Dundeel steps up with abundant 3YO talent

Three excellent winners in three days, and six in 25 days give Dundeel a strong hand for 3YO racing in Australia & New Zealand as the Summer & Autumn Carnivals roll around…

Three excellent winners in three days, and six in 25 days give Dundeel a strong hand for 3YO racing in Australia & New Zealand as the Summer & Autumn Carnivals roll around. 

Hard on the heels of the Anthony Freedman-trained Shake On It at Moe on Thursday, and the Maher & Eustace-trained The Closer at Ballarat on Saturday, came Cutadeel at Te Rapa on Sunday.

Cutadeel, raced by Dundeel’s co-owners Mike & Sharyn Craig, their sons Jamie Craig and Adrian, Brendon & Darren Herd, and friends Kathleeen Wright & Cheryl Leonard, lined up as the only 3YO in the Dunstan Feeds Stayers Championship Qualifier over 1600 metres.

Even a series of bumps in the straight could not blunt his finishing speed and he sped away in the final stages to score by 1.25 lengths from Masu and Summer Wind in 1:36.7 on the Dead6 track.

Watch Cutadeel win at Te Rapa

Jockey Opie Bosson said, “He’s not big, but he has a great turn of foot”, a comment equally descriptive of Dundeel during his own spectacular 3YO career.

Co-trainer Murray Baker indicated that Cutadeel will appreciate the Derby distance, so the New Zealand and perhaps the Australian Derby his sire won so brilliantly in 2013 are obvious targets for him.

Like another seven of Dundeel’s 18 first-crop winners, Cutadeel is out of a Danehill-line mare, in his case Dineeta (by Dylan Thomas), descended from the Aga Kahan-bred stakeswinner Kermiya. Cutadeel’s 2YO brother was a $90,000 buy for Lloyd Kennewell from Grenville Stud at the 2018 Magic Millions Tasmanian Sale.

Fourteen Dundeel yearlings are catalogued for the 2019 Magic Millions Sales, eight of them offered by Arrowfield.  

January 2YO winner opens Dundeel's account

It was Murray Baker who sent a 2YO son of High Chaparral to the races for the first time on 9 April 2012. That was Dundeel and his swooping win at Ellerslie that day was the start of a superlative career featuring six Group 1 victories. 

Today the champion New Zealand trainer, now working in partnership with Andrew Forsman, sent out his son Cutadeel at Tauranga for a group including owner-breeders Mike & Sharyn Craig who raced Dundeel and retain an interest in him. The result was a stylish victory for the colt, who is the first foal of Dineeta (by Dylan Thomas).

Watch Cutadeel win over 1200m at Tauranga.

“There was plenty in his trials to encourage us,” said Forsman. “I’m not sure he’s a natural two-year-old type, but he is a really nice horse.”

Dundeel’s first crop juveniles are being handled patiently but several have trialled, among them trial winners Marbuzet, unplaced behind Cutadeel at his raceday debut, and Sunreel, set to start at Wyong on Sunday for for Kris Lees. 

The progress of Dundeel’s first 2YOs can be judged by the response to his second-crop yearlings at Magic Millions last week. All but one of his eight lots sold, averaging more than 6 times his fee, with a top price of $280,000 achieved for Arrowfield’s colt ex Opportunity. He was purchased by DGR Thoroughbreds & Chris Anderson Racing.

Dundeel has 13 lots catalogued for next month’s Inglis Classic Sale, including three fillies and two colts in Arrowfield’s consignmentThe Stud will also offer 10 of the dozen yearlings by Dundeel at the Inglis Easter Sale in April.

Dundeel's half-brother wins impressively

Dundeel’s 4YO half-brother Diehard won at Pukekohe, New Zealand on Wednesday in the manner of a horse likely to make an impact over middle distances this season.

It was the fourth start for the son of Pour Moi and Stareel and capped his progress from educational 2YO start last December and two placings last month to stylish maiden winner.

Racing over 1600 metres on heavy ground, he settled back before improving wide around the turn. As his rivals began to struggle, Diehard began to do his best work and  picked up gamely to score by more than four lengths from Avant and Florence Ivy.

Watch Diehard win at Pukekohe.

Diehard’s owners include Arrowfield, Paul Favretto, Greg Ingham and his breeder Waimarama NZ Ltd, comprising several members of Dundeel’s racing partnership. He is trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman who also prepared Dundeel to win six Group 1 races. 

Stareel has a 2YO colt by Redoute’s Choice, bought by Paul Perry for $1 million from Arrowfield’s Inglis Easter draft and a yearling filly by Redoute’s Choice that’s now in New Zealand. The now 17-year-old mare is due to foal again to the three-time Champion Sire this Spring. 

Like Dundeel, Pour Moi is a Derby-winning grandson of Sadler’s Wells who has left two Group 1 winners, 2YO Sacred Elixir in Australia, and this year’s Epsom Derby winner Wings Of Eagles in England.  

Fifty-three yearlings from Dundeel’s first crop sold for an average of $132,330, just over five times his fee, and he was the Magic Millions Leading First Crop Sire with an average price of $272,500. His top-priced yearling, the Miss Finland colt, was sold for $900,000 to Boomer Bloodstock and is in training with Bjorn Baker. 

Other stables with Dundeel 2YOs on the books include Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, Chris Waller, Kris Lees, Anthony Freedman, Ciaron Maher and Mick Kent.