A pair of fillies from Arrowfield’s graduate Class of 2015 quinella-ed last Saturday’s $150,000 VRC The Vanity S. 1400m G3, giving Not A Single Doubt his 36th stakeswinner, and Redoute’s Choice a new Group performer.
It was Extra Olives (Redoute’s Choice-Line Honours) who began best, taking up the early lead from Cassadee and Legless Veuve, while Kenedna (Not A Single Doubt-Miss Dodwell), in blinkers for the first time, settled a little worse than midfield.
Extra Olives gave no sign of surrender round the turn and for a few moments it looked like Kenedna had a little too much to do as she launched her finishing run. However, she had plenty to give and drove past Extra Olives in the final 200 metres to win by 1.25 lengths, with VRC Oaks G1 runner-up Harlow Gold third.
Watch Kenedna win the VRC The Vanity G3.
Trainer Darren Weir indicated after the race that the 2000-metre Australasian Oaks G1 in May was a likely target for Kenedna.
“She needs a mile. She will run further than that, she has a very relaxed attitude. The Oaks in Adelaide is definitely on the radar for sure. You have to be able to run 10 furlongs, but she gives us every indication she will.”
Not A Single Doubt’s five Group 1 winners already include Single Gaze, who won last year’s ATC Storm Queen Stakes over that distance.
Kenedna has now won three of her nine starts since her debut as a 2YO last May, easily covering the $80,000 Weir paid for her at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and increasing her future broodmare value. Mind you, that was already significant because she’s a three-quarter sister to Group 2 winner Spill The Beans (by Snitzel), from the family of Group 1 winners Speak Fondly and Bounding Away.
Miss Dodwell has a Smart Missile filly in Arrowfield’s 2017 Inglis Easter draft and a weanling sister to Spill The Beans.
Extra Olives has won four races for trainers Lee & Anthony Freedman and owner Jon Kelly who paid $500,000 for her at the 2015 Magic Millions Sale. She is the second foal of Line Honours (by Hussonet), a winning daughter of champion filly Alinghi and also the dam of Group-placed Regatta Rebel (by Redoute’s Choice), the unraced 2YO colt Roar (by Animal Kingdom) and two more Redoute’s Choice fillies, the first of which will be offered by Arrowfield at Inglis Easter.
Kenedna is the fifth Arrowfield stakes-winning graduate from the 2015 yearling sales, after Group winners Scarlet Rain & Honesty Prevails, and Listed winners Detective & Sassy ‘N’ Smart.
Arrowfield will offer 48 yearlings at the Inglis Easter Sale, including seven fillies & four colts by Redoute’s Choice, and a colt by Not A Single Doubt.