Not A Single Doubt filly wins Angus Armanasco Stakes

There’s not much of Summer Sham but she gave her rivals in Saturday’s $200,000 MRC Angus Armanasco S. 1400m G2 little chance to weigh in against her as she became Not A Single Doubt’s 51st stakeswinner. 

The 3YO filly’s brilliant gate speed, which gave her an immediate two-length lead, was only part of the race’s story. She also showed plenty of heart at the finish and defied Palazzo Vecchio and Miss Wahoo to score by 0.4 lengths in 1:23.37.

Watch Summer Sham win the MRC Angus Armanasco S. G2.

Trainer Danny O’Brien said, “It was a nice race for her today. She drew a good barrier, she was brilliant from the gate and gave nothing else a chance from there.

“She’s a sharp filly and it was pleasing to see her get a really strong 1400 metres today in these (windy) conditions.”

Now unbeaten in three starts, Summer Sham is likely to be seen next in the VRC A.V. Kewney S. G2 on 10 March, with a Sydney Autumn campaign under consideration.

Bred and raced in partnership by Uluru Stud, Summer Sham is the first foal out of Hot Summer Night (by Fusaichi Pegasus) and boasts 3×3 in-breeding to celebrated broodmare Shantha’s Choice. That gives her a pedigree page full of stars including Redoute’s Choice, as well as the Group 1-winning filly Shoals, her dam The Broken Shore and Lucky Raquie, all owned by Arrowfield and GSA Bloodstock.

While barnmate Snitzel keeps setting records at the top of the General Sires’ Premiership, Not A Single Doubt is steadily compiling another terrific season record. He’s 4th by stakeswinners (9) & stakes wins (10), and 5th by earnings with $7.1 million. 

Although his lifetime tally of stakeswinners is evenly split between colts (25) and fillies (26), Not A Single Doubt’s 2017/18 performance has been dominated by fillies and mares. Caulfield Guineas G1 winner Mighty Boss is the exception, with Summer Sham and Group 3 winners Cool Passion, Faraway Town and Payroll heading the girls’ team.

Not A Single Doubt has six colts and two fillies catalogued for next week’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, and 19 lots in the Inglis Easter Sale, including a pair of colts in Arrowfield’s consignment.

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.”