Brilliant Doomben double for Beneteau & Not A Single Doubt

Beneteau’s second Group 1 winner and Not A Single Doubt’s latest juvenile star produced two of the best performances on the penultimate day of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.

4YO mare Prompt Response (Beneteau-Prompt by Exceed and Excel) has been an outstanding competitor in virtually all of Australia’s best distaff contests this season. In fact, she’s lined up in 12 Group races – four at Group 1 level – in three states since last September and has finished fifth or better in 11 of them.

Her superlative victory in Saturday’s $500,000 Qld Tatt’s RC Tattersall’s Club Tiara 1350m G1, a year after she was second to Tycoon Tara in the same race, is nothing less than Prompt Response deserves for unflinching, high-class service to the 2017/18 Australian racing season.

Watch Prompt Response win the Tattersall’s Club Tiara G1.

Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Granny Red Shoes raced away with the $100,000 Qld Tatt’s Winning Edge Presentations S. 1350m LR, her second Listed win, beating Soaring Heart and Light Up The Room by more than 4 lengths.

Watch Granny Red Shoes win the Winning Edge Presentations S. LR
 
Granny Red Shoes was bred by Bruce Neill’s Cressfield from the Show A Heart mare Shoboard, herself a juvenile stakeswinner from the high class family of Group 1 winner Star Satire.  The family is anchored a little further back by the 1980 New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Crestello.

Granny Red Shoes is trained by Toby Edmonds for Segenhoe Thoroughbreds which paid $280,000 for her at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and can now anticipate an exciting 3YO Spring campaign with her. 

Prompt Response, like her year-older brother Prompt Return, is raced by Mark Sowerby and her breeder Ron Hamer, and is a result of their desire to extend their racing involvement with Beneteau by breeding to him and racing his progeny. 

A $45,000 outlay for Hamer at the 2011 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale by Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Julian Blaxland supplied Prompt, a non-winning daughter of the good New Zealand racemare Amnesia (by Desert Sun).

Prompt lived up to her name, producing two of the earliest and most attractive foals in each of Beneteau’s two crops. Prompt Return became Beneteau’s first stakeswinner in spectacular fashion, claiming the 2014 VRC Maribyrnong Plate G3 on debut, with a further six wins taking his career-to-date prizemoney beyond $360,000.

As for Prompt Response, her six wins (4 at Group level) and 11 placings from 27 starts have returned $1,481,350 prizemoney, a figure that may grow significantly if the call by her trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott for an Everest slot is heeded.

Beneteau died in January 2013 leaving 131 named foals, of which 105 have  started, and 73 have won. Twenty-one (16% of his foals) are stakes performers, ten are stakeswinners and six of those have been successful at Group level, including Group 1 winners Prompt Response & Lasqueti Spirit (2016 VRC Oaks G1). 

Let's Elope goes to Mamma

“Hopefully, she’s Not A Single Doubt’s next Group 1 winner!” That was the message from part-owner Peter Katelanis after  Don’t Doubt Mamma won Saturday’s $200,000 VRC Let’s Elope S. 1400m G2.

There’s every reason to be confident in the 4YO mare’s ability to step another level. She has progressed steadily over the past 18 months from a single juvenile success in Adelaide to Listed and Group 3 victories in Melbourne and now to a brilliant Group 2 win in competitive distaff company.

Dwayne Dunn allowed Don’t Doubt Mamma to drift back towards mid-field from the ace draw, but the space she needed in the straight was a long time coming. It was only 100 metres from the post that the little mare with the big white blaze burst through on the rail to nab victory from Thames Court and Manageress.

Watch Don’t Doubt Mamma win the VRC Let’s Elope S. G2.

Trainer Tony McEvoy said, “Dwayne didn’t have many other options and he showed great patience. She’s not very big and had 58 kilos on her back but he didn’t panic and trusted her. She’s a real pro that loves winning.”

The Let’s Elope Stakes has previously been won by subsequent Group 1 winners including Mannerism (1992), Rewaaya (2006), Devil Moon (2007) and Pinker Pinker (2011). A possible Group 1 target for Don’t Doubt Mamma is the $500,000 Toorak H. G1 at Caulfield on 8 October.

The daughter of Coconut Mamma (by Fantastic Light from the celebrated Denise’s Joy family) was bred by Dean Fleming and purchased privately as a yearling by Blue Sky Bloodstock for Katelanis, his son Jordan, Peter Hunt, Andrew Lathlean, Darren Thomas & Seymour Bloodstock.

Unfortunately, Coconut Mamma was retired from breeding after delivering Don’t Doubt Mamma, whose older brother Risen From Doubt is a stakeswinner for the same owners and trainer.

Coconut Mamma’s only other Australian-based daughter, Miss St Tropez (by Magnus) was purchased in 2011 by Blue Sky for Arrowfield, which also owned Denise’s Joy for the latter part of her breeding life. Miss St Tropez has a yearling filly by All American and visits Not A Single Doubt this Spring.

Don’t Doubt Mamma is one of 34 lifetime stakeswinners for Not A Single Doubt who also gained a new Group performer on Saturday, when Southern Legend finished third in the ATC Theo Marks S. G2.

Group 1 start next for Mamma

It’s been a great month at home for enthusiastic Adelaide owner Peter Katelanis who cheered Into The Mist (by Redoute’s Choice) to her fourth victory at Morphettville on 16 April.

A week later at the same course, Peter’s 3YO filly Don’t Doubt Mamma (by Not A Single Doubt) rocketed past her rivals in the straight to snatch her third stakes win this season, in the $100,000 SAJC Redelva S. 1100m LR.

Watch Don’t Doubt Mamma’s Redelva S. LR win.

Like Into The Mist, Don’t Doubt Mamma is trained by Tony McEvoy who said of her, “She is a bit of class, and loves to win. She was coming back from an excellent second over 1400m at Flemington, and to be honest, I would have been happy to see her finish off the race and sneak into the placings.

“But she is just so good. Jason (Holder) had her in a striking position coming to the home turn and she just wound up to haul in the leaders and win going away.”

Don’t Doubt Mamma has now won five races and almost $400,000, and has made the first four in eleven of her 12 starts – the kind of record every owner hopes to experience at least once!

The filly’s next target is the $400,000 Robert Sangster S. G1 over 1200 metres at Morphettville on 7 May. The race was won last year by another classy daughter of Not A Single Doubt, Miracles Of Life.

Don’t Doubt Mamma (ex Coconut Mamma, by Fantastic Light from the celebrated Denise’s Joy family) was purchased privately as a yearling from Tyreel Stud by Blue Sky Bloodstock for Peter Katelanis, Peter Hunt, Andrew Lathlean & Darren Thomas. The same group also raced her year-older stakes-winning brother Risen From Doubt.

Peter is confident the best hasn’t yet been seen of their already valuable filly. He says, “I’m sure Don’t Doubt Mamma will keep improving and be at her best as a four-year-old.”

Unfortunately, Coconut Mamma was retired from breeding after delivering Don’t Doubt Mamma, her fourth foal. Coconut Mamma’s only other Australian-based daughter, Miss St Tropez (by Magnus) was purchased in 2011 by Blue Sky for Arrowfield, which also owned Denise’s Joy for the latter part of her breeding life. Miss St Tropez has a weanling filly by All American and is in foal to Animal Kingdom.

Don’t Doubt Mamma is one the 10 winners of 16 stakes races that have helped Not A Single Doubt to crack the $10 million mark in Australia this season, a figure exceeded only by the deceased Street Cry.

The son of Redoute’s Choice occupies the same position on the 2YO Sires’ table and heads the 3YO Sires’ list. That’s not too surprising because his 2012 and 2013 crops have supplied all but two of his ten current season stakeswinners, including Group 1 winners Extreme Choice (MRC Blue Diamond S. G1) & Single Gaze (ATC Vinery Stud S. G1). 

These two crops are the first of Not A Single Doubt’s progeny conceived on a fee above the $13,750 payable for his first six seasons at stud. That augurs very well indeed for what the mares sent to him in subsequent seasons, when his fee rose to $33,000 (2013-15) and now to $71,500, are likely to leave.

New record price for Not A Single Doubt

It’s tempting to say that Not A Single Doubt’s new status as a boom sire has been conferred belatedly, because he’s been one of our most valuable and consistent sires for several seasons. 

That said, he was initially something of a “slow burn” and, for a stallion renowned for getting precocious, readymade athletes, he was surprisingly tardy to post his first stakeswinners. His first-crop representative Doubtful Jack was almost four when he won the VRC Winter Championship Final LR in July 2010 and a month later 3YO Squamosa became his first Group winner.

Then his brilliant third-crop daughter Karuta Queen appeared, to waltz away with the 2011 Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR and launch her $1.8 million career. It was as if the cork had popped out of the bottle, and Not A Single Doubt’s winners and stakeswinners have been flowing ever since.

He was 18th on the 2011 General Sires’ Premiership table, 13th two years later and last season cracked the top 10 with prizemoney of $7,014,757. This season he’s lengthened stride again and is already on $5.1 million, little more than $400,000 behind the deceased Street Cry and almost the same margin ahead of champion sire Fastnet Rock.

On the winners & wins list, Not A Single Doubt holds a clear lead with 91 winners of 125 races, ahead of Fastnet Rock, Written Tycoon, Lonhro & Choisir. He hit top gear in the Carnival period of October & November with 46 winners of 53 races including five new stakeswinners: Good Project (WATC Railway S. G1) & Let It Slip in Perth, and Secret Agenda, Don’t Doubt Mamma & his 11th juvenile stakeswinner, Jackson, all in Melbourne.

Not bad for a stallion that stood his first six seasons at a fee of $13,750 inc. GST! He is also mastering the sometimes difficult trick of lifting his game with the commerically appealing mares a higher fee usually commands. Not A Single Doubt’s two crops conceived on a fee of $24,750 inc. GST are now two and three and they have already thrown up 49 winners, six stakeswinners & six other stakes performers. 

His fee was raised again, to $33,000 inc. GST in 2013. but on the evidence of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, breeders who have used Not A Single Doubt at that level have nothing to worry about.

He had twenty-six lots sold in Books 1 & 2 for an average of $191,730 and Arrowfield’s stunning filly from Miss Sharapova smashed his previous sale record of $380,000 when she was knocked down to Tim Stakemire for $650,000. A few hours later, Twin Palms sold their filly out of Street ‘Em Sheila for $400,000 to Boomer Bloodstock.

In all, Not A Single Doubt had 10 lots sell for $200,000 or more and posted a median price of $160,000. Buyers included trainers Gai Waterhouse, Gerald Ryan, Tony Gollan, Mick Price, Robbie Griffiths, Lee & Anthony Freedman and Nick Olive; agents Blue Sky Bloodstock & Belmont Bloodstock; and international owners Shadwell Australasia, Sun Bloodstock, David Ellis & the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Not A Single Doubt’s 30 stakeswinners, headed by Miracles Of Life & Good Project, another 20 stakes performers and his 67% winners/runners strike rate all signal that he’s a fixed star, not a fleeting comet among Australian sires. As he hunts the coveted No. 1 spot on the General premiership, it’s also clear that his own constellation is far from completed yet.

Not A Single Doubt has six lots catalogued for next month’s Inglis Classic Sale, including Arrowfield’s grand-daughter of Group 1 winner Macedon Lady. Arrowfield will also offer a full brother to stakes-placed Perth winner Make Your Move and Hong Kong winner Winning Novel among Not A Single Doubt’s 7 lots for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.  

First stakeswinner for Beneteau

Handsome 2YO colt Prompt Return made the step up to Group company at Flemington with ease to claim Saturday’s $150,000 VRC Maribyrnong Plate 1000m G3, and become the first stakeswinner for his sire Beneteau. In turn, Beneteau is the 14th stakes-siring son of Redoute’s Choice.

Prompt Return jumped smartly from barrier 4 and was quickly directed by jockey James Winks to the inside rail where he soon took control not only of the group on the flat, but also the larger group on the stand side.

Prompt Return extended beautifully to stretch his lead and score by two lengths from Old Trieste. Sailing By and Jaqueric (also by Beneteau) both finished strongly from well off the pace to fill the third and fourth spots.

Trainer Danny O’Brien said, “He’s a very nice colt. He went to Bendigo and it was really a barrier trial, he won and he came home and improved on it and you saw the improvement today.

“He’s been very dominant today in what has been historically a very good formguide for the two-year-old season.”

Prompt Return was bred by Ron Hamer and sold from the Newgate Farm draft for $60,000 to Blue Sky Bloodstock at the 2014 Gold Coast Magic Millions Sale.  Hamer, who retained a share in Prompt Return to race him with Mark Sowerby, also has a yearling full sister to the colt.

The colt’s dam Prompt is a daughter of Exceed and Excel and the good New Zealand racemare Amnesia whose race record includes nine Group & Listed Race placings and a fourth in Pace Invader’s 1998 CJC NZ 1000 Guineas G1. Prompt Return is the second of his dam’s two runners to win, after Caulfield juvenile winner Diamond Glow, also second to Miracles Of Life in the 2013 MRC Blue Diamond Preview LR.

Options for Prompt Return include the Magic Millions 2YO Classic in January and the Blue Diamond S. G1 n February.

Beneteau (Redoute’s Choice-Slice of Paradise by Encosta de Lago) was sold by Arrowfield for $1 million to Blue Sky at the 2009 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale and, in the hands of trainer Paul Messara, quickly proved to be one of Australia’s most exciting juveniles.

After a debut win in the Blue Sky colours at Randwick in January 2010, he travelled to Melbourne to claim the MRC Blue Diamond Prelude G3 before finishing an unlucky third in the MRC Blue Diamond S. G1 and fifth in Crystal Lily’s Golden Slipper.

Beneteau joined the Arrowfield roster in 2011 and served 179 mares during two seasons at stud before his death in January 2013.

The second and final crop of yearlings by the much-missed son of Redoute’s Choice will be offered in 2015.

A prompt first winner for Beneteau

The clue to Beneteau’s first winner was there from the beginning, when a mare called Prompt delivered him on 3 August 2012.

He’s now called Prompt Return and on Saturday he became the first winner for the brilliant son of Redoute’s Choice, who died in January 2013, and has only two crops totalling 135 live foals to represent him.

Prompt Return started favourite in the Elmore 2YO Plate over 900 metres at Bendigo and won in convincing fashion by a length from Hello Hornsby and Stryking Love.

His dam Prompt is a daughter of Exceed and Excel and the good New Zealand racemare Amnesia whose race record includes nine Group & Listed Race placings and a fourth in Pace Invader’s 1998 CJC NZ 1000 Guineas G1. Prompt Return is the second of his dam’s two runners to win, after Caulfield juvenile winner Diamond Glow, also second to Miracles Of Life in the 2013 MRC Blue Diamond Preview LR.

Trainer Danny O’Brien said it was a “nice debut” for Prompt Return who was bred by Ron Hamer and sold from the Newgate Farm draft for $60,000 to Blue Sky Bloodstock at the 2014 Gold Coast Magic Millions Sale.  Hamer, who retained a share in Prompt Return to race him with Mark Sowerby, also has a yearling full sister to the colt.

Prompt Return’s victory came less than an hour after Beneteau’s very first runner, Swift Reply (ex Docherty Woods by Tale Of The Cat) ran fourth on debut at Randwick.

Beneteau (Redoute’s Choice-Slice of Paradise by Encosta de Lago) was sold by Arrowfield for $1 million to Blue Sky Thoroughbreds at the 2009 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale and, in the hands of trainer Paul Messara, quickly proved to be one of Australia’s most exciting juveniles.

After a sparkling debut win at Randwick in January 2010, he travelled to Melbourne to claim the MRC Blue Diamond Prelude G3 before finishing an unlucky third in the MRC Blue Diamond S. G1 and fifth in Crystal Lily’s Golden Slipper.

Beneteau joined the Arrowfield roster in 2011 and served 179 mares during his two seasons at stud.

As Blue Sky’s Julian Blaxland tweeted on Saturday, “It was great to be able to provide Blue Sky Bloodstock yearling grad Beneteau with his first winner as a sire with Magic Millions grad Prompt Return.”