Dundeel’s daughters doing the business

Dundeel is on target for his best season yet in Australia with $6 million prizemoney and 7 stakes wins by the end of January, (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

There is plenty happening for sensational young sire Dundeel, with four progressive daughters dominating his results last week and a pair of stellar sons racing this coming weekend. 

The Closer (ex Miss Evasive by Elusive Quality) kicked off last week’s results with her second straight win over 1400m at Sandown on Wednesday. Her trainers Ciaron Maher & David Eustace have always had a good opinion of her ability, but initially believed she would be most effective over 2000 metres or more. Her four-win record to date says otherwise and she is nominated for this Saturday’s 1400-metre Mannerism S. G3 at Caulfield.

Thursday’s star was the Matt Cumani-trained filly Sheezabigdeel (ex Macarthur Park by Rock of Gibraltar) who relished the 2000 metres at Pakenham to score at her fourth start. She is nominated for Sunday’s Tasmanian Oaks LR at Launceston. 

Next up was the John Sadler-trained Duns ‘n’ Roses (ex Rose of Scotland by Stratum) over 2040 metres at Moonee Valley on Friday evening. Ben Melham took a positive approach with her, controlling the pace then driving clear in the straight to claim her second win by two lengths.

Completing the four-win sequence was She’s Ideel (ex Ana’s Mail by Anabaa), who was hot favourite for the BM 78 Catanach’s Handicap over 2400 metres at Randwick on Saturday, and fought off a determined Dark Pearl to post her third consecutive win in a rewarding five-start summer campaign. 

Although She’s Ideel is nominated for the Sydney Cup G1 and Queen Elizabeth S. G1, trainer Bjorn Baker announced on Twitter that she has gone to the paddock for a well-earned break. She’s a fine prospect for success in stakes company when she returns. 

Group 1-winning colts Super Seth, in the Futurity S. G1 at Caulfield, and Castelvecchio, resuming in the Hobartville S. G2 at Rosehill, lead Dundeel’s attack this weekend.

The champion son of High Chaparral is currently third on the Australian 3rd Season Sires’ table, and 19th on the General list with $4.3 million prizemoney.

Dundeel has 15 lots catalogued for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale which begins on 1 March, and has the same number of yearlings at the Inglis Easter Sale, among them 6 colts and 2 fillies offered by Arrowfield. 

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