Not A Single Doubt’s record just gets Stronger

A handsome 2YO colt named Stronger says it all about Not A Single Doubt whose record continues to grow with 13 stakeswinners in 2018/19

It takes a special kind of stallion to compile consecutive seasons of high performance – for example, top 10 Premiership finishes, double-figure stakeswinners and eight-figure prizemoney totals.

By those measures, Not A Single Doubt, who began his career at a $12,500 fee, is on a roll that now spans four seasons and his record & reputation continue to strengthen.

So there is a neat synchronicity about the name of his 65th stakeswinner, 2YO colt Stronger who won a hard-fought battle with the favourite Accession in Saturday’s $140,000 GCTC Ken Russell Memorial Classic 1200m G3.

It was the colt’s third win from 7 starts and makes him Not A Single Doubt’s 22nd lifetime 2YO stakeswinner and his 13th stakeswinner this season.

There’s plenty of strength in the bottom half of Stronger’s pedigree too.

The $1.05 million yearling Stronger led by Tommy Kehoe to the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale-ring. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Bred by Arrowfield & Planette Thoroughbred, Stronger is the second foal of the winning Starcraft mare Star Pupil, also the dam of stakes-placed New Zealand filly Tiger Silk (by All American) and a daughter of the excellent racemare and outstanding producer Ain’t Seen Nothin’. 

Offered by Arrowfield at Inglis Easter 2018, Stronger was bought for $1.05 million by James Harron for a group of owners including Belinda Bateman, Rob & Donna Love, Fergus Doyle, Steve Gillard and John & Fran Ingham.

Sent to Peter & Paul Snowden, he won on debut at Kembla Grange last November, placed at Rosehill, won at Randwick in March, then finished third in Cosmic Force’s Pago Pago S. G3 & fourth in Bivouac’s Kindergarten S. G3 on 6 April before heading to Queensland.

Fidelia (Not A Single Doubt-Fidele) pounces for her third win over 1400m at Flemington. (PHOTO: Darryl Sherer)

Stronger’s maiden stakes victory kicked off a hectic half-hour for Not A Single Doubt. First, his Tony McEvoy-trained 2YO daughter Balaabel finished second on debut in the SAJC Queen Adelaide S. LR, then 3YO filly Fidelia won well at Flemington, her third success in 7 starts for trainer Robbie Griffiths.
By day’s end, Not A Single Doubt’s  2018/19 prizemoney had increased by more than $320,000 to $9.1 million, putting him on course for his fourth consecutive $10 million-plus Australian season.

Stronger’s year-younger full brother is one of three Not A Single Doubt colts catalogued for next month’s Magic Millions National Yearling Sale.

The Autumn Sun triumphs in Rosehill Guineas

Glamour colt The Autumn Sun became the warrior prince with a gritty victory in the ATC Rosehill Guineas G1, his fifth Group 1 success…

In the series of escalating tests that comprise the 3YO Classic program there is sometimes a moment when the season’s glamour colt becomes the warrior prince.

Redoute’s Choice’s heroic drive past Testa Rossa in the final metres of the  1999 Caulfield Guineas is one example.

For The Autumn Sun that test arrived in Saturday’s $600,000 ATC Rosehill Guineas G1 where his status as odds-on favourite, racing at his home course, obscured the serious challenge of the Heavy8 track conditions and his first attempt at 2000 metres.

Plus an uncompromising Kiwi-bred colt named Arrogant who joined The Autumn Sun as their rivals receded, leaving the pair to fight out the final 300 metres.

The Autumn Sun had to draw on all his class and courage to secure his fifth Group 1 victory, and secure it he did, by the same 0.2 length margin that separated his champion sire and Testa Rossa  almost two decades ago.

Watch The Autumn Sun win the ATC Rosehill Guineas G1.

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy  confirmed the quality of The Autumn Sun’s performance. “He showed an enormous amount of grit because he wasn’t really liking that ground, it’s a real heavy track, and he has proved to me today that he prefers a nicer surface.”

“He’s a real gritty colt and his record suggests that. He toughed it out at 2000 metres, his first try at the trip, and he toughed it out really well.”

The Autumn Sun has now won eight of his 9 starts, five at Group level including the Caulfield, Randwick & Rosehill Guineas, which ranks him among the very best of Arrowfield’s Group 1 sale graduates, alongside Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler (7 Group 1 wins), Champion 2YO & 3YO Filly Miss Finland (5) and Champion 3YO Danewin (5). 

A number of outstanding 3YOs including Tulloch, Imagele, Spirit Of Kingston, Octagonal, Weekend Hussler & Dundeel have won two of the three principal Guineas races, but The Autumn Sun is the first horse to win all three since the Canterbury (now Randwick) Guineas was introduced in 1935. 

The Autumn Sun, Miss Finland & the gelding Lankan Rupee, each with five Group 1 successes, head the list of Redoute’s Choice’s 34 Group 1 winners.

Bred by Arrowfield and HH the Aga Khan’s Studs, The Autumn Sun is the second foal of Azmiyna (by Galileo) and was purchased for $700,000 by Hermitage Thoroughbreds, Chris Waller Racing & Guy Mulcaster Bloodstock at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale. 

Arrowfield sold two other Group 1 winners, Champion 2YO Estijaab and Cape Derby winner Atyaab, at that Sale and offered nine of the 27 Group 1-winning Inglis Easter graduates since 2014.

Lot 369 at the 2019 Inglis Easter Sale is the Not A Single Doubt-Azmiyna colt, three-quarter brother to The Autumn Sun. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

The Waller & Mulcaster team also bought The Autumn Sun’s three-quarter sister by Snitzel for $1.3 million at Inglis Easter 2018, and the Not A Single Doubt-Azmiyna colt is Lot 369 in this year’s catalogue. Azmiyna delivered a Snitzel colt last October, before returning to Europe via Japan where she has a date with supersire Deep Impact.

As for Redoute’s Choice, he is now 4th on the General Sires’ premiership with $7.6 million prizemoney and has 20 yearlings on offer at Inglis Easter next month. They include 7 colts and 4 fillies in the Arrowfield consignment

Trapeze Artist dominates in 4th Group 1 victory

Two-time Champion Sire Snitzel added a 19th Group 1 prize to the list of major Australian races won by his progeny when his champion son Trapeze Artist won his fourth elite race, the $500,000 ATC Canterbury S. 1300m G1.

Two-time Champion Sire Snitzel added a 19th Group 1 prize to his stud record when last season Champion 3YO Colt Trapeze Artist won his fourth elite race, Saturday’s $500,000 ATC Canterbury S. 1300m G1.

Watch Trapeze Artist win the ATC Canterbury S. G1.

The race unfolded straightforwardly for the imposing 4YO, who was quickly sent forward from gate 6 by Blake Shinn to take up the lead at the 1000-metre point. Trapeze Artist settled beautifully and, relishing the Good4 conditions, he reeled off four sub 11-second sectionals that left all but the brilliant Arrowfield-Pinecliff mare Shoals unable to make ground on him in the final 300 metres. 

It was an excellent campaign opener by Shoals, but Trapeze Artist held a 1.5 length margin at the post and his winning time of 1:14.19 is a new track record.

Shin offered a succinct summary of his race tactics on Trapeze Artist. “He doesn’t like a sit-sprint so we made it a bit of a test. How are they going to beat him? On his best he’s up there with the world’s best sprinters and he proved that today.”

Trainer Gerald Ryan & jockey Blake Shinn after Trapeze Artist’s 4th Group 1 victory. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

The Vieira family home-bred star is trained by Gerald Ryan, whose success with Snitzel himself and with many of his progeny, including 13 stakeswinners, is a special part of the Champion Sire’s story. 

Trapeze Artist (ex Treppes by Domesday) has now won 7 of his 19 starts for prizemoney of $5.5 million, a figure that he looks very capable of increasing if he seeks to win his second $2.5 million T.J. Smith S. G1 on 6 April, the first day of The Championships at Randwick. 

Thanks largely to Trapeze Artist, and excellent Group placings on the same card by Redzel, Exhilarates & Luskintyre Lass, Snitzel’s Australian season earnings now exceed $18.7 million. That’s almost the same figure he’d reached at the same stage of his record-breaking 2017/18 Premiership season.

Snitzel has 37 yearlings catalogued for next month’s Inglis Easter Sale, 10 of them to be offered by Arrowfield, also the source of 7 of Snitzel’s 13 Group 1 winners: Estijaab, Snitzerland, Sweet Idea, Hot Snitzel, Heavenly Blue, Invader & Wandjina.

Smart Hong Kong debut by Arrowfield graduate

On paper, Race 2 at Sha Tin on Sunday evening was a modest (at least in Hong Kong terms, with prizemoney of $A140,000) Class 4 handicap over 1200 metres.

It attracted special attention because of the debut of this year’s Hong Kong International Sale-topper, the Starcraft-Top Cuban colt bought for $360,000 from Arrowfield’s 2014 Inglis Easter draft by the Hong Jockey Club.

He was then purchased by Liu Yu Wen for $HK8.5 million (~$A1.4 million) at the Hong Kong Sale last March and sent to trainer David Hall. The now 4YO gelding’s excellent lead-up work and two barrier trials ensured considerable interest in his first raceday appearance.

Jing Jing Win could hardly have made it look easier. He jumped out smartly and took up the running, but jockey Zac Purton was happy to let Gainfuljet cross over into the lead, allowing Jing Jing Win to settle comfortably behind him.

Purton slipped the favourite off the fence before the turn, putting him in the perfect position to attack and attack he did, just before the 300-metre mark, powering away to win by 4 lengths in 1:09.51. Three-time Hong Kong winner Winning Boy was second and Gainfuljet was third.

Watch Jing Jing Win score on debut at Sha Tin.

While acknowledging Jing Jing Win’s evident ability, David Hall did not overplay the performance. “He’s got a bit of talent, he’s done the job nicely first time and now he’s got to build on it.”

For Paul Favretto, who bred Jing Jing Win with Paul Rowe, there is much to look forward to.

He said, “We’re excited to own a mare that can produce such athletic and talented sons and for all involved: Jing Jing Win’s owner, trainer and Arrowfield. 

“We’re looking forward to seeing what he can achieve in Hong Kong, the debut of his Redoute’s Choice half-brother for Shadwell, how her Snitzel colt develops ahead of next year’s sales and her next foal by Redoute’s Choice.”

Messrs Favretto & Rowe are familiar with major Hong Kong success: they’re also co-breeders of Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup G1 winner Contentment (Hussonet-Jemison).

Top Cuban (by Anabaa) has already left Group 3 winner Havana to Starcraft and her $1.5 million Inglis Easter colt by Redoute’s Choice, named Eltizaam, will race for Sheikh Hamdan from the Hayes & Dabernig stable.

Stakeswinner No. 33 for Not A Single Doubt

Six weeks ago Southern Legend was still a maiden. On Golden Slipper Saturday at Rosehill, he won his third consecutive race, the $125,000 ATC Sebring Darby Munro S. 1200m LR.

That rapid ascension to stakes-winning status signals a seriously progressive horse. As his jockey Tim Clark said, “He’s got a will to win. That was a big step up today and he handled it well.”

Bred & sold by Corumbene Stud, Southern Legend is the third foal of Donna’s Appeal (by Carnegie), a city-winning daughter of 2YO stakeswinner Donna Natalia, from the family of Group 1 winner & Group 1 sire Charge Forward.

Purchased for $280,000 by Neville Begg & Carmel Size from the 2014 Inglis Easter Sale, the 3YO gelding is owned by K. K. Ho and prepared at Randwick by veteran trainer Les Bridge, who indicated his latest star would now head to the spelling paddock.

Corumbene has retained Southern Legend’s two younger siblings, 2YO gelding Treviso (by Snitzel) and a yearling filly named Maxima (by Choisir). Donna’s Appeal is in foal to Not A Single Doubt, who has now left two stakeswinners to mares by Sadler’s Wells sons, and South African Group winner Castlethorpe to a Sadler’s Wells mare. 

Southern Legend is Not A Single Doubt’s 33rd stakeswinner, and his 10th this season. In fact, the son of Redoute’s Choice has posted six winners of seven Group & Listed Races since 1 February:  G1 & G3 winner Extreme Choice, G3 winners Don’t Doubt Mamma & Single Gaze and Listed winners Let It Slip, Selenia and now Southern Legend.

Street Cry and Written Tycoon have knocked him off the top spot on the General & 2YO Sires’ tables, but Not A Single Doubt is still the leading sire of 3YOs by earnings ($2,960,353), winners (39), wins (57), stakeswinners (5) & stakes wins (7).

One sale, three sires, 12 stakeswinners

And the leading sires by stakeswinners offered at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale are…

Well, can you guess? You’ll probably say Redoute’s Choice and Fastnet Rock, and you’d be correct. But many may be surprised that the other stallion with 4 stakeswinners is Arrowfield’s Manhattan Rain, who is something of a quiet achiever.

 Manhattan Rain, from an Easter 2013 offering of only 20 yearlings, has so far come up with:

  • Group 2 winner Moonovermanhattan ($100,000; bought by Dermot Farrington; trained by Mick Price)
  • Highly promising stayer Manapine, a Listed winner over 2500 metres at Flemington this Autumn ($200,000; Badger’s Bloodstock/Nigel Blackiston)
  • Crafty, a Listed winner at 2 and Group-placed at three ($150,000; David Redvers/Robert Smerdon)
  • Ondina, winner of the SAJC Laelia S. LR (passed in at $70,000; subsequently bought by Star Thoroughbreds at the Magic Millions National Sale & trained by Gai Waterhouse).

Crafty has retired to stud in Europe where she has been mated with Frankel, but Moonovermanhattan, Manapine and Ondina all stay in training. Magic Millions graduate Wild Rain has a fine chance of joining them as Manhattan Rain’s fifth stakeswinner in Saturday’s SAJC Lightning S. LR.

From an Easter 2013 offering of 32 lots Redoute’s Choice is the sire of Group 1 winners Hampton Court (purchased for $500,000 by John Warren) and Majmu ($300,000; Shadwell Australia), as well as the Group-winning colts Panzer Division & Scissor Kick, both bought by Paul Messara for $150,000 & $200,000 respectively.

From 47 lots offered Fastnet Rock has four stakes-winning graduates: Group 1 winner Magicool  ($250,000; Mark Kavanagh), plus Group winners Zululand ($1.5 million; Tom Magnier), Petrology ($200,000; Lindsay Park Bloodstock) and Lumosty ($185,000; Flemington Bloodstock).

Next on the list behind this trio is More Than Ready, sire of Group winner Nayeli and Listed winner Banaadeer from the Inglis Easter Sale two years ago.

Its graduates are about to turn four, so the Sale’s record can be expected to increase, but with 24 2YO & 3YO stakeswinners, including five Group 1 winners, it’s already looking like a vintage cohort.