First Group 1 winner caps Dundeel’s big weekend

Sheikh Hamdan’s colt Atyaab sealed a heady 36 hours for Arrowfield’s young sire Dundeel when he won Saturday’s R1 million Cape Derby G1 in South Africa…

Sheikh Hamdan’s colt Atyaab capped an action-packed 36 hours for Arrowfield’s young sire Dundeel when he won the R1 million Cape Derby 2000m G1 in South Africa on 26 January.

Bred by Arrowfield & John Leaver, Atyaab was bought for $260,000 by Shadwell Stud from the Stud’s 2017 Inglis Easter draft and is trained by Mike de Kock. He is Dundeel’s fourth stakeswinner and the fourth Group 1 winner to emerge – so far – from Arrowfield’s Class of 2017, after The Autumn Sun, Estijaab & Maid Of Heaven. 

Dundeel’s first Group 1 winner, Sheikh Hamdan’s colt Atyaab, pictured as a yearling at Arrowfield. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

Atyaab is also the fifth Group 1 winner found by Shadwell’s master buyer Angus Gold in Arrowfield’s Easter consignments, joining Mustaaqeem (2016), Rafeef (2014), Majmu (2013) and Reaan (2007).

The colt’s dam is the now 21 year-old multiple Group 2 winner Sylvaner (by Danasinga), whose late-career fertility and success, following her early stakeswinner Vesper, can be credited to both the care and the opportunities she’s received at Arrowfield. Sylvaner has a 2YO Dundeel filly (a $100,000 Inglis Easter purchase for the Bulla Thoroughbreds Trust), a 2018 Dundeel colt and a positive test to the six-time Group 1 winner. 

John Messara celebrates Dundeel’s first Group 1 winner with Dundeel’s breeders Murray & Jo Andersen and co-owners Mike & Sharyn Craig. (PHOTO: Arrowfield)

Dundeel’s big weekend began on Friday afternoon when Cutadeel (ex Dineeta by Dylan Thomas) showed why he’s the current New Zealand Derby G1 favourite, with a classy defeat of older horses, carrying topweight over 1600 metres at Pukekohe. 

On Saturday afternoon at Newcastle in Australia, the Paul Perry-trained 2YO colt Pandano (ex Milanesa by Snitzel) won by 3.8 lengths, joining Yourdeel and Castelvecchio to give Dundeel a perfect 3 debut winners from his first three second-crop runners. 

Yourdeel (ex Miss Zapper by Red Ransom) continued his good work on Saturday at Ellerslie in New Zealand by completing a notable trifecta for Jamie Richards and the Te Akau stable with a staunch dead-heat third in the $1 million Karaka Million 2YO Classic 1200m RL.

Finally, Star Thoroughbreds’ 3YO colt Dealmaker (ex Sport Chic by Redoute’s Choice) was a very close, if unlucky second over 1400 metres in his campaign opener at Randwick, and the Australian Guineas G1 on 2 March looks a realistic target for him. 

As for Atyaab, he will now be aimed at the R 2 million South African Derby G1 over 2450 metres at Turffontein on 30 March.

Book 1 of Karaka 2019 includes 7 colts by Dundeel, and his offering at next month’s Inglis Classic Sale numbers 23, including six fillies and six colts in the Arrowfield draft.

Dundeel’s 3YOs target major Spring prizes

Dundeel’s  progressive 3YO son Dealmaker lost no admirers when going down very narrowly to Tarka in the ATC Stan Fox S. 1500m G2 – his second Group placing after his Ming Dynasty G3 third a fortnight earlier… 

Success with Arrowfield graduate The Avenger at Moonee Valley, and a Group 2 quinella  by the splendid mares Invincibella & Noire at Rosehill headlined a tremendous day for Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds on 8 September. 

A trio of Group 2 runners-up also carried the Purple, White Stars, among them Dundeel’s  progressive 3YO son Dealmaker. 

He lost no admirers when going down very narrowly to Tarka in the ATC Stan Fox S. 1500m G2, after a blunder soon after the start cost him a better position early in the race.  It was Dealmaker’s second Group placing after his Ming Dynasty G3 third a fortnight earlier. 

A second Dundeel colt, Spendthrift Australia’s Irukandji ran on solidly for fourth in the Stan Fox, the pair split by another Classic contender, The Autumn Sun (Redoute’s Choice). 

Watch Dealmaker’s 2nd in the ATC Stan Fox S. G2.

Even better, Dealmaker posted the best last 600 metres of 36.45 in the race, and was the only runner to break 12 seconds between the 400 and 200 metres (11.80).

The numbers were backed by Hugh Bowman’s comments, “Delighted with him. Progressive type of horse and the best is still ahead of him.”

Three recent eye-catching winners, Global Exchange, I’m Dun Dreamin’ & Sunreel, only enhance Dundeel’s up-and-coming sire status. 

On debut the Maher & Eustace-trained  colt Global Exchange was third to the highly touted Approach Discreet who subsequently won by 8 lengths in Adelaide.

The Andrew Payne-trained gelding I’m Dun Dreamin’ was an emphatic winner on debut last month at Cranbourne despite being very green, coming wide from the tail of the field and being at massive odds.

Kris Lees sends the filly Sunreel to the Spring Stakes G3 at Newcastle this coming Friday after her 4.8 length win over the course and distance last month.

Other Dundeel 3YOs likely to progress this Spring are debut juvenile winner The Closer (also in the Maher & Eustace stable), and Ron Quinton’s charge Seel The Deel, aiming for better things after two placings from as many starts, one of them behind Group performer Primitivo.