Brilliant Doomben double for Beneteau & Not A Single Doubt

Beneteau’s second Group 1 winner and Not A Single Doubt’s latest juvenile star produced two of the best performances on the penultimate day of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.

4YO mare Prompt Response (Beneteau-Prompt by Exceed and Excel) has been an outstanding competitor in virtually all of Australia’s best distaff contests this season. In fact, she’s lined up in 12 Group races – four at Group 1 level – in three states since last September and has finished fifth or better in 11 of them.

Her superlative victory in Saturday’s $500,000 Qld Tatt’s RC Tattersall’s Club Tiara 1350m G1, a year after she was second to Tycoon Tara in the same race, is nothing less than Prompt Response deserves for unflinching, high-class service to the 2017/18 Australian racing season.

Watch Prompt Response win the Tattersall’s Club Tiara G1.

Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Granny Red Shoes raced away with the $100,000 Qld Tatt’s Winning Edge Presentations S. 1350m LR, her second Listed win, beating Soaring Heart and Light Up The Room by more than 4 lengths.

Watch Granny Red Shoes win the Winning Edge Presentations S. LR
 
Granny Red Shoes was bred by Bruce Neill’s Cressfield from the Show A Heart mare Shoboard, herself a juvenile stakeswinner from the high class family of Group 1 winner Star Satire.  The family is anchored a little further back by the 1980 New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Crestello.

Granny Red Shoes is trained by Toby Edmonds for Segenhoe Thoroughbreds which paid $280,000 for her at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and can now anticipate an exciting 3YO Spring campaign with her. 

Prompt Response, like her year-older brother Prompt Return, is raced by Mark Sowerby and her breeder Ron Hamer, and is a result of their desire to extend their racing involvement with Beneteau by breeding to him and racing his progeny. 

A $45,000 outlay for Hamer at the 2011 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale by Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Julian Blaxland supplied Prompt, a non-winning daughter of the good New Zealand racemare Amnesia (by Desert Sun).

Prompt lived up to her name, producing two of the earliest and most attractive foals in each of Beneteau’s two crops. Prompt Return became Beneteau’s first stakeswinner in spectacular fashion, claiming the 2014 VRC Maribyrnong Plate G3 on debut, with a further six wins taking his career-to-date prizemoney beyond $360,000.

As for Prompt Response, her six wins (4 at Group level) and 11 placings from 27 starts have returned $1,481,350 prizemoney, a figure that may grow significantly if the call by her trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott for an Everest slot is heeded.

Beneteau died in January 2013 leaving 131 named foals, of which 105 have  started, and 73 have won. Twenty-one (16% of his foals) are stakes performers, ten are stakeswinners and six of those have been successful at Group level, including Group 1 winners Prompt Response & Lasqueti Spirit (2016 VRC Oaks G1). 

Perast wins Best at Doomben

The maroon, white & yellow silks of prominent Sydney owners Francis & Christine Cook featured in several finishes on Saturday. That included strong wins by Deep Impact’s son Fierce Impact & Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Touch of Mink at Randwick, and Another Dollar’s close second in the Queensland Oaks G1.

Things didn’t go quite as smoothly later in the day at Doomben where a long delay to remedy the deteriorating track meant that the $150,000 Fred Best Classic 1350m G3 was re-scheduled to run only minutes before sunset.

Then Sambro, one of the two Cook runners in the race, was a late scratching. Fortunately, their other runner, Snitzel colt Perast, ended the day on the right note when he led all the way to post his third stakes victory of the season.

Watch Perast win the BRC Fred Best Classic G3.

The Cooks and their trainer Paul Perry now have to decide whether to press on the Queensland Guineas G2 over 1600m on 9 June, or to make the most of Perast’s ballot-free status in the 1350-metre Stradbroke Handicap G1 on the same day.

The Stradbroke’s Group 1 status, history of three-year-old winners and additional $1.15 million prizemoney will, no doubt, be considered along with Perast’s aptitude and potential as a stallion.

Now the winner of four races from 1100 to 1400m and almost $400,000, Perast was bred by Jonathan Munz’s GSA Bloodstock and bought by Paul Perry for $100,000 from the Maluka Thoroughbreds draft at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

He is the best of four winners out of Zabeel’s South Australian St Leger-winning daughter Thousand Veils, and the third stakeswinner from 30 runners bred on the Snitzel/Zabeel cross, after Time For War and Lubiton. Sadly, Thousand Veils died in January, leaving behind her sixth and final foal, a colt by Smart Missile.

Perast is one of Snitzel’s 26 individual Australian stakeswinners this season – one short of a new outright record – and his Fred Best Classic success takes Snitzel’s tally for 2017/18 to 43 Group and Listed wins.

Perast all the way at Doomben

Snitzel’s son Perast showed his Group 3 win at Caulfield last Spring was no fluke when he ran his rivals ragged in Saturday’s $100,000 BRC Queensland Day S. 1350m LR. 

Watch Perast win the BRC Queensland Day S. LR.

The 3YO colt was bred by Jonathan Munz’s GSA Bloodstock and bought by trainer Paul Perry for $100,000 from the Maluka Thoroughbreds draft at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Paul, who also appears in the ownership alongside Francis & Christine Cook and partners, said, “He was a fit horse today and he’s had those few runs back, and once he settled and got past halfway, he looked good. I think that’s the best he’s been today and he should improve off that.”

Perast stays in Brisbane and will start again before tackling either the $350,000 Queensland Guineas G2 or the $1.5 million Stradbroke H. G1 on 9 June.

He is the best of four winners out of Listed winner Thousand Veils, and the third stakeswinner  from 30 runners bred on the Snitzel/Zabeel cross, after Time For War and Lubiton. Sadly, Thousand Veils died in January, leaving behind her sixth and final foal, a colt by Smart Missile.

Perast’s is one of Snitzel’s 26 individual Australian stakeswinners this season – just one short of a new outright record -and his  second stakes victory takes Snitzel’s tally for 2017/18 to 42 Group and Listed wins.

Redoute's Choice & sons on a roll

Only three weeks after a stunning sequence of six stakes wins in three states, Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt have tag-teamed again to compile four Group & Listed victories on Saturday’s feature Queensland & Western Australian cards.

That takes their worldwide record for this season to 59 winners of 79 Group & Listed Races = a best-ever collective tally for Arrowfield’s father-and-sons trio.

Watch Payroll, Single Gaze & Snitty Kitty win Races 3, 4 & 5 at Doomben.

Not A Single Doubt’s 43rd stakeswinner, 4YO mare Payroll opened the day with a determined finish in the $100,000 BRC Spear Chief H. 1650m LR, taking her career earnings beyond $260,000 for her  part-owner & trainer Richard Laming, who paid $80,000 for her at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Payroll is the second foal out of MacQuarie Stud’s mare Workhard (by Red Ransom), from the family of Group 1-winning New Zealand sprinter Bawalaksana, and Group winners Damaschino & her daughter Shaaheq (by Redoute’s Choice). Workhard is due to foal to Scissor Kick this comng Spring.

Forty minutes later, indomitable mare Single Gaze (Not A Single Doubt-Redaluca’s Gaze by Intergaze), born nine days after Payroll, picked up her third Group race success, the $200,000 BRC P.J. O’Shea S.2200m G2, for a group of owners including two of her breeders Redbank North and Wayne Oxford. Already a Group 1 winner, Single Gaze has returned almost $1.5 million on the $70,000 trainer Nick Olive paid for her at the 2014 Magic Millions Sale.

Race 5 at Doomben, the $100,000 BRC Lightning H. 1050m LR, was Snitzel’s turn to chime in with his 63rd career stakeswinner, 3YO filly Snitty Kitty who prevailed in a close battle with Upstart Pride and Prompt Return (by Beneteau).  The daughter of Lassiter’s Cat (by Tale Of The Cat) has progressed steadily from her Mornington maiden win last September, to city success in Melbourne, a Listed placing at Scone and now her first black type victory which takes her record to four wins and almost $200,000 from nine starts.

Snitty Kitty was bought from the Willow Park Stud draft by her trainer Henry Dwyer for $175,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions Sale and is raced by a group of owners that includes her breeder Gordon Henderson. Dwyer has already sent the filly for a spell and will bring her back for a late Spring campaign and a start in next January’s Magic Millions Sprint.

A lucrative day for Redoute’s Choice & Sons wound up at Belmont in Perth when Chris Gangemi’s wonderful 7YO sprinter – and Arrowfield graduate – Rock Magic (Redoute’s Choice-Rockabubble by Bubble Gum Fellow) won his third Group race this season, the $150,000 WATC Belmont Sprint 1400m G3. Not A Single Doubt’s Group 1-winning son Scales of Justice, having his first start since December, completed the quinella.

Watch Rock Magic win the WATC Belmont Sprint G3 – Race 7.

The final eight weeks of the 2016/17 Australian season hold plenty of interest for stallion-watchers, as Snitzel chases his first Australian General Sires’ title & Danehill’s season record of 26 Australian stakeswinners. He has already broken the all-time season prizemoney and 2YO winners records and now has the opportunity to set the bar even higher for future challengers.

Snitzel’s milestone achievements are all the more impressive because the current top 20 Australian sires are an exceptionally powerful group. They include a record five stallions with prizemoney of $10 million or more (Snitzel, Street Cry, Fastnet Rock, I Am Invincible & Not A Single Doubt), and six champion sires (Street Cry, Fastnet Rock, Redoute’s Choice, Encosta de Lago, Exceed and Excel and Lonhro). 

Measured by worldwide stakeswinners, Group 1 winners and 2YO stakeswinners, 2016/17 is already a career-best year for Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt.  It’s also the 12th season their champion sire has been represented by the winners of at least 20 Group & Listed Races. Here’s how the season looks so far for Australia’s dominant stallion dynasty:

2016/17 SEASON
WORLDWIDE to 5 June 2017

REDOUTE’S CHOICE

SNITZEL

NOT A SINGLE DOUBT

Stakeswinners/Stakes Wins

16/20

28/35

15/24

G1 Winners

2 – RAFEEF & MUSTAAQEEM

5 – HEAVENLY BLUE,  INVADER, REDZEL, RUSSIAN REVOLUTION, SUMMER PASSAGE

4 – CLEARLY INNOCENT, EXTREME CHOICE, SCALES OF JUSTICE, SECRET AGENDA

2YO Stakeswinners

3 – MUSTAAQEEM, PARIAH, ARDROSSAN

5 – INVADER, SUMMER PASSAGE, TANGLED, TEASPOON, TRAPEZE ARTIST

4 – GUNNISON, SINGLE BULLET, DOUBT I’M DREAMING, QIJI PHOENIX

Offshore Stakeswinners

MUSTAAQEEM, RAFEEF, TABLE BAY (South Africa); GOLD LUCK (France); ABIDEWITHME, ARDROSSAN (New Zealand)

SUMMER PASSAGE (New Zealand); HEAVENLY BLUE (South Africa); YOUNG MAN POWER (Japan)

QIJI PHOENIX (New Zealand)

Redzel heads Snitzel's record-breaking day

At the halfway mark of Saturday afternoon’s racing in Australia, premiership leader Snitzel was already having a very good day.

By then he had notched up a two-state 2YO stakes double thanks to convincing wins by Debonairly in the $150,000 Woodlands S. LR at Scone and Tangled in the $175,000 Champagne Classic G2 at Doomben.

Watch Debonairly win the Scone RC Woodlands S. LR.

Watch Tangled win the BRC Champagne Classic G2.

But the best was yet to come. Triple Crown Syndications’ 4YO gelding Redzel has been one of the country’s most progressive performers this season and he sealed his rise with a powerhouse victory in the $700,000 BRC Doomben 10,000 1200m G1. The Redoute’s Choice 4YO Counterattack finished strongly to complete a father-son quinella, with Derryn third.

Watch Redzel win the BRC Doomben 10,000 G1.

Both placegetters are likely to line up in $1.5 million Stradbroke H. G1 on 10 June, but co-trainer Peter Snowden confirmed that Redzel and fourth-placed Russian Revolution (also by Snitzel) will head to the paddock for a richly earned break. Between them they have won seven of their 13 starts – six of them in Group company – and added more than $1.7 million to Snitzel’s prizemoney.

Bred by Lee Fleming from the Rubiton mare Millrich, Redzel was bought for $120,000 by Triple Crown’s Chris & Michael Ward from Marquee Stud at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. He’s the second Group 1 winner by Snitzel to carry the syndicators’  all-red colours after Arrowfield graduate Hot Snitzel, winner of the 2015 BTC Cup G1 and four other Group races.

Around 15 minutes after Redzel crossed the line in Brisbane, Snitzel’s fourth stakeswinner for the day came from an unlikely quarter.  Vienna Miss was given little chance of winning the $150,000 SAJC Adelaide Guineas 1600m LR, but Katelyn Mallyon’s positive ride helped her silence punters with her maiden stakes victory.

Watch Vienna Miss win the SAJC Adelaide Guineas LR.

Bred by Tori Park Stud, Vienna Miss was sold for $100,000 by Eliza Park International to her trainer John Hyam at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Her dam Miss Doopsy (by Bite The Bullet) is a half-sister to the dam of Perth stakeswinners Let It Slip (by Not A Single Doubt) and Gangbuster.

Redzel, Tangled, Debonairly and Vienna Miss boosted Snitzel’s prizemoney to a new Australian premiership record total of $13.8 million, surpassing the previous record of $12.9 million set last season by Street Cry.

His lifetime, worldwide statistics now read:
62 Group & Listed stakeswinners (27 this season)
11 Group 1 winners (5 this season)
27 2YO stakeswinners (9 this season).

Smart Missile filly Oaks-bound after third win

Plans by Gold Coast trainer Toby Edmonds for an Oaks campaign with Smart Missile filly Ahndras firmed up considerably after her gritty win over 1630 metres at Doomben on Saturday.

She settled third behind the pace-setting, last-start winner Don’t Doubt Da Wife (by Snitzel) but came under pressure around the home turn and at the 200-metre mark racecaller Josh Fleming doubted she could win. However, Ahndras had other ideas, picked herself up and finished the race in the style of a genuine Classic contender, scoring by almost a length from Don’t Doubt Da Wife and Up The Tempo, and anchoring the first leg of a treble for the stable.

Ahndras began her career as a late 2YO in Sydney, ran second at Coffs Harbour in December and has now won three races in a month for almost $100,000 prizemoney.

Watch Ahndras win Race 4 at Doomben.

Stable foreman Trent Edmonds said Ahndras would now spend a few days at his father’s Gold Coast hinterland property before a decision was made on a trip to Sydney for the $1 million Australian Oaks G1 on 8 April.

“She’s a big strong filly and we think she will get a middle distance,” Edmonds said.
“We were worried at the 600 metres but she responded like she did when she won a maiden here and just kept coming. The winner got a cheap first 1000 metres and not many get run down over a mile when they can lead out in 64 seconds.”

Ahndras was a $190,000 buy for owner Kevin Pitstock from the Vinery Stud draft at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. She is the third foal of Brothers Dream (by Redoute’s Choice), a half-sister to brilliant sprinter and Group 1 sire Charge Forward.

Across the Tasman, another 3YO by Smart Missile encouraged his owners’ hopes of Classic success. Trained by Mike Breslin, Stephenstihls did his best work late at Woodville over 2100 metres against older horses, finishing fourth, just over a length from the winner. The two-time winner is nominated for the $1 million New Zealand Derby G1 on 4 March.

Smart Missile remains on top of the Australian Second Season Sires’ list with 32 winners and $1.3 million in stakes.

Syndicators and trainers have been active bidders for his yearlings at this week’s Ingis Classic Sale, with Blueblood Thoroughbreds, Darby Racing and Triple Crown Syndications and his own trainer Anthony Cummings each signing for two of his progeny. His top price of $130,000 was paid by Hong Kong buyer Upper Bloodstock for Yarraman Park’s colt out of multiple Group winner Skyerush.

Doomben Group double for Redoute's Choice

Big race doubles are a feature of the Redoute’s Choice story, but Arrowfield’s champion sire has outdone himself this month with two same-track, same-day Group doubles in a fortnight.

Abbey Marie (Australasian Oaks G1) & Into The Mist (Queen of the South S. G2) obliged at Morphettville on 7 May, and on Saturday 3YOs Kebede & Counterattack added the first Doomben Group race double to Redoute’s Choice’s record.

Kebede completed the first part of a long-term plan for trainer Matthew Dunn and his fellow owners when she strode to victory in the $175,000 BRC The Roses 2000m G2, defeating Sebring Sally and the favourite Imposing Lass.

Dunn said, “She’s done an amazing job and we’ve earmarked this race and the Oaks from the time we bought her. I thought any races she won on the way through to the Oaks would be a bonus.”

Kebede came into the race with solid form, including two Gold Coast wins and a Listed third over increasing distances, but was neglected by punters who let her start at $19. She is now listed as a $12 chance for the $500,000 Queensland Oaks G1 on 4 June.

The 3YO filly is the 133rd stakeswinner by Redoute’s Choice and the 15th stakeswinner to represent him worldwide this season.

Bred by Brent & Judy Hudson and bought by Neil Jenkinson for $80,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Sale, Kebede is out of Champion Chilean 2YO Filly Desert Fight (by Hussonet), making her a full sister of Arrowfield’s freshman sire Panzer Division. Now part of the Arrowfield broodmare band, Desert Fight has a weanling filly by Redoute’s Choice and is in foal to Snitzel.

The Redoute’s Choice/Hussonet cross is proving sensational, throwing four Group winners (dual Group 1 winner Majmu, Kebede, Panzer Division & Honesty Prevails) and Group-placed Regatta Rebel from only eight named foals.

Like Kebede, Counterattack has an accomplished sibling and a Group 1 target at Eagle Farm in June. The half-brother of dual Goup 1 winner Red Tracer booked a berth in the $1.5 million Stradbroke H. G1 on 11 June when he overcame a wide trip to win the $125,000 BRC Fred Best Classic 1350m G3.

Jockey James MacDonald likes his chances. “He was strong through the line at the end of 1350 metres today and he’s right on track for the Stradbroke.

“You need a horse with plenty of strength to win that race and he’s exactly the right type especially with the big weight drop in his favour.”

Counterattack’s super-consistent record this season for owner-breeders Geoff & Mary Grimish and trainer Chris Waller also includes two Listed wins in Sydney and a third in the Coolmore Stud S. G1 last Spring.

Jericho earns black type at Doomben

Jericho joined Smart Missile’s growing list of stakes performers when he rocketed home for second in Saturday’s $100,000 BRC Hampden S. 1200m LR.

It was a big run from the Triple Crown Syndications colt, who drew 9 and ended up at the back of the field, but stormed home when space opened up for him in the straight. Victory was momentarily in his grasp, but inexperience cost him the critical final metre, and he conceded the win to the Godolphin colt Archives, who proved resolute on the rail.  Spendthrift Australia’s promising Redoute’s Choice colt Redouble finished third.

The $250,000 Sires’ Produce S. G2 on 28 May and the $600,000 J.J. Atkins G1 on 11 June are both on Jericho’s horizon. Given that he’s progressed from city maiden winner to Carnival stakes performer in two starts, they look within his capability.

Trained by Peter & Paul Snowden, Jericho is the fifth stakes performer from Smart Missile’s first crop 2YOs, after Listed winner Sassy ‘N’ Smart, Group 3 placegetters Smart Amelia & Smart Manoeuvre, and stakes-placed Fromparis Withlove.

Jericho, the second foal of the Red Ransom mare Advance To Go, was bred by Jonathan Andrews, Louis Le Metayer & partners and initially sold under the Willow Park banner at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale to agent Sheamus Mills for $75,000. Re-offered by Rosemont Stud at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, he was knocked down to Triple Crown’s Chris & Michael Ward for $180,000.

Smart Missile is third in a tightly packed bunch at the top of an Australian First Season Sires’ list that will be fascinating to watch over the next two months. With six Group & Listed Races for 2YOs worth more than $1.2 million scheduled between 28 May and 9 July, this is one Premiership that remains very much undecided.

Stakes double for Not A Single Doubt

Fell Swoop and Into The Red delivered Not A Single Doubt’s second same-day, same-track stakes double this season with strong wins at Doomben on Saturday.

Few horses this season have deserved a Group success more than Fell Swoop who went into Saturday’s $200,000 BRC Victory S. 1200m G2 as a clear favourite after three tremendous Group 1 performances in the Oakleigh Plate, the Galaxy and Chautauqua’s T.J. Smith Stakes

Things didn’t go exactly to plan at Doomben, but Fell Swoop unwound in characteristically determined fashion to overhaul Didntcostalot with Artlee third.

A Group 2 win, and two Listed wins in Melbourne last September are the highights of his nine-win, 14-start, $1million-plus career, but success at the highest level is obviously within his capabilities. He is the horse to watch in next month’s Group 1 features, the BTC Cup on 14 May and the Doomben 10,000 a fortnight later.

Fell Swoop was bred by Lee Curtis and partners Mark Richards, Graham Singh & Paul Armstrong (who remain in his ownership), and sold to his trainer Matthew Dale for $45,000 at the 2013 Inglis Classic Sale.  The gelding’s dam is Touched In Flight (by Fasliyev), a descendant of  the wonderful New Zealand broodmare Simper, through her daughter Luminare.

Luminare won several races in Victoria in the 1930s for enterprising New Zealand owner-breeder Bill Hazlett, who regularly took teams of horses from his Southland base to compete in Australia. Luminare remained on this side of the Tasman and is also the ancestress of Group winners Radiant Blue, Crimson Cloud, Hula Wonder, Lemarque & Crimson Flight.

Into The Red’s third stakes win, in the $100,000 BRC Bribie H. 1050m LR, comes almost a year after his second black type success, in last May’s Ascot Handicap but there’s a good reason for the gap. The 5YO gelding was injured in a track gallop and has returned to racing after a seven-month paddock break and plenty of water-walking, with only a jumpout to tune him up.

Bred by Todd McKeon & partners, Into The Red was a $100,000 purchase by John Foote from Goodwood Farm’s draft at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.  He’s the best of the eight winners left by the unraced mare Red Sequin, a half-sister to the dam and grand-dam of a couple of top-liners, Champion New Zealand 2YO Maroofity and Champion Hong Kong Miler Beauty Flash.

Into The Red has now earned more than three times his purchase price with four wins and five placings for his trainer Kelso Wood and owners, Queensland property developer David Devine & his wife Diane, Mick Power, Neville Morgan & AFL legend Leigh Matthews. The same group raced another Kelso Wood star, Snitzel’s Group 1-winning son Sizzling.

Not A Single Doubt’s first same-day, same-track double came up at Ascot in Western Australia on 21 November, when Good Project won the Railway S. G1 and Let It Slip took out the Placid Ark S. LR. He had previously achieved a stakes treble, on 2 March 2013 when Petty Cury, My Ex Mate & Isabella Snowflake won at Ellerslie, Morphettville & Flemington.

It can be said with some confidence that Not A Single Doubt’s  $10.4 million prizemoney, earned principally by his 11 winners of 19 Group & Listed Races, has secured his second position on the 2015/16 Australian General Sires’ Premiership. The possibility that he may challenge the deceased Street Cry, in top spot with $12 million, will add plenty of interest to the final two months of the season.