Fourth stakes win for Into The Red

Trainer Kelso Wood reckons a long break enforced by an injury 12 months ago has been the making of talented 5YO Into The Red. The 5YO gelding collected his fourth stakes win and first Group success in Saturday’s $175,000 Qld Tatt’s RC W.J. Healy S. 1200m G3.

Wood said, “It allowed him to mature mentally and he’s turned into a lovely horse now. The injury he had was always going to heal and he’s only just starting to realise his potential.”

Into The Red prevailed by a half-head from Robert Heathcote’s Saluter to deliver the 21st black type win for Team Not A Single Doubt this season. The gelding also won the Bribie H. LR in April, more than ten months after his previous start, and was then fifth in the Lightning H. LR earlier this month. 

Watch Into The Red’s W.J. Healy S. G3 win.

The Healy Stakes win was especially significant for rider Luke Dittman who completed the last day of his apprenticeship on Saturday.

Wood plans now to keep Into The Red to short-course sprints. “You need to get him in a race where there’s a lot of speed and if that eventuates then he’s awfully hard to beat. He’s a sit-and-sprint horse and when he lets go he can really sprint hard at the end of a race.”

Into The Wood (ex Red Sequin by Clay Hero) was bred by Todd McKeon & partners, and purchased for $100,000 by leading agent John Foote from Goodwood Farm’s draft at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

His earnings from five wins, five placings and 25 starts now exceed $420,000 for his owners, Queensland property developer David Devine & his wife Diane, Mick Power, Neville Morgan & AFL legend Leigh Matthews, who also raced Snitzel’s Group 1-winning son Sizzling.

Into The Red is among the dozen stakeswinners that have helped to make this a milestone season for Not A Single Doubt, who is on track to end 2015/16 as Australia’s leading active sire with earnings second only to Darley’s outstanding, but sadly deceased sire Street Cry.

Stakes double for Not A Single Doubt

Fell Swoop and Into The Red delivered Not A Single Doubt’s second same-day, same-track stakes double this season with strong wins at Doomben on Saturday.

Few horses this season have deserved a Group success more than Fell Swoop who went into Saturday’s $200,000 BRC Victory S. 1200m G2 as a clear favourite after three tremendous Group 1 performances in the Oakleigh Plate, the Galaxy and Chautauqua’s T.J. Smith Stakes

Things didn’t go exactly to plan at Doomben, but Fell Swoop unwound in characteristically determined fashion to overhaul Didntcostalot with Artlee third.

A Group 2 win, and two Listed wins in Melbourne last September are the highights of his nine-win, 14-start, $1million-plus career, but success at the highest level is obviously within his capabilities. He is the horse to watch in next month’s Group 1 features, the BTC Cup on 14 May and the Doomben 10,000 a fortnight later.

Fell Swoop was bred by Lee Curtis and partners Mark Richards, Graham Singh & Paul Armstrong (who remain in his ownership), and sold to his trainer Matthew Dale for $45,000 at the 2013 Inglis Classic Sale.  The gelding’s dam is Touched In Flight (by Fasliyev), a descendant of  the wonderful New Zealand broodmare Simper, through her daughter Luminare.

Luminare won several races in Victoria in the 1930s for enterprising New Zealand owner-breeder Bill Hazlett, who regularly took teams of horses from his Southland base to compete in Australia. Luminare remained on this side of the Tasman and is also the ancestress of Group winners Radiant Blue, Crimson Cloud, Hula Wonder, Lemarque & Crimson Flight.

Into The Red’s third stakes win, in the $100,000 BRC Bribie H. 1050m LR, comes almost a year after his second black type success, in last May’s Ascot Handicap but there’s a good reason for the gap. The 5YO gelding was injured in a track gallop and has returned to racing after a seven-month paddock break and plenty of water-walking, with only a jumpout to tune him up.

Bred by Todd McKeon & partners, Into The Red was a $100,000 purchase by John Foote from Goodwood Farm’s draft at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.  He’s the best of the eight winners left by the unraced mare Red Sequin, a half-sister to the dam and grand-dam of a couple of top-liners, Champion New Zealand 2YO Maroofity and Champion Hong Kong Miler Beauty Flash.

Into The Red has now earned more than three times his purchase price with four wins and five placings for his trainer Kelso Wood and owners, Queensland property developer David Devine & his wife Diane, Mick Power, Neville Morgan & AFL legend Leigh Matthews. The same group raced another Kelso Wood star, Snitzel’s Group 1-winning son Sizzling.

Not A Single Doubt’s first same-day, same-track double came up at Ascot in Western Australia on 21 November, when Good Project won the Railway S. G1 and Let It Slip took out the Placid Ark S. LR. He had previously achieved a stakes treble, on 2 March 2013 when Petty Cury, My Ex Mate & Isabella Snowflake won at Ellerslie, Morphettville & Flemington.

It can be said with some confidence that Not A Single Doubt’s  $10.4 million prizemoney, earned principally by his 11 winners of 19 Group & Listed Races, has secured his second position on the 2015/16 Australian General Sires’ Premiership. The possibility that he may challenge the deceased Street Cry, in top spot with $12 million, will add plenty of interest to the final two months of the season.

$280,000 paid for Johan's Toy in foal to Dundeel

“Thrilled with result and new owner!” was Jan Bergstrom’s response on Twitter after her mare Johan’s Toy, in foal to Dundeel, sold for $280,000 on the second day of the Inglis Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale.

Offered by Goodwood Farm on behalf of Jan and her husband Bob, Johan’s Toy was purchased by well-respected judge Alan Bell, who undoubtedly recognises the triple value of an attractive stakes-winning mare, already the dam of multiple Group winner Toydini and in foal to six-time Group 1 winner Dundeel.

The bonus was the mare’s lovely weanling filly by Animal Kingdom, bought for $200,000 by pin-hooker Lyndhurst Farm on the Sale’s first day. That was the equal highest price paid for a filly in the weanling section of the Sale.

Johan’s Toy was one of four mares sold from the first book of 132 mares Dundeel served at Arrowfield last Spring. Second highest price of $150,000 was paid by Victorian buyer T. Ryan for Sorel Point, a winning daughter of Encosta de Lago from the family of Rock of Gibraltar. She was consigned by Newgate Farm.

Animal Kingdom weanling sells for $200,000

Animal Kingdom posted the equal highest price for a filly at the Inglis Australian Weanling Sale when the daughter of dual stakeswinner Johan’s Toy was sold for $200,000.

The buyers were experienced pinhookers Mark & Shelley Treweek of New Zealand’s Lyndhurst Farm and their final bid was only $30,000 short of the Weanling Sale’s top price.

Offered by Goodwood Farm, the filly is a half-sister to multiple Group winner Toydini, from a stakes-winning half-sister to Extra Zero & Operetta Lass, both also Group winners.

Goodwood Farm also sold Johan’s Toy, in foal to Dundeel. She was purchased for $280,000 by Alan Bell.

Animal Kingdom, winner of the Dubai World Cup and Kentucky Derby, will serve his third Australian book of mares at Arrowfield this Spring.