Fourth stakes win for Into The Red

Trainer Kelso Wood reckons a long break enforced by an injury 12 months ago has been the making of talented 5YO Into The Red. The 5YO gelding collected his fourth stakes win and first Group success in Saturday’s $175,000 Qld Tatt’s RC W.J. Healy S. 1200m G3.

Wood said, “It allowed him to mature mentally and he’s turned into a lovely horse now. The injury he had was always going to heal and he’s only just starting to realise his potential.”

Into The Red prevailed by a half-head from Robert Heathcote’s Saluter to deliver the 21st black type win for Team Not A Single Doubt this season. The gelding also won the Bribie H. LR in April, more than ten months after his previous start, and was then fifth in the Lightning H. LR earlier this month. 

Watch Into The Red’s W.J. Healy S. G3 win.

The Healy Stakes win was especially significant for rider Luke Dittman who completed the last day of his apprenticeship on Saturday.

Wood plans now to keep Into The Red to short-course sprints. “You need to get him in a race where there’s a lot of speed and if that eventuates then he’s awfully hard to beat. He’s a sit-and-sprint horse and when he lets go he can really sprint hard at the end of a race.”

Into The Wood (ex Red Sequin by Clay Hero) was bred by Todd McKeon & partners, and purchased for $100,000 by leading agent John Foote from Goodwood Farm’s draft at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

His earnings from five wins, five placings and 25 starts now exceed $420,000 for his owners, Queensland property developer David Devine & his wife Diane, Mick Power, Neville Morgan & AFL legend Leigh Matthews, who also raced Snitzel’s Group 1-winning son Sizzling.

Into The Red is among the dozen stakeswinners that have helped to make this a milestone season for Not A Single Doubt, who is on track to end 2015/16 as Australia’s leading active sire with earnings second only to Darley’s outstanding, but sadly deceased sire Street Cry.

Fairytale finish for Spill The Beans

Snitzel’s crackerjack son Spill The Beans signed off on his career in fairytale fashion when he won Saturday’s $175,000 BRC QTC Cup 1300m G2.

The victory sealed his status as an exciting stallion prospect for his new majority owner Aquis Farm, and brought up a remarkable milestone for trainer Gerald Ryan: his 100th success with Snitzel’s progeny.

Read more about Gerald Ryan’s Snitzel century.

Spill The Beans drew 11 in the 13-horse field but a quick break from the gate allowed jockey Tim Clark to work him up on the pace, where he settled comfortably outside the early leader Eloping.

The colt took control just after the turn and drove clear at the 300-metre mark, as Miss Cover Girl led the challenges behind him. But Spill The Beans isn’t short of fortitude and he pressed on stubbornly to score by a head from Federal and  Stratum Star who burst late from the pack, and Miss Cover Girl fourth.

Watch Spill The Beans’ BRC QTC Cup G2 victory.

Clark, who was posting his third win from four rides on the colt, said, “He travelled really well. You can’t wait on him and the leader sort of left me there a bit soon. But he toughed it out really well and showed good fight.”  

Spill The Beans ends his racing career with five wins, three placings and just over $560,000 in prizemoney. Eight of his runs were at stakes level and he won three of them, all in the last four months: the ATC Eskimo Prince S. G3 in February, the Hawkesbury Guineas G3 in April and Saturday’s Group 2 contest.

Spill The Beans was bred by Arrowfield and offered at the 2014 Inglis Classic Sale, but failed to find a buyer, so he joined the Stud’s racing team. He will stand his first season this Spring at the Fung family’s new Queensland stud, Aquis Farm, with Arrowfield retaining an interest in him.

He is the best of three winners out of Miss Dodwell (by Falbrav), from the classy speed family of this season’s Group 1 winner Speak Fondly and 1986 Horse of the Year Bounding Away (five Group 1 wins including the Golden Slipper).

Miss Dodwell’s 2YO daughter Kenedna (by Not A Single Doubt) won her second start for Darren Weir last month, and her yearling filly by Smart Missile was bought for $110,000 by Dermot Farrington at the Inglis Melbourne Sale. The mare produced a second Smart Missile filly last Spring and is in foal to Snitzel.