Ain’tnodeeldun does the business at Flemington

Ain'tnodeeldun (purple cap) knuckles down to hold off the challenge of runner-up Confrontational in the final 200 metres of the Batman S. LR. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Dundeel’s daughter Victoria Quay had already franked the form out of the Hill Smith S. LR at Morphettville on 10 October with a gritty win in Saturday’s VRC Wakeful S. G2. 

On Cup Day at Flemington, Dundeel’s equally progressive son Ain’tnodeeldun confirmed the quality of the Adelaide race with a stylish victory in the $175,000 VRC TAB Trophy 1800m LR (registered as the Batman Stakes).

The win was as good as it looked, as Ain’tnodeeldun produced a quick time of  1:49.04, going five lengths faster than the class average to hold off a wave of challengers including last-start stakeswinner Confrontational (by Redoute’s Choice) who finished a solid second. 

Another Dundeel colt, the Cindy Alderson-trained Newzeel Deal ran on well from the rear of the field to nab fourth. 

Co-trainer Sam Freedman reflected on the stable’s decision to miss the Victoria Derby with Ain’tnodeeldun. “He might just have a bit more brilliance than a Derby horse at this stage. I think we’ll put him away now, he’s won three on the bounce and he’s deserving of a really good break.

“He’ll mature a lot, he’s still just a frame at this stage, so we’ll look at a race like the Rosehill Guineas with him in the Autumn.”

Ain’tnodeeldun was a $240,000 purchase by Anthony Freedman & Blue Sky Bloodstock from the Bhima Thoroughbreds draft at Inglis Melbourne Premier. He has covered most of his purchase price with two Listed wins and a maiden success in six weeks for his owners who include Musk Creek Farm & breeder Bruce Wilson’s Glentree Racing. 

The good-looking colt is the second winner out of the dual stakeswinner Ain’tnofallenstar (by Starcraft), herself a daughter of the grand stakeswinner & multiple stakes producer Ain’t Seen Nothin’, now enjoying retirement as a nanny mare at Arrowfield.

Ain’tnofallenstar has a yearling colt by Redoute’s Choice to be offered for sale in 2021, foaled a second Dundeel colt in September, and has an early positive test to the six-time Group 1 winner. 

Two new stakeswinners and four other stakes performers (Victoria Derby G1 runner-up Hit The Shot, Group 3-placed Let’s Karaka Deel and Listed placegetters Aqueduct & Azaly) have added $1.7 million to Dundeel’s prizemoney in the past month. More importantly, they confirm his status as one of the most exciting young sires in Australia.

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