New favourite for Magic Millions Classic

Not A Single Doubt is assembling a strong team of 2YOs for the 2020 Magic Millions Classic, nine years after it was won by his daughter Karuta Queen. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Not A Single Doubt’s team for the 2020 Magic Millions 2YO Classic is his strongest yet and his latest stakeswinner Farnan now joins the fillies Euphoric Summer, Gotta Kiss & Arrowfield graduate Stellar Pauline among the leading chances for the $2 million feature on 11 January.

An eye-catching 5-length debut winner at Canberra last month, Farnan was sent out as second favourite behind Gimcrack Stakes G3 winner Every Rose for Thursday’s $200,000 Magic Millions Wyong 2YO Classic 1100m RL. 

Every Rose tracked Farnan into the straight but when she made her move to level up with him, the colt found another gear and powered away to score by just over a length from the filly, with Remorseless third.

Farnan was bred by Phoenix Thoroughbred from the Group 3 winner Tallow (by Street Cry), also the dam of dual stakeswinner Sandbar (by Snitzel). Another member of the family, stakes-placed 2YO winner Mount Zero has a Not A Single Doubt filly to be offered as Lot 566 in Arrowfield’s Magic Millions draft. 

Presented at the 2019 Magic Millions Sale by Vinery Stud, Farnan was bought for $550,000 by Aquis Farm & Phoenix Thoroughbred who sent him to Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott.

Farnan was among Not A Single Doubt’s 10 highest-priced yearlings of 2019. (PHOTO: Vinery Stud)

The stable’s pre-race assessment of the colt’s chances at Wyong proved spot-on:

Farnan goes into this race with very solid claims. He has come out of his first up win in good order and he’s certainly sharper for the experience. The extra 100 metres is going to be his advantage as he was very strong over the concluding stages of his last run…we’ve always held him in high regard and he has a touch of class, so we are confident he has what it takes to maintain his unbeaten record. Winning chance.

Adrian Bott said after the race, “Like all those good young horses and the good colts in particular, he’s got a great attitude.

“We kept him nice and fresh between runs getting here today and it’s good to see him take that next step.”

Farnan is now the Magic Millions favourite, aiming to follow the example of Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Karuta Queen who won at Wyong nine years ago, then scored by almost 3 lengths on the Gold Coast.  Every Rose is second favourite with Stellar Pauline the only other contender at single-figure odds. 

Farnan is the 68th lifetime stakeswinner for Not A Single Doubt, and his 25th juvenile stakeswinner, five days after No. 24 trounced a Group 2 field at Trentham. That was the Aquis Farm-bred colt Not An Option, whose performance earned him favouritism for the New Zealand Magic Millions equivalent, the Karaka Million on 25 January. 

As it happens, the two colts were  also born five days apart, with Not An Option arriving on 1 October, and Farnan on 6 October 2017.

Not A Single Doubt has 38 lots catalogued for the Magic Millions Sale, among them 4 fillies and a colt in Arrowfield’s consignment. 

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