Ain’tnodeeldun wins Group 3 JRA Cup

Ain'tnodeeldun catches Red Sun Sensation on the line in the JRA Cup G3 - the 54th stakes win on his sire Dundeel's record. (PHOTO: Darren Tindale)

Dundeel’s gifted son Ain’tnodeeldun sealed his long journey back from injury in the best possible way, with a thrilling victory in Friday evening’s $200,000 JRA Cup G3 at The Valley.

Three years ago Ain’tnodeeldun emerged as a Classic prospect after three straight wins culminating in the Batman H. LR on Melbourne Cup day at Flemington. 

A fractured pelvis derailed his career for 16 months and after a lengthy recuperation, he returned to training and worked his way steadily back to winning form, finally saluting the judge in January this year. This Spring the now 6YO gelding has returned to top form, winning at The Valley and Sandown before his 7th win and first Group race success, which takes his earnings past $660,000.

Co-trainer Sam Freedman acknowledged the work of his team and the patience of the owners, led by Musk Creek Farm & breeder Glentree Thoroughbreds, who have staunchly supported the horse & the stable over the past three years. 

Now fully mature, Ain’tnodeeldun is ready to fulfil the Group 1 promise of his 3YO season – he is nominated for the $1.5 million Northerly S. G1 in Perth on 9 December.

Ain’tnodeeldun was a $240,000 purchase by Anthony Freedman & Blue Sky Bloodstock from the Bhima Thoroughbreds draft at the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. 

He is the best performer so far left by dual stakeswinner Ain’tnofallenstar (by Starcraft), herself a daughter of the multiple Listed winner & excellent broodmare Ain’t Seen Nothin’, who died last month at the age of 24, after several years of retirement at Arrowfield. 

Arrowfield & Planette Thoroughbred continue to breed with Ain’t Seen Nothin’s daughters Star Pupil (also by Starcraft and dam of G1 winner & sire Stronger), Farsight (by All American) and Taste of Honey (by Dundeel). 

Arrowfield’s yearling Class of 2024 includes the Admire Mars-Taste of Honey colt and Dundeel-Farsight colt, while Star Pupil’s 2YO daughter Lady Shenandoah (by Snitzel) will race from the Chris Waller stable for owner Hermitage Thoroughbreds. 

Glentree has retained Ain’tnodeeldun’s full siblings, the city-placed 3YO Binotto (also prepared by Anthony & Sam Freedman) and the unraced 2YO filly Star Croupier, in the Busuttin & Young stable. 

Dundeel holds his top 10 spot on the current Australian Sires’ Premiership with $3.2 million prizemoney and three stakeswinners, Ain’tnodeeldun, Militarize (Golden Rose G1) and Sunsets (Caulfield Classic G3). 

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