Kenedna seals Not A Single Doubt’s terrific Spring

Arrowfield-bred-&-sold Kenedna sealed Not A Single Doubt’s best-ever Spring with an explosive Matriarch Stakes G2 victory at Flemington…

Arrowfield graduate Kenedna struck on Stakes Day at Flemington to complete Not A Single Doubt’s best-ever Spring and add a fourth Group success to her already excellent record. 

The 5YO mare has worked her way steadily back to her best form this season and burst through late to defeat a strong field of mares in the $300,000 VRC Matriarch S. 2000m G2. Miss Siska and Luvaluva filled the placings.

Following her multiple Group-winning 3YO season, Kenedna’s 4YO campaign ended after one start and her owners considered sending her to stud until trainer Darren Weir suggested they think again.

Weir said, “For some reason, she developed so much. She’s become so big and strong and maybe another preparation might be good. Johnno [co-owner Mick Johnson] went around and saw all the crew, and the next day came back and said to put her back into work. This is the result. It’s a dream result.”

Kenedna has now won a third of her 21 starts for Mick Johnston, Craig Roylance, Terry Ginnane & partners and returned more than $740,000 on the $80,000 Darren Weir, John Foote & MDR Bloodstock paid for her at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. 

Multiple Group winner & $700,000+-earner Kenedna as a yearling at Arrowfield Stud. (PHOTO: Georgie Mitchell)

She is one of the six stakeswinners at 2000 metres and beyond who provide solid evidence of Not A Single Doubt’s ability to leave middle-distance performers, as well as star juveniles and top-notch sprinters.

Kenedna’s dam Miss Dodwell, by Japan Cup winner Falbrav, is an obvious source of stamina, although she herself won at 1200 metres, belongs to a largely speed-oriented family and is also the dam of precocious multiple Group-winning sprinter Spill The Beans (by Snitzel), now at stud. 

It’s been an easy decision for Arrowfield to repeat both of Miss Dodwell’s most successful matings. The Stud has retained her 2YO daughter Lady Patricia (by Snitzel), welcomed a brother to Kenedna born last month and has sent the mare back to Snitzel. 

Kenedna is Not A Single Doubt’s 6th stakeswinner this Spring, after two-time Group winner Winter Bride, 2YO Group winner Dubious, Oaks Day Group winner Cool Passion and Listed winners From Within and Doubt Defying.

The age range of these horses, from two to seven, is also typical of Not A Single Doubt whose progeny are noted for their early development but can also continue to progress if, like Kenedna, they are given time to do that. In fact, 46% of the 118 stakes wins on his lifetime stud record have been achieved by his 4YO and older sons & daughters.  

Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt book-end Melbourne Cup Day

Group race victories by a Snitzel 2YO and a 7YO daughter of Not A Single Doubt book-ended the 2018 Melbourne Cup Day in challenging conditions at Flemington…

Group race victories by a Snitzel 2YO and a 7YO daughter of Not A Single Doubt book-ended the 2018 Melbourne Cup Day in challenging conditions at Flemington. 

The 11 juveniles – seven on debut – that lined up in the $150,000 VRC Ottawa S. 1000m G3  showed great professionalism and determination in the face of a large Cup Day crowd and the heavy rain that swept across the course before midday. 

“She looks forward enough to be competitive here”, was Racing.com broadcaster Jayne Ivil’s comment on Pick of the Yard Bella Rosa (Snitzel-Swiss Rose by Thorn Park) and so it proved. 

Settled just behind the early leaders, the filly responded gamely to pressure at the top of the straight and showed plenty of fight in a hard drive to the line, holding out Lankan Star and the favourite Champagne Boom, already a Listed winner.

Bred and offered by Segenhoe Thoroughbreds, which retains a share in her ownership, Bella Rosa was a $575,000 buy for co-trainer Ciaron Maher from the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. She is the third winner and first stakeswinner left by Listed winner Swiss Rose, herself a half-sister to the very precocious dual New Zealand Group winner Prom Queen.

Bella Rosa is the 85th lifetime stakeswinner and 33rd juvenile stakeswinner by two-time Champion Sire Snitzel who holds a clear lead on the current Australian General Sires’ Premiership. 

Arrowfield sires have supplied both of the juvenile Group race successes achieved this Spring by the Maher & Eustace team, which also prepares ATC Arrowfield Breeders’ Plate G3 winner Dubious (by Not A Single Doubt). 

Cool Passion (Not A Single Doubt-Hiavanna by Mister C) has taken a rather longer path to Group-winning status. She was bred and initially raced by Perth-based Michael & Jill MacDermott, made her debut as a 4YO and won eight of her first 15 starts before agent and pedigree analyst Jane Henning negotiated her sale to John & Anne McDonnell. 

Cool Passion (purple & white silks) was too strong for Princess Posh & Savatiano in the VRC Maybe Mahal S. G3. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Racing from the Tony McEvoy stable, Cool Passion won the MRC Northwood Plume S. G3 in October 2017 and has now added the $200,000 VRC Maybe Mahal S. 1400m G3 to her record. 

Tony McEvoy acknowledged the McDonnells’ willingness to give Cool Passion another year of racing before sending her to stud. “They just trusted me and gave the mare another chance and I’m so pleased for them.

“She’s a really good mare, this mare and you’ll probably see her in a race like the [Robert Sangster] in the Autumn in Adelaide…I think the 1400 was the key…she controlled the race and had a great kick.”

Watch Cool Passion win the VRC Maybe Mahal S. G3.

Cool Passion is Not A Single Doubt’s 5th stakeswinner this season, matching his performance at the same stage of 2017/18. 

The Gerald Ryan-trained 3YO colt Legend Of Condor provided Not A Single Doubt with the other half of a Cup Day double when he scored a valuable second career win in the Flemington Fling over 1000 metres.

Not A Single Doubt strikes at Randwick & Flemington

Saturday’s new Group winners Not A Single Cent at Flemington and Sugar Bella at Randwick gave Not A Single Doubt his eighth same-day stakes double and consolidated his position among Australia’s top half-dozen sires this season.

2YO colt Not A Single Cent showed the benefit of his debut fifth at Caulfield last month with a determined victory in the $200,000 VRC Sires’ Produce S. G2. 

Watch Not A Single Cent win the VRC Sires’ Produce S. G2.

That was the start of an amazing day for Canberra-based Michael Thomas, as owner-breeder of Not A Single Cent and his older half-brother Happy Clapper, who won the Canterbury Stakes G1 about 90 minutes later.

Not A Single Cent was sold to Ciaron Maher Racing for $280,000 from the Willow Park Stud draft at the Magic Millions Sale, with Thomas retaining a share of him, and Aaron Purcell training the colt while Maher completes his six-month suspension.

Sadly, the dam of both horses, Busking (by Encosta de Lago) died in January 2017, leaving a now-yearling full brother to Not A Single Cent. 

At Randwick the Kris Lees-trained Sugar Bella maintained her near-perfect record when she snatched a last-stride victory in the $150,000 Wenona Girl Quality 1200m G3. 

Watch Sugar Bella win the Wenona Girl Quality G3.

The 4YO mare has now won six of her 7 starts and returned almost twice the $135,000 Fesen Pty Ltd paid for her at Magic Millions, where she was offered by breeder Corumbene Stud. Like Not A Single Cent, Sugar Bella may step up to Group 1 company at The Championships. 

Sugar Bella is the last foal of dual Group winner Hula Wonder (by Hula Chief), and is related to Group 2 winner Fell Swoop, also by Not A Single Doubt.

Not A Single Doubt has added almost $400,000 to his Australian earnings in the past week and, with $7.9 million is comfortably ahead of sixth-placed Street Cry –  at least until Winx lines up in the George Ryder S. G1 on 24 March!

The son of Redoute’s Choice has taken his lifetime record to 53 stakeswinners, 18 of them juveniles. He has 19 lots catalogued in next month’s Inglis Easter Sale, including two colts in the Arrowfield draft

Animal Kingdom's first Australian Group 1 performer

A decade after Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler scored the fourth of his 7 Group 1 victories, his half-brother by Animal Kingdom came very close to securing his own Group 1 success at the same track for owner and breeder Katsumi Yoshida.

Peaceful State’s sustained effort at the end of Saturday’s $1 million VRC Australian Guineas 1600m G1 put him in the frame, only a half-length from the winner Grunt, and two lengths ahead of third-placed Bring Me Roses.

Watch Peaceful State run 2nd in the VRC Australian Guineas G1
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Jockey Brad Rawiller said of Peaceful State’s run, “Geez, he was good. I couldn’t have asked for a better run following the winner. We got that run but he (Grunt) was better on the day, but my bloke still isn’t fully seasoned yet. Down the track, there will be a Group I for him.”

All going well Peaceful State will get his next Group 1 opportunity within the next few weeks, and trainer Darren Weir is confident the longer distances of the Rosehill Guineas and Australian Derby will suit him.

It’s been a good week for Animal Kingdom, now fifth on the Second Season Sires’ table after Peaceful State’s contribution and two new winners, Table Mountain and Scarlet Image.

Peaceful State is Animal Kingdom’s second Group 1 performer after US colt & Kentucky Derby contender Untamed Domain, also a Grade 2 winner and a likely starter in next Saturday’s Tampa Bay Derby G2.

Animal Kingdom’s third crop yearlings have already sold up to the $240,000 paid by Heinrich Bloodstock for the colt ex Butters at Magic Millions. Other 2018 buyers include Australian Bloodstock, Paul Perry, Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott and Paul Willetts.

Animal Kingdom has a filly out of city winner Merge (by Commands) in the Bucklee Farm draft going through the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale-ring this week.

His seven lots catalogued for Inglis Easter include a half-brother to Group 2 winner Scarlet Rain in the Arrowfield draft and Tartan Fields’ colt out of Group 1 winner Plucky Belle.

Snitzel colt books a Blue Diamond berth

A wet sail finish by Sun Bloodstock’s colt Prairie Fire has given Snitzel his second consecutive VRC Talindert S. 1100m LR winner (after Ducimus in 2017), and his 21st Australian stakeswinner this season.

The win also booked Prairie Fire’s spot in next Saturday’s $1.5 million MRC Blue Diamond S. G1, with bookmakers assessing him as an $8 chance for that race.

Prairie Fire came into the Talindert off a good debut third in Group 3 company at Caulfield on 5 February. This time he settled midfield with cover, before Mark Zahra urged him forward at the 300-metre mark. The colt responded generously and sustained his run down the middle of the track, defeating Khulaasa and Invincible Lad in 1:03.48. 

Watch Prairie Fire win the VRC Talindert S. LR.

Bred by Ed & Clark McKeon’s Palya Bloodstock, Prairie Fire was purchased for $625,000 from the Rosemont Stud draft at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Prairie Fire is the second foal and first winner out of the unraced mare Consistency (by All Bar One), a half-sister to Monte Rosa, dam of Snitzel stars Snitzerland and Sooboog. Consistency has a yearling colt by Wandjina, a filly foal by So You Thnk and is in foal to Redoute’s Choice.

Snitzel has notched up 79 lifetime stakeswinners, and 31 (39%) of them have earned black type at two. After breaking his own season earnings record last week, his 2017/18 prizemoney is now less than $200,000 away from $17 million, a figure never previously seen on the Australian sires’ premiership. 

Snitzel’s stakes success rate so far this season indicates that he has not finished setting records. Remarkably, he’s compiled 29 stakes victories (including one each in New Zealand & South Africa) in the first 29 weeks of 2017/18. That sets a pace Snitzel is well-equipped to maintain, with the likes of juveniles Prairie Fire, Sandbar &  Estijaab, 3YOs Menari, Showtime & Trapeze Artist and sprint star Redzel contesting Autumn features.

Snitzel has eight colts on offer at the upcoming Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, while next month’s Inglis Easter catalogue features 64 yearlings by Snitzel, including 8 fillies and two colts in Arrowfield’s draft.

Redzel dominates Darley Classic

Snitzel’s son Redzel confirmed his status as Australia’s No. 1 sprinter with a dominant display of championship speed in Saturday’s $1 million, 1200-metre VRC Darley Classic, his second Group 1 victory.

And he made it look easy, jumping well, taking up the lead on the outside rail of the famous straight six course and staying there to score in 1:08.74 by 0.75 length from Terravista and Impending, ahead of Chautauqua, Clearly Innocent and Rock Magic. 

Watch Redzel win the VRC Darley Classic G1.

Unbeaten in his four starts this season, and brilliant winner of The Everest last month, Redzel has won 11 of his 21 starts and $7.7 million for the large group of owners managed by Chris & Michael Ward of Triple Crown Syndications.

Peter Snowden, who prepares the 5YO gelding with his son Paul, gave a succinct description of Redzel’s win and the key to his success. 

“Just jumped, led, sustained speed and just finished it right off. I don’t think he was ever headed. It was a dominant win again.

“This horse is easy to train. He does everything that we ask. What we found out now is to just space out his runs, and give him an easy time between runs and he comes back to life again. He is such an easy horse to train.”

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy agrees about Redzel’s professionalism. “He’s so reliable, you know he’s going to turn up and have a show. He’s just keeps achieving with what’s put in front him.

“He’s the best older sprinter I’ve ridden.”

Redzel’s major 2018 target will again be The Everest, with the race’s increased prizemoney of $13 million enough to keep him in Australia and forego a trip to Royal Ascot.

Snitzel is the only stallion represented by top 10 performers in every age category of the current Australian Timeform rankings compiled by Racing & Sports. 

Redzel (with a figure of 125) holds the highest rating among Snitzel’s tribe, 3YO colts Menari (122p) & Trapeze Artist (122), 4YO Russian Revolution (120), 3YO Summer Passage (116) and 2YO Bondi (112).

Redzel’s work this Spring has lifted Snitzel’s prizemoney to $12,379,198, almost exactly $4 million ahead of High Chaparral who has a similar margin on Street Cry and Fastnet Rock, with Not A Single Doubt fifth on $4.7 million.

Across the Tasman, a lower-profile meeting at Te Rapa supplied a significant milestone for Snitzel when his 5YO daughter Untamed Diamond  took out the $50,000 Waikato Sprint 1200m LR. She is Snitzel’s 75th stakeswinner and completed the 15th same-day stakes double on his record.

Watch Untamed Diamond win the Waikato Sprint LR.

Untamed Diamond, out of dual stakeswinner Made Of Diamonds (by Made Of Gold), was bred and sold by Arrowfield for $30,000 to trainer Richard Collett at the 2014 Inglis Classic Sale. She is the third stakes-winning Arrowfield graduate from that particular sale, after Group winners Spill The Beans and Odyssey Moon, both also by Snitzel.

Partnership punt pays off with Myer Classic win

Some of the biggest punts in racing have nothing to do with totes or bookmakers.

One of them, the $1.9 million purchase of in-foal broodmare The Broken Shore by Jonathan Munz & Arrowfield, paid off on Derby Day at Flemington, when her daughter Shoals withstood every challenge to win the $500,000 VRC Myer Classic 1600m G1.

As Jonathan Munz said, “We backed ourselves when we bought the mare from the Teeley Dispersal and this is the best result we could have wished for.”

The 3YO filly, bought in utero with her mother, has barely missed a beat in her five-win, 7-start career. With only 50 kg to carry, she was favoured to give the Myer Classic a big shake after her gallant second to Aloisia in the Thousand Guineas G1 three weeks ago. 

And so she did, as jockey Dean Yendall perfectly executed the pre-race plan to use Shoals’ gate speed to take up a forward position,  settle her just off the lead, then strike hard and put pressure on her older rivals, all carrying 57 kg.  

Shoals had the race under control 300 metres out, but Yendall had to call on her fighting spirit as Eckstein, Dixie Blossoms and Beneteau’s daughter Prompt Response threw everything into the finish.

The filly’s class and courage took her through the last 50 metres for a narrow but decisive victory, much to the delight of Jonathan Munz, Pinecliff Racing Manager Rocket Douglas and Team Arrowfield led by Paul & Alice Messara.   

Shoals had visibly progressed since her Guineas second, and both her work last week and Aloisia’s Moonee Valley Vase win indicated that a more serious 1600-metre test was within her capability.

Trainer Anthony Freedman has had sole responsibility for Shoals this season, after brother Lee’s departure for Singapore. He said after the Myer Classic, “We got confident when Aloisia won last Saturday. 

“We decided to keep something up our sleeve for this race. She was incredibly tough today. There’s no reason she can’t win a few more Group Ones.”

Her status as a Group 1 winner – and Group 2, Group 3 & Listed winner – enhances Shoals’ already substantial value as a daughter of champion sire Fastnet Rock and a Hussonet half-sister to champion sire Redoute’s Choice. 

Shoals’ story is a new chapter in the book of one of Australia’s most illustrious female families. The prospects of Shoals’ Autumn campaign, plus her 2YO full sister Tides, their yearling full brother and a colt foal by Medaglia D’Oro give Jonathan Munz and Arrowfield much to look forward to.

Triple Crown's Redzel wins Century Stakes

It’s little more than three months into the new season and Australia’s leading active sire Snitzel has already bettered his 2015/16 tally of  stakes wins.

Redzel notched up the 12th black type success for Snitzel’s progeny this season when he scored a narrow, but impressive victory in Thursday’s $150,000 VRC Century S. 1000m LR for his jubilant Triple Crown Syndications owners.

Blake Shinn chose to head for the stand side down Flemngton’s straight course, where he launched Redzel on a powerhouse solo run that swept him to the post just ahead of the fast-finishing Terravista, with the favourite Hellbent two lengths back in third.

Shinn said, “I just rode my own race, I flew the gates and got him into stride.

“I had to rate him pretty carefully through those mid stages so that I could be strong to the line and forttunately he settled well for me, he worked with me and it was a great result.”

Watch Redzel win the VRC Century S. LR.

Redzel was bred by Lee Fleming and sold at the 2014 Magic Millions Sale by Marquee Stud to Triple Crown’s Chris & Michael Ward.

It has taken the 4YO gelding only 13 starts to earn more than three times his $120,000 purchase price, with the bonus joy of a Group 3 win and two Listed wins among his five victories.

Like Triple Crown’s earlier Snitzel-sired stars, Group 1 winner Hot Snitzel & Group 2 winner Flying Snitzel, Redzel is his dam’s final foal. He’s the seventh winner and second stakeswinner out of  Millrich (by Rubiton), herself a smart, Group-winning juvenile and third in Flying Spur’s 1995 Golden Slipper.

The Century Stakes has been a stepping stone to Group 1 success for three recent winners of the race: The Quarterback (2015), Lankan Rupee (2013) and Temple Of Boom (2010).

Redzel’s $90,000 share of the race’s prizemoney takes Snitzel through the $3 million mark in Australia this season, topped only by the deceased champion sires Street Cry, sire of Winx, and Monsun, sire of Melbourne Cup winner Almandin.

French Emotion caps big weekend

The patience of French Emotion’s owner-breeders Valda Klaric and Ivan Cajkusic was rewarded when the 5YO daughter of Snitzel burst clear of her rivals to win Sunday’s $200,000 VRC Blazer S. 1400m G2 at Flemington.

Watch French Emotion win the VRC Blazer S. G2.

As Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria reported, the win rounded out a good weekend for Valda and Ivan, who also race Kaniana, runner-up to Don’t Doubt Mamma in the MVRC WH Stocks S. G2 on Friday night. Mind you, Valda’s standards are high – her interest in racing began when she worked for the late Alec Dodson, owner-breeder of champion 2YO and wonderful sire Canny Lad.

Valda said, “It was a tremendous thrill … I certainly haven’t had a weekend like that for a while. French Emotion really had to do it the hard way, coming from barrier 16 and I knew we’d need some luck.”

It was the mare’s fifth win and her third appearance in Group company, following unplaced runs behind Into the Mist (by Redoute’s Choice) at Morphettville last May, and Don’t Doubt Mamma (by Not A Single Doubt) in last month’s VRC Let’s Elope S. G2.

French Emotion’s story is one of steady progress rather than rapid rise.  Unraced at two, she was placed in her five 3YO starts in New South Waes then transferred from Chris Waller’s Sydney stable to his Melbourne base.  Perhaps natural improvement made the difference, or the shift to left-handed racing, but she immediately won a mid-week Benchmark 64 race at Sandown by more than four lengths.

As sometimes happens, once she won, French Emotion kept doing it, adding three more city wins in succession. In all, her 16 starts have yielded five wins, 13 placings, prizemoney of more than $300,000 and the increase in value that comes with a Group 2 victory. The VRC Myer Classic G1 at the end of the month is now an obvious target for her.

French Emotion is the 43rd stakeswinner for Snitzel and the best of three winners out of the Woodman mare Love and Emotion, a daughter of AJC Oaks G1 winner My Brilliant Star, also the dam of Shot of Thunder (MRC Toorak H. G1). This is also the family of Queensland Derby G1 winner Lachlan River and dual Group 1-winning sprinter Sudurka.

French Emotion is the first filly or mare among the six stakeswinners that have given Snitzel an early break on his rivals this season. She joins Group 3 winners Sooboog and Redzel from Snitzel’s 2012 crop and Saturday’s Group 2 winner at Randwick, Russian Revolution and Listed winners Detective & Thronum from his 2013 crop. 

After only nine weeks of the 2016/17 season, the son of Redoute’s Choice has broken through the $2 million mark and leads Street Cry and Not A Single Doubt (represented by Extreme Choice & Don’t Doubt Mamma at Moonee Valley on Friday evening) on the General Sires’ table. 

Detective undercover no more

Snitzel’s high-powered start to the season continued on Saturday when 3YO colt Detective proved too strong in the $120,000 VRC Exford Plate 1400m LR.

Despite drawing eleven of 12 runners, Detective jumped brilliantly for Chris Parnham who slid him across to settle second behind the early leader Zunbaqa, with Tessra in third.

That order didn’t change until the 300-metre mark when Detective pounced on Zunbaqa and drove clear, holding off the dogged finish of Tessera by three-quarters of a length, with Throssell third and Zunbaqa boxing on well for fourth.

Watch Detective win the VRC Exford Plate LR.

Detective is a good example of a colt that has benefited from careful development as a juvenile, when he finished second in four of his five starts, including runner-up finishes to Capitalist in the ATC Breeders’ Plate LR and to Seaburge in the VRC Sires’ Produce S. G2.

His progress was evident in his 3YO debut win at Wyong on 28 August and with a Flemington stakes win behind him, the path to the Caulfield Guineas G1 on 8 October looks rather more certain.

Detective was bred by the partnership responsible for last year’s Thousand Guineas G1 winner Stay With Me: Arrowfield, Alan Jones & John Leaver, and was offered under the Arrowfield banner at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale where James Harron bought him for $220,000.

Snitzel’s 42nd stakeswinner, Detective is trained by Peter & Paul Snowden for his owners Belinda Bateman, Newgate Farm, Matthew Sandblom, Fergus & Delia Doyle, John & Fran Ingham, Donna & Rob Love, Gary Diamond, Danny & Pauline Saab and APB International.

Detective is the third winner, after Bourne Supremacy and Secret Doubt, out of Covertly (by Metal Storm), winner of the WATC Railway S. G1 and third in the AJC Flight S. G1. She has since delivered two full brothers to Detective, the first a $170,000 buy for Paul Perry at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale, and the second a just-turned yearling. Covertly is due to foal this month to Champion European sprinter-miler Olympic Glory.

Snitzel has quickly notched up five Australian stakeswinners since 1 August: 3YO colts Detective, Russian Revolution & Thronum, and 4YOs Redzel & Arrowfield graduate Sooboog. The son of Redoute’s Choice retains his early lead on the Australian General Sires’ table with $1.2 million, around $200,000 ahead of Medaglia D’Oro, and also heads the list by winners (31) and stakeswinners.