50th stakeswinner for Not A Single Doubt

It’s almost two years since Bell River Thoroughbreds’ $4.5 million dispersal of bloodstock at the Inglis & Magic Millions sales and more than a year since Andrew & Georgie Ferguson sold their property near Wellington, in inland New South Wales.

However, the family’s departure from the industry is only temporary. The Fergusons are considering various options for resuming their involvement, and their son James has already set up his own bloodstock agency, working in conjunction with the UK-based McKeever Bloodstock.

It’s no surprise that one of their first joint agency purchases was the $130,000 Not A Single Doubt-Tingirana filly from the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

The Fergusons were among Not A Single Doubt’s earliest and staunchest supporters, and were rewarded as co-breeders, with Lloyd Walker & Bob Hogno, of dual Group 1 winner Extreme Choice and last season’s Listed winner Bidii Babe.

They all appear again as the breeders of Not A Single Doubt’s 50th lifetime stakeswinner Faraway Town, who defeated last year’s winner Zestful (by Redoute’s Choice) in Saturday’s $150,000 ATC Triscay S. 1200m G3.

Watch Faraway Town win the ATC Triscay S. G3.

Trainer Matthew Smith has tried a different approach with the 4YO mare, spacing her runs and keeping her to sprint races. Jockey Tim Clark believes it’s paid off, saying after the win, “She has definitely come back a much better mare.She reacted well fresh and he gave her that few weeks between runs and it paid dividends today.”

A $200,000 Magic Millions buy for Francis & Christine Cook’s Mystery Downs, Faraway Town (ex London Calling by Dehere) has won just over $500,000 in three seasons of racing, with a juvenile Group 1 third and three other stakes performances franking her quality. She will have an opportunity to extend that record in the ATC Guy Walter S. G2 on 3 March.

Faraway Town is one of Not A Single Doubt’s eight winners of 9 stakes races this season, a tally he has plenty of opportunities to boost this coming Saturday at Caulfield where his runners include Mighty Boss (Futurity S. G1), Qafila (Blue Diamond S. G1), Single Gaze (Peter Young S. G2) and the unbeaten 3YO filly Summer Sham (Angus Armanasco S. G2). 

Not A Single Doubt has six colts and two fillies catalogued for next month’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, and 19 lots in the Inglis Easter Sale, including a pair of colts in Arrowfield’s consignment.

Read also:
Fergusons Celebrate Extreme Success – TDN, October 2016
Bell River celebrates extreme success – December 2015
Bell River Thoroughbreds thrilled with Doubt – January 2013

Not A Single Doubt leads Sires' premiership

“It’s surreal,” was how breeder Andrew Ferguson described his experience of watching Extreme Choice win the $1.5 million MRC Blue Diamond S. 1200m G1 on Saturday.

The number 11 gate and being forced to race wide without cover weren’t enough to stop the colt from scoring an outstanding victory in 1:08.95, almost two lengths in front of his stablemate Flying Artie, with the Redoute’s Choice filly Zamzam six lengths away in third place.

Watch Extreme Choice win the MRC Blue Diamond S. G1.

The $900,000 winner’s cheque has swept Extreme Choice’s sire Not A Single Doubt past Street Cry to the head of the Australian General Sires’ premiership with a new figure of $7,244,601. Not A Single Doubt also tops the table by winners (102) and wins (155), and has claimed the No. 1 spot on both the 2YO & 3YO Sires’ lists.

The result was a career highlight for Mick Price who trained the quinella and, with his Bloodstock Manager Luke Wilkinson, bought Extreme Choice for $100,000 from the Bell River Thoroughbreds draft at the 2015 Inglis Classic Sale. 

Bell River, near Wellington in central NSW, is owned & managed by Andrew Ferguson and his wife Georgie who bred Extreme Choice in partnership with good friends Lloyd Walker & Bob Hogno.

The colt’s dam Extremely (by Hussonet) is an unraced daughter of Canadian Group winner Going To Extremes, and has left three other winners, including multiple Singapore winner Raise No Doubt (also by Not A Single Doubt). She has a yearling filly by Duporth, a weanling colt by Smart Missile and is back in foal to Not A Single Doubt.

Unbeaten in three starts, Extreme Choice has now earned almost $1.3 million for his owners Anthony Bongiorno, Matthew Davidson, Anthony Davis, Dennis Foley, Louie Gonzy, Karen & Ross Greer, Paul Horton, Gary Jones, George MacDonald, Paul Marsh, Arch Staver, Jim Turner, Dennis Turner, Shane Walter, Matthew Ward, Brad & Lisa Wheeler, Luke Wilkinson & the Newgate Farm Extreme Choice Syndicate.

Extreme Choice is Not A Single Doubt’s third Group 1 winner after Miracles Of Life and Good Project, and Fell Swoop did his very best to become the fourth, in the race after the Blue Diamond, the $500,000 MRC Oakleigh Plate 1400m G1. He went down by the narrowest of margins to a very determined and deserving winner Flamberge.

Between the two Caulfield features, Good Project was third in the $150,000 ATC Liverpool City Cup 1300m G3 and, earlier in the day, 3YO filly Single Gaze split Ghisoni and Stay With Me in the $175,000 ATC Surround S. 1400m G2.

On Friday evening Secret Agenda, another member of Not A Single Doubt’s 2012 crop, was beaten only by the Beneteau filly Almighty Girl in the $150,000 Typhoon Tracy S. 1200m G3.

In total, the Blue Diamond win and four Group placings have added $1,082,000 to Not A Single Doubt’s earnings in just over 20 hours – that’s around $54,000 per hour.

The son of Redoute’s Choice has four colts and three fillies on offer at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale which starts on Sunday. They include a powerfully built colt from Time To Move in the Arrowfield draft, Lot 396.

Bell River celebrates Extreme success

Extreme Choice became Not A Single Doubt’s 30th stakeswinner in spectacular fashion at Randwick on Saturday in the $500,000 ATC Inglis Nursery 1000m (R) LR.

The 2YO colt jumped smartly from barrier three, took up a comfortable lead and when called upon by Glyn Schofield, instantly found another gear to score by two lengths from So Serene with a further six lengths back to Rampage (a new stakes performer for All American), who finished off strongly for third.

The winning time of 56.85 and especially the last 600-metre sectional of 33.91 underlined the merit of the colt’s performance.

Watch Extreme Choice win the Inglis Nursery (R) LR.

The $294,000 winner’s cheque richly rewarded the good judgement and careful planning of Extreme Choice’s Melbourne trainer Mick Price and his Bloodstock Manager Luke Wilkinson, who selected the colt at the 2015 Inglis Classic Sale, as well as the team of owners who took shares in him.

It was equally satisfying for Andrew & Georgie Ferguson of Bell River Thoroughbreds who bred Extreme Choice with good clients Lloyd Walker & Bob Hogno and sold him for $100,000.

The Fergusons have been staunch supporters of Not A Single Doubt from the start of his career, sending mares to him every season and pin-hooking his weanlings, as well as purchasing mares in foal to the brilliant son of Redoute’s Choice.  That’s how they bred Extreme Choice (ex Extremely, by Hussonet), and Matthew Smith’s Rosehill winner and Magic Millions 2YO Classic contender Faraway Town (ex London Calling by Dehere), a $200,000 purchase by Mystery Downs.

The handsome financial returns now include the $50,000 vendor & supplier bonuses attached to the Inglis Nursery win, but Andrew is keen to talk about Bell River’s four named 2YO graduates by Not A Single Doubt, two of them yet to race. They were part of a 2015 Class he describes as “the best team of horses we’d taken to the yearling sales in the eight or nine years we’ve been operating.”

Andrew remembers, “Extreme Choice was just a neat, compact horse with a tremendous walk, while No Doubt A Star [ex Radiant Star, and a recent trial winner] was a showy, flashy type.” Bought by Paul Beamish on behalf of a Hong Kong client for $270,000, Bell River’s best-ever sale result, No Doubt A Star won a Randwick trial from the John Sargent stable in November and is a Golden Slipper prospect.

A third colt, Nasdex (ex Indexed by Marauding, and trained by Peter Moody for a First Light Racing syndicate), won a jumpout and was subsequently gelded. Now back in pre-training, he’ll return to Caulfield after Christmas and be given his opportunity to go down the Blue Diamond path.

Andrew reckons that admirers of Faraway Town or Extreme Choice need only look at the farm’s two Not A Single Doubt yearlings catalogued for the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

He says, “The filly out of Possessed reminds me a lot of Faraway Town. She has a different physique, she’s more of a 1400-metre/miler type, but she’s very like Faraway Town in her attitude, just does her work without fuss, she’s totally professional.

“The colt out of Wilde Irish Song is like Extreme Choice, he’s compact and nuggety, correct with a good attitude, and he’s done really well through his preparation.”

Andrew has no hesitation describing what makes Not A Single Doubt so attractive to breeders and buyers alike.

“Speed and precocity, and they nearly all run. He gets carnival horses, he gets runners and winners in town, and syndicators & trainers love buying them because he stacks the odds in their favour.”

Andrew is confident that Not A Single Doubt will make a very good broodmare sire too, and he’s already backed his judgement by adding the talented but unraced Mill Park-bred filly Daisy Lane, a half-sister to Captain Sonador, to the Bell River broodmare band.

Not A Single Doubt is now third on the Australian General Sires’ list with $4.1 million, and heads the table by winners with 74 – seven of them stakeswinners. He has 32 yearlings catalogued for January’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, five lots in the Inglis Classic Sale; and seven in the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.