Southern Legend triumphs in second Kranji Mile

Saturday evening’s S$1.5 million Kranji Mile LR was a triumph for the Australian breeding industry, Hong Kong racing, Inglis sales, Not A Single Doubt and Arrowfield & Corumbene Studs as Southern Legend sped to a commanding victory, chased home by 7YO former Hong Kong Group winner Blizzard.

Saturday evening’s S$1.5 million Kranji Mile 1600m LR was a triumph for the Australian breeding industry,  as Southern Legend sped to a commanding victory, chased home by former Hong Kong Group winner Blizzard.

Southern Legend and Zac Purton had everything under control at the end of the 2019 Kranji Mile LR. (PHOTO: Singapore Turf Club)

Already Not A Single Doubt’s all-time leading earner, Southern Legend took his prizemoney to around $4.9 million with his second consecutive Kranji Mile win for owner Boniface Ho and trainer Caspar Fownes. His time of 1:33.61 was slightly faster than his 2018 performance and, in the opinion of his jockey Zac Purton, a stronger win all round. 

Mr Ho’s buyer and Australian-based manager Carmel Size shared her delight on Twitter: “Thrill of a life time to have kicked the journey off with such a super, super horse, he is so honest and wouldn’t know how to run a bad race.”

Carmel and her father Neville Begg bought Southern Legend (ex Donna’s Appeal by Carnegie) for $280,000 from the 2014 Inglis Easter draft of breeder Corumbene Stud. The Stud has retained Southern Legend’s yearling sister, already named Loveland.   

The Kranji Mile is Mr Ho’s second major success with a Not A Single Doubt son this year, following Classique Legend’s brilliant ATC Arrowfield Stud 3YO Sprint G2 victory at The Championships last month. Classique Legend is now a contender for the $14 million The TAB Everest after Mr Ho & Carmel Size Racing purchased GPI Racing’s slot.

They also signed for three Not A Single Doubt yearlings from Arrowfield’s Class of 2019, securing the Zillow & Lahana colts at Inglis Easter for $1.05 million & $480,000 respectively, and the Stormy Hussey colt for $140,000 at Inglis Classic.

There was plenty to admire about Blizzard’s runner-up performance too. Bred by GSA Bloodstock and purchased for $75,000 by Ricky Yiu from Arrowfield’s 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier draft, the 7YO son of Starcraft and Stormy Choice (by Redoute’s Choice) has been a wonderfully genuine performer in top company over five seasons for the Infinitude Syndicate.

His four years in Hong Kong produced a Group 3 victory, a Group 1 third and three excellent Group 1 fifths in Japan before his transfer last year to Lee Freedman in Singapore. Blizzard has since added the Fortune Bowl LR & three placings to his record and his lifetime prizemoney now approaches $4 million.

As for Not A Single Doubt, he looks increasingly secure in 5th spot on the Australian General Sires’ Premiership and his season tally of stakes wins is only five short of his career-best total of 26, compiled in 2016/17.

Not A Single Doubt’s son wins the Kranji Mile

The ripples from Southern Legend’s runaway victory in Saturday ‘s $S1.5 million Kranji Mile 1600m LR were felt most immediately by his Hong Kong owners Boniface & Henrietta Ho, trainer Caspar Fownes and jockey Zac Purton.

Watch Southern Legend win the 2018 Kranji Mile LR.

But they spread quickly to Australia where the 5YO son of Not A Single Doubt was bred by Corumbene Stud and sent to the 2014 Inglis Easter Sale where he was bought for $280,000 by Carmel Size and her father, celebrated trainer Neville Begg.

Carmel Size, centre, with Southern Legend’s owners Boniface & Henrietta Ho at the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale. (PHOTO: Arrowfield Stud)

As Carmel explains on her Twitter profile, she is the yearling purchaser and manager of a team of “Legends” – the horses raced by Mr & Mrs Ho  all have “Legend” in their names. 

Southern Legend’s 2YO season was educational with four trials and two starts for a fourth & a fifth in Sydney. That period of development was rewarded with three consecutive wins as an Autumn 3YO, culminating with Listed success in the ATC Darby Munro S. LR (featured image, PHOTO: Sportpix).

The following Spring he added a couple of Group 2 placings to his record before his January 2017 departure for Hong Kong where has won four races and, two months ago, finished third in the Champions Mile G1.

Sent out in Singapore as the even-money favourite, Southern Legend romped home in 1:33.79 by three lengths from fellow Hong Kong raider Horse of Fortune and Nova Strike. 

Caspar Fownes said, “He’s a real dude this horse. He was chilled throughout his stay here and has really enjoyed himself.

“He’s a versatile horse who can handle any type of going and obviously any direction as well, as we saw tonight.”

Southern Legend’s Singapore triumph marks the end of his current campaign and he will now return to Hong Kong with December’s International Meeting his next major target.

Southern Legend is the best of three winners out of Donna’s Appeal (by Sadler’s Wells’ son Carnegie), herself a city winner from the family of Charge Forward. Corumbene sold a full brother to Southern Legend for $185,000 to trainer Danny Williams at this year’s Inglis Easter Sale. Donna’s Appeal also has a weanling filly by Not A Single Doubt.

Southern Legend takes Not A Single Doubt’s season record to 16 individual stakeswinners, a career-best tally. Back in Australia, Champagne Cuddles’ 3rd in the BRC Kingsford-Smith Cup G1 and city wins by Touch of Mink & He’s A Moral have helped to consolidate Not A Single Doubt’s position among the top half-dozen sires with $9.8 million prizemoney.

$400,000 for Not A Single Doubt colt

A colt by Not A Single Doubt has topped Saturday evening’s buoyant opening session of the Inglis ClassicSale.

Tyreel Stud presented the grey colt out of Pinocchio (by Encosta de Lago), a full sister to multiple Group1 winner Racing To Win, and he was knocked down to Carmel Size for $400,000. That’s the second-highest price in the history of the Inglis Classic Sale.

Carmel Size said, “He’s a really athletic colt, very neat, I liked the way he got around, he’s a really great mover. He’s still got a lot of improvement in him physically so he won’t be rushed.’’

Not A Single Doubt now claims a total of ten yearlings sold for $400,000 or more, all of them offered in 2016 or 2017. His current top price of $850,000 was paid by James Harrison for Arrowfield’s Colorado Claire colt at last year’s Inglis Easter Sale. Named Gunnison, he has won two trials, most recently at Gosford on 6 February.

Also among the top ten prices paid at the Classic Sale’s first session were $310,000 for the Snitzel-Lovemelikearock colt (Rosemont/Bryan Guy), $220,000 for the Not A Single Doubt-Lago Joy colt (Middlebrook Valley Lodge/Sun Bloodstock) and $210,000 for Karuta Queen’s full brother (Tyreel Stud/Mauro Poletti).

All were offered during the Sale’s new Gold Riband Session,which exceeded expectations with an average of $130,200 and a clearance rate of 88 per cent. The overall average for the night’s selling was $90,845, well up on last year’s figure of $57,053.

The Sale continues on Sunday and concludes on Monday with a shorter session, to accommodate the re-scheduled race meeting at Royal Randwick.

Stakeswinner No. 33 for Not A Single Doubt

Six weeks ago Southern Legend was still a maiden. On Golden Slipper Saturday at Rosehill, he won his third consecutive race, the $125,000 ATC Sebring Darby Munro S. 1200m LR.

That rapid ascension to stakes-winning status signals a seriously progressive horse. As his jockey Tim Clark said, “He’s got a will to win. That was a big step up today and he handled it well.”

Bred & sold by Corumbene Stud, Southern Legend is the third foal of Donna’s Appeal (by Carnegie), a city-winning daughter of 2YO stakeswinner Donna Natalia, from the family of Group 1 winner & Group 1 sire Charge Forward.

Purchased for $280,000 by Neville Begg & Carmel Size from the 2014 Inglis Easter Sale, the 3YO gelding is owned by K. K. Ho and prepared at Randwick by veteran trainer Les Bridge, who indicated his latest star would now head to the spelling paddock.

Corumbene has retained Southern Legend’s two younger siblings, 2YO gelding Treviso (by Snitzel) and a yearling filly named Maxima (by Choisir). Donna’s Appeal is in foal to Not A Single Doubt, who has now left two stakeswinners to mares by Sadler’s Wells sons, and South African Group winner Castlethorpe to a Sadler’s Wells mare. 

Southern Legend is Not A Single Doubt’s 33rd stakeswinner, and his 10th this season. In fact, the son of Redoute’s Choice has posted six winners of seven Group & Listed Races since 1 February:  G1 & G3 winner Extreme Choice, G3 winners Don’t Doubt Mamma & Single Gaze and Listed winners Let It Slip, Selenia and now Southern Legend.

Street Cry and Written Tycoon have knocked him off the top spot on the General & 2YO Sires’ tables, but Not A Single Doubt is still the leading sire of 3YOs by earnings ($2,960,353), winners (39), wins (57), stakeswinners (5) & stakes wins (7).