Thank you and Farewell, Singles Bar

One glance at the compact, chestnut mare with the blonde mane and tail and it was easy to see where Not A Single Doubt’s flashy speedsters Karuta Queen and Miracles Of Life came from.

Famous because of her brilliant sire son, 25-year-old Singles Bar died peacefully today at Arrowfield where she had enjoyed a happy retirement since the birth of her last foal, Apollo Hope in 2012.

Not A Single Doubt isn’t the only achievement on her resume. Singles Bar brought plenty of genetic firepower to her matings with the eight stallions – Japan’s supersire Sunday Silence among them – that fathered her six fillies and seven colts.

Bred in 1991 by the Segenhoe Breeding Venture, she was the result of a mating of the influential broodmare Easy Date with the 1985 Golden Slipper winner and great source of electric early speed, Rory’s Jester. Singles Bar inherited dad’s showy colour and some of his precocity, winning twice and earning stakes-placed status in four starts at two.  

But what made her most valuable as a breeding prospect was her older half-brother Snippets. He’s the horse that gave the Magic Millions concept a dream start when he won the inaugural 1987 2YO Classic and went on to become a triple Group 1 winner and Australasia’s Champion Sprinter. Even better, he was a wonderful sire of 57 stakeswinners and damsire of 84 stakeswinners, including another Arrowfield resident, Snitzel.

Snippets stood the last eight seasons of his stud career at Arrowfield, until his death in 2002, and he is buried in the Stud’s graveyard which will also be Singles Bar’s final resting-place.

Over the past decade or so, the Easy Date family has cemented its solid gold status in the ring and on the track producing Champion 2YO Filly Forensics, Group 1 winners Rewaaya & Ertijaal and Group winners Mushreq, Sharnee Rose and Sense Of Occasion.

Singles Bar’s contribution isn’t limited to Not A Single Doubt’s racing career (he was Redoute’s Choice’s first stakeswinner), or the 40 stakeswinners he’s so far sired.  She left seven other winners including Not A Single Doubt’s full brother Rogano, now making his own splash at stud in Western Australia, and stakes performers Natural Is My Name and Hanky Panky.

Singles Bar’s daughters are steadily building her own branch of the Easy Date dynasty, with black type winners Zizou, Come Hither, Fun In Flight, Lady Jivago and Cohesion already on the board. It helps that all her daughters are in good hands and receiving excellent opportunities.

Several younger relatives of Singles Bar carry her torch at Arrowfield, among them her last filly, Dream Date (by Starcraft); her grand-daughters Hokuspokus (by Red Ransom) & Hussterics (by Hussonet); great-grand-daughter Magic Touch (by Redoute’s Choice); and dual Group 3 winner Sharnee Rose (by Nadeem). With young progeny by Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel, Animal Kingdom & Dundeel, they have every chance of keeping Singles Bar’s name in stakes-winning pedigrees for years to come.

In the meantime, Not A Single Doubt, who posted Stakeswinner No. 40, Doubt I’m Dreaming at Moonee Valley last Friday, has two colts and a filly going through the Inglis Easter Sale-ring next week.

Night Watch & Foaling Assistant wanted


Arrowfield Stud seeks an experienced Nightwatch & Foaling Assistant for the 2016 breeding season. Essential requirements are:

  • Extensive experience with foaling mares
  • Excellent observation skills
  • Ability to make the right decisions under pressure
  • A high level of professional dedication

There is potential for the successful applicant to continue working for Arrowfield will a full-time position after the breeding season.

Based near Scone in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Arrowfield Stud is the leading Australian-owned thoroughbred breeding operation, the home of champion sire Redoute’s Choice and the source of 58 Group 1 winners since 1985.

Please send applications by Friday 10th June with a CV to:

Stay With Me sensational in Listed win

Champion filly Miss Finland was simply exceptional on the racetrack, winning five Group 1 races during a stellar 11-win, $4.6 million career, including the Golden Slippper and the VRC Oaks.

Now she has a daughter in something close to her own mould. 3YO filly Stay With Me (by Street Cry) didn’t just win Saturday’s MVRC Atlantic Jewel S. LR: she put it away with the authority of a filly on her way to stardom.

Stay With Me jumped well enough from gate 13, then settled back and wide with only a couple of runners behind her.  She held her place with cover and made ground mid-race, then quickened up before the turn which she rounded with alacrity, before powering clear to win by 1.5 lengths in 1:11.37.

Her performance was franked by the good efforts of the runner-up, juvenile Group 1 winner Pasadena Girl and Jameka, a further 1.5 lengths away in third place.  Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Don’t Doubt Mamma was an eye-catching fourth.

Watch Stay With Me’s Atlantic Jewel S. LR win.

Co-trainer Tom Dabernig said, “She’s a high-class filly and I thought there was a lot of merit to her win.

“She drew a wide gate today and she had to sit back, she was caught deep, and she showed an excellent turn of foot. She’s got a lot of improvement in her. Her coat is a bit of a patchwork quilt and she’ll improve.”

Dabernig’s uncle and training partner David Hayes also prepared Miss Finland and, like her dam, Stay With Me is owned by the long-standing breeding & racing partnership of Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones.

Stay With Me is the 90th stakeswinner by Street Cry, and the 36th stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice as a broodmare sire. Her principal Spring target is the $500,000 MRC Thousand Guineas G1 – won by her mother nine years ago – on 10 October.

Miss Finland (by Redoute’s Choice) retired to stud at Arrowfield in 2008 and adapted beautifully to her new life as a broodmare.

Her first foal to race, Woodbine (by Hussonet), has compiled a respectable record in Sydney from the Gai Waterhouse stable, winning three city races and earning black type in the ATC South Pacific Classic LR at three. He will do his future racing from the Chris Gangemi stable in Perth. 

Stay With Me is the first of Miss Finland’s fillies to race. Woodbine’s sister Miss Helsinki has a yearling filly by Smart Missile and last month delivered a filly by Dundeel, while Stay With Me’s year-older sister Tuusula foaled a colt by All American on 22 August.

Katsumi Yoshida purchased the More Than Ready-Miss Finland colt for $500,000 at the 2015 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale and last year Miss Finland produced a filly to Animal Kingdom that will be retained by her breeders. The champion mare and stakes producer is due to foal to Dundeel later this month.

Ain't Seen Nothin' yet!

Stepitup’s outstanding success in Singapore shines a light on his dam, multiple stakeswinner and marvellous broodmare Ain’t Seen Nothin’ whose foal by Dundeel is eagerly awaited at Arrowfield this Spring.

All of Ain’t Seen Nothin’s first six foals have won and three of them, Stepitup (by Hussonet), Group 3-winning 2YO Bachman (by All American) and dual Listed winner Ain’tnofallenstar (by Starcraft), are stakeswinners.

That perfect record and Ain’t Seen Nothin’s affinity with a range of stallions are good omens for her unraced progeny, a 3YO Starcraft gelding with Mark Minervini, and a yearling sister to Bachman, as well as her foal from the first crop of six-time Group 1 winner Dundeel.

Barbara Joseph is well-qualified to explain what made Ain’t Seen Nothin’ special as a racehorse, and what she brings to the breeding barn. Barbara bought the yearling daughter of Nothin’ Leica Dane for $20,000 at the 2001 Inglis Classic Sale, trained her in Canberra and raced her in partnership with Dennis Higgs & Ron Ball.

Barbara says, “I bought her because I loved the way she walked and she was related to Patou, a filly I initially trained.”  Patou won eight races, but is best-known as the dam of Polar Success, winner of the 2003 Golden Slipper.

Ain’t Seen Nothin’ was tough to educate as a 2YO and patience was needed to overcome her tendency to run to the outside rail, but her racing career began in spectacular fashion.

Barbara says, “She ran third in her first race as a Spring 3YO and then won six in a row. She had a great will to win, there wasn’t a race where she didn’t try her best, and she could run on all sorts of tracks.”

Ain’t Seen Nothin’s winning streak culminated with a record-setting victory in the Illawarra TC Keith F. Nolan Classic LR. Her 3YO campaign ended with a trip to Sydney where she finished second in the AJC Adrian Knox S. G3 and fourth in Tuesday Joy’s Australian Oaks G1.

The following Spring Barbara took Ain’t Seen Nothin’ to Melbourne for a campaign that produced a second stakes win, in the VRC Let’s Elope S. LR, and a sequence of gallant Group 1 runs: third to Mummify and Grey Song in the MRC Underwood S. G1, fifth in Mummify’s Caulfield Cup G1 and fourth in the MacKinnon S. G1 won by Casual Pass.

They were all significant performances for Barbara, who also trained the 1989 Doncaster Handicap winner Merimbula Bay.  “It was a new experience for me to race a top horse in Melbourne, and Ain’t Seen Nothin’ is right up there with Merimbula Bay. She was a million-dollar horse for us and she helped me immensely.”

Ain’t Seen Nothin’ added a third Listed success and three Group placings to her record before she retired, with earnings of more than $600,000, in November 2004. Subsequently purchased for $460,000 at the 2005 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale, she has been part of the Arrowfield/Planette Thoroughbred broodmare band ever since. 

Barbara Joseph has kept an eye on Ain’t Seen Nothin’s progeny and was the underbidder on Stepitup at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.  “He was small, but I really liked him, he was very athletic.” 

The team Barbara now prepares in partnership with her son Paul Jones includes Secret Slave, a 2YO Equiano filly from Ain’t Seen Nothin’s first foal Hidden Charges (by Charge Forward).

“She has a mind of her own, just like Ain’t Seen Nothin’, and she goes all right too.”

Japan Cup winner spotlights Gio Ponti colt

Epiphaneia’s tremendous four-length victory in Sunday’s Japan Cup 2400m G1 spotlights an interesting colt to be offered by Arrowfield in two months’ time.

Epiphaneia is by two-time Japanese Horse of the Year Symboli Kris S. from the Sadler’s Wells mare Kirov Premiere who was based at Arrowfield from 2003 until her death just over a fortnight ago. Her last foal, an attractive colt by US champion Gio Ponti, is catalogued for the 2015 Inglis Classic Sale in February.

Gio Ponti’s first US yearlings have sold this year for up to $US500,000 and $US450,000 at Saratoga & Keeneland respectively.  The seven-time Grade One winner stood the 2012 season at Arrowfield which will present his first Australian yearling, a filly from Jemison (Commands), at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale in January.

Kirov Premiere was among the mares managed by the successful Arrowfield-Jungle Pocket partnership, responsible for Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler, Blue Diamond G1 winner Reaan and multiple Group winner Sweet Idea.

Herself a Grade 3 winner in the United States, Kirov Premiere had seven foals in Japan, including Epiphaneia’s dam Cesario, Japan’s Champion 3YO Filly of 2005 and winner of the Hollywood American Oaks G1 as well as the Japanese Oaks.

Kirov Premiere’s Australian-bred progeny include Group 3-placed city winner Savannah’s Choice (Redoute’s Choice), the unraced 2YO gelding See Me Sizzle, with Perth trainer Grant Williams, and two daughters, Kirovskaya (French Deputy) and Vishneva (Charge Forward) in the Arrowfield broodmare band.

Kirovskaya visited All American this Spring, while maiden mare Vishneva visited Redoute’s Choice, and both mares are safely in foal.