Group 3 quinella for Not A Single Doubt

No surprise to see Blueblood Thoroughbreds’ quality sprinting mare Secret Agenda win the $150,000 MRC How Now S. 1200m G3 – she was the favourite, and her first-up record is very good.

The surprise was Every Faith, who steamed home to nab second, despite a record that did not favour the course, the distance or her first campaign run.  A Listed winner and Group-placed at three, she’s since won three times over 1600 metres in Melbourne and the style of her 6YO debut indicates she’s very capable of extending her record this Spring.

Both mares are daughters of Not A Single Doubt and Secret Agenda is his second stakeswinner this season, following Don’t  Doubt Mamma’s VRC Let’s Elope S. G3 victory last Saturday. 

Trainer Mick Price indicated after the race that Secret Agenda would target Melbourne’s excellent program of mares’ races this Spring, and that there was plenty of improvement in her.

“She’s still got her winter coat and is in between phases at the moment. It’s good that she won and she’ll definitely improve – the give in the ground was the key to her.

“She’s a little bit more relaxed than she used to be, now we’ve worked her out and can ride a race on her.”

Secret Agenda was bred by the highly successful partnership of Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones, and sent in Arrowfield’s draft to the 2014 Magic Millions Sale, where she was purchased for $120,000 by Blueblood Thoroughbreds.

Her two juvenile starts included a Moonee Valley success, but she came into her own last season, winning the VRC Red Roses S. G3 and placing three times in Group company, including the ATC Sapphire S. G2.  Secret Agenda’s record now reads four wins and $431,000 from a dozen starts.

Secret Agenda is the fourth winner out of Negotiate, an unraced daughter of Red Ransom and Group 1 winner Euphoria, a grand-daughter of Denise’s Joy – who also appears as the fourth dam of Don’t Doubt Mamma.

Negotiate has not missed a beat in her breeding career.  Since foaling Secret Agenda she has visited Smart Missile four times, leaving the now 3YO colt Missile Strike (placed in Sydney at his second start), a filly bought for $200,000 by Phillip Stokes at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale, a yearling colt and a colt foal born on 11 September. 

Every Faith, a half-sister to Group 2 winner Alpine Eagle, has earned $334,000 from 5 wins and six placings for her owners Barry, Barbara & Rebecca Saunders and trainer Robert Smerdon.

Australia’s leading active sire of 2015/16, Not A Single Doubt is the sire of 34 stakeswinners, sixteen of them fillies including Group 1 winners Miracles of Life and Single Gaze.

Not A Single Doubt, Snitzel and their sire Redoute’s Choice have tag-teamed to put up 10 Australian stakeswinners in the first seven weeks of 2016/17 and are already eighth, first and fifth respectively on the General Sires’ table.

Not A Single Doubt gets a Moonee Valley double

He’s well-established as a consistent source of smart juveniles and short-course sprinters, but Not A Single Doubt is versatile too, and more than a few of his progeny train on and get over 1600 metres or more.

Two of them were successful at Moonee Valley on Saturday, the mare Every Faith and the gelding Word Of Mouth, both foaled in 2010 and both sold at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Every Faith produced a strong finish to land the $80,000 Benchmark 90 opening event on the card, her fourth win in a $247,000 career that includes a Listed stakes win.

Second-up from a spell, Every Faith was was patiently ridden by Dwayne Dunn and improved steadily from the rear to make the lead 100 metres out and hold on to win by a neck from First Bloom and Coronation Shallan.

Bred by Dr Gene Tsoi, Every Faith is the first foal of the winning Zabeel mare Zephyria, also the dam of Group 2 winner Alpine Eagle (by High Chaparral), a 2YO colt by Starcraft and a yearling filly by Snitzel.

Another Zabeel mare who visited Not A Single Doubt in 2009 is Gypsy Tucker. whose resulting filly turned out to be Gypsy Diamond, a dual Group winner & Group 1-placed at 1600 metres, and winner of this season’s 2000-metre ATC Japan Racing Association Plate G3.

Every Faith was bought for $130,000 by Barbara, Barry & Rebecca Saunders from Three Bridges Thoroughbreds at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and is trained for them by Robert Smerdon.

After winning her maiden race at Seymour as a Spring 3YO, she was fifth in Kirramosa’s VRC Oaks and returned in the Autumn to win the SAJC Laelia S. LR and finish 7th in the Queensland Oaks G1.  Every Faith’s liking for 1600 metres has become more obvious this season with two wins and a second at that distance, all in Melbourne.

Word Of Mouth’s career has followed a similar pattern, except that his four wins have all been achieved around 2000 metres and he has not yet tackled black type company.

That may change after his 4.8 length romp over 2040 metres at Monee Valley on Saturday for trainers Leon & Troy Corstens and a large group of owners managed by Brad Spicer.

Spicer Thoroughbreds bought Word Of Mouth as a yearling for $150,000 from the draft of Swettenham Stud which offered him on behalf of breeder Peter Arvanitis of Hillside Thoroughbreds. From the unraced Hennessy mare Exo, Word Of Mouth is a half-brother to stakeswinner Diamond To Pegasus, from the family of Group 3 winner Permaiscuous (by Danzero).

Word Of Mouth came to notice this time last year when he progressed quickly from maiden company at Tatura to a Flemington win and three placings at Caulfield. His earnings now exceed $300,000 with bonuses, among them a juicy $20,000 VOBIS Gold Owners’ bonus attached to Saturday’s race.

Not A Single Doubt’s winners at 1600 metres and beyond also include Singapore Group 1 winner Always Certain, Group 3 winner My Ex Mate, whose nine wins all fell in that distance range, and the good Queensland mare Bang On (10 wins up to 2100 metres.

However, the son of Redoute’s Choice hasn’t lost any of his ability to sire early-running 2YOs. Not A Single Doubt has been among Australia’s top 10 sires of juveniles every year since 2011 and he’s there again this season with $1.1 million prizemoney and 14 winners in fifth spot on the current table.

Faith justified by Moonee Valley win

A decision to forgo Spring racing has paid off for owners Barry, Barbara & Rebecca Saunders and trainer Robert Smerdon when Every Faith won easily at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Third first-up at Sandown on 6 December, the 4YO daughter of Not A Single Doubt returned to the 1600m distance of her Listed stakes win in March and won by a widening 2.5 lengths from Coronation Shallan and Bec Said No Credit.

Smerdon explained, “She had a pretty tough Autumn as a three-year-old, had a big workload so we decided to miss the Spring and just come back and get her into winning form.”

“She was great first up and this is her distance range. She’s a stakes winner at this distance and is a really nice mare.”

Every Faith, bred by Dr Gene Tsoi from the winning Zabeel mare Zephyria, was initially sold by Brooklyn Lodge as a Magic Millions weanling for $28,000 to bloodstock agent Paul Willetts.  She was then offered by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale where she was bought for $130,000 by the Saunders family.

Zephyria has a 3YO High Chaparral colt named Alpine Eagle, a winner at two for owner Wolf Blass & trainer Tony McEvoy, a 2YO colt by Starcraft and a yearling filly by Snitzel. 

The Not A Single Doubt-Zabeel cross has produced 10 other winners from 16 named foals, including Group 1-placed Group 2 winner Gypsy Diamond and two other stakes performers.

Every Faith is one of the 65 winners of 80 races that keep Not A Single Doubt comfortably among Australia’s top 10 sires by those measures this season. He is also second by wins & winners, and third by earnings on the 2YO Sires’ list.

Twelve Magic Millions Gold Coast vendors will offer 17 Not A Single Doubt yearlings, among them two fillies and a colt in the Arrowfield draft – photos and videos here

Every Faith in Not A Single Doubt

The Robert Smerdon-trained filly Every Faith is the 22nd stakeswinner for her sire Not A Single Doubt after winning Saturday’s $80,000 SAJC Laelia S. 1600m LR.

Bred in New Zealand by Gene Tsoi (also owner-breeder of Group 1-winning filly King’s Rose), Every Faith was a $28,000 purchase from Brooklyn Lodge by bloodstock agent Paul Willetts at the 2011 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.

She was then offered by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale where she was bought for $130,000 by her current owners Racing Victoria Board member Barbara Saunders, her husband Barry and their daughter Rebecca.

Although her win today was only her second success, Every Faith raced with merit in Melbourne last Spring, when she was 6th in the Edward Manifold S. G2, 5th in the Ethereal S. LR and a courageous 5th in Kirramosa’s VRC Oaks G1.

Every Faith’s dam Zephyria is a winning daughter of champion sire Zabeel from a family that has left several stakeswinners in Europe. Zephyria has a yearling colt by Starcraft and a weanling filly by Snitzel.

Not A Single Doubt was also represented on Saturday by Villa Verde (3rd, ATC Galaxy S. G1) and last year’s Blue Diamond heroine Miracles Of Life (2nd, SAJC Manihi Classic LR). They head a group of seven Group 1 performers by the son of Redoute’s Choice.

Not A Single Doubt has 6 fillies and nine colts in the Inglis Easter Sale, among them a pair of colts and a filly offered by Arrowfield Stud – view their pedigrees, photos & videos  here.