Eagle Farm stakes win hits all the marks

Maurice leads Capitalist & Astern on Australia's current Third Season Sires' Premiership. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Noah ‘N’ A Deel generated several statistics when she rallied gamely off a wide run to win Saturday’s $200,000 Tattersall’s Gold Crown 2137m LR at Eagle Farm.

The Les Kelly-trained 3YO filly is the 16th stakeswinner for her sire Maurice, the first stakeswinner for Dundeel as a broodmare sire and the 14th Arrowfield graduate stakeswinner this season. 

Noah ‘N’ A Deel’s regular jockey Sean Cormack said, “She deserves this. The owners and Les deserve this.

“She’s very tough, and she’s not the biggest, but I think she was forgotten quickly. The form behind Kovalica [when second in the Grand Prix S. G3] was not just a fluke.”

Winner of her second start at two, Noah ‘N’ Deel has blossomed this season, winning twice last Spring and earning her first black type at Eagle Farm in December, while her trainer was recovering from major surgery.

The filly’s Autumn campaign began with three unplaced runs before her excellent Queensland Oaks G1 third on 3 June, and now her first stakes victory, taking her career earnings past $340,000. 

The yearling Noah ‘N’ A Deel, now one of 8 stakes performers to emerge from 47 runners out of Maurice’s 2019 crop. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

Noah ‘N’ A Deel is the first foal of Double Deel, by Dundeel from  the  admirable racemare Aliyana Tilde, who won at Group 3 level and was three times Group 1-placed in Sydney.

Her third dam is the grand producer Patronella, still enjoying life as a 31 year-old nanny mare at Arrowfield, which continues to breed with Aliyana Tilde, Double Deel and two other daughters of Patronella, Group 3 winner Teaspoon and Group-placed Bacarella.  The family’s latest star is The Astrologist who finished 5th in Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee S. G1 at Royal Ascot.

Noah ‘N’ A Deel was a $100,000 purchase by Waverley Park Lodge from Arrowfield’s 2021 Magic Millions draft. Her year-younger full sister Chayse ‘N’ Adam will also race from the Kelly stable, while their rising 2YO half-brother by Shalaa , passed in at Magic Millions, will be trained by Paul Messara. 

With three crops of racing age, and fewer runners than all but one stallion ranked above him, Maurice has compiled 5 stakeswinners and $10.5 million prizemoney to sit in 15th spot on Australia’s General Sires’ Premiership.

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