50th stakeswinner for Not A Single Doubt

It’s almost two years since Bell River Thoroughbreds’ $4.5 million dispersal of bloodstock at the Inglis & Magic Millions sales and more than a year since Andrew & Georgie Ferguson sold their property near Wellington, in inland New South Wales.

However, the family’s departure from the industry is only temporary. The Fergusons are considering various options for resuming their involvement, and their son James has already set up his own bloodstock agency, working in conjunction with the UK-based McKeever Bloodstock.

It’s no surprise that one of their first joint agency purchases was the $130,000 Not A Single Doubt-Tingirana filly from the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

The Fergusons were among Not A Single Doubt’s earliest and staunchest supporters, and were rewarded as co-breeders, with Lloyd Walker & Bob Hogno, of dual Group 1 winner Extreme Choice and last season’s Listed winner Bidii Babe.

They all appear again as the breeders of Not A Single Doubt’s 50th lifetime stakeswinner Faraway Town, who defeated last year’s winner Zestful (by Redoute’s Choice) in Saturday’s $150,000 ATC Triscay S. 1200m G3.

Watch Faraway Town win the ATC Triscay S. G3.

Trainer Matthew Smith has tried a different approach with the 4YO mare, spacing her runs and keeping her to sprint races. Jockey Tim Clark believes it’s paid off, saying after the win, “She has definitely come back a much better mare.She reacted well fresh and he gave her that few weeks between runs and it paid dividends today.”

A $200,000 Magic Millions buy for Francis & Christine Cook’s Mystery Downs, Faraway Town (ex London Calling by Dehere) has won just over $500,000 in three seasons of racing, with a juvenile Group 1 third and three other stakes performances franking her quality. She will have an opportunity to extend that record in the ATC Guy Walter S. G2 on 3 March.

Faraway Town is one of Not A Single Doubt’s eight winners of 9 stakes races this season, a tally he has plenty of opportunities to boost this coming Saturday at Caulfield where his runners include Mighty Boss (Futurity S. G1), Qafila (Blue Diamond S. G1), Single Gaze (Peter Young S. G2) and the unbeaten 3YO filly Summer Sham (Angus Armanasco S. G2). 

Not A Single Doubt has six colts and two fillies catalogued for next month’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, and 19 lots in the Inglis Easter Sale, including a pair of colts in Arrowfield’s consignment.

Read also:
Fergusons Celebrate Extreme Success – TDN, October 2016
Bell River celebrates extreme success – December 2015
Bell River Thoroughbreds thrilled with Doubt – January 2013

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.

Arrowfield pair tops 2YO Sires' list

A little more than four months into this season, it’s no surprise to see Not A Single Doubt on top of the Australian 2YO Sires’ prizemoney list.

He’s been the leading sire of juvenile winners for the last two seasons and has delivered the goods again this Spring with new stakeswinner Jackson and city winners Faraway Town & Punishing. All three are likely starters in the rich sale-related bonus races coming up over the next month.

Tony McEvoy is targeting next Saturday’s $500,000 ATC Inglis Nursery (R) LR with the gelded Jackson, while the Matthew Smith-trained filly Faraway Town & Liam Birchley’s colt Punishing head towards the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR on 9 January.

What is surprising – but perhaps shouldn’t be – is that Not A Single Doubt’s closest rival is his barnmate All American, himself a classy juvenile, successful in the Skyline S. G3 and second to Reaan in the Blue Diamond S. G1. The son of Red Ransom occupies the No 2 spot on the 2YO Sires’ table with $234,400 earned by three city winners from only four starters.

First up for him was Darby Racing’s filly Yankee Rose (trained by David Vandyke), who made a big impression with two whirlwind finishes at Rosehill, beating Faraway Town on 31 October, and Good Standing three weeks later. She’s now spelling with the Golden Slipper firmly on her agenda.

Thanks again to All American, Scott Darby and his fellow owners have a strong second hand to play in the meantime. Trainers David Hayes & Tom Dabernig will send their gritty Moonee Valley debut winner Rampage, bought from Arrowfield as a weanling, to Sydney for the Inglis Nursery.

All American produced his third 2YO winner in less than fortnight when Yankee Express won his first start at Doomben on Friday 4 December. A day later, All American’s first 2YO stakeswinner Bachman returned to the winner’s circle in style at Randwick. Bachman and Yankee Express are closely related, being from mares by sons of Danehill out of daughters of Polar Maid. 

Not A Single Doubt has 20 fillies & 12 colts catalogued for the 2016 Magic Millions Sale, among them Lot 441, Arrowfield’s three-quarter sister to Group 2 winner Villa Verde.

All American is represented in that sale by four colts & two fillies, including Arrowfield’s close relative of Yankee Rose, the colt out of Catalina Winemixer.

27th stakeswinner for Not A Single Doubt

Not A Single Doubt has added two new winners, including his 27th stakeswinner, to his imposing record as a sire of juveniles.

Jackson continued a tremendous run of success by trainer Tony McEvoy when he powered home on debut in Saturday’s $120,000 MRC Merson Cooper S. 1000m LR at Sandown.  Soviet Secret and Emphatically (also by Not A Single Doubt) filled the placings.  The $500,000 Inglis Nursery (R) LR at Randwick on 12 December will be the gelding’s next target.

Watch Jackson win the MRC Merson Cooper S. LR.

McEvoy said of Jackson, “He’s a big gangly sort of gelding, he gets run off his feet early by some of my other babies at home, but when they hit the hill at Kildalton Park he’s the one that just powers up it. He’s got a lot of scope, big stride and he will improve a good bit.”

The stakes victory is a well-deserved reward for NSW breeder Fred Moses’ staunch support of Not A Single Doubt who has seen Jackson’s dam Elegant Angela (by Perugino) five times for four foals, three of them winners.

Jackson attracted the highest bid as a yearling, being knocked down to McEvoy Mitchell Racing for $76,000 at this year’s Inglis Classic Sale where he was offered by Ambergate Farm.

Elegant Angela, a city-winning 2YO, is out of a Sir Tristram half-sister to Group 2 winner Kenfair, from the family of champion sire Marscay, champion 3YO filly Alacrity and Melbourne Cup winner Subzero.

Less than thirty minutes before Jackson’s win, another member of Not A Single Doubt’s 2013 crop, Faraway Town (ex London Calling by Dehere) scored a narrow maiden win at Rosehill. Her trainer Matthew Smith confirmed after the race that the filly will head to January’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR.

Watch Faraway Town win at Rosehill.

Faraway Town was bought for $200,000 by Mystery Downs from Andrew & Georgie Ferguson’s Bell River Thoroughbreds draft at this year’s Magic Millions Sale.

Not A Single Doubt is enjoying a tremendous Spring in Australia with 57 winners, four of them stakeswinners (Secret Agenda, Fell Swoop, Don’t Doubt Mamma & Jackson), and more than $2.4 million prizemoney.

The son of Redoute’s Choice has 32 lots catalogued for the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, including a filly in the Arrowfield draft, and a filly & a colt in the Bell River consignment.