Not A Single Doubt's girls double up at Doomben

Not A Single Doubt notched up his fifth Australian stakes double this season when his daughters Bidii Babe and Kenedna scored in consecutive races on Doomben Cup day in Brisbane.

Bidii Babe sealed her rise to stakes-winning status with a perfectly timed finish in the $100,000 BRC Bright Shadow H. 1200m LR, catching Arrowfield graduate Untamed Diamond (by Snitzel) just before the post, with Dee Nine Elle a half-length away, third.

Watch Bidii Babe win the BRC Bright Shadow H. LR – Race 5.

Bidii Babe was bred by the same partnership, Andrew & Georgie Ferguson’s Bell River Thoroughbreds with Lloyd Walker & Bob Hogno, that bred Not A Single Doubt’s dual Group 1 winner Extreme Choice. Bidii Babe is the best of five winners out of a favourite Bell River mare, the six-time winner Arthur’s Lass (by Nodouble’s son Unduplicated), and was bought for $150,000 by Paul Willetts at the 2014 Magic Millions Sale.

The 4YO mare, Not A Single Doubt’s 42nd lifetime stakeswinner, has now won five races and almost $300,000 for owners Neil and Ange Duncan and trainer Robert Heathcote.

3YO filly Kenedna has barely missed a beat this season and put trainer Darren Weir’s doubts about her stamina to rest when she bull-dogged her way to victory in the $175,000 BRC The Roses 2000m G2. A protest was lodged by James Doyle on runner-up Oklahoma Girl, but it was dismissed by the stewards.

Watch Kenedna win the BRC The Roses G2 – Race 6.

Kenedna has now won three Group races and a Listed event in three states since 18 February, boosting her prizemoney beyond $500,000 and earning a crack at The Roses-Queensland Oaks double, previously won by Ethereal (2001) and Scarlett Lady (2011).

Darren Weir says of Kenedna, “There’s not much of her but she’s a very relaxed filly and very honest. Ideally you’d like to see her settle a bit closer in the run but she’s got a really good will to win.”

An $80,000 Weir purchase from Arrowfield’s 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier draft, Kenedna is a three-quarter sister to crack sprinter Spill The Beans (by Snitzel), out of Miss Dodwell (by Japan Cup winner Falbrav, clearly the source of Kenedna’s stamina).

Miss Dodwell has 2YO & yearling fillies by Smart Missile and a weanling sister to Spill The Beans who stands at Aquis Farm in Queensland.

Not A Single Doubt has already matched the key statistics of his milestone 2015/16 season with 14 winners of 21 Group & Listed Races this term, including Group 1 winners Extreme Choice, Scales of Justice and Secret Agenda (also fourth in Saturday’s SAJC Goodwood S. G1).

The son of Redoute’s Choice is less than $200,000 from becoming the fifth stallion to break the $10 million mark on the 2016/17 Australian General Sires’ premiership.

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.

27th stakeswinner for Not A Single Doubt

Not A Single Doubt has added two new winners, including his 27th stakeswinner, to his imposing record as a sire of juveniles.

Jackson continued a tremendous run of success by trainer Tony McEvoy when he powered home on debut in Saturday’s $120,000 MRC Merson Cooper S. 1000m LR at Sandown.  Soviet Secret and Emphatically (also by Not A Single Doubt) filled the placings.  The $500,000 Inglis Nursery (R) LR at Randwick on 12 December will be the gelding’s next target.

Watch Jackson win the MRC Merson Cooper S. LR.

McEvoy said of Jackson, “He’s a big gangly sort of gelding, he gets run off his feet early by some of my other babies at home, but when they hit the hill at Kildalton Park he’s the one that just powers up it. He’s got a lot of scope, big stride and he will improve a good bit.”

The stakes victory is a well-deserved reward for NSW breeder Fred Moses’ staunch support of Not A Single Doubt who has seen Jackson’s dam Elegant Angela (by Perugino) five times for four foals, three of them winners.

Jackson attracted the highest bid as a yearling, being knocked down to McEvoy Mitchell Racing for $76,000 at this year’s Inglis Classic Sale where he was offered by Ambergate Farm.

Elegant Angela, a city-winning 2YO, is out of a Sir Tristram half-sister to Group 2 winner Kenfair, from the family of champion sire Marscay, champion 3YO filly Alacrity and Melbourne Cup winner Subzero.

Less than thirty minutes before Jackson’s win, another member of Not A Single Doubt’s 2013 crop, Faraway Town (ex London Calling by Dehere) scored a narrow maiden win at Rosehill. Her trainer Matthew Smith confirmed after the race that the filly will head to January’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR.

Watch Faraway Town win at Rosehill.

Faraway Town was bought for $200,000 by Mystery Downs from Andrew & Georgie Ferguson’s Bell River Thoroughbreds draft at this year’s Magic Millions Sale.

Not A Single Doubt is enjoying a tremendous Spring in Australia with 57 winners, four of them stakeswinners (Secret Agenda, Fell Swoop, Don’t Doubt Mamma & Jackson), and more than $2.4 million prizemoney.

The son of Redoute’s Choice has 32 lots catalogued for the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, including a filly in the Arrowfield draft, and a filly & a colt in the Bell River consignment.

Not A Single Doubt leads on 2YO winners

Six days out from the season’s end, two new winners have taken Not A Single Doubt to the head of the Australian 2YO Sires’ list, with 22 individual winners – only three short of his 14-year record set in 2013/14. 

However, it remains a tight race. Snitzel has 21 winners and both he and Not A Single Doubt have debut juveniles accepted for races in the next few days. I Am Invincible is hot on their heels with 20 2YO winners.

Let’s Make It Rain struck first when he defeated Tatoosh (by Beneteau) over 1250 metres at Canterbury. Placed in two of his three previous starts, including Odyssey Moon’s Inglis Nursery (R) LR last December, Let’s Make It Rain also anchored his trainer Ron Quinton’s first metropolitan double

A $170,000 Quinton purchase from Broadwater Thoroughbreds at the 2014 Inglis Classic Yearling sale, Let’s Make It Rain is out of the unraced Red Ransom mare Red Alert, a half-sister to VATC One Thousand Guineas G1 winner Lady Of The Pines. He is among the dozen Not A Single Doubt 2YOs that have been successful in city class this season.

An hour later Ice Cream Lady won a 1000-metre maiden at Gilgandra for her owner-breeders Bruce Reid Racing & the Ferguson family of Bell River Thoroughbreds and trainer Brett Thompson. The sister to city winners Conroy’s Gap and Crown Choice took an early lead and strode home in good style to score by two lengths.