A Singularly Successful Year

One weekend in June 2010, Arrowfield’s Communications Manager Susan Archer went to Sunday Stables at Tulloch Lodge.

Susan recalls, “Of course, I was keen to see the young Arrowfield-sired talent in Gai’s stable, and we inspected several horses including a Not A Single Doubt colt for Star Thoroughbreds that the stable really liked.

“That was music to my ears because back in the winter of 2010 Not A Single Doubt was struggling to attract bookings, despite leaving lots of winners and receiving lots of praise from trainers who loved the straightforward ‘eat-sleep-train-race’ attitude of his progeny.”

The son of Redoute’s Choice had produced the respectable tally of 52 winners from his first two crops, seven stakes performers and several good city winners among them, but he needed stakeswinners, preferably out of major Sydney or Melbourne stables.

The tide finally turned for Not A Single Doubt when that 2YO colt Squamosa, bought for $140,000 from Arrowfield’s 2009 Magic Millions draft by Star Thoroughbreds’ Denise Martin, won his July debut, then progressed rapidly to Group 3 success and a narrow second in the ATC Golden Rose G1.

Along with first-crop gelding Doubtful Jack in Melbourne, he helped to fill Not A Single Doubt’s 2010 book with 192 mares and ignite the spectacular stud career that now includes three top 10 finishes on the Australian General Sires’ Premiership.

Not A Single Doubt has ended the 2016/17 season in fifth spot with $11.7 million prizemoney, slightly less than the $12.5 million that secured him the runner-up position behind Street Cry last year.  However, in terms of top-level racetrack performance and sale-ring results, 2016/17 has been Not A Single Doubt’s best ever season – so far.

Fourteen winners of 25 Australian stakes races (17 Group races) include four Group 1 winners in four states, at distances from 1000 to 1600 metres: 3YO Extreme Choice (MVRC Moir S. G1), 4YOs Scales Of Justice (WATC Railway S. G1) & Secret Agenda (SAJC Robert Sangster S. G1) and 5YO Clearly Innocent (BRC Kingsford-Smith Cup G1).

Over the past seven years, Not A Single Doubt has become a permanent fixture among Australia’s top ten 2YO sires and he closed out the 2016/17 season in 7th position. His 2014 crop produced a career-high four juvenile stakeswinners: Group winners Gunnison & Single Bullet, Moonee Valley Listed winner Doubt I’m Dreaming (sadly since deceased) and New Zealand stakeswinner Qiji Phoenix.

Gunnison was the star of Not A Single Doubt’s remarkable week at the Inglis Sales when he was knocked down for $1.4 million at the inaugural Chairman’s Sale of Racing Prospects on 30 March. He’s now in the stable of Champion Hong Kong trainer John Size.

At Inglis Easter, Arrowfield’s Quiet Maggy yearling colt made $1.25 million, helping Not A Single Doubt top the Sale’s sire averages for the first time. Finally, on 7 April, his grand Group-winning daughter Don’t Doubt Mamma was bought for $1.1 million by Arrowfield for its joint venture with Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm.  

In all, Not A Single Doubt’s 57 yearlings sold in 2017 averaged almost $250,000 off the $33,000 fee asked for him in 2014.

Now with 43 stakeswinners (7 at Group 1 level) on his CV and a full book of mares at his new fee of $88,000, Not A Single Doubt has come a very long way from the winter of 2010.

As Arrowfield’s Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer says, “Not A Single Doubt is a wonderful Arrowfield home-bred success story and we’re very grateful to all the breeders who have supported him, the buyers who’ve turned that support into profitable sales, and the  owners, trainers and jockeys who have given his sons and daughters their racing opportunities.

“He’s also a great reminder that we need to be very careful not to judge young stallions prematurely. Despite being an outstanding sire of juveniles, it took him 708 days to leave his first stakeswinner!

“Best of all, though, Not A Single Doubt has already shown how much he benefits from quality mares and his latest books are just superb. We’ve very excited about his future.”

That future might get off to a sensational start if his top-class son Fell Swoop, selected for the slot purchased by William Inglis & Son, can take out the inaugural $10 million The Everest at Randwick on 14 October.
  

Group 1 night for Not A Single Doubt

Not A Single Doubt made his first same-card Group race double really count, when Extreme Choice and Don’t Doubt Mamma won the feature races at Moonee Valley on Friday evening.

He also completed a notable milestone for the Redoute’s Choice dynasty at Moonee Valley.  The champion sire and his sensational sons have now sired the winners of 3 of the Club’s four Group 1 races, with Extreme Choice joining Snitzel’s son Shamus Award (2013 WS Cox Plate) & Redoute’s Choice’s son Lankan Rupee (2014 Manikato Stakes).

3YO colt Extreme Choice simply couldn’t have been more impressive in the $500,000 MVRC AJ Moir S. 1000m G1, defeating a quality field, including last season’s Champion Sprinter Chautauqua, with superior speed.

His jockey Craig Newitt said, “He’s as good a horse as I’ve sat on – the acceleration around that bend was unbelievable. He picked up a high class field and put them away in a couple of strides.”

The placegetters Heatherly and Arrowfield graduate Wild Rain (by Manhattan Rain) were both very game in defeat, and outfinished Chautauqua and Buffering, but the effort told on Heatherly who bled and so cannot race for three months.

Watch Extreme Choice win the MVRC AJ Moir S. G1.

Trainer Mick Price and his racing manager Luke Wilkinson bought Extreme Choice for $100,000 from the Bell River Thoroughbreds draft at the 2015 Inglis Classic Sale.  Bell River’s Andrew Ferguson and his wife Georgie, long-time supporters of Not A Single Doubt, bred Extreme Choice in partnership with good friends Lloyd Walker & Bob Hogno.

The colt is raced by a Newgate Farm-led partnership that includes Aquis Farm, China Horse Club & Matthew Sandblom and has now won $1.6 million and four of his five starts, including the MRC Blue Diamond S. G1. His main target is the $500,000 VRC Coolmore Stud S. G1 in a month’s time, but his next start is likely to be in the $350,000 MRC Blue Sapphire S. G3 on 12 October.

Extreme Choice’s dam Extremely (by Hussonet) is an unraced daughter of Canadian Group winner Going To Extremes, and has left three other winners, including multiple Singapore winner Raise No Doubt (also by Not A Single Doubt).  Extreme Choice is yet another outstanding result of the sustained investment in Australian breeding by the great Japanese breeder Katsumi Yoshida, who sent Going To Extremes 13 years ago to Arrowfield where she left two colts and two fillies, including Extremely.

Extremely, in foal again to Not A Single Doubt, was purchased for $735,000 from Bell River earlier this year by Yulong Investments at the Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale. She also has a yearling colt by Smart Missile.

4YO mare Don’t Doubt Mamma was at her brilliant best defeating Kaniana and Miss Rose de Lago in the $200,000 MVRC WH Stocks S. G2, her first success at 1600 metres.

Trainer Tony McEvoy confirmed that Don’t Doubt Mamma would now go for the $500,000 VRC Myer Classic G1, also over 1600 metres, on 29 October.

“The Myer’s her race. It’s a big Group 1, against the mares, and she probably won’t run before it.”

Five of her seven wins have been at Group or Listed level, and her earnings now exceed $600,000.

Watch Don’t Doubt Mamma win the MVRC WH Stocks S. G2.

The daughter of Coconut Mamma (by Fantastic Light) was bred by Dean Fleming and purchased privately as a yearling by Blue Sky Bloodstock for Katelanis, his son Jordan, Peter Hunt, Andrew Lathlean, Darren Thomas & Seymour Bloodstock.

Coconut Mamma’s only other Australian-based daughter, Miss St Tropez (by Magnus), was purchased in 2011 by Blue Sky for Arrowfield. She has a yearling filly by All American and visits Not A Single Doubt this Spring.

Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt have compiled 13 Australian Group & Listed wins in the first two months of the 2016/17 season. Unofficial figures indicate that after Friday evening Not A Single Doubt is breathing down Snitzel’s neck at the top of the General Sires’ premiership. 

Tribute to Champion Sire Hussonet

Champion sire Hussonet, responsible for 30 Group 1 winners among 96 lifetime stakeswinners, died at Cornerstone Stud, South Australia on Monday morning.

The 25-year-old son of Mr. Prospector leaves an imposing stud record in Chile and Australia, and son & daughters creating a wonderful legacy in both countries.

Hussonet was bred by Peter Brant & Julian Schnabel from the 1987 Champion US 3YO Filly Sacahuista, the grand-daughter of a sister to US Hall of Famer Shuvee and later the dam of Group 1 winner & sire Ekraar. 

Trained by Bill Mott for Sheikh Mohammed, Hussonet achieved the modest status of stakes-placed winner on the racetrack, but proved a spectacular success at stud, winning seven premierships in Chile before his purchase by Arrowfield Stud in 2003. He stood seven seasons at Arrowfield before his 2010 sale to Cornerstone.

His ten Australian-bred crops of racing age have produced the winners of more than $53 million, including 36 stakeswinners headed by six Group 1 winners: Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler, Eagle Falls (MRC Oakleigh Plate G1), Gold Trail (ARC Railway H. G1), Hong Kong stars Glorious Days & Contentment and MRC Blue Diamond S. G1 winner Reaan, as well as multiple Singapore domestic Group 1 winner Stepitup.

Given that Hussonet’s progeny tend to improve with age, the runners to come from his last few crops, his sire sons Husson, Host & Rios and his excellent broodmare daughters (49 stakeswinners, including 10 Group 1 winners), his record is well short of final. 

Arrowfield Chairman John Messara says, “Hussonet was probably the most left-field stallion purchase Arrowfield has ever made – even I took some persuasion to consider a Champion Sire from Chile! However, when I analysed South American racing, his performance and his pedigree more closely, I realised he was something special.

“His very significant contribution to Australian breeding and racing remains evident this season, when he’s been represented by Hong Kong Group 1 winner Contentment & Singapore Horse of the Year Stepitup, and as a damsire by 2YO Group winner Honesty Prevails, Listed winner Selenia and, of course, the Blue Diamond winner Extreme Choice.  He’s also the damsire of our exciting new stallion Panzer Division.

 “From all of us at Arrowfield, thank you Hussonet for a great job well & truly done.”

Not A Single Doubt leads Sires' premiership

“It’s surreal,” was how breeder Andrew Ferguson described his experience of watching Extreme Choice win the $1.5 million MRC Blue Diamond S. 1200m G1 on Saturday.

The number 11 gate and being forced to race wide without cover weren’t enough to stop the colt from scoring an outstanding victory in 1:08.95, almost two lengths in front of his stablemate Flying Artie, with the Redoute’s Choice filly Zamzam six lengths away in third place.

Watch Extreme Choice win the MRC Blue Diamond S. G1.

The $900,000 winner’s cheque has swept Extreme Choice’s sire Not A Single Doubt past Street Cry to the head of the Australian General Sires’ premiership with a new figure of $7,244,601. Not A Single Doubt also tops the table by winners (102) and wins (155), and has claimed the No. 1 spot on both the 2YO & 3YO Sires’ lists.

The result was a career highlight for Mick Price who trained the quinella and, with his Bloodstock Manager Luke Wilkinson, bought Extreme Choice for $100,000 from the Bell River Thoroughbreds draft at the 2015 Inglis Classic Sale. 

Bell River, near Wellington in central NSW, is owned & managed by Andrew Ferguson and his wife Georgie who bred Extreme Choice in partnership with good friends Lloyd Walker & Bob Hogno.

The colt’s dam Extremely (by Hussonet) is an unraced daughter of Canadian Group winner Going To Extremes, and has left three other winners, including multiple Singapore winner Raise No Doubt (also by Not A Single Doubt). She has a yearling filly by Duporth, a weanling colt by Smart Missile and is back in foal to Not A Single Doubt.

Unbeaten in three starts, Extreme Choice has now earned almost $1.3 million for his owners Anthony Bongiorno, Matthew Davidson, Anthony Davis, Dennis Foley, Louie Gonzy, Karen & Ross Greer, Paul Horton, Gary Jones, George MacDonald, Paul Marsh, Arch Staver, Jim Turner, Dennis Turner, Shane Walter, Matthew Ward, Brad & Lisa Wheeler, Luke Wilkinson & the Newgate Farm Extreme Choice Syndicate.

Extreme Choice is Not A Single Doubt’s third Group 1 winner after Miracles Of Life and Good Project, and Fell Swoop did his very best to become the fourth, in the race after the Blue Diamond, the $500,000 MRC Oakleigh Plate 1400m G1. He went down by the narrowest of margins to a very determined and deserving winner Flamberge.

Between the two Caulfield features, Good Project was third in the $150,000 ATC Liverpool City Cup 1300m G3 and, earlier in the day, 3YO filly Single Gaze split Ghisoni and Stay With Me in the $175,000 ATC Surround S. 1400m G2.

On Friday evening Secret Agenda, another member of Not A Single Doubt’s 2012 crop, was beaten only by the Beneteau filly Almighty Girl in the $150,000 Typhoon Tracy S. 1200m G3.

In total, the Blue Diamond win and four Group placings have added $1,082,000 to Not A Single Doubt’s earnings in just over 20 hours – that’s around $54,000 per hour.

The son of Redoute’s Choice has four colts and three fillies on offer at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale which starts on Sunday. They include a powerfully built colt from Time To Move in the Arrowfield draft, Lot 396.

Not A Single Doubt cracks the century

It’s been a slightly below average week for Not A Single Doubt.

Only five wins, including Don’t Doubt Mamma’s Group 3 at Flemington, Clearly Innocent’s Country Championships Qualifier, a double at Goulburn, plus his 100th Australian winner for the season, the Robbie Griffiths-trained Song One at Sale last Tuesday. And another 2YO stakes placing, thanks to Jackson in Melbourne. 

It’s a tongue-in-cheek quibble, of course, because Not A Single Doubt is enjoying a spectacular 2015/16 season. The first 29 weeks have so far produced 167 wins in six countries – almost six wins a week – and he’s a more-or-less permanent fixture on the weekly Top Sires by Wins & Winners tables.

He heads the Australian General Sires’ table on both counts, with 101 winners and 151 wins, healthily in front of Written Tycoon, Fastnet Rock and Lonhro.

Not A Single Doubt has plenty of quality to match the volume and is giving the earnings list a good shake too. His tribe’s weekend work has nudged his prizemoney over $6 million, less than $240,000 behind table leader Street Cry, and almost $800,000 ahead of Fastnet Rock.

Both those rival stallions have major performers running for them over the coming weeks, but so does Not A Single Doubt. His 2YO son Extreme Choice is favourite for next Saturday’s $1.5 million MRC Blue Diamond S. G1, and second favourite for the $3.5 million Golden Slipper G1 on 19 March.

He has already helped Not A Single Doubt into third spot on the 2YO Sires’ list, where he splits his barnmates and fellow Redoute’s Choice sons Snitzel & the much-missed Beneteau. Together they’ve already notched up 15 juvenile winners this season, four of them stakeswinners.

Also in the mix for major Autumn prizes are Not A Single Doubt’s Group 1 winner Good Project, talented 3YO fillies Don’t Doubt Mamma & Secret Agenda, and Oakleigh Plate contender Fell Swoop. 

And there’s no doubt at all that Cressfield’s home-bred Clearly Innocent will be aiming to add the $400,000 Country Championship Final to the Provincial Final won last year by Not A Single Doubt’s son Sure And Fast.

Small wonder that demand for yearlings from Not A Single Doubt’s 2014 crop is so strong. The next opportunities to buy them come up at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale where he has four colts & three fillies catalogued, including Arrowfield’s colt from Time To Move. 

No better firm than Redoute's Choice & Sons

Every hour matters in life but some hours definitely matter more than others.

For the Arrowfield firm of Redoute’s Choice & Sons it’s going to be hard to beat the 120 minutes on Saturday afternoon, 6 February, when Not A Single Doubt, Snitzel & Beneteau each added a Group 3 victory to their already outstanding stud records. A Sydney Listed Race success gave Beneteau a second stakeswinner, and took the trio’s tally of stakes successes to four for the day.  

First up was 2YO colt Extreme Choice (Not A Single Doubt-Extremely by Hussonet) who made the $150,000 MRC Chairman’s S. 1000m G3 look like an enjoyable outing when he romped home by 4.5 lengths from Highland Beat & Gratwick in 57.09.

Watch Extreme Choice win the MRC Chairman’s S. G3.

Bred by Lloyd Walker & Bob Hogno with the Ferguson family’s Bell River Thoroughbreds, Extreme Choice was a $100,000 buy from the Inglis Classic Sale for trainer Mick Price and his Bloodstock Manager Luke Wilkinson. Sent for his December debut to Sydney, Extreme Choice returned that purchase price and plenty more in the $500,000 ATC Inglis Nursery (R) LR.

Price said after the colt’s Caulfield win, “He’s a little natural, the perfect sort of two-year-old and a real professional. I look at him in the same light as Samaready. When Ollie [Damien Oliver] let him go and he went clear, he pricked his ears and relaxed.”

Samaready won the 2012 MRC Blue Diamond S. G1 and Extreme Choice is the clear fixed odds favourite for the $1.5 million 2016 Blue Diamond on 27 February.

Not A Single Doubt is having his best-ever season in Australia, where he has seven stakeswinners, heads the 3YO Sires’ list, chases Written Tycoon & Snitzel on the 2YO Sires’ table, leads the General Sires’ list by wins and winners and draws ever closer to Street Cry at the top of the earnings table.

The focus then shifted to Randwick where 2YO filly Twist Tops (Beneteau-Imtops by Snippets’ son High Rolling) claimed a lucrative maiden win at her fourth start, in the $250,000 ATC Inglis 2YO Classic 1200m (R) LR.

Trained by Kris Lees, Twist Tops was bred by Bob Hannon, also breeder of Snitzel’s dual Group 1-winning son Shamus Award, and passed through the ring without finding a buyer at last year’s Inglis Classic Sale.

A year later the filly put up a very determined effort to hold out Soviet Secret and Can’t Find Snippy, as jockey Tommy Berry explained, “She was out on her feet the last 100 metres, but her toughness kicked in.”

Watch Twist Tops win the ATC Inglis 2YO Classic (R) LR.

Less than 90 minutes after Twist Tops’ victory, Snitzel completed the three-son sequence of stakes victories when Arrowfield’s own 3YO colt Spill The Beans (ex Miss Dodwell by Falbrav) decisively won the $150,000 ATC Eskimo Prince S. 1200m G3.

Spill The Beans shared the early lead with Voilier and Zoutenant, then took charge 300 metres out and sprinted away to score by 1.75 lengths in 1:10.67 from Le Romain and Counterattack (by Redoute’s Choice).

Watch Spill The Beans win the ATC Eskimo Prince S. G3.

It was a fine training effort by “Mr Snitzel”, Gerald Ryan to prepare the colt for a top effort first-up this campaign, and a nicely judged ride by Tim Clark who gave Racenet a succinct summary of Spill The Beans’ performance: “Good strong win. Good on-speed horse. Tough and gave a strong kick. Plenty of merit in his win.”

From the family of Group 1 winners Bounding Away, Glastonbury and Speak Fondly, Spill The Beans was offered by Arrowfield at the 2014 Inglis Classic Sale, but failed to meet his reserve. He has now earned more than $200,000 with three wins – two of them as a 2YO – and is Snitzel’s 34th individual stakeswinner.  

Miss Dodwell has an unraced 2YO filly, Kenedna (by Not A Single Doubt) in the Darren Weir stable, yearling & weanling fillies by Smart Missile and is in foal again to Snitzel.

But the black type hat-trick wasn’t enough for the Redoute’s Choice clan. Beneteau – whose 2YO daughter Hussterical had also won at Newcastle earlier in the day – added a new Group winner to his record when 3YO gelding Puritan (ex Mina by Dracula) swamped his rivals late to claim the $150,000 Manfred S. 1200m G3.

Watch Puritan win the MRC Manfred S. G3.

Bred by Cox Stewart Thoroughbreds, Puritan was sold initially for $46,000 from the Crowningstone draft at the Inglis Classic Sale, then purchased by his trainer & part-owner Jason Warren for $80,000 at the 2014 NZ Ready to Run Sale. He’s now won two of his four starts and almost $112,000.

Beneteau’s death in January 2013 is now looking like a major loss for the Australian breeding industry. His two crops have already produced a pair of Group winners, two Listed winners and six other stakes performers, and after today’s racing he joins Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt in the top five on the Australian 2YO Sires’ list. 

Bell River celebrates Extreme success

Extreme Choice became Not A Single Doubt’s 30th stakeswinner in spectacular fashion at Randwick on Saturday in the $500,000 ATC Inglis Nursery 1000m (R) LR.

The 2YO colt jumped smartly from barrier three, took up a comfortable lead and when called upon by Glyn Schofield, instantly found another gear to score by two lengths from So Serene with a further six lengths back to Rampage (a new stakes performer for All American), who finished off strongly for third.

The winning time of 56.85 and especially the last 600-metre sectional of 33.91 underlined the merit of the colt’s performance.

Watch Extreme Choice win the Inglis Nursery (R) LR.

The $294,000 winner’s cheque richly rewarded the good judgement and careful planning of Extreme Choice’s Melbourne trainer Mick Price and his Bloodstock Manager Luke Wilkinson, who selected the colt at the 2015 Inglis Classic Sale, as well as the team of owners who took shares in him.

It was equally satisfying for Andrew & Georgie Ferguson of Bell River Thoroughbreds who bred Extreme Choice with good clients Lloyd Walker & Bob Hogno and sold him for $100,000.

The Fergusons have been staunch supporters of Not A Single Doubt from the start of his career, sending mares to him every season and pin-hooking his weanlings, as well as purchasing mares in foal to the brilliant son of Redoute’s Choice.  That’s how they bred Extreme Choice (ex Extremely, by Hussonet), and Matthew Smith’s Rosehill winner and Magic Millions 2YO Classic contender Faraway Town (ex London Calling by Dehere), a $200,000 purchase by Mystery Downs.

The handsome financial returns now include the $50,000 vendor & supplier bonuses attached to the Inglis Nursery win, but Andrew is keen to talk about Bell River’s four named 2YO graduates by Not A Single Doubt, two of them yet to race. They were part of a 2015 Class he describes as “the best team of horses we’d taken to the yearling sales in the eight or nine years we’ve been operating.”

Andrew remembers, “Extreme Choice was just a neat, compact horse with a tremendous walk, while No Doubt A Star [ex Radiant Star, and a recent trial winner] was a showy, flashy type.” Bought by Paul Beamish on behalf of a Hong Kong client for $270,000, Bell River’s best-ever sale result, No Doubt A Star won a Randwick trial from the John Sargent stable in November and is a Golden Slipper prospect.

A third colt, Nasdex (ex Indexed by Marauding, and trained by Peter Moody for a First Light Racing syndicate), won a jumpout and was subsequently gelded. Now back in pre-training, he’ll return to Caulfield after Christmas and be given his opportunity to go down the Blue Diamond path.

Andrew reckons that admirers of Faraway Town or Extreme Choice need only look at the farm’s two Not A Single Doubt yearlings catalogued for the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

He says, “The filly out of Possessed reminds me a lot of Faraway Town. She has a different physique, she’s more of a 1400-metre/miler type, but she’s very like Faraway Town in her attitude, just does her work without fuss, she’s totally professional.

“The colt out of Wilde Irish Song is like Extreme Choice, he’s compact and nuggety, correct with a good attitude, and he’s done really well through his preparation.”

Andrew has no hesitation describing what makes Not A Single Doubt so attractive to breeders and buyers alike.

“Speed and precocity, and they nearly all run. He gets carnival horses, he gets runners and winners in town, and syndicators & trainers love buying them because he stacks the odds in their favour.”

Andrew is confident that Not A Single Doubt will make a very good broodmare sire too, and he’s already backed his judgement by adding the talented but unraced Mill Park-bred filly Daisy Lane, a half-sister to Captain Sonador, to the Bell River broodmare band.

Not A Single Doubt is now third on the Australian General Sires’ list with $4.1 million, and heads the table by winners with 74 – seven of them stakeswinners. He has 32 yearlings catalogued for January’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, five lots in the Inglis Classic Sale; and seven in the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.