Kenedna does it again for Not A Single Doubt

Star mare Kenedna has pushed Not A Single Doubt past $10 million Australian prizemoney for the fourth consecutive season, and she has done it in the best possible way, with her second Group 1 victory…

Star mare Kenedna has pushed Not A Single Doubt past $10 million Australian prizemoney for the fourth consecutive season, and she has done it in the best possible way, with the second Group 1 victory from her last three starts.

And it’s only a week since Not A Single Doubt’s 3YO daughter Qafila won the South Australian Derby G1.

His 13th Group 1 success as a sire came in the $700,000 BRC Doomben Cup 2000m G1 where Kenedna settled midfield and travelled sweetly for John Allen who found space for her to shoot through on the rail at the top of the straight. After that, it was all over as the mare proved too strong for the fast-finishing Life Less Ordinary and Sixties Groove, posting the excellent time of 2:02.18.

Co-trainer Ciaron Maher was delighted with Kenedna’s performance, five weeks after her success in the Coolmore-sponsored Queen of the Turf S. G1 at Randwick.

He said, “This was always her target race, the Coolmore Legacy was just a bonus. She has always been a high quality mare, I think she has just furnished.”

John Allen added, “She is fast becoming my favourite horse – she is so tough and so genuine.” 

Kenedna, now the winner of 9 races and $1.8 million, is Not A Single Doubt’s third dual Group 1 winner after Miracles of Life (Blue Diamond & Robert Sangster S.) and Extreme Choice (Blue Diamond & AJ Moir S.).

She and her multiple Group-winning three-quarter brother Spill The Beans (by Snitzel) are among five winners left by the Falbrav mare Miss Dodwell, from the family of Group 1 winners Bounding Away, Glastonbury and Speak Fondly. 

Miss Dodwell has a weanling colt by Not A Single Doubt and is in foal to Snitzel.

Kenedna was an $80,000 buy for John Foote, Mike Rennie’s MDR Bloodstock & Darren Weir from Arrowfield’s 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier draft. She is Arrowfield’s fifth Group 1-winning graduate this season, following The Autumn Sun (Golden Rose, Caulfield Guineas, Randwick Guineas & Rosehill Guineas), Maid of Heaven (Spring Champion), Atyaab (Cape Derby in South Africa) & Castelvecchio (Champagne S.). 

As for Not A Single Doubt, he is challenging Fastnet Rock for 4th spot on the General Sires’ premiership, with $10.2 million and 13 winners of 20 stakes races.

Dundeel filly impresses on Ballarat’s big day

Ballarat’s standalone Cup Day marks the official end of the Victorian Spring Carnival and aptly enough, Dundeel’s daughter The Closer was one of the most eye-catching winners on the card…

Ballarat’s standalone Cup Day marks the official end of the Victorian Spring Carnival and aptly enough, The Closer was one of the most eye-catching winners on the card.

The daughter of Dundeel won her debut at Geelong as a late 2YO before an unplaced attempt over an unsuitable 1100 metres in Group company on Oaks Day. 

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace stable rated her an each way chance at Ballarat in a strong field for the $150,000 VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade, but she raced away for a 2.75 length victory, with Winning Partner & Bricktop (by Snitzel) filling the placings. 

Watch The Closer win at Ballarat.

The Closer is out of Miss Evasive (by Elusive Quality), herself a city-winning daughter of dual Classic winner Magical Miss. The filly was a $70,000 purchase for Ciaron Maher and Wes & Sally Ballantine from the draft of her breeder Gilgai Farm at the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. 

Miss Evasive has since delivered two colts by Dundeel’s barn-mate Olympic Glory, the first of which was bought by trainer Paul Perry from this year’s Inglis Premier Sale for $140,000 – he is now named Krayzelburg. The second Olympic Glory colt will be offered at next year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Gilgai sent the mare back to Dundeel this Spring and she is safely in foal to the six-time Group 1 winner. 

The Closer is Dundeel’s fifth 3YO winner in 24 days, after Nordicus (in Sydney), Malfoy, Total Power and Shake On It, and one of his 18 first-crop winners to date. The champion son of High Chaparral has also been represented by two Group performers this Spring, Irukandji and Dealmaker.

The Closer’s co-trainer David Eustace told RSN on Sunday, “I’d say we’d probably pop her away now with a view to the Autumn and Queensland [Winter Carnival]. We always felt that she’d get a trip. There’s a nice race in her for sure.

“We’ve had a lot of success with them [the Dundeels]. We’ve won three races and the other one has been placed and we think he’s going to be a very good sire for us.

“His stats are very good, and they will continue to improve as his progeny head to stakes class.”

Magic Millions has catalogued 14 Dundeel yearlings for its 2019 Gold Coast Sale, eight of them in Arrowfield’s consignment, including four out of mares by Redoute’s Choice.

Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt book-end Melbourne Cup Day

Group race victories by a Snitzel 2YO and a 7YO daughter of Not A Single Doubt book-ended the 2018 Melbourne Cup Day in challenging conditions at Flemington…

Group race victories by a Snitzel 2YO and a 7YO daughter of Not A Single Doubt book-ended the 2018 Melbourne Cup Day in challenging conditions at Flemington. 

The 11 juveniles – seven on debut – that lined up in the $150,000 VRC Ottawa S. 1000m G3  showed great professionalism and determination in the face of a large Cup Day crowd and the heavy rain that swept across the course before midday. 

“She looks forward enough to be competitive here”, was Racing.com broadcaster Jayne Ivil’s comment on Pick of the Yard Bella Rosa (Snitzel-Swiss Rose by Thorn Park) and so it proved. 

Settled just behind the early leaders, the filly responded gamely to pressure at the top of the straight and showed plenty of fight in a hard drive to the line, holding out Lankan Star and the favourite Champagne Boom, already a Listed winner.

Bred and offered by Segenhoe Thoroughbreds, which retains a share in her ownership, Bella Rosa was a $575,000 buy for co-trainer Ciaron Maher from the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. She is the third winner and first stakeswinner left by Listed winner Swiss Rose, herself a half-sister to the very precocious dual New Zealand Group winner Prom Queen.

Bella Rosa is the 85th lifetime stakeswinner and 33rd juvenile stakeswinner by two-time Champion Sire Snitzel who holds a clear lead on the current Australian General Sires’ Premiership. 

Arrowfield sires have supplied both of the juvenile Group race successes achieved this Spring by the Maher & Eustace team, which also prepares ATC Arrowfield Breeders’ Plate G3 winner Dubious (by Not A Single Doubt). 

Cool Passion (Not A Single Doubt-Hiavanna by Mister C) has taken a rather longer path to Group-winning status. She was bred and initially raced by Perth-based Michael & Jill MacDermott, made her debut as a 4YO and won eight of her first 15 starts before agent and pedigree analyst Jane Henning negotiated her sale to John & Anne McDonnell. 

Cool Passion (purple & white silks) was too strong for Princess Posh & Savatiano in the VRC Maybe Mahal S. G3. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Racing from the Tony McEvoy stable, Cool Passion won the MRC Northwood Plume S. G3 in October 2017 and has now added the $200,000 VRC Maybe Mahal S. 1400m G3 to her record. 

Tony McEvoy acknowledged the McDonnells’ willingness to give Cool Passion another year of racing before sending her to stud. “They just trusted me and gave the mare another chance and I’m so pleased for them.

“She’s a really good mare, this mare and you’ll probably see her in a race like the [Robert Sangster] in the Autumn in Adelaide…I think the 1400 was the key…she controlled the race and had a great kick.”

Watch Cool Passion win the VRC Maybe Mahal S. G3.

Cool Passion is Not A Single Doubt’s 5th stakeswinner this season, matching his performance at the same stage of 2017/18. 

The Gerald Ryan-trained 3YO colt Legend Of Condor provided Not A Single Doubt with the other half of a Cup Day double when he scored a valuable second career win in the Flemington Fling over 1000 metres.