Southern Legend triumphs in second Kranji Mile

Saturday evening’s S$1.5 million Kranji Mile LR was a triumph for the Australian breeding industry, Hong Kong racing, Inglis sales, Not A Single Doubt and Arrowfield & Corumbene Studs as Southern Legend sped to a commanding victory, chased home by 7YO former Hong Kong Group winner Blizzard.

Saturday evening’s S$1.5 million Kranji Mile 1600m LR was a triumph for the Australian breeding industry,  as Southern Legend sped to a commanding victory, chased home by former Hong Kong Group winner Blizzard.

Southern Legend and Zac Purton had everything under control at the end of the 2019 Kranji Mile LR. (PHOTO: Singapore Turf Club)

Already Not A Single Doubt’s all-time leading earner, Southern Legend took his prizemoney to around $4.9 million with his second consecutive Kranji Mile win for owner Boniface Ho and trainer Caspar Fownes. His time of 1:33.61 was slightly faster than his 2018 performance and, in the opinion of his jockey Zac Purton, a stronger win all round. 

Mr Ho’s buyer and Australian-based manager Carmel Size shared her delight on Twitter: “Thrill of a life time to have kicked the journey off with such a super, super horse, he is so honest and wouldn’t know how to run a bad race.”

Carmel and her father Neville Begg bought Southern Legend (ex Donna’s Appeal by Carnegie) for $280,000 from the 2014 Inglis Easter draft of breeder Corumbene Stud. The Stud has retained Southern Legend’s yearling sister, already named Loveland.   

The Kranji Mile is Mr Ho’s second major success with a Not A Single Doubt son this year, following Classique Legend’s brilliant ATC Arrowfield Stud 3YO Sprint G2 victory at The Championships last month. Classique Legend is now a contender for the $14 million The TAB Everest after Mr Ho & Carmel Size Racing purchased GPI Racing’s slot.

They also signed for three Not A Single Doubt yearlings from Arrowfield’s Class of 2019, securing the Zillow & Lahana colts at Inglis Easter for $1.05 million & $480,000 respectively, and the Stormy Hussey colt for $140,000 at Inglis Classic.

There was plenty to admire about Blizzard’s runner-up performance too. Bred by GSA Bloodstock and purchased for $75,000 by Ricky Yiu from Arrowfield’s 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier draft, the 7YO son of Starcraft and Stormy Choice (by Redoute’s Choice) has been a wonderfully genuine performer in top company over five seasons for the Infinitude Syndicate.

His four years in Hong Kong produced a Group 3 victory, a Group 1 third and three excellent Group 1 fifths in Japan before his transfer last year to Lee Freedman in Singapore. Blizzard has since added the Fortune Bowl LR & three placings to his record and his lifetime prizemoney now approaches $4 million.

As for Not A Single Doubt, he looks increasingly secure in 5th spot on the Australian General Sires’ Premiership and his season tally of stakes wins is only five short of his career-best total of 26, compiled in 2016/17.

Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt colts top Weanling Session

A pair of $300,000 colts and a Session average of close $150,000 were the major highlights for Arrowfield stallions on Day 1 of the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale…

Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt shared top billing on Day 1 of the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, with a pair of $300,000 colts knocked down to two of the best judges in the business. 

James Bester struck first, securing Lot 53, Cornerstone Stud’s strongly built Not A Single Doubt colt out of Celebrity Appeal (by One Cool Cat), from the family of Group 1 winners Hauraki & Kidnapped. The price is a new weanling record for Not A Single Doubt, exceeding the $280,000 paid for the Wilde Irish Song colt at the same Sale three years ago. 

New Zealand-based agent Paul Willetts then paid $300,000 for Aquis Farm’s Lot 145, the dark brown son of Snitzel out of stakes-winning mare Euryale (by Lonhro), a grand-daughter of Group 1 winner Danglissa. 

Aquis Farm was also the vendor of Lot 44, the $280,000 Not A Single Doubt colt out of Cariad (by Sequalo), so a full brother to this season’s 2YO city winner Cardiff. He was bought by Ampulla Farm.

In all, Not A Single Doubt’s four Day 1 lots averaged $240,000.

Dundeel also had four weanlings sold in the opening session, averaging $103,750 with a top price of $165,000 paid for the colt out of Ice Cream Lady (by Not A Single Doubt). Offered by Yarraman Park Stud, he was purchased by New Zealanders Marc and Sarah Devcich, whose beautiful Waikato property was home to Dundeel between his spectacular racing Australian campaigns. 

International superstar Maurice and Champion 2YO Shalaa made a positive mark with their first Magic Millions weanlings. Edinglassie Stud’s Shalaa-Backless colt, descended from New Zealand Oaks winner Brown Satin, made $75,000 and was purchased by Platinum Breeding & Racing with Pinhook Bloodstock. 

Ampulla Lodge went to $130,000 to buy Lot 185, the Maurice half-brother to Caulfield Cup G1 winner Southern Speed offered by the NSW-based Kansas Plains Stud.

Thirteen lots by Arrowfield stallions sold for an average of $148,577, well above the Sale’s first day average of $59,926, which was slightly down on the Day 1 figure in 2018. 

The Sale continues at the Gold Coast on Thursday 23 May with Lots 266 to 530, including 19 Arrowfield-sired weanlings. 

Real Steel’s sister wins Japanese Oaks in record time

Real Steel’s full sister Loves Only You extended their family’s exceptional record when she stormed to a record-breaking victory in the Japanese Oaks G1…

Arrowfield’s new sire Real Steel already has plenty to recommend him, as a Group 1-winning son of Japan’s supersire Deep Impact descended from the great racemare and genuine “blue hen” Miesque. 

Loves Only You is now a Japanese Oaks G1 winner, like Champions Almond Eye, Soul Stirring & Gentildonna. (PHOTO: Japan Racing Association)

On Sunday his full sister Loves Only You burnished that solid-gold pedigree when she stormed to a record-breaking victory in the ~A$3 million Yushun Himba 2400m G1 (Japanese Oaks).

Loves Only You came into the race unbeaten in three starts, including a 3-length win in last month’s 2000-metre Hanshin Wasurenagusa Sho LR, but had missed the traditional lead-up in the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas).

She showed an incredible burst of speed and stretched beautifully. She has a heart of steel and can’t stand to lose.
– Jockey Mirco Demuro on Loves Only You

She left no doubts about her brilliance and stamina when she burst through to challenge Curren Bouquetd’or (also by Deep Impact) less than 100 metres from the post, winning in 2:22.8 – 0.8 seconds faster than two-time Horse of the Year Gentildonna won the race in 2012.

 

Bred by Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm, and raced by DMM Dream Club Co. Ltd, Loves Only You is the third stakeswinner her dam Loves Only Me (by Storm Cat) has left to Deep Impact, after Real Steel and Listed winner Prodigal Son. She also has an unraced 2YO filly by the 7-time Champion Sire. 

Real Steel and Loves Only Me are closely related to French Derby G1 winner Study Of Man (also by Deep Impact from a Storm Cat daughter of Miesque). Other major international performers on their shared pedigree page include multiple Group 1 winner and Champion Sire Kingmambo, Champion 3YO Fillies Alpha Centauri & East Of The Moon, Champion 2YO Filly Rumplestiltskin and Breeders’ Cup Mile G1 winner Karakontie.

A debut winner at two, Real Steel capped a stellar career at home with his Meydan Dubai Turf G1 victory on World Cup night in 2016.

Kenedna does it again for Not A Single Doubt

Star mare Kenedna has pushed Not A Single Doubt past $10 million Australian prizemoney for the fourth consecutive season, and she has done it in the best possible way, with her second Group 1 victory…

Star mare Kenedna has pushed Not A Single Doubt past $10 million Australian prizemoney for the fourth consecutive season, and she has done it in the best possible way, with the second Group 1 victory from her last three starts.

And it’s only a week since Not A Single Doubt’s 3YO daughter Qafila won the South Australian Derby G1.

His 13th Group 1 success as a sire came in the $700,000 BRC Doomben Cup 2000m G1 where Kenedna settled midfield and travelled sweetly for John Allen who found space for her to shoot through on the rail at the top of the straight. After that, it was all over as the mare proved too strong for the fast-finishing Life Less Ordinary and Sixties Groove, posting the excellent time of 2:02.18.

Co-trainer Ciaron Maher was delighted with Kenedna’s performance, five weeks after her success in the Coolmore-sponsored Queen of the Turf S. G1 at Randwick.

He said, “This was always her target race, the Coolmore Legacy was just a bonus. She has always been a high quality mare, I think she has just furnished.”

John Allen added, “She is fast becoming my favourite horse – she is so tough and so genuine.” 

Kenedna, now the winner of 9 races and $1.8 million, is Not A Single Doubt’s third dual Group 1 winner after Miracles of Life (Blue Diamond & Robert Sangster S.) and Extreme Choice (Blue Diamond & AJ Moir S.).

She and her multiple Group-winning three-quarter brother Spill The Beans (by Snitzel) are among five winners left by the Falbrav mare Miss Dodwell, from the family of Group 1 winners Bounding Away, Glastonbury and Speak Fondly. 

Miss Dodwell has a weanling colt by Not A Single Doubt and is in foal to Snitzel.

Kenedna was an $80,000 buy for John Foote, Mike Rennie’s MDR Bloodstock & Darren Weir from Arrowfield’s 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier draft. She is Arrowfield’s fifth Group 1-winning graduate this season, following The Autumn Sun (Golden Rose, Caulfield Guineas, Randwick Guineas & Rosehill Guineas), Maid of Heaven (Spring Champion), Atyaab (Cape Derby in South Africa) & Castelvecchio (Champagne S.). 

As for Not A Single Doubt, he is challenging Fastnet Rock for 4th spot on the General Sires’ premiership, with $10.2 million and 13 winners of 20 stakes races.

John Messara pays tribute to Bob Hawke

“The death of Bob Hawke will be deeply felt throughout the Australian Thoroughbred Racing Industry. Bob enjoyed his racing and the industry loved him…”

Arrowfield’s Chairman John Messara AM pays tribute to former Prime Minister of Australia, Bob Hawke AC GCL after Mr Hawke’s death at the age of 89 in Sydney on Thursday 16 May. 

Messara says, “The death of Bob Hawke will be deeply felt throughout the Australian Thoroughbred Racing Industry. Bob enjoyed his racing and the industry loved him.”

“I regard the Hawke Government’s initiative in the 1985 Federal Budget to place the Australian Breeding Industry on the same fiscal footing as its neighbouring competitor, New Zealand, as the foundation of the Industry’s success today. It was the 1985 Budget that gave Industry participants the confidence to invest in the upgrading of the Australian gene pool – and we have seen the results over the past three decades.”

“Bob and a number of his Cabinet colleagues understood the Racing Industry, the employment it creates and the part it plays in Australian culture, especially in communities outside the major cities.”

“I was privileged to know Bob over a long period of time. He assisted the Industry on a trade mission to Japan after he had retired from politics and he was kind enough to open the then newly built Arrowfield Stud at Jerry’s Plains in 1989. His energy, intellect and charisma were formidable and his enthusiasm for racing causes and people never waned.”

Messara concludes, “May this great Australian rest in peace.”

Interstate stakes double for Arrowfield graduates

Saturday’s interstate Arrowfield graduate stakes double was good news for two of the Stud’s former stallions, as well a pair of Arrowfield mares now in foal to boom young sire Dundeel…

Saturday’s interstate Arrowfield graduate stakes double was good news for two of the Stud’s former stallions, as well a pair of Arrowfield mares now in foal to boom young sire Dundeel.

Wild Planet struck first in front of a Hunter Valley home crowd at the Scone Cup Carnival, taking the $300,000 Inglis 3YO Guineas 1400m RLR by the scruff of the neck and staving off the challenges of the favourite Military Zone and third-placed Total Power (by Dundeel).

Tommy Berry & co-trainer Michael Hawkes celebrate after Wild Planet’s Inglis Guineas win. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

It was Wild Planet’s second stakes victory after last Spring’s VRC Poseidon S. LR,  but earned him more than twice the prizemoney and adds further gloss to the record of his dam Salutations (by Redoute’s Choice), also the dam of stakes-placed 2YO winner Super Seth (by Dundeel), and a Dundeel filly sold at the this year’s Magic Millions Sale.  

Wild Planet’s sire Animal Kingdom no longer shuttles to Arrowfield but his record here has improved markedly this season, thanks to Australian Derby G1 winner Angel of Truth, Listed winner Mystery Miss, Group 1-placed Peaceful State, Group 2-placed Victory Kingdom, stakes-placed Earth Angel and a swag of city winners.  Animal Kingdom’s final Australian yearlings will be offered for sale in 2020.

“Wild Planet dug deep under pressure like he always does. He’s a fighter, he’s a winner and he is going the right way.’’
– Co-trainer Michael Hawkes

Wild Planet was Animal Kingdom’s top-priced colt of 2017, bought for $280,000 by Hawkes Racing & Andrew Williams Bloodstock from the Arrowfield Inglis Easter draft that has also produced Group 1 winners The Autumn Sun, Estijaab & Atyaab, and Listed winner Diplomatico.

Around three hours later at Caulfield, the Melbourne Racing Club presented  the 2YO 1200-metre race named for Arrowfield’s late, great Champion Sire,  but amended the name slightly to Vale Redoute’s Choice S. LR. 

Arrowfield-bred & -sold filly Missile Mantra then completed the tribute by unwinding a big run down the outside to win the race for her Triple Crown-managed syndicate of owners and  trainers Peter & Paul Snowden. 

Magic Millions yearling and now unbeaten 2YO stakeswinner Missile Mantra. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

By Smart Missile, who now stands at Twin Hills Stud, Missile Mantra was a $30,000 Magic Millions buy for Triple Crown. She is the second foal of the Starcraft mare Wecansay Mak, a sister to dual Group 1 winner We Can Say It Now.  

Missile Mantra is the third stakes-winning graduate of Arrowfield’s Class of 2018, after Group 1 winner Castelvecchio and last weekend’s Group 3 winner Stronger (also out of a Starcraft mare). 

10th Group 1 winner for Not A Single Doubt

A Group 1 Classic over 2500 metres and a 1200-metre 2YO Group 2 feature are all in a day’s work for the very classy, super-versatile Not A Single Doubt…

Here’s a challenge: run fourth in the 2000-metre Australasian Oaks G1 and back up a week later in the SAJC South Australian Derby G1 over 2500 metres. 

And here’s another challenge: be the sire of that Derby winner and a 2YO 1200m Group 2 winner on the same day.

Shadwell Stud’s wonderful 3YO filly Qafila and her wonderfully versatile sire Not A Single Doubt made it look easy.

Qafila skipped clear of the boys at Morphettville to win by more than 3 lengths and become Not A Single Doubt’s 10th Group 1 winner, while 2YO colt Dubious was just too good at Doomben in the $200,000 BRC Champagne Classic G2.


Bred by Woodpark Stud from the Tapit mare Zighy Bay, Qafila was offered by Attunga Stud at the 2017 Magic Millions Sale where Shadwell’s buyer Angus Gold secured her for $450,000 and sent her to the Hayes & Dabernig team at Lindsay Park. 

Qafila’s ability was obvious on debut, when she won the MRC Debutant S. LR as a Spring 2YO, and she has since competed almost exclusively in Group races, achieving 8 top four finishes, including a victory in February’s Angus Armanasco S. G2. That consistency in quality company explains why, with just three wins, Qafila has earned almost $700,000.

“She’s a tremendous filly and she deserves this Group 1. She’s been competing at the highest level her whole career and it’s fantastic to get the win for Shadwell Stud.”
– Co-trainer Ben Hayes on Qafila

Like Qafila, Aquis Farm’s 2YO colt Dubious is proving a highly professional competitor, winning the ATC Breeders’ Plate G3 on debut last September, before a Queensland campaign that produced a win and a fine second to Exhilarates in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic RLR.

Group 2 winner Dubious is one of 22 2YO stakeswinners by Not A Single Doubt. (PHOTO: Michael McInally)

He resumed in the Autumn with a third placing in the ATC Todman S. G2 and has now bounced back from an unplaced Golden Slipper run to claim a Group 2 win in dominant fashion. 

“What a dude of a colt, he’s very push-button. On the better ground he was lethal.”
– Jockey James McDonald on Dubious

Dubious, out of the French-bred mare Suspicieuse (by Elusive City), was bred  by Chesapeake Thoroughbreds & Winton Bloodstock and offered by Kitchwin Hills at the Magic Millions Sale where Aquis Farm & Ciaron Maher paid $350,000 for him.  Dubious has already repaid them handsomely with earnings of  $1,015,150.

Not A Single Doubt’s own statistics are decidedly handsome.  Qafila is his second new Group 1 winner this season after Kenedna’s ATC Queen of the Turf victory last month, and his tally of 13 stakeswinners is bettered only by I Am Invincible. 

And he can boast three same-day stakes doubles this season: Champagne Cuddles & Samizdat on 9 February, Kenedna & Classique Legend, both at Randwick on 13 April and now Qafila & Dubious.

With $9.6 million prizemoney, Not A Single Doubt holds fifth spot on the General Sires’ Premiership and is closing on his fourth consecutive $10 million+ season.

Norzita confirmed for The Autumn Sun

Champion 3YO Filly Norzita, purchased for $1.7 million by Freyer Bloodstock for Arrowfield at last Friday’s Inglis Chairman’s Sale, has been confirmed for The Autumn Sun’s 2019 book…

Champion 3YO Filly Norzita (Thorn Park-Visique by Quest For Fame), purchased for $1.7 million by Freyer Bloodstock for Arrowfield at last Friday’s Inglis Chairman’s Sale, has been confirmed for The Autumn Sun’s 2019 book.

The two-time Group 1 winner is due to foal to Snitzel in August and was offered by Lime Country Thoroughbreds on behalf of the late Dato Tan Chin Nam’s Think Big Stud.

Arrowfield’s Chairman John Messara says, “Norzita is an absolute queen, a magnificent individual with an elite race record and an outstanding match in every way for The Autumn Sun.”

An unbeaten Group 1 winner at two, The Autumn Sun (Redoute’s Choice-Azmiyna by Galileo) is the only horse to sweep the Golden Rose and Caulfield, Randwick & Rosehill Guineas.

The Autumn Sun was named this season’s Champion 3YO Colt at the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s Awards Dinner held on Wednesday evening in Scone. He stands his first season at Arrowfield at a fee of $77,000 inc. GST.

The Redoute’s Choice influence endures

Already in the first weeks since the death of the great Redoute’s Choice, global stakes results show the enduring power of his influence as a sire, sire of sires and broodmare sire…

Legendary Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice departed this Earth 40 days ago, but his influence is far from gone.

Since his death on 26 March, his record has increased by three stakeswinners: Dark Choice (WA Oaks G3 for Bob & Sandra Peters), Danceteria (a Listed win in France for Clive Washbourn) & on Saturday, the Haras du Mezeray-bred Enbihaar won the Goodwood Daisy Warwick Fillies S. LR for Sheikh Hamdan. 

A day later, 9YO marvel Rock Magic has returned after a 12-month break necessitated by injury to claim his 9th stakes victory in the $150,000 Northam S. 1100m G3 in Western Australia.

Already one of Redoute’s Choice’s 17 million-dollar earners, Rock Magic overcame a wide run to defeat Electric Light and stablemate Durendal to take his earnings close to $1.4 million. His record now stands at 16 wins, 12 placings and three fourths in Melbourne Group 1 sprints from 49 starts across 7 seasons. 

Bred by the Arrowfield & Planette Thoroughbred partnership – like Saturday’s 2YO stakeswinner Stronger – Rock Magic is the second of only three foals left by New Zealand Group 1 winner Rockabubble (now happily retired as a nanny mare at Arrowfield) and was passed in at the 2011 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. 

Rock Magic carried the Arrowfield silks for his first four wins including this one at Canterbury in March 2013. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Trained by Paul Messara to win four of his first 11 starts in NSW city & country company, Rock Magic was sold as a late 4YO to Gangemi Thoroughbreds which races him with a large group of stable clients. 

A post on Gangemi Racing’s Facebook page described the thrill of Rock Magic’s triumphant return to racing:

What a special day for all!!! #therockstar #thedream

Redoute’s Choice now has 11 winners of 17 stakes races worldwide for the 2018/19 season, most notably, of course, his spectacular 3YO son The Autumn Sun. A 5-time Group 1 winner at two & three, The Autumn Sun has retired with prizemoney of $3.4 million and joins the Arrowfield roster for the upcoming breeding season.

Sire sons such as The Autumn Sun, his illustrious barn-mates Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt and young guns Scissor Kick & Pariah will ensure that Redoute’s Choice continues to figure in stakes-winning pedigrees for many years yet. 

Ditto his daughters whose progeny, among them Arrowfield graduates San Fermin & Everyday Lady, have added 8 Group & Listed wins to his record as a damsire  since 26 March. Although pressed by his old rival Encosta de Lago, Redoute’s Choice has a strong chance of winning his first Australian Broodmare Sires’ title with 19 stakeswinners and $18.1 million prizemoney enough to hold the No. 1 spot so far.

Breeders have a number of opportunities to purchase Redoute’s Choice mares and progeny from his 2017 and 2018 crops at the Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale, NZB Karaka May Sale and the Magic Millions National Weanling & Yearling Sale. 

Not A Single Doubt’s record just gets Stronger

A handsome 2YO colt named Stronger says it all about Not A Single Doubt whose record continues to grow with 13 stakeswinners in 2018/19

It takes a special kind of stallion to compile consecutive seasons of high performance – for example, top 10 Premiership finishes, double-figure stakeswinners and eight-figure prizemoney totals.

By those measures, Not A Single Doubt, who began his career at a $12,500 fee, is on a roll that now spans four seasons and his record & reputation continue to strengthen.

So there is a neat synchronicity about the name of his 65th stakeswinner, 2YO colt Stronger who won a hard-fought battle with the favourite Accession in Saturday’s $140,000 GCTC Ken Russell Memorial Classic 1200m G3.

It was the colt’s third win from 7 starts and makes him Not A Single Doubt’s 22nd lifetime 2YO stakeswinner and his 13th stakeswinner this season.

There’s plenty of strength in the bottom half of Stronger’s pedigree too.

The $1.05 million yearling Stronger led by Tommy Kehoe to the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale-ring. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Bred by Arrowfield & Planette Thoroughbred, Stronger is the second foal of the winning Starcraft mare Star Pupil, also the dam of stakes-placed New Zealand filly Tiger Silk (by All American) and a daughter of the excellent racemare and outstanding producer Ain’t Seen Nothin’. 

Offered by Arrowfield at Inglis Easter 2018, Stronger was bought for $1.05 million by James Harron for a group of owners including Belinda Bateman, Rob & Donna Love, Fergus Doyle, Steve Gillard and John & Fran Ingham.

Sent to Peter & Paul Snowden, he won on debut at Kembla Grange last November, placed at Rosehill, won at Randwick in March, then finished third in Cosmic Force’s Pago Pago S. G3 & fourth in Bivouac’s Kindergarten S. G3 on 6 April before heading to Queensland.

Fidelia (Not A Single Doubt-Fidele) pounces for her third win over 1400m at Flemington. (PHOTO: Darryl Sherer)

Stronger’s maiden stakes victory kicked off a hectic half-hour for Not A Single Doubt. First, his Tony McEvoy-trained 2YO daughter Balaabel finished second on debut in the SAJC Queen Adelaide S. LR, then 3YO filly Fidelia won well at Flemington, her third success in 7 starts for trainer Robbie Griffiths.
By day’s end, Not A Single Doubt’s  2018/19 prizemoney had increased by more than $320,000 to $9.1 million, putting him on course for his fourth consecutive $10 million-plus Australian season.

Stronger’s year-younger full brother is one of three Not A Single Doubt colts catalogued for next month’s Magic Millions National Yearling Sale.