Big interstate double for Not A Single Doubt
A smart juvenile filly and a 3YO gelding gave Not A Single Doubt a new stakeswinner and a $320,000 interstate double on Saturday.
Robbie Laing took The Grey Flash to Adelaide in search of a black type maiden win and got it when the 2YO filly stormed home to claim the $115,000 SAJC Sires’ Produce S. 1400m G3 by a neck from Petracca and the favourite Caro Kann.
Bred by Peter & Valmai Toole of Ducatoon Park with Robert Earle and Arnold Saint, The Grey Flash was a $90,000 Laing purchase from the Ducatoon Park draft at the 2014 Magic Millions Adelaide Sale.
Her dam Already (by More Than Ready) is a winning sister to Brightexpectations (STC Pago Pago S. G2). The Not A Single Doubt/More Than Ready cross has also produced Group 1 winner Miracles of Life and stakes-placed city winner Comearoundsundown from only 7 named foals.
The Grey Flash is Not A Single Doubt’s 23rd stakeswinner and the ninth of them to achieve that status at two.
About an hour earlier, at Randwick on the second day of The Championships, Sure And Fast earned his biggest cheque yet for trainer Bede Murray and his fellow owners David Badger, Jennifer Mors, John O’Brien & Nelson Wu.
Sure And Fast qualified for the inaugural running of the $300,000 ATC Provincial Championship Final over 1400 metres by winning the first qualifier at Wyong on 5 March.
Despite giving the 3YO a somewhat misjudged ride in his lead-up race at Rosehill on 28 March, talented Kiwi jockey Jason Collett stayed on board. This time, Collett saved ground and timed his run perfectly to overhaul Oxford Poet and win by a length, with a further 1.5 lengths back to Electric Power.
From four wins and two placings in his first 11 starts, Sure and Fast has now returned more than $420,000 on the $60,000 Bede Murray gave for him at the 2013 Inglis Classic Sale where he was offered by Middlebrook Valley Lodge for breeder Karen Tse.
Inbred 3 x 4 to Danehill, Sure and Fast is the second runner & second winner out of Regal Attraction (by King’s Best). She descends from the US-bred mare A Little Love, imported to New Zealand by Ra Ora Stud in the mid-1990s, and later briefly owned by Arrowfield.
A Little Love’s first foal, dual Group 1 winner A Little Kiss, gave the family an early boost and it has kicked away again in more recent times, thanks to Champion Hong Kong Miler Able One, Australian Oaks winner Rising Romance and Victoria Derby winner Rebel Raider.