Stakes milestone for Not A Single Doubt

Almost seven years after Not A Single Doubt opened his stakes account as a sire, Scales Of Justice brought up his milestone 90th stakes victory in Saturday’s $150,000 WATC Hyperion S. 1600m G3 at Belmont in Perth.

Sent out as odds-on favourite, Scales Of Justice took early control of the race, and out-classed his eight rivals to win by three lengths in 1:37.53. 

Watch Scales Of Justice win the WATC Hyperion S. G3.

 It was the 4YO gelding’s eighth career win and his third Group victory for owners Chris Wells & Bill Andrews, following last November’s Railway S. G1 and R.J. Peters S. G3. His consistency is as impressive as his rise to Group 1 class: he’s won or placed in all of his 16 starts since his juvenile debut win two years ago and garnered prizemoney of more than $1.2 million.

Bred by Gerard & Kathy Hammond, Scales Of Justice was bought for $180,000 by agent Craig Rounsefell’s Boomer Bloodstock and trainer Lindsey Smith at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. He’s the sixth and last foal of his dam Beymatilla (by Umatilla), but fortunately, the Hammonds are breeding from his close relation, Another Show (Al Maher-Beymatilla).

Find out why Gerard & Kathy Hammond chose Not A Single Doubt for Beymatilla.

Not A Single Doubt has followed up his spectacular 2015/16 season with career-best numbers in most categories, including 15 winners of 25 stakes races (including 2YO Qiji Phoenix in New Zealand) and four Group 1 winners: Secret Agenda, Clearly Innocent, Extreme Choice & Scales Of Justice.

Not A Single Doubt’s $11.1 million earnings this season give him fourth position on the Australian General Sires’ premiership, between Fastnet Rock and I Am Invincible, but when it comes to stakeswinners & stakes wins, he is headed only his Arrowfield barnmate, Snitzel.

Arrowfield dominates Magic Millions Sale

Over-used as it is, “dominant” is the best description of Arrowfield Stud’s status at the end of a record-breaking Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale that left little scope for complaint by vendors.

Arrowfield and its powerhouse stallion roster headed every category, except that of top-priced filly, to extend an already imposing Magic Millions record.

The Stud itself sold 48 of 53 lots offered, achieving an aggregate of $11.6 million and leading the Vendor lists for both Books 1 & 2. At the premier level of the Sale, Arrowfield sold 38 lots for $10.9 million to edge out Newgate Farm and secure top spot for the second consecutive year.

The top-priced Arrowfield yearling was the Redoute’s Choice colt out of Ballet Blue (by Stravinsky), purchased by leading buyer James Harron Bloodstock for $1.3 million, a sale-topping figure also achieved by Corumbene Stud’s full brother to Sebring. The Ballet Blue colt, bred on the same cross as Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee, is the 71st million-dollar yearling for Redoute’s Choice who has now posted at least one seven-figure sale every year since 2004.

Harron, who has previously bought Group 1 winners Sweet Idea & Wandjina and Listed winner Detective from Arrowfield, signed for four other yearlings from the Stud’s Magic Millions consignment: a pair of Snitzel colts, the Exceed and Excel-Flavoured colt and, with trainer Michael Freedman, a Redoute’s Choice filly for JHB Syndications.

The Sale’s select group of five $1 million-plus lots also featured Arrowfield’s Snitzel-Sabanci colt, a $1.1 million buy for champion trainer Chris Waller and Mulcaster Bloodstock.

Two days later, last year’s $1.6 million Snitzel-Mirror Mirror colt, now named Chauffeur and trained by Gerald Ryan, came very close to the perfect “top the sale and win the race” result when he was second in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR. That emulated the performance of his three-quarter sister No Looking Back (by Redoute’s Choice), the relegated runner-up in the 2012 Classic. Chauffeur has subsequently been rated the country’s best current juvenile with a Timeform figure of 115.

The sales of the Ballet Blue and Sabanci colts mean that Arrowfield has now sold 36 seven-figure yearlings since 2001, among them Group 1 winners Sunday Joy (Magic Millions, 2001), Master of Design (Inglis Easter, 2007) & Wandjina (Inglis Easter, 2013).

Three-time Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice underlined the enduring value of his class with 12 lots sold at an average price of $369,583, which returned him to No. 1 position on the Sires’ table (by average) for the first time since 2013.

Newhaven Park Stud, source of Peeping and Wylie Hall among Redoute’s Choice’s 30 Group 1 winners, sold his most expensive filly, bred on the same cross as Arrowfield’s young sire and current French shuttler Scissor Kick, being out of the Quest For Fame mare Kidman. She was secured for $400,000 by Julian Blaxland’s Blue Sky Bloodstock.

Arrowfield’s spectacular Redoute’s Choice sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt made headlines too. Snitzel claimed top spot on the list by aggregate sales with 42 lots sold for a total of $13.9 million (an average price of $331,571) and Not A Single Doubt’s 27 lots averaged $292,593 – almost ten times his 2014 fee.

Together, the father-and-sons supplied seven of the Sale’s 20 top-priced horses, with a wide range of vendors and buyers transacting very rewarding business.

Luskin Park sold Snitzel’s second top-priced colt, the $925,000 son of Ultimate Fever (by Gold Fever) and therefore a full brother to recent Sydney stakeswinner Le Cordon Bleu. He was bought by the China Horse Club with Newgate Farm and Winstar.

Newgate appeared as the vendor of the sought-after Snitzel filly from Your Life Style (by Hussonet out of Redoute’s Choice’s only full sister), knocked down to trainer Rick Worthington for $850,000.

Shadwell Australasia’s winning bid of $725,000 for Attunga Stud’s colt out of Moccasin Bend is the highest price yet paid for a Not A Single Doubt yearling at Magic Millions. The same vendor and buyer completed the $450,000 sale of Not A Single Doubt’s top-priced filly out of Zighy Bay (by Tapit).

Champion racehorse Dundeel could not have done more to begin the yearling sale phase of his stud career than head the Magic Millions First Crop Sires’ list with 12 lots sold for an average price of $272,500.

Arrowfield’s decision to send champion filly and Group 1 producer Miss Finland to Dundeel was rewarded with a head-turning colt and a lively sale-ring contest eventually won with a bid of $900,000 by Craig Rounsefell’s Boomer Bloodstock.

Although that figure was a standout, it was backed up by sales of $500,000 (for Musk Creek’s Cerberus Gal colt, bought by Spendthrift Farm), $250,000, $220,000, $200,000 (twice), $170,000 and $150,000 – all comfortably profitable off Dundeel’s $27,500 fee.

These results reveal a new and welcome willingness to buck the general Magic Millions trend favouring first crop sires with notable juvenile or sprinting form, rather than the six Group 1 victories from 1600m to 2400m that appear on Dundeel’s race record. 

As Marquee Stud’s Mark Alati said, after selling the $140,000 Dundeel-Funzero filly to Dynamic Syndications, “The future is very bright for Dundeel.”

Dundeel colt tops Magic Millions Day 1

The top price of the opening session of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale came shortly before the end of the day’s selling when Arrowfield horseman Jarryd Stennett led Lot 232 into the ring.

The Dundeel colt out of Arrowfield’s prized mare Miss Finland had attracted very strong pre-sale interest which was reflected in spirited bidding that eventually concluded on the $900,000 bid of Craig Rounsefell’s Boomer Bloodstock.

Rounsefell said, “He’s an absolute standout. We couldn’t find a fault in him physically.

“It’s a stallion we love and there’s been some pressure from Bjorn Baker – I’ve got some horses with him – so he is probably leading to be the trainer.

“If you look in the book he’s by a freshman sire but from a mare who was a champion and she’s proven to throw a Group One winner.”

Bjorn Baker’s father Murray prepared Dundeel to win six Group 1 races from 1600 to 2400 metres, while five-time Group 1 winner Miss Finland is the dam of Thousand Guineas G1 winner Stay With Me.

The sale of Lot 232 cemented both vendor and stallion on top of the first day sale lists. Dundeel heads the Freshman Sire averages after Day 1 with six lots sold for an average price of $291,667.

Arrowfield Stud, overall leading Magic Millions vendor in 2016, leads by aggregate after selling 14 yearlings for $3,395,000.

Boomer Bloodstock was second on the buyers’ table with four lots purchased for a total of $1,542,000, including another Arrowfield yearling, the $320,000 Not A Single Doubt-MIss Sharapova colt.

Group 1 quinella for Not A Single Doubt

Not A Single Doubt is back in pole position as Australia’s leading active sire after Scales Of Justice and Good Project claimed most of the $1 million prizemoney attached to Saturday’s WATC Railway S. 1600m G1 in Perth.

Scales of Justice, backing up from his 1500-metre Group 3 success a week, and champion Hong Kong jockey Douglas Whyte took early control of the race and never looked like losing it. He won by 2.75 lengths from last year’s winner Good Project, who completed a Group 1 quienlla for Not A Single Doubt.

Watch Scales Of Justice win the WATC Railway S. G1

Douglas Whyte said, “Lindsey gave me all the confidence in the world. He said, ‘If no one leads you lead and if you lead they won’t beat you’.

“He led and put his ears up. He was always going to be a hard nut to crack. When I got to the 300 and pressed the button, he really let down and he’s not done with yet. He’s going up.”

Bred by Gerard & Kathy Hammond, Scales Of Justice is the sixth and final foal of the unraced mare Beymatilla (by Umatilla) and was a $180,000 purchase by Craig Rounsefell’s Boomer Bloodstock from Millford Thoroughbreds at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. He has now won seven of his 13 starts and more than $940,000 for his owners Chris Wells & Bill Andrews, who turned down a substantial Hong Kong offer for the 4YO gelding earlier this year.

Scales Of Justice is Not A Single Doubt’s fifth Group 1 winner and his second this season, after Extreme Choice, brilliant winner of the A.J. Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley in September. With total earnings of almost $4.1 million, Not A Single Doubt is Australia’s current leading active sire, ahead of Fastnet Rock and Snitzel, who shares table lead by stakeswinners with Exceed and Excel – they have eight apiece.