Not A Single Doubt strikes at Randwick & Flemington

Saturday’s new Group winners Not A Single Cent at Flemington and Sugar Bella at Randwick gave Not A Single Doubt his eighth same-day stakes double and consolidated his position among Australia’s top half-dozen sires this season.

2YO colt Not A Single Cent showed the benefit of his debut fifth at Caulfield last month with a determined victory in the $200,000 VRC Sires’ Produce S. G2. 

Watch Not A Single Cent win the VRC Sires’ Produce S. G2.

That was the start of an amazing day for Canberra-based Michael Thomas, as owner-breeder of Not A Single Cent and his older half-brother Happy Clapper, who won the Canterbury Stakes G1 about 90 minutes later.

Not A Single Cent was sold to Ciaron Maher Racing for $280,000 from the Willow Park Stud draft at the Magic Millions Sale, with Thomas retaining a share of him, and Aaron Purcell training the colt while Maher completes his six-month suspension.

Sadly, the dam of both horses, Busking (by Encosta de Lago) died in January 2017, leaving a now-yearling full brother to Not A Single Cent. 

At Randwick the Kris Lees-trained Sugar Bella maintained her near-perfect record when she snatched a last-stride victory in the $150,000 Wenona Girl Quality 1200m G3. 

Watch Sugar Bella win the Wenona Girl Quality G3.

The 4YO mare has now won six of her 7 starts and returned almost twice the $135,000 Fesen Pty Ltd paid for her at Magic Millions, where she was offered by breeder Corumbene Stud. Like Not A Single Cent, Sugar Bella may step up to Group 1 company at The Championships. 

Sugar Bella is the last foal of dual Group winner Hula Wonder (by Hula Chief), and is related to Group 2 winner Fell Swoop, also by Not A Single Doubt.

Not A Single Doubt has added almost $400,000 to his Australian earnings in the past week and, with $7.9 million is comfortably ahead of sixth-placed Street Cry –  at least until Winx lines up in the George Ryder S. G1 on 24 March!

The son of Redoute’s Choice has taken his lifetime record to 53 stakeswinners, 18 of them juveniles. He has 19 lots catalogued in next month’s Inglis Easter Sale, including two colts in the Arrowfield draft

Menari magnificent in Run to the Rose

A quality field in Saturday’s $200,000 ATC Run to the Rose 1200m G2 unveiled a genuine star as Corumbene Stud’s magnificent colt Menari led home a Snitzel-Redoute’s Choice-Snitzel trifecta.

The pace was hot from the start as Perast took up the lead from Menari with Pariah settling in third. Perast kept going gamely into the straight, but Menari took control in the final 250 metres to win by 1.5 lengths in 1:08.59 from the gritty Pariah, with Perast the same margin away in third.

Watch Menari win the ATC Run to the Rose G2.

Menari’s jockey Josh Parr said, “Look at the size of the horse. It is just phenomenal to ride an animal like this. His turn of foot is second to none.”

Trainer Gerald Ryan’s suggestion a month ago that Menari was an Everest prospect now looks prescient, but the $1 million Golden Rose G1 on 23 September is the obvious interim target.

After today’s race Ryan said, “I was lucky enough to have a horse like Snitzel who I thought was a very good horse, then I had Snitzerland, then along came Rubick, who you never saw the best of, but this horse, what he showed us in the Autumn before he raced I thought this is a fair dinkum genuine horse.

“The way he worked last Friday morning, I reckon there’s only been two other horses I’ve clocked sectionals as quick as him and that’s been Chautauqua and All Too Hard when they were flying. He burnt the track last Friday.”

Pariah’s jockey Blake Shinn welcomes a Golden Rose re-match with Menari, saying, “He ran really well, had a lovely run behind the winner. Travelled beautifully, just maybe the weight swing, Menari had 1kg difference, in saying that full credit to the winner he was too good on the day, but level weights at 1400 metres in the Golden Rose, it’s going to be an exciting race.”

Menari is raced by George Altomonte’s Corumbene Stud which bred him from Isurava (by General Nediym), a stakes-winning juvenile and sister to Group 2 winner Ichihara, from the family of champion stayer Tie The Knot. 

Mr Altomonte has also placed Menari’s 2YO full sister Sweet Ava with Gerald Ryan, and Isurava is due to produce a Not A Single Doubt foal this Spring.

After today’s Group 2 successes by Russian Revolution and Menari, Snitzel’s stakes record in the first 40 days of this season stands at 8 winners of nine Group and Listed Races.

Group 3 quinella for Not A Single Doubt & Snitzel

In a near-repeat of last Saturday’s Todman S. G2, 2YO sons of Not A Single Doubt and Snitzel fought out an enthralling battle for the $175,000 ATC Pago Pago S.1200m G3 at Rosehill.

The main differences were improved weather and track conditions at Rosehill, and the final chance for a spot in next Saturday’s $3.5 million Longines Golden Slipper G1.

The late scratchings of Not A Single Doubt’s ebullient son Condor Heroes and Albumin robbed the race of some interest, but not quality as Single Bullet and Ducimus levelled up in the final 300 metres. Both colts responded generously under pressure, and Single Bullet found just a little more, prevailing by a short neck in his maiden victory, with Coruscate 1.25 lengths back in thrd.

Watch Single Bullet and Ducimus quinella the ATC Pago Pago S. G3.

Single Bullet strengthens trainer Gary Portelli’s hand in the Golden Slipper, by joining stablemate and race favourite She Will Reign in the field.

Portelli said, “I’m not saying he’ll win it, but we’re in it and that’s half the battle. I think the filly (She Will Reign) is still superior but he’s honest and things can go wrong in the Slipper so I’ve got a plan B.”

Single Bullet was bred by George Altomonte’s Corumbene Stud and sold to Portelli Racing for $150,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions National Sale. The colt’s dam Cheetara, an unraced daughter of More Than Ready and top-class filly Dashing Eagle, returned to Not A Single Doubt’s court last Spring and is due to foal in September.

Ducimus (ex Beauty World by Danehill Dancer) was bred by Oakland Park Stud, and offered by Blue Gum Farm at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale where owner Litte Hung and agent Justin Bahen paid the sale-topping top price of $700,000 for him. Already winner of the VRC Talindert S. LR on 18 February, he will also take his place in the Golden Slipper field for Mr Hung and the Hawkes stable.

Single Bullet is Not A Single Doubt’s first winner of the Pago Pago Stakes, previously won by Snitzel’s sons Salade (2011) and Time For War (2014), and the Redoute’s Choice colts Stratum (2005) and Tickets (2009).

After Single Bullet and 3YO Final Salute, successful in Perth several hours later, Not A Single Doubt’s career tally of stakeswinners stands at 39, with nine of them successful this season. His four yearlings in the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale include Arrowfield’s Lot 298, a colt from Quiet Maggy, a half-sister to Champion US colt Afleet Alex.

Snitzel's stakes double at Randwick

The Snitzel express kept rolling on Saturday with a second stakes double to follow last weekend’s successes by Farson at Caulfield and Summer Passage in New Zealand.

This time, however, the brilliant son of Redoute’s Choice landed his 1-2 at on Guineas Day at Royal Randwick where a Heavy9 track tested determination as well as class.

First into the stakeswinner’s circle was 3YO filly Samantha, who nabbed the $125,000 ATC Fireball S. 1100m LR with a big run from near the back of the field to collar the Redoute’s Choice pair Glenall & Super Maxi in the final 50 metres.

Early in her career, Samantha reminded trainer Gerald Ryan of Group 1 winner Snitzerland and she joins that wonderful filly and several other stakeswinners by Snitzel on the Ryan stable’s record. She is also Snitzel’s second consecutive winner of the Fireball Stakes, following Redzel’s win last year.

Watch Samantha win the ATC Fireball S. LR.

Gerald said of Samantha, “She is as good a wet tracker as I’ve seen at home. She just ploughs through it…She is a bonny little filly that just tries her heart out.”

A home-bred for Corumbene Stud, Samantha is the second foal of Icedginger (by Tale of the Cat), from the family of Blue Diamond G1 winner True Jewels. She has now won three of her five starts and will be aimed at the $200,000 P.J. Bell S. G3 at Randwick on the first day of The Championships, 1 April.

Five races later it was the turn of consistent 5YO mare Elle Lou to step out in the $150,000 ATC Aspiration Quality H.1600m G3. She too settled at the rear of the field, but jockey Glyn Schofield kept her on the fence until well into the straight when she joined battle with Song and Laughter. Elle Lou kept up a strong gallop to pinch the winning break while Alegria and Vandancer rattled home to fill the placings.

Watch Elle Lou win the ATC Aspiration Quality H. 1600m G3.

Schofield was not surprised by the mare’s effort. “She just did her thing, gets back and runs on. I was a bit unsure at the mile but she motored home.”

For trainer Chris Waller it was mission accomplished. “It’s been a bit of a plan since she was unplaced at the Magic Millions to find this race. Anything from now will be a bonus.”

Elle Lou was bred by Scott Gibson and bought for $70,000 from the Widden Stud draft at the 2013 Magic Millions National Sale. Now the winner of 7 races and more than $450,000 for her six owners, she’s the first stakes performer out of Snipify, a stakes-placed daughter of Snippets. Snipify has a weanling colt by Snitzel and is again in foal to him.

Snitzel has 44 yearlings catalogued for next month’s Inglis Easter Sale, fourteen of them to be offered by Arrowfield.

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).