 winner Sylvaner (by Danasinga), whose late-career fertility and success, following her early stakeswinner Vesper, can be credited to both the care and the opportunities she’s received at Arrowfield. Sylvaner has a 2YO Dundeel filly (a $100,000 Inglis Easter purchase for the Bulla Thoroughbreds Trust), a 2018 Dundeel colt and a positive test to the six-time Group 1 winner. 

John Messara celebrates Dundeel’s first Group 1 winner with Dundeel’s breeders Murray & Jo Andersen and co-owners Mike & Sharyn Craig. (PHOTO: Arrowfield)

Dundeel’s big weekend began on Friday afternoon when Cutadeel (ex Dineeta by Dylan Thomas) showed why he’s the current New Zealand Derby G1 favourite, with a classy defeat of older horses, carrying topweight over 1600 metres at Pukekohe. 

On Saturday afternoon at Newcastle in Australia, the Paul Perry-trained 2YO colt Pandano (ex Milanesa by Snitzel) won by 3.8 lengths, joining Yourdeel and Castelvecchio to give Dundeel a perfect 3 debut winners from his first three second-crop runners. 

Yourdeel (ex Miss Zapper by Red Ransom) continued his good work on Saturday at Ellerslie in New Zealand by completing a notable trifecta for Jamie Richards and the Te Akau stable with a staunch dead-heat third in the $1 million Karaka Million 2YO Classic 1200m RL.

Finally, Star Thoroughbreds’ 3YO colt Dealmaker (ex Sport Chic by Redoute’s Choice) was a very close, if unlucky second over 1400 metres in his campaign opener at Randwick, and the Australian Guineas G1 on 2 March looks a realistic target for him. 

As for Atyaab, he will now be aimed at the R 2 million South African Derby G1 over 2450 metres at Turffontein on 30 March.

Book 1 of Karaka 2019 includes 7 colts by Dundeel, and his offering at next month’s Inglis Classic Sale numbers 23, including six fillies and six colts in the Arrowfield draft.

An Exhilarating week for the Champion dynasty

Redoute’s Choice made headlines at the Magic Millions Sale with three glorious million-dollar colts and a Book 1 average of almost $550,000. Come the $10 million Magic Millions Gold Coast Raceday and it was the turn of his first-magnitude sire sons to shine. And shine they did…

Living legend Redoute’s Choice made headlines at the 2019 Magic Millions Sale with a Book 1 average of almost $550,000 and three glorious colts offered by Bhima Thoroughbreds, Segenhoe Stud & Newhaven Park fetching $1.6 million, $1.4 million and $1.075 million.

Redoute’s Choice has now notched up 79 million-dollar yearlings across 15 years, with at least one sale at that level every year since 2004 – a matchless span of elite Australasian sale-ring achievement.

Come the $10 million Magic Millions Gold Coast Raceday and it was the turn of Redoute’s Choice’s  first-magnitude sire sons to shine.

And shine they did as Godolphin’s outstanding filly Exhilarates (by Snitzel) stormed to victory in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic 1200m RL, with Not A Single Doubt’s resolute son Dubious completing an Arrowfield roster quinella.


Bred by Greg Perry, Echo Beach Bloodstock, Hybrook Pastoral Company, Encompass International & Werrett Bloodstock, Exhilarates is the second foal of Blue Diamond G1 winner Samaready (by More Than Ready). She was bought from the Vinery Stud draft for $600,000 by Godolphin on their 2018 return to the Australian yearling marketplace. 

Satisfying as it was to add another triumph to Snitzel’s list of big race wins, he also came very close to achieving an historic Magic Millions treble. His son Bondi was nosed out of victory by Boomsara in the $2 million 3YO Guineas 1400m RL, and 4YO colt Goodfella went down by less than a half-length in the $1 million Magic Millions Trophy over 2200 metres.

However, there was plenty of consolation when the General Sires’ table updated on Saturday evening. Snitzel’s earnings that day of $2.1 million, including doubles at Flemington & Randwick, gave him a new total of $16,033,986 and extended his lead on I Am Invincible to $6.5 million. 

The reigning Champion Sire also took charge of the 2YO Sires’ Premiership with $1.5 million prizemoney, ahead of I Am Invincible, Better Than Ready &  Not A Single Doubt. 

Redoute’s Choice joined the racetrack party when his excellent son Redouble took out the last race on the card, $1 million Magic Millions Cup 1400m RL.

Bred by Grant Sheldon & Macedon Park out of Group 1 winner Special Mission (by Towkay), Redouble is the 162nd stakeswinner for his three-time Champion Sire. 

Not A Single Doubt supplied the dynasty’s final flourish of the day during the festive evening session that traditionally concludes Book 1 of the Magic Millions Sale. Arrowfield’s Lot 853, the full sister to Group 1 winner Secret Agenda was knocked down for $875,000 to US-based Stonestreet Stables.

Stonestreet previously enjoyed Group 1 success with Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Miracles Of Life, dam of the $1 million filly bought by Godolphin earlier in the session.

Not A Single Doubt ended Book 1 with 27 lots sold at an average price of almost $290,000, while Snitzel’s 33 lots averaged $366,970, with a top price of $800,000 paid by Phoenix Thoroughbreds & Aquis Farm for Edinburgh Park’s colt out of Fortune Of War.