Third Group win for Not A Single Doubt mare

Gypsy Diamond made the most of her first opportunity at 2000 metres since her Spring 3YO campaign with a sparkling success in Saturday’s $150,000 ATC Japan Racing Association Plate G3.

The 4YO daughter of Not A Single Doubt missed the start but settled easily on the rail, near the back of the field. Faced with a wall of horses coming round the home bend and plenty of firepower beneath him, jockey Sam Clipperton waited patiently for space to open up in front of the mare.

The pair drove through on the inside of Index Linked and went after Leebaz who fought bravely but could not withstand the powerful finish of Gypsy Diamond who won by a half-length in 2:05.61.

Former AJC Chairman and “Wagga boy” Ron Finemore, who bred and races Gypsy Diamond with John Leaver, was delighted with the mare’s fourth success which takes her earnings close to $750,000 and seals a start in next month’s $150,000 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup LR, also over 2000 metres. 

Gypsy Diamond, Miracles of Life & The Grey Flash are all Group winners for Not A Single Doubt this season and their performances illustrate the impressive versatility of his progeny.

Like Gypsy Diamond, the 2013 Blue Diamond winner Miracles of Life is trained by Peter & Paul Snowden, but her forte is short-course sprinting. She has won two Group 2 races over 1000 and 1100 metres this season, and stormed home for third in Sweet Idea’s ATC The Galaxy G1 on 21 March.

The Grey Flash became Not A Single Doubt’s 9th juvenile stakeswinner when she won the 1400-metre SAJC Sires’ Produce S. G3 on 11 April. Interestingly, she and Miracles of Life are both from mares by More Than Ready.

Gypsy Diamond’s stamina can be credited to her dam, Gypsy Tucker, a daughter of champion sire Zabeel, from the female family of champion sire Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago.

Gypsy Diamond has two younger half-sisters by High Chaparral and a 2YO brother by Not A Single Doubt, named Not A Gyspy and also in training with the Snowdens.

Not A Single Doubt is among Australia’s top 5 sires of 2YOs this season, 11th on the General list with almost $5 million prizemoney and his 2015 yearlings have sold up to $280,000.

 

New Group 1 performer for Not A Single Doubt

It’s A Dundeel was the undoubted star for Arrowfield at The Championships on Saturday, but three runner-up finishes by a home-bred colt, a sale graduate and a daughter of Not A Single Doubt were also very pleasing.

Ron Finemore & John Leaver’s home-bred 3YO filly Gypsy Diamond became the 8th Group 1 performer for Not A Single Doubt when she overcame a tardy start to claim second in the $1 million ATC Queen of the Turf S. 1600m G1.

Jockey James McDonald settled Gypsy Diamond near-last on the fence and drove her through to a momentary lead at the 400-metre mark, but the challenges came quickly, first from dual Group 1-winning 6YO Red Tracer and then from 4YO Diamond Drille. Gyspy Diamond kept up a strong enough gallop to shade Red Tracer for second, just a short neck from the winner Diamond Drille.

The John O’Shea-trained Gypsy Diamond (ex Gypsy Tucker by Zabeel) is among Not A Single Doubt’s six stakeswinners this season, with successes in the MVRC Fillies Classic G2 last Spring, and the ATC Carbine Club S. G3 on 12 April. Her three wins and four placings have earned her $605,710.

Gypsy Tucker also has a very promising 2YO daughter Veloce Forte (by High Chaparral) and a yearling brother to Gypsy Diamond purchased for $200,000 by Snowden Racing.

2YO Arrowfield graduate Ygritte (Snitzel-Deputy Lil by French Deputy) maintained her consistent form with her third consecutive Group placing in the $500,000 ATC Royal Randwick S. G3. Eloping was a most impressive winner, but Ygritte showed plenty of courage to get within a length of her, and hold second, a half-length ahead of Shaumari.

A $135,000 purchase by Kitchwin Hills from Arrowfield’s 2013 Inglis Classic draft, Ygritte is trained by Gerald Ryan for owner Carl Holt. Deputy Lil’s last foal, a filly by Not A Single Doubt, was bought by trainer Stuart Kendrick for $70,000 from Arrowfield’s 2014 Classic Sale consignment. 

Ygritte is one of 21 stakes performers this season by leading young sire Snitzel – an outstanding tally that includes Ygritte’s stakes-winning 3YO sister My Sister Lil, and the Group 1 winners Shamus Award & Snitzerland.

3YO colt Woodbine rounded out Arrowfield’s day with what jockey Tommy Berry described as “his best run to date”, a solid second behind the exciting New Zealand gelding Beauty’s Beast in the $150,000 ATC South Pacific Classic 1400m LR.

A son of Hussonet and champion filly Miss Finland, Woodbine is trained by Gai Waterhouse for his breeders Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones and fellow owners Blue Sky Thoroughbreds, David Paradice & Jeremy Tan. 

Miss Finland has 2YO & yearling fillies by Street Cry, a weanling colt by More Than Ready and is in foal to Animal Kingdom. Woodbine’s year-older sister Miss Helsinki, unraced due to injury, is in foal to Smart Missile.

Diamond shines for Not A Single Doubt

Gypsy Diamond’s part-owner and co-breeder Ron Finemore was smiling broadly after the 3YO filly ran out an impressive winner of the $200,000 ATC Carbine Club S. 1600m G3 on Day 1 of The Championships at Royal Randwick.

Topweight of 57kg and a Heavy9 track offered a serious test for the daughter of Not A Single Doubt and the race didn’t begin well for her when she missed the jump and ended up slightly worse than midfield during the running.

Jockey James McDonald had to wait until the field straightened and opened up before starting to drive Gypsy Diamond forward, but the filly responded quickly and generously to score by two lengths from Casino Dancer, with Rock Sturdy another half-length away, third.

Bred and raced by Finemore in partnership with John Leaver, Gypsy Diamond (ex Gypsy Tucker by Zabeel) won the Moonee Valley Fillies’ Classic G2 and was fourth in the VRC Oaks G1 last spring. She returned to finish second to Sweet Idea in the ATC Light Fingers S. G2 and fourth in Thump’s Surround S. G2 before an unplaced run in last month’s Coolmore Classic G1. She has now won more than $400,000 from three wins & three placings in a 13-start career.

Trainer John O’Shea said, “She’s a talented filly and I thought she would have acquitted herself very well in the Doncaster, so it was great to get her on the board today and get a win this preparation and she can line up here next week in the mares’  race [the $1 million Queen of the Turf S. G1] and see if she can go up another grade.”

It has been a productive week for Not A Single Doubt whose nine Session 1 lots at the Inglis Easter Sale averaged $190,000. They included Gypsy Diamond’s full brother, purchased for $200,000 by Snowden Racing from the Arrowfield draft.

Not A Single Doubt’s son Mystic Power won last Sunday’s Selangor Gold Cup LR and today his Blue Diamond-winning daughter Miracles of Life was second in the SAJC Redelva S. LR. They are among Not A Single Doubt’s 14 stakes performers this season.

Sweet quinella in Light Fingers Stakes

Two quality daughters of Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt made a classy quinella in Saturday’s $175,000 ATC Light Fingers S. 1200m G2.

Arrowfield graduate Sweet Idea (by Snitzel) delivered a typically professional performance to win the race by three-quarters of a length from a fast-closing Gypsy Diamond (by Not A Single Doubt), with Champagne Cath a long neck away in third place.

Sweet Idea jumped well from gate 10 to race outside Champagne Cath while the favourite, 4-time Group 1 winner Guelph sat wide, just behind them. When the pressure came on, it was Sweet Idea who went forward and by the 200-metre mark, she had the race under control.

Only Gypsy Diamond, a Group 2 winner over 1600 metres at Moonee Valley last Spring for her owner-breeders Ron Finemore & John Leaver, was able to reduce Sweet Idea’s lead, and her effort delighted trainer John O’Shea. Her principal Autumn target is the Coolmore Classic G1 on 22 March.

Sweet Idea’s ultimate goal this Autumn is the $2.5 million ATC T.J. Smith S. G1  on 12 April, the opening day of The Championships, where she will likely meet another gifted Arrowfield graduate, Not Listenin’tome, and perhaps also the brilliant Oakleigh Plate winner Lankan Rupee (by Redoute’s Choice).

Sweet Idea, now a two-time Group 2 winner, has never been out of the money in ten starts, and has returned more than $1.6 million on the $240,000 trainer Gai Waterhouse & agent James Harron bid for her at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

As the filly’s part-owner David Henderson said, “We think she is the best sprinting filly in the country and her record says that.”

Sweet Idea is one of nine stakeswinners this season for Arrowfield’s outstanding young sire Snitzel, who leads the Australian General Sires’ table with earnings of $6.3 million.

Snitzel has 9 fillies and 8 colts on offer at the upcoming Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Not A Single Doubt has 15 fillies and 13 colts in the same sale, including Arrowfield’s strongly made colt from Group 1 winer Dowry.

View the 25 yearlings in the Arrowfield draft here, and inspect them at Oaklands from Wednesday morning 26 February.

Long-term plan rewarded with Group 2 success

A breeding partnership’s determination to pursue the Redoute’s Choice/Zabeel cross was rewarded on Friday evening when Gypsy Diamond won the $220,000 MVRC Fillies Classic 1600m G2.

The 3YO filly is the 19th stakeswinner for Not A Single Doubt, and his second this season after the success of 2YO colt Risen From Doubt at Flemington earlier this month.

The win was Gypsy Diamond’s second success from seven starts and took her earnings beyond $180,000. Trainer John O’Shea and jockey James McDonald have their eyes on an even bigger prize for her: the $1 million VRC Oaks G1 on 7 November.

Gypsy Diamond’s link with her sire is more than genetic. Her owner-breeders Ron Finemore & John Leaver also raced Not A Single Doubt, who was bred by Arrowfield with John Leaver, and the filly was foaled and reared at Arrowfield.

The Finemore-Leaver partnership purchased the Zabeel-Silk Ending filly from the Trelawney Stud draft at the 2006 Inglis Australian Easter Sale for $550,000 with a long-term intention to send her to sons of Redoute’s Choice when she finished racing.

Named Gypsy Tucker, she descends from a half-sister to the great foundation mare Fanfreluche, also the ancestress of champion Australian sires Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago.

She showed abundant ability and won her second start, but went amiss and was retired to stud as a 4YO. Gypsy Diamond is followed by 2YO filly Veloce Forte (by High Chaparral), also in training with John O’Shea, and a yearling colt by Not A Single Doubt entered for the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Silk Ending, now owned by Cressfield, has a 2YO filly named Lustrous in training with Paul Messara, and foaled a Snitzel colt earlier this month. 

The effectiveness of the Not A Single Doubt/Zabeel cross was highlighted again on Saturday at Moonee Valley, when 2YO filly Donelle ran second on debut in the $250,000 MVRC Inglis Banner (R) LR for Greg & Donna Kolivos and trainer Gai Waterhouse.

Bred by Oliver Wong, Donelle is the first foal of the Zabeel mare Avarice, from the family of Group 1-winning mares Riverina Charm and Neroli. Avarice foaled a Redoute’s Choice filly earlier this month and returns to Not A Single Doubt this season.

Donelle was purchased by Star Thoroughbreds for $130,000 from the Bellerive Stud draft at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.