Not A Single Doubt on a Payroll

A very good week continued on Wednesday for Not A Single Doubt when his 2YO daughter Payroll overcame several disadvantages to score handsomely on debut at Sale.

The Richard Laming-trained filly began slowly and ended up at the back of the field before jockey Jason Benbow sent her forward and four wide round the bend and into the straight. However, that effort didn’t drain Payroll’s tank and she drove clear to win by more than 3 legnths from  The Barrister & The Weald.

Laming said Payroll, an $80,000 Magic Millions purchase from the draft of her breeder MacQuarie Stud, had never been off the bit in training, so he didn’t know what to expect. He added, “We’re in no hurry with her. I think she will be a better three-year-old.”

Payroll (ex Workhard by Red Ransom) is the 9th juvenile winner this season by Not A Single Doubt, currently second on the Australian 2YO Sires’ list with prizemoney of almost $800,000.

Two days earlier, Prime Thoroughbreds’ filly Atalanta Miss contributed $82,000 to that total when she won the SAJC Magic Millions 2YO Classic at Morphettville.

That was her second win from five starts, three of them Magic Millions races in Victoria, Tasmania & South Australia, and took her career earnings well beyond the $55,000 Joe O’Neill needed to buy her from the Mill Park draft at last year’s Magic Millions Adelaide Sale.

The major highlight of Not A Single Doubt’s week was the powerhouse victory by the Arrowfield-raised Miracles of Life (ex Dazzling Gazelle by More Than Ready) in last Saturday’s $400,000 ATC Challenge S. G2. 

It was the 4YO mare’s fourth Group success and her second for celebrated American owner Stonestreet Stables which paid $900,000 for her at last year’s Teeley Dispersal. The 2013 Blue Diamond winner is now likely to start in The Galaxy G1 on 21 March. 

Juveniles Single Gaze (2nd, Canberra RC Black Opal S. G3) & Claudia Jean (3rd, VRC Festival of Racing S. LR) have also helped to boost Not A Single Doubt’s season prizemoney close to $4 million – enough to put him among the country’s top 15 sires.

Not A Single Doubt yearlings have already sold for up to $280,000 (at Magic Millions Gold Coast) and $260,000 (at Inglis Melbourne Premier) this year.

 The son of Redoute’s Choice has only three lots catalogued for next month’s Inglis Easter Sale, all of them fillies. Two will be offered by Middlebrook Valley Lodge, while the daughter of US stakeswinner Laguna Lake is part of the Canning Downs Stud consignment.

Quick start by Not A Single Doubt's juveniles

Last season’s leading Australian sire of 2YO winners Not A Single Doubt has been characteristically quick out of the gates again in 2014/15 with two early juvenile winners in Adelaide and Perth, both of them Magic Millions graduates.

The Neville Parnham-trained colt Fremond claimed the season’s first 2YO race in Perth on Saturday with a brilliant off-the-canvas effort  after jumping slowly from barrier five in the 1000-metre dash.

Parnham bought Fremond for $55,000 from the Magic Millions Perth consignment of breeder Mogumber Park, the relatively new farm owned by Colin Brown & Fiona Lacey at Bullsbrook north of Perth. The colt has already earned more than his purchase price, thanks to the WestSpeed bonus of $27,500 on top of his $38,400 winner’s prizemoney.

Fremond is the fourth winner left by Fiddly (by Red Ransom), from the immediate family of Group 2-winning fillies Piper Star, Melora & Shinakima.

At Morphettville on 4 October Prime Thoroughbreds’ filly Atalanta Miss (ex Our Greta by Rory’s Jester) finished over the top of her opposition after jumping from the outside barrier over 1000 metres. Described on the website of her trainer Patrick Payne as “not big but has strength and an excellent temperament”, Atalanta Miss will have her next start in the $200,000 Magic Millions Clockwise Classic at Ballarat on 2 November.

Bred by Brenton & Elizabeth Parker, Atalanta Miss was consigned by Mill Park Stud at the Magic Millions Adelaide Sale where she was purchased for $55,000 by Prime Thoroughbreds’ Joe O’Neill.

A grand-daughter of New Zealand Group 1 winner Silky Oak, Atalanta Miss is a full sister to multiple Hong Kong winner Victorius, the pair being in-bred 3 x 2 to Rory’s Jester. The filly’s debut win earned prizemoney of $22,000 plus a $4000 SABOIS bonus.

Prime Thoroughbreds’ four winners this month also include Hijack Hussy (Hussonet-Joy Ride by Redoute’s Choice), a $62,000 buy from Arrowfield at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.  The Tony Gollan-trained filly scored over 1400 metres in smart time at the Gold Coast on 4 October and is being aimed at the VRC Desirable S. LR on Melbourne Cup day.