16th stakeswinner for Dundeel
Named for the three-headed hound of Hades in Greek mythology, Dundeel’s son Cerberus chased down his maiden stakes win with canine tenacity in Saturday’s $107,000 Hill Smith S. 1800m LR at Morphettville.
And like Ain’tnodeeldun & Victoria Quay, the Dundeel pair who quinella-ed the race last year, Cerberus will return to Melbourne for bigger prizes, including the $2 million Victoria Derby G1 on 30 October.
CERBERUS is SW16 for Dundeel breaking his maiden in the Hill-Smith Stakes at Morphettville.
— Pedigree Update (@pedigreeupdate) October 9, 2021
Co-trainer Anthony Freedman (who also prepares Ain’tnodeeldun) said, “It was a tough performance, it’s never easy to sit wide and win like that, but he was strong to the line.
“I will get him home and see how he comes through the trip, but he could head to Moonee Valley for the Vase then back up into the Derby or potentially head straight to the Derby.”
Cerberus has progressed in the style of a quality Spring 3YO colt, earning stakes-winning status at his third start after placings at Bendigo and Cranbourne last month.
Bred by South Australian Hall of Famer Harry Perks’ Country Wide Breeding Syndicate, Cerberus is the third winner and first stakeswinner out of city winner Scarlet Moretta (by Fastnet Rock). She is from the high-class family of international Group 1 winners Volga, Vallee Enchantee, Vespone & Maids Causeway, as well as Melbourne Cup runner-up Purple Moon & Sydney Cup second Vengeur Masque.
Cerberus was offered at Magic Millions by Mill Park Stud and knocked down to James Harron for $750,000, the highest price paid for a Dundeel yearling in 2020. He races in the familiar dark green & gold colours of the Harron-managed partnership that has raced many outstanding colts including Arrowfield graduates Wandjina, Pariah, Gunnison, Dracarys, Odyssey Moon & Stronger.
Dundeel has now left six stakeswinners, including Group 1 winners Super Seth & Atyaab, to mares by Danehill-line stallions.
Cerberus, Entente & She’s Ideel have compiled two Group wins, a Listed victory and placings in Group 1 & Group 3 company in the past three weeks. They head the 31 winners that have given Dundeel such a strong start to 2020/21 with 33 Australian wins and $1.4 million prizemoney.